I sadly didn’t love Jelly Pong Pong’s Nicola Roberts Dainty Doll Concealer. I really wanted to love this but it didn’t work out quite the way I wanted too!
However, I do have a rave for Jelly Pong Pong Dainty Doll Foundation. I was in high debate with myself whether I should indulge in this particular foundation since it’s made for girls with very, very fair complexions in mind however since I’m not shy when it comes to trying out really pale shades I firgured why not!
I know many of you wouldn’t touch these particular shades with a ten foot pole since they are considerably light however as I said I’m not entirely against trying a foundation that’s a shade or two lighter than my actually tone because I do believe I make it work well. Since my skin has a healthy dose of medium to it the color selection wasn’t exactly friendly for my tone but I went ahead and purchased two of the three shades available those of which were Ivory and Porcelain. Before I go into details about the shades one rant I did have was the lack of color selection. The foundation comes in three shade selections and thats it however I did understand that the mentality behind the brand was to be appealing to very fair skinned girls so I’m sure extending the line with further colors would go against what the collection was trying to achieve.
When I purchased two shades I was of the mind of mixing both to create a rather great shade that would suitably offer both coverage and possibly even out dull spots and brighten my complextion which it successfully did in spades.
From Left to Right: Ivory and Porcelain Mixed, Porcelain, and Ivory
As I mentioned I selected two shades, Ivory which is a creamy shade of Ivory and Porcelain which is light ivory with plenty of beige. I probably didn’t need to select Ivory since Porcelain turned out to actually be fairly suitable to my tone although a bit too light however I did think mixing both created a rather great shade. I particularly liked the effects of placing Ivory below my under eye area where I have a bit of a sunken look to my eyes, this lifted the area and created a fresher, more awake look!
The foundation comes in a pot and the formula is a mousse consistency that’s creamy, moisturizing, and offers light coverage. The coverage is buildable but it’s not full coverage so don’t expect to cover major problem skin with this foundation. The foundation offers a great flawless finish and I actually loved the effect on my skin. It woke my tired skin up, offered nice coverage, and gave me a nice glow.
I actually had hoped this would be a great dupe for Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sensual Skin Enhancer however the products are vastly different in both coverage and texture. Kevyn’s version is thicker, heavier, and offers far more coverage where as this is thinner in consistency, very light weight, and coverage is sheer.
Dainty Doll Foundation versus Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer
The foundation actually has the potential to be holy grail material however it has one major flaw that’s pretty unforgivable when it comes to foundation. The staying powder is terrible. Simply terrible.
After application the foundation lasts around two hours, three if you’re lucky. For me, that’s just terrible considering how much I hate having to touch up my foundation as the day progresses. The formula simply melts away and you’re left with very little in it’s place which means it’s like starting your entire makeup application regime over again.
Since the staying powder virtually stinks I decided that it’s the perfect foundation for weekends when I’m looking for lighter coverage or for a quick run to the store, etc…It’s also particularly nice for freshing up foundation that you may already have on. A few dots down the sides of your nose and blended outwards definately freshens up foundation that’s already in place.
Wearing the two shades blended together!
For an all day foundation it definately doesn’t work out for me but as a quick face item or a touch up item I do give it props! I sincerely love the product because of it’s ability to create a beautiful, moist, glowing, awake look however since it doesn’t last all day I’m left with a pot of foundation that I’m only using for quick runs to the store or weekend wear when I’m running around with friends and not really caring to do a full makeup look.
I definately recommend picking one up if you’ve had a seriously hard time locating a foundation that’s light enough for your milky white complextion. I also recommend it for brightening up a medium-fair tone if you like toeing the line when it comes to lighter shades of foundation.
It’s excellent stuff but the formula needs some work before I can truly love it!
Indeed, that’s exactly how I feel about Vincent Longo Diamante Quad in Aquila! Who wouldn’t love all that shimmery, glittery, gorgeous goodness?
Last year two colors of these fantastic quads were introduced and I brought each rather quickly as soon as seen them pop up on Sephora’s website! I was quite happy to see the introduction of these palettes as they combine four great colors of my very favorite eyeshadow, Vincent Longo Wet Diamond Eyeshadow, into one cute, chic little quad. Loves it! Plus at $40 USD the colors are broken down to around $10 USD each which is considerably cheaper than purchasing one color at $25 USD.
This year Vincent Longo extended the color line up to include Aquila which contains an array of vibrant, shimmering shades that are ideal for Fall. I’ve collected a majority of the Vincent Longo’s Wet Diamond shadows and the shades in the Aquila quad are far different from anything available in the line which makes the palette extra special in my opinion.
The shades included are a subdued aqua that looks almost like a blue/gray shade, a deep, dark purple, a peach shade with touches of cream, and a brighter, true peach. Although the shades don’t directly go well together (at least I don’t think they do) the two peach shades paired together make a rather great Fall look and pairing the purple and aquaish shade looks great together as well!
The shadows are wonderfully pigmented and have an almost baked feel to them. They contain a good, healthy dose of fine shimmer so if you’re not a big lover of shimmery shadows you may want to avoid this quad like the plague. However, if you’re like the Muse and simply adore shadow with tons of shimmer, glitter, and sparkle this will likely appeal in a major way! The effects of the shadow creates a super soft, silky finish while adding beautiful diamond-like sparkle. Fall out is a problem during applicaton but I find with proper prepping the shadows adhere great and fall out woes are minimal!
All in all I truly love the colors in this quad and find them beautiful for the Fall and well into the Winter and even the Summer and Spring. The palette is truly beautiful to add to your collection or to get you started, as these tend to be like chips, just can’t eat one or in this case just can’t own one!
I look forward to possibly seeing another shade pop up soon as last year they first introduced Roja I believe and Cassini popped up a few weeks later so the possibility of seeing another color selection prop up shortly is definately there. I haven’t heard too much in regards to Vincent Longo’s Fall Collection but I am particularly excited about the release of Aquila so I look forward to seeing what else is introduced after!
Vincent Longo Diamante Quad in Aquila is very Muse Approved as are all the Diamante Quads!
You may have noticed when I review collections, it’s normally a group event. I take all or most of the pieces and review each item in one big blog entry!
This week I’m switching things up a tiny little bit and doing things different by bringing you Etude House’s Fall Collection in a review a day from the items released.
I didn’t indulge in all the items but I do think I got the best of the lot of items introduced so each day, for the next week, you’ll see one item from the collection reviewed!
Today I’m starting out the review process by covering Etude House Face Designing Brightener Face Powder which is a gorgeous highlighting powder.
The powder is a cream color with a light pink under base that has a tiny hint of shimmer and a slightly iridescent finish. The powder is a rather nice item for adding a lovely finish as a final step in your makeup application. It doesn’t really brighten the face but leaves more of a soft focused glow. Although the powder contains a bit of shimmer you can’t see it on your face once applied and all that’s left behind is a subtle glow that’s very flattering and natural.
Directions for use suggest using the powder on the t-zone and under the eyes. I liked the idea of brushing it under my eyes and it works a treat as lightening up dark circles and giving a rather nice finish to the area after concealer use however it’s a bit too shimmery for my t-zone area so I decided to use it on the apples of my cheeks and up the contour of my face which was much better at creating that natural finish.
The powder has a sweet little star emblem embedded into it which goes deep enough to last a while before it disappears. This comes in a very slim, slick little compact that sports a kawaii feel do to the cutesy lettering on the top in elaborate script. At 11,000 won the price is quite nice as well and pretty inexpensive for such a cute item.
This one I liked alot. The price is great, the packaging is quite cute, and the effect on my face was lovely! I’m glad I purchased this as I was slightly up in arms whether I needed another highlighting powder but it was so inexpensive and has the quality to back it up I’m happy I indulged.
I’ll be reviewing more of Etude House’s Fall Collection shortly so stay tuned!
Guerlain Parure Aqua Liquid Foundation is a spoiled indulgence at $55 USD but well worth the hefty price tag for a delightfully wonderful foundation.
I had a difficult time deciding between purchasing Guerlain Parure Aqua or Guerlain Parure Extreme. In the end I decided to spoil myself with both as each performs a different function and both are beautiful pieces to add to my daily makeup routine.
Today I’m reviewing Guerlain Parure Aqua and later next week I’ll be bringing you a review of the Guerlain Parure Extreme.
Guerlain Parure Aqua combines good for your skin ingredients that are mineral rich and moisturizing. Parure Aqua takes it name from the fact that it combines sea water and natural spring water to create a cocktail of intense hydration for the skin. The hydrating factor of the foundation brought me to purchase it because as the colder weather sets in my skin will be aided and thankful for any extra moisture my foundation and other products can provide.
Parure Aqua is, as promised, a highly moisturizing foundation. It smooths on beautifully well, absorbs quickly, and leaves behind a radiant, flawless finish. Honestly, did you expect anything else from Guerlain?
The formula is nicely pigmented and I’d say coverage is medium. The texture is creamy and highly moisturizing and absorbs easily into the skin. I liked how well this absorbed quickly into my skin without much effort on my part bringing both a dewiness to my skin and a nice even finish. One pump of foundation should cover your entire face so this should last you a good long while.
The bottle is quite glam and reminiscent of Guerlain Forever Gold from the Holiday Collection in 2007. I love how pretty and gold the bottle is and it looks truly lovely on my vanity.
Although the price tag is hefty, I think the product speaks for itself if you’re a lover of posh cosmetics that do exactly what they promise. Radiant feel-good foundation, moisturizing and mineral enriched with SPF 20…the Muse likey!
I’m going to Muse Approve this one for purchase, I like it, alot.
I simply adore Sugar’s new Sweet Cheeks Baked Blush!
I seen these while browsing Sephora’s website recently and I couldn’t resist picking up both shades available. They did a truly amazing job with these and I hope to see more colors added in the future!
Each generous size compact contains one baked blush that has two shades of color. You can use the shades together or seperate to create various looks! I personally liked the effect of swirling my brush around both shades to create a deep blush shade that can be applied sheer or built up to create a popping look on your cheeks! I deem these suitable and pure perfection for those with darker skin tones! The two shades available are Cupcake and Gingerbread. Cupcake is more of a frosty pink shimmering finish and not pigmented to work alone as a blush but more as a highlighter and Gingerbread, my personal favorite, is a beautiful combination of copper and cranberry. Gingerbread creates a beautiful peach glow on my cheeks that’s absolutely stunning. For once in my life I’m not obsessed with having paler skin, I’m actually wishing I had more of a deeper skin tone as I think these would be amazingly flattering on dark tones.
Left hand swatch shows what the colors look like blended together, Right hand side displays colors separate.
Left hand swatch shows what the colors look like blended together, Right hand side displays colors separate.
Normally baked cosmetic products do not have the best color payoff however Gingerbread happens to have amazing color payoff and I personally think multitasking the compact as an eyeshadow would be awesome. Both shades compliment each other brilliantly so why not get your money’s worth and use it on your face and cheeks! The formula is silky and smooth, blends wonderfully well, and has just the right amount of shimmer to create a beautiful glow. These are $24 USD and since the compacts are pretty generous in size I’d say well worth the price.
I like that Sugar was thinking out side the Fall Collection Look box and created colors that are unique and completely flattering for the cooler weather.
Sugar Sweet Cheeks Baked Blush, particularly Gingerbread, is definately Muse Approved for purchase!