Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 review and swatches.

Laura Mercier Candleglow 1

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1.

If you have been following the latest makeup trend, setting/finishing powders seem to dominate the scope of the conversation.  Regardless if the powder is loose or compressed, the hunt for the perfect luminous–but not too luminous powder, appears as improbably as the Holy Grail itself.  In my case, I was seeking a finishing powder that had some peachy warmth, with a stain finish, did not cake, was in compact form, lightweight, paraben and mineral oil-free, and reasonably priced.  Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 ($38 USD/9 g.) has successfully checked all of my boxes.  If a soft, sophisticated, diffused complexion is at the top of your list, then this powder is assuredly for you.  I hope you enjoy!

Laura Mercier Candleglow 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 ingredient list.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 ingredient list.

The Pros to Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1:

  1. Extremely lightweight in feel and application.
  2. Smooth silk-like formula glides on the skin and sets makeup for the duration of the day.
  3. Coverage/luminosity can be adjusted depending on the brush used.
  4. Can be layered without looking caky.
  5. The Candleglow shade range is more skin tone relatable compared to other ambient powders on the market.
  6. Gentle–and I mean gentle–radiant finish looks healthy and not overdone on my dry skin.
  7. Formula does not contain any shimmer.
  8. The peachy hue compliments light/medium olive complexions without looking ashy.
  9. Compact is stylish and not as bulky as the other powder compacts within the LM line.
  10. Distortion-free mirror comes with a protective hardened plastic cover to keep powder kick up from muddling the mirror.
  11. Can be used as a neutral wash of color on the eyelids.
  12. Formulated WITHOUT oil, talc, silica, parabens, or mineral oil–it’s about time.
  13. Does not flashback in flash photography.
  14. Comes in six (6) shades.
  15. Made in Italy–Bravo!!

The Cons to Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder:

  1. Despite the sheer nature of shade one (1), the palest complexions may still find the peach tone too dark/warm–an in-store visit is highly advisable.
  2. The powder seems to constrict easily after brush use, making it slightly challenging to get product on a brush subsequent times.  I usually run my finger across the surface of the powder to dislodge any residual compression caused by the pouncing motion of my brush.  Instead of wiping the excess powder off my finger with a cloth, I use the powder to highlight the cheekbone area.
  3. Formula does add a bit of extra depth to the skin.  I really enjoy the effect, some may not.
  4. Oiler complexions may find the slight luminosity counter productive.
  5. Clearly, not for those seeking a matte powder.
Laura Mercier Candleglow 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow 1.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1.

  • As you can tell from the photo above, shade one (1), the lightest shade in the range, is very sheer even when applied heavily to the skin.  The distinct peach color is perfect for those who have golden or olive undertones.  On my dry skin, Candleglow 1 does add an extra bit of coloring, giving my complexion a healthier appearance.  In my experience, this powder truly combats the inherent sallowness olive skins are commonly prone to experiencing during the winter months.

Ambient Powder Comparison:

Ambient Powder Comparison

Ambient Powder Comparison:
Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 vs Hourglass Diffused Light.

Hourglass Diffused Light

Ambient Powder Comparison:
Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 vs Hourglass Diffused Light.

  • As you can tell from the swatches above, the difference in coloring between the two powders is quite drastic.  To start with, LM Candleglow 1 appears to adjust to my coloring more so than Hourglass Diffused Light (reviewed here).  In the past, I was able to pull-off Diffused Light without any issues, but now as I have grown a bit older (yikes!!), my skin does not take to this powder very well.  Hourglass Dim Light would have been a better alternative, but the tone of that color made my skin appear more sickly and tired–go figure.
  • Laura Mercier took her time creating more realistic skin tone shades that truly do enhance rather than mask the complexion.  In addition, Candleglow 1 does not contain silica, which as we all know at this point, is one of the ingredients (along with titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, silver mica, and shimmer) that causes photo flashback.  As a friendly word of caution, if you go overboard applying Diffused Light, not only would the skin take on an ashy appearance (which I has happened to me), but flashback will undoubtedly rear its ugly little head should you be photographed.
Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 on the mobile lid

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 on the mobile lid.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 on the mobile lid, brow bone, cheekbone and blended all over the face as a finishing powder.

  • For the above photo, Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 worked as a finishing powder all over the face using the buffing technique (explained here), as an eyeshadow on the mobile lids, and as a cheek and brow bone highlight.
  • The Wayne Goss Airbrush brush (here) is normally utilized if I want light coverage and the Tom Ford Cheek brush (here) works beautifully if my mood dictates a more ample finish.  For the above look, the Wayne Goss Airbrush brush did a lovely job at diffusing my overall look, despite the fact I was suffering from a nasty cold.  As for the rest of my face, the Chikuhodo Z-5 (here) was used to apply the color to the lids and my finger worked perfectly for depositing color to the cheekbone area.

**Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 is available at Sephora, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks, LauraMercier.com, and etc..**

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

Makeup would tell you Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder 1 was love at first swipe. The sheer lightweight finish, compatible coloring, soft focus effect, versatile coverage and stylish compact has restored my use of powders in my daily routine.  So enamored am I with this formula, a plot to purchase the deepest shade to utilize as a bronzer is well under way–mind you I just purchased Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder 3.  Hopefully, 2017 will give me the restraint that was clearly lacking in 2016.   Nah...I mean how else will I maintain my Sephora VIB Rouge status?  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful NEW YEAR!!

-Maria

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Things I Have Been Loving.

Things I've Been Loving: Zoya Nail Polish Remover,  Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray, Rose Mountain Herbs Argan Oil, Crystal Essence Deodorant, YSL 205 Rouge Pur Couture The Mats, Lipstick Queen Entourage, Hourglass Diffused Light, Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, M-510, and M-600, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #2 Armani Navy, Rapidlash, Chikuhodo Z-5, Memebox Brushes, Pomellato Nude Ring, Gold Hoop Earrings, and EZsizer Ring Guards.

Things I Have Been Loving:
Zoya Nail Polish Remover, Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray, Rose Mountain Herbs Argan Oil, Crystal Essence Deodorant, YSL 205 Rouge Pur Couture The Mats, Lipstick Queen Entourage, Hourglass Diffused Light, Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, M-510, and M-600, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #2 Armani Navy, Rapidlash, Chikuhodo Z-5, Memebox Brushes, Pomellato Nude Ring, Gold Hoop Earrings, and EZsizer Ring Guards.

This blog centers around all the things I love.  However, sometimes there are things that are utilized (and loved) that are only mentioned in passing.  I mean really, there is only so much you can say about nail polish remover to excite the masses.  So for this post, I will briefly highlight all the things that have been on constant rotation in my routine as of late.  Don’t be surprised if an odd item makes its way toward the middle or end.  After all, I write in my kitchen with the company/distraction of my children, impending dinner and a perpetually hungry dog circling around me at all times 🙂  I hope you enjoy.

    1. Zoya Nail Polish Remover removes all traces of polish swiftly without drying out the nails or cuticles.  As an added bonus, the smell is so much more pleasant than your average drugstore polish remover.
    2. Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray smells heavenly and the superfine mist holds the most challenging hair styles in place.  A word of caution, if used in excess the build up can feel heavy and unpleasant.
    3. Mountain Rose Herbs Argan Oil is exactly the same as Josie Maran Argan Oil, without the inflated price tag. I can purchase 8 oz. of MRH Argan Oil for $44 USD as opposed to 2 oz. of Josie Maran Argan Oil for $48.  Both are organic, cold-pressed and unrefined..you be the judge.
    4. Crystal Essence Deodorant is aluminum-free, natural and perfect for the fall/winter season.  The Pomegranate Fragrance is refreshing and non-offensive.  Even my husband and son love this brand.
    5. YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 (reviewed here) has been worn on its own and paired with every lipstick in my collection.  The berry tone is beyond suitable for the upcoming cooler weather and the stain left behind is rather potent.
    6. Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage (reviewed here) is the best matte lipstick IMHO.  Do I need to say more?  Nope…I’ll stop gushing now.
    7. Hourglass Diffused Light (compared to Nars here) has been brought out of hibernation for the fall/winter season.  This ambient powder promises to diffuse the look of imperfections…yada, yada, yada….I use it with a dry BeautyBlender and use the press and roll method around the T-Zone area. However, do tread lightly with this beauty…too much will result in photo flashback in flash photography.
    8. Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, M-510 and M-600 (reviewed here and here) have been used everyday since their purchase.  The creamy texture is beyond dreamy..try them and see.
    9. Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Solo #2 Armani Navy (reviewed here) is the best matte navy color on the market.  Not even Make Up For Ever has a navy of this caliber in their 210 color line-up.  If you are looking for truly exceptional quality matte colors..GA is your man.
    10. Rapidlash was purchased at the beginning of summer.  My typical coconut/castor oil mixture has served me very well, however, I wanted to see if I could achieve the same results in less time. Ladies this not only works, but it works a little too well, on me (I have to trim my lashes).  In all fairness, I have very long lashes naturally so my goal was to gain volume. Incredibly long lashes have not only been obtained using this serum, but it seems my once-upon-a-time voluminous lashes have magically returned.  Application has now been downsized to every other night, with the continued use of my coconut/castor oil conditioning every night.  Costco now carries this brand for $49 for a pack of two.  Bed, Bath and Beyond also carries this brand and you can use your 20% or $5 off coupons.
    11. Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush (reviewed here) is used everyday.  This beauty applies eyeshadow so quickly and defuses the most pigmented colors perfectly.  If you would like to invest in one quality Chikuhodo Brush, this would be my pick.
    12. Memebox Meme Eyebrow Brush (reviewed here) is used everyday to apply my tight line color, gel liners and/or dampened to apply powder eyeshadows as liner.  This little gem is worth the expense of the whole Meme Brush Set.
    13. Minimal Jewelry is the theme de jour.  I’m enjoying the simplicity of wearing one statement ring (Pomellato Nude Ring) with my plain 2 inch gold hoop earrings, sans necklaces and bracelets.
    14. EZsizer are wonderful ring guards used to protect rings and/or make rings fit more securely.  If you are like me and have enlarged knuckles and thin fingers, then these are a must for you.  I purchase the medium size for winter and the petite size for summer.
    15. Spirulina (read about the health benefits here) is suitable for internal and external use.  This green algae is added everyday in my post workout shake and applied once a week as a detoxifying mask. The idea for this mask came from Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog (here); in her wonderful post she outlines all the details to concoct this amazing mask.  Your skin feels so soft after the mask has been removed; frankly, everyone needs to get on the Spirulina bandwagon..That’s right I said it 🙂

 

Things I've Been Loving: Pure Hawaiin Spirulina.  This is the brand I use.

Things I Have Been Loving:
Pure Hawaiin Spirulina. This is the brand I use (photo courtesy of Amazon.com).

Spirulina Facial Mask

Things I Have Been Loving:
Spirulina Facial Mask.

Things I Have Been Loving: Rapidlash has not only given me length and volume, but my lashes seem darker as well.

Things I Have Been Loving:
Rapidlash has not only given me length and volume, but my lashes seem darker as well.

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

Makeup would like to know, “What have you been loving lately?”  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me, with the exception of Lipstick Queen Entourage and the Meme Brush. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *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 Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer verses Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer verses Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base.

Facial Makeup Primers are everywhere these days.  It seems as if every cosmetic line makes the claim their primer is the best on the market.  The advertising claim of prolonged makeup, defused pores, color correction, smoother looking skin and good for you ingredients are the catch phases that dominate most campaigns.  Up today are two heavy hitters; Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer verses Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base.  In the left corner we have the heavyweight champion, weighing in at 1 oz., straight from the USA….Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($52 US).  In the right corner we have the contender, weighing in at .88 oz. imported straight from Japan….Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base ($48 US).  At the end of six rounds (categories) a winner will be declared….ding, ding, ding…let the games begin 🙂

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer verses Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Packaging:

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer is housed in a substantially weighted glass bottle.  This packaging, although very sanitary, is not ideal for travel and for accessing the entirety of the product.  Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base is housed in a light-weight squeeze tube; very convenient for travel and rather useful for getting every last drop of the product out.  I must admit the glass container does look more luxe than the plastic tube, however sometimes functionality trumps looks.

Ding, Ding, Ding:  Round 1 goes to Koh Gen Do.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer verses Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Amount/Price Ratio:

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer contains 1 fluid ounce for $52.  Koh Gen Do contains .88 fl oz.  for $48. Both product’s cost are relatively comparable, however I would think glass is more expensive to produce than a plastic squeeze tube.  Therefore, Koh Gen Do could have thrown their customers a bone and granted us an additional .12 fl. oz. of product.

Ding, Ding, Ding:  Round 2 goes to Hourglass.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base spread out.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer verses Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base spread out.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Formula:

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer has a thin consistency and the feel is truly lightweight.  A very small amount is needed to completely cover the face.  There is a slight diffused look to imperfections and the skin feels silky soft to the touch.  Foundation can be applied immediately after the primer, there is no “dry-time” required with this formula.  Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow has a cream-like consistency giving the skin a slightly diffused look.   The yellow coloring is completely undetectable once the product is blended out, voiding the claim that the yellow coloring minimizes redness.  KGD does not smooth over the skin as easily as Hourglass.  With KGD, one must be very diligent with the amount used, too much product results in a change of consistency (the primer can pill on the skin–less is more).  Foundation cannot be applied immediately after the makeup color base is administered.  A “dry-time’ of two-three minutes is required.

Ding, Ding, Ding:  Round 3 goes to Hourglass.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base blended out.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer verses Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base blended out.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Application:

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer applies smoothly with fingers or a brush.  Koh Gen Do recommends to use fingers to apply the primer a little at a time (less product is accidentally used).  One must be very diligent to spread the primer in thin layers evenly on the skin, in places that require the most attention (my area is the T-Zone, and slightly extending around the front of the cheeks).   Nonetheless, KGD does not feel as silicone(y) as Hourglass.  Hourglass’s white coloring can turn ashy on darker skinned beauties, if too much product is used.

Ding, Ding, Ding:  Round 4 goes to Koh Gen Do.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base with Estee Lauder Double Wear blended on top.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer verses Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base with Estee Lauder Double Wear blended on top.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Ingredients:

Both Hourglass and Koh Gen Do are silicone based products.  Both companies can try to advertise “mineral” and “good for you ingredients”, but the bottom line is there is nothing natural about either product. Hourglass has 12 ingredients and Koh Gen Do has a heck of a lot more, but both contain the same first few ingredients (titanium dioxide, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone).  Props to both companies for not using parabens, mineral oils, phthalates, etc. in their product.

Ding, Ding, Ding:  Round 5 is a tie.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base  ingredient list.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer verses Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base ingredient list.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer vs. Koh Gen Do Results:

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer does make foundation last longer and the skin is visibly smoother and more radiant.  The skin does not feel tacky to the touch after foundation application.  The white coloring and heavier silicone additive does give the skin a slightly dewier look.  This can be problematic for oilier skins. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base does make foundation last longer and the skin is visibly smoother and satiny looking.  The skin does feel slightly tacky after foundation application (easily solved with the use of a setting powder).  However, KGD Makeup Color Base does control oil amazing well throughout the day and my dry skin does feel noticeably moisturized.  Oilier skin would prefer this primer over Hourglass.  Admittedly, I do as well.  SHOCKER!!!

Ding, Ding, Ding:  Round 6 goes to Koh Gen Do.

Left side: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer  Right Side: Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base with Estee Lauder Double Wear blended on top.

Left side: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Right Side: Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base with Estee Lauder Double Wear blended on top.

The Hourglass side (left) is dewier and less diffused (especially visible around the under-eye area).  The Koh Gen Do side (right) does appear more diffused and the satin finish does last throughout the day.  Do you see what I see?

Both Hourglass and Koh Gen Do can be found at Sephora.com and Barneys.com.  If residing in NYC, to my knowledge, only Sephora at Times Square and Chelsea Meat Market sell KGD in store.  Try to get a sample of each and test them out for yourself.

Left side: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer  Right Side: Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base with Estee Lauder Double Wear blended on top.

Left side: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Right Side: Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base with Estee Lauder Double Wear blended on top.

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

Makeup would tell you the winner in this battle of the primers is Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base.  This yellow colored primer does need extra care during application, however the results are worth the additional effort.  Hourglass is still a great primer for drier skins and those who seek a dewier look to their makeup. Presently, I prefer the satiny look KGD provides.  I feel as if I am cheating on my high school sweetheart with the new heart-throb in town, but there is no denying the attraction.  Oh well, I never said Hourglass and I were exclusive…like does not equate love, it’s not you it’s me, I’m not ready to get serious with anyone……anymore lines I can type to justify my betrayal of my three-year relationship with Hourglass Primer?  Nahh…I’m just not that into it anymore.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

** Sephora VIB sale starts today November 7- November 11, 2013…20% off your entire purchase if you are a VIB..who wouldn’t love that?  

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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-

*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.

 

Top Ten Makeup Repurchases.

Top Ten Makeup Repurchases.

Top Ten Makeup Repurchases.

In a sea of cosmetics goods, what products truly stand out as being worthy of repurchase?  Taking a cue from the Pinksith, I decided to put my spin on her top ten series by posting my Top Ten Makeup Repurchases.  These products have proven to work well for me and have become a part of my daily routine.  The first installment will be on makeup repurchases, followed by skincare, and lastly nail care. Needless to say, everyone will have a difference of opinion based on personal experiences.  I hope you find this helpful.

Top Ten Makeup Repurchases:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

1.  Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation:  (purchase here) I enjoy all of the Estee Lauder foundations, which is odd considering I have extremely dry skin. I have gone through three bottles of DW, two DW Light, and currently one Maximum Cover (will last a lifetime considering only a dot is needed).  I find all the formulas to work if the skin is well moisturized prior to application and if minimal product is used. This foundation lasts all day and coupled with a dampened synthetic brush (I prefer a brush over the beauty blender) will give you a flawless finish.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.

2.  Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer:  (purchase here)  I have gone through three bottles of this primer in the past three years.  Very little product is required for this light-weight formula to work its magic.  Veil Mineral is essential in the summer months.

Bioderma Makeup Remover.

Bioderma Makeup Remover.

3.  Bioderma Makeup Remover:  (purchase here) I am aware this is not makeup, however a makeup remover is just as important as the makeup we put on our faces.  I use this on a pointed Q-Tip during makeup application to gently remove any mistakes and to give a sharp edge to my eyeliner.  I appall the price of this remover, but admittedly it is one of the best.  Bioderma has a non-greasy, non-irritating, fragrance-free, non-rinse formula.  I have tried Vichy’s 3-in-1 version of the miscellaire formula and it does not compare.  Ordering from a reputable site is always advised.  Beautyhabit.com (here) also sells Bioderma.  I acquire mine (five bottles later) from a pharmacy in NYC.

Red lipstick.

Red lipstick.

4.  Red Lipstick:  This was a toss up between lipsticks and highlighters.  Since I have over twenty red lipsticks and ten highlighters in my collection, the red lipsticks were the obvious winners.  Generally speaking I repurchase red lipsticks over and over again from every brand.  As stated in my Estee Lauder Ruby Glow review (here), the right red can brighten up the sallowest complexion.  Red lips yield a minimal sophisticated look: mascara, blush, bronzer and a dynamite red…DONE!

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

5.  L’Oreal Telescopic Masacra:  (purchase here) I should receive a share in the company’s stocks based on the countless tubes  I have consumed and recommended.  I love the small brush, long handle and the defining and lengthening aspect of this mascara. Telescopic does flake on me a bit by the end of the day, but you cannot beat the price, availability, and performance of this staple.  Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (reviewed here) has since replaced this gem, but I will always recommend L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara as a drugstore favorite.

Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner.

Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner.

6.  Inglot AMC Gel Liners:  (purchase here) If you have not tried these liners, what are you waiting for?  The formula is highly pigmented and the staying powder is unsurpassed (especially for the upper waterline).  I have gone through 2 pots of the #90 Matte Brown and prefer it over the #77 Black.  I find the #77 Black troublesome to remove at night and if applied to the corners of the upper lash line, it does tend to smudge.  The price/amount ratio is also a very attractive feature ($12 US/5.5 g) compared to higher-end brands.

Clinique True Black cream liner.

Clinique True Black cream liner.

7.  Clinique True Black Cream Liner:  (purchase here) This little guy is the creamiest and blackest gel liner (other than AMC) I have found that lasts all day on my peepers.  Two pots later, I still stand by the claim it surpasses Bobbi Brown Black Gel Liner and MAC Blacktrack Fluidline.

MAC Prep-n-Prime Lip.

MAC Prep-n-Prime Lip.

8.  MAC Prep-n-Primer Lip:  (purchased here) Contrary to what the sale associates say at the MAC counters, there is a proper way to use this product.  When I first purchased Prep-n-Prime Lip I dismissed it as just an over-priced lip balm.  Until, I left it on for longer than normal (5 minutes) and then applied my lip color.  I discovered the slight tacky texture, held on to the lip color longer and really did prevent my lipstick from bleeding out into my fine lines. Two tubes later, I cannot wear red lipstick/gloss without this primer.

EOS lip balm.

EOS Lip Balm.

9.  EOS Lip Balm:  (purchase here) The packaging of this little macaroon is fun and easily distinguishable in an overloaded handbag.  I use the EOS balm before I apply a matte formula lipstick, before I go to bed, for my children and even my husband keeps one in his car (the blue one of course).  You can now find a pack of five at Costcos.  The 100% natural, 95% organic claim far surpasses Chapstick which is comprised of some of the most unnatural ingredients on the market.  This is my choice of “lipstick” in the afternoon and evening time.  How many have I gone through?…I lost count.

Favorite Lipliners.

Favorite Lipliners.

10.  Lipliners:  If you are ahead in the age category, a lipliner is a must.  They prevent your lipstick from bleeding into your fine lines and help prolong the wear of your lipstick.  I prefer MAC Prolong Wear formula, MAC Creamstick formula, and Dior Lipliner formula.  When I visit a CCO, I make it a point to stock-up on the Prolong wear pencils (if they have my color).

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

Makeup would tell you to find products that work and stick to them for as long as possible.  My Top Ten Makeup Repurchases have been in my makeup vault for the last three years.  My mother on the other hand, has used the same hairspray for the past forty years…yikes, forty years of brand loyalty…that’s crazy talk.  What are your favorites?  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

This post is Yoshi approved.

This post is Yoshi approved.

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Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

This Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition will feature all the lovely goodies I acquired last week from my visit to the CCO.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with a CCO (Cosmetics Company Outlet), it is an outlet store the Estee Lauder Company has cleverly established to sell all of their overstock merchandise from their subsidiary brands.  All cosmetics/fragrance brands included are: Estee Lauder, MAC, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Joe Malone, Flirt, Smashbox, Bumble and Bumble, Origins, Donna Karen, Tom Ford, Ojon, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Prescriptives.  All items in store are sold at a 30% discount off the original retail price.  As an added bonus, the sales women are lovely and customers have the comfort/freedom to swatch and roam for as long as one desires.  Who could ask for more?

Eye Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week.

Eye Makeup:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).♥
  2. Clinique Black Honey Brush-on-Creme Liner used as an eyeshadow (purchase here). [CCO]
  3. Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink Long-wear Gel Liner (reviewed here).♥ [CCO]
  4. Inglot Matte 90 AMC Eyeliner Gel for tight lining the upper water line (purchase here).
  5. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer used in the crease to add dimension and warmth (purchase here).
  6. MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome Eye pencil for the lower lash line and in the lower water line (reviewed here).♥
  7. Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara (purchase here) not my favorite. Does not layer well and flakes by the end of the day. [CCO]
  8. Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator for an inner corner highlight (reviewed here). ♥
  9. Shu Uemura Brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here). ♥
Makeup Of the Week:  Sixth Edition.

Makeup Of the Week: Sixth Edition.

 Face Makeup:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).♥
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (purchase here) I have the new formula and it does not oxidize and feels less drying compared to the original. ♥ [CCO]
  3. Edward Bess Concealer in Soft Beige (purchase here).
  4. Chanel Le Creme Blush de Chanel in Destiny 61 (reviewed here).♥
  5. Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator (purchase here) and Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (reviewed here) used to highlight the cheek bones. ♥
  6. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer applied to the forehead and jaw bone only (purchase here).
  7. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (purchase here). ♥
Lip Combination of the Week:  Daliia My Best Friend's Red w/Shiseido RD702.

Lip Combination: Daliia My Best Friend’s Red w/Shiseido RD702.

Lip Combination:

  1. Daliia Herbal Lip Stain in My Best Friend’s Red (reviewed here) ♥
  2. Shiseido RD702 to add shine and moisture throughout the day (purchase here). ♥
Brushes of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner Brush (purchase here).♥
  2. Billy B Beauty # 12, 8, 11 (reviewed here).♥
  3. Smashbox #7 brush (purchase here). [CCO]
  4. Philosophy “the supernatural” Airbrush foundation brush (purchase here).♥
  5. Tom Ford Bronzer (reviewed here) , Cheek (reviewed here) and Cream Foundation brushes.♥

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

Makeup would tell you to locate your nearest Tangers Outlet Mall (location finder here) and visit a CCO pronto!  Plan a trip for the day with your family/friends and roam all the stores to your heart’s content.  CCO are fantastic for discovering some limited-edition jewels that were hard to obtain during the original release. I have yet to spy any TF brushes..Darn!  Do call ahead of time to check inventory before making a trip.  I hope you find this helpful and informative.  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. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

 

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

This week has been very long, hot and tiring; not the time to delve into the creative, rather reliance on the predictable was the rule du jour.  Therefore, I have literally been wearing the same look everyday this week *gasp*.  However, sparkle was summoned to awaken the spirit.  I hope you find this Makeup of the Week fourth edition helpful and inspiring!

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here). ♥
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus all over the eyelid. ♥
  3. Shu Uemura M895 eyeshadow mixed with..
  4. Estee Lauder Chocolate Bliss eyeshadow (both colors mixed and smudged along the upper lash line).♥
  5. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Vision patted with my finger on top of the eye.♥ (seen here).
  6. Clinique cream liner in 02 True Black.
  7. Merle Norman Inner liner on the lower water line.
  8. Benefit “They’re Real” mascara (ok..does not layer well and removal is a pain the keister).
  9. Shu Uemura brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown.

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Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer.
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear in 3N1 (seen here).♥
  3. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer for the eye crease as well (reviewed here).♥
  4. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Blush.
  5. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 placed damp on top of cheekbones lasted all day (reviewed here).♥
  6. Hourglass Ambient powder in Diffused Light (reviewed here).

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Prep n Prime lip.
  2. MAC Morning Coffee Prolong wear lipliner.
  3. Dior 525 Vintage Lipstick (reviewed here) ♥.
Lip Combination of the week.

Lip Combination of the week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier angled eyeliner brush (makes applying gel liner a breeze).♥
  2. Estee Lauder #20 angled brush.
  3. Billy B #12 & #8 brush (reviewed here).♥
  4. Smashbox #7 & #15 brush.
  5. Philosophy “supernatural airbrush” brush.♥
  6. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush (trying to use this guy..he’s been ignored).
  7. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here) using it for finishing powder this week.♥
  8. Tom Ford Blush Brush.♥
  9. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush for my highlighter.

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

Makeup would tell you to relax and enjoy the warmer, stress-free months of summer and not worry so much about makeup.  Of course, when you have a treasure trove of goodies at your disposal, that could be difficult.  Do I want to go the simple route?  YES…I wake up every morning and chant, “I will not wear makeup today, I will not wear makeup today….”  However, something comes over me and the self-imposed command is quickly obliterated….”HELP, I NEED HELP!!!!”  Nah…I need a larger vanity.  Be well, cool 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-

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