Clearly, the universe doesn’t want me to go low-carb because it put these blush pans in front of my eyes.
Don’t they look like Neapolitan ice cream? Seriously, I’m starving over here.
OK, it could just be me and my tum making that jump, LOL!
At any rate, these are the new It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Blushing Bronzers, and each pan has a separate bronzer, blush and highlighter.
Now available in the It Cosmetics permanent line
These are new this month and available in three combo shades. There’s Instant Nude Glow, Instant Warm Glow and Instant Natural Glow.
Peachy Nude Glow is the lightest, Warm Glow is smack dab in the middle, and Natural Glow has the deepest shades. All of them lean warm with satiny, glowing finishes similar to the MAC Extra Dimension blushes, and they’re $32 each.
Basically, It Cosmetics squished a powder bronzer, blush and highlighter together in a single pan, which isn’t exactly a brand new concept in the world of makeup (peeps have been doing it for years), but I do think these are cuter than usual.
You can use the three products in each of the pans separately, but with combo powder pan products like these, I almost never do. Most of the time I mix them together with my brush and apply the combo to my cheeks.
Smooth, and not patchy
Whenever I’m mixing multiple cheek products together, I’m always hoping that the products will blend well, but a lot of the time they end up patchy.
With these I was afraid I’d see a blob of bronzer on one part of my cheek and a spot of blush on another, but the soft, silky powders melt into each other. When you swirl your brush in the pan and sweep the combined color on your cheeks, it goes on evenly.
They’re pigmented too!
I only need one layer with any of these — two at the most.
Any blush brush should work fine with these, but the It Cosmetics One-Sweep Wonder No. 705 Brush ($48) fits perfectly in the pans and effortlessly applies and blends the powders. I think it works really well with these and might be worth the investment if you decide to get a pan.
Things can get messy, though…
If you’re a butterfingers like moi, I end up with lots of free-wheeling, excess powder in the pans around the inside edges after I use them. The bristles of my brush must kick it up, and if I forget to empty the excess before I close the compact, whoa, Nelly! — powder inevitably ends up on my clothes or the carpet.
It’s happened a few times.
The final verdict
I think these are great, especially if you’re all about low-maintenance makeup looks. Like, if you stick to tinted moisturizer, mascara, gloss, blush and/or bronzer a lot of the time, these should work perfectly for you.
They can be a bit messy, though…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,