Products I’m Just Not That Into…

Products I'm just Not That Into: Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R, Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks, and Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara.

Let’s face it, not one cosmetic brand is perfect.  Most of the products featured on this blog have brought me much joy; however, even the most cherished brands can sometime deliver faux pas.  For today’s post, I decided to take a departure from my normal makeup accolades, and bring you Products I’m Just Not That Into.  Call it a public duty, an act of kindness, or a bit of girl talk–but these products need a serious makeover–STAT!!  I hope you enjoy.

Product #1:  Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R Brush:

Products I'm just Not That Into: Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R

Products I’m Just Not That Into:
Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R.

Products I'm just Not That Into: Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R

Products I’m just Not That Into:
Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R vs. Artis Oval 7 Brush.

  • Artis Makeup Brushes were designed for personal use to deliver optimum results while utilizing minimum product.  There is no denying the soft synthetic fibers (CosmeFiber) feel heavenly on the skin; however, the excess packaging and quality control is questionable.
  • For some reason, the company manufactures the majority of their brushes in China and a single style in the USA:  The Mirror Collection (white) is made in China, The Elite Smoke (gray) is made in China and The Fluenta Collection (black/w silver details) is made in the USA/exclusive to Neiman Marcus.  All the brushes contain the same CosmeFiber, with the only visible difference being the design of the exterior handles.
  • When I first saw the box on my front stoop, I thought Neiman Marcus sent me the wrong package. The two-pound box (according to the shipping label) seemed rather large for a single brush.  To my shock, The Fluenta Circle 1R Brush ($40 USD) came housed in an oversized black velvet box (as seen above).  This sort of excess extravagance is completely unnecessary, considering the size of the brush and material used.
  • Truth be told, I sense the company is overcompensating in packaging to justify the inflated cost of the brushes.

Products I'm just Not That Into: Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R

  • As soon as I held the Fluenta Circle 1R Brush, I knew it would not be a favorite.  Firstly, the brush, with the exception of the fibers, is constructed entirely of a plastic. The silver facade is not metal and the black lower half is composed of a texturized (not rubberized) hardened plastic/resin. Secondly, the partially exposed seam on the inner side of the brush, appears to be a misstep in the bonding process.

Products I'm just Not That Into: Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R

  • Another partially exposed seam can be found on the side of the brush.

Products I'm just Not That Into: Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R

  • The bubbled silver material at the front end of the brush is further evidence of lax quality control.
  • The Fluenta Circle 1R does an adequate job of blending out eyeshadow, but quite frankly, for the price, this brush should be flawless from tip to base.

Product #2:  Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks:

Products I'm just Not That Into: Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks Barely Pink and Plum Naked.

Products I’m just Not That Into:
Eve Pearl Liquid
Lipsticks Plum Naked and Barely Pink.

Products I'm just Not That Into: Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks Barely Pink and Plum Naked swatches

Products I’m just Not That Into:
Eve Pearl Liquid
Lipsticks Barely Pink and Plum Naked swatches.

  • As you may have surmised, Eve Pearl is one of my favorite makeup lines.  When I heard she started  formulating liquid lipsticks ($26 USD each or $29 USD for the duo on QVC), I was ecstatic. The promise of a well designed applicator, universally flattering colors, hydrating feel, long-lasting wear and full coverage was just what the doctor ordered.
  • My personal issues with these lipsticks is the pungent fragrance and color options.  Sadly, the artificial grapefruit/pepto bismol-esque aroma is so overpowering, I was unable to properly test the formula (hence, the lack of lip photos).
  • IMHO, the two colors offered are not universally flattering.  Against my olive skin, Barely Pink’s lavender undertone makes me look downright sickly and Plum Naked translates into a pinky orange.  I believe these colors would look spectacular against fair/light-skinned beauties, those with blonde hair, and blue/green eyes.  Plum Naked could work on darker complexions.  However, both colors seem to clash drastically with medium olive complexions.
Products I'm just Not That Into: Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks Barely Pink applicator head.

Products I’m just Not That Into:
Eve Pearl Liquid
Lipstick Barely Pink applicator head.

  • Admittedly, the applicator head is wonderful.  As Eve demonstrates on QVC (here), you truly get full coverage using only one dip of the wand.
Products I'm just Not That Into: Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks Barely Pink and Plum Naked ingredient list.

Products I’m just Not That Into:
Eve Pearl Liquid
Lipsticks Barely Pink and Plum Naked ingredient list.

  • On a slightly personal note, I’m not a big fan of Mineral Oil used as the main ingredient in any product (read more about mineral oil here and here).  It is rather inexpensive, inefficient and not befitting of this amazing brand.

Product #3:  Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara:

Products I'm just Not That Into: Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara.

Products I'm just Not That Into: Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara.

  • As you may know, I adore my Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (pink wand/reviewed here), however the Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara ($6.99 USD) is not on the same level.  As you can tell by the above photo, the tapered design traps the wet formula toward the base of the wand.  This uneven product placement translates to the lashes instantly, creating a spidery appearance and clumps galore.
  • Furthermore, the plastic bristles are too short to properly comb the formula through the lashes, thus contributing to the clump factor.
  • As expected, the wet formula remains in a soft state, thus smudging throughout the day.  Most of the damage is noticeable against my socket bone–the area my lashes come into contact with the most.  Individuals with hooded eyes and oily skin will do well to stay clear of this mascara.
  • To make matters even worse, removal is a pain in the tuckus.

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

Makeup would tell you a product’s success is very subjective.  Although these products did not work for me, they may work for others.  In the meanwhile, I will continue to enjoy my Artis Oval 7 Brush (great with liquid formulas), my Eve Pearl foundation, concealer, eyeshadows, etc. and my beloved Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara.  After all, makeup companies are entitled to some mistakes–just as long as they learn from them.  Lesson over–class dismissed.  🙂   Are there any products you are just not that into?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

PS: I’m thinking about making this a monthly series–a respectful dose of honesty never hurts.  🙂  

 

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me with the exception of Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks (sent by PR for consideration).  *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos and written content cannot be used for any other social media and/or publications.

Eve Pearl Medium HD Dual Foundation, Salmon Concealer and 201 Brush are a Winning Trio.

Eve Pearl Medium Hd Dual Foundation, Salmon Concealer and 201 Brush.

Human nature is rather complex.  Why is it that when we find a perfectly good product, after a certain time, we abandon common sense and seek a replacement?  Boredom, change, the allure of new packaging, lack of self-control, advertising claims, etc.. are all possible reasons.  Seven years ago, Eve Pearl Dual Foundation ($58 USD/14.5 g) was my sole foundation of choice–the coverage, smooth texture, and flawless finish was everything one could hope to gain from a foundation, yet for some reason, I strayed.  Needless to say, when the opportunity presented itself to sample her current formulation, along with the famous Salmon Concealer ($39 USD/4.5 g) and 201 Brush ($54 USD), I jumped at the opportunity.  This modern trio has successfully reminded me, the grass is not always green on the other side.  I hope you enjoy.

Eve Pearl Packaging:

Eve Pearl Medium Hd Dual Foundation, Salmon Concealer and 201 Brush.

Eve Pearl Medium Hd Dual Foundation, Salmon Concealer

Eve Pearl Medium HD Dual Foundation.

Eve Pearl Medium Salmon Conceale

  • Right off the bat, I can confirm the Dual foundation has undergone a transformation of sorts.  The older version contained less product (11.5 g) as opposed to current 14.5 grams, was housed in a square compact, the ratio of light to dark shades was 50:50 and manufacturing has shifted from the USA to Taiwan.  Switching manufacturing overseas is probably the reason why we are getting more product for the same price.
  • These upgrades were executed due to consumer request and thankfully, Eve listened.  I do recall wishing there was more product and hoping to have more of the darker hue in relation to the lighter shade.
  • The sleek gunmetal top, black matte base and sizable mirror are exactly the same as the Invisible Finish Powderless Powder (reviewed here).  I adore the sturdiness and rounded design of all of her face compacts.  The hidden sponge below the foundation is non-latex and does an excellent job of blending out foundation when dampened.
  • The concealer compact is smaller and has an all over shiny black finish.  This compact does not contain a sponge, but the petite size, lightweight feel and distortion-free mirror, is really quite handy for daily use throughout the day.

Eve Pearl Formula:

Eve Pearl Medium Hd Dual Foundation, Salmon Concealer

Eve Pearl Medium Hd Dual Foundation, Salmon Concealer swatches

Eve Pearl Medium Hd Dual Foundation, Salmon Concealer ingredient list.

  • When comparing ingredient lists of the foundation and concealer, I spy both products contain the exact same elements, with the obvious difference being the color.
  • Medium Dual Foundation is made up of two warm shades with a golden undertone.  I believe as we age, golden toned foundations are more flattering, by giving the illusion of a healthier/sunkissed complexion–just remember to bring the color down to the neck area.
  • The Salmon Concealer’s shades are pink based (hence the salmon name) and do an excellent job of concealing dark circles and brightening-up the surrounding area.  The creamy formula adheres to the skin well and does not feel drying in the least.  However, if too much product is applied, the concealer will settle into fine lines and look down right horrible–the Less is Best motto certainly applies in this case.  
  • As the description on the back of the boxes states, the cream formulas are indeed paraben, mineral oil, fragrance and water-free.  The slightly thicker consistency is heavily pigmented and can be built up easily to obtain the fullest coverage.  I prefer to lay down an initial layer to even out the complexion and add layers to certain areas were needed.
  • When used without a powder or setting spray, the foundation and concealer lasted well for a solid 7 hours.  Afterward, I did experience oil breakthrough around the t-zone area.
  • The zero SPF factor assures the HD quality translates on photos and film.  If you require a foundation and concealer that does not leave a white case on the skin or have photoflash back, then these are the products for you.

Eve Pearl Medium Hd Dual Foundation instructions.

Eve Pearl Foundation and Concealer Application:

Skindinavia Setting Spray with Eve Pearl 201 Brush.

Eve Pearl Medium Hd Dual Foundation, Salmon Concealer

Unblended Eve Pearl Medium HD Dual Foundation.

  • I like to start with my primer of choice, Mally Perfect Prep Powerless Primer, then using the flat paddle head of the 201 brush, apply the darker shade on the forehead, cheeks, chin and nose. The lighter color is used above the cheeks, and jaw line to give more dimension to the face.  Eve suggests applying the lighter shade to the eyelids, but I find this can look too heavy on my larger lids.
  • I then proceed to apply the concealer under the eyes in the same fashion and blend out the area with a smaller sponge.
  • Using either a DAMPENED sponge or the contour head of the 201 Brush will yield a flawless finish.  I experienced similar results when using both methods.  Ultimately, which tool is better is up to you.
  • **Tip**  On my overly dry skin, this formula is a Godsend and lasts incredibly well (10 hours) when paired with Skindinavia Setting Spray.  Simply spray the contour head of the 201 brush with the setting spray (3-4 pumps) and proceed to push and blend the foundation on the skin.
  • Should you choose not to partake in my setting spray method, it would be highly advisable for oily and combination skins to set the foundation and concealer with a powder for longer lasting results.

Eve Pearl 201 Brush:

Eve Pearl 201 Brush.

Eve Pearl 201 Brush: Paddle Foundation Head.

Eve Pearl 201 Brush.

Eve Pearl 201 Brush: Angled Contour Head.

  • The 201 brush is a dual ended brush intended as the ultimate tool to use with any cream foundation.  The “100% animal free synthetic micro silk fibers are antibacterial and hypoallergenic.” I’m not exactly sure what micro silk fibers are, but I can tell you the contour head is extremely soft and gentle on the skin.
  • The flat paddle head is composed of stiff synthetic fibers (as are most paddle brushes).  I find this brush works extremely well when using long sweeping motions to apply the foundation.  However, the stiff shorter hairs at the base are prone to feeling scratchy if dabbing motions are used instead.  Personally, I find this end also works well with highlighter placement.  I simply dab the brush tip into my powder highlighter, lightly spray the brush with my setting spray and proceed to apply the pigment to my face.
  • The contour head is brilliant for cream and powder formulations.  As soon as I’m finished blending my foundation, I simply wipe off any excess and proceed to apply my contour, bronzer and blush. Liquid formulations do not do well with this brush; the dense fibers are too long and absorb most of the liquid.
  • Although the 201 brush is rather handy, I find the price a bit steep for a synthetic, mass-produced brush made in China.  For this reason, it is advisable to take advantage of Eve Pearl’s Black Pearl sales (60% off on brushes) or purchasing this brush as part of a set on QVC (link below).
Finished look using Eve Pearl Medium Hd Dual Foundation, Salmon Concealer and Sweet Cheeks Blush (review coming soon).

Finished look using Eve Pearl Medium Hd Dual Foundation, Salmon Concealer and Sweet Cheeks Blush (review coming soon).

For the above eye look (requested):

  1. Start with NYX Primer all over the mobile lid.
  2. Mix Bobbi Brown Stone and Sandy Gold Cream Shadow and apply to the mobile lid and lower lash line.
  3. MAC Uninterrupted was used in the crease and blended above the socket bone.
  4. Kjaer Weis Magnetic was also used to deepen the lower half of the crease and lower lash line.
  5. MUFE M-510 was used to highlight the brow bone.
  6. Laura Mercier Wet Sand Glace was used as a topper shade to add a golden sparkle.
  7. Stila Waterproof liner in Midnight was used in the first photo, but then darkened the line by adding a black liner close to the lashes, for the final look.
  8. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo in Armani Navy was used above the liner and blended upward.
  9. Ingot #77 gel liner was used on the upper waterline.
  10. Rimmel Nude liner was used on the lower waterline.
  11. For the first time I tried Ardell Medium knot-free individual lashes (two on each eye)–not bad for a beginner.  🙂
  12. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara was used to finish off the look.

**Eve Pearl cosmetics can be found on QVC.com and eve pearl.com.**

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

Makeup would tell you Eve Pearl HD Dual Foundation, Salmon Concealer and 201 Brush are absolute classics. Just like a little black dress, nude pumps, diamonds, pearls, a red hot Ferrari and of course, George Clooney–these staples will never go out of style.   🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, products in this post were provided by PR for consideration. *Skindinavia was purchased by me.*Compensation is not given for any reviews. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos can only be used for other social media and publications with granted permission.

Eve Pearl Bronzing Highlighter Trio and Fan Brush review and photos.

Eve Pearl

With all of the holiday makeup collections flooding the market, it can get a bit overwhelming to discern which brand is truly worthy of purchase.  As for myself, I have been really enjoying exploring more professional lines.  Lately, the Eve Pearl brand has stood out to me over many other companies.  The Eve Pearl Bronzing Highlighter Trio ($36 USD/9.4 g) and Fan Brush ($35 USD) are the two newest editions to my growing EP family.  The smooth double pigmented pressed powders paired with the lightweight airy brush design, gives the face such a fabulous bronzy glow, it will leave you wondering if you have discovered an untapped makeup resource.  Clearly, I have–I hope you enjoy!

Eve Pearl Bronzing Highlighter Trio Packaging:

Eve Pearl

Eve Pearl

Eve Pearl

Eve Pearl Bronzing Highlighter Trio

  • I am absolutely in love with the sleek thin compact design.  When compared to the Eve Pearl Powderless Powder Compact (reviewed here), the difference in width is astounding.  I never thought a makeup compact could be–well, so compact.
  • The sizable distortion-free mirror is quite useful for on the go touch-ups.  This is one case that will not be depotted and discarded.
  • The compact is designed with a glossy gunmetal top and black matte base.  The square shape and lightweight style can easily be stored in any sized handbag or even a jacket pocket.
  • The rectangular strips of powder are thoughtfully widen to accommodate a variety of eyeshadow brush heads.

Eve Pearl Fan Brush

  • The compact opens fully for easy access to all the colors–especially important for makeup artist. Truthfully, this is how the compact is displayed even for my personal makeup use.

Eve Pearl Bronzing Highlighting Trio Colors and Formula:

Eve Pearl Bronzing Highlighter Trio

  • To state the obvious, all the shades contain shimmer–not for those who prefer a matte finish. Even though, I too am quite shimmer averse, admittedly, these colors are infused with the most refined shimmers ever.  Rest assured, the finish on the face is luminous rather than glittery.  I prefer to utilize this trio more like a blusher rather than an all over bronzer.
  • These colors, although deep, can be worn by all complexions.  Of course a light hand and a fluffy brush would be the ideal method of application for lighter skins.
  • The bronzer shade (Gold) is a highly concentrated deep copper/bronze color with golden reflects, quite flattering on medium and darker skins.  The intensity of this color is subdued when mixed with the other two shades.
  • The blusher shade (Pink Sand) has a warm pink base with delicate gold shimmers throughout–a softer, more elegant version of Nars Orgasm if you will.
  • The Highlighter shade (Champagne) is the jewel of the lot.  I swear I don’t think I have ever encountered such an effortless highlighter formula.  This pinky champagne beauty is soft and rich and glides on the skin like butter.  The finish is almost cream-like without any large specs of glitter/shimmer on the skin.  Eve should consider manufacturing a line of highlighters, with this exact formula–it’s that good.

Eve Pearl

 

  • The above photo demonstrates how easily the powder clings to the brush hairs.  I barely tapped the brush into the powder for instant color payoff.  A dense brush of any making/brand would not work well with this formula; not only would there be a ton of powder kick-up, but the results would be predictably too harsh.

Eve Pearl

  • Two words come to mind when working with these colors–velvety smooth.  As you can tell from the dry swatches, the double pigmented pressed powder claim is not an exaggeration.  As Eve herself states, “you need half the amount of product” to achieve high impact results.
  • In all honesty, I lightly swiped my fingers down each shade and applied the pigment to my arm. The only shade that lacked potency was Pink Sand.  However, when blended with the other two colors, this blusher did add a lovely pinky warmth to the overall finish.

Eve Pearl

  • As you can tell, the intensity of each shade is definitely magnified when used in a dampened state. Personally, I would never use these colors dampened on the face, simply because there is no need. However, I can attest, this extreme variation looks fantastic when used as eyeshadows (see below).
  • To make matters even more tempting, a hard-pan does not form on the surface of any of the shades if a wet brush is used–Eve has thought of everything.

Eve Pearl Fan Brush:

Eve Pearl Fan Brush

  • If you are familiar with Eve Pearl, you will notice her Fan Brush is used in all of her makeovers. The acquisition of this brush was quite exciting for me, considering it seems to blend all of her blushes so perfectly.
  • On first impression, the natural hair bristles feel incredibly soft and airy–the unknown material (perhaps goat or badger) is not scratchy in the least.  Before washing this guy, I immediately dipped him in the Trio and was completely blown away by how well it blended the powder on the face.
  • I will warn you, a significant amount of shedding did occur before the initial washing.  After receiving a proper cleansing, shedding was abundantly reduced, but the occasional stray hair does come loose if too much pressure is used during makeup application.
Eve Pearl Fan Brush

Eve Pearl Fan Brush after being washed.

Eve Pearl Fan Brush

Eve Pearl Fan Brush after being washed.

  • As you can tell, the natural hair swells after being washed.  The overall feel is still incredibly soft, but the hairs do appear somewhat coarse and fray.
  • I would not classify this brush as having the same luxe feel and look as my Chikuhodo Z-8 (reviewed here), but there is something about the design, density and material, that picks-up and distributes powders beautifully on skin.
  • I have since used this brush with other bronzers, blushes and highlighters and in every instance, the results were stellar.
  • The $35 price tag is steep for a brush manufactured in China and presumably machine-made. Thankfully, Eve hosts a number of Black Pearl sales throughout the year to lessen the blow of the expense.

Eve Pearl Bronzing Highlighter Trio on the eyes and face.

Eve Pearl

  • For the above photo, Eve Pearl Bronzing Highlighter Trio was applied on the eyes with a dampened brush.  As you can tell, the powders adhered seamlessly to the skin.  All colors blended like a dream and the outcome was more iridescent rather than metallic.  This look lasted all day (11 hours) over my NYX primer.
  • Using my Shu Uemura #10 brush, Gold was applied all over the mobile lid, Champagne was placed heavily on the inner corners and blended a quarter way into Gold and finally, Pink Sand was mixed with Vincent Longo Intergalactic (reviewed here) in the crease and outer “v”.  Gold was also used to smoke out Giorgio Armani #4 Wood (reviewed here) on the lower lash line.
Eve Pearl

Eve Pearl Bronzing Highlighter Trio on the cheeks.

  • An angle shot shows the true impact of this trio in action.  Eve suggests taking the fan brush and running it over all three shades, this will ensure your bronzer, blush and highlighter are applied all in one motion.  Start by applying the color at the hollows of the cheeks and work the brush upward in circular motions–viola the trifecta accomplished all in one shot.  🙂
  • My results were achieved with the most minimal amount of product imaginable and lasted all day on my dry skin.
Eve Pearl Bronzing Highlighter Trio ingredient list.

Eve Pearl Bronzing Highlighter Trio ingredient list.

 

**Eve Pearl Cosmetics can be found at Evepearl.com**

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

Makeup would state the obvious–I love Eve Pearl Bronzing Highlighter Trio and Fan Brush.  The smooth velvety texture, the sexy sleek compact design, the refined shimmer, amazing color payoff, long-lasting results and soft airy brush work synergistically to achieve a sophisticated glow.  So impressed was I with the texture and pigment of these powders, an immediate order of the Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette was placed within seconds, along with a few other goodies.  What can I say, I have fallen down the EP rabbit hole and I can’t get out–will you be join me?  🙂   Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, products in this post were provided by PR for consideration. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences.*All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos can only be used for other social media and publications with granted permission.

Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palette review and photos.

Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palettes.

There are very few makeup accessories/tools that successfully capture my attention.  In all fairness, many are geared toward professional makeup artistry and are not intended for the mainstream.  Then again, my dubious nature automatically dismisses these products as fads or clever marketing ploys designed to garnish more sales.  Such is not the case with Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palette ($30 for two).  This is one “professional” accessory that has proven it’s worth many times over.  I hope you enjoy.

Eve Pearl

The Pros to Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palette:

  1. Comes with two palettes per order–black and silver.
  2. Different colors make it easy to distinguish each palette’s purpose–one for foundation and concealer, the other for eyes and lips.
  3. Rectangular shape is discreet, yet sizable.
  4. Malleable material is rather durable and slips on the fingers easily–especially on larger fingers.
  5. Multiple palettes can be used on the same hand–up to three at once.
  6. Lightweight design is truly feather-light.
  7. Scratch resistant surface is easily cleaned–even in the presence of long-wearing formulas.
  8. Makeup application is more sanitary–especially if applied to others.
  9. “Made of a non-porous material for durability.”
  10. A must-have for makeup artists and those of us with excessively dry hands (explanation below).
  11. Due to the thin design, the palette fits neatly in any drawer or makeup kit.

The Cons to Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palette:

  1. The adjustable ring does not accommodate slim fingers.  I tried to tighten the band to fit my ring finger more securely, but I found the material did not want to hold its shape.
  2. Country of origin and/or material used is not specified anywhere on the box or product info page.
  3. Expensive–purchasing during the Eve Pearl Black Pearl sale (which I did) is highly advisable.

Eve Pearl

Eve Pearl

  • The purpose for my purchase was to rid myself from using the back of my hand to mix foundation and lipstick colors.  I know this sounds so trivial, but for those of us plagued with excessively dry skin on our hands, the constant wiping causes skin to crack, feel unbearable and appear unsightly.  This palette has made makeup concocting so much more pleasurable during my morning routine.  🙂
  • As you can tell from the photos above, the ring-like design allows the palette to rest against the contours of the hand very nicely.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I rarely use the palettes in this manner.  For my personal use, I simply hold the band attachment between my thumb and index fingers.
  • When I applied makeup to my mother, I found wearing the palette on my middle finger provided the ideal proximity for applying foundation, concealer and liner with easy and speed.

Eve Pearl

Eve Pearl

  • For the above photos, my Marc Jacobs Remarcable Foundation (reviewed here) was mixed with Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Poreless Primer (here).  Normally this long-lasting concoction does not remove smoothly from the back of my hand–a good dose of scrubbing with a tissue is often required.
  • However, cleanup was totally effortlessly with the Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palette–saving my skin from unnecessary scrubbing and exceedingly parched conditions.

Eve Pearl

  • From time to time, in an attempt to consume some of the liquid matte lipsticks in my collection, I like to mix colors together.  However, as we all know, matte liquid lipsticks can be quite arduous to remove when given the opportunity to dry–not the best scenario for my dry skin.
  • The Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palette not only exhibits the colors more accurately, but the newly formed mixture does not dry-out on the “non-porous” surface and removal is a breeze.  For the above photo, Lime Crime Wicked (ultra drying/long-lasting formula) was mixed with Dose of Colors Merlot.

Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palettes.

  • The clever slender design of these palettes, allows for easy storage–my two lovelies are inconspicuously stashed away alongside my face brushes.

**Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palette can be purchased on EvePearl.com.**

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

Makeup would tell you Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palette is beyond useful–bordering on necessary.  The amazing size, scratch-resistant surface, lightweight feel, ring design, amount given and convenient storage makes this purchase totally worth the expense.  As mentioned in my previous post, Eve Pearl hosts a number of Black Pearl sales throughout the year–all of her merchandise is discounted 40%, 50% and 60% off.  At the time of my purchase, the Pro Palette was 60% off ($12).  Signing up for email alerts for the next Black Pearl sale (most likely on Black Friday) would be the perfect opportunity to sample this amazing brand.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Eve Pearl Invisible Finish Powderless Powder review, photos and comparisons.

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As we mature, our skin seems to loose that fresh-faced finish from our teen years.  Some resort to plastic surgery to restore their vitality, others succumb to the modern allure of botox.  Personally, my formula for preserving a youthful appearance is rather simple–consume real food in moderation, engage in some form of exercise everyday, moisturize, utilize a derma roller weekly, and invest in quality cosmetics.  Eve Pearl Invisible Finish Powderless Powder ($52 USD/ 10g) has proven to be a wonderful noninvasive tool that reawakens my look instantly.  My adoration for this product is so profound, the travel size companion ($39 USD/ 4g) was also shamelessly procured.  🙂   I hope you enjoy.

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Pros to Eve Pearl Invisible Finish Powderless Powder:

  1. Silky smooth formula (almost like a cream) glides on skin and immediately mattifies skin without looking ashy.
  2. Skin feels noticeably softer.
  3. Pores and fine lines appear more diffused.
  4. On my semi-oily t-zone, results last 6-7 hours.
  5. For all skin types, “especially sensitive skins.”
  6. Contains Astaxanthin (Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract), a natural antioxidants and UV protector.  Read about this amazing carotenoid (here).
  7. The solidified mass appears to have a salmon colorant (Astaxanthin), but applies clear and is appropriate for all complexions and ages.
  8. Product can be applied with a brush, the provided sponge or fingers (my preferred method).
  9. Photographs beautifully without photo flashback.
  10. Can be used on bare skin or over makeup.
  11. Sophisticated compact is lightweight with a sizable mirror and a hinged compartment to store the sponge.
  12. Vented base allows sponge to air out.
  13. Very little product is needed–compact is sure to last a while.
  14. Travel size version is the size of an eyeshadow compact and can fit in the smallest of handbags.
  15. Oil free formula does not contain parabens, mineral oil, or fragrance.
  16. Made in the USA.

The Cons to Eve Pearl Invisible Finish Powerless Powder:

  1. Slight makeup transfer if used in excess or if too much pressure is put on the sponge during application.
  2. Composed mainly of silicone–not for the all natural beauty lover.
  3. Lint is easy attracted to the creamy formula–make sure your sponge, brush or fingers are clean prior to using this product.
  4. Expensive–purchasing during the Eve Pearl Black Pearl sale (which I did) is highly advisable.

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  • As you can tell, both products are housed in sleek compacts.  The top cover of the full size version, is composed of a reflective gun-metal color with a matte black base.  The travel size is plainer in appearance, with a shiny black finish.  The lightweight plastic has a snap closure and is easily wiped cleaned.
  • The full-sized version contains a sponge, but the travel size does not.  This is of no consequence to me, considering I use my fingers to apply the product to my skin.
  • The travel size version appears darker, because it is confined to a more compact casing.  Thankfully, this does not effect the outcome of the product in the least.
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Eve Pearl Invisible Finish Powderless Powder with Wayne Goss 01 Brush.

Skin covered in Coconut oil.

Skin covered in Coconut oil.

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Eve Pearl Invisible Finish Powderless Powder applied to the right side of hand.

  • For the above photos, I coated the back my hand with coconut oil and then applied Invisible Finish Powerless Powder to one half, with my Wayne Goss 01 Brush.  As you can tell, the power is completely clear and successfully mattified the skin and diffused the look of any fine lines.
  • As expected, due to the extreme nature of my demonstration, a heavier dose of powder was used to achieve a matte finish, yet, the results were not caky or noticeable in the least.  For everyday wear, a small amount is needed to achieve desirable results.  I simply use my ring finger to lightly press and sweep the powder around any area of the face I want to mattify and conceal pores or fine lines.

Eve Pearl Invisible Finish Powderless Powder vs. Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender.

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Comparison: Eve Pearl Invisible Finish Powderless Powder vs. Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender.

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  • When compared to Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender, the clear differences lie in the packaging and the color/formula of the powder itself.  Both products are intended to be used in the same fashion, but I find EP’s formula to be more moisturizing and easily applied with fingers.
  • Mally’s formula is a bit drier in consistency (completely compose of silicone), which is ideally suited for sponge or brush application.  This particular Mally compact is the travel sized version and contains 11.5 grams of product.  Her full sized version is a whooping 13 grams and comes housed in a bulky pink compact with an equally massive sponge.

Comparison: Eve Pearl Invisible Finish Powderless Powder vs. Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender.

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  • I was always hesitant to review this product because of the faulty packaging.  After being in my company for two months, the mirrored bottom half of Face Defender inexplicably broke off.  In addition, the oddly placed mirror was in a constant state of haziness, due to the used sponge which sat on top.

Ingredient list for Eve Pearl Invisible Finish Powderless Powder:

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Full Face wearing Eve Pearl Invisible Finish Powderless Powder on the sides of the nose, frontal cheeks and forehead.

  • When paired with Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able foundation, Eve Pearl Invisible Finish Powderless Powder truly gives a flawless look to skin. For the above photo, the powder was applied to the sides of my nose, frontal cheek area and between my eyebrows.

**Eve Pearl Invisible Finish Powerless Power can be found at evepearl.com.**

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

Makeup would tell you Eve Pearl Invisible Finish Powderless Powder is a definite home run.  The cream-like feel, elegant packaging, diffused matte finish and impressive lasting power totally justifies the purchase of these two products.  To make matters even more tempting, Eve Pearl hosts several Black Pearl sales throughout the year.  All of her merchandise is grouped at a 40%, 50% and 60% off discount.  At the time of my purchase the full size powder was 40% off ($30) and the travel size was 60% off ($16). Remember Black Friday is right around the corner, and I’m sure another Black Pearl sale is sure to follow.  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

PS:  The Eve Pearl finger palette in the featured photo will be reviewed next.

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews.  *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences.*All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos can only be used for other social media and publications with granted permission.

Foundation, Foundation…Wherefore art thou Foundation? Foundation Selection Guide.

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Wearing Estee Lauder Maximum Cover #03 mixed with Koh Gen Do #123

Foundation.. you illusive and bewitching siren!!!   You can bedazzle the human mind, heart and soul!!  Oh how I long for you in my life but alas…shade, formulation, and brand confound me!  What am I to do?  Oh stop begin so dramatic!!!  If it is an answer if you seek, you shall receive it…if you are open to its arrival!!  WOW!!!!   Add philosopher to my list of things that I can DO!!  Foundation is not as mysterious as one might imagine.  

Foundation selection Guide

#1:  SPEND THE BULK OF YOUR BEAUTY BUDGET ON YOUR FOUNDATION!!!

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORDS THAT ARE COMING FROM MY COMPUTER?  Refrain from purchasing drugstore foundation.  Why?  Good question.  Firstly,  you cannot test the color and formulation in the drugstore.  Secondly, the level of pigment in drugstore foundations (more water less color) are not on par with higher end brands.  Thirdly, some drugstore cosmetics manufactures do not list their ingredients on the bottles/compacts.  This can be problematic if you have skin sensitivities.  The saying,  “you get what you pay for” applies in this case.  

#2:  GO TO A LOCATION WHERE SAMPLES ARE GIVEN!!!  

Your best friend in this category is Sephora!  They do not carry all high-end brands, but the friendly service and patience their employees exude, is priceless!   They will spend as much time as you deem necessary on making samples for you to take home.  Sephora will happily accommodate any of your requests, without the added pressure to make additional purchases.  Department stores sales associates are a bit more ambiguous and are limited to the counter brand they are working for at that moment.  Their goal is to make a sale; they will try to persuaded you to purchase something else.  STAND YOUR GROUND….be gracious, get your sample and leave!

#3:  BUY THE HIGHEST COVERAGE AND/OR LONGEST LASTING FORMULA!!!!   

You have read correctly!!  These types of foundations are very versatile.  What is the point to a tinted moisturizer when you can make one yourself?   How you ask?  Take your high coverage,  long-lasting foundation and/or a bronzing liquid (Dr.  Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate) and mix it with your favorite moisturizer.  On really bad skin days, high coverage formulas can be sheered down next to nothing on the skin, yet still give wonderful coverage.  The secret is to use a slightly damp sponge (Beauty Blender) or a slightly damp brush (philosophy airbrush brush) and use stippling and swirling motions.  The results are amazing.  As an added bonus,  you will only utilize a small amount due to the high pigment and viscosity!  Who wouldn’t want that?

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Very high coverage long-lasting formulas:                  Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage #03 creamy vanilla, old packaging
Koh Gen Do #123,
Estee Lauder Double Wear #3N1 (summer shade)

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Estee Lauder MC #03 and KGD #123.  EL gives KGD  better longevity.  This will cover my whole face!

#4:  MATCH YOUR FACE TO YOUR NECK!!!!

Our necks are naturally shielded from the sun by our heads.  The majority of women have lighter necks/darker faces.   The opposite can occur if you are a sunscreen devotee; which will result in a darker neck/lighter face scenario.   Regardless, do not try to cover your neck with a darker/lighter foundation, on the contrary, cover your face with the same shade as your neck!!  The results will be more natural and you will have a more uniformed look.  Test your respective foundation by swatching it on the side your neck (bringing it up slightly onto the jaw); not your cheek, backs of your hands, fingers, or arms.  Sometimes you need to mix two colors to achieve your ideal shade or consistency.  Once you’ve mastered your neck coloring you can victoriously declare a winner!!

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From left to right on bare skin: Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage #03 Creamy Vanilla,
Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation #123 
Estee Lauder Double Wear 3N1 (old formula).

#5:  DO NOT BELIEVE CERTAIN FORMULAS CAN DO IT ALL!!! 

If the long-lasting feature conjures up images of cracking skin, then by all means stick to cream formulas which have higher coverage and are moisturizing (Eve Pearl).  BB creams, CC creams, DD creams EE creams…any alphabet cream, are just creams with foundation mixed into them.  They claim to have all the benefits of your sunscreen, moisturizer, foundation, primer, etc…all rolled up into one product.   You can go that route, however, these will not give you much coverage and color matching is challenging.  Most likely you will still need an additional layer of foundation.

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

Makeup would tell you, work on perfecting your canvas and the rest will follow!!!

The wrong formulation and shade can have adverse effects, in the form of break-outs and what I like to call,  bobble head syndrome (line of demarcation separating the jaw and neck line).  So 1983!!!   Use these suggestions as a guide to selecting your foundation.  When you find the right formula you will proclaim you have found your equivalent to Romeo and rejoice, “Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”  Oh Shakespeare you romantic fiend, you do have a way with words!!   Adieu my lovelies!   Be well and stay safe.

-M-

Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.