Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach review and photos.

Shiseido OR1 Peach.

This summer season has been so pleasurable, I find it difficult to confine myself indoors to my computer.  The same can be said about going into stores and makeup shopping; the allure of internet shopping has never been so appealing.  However, when I ran out of my Shiseido Facial Cottons, my no-indoor-policy was revoked and I immediately discovered a few other goodies along the way.  Enter Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach ($37 USD/7g.)–this unassuming powder not only redefines subtle blush/highlight sophistication, but has inadvertently jump-started my blogging mojo. 🙂  Was this outing worth my time?  You’ll see.

Shiseido OR1 Peach.

Shiseido OR1 Peach .

Each shade was applied using 4 layers: Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach swatched separately and blended together.

According to Shiseido:

An all-in-one compact with blush, sculpting and highlighting color creates a beautiful, glowing complexion in one simple stroke. Specialized colors and textures create a 3 dimensional look. Shades can be used alone or blended together.

The Pros to Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach:

  1. Unbelievably lightweight texture and smooth finish.
  2. Softly pigmented formula suits lighter skins perfectly.
  3. The finely milled powder does not accentuate pores or fine lines.
  4. When applied with a dampened brush, the powder takes on a delicate pinky iridescence for more luminous results.
  5. Can be layered without looking overdone or caky.
  6. Suitable for layering over any matte blush or bronzer for added radiance.
  7. Accompanying brush is substantial, soft and dense.
  8. Becomes more radiant the more the powder is buffed into the skin.
  9. Formula does not contain any large shimmer or glitter particles.
  10. Lasted well on my dry skin for 8+ hours.
  11. Full length face mirror is wonderful for touchups.
  12. Comes in four color combinations:  PK1 Lychee, OR1 Peach, RD1 Apple, and RS1 Plum.
  13. Made in Japan.

The Cons to Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach:

  1. Despite what the company claims, I found the colors too sheer to use separately for noticeable results (see swatches above).
  2. Due to the sheer formulation, layering is almost a prerequisite–not your typical swipe-and-go kind of a product.
  3. Due to the soft composition, powder kick-up is evident.
  4. This particular color combo can look ashy on darker skins if applied in excess.  An in-store visit is highly recommended to see which of the four-color combinations is suitable.
  5. Does not come in refillable pan form.
  6. For a company rooted in skincare, this powder is formulated with silicones, petrolatum, and parabens (a discovery I made after I fell hard for this powder).  Why Shiseido?

Shiseido OR1 Peach.

 

 

Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio packaging.

  • As you can tell, the packaging has an elongated, slim design with the company’s distinct Camellia Logo present on the bottom right hand corner.  Personally speaking, despite the understated elegance of this compact, a more scaled design (similar to their bronzer compact) would have suited my lifestyle better.

 

Shiseido OR1 Peach brush.

Shiseido brush.

Shiseido brush

  • The modest star of this feature is the accompanying brush.  I know true makeup brush connoisseurs will scoff and think me silly, but I’m telling you this brush fits the contours of the face perfectly, and picks up just the right amount of product.  The soft, densely packed hairs are cut to a beveled angle at the top, perfect for holding and placing product exactly where one desires.
  • The fan-like brush shape is also outstanding for contour and bronzer application.  I have to say, the design and quality of this Shiseido brush far surpasses accompanying brushes found in other high-end compacts (looking at you Giorgio Armani Bronzer).
Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach

Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach used as a highlighter on the tops of the cheeks.

Full face using Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach on the tops of the cheeks.

Full face using Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach on the tops of the cheeks and bridge of the nose.

  • The finish of OR1 Peach is subtly luminous when applied slightly over my Estee Lauder Wild Sunset blush.
  • For the above look, I simply sprayed my brush lightly with water and swiped the brush in a single downward motion (do not swirl), starting at the top with the peach color and ending with the sculpting shade.  Taking my saturated brush, using a horizontal motion, I applied the powder across the tops of my cheeks, onto my blush.
  • As you can tell, the powder settled nicely on the skin taking on a slight iridescent flush.

Ingredient List for Shiseido OR1 Peach:

Talc, Mica, Squalane, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Dimethicone, Silica, Nylon-12, Aluminum Distearate, Petrolatum, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Red 30 (Ci 73360), Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Tocopherol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tin Oxide, Peg/Ppg-36/41 Dimethyl Ether, Barium Sulfate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate, Methicone, Zinc Oxide (Ci 77947), Tetradecene.

**Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Shiseido.com.**

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

Makeup would tell you this would be the perfect everything powder if not for some of the ingredients. Will you indulge in one of these synthetic beauties or move on to “greener” pastures?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder review and comparisons.

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Lately, I been feeling as if something has been missing from my makeup routine (aka: I need to experiment with a new item).  So when countless YouTube personalities raved about the amazing airbrushed look Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder ($34 US/ 7g) gave their complexion, I knew I needed to give this “amazing product” a try.  I mean, how wonderful and exciting could a setting powder possibly be? Pretty darn amazing 🙂

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

The Pros:

  1. Nars has created a pressed version of the typical loose silica setting powder.
  2. The packaging is thin with a sizable mirror.  Ideal for carrying in a makeup bag.
  3. The nylon pouch is very well made and washable.  Thank goodness not another useless velvet pouch (they get dirtier than the actual compact).
  4. A thin sponge is included for easy touch-ups during the day.  Works well to conceal pores using a press and roll method.
  5. This powder is finely milled and featherlight…an invisible veil of radiance covers the skin!
  6. Photographs beautifully if applied lightly.
  7. The powder is firmly packed into the compact.  Swirling your brush in the compact will not result in powder going everywhere.
  8. Formulated without sparkle, glitter or shimmer.
  9. The powder will not leave your skin feeling dry or give the appearance of caked-on makeup (presumably due to the high levels of glycerin and squalane in the formula)
  10. The formula does not contain parabens or fragrance.
  11. If properly applied, this powder does diffused the appearance of pores (sweep your brush across your face rather than buffing the powder onto your skin).
  12. A beautiful luminous sheen is left on the skin, while providing oil control.
  13. Suitable for dry and oily skins.
Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder packaging.

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder packaging.

The Cons:

  1. The amount should be larger considering one will use this everyday, several times a day.
  2. May turn ashy on darker skinned beauties if used in abundance.
  3. The typical Nars rubberized packaging will get dirty very quickly.
  4. Flash-back will occur if too much product is applied.  In natural lighting the powder is invisible, however because this powder is silica based, it will reflect and give off a white case in flash photography.  Tread lightly my peeps.

Comparisons to Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder:

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder vs. Hourglass Diffused Ambient Powder.

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder vs. Hourglass Diffused Ambient Powder.

Hourglass Diffused Light (reviewed here) has a noticeable yellow base color, has micro-fine shimmers, brightens the complexion, but is not meant to control oil.  Nars is a true setting powder, completely invisible if applied properly and will prolong the wear of your makeup.  Lately, I find myself using Nars Light Reflecting Powder more so than Hourglass Diffused Light.

Nars Light Reflecting pressed Powder vs. MAC Prep-n-Prime.

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder vs. MAC Prep-n-Prime.

MAC Prep-n-Prime is very inconvenient to use, not travel friendly, leaves a white cast on the skin and does not control oil as well as Nars.

Compact sizing and thickness. L-R: Nars, Hourglass, and MAC.

Compact sizing and thickness. L-R: Nars, Hourglass, and MAC.

Clearly the winner in the packaging category is the Nars compact.  I am told (by a Sephora employee) the Hourglass baked powder is very delicate, it has a tendency to crack easily, hence the bulkier protective packaging.

All swatches in natural lighting:  Nars, Hourglass, and MAC.

All swatches in natural lighting: L-R: Nars, Hourglass, and MAC.

All swatches taking with a flash photography:  Nars, Hourglass, and MAC.

All swatches taken with flash photography: L-R: Nars, Hourglass, and MAC.

Each swatch is applied heavily to show on camera and to illustrate why one should be light-hand with the application of any setting powder.  In natural lighting the Nars powder is undetectable.  However with the introduction of flash photography, Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder strongly reflects light and gives off a white cast to the skin if applied heavily (as does Hourglass Diffused Ambient Powder and the MAC Prep-n-Prime powder ).

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder ingredient list.

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder ingredient list.

I like to apply Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder with my Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush (using a downward sweeping motion in all directions) after my foundation, before my powder blush and bronzer.  I then use my Skindinavia Setting Spray to harmonize the entire look.  Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder is very handy to use for touch-ups throughout the day; it performs similarly to oil blotting papers.

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder Powder used all over the face.

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder Powder used all over the face.

Nars Cosmetics can be found at Lord & Taylor, Saks, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Sephora and narscosmetics.com.

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

Makeup would tell you this is a very well executed attempt at a pressed translucent setting powder.  I prefer the look of my makeup at the end of the day when I use Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder.  Just to add a splash of reality to this glowing review, no one product will work magic on enlarged pores and problem skin.  Those are issues to address with a dermatologist and/or nutritionist.  Personally, this little puppy does exactly what I want it to do…it keeps me looking polished, smooth and radiant.  What more can I ask for?  World peace, government resolution, and economic stability would be nice….I guess Nars will have to do for now.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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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-

Hourglass Cosmetics Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powder review and photos.

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Laura Mercier Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light
Left: blended out Right: swatched heavily

Any great photographer knows the value of good lighting.  It is essential when you want to capture a subject’s true radiance.  Imagine walking around all day without any worries of shadowing, dim lighting and mistakenly being taken for a distant relative of the Crypt Keeper.   Imagine looking spectacular every minute of everyday!!   We all want it, we all need, but how do we get it?  Will Virgins be sacrificed, do I give up my first-born?   For the love of all that is good and pure M, tell us?   Calm down and breath…I’ll tell you!

The Pros:

Introducing Hourglass Cosmetics Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powder ($45 US/10g).   According to Hourglass, these magical creations promise to “capture, diffuse and soften the way light is reflected on the skin, brighten the appearance, and conceal skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles.”  Hourglass uses what they call “photo-luminescent technology” to give the skin its most flattering light.  The marketing concept behind this campaign is truly genius!  The description alone should motivate you to get out of your PJ’s, hop in your car, drive to the nearest Sephora, and tackle defenseless old ladies should they dare stand in your way…all for the sake of looking exquisite!!!   These powders are meant to be finishing powders; they are applied to the face AFTER  the foundation, blush, bronzer.  They are intended to set your makeup to Photoshop perfection!  Interested?

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Hourglass Ambient Powder in Diffused Light all over as a finishing/setting powder.

They come in six colors: Ethereal Light  (for the very fair), Diffused Light (for those with light olive or yellow skin tone), Dim Light (for light to medium skin tones), Mood Light (this is light pink…go see in person) , Luminous Light (could be a highlighter.. has shimmer), and Radiant Light (tan-colored powder.. has shimmer).    I am currently using Diffused Light.   My skin is very dry and rarely do I set my makeup, but I’m taken aback by how much I am enjoying this product.    It does not translate to a chalky, white mess on the skin.  On the contrary, there is a noticeable brightness to my complexion.  Diffused is very finely milled and applies beautifully on the skin.   I use my Tom Ford blush brush to lightly dust Diffused on my face.  Hourglass makes an accompanying brush ($35 US) which is nice but not necessary.  Any large powder brush will suffice.  So why isn’t everyone and their mothers running to get these treasures?…..

The Cons:

Are my wrinkles softened in appearance?  No.  Are my imperfections blurred?   No.  Are my pores concealed?  No.  Let’s keep it real ladies, what product can do all of these things?  Does this powder diffuse the over all sallowness we sometimes experience?  Yes it does.  Beware my beauties, the  colors are very deceiving; you should try before you buy.  I hastily purchased and tested three of the colors (Dim, Luminous, Radiant) before I settled on Diffused.  Thank the Makeup Gods for Sephora’s return policy.  Hourglass is sold at Barney’s New York, Sephora, and on Hourglass.com.  At the time of this post,  all colors, with the exception of Radiant Light,  are sold out on Sephora.com.  However, I have seen them fully stocked at my Sephora location.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light ingredient list.

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

 It would tell you that these powders “ARE SO CHOICE”.   If you do not know that expression, you are not deemed worthy to have been a teen from the eighties!   Or if you are younger, two words, Ferris Buellerenough said!   The one caveat to this product, is trying to find the right shade.  Bottom line:   Will Hourglass Cosmetics Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powder magically turn my weedy backyard into lush green vegetation?   Will I be so ethereal, unicorns will flock to me in my daisy filled yard?  Will I wear a white flowing dress?  NO, NO,  and heck NO….I love makeup,  I’m not delusional!!!  Simply put, these are very nice setting powders designed to brighten and awaken a sallow complexion.  So take a cue from Ferris….”Shake it up baby, scream and shout”……I AM FABULOUS!!!   VIVA the 80’s baby….Be well and stay safe!!!

-M-

ferris

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