New Makeup Discoveries.

New Makeup Discoveries

New Makeup Discoveries:
Mineral Fusion Mattifing Primer, Heritage Store Rosewater, Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base, Sisley Bronzer, CoverFX Bronzer, Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight Liquid Lighting, NYX Matte Liquid Eyeliner, Chanel Eyebrow Pencil 810 Brun Profond, and L’Oreal Colour Riche Matte’s It lipliner.

So much time has pasted since my last post.  Simply explained, my children are deeply involved with their activities, which requires considerable parental involvement and travel.  Rather than produce sub par posts, I decided the healthiest and most logical solution would be to step away temporarily from writing and focus on my boys.  Despite my absence from the beauty blogging community, my interest in new makeup products endured.  So for my first post since my hiatus, I present you with a few goodies that have captured my interest and have retained their value in my routine.  I hope you enjoy.

New Discoveries: Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face

New Discoveries:
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

  • Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base ($60 USD/1.7 fl.oz) is a truly unique product that keeps foundation in place all day.  The light fresh grapefruit fragrance is quite pleasing early in the morning.  However, dry skins would be advised to tread lightly with this product and to moisturize prior to applying this base.
  • Spreading a dime size amount on the skin is the recommended method of application, but in my experience, that amount produced a tightening sensation which developed after a couple of hours wear.  Instead, a small dual fiber stippling brush (MAC 130) picks up a minuscule amount of product, which allows a thin layer of product to lay on the skin without gathering unevenly.  I predict this base will be particularly brilliant during the warmer seasons, especially on hot, humid days. Oiler skins will also benefit greatly from this formulation; the oil absorbing properties are quite impressive.
  • Since so little product is needed to achieve optimum results, this jar will last me for the rest of the year–if not longer.  Currently, Bobbibrowncosmetics.com is running their 25% sale..perfect opportunity to splurge if you are interested.
New Makeup Discoveries: Mineral Fusion Mattifing Primer

New Makeup Discoveries:
Mineral Fusion Mattifing Primer.

New Discoveries: Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face and Mineral Fusion Mattifing Primer ingredients.

New Discoveries:
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face and Mineral Fusion Mattifing Primer ingredients.

  • I picked up the Mineral Fusion Mattifying Primer ($28.99 USD/ 1fl. oz) on a whim, on sale while shopping at Whole Foods.  Despite the natural/mineral marketing, the second ingredient is Dimethicone.  I’m not fooled into thinking this product is completely natural, but I must admit, the slip on the skin is soothing and the longevity of my foundation is improved.  On my dry skin, this feels heavenly and allows a full coverage foundation (Estee Lauder Double Wear) to glide across the skin smoothly.
  • The only complaint is with the pump, it stopped working unexpectedly after three months.  When making the unfortunate mistake of repeatedly trying to pump out product, a sudden glob of primer discharged on to my table and clothes.  I since remedied this situation by opening the container and removing product from the inner straw.
  • Another point worth noting, Mineral Fusion products are widely available online.  Their products can easily be acquired on sale at any given time.
New Makeup Discoveries: Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin.

New Makeup Discoveries:
Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin.

New Makeup Discoveries: Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin ingredients.

New Makeup Discoveries:
Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin ingredients.

  • Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin ($6-9 USD/4fl. oz) was purchased as a finishing spray to help meld all powder products together on the skin.  Typically Skindinavia setting spray is used, but the high alcohol content in that spray is too harsh for my dry skin in colder temperatures.  This Rosewater does exactly what I want, without stripping moisture from my skin.  The longevity of my makeup is not greatly improved, but I can attest my bronzer, blush and highlighter look like one after lightly misting the face.
  • The Rose scent is so delicate, I find myself spraying my face throughout the day to not only revitalize my look, but also my senses.  This is also a great natural alternative to MAC FIX+, for foiling pigments and eyeshadows.
New Makeup Discoveries: Sisley Bronzer, CoverFX Bronzer, Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight Liquid Lighting,

New Makeup Discoveries:
Sisley Bronzer, CoverFX Bronzer, Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight Liquid Lighting.

New Makeup Discoveries swatches: Sisley Bronzer, CoverFX Bronzer, Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight Liquid Lighting,

New Makeup Discoveries swatches:
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight Liquid Lighting, Sisley Bronzer, and Cover FX Bronzer.

  • Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Candlelight Skin Liquid Lighting ($52 USD/ 1 fl.oz) is what I wanted Marc Jacobs Dew You (reviewed here) to be.  The color and tone of gold is just right for my complexion.  Should a foundation prove to be too heavy, Candlelight dilutes the intensity of a foundation without alteration of color.  The absence of sparkle and shimmer also adds to the allure of this product.  When used as a highlighter, I prefer to pump out a pea size amount in my hand and swirl a natural hair brush (like my Yoshiwara brush) in the product, then lightly graze the saturated brush across targeted areas of the face.  This method allows a veil of product to illuminate the skin without looking too overdone.  The lasting power is around ten hours, more so if a setting spray is utilized.  I purchased my tube from Dermstore.com during their holiday sale event for a 30% discount.
  • Sisley Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel-Powder ($115 USD/ 11g.) is an absurdly priced bronzer, but I love this darn thing especially in the winter time.  The way the color sits on the skin is remarkably natural and smooth without any sparkle or shimmer.  At first glance, the color appears too warm and glowy, but when applied to the face, it somehow adjusts to fit an individual’s coloring.  I have used this on myself and medium complexion women and the effect is strikingly elegant.  Darker beauties can use this to even out skin tone or as a highlighter in targeted areas.  Oiler skins may want to proceed with caution, seeing as how even a slight sheen may further enhance an oily look throughout the day.  I purchased my compact from Fragrancenet.com for a fraction of the price.  They are in and out of stock constantly, so be sure to sign up for email alerts.
  • My preferred brush to use with this bronzer is the Smashbox Buildable Cheek Brush ($36 USD).  The smaller brush head and airy design is perfect for picking up just the right amount of color and for distribution.  I love this brush so much I have two in my collection (we will save that for another time).
  • Cover FX Sunset Bronzer ($28 USD/10g.) has to be one of my favorite finds.  I purchased this compact during Sephora’s VIB sale in November and as you can tell it has been well-loved.  The talc-free, matte color, and buildable formula is what drew my interest.  The Sunset color does not lean too warm or too cool, and the color payoff is not too severe from the get go.  When paired with the right brush, moderately pigmented bronzers can be built up to one’s desired color intensity.  Novices and experts alike will love working with this bronzer.  Another compact will certainly be purchased during Sephora’s VIB spring sale coming up this week.
New Makeup Discoveries swatches: NYX Matte Liquid Eyeliner, Chanel Eyebrow Pencil 810 Brun Profond, and L'Oreal Colour Riche Matte's It lipliner.

New Makeup Discoveries swatches:
NYX Matte Liquid Eyeliner, Chanel Eyebrow Pencil 810 Brun Profond, and L’Oreal Colour Riche Matte’s It lipliner.

New Makeup Discoveries: NYX Matte Liquid Eyeliner, Chanel Eyebrow Pencil 810 Brun Profond, and L'Oreal Colour Riche Matte's It lipliner.

New Makeup Discoveries swatches:
NYX Matte Liquid Eyeliner, Chanel Eyebrow Pencil 810 Brun Profond, and L’Oreal Colour Riche Matte’s It lipliner.

Ingredients for L’Oreal Colour Riche Matte Lipliner:

Methyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Octyldodecanol, Nylon-12, Paraffin, Acrylates / Dimethicone Copolymer, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax / Cire Microcristalline, Polyisobutene, Alumina, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Tin Oxide, BHT. May Contain: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 15850 / Red 7 Lake, CI 15850 / Red 6, CI 77120 / Barium Sulfate, CI 45410 / Red 28 Lake, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake.

  •  NYX Matte Liquid Liner ($6.99 USD/2ml) is the blackest, most matte liner I have ever come across.  As I get older, my preference when it comes to liners is brown or deep navy, so investing in a higher-end black liner seemed unnecessary.  NYX’s ingredients are chemically abundant, but it gets the job done when a black liner is required.  This formula glides on smoothly, without feathering into fine lines and the color intensity lasts all day.  The brush head, although thin, is surprisingly excellent at product placement and dispersion.  Additionally, this brand is easily accessible from a wide variety of retailers.
  • Chanel Defining Longwear Eyebrow Pencil’s ($33 USD/.27g) triangular shape is the stand out feature of this product.  The Chanel formula is lovely, but not as budge proof as my go-to Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro formula.  What I love about this pencil is the convenient format and the fast rate in which I can shape my brows.  The triangular shape is ideally suited for naturally fuller brows and exactly what is needed when I am in a rush or too lazy to fiddle around with a cream and brush combo.  The spoolie at the end has just the right level of stiffness, for brushing product through and shaping the hairs.
  • L’Oreal Colour Riche Matte Lipliner ($6.99-9 USD/ 1.13g) is better than all my high-end liners, because of its creamy texture and budge-proof wear.  The line is limited to eight (8) colors in all, with three being my favorite shades to wear on a daily basis.  Matte’s It, Matte-ing Call, and Matte-Stermind are my picks if you are a neutral lipstick wearer.  Lately, I have been wearing Matte’s It with Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer in 501 Uptown or Buxom Va-Va Plump Liquid Lipstick in Getting Warmer.  L’Oreal also runs weekly sales via Walmart, Rite Aid, Amazon and Ulta.

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk What Would It Say?

Makeup would tell you its darn good to be back “talking” about makeup.  Granted some of the products featured today are pricey, but with a little patience and some web-surfing, you can find impressive sales on almost anything.

Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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