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- Reviews: 5
For 8 quality shadows that look good when worn alone or mixed and matched, I think this palette is a steal at $4.99 in drugstores (I have only seen them in Walgreens and Walmart). Granted, there are some things I would change if I could (more on that later) but, overall, I would highly recommend this palette as a go-to for everyday looks as well as dramatic smoky looks. To me, this palette almost has it all. The colors in the Comfort Zone Palette have excellent pigmentation and color payoff. Their texture is lovely and smooth, not chalky or chunky. And, they are very easy to work with. The colors are great for both warm and cool skin tones. The left side runs a bit warmer with yellow toned creams and browns while the right cools things off with grey-toned taupe and a blue-based brown. Despite being madly in love, there are a few little critiques I have. For me, the browbone colors leave something to be desired. They didn’t have as much shimmer as I like in my highlighters. Others might find this as a plus, but in order to get my inner corner up to snuff I need the teensiet bit more shimmer. Another feature that might make this palette less appealing is the lack of matte colors. You have to really love glitter/shimmer from lash line to browbone if you are going to rely solely on this palette for a look. After all of that being said, This palette is definitely worth the price! To show how well paired and blendable these colors are, I did two looks (one for each side) using each color as they say to use it. If it wasn’t love at first swatch, these looks put me over the edge. I am always trying to push myself to come up with fun, colorful looks, but if staying in my Comfort Zone is wrong, I don’t want to be right.'
February 14, 2012
Easily my favorite highlighter!
The Argan Luminizer is an amazing bronze-gold based highlighter that will give you cheek bones you never knew you had. As a liquid luminizer, it is creamy (not too runny), non-gritty, easily sheered out, and can be added to foundation pre-application. I've had a problem with some liquid luminizers where, if you are wearing powder product on your cheeks, they liquid will move it around and give you streaks. Not so with this product. The only downside I found with this product was in the packaging. I love the pump, but it dispenses a little too much with a full pump, but it's hard to get anything less. Not a major drawback, but I want this to last as long as I can! It's liquid gold, people!
February 14, 2012
This was my first experience with Josie Maran, and I must say that I'm in love. The Argan Color Stick is similar in texture to NARS color sticks and has great color payoff. Despite having a hint of shimmer, there isn't any grittiness to the texture and it glides on evenly with the ability to blend after. The color, Petal Pink, is described as a neutral pink shade on the Sephora website, but I would say it has a hint of warmth. Not so much as to overwhelm those of us who are fair skinned, but enough to bring warmth to wherever it's applied. This little guy is a multi-tasker too in that it can be worn both on the lips and cheeks. Pretty and practical! It has a distinct minty/herbal scent, but it doesn't linger and certainly isn't detectable when worn. If you are particularly sensitive to scents in your facial products, you might rethink purchasing, but aside from a pleasant fragrance when opening the product, I didn't notice much else.
February 14, 2012
Two years ago, I didn't wear mascara. For whatever reason, I had it in my mind that the repeated application and removal would make my lashes fall out and my lush lash line would eventually be bald. To solidify my stance, I had further convinced myself that mascara didn't really have a noticeable effect anyway. Silly, silly me. Now that I am a bit more seasoned in the beauty world, I know that mascara can pack a hellova punch ( in fact, sometimes it's all I wear!) and Benefit's "They're Real" Mascara not only proves this, but would have had a younger me eating my words for breakfast. Having grown out of my mascara denial, I could acknowledge that mascara really did serve a purpose, but I am always still skeptical of the claims brands make about their mascara. Let's face it, they won't say, "You must try our mascara because it does everything every other mascara does!" While honest, it won't get the sale. So you have to weed through the claims to see if the mascara is worth the klout. And Benefit's had a lot of klout. To start, you can see the product differentiated itself from other mascaras with the unique brush it sports. The tip of the brush has spikes meant to handle the bottom lashes, although I find it helps immensely with getting product on the outer lashes. I'll let the pictures reiterate that later... The brush is a rubber (as apposed to the typical fiber brushes) with evenly space bristles and the size of the brush is manageable for the inner corner lashes. The formula is wet, although not as wet as my former favorite, MAC's Zoomlash. Wetter formulas always help with separation and lengthening. This formula also has serious staying power; it doesn't flake or run! When I have tried to use the tip of a brush to get the same lift on my outer edges, I get clumps. Not. Cool. This brush seems to be specially designed for this lash maneuver. That, in addition to it being an overall great mascara makes it worth the high-end price ($22). Verdict: I highly recommend this mascara. As a mascara, it performs well, but it truly delivers on the false lash claim with a unique brush that lets you reach those previously off-limits lash zones.
February 14, 2012
Best Matte Drugstore Bronzer
This is a back-of-the-stash product that I found as I was organizing my set-up. Physician's Formula Bronze Booster promises a moisturizing, vitamin filled golden glow that will last all day and give you an easily buildable bronze. I don't know about vitamin filled, bit I would say it delivers on all other claims. One of the great things about the bronzers in this series is that they are perfectly matte which makes them great for contouring. Most people think bronzing and contour are synonymous, but they most definitely are not. Most "bronzers" are used to add depth under the cheek bones and up into the temples so a little shimmer - or a lot as most have - isn't so bad. If, however, you are trying to contour or define the sides of your nose, create a natural looking eye crease, or add depth under your eyebrows, a shimmery powder will make your contouring work look fake. That's why this little guy is an asset. Let's talk about quality, now. This bronzer is smooth and, surprisingly, not chalky for being a matte bronzer. The only problem I encountered with it, hence why it ended up at the back of my stash, is that it wasn't dark enough for me. I know, I can't believe I typed those words in that order either, but it's true. Too light for me. While it is buildable, the amount I would have to build it to make it noticable would have made it the same shade, just more opaque and not natural by any means. The wear time is great as well. I didn't put it through rigorous testing, but for average wear around the house, on errands, etc., it stayed put! Perhaps it will find its way back in my beauty routine this winter, but for now it rests at the back of my collection. Verdict: This is a great matte drug store bronzer, and I highly recommend it if you need a contour powder. Just make sure you get your shade!
February 14, 2012
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