May 172015
 

Josie Maran Agan Illumizing Veil 2

Josie Maran’s Argan Enlightenment Illumizing Veil ($30/0.28 oz.) is a soft highlight looking for a natural, champagne-type glow. This pressed powder is the most subtle of Josie Maran’s highlight products. Based on my store-swatches, the liquid is a gazillion times more reflective than the powder, the cream stick is in between, and the pressed powder is the softest and most subtle.

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I did some comparisons with some other highlighters that I’ve recently acquired–the Balm Mary Lou-Manizer, Becca Blushed Copper Shimmering Skin Perfector pressed powder, Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector pressed powder, and MAC Summer Opal (limited edition, now discontinued).

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Open, you can see the color of the Josie Maran is closest to the Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer. However, the Josie Maran is more natural looking, and less obvious than the dramatically reflective Mary Lou-Manizer. Josie Maran’s Illumizing Veil does not seem to emphasize pores and seems to blend better into the skin.

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Swatches, you can see that Josie Maran is more golden than the others as well.

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Another set, in different light:

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Josie Maran’s Argan Enlightenment Illumizing Veil is a pretty soft highlight that are on the natural-looking end of the spectrum. The powder is soft, well-milled and perfect for those looking for something that doesn’t emphasize pores and looks natural. A beautiful choice.

The Josie Maran Argan Illumizing Veil was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post includes affiliate links (for more information see About Cafe Makeup).

 

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Mar 202015
 

Laura Mercier Indiscretion03Laura Mercier’s Face Illuminator Powder in Indiscretion ($42) is a rose gold highlighter with a gorgeous texture. Thankfully, there is no overspray (those days seem to be over! yay!), but rather this is a ultra fine metallic pressed powder. Gorgeous!

Laura Mercier Indiscretion05 copyIs there enough shimmery rose gold in the world right now? I don’t think so. This leaves a beautiful soft metallic highlight, suitable for the high planes of the face.

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Some of you might recognize a similar pattern and format of Laura Mercier Indiscretion, especially if you picked up Laura Mercier’s Spellbound a year or two ago. I found the products identical–perhaps a variation that is typical going from batch to batch. If you do have Spellbound, in my opinion you do not need Indiscretion. Here are some side-by-side swatches.

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By my eye, in real life I saw no difference. You might see a slightly different shine on one swatch versus another, and slight differences in the pan. To me, Indiscretion looked slightly lighter in the pan. But these are variations that might be typical of batch variations that I frequently see in shopping on different coasts or buying two products several months apart.

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If you did miss Spellbound, you’ll want to strongly consider Indiscretion. These are beautiful highlighters, giving a gorgeous rose gold glow. Beautiful!  Laura Mercier Indiscretion is currently available at Sephora.

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Aug 092014
 

Temptu AIrbrush System1

We’ve always been curious about using airbrush makeup systems. Whether watching a pro, or watching a live demonstration, Liz and I have wondered whether airbrush system give a better result and how manageable such systems are. When Temptu offered us a chance to try their system, we took the chance. We opened up the Temptu Flawless Complexion Kit ($170). The company included two foundation colors (the lighter Ivory and medium Beige), Washed Rose Blush, and Champagne Highlighter.

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Neither of us had any experience with airbrush systems, but the Temptu was quite easy to put together.

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Basically, the air compressor (which runs from the power from the AC Adapter) pushes air through the brush’s nozzle, to give you a extremely even, controllable application. The air compressor has a hose which is stuck into the brush:

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The hose connection to the brush:

Temptu AIrbrush System6Liz had things up and running in just a few minutes. The next step was to connect the Ivory foundation to the brush/nozzle by placing it into the brush device.

Temptu AIrbrush System7There was a little cap on the foundation that had to be removed, which allows the liquid foundation to flow from the pod into the brush.

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The same procedure works for the blush and highlighter.

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All together now.

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Liz found the brush surprisingly easy to use. Se was able to control the application and color very intuitively.

Temptu AIrbrush System review04This was our very first attempt. Liz used the darker Beige foundation color to contour. The highlighter and blush were a breeze.

Temptu AIrbrush System review05Liz swapped out the blush and highlighter pretty easily. The final results:

Temptu 5Considering that this was Liz’s first try, I think the results are quite flawless.  Overall, although the Temptu is used by professionals, we thought that it delivered excellent, perfected results by a non-pro. The colors were light, layerable, and delivered true airbrushed results.  These units are available at Temptu’s website.

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Jul 182014
 

Charlotte Tillbury Highlight Sculpt01I’ve been waiting months for Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup line to come to the U.S. She’s worked so closely with Tom Ford that I suspected that she’s going to feature a line of top shelf products.

Tom Ford London Flagship Store - Launch PartyShe’s visionary. I couldn’t resist when this Charlotte Tilsbury Filmstar Killer Cheekbones Set ($110) came up for sale as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This set features a sculpting bronzer, highlighter and brush, lovingly packed together.

Charlotte Tillbury Highlight Sculpt02Inside, the compact is held in this complex, pretty box.

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This box is full of secrets..a cute little touch.

Charlotte Tillbury Highlight Sculpt07Beyond this complex folded paper is a touch of application advice for the sculpting bronzer and highlighter within.

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Charlotte Tillbury Highlight Sculpt09Inside, the compact is beautifully etched. Who does this so finely? Gorgeous.

Charlotte Tillbury Highlight Sculpt10Open the compact, and aside from the full-sized mirror are two pans holding the sculpting bronzer and highlighter:

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This sculpting powder is an easy-to-use, forgiving shade compared to some of the deep taupes we’ve seen from other lines. Foolproof!t

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Here is a comparison of this shade, compared to MAC’s Taupe Shape blush (LE, discontinued), and Chanel’s Notorious.

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The sculpting powder is finely milled and leans gold, without any sparkle effect. This goes on very smooth and beautifully.

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Here are some swatches comparing Chanel Mouche de Beaute and Chanel Poudre Signee. I found Tilbury’s easier to pick up on a brush (but similar to tone/texture) to Chanel Mouche de Beaute (which is a bit more gold compared to the Tilbury shade). Chanel’s Poudre Signe is more subtle and more ivory compared to Tilbury.

Charlotte Tillbury Highlight Sculpt17The Tilbury brush is the perfect size and shape to use with these powders, and is included in the set. This is a full-size goat hair brush.

Charlotte Tillbury Highlight Sculpt05A close-up of the head:

Charlotte Tillbury Highlight Sculpt06Overall, I’m really pleased with this set. The color suits my Chanel Ivoire/MAC NC15/20 skin perfectly. The brush makes the set incredibly easy to use. These powders are gorgeous–finely milled, perfectly balanced, and worthy of the luxury label. This set is currently exclusive to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

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Jul 152014
 

Nars Liquid Highlighters02

NARS has recently expanded its illuminator range to include two new colors. I love these liquid aluminizes. To me, the liquid form can look more natural than some powders because they can be worked into foundation (and even worn mixed in or under foundation for a subtle effect). Unlike some lines, NARS Illuminators are beautifully formulated, never sticky or heavy, and give the perfect amount of sheen to add a healthy-fabulous glow. Their generous size and travel-friendly packaging make these perfect additions to your makeup collection this summer.

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NARS 413 BLKR ($__) adds a classic pearl shade to its Illuminator line. This color is so universal, or all skin tones and types. It looks amazing with many of the NARS BLKR line as well–those burgundy-based classics really look amazing with this beautiful shade.  This shade is part of NARS 413 BLKR Collection additions, and at NARS Boutiques.

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NARS Hot Sand ($30/1.0 oz.) adds a pearlized warm peach-gold to this line. Unlike the existing Orgasm and Super Orgasm (which have a strong pink-peach tone), Hot Sand is a softer, more neutral color. This is available at Nordstrom, NARS online (part of the NARS Summer 2014 Color Collection: Adult Swim, Bloomingdales and Barneys New York.Nars Liquid Highlighters05

Here are swatches of both NARS 413 BLKR, Hot Sand and a touch of Armani’s summer Fluid Sheer #13 (a limited edition shade which went quickly).Nars Liquid Highlighters08

Another:Nars Liquid Highlighters10Both of these are standards, and must-haves in my collection. You should note that NARS Hot Sand is limited edition, and some are still available available at Nordstrom, NARS online, Bloomingdales and Barneys New York. Don’t miss them.Nars Liquid Highlighters05

 These highlighters were sent by NARS to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information see About Cafe Makeup).

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