Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush review, photos and comparisons.

Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush.

Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush.

I feel as if this post is long overdue.  Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush ($72 US) has been featured in most of my Makeup of the Week posts and yet, I have not properly given this brush it’s just recognition.  Shame on me, I must rectify this silly oversight 🙂

The Pros:

As with all Tom Ford brushes, this beauty is incredibly soft and dense.  Originally, the purpose of the Cream Foundation Brush was meant for application of the Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick.  Tom Ford believes in using brushes to apply all cosmetics.  The natural white goat hair composition is ideal to buff in cream foundation, so as to give the appearance of an airbrushed look.  A smaller head size lends itself ideal for maneuvering around hard to reach crevices on the face, such as around the nose and under the eye area. The height and length of the bristles are just the right size, giving smooth and even results. The density of the bristles allows the brush to retain its shape and hold on to the foundation securely during application.

The handle is perfectly weighted to feel balanced and comfortable in the hand during usage.   The gold ferrule and mahogany colored lacquered handle are beautiful as well as sturdy.  A flatten base allows one to easily set this brush in an upright position.  Tom Ford is engraved with gold lettering on one side with the accompanying number on the other side.  This brush has been in my possession for 6 months and the lettering has not faded or rubbed off in the least (unlike MAC brushes…cough, cough).  My darling has not shed any hairs since its initial cleaning.  After every washing, the hairs are magically restored to their brilliant white coloring.

Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush.

Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush.

I have used the Cream Foundation Brush, dampened, with my Eve Pearl Cream Foundation and it did leave a lovely finish. The compactness of the bristles are also perfect for use with my Nars Multiple in Cap Vert and my It Cosmetics cream highlighter.  Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush would also be perfect for application of Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel (aka: Bronze Universal) as a contour.  The makeup artist at the Tom Ford counter echoed my thoughts and revealed they also use the Cream Foundation Brush to apply Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate to their clients.  In fact, some of the artists prefer the Cream Foundation Brush over the Shade and Illuminate Brush.

The Cons:

Since my foundation of choice is Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (liquid formulation) this brush does not give me a desirable finish .  The density of the bristles and the natural goat hair absorb too much product and does not deposit any foundation on the skin.  I prefer using my Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, made of synthetic material, to apply my liquid foundation.  If your choice of foundation is liquid, whipped or mineral, then a synthetic brush would be a better option.

The price is another obvious concern.  Truthfully, I did contemplate returning this brush, but I could not bear the thought of separating The Three Musketeers of Tom Ford Brushes in my arsenal.  Such a crazy act would have been sacrilege 🙂

Brush Comparisons:

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 Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush vs. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush

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Tom Ford Cheek Brush (reviewed here) vs. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush.

Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush vs. Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush vs. Tom Ford Cheek Brush.

Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush vs. Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush vs. Tom Ford Cheek Brush.

I have since found the Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush indispensable for highlighter and cream bronzer application .  The size, natural hair and density are of perfect design to give control for precise application.

The Three Musketeers: Tom Ford cream Foundation brush, Cheek Brush, and Bronzer Brush.

The Three Musketeers: Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush, Cheek Brush, and Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).

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  Saks, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman,  Nordstrom (TF lip, nails and fragrance only), Bloomingdales (lips, nails and fragrance only)

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

Makeup would tell you if you want luxury makeup brushes in your life, then Tom Ford is your man.  There are some people who have extremely sensitive skin and require the softest brushes possible to apply their cosmetics.  I am not one of these people, however at my age, I want quality and by-golly the Tom Ford brush range delivers on this notion.  There are other Japanese brands that produce softer and more refined brushes, but they are either too expensive or inaccessible to me.  Sonia from Sweet Makeup Temptations (here) explores this wonderful world.  For now, Tommy is more than enough to satisfy me, until some other man comes into my life….hint, hint Wayne Goss Brush Collection (here) anyone….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.

Eye Looks and Lip Combinations of the Week.

This week in lieu of my Makeup of the Week, I have decided to focus on the eye looks and lip combinations I have worn for the week.  All other makeup and tools remain the same as last week (seen here), unless otherwise noted.  I hope you find this helpful.

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 Eye Look 1:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Cooper Strip Powerchrome pencil smudged on the mobile lid, lower lash line and waterline (reviewed here).
  3. Life’s Luxury Powerchrome pencil on the base of the upper lash line (reviewed here).
  4. Physician’s Formula 2-in-1 deep brown pen liner (purchase here).
  5. Chanel Destiny (61) used as a crease color (reviewed here).
  6. Inglot #90 matte liner to tight line upper waterline (purchase here).
  7. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 used as inner corner highlight (reviewed here).
  8. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (reviewed here).

Lip combination 1:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Ruby Glow Lip Lacquer (reviewed here).

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Eye Look 2:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas used as a base.
  2. Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink smudged on the mobile lid and used on the upper lash line as a liner (reviewed here).
  3. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette W2 used with a damp brush for lower lash line (reviewed here).
  4. MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome Pencil used on the waterline.
  5. Chanel Destiny (61) used as a crease color.
  6. Inglot #90 matte liner used to tight line the upper waterline.
  7. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.

Lip Combination 2:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner.
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe Lipstick (reviewed here).
  3. Shiseido RD203 (purchase here).

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 Eye Look 3:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as a base.
  2. Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple used as an eyeshadow smudged on the mobile lid (reviewed here).
  3. Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple used as a liner for the upper lash line.
  4. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette W2 used with a damp brush for lower lash line.
  5. MAC Copper Strip used in on the water line.
  6. Inglot #90 matte liner used to tight line the upper water line.
  7. Chanel Destiny (61) used as a crease color.
  8. Tom Ford Cognac Sable Palette dark brown/purple color smudge on the edges of Blackish Satin Purple (purchase here).
  9. TF Cognac Sable Palette copper glitter shade patted with my finger over Blackish Satin Purple.
  10. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.

Lip Combination 3:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner.
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe Lipstick.
  3. Estee Lauder Pure Color Liquid Petal Lip Lacquer (purchase here)..Yes, I bought another one–don’t judge!!

**MAC Pressed Amber Mineralized Blush used on top of Chanel (61) Blush (discontinued but found at the CCO).

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

Makeup would tell you to start breaking-out the plums, purples and burgundy in your collection..Fall officially starts on September 22nd and we (makeup addicts) must dress our makeup autumn best 🙂  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.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

This has been a very busy week.  My children started school and that in it of itself is always stressful.  The silver lining in this scenario is, I have gained some much needed time to myself.  I had time to carefully apply my makeup without any interruptions, it’s the little things in life that make me happy.  Admittedly, I do miss my eldest son’s commentaries and photographic assistance.

This week’s look was centered around my lashes.  Truthfully, I never gave them much thought, until Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara came into my life.  The delivery of zero flaking, no clumps, no stiffness all wrapped-up in a lightweight formula was enough for me to declare, love at first application!  I hope you find this post helpful.

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Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus as an all over lid color (purchase here).
  3. MAC Uninterrupted used in the crease (reviewed here).
  4. MAC Sweet As Cocoa used on top of Uninterrupted to add dimension (reviewed here).
  5. Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in 57 Black Stream used at the base of the upper lash line and smudge outwardly (reviewed here).
  6. L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil to line the upper lash line (purchase here).
  7. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette W2 mixed w/W4 on the lower lash line (reviewed here).
  8. MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome pencil for the lower waterline (reviewed here).
  9. Inglot #90 for tight-lining (purchase here).
  10. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in I ♥ black (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Makeup of the Week Eighth Edition.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in EN1 (seen here).
  3. Estee lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation used as a concealer in 03 (purchase here).
  4. Chanel 61 Destiny Le Blush Creme de Chanel used as a bronzer/blush (reviewed here).
  5. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (reviewed here).
  6. Skindinavia Setting Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week.

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. Daliia Runway Fashion Fuchsia Herbal Lip Stain (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lipstick (reviewed here).
Brush of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Philosophy supernatural airbrush brush (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush for highlighter application (purchase here).
  3. Sonia Kashuck concealer brush to add second color to the crease (purchase here).
  4. Smashbox #7 brush (purchase here).
  5. Burberry #10 blending brush (discontinued online/check your Saks counters).
  6. Billy B brushes (reviewed here).

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

Makeup would tell you if you have some time to yourself, do what brings you the most joy.  Just think in a year from now, events/people/things which gave us the most stress presently, will be a fleeting memory.  A lesson I remind myself of everyday.  Don’t sweat the small stuff and try to appreciate all the positive fortune surrounding you. It’s there I promise.  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.

Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

This Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes will feature a brightening, quick and low maintenance look.  My gel liners worked as the ideal multi-purpose product, giving me a long-lasting and smudge-free eye look.  People will think you spent hours on your eye makeup, when only ten minutes were employed.  There is something about pairing gold with navy blue, which I find so attractive and universally flattering.  I hope you enjoy.  *click on each photo to enlarge.

Makeup of the Week:  Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Eye Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).
  2. YSL cream liner in #07 Gold Star all over the mobile lid (purchase here) 2-3 layers best applied with fingers.
  3. Bobbi Brown gel liner in Cobalt Ink for liner (reviewed here).
  4. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer in the crease (purchase here).
  5. Inglot # 90 in for the upper waterline (purchase here).
  6. MAC Powerchrome pencil in Life’s Luxury for the waterline (reviewed here).
  7. MAC Powerchrome pencil in Copper Strip on the lower lash line (reviewed here).
  8. Prestige My Blackest Lashes 2 coats (purchase here).
  9. Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week:  Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (purchase here).
  3. Edward Bess Concealer in Soft Beige (purchase here).
  4. Chanel Le Creme Blush de Chanel in Destiny 61 (reviewed here).
  5. Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator (reviewed here).
  6. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer applied to the forehead and jaw bone only (purchase here).
  7. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week:

Lip Combination of the Week:

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Enriched Red lip pencil to line and fill-in the lips (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lipstick (reviewed here).
Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush for my highlighter (purchase here).
  3. Philosophy supernatural airbrush brush (purchase here).
  4. Burberry #09 brush (purchase here).
  5. Billy B #8, 11 (reviewed here).
  6. Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner brush (purchase here).

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

Makeup would reveal this makeup look took no time to put together.  Try to utilize multi-purpose products if time is of the essence in the morning.  Gel liners work beautifully as cream eyeshadows, bronzer can be used for crease color/eyeshadow, and lipstick could also take on the role of blusher.   Learn to be creative with the use of your cosmetics to suit your life style.  You may come up with unique one-of-a-kind colors, and save money to boot.  Of course in my case, this only leads me to spend more money to see if I can duplicate my success.  Oh well…every theory has it’s flaws 🙂  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 the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.

Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

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

Eye Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week.

Eye Makeup:

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

Makeup Of the Week: Sixth Edition.

 Face Makeup:

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

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

Lip Combination:

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

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

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

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

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

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.

Tom Ford Cheek Brush review and photos.

Tom Ford Cheek Brush (aka blush brush).

Tom Ford Cheek Brush (aka blush brush).

Tom Ford does many things well, his talent is evident in the details.  The mix of masculine and feminine undertones is present in all of his creations.  Granted, I’m not a fan of the price of his lipsticks (they’re good, not $48 good), but there is no denying the sheer genius behind his brush collection.  The Tom Ford Cheek Brush($78 US) is a welcomed addition to my little Tom Ford Brush Armada.

The Pros:

I am a great believer in spending money on items that perform the best and/or last a lifetime.  My motto is simple: If I cannot purchase something at the present moment, I will conserve until I am able to acquire the object of my affection, I will not settle.  Tom Ford Cheek brush is one of the best blush brushes I have come across. This stunner is soft, dense, and effortlessly applies even the most inferior powders beautifully.  My Tom Ford Cheek Brush transformed my Sunday Reily blush in Blushing from subpar to amazing!

L-R Comparison: Tom Ford Cheek/Blush brush and Tom Ford Bronzer brush.

L-R Comparison: Tom Ford Cheek Brush and Tom Ford Bronzer brush.

On occasion, I have used the Cheek Brush for my bronzer application.  Seeing as how the head is smaller on the Cheek brush, it is able to get right into the hollows of the cheeks more accurately than the Tom Ford Bronzer Brush.  The resulting bronze hue melds beautifully into the skin.  I suspect, the type of hair used (goat presumably), the cut, shape, size and density contributes to its outstanding performance.  Dare I say, if you hesitate to purchase the Tom Ford Bronzer brush, go for the Cheek Brush instead. Comparatively, the Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush is very good, but not as densely packed as the TF brushes.  Shedding and smell were issues with the Bobbi Brown bronzer brush before I used my Peg board (shown here), however it is good for giving an overall bronze look.

Tom Ford Cheek Brush vs. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush vs. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

The TF Brush handle was designed with the highest image of elegance in mind.  The perfectly weighed handle is lacquered brown with a sight metallic sheen, the words Tom Ford are engraved on one side and the number 06 on the other.  The writing on all Tom Ford brushes will not fade, rub off or need clear nail polish to preserve the lettering (looking at you MAC).  Unlike the bronzer brush, the Cheek Brush had minimal shedding.  Tom Ford brushes are engraved with Japan on each brush, an indiction of their origin.

The Cons:

The prices on all of his face brushes have succumbed to a price increase.  I purchased my lovely for $75 US  four months ago and presently it is sold for $78 US.   Tom Ford Bronzer brush has jumped from $110 to $115.  I suppose the increase falls in line with all the luxury houses in the beauty industry.  Most high-end beauty houses will inflate their items by increments of a dollar a year.  Tommy has to do it more profoundly than everyone else.  Bad Boy!

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First photo:  Tom Ford Cheek brush vs. RMK Cheek Brush

Second photo: RMK Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Bronzer Brush

The RMK Cheek Brush hairs are ridiculously soft, long, floppy, and loosely packed.  This brush is reserved for very pigmented products.

Cleaning/Care:

Refer to my Tom Ford Bronzer Brush review here.

Tom Ford Beauty is sold in person at  Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, select Neiman Marcus locations, and online at Saks.com, Neimanmarcus.com, and BergdorfGoodman.com.

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

Makeup would tell you Tom Ford Cheek Brush is an investment that you will not regret and use on a regular basis.  Do you absolutely need this item in your life?  There are many things we do not need, but simply find pleasure in possessing.  It is not for me or anyone else to say how someone should or should not spend their money.  That is between you and your accountant 🙂 However, if your finances weigh in your favor and you want to treat yourself to a luxury “makeup item”, go for the multi-tasking Tom Ford Cheek Brush.  Why should you?  May I suggest the L’Oreal slogan,

Because you’re worth it

Yes, I am….Thank you very much.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Makeup of the week fifth edition.

Makeup of the week fifth edition.

This week has been fun and exciting.  Here in the Americas, we celebrated our nation’s independence.  My personal highlight was spending time with family we do not get to see often.  Did I wear makeup on a hot, muggy, and humid Fourth of July?  Yup…You Betcha. Did my makeup look flawless at the end of the day? Not even this makeup maven could battle the forces of sweaty pores at their optimum levels.  This Makeup of the Week fifth edition, is a tribute to the war paint that was strategically applied in the morning and shamelessly vanquished in the evening.

Eye makeup of the week.

Eye makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Eye Makeup:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).♥
  2. MAC Minerialized Skin Finish Natural in Medium Plus (purchase here).
  3. MAC Powerchrome Eye Pencil in Life’s Luxury (reviewed here).♥ lasted all day ♥
  4. MAC Sweet As Cocoa to blend out the edges of Life’s Luxury and used under the lash line (reviewed here).♥
  5. Shu Uemura eyeshadow in IR911 in the inner corner (purchase here)
  6. Clinique 02 True Black cream liner (purchase here).
  7. Merle Norman Nude inner eye pencil (here).
  8. Shu Uemura eyebrow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).♥
  9. L’Oreal telescopic mascara for first coat.
  10. Prestige My Blackest Lash for second coat.
Makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Makeup of the Week fifth edition.

Face Makeup:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (seen here).♥
  3. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 used wet as a highlighter (reviewed here).♥
  4. Laura Mercier Ritual bronzer (sold out online but I have seen it stocked at my Sephora).♥
  5. MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush (purchase here).♥
  6. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink blush (purchase here).♥
  7. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (held up most of the day, purchase here).
Lip Combination of the week fifth edition.

Lip Combination of the Week fifth edition.

Lip Combination:

  1. MAC Prep n Prime lip.
  2. MAC Morning Coffee Prolong Wear Lipliner (purchase here).
  3. Dior Addict Lipstick 773 Rouge Podium (reviewed here).♥
Brushes of the week fifth edition.

Brushes of the Week fifth edition.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier angled eye liner brush (the best for getting the right line and flick, purchase here).♥
  2. Billy B #12, #8 and #11 (for tight lining) (reviewed here).♥
  3. Smashbox #7
  4. Philosophy supernatural airbrush brush (purchase here).♥
  5. Tom Ford bronzer brush (reviewed here).♥
  6. Tom Ford Blush brush.♥
  7. Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush used for highlighter application.

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

Makeup would tell you to always look your best even when the circumstances are stacked against you.  As Coco Chanel once said,

Elegance is refusal.

I refuse to let meteorological conditions, exhaustion, children or animal ever stop me from looking and feeling my best. Refusal to accept anything but the best for yourself is always the order of the day; a little “makeup” for your soul.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

It's a dog's life.  Yoshi has no worries.

It’s a dog’s life. Yoshi has no worries.

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

 

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

MOTW: Makeup of the Week fourth edition.

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

Eye Makeup of the Week:

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

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Face Makeup of the Week:

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

Lip Combination of the Week:

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

Lip Combination of the week.

Brushes of the Week:

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

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

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

-M-

 

Tom Ford Bronzer Brush review, photos and care.

Tom Ford Bronzer Brush in all of its glory.

Tom Ford Bronzer Brush in all of it’s glory.

Some believe buying the best cosmetics to will yield a flawless look, I consider that outlook as being partially true.  The best cosmetics cannot perform to their utmost potential without the aid of quality tools.  Tom Ford Bronzer Brush ($110 US) is one of those tools, once used, will leave you breathless.

The Pros:

Tom Ford Bronzer Brush is incredibly soft, dense and made of “natural origin”, presumably goat hair.  The sales associates at Saks were unable to deny or confirm this speculation on my part.  The bristles are white, long, soft and have a desirable flexibility, to pick up just the right amount of product.  The density of the hairs allows pigmented powders to be blended out in a smooth and even manner.  This brush can be used for a variety of powders of your choosing.  TF brushes are made in Japan by Hakuhodo (they also make MAC brushes).  Tom Ford Bronzer Brush is of higher quality than any MAC brush, it is not scratchy or prickly on the skin no matter how frequently it is washed.  There is no offensive animal oder to the brush before or after washing.  The white hairs will not become permanently stained, even when pigmented powders are used.  A good washing restores the bristles back to their pristine white brilliance.

The ferrule is rumored to be 24K gold-plated, another fun “fact” the sale associates could not confirm.  The thickness and weight of the handle make holding the brush an absolute pleasure.

The Cons:

Let us start with the obvious….the price.  My mother was with me when I utilized a gift card for the purchase of this brush.  I could have sworn her knees buckled when she heard the price.  Oh well, the heart wants what it wants.  Some may find the brush head a little too big for their liking.  If that is the case, Tom Ford offers a cheek brush which is smaller in size and can pull off bronzer application just as well.  A point of contention with my TF bronzer brush, is it did not have Japan engraved on the handle.  My other Tom Ford brushes all have Japan engraved on them.  The sale associate offered to exchange my brush, but I found that minor flaw a bit too extreme…even for me.

Cleaning and Care:

Tom Ford Bronzer Brush is a luxury item, for sure.  A brush this expensive deserves TLC, this will ensure your investment will last a life time.  I did experience shedding with this brush for a few weeks.  I have since rectified that situation by using a nubby textured washing board to clean my brush.  Gently rubbing the brush in a circular motion on the nubs, removes any loose hair that would have otherwise been deposited on my face during makeup application.  Additionally, this method ensures a thorough cleansing of your brush.  Clever?  I thought so.

Cleaning Tom Ford Bronzer Brush.

Cleaning Tom Ford Bronzer Brush.

Tom Ford Bronzer Brush after shampoo and conditioner.

Tom Ford Bronzer Brush after shampoo and conditioner.

Wrapping the brush in folded toilet paper to retain brush shape.

Wrapping the brush in folded toilet paper to retain brush shape.

Tom Ford Bronzer Brush wrapped in toilet  paper and set to dry overnight.

Tom Ford Bronzer Brush wrapped in toilet paper and set to dry overnight.

This board belonged to my son’s Perler beads kit pegboard set from eight years ago.  It is a fabulous “tool” for cleaning all of my makeup brushes.  The shampoo and conditioner of your choosing should be sulfate, paraben, phthalate and silicone free.  I use Neutrogena natural facial cleanser followed by Dessert Essence conditioner (very small amount).  Take great care, to slightly tilt the brush head forward, to ensure any residual moisture does not run down and loosen the glue in the ferrule.

Tom Ford Brushes are sold at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf, and Neiman Marcus.

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

Makeup would tell you, to calculate your finances carefully to make way for the purchase of Tom Ford Bronzer Brush.  This brush is not a complete necessity, but it is a luxury I have become accustomed to having on a daily basis.  Instead of reserving your budget for Tom Ford lipsticks, gather your pennies and save up for his brushes.

If price deters you, calm you conscience by calculating the total price ÷ by your life expectancy = price per year.  For example $110 ÷ 150 years (my life expectancy) = .73¢ per year.  See…totally doable and JUSTIFIED!!!!  Will you be getting any TF brushes?  Say yes…..come on over to the dark side.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

Hourglass Cosmetics Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powder review and photos.

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Laura Mercier Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light
Left: blended out Right: swatched heavily

Any great photographer knows the value of good lighting.  It is essential when you want to capture a subject’s true radiance.  Imagine walking around all day without any worries of shadowing, dim lighting and mistakenly being taken for a distant relative of the Crypt Keeper.   Imagine looking spectacular every minute of everyday!!   We all want it, we all need, but how do we get it?  Will Virgins be sacrificed, do I give up my first-born?   For the love of all that is good and pure M, tell us?   Calm down and breath…I’ll tell you!

The Pros:

Introducing Hourglass Cosmetics Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powder ($45 US/10g).   According to Hourglass, these magical creations promise to “capture, diffuse and soften the way light is reflected on the skin, brighten the appearance, and conceal skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles.”  Hourglass uses what they call “photo-luminescent technology” to give the skin its most flattering light.  The marketing concept behind this campaign is truly genius!  The description alone should motivate you to get out of your PJ’s, hop in your car, drive to the nearest Sephora, and tackle defenseless old ladies should they dare stand in your way…all for the sake of looking exquisite!!!   These powders are meant to be finishing powders; they are applied to the face AFTER  the foundation, blush, bronzer.  They are intended to set your makeup to Photoshop perfection!  Interested?

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Hourglass Ambient Powder in Diffused Light all over as a finishing/setting powder.

They come in six colors: Ethereal Light  (for the very fair), Diffused Light (for those with light olive or yellow skin tone), Dim Light (for light to medium skin tones), Mood Light (this is light pink…go see in person) , Luminous Light (could be a highlighter.. has shimmer), and Radiant Light (tan-colored powder.. has shimmer).    I am currently using Diffused Light.   My skin is very dry and rarely do I set my makeup, but I’m taken aback by how much I am enjoying this product.    It does not translate to a chalky, white mess on the skin.  On the contrary, there is a noticeable brightness to my complexion.  Diffused is very finely milled and applies beautifully on the skin.   I use my Tom Ford blush brush to lightly dust Diffused on my face.  Hourglass makes an accompanying brush ($35 US) which is nice but not necessary.  Any large powder brush will suffice.  So why isn’t everyone and their mothers running to get these treasures?…..

The Cons:

Are my wrinkles softened in appearance?  No.  Are my imperfections blurred?   No.  Are my pores concealed?  No.  Let’s keep it real ladies, what product can do all of these things?  Does this powder diffuse the over all sallowness we sometimes experience?  Yes it does.  Beware my beauties, the  colors are very deceiving; you should try before you buy.  I hastily purchased and tested three of the colors (Dim, Luminous, Radiant) before I settled on Diffused.  Thank the Makeup Gods for Sephora’s return policy.  Hourglass is sold at Barney’s New York, Sephora, and on Hourglass.com.  At the time of this post,  all colors, with the exception of Radiant Light,  are sold out on Sephora.com.  However, I have seen them fully stocked at my Sephora location.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light ingredient list.

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

 It would tell you that these powders “ARE SO CHOICE”.   If you do not know that expression, you are not deemed worthy to have been a teen from the eighties!   Or if you are younger, two words, Ferris Buellerenough said!   The one caveat to this product, is trying to find the right shade.  Bottom line:   Will Hourglass Cosmetics Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powder magically turn my weedy backyard into lush green vegetation?   Will I be so ethereal, unicorns will flock to me in my daisy filled yard?  Will I wear a white flowing dress?  NO, NO,  and heck NO….I love makeup,  I’m not delusional!!!  Simply put, these are very nice setting powders designed to brighten and awaken a sallow complexion.  So take a cue from Ferris….”Shake it up baby, scream and shout”……I AM FABULOUS!!!   VIVA the 80’s baby….Be well and stay safe!!!

-M-

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Tom Ford Lipsticks: The Bad, The Good and the Ugly.

Tom Ford Lipsticks: Black Orchid, Pink Adobe, Casablanca, Aphrodisiac.

Tom Ford Lipsticks:
Black Orchid, Pink Adobe, Casablanca, Aphrodisiac.

Tom Ford Lipstick:

WHAT IS A LIPSTICK IF NOT AN ATTENTION GETTER, A STYLE INDICATOR,  and AN UNDENIABLE BEACON OF SEXUALITY AND SENSUOUSNESS.   Choosing the correct hue can attract attention from a variety of sources (George Clooney vs. Flavor Fav…Yeahhhhh Boyyyyy….you decide).  The tackiest of colors can indicate one is stuck in an alternate reality or decade; darker lipliner combined with frosted pink lipstick anyone.   The perfect RED can showcase your confidence and tell the world, “I am woman hear me ROAR!!!”  OH YES…I like this one!!!

Tom Ford Lipsticks: Black Orchid, Pink Adobe, Casablanca, Aphrodisiac.

Tom Ford Lipsticks:
Black Orchid, Pink Adobe, Casablanca, Aphrodisiac.

The Bad:

What is the point to all this ramble M?  Be patient…I’ll tell you.  Women need to invest in a formula and color that will  suit their skin tone, has a modern texture and is comfortable to wear.  Is Tom Ford Beauty the answer?  Yes and No!!!  “WTF (what the fudge..keeping it clean ladies) Maria,  how can you blaspheme the great TF?”  you ask.  Allow me to explain, TF lipsticks are like the Spiderman of the cosmetics industry. Someone should have told Tommy, “With great [lipstick] comes great responsibility.”  The formula feels heavenly on initial application, then something happens, two hours later my lips start to tighten and feel dry. I resolve this issue by applying another layer of lipstick or a gloss very sparingly.   The wear time is average; I am able to wear these lipsticks for four hours without eating, drinking or much speaking.  The marketing for TF lipstick claims to give the wearer comfortable long-lasting color.  Not in my case.   So why do I own 4 tubes?  That brings me to……

Tom Ford Lipstick Black Orchid.

Tom Ford Lipstick Black Orchid.

Tom Ford Lipstick Pink Adobe.

Tom Ford Lipstick Pink Adobe.

Tom Ford Lipstick Casablanca.

Tom Ford Lipstick Casablanca.

Tom Ford Lipstick Aphrodisiac.

Tom Ford Lipstick Aphrodisiac.

The Good:   

Were you aware I am a label snob…No?  Well consider yourself informed 🙂   More importantly, TF lipsticks do not bleed/ feather on into my fine lines around my lips.  Very crucial if you are ahead in the age category.   Yes,  ladies and gentlemen my name is Maria and I have a feathering problem.  Feathering is when lipstick travels or bleeds into the fine lines around your lips.  Not a cute look!!!  This inevitably happens to me with all colors not just the reds.  Emollient lipsticks tend to be the biggest culprits of feathering.  TF is not too matte and not too emollient, it’s just right.  This lipstick has a saturated base with a sophisticated glossy finish.  They also wear off evenly.  Another huge plus (my biggest attraction), is the lack of heavily scented fragrance and no discernible flavoring, unlike  Chanel, Dior, and Guerlain lipsticks.  There is a delicate vanilla scent which is imperceptible after five minutes!  The packaging is sleek and simple with 18 shades to choose from.  Will I purchase any more TF lipsticks?  That brings me to…

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LIPSTICK: Tom Ford lipstick Pink Adobe.
LIPLINER: MAC prolong wear in Nice n’ Spicy.
Added Shiseido RD203 Lacquer Rouge to combat dryness.

The Ugly:   

I would not repurchase any time soon.  Why?  These lipsticks retail for $49 US/3g.  Are they worth the price?   It all depends on your budget, needs, and wants.  I am very content with my little collection, which has taken awhile to amass.  There are other brands and newer formulations that are always coming out. Some people enjoy the process of makeup application; owning and using a designer cosmetic product adds to the experience and enhances their enjoyment.  However, you can buy three MAC lipsticks for the price of one TF.  Comparatively, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, some Guerlain and Dior lipstick are priced in the low to mid-thirties.  Those houses have been around A LOT longer, just saying!!  The formula of these lipsticks are very nice, but not perfect.  In fact, TF boasts the longest ingredient list for a lipstick I have ever seen.

TF is owned by the Estee Lauder Company;  they also own  MAC, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Smashbox, Origins, DKNY, Jo Malone, Bumble and Bumble, etc..  You can purchase TF in person only at  Saks in NYC, Bergdorf, select Neiman Marcus locations and Nordstrom.com, Saks.com, etc.

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Tom Ford lipstick ingredient list.  Yes…the two boxes combined is the full list.

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

Makeup would tell you it has a secret to reveal.  Come a little closer……closer……closer…ok, close enough…. get a breath mint 🙂   You can get Tom Ford lipsticks for $33.75 at your local CCO (Cosmetic Company Outlets to the novices).  Google, Tangers Outlet and most likely there will be a CCO at that location.  Bottom line, for the retail price of $49, these lipsticks should magically open on their own, apply themselves on my lips and give me the ability to hypnotize George Clooney into submission!!! One can dream….. However, if you prefer Flavor Flav…..Houston we have a problem……Choose wisely grasshopper!!!   Be well and stay safe!!

-Maria

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It’s as if he’s speaking to me.  “MARIA…YOUR LIPS ARE SO ENCHANTING!!”

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THERE ARE NO WORDS!!!!

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

Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush Bronze review and swatch.

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Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush and Bronze:

Do you see this beauty?  Do I even need to elaborate past this sentence?  Can you predict what my thoughts will be on this product?  Well here goes…Introducing Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush and Bronze ($36US/9.50 g).   This stunner is part of the Folklore Collection Spring/Summer 2013.  According to LM website, Ritual is comprised of 5 different colors and baked to “provide the perfect, natural color for cheeks and face.”   I would have to say that description is spot on.   This is a very pigmented, dark rosy brown shade with a slight pink shimmer that works surprisingly well as a bronzer.

Multiple uses for Ritual:

The pink veining in the product does make it usable as a blush.  If used as a blush tread lightly.   Did I say Ritual is dark and pigmented?  This product does not contain any orange undertone what so ever!!  Bare Minerals Faux tan is similar, in that they both are on the reddish side of the bronzer spectrum.   Bronzers that fall in this realm are regarded as mimicking the natural effects of the sun!!   Ritual’s powder is finely milled and applies smoothly, it does not come off as a shimmery mess on the skin.   Instead Ritual subtly highlights the areas in which it is applied.  It gives off the “glow” we often hear about in the beauty community.  I also use this beauty as an all over eyeshadow or crease/blend out color.   Ritual lasted on my face for a solid 6 hours with noticeable fading on the cheek area.  In all fairness, this can be attributed to my annoying habit of always resting my hand on my face when I read.  Hey ho, I still LOVE the color…I will endure!!

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Laura Mercier Ritual swatched heavily and blended out.

As much as I love this product, it maybe too dark for someone with a fair complexion.  Could it work?  Sure anything can work on anyone, however proceed with caution.  Use a fluffy bronzer brush or even a stippling brush to apply Ritual AS A BRONZER.  To my eye this would be catastrophic if used as a blush for the fairest in the land.   I have a fair complexion (NW20/25), however because I have such dark (hair, eyes, and brows) and strong features, Ritual works for me in all regards (lucky duck).  Below are a few popular bronzer comparisons.

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Top row: LM Ritual, Bare Minerals Faux Tan, Bobbi Brown Medium
Middle row: Edward Bess Daydream, Too Faced Chocolate, Chanel Soleil tan de Chanel Bronze Universal
Bottom Row: Dior Nude Tan 003 Cinnamon

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LM Ritual, BM Faux Tan, BB Medium, EB Daydream, Too Faced Chocolate, Chanel, Dior.

Application:

I use my Tom Ford bronzer brush to apply Ritual as a bronzer followed by my RMK blusher brush to apply Ritual as a blush.  If you are not familiar with a RMK brush, it is very similar to the Suqqu blush brush, as both are very soft and designed to give light application with pigmented products.  Any STIPPLING  brush from any line sill suffice.  Sonia Kashuk makes an affordable version that can be acquired from your local Target.

Laura Mercier Ritual is available for purchase at Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf, Sakes, LauraMercier.com, etc..

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Laura Mercier Ritual used as a bronzer, blush and crease color (triple treat…oh yes).

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

It would tell you to go to the counter and see “my Precious” in person.  Picture me with Gollum’s voice (Lord of the Rings dude) stroking my Ritual compact against my face and repeatedly chiming,  “Precious, oh my precious please become a permanent item in LM line”.   You are getting a sizable amount for a reasonable price compared to other lines (Guerlain I’m looking at you with your Terracotta bronzer ($75) that smells like my Grandmother).  It would be wise to go see Ritual in person (have I stressed that enough?) because there is only one color offered and some may not find this suitable for their complexion.  Makeup also says,  “remember, it’s only makeup, you don’t likey you don’t keep!!!”     Be well and stay safe!

-M-

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Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush Bronze ingredient list.