Product Reviews – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com A beauty blog blooming with fresh makeup reviews, swatches and beauty tips from your friendly neighborhood beauty addict Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:03:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 I’d Trek Across a Burning Desert for the Chanel Dans La Lumiere De L’Ete Summer 2016 Makeup Collection http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/chanel-3/chanel-summer-2016-makeup-collection-review/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/chanel-3/chanel-summer-2016-makeup-collection-review/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:00:00 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=197723 If you were stranded in the desert… Would you rather have a machete so that you could whack off some cactus to get some water, or would you rather have the Aqua Glosses from the Chanel Summer 2016 collection? Would you rather experience a mirage of Ryan Gosling slowly walking shirtless toward you across the […]


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Wearing the new Chanel Dans La Lumiere De L’Ete Summer 2016 collection on my eyes, cheeks and lips

If you were stranded in the desert…

Would you rather have a machete so that you could whack off some cactus to get some water, or would you rather have the Aqua Glosses from the Chanel Summer 2016 collection?

Would you rather experience a mirage of Ryan Gosling slowly walking shirtless toward you across the glittering hot sand, or would you rather experience a mirage of the Empreinte Du Desert eyeshadow quad from the Chanel Summer 2016 collection glittering in front of you with its four shimmery shades?

I think you know what I’d choose. :)

Chanel, baby girl. Chanel. ALL. THE. WAY.

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10 of 17 pieces from the Chanel Dans La Lumiere De L’Ete Summer 2016 makeup collection

By the way, drinking water from a cactus? — not such a good idea. Thank goodness for the internet, because if I’d actually been stranded in the desert, I just may have tried that. I mean, it always worked in my old Saturday morning cartoons…

Oh, well! Knowledge is power, yo.

Anywho, summer. Chanel. 2016. We’ve got 17 pieces (one quad, two cheek duos, two liners, a mascara, six lip glosses and five nail polishes) with lots o’ warm colors — cheerful corals (YUM), awesome oranges, burnished bronzes and browns, gilded golds and tantalizing tans, sprinkled with a handful of lush, lovely greens.

I look forward to Chanel summer all year long and go absolutely goo-goo-ga-ga (to quote my daughter, who is now an expert baby babbler) for it. Thus, I LIVE for these colors.

Gimme warm bronze, tan, gold and green any day of the week, babe. If you have a tan, these shades should look amaze-balls on ya.

But it’s not just their warmth that draws me to the pieces in this collection. The finishes are also totally on point.

I think Chanel is really good at getting all the way up to the edge with certain finishes, and then pulling back just a little.

Does that sound weird?

I think it might…but it’s the best way I can describe their brilliance.

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Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Empreinte Du Desert

Take the quad, for example. The four shades in it — a bronze, tan, brown and green — all have a good amount of shimmer in them, but Chanel dialed it back just a little so the finish doesn’t go full-on frosty. Even though these are powder eyeshadows, they almost look glossy on the lids.

It’s neat, and kind of a dream come true, now that I think about it! It’s not always easy to wear high-shine shadows like these because they tend to emphasize the fine lines on my lids.

Oh, and side note, the wear time on these shadows is totally boss lady. I can pop them on early in the morning, and they’re good until late at night.

Now, getting back to the interesting finishes…

The two Les Beiges Duos are also beautifully nuanced. They’re not quite matte, not quite satin; they’re somewhere in between. I only need the faintest kitten kiss for lots of rich cheek color.

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Les Beiges Duo No. 02

I wear the two duos a little differently. When I want warm peachy bronze cheeks (which go well with bronzy gold eyes like I’m wearing in these pics), I mix the two shades in Les Beiges Duo No. 02 together to wear as a blush, but you can also wear the two shades separately, and use one as a blush and one as a bronzer.

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Les Beiges Duo No. 01

And when I’m in the mood for brighter coral reddish cheeks, I’ll grab Duo No. 01 and lightly buff the coral onto the apples of my cheeks before highlighting with the light peach shade. Sometimes I’ll blend the two shades together first, though, when I’m in a hurry.

Like the quad, both Les Beiges Duos last a good, long while. They’ll go for 8-9 hours on my combo dry/oily cheeks.

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Chanel Levres Scintillantes Aqua Glossimer in Sahara

Oh, and if you’re a Chanel lipgloss gal, don’t skip the glosses. Every time I wear them I get this overwhelming sense of deja vu, because they feel exactly like the old-school (discontinued) Aqualumieres.

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Chanel Levres Scintillantes Aqua Glossimer in Dzhari

Thinking of the Aqualumieres brings a glittery tear to my eye, because they were *that* good…

Remember Candy Glow?? Ugh, SO GOOD.

Anyway, the Summer 2016 Aqua Glossimers have a similar non-sticky, smooth texture, and they feel fantastic on mah dry lips. Wear time clocks in at a few hours.

As for the other items I’ve worn from the collection, some thoughts…

  • Le Volume de Chanel Waterproof in 27 Mirage — I’m not really into brown mascara, because I feel like, eh, what’s the point? But this one has Le Volume’s trademark thickness and length, which I like, and the waterproof formula does a decent job of holding dat lash curl. So that’s cool!
  • Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Sable — Ooh, metallic coppery shimmery hotness… This should look amazing on blue eyes!
  • Le Vernis in Espadrilles — This creamy, orangey coral reminds me of a nail polish version of MAC Lady Danger Lipstick. FYI, it’s very pretty on toes.
  • Le Vernis in Cavaliere — I rarely wear brown nail polishes, but next time I do, I think I’ll wear this shade. It has Chanel’s signature secret shimmer.
  • Le Vernis in Canotier — What an interesting gold! It almost looks like it has a hint of platinum in it…
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Le Vernis from the left: Cavaliere, Canotier and Espadrilles

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Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Waterproof in 27 Mirage

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Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Empreinte Du Desert

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Les Beiges Duo No. 01

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Les Beiges Duo No. 02

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Chanel Levres Scintillantes Aqua Glossimer in Sahara (left) and Dzhari (right)

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Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Waterproof in 27 Mirage (left) and Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Sable (right)

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Le Vernis in Espadrilles

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Le Vernis in Cavaliere

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Le Vernis in Canotier

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Wearing the Empreinte Du Desert Quad on my eyes, Le Volume de Chanel Waterproof in 27 Mirage on my lashes, Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Sable Les Beiges on my lower lash line, Duos in No. 1 and No. 2 on my cheeks, and Aqua Gloss in Sahara on my lips

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Wearing Aqua Gloss in Dzhari on my lips

The entire Chanel Summer 2016 Dans La Lumiere De L’Ete collection includes…

  • Les 4 Ombres in Empreinte Du Desert
  • Stylo Yeux Waterproof in 817 Oasis
  • Stylo Yeux Waterproof in 827 Sable
  • Le Volume de Chanel Waterproof in 27 Mirage
  • Les Beiges in Duo No. 01
  • Les Beiges in Duo No. 02
  • Levres Scintillantes Aqua Gloss in 610 Sahara
  • Levres Scintillantes Aqua Gloss in 612 Adenium
  • Levres Scintillantes Aqua Gloss in 604 Sirocco
  • Levres Scintillantes Aqua Gloss in 602 Tanami
  • Levres Scintillantes Aqua Gloss in 606 Rouge Desert
  • Levres Scintillantes Aqua Gloss in 608 Dzhari
  • Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in 524 Turban
  • Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in 526 Cavaliere
  • Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in 532 Canotier
  • Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in 534 Espadrilles
  • Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in 536 Emeraude

The Chanel Summer 2016 collection should be arriving on Chanel counters and online around June. When I have the exact launch date and a full list of prices, I’ll update this post.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Look Perfect Naked With Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/urban-decay-3/urban-decay-naked-skin-one-done-hybrid-complexion-perfector/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/urban-decay-3/urban-decay-naked-skin-one-done-hybrid-complexion-perfector/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2016 03:00:01 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=195740 In the summer I’m all about light, dewy coverage. I know, I know, I work in an office…but when I’m not stuck sitting at my desk, and I’m out somewhere actually having fun in the sun ☀ and the warm weather, it’s nice to not feel weighed down by a heavy base product, and even […]


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Urban Decay One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfectors (SPF 20)

Urban Decay One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfectors (SPF 20)

In the summer I’m all about light, dewy coverage.

I know, I know, I work in an office…but when I’m not stuck sitting at my desk, and I’m out somewhere actually having fun in the sun ☀ and the warm weather, it’s nice to not feel weighed down by a heavy base product, and even though I’m a fair-skinned SPF freak, it’s always a relief knowing that my foundation, BB cream or tinted moisturizer are also there to add a little extra oomph where sun protection is concerned.

Urban Decay recently released the most beach bag-friendly base product a girl could want, an oil-free formulation with SPF20 that’s meant to even out your overall complexion and blur imperfections while keeping you looking natural and fresh, and it’s called Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector (I dare you to say that one five times fast!).

Available in 6 shades for $34 each, it’s ideal for speedy makeup application or touch-ups on the go after a day at the beach or an afternoon by the pool.

UD’s official description says it all…

“We’re not exactly what you call low-maintenance when it comes to beauty (and we’re not ashamed to admit it). But we’re more than happy to take a shortcut or two — as long as it doesn’t look like we did. THIS is one of those times. Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector combines all the benefits of skin treatment and protection with the coverage of a sheer foundation. This multitasking cream is the best of both worlds”

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Wearing Urban Decay One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector in Light

Urban Decay One and Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector

Urban Decay One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfectors in Light, Medium Light, Medium, Medium Deep, Dark and Deep

One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector is ideal for your beach bag (or summer getaway overnight tote) because it has the most perfect packaging, and it’s oh, so easy to apply.

Urban Decay went above and beyond with the foundation-style pump that dispenses the perfect amount of product, so as not to be wasteful. Two or three pumps perfectly covers my face without the mess of a traditional tube.

On top of having brilliant packaging, these apply just as well with clean fingers as they do with a brush, making them ideal for when you’re headed someplace in a hurry and looking to bring along the bare minimum number of products.

Urban Decay One and Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector

Snazzy summery packaging!

Unfortunately, tinted moisturizers and BB creams often are “one size fits all” in terms of available colors and come in just two or three shades. Well, Urban Decay’s shade selection for the One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfectors is quite generous. Ranging from fair and cool-toned to deep, warmer shades, the six available colors cover a comfortable selection that should suit most complexions. Yaaas!

In terms of formula, the claims are true! This is among the better “perfecting” base products I’ve ever used. The emollient formula blends easily and provides ample time to apply, drying down to a demi matte finish that’s not too matte. Urban Decay’s formula contains “light diffusing spheres” (I’d like to know what these look like under a microscope), which even out and illuminate the skin. Packed with beneficial and nutrient rich ingredients, including extracts from the “wu zhu yu” plant (fancy!), it makes my skin feel better after I remove it in the evening than it did before I applied it that morning.

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Urban Decay One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfectors in Light, Medium Light, Medium, Medium Deep, Dark and Deep

I’ve been favoring Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector in Light — even though it’s far from summer where I live — and I can’t believe how many compliments I’ve gotten on my skin. If I love the look and feel of a product, and I get compliments, I tend to think that my base has passed the test.

Five stars ★★★★★ for these perfectors, and for the fact that they mean I can keep making racy puns with the word “Naked” in them because of the name (I can’t resist).

Have you tried Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector or found another amazing summer base product this year? Do tell.


Jessica Revitte


Jessica is a Project Manager by day and a mommy, soon to be wife, avid reader and makeup lover in the in between times that really count. You may remember her from her former beauty blog, Getting Cheeky. Jessica is stepping out of beauty blogging “retirement” as a creative outlet and is eager to write about makeup, once again bringing her signature cultural, literary and historical twist to the table. See what she’s been up to these days, with and without makeup, on Instagram.

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1 Palette, 2 Looks: Youngblood Cosmetics Perfect Pair Mineral Eyeshadow Duo http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/youngblood/youngblood-cosmetics-perfect-pair-mineral-eyeshadow-duo/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/youngblood/youngblood-cosmetics-perfect-pair-mineral-eyeshadow-duo/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2016 21:15:33 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=196128 I love eyeshadow duos because they get rid of the guesswork and make it easy to figure out which shadows go well together. Youngblood Cosmetics is a new brand to me, and when I recently tried their products for the first time, I was really impressed by their eyeshadow duos, particularly the Youngblood Cosmetics Perfect […]


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I love eyeshadow duos because they get rid of the guesswork and make it easy to figure out which shadows go well together.

Youngblood Cosmetics is a new brand to me, and when I recently tried their products for the first time, I was really impressed by their eyeshadow duos, particularly the Youngblood Cosmetics Perfect Pair Mineral Eyeshadow Duos in Desire and Charismatic.  

Desire has a dark royal blue shimmery eyeshadow and a lighter lavender/gray, while  Charismatic has a chocolate brown eyeshadow and a shimmery peachy pink.

I think both are really pretty, but Charismatic speaks to my soul.  It’s totally my kind of eyeshadow because the colors are subtle, but also a bit sparkly.

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Youngblood Cosmetics Perfect Pair Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in Desire (L) and Charismatic (R)

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Youngblood Cosmetics Perfect Pair Mineral Eyeshadow Duo swatches of Charismatic (first two) and Desire (second two)

For starters, these shadows are highly pigmented, but still smooth and blendable.  The texture reminds me a lot of the Kat Von D eyeshadows. They’re somewhat powdery when swatched, but I don’t experience any messiness or fallout once they’re applied.

I love the look and feel of Charismatic so much that I decided to try two different eyeshadow looks with it.  For the first look, I applied the lighter shade all over my lids, and then I lightly buffed the dark brown shade into the outer corners.

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youngblood cosmetics mineral eyeshadow duo

Then for my second look, I basically did the reverse.  I patted the dark brown eyeshadow all over my lid, then used the pinky color to blend out the edges.  I also used a pencil brush to apply the dark brown eyeshadow to my lower lash line…

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youngblood cosmetics mineral eyeshadow duo

youngblood cosmetics mineral eyeshadow duo

I love the way these eyeshadows feel and look!  I think that Charismatic will definitely be one of my go-to eyeshadows when I’m in a rush to get out of the house.  It would also be great for travel, since the compact has a nice mirror.  

If you’d like to see what else Youngblood has to offer, check them out at ybskin.com. Both of these duos here are available now for $28 each.

Also, in case you’re curious, here’s what I’m wearing on my face: PUR Cosmetics HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation in Tan (here’s a full review and swatches) // MAC Cosmetics Blush in Sweet As Cocoa // Dior Diorskin Brow Styler Gel in Brown // Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (which I mentioned in a recent favorites video here) // Bite Beauty custom lipstick that I made in NYC! I go more in-depth on this amazing experience in this post on Bite Beauty.

I like what I’ve seen from Youngblood Cosmetics so far. Do you have any favorites from the brand that I should try?


Adia Goss


Adia is a lawyer by day and a beauty blogger by night. She believes that makeup should be fun and simple, but she also likes multi-step skincare routines (she’s complicated!). Adia loves the sight of a brand new highlighter, and she’s constantly looking for the perfect concealer. Follow her beauty adventures at Adia Adores (formerly beautyluxelife) and on Instagram.

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The MAC All The Right Angles Contour Palettes Are Très (or Tres) Dimensional http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/mac-makeup/mac-all-the-right-angles-contour-palette-review/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/mac-makeup/mac-all-the-right-angles-contour-palette-review/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 17:09:18 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=196404 *** THIS IS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT *** TO: My fair beauts SUBJECT: I found a highlighter that shows up on us! Allow me to introduce you to the MAC All The Right Angles Contour Palettes. Now let’s get acquainted! ✨ There are four of them, which are like little trios, ranging in shade family from Light to Dark, […]


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MAC All the Right Angles

*** THIS IS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT ***

TO: My fair beauts

SUBJECT: I found a highlighter that shows up on us!

Allow me to introduce you to the MAC All The Right Angles Contour Palettes.

Now let’s get acquainted! ✨

There are four of them, which are like little trios, ranging in shade family from Light to Dark, and each one comes with a cream color base, a shaping powder, and a sculpting powder. The cream product is on the lower part of the compact, and the powder tray slides snugly over it so you don’t have to worry about ruining your day by getting schmutz in the cream color base. And they also come with a mirror.

What I’m getting at here is that these little black boxes are great for traveling!

In the photo above, I’m not wearing any blush or bronzer, just All The Right Angles in Light to showcase its full effect uninterrupted.

Right off the bat, the shade of the sculpting powder (called Bone Beige) seemed off to me. MAC describes the sculpting shade in this kit as a warm brown, but compared to my beloved Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer, Bone Beige is a couple shades darker and less warm.

On my skin (my undertone is usually pretty neutral), it appears more…fleshy. It doesn’t look off at all, and I don’t feel the need to wear blush when I’m wearing Bone Beige. It just threw me off upon first glance because it wasn’t what I generally expect from a lighter contour shade… I usually expect a corpse grey.

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MAC All The Right Angles in Light

MAC All the Right Angles

MAC All The Right Angles in Light. Shades — Luna (bright white with shimmer), Emphasize (off white with fine pearl), and Bone Beige (matte soft brown)

The cream colour base in Luna is aptly named. It’s white and sparkly (not glittery), so your cheekbones can shine like a crescent moon in the night sky. The shaping powder shade is called Emphasize (accurately named, though not as cute), which is a nice subtle glow — great for daytime or no-makeup makeup. I like wearing it in my inner corners on light makeup days. It’s subtle but effective in brightening up the area and making me look like I actually slept last night.

My faaavorite way to wear Emphasize is on top of Luna, which is how I’m wearing it today! Every time I pass by a mirror and catch a glimpse, I stop, do a double-take, and then go “damn girl, you’re glowing.” I’m not sparkling; I’m glowing. It’s not very often that I find a highlighter that can actually highlight my skin tone, so I am very impressed.

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MAC All The Right Angles in Medium

MAC All The Right Angles

MAC All The Right Angles in Medium. Shades — Hush (soft peach with icy shimmer), Accentuate (peachy beige with fine pearl), and Sculpt (soft matte taupe)

MAC All The Right Angles

MAC All The Right Angles in Medium Dark

MAC All The Right Angles

MAC All The Right Angles in Medium Dark. Shades — Naked Universe: (golden beige with shimmer), Lightsweep (warm beige with fine pearl), and Shadester (mid-tone leathery brown)

MAC All the Right Angles

MAC All The Right Angles in Dark

MAC All The Right Angles

MAC All The Right Angles in Dark. Shades – Improper Copper (copper with high-karat gold), Warm Lights (clean peach), Definitive (midtone reddish brown)

Not only am I satisfied with my angelic glow, I really dig how simple the palette is to use, and every time I use it, I’m so happy with my base makeup. This palette doesn’t just photograph well; it looks phenomenal IRL on skin.

The powders aren’t chalky, either — not even Emphasize, which is pretty close to white! I think Bone Beige also works well because it isn’t too cool or too warm, but it’s a happy medium that doesn’t translate to “Instagram contouring” and instead looks natural. 

All The Right Angles enables me to create some really beautiful dimension with minimal effort. I mean, what more could you ask for?

These puppies are $40 each ($10.53/5g for 2 powders and $18.95/4.5g cream base). A single cream colour base at MAC is $22 for 3.2g, and the shaping and sculpting powders are $17 for 6g. So with the MAC All The Right Angles palette, you save $2.67/g on the cream colour base and $2.83/g on the powder products. You also get them in a clean, sturdy little black box.

So, what are your favorite products to sculpt and highlight with? Do you prefer cream or powder?


Nicole Fraser-Herron


Nicole was born a red-headed fairy child and nothing has changed. Ditching the mountains tucked away in East L.A. for the mountains in Oakland, she became a photographer with a flair for too much glitter. You can check out her work and follow her adventures on her website and @elephantinfantry on Instagram.

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Review of Honest Beauty

I think Jessica Alba is one of the most gorgeous women ON EARTH, and I’ve been wanting to try her Honest Beauty makeup line.

“Honest Beauty is doing beauty differently. We’re proud to create a comprehensive line of skincare and makeup that celebrates diverse beauty and brings out your best.

“Every product has been years in the making and reflects the passion, expertise and standards of The Honest Company. With the advice and insights of top makeup artists, cosmetic scientists and beauty industry professionals worldwide, we’ve developed a collection that’s as effective as it is safe.

You’ll love the fresh, radiant look of your skin and the high-impact, flawless finish of our cosmetics. We’re here to make you look as good as you feel. And that’s honestly beautiful.”

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Honest Beauty is geared toward natural products that are made without parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances and all of that other gross stuff that everyone seems to be wary of these days.

Honest Beauty review

I picked out a few things from the line to try, and here are my first impressions.

Honest Beauty Everything Primer Luminous Base ($27)

I haven’t always been a big primer user, but lately I’ve noticed that they do make a difference in how my makeup looks.

I love me a good glowy primer that’s going to shine through my foundation to make it look like I just have this naturally glowing skin, which I don’t. :( Sad day.

Honest Beauty has this Everything Primer Luminous Base that I was particularly excited to try. Sadly, though, it doesn’t work well for me. While I think the glow is pretty, it seems to exaggerate the bumpy texture of my skin and cling to areas that are a little dry.

If you’re looking for a great luminizing primer, I wouldn’t splash out $27 on this number. I would go the more affordable route with something like L’oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator.

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Honest Beauty Luminizing Powder in Midnight Reflection ($25)

The Luminizing Powder in Midnight Reflection has been living in my Travel Makeup Bag ever since the first time I used it several weeks ago. It’s gorgeous when used as a subtle highlight, or when I use it all over my face when I want to resemble a disco ball (in a pretty way). It just makes the skin look glowing and perfect. That’s all I have to say about it. I love it; try it.

Honest Beauty review

Honest Beauty Luminizing Powder in Midnight Reflection

On the left is a bolder swatch; on the right it is more blended in…

Honest Beauty Eyeshadow Trio in Smoky Gray ($25)

I’m having a hard time making up my mind about the Eyeshadow Trio in Smoky Gray. The three shadows all seem to have different textures and formulas. It’s weird. The slate gray shade is amazing, super soft and everything you could want in a shadow, while the gold-y shade is good, too… Nothing too special, but good! And the black, Honestly (sorry, I had to), isn’t bad at all, but it is just a lot firmer and less pigmented than the other two, maybe because of the nature of black shadows, but it just seems odd to me that all three shades are a little different from each other.

All in all, though, I like them!

Honest Beauty Eyeshadow Trio in Smoky Gray

Honest Beauty Eyeshadow Trio in Smoky Gray

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Honest Beauty Velvet Eyeliners & Brow Fillers ($16 and $15, respectively)

Starting with my favorite of the two, the Brow Filler in Rich Brunette, I love this thing! There’s nothing particularly unique about it as far as brow pencils go, but for some reason it makes me have a really good brow day. It almost seems like the product clings to the hairs and makes them look a little bit thicker and, like, there are more of them. It’s a little hard to explain, but I’m a fan.

The True Velvet Eyeliners have made it into my makeup bag for one particular reason, which is that they don’t irritate my eyes.

My eyes are really sensitive, especially when I’m tight lining or lining my waterline. I haven’t been able to pinpoint the reason or ingredient that makes them water so bad, but these liners don’t cause me any problems.

The pigmentation is average, as is the staying power, but my eyes are happy with the ingredients.

Other than the black and gold, they also have a flesh-toned option that’s great for the waterline!

Honest Beauty Velvet Eyeliners & Brow Fillers

Honest Beauty Review

Honest Beauty has some awesome things out, and some not-as-awesome things. If you’re interested in giving the line a try, I would just do my research to find out which products work well for others. Always keep in mind, though, that you may love something that other people despise, and the other way around.

But hey! That’s part of the fun of being a makeup junkie, right? Happy experimenting! :)


Jen Clark


Hi, beautiful! I’m Jen from Jen Leigh Beauty. Now, rather than just talking to myself about makeup, I write it down in a blog. Besides being madly in love with anything I can smear on my face (and sharing pics on Instagram), I’m more in love with my hunky husband, my sweet 2-year-old, and my fluffy fur baby. Thank goodness they put up with the madness, because I love chatting about my favorite things with people who understand the addiction.

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