Viseart Blush & Contour/Highlight Swatches

As promised:

viseart swatch plum bronze
Plum/Bronze
viseart swatch rose coral
Rose/Coral
viseart swatch orange violet
Orange/Violet
viseart swatch contour highlight
Contour/Highlight

All of these are swatched with my fingers. This is one swipe, so the skipping you see on some of the colors is true to form if you go in too heavy with a brush. You will get kick-up. However, the product blends out so beautifully that I completely forgive this. My advice is to ‘pat’ the brush into the pan and layer accordingly. With all of these palettes, a little goes a long way. The shimmers imitate ‘skin’ much better than the mattes, with the exception of the contour palette. But with minimal blending (you really don’t have to work hard for this formula), you can get a skin-like finish with any of them.

I’m a fan. I’ve been using them all over my face (laziness rules) and so far, so very good.

 

Viseart Blush and Contour Palettes

YES I know that I’m raggedy.

YES I know that I’m supposed to do a skin care update.

YES it’s still happening as soon as I make products that can be photographed because mine basically float around in random containers and look ugly as hell. I’m not selling them to me. I just need them to work.

Okay, now that we have that out of the way:

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I know RIGHT! Stunning. Just like the incomparable eyeshadow palettes, the new blush palettes are EVERYTHING. OMG. The pigmentation is amazing, and I don’t see any skippage so far. They DO kick up though. I did better patting the brush and applying. As soon as I rubbed the colors in any way, I got kick up. On the face, the colors literally become part of you. The contour palette does its job of adding a ‘shadow’ instead of color and the deepest shade has the smallest hint of red in it to accommodate those undertones. Any lighter shades with pink or red can use a blend of the blush with the contour and you’d get the same result. The palettes are definitely geared toward pros because they allow you to mix and match. But they’re not so far removed that a novice would be turned off. The colors are gorgeous and wearable, and have incredible staying power.

Of COURSE I went right to the orange shades for the blush, but for this first FOTD I used just the contour and highlight palette, including on my eyes (it’s really a lot like a massive version of the Cashmere palette if I’m being honest). The only other thing I’m wearing is foundation (Les Merveilleuses LAUDREE in #3) and powder (Tilbury Pressed in Dark ’cause that mess is too light but it’s yellow as hell so it works with my skin tone), mascara (Armani) and lip gloss (LQ in Avarice).

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Even my brows are the medium and deepest contour colors. The shimmer on my eyes is from the highlight side, with the lightest (inner corners) and darkest (lids) highlight colors. The ‘eyeliner’ is the darkest contour color on the lashline, and the lightest color on the waterline (a little water and a fine liner brush). The palettes are fabulous. I love each and every one of them. It also helps ease the sting from Makeup Geek and those sub par blushes I picked up at PHAME. I’m all better now.

At $80 a pop, these are not cheap. If you can only get one, pick a blush family that you KNOW you use every day (not the one that you think you’ll use when you decide to get out there and explore color). The contour palette is not a must have unless you’re lazy like me and you’ll regularly use that joint for your entire face. I’m all about the 15 minute face unless I really need to take time for something special. So these palettes (particularly the contour and the plum bronze) really speak to that need. I’m going to mess with them and a mix medium for lips. Let me find out I can make a gloss or lipstick with no effort and go on about my life…

Listen.

I need to tell ya’ll about more OFRA and Jung Saem Mool and the one time I dropped my Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip in Cranberry Stiletto and it spilled all over the floor… GAH! So mad. Ordered a replacement and it’s not even close to the original. Seems to be the regular for liquid lipsticks and these new companies. Hell even the old ones (Anastasia, I’m looking at you). I need people to stop sh*tting out these formulas every five minutes in an attempt to compete with each other, and selling us crumbly skippy crap that I wouldn’t gift to a 5 year old. Dammit.

Anyway. Swatches next.

Ciao!

First Impressions: Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher

What?

Yes, I know it’s a LOT of Charlotte Tilbury of late, but please bear with me. They JUST started offering international shipping. And after the nightmares about Selfridges sending smashed up products damn near a month after payment cleared, I’m glad I waited for the Tilbury website to offer direct shipping. The products are getting here in 3 days now. Just outstanding. I’m nearly done. Just a couple more eye pencils … and the foundation (when it becomes available) … that’s it. For real.

Meanwhile:

I arranged them in order, so that you can see how they actually look in real life, because I think the colors on the website are not representative of the actual product.

From the top left: First Love, Love Glow, Ecstacy, Love Is The Drug, Sex On Fire, and The Climax.

At first glance, I think that every single one of these blushes in universal in some way. I was worried that some of them would go ashy on my warm skin tone, or turn some pale skinned beauty into a pumpkin… but every single one of these is flattering. I can’t use every one as a blush, but they also work well as highlighters. And that ‘pop’ of color in the center is genius. It’s technically two products in one pot, because you can absolutely use the colors separately.

First Love

The outer ring works as a stunning highlighter on me, and the inner color adds a bit of peach. It reminds me a LOT of Rock & Republic Blush In Call Me, when blended together. We may have found a dupe!

Love Glow

This is a warmer version of First Love, with a little more ‘pink’ thrown in for good measure. It’s not exactly a cool shade, but I think it’ll work well on cooler skin tones. These blushes are buildable, but I’ve found that they really don’t need to be build up. Initial swatches pulled up a lot of pigmentation on both the outer and inner color. I dare say you might have to use a light touch, and then build to your desired intensity.

Ecstacy

As you can see this color is more pink than peach. It is a LOT like NARS Orgasm, but it’s definitely more of a pink color. The shimmer factor is a bit higher with this one too (like Orgasm). I understand why this is the current favorite among internet beauties, but I think everyone is missing out by passing on First Love. I think that color is more what I expected Ecstacy to be. First Love is much more golden peach.

Love Is The Drug

Pink. I was surprised by this one. I really expected it to be more peach, based on the internet renderings. But it’s definitely a lovely rose-colored pink. It looks absolutely amazing on me, and I feel like with a light touch just about anyone can wear this blush. It’s gorgeous.

Sex On Fire

Again. Pink. This one is more of a deep violet-rose, but still in the pink family. Now, if you look at the website, this looks like a peach with a bronze center. It’s not. This will give off a very ‘flushed’ finish (reminds me of the original Benetint) without looking like you’re doing the most.

The Climax

This is basically a bronzer with a highlight. This will work as a blush on deeper skintones, but beware of the shimmer factor. I don’t sense discoball (yet), but I see the potential. This is a shimmery bronzey color, and that center color works beautifully as a highlight on medium to dark skin tones.

Overall, I like every single color. I’m surprised at the differences between what I thought I was going to get and what I actually got in terms of shade selection, so in that respect I’m glad I bought them all. Had I been looking for a deep peach color with Ecstasy or Sex On Fire, I might feel differently.

The colors cover the gamut in terms of shading, skin tones, and undertones. And they all have shimmer in them. A few of them have a more ‘matte’ center, but for the most part these are shimmer blushes. Since Charlotte Tilbury is all about getting that ‘glow’ – I’m not surprised.

The pigmentation is excellent, and the quality is superb. The blushes are silky, pick up with just the lightest touch of a brush, and transfer to the skin beautifully. There is no powdery buildup, no dusty residue in the pot, and absolutely no ashy factor with any one of these blushes. They all translate neutral to warm, so I dare say that in some respect all of these blushes are universal. It really just depends on what color you want.

I  hope these pictures shed a more honest light on what these blushes look like in real life. Swatches are coming. Ciao for now!

Blushed: Kat Von D Blush in Por Vida

I have to admit, when I first saw this blush I did not think it would work for warm skin tones. Por Vida is a shimmery Coral Pink, and the tester was so pale (Sephora), that I didn’t see much potential in the swatch. But then I opened the box (I know… bad. But I had to know for sure) and saw that the actual product was MUCH darker and much more universally flattering.

Kudos to Kat Von D for the packaging. The etched compact is a lovely touch, and gives the product more dimension, before you ever open it to use it. Sometimes it’s the little things…

The color payoff is incredible, even on my warm skin. This swatch is normal… not heavy. I strongly recommend a light hand when applying this blush, then build to the intensity you want.

On me the color definitely pulls pink, but the overall effect is a brightening glow. I thought this blush would be a lot more like the Sunday Riley Rush version, but I have to say that I like this one a lot better. It’s easier to use, and the overall effect is definitely more about glow and less about actual color.

You can find out more about Kat Von D Blush in Por Vida HERE.

NARS + Pierre Hardy (Blushes + Polish)

Well… I was all set to pass on this… and then a little birdy named Shontay was like: DON’T YOU DARE! So I listened… and boy am I glad I did!

NARS collaborated with shoe designer Pierre Hardy for a series of nail polish duos, and two of the most amazing blushes… perfect for summer.

I ended up with both blushes, and the nail polish duo called ‘Easy Walking’:

From the left: Blush in Rotunde, Polish Duo in Easy Walking, and Blush in Boys Don’t Cry
Blushes in Rotunde & Boys Don’t Cry: 
Nail Polish Duo in Easy Walking:
…and together:
The blushes are… BEYOND. they’re twice the size of regular NARS blushes (they’re about the size of the bronze duos), and the gold pattern is just overspray. Underneath is the most matte pigmented blush… just stunning. They blend out beautifully (so that you don’t end up with two massive streaks of color on your face)… and can be layered for even more intensity. Amazing. 
The nail polish duo is the most neutral of the selections. I like it because I can wear them separately or together, and they still make a statement.
You can find out more about NARS + Pierre Hardy HERE.

Skin Science: Ellis Faas Blush & Milky Lips

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the philosophy behind Ellis Faas lateley, and one of the things that most fascinates me is the concept of ‘human colors.’ Every color in the brand is a perfect imitation of a color that is produced naturally by the human body.

With this in mind, I went in search of two of the most natural (on my skin tones) colors that the brand produces. I came up with Blush in S303, and Milky Lips in L209.

Blush in S303

Milky Lips in L209
The lip color is strange, but a complete nude shade on me. I find it actually needs a bit of help with dimension… likely in the form of a complimentary lip pencil. The formula for both is light, and the finish is very ‘skin’ like. The lip formula is so light that I actually pressed my lips together a few times to make sure I had it on throughout the day. It’s good stuff.
You can find out more about Ellis Faas HERE