Jan 292016
 

Tata Harper Contour and Highlight 1

Tata Harper is one of the premier creator of 100% natural, organic, non-toxic, anti-aging skincare. Even better, generally it’s effective skincare–to me, this is the true test of a healthy product. Recently, the line has begun to branch out into color, a lovely development given that so many are concerned about cosmetic ingredients. How awesome is that?  I was fortunate to try two–the Tata Harper Very Illuminating Luminzer and the Tata Harper Very Bronzing contour cream ($40 each).

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I’ve been working with these for several weeks, and find they are ideal for a contoured, highlighted cheek. These have a lovely sophisticated look, worthy of a high-end label.

As you can see from the swatches to the right. the Very Illuminating Luminizer leans slightly white-pink, and has a very natural effect when applied to the curves on the face. It has a very finely-formulated texture, and it can be easily sheered out or built up. It’s lovely. The Very Bronzing contour cream is one of the few products that leans slightly cool.

As the swatches show, the color of Tata Harper’s Very Bronzing can be used as a true contour shade (particularly compared to the much warmer-toned Soleil Tan de Chanel). Like the Very Illuminating Luminzer, the Very Bronzing shade can be fully sheered or built up as you like.

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As genius as MAC’s Luna Cream Color Base is, Tata Harper’s Very Illuminating cream is easier to work with and more easily gives a more natural look. Obviously, the ingredients of both are quite different, as MAC makes no “all-natural” claims.

The ingredients for the Tata Harper Very Illuminating Luminzer are:   Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit extract, Ricinus Communis (castor) Seed Oil, Cera Alba/Beeswax/ Cire d’abeille*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed wax, Iron Oxides (C.I. 77891), Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) seed oil*, Plukenetia Volubilis, Palmitoyl Isoleucine, Euterpe oleracea (Acai) fruit oil*, Titanium Dioxide (CI. 77891), Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender) extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

The ingredients for the Tata Harper Very Bronzing contour cream are: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit extract, Ricinus Communis (castor) Seed Oil, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Cera Alba/Beeswax/ Cire d’abeille*, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed wax, Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) seed oil*, Plukenetia Volubilis, Palmitoyl Isoleucine, Euterpe oleracea (Acai) fruit oil, Iron Oxides (C.I. 77492), Titanium Dioxide, Octyldodecanol, Iron Oxides (C.I. 77491), Iron Oxides (C.I. 77499), Mica, Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender) extract, Jojoba Esters, Trihydroxystearin, Alumina, Silica, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

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The Tata Harper Very Illuminating Luminzer and the Tata Harper Very Bronzing contour cream are available at Nordstrom, Sephora, and Bergdorf Goodman.

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May 262015
 

Cover FX Contour - 1Contouring has seemed to appeared in all corners of the beauty world this year, with an overwhelming number of excellent offerings from so many sources. I remember back in when Tom Ford released his Shade & Illuminate cream palettes, MAC released a cream contouring limited edition series (reviewed here), Chanel released Notorious blush. Since then, Nars has released some excellent contour palettes (reviewed here), as well as contour blushes (reviewed here). Lancome has recently released contour pencils. I’m still fascinated to try Marc Jacobs Instamarc contour powders (reviewed here by The Beauty Look Book) If you are going for a contoured look, we have so many lovely choices. Powder, pencil, cream, warm, olive, taupe, shimmer, matte–they are all out there.

Cover FX Contour - 4This review is a look at Cover FX’s Contour Kit in Light/Medium ($48). I chose this cream-based palette after receiving a sample of its darker medium version from a Sephora purchase, and because I liked its coverage and ease of use. After much indecision about which shade choice best suited my warm/fair MAC NC15/20 Chanel Cameo/Ivoire skin tone, I decided that although Light would work, Light/Medium was my final choice.

Cover FX Contour - 8To get this out of the way, I don’t love the packaging. These are four cream pots in cardboard with magnet closures. If you apply these using fingers, you’ll be washing up a lot. Water and cardboard just do not mix well. Nor do cardboard and checked baggage (trust me on this one). Also, the grey is uninspired and I can see why they sleeved it (see the top image). Unfortunately, the sleeve is paper. For $48, this deserves something more sturdy.

Cover FX Contour - 15The creams are, however, marvelous to work with. These creams are warmer than contour aficionados might like. Most contour products mimic shadows are are relatively neutral (or lean olive or even grey/taupe). These are decidedly warm, and those with cool skin tones may want to tap the brakes and try these in store before purchasing. Actually, the bottom two shades are a pretty nice cream bronzer alternative. The lightest shade is ideal for doing a Kardashian-style “V” under the eye. The top right shade is a shimmery highlighter (yay! shimmer!).  The bottom two shades are the warm contour/bronze shades. All four had a surprisingly high level of coverage with very little product.

Cover FX Contour - 10Another set of swatches:

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Ingredient list:

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Overall, the Cover FX’s Contour Kit (available at Sephora) was a mixed success. If you can get past the packaging, you’ll find a super easy highlight, shimmer, and two contour-bronzy shades that are super easy to work with. These are truly foolproof, melting into the skin or foundation with ease. The lasting power is all-day, and it’s really nice to have everything in one palette (rather than mixing around with different cream pots).

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