Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush review, photos and comparisons.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

It is my personal belief one should invest in quality makeup brushes from the very beginning.  Some of the best makeup brushes are made in Japan.  Unfortunately, one cannot easily gain access to those products; many Japan based companies are unable to ship to the US.  Thankfully, companies such as Chikuhodo, are making it possible for overseas consumers to purchase their products (for a premium of course). Taking full advantage of this convenience, the Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush ($109 USD) made its way across the Pacific into my eagerly awaiting little hands.  This decadently supple gray-squirrel brush caresses the face like the finest silk imaginable.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush personalized with my name.

The Pros of Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush:

  1. 100% gray squirrel hair.
  2. Hand made in Japan.
  3. According to now-eproject, “The ultimate Chikuhodo brush collection series, where [Chairman Tesshu Takemori] himself oversees material selection to finishing.” 
  4. Brush measures roughly 6 inches (15 cm) from hair tip to base..I like shorter handle brushes.
  5. Extremely light-weight feel with minimal design.
  6. Hairs are uncut, giving the brush an incredibly silky quality.
  7. Hairs are bundled meticulously for a voluminous airy feel..perfect for people with sensitive and dry skin.
  8. Blends any powder blush or bronzer to perfection.
  9. Can be used with highly pigmented powders for a soft-focused effect.
  10. The rounded paddle shape and tapered sides picks-up color beautifully and makes for effortless application.
  11. Round-oval shape coupled with a slightly pointer end is fitting for bronzer and contour application.
  12. Company name and brush type is printed with raised white lettering, which has not faded in the past month of use.
  13. For an additional two dollars per brush, you can personalize your brushes.
  14. Chikuhodo also manufactures Suqqu Brushes, Kanebo Tesshyu Collection, La Donna, Shiseido Brush Etheindre, RMK, and Lunasol.
Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

The Cons to Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush:

  1. Ordering such an expensive brush online takes a tremendous leap of faith.
  2. Not for people who prefer a strong blush or bronzer application.
  3. Not the most efficient bronzer brush..takes more time to build-up color (IMHO, the results are worth it).
  4. Natural oils from the skin will collect on the delicate hairs after every use.  Make certain to “dry” clean your brush on a clean towel before storing it away for the day.
  5. Some may find the shorter handle not to their liking.

 Comparisons:

Comparison L-R: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

Comparison L-R:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

As you can tell Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush is the daintiest of the lot.  Tom Ford Bronzer Brush has a towering presence in both appearance and feel.  Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush is lightweight, not as much as Chikuhodo, but it is definitely bulkier in comparison (not my favorite brush).

Comparison L-R: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

Comparison L-R:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here) is composed of dense goat hair; I prefer to use this brush for a fast all-over bronzer application, and to deposit bronzer down my neck and décolletage. Chikuhodo is delicate from the start; this exquisite swan will dance brilliantly over the skin, depositing a light veil of color. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush is the brute of the bunch…he sheds like crazy and I find the shape a bit awkward.

Tom Ford Cheek Brush and Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Tom Ford Cheek Brush and Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Tom Ford Cheek Brush (reviewed here) is composed of densely packed goat hair and is ideal for those who prefer a heavier blush/bronzer application.  The more substantial goat hairs are able to pick-up powder products that are tightly pressed in the pan or blushes that are subtly pigmented (like my Giorgio Armani Blush #10). Chikuhodo is the perfect shape and density to blend highly pigmented blushes (from Nars and Tom Ford) to sheer perfection.

Too Face Chocolate Bronzer applied with Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer applied with Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Too Face Chocolate Bronzer applied with Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer applied with Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush (with flash).

I use Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush with Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer and the coverage is delicate and balanced.  Chikuhodo recommends deep cleaning gray squirrel hair brushes once a month.  Read their outline here.

Chikuhodo Brushes can be purchased at now-eproject.com and  Beautylish.com 

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

Makeup would tell you if you want to treat yourself to a beautiful, yet functional makeup brush, then Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush would make the perfect investment.  My husband gifted this to me after he saw me drooling over Sonia’s (Sweetmakeuptemptations) review (here) and Tarabayz’s review (here). Admittedly, this brush will not be for everyone, but if you get a chance to experience the feel of Z-8, I doubt anyone will be able to resist its charms.  What can I say, some girls like flowers, dining out, designer bags, shoes, etc..personally, I’ll take Chikuhodo makeup brushes any day….however, jewelry is always welcomed 🙂   I love anything makeup related, but I’m not completely crazy.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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Makeup of the Week: Glistening Eyes and Juicy Lips.

Makeup of the Week:  Gleaming Eyes and Juicy Lips.

Makeup of the Week: Glistening Eyes and Juicy Lips.

This has been a very busy week.  After celebrating Easter and all the cleanup that comes along with hosting a holiday party, makeup application needed to be quick and easy.  For this Makeup of the Week:  Glistening Eyes and Juicy Lips, I utilized another cream eyeshadow and recent acquisition:  Tom Ford Platinum Cream Eyeshadow.  This mauvish-taupish-brown glistening pot of loveliness was so easy and effortless to use, I now need/want (one in the same) the whole collection.  However, that may be a problem, seeing as how Tom Ford Cream Eyeshadows were limited edition and can only be found at certain CCO locations…I can sense my husband breathing a “sigh” of relief 🙂

Makeup of the Week:  Glistening Eyes and Juicy Lips.

Makeup of the Week: Glistening Eyes and Juicy Lips.

Makeup of the Week:  Glistening Eyes and Juicy Lips.

Makeup of the Week: Glistening Eyes and Juicy Lips.

Eye Makeup of the Week:  Glistening Eyes and Juicy Lips:

  1. Nars Eyeshadow Base was used to prime my entire eyelid area (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Platinum Cream Eyeshadow used on the mobile lid area.
  3. MAC Pressed Amber Mineralized Blush used lightly in the crease area (discontinued).
  4. Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire and Cargo Water-Resistant Bronzer used to line the lower lash line (reviewed here).
  5. Inglot AMC Gel liner in #90 used to line the upper water-line (reviewed here).
  6. Milani EyeTech Perfection Liquid Liner was used to line the upper lash line.
  7. Bobbi Brown Bone Eyeshadow was used to blend out Pressed Amber and highlight the brow bone area.
  8. Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara.
  9. Shu Uemura Brow Pencil on 02 Seal Brown was used to fill-in the brows (discussed here).
  10. Milani Brow Gel was used to keep brow hairs in place.
Makeup of the Week:  Gleaming Eyes and Juicy Lips.

Makeup of the Week: Glistening Eyes and Juicy Lips.

Makeup of the Week:  Gleaming Eyes and Juicy Lips.

Makeup of the Week: Glistening Eyes and Juicy Lips.

**For a slightly less dramatic look, try using a brown liner instead of black to line the upper lash line.  For the above photos, I used L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil in Brown as my liner for the day.  MAC Pressed Amber was also applied with a heavier hand to balance out the overall look.

Face Makeup of the Week:  Glistening Eyes and Juicy Lips:

  1. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow was applied to the T-Zone area as a primer (reviewed here).
  2. Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation in 340 Bisque N (review coming soon).
  3. MAC Prep+Prime Radiant Rose Highlighter Pen was used lightly as a concealer (reviewed here).
  4. MAC Pressed Amber was used as a bronzer (discontinued).
  5. Estee Lauder Sea Star Blush/Bronzer was used as a blush (discontinued).
  6. MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder was used as a highlighter (discontinued).
Dior Addict Fluid Stick 893 Trompe L'Oeil with MAC Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 893 Trompe L’Oeil with MAC Trust-in-Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 893 Trompe L'Oeil

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 893 Trompe L’Oeil

Lip Combo of the Week:

  1. MAC Trust-in-Red Pro Longwear Lipliner.
  2. Dior Addict Fluid Stick 893 Trompe L’Oeil (reviewed here).

**I really enjoyed wearing 893 Tromp L’Oeil on its own as well this week.  I just can’t stop wearing these Fluid Sticks…“[Dior] must have put an addictive chemical [in them] to make you crave them fortnightly.”  🙂 (So I Married An Axe Murderer).

Makeup of the Week:  Glistening and Juicy Lips. Tom Ford Bronzer brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Wayne Goss 01 Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Brush, Chikuhodo Z-2 Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Brush, Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush, Billy B #11 Brush.

Makeup of the Week: Glistening and Juicy Lips.
Tom Ford Bronzer brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Wayne Goss 01 Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Brush, Chikuhodo Z-2 Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Brush, Sonia Kashuk Concealer Brush, Billy B #11 Brush.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush was used to blend-out any harsh edges as a final step (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cheek Brush was used to apply the blush color (reviewed here).
  3. Wayne Goss 01 Brush was used to apply foundation (reviewed here).
  4. Chikuhodo Z-8 Brush was used to apply bronzer…the most evenly blended bronzer application ever!
  5. Chikuhodo Z-2 Brush was used to apply the highlighter shade…amazing!
  6. Chihuhodo Z-5 Brush was used to apply the crease color and Cargo Water-Resistant bronzer on the lower lash line…fantastic!
  7. Sonia Kashuk Concealer brush was used to apply Tom Ford Platinum Cream Eyeshadow.
  8. Billy B. #11 was used to apply Inglot #90 to the upper water-line (reviewed here).

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

Makeup would tell you even though these seem like a lot of products, it only took me 25 minutes to apply a full face of makeup.  I know it seems hard to believe, but the more you do something the easier it becomes. The right tools also make for a more pleasurable and productive experience.  I hope you found this helpful. Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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Makeup of the Week: Mad Men Inspired.

Makeup of the Week:  Mad Men Inspired.

Makeup of the Week: Mad Men Inspired.

I don’t know about anyone else out there, but I absolutely love the show Mad Men.  The men are so outrageously spoiled and entitled and the women…oh, the women…are so glamorous and gorgeous.  The makeup is very simple, yet, always refined and strong.  Forget the outer “v”, the shimmer and the multitude of colorful shadows, elegance was the reigning theme in women’s makeup routine.  For this Makeup of the Week:  Mad Men Inspired, I will try to recreate what I believe to be the quintessential go-to eye look and face makeup for any present day occasion.  Makeup was applied in the order listed.  I hope you enjoy.

Makeup of the Week:  Mad Men Inspired.

Makeup of the Week: Mad Men Inspired.

Makeup of the Week:  Mad Men Inspired.

Makeup of the Week: Mad Men Inspired.

Makeup of the Week:  Mad Men Inspired.

Makeup of the Week: Mad Men Inspired.

Makeup of the Week: Mad Men Inspired Eye Makeup:

  1. Fill in brows with Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown.
  2. Brows held in place with Milani Brow Gel (new and really makes a difference).
  3. Nars Eyeshadow Base (reviewed here).
  4. MAC MSF Natural in Medium Plus was mixed with Bobbi Brown Navajo eyeshadow and applied to the mobile lid and under the brow bone.
  5. MAC MSF Natural in Medium Deep was applied to the crease.
  6. Avon Chocolate Sensation Quad (Shade 4) was applied thickly along the lash line (reviewed here).
  7. Inglot #90 AMC Liner was applied on the upper waterline (reviewed here).
  8. Milani Black Liquid Liner was applied on top of Shade 4 to the upper lash line (new and loving it).
  9. MAC Medium Deep was mixed with Cargo Water-Resistant Bronzer to the lower lash line.
  10. Rimmel Nude liner was applied to the lower waterline.
  11. Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite mascara.
Makeup of the Week:  Mad Men Inspired.

Makeup of the Week: Mad Men Inspired (with flash).

Makeup of the Week:  Mad Men Inspired.

Makeup of the Week: Mad Men Inspired.

Makeup of the Week: Mad Men Inspired Face Makeup:

  1. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow was used as my face primer (reviewed here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear in EN1 mixed with Rae Cosmetics Climate Control in 25 was used for foundation.
  3. Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation 03 was used as concealer (the tiniest dot).
  4. MAC Prep +Prime Radiant Rose was used to highlight the under eye area and center of the face (reviewed here).
  5. Face was lightly powdered with MAC MSF Natural in Medium Plus.
  6. MAC MSF Natural in Medium Deep was used as the bronzer.
  7. MAC Play-It-Proper was used as a highlighter (discontinued).
  8. Giorgio Armani Blush #10 Beige (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week:  Mad Men Inspired.

Makeup of the Week: Mad Men Inspired.

Makeup of the Week: Mad Men Inspired Lip Combo:

  1. MUFE #2C lipliner used to line and fill-in the lips.
  2. Estee Lauder 210 Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick (reviewed here).
  3. Buxom Kir Royale Lipgloss applied very lightly on top of Impulsive.
Makeup of the Week:  Mad Men Inspired.

Makeup of the Week: Mad Men Inspired.

Brushes used for Makeup of the Week: Mad Men Inspired:

  1. Wayne Goss 01 Brush used dry to applied foundation (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush was used to apply bronzer (reviewed here).
  3. Tom Ford Cheek Brush was used lightly dampened to apply GA #10 Beige Blush to the cheeks (reviewed here).
  4. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush was used lightly dampened to apply Play It Proper as the highlighter (reviewed here).
  5. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush was used for MAC MSF Natural as a setting powder.
  6. Smashbox #15 brush was used to apply the crease color.
  7. Shu Uemura #10 flat brush was used  to apply the lid color.
  8. Billy B #12 brush was used to apply and blend out Shade 4 on the upper lash line (reviewed here).

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

Makeup would tell you regardless if you are a fan of Mad Men or not, this simple elegant look could be worn for any modern-day occasion.  The addition of the darkened brown shade on top of the black liquid liner makes eyes appear doe-like and awake.  A little trick I use all the time when I am pressed for time, yet, want to look put together.  The simplicity of the eye look really made my complexion stand out.  Using powder blushes and highlighters with a slightly dampened brush not only makes the color last all day, but allows the color to blend into the skin more seamlessly.   I hope you found this helpful.  As always, be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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Estee Lauder 210 Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick was an Impulsively Delicious Treat.

Estee Lauder Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Estee Lauder 210 Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

I am a big fan of speed shopping.  Before I leave my house, I know exactly what stores to hit and what items to buy–I do not linger.  Such was the case this weekend when I visited one particular cosmetic counter.  Perfume ladies, makeup artists with the promise of “free makeovers” or counter sales associates with their endless “free gifts” could not distract/deter me from purchasing Estee Lauder 210 Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick ($30 USD/ 3.5g).  This tantalizing pink hue was just too darn pretty to resist!

Estee Lauder Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Estee Lauder 210 Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Estee Lauder 210 Implusive

Estee Lauder 210 Implusive Pure Color Envy Lipstick on bare lips.

The Pros to Estee Lauder 210 Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick:

  1. Stunning warm pink shade.
  2. Smooth application and wear.
  3. Nice moisturizing formula..lips never felt dry even when the color wore-off.
  4. Opaque formula covers pigmented lips very well.
  5. Wears off evenly without the dreaded ring around the mouth.
  6. Can be worn lightly or heavily depending on your mood.
  7. Color does not feather or bleed into fine lines without a lipliner.
  8. Very comparable in texture to Tom Ford Lipsticks (reviewed here), IMHO these wear better than TF and are $19 cheaper 🙂
  9. Exceptional magnetic closure.
  10. Navy/gold packaging has a nice weight with edges that are smooth and feminine.
  11. Pairs beautifully with MAC Pro Longwear Lipliner in Nice n Spicy for extended wear.
  12. Can be layered nicely over an existing layer without looking and feeling caky.
  13. Delicate brown sugar scent which is imperceptible after 2 minutes.
  14. 21 colors in the line-up.
  15. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil.

The Cons to Estee Lauder 210 Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick:

  1. Lasted three hours on its own.  A long-wearing lip pencil is needed to give this moisturizing formula extended wear.
  2. The lipstick takes on a matte/satin finish with an additional layer (I like the look, some may not).
  3. Incredibly long ingredient list.
  4. No other cons…I love this color.
Estee Lauder 210 Implusive

Estee Lauder 210 Implusive Pure Color Envy Lipstick with MAC Nice N Spicy Lipliner.

Impulsive applies like butter.  This warm pink shade covers my pigmented lips completely and compliments olive and medium skin tones perfectly.  Darker skinned beauties could wear this color with the right lip liner, resembling a more mod lip look (groovy).

Estee Lauder 210 Implusive Pure Color Envy Lipstick with MAC Nice N Spicy Lipliner.

Estee Lauder 210 Implusive Pure Color Envy Lipstick with MUFE 2C Lipliner.

When paired with Make Up For Ever Waterproof Lip Pencil in 2C, the resulting color lasted 4 hours without any eating or drinking.  The addition of this rosy nude lipliner gave Impulsive some depth and toned down the brightness.

Estee Lauder 210 Implusive Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder 210 Implusive Pure Color Envy Lipstick with MAC Nice N Spicy Lipliner freshly applied.

Estee Lauder 210 Implusive

Estee Lauder 210 Implusive Pure Color Envy Lipstick with MAC Nice N Spicy Lipliner four hours later.

The above photos show how Impulsive’s glossy texture changes into more of a satiny finish as the color wears throughout the day.  If I were to have added an additional layer, the color would have resembled a smooth satin/matte finish.  Truth be told, reapplication was a complete pleasure.  The addition of MAC Nice ‘n’ Spicy gave Impulsive a lovely brown undertone that lasted for five hours.

Comparison Swatches: MUFE 2C, Dior Addict 525 Vintage, Dior Addict 621 Granville, MAC Nice 'n' Spicy, Estee Lauder Impulsive, Tom Ford Casablanca, Tom Ford Pink Adobe, Estee Lauder Crystal Baby, Clarins 109 Rosewood, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD203.

Comparison Swatches:
MUFE 2C, Dior Addict 525 Vintage, Dior Addict 621 Granville, MAC Nice ‘n’ Spicy, Estee Lauder Impulsive, Tom Ford Casablanca, Tom Ford Pink Adobe, Estee Lauder Crystal Baby, Clarins 109 Rosewood, Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD203.

Estee Lauder 210 Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick Ingredient List:

Estee Lauder 210 Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick ingredient list.

Estee Lauder 210 Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick ingredient list (click to enlarge)

Estee Lauder 210 Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick ingredient list.

Estee Lauder 210 Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick ingredient list (click to enlarge).

Estee Lauder 210 Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick ingredient list.

Estee Lauder 210 Impulsive Pure Color Envy Lipstick ingredient list (click to enlarge).

The ingredient list for this lipstick is composed of all three photos.

**Estee Lauder cosmetics can be found at SephoraNordstrom, Macys, Saks, etc..**

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

Makeup would tell you if you are in the market for a moisturizing, pigmented, smooth, and heavenly formula, then look no further than Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks.  150 Decadent (reviewed here) was just as smooth, but for some reason, I found 210 Impulsive to be more pigmented and have more of a polished feel.  I found the color extremely versatile when paired with a variety of lipliners.  Impulsive was a wonderful find and so appropriate for this time of year.  Spring is definitely in the air and my lips need to dress the part.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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Date Night Look.

Date Night Look Lip Combo: Jordana Plush Plum and Estee Lauder Electric Wine.

Date Night Look Lip Combo:
Jordana Plush Plum and Estee Lauder Electric Wine.

Recently, my husband and I attended a last minute event and a quick and simple look was required.  For this Date Night Look, time was of the essence, so I decided to play up my lips rather than waste time creating an elaborate eye look.  Truth be told, I did not alter my daytime makeup in the least, but simply changed the lip combo. Adding an extra necklace or two also helps to dress up any outfit.  I hope you find this helpful and can use some ideas for your next date night 🙂

Makeup of the Week:  Date Night Look.

Date Night Look Eye Makeup.

Date Night Look Eye Makeup:

  1. Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (reviewed here).
  2. Laura Mercier Spellbound Highlighter (discontinued) all over the mobile lid (MAC Arena eyeshadow can be used in place of Spellbound).
  3. Clarins Mineral Eyeshadow in Auburn used in the crease and blended slightly above.
  4. Clarins Mineral Eyeshadow in Dark Chocolate used in the otter “v”.
  5. Bobbi Brown Navajo Eyeshadow used to highlight under the brow bone and to blend out the crease color.
  6. Clarins Mineral Eyeshadow in Auburn and Cargo Water-Resistant Bronzer mixed together on the lower lash line.
  7. L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Blackest Black (2 coats).
  8. Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown used on the brows.
  9. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Nude used to line the lower waterline.
  10. Inglot AMC Gel Liner in #90 (reviewed here) used to line the upper waterline and upper lash line.
Makeup of the Week:  Date Night Look.

Date Night Look Face Makeup.

Date Night Face Makeup:

  1. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (reviewed here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear in 3N-1 mixed with Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation in #123.
  3. Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Coverage in Cream Vanilla was used (the tiniest dot) as a concealer under both eyes and blended out.
  4. MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter Pen in Radiant Rose (reviewed here) the smallest amount used to brighten the under eye area.
  5. Too Faced Chocolate Matte Bronzer used for contour and bronzing the perimeter of the face.
  6. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in #10 Beige (not photographed reviewed here).
  7. RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (reviewed here).

Lip Combo for Date Night Look:

  1. Jordana Plush Plum Lipliner.
  2. Estee Lauder High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Electric Wine.
Day Time Look:   Make Up For Ever Lipliner in 2C with Estee Lauder High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal.

Day Time Lip Combo:
Make Up For Ever Lipliner in 2C with Estee Lauder High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal.

Daytime Lip Combo:

  1. Make Up For Ever Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in 2C.
  2. Estee Lauder High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal (reviewed here).
Brushes Used for Date Night Look: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Billy B Brush #11 and Brow Tool, Laura Mercier Eye Liner Brush, Wayne Goss Brushes 01 and 02.

Brushes Used for Date Night Look:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Trish McEvoy #29, Billy B Brush #11 and Brow Tool, Laura Mercier Eyeliner Brush, Wayne Goss Brushes 01, 02.

Brushes used for Date Night Look:

  1. Wayne Goss 01 for foundation and cream highlighter application (reviewed here).
  2. Wayne Goss 02 for contour, bronzer and blush application (reviewed here).
  3. Billy B #11 used for tight lining the upper waterline (reviewed here).
  4. Billy B Brow Tool used for brows.
  5. Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner brush used to apply Inglot #90 to the upper lash line.
  6. Trish McEvoy #29 Tapered Brush used to apply all eyeshadow colors on the eyes.
  7. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush used to blend all face powders together (reviewed here).

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

Makeup would tell you this “no-fuss” makeup look held up very well all evening.  Date Night was quite a success, but I must admit, as lovely as it is going out for the evening, it is even more enjoyable returning home.  What can I say….I’m a homebody at heart.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

Jewelry Worn:

 

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Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color review, swatches and comparisons.

Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Color L-R: (908C) Sugar Plum Fairy,  (915B) Spiked with Rum,  (918D) Cherry Bomb, (911D) Spotlight Red, (902C) Bare It All, (905D) Smokin' Hot Pink.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color L-R:
(908C) Sugar Plum Fairy, (915B) Spiked with Rum, (918D) Cherry Bomb, (911D) Spotlight Red, (902C) Bare It All, (905D) Smokin’ Hot Pink.

Have you ever watched a youtube beauty video and become transfixed by the person’s lipstick? Recently, while watching one of my favorite youtube personalities, Donnashorts1 (here) that very thing happened to me.  This is a woman who knows her higher-end cosmetics, so imagine my surprise when she revealed the color that had captivated my attention was, Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick (918D) Cherry Bomb ($1.50-$2.99 US/3.3g).  Could it be a drugstore lipstick would meet most of my expectations?  You’ll see 🙂

Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Color L-R: (908C) Sugar Plum Fairy,  (915B) Spiked with Rum,  (918D) Cherry Bomb, (911D) Spotlight Red, (902C) Bare It All, (905D) Smokin' Hot Pink.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color L-R:
(908C) Sugar Plum Fairy, (915B) Spiked with Rum, (918D) Cherry Bomb, (911D) Spotlight Red, (902C) Bare It All, (905D) Smokin’ Hot Pink.

The Pros to Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color:

  1. Highly affordable and accessible.
  2. No flavoring or scent.
  3. Highly pigmented.
  4. Smooth satin formula dries down to a matte finish after 2 hours.
  5. Certain colors apply smoothly without tugging and dragging on the lips.
  6. Long-lasting color (4-5 hours) leaves behind a very noticeable stain when the color has worn off.
  7. Formulated without parabens (some website list proplyparaben and BHT as ingredients, however the ingredient list on all six of my tubes do not have these two ingredients included).
  8. Comes in 26 shades.
  9. Black packaging is not as gaudy as many drugstore lipstick designs.
  10. Pairs beautifully with MAC Pro Longwear lip pencils.
  11. Multiple tubes of the same shade can be purchased to store at work, home and in the car.  As an added bonus, if you happen to misplace a tube of your favorite color, your bank account and heart will not break over the loss 🙂
Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color ingredient list.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color ingredient list.

The Cons to Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color:

  1. A substantial portion of the lipstick bullet sticks out of the black tubing.  Careful maneuvering of the cap is essential to avoid damage to the lipstick.
  2. A lip balm is highly recommended, the matte/satin formula becomes drying after a couple of hours.
  3. Certain colors are dry and can tug on the lips during application.  (905D) Smokin’ Hot Pink and (902C) Bare It All were the biggest culprits.
  4. If a heavy hand is used during application, feathering will occur.
  5. Adding another layer after three hours can look caky and result in feathering. Remove the existing layer and start fresh.
  6. Mineral oil is used as an ingredient.

Lip Swatches:

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color (908C) Sugar Plum.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color (908C) Sugar Plum.

(908C) Sugar Plum is a deep purple/magenta color that looks downright unwearable in the tube, but applies smoothly and vibrantly.  My husband noticed this color right away and commented how flattering and brighting it appeared.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color (915B) Spiked with Rum.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color (915B) Spiked with Rum.

(915B) Spiked with Rum is the most versatile color of the bunch.  Great everyday color would suit a variety of makeup looks and skin tones.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color (918D) Cherry Bomb.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color (918D) Cherry Bomb.

(918D) Cherry Bomb is my favorite shade.  This shade is very comparable in color to TF Black Orchid and also is a great dupe for Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage ($50US/3.5g).  However, do apply thin layers to avoid feathering.  I find if you blot between layers, feathering is greatly reduced.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color (911D) Stoplight Red.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color (911D) Stoplight Red.

(911D) Stoplight Red is a straight-up bright blue tone red.  This is the lipstick version of MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Trust in Red.  I love to mix this shade with (918D) Cherry Bomb to create an oxblood type color.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color (902C) Bare It All.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color (902C) Bare It All.

(902C) Bare It All is the typical 60’s nude shade.  The warm undertone makes this shade suitable for warm and olive skin tones.  I really was diggin’ (60’s lingo) this shade in the privacy of my own home, but I could not fathom wearing it in public.  However, I know so many ladies that would look phenomenal in this shade.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color (905D) Smokin' Hot Pink.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color (905D) Smokin’ Hot Pink.

(905D) Smokin’ Hot Pink is a beautiful bright warm pink that would look spectacular with a tan.  If you missed out on TF Aphrodisiac, then this shade would make for a good color substitute.

Comparisons:

Comparisons: Tom Ford Black Orchid vs. WnW (918D) Cherry Bomb. Tom Ford Casablanca vs. WnW (915B) Spiked Rum.  Tom Ford Aphrodisiac vs. WnW  (905D) Smokin' Hot PInk. Bite Beauty Mulberry vs. WnW (908C) Sugar Plum Fairy.

Comparisons:
Tom Ford Black Orchid vs. WnW (918D) Cherry Bomb.   Tom Ford Casablanca vs. WnW (915B) Spiked Rum.
Tom Ford Aphrodisiac vs. WnW (905D) Smokin’ Hot PInk.
Bite Beauty Mulberry vs. WnW (908C) Sugar Plum Fairy.

Normally, I would never think of comparing high-end lipsticks with the drugstore variety (sounds so snobby); however, while photographing Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Colors, I did see a striking similarity in color to my Tom Ford Lipsticks (reviewed here) and Bite Beauty Mulberry lipstick.  Obviously, Tom Ford lipsticks are smoother and more luxurious in texture and feel, but in regards to price and color payoff, Wet n Wild Lip Colors are amazing. Oh and lest not forget, you can buy all 26 Wet n Wild shades (on sale) for the price of one Tom Ford Lipstick….Things that make you go..hmmmmm..

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage.

Favorite Combo: Wet n Wild megalast Lip Colors (918D) Cherry Bomb with (911D) Spotlight Red.

Favorite Combo:
Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Colors (918D) Cherry Bomb with (911D) Spotlight Red.

Wet n Wild cosmetics can be found at Rite Aid, Walgreens, wnwbeauty.com, drugstore.com, amazon.com.

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

Makeup would tell you based on the pigmentation, formulation, availability and affordability you cannot go wrong with Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Colors.  As an additional incentive, WnW is usually on sale at most drugstore location.  At the time of my purchase, Rite Aid was having a BOGHO on all WnW products. My mini haul cost $13.50 minus a $3.00 coupon, bringing my grand total to $10.50 for 6 lipsticks.  Does this mean the end of my higher end lip product purchases?   A moment of frugality, cannot reform me so easily 🙂  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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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

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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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Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen review, swatches, comparisons.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper.

As you may have surmised, my disappointment with Tom Ford Show Me The Pink Nail Lacquer (reviewed here) forced me to go back to Saks and exchange it for something that was more to my liking.  The new Tom Ford trio eye palettes were lovely, but the colors were very basic and quite dupable.  Keeping in mind my dedication to purchase only items that will be utilized on a daily basis, I quickly became fascinated by Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper ($55 US).  The two-sided brush head coupled with the inky black liquid formula, made this purchase a no-brainer.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen eye swatch.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper eye swatch.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen eye swatch.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper eye swatch against Chanel Mirifique.

 The Pros/Application:

To start off with Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen is blacker than black.  It is a struggle finding a truly black liquid liner that is both long-wearing and hassle-free to remove in the evening.  This is it!  I have removed this liner with my trusty Bioderma and an ordinary drugstore dual-action remover.  Both worked beautifully to remove the black pigment without tugging, smearing, or residue.  In addition to this wonderful quality, the lasting power is rather spectacular!  I was able to wear the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen full force for ten glorious hours.  I would not go as far as to say the TF liner is waterproof (as the sales associate claimed), however I will admit the longevity is impressive.

The natural finish of this liner is certainly not matte, more of a satin finish.  Opacity is reached very quickly; however, I did find the more layers applied the glossier it becomes.  I happen to like the look of an intense glossy liner, some may not.  This pen is made in Japan and is paraben-free 🙂  The packaging is sturdy yet attractive and the strong snapping mechanism of the caps, will ensure the brush heads remain contained during travel.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper.

The most unusual and obvious feature has to do the architecture of the pen.  There are two sides; one side consists of a longer compact brush head for overall application (similar to Shiseido’s refillable design from four years ago) and the other is a very small pointed felt tip head designed for the most precise application imaginable.  Both brush heads are very well saturated with the intent to deposit an ample amount of product in one swipe.  Of course, I cannot apply the TF liner in one fluid motion.  I prefer to start off in the middle of the eye and use short brush strokes across my lid, until I have reached my desired shape and intensity. Mistakes are easily removed with a Q-Tip soaked in makeup remover or your favorite lotion.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen eye swatch.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper eye swatch.

The Cons:

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper has very few short-comings.  The price is typical Tom Ford, his beauty range is infamous for inflated prices.  However, when something works it is worth the premium charged.  My only complaint has to do with the length of the pen.  If you are near-sighted and need both hands to apply your liner (one hand to hold the pen, the other to stabilize the corner of your eye) the spacial length between pen and mirror make application challenging.  I would have preferred the pen to be shorter (and thus less $) to avoid bumping the pen into my mirror while applying my liner.  Of course, if you are twenty-something and your eye sight and skin are in top form, you will not have any issues (goody gum drops for you) 🙂

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen Comparisons:

I instantly noticed a striking similarity in design to my beloved Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner.  Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner (reviewed here) is similar in color and wear to Tom Ford, however the felt tip applicator is completely different from TF and removal can be challenging.

Comparison:  Tom Ford Eye Defining pen vs. Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner vs. Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner.

Comparison: Tom Ford Eye Defining pen vs. Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner vs. Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner.

The shorter length of Physician’s Formula and Laura Mercier liners make for easier application.

Comparison:  Tom Ford Eye Defining pen vs. Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner vs. Laura mercier Graphic Black Liner.

Comparison: Tom Ford Eye Defining pen vs. Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner vs. Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner.

All three pens are pigmented with LM being the most intense and long wearing.  Physician’s Formula (I own the brown version) removes very easily with water, but comes with a well constructed brush head.  Tom Ford remains right in the middle: long-lasting, intense black color, great brush head, and removes easily with a makeup remover.

Comparison:  Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen shorter brush head vs. Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner.

Comparison: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen shorter brush head vs. Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner.

The Brush head on TF and PF are identical.  PF flows just as easily as TF, but the formula does not have TF’s lasting power and the second felt tip head on TF is priceless.

Comparison:  Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen longer brush head vs. Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner.

Comparison: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen longer brush head vs. Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner.

Swatches: Top: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper. Middle:  Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner. Bottom:  Physician's Formula Deep Brown.

Top: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper.
Middle: Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner.
Bottom: Physician’s Formula Deep Brown.

One swipe with a baby wipe.  Top: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper. Middle:  Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner. Bottom:  Physician's Formula Deep Brown.

One swipe with a baby wipe.
Top: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper.
Middle: Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner.
Bottom: Physician’s Formula Deep Brown.

Two swipes with a baby wipe.  Top: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper. Middle:  Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner. Bottom:  Physician's Formula Deep Brown.

Two swipes with a baby wipe.
Top: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper.
Middle: Laura Mercier Graphic Black Liner.
Bottom: Physician’s Formula Deep Brown.

Tom Ford Beauty can be found in person at Saks Fifth Avenue (in NYC), Bergdorf Goodman, select Neiman Marcus locations and the entire collection online at  SaksNeiman MarcusBergdorf Goodman,  Nordstrom (TF lip, nails and fragrance only), Bloomingdales (TF lips, nails and fragrance only).

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper ingredient list.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper ingredient list.*click to enlarge.

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

Can you guess?  OK..Makeup ♥ Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (01) Deeper.  I have had this pen in my possession for two weeks and I have not considered using anything else to line my eyes.  I would love to see a brown version of this liner come out soon, for those days when a gal does not want such intensity in her life.  I’m sure with all the rave reviews on (01) Deeper, this desire will soon become a reality.  I hope you found this helpful.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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

 

Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

This week’s look was fast and easy using minimal products (for me at least).  The theme for the week was rediscovery; to use forgotten products within my collection.  Usually I’m pretty good at deciphering what will work for me in the long run and what will end-up in my “donation basket.”  However, it is wise to try to use these products again before discarding them or giving them away. Absence does make the heart grow fonder, thus making the reunion that much sweeter 🙂  Enjoy!

Eye Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural used as a base color (purchase here).
  3. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette (reviewed here) W2 on a dampened brush for the upper and lower lash line (discontinued) Ebay purchase (here).
  4. Clinique True Black Cream Liner on the upper lash line (seen here).
  5. Inglot #90 AMC Gel Liner on the upper and lower waterline (purchased here).
  6. MAC Pressed Amber Mineralized Blush for a crease color (discontinued). Ebay purchase (here).
  7. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (reviewed here).

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Estee lauder Double Wear Foundation (seen here).
  2. Estee Lauder Maximun Coverage Foundation (purchase here) used as a concealer only on the inner most under eye area (not across the entire under eye area…too drying).
  3. Burberry Sheer Summer Glow Palette (Bronzer sides only) used as a bronzer. Really dislike the lighter shades and fragrance, but the bronzer colors and packaging are beautiful (discontinued). Just for fun, check out how much this palette costs on Ebay (here).
  4. Chanel Destiny (61) and Inspiration (64) mixed together for blush (reviewed here and here).
  5. MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder (purchase here) used as a Highlighter (discontinued).
  6. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week Ninth Edition.

Lip Combination of the Week Ninth Edition.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe Lipstick (reviewed here).
  3. Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal (reviewed here).
Brushes of the Week Ninth Edition.

Brushes of the Week Ninth Edition.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Cheek Brush used for bronzer application (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush (reviewed here).
  3. Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush (purchase here).
  4. Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush (purchase here). The lettering rubbed off. Not the softest brush, but will blend out the cheapest eyeshadow to perfection.
  5. Billy B Beauty Brushes #8, 11, 12 (reviewed here).
  6. Estee Lauder #20 Eyeliner/Brow Brush for liner application (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Ninth Edition.

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

Makeup would tell you as time passes your perceptions and taste will change.  Products that may not have worked for you in the past should be given another chance.  You never know, you may find a new use for them in your present routine.  I rediscovered Burberry Summer Glow Palette’s bronzer half worked perfectly with my current coloring.  Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush head is a bit too big to use as a sole eyeshadow brush, but I rediscovered its magical ability to blend out any color to perfection.  MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder imparts a flattering subtle golden highlight color, appropriate for a daytime chic makeup look.  What have you rediscovered in your stash lately?  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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

Tom Ford Show Me The Pink Nail Lacquer review.

Tom Ford Show Me The Pink nail lacquer.

Tom Ford Show Me The Pink Nail Lacquer.

Admittedly, I do not own many lighter colored nail polishes.  I apply the same concept to nails as to fashion. Darker colors are slimming and hide flaws, whereas lighter colors accentuate the most minuscule imperfection.  My nail beds are rather wide and I try with all my might to find colors that will make them appear narrower.  In addition, my olive skin tone does not mesh well with many lighter shades of polishes. So when Tom Ford Show Me The Pink Nail Lacquer ($32 US/.41 fl. oz.) part of the Fall 2013 Collection came out, I had high hopes this lovely shade would help me break free from the dark cloud looming over my head.  After all, who could go wrong with a pink polish mixed with silver/iridescent sparkle?  Apparently, some people can.

Tom Ford Show Me The Pink Nail Lacquer.

Tom Ford Show Me The Pink Nail Lacquer.

The Pros:

  1. Beautiful pinky/salmon color with noticeable silver/iridescent sparkles running throughout the polish.
  2. Removable square top for easy handling of the brush wand.
  3. Gorgeous packaging…Proudly display this bottle on your vanity.
  4. Formula is thin, but has substantial pigmentation.
  5. The brush head is dense enough to handle a sparkle polish.
  6. Mistakes were removed quickly without smudging or migration.
  7. Wear time is amazing!!!  Six days barely a chip (this will vary).
Tom Ford Show Me The Pink nail swatch.

Tom Ford Show Me The Pink nail swatch.

The Cons:

  1. The price…$32 for nail polish…I need a lobotomy.
  2. The salmon color against my olive skin tone was not flattering in the least.
  3. The formula layered oddly on the nails.
  4. Beautiful silver/iridescent sparkles vanished once the color was applied to the nails.  Why do companies formulate polishes to appear one way in the bottle and differently on the nails?
  5. This limited-edition polish was very streaky….three coats were required to even out the overall look of the polish.
  6. The final result compelled my son to comment, “It looks like you have Silly Putty on your nails.”  Just the sort of reaction I was going for…NOT!  Gotta love the honesty.
Silly Putty on my nails?

Silly Putty on my nails? Not a good look.

Tom Ford Show Me The Pink in natural light...true color representation.

Tom Ford Show Me The Pink in natural light.

Tom Ford Beauty can be found in person at Saks Fifth Avenue (in NYC), Bergdorf Goodman, select Neiman Marcus locations and the entire collection online at  SaksNeiman MarcusBergdorf Goodman,  Nordstrom (TF lip, nails and fragrance only), Bloomingdales (TF lips, nails and fragrance only).

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

Makeup would tell you if your budget allows for the purchase of a $32 nail polish, you better make certain you love everything about it.  Unfortunately, I do not love this color against my olive complexion, but I can see Tom Ford Show Me The Pink Nail Lacquer working for a variety of other skin tones.  As for me, I may console myself by exchanging SMTP for another nail lacquer or I can do the rational thing and save my money for something I will really love…Oh heck..no one can accuse a beauty addict as being sensible when it comes to cosmetics.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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