I can appreciate the over-the-top-ness of gold grills and pimp cups as much as the next girl, but I don’t always want my gold makeup all blinged out, ya know?
That’s where the new 24K Sexy Gold Set ($32) by Benefit Cosmetics comes in. It delivers frosty golden sparkle without going over the top.
The three-piece limited edition set comes with a lipstick, loose gold powder and a cute mini-purse…
24K Sexy Gold Lipstick: A moisturizing, frosty golden lipstick in hawt metallic packaging, this baby washes lips in warm bronzy-gold. I like to wear it with a layer of MAC Clear Lipglass on top, but I think it’d look wonderful with warm pink or red lipstick shades, too. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
24K Nugget Shimmering Loose Powder for Eyes and Face: This shimmery pale lemon-gold is quieter than I expected. It almost looks like a neutral beige with tiny flecks of blue and green glitter on my lids. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
Gold clutch pouch with 24K logo: I’m going to fill this soft, small zippered pouch with lipstick and gloss to take some of the pressure off my heavy duty purse, aka the over-the-shoulder turkey holder. My only wish is that it had its own wristlet… Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
From left to right: 24K Sexy Gold Lipstick, 24, Nugget Shimmering Loose Powder for Eyes and Face
How to Get a Gold, Mod-Themed Look with the 24K Sexy Gold Set
First, I pat a thin layer of MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl on my entire eyelid using a MAC 239 brush. Then, with a MAC 252 eyeshadow brush I sweep 24K Nugget over the entire eye, concentrating most of the color on the lid. To emphasize the eye, I add a line of thick black eyeliner on the upper lash line with a MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack and a Laura Mercier Flat Eye Liner Brush, curl my lashes with the Shu Uemura lash curler and add two coats of Chanel Exceptionnal Mascara in Noir.
For a contemporary spin on a frosty 60’s lip, I apply one layer of 24K Sexy Gold Lipstick directly from the tube, and, after blotting with a tissue, add one layer of MAC Clear Lipglass right on top!
Since both the lips and eyes are gold, there’s room in the look for some color. I sweep a pop of pink on the apples of my cheeks with MAC Dollymix and a MAC 187 skunk brush.
Sometimes when I blog I like to listen to music. Remember Cars that Go Boom? If you were born after 1980 and have never heard this song before, 1) I’m dating myself and 2) you may think it’s tacky as hell, but trust me — circa 1986, it was the JAM!
We like the cars, the cars that go boom… LOL! Anyway, hope you’re having a good Monday so far. What are you listening to today?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. For all you SF Bay Area gals/guys, Benefit Cosmetics is hosting a party on December 12 from 7-9 to celebrate the grand re-opening of their boutique on Chestnut Street in San Francisco!
Jean Ford, one of the creators of the Benefit line, will be there, along with cocktails, snacks and goody bags. Fun! To RSVP for the event call (415) 567-1173. Maybe I’ll see you there!