Sometimes the best beauty days are the ones where you don’t really try at all. Today I wanted to play with the new It Cosmetics Universal Contouring Palette for Face and Body ($40), but I didn’t want to spend more than 30 seconds on each eye. I also decided to channel my inner Pebbles Flintstone. Days like these are made for bold lips. It’s called deflecting!
Anyway, while It Cosmetics has created quite a lovely palette, I find the brand’s marketing description kind of off putting. The mention of plastic surgery and fillers sets the wrong tone for me and makes me feel like the goal with contouring should be to actually change your features instead of enhance them. Of course, there are times when the goal is to change facial features, but I think for your average cosmetic consumer (not makeup artist), that’s not what it’s about.
From It Cosmetics:
“Developed with plastic surgeons, the leading experts in contouring and aesthetics, each powder shade is formulated with proprietary Perfect Lighting™ Technology to mimic real facial contouring and provide a foolproof alternative to fillers. While the four contour shades absorb light and minimize the areas to which you apply them, the two highlighters enhance features you want to pull forward, creating the appearance of more volume. Talc-free, and perfect for all skin types and skin tones, these shades are infused with anti-aging collagen, silk and peptides to blend effortlessly and deliver smooth, natural-looking coverage that lasts all day.”
I just don’t want to be made to think that there’s something wrong with my face. I have to look at this mug every day! Makeup is heaps of fun and makes me happy, but I really try to only wear it to express myself, not cover up my insecurities. Also, I’m pretty sure that Perfect Lighting™ Technology is, like, matte vs. shimmer powders.
Apart from my philosophical grievances with this palette, the formula is soft, pigmented, and soo easy to blend. I’ve been using it with this Contour & Highlighting Brush ($34.50 and also from It Cosmetics), and it does pretty much all the work for me. There is some dust that kicks up when loading up your brush, and the packaging is silver cardboard. It gets messy; I got contour powder in the highlighter pans more than once.
Overall, this palette runs too warm for my skin tone, but I can pull off the highlight shades and soft contour. Sometimes I dip into the deep contour shade for another kick of dimension, but the two middle shades are far too orange to do anything for me except make me look like an oompa loompa.
The two highlight shades work well on me, though the matte shade is really just my skin tone and great for all over my face. The radiance highlight has got some serious glimmer without being overt glitter, and gives off a wet look, especially if you spritz your brush with some Fix +.
For my eyes, I went in with the Deep Contour shade (middle shade, bottom row) and just packed it on and blended it out with a big fluffy brush. I’ve been really into smearing a single shade all over the lid and calling it a day. I’m kinda lazy, and it’s kinda chic. The deep shade worked really well as eyeshadow! Days later, I’m still wearing this look, and even adding the lighter shades to the crease. I will say — if you’re using these as shadows, use a primer first. I didn’t, and I think my right eye looks a little creased towards the inner corner.
There are a couple other things on my face that I need to tell you about.
I ordered Unicorn Blood a couple weeks ago and haven’t taken it off since. Everything you’ve heard about Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipstick formula is true. It’s fantastic. It is a true liquid lipstick — the consistency is very thin and opaque. You definitely need to give it a good shake before use (as with most liquid cosmetics) just to get the ingredients balanced; otherwise, it can go on a bit uneven.
I generally lean apathetic towards product scents and put up with some I’m not crazy about because the formula is good otherwise. I try to steer away from the vanilla cupcake/buttercream frosting scent that is so prevalent on the market, which brought me here. Jeffree Star’s newer shades, and some of his cult status shades, are root beer scented and…I don’t hate it. It isn’t my favorite (I’m alright with the smell of paint. Even on my lips.), but its refreshingly different. It even smells kind of carbonated. I’m not even really sure what I mean by that, but it smells just like Root Beer right before you take a sip.
Unicorn Blood is your classic rust-based deep red. I have yet to wear it and not be asked what I’m wearing at least five times. You can get your paws on it once every blue moon on Jeffree Star’s website. It’s worth it.
MAC just released a waterproof version of their In Extreme Dimension Mascara, and I’m all about it, and not just because it matches the shade of teal that rules my life. It’s all around pretty satisfactory; it lengthens, amplifies volume, and holds a curl. It doesn’t smudge, flake, or make you cry black tears.
The only caveat for me comes with the applicator. I like the rounded tip for lower lashes, the outer and inner corners, adding more product to the root, and separating a specific group of lashes at a time. I don’t like that it’s silicone. While applying it, if the applicator touches the root of my lashes just so, it totally freaks my eyes out and then I have teary eyes for the rest of the day, and sometimes mascara everywhere from shutting my eyes before it can dry. #allergyseason
But it is waterproof, so at least it stays put during my clumsy episodes!