Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer review and photos.

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

As the warmer weather approaches, bulky winter trapping are finally stored away and skin can finally breathe a sigh of relief.  However, once the sweaters and scarfs are stripped away, my pale and uneven complexion does not want to come out and play.  Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer ($40 USD/ 1 fl. oz.) easily and quickly remedies my superficial insecurities, by providing me with just the right amount of vitality my skin has been missing.  I hope you enjoy!

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

 

The Pros to Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer:

  1. Watery consistency blends seamlessly into the skin.
  2. Provides a satiny golden finish without offensive shimmer.
  3. Dries down quickly without feeling sticky or rubbing off on clothes.
  4. Skin does not feel dry–could be due to the Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed oil and Coconut oil and of course, silicones.
  5. Removes easily at night with a wash cloth.
  6. Lasts all day on my dry skin (summer time may yield varying results).
  7. Can be applied directly on bare skin, over foundation, mixed with primers, moisturizers and serums.
  8. Can be mixed in with lighter foundations to accommodate a summer tan.
  9. Builds-up quickly without any patchiness.
  10. Tan and darker skinned beauties can utilize this to even out complexion and provide a subtle radiance with minimal use of foundation.
  11. Golden coloring is especially flattering on more mature skins.
  12. Faint fragrance (reminds me of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse) is barely detectable.
  13. Black opaque glass bottle contains a pump and looks incredibly chic.
  14. Formulated without mineral oil, parabens or DHA (Dihydroxyacetone read about this chemical here).
  15. Made in USA.

The Cons to Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer:

  1. Rubberized top can get dirty quickly–when will Nars learn?
  2. Due to the subtle nature of the product and depending on skin tone, three to four pumps may be needed to reach a deep coloring.
  3. Can look orangey on lighter complexions if too much is applied–this is more aptly suited for those who prefer a golden finish rather than a ruddy tan.
  4. Oiler skins may find the slight luminous finish counter productive (see swatches below).
  5. When applied over a foundation, Liquid Laguna will rub off if you touch your face–quite predictable, considering all powdered bronzers perform in the same manner.
Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer (small dot unblended).

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer (heavy swatch).

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer blended out.

  • As you can tell by the above swatches, Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer does contain gold micro shimmers (aka: mica) in the formula.  I can only surmise, this addition is intended to give the color more dimension, rather than leave the skin looking flat.  However, once on the skin, the golden mica particles are undetectable indoors; in the presence of natural sunlight, they emit a subtle radiance, but not in an Edward Cullen kind of way.
  • As mentioned above, the coloring of this formula is more golden, leaning towards the warm/orange septum of the tanning scale.  If you are one to favor ruddy undertone bronzers, then this offering is not for you.  Normally, my preference leans towards ruddy bronzers, but I’m finding as I get older my olive complexion looks more “healthy” when golden toned foundations and bronzers are utilized.
Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer along with Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse and Eve Pearl Priming Moisturizer.

  • Currently, this bronzer is mainly used on bare skin to even out the complexion on my neck and décolletage area.  For experimental purposes, I have mixed this liquid bronzer into my primers and facial oils and have notice a beautiful effect on the skin.  Granted, I could go out in this manner, but my vanity insists I add a light layer of foundation just for good measure.  🙂
Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer with MAC 130 brush.

  • When utilizing this liquid bronzer for traditional bronzing purposes, I find a stippling brush to be the best delivery system.  The delicate synthetic fibers infuses the liquid on top of foundation gently without disturbing my base makeup.  My weapon of choice is the MAC 130 brush, the small head strategically fits the contours of the cheeks and forehead perfectly.
Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

Wearing Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer over my foundation on the hallows of the cheeks, on the cheeks, forehead and down the neck.

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer ingredient list.

**Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer can be purchased at Sephora, Nordstrom, and Beauty.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer is a beautiful liquid bronzer–everything from the packaging to the formula is spot-on.  If you are into temporary tanning solutions or are just looking for a bronzer to add some radiance to your beauty routine, look no further than this beauty.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend my friends!!!

-Maria

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Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer 02 Medium review, swatches and comparisons.

Shiseido Bronzer

There is no denying I have amassed quite a bronzer collection over the years. The purchase of an additional compact may seem like a complete act of insanity; however, as of late, some of the bronzers in my possession have been looking a bit off on my skin. Some are too orange, some oxidize throughout the day (never happened before), while others look too harsh–despite any amount of blending. Perhaps with age, my skin is changing (hopefully for the better) or my tastes are becoming more refined, whatever the reason, Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer 02 Medium ($35 USD/12 g) has been my saving grace. This silky smooth powder has given me the perfect everlasting summer-like tan, where all others have failed.

Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer

Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer

Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer

Shiseido Bronzer

The Pros to Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer:

  1. Incredibly smooth powder glides on the skin without any patchiness.
  2. Quickly builds-up for the most realistic sun-kissed effect.
  3. Oil-free formula does not oxidize (darken) on the skin throughout the day.
  4. Powder is packed perfectly to ensure the right amount of product clings to the brush without any powder kick-up.
  5. Works with ANY brush for striking results.
  6. Contains the finest milled shimmers which translate to a beautiful satin sheen–makes skin look naturally radiant and healthy without looking shiny.
  7. Contains slight ruddy undertones similar to a real tan.
  8. Lasts all day on my dry skin–seriously does not budge.
  9. Comes housed in an elegant pearlized brown case with a matching brush and a sizable mirror.
  10. Can be used as an eyeshadow, blush and bronzer.
  11. Whopping 12 grams of product will last quite a while.
  12. Comes in three shades: 01 Light, 02 Medium and 03 Darksimple enough.
  13. Does not contain any parabens, mineral oil or fragrance.
  14. Made in USA.

The Cons to Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer:

  1. The slight satin finish may not be a favorite for some people.
  2. Don’t be fooled, this powder swatches very sheerly; however, once applied to the face (with a brush), the intensity is very evident.
  3. Although the accompanying brush is lovely, it is not as dense as the brush found in my Shiseido Face Enhancing Trio Compact (see below).
  4. As opposed to the plastic molded insert, a hinged top for the powder and a separate lower niche for the brush would have made for a more logical brush storage design.

Shiseido brush

Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer brush

Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer brush

  • I know many people will think the accompanying brush is outstanding (which it is), but I can honestly say, I prefer the density and feel of the brush found in my Shiseido Face Enhancing Trio Compact (reviewed here). See, I’m getting quite picky with age.  🙂

Shiseido Bronzer

  • For the above photo, I simply swirled my brush into the bronzer and proceeded to apply the color to the hallows of my cheeks. The design of this brush is perfect for contouring and the soft densely packed hairs blend-out the powder to perfection.

Shiseido Bronzer

  • For the above photo, Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer was blended-out on the hallows of the cheeks, the forehead, nose, jaw line and neck. Honestly, this color is so flattering, one can add a little more color to the apples of the cheeks and utilize this shade as a blush as well.

Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer

  • The above photo demonstrates the completed look with blush (Estee Lauder Wild Sunset) and highlighter (Dior Cosmopolite). **Sorry for the slight lighting variations–the sun and one of my lights were being uncooperative on this day.**

Bronzer Comparisons:

bronzer comparison

Bronzer Comparison:

  • Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer was an absolute obsession of mine a couple of years ago. Although lovely in its own right, lately I find the strong pigment too striking (orange) against my complexion. On darker complexions this looks downright stunning…lucky.
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Medium Bronzer has been my go-to for the longest time (my second compact). However, lately this delicious all matte shade has been looking muddy on my skin by midday. Why? Could it be I’m getting older? Nah–something must be off about the powder–at least that’s what I tell myself.  🙂
  • Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer subtle red undertone and innocent hue sets this bronzer apart from the others. On first swatch (on my arm), the pigmentation was underwhelming to say the least. In fact, when I started photographing the comparison swatches, I immediately thought, what the heck did I buy?  So the next day, I used my Tom Ford Cheek Brush (to really pack on the color) and quickly discovered, I underestimated the pigmentation of this bad boy. Theoretically, one can use any brush, but be mindful to swirl accordingly–a dense brush will require one pass over the powder for noticeable results, while an airier brush can be use more liberally for harmonized results. My Chikuhodo Z-8 brush (reviewed here) or the accompanying brush work very well for my needs.
  • Vincent Longo Copper Kiss is the closest, in terms of texture, to Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer. Both are silky smooth, but CK contains more of a coppery undertone and the sheen is also more noticeable on the skin–definitely not for those with oilier skin or those who prefer matte bronzers.
  • bareMinerals Faux Tan has a strong red tone. The dark pigment, paired with the loose powder form, is not the most user friendly bronzer option. I could never get the right amount on a brush and inevitably, there was always spillage. BTW, if this stuff gets on clothes, carpets, and such–be prepared to do some serious scrubbing to remove all traces of the pigment.

Shiseido Bronzer ingredient list.

**Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer 02 Medium can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdales, etc..**

THE VERDICT: If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer 02 Medium gets five stars in my book. The beautiful color, silky smooth powder, fantastic blendability, plentiful amount, amazing longevity and tasteful packaging does not get any better. This may very well have cross over to HG status–it’s that good. Do you have a favorite bronzer? If so, do tell. Until next time, be well, stay safe, and be happy.

-Maria

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Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer review and comparisons.

Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer.

Bronzers are a must-have for many people; they impart the look of a healthier complexion by adding warmth to the skin and add a finishing touch to any look.  Many makeup enthusiast pride themselves on coveting a “fresh” compact every summer season–myself included.  This year my choice was Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer ($32 USD/9g).  This beautiful bronzer was just as silky as Vincent Longo Sandalwood Blush and dare I say, better than any other bronzer in my collection; now that’s a bold statement indeed 🙂

Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer.

Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer heavy swatch and blended swatch.

The Pros to Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer:

  1. Finely milled soft, silky smooth formula glides on the skin with ease.
  2. Beautiful medium brown color with slight red undertones.
  3. Pinky/champagne “meteorite pearls” imparts a luminous finish without any shimmer.
  4. Lightweight pigmented formula is best applied with a soft round brush.
  5. Blends seamlessly and can be built-up without looking caky.
  6. Lasts 8 hours + dependent on one’s activities.
  7. Imparts a lovely bronzed luminosity when applied on the décolletage.
  8. Amazing amount/price ratio.
  9. Can be used as an eyeshadow..very similar in color to MAC Groundwork Paint Pot.  Copper Kiss has been my go-to crease color since its acquisition.
  10. Can also be used as a blush for medium and darker complexions.
  11. Well constructed compact with a magnetic closure.
  12. Just like Sandalwood, Copper Kiss’s compact opens completely flat for easy access to the powder; a feature makeup artists would appreciate.
  13. 4 color choices to suit a variety of skin tones.
  14. Slight fig fragrance which is imperceptible after a couple of minutes.
  15. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil.
  16. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer:

  1. Blush and Bronzers compacts are identical.  A bit confusing during a busy morning, unless compacts are stored upside down.
  2. Limited retail locations..mostly sold online.
  3. Due to the soft texture, powder kick-up is inevitable if a dense brush is utilized.
  4. Lighter skin tones may find his color too overwhelming–Beauty Sin or Golden Glow would make better choices.
  5. No other cons…this maybe my favorite bronzer yet.
Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer.

Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer on the hollows of the cheeks, on the temples and along the jaw line.

  • For the above photos, Vincent Longo Copper Kiss was applied with my Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush (reviewed here) on the hollows of the cheeks, on the temples, on the nose and along the jaw line.  This paired beautifully with Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Blush.  Due to the complex nature of this color, Copper Kiss also makes an outstanding eyeshadow for those mornings when a quick and easy look is required.

Bronzer Comparisons:

Bronzer Comparisons: Bobbi Brown Medium 2, Vincent Longo Copper Kiss, Dior Skin Nude Tan 003 Cinnamon, Laura Mercier Ritual, Edward Bess daydream, and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer.

Bronzer Comparisons:
Bobbi Brown Medium 2, Vincent Longo Copper Kiss, Dior Skin Nude Tan 003 Cinnamon, Laura Mercier Ritual, Edward Bess daydream, and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer.

Bronzer Comparisons: Bobbi Brown Medium 2, Vincent Longo Copper Kiss, Dior Skin Nude Tan 003 Cinnamon, Laura Mercier Ritual, Edward Bess daydream, and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer.

  • Bobbi Brown Medium 2 Bronzing Powder is a very deep ruddy based bronzer; not as smooth as Copper Kiss and requires a lot more blending for the color to appear seamless.
  • Dior Skin Nude Tan 003 Cinnamon was a color a Sephora rep talked me into buying.  My initial hesitation was substantiated from the first moment I applied this bad boy.  On my complexion, the color seemed to oxidize throughout the day into a muddy orange hue.
  • Laura Mercier Ritual was my 2013 summer obsession.  Ritual has a matte base with suspended red shimmers running throughout the formula.  Copper Kiss is silkier to the touch and slightly more luminous without being obvious.
  • Edward Bess Daydream (old formula) is a lovely neutral bronzer.  Vincent Longo Copper Kiss is a bit more rosy and has a subtle luminosity.  I no longer use this bronzer, because it contains parabens.  Edward’s newly formulated Daydream Bronzers do not.
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is a classic shade.  This color smells divine and the texture is wonderful.  However, if a heavy hand is used during application, the color has the potential to look muddy on certain skin tones.

Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer.

**Vincent Longo Cosmetics can be found at Nordstrom.com, Beauty.com, Dermstore.com and vincentlongo.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Vincent Longo Copper Kiss La Riviera Sun Face and Body Bronzer is one of the best bronzers I have ever used.  The silky texture, beautiful muted ruddy undertones, shimmer-free formula, luminous finish, amazing value and permanent status make this my favorite bronzer to date.  Until next time, be well, stay safe, be happy and bronzed 🙂

-Maria

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Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer review, photos and comparisons.

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Bronzers come in a variety of forms:  powders, creams and gels.  I have a particular weakness for gel formulations.  Bronzers that are formulated with a gel-like consistency tend to blend seamlessly into the skin and last longer than any other formulation.  Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer ($56 USD/ 1.3 oz.) is an example of a gel bronzer done right.  This beautiful golden bronzing liquid imparts a truly “natural” and refined summer-time glow.  Ladies and gentlemen, here comes the sun!

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

The Pros to Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer:

  1. Beautiful golden caramel color.
  2. Imparts a subtle radiance due to silica and mica in the formula.
  3. Formula is thin, but has a concentrated consistency.
  4. Wear time is 10 hours + when worn alone or under foundation.
  5. Small amount needed to achieve results.
  6. Lightweight formula blends out smoothly and evenly without a sticky film.
  7. Can be built-up without appearing patchy or uneven.
  8. Can be applied with fingers or a brush (Wayne Goss 01 Brush).
  9. Medium and darker skinned beauties can get away with wearing this bronzer alone to even out skin tone and add a touch of radiance.  When I applied this to my sister (she much darker than I am) she barely needed foundation to finish off her look.
  10. Dry-tme is very forgiving (low-level of alcohol).
  11. Can be mixed with lighter foundations to deepen color for summer time wear.
  12. Plastic squeeze tube is travel friendly and efficient–you can get every last drop out.
  13. Product flows smoothly out of the tube, does not coagulate at the opening.
  14. Chantecaille’s signature light rose fragrance is pleasant and non-offensive.
  15. Formulated without parabens, however, this puppy is loaded with silicones.
  16. According to Chantecaille, “A Youth-Preserving Bearberry Complex provides anti-glycation and anti-oxidant benefits”.

The Cons to Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer:

  1. If too much bronzer is dispensed there is no possible way to get it back into the tube.
  2. Can look orange, if too much product is used–especially on lighter skinned beauties.
  3. Second ingredient is Isohexadecane, a highly pure derivative of petrolatum (aka: mineral oil) used as a thickening agent and skin conditioner.  I would have preferred Castor Oil for the price point.
  4. Chantecaille claims, “Raspberry Stem Cells repair DNA damage, and prevent inflammation and the absorption of free radicals”.  The ingredient Rubus Idaeus Leaf Cell Culture (raspberry cell) is toward the bottom of the list;  highly improbable that this will have any effect on the skin, let alone DNA damage.
  5. The “anti-glycation” effect, due to the bearberry complex (Arctostaphylos UVA URSI Leaf Extract) is also low on the ingredient list, and unlikely to have any effect on the skin—but it is a nice addition, as opposed to having another chemical added.

Comparison:  Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate vs. Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer:

Comparison: Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Comparison:
Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate ($39.95 USD/ 1 fl.oz.) is housed in a glass jar with a pump. This packaging, although sanitary, is not travel friendly and the pump has a tendency to get clogged very easily between uses.  Typically, product would get trapped within the inner top portion of the pump, harden over night and expel a dried coagulated sediment the following day–quite annoying.

Comparison: Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Comparison:
Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Both formulas are unbelievably lightweight, however, you can tell Dr. Hauschka is thinner and not as concentrated as Chantecaille.

Blended Swatches: Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Blended Swatches:
Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Sheered-out swatches: Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Sheered-out swatches after 1 minute:
Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Both formulas blend out very nicely.  However, when sheering-out the bronzer further, Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate becomes patchy and uneven.  Chantecaille remains smooth and even.

Swatches under tap water for 30 seconds: Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Swatches under warm running tap water for 30 seconds:
Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

In the presence of a moistened environment (aka: sweat, rainfall), Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer held up infinitely better than Dr. Hauschka.  Do keep in mind, Translucent Bronze Concentrate is all natural and predisposed to having less endurance when compared to products formulated with silicones and/or mineral oils.

Without Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer:

Makeup without Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Makeup without Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

With Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer:

Makeup with Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Makeup with Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer.

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer ingredient list.

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer ingredient list (click to enlarge).

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer can be found at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth AvenueSpace NK, Neiman Marcus, (where I purchased mine..if in the White Plains, NY area, at The Westchester Mall, ask for Elizabeth..so lovely and helpful).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer is a wonderful seasonal product.  The bronzing effect is rather subtle, but the outcome is truly radiant and “healthy” looking.  My spring time tan has yet to “spring out” on its own, Chantecaille gives me the boost in color I so desperately need and want.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer review and photos.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer.

Winter is a precarious time of year (makeup-wise).  If you live in colder climates, lack of sun exposure makes complexions paler, flatter and less vibrant when compared to spring and summer.  Personally, my olive skin tone in the winter time looks downright sickly.  A good bronzer is essential in my makeup routine. Finding a bronzer that is completely devoid of an orange undertone, moisturizing, and natural can be challenging.  Since my success with RMS Living Luminizer (reviewed here), I decided to try RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer ($28 US/ 5.68g).  Without getting too ahead of myself, I can unequivocally say this was one of the best purchases I ever made.

Wearing RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer and Living Luminizer.

Wearing RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer and Living Luminizer.

According to Dermstore:

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer is a sheer, non-greasy formula that delivers a sun-kissed look to your complexion without the sun’s harmful effects. Formulated with buriti oil from Brazil, its rich in vitamin E to moisturize and renew to enhance a natural radiance.

The Pros:

  1. 100% natural and organic.
  2. Extremely moisturizing.
  3. Fingers or a synthetic flat top brush can be use to apply BB.
  4. Glass container is sanitary and sturdy.
  5. Completely devoid of any orange undertones.
  6. The overall tone of this bronzer mimics the color of a natural tan.
  7. The sheer color formulation makes this bronzer suitable for light to medium skin tones.
  8. Darker-skinned beauties can use BB as a highlighter.
  9. Fantastic staying power (8 hours +).
  10. The color can be built-up without looking muddy or patchy.
  11. The gray/red undertones makes this color perfect for contouring or all-over bronzing.
  12. In combination with the Living Luminizer, the complexion is soft, natural and radiant.
  13. Does not get greasy looking throughout the day.
  14. Small compact packaging fits conveniently in any cosmetic bag.
  15. A powder bronzer can be applied on top of BB if so desired.
  16. No artificial fragrance or shimmer.
  17. Buriti Bronzer pairs perfectly with any cream or powder blush of your choosing.

The Cons:

  1. Application is not as quick as a powder bronzer.
  2. Longevity is questionable on oiler skins, unless paired with a powder bronzer.
  3. Natural hair brushes will not pick-up or distribute the product evenly.
  4. Small opening limits the type of brushes that can be used.
  5. Due to the natural composition, Buriti Bronzer does not set and will rub-off if your face is touched.
RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer  worn as a contour color.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer worn as a contour color.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer  worn in the hollows of the cheeks and as an all-over bronzer.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer worn in the hollows of the cheeks and as an all-over bronzer.

Application:

I like to first apply BB with my fingers to “outline” where I want my contour color to be placed.  Then I simply use my Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush (or fingers) to blend out the color.  It goes without saying, just like Living Luminizer, Buriti Bronzer must be stored in a cool environment during the summer time.  Even though BB is presently a solidified mass, it is not as difficult to “warm-up” as Living Luminizer.  I could just as easily use my foundation brush to apply the color directly to my face.

Comparisons:

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer Comparisons L-R: Chanel Bronze Universal, RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer, Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer Comparisons L-R:
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer, Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer Comparisons L-R: Chanel Bronze Universal, RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer, Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

 Comparison Swatches L-R:
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer, Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel has more of an orange undertone, RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer is the perfect bronzer color with a luminous sheen, Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer has a beautiful base color with fine reddish shimmer, but no natural luminosity.

RMS Beauty can be found at Dermstore.com, RMSbeauty.com, and b-glowing.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you have dry skin and seek a bronzer of natural composition and color, then RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer is for you.  Of course, because skin tones vary, make certain to purchase Buriti Bronzer from an online retailer with a generous return policy.  Dermstore.com is hands down the best online retailer in terms of customer service, return policy and selection. I hope you found this post helpful and seriously consider this fabulous product.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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Laura Mercier Ritual Possible Dupes

When your hands are tied and your back is up against the wall, what do you do?  The answer is simple: you use everything and anything to your advantage to break free.  When makeup addicts are faced with the horrid words: limited edition, we are like rabid dogs, clawing and frothing at the mouth demanding more production. This is what Laura Mercier is doing to the mass public by making Ritual Baked Blush Bronze limited edition (reviewed here). I however, must keep a level head and try to decipher this magical concoction and present my Laura Mercier Ritual Possible Dupes for all those poor souls who missed out on the original.

Counterclockwise:  Laura Mercier Ritual, Too faced Chocolate bronzer,  MAC Sweet As Cocoa Blush, Bobbi Brown Medium Bronzer.

Counterclockwise: Laura Mercier Ritual, Too faced Chocolate bronzer, MAC Sweet As Cocoa Blush, Bobbi Brown Medium Bronzer.

Utilizing my amateur artistic eye, I realized Laura Mercier Ritual has a dominant matte brown base color, with little or no distinguishable orange undertone.  Those stunning pinky rosy striations are what give Ritual its distinction, the more you buff Ritual the more luminous it becomes.  The formula is simple:  Matte bronzer base color (of your choosing) + a rosy bronze luminous blush color = Ritual.

If you are new to my blog, I did a post on MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush (reviewed here) and related its overall undertone to Ritual.  MAC Sweet As Cocoa has a pink luminosity that also becomes more prominent the more it is buffed into the skin.  I suspect this type of color is what inspired the creation of Ritual.  For our purposes, we will use MAC Sweet As Cocoa as the catalyst for our Laura Mercier Ritual Possible Dupes.

Laura Mercier Ritual Possible Dupes:

  • First Blend:  Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer + Mac Sweet As Cocoa:  98% dupe.  The most neutral color, you can intensify the bronzer base to get a spot on color to Ritual.
  • *Middle Color: Laura Mercier Ritual Blush Bronze.
  • Second Blend:  Bobbi Brown Bronzer in Medium + MAC Sweet As Cocoa:  97% dupe.  Bobbi Brown Medium bronzer has a dominant red undertone.
L-R:  Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer w/MAC Sweet As Cocoa, Laura Mercier Ritual, Bobbi Brown Medium Bronzer w/MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

L-R: Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer w/MAC Sweet As Cocoa, Laura Mercier Ritual, Bobbi Brown Medium Bronzer w/MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

 

  • Third Blend:  Edward Bess Daydream Bronzer + MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush. 94% dupe. Lighter brown undertone, would suit lighter skin tones more so than Ritual.
  • *Middle Color:  Laura Mercier Ritual Blush Bronzer.
  • Fourth Blend:  DiorSkin Nude Tan 003 Cinnamon + MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush. 90% dupe.  Dior has more of a warmer undertone than Ritual.  The resulting color has beautiful dimension.
L-R:  Edward Bess Daydream w/MAC Sweet As Cocoa, Laura Mercier Ritual bronzer, Dior 003 Cinnamon w/Mac Sweet As Cocoa  blush.

L-R: Edward Bess Daydream w/MAC Sweet As Cocoa, Laura Mercier Ritual bronzer, Dior 003 Cinnamon w/Mac Sweet As Cocoa blush.

 

As I was typing my post, the persistent commentator (aka: my husband) remarked, “Why did you put the same three brown stripes on your arm?” (referring to the first set of colors).  To which I had to break my concentration and respond, “They are not the same, look at the color difference.”  He then rebutted, “I don’t know what you see, but those look exactly the same to me.”  What a novice and a sweetheart!

Laura Mercier Ritual, Edward Bess Daydream (on right), Dior Cinnamon (on left), MAC Sweet As Cocoa.

Clockwise: Laura Mercier Ritual, Edward Bess Daydream, MAC Sweet As Cocoa, Dior 003 Cinnamon

I decided to show him the subtle differences and apply one side of my face with Laura Mercier Ritual and the other with my Second Blend.  Can you see a difference?  No…No…are you sure?  Yeah, neither can I, they look exactly the same on the face.  He was right…that earned him a scrambled egg sandwich.  I used my Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here) to apply each formula on my face and for my arm swatches. Make sure to dip your brush in each powder the same amount of times for each application.  I dipped my brush twice in the bronzer and once in Sweet As Cocoa to get the right coloring.  Play around with the colors on your hand/arm to see what will work on your complexion.

Laura Mercier Ritual on the left side of my face (your right) and Third Formula on the right side of my face (your left).

Laura Mercier Ritual on the left side of my face (your right) and Second Formula on the right side of my face (your left).  BB Pale Pink right on the apples of the cheeks.

MAC cosmetics are found everywhere: Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Bergdorf, Saks, maccosmetics.com (they offer free shipping on all orders) etc..  Laura Mercier is found at the same locations, but Ritual seems to be sold out everywhere.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to buy MAC Sweet As Cocoa and combine it with your favorite matte bronzer to create a luminous bronzer color to suit your own skin tone.  As a warning, MAC Sweet As Cocoa is very dark and a light hand is strongly suggested.  Do I deserve a pat on the back for a job well done?  Nah..I place my fisted hands on my hips, in my most honorable Superhero stance (Wonder Woman please) and proclaim victory for all those who have been wronged by the limited edition curse.  I hope you find my Laura Mercier Ritual Possible Dupes helpful. Leave a comment and tell us what your favorite matte bronzer is to pair with MAC Sweet As Cocoa.  As always be well and stay safe.

-M-

My husband's prize for being right in this one instance.

My husband’s prize for being right in this one instance.

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Current Makeup Products!

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Current Makeup Products:

This post is dedicated to the makeup products which are currently in my rotation.  As all makeup addicts can attest, our attention is constantly swayed by the “new kid” on the makeup block.  A monthly update is not only advised it is required!!  Enjoy.

Starting from Left to Right: 

  1. Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Lemon Drop:

    Pretty good eyeshadow base, not the best.  Still looking for the one.  Currently testing a new one.  Will keep you updated!  

  2. Laura Mercier Baked Blush Bronze in Ritual (reviewed here):

    My favorite bronzer…wish they would make this a permanent item in the line.

  3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light (reviewed here):

      Really like the way this livens up my sallow complexion!

  4. MAC Mineralized Blush in Pressed Amber (discontinued):

    Browny rose blush, also used as a blend out color for a smoky eye and as an all over lid color!

  5. Juicy Beauty CC cream in Warm:

    The color is too dark/orange and the coverage is minimal, but makes a satisfactory primer.

  6. Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation (seen here):

     This mineral based foundation has great coverage, moisturizing and is HD, however, it does not last all day for me.

  7. Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage foundation (seen here):

    High coverage and super long lasting, however, very drying for dry skin.  Add some moisturizer to this or mix with another moisturizing foundation of your choice!

  8. Burberry Eyeshadow in Pale Barley (reviewed here):

    No fuss, no muss color.  Great on days when I need to brighten my tired eyes!

  9. YSL cream liner in Gold Star #07 (seen here): 

    I use this little pot of gold as an eyeshadow, base color for powdered eyeshadows, and for my inner waterline liner!!!  Cannot say enough good about this product!

  10. MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot:

    This is an eyeshadow base color to even out my eyelid coloring and brighten any powder eyeshadow that is applied on top.  You will still need a general base like TF to prevent creasing.

  11. It Cosmetics Hello Light Creme Illuminator:

    Great base for any powdered highlighter.

  12. MAC lipliners in general:

    I love Chicory (pencil form) and Red Enriched (Cremestick liner..automatic) and Nice n’ Spicy (Prolong Wear liners)..

  13. Shiseido Lacquer Rouge:

    Beautiful liquid lipsticks which are moisturizing, long lasting and a great value.  These are great as toppers for drier formulas.  Review coming soon!

  14. Shu Uemura eyebrow pencil in Seal Brown:

    Great match to my eyebrow color, very subtle.

  15. L’oreal Telescopic Mascara:

    Great for lengthening and separating the lashes.

  16. Prestige My Blackest Lash:

    Great for volume.  I like to add this mascara as a second layer after L’oreal.

  17. Physician’s Formula 2-in-1 Pen Eyeliner:

    Fast, cheap, and easy liner.  Great in the cooler months, summer time requires a waterproof formula.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell me I am a very fickle and highly distractible woman.  My loyalties are constantly called into question when it comes to makeup products.  I can’t help it!!  Hence the monthly updates 🙂  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush Bronze review and swatch.

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Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush and Bronze:

Do you see this beauty?  Do I even need to elaborate past this sentence?  Can you predict what my thoughts will be on this product?  Well here goes…Introducing Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush and Bronze ($36US/9.50 g).   This stunner is part of the Folklore Collection Spring/Summer 2013.  According to LM website, Ritual is comprised of 5 different colors and baked to “provide the perfect, natural color for cheeks and face.”   I would have to say that description is spot on.   This is a very pigmented, dark rosy brown shade with a slight pink shimmer that works surprisingly well as a bronzer.

Multiple uses for Ritual:

The pink veining in the product does make it usable as a blush.  If used as a blush tread lightly.   Did I say Ritual is dark and pigmented?  This product does not contain any orange undertone what so ever!!  Bare Minerals Faux tan is similar, in that they both are on the reddish side of the bronzer spectrum.   Bronzers that fall in this realm are regarded as mimicking the natural effects of the sun!!   Ritual’s powder is finely milled and applies smoothly, it does not come off as a shimmery mess on the skin.   Instead Ritual subtly highlights the areas in which it is applied.  It gives off the “glow” we often hear about in the beauty community.  I also use this beauty as an all over eyeshadow or crease/blend out color.   Ritual lasted on my face for a solid 6 hours with noticeable fading on the cheek area.  In all fairness, this can be attributed to my annoying habit of always resting my hand on my face when I read.  Hey ho, I still LOVE the color…I will endure!!

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Laura Mercier Ritual swatched heavily and blended out.

As much as I love this product, it maybe too dark for someone with a fair complexion.  Could it work?  Sure anything can work on anyone, however proceed with caution.  Use a fluffy bronzer brush or even a stippling brush to apply Ritual AS A BRONZER.  To my eye this would be catastrophic if used as a blush for the fairest in the land.   I have a fair complexion (NW20/25), however because I have such dark (hair, eyes, and brows) and strong features, Ritual works for me in all regards (lucky duck).  Below are a few popular bronzer comparisons.

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Top row: LM Ritual, Bare Minerals Faux Tan, Bobbi Brown Medium
Middle row: Edward Bess Daydream, Too Faced Chocolate, Chanel Soleil tan de Chanel Bronze Universal
Bottom Row: Dior Nude Tan 003 Cinnamon

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LM Ritual, BM Faux Tan, BB Medium, EB Daydream, Too Faced Chocolate, Chanel, Dior.

Application:

I use my Tom Ford bronzer brush to apply Ritual as a bronzer followed by my RMK blusher brush to apply Ritual as a blush.  If you are not familiar with a RMK brush, it is very similar to the Suqqu blush brush, as both are very soft and designed to give light application with pigmented products.  Any STIPPLING  brush from any line sill suffice.  Sonia Kashuk makes an affordable version that can be acquired from your local Target.

Laura Mercier Ritual is available for purchase at Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf, Sakes, LauraMercier.com, etc..

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Laura Mercier Ritual used as a bronzer, blush and crease color (triple treat…oh yes).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

It would tell you to go to the counter and see “my Precious” in person.  Picture me with Gollum’s voice (Lord of the Rings dude) stroking my Ritual compact against my face and repeatedly chiming,  “Precious, oh my precious please become a permanent item in LM line”.   You are getting a sizable amount for a reasonable price compared to other lines (Guerlain I’m looking at you with your Terracotta bronzer ($75) that smells like my Grandmother).  It would be wise to go see Ritual in person (have I stressed that enough?) because there is only one color offered and some may not find this suitable for their complexion.  Makeup also says,  “remember, it’s only makeup, you don’t likey you don’t keep!!!”     Be well and stay safe!

-M-

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Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush Bronze ingredient list.