Make-up Reviews

Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tints Review and Swatches

I just got done meeting up with my best friend Jai for some incredible sushi (yums!) and in he walks with a little bag swinging from his arm that contained all three of the Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tints. He hands it over and says, “Biatch, don’t tell people on your blog about where I pick up hot guys!” Obviously, I can’t accuse Jai of not reading my insanity here on Musings, he sees all, hears all, and knows all. Oops.


Thank Jai, I’m a love you for buying me liquid tints to review.

So jump ahead for a review of Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tints sponsored by Jai!

As I was telling you last night these intrigued me especially since I enjoy liquid stains and such in the Summer, well ok all year round I love stains.

These little guys come in a generous pump bottle in three different shades for $9.99 each. The novelty is the scent! Teehee! They have a slightly fresh, fruity smell. It’s the little things in life that really delight me and the smell of these kinda made me smile.


The shades are all rather loud, bold, and outrageous but once they are blended out it’s a subtle, natural finish. I admit I was a tad disappointed they weren’t as pigmented as I had hoped. The consistency of the formula is a runny gel which was also a little bit disappointing as I was hoping for creamy.

They blend nicely but you may find that a single pump won’t do and you’ll want to build up color with maybe a drop or two more. Actually it’s quite a great little blush if you like to slowly build color up or just prefer a subtle kiss of color rather than full on blushing cheeks.

I like the pump applicator as it distributes product nicely enough but it does have a little bit of a learning curve as pressing too hard ends up with too much product. A very slow pump will get you just the right amount of blusher so be gentle. The bottles are a cheery color that matches the blush inside, very cute in my opinion.


The shade selections are Peony which is a hot fuchsia pink, Poppy which is a peachy coral, and Rose which is a rich red rose shade. I’m not favoring any of the shades as I think they are all gorgeous colors and each offers a nice flush of color. I don’t think the product will work well on dark skin girls as it’s a bit to subtle however anyone that’s fair or medium can very well take advantage.


I haven’t worn out as of yet but I do have Rose on right now and I’m taking a trip to the movies in a little bit so we’ll see how long it wears after sitting through Manhattan traffic and a two hour movie. So far it’s wearing quite well but I’m wondering if it might melt off after a bit….I’ll tuck it into my makeup bag just in case I need a touch up.

Overall, I think Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tints make a find addition to your Summer make up bag. The inexpensive price tag, pretty colors, and light formula is quite pleasing for Summer wearin’. If you’re a lover of a more natural finish to blush these should please. Definitely worthy of a look at this price!

Anyone try yet?

Wanting to?

Tell the Muse!

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Etude House Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo Review and Swatches

Etude House Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo was released as part of the Etude House Precious Mineral Skin Project Collection. Someone mentioned that this was actually supposed to be apart of a collection all it’s own. A collection in fact like the peach one! Imagine a cherry themed Etude House collection? Omg love! It’s too bad that Etude House didn’t go through with the idea but I am happy they included the Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo with it’s Precious Mineral Collection anyway!

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Jump ahead for a review!

Etude House Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo is a tiny compact that houses duo cream blushes. The shades you’ll receive are a nice off pink shade and a brighter peach almost coral color. You can use the blushes separately or together to create various looks. Combining the two shades creates a rather bright orangey coral that’s very pretty and flattering for Summer.

The formula of the blushes is the real surprise. Although creamy in texture these dry down to a matte powder finish which lasts and lasts and lasts. I was quite impressed with how long wearing these were! Although a Spring Collection, they make a fine Summer makeup addition due to their long wear formula.

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The color blends easily, seamlessly, and flawlessly onto skin. Cream blushes can prove tricky during application but this is simply a matter of smiling, locating the apples of your cheeks, a quick dab and a swirl and you’re done. Beautiful, flushed cheeks. The blushes are pigmented enough that you can get decent color payoff from either shade but are also allow for sheer, subtle application if you prefer. Anyone with oily skin can appreciate the powdery finish.

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Overall, a rather great little blusher from Etude House and a winner for Summer. I paid $4-5 retail for this from Korea but I’ve seen it on E-bay for around $10 bucks plus free shipping. I do think it’s worth the price jack as it’s a very nice blush that’s universally flattering for all skin tones plus it’s long wear formula makes it a great blush all around.

PS I’m kinda wishing it was cherry scented, that would be awesome! Don’t you agree?

Muse Approved for purchase!

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Likey!

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Benefit Automatic Eyeliner Duo Pencil Review and Swatches

New liners from Benefit chicas!

Check it, Benefit Automatic Eyeliner Duo Pencil are a brand new automatic eye pencil from Benefit that contains eyeliner on one side and a smudger on the other!


Jump ahead for a few swatches and babblings!

These new automatic pencils are a fuss proof way to apply and smudge liner easily and flawlessly. Kinda mimics my fav MAC Technakohl! Likey!

The formula is a nice creamy liner that blends flawlessly on eyes. I’m partial to using these to smoke out my eyes as all the shades are flattering for just that plus the smudger side of the pencil makes it easy to do so.


Benefit Automatic Eyeliner Duo Pencil are available in only three shades to flatter blondes, brunettes, and those with black hair. It’s a rather easy and simple way of picking your liner as you’re not presented with a ton of shades to choose from. I can appreciate not being offered 150 shades of eyeliner, keeping it simple is sometimes a good thing.

The shades are Call Me Nutty which is a rich hazelnut, Downtown Brown which is a deep brown, and Wink O’Ink which is a night sky gray.


If you’re a lover of a liner that smudges beautifully these should appeal!

Available now from Sephora and Benefit

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Daniel Sandler Waterbase Foundation with Concealer Review

I was interested in having a love affair with Daniel Sandler Waterbase Foundation with Concealer but for some reason it’s not giving me any love at all. Our entire affair is lukewarm at best.


How sad….

Jump ahead for the review!

Daniel Sandler Waterbase Foundation with Concealer was such an easy item to fall in love with. We were going to have a passionate love affair together, spend long days enjoying each others company, walks on the beach, 8 hour work days, and beyond….I had it all planned.

But sadly it didn’t work out…..

Daniel Sandler Waterbase Foundation with Concealer is a dual packaged product that contains a creamy foundation in a bottle with a potted concealer on top. Yay for all in one products. Loves it. All foundations should come with a matching concealer on the lid, it would make life easier.

I’m a lover of Daniel Sandler products particularly his Watercolour Blushes so when I seen the Waterbase Foundation I was quite excited to have myself a little go with it.

Ok….

The good news is it’s actually a really incredible formula. It’s super duper creamy and moisturizing. It’s probably one of the best foundation formulas I’ve run across as it’s not runny or watery in the least fancy that considering “water” is in the name.


The packaging is quite nice although it’s possible it can prove annoying for some if you aren’t a lover of having a dual package with concealer and foundation housed together. The lid of the foundation bottle actually houses the concealer and you flip it open to apply. A key point in the foundation design is the very nice spatula applicator which many Korean brands use but we aren’t privy to in many Euro and US brands. The spatula is handy for picking up a nice bit of foundation and smoothing onto face or onto a sponge or finger tips for application.


I’m trying to make light of all the good features of the foundation here as truly it has alot of great points however it’s the formula that ends up falling short in the long run.

As beautifully moisturizing and creamy the formula is that doesn’t keep it from being terribly under pigmented. It’s very sheer, very subtle, and barely covers much at all. I use foundation solely to brighten my face and even my skin tone out so my dull skin is brighter and healthier. This sadly fails miserably at covering much of anything. It’s rather strange as the product seems quite pigmented but once applied it basically absorbs into the skin and leaves little to no product behind. The finish is lovely and smooth but without proper pigmentation what’s the point?

In regards to the concealer it’s decent enough and is decently pigmented however it seems like they just slapped this on with the foundation and didn’t put much thought into it. It’s far from creamy and has a certain density that makes it difficult to blend properly so it sits on top of my eye instead of absorbing and blending out to cover my fine lines and other woes. It tends to crease a fair bit as well after about an hour of use.

As much as I wanted to love this foundation I seriously found some major flaws with the formula. I’m aghast at how such a dreamy creamy formula can fail so badly. I thought maybe I’d keep it for Summer wear as who doesn’t like lighter coverage in the warmer weather. But even for this it was a fail as the product barely brightens up dull skin.

Sigh.

I really did want to make sweet love together Daniel Sandler Waterbase Foundation but you’ve made it impossible.

Love affair over.

No likey.

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Clarins Instant Sun Light

As bronzer palettes come and go at an alarming rate through my life this Summer season some stick out in my mind as worthy contenders in the large bronzer scheme of things. One bronzer that comes to mind and is meant to be remembered is the new Clarins Instant Sun Light Summer Glow Palette for Face.


Click ahead for it’s review.

Clarins Instant Sun Light Summer Glow Palette for Face is housed in the standard elegant mirror case that most all Clarins cosmetics sports, yes it’s a terrible magnet for fingerprints but oh so lovely regardless.


Clarins Instant Sun Light Summer Glow Palette for Face is made up of a swirl of matte and subtly shimmer shades of bronzer for illuminating face and cheeks with a kiss of sunny color that mimics that of a tan. The powder is silky smooth and blends easily for a nice flawless, even finish. The dominate shade throughout the palette is a matte standard bronze but this is brightened up considerably with the addition of sparkling rose and peach shades. These two shades take the ho-hum bronzer from a traditional finish to more of a sunny glow.


The Summer Glow Palette is probably one of the most subtle bronzers I’ve used as of late which makes it user friendly for beginners in the bronzer world. I don’t find it heavily pigmented and the powder is so silky that it fairly glides onto skin making for very easy application. I think we can all appreciate a very subtle bronzer as who wants to look overly bronze anyway? Surely not I.

If you’re looking for something that illuminates the face, makes it glow with a touch of the sun, and gives off a flattering healthy look to face and cheeks, Clarins Instant Sun Light Summer Glow Palette will surely please.

Sportin’ Clarins Summer Glow Palette on cheeks and face!

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