I've been playing with the Natasha Denona Diamond Blush palette for about 3 weeks. I didn't know if I wanted to review it or not because I genuinely got it for myself and I picked the Citrus one because I loved that gold/yellow highlight over the coral pink blush. I already knew there would be things I didn't like about it so that's what gave me pause briefly.
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**On the left we have the Berry Adore trio and on the right we have Pool Party. These are from Sephora's website as they are far more accurate than my pictures.**
Anastasia Beverly Hills added a new product to their makeup line....blushes! I am always so excited when ABH extends to other areas of makeup because they do such a good job everytime. To be clear these are blush trios. Which I love. They have 5 different color schemes available, from peachy, to pink, to deep, two others that offer a bit of everything. I really love them. I think they've done an excellent job. You get .11 ounces per pan and there are 3 pans in each compact so that's a total of .33 ounces which is 3 g total for $30. Which a NARS blush is .16 for $30 just to give you something to go off of. I've had these for a couple months and just now getting around to talking about them. So sorry.
The two I got were Berry Adore and Pool Party. I like them both but I'm seriously thinking about getting Cocktail Party as well. Berry Adore is quite dark but if you know me, you know I love berry shades and deep corals in the summer. I think it's so pretty on the skin. This trio is good but the darkest shade being Velvet is going to swatch a bit dry if you're in store and doing the "finger swatch". All I'm going to say is, I don't apply blush with my fingers so I don't judge these off of that. Pool Party is my favorite of the two. First, because it has a bit of a contour shade, then a medium pink, and then a peach shade. Which brings me to the second thing I love which is that while these do have pigment they aren't pigmented as the eye shadows are or SUPER INTENSE, which means that they're layered very easy. So you can build up the intensity how you want it without over doing or it being patchy on the skin. Obviously with the darker one, you don't have to do that if you're skin is in the fair to light category right now. It will also depend on the density of your brush as well. If you use a tightly packed dense brush you're going to pick up more product obviously, if you use a fluffy brush you'll pick up less. So just a reminder to keep that in the back of your head. The reason I want Cocktail Party is because it's like the more intense or "night time" version of Pool Party. So you have 3 separate colors again, that are a little more intense instead of 3 shades in the same color family.
Bottom line, yes I think they're worth it. Especially if you are a MUA. I also think it's worth it if you're not and just wanting some choices with blush colors in your collection or especially to travel with. Where you could spend close to or more than $30 for one shade at least you have 3 options here. So I do not disagree with the price point at all.
I'm gonna drop in some looks wear I've used them. The only brushes I ever use for blush is the Morphe E4 brush and the Real Techniques Blush Brush from the chrome line ( think that's what the line is called). Both of those are pretty dense but that's how I prefer my blush brushes because it gives me more control.
The first shot starting at the left is Pool Party. Just a mixture really of the colors the bronzer shade being my actual bronzer.
Second shot or middle is also Pool Party, the pink and coral shades mixed.
Last shot, right side is Berry Adore trio, the first shade in the pan. I find that Berry Adore works beautifully with contour and bronzer. I also love deep shades in the summer specifically for an evening look.
Benefit Cheek Parade palette is by far one of the best DEALS that I've seen this year. You get 5 full sized powders and brush in a very cute and stable packaging for $58.
In the palette you get the following powders:
Hoola Lite *NEW*
I checked and double checked, you do get the same size of each powder as you would if you bought the individuals. Which again comes out to a great deal. An individual powder is $29 and you get 5 so that's $145, individually. This is $58 and thus a saving of $87. What I thought was strange was some of the powders are quite a bit different in size than others. Same individually. For example, Galifornia and Rockateur are .17 oz. Hoola and Hoola Lite are .28 oz. Dandelion is .25 oz. And yes, just to confirm, I did check the palette AND the individuals and it was the same. So if you bought Rockateur you'd get .28 oz of product for $29 and then if you bought Hoola you'd get .17 oz for the same price ($29). It's not a big deal it's about a 3 gram difference though.
So like I said this is a really really good deal there is no denying it. Here's my issue, which I feel bad for even saying cause it is such a good deal. I bought it because I really didn't have an Benefit powder products except for a few. I love them but they just aren't ideal for storage. They're quite bulky. I digress, this palette is much easier to store, I got to try two new powders, one blush I hadn't tried before (Rockateur), and I get two that I already know I like Hoola and Dandelion. I only have those two in the mini version. So I was sold.
When the palette came it was beautiful, heavily fragranced though. Which I don't mind. Just be warned it's really heavily perfumed. I looked at it and it was goreous. The duochrome on Galifornia was so stunning because it wasn't chunky glitter it was just a sheen of gold over coral. The with Rockateur is was stunning as well with a more shimmery finish to it. The rest were as expected since they are all matte.
When I finally went to use it for the first time, after I was done just looking at it lol, I went in for Galifornia. Turns out in my palette, that golden sheen was a golden over lay. Like a spray of gold on the top layer and not throughout the whole powder. Also turns out that it's not very pigmented. I was super bummed so I swatched the rest of the shades really quick and they all have good pigmentation (even Rockateur did great when applied although it swatches on the more sheer side). So I did what I could with Galifornia but ultimately had to finish it up with Dandelion, because you could not see it except one cheek had a golden sheen and the other did not.
The next time I used it I went for Rockateur because I wanted to know if it was an overlay of shimmer. It was not, it's actually my favorite because I love plum-y blushes and it's a buildable blush as well. So it swatches kinda subtle but it applies beautifully and you can control how deep it gets so easy, plus it's great combined with cooler toned contours. So, I tried Hoola Lite the other new shade and it had very nice pigment. I don't particularly care for the shade of it, but it's the true shade and there's nothing wrong with the formula that I can find, it just doesn't look right on my skin tone. Obviously I love Dandelion and Hoola.
So I will provide finger swatches, brush swatches won't be helpful in my opinion with cheek products because you just dust blush on, you don't pack it on like you do on an eye lid. All in all because I love the other shades, I do love this palette and will keep it. It's a bummer that Galifornia is a dud because it looked stunning in the pan. If you're wondering yes the gold sheen is gone from the blush so it really was just an over spray or something. I wouldn't even be that irritated if the blush at least had pigment because I genuinely like the corally pink color but it doesn't unfortunately.
My thoughts are it's still a good deal, if you like the other shades, even if mine (I won't say all because who knows maybe I have a dud, it's happened before.) had just four or even three good powders and one that wasn't because I will use those powders for sure. I might exchange it for the same palette and see if it's the same case because in reality I would love to be able to use Galifornia, however I might just leave it as is. It's not like I don't have that shade in some other blush. I won't tell you to go buy it or save your money because it's personal preference, I'll leave that up to you. I will say I'm not exactly happy, but it's not a complete loss. So I wanted to get this review up before the sale on the 18th in case you were planning on getting it. My recommendation is possibly swatch it in store if you can.
Swatches down below
So from the top to bottom we have one layer of:
Now this was taken with the flash on. Dandelion looks pretty light, because it is a paler pink of a blush and I have pale skin but it's very noticeable in person and does great on the cheeks. Rockateur is a darker blush in the pan but it's a buildable blush with a sheen to it and that's why I love it. It's very noticeable on my skin when I apply it and I don't build it up much at all. It's also not glittery on my cheeks. Hoola Lite doesn't fair to well with my skin tone. Hoola is lovely. Galifornia doesn't show up at all on my cheeks no matter how much I layer.
This is my palette now. Taken with flash as the one on top was of when I first opened it. You'll see that the golden sheen to Galifornia is completely gone and Rockateur being the other non-matte shade still looks the same and has the same sheen or shimmer to it after using it several times. I just wanted to add this so that you could visibly see that the golden sheen was completely gone without the pattern being disrupted at all from over use, or tampering with it.
It's time for another "WIATAT". This time I want to discuss two products from Fiona Stiles. Which has now piqued my interest so much that I need every product she's EVER. PUT. OUT.
So I got the Sculpting Palette first, just on a whim while I was shopping on Ulta's website. I wanted to give it a whirl cause I'd seen Tati Glam Life Guru use some of her stuff. I was blown away with how amazing this was. I have medium to deep. I always prefer to go darker. I just do. These powders blend so amazingly well. The undertone is amazing. It's absolutely perfect for contour from light sculpting to heavier sculpting. They work with any brush and even a sponge. That's right folks. You can sculpt with powder on a sponge. A damp sponge even.
So since that was amazing I went back to get the Multidemensional Color Palette because there are 3 blushes with different finishes, a bronzer, and 2 highlight shades. Again it was amazing. The blush is SUPER pigmented. It's shades that I wouldn't typically go for but I was so sold on the Sculpting palette that I didn't care what shades were in the Face Palette. SHE COULD'VE SOLD ME A GREEN BLUSH FOR ALL I CARE. I STILL WOULD'VE BOUGHT IT. Cause I know the formula would be awesome and somehow, someway it would transform into something amazing. They have a hashtag that is "#mistakefreemakeup and they're right. I've really thought I had ruined my makeup one day with too much blush but no. No my friends, I blended it with my powder brush and it turned into, what I can only assume, is pure magic on my face. The bronzer is absolutely perfect with it's golden tone and the highlight shades even the darker one is super wearable and pigmented. Not to a strobing effect and blinding highlight mind you but a lovely sheen. More noticeable than say the Laura Mercier Highlight 01, but less intense than Becca Opal I feel. Formula wise every powder I've tried is consistent and soft and smooth not chalky or dry. I've already stated that they blend like a dream and they do no matter what tool you're using which I think is part of why I love it so much. It's not so much about your tools because the products, in this case, do the work for you. That's hardly ever the case I find.
Aside from the fact that her products are amazing she's a highly sought after makeup artist for A list celebs, photographers, and so on. What I think stands out about her work as far as a makeup artist is no matter if it's editorial work, red carpet, runway, whatever, it always has a flawless and fresh look to it somewhere in the makeup. They might have a bright blue wing but somewhere you're going to see that signature style of fresh and flawless makeup. Not necessarily "dewy", "grunge", "everyday", or "bold" but it's perfect and flawless. It's blended but sculpted, it's enhancing your natural brow shape but clean, it's natural lashes that look like falsies. Again I say, because there is no other word that comes to mind, it's flawless. Her signature is "flawless" makeup. I don't feel like she's talked about as much as she should be, and I don't feel like her products are talked about as much as they should be for sure.
I highly recommend you at least try some of her products I definitely recommend any powder for the face whether it's a blush, a bronzer, highlighter, contour, whatever it may be, I love everything she's put out for the face especially. Of course I'm going to try more of her stuff. I want to try her shadows, loose powder, foundations, all of it. Eventually, I will own the entire line, I'm just saying. You can get this on Ulta that's what I recommend you do. Get you some points it's just the best way overall.
Mmk so Jaclyn Hill and Becca Cosmetics extended their collab to include some Split Pans and Slim Lights. I got one of the split pans. I wasn't too interested in the face palette as you know and I wasn't too blown away by the eye palette. So when I seen they were coming out with split pans, which is a highlight on one side and blush on the other, I got excited because I could still try the Prosecco Pop highlight and also a new blush without having to buy the palette. Sign me up!
So this is Prosecco Pop/Amaretto split pan. There are 4 pans in the line. Two have Champagne Pop as the highlight and two have Prosecco Pop. I already have Champange pop so I wanted the ones I didn't have. Thus, I got this one. I knew I'd automatically like the blush so I was pretty excited.
The blush is a neutral brown undertone that seems to be satin finish. It's not dark by any means it's super wearable and nearly a bronzer almost but it's not "dark enough" to be one, if that makes any sense. Not that bronzers have to be dark but this is so light in tone that it works best as a blush. Now that I've adequately confused you probably lol... let's move on. This is a super natural looking blush it gives you a hint of warmth and doesn't deposit a ton of color on your cheeks so it's not too intense.
Now on to Prosecco Pop. I'll be completely honest guys... I really don't care for the color itself. The formula is good but it's such an intense gold that I just don't really like it. Of course combined with Champagne Pop it's beautiful, but alone I just don't like it. I know I'm so weird. Everyone loves it. I'm the only bird who doesn't. Being fair though, like I said, the formula is spot on its a nice pigmentation and application but the color isn't for me. I think on darker complexions it might be amazing though.
Here I'm wearing it and hopefully you can see how warm and golden the highlight is on the skin and also that the blush is really wearable and natural looking.
So that's my thoughts. You can buy this at Sephora. It's $38 it's the same price and same size packaging wise as the other compacts for their highlighters or "shimmering skin perfectors". The blushes that were in the face palette are also available in the splits. So Hyacinth/Champagne Pop, Prosecco Pop/Amaretto, Prosecco Pop/Pamplemousse, and then Champagne Pop/Flowerchild. Flowerchild is a permanent color but was picked for the split pans because Jaclyn Hill loves the shade. So Champagne Pop and Flowerchild are both permanent and available as single compacts as well.
So recently I got the opportunity to review some new products from The Estee Edit. I have the Pore Vanishing Stick, Beam Team, Flash Illuminator in shade 4 Day Light, and The Barest Lip Color shade 05 In The Buff.
So Estee Lauder is known more so for appealing to maybe an older target if you will, even though we all know we love some Double Wear. Don't play, if you don't love it you've at least owned 1 bottle. I'm not kidding Double Wear is the OG of good foundation. Moving on, they have introduced The Estee Edit line which is full of tons of cool and innovative products. When I say innovative I mean it. I shit you not, they have a lip stick transformer (2 actually) that LITERALLY makes doing an ombre lip a piece of cake as well as just making a lip color into something entirely different. It's incredible. They have a ton of new products, I actually viewed them all in store with my friend Edie who works at my Sephora in Knoxville. If you live around here go in and ask for her she really knows what she's talking about. Anyways, from packaging to the line itself it's all REALLY REALLY GOOD. I'm so impressed with what they've done and all I can say is it must have taken a long time to get all of that together because..... it's a lot.
So starting with the Pore Vanishing Stick. I love this product. I don't know about you but when I use other pore filling or minimizing products, that you apply before makeup or touch up with, they tend to have that "slip" feeling which is usually from a silicone ingredient and for whatever reason that makes my foundation and makeup slide right off my face. It makes me super oily, it just doesn't work for me. This on the other hand is stick form and thus goes on the skin and then when you touch the skin, after applied, it feels.... like skin. Like you didn't do anything at all to it, but your skin looks smoother or mine did. Now I'm not saying it made every large pore disappear but I was able to wear a ton of highlight and pretty much apply it to my entire face without making my pores look humongous. So I really like this. Now, for whatever reason after I used it my stick started to get bumps in the product which is why I'm not showing you what the product looks like in this post. It's not a big deal but it is something that I feel when I apply it to my skin, I feel the bumps in the stick now when it used to be smooth. So I still use it and love it but just so I'm being honest that has happened to mine.
Next is The Beam Team. This is a cool product. This is basically an illuminated cream/moisturizer with a cream poured highlighter on top of the twist off cap. I don't used the highlighter in the cap that much but this cream is so nice. Mine comes out quite golden but when rubbed in, it sinks into the skin and feels good like a really good moisturizer would. I have used this applied after foundation, with foundation and on it's own and I like it every time. I will say that if you don't want specific areas to have some "glow" to them you may want to apply this before foundation or to specific places after foundation. This is also great if you don't want to wear foundation but you still want to look healthy and well....glowing. So days on the beach, lake, or just running errands this is perfect for those "skin focus" kinda days.
Next is the Barest Colour lipcolor in 05 In The Buff. This is a sheer to medium, high shine, super creamy neutral lipstick. This shade is actually pretty dark on first glance but swatched it's a medium mauve with a hint of brown. Applied it gives the lips just enough color. No it's not gonna last all day but this is great for those who are running late, don't want to think about it, don't want to worry if your lipstick is jacked up in a meeting, or whatever because it will apply easily but as it fades it will do so unnoticeable. Plus we all carry lipstick in our purse for touch ups anyway.
Last is the Flash Illuminator. This comes in a few other shades and my shade is Day Light. I probably wouldn't have picked this color for myself because it has kind of a pink undertone, but this makes great cream blush that can double as a highlight, or be a base for both blush or highlight. Which is actually how I like using it, as a base. I will be honest though and say in general I don't use cream blushes or highlights often. They've never really been my thing but this is a pretty thick formula and beautiful product that does what it should do so I have no complaints as far as how it performs or is made.
Below I'm gonna add in some pictures of swatches and me wearing the products. I applied the creams with a damp sponge and you'll see once they're on they just make you look really healthy and glowing.
**I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.**
Wearing Flash Illuminator in Day Light, the Beam Team all over, and The Barest Lip Colour in 5 In The Buff. Pore Vanishing stick was applied before foundation.
Flash Illuminator in 4 Day Light
Barest Lipcolour in 5 In The Buff
So this is the Beam Team. The color in the lid is not super pigmented, so don't let the color fool you or intimidate you. The color of the cream looks super yellow gold but worked into the skin it's not so yellow gold. Don't let that fool you either.
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The Dark palette is on the left and obviously the darker one. The Light palette is on the right.
Elf Cosmetics is always giving us some really good affordable makeup and brushes actually. I have several things from Elf. Brushes, eyeshadow palettes, and now blush palettes. The blush palettes in particular the "Dark" one is creating quite a buzz. The lighter one I've not heard much about. At $6 though you can't turn it down. I found mine at Walmart.
The palettes has 4 blushes in them. One shade usually has either glitter or a shimmery sheen to it. The rest are a matte-satin type finish. Let me just confirm what everyone else is saying.....these are really good and the formula is really nice. The Dark one is crazy pigmented, the light one however is not as pigmented as the dark one. It has much brighter colors in it so I feel like it's a really good thing that it isn't so crazy pigmented because it's much more wearable and the intensity can be built up to where you want it. So I like them both even though they are very different.
I would put these up against any other blush I have, including the Becca, Tarte, Makeup Geek, so on so forth. They are just as good and hold their own. The packaging is simple, matte black and travel friendly. They both have a color that could work as a bronzer as well so that's a big plus.
So here are pictures of the palettes and swatches without flash (left) and with flash (right). The top quad is the light palette as are the first 4 swatches from the top. The bottom quad is the dark palette as are the last four swatches. Each swatch of the lighter palette has two swipes. The darker one was basically one swipe for all of them.
Several of these in the light palette has some shades that are similar but not dupes for the Tarte Tartiest blush palette. Becca Songbird has a decent similarity to one of the shades in the dark palette. These are all pretty standard colors in the Light palette. Basic pinks and peachy shades and a tan color. The darker palette is not necessarily colors you've never seen before but just colors that you probably wouldn't lean toward using. Understandable, because they can be quite intimidating but just try them especially in the summer. Dark blushes with a tan or dewy skin look phenomenal. They are so flattering and make you look even more sun-kissed.
So I can't tell you anything bad about them. They're ideal to have just so you would have plenty of shades to choose from for anything or any look you might use. They're also awesome for a makeup artist for their kit.
So this is the new Tarte Tartiest Blush Palette. It has 4 shades it's the same size, package wise. There are 3 matte shades and 1 shimmery shade. I won't be showing swatches because the swatches are disappointing. They don't do justice to how the pigmented the blush actually is when applied. So I don't want you to google swatches and then think this sucks. Because that's what I thought at first. I'm really enjoying it though.
Now this is $38 for 4 shades with beautiful packaging. Makeup Revolution has blush palettes that have 8 shades in them that are awesome for about $10 that are also awesome. Not identical mind you so if you love these shades in the Tarte palette then I'm all for getting it.
The four shades are Live, Laugh, Love, and Dream. Live and Dream are the brighter ones. Live is a warmer bright pink, Dream is a cool toned bright pink. Laugh is my favorite and I wear it constantly because you can't see the shimmer it's just super healthy looking. Love is a matte more neutral shade. They all wear extremely well, and apply really pigmented so go light at first and build from there. I went in heavy because the swatches weren't much and ended up buffing some of the color off.
I've worn all of them and they all can be pretty universal I think, which is very cool and not something you can get in a palette of blushes. You usually have several shades that are not wearable , or pigmented, too shimmery, so on so forth. This one seems, to me, to be a great palette that would be a good investment if you find that most colors work well for you.
As always if you're going to buy this it's available at Ulta and Sephora (out of stock at the moment). As always use Ebates and get you some cash back.
Here we are with another review. I hope you aren't getting tired of them. Then again, this is a makeup blog lol.
So today we have the Kat Von D Two Tone blush in Hansel+Gretel. First off, this is only a review of this specific color, as I do not own the rest of the colors and unfortunately sometimes formulas can vary between shades. There are 7 blushes in this line. All of them being matte, and designed to help you sculpt and define your cheekbones along with providing you color. They each have a dark shade and a light shade. It comes with a diagram of three ways you can apply it (according to your face shape) and it was made to work hand in hand with the Shade+Light Contour Palette.
So for this shade, I really really like it. I'll be the first to tell you they don't swatch that great on the hand...they apply much better with a brush to the cheeks as you'll see on down. The pan in mine does seem a little wobbly. It's not on the verge of popping out or anything I don't think, but it does move.That has been one of the issues talked about with these. Which I either won't travel with it or I'll depot it and put it in a z palette if I'm determined to have it with me all the live long day. Another thing that I'm seeing people say is that they're "chalky" and "powdery". They do have excess powder when you use them, but so does my Shade+Light palette and everyone loves that so I don't really find that a huge issue. I do not find these dry however, which "chalky" products seem to be.
This particular shade is a peachy/apricot shade. The light shade reminds me very much of Makeup Geek Bliss blush and I don't have anything really for the darker shade. I will say that on the skin combined they remind me of Songbird from Becca only without the sheen, because it's a bit darker peach.
This is also a lot of product as well. If you only wanted to use one side you could do that with a regular sized blush brush just fine because it's as big as a Becca highlighter. It's 9 grams which is .317 oz for $25. Here is a list of the size of other popular blushes and their price:
These are the swatches. As you can see they don't look as pigmented and they actually look very similar maybe just a shade difference between the two, when there are really several shades different. Also you can see some extra powder on the swatches because YOU DO GET SOME excess. This formula though is very silky and a bit thin which can be better than all these heavy "cream like" powders like Becca ( I love Becca though). I find these don't emphasize pores as much, and I get down with that. This formula is similar to the Shade+Light palette which would stand to reason because they are made to work together only the Shade Light palette seems to be a bit thicker and more pigmented. My advice is try your best to try this on with a brush and go from there.
This is where I show you how I placed mine. Now you can totally just mix these together and use them as a blush, I wore mine for at least half a day before taking it off and it held up really well. I applied these like the diagram suggested, applying the dark shade near the ear and the lighter shade in front of that. I did use two separate brushes though to apply them to make sure I was getting the right shade in the right place. The last pic (bottom right) is when I added (very lightly) some contour in. So the definition you hopefully can see is mainly from the blush. Also if you happen to not like flat, matte, blushes, I feel like this is a good base for a a similar blush with a different finish you could possibly put over it.
Alright, so final thoughts: I really really like this. I know they're getting mixed reviews so that's why I stress that this shade works really well for me. The pink shades aren't getting amazing reviews but I haven't tried them. They did say that this is build able color. I personally had to buff mine out some what, because I went in a little heavy. It was super easy to blend and apply. I really don't have many negatives about this, certainly nothing substantial enough to make me wish I hadn't purchased this.
I got mine from Sephora. Remember to use Ebates when you order and get you some cash back. *There is also a link on the side bar for it.*
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