Viseart Blush & Contour/Highlight Swatches

As promised:

viseart swatch plum bronze
viseart swatch rose coral
viseart swatch orange violet
viseart swatch 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.


Glow On: By Terry Or De Rose Blush Prestige

When this lovely little item first came out, I totally passed. At $80… I needed another highlighter like I need a hole in the head. And really, in comparison to By Terry’s Rose Amber, it’s not as spectacular…
But on a really deep discount (I’m talking like… $60 less), I can be convinced to give it a whirl.

Blush Prestige is more golden than rose, and on my warm skin tone… it’s definitely a highlight. The formula, as usual, is amazing. It works well on bare skin and even over foundation (a few light strokes blends it in beautifully).

Good stuff. $80 good? Dunno… at least not for me. To each his/her own though. We pay for what’s important to us. I do believe that Blush Prestige has now gone the way of the dinosaur. But By Terry Or de Rose is permanent, and comes in three gorgeous colors (Amber, Fuchsia, and Coral). By Terry Or de Rose is sold at Space NK.

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Product Review: Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight

The highlighting powder in ‘Candlelight’ is probably considered the Crown Jewel of the Kevyn Aucoin Brand. It is one of the few highlighters on the market that translates by adding ‘light’ to the widest possible range of skin tones. Most highlighters fall into two categories: Pink/Cream or Gold/Bronze. Makeup artists switch back and forth as needed, depending on skin tone. But ‘Candlelight’ maintains a iridescent ‘glow’ on both fair and dark skins, without going gold or bronze on lighter skin tones, or ashy on darker skin tones.

The brush that it comes with is absolutely horrid. I tossed it right away. But the powder itself is extremely finely milled. I think that’s its secret. You use the tiniest bit to highlight the areas you want, and it ends up looking like the light just sort of caught you that way… like ‘candlelight.’ I was surprised (and pleased) at how quickly it merged in with my natural skin color.

Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight retails for $42 and is sold at Space NK.

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Laura Mercier: Holiday 2011

Laura Mercier always seems like the company that everyone forgets about… at least to me. I always see the brand in passing, and never give it more than a passing glance. I have no idea why that is, because if you look closely, you can always find a gem or two within any collection.
This year, that gem is the ‘Illuminator’ for the Holiday 2011 Collection:
What makes this highlighter so special is its distinct ‘rose gold’ shading. It’s shimmery but not ‘glittery’ — and the color is warm and very flattering. It’s so dark, that fair skinned beauties can wear this illuminator as a blush. I swatched it and instantly fell in love…

It’s really stunning, and it’s cheaper that its counterparts at Chanel and Guerlain. This year, Laura Mercier won the Highlighter Wars, no question about it..

Pat McGrath’s Nine Points Of Light

The latest issue of Allure Magazine featured Makeup Queen Pat McGrath’s look for the Louis Vuitton show for Spring 2011. The look was flawless skin, with nine points of light:
Most of us know about the basic five points of light: Inner corners of the eyes, cheekbones, and cupids bow. But McGrath also added light under the brows, down the center of the nose and on the chin.
To imitate the look, I picked up the much sought after ‘dual illuminator’ from Jemma Kidd Makeup School:

It comes in two colors. This is the Champagne color. The other is called Burnished, and is more of a bronze. It features an iridescent cream on the top portion of the container…

…and an iridescent powder at the bottom. It even comes with a little puff, although I think it works best with your fingers.
Following McGrath’s rules of illlumination, here’s my finished look:
Of course, the key to this look is a flawless base. That means no spots, blemishes or other distractions anywhere else on the face. For that I used:
Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation in Golden
Bobbi Brown Cream Concealer in Honey
MUFE HD Powder
Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
Guerlain Eye Pencil in Beige
Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Pencil in Heavy
By Terry Or De Rose Lip Balm