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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Laura Mercier Eye Glace Moonglaze, Blazing Sun and Wet Sand review.

Laura Mercier Eye Glace Moonglaze, Blazing Sun and Wet Sand.

 

Everyone has a particular preference when it comes to eyeshadow finish.  Some say matte colors are the only shadows worth owning.  Many prefer the neutral ground of the satins.  Personally, glistening lids are always a welcomed sight; they exude a youthful and exuberant style–especially when the right formula is present.  Laura Mercier Eye Glace ($28 USD/ 7ml) enhances any eye look with delicate shimmer, lightweight texture, buildable coverage and outstanding wear.  Say goodbye to messy glitter pigments and hello to fast and easy gleaming lids. 🙂

 According to Laura Mercier:

Blend. Build. Transform. Like a chameleon changes its colours, this trio is true eye art. Think of it as the latest way to decorate the eye. Laura’s newest twist on shadow – Eye Glacé. Crease-proof and water-resistant, its high shine illuminating color is locked in for extended wear. Play, experiment, explore, have fun!

Laura Mercier Eye Glace Wet Sand

Laura Mercier Eye Glace Wet Sand with Shu Uemura #10 Brush.

  • Laura Mercier Eye Glace is truly a remarkable product.  All three colors are housed in a convenient plastic squeeze tube, which makes dispensing the product sanitary and efficient.
  • Eye Glace is composed of an abundance of feather light shimmer suspended in a gel base.  The sheer gel base appears to be slightly darkened which provides each color with depth and dimension. This literally feels as if you are wearing nothing on your lids.
  • Blending time is rather limited; once the gel base dries (10 seconds) it locks the shimmers in place–fallout, transfer and creasing is nonexistent, especially over my NYX primer.
  • A small dot (a little goes a long way) can act as a delicate topper shade on bare lids or over any other eyeshadow formulation (my preferred way to use this product).  Two or more layers dramatically changes the finish from subtle to metallic.  
  • The gel seems to set on fingers rather quickly, resulting in uneven placement and lifted layers. I prefer a flat tip brush like my Shu Uemura #10 Brush for optimum results. The stiff flat tip picks up product perfectly and is able to distribute the sparkles evenly on the skin.  
  • It seems as if this product is formulated to dry rapidly on skin.  When I decided to use the back of my hand as a palette, the Eye Glace set so quickly I barely had a chance to place the product on my lids. However, when dispensed on a plastic lid (from my sample pot), the gel remained malleable and vibrant making eyeshadow placement a breeze.
  • Despite the amazing wear, this formula is not water-resistant and removes easily with the mildest makeup remover.
Laura Mercier Eye Glace swatches.

Laura Mercier Eye Glace Moonglaze, Blazing Sun and Wet Sand swatch one dot sheered out.

Laura Mercier Eye Glace swatches

Laura Mercier Eye Glace Moonglaze, Blazing Sun and Wet Sand layered.

  • Moonglaze is composed of pure silver shimmer.  This color builds very easily and the metallic silver/white shadow is rather intense.  Tread carefully with this color.
  • Blazing Sun is composed of bronze/copper shimmer.  When layered, BS does not yield the same intense metallic results of Moonglaze or Wet Sand.  I find this color to be the most “subdued” of the lot and some patchiness did occur when I attempted to layer the color.
  • Wet Sand is a composed mostly of golden shimmer with a hint of silvery sparkles scattered throughout.  This color is the jewel of the lot–she layers well in every instance and would look flattering on everyone.

Laura Mercier Eye Glace Moonglaze and Wet Sand

  • For the above photo, a combination of Wet Sand and Moonglaze was applied over Bobbi Brown’s Shore Cream Eyeshadow (over my NYX primer).  Admittedly, this is my favorite look, the delicate glistening reflects of gold and silver was downright memorizing indoors and in the presence of sunlight.

Laura Mercier Moonglaze and Wet Sand Eye Glace

  • For the above photo, Blazing Sun and Wet Sand was applied over a combination of Laura Mercier Sandglow Caviar Stick and Mally Topaz (no primer used).

Laura Mercier Wet Sand, Moonglaze and Blazing Sun Eye Glace.

  • For the above photo, all three colors were patted over Laura Mercier Plum Caviar Stick (no primer used).

Laura Mercier Moonglaze and Blazing Sun Eye Glace

  • For the above photo, Blazing Sun and Moonglaze was applied over Bobbi Brown’s Shore cream Eyeshadow (no primer used).

Laura Mercier Wet Sand over Kjaer Weis Charmed eyeshadow.

  • For the above photo, Wet Sand was patted lightly over Kjaer Weis Charmed Eyeshadow (with primer).  As of late, this has been my go-to look.  The warmth and simplicity of this combo feels very summer-like and the delicate sparkles adds a certain charm to the overall look.
Laura Mercier Eye Glace

Laura Mercier Eye Glace Blazing Sun and Wet Sand over a combination of Laura Mercier Sandglow and Mally Topaz.

Ingredient List for Laura Mercier Eye Glace:

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Olus/Vegetable Oil/ Huile Végétale, Squalane, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip Oil) Seed Extract, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax, Moringa Pterygosperma Oil, (Rose) Fragrance/Parfum, Citronellol, Geraniol.

**Laura Mercier Eye Glaces can be found at Nordstrom and lauramercier.com.**

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

Makeup would tell you Laura Mercier Eye Glace is a dream come true for those of us who adore sparkling lids.  The amazing texture, color, longevity and travel friendly packaging does not get any better. Personally, Wet Sand is my favorite and I can foresee using this beauty on a daily basis.  Sparkle on my friends and have fun with these beauties.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa Caviar Sticks review and photos.

Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa.

Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa Caviar Sticks.

As predicted, my urge to purchase more Caviar Sticks has come to fruition.  Based on the recommendation of so many Caviar Stick fans, my latest indulgence lead me straight to Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa Caviar Sticks ($28 USD/1.64 g).  These dreamy, creamy duos have proven, I need to invest in the whole Caviar Stick Color Line–well not all at once.  🙂  I hope you enjoy.

Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa swatches.

Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa Caviar Sticks swatches.

  • As stated in my last review of Sandglow, Khaki and Rosegold (here) these Caviar Sticks do not budge (over my NYX Primer) once they set.  These make obvious choices for all day events, special occasions (hello weddings), hot weather and oily eye lids.
  • Both colors glide on bare skin beautifully, but Cocoa seemed to feel slightly more velvety than Grey Pearl. 
  • As usual, I apply these Caviar Sticks over my NYX Proof-It Primer (reviewed here).  Although this amazing base keeps eyeshadows in place all day, the drier primer formula immediately locked Cocoa into place, making blending a bit more challenging, primarily in the crease area.  A little patience and a soft brush (Chikuhodo Z-5) eventually resolved the issue. 
Laura Mercier Grey Pearl.

Laura Mercier Grey Pearl Caviar Stick.

Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa

Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa Caviar Sticks.

Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa

Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa Caviar Sticks.

  • Grey Pearl is described as a “mauve-grey with hidden pearl.”  I would say this description is quite accurate; however on me, the color morphed into a soft lavender hue.
  • The delicate “silver pearl” in the formula is definitely brightening, but not overdone.  Against my olive skin and warm brown eyes the shade was a surprising contrast.  This is not to say I did not like the color, in fact, I found the contrasting cool tone of Grey Pearl paired surprisingly well with the rich warmth of Cocoa.
  • Grey Pearl would look spectacular against blue, green and hazel eyes.  Not since my adolescent obsession with Linda Carter as Wonder Woman, have I desired blue eyes so badly. 🙂
  • For the above look, Grey Pearl was applied all over the mobile lid, with Cocoa lightly blended in the crease, on the lower lash line, and waterline.  A light dusting of this warm hue was also introduced across the upper lash line (blended out with my Billy B #12 brush).  This look stayed in perfect condition for 12 hours.
Laura Mercier Cocoa Caviar Stick.

Laura Mercier Cocoa Caviar Stick.

Laura Mercier Cocoa Caviar Stick.

Laura Mercier Cocoa Caviar Stick.

Laura Mercier Cocoa.

Laura Mercier Cocoa Caviar Stick.

  • Cocoa definitely suits my coloring and needs to a “T.”  The “rich walnut brown” color contains the finest, most delicate red and bronze pearl–a crucial feature that keeps this rich brown from looking flat and ordinary.
  • Regardless of the subtlety of the pearl, Cocoa’s rich warmth is the stand-out feature.  This color is sure to be a staple in anyone’s collection.
  • Cocoa can be used with the greatest of ease to create the fastest smokey eye–EVER.  For the above look, simply take Cocoa across the lid.  Apply the color on the waterline and lower lash line (I added a bronze shade on top).  Add a contrasting shade in the crease (MAC Uninterrupted) and apply a matte flesh color (MUFE M-512) to accentuate the brow bone and blend out any harsh edges. To finish-off the look, add a black liner (Guerlain Liquid Liner) to the upper lash line, an inner corner highlight of your choice (LM Rosegold) and some mascara.
  • All colors remained in perfect condition for a solid 13 hours without any creasing, transfer or fading.
  • Clearly, this is another shade that would make lighter eye colors really POP!!  I think I need to invest in some color contacts just to prove my point.  🙂

Ingredient list for Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa Caviar Sticks:

Grey Pearl: Cyclopentasiloxane, Mica (Ci 77019), Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyethylene, Lauroyl Lysine, Ozokerite, Octyldodecanol, Synthetic Beeswax, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid. May Contain (+/-)Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).

Cocoa: Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Mica (Ci 77019), Polyethylene, Lauroyl Lysine, Ozokerite, Octyldodecanol, Synthetic Beeswax, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid. May Contain (+/-)Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).

**Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks come in 23 shades, are made in Italy and can be found at Sephora, SaksFifthAvenueSpaceNK, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Lauramercier.com**

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

Makeup would state the obvious, Laura Mercier Grey Pearl and Cocoa Caviar Sticks are wonderful additions to my growing Caviar Stick family.  Depending on your tastes and needs, the 23 color options makes it ease to wear each color separately or mixed to create a unique color onto itself.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

Makeup and Jewelry Details and direct links:

  1. Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro in 2 Wenge Wood (here).
  2. NYX Proof-it Eyeshadow base (here).
  3. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Rosegold used as a facial and inner corner highlighter (here).
  4. Guerlain Liquid Liner (here).
  5. Cargo Water-Resistant Bronzer used over Cocoa on the lower lash line (here).
  6. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (here).
  7. Kjaer Wies Cream Blush in Abundance (here).
  8. CoverFX Custom Drops G40 (2 drops) with G60 (1 drop) mixed with NYX Shine Killer Primer (here and here).
  9. Sephora Collection Color Lip Last in 04 Brown is Back with Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in Audace (here and here).  
  10. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (here).
  11. Jennifer Meyer Leaf Earrings (here).

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains affiliate store 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.

Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks Sandglow, Khaki and Rosegold review and photos.

Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks

Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks in Sandglow, Khaki and Rosegold.

Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks ($28 USD/1.64g) have been on my must-buy list for the longest time.  The creamy texture, unique color selection and amazing durability are just a few of their fantastic features.  So enamored was I with these sticks, three colors were purchased in succession all in one week.  If I were to consult my Magic 8 Ball regarding the possibility of acquiring the other colors in the line, it would most assuredly read, “Without a doubt,” or “Yes. Definitely,” or “Outlook Good”–you get the point.  🙂  I hope you enjoy.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Swatches

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Swatches:
Sandglow, Khaki and Rosegold.

Laura Mercier Sandglow.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Sandglow.

  • Right off the bat, I can declared Sandglow is my favorite color of the lot.  This patina gold color would look outstanding against any skin tone and eye color.  As the name would imply, Sandglow does indeed leave a radiant finish on the lids.
  • Sandglow applied beautifully over my NYX primer (reviewed here) with minimal effort and blended out with the greatest of ease.  I prefer to use my ring finger to smooth out the edges, but a synthetic brush would accomplish the task just as well.
  • The bullet-proof formula wore well for a 13 hour day without any fading, creasing or smudging–ideal for those with oily lids, hooded and deep set eyes.
  • Burberry Pale Barley and MAC Patina are similar in color, but not as rich, pigmented or long-lasting as Sandglow.
Laura Mercier Khaki.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Khaki.

  • Khaki was another hit in my book.  This deep olive-green/brown hue proved to be too dramatic as an all over lid color; however, this dark horse looked beautiful as an outer “v” color, especially when paired with Sandglow.
  • This gem also worked beautifully on the inner waterline; the long-lasting formula adhered to the damp area nicely and stayed in place all day with minimal fading at the outer corners.
  • Even more impressive, was the lack of build-up (aka: gook) in the inner tear duct area throughout the day.  If you are someone desperately seeking  a formula that could endure the waterline area, consider these Caviar Sticks for the job.
Laura Mercier Rosegold.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Rosegold.

  • Rosegold is exactly as the name describes.  At first, I dismissed this eyeshadow as too warm and metallic for my liking, but I have since discovered this makes a fantastic cheek highlighter.
  • I applied the color directly on my ring finger and blended the pigment on to the tops of my cheekbones–the sophisticated finish was better than some of my powder highlighters.
  • The portability of these sticks makes for quick and convenient touch-ups–but then again, once these puppies set, they do not budge.
Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks in Sandglow, Khaki and Rosegold.

Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks in Sandglow and Khaki in action.

  • For the above photo, Sandglow was applied to the mobile lid, with Khaki in the outer corner and waterline.  Kjaer Weis Magnetic Eyeshadow (reviewed here) was applied to the crease and lower lash line.  MAC Sweet As Cocoa Blush was also used lightly over Magnetic for the lower lash line. Guerlain Black Liquid Liner was used to line the upper lash line with Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (reviewed here).
  • Should such a dramatic look not suit your lifestyle, these eyeshadows can be applied sheerly or opaquely to satisfy every taste and need.
Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks

Full face wearing Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks in Sandglow, Khaki and Rosegold.

  • For the above photo, the eyeshadow colors remained the same, with the exception of Rosegold used as a facial highlighter on the upper cheekbones.  The effect was certainly luminous, but not in an obnoxious way.  As mentioned many times over, the results (on the eyes and face) lasted all day without any issues whatsoever.
  • Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks are made in Italy and come in 23 colors.

Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks Ingredient List:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Mica (Ci 77019), Polyethylene, Lauroyl Lysine, Ozokerite, Octyldodecanol, Synthetic Beeswax, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid. May Contain (+/-)Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).

**Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks can be found at Sephora, SpaceNK, Macys, Nordstrom, LauraMercier.com**

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

Makeup would tell you Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks are worth every hard-earned penny my Sephora gift card incurred 🙂  The longevity, color payoff, ease of use, portability, and smooth consistency are making it difficult to take powder eyeshadows seriously.  Do I recommend these eyeshadow sticks?  My trusty Magic 8 Ball concurs–“Signs point to-YES.”  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

Other makeup used:

  1. Cover FX Custom Drops in G40 (2 drops) and G60 (1 drop) mixed with NYX Shine Killer Primer (here and here).
  2. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer Medium (here).
  3. Giorgio Armani 10 Beige Sheer Blush (discontinued).
  4. Sephora Collection Lip Last in 04 Brown is Back topped with Chanel Gloss 20 Audace (here and here).

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains affiliate store 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.

Valentines Day Makeup 2015: Sweet and Sexy.

Valentines Day Makeup

Valentines Day Makeup: Sweet and Sexy.

I remember when Valentines Day was filled with romance, dinners, and flowers.  These days, this day of love has shifted to cuddling on the couch and catching up on all of our favorite TV shows (currently Once and Teen Wolf) with as side of popcorn and our babies.  Do I need to look this fancy in the presence of a television set, my teenage boy, my ten-year old and my hubby who perpetually passes out within the first 10 minutes of the show?  In the immortal words of Sarah Palin, “You Betcha.”

***As usual, Nars Eyeshadow Primer was used prior to eyeshadow application and Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro in 2 Wedge Wood was used to sculpt the brows.  

Valentines Day Makeup.

Valentines Day Makeup.

Valentines Day Makeup

Valentines Day Makeup:
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows Me-512 and I-524 applied with my ring finger.

Valentines Day Makeup

Valentines Day Makeup:
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows Me-512 and I-524 applied on the lid.

  • Start by selecting a delicate pinky/champagne color (a combination of MUFE Artist Shadows ME-512 and I-524) and apply the shade all over the mobile lid area.
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Valentine Day Makeup:
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow M-600 applied to the crease and M-510 applied under the brow bone.

  • Using a fluffy brush (Chikuhodo Z-5), apply a warm brown color (MUFE M-600) to the crease area, followed by a flesh-colored shadow (MUFE M-510) under the brow bone.
Giorgio Armani 4 Wood

Adding Giorgio Armani 4 Wood to deepen the crease area.

Valentine's Day Makeup: Blend out any harsh edges.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Blend out any harsh edges.

  • Using a tapered brush (Trish McEvoy 29 Brush) blend out any harsh lines from GA 4 Wood.
MAC Uninterrupted

Valentines Day Makeup:
MAC Uninterrupted applied to the outer “v” and slightly into the crease.

  • Using the same tapered blending brush, apply MAC Uninterrupted to the outer “v” area and slightly into the crease.  It may seem like a lot of colors added to the crease, but this look is all about using different colors in light layers to add depth and dimension.

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  • Add your favorite liquid eyeliner (Guerlain Liquid Liner 2 Bleu Outremer) and draw a dramatic wing to elongate the eye.  Use a pointed Q-Tip, dipped in lotion, to sharpen and lift the edge of your wing–what a difference the liner makes; my eyes instantly appear larger and more youthful.
Inglot AMC Gel Liner #90

Valentines Day Makeup:
Inglot AMC Gel Liner #90 applied to the upper waterline.

MAC Uninterrupted

Valentines Day Makeup:
Apply MAC Uninterrupted heavily to the lower lash line.

  • Adding MAC Uninterrupted heavily to the lower lash line gives the eyes a smoldering, sexy appearance.
MAC Uninterrupted.

Valentines Day Makeup:
Giorgio Armani 9 Gold Eye and Brow Maestro added on top of MAC Uninterrupted.

  • This step is totally optionally, but I think the addition of a golden topper shade (Giorgio Armani 9 Gold Eye and Brow Maestro) on top of MAC Uninterrupted, gives the eyes a glistening quality–plus it just looks so darn pretty 🙂
Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse .

Valentines Day Makeup:
Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse added to the inner corner.

  • Using an angled dual fiber eyeshadow brush (Billy B #12), add your favorite highlight color (Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse) to the inner corner of the eye to really make eyes appear bright and awake.
Clinique High-Impact Mascara.

Valentines Day Makeup:
Completed look with Clinique High-Impact Mascara.

  • Add your favorite mascara to complete the look.  If my eyes did not tear-up so badly as a reaction to the cold weather, I would have certainly added a dark brown eyeliner on the lower waterline for a more dramatic effect.

Valentines Day Face Makeup:

  1. Guerlain Powder Foundation
  2. Dior Star Concealer
  3. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer used lightly as a blush and bronzer.
  4. Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse used as a highlighter for the upper cheeks.

Valentines Day Lip Combo:

  1. Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint.
  2. Estee Lauder Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

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  • It goes without saying, add or omit any step you see fit and substitute any of the products shown with things in your own collection.

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

Makeup would tell you the smoldering earthy tones coupled with the naturally wholesome pink hues definitely makes this look appealing for any special night out.  I could have easily worn a red lip, but then the feel would have been more sensual than sweet.  Regardless, of how or when you choose to wear this look, you can be certain heads will turn in your favor 🙂   Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*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 Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Valentine’s Day Makeup and Lip Combinations.

Valentine's Day Makeup.

Valentine’s Day Makeup.

For this Valentine’s Day Makeup Look, I decided to create a sultry, yet elegant look.  Bobbi Brown Twilight Shimmer Ink Gel Liner (reviewed here) was used as the main “eyeshadow” color.  When paired with Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (reviewed here), this eye look will undoubtedly last the entirety of the evening, no matter what surprises await 🙂  I hope you find this helpful.

Step 1: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 1:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Start by prepping the eye area with Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.  Fill in the brows with your favorite brow product.  I used Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown (seen here).

Step 2: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 2:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Take an angled brush (I used Billy B #12 Brush (reviewed here)…the best for this job) with Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Twilight Shimmer Ink and line the upper lash line.  Smudge the liner upwardly, extending the line outwardly, to create an outer flick (you will use this as a guide when applying your black liquid liner).

Step 3: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 3:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Continue to add as much color until you have reached your desired intensity.  Apply the color in a wedge-like shape; thinner toward the inner corner and gradually thickening the color towards the outer corner.

Step 4: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 4:
Valentine’s Day Makeup Look.

Blend out any harsh lines with Clarins Alburn Mineral Eyeshadow and place the same color in the crease. Next, Bobbi Brown Navajo Eyeshadow is used to blend out the edges of the crease color and “highlight” the brow bone.  To give the look a more gradient effect, Clarins Dark Chocolate, is applied to the outer “v”. Use a Q-Tip, dipped in lotion or makeup remover, and run it along the ends of the eye, to clean-up and shape the edge of the outer flick.

Step 5: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 5:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Prior to mascara application, line the upper waterline (tight line) with your favorite liner.  I swear by Inglot #90, this dark brown liner does not budge throughout the day (for me, black is too harsh).

Step 6: Valentine Day Makeup Look.

Step 6:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Add your favorite black liner and favorite mascara (curl your lashes if you prefer); I used Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here) and L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara (does flake but gives amazing length). Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer mixed with Cargo Water Resistant Bronzer is used to line the lower lash line. Line the lower waterline with MAC Rich Ground Gel Liner.

Valentine’s Day Lip Combinations:

Valentine Day Makeup: Lip Combination 1:  Shiseido RD203 with MAC Prolong Wear Lip Pencil in Nice n Spicy.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 1: Shiseido RD203 with MAC Prolong Wear Lip Pencil in Nice n Spicy.

This lip combination is for those who prefer a nude lip.  I have made mention of MAC Prolong Wear Lip Pencils’ fabulousness from the beginning 🙂  These pencils magically transform many lipstick into long wearing colors.  When paired with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge (reviewed here), the combination is unbeatable.

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip Combination 2: Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 2: Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park.

This lip color is for those who seek a no-fuss lipstick.  Nars Satin Lip Pencils are perfect to throw into a small handbag for on the go touch-ups.  These lipsticks-in-pencil-form are so convenient to use; however, do make certain to sharpen your lip color before you leave.  A dull point completely defeats the purpose of these pencils.  I prefer Slice Cosmetics Sharpener (reviewed here).

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip Combination 3: Lime Crime Velveteen in Red Velvet topped with Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 3: Lime Crime Red Velvet Velveteen topped with Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

This lip combination will attract some serious attention.  Lime Crime Red Velvet Velveteen  is a bright cool tone red that dries downs to a long lasting matte velvet finish.  Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lip Lacquer (reviewed here) provides shine, moisture, depth and dimension.  As with all glosses, a light hand is highly recommended to avoid feathering into fine lines.  

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip 2: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip 4: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick.

This pretty and simple lip color would suit those who prefer a matte finish.  MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick is a beautiful cool tone red, with a creamy texture and amazing lasting power. However, lips do become quite dry, a lip balm would be highly recommended.

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip Combination 4: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick with Estee Lauder Electric Wine High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 5: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick with Estee Lauder Electric Wine High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

Now this my friends, is a stop-you-in-your-tracks-va-va-va-voom lip combo.  The purple undertone of Twilight Shimmer Ink pairs perfectly with the strong wine tone of Estee Lauder Electric Wine High Intensity Lip Lacquer.  This look, felt very reminiscent of the 20’s; all that was needed was a flapper dress, a long pearl necklace, and some opera gloves.  I draw the line at the bobbed hair and cloche hat 🙂  What a difference a lip color can make.

Face Makeup:

  1. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (reviewed here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 Ivory Beige (here).
  3. Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Foundation in Creamy Vanilla used as a concealer.  Use the tiniest dot for both eyes…very concentrated.
  4. MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter in Rose Radiance (purchase here).
  5. Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder under the eyes and T-zone (reviewed here).
  6. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in 10 Beige (reviewed here).
  7. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (reviewed here).
  8. RMS Living Luminizer (reviewed here).

Brushes Used:

  1. Wayne Goss Brush 01 (reviewed here).
  2. Wayne Goss Brush 02 (reviewed here).
  3. Trish McEvoy Tapered Blending Brush #29 (purchase here).
  4. Billy B Brushes (reviewed here).
  5. Burberry #9 Brush (purchase here).

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

Makeup would tell you this sultry look can easily be adapted to suit your mood and comfort level.  Keep in mind, to substitute your products/colors as you see fit.  Which look do you prefer?  Better yet, which one will you wear?  I wish you all a happy and memorable Valentine’s Day.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

Earrings worn in this post are Anna Beck “Bali” Multi Drop (purchase here).

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Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (reviewed here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 Ivory Beige (here).
  3. Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Foundation Creamy Vanilla used as a concealer (use the tiniest dot for both eyes..very concentrated).
  4. MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter in Rose Radiance (reviewed here).
  5. Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder under the eyes and T-zone (reviewed here).
  6. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in 10 Beige (reviewed here).
  7. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (reviewed here).
  8. RMS Living Luminizer (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Nars Smudge Proof eyeshadow base (reviewed here). ♥
  2. MAC Little Black Bow Fluidline used as an eyeshadow (discontinued, but can be found at the CCO or Ebay).
  3. MAC Chilled Fluidline used as an inner corner highlight (reviewed here).
  4. Clarins Auburn mineral eyeshadow used in the crease (purchase here).
  5. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here).
  6. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer mixed with Cargo Waterproof bronzer on the lower lash line.
  7. MAC Rich Ground Fluidline used on the lower waterline (purchase here).
  8. Inglot #90 gel liner used to line the upper waterline (purchase here).
  9. Maybelline Volum’Express One by One mascara (purchase here).
  10. Shu Uemura brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Lip Combo.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Pro Longwear Lip liner in Nice n Spicy (purchase here).
  2. Shiseido RD203 (reviewed here) ♥  My perfect nude lip combo for olive skin tones.
Makeup Brushes of the Week.

Makeup Brushes of the Week (freshly washed).

Makeup Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cheek Brush (reviewed here).
  3. Wayne Goss Brush 02 (reviewed here).
  4. Wayne Goss Brush 01 (reviewed here).
  5. Billy B Brushes (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week:  Thirteenth Edition in natural light.

Makeup of the Week: Thirteenth Edition in natural light.

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

Makeup would tell you I have worn this look several times over the past two weeks, since the purchase of MAC Little Black Bow Fluidline from the CCO.  This gray base color with multi-color shimmers should be applied as patiently as MAC Deliciously Rich and It’s Physical Fluidlines.  When paired with Nars Eyeshadow Primer, the color and sparkles of Little Black Bow remain well-behaved and do not migrate.  The sheer blush and light lip color complement this eye look perfectly.  I hope you found this helpful.  Up next, L’Oreal Extraodinaire Gel-Laque review.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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 Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted. 

 

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Another year has flown by and we are always left with this overwhelming feeling of contemplation. Reflection, regret and resolutions seem to dominate our consciousness during this time of year.  However, when it comes to beauty purchases, reflection can be helpful, regret is useless and I solemnly swear to be a resolute consumer of all beauty items that make me smile 🙂  I hope you enjoy my Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Facial Primer:

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow.

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (photo courtesy of sephora.com) here.

Top Foundation:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (here).

Top Setting/Finishing Powder:

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (here).

Top Powder Bronzer:

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (LE) (here).

Top Cream Bronzer:

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer (here).

Top Powder Highlighter:

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out (here).

Top Cream Highlighter:

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (here).

Top Powder Blush:

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige (here).

Top Cream Blush:

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel.

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel (here).

Top Liquid Liner:

Top Cream Eyeshadows/Liners:

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:  L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java, Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3, YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (reviewed here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (reviewed here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxery (reviewed here) and Copper Strip (reviewed here).

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java (here), Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (here), YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxury (here) and Copper Strip (here).

Top Mascara:

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

Top Lipstick Formula:

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge: L-R:  RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge:
L-R: RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203 (here).

Top Nail Color:

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish (here).

Top Brushes:

Top Brushes 2013: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Foundation Brush, Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02, Billy B. Brush Set.

Top Brushes 2013:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (here), Tom Ford Cheek Brush (here), Tom Ford Foundation Brush (here), Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02 (here), Billy B. Brush Set (reviewed here).

Top Original Set:

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:  Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:
Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (here).

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

Makeup would tell you 2013 was a stellar year for makeup and I look forward to the many more cosmetics goodies in 2014.  What are some of your favorite products from this past year?   In the meanwhile, I would like to wish each and everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year!  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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 Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

 

 

 

Makeup of the Week Twelfth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Twelfth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Twelfth Edition.

For the past several weeks I have been experimenting with some items in my collection.  As you can imagine, I have an extensive selection of products to choose from.  For this Makeup of the Week: Twelfth Edition, I thought it would be interesting to see if some of my face products could perform double duty as my eye makeup.   As a result, the overall look turned out better than I had imagined.  The blushes, bronzers and face powders had exceptional longevity and gave my eyes the “glow” I usually reserve for my face.  I hope you too will feel inspired to put your face products to work on your eyes.  Enjoy my lovelies.

Eye Makeup of the Week.

Eye Makeup of the Week.

Eye Makeup of the Week.

Eye Makeup of the Week.

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. Chanel Destiny (61) Le Blush de Chanel used on the mobile lid (reviewed here).
  3. Giorgio Armani Blush in 10 Beige used on top of Destiny 61 (reviewed here).
  4. Cargo Water Resistant Bronzer used in the crease (purchase here).
  5. Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Incite patted only in the center of the mobile lid (purchase here).♥
  6. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus used on the brow bone (purchase here).
  7. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen used on the upper lash line (reviewed here).
  8. Inglot AMC gel liner in #90 (purchase here).
  9. Rimmel Nude liner used on the lower waterline (purchase here). I would suggest contact lens wearers skip this product.
  10. bareMinerals Sex Kitten used on the lower lash line (purchase here).
  11. bareMinerals Lash Domination (reviewed here).
  12. Shu Uemura 02 Seal Brown used to fill-in my brows (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week: Twelfth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Twelfth Edition.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Koh Gen Do Yellow Color Makeup Base used as a primer (reviewed here).
  2. Eve Pearl HD Dual Foundation in Medium (purchase here).  Not as long-lasting as EL Double Wear, but moisturizing.
  3. Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage in Creamy Vanilla used as a concealer–the tiniest dot on the inner corner and blended (purchase here).
  4. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (reviewed here).
  5. Giorgio Armani Blush 10 Beige (reviewed here).
  6. RMS Living Luminizer used on the upper cheekbones, inner corner and on the cupid’s bow (reviewed here).♥
  7. Nars Light Reflecting Setting Pressed Powder used on the T-Zone and under the eyes (reviewed here).
Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. Dior Lip Liner in #713 (purchase here).
  2. Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in RD413 (reviewed here).♥
Tools of the Week: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush, Wayne Goss brush 02, Billy B Brushes 11, 8 & 12, Billy B Brow comb, Slice pencil sharpener.

Tools of the Week:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush, Wayne Goss brush 02, Billy B Brushes 11, 8 & 12, Billy B Brow comb, Slice pencil sharpener.

Tools of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush (purchase here).
  3. Wayne Goss Brush 02 (reviewed here).
  4. Billy B Brushes 11, 8 & 12 (reviewed here).
  5. Billy B Brow/Lash Comb (I use this everyday).
  6. Slice pencil sharpener (reviewed here).
  7. Beautyblender dampened to sheer down the EP cream foundation (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week Twelfth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Twelfth Edition.

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

Makeup would tell you to have fun with your makeup.  Use your face products to their utmost abilities, after all you did pay a pretty penny to acquire them.  If you don’t like the results, you can always start anew.  What are your ultimate multi-tasking products?  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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.

 

 

Wayne Goss Brush 02 review and comparisons!

Wayne Goss Brush 02.

Wayne Goss Brush 02.

If you are a makeup enthusiast, chances are you frequent YouTube regularly and have stumbled across the British “Honest Abe” of the makeup industry, Wayne Goss.  What sets Wayne apart from other YouTube personalities, is his uncanny ability to review a product thoroughly, respectfully, ethically, and eloquently. His charming little wink at the end of all his videos, only adds to his allure.  A true rarity on YouTube!!!  After many years of Youtube-ing, doing tutorials, giving advice and finding the right manufacturer to produce his brushes, Wayne has finally debuted his brushes on Beautylish.com (sold out immediately on initial release).  Therefore, I will try to emulate Wayne’s style and integrity when reviewing the Wayne Goss Brush 02 ($35 US) for you today.  “Wink”…get it…just like Wayne.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 packaging and note from Beautylish.com.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 packaging and note from Beautylish.com. Great customer service and care.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 packaging and note from Beautylish.com.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 packaging and note from Beautylish.com.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 Composition:

Beautylish.com states all of Wayne Goss’s brushes are  100% cruelty-free.  The details of the origin of the hairs is nowhere to be found on the website.  According to Sonia from SweetMakeupTemptation the hairs of the Wayne Goss Brush 02 are composed of blue squirrel.  The softness and quality of this puppy is exceptional.  The hairs of the Wayne Goss Brush 02 are “uncut”, meaning, you will never have brush hairs pricking your face during usage.  When companies “cut” natural hairs during assembly, they are essentially creating a blunt jagged point.  The results are rough and unrefined, similar to the feel of grown-in shaven hair.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 is lightweight and perfectly balanced for such a small brush.  The hairs on this brush are densely packed closest to the ferrule and gradually loosen toward the tip.  This substantial design allows powder products to be picked up easily and buffed into the skin flawlessly; unlike my RMK brush which is too soft and floppy to deposit sufficient color.

RMK Cheek Brush vs. Wyane Goss Brush 02

RMK Cheek Brush vs. Wyane Goss Brush 02

Applied heavy pressure to demonstrate the density of the Wayne Goss Brush 02

Applied heavy pressure to demonstrate the density of the Wayne Goss Brush 02

Applied barely any pressure to demonstrate the lack of density in RMK CheeK Brush.

Applied barely any pressure to demonstrate the lack of density in RMK Cheek Brush.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 Uses:

The tapered shape and density of the hairs earns this brush the title, “Jack-Of-All-Trades.”  The most obvious use for Brush 02 is highlighter application.  I also use this brush to apply Nars Light Reflecting Powder under my eyes and on my T-zone.  Blush application can easily be achieved by gently pressing the brush on your cheeks to splay the hairs, then use buffing motions to blend out the color.  All over bronzer application is a little more time-consuming, but not impossible, due to the size of this brush.  I prefer a large fluffy brush for this purpose.  However, this little guy is brilliant for applying a contour color to the hollows of the cheekbones.

Brush Comparisons L-R: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

Brush Size Comparisons L-R:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Laura Mercier Highlight 01.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Laura Mercier Highlight 01.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Giorgio Armani Beige 10 Blush.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Giorgio Armani Beige 10 Blush.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 Manufacturing:

All of Wayne Goss Brushes are handmade in Japan and manufactured in fixed number of batches.  If you visit Beautylish.com and discover the brushes are sold out, you now know why.  I missed out on the initial release date and had to wait a month before I was able to order Brush 02.  Wayne Goss offers his enter 8 piece collection for a very reasonable $210 US; unheard of for Japanese handmade makeup brushes. However, if you are a brush collector, professional makeup artist, or just getting into makeup and want quality over quantity, then the Wayne Goss Brush Collection is a fantastic value for the quality.

Used Wayne Goss Brush 02 to contour, apply bronzer, blush and setting powder under the eyes.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 used to contour, apply bronzer, blush and setting powder under the eyes.  Not bad!!

The Wayne Goss Brush 02 has been in my possession for two weeks and it has performed all the tasks indicated above, beautifully. During this time, I have washed Brush 02 twice and can happily report not one hair has shed or dye has run from this brush.

My only criticism is that the silver paint on the lettering has already rubbed off.  I feel as if an extra protective coating was needed.  Seeing the glass ¾ full, the name Wayne Goss and the number 02 are imprinted into the wood, therefore I will still be able to see the name and number after all the silver paint is gone.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 lettering has rubbed off.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 silver paint rubbed off.

Used Wayne Goss Brush 02 to contour, apply bronzer, blush and setting powder under the eyes.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 used to contour, apply bronzer, blush and setting powder under the eyes.

The entire Wayne Goss Brush Collection can be found exclusively at Beautylish.com.

All powder products applied with the Wayne Goss Brush 02.

All powder products applied with the Wayne Goss Brush 02. Very impressive!

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

Makeup would tell you the Wayne Goss Brush 02 is an absolutely lovely brush.  If you are on a budget and are looking for the ultimate multipurpose brush, then Brush 02 is your guy.  Better yet, the entire Wayne Goss Collection would make a thoughtful gift for the makeup connoisseur in your life.  If they are sold out, which they are, another alternative would be a gift card to Beautylish.com (I swear, I am not affiliated with them whatsoever) so your intended could order them when they restock…Kudos to Wayne for a job well done and to Beautylish for such outstanding customer service.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

**UPDATE:  As of December 5, 2013 (9:30 am New York time) the collection is back in stock.  Happy Shopping!!!

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Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

This week I was inspired to create a classic eye look using three shadows.  Typically, I wear one color across the lid and call it a day.  I am always a tad reluctant to apply too many colors on my lids.  My ample lid space can quickly become overwhelmed and start to resemble a finger painting gone awry.  The general rule for using three colors, is to pick shades in the same color family with different levels of intensity (light, medium and dark).  Enjoy!

Makeup of the Week: Light:  MAC Too Chic Medium: Clarins Auburn. Dark: Clarins Dark Chocolate.

Eye Look of the Week:
Light: MAC Too Chic
Medium: Clarins Auburn.
Dark: Clarins Dark Chocolate.

Eye Look of the Week.

Eye Look of the Week.

Eye Look of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as an eyeshadow base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus all over the eye lid from lash line to brow bone (purchase here).
  3. MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder used as the first color across the mobile lid (discontinued).
  4. Clarins Auburn Mineral Eyeshadow used as the second color in the crease.
  5. Clarins Dark Chocolate Mineral eyeshadow used as the third color to deepen the crease and outter “v” (purchase here).
  6. Clarins Auburn Mineral Eyeshadow used on the lower lash line (purchase here) with W4 from the Tokyo Lights Palette (reviewed here).
  7. Merle Norman inner eye liner…a nude shade as opposed to white (check your area locations).
  8. Inglot #90 AMC liner for the upper waterline (purchase here).
  9. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here).
  10. Clinique Mascara trying to use this up..smudges on the brow bone at the end of the day (purchase here).
  11. Shu Uemura Brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week.

Makeup of the Week.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (purchase here).
  3. Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation used as a concealer…the tiniest dot on the inner most part of the under eye area and then blended out (purchase here).
  4. Giorgio Armani #10 Beige Sheer blush (reviewed here).
  5. Giorgio Armani #4 Sand Sheer Blush used as a bronzer (purchase here).
  6. Laura Mercier Spellbound highlighter (reviewed here).
  7. Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder (reviewed here).
  8. Skinidinavia Setting Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Prolong Wear Lipliner in Nice-n-Spicy (purchase here).
  2. Shiseido Rouge Lacquer in RD203 (purchase here).
Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cheek Brush (reviewed here).
  3. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush for highlighter application (reviewed here).
  4. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush for finishing powder application (purchase here).
  5. Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush for foundation application (purchase here).
  6. Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush (purchase here).
  7. MAC 219 for lower lash-line shadow application (purchase here).
  8. Billy B brushes #8, 12, 11 (reviewed here). ♥
Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Tenth Edition.

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

Makeup would tell you this simple and classic look can be worn anytime and anywhere.   I have worn this look to weddings, school functions, to the park, and recently to see Spiderman on Broadway.  Whatever you decide to do while sporting this chic look, I sincerely hope you will have the time of your life.  As always, be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Eye Looks and Lip Combinations of the Week.

Eye Look of the Week.

Eye Look of the Week.

All face products and brushes remain the same as last week (here) unless otherwise noted.

Eye Look of the Week

Eye Look of the Week #1.

Eye Look of the Week #1:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus used as an all over lid color (purchase here).
  3. Shu Uemura Blackest Satin Purple cream liner (reviewed here) mixed with Chanel Mirifique Illusion D’Ombre (reviewed here) smudge on the upper lash line and blended upwardly. (the camera did not pick up the lovely sparkles of Mirifique).
  4. Inglot #90 AMC Gel liner use to tight line the upper and lower waterline (seen here).
  5. MAC Bronze Eyeshadow to line the lower lash line (purchase here).
  6. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen as a liner (reviewed here).
  7. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (reviewed here).
  8. Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week #1.

Lip Combination #1:

  1. MAC Red Enriched lip liner (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe lipstick (reviewed here).
  3. Estee Lauder High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal (reviewed here).
Eye Look of the Week #2.

Eye Look of the Week #2.

Eye Look of the Week #2:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 used as a base.
  2. MAC Too Chic Beauty Power used as an all over lid color (discontinued).
  3. Shu Uemura M895 eyeshadow smudged on the upper lash line and blended upwards (purchase here).
  4. MAC Sweet As Cocoa used in the crease (reviewed here).
  5. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen.
  6. YSL #7 Gold Star to line the lower waterline (purchase here).
  7. Inglot #90 used to tight line the upper lash line.
  8. MAC Bronze Eyeshadow to line the lower lash line.
  9. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.
  10. Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown.
Lip Combination of the Week #2.

Lip Combination of the Week #2.

Lip Combination #2:

  1. Chanel Lip Liner in #3 Roux Sienna (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Casablanca Lipstick (reviewed here).
  3. Estee Lauder High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal.
Eye Look of the Week #2 with different lip combination.

Eye Look of the Week #2 with different lip combination.

***Forgot to add the overall look…Lip Combination in the photo: same as lip combination #2 with Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lip Lacquer (reviewed here).

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

Makeup would tell you other than my neutral eye look, these two eye looks and lip combinations of the week have been on constant rotation.  I find each look very quick and easy when I am pressed for time. These looks do not require much in terms of talent or technique, but the end results are quite polished.  My Billy B #12 brush has been essential in creating both looks (reviewed here).  I hope you found this helpful. Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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