Current Favorites.

Current Face Favorites: Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation, Guerlain Meteorites Primer, Chantecaille Gel Bronzer, Nars Translucent Pressed Setting Powder, BeautyBlender, Wayne Goss 01 Brush.

Current Face Favorites:
Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation, Guerlain Meteorites Primer, Chantecaille Gel Bronzer, Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, BeautyBlender, Wayne Goss 01 Brush.

Current Favorites.  Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder used with the BeautyBlender.

Current Favorites.
Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder used with the BeautyBlender.

  • Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation 340 (N) Bisque lasts all day with slight oil break through on the T-Zone area.  Plus the color selection is amazing, I have never had a foundation match my skin coloring so well.
  • Guerlain Meteorites Primer is lovely, but severely overpriced for what it does.  There are other primers that do the job just as well for a fraction of the price.
  • Chantecaille Gel Bronzer (reviewed here) has been used since my little beach excursion.  Someone forgot to tell me to rotate my beach chair, as a result, the right side of my face is more tan than the left.  I use this guy to even myself out.
  • Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (reviewed here) has been the secret to my “flawless” skin.  I simply use a DRY BeautyBlender to pick up product, tap off the excess on a towel and use the “press and roll” method to apply the powder onto the T-Zone area and on any enlarged pores around my cheeks.
  • Wayne Goss 01 Brush (reviewed here) is the ultimate foundation (everything) brush.  There is no going back to another brush.  Enough said!
Current Cheek Favorites: Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer, Estee Lauder 04 Crystal baby Gelee, Giorgio Armani 10 Beige Sheer Blush, Vincent Longo Sandalwood Blush, Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford cream Foundation Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush.

Current Cheek Favorites:
Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer, Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Gelee, Giorgio Armani 10 Beige Sheer Blush, Vincent Longo Sandalwood Blush, Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford cream Foundation Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush.

  • Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer (reviewed here) is so finely milled and pigmented.  I use my Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush to apply the bronzer to my face and Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here) to apply the powder to my décolletage.
  • Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Gelee (reviewed here) is such a lovely pearlescent pink highlighter.  I use my slightly dampened Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush (reviewed here) to apply the powder to highlight the cheek bones.  Just remember to use this beauty sparingly to avoid looking like a disco ball.
  • Giorgio Armani 10 Beige Sheer Blush remains my favorite blush color.  This muted pinky/beige hue seems to go with every makeup look under the sun.  Use with a dense dampened brush for more color intensity and longevity.
  • Vincent Longo Sandalwood Dew Drop Blush (reviewed here) is just as finely milled as 10 Beige, but gives me the option to utilize a peach blush for certain looks.  I prefer to apply this pigmented powder with my Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush for even and smooth results.
Current Eye Makeup Favorites: Cargo Waterproof Bronzer, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows in 2 Armani Navy and 9 Tadzio, Givenchy Waterproof Cream Shadow in Brun Cachemire, Inglot AMC gel liner #90, YSL 07 Gold Star Cream Liner, Clinique High Impact Mascara, Nars Eyeshadow Primer, Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Current Eye Makeup Favorites:
Cargo Waterproof Bronzer, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows in 2 Armani Navy and 9 Tadzio, Givenchy Waterproof Cream Shadow in 9 Brun Cachemire, Inglot AMC gel liner #90, YSL 07 Gold Star Cream Liner, Clinique High Impact Mascara, Nars Eyeshadow Primer, Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Current Favorites: Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire with Cargo Waterproof Bronzer on the lower lash line.  Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen with Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo on the upper lash line.  YSL #07 Gold Star on the waterline.

Current Favorites:
Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire with Cargo Waterproof Bronzer on the lower lash line. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen with Armani Navy Eyes to Kill Solo on the upper lash line. YSL #07 Gold Star on the waterline.

  • Cargo Waterproof Bronzer combined with Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire (reviewed here) are my everyday lower lash line colors.  Applying the same colors to my lower lash line as those on my lid, does not look particularly flattering on my eyes.  The resulting bronze coloring defines the area and brightens the eyes.
  • Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows in 2 Armani Navy and 9 Tadzio (reviewed here and here) have amazing pigmentation and longevity; the latter looks so delicious when applied with a dampened brush.
  • YSL #07 Gold Star Cream Liner makes an amazing waterline color.  I find this formula lasts all day with slight fading on the outer corners.  As an added bonus, the deep gold coloring looks great with a variety of eye looks.
  • Clinique High Impact Extreme Mascara has served me well for the last few months.  It does exactly what it claims to do.
  • Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush (reviewed here) is the one brush that can do it all (at least on my eye shape).  The soft dense hairs pick-up color quickly and delicately.  Never a scratchy moment with this beauty.
  • Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush is used dampened to apply my eyeshadows.  The synthetic fibers are rather resilient and the price cannot be beat.  Lately, I have been using this wonder to apply Armani Navy along the upper lash line and in the outer corners.
  • Nars Eyeshadow Primer (reviewed here) is the best eyeshadow primer……period.
Current Favorites: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, Shu Uemura 05 Stone Gray, Milani Brow Gel.

Current Favorites:
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, Shu Uemura 05 Stone Gray, Milani Brow Gel.

  • Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here) has been in my possession for 10 months and has remained as inky black as the first day I brought it home.  The quality of the dual ended felt tips is outstanding, they remain unaffected by eyeshadow residue.  My Milani Eyeliner was prone to eyeshadow build-up, as a result, the tip no longer dispense product.
  • Shu Uemura 05 Stone Gray was discovered in the back of one of my makeup drawers.  Even though the color is a bit deeper than it predecessor, 02 Seal Brown, a pencil this wonderful could not go to waste.  My 02 Seal Brown Pencil lasted 3 years before a replacement was needed.
  • Milani Brow Gel does what it claims to do at a very cheap price.
Current Lip Favorites: Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick, Lipstick Queen Private Party Velvet Rope Lipstick, Dior Fluid Sticks, It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stain.

Current Lip Favorites:
Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Envy Lipstick, Lipstick Queen Private Party Velvet Rope Lipstick, Dior Fluid Sticks, It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stain.

  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks (reviewed here) are wonderful.  450 Insolent plum is one of my favorite shades.
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks (reviewed here) have a heavenly formula.  Private Party is the perfect bright pinky/red shade for the summer time.
  • Dior Addict Fluid Sticks (reviewed here) have a lovely texture.  The lasting power is not the greatest on their own, but when added to a long wearing lip color, the results are stunning.
  • It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stains (reviewed here) have amazing longevity especially when used as a base for lipsticks.
Current Personal Care Favorites: Coconut Oil, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, Natures Gate Toothpaste, L'Oreal Olio Therapy Shampoo, Sienna Naturals Leave-in-Conditioner, Target Eye Makeup Remover.

Current Personal Care Favorites:
Coconut Oil, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, Natures Gate Toothpaste, L’Oreal Olio Therapy Shampoo, Sienna Naturals Leave-in-Conditioner, Target Eye Makeup Remover.

  • Organic Coconut Oil is my night-time/summer-time moisturizer.  Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D. wrote a great book called, The Coconut Oil Miracle, outlining all the benefits of Coconut Oil.  He states, “Polynesians, who traditionally wear very little clothing, have beautiful skin without blemishes and without cancer.  The reason is they eat coconuts and use the oil on their bodies as a lotion.”
  • Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is my day-time/summer-time moisturizer.  The dry-oil quickly absorbs into the skin and doesn’t cause me to “sweat” during hot humid days.
  • Natures Gate Toothpaste is one of the few toothpaste brands that is fluoride-free and sodium laurel sulfate free.
  • L’Oreal Oleo Shampoo is sulfate-free and smells heavenly.  I would purchase Sienna Naturals Shampoo, but my son goes through shampoo like water and requires a readily available and affordable alternative.
  • Sienna Naturals Leave-In-Conditioner was recommended by Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog (her fabulous review here).  I love this product, the all natural formula truly smooths out the hair without weighting it down.  I’m on my second bottle, my son used up the first bottle completely.
  • Target Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover gets the job done.  Although I am a devoted Bioderma user, as of late, I feel a tinge of resentment over the inflated price ($40) for a makeup remover.  The same product in France cost $10 dollars.
Current Favorites: City of Heavenly Fire, Tom Ford Violet Blonde Perfume,Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Nail Lacquer.

Current Favorites:
City of Heavenly Fire, Tom Ford Violet Blonde Perfume,Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Nail Lacquer.

  • City of Heavenly Fire is the last book in The Mortal Instrument Series.  If you enjoy a quick supernatural read, then this series is for you.  The movie was a major disappointment, the series had the potential to be the next Harry Potter and they wrecked that opportunity with a horrible script and subpar actors.
  • Tom Ford Violet Blonde is the only perfume that will last during the hottest of days.  I would love to describe the notes and so on, but Gaia from The NonBlonde is the source for all things fragrance related.
  • Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Nail Lacquer is amazing. The left photo shows the polish on the first day and the right photo shows the polish on the fifth day with a fresh top coat added.

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

Makeup would tell you I would love to hear some of the things you have 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 Private Party.  *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.

Current Favorites.

Current Favorites: Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush, Tom Ford Platinum Cream Eyeshadow, Bobbi Brown Espresso Eyeshadow, Bobbi Brown Bone Eyeshadow, Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire, Nars Eyeshadow Primer, Clinique High Impact extreme Volume Mascara, Milani Liquid Liner, and Shu Uemura 02 Seal Brown Brow Pencil.

Current Favorites:
Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush, Tom Ford Platinum Cream Eyeshadow, Bobbi Brown Espresso Eyeshadow, Bobbi Brown Bone Eyeshadow, Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire, Nars Eyeshadow Primer, Clinique High Impact extreme Volume Mascara, Milani Liquid Liner, and Shu Uemura 02 Seal Brown Brow Pencil.

Current Favorites–Eye Makeup:

  1. Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush is a wonderful multi-purpose brush–fantastic for application of lid color, crease color, lower lash line color and to blend out any harsh edges.
  2. Tom Ford Platinum Cream Eyeshadow applies like a dream and lasts all day (seen here).
  3. Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Espresso (discontinued, but Rich Caviar comes close) is used along the lash line for a smoldering eye look.
  4. Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Bone is an everyday essential used to highlight the brow bone, blend out harsh edges and as an all-over lid color.
  5. Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire (reviewed here) is used everyday along the lower lash line and occasionally, as a lid color.
  6. Nars Eyeshadow Base makes any eyeshadow adhere brilliantly to the skin.  I seriously will never be without this tube of wonder.
  7. Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara was once upon a time not my favorite mascara, but how a new tube can change the most cynical perspective.  It does exactly what is stated on the tube.  Love it!
  8. Milani Eye-Tech Perfection Liquid Liner is blacker than black, stays on all day and is a true drugstore gem.  The formula and color are very comparable to Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here).
  9. Shu Uemura 02 Seal brown is my perfect brow color.  This pencil is going strong even after 2½ years of consistent use.
  10. Milani Brow Gel (not photgraphed) is great for keeping brow hairs in place.
Current Favorites--Eye Makeup.

Current Favorites–Eye and Face Makeup.

Current Favorites: Chikuhodo Cheek Brush, Cargo Water-Resistant Bronzer, Giorgio Armani Blush #10, Lancome Teint Idole Makeup 340 N, Wayne Goss 01, Chikuhodo Highlighter Brush, Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer, and theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer.

Current Favorites:
Chikuhodo Cheek Brush, Cargo Water-Resistant Bronzer, Giorgio Armani Blush #10, Lancome Teint Idole Makeup 340 N, Wayne Goss 01, Chikuhodo Highlighter Brush, Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer, and theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer.

Current Favorites–Face Makeup:

  1. Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush reviewed (here).
  2. Cargo Water-Resistant Bronzer was originally purchased for use as a bronzer; however, the high shimmer factor has deemed this product suitable for eyeshadow use only.  Love to use it on the lower lash line.
  3. Giorgio Armani Blush #10 Blush is my all time favorite blush (reviewed here).  I like using this blush with a dampened brush for more intense color and long-lasting wear.
  4. Lancome Teint Idole Foundation in 340 Bisque (N) is giving my Estee Lauder Double Wear a run for its money.  I adore the lightweight, full coverage, non-drying formula.
  5. Wayne Goss 01 Brush (reviewed here).
  6. Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush (review coming soon)….can you guess my thoughts?
  7. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer is one of my favorite bronzers…my compact is over two years old and still going strong.
  8. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is a seriously illuminating highlighter–a light hand and a proper brush are strongly recommended.
Current Favorites: YSL #11 Prune Impertinence, Dior Addict Fluid Stick 893, 975 Minuit, 219 Whisper Beige, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy 210.

Current Favorites:
YSL #11 Prune Impertinence, Dior Addict Fluid Stick 893, 975 Minuit, 219 Whisper Beige, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy 210.

Current Favorites–Lip Colors:

  1. YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush #11 Prune Impertinence (reviewed here).
  2. Dior Addict Fluid Stick 893 Trompe L’Oeil (reviewed here).
  3. Dior Addict Fluid Stick 975 Minuit (reviewed here).
  4. Dior Addict Fluid Stick 219 Whisper Beige makes a great topper shade for most lip colors.  I love the effect when added to:
  5. Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy 210 Impulsive (reviewed here).
Current Favorites: MAC Pro Longwear Lipliner in Nice-n-Spicy, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy 210 Impulsive topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick 219 Whisper Beige.

Current Favorites:
MAC Pro Longwear Lipliner in Nice-n-Spicy, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy 210 Impulsive topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick 219 Whisper Beige.

Current Favorites: Alvera Natural Deodorant, Thayers Witch Hazel, Alba Un-Petrolum, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, Tom's Floride-Free Toothpaste.

Current Favorites:
Alvera Natural Deodorant, Thayers Witch Hazel, Alba Un-Petrolum, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, Tom’s Fluoride-Free Toothpaste.

Current Favorites–Personal Care:

  1. Alvera All Natural Deodorant in Aloe & Almond is not completely all natural; it is formulated with Alcloxa (aluminum derivative) and is used during the spring/summer seasons.  This has great odor protection.
  2. Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel is transfer into a spray bottle and used to dampen my makeup brushes.  It is also used as facial toner after all makeup has been removed.
  3. Alba Un-Petrolum contains castor oil and coconut oil (saves me the trouble of combining the oils myself)–great moisturizer for arms, legs and face.
  4. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is a dry oil–great summer time facial moisturizer, but I like to combine it with Alba Un-Petrolum as my spring time facial moisturizer.
  5. Tom’s Fluoride-Free Toothpaste.

Current Favorites–TV Shows:

  1. Mad Men.
  2. Covert Affairs…amazing..especially season 3 and 4.
  3. Suits…Gabriel Macht was born to play Harvey Spector.
  4. Grimm.
  5. Orphan Black.

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

Makeup would tell you most of these products have been in my rotation for years, some have recently crept their way into my routine and others are seasonal delicacies.  Regardless, I love them all.  What are some of your favorites?  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.  *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.

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Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad review and looks.

Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

While researching some chocolate-brown eyeshadow palettes, Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad  ($7.00 USD/5g) came to my attention.  This affordable little palette has completely exceeded all of my expectations.  According to Avon:

Reveal your most alluring eyes with NEW True Color Eyeshadow. Our quads are numbered so getting those fabulous eye looks are as easy as 1,2,3…4!

With True Color Technology:
The rich color you see in the compact is the same color you get on your eyes.
Rich, vibrant color with crease-proof wear
Color saturated shades designed for every skin tone
Numbered shades for our easiest expert eye looks ever!

Exquisite stay-true coordinated shades make every eye-look effortless. .176 oz. total net wt.

Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad swatches.

Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad swatches over Nars Eyeshadow Base.

The Pros of Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad:

  1. Beautiful combination of warm and cool tone eyeshadow colors.
  2. Three satiny smooth colors (1, 2,3) and one highly pigmented matte brown color (4).
  3. Price/Amount ratio is outstanding….highly affordable.
  4. Nicely pigmented with no fallout (tap out your brush before applying the color onto the eye).
  5. Colors blend easily for an effortless look.
  6. Vibrant all day wear (12 hours) if worn over Nars Eyeshadow Base (reviewed here).
  7. Can be combined with cream shadows.
  8. Convenient numbered shadows makes application a breeze for makeup novices.
  9. Sleek packaging including a large mirror and dual-end sponge tip applicator.
  10. Formulated without mineral oil or parabens (with the exception of shade 4 which contains one paraben).
  11. Great everyday colors that are comparable to higher end colors and formulations.
  12. Available in 14 True Color Eyeshadow Quad Combinations.
  13. Ebay seller (where I purchased mine) sells these quads for $4.95 USD with free shipping…amazing! (here).

The Cons to Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad:

  1. Limited retail locations.
  2. Avon online color swatches are computerized and completely inaccurate.
  3. No other cons…what is there not to like?
Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad ingredient list.

Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad ingredient list.

Avon Chocolate Sensation Look 1:

For this look, I decided I wanted to lighten-up Shade 2, therefore, I placed Shade 1 all over the mobile lid and layered Shade 2 on top  ¾ of the way.  The inner ¼ of the lid remained highlighted with Shade 1.  Shade 3 was placed in the crease and blended inwardly.  Shade 4 was used to deepen the outer “v.”  The lower lash line was lined with Shade 3 + Cargo Water-Resistant Bronzer.  A matte cream color was used to blend out the edges of Shade 3 in the crease and highlight the brow bone.  Rimmel Nude Eyeliner was used to line the inner waterline.  Add your favorite liner and mascara and you are done!

Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad Shade 2, Shade 1+2.

Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad Shade 2, Shade 1+2 without a primer.

Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad before blending.

Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad blended with added mascara and liner.

Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Avon Chocolate Sensation Look 2:

Swatches L-R: Cargo Water Resistant Bronzer, Givenchy 6 Kaki Brocart, YSL #7 Gold Star, Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad

Swatches L-R:
Cargo Water-Resistant Bronzer, Givenchy 6 Kaki Brocart, YSL #7 Gold Star, Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad (all colors swatched over Nars Eyeshadow Base).

For Look 2, the eyeshadow combination remained the same as Look 1, with the exception of the lower lash-line and waterline.  YSL #7 Gold Star was used to line the waterline and a combination of Gold Star and Cargo Water-Resistant Bronzer were used to line the lower lash-line.  A matte cream color was used to blend out the edges of Shade 3 in the crease and highlight the brow bone.

Look 3: Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Look 2:
Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Look 2: Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Look 2:
Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Avon Chocolate Sensation Look 3:

For Look 3, Shade 2 was used all over the mobile lid.  Shade 3 was used in the crease and outer corners.  Givenchy 6 Kaki Brocart (reviewed here) was used in the outer “v” with Shade 3 lightly blended on top.  I utilized the pointed end of the sponge tip applicator to highlight the inner corners with Shade 1.  Cargo Water-Resistant Bronzer was used to line the lower lash-line.  A matte cream color was used to blend out the edges of Shade 3 in the crease and highlight the brow bone.

Look 4: Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Look 3:
Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Look 4: Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Look 3:
Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Look 4: Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Look 3:
Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Avon Chocolate Sensation Look 4:

For Look 4, Shade 2 was used all over the mobile lid.  Shade 3 was used in the outer corners and blended up into the crease.  Shade 4 was used to deepen the outer “v”.  Shade 3 was used to line the lower lash line.  Shade 1 was used to highlight the inner corner.  I prefer to highlight the brow bone with a matte cream color, some may find Shade 1 suitable for this purpose.

Look 4: Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Look 4:
Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Look 4: Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

Look 4:
Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad.

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

Makeup would tell you Avon Chocolate Sensation True Color Eyeshadow Quad is Sensational!!!  Seriously, for under five dollars the looks that can be created with this little gem are endless.  If these shadows were placed in Chanel packaging no one would be the wiser…they are that good.  Better yet, you can get 4-5 Avon True Color Quads for the price of one Chanel single eyeshadow.  Bottom line..do you need this quad?  Oh yes…It’s neutral, the taupe shade (2) is to die for, and it is cheaper than most drugstore palettes.  Which Quad will you be getting?  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  *This post contains some store affiliate link.  *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. 

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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

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Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base review and photos.

Nars Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Base.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

What makes an eyeshadow great?  Is it the color, the texture, the brand, the packaging?  No…it’s the eyeshadow primer/base!  Regardless of eyeshadow brand, an eyeshadow primer makes any powder or cream shadow/liner last longer, colors more vibrant and allows shimmer formulas to adhere more securely to the skin.  Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($24 US/ 8g) is one primer that delivers beautifully on all accounts; just like my Amex card, I will never leave home without it!

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

The Pros:

  1. Clear formula allows for a variety of colored shadows to be used.
  2. Smooth lightweight formula applies seamlessly.
  3. Will not dry out delicate skin around the eyes.
  4. Skin feels smooth and hydrated.
  5. Formula dries evenly and allows for smooth application of powdered eyeshadows.
  6. Small amount needed, therefore one tube will last awhile (@ 7-12 months) if used everyday.
  7. Makes any eyeshadow last 10 hours +.
  8. Shimmer formulas adhere beautifully and fallout is drastically reduced/eliminated.
  9. Sleek and sturdy packaging is suited for travel.
  10. Formulated without parabens or fragrance.

The Cons:

  1. Despite the attractive packaging, I would have preferred a squeeze tube (like Too Faced Shadow Insurance).
  2. Contamination of product is possible if used on multiple people or if applied on dirty skin (don’t share).
  3. Cannot determine when product needs replacing.
Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base applied heavily and blended out.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base applied heavily and blended out.

Powder Eyeshadows adhere very well to Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and last amazingly well over time.

L:  MAC Uninterrupted (here) without Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. R:  MAC Uninterrupted on top of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

L: MAC Uninterrupted (here) without Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.
R: MAC Uninterrupted on top of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Both swatches rubbed with a tissue. L: MAC Uninterrupted (here) without Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. R: MAC Uninterrupted on top of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Both swatches rubbed with a finger to show longevity.
L: MAC Uninterrupted without Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.
R: MAC Uninterrupted on top of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base didn’t move.

Cream eyeshadows/liners also perform brilliantly over Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.  The shimmers are more prominent, the longevity is amazing and shimmer fallout is drastically reduced and in some case, eliminated.

L:  MAC Its Physical Fluidline without Nars Smudge proof Eyeshdow Base. R:  MAC Its Physical Fluidline on top of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

L: MAC Its Physical Fluidline without Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshdow Base.
R: MAC Its Physical Fluidline on top of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ingredient list.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ingredient list.

Nars Cosmetics can be found in Sephora, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, narscosmetics.com, beauty.com, etc..

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

Makeup would tell you if you are an avid eyeshadow wearer, then Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is a must-have in your arsenal.  I have had this primer/base in my possession for the past two weeks and cannot believe I have gone this long without it.  Nars has outdone itself with the creation of this little gem; it far surpasses Laura Mercier Eye Canvas, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Urban Decay Primer Potion (very drying on me) or any other eyeshadow primer out on the market.  I think I may have found my Top Eyeshadow Primer for 2014…slow your roll Maria, the year just started.  I know but, this stuff has rocked my world!  What is your HG eyeshadow primer?  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.