Canmake is one of my favorite inexpensive Japanese brands. They make pretty nice quality items with a cheap price tag! What more could a girl want right? Right.
I’ve tried many of their items and I’m particularly fond of their very cute eyeshadow trios. They have a series of different shadow selections that range from trios, duo shadows, and various other shimmery, glittery items for your eyes!
I own a majority of the items they sell under the eyeshadow category and I’ve always been very pleased with my collection of Canmake goodies. Imagine my delight when I heard that for the Summer they’d be releasing Four Shine Eyes! The palettes come in three shade choices which are 01 which is an off pink selection of shadows with a brown liner, 02 which is a teal blue green variation with brown liner, and 03 which is a brownish, gold, beige combo with a brown liner.
As I mentioned earlier on in my post the brand is cheap so obviously quality isn’t fantastic however it is good. The shadows in the general catalog are shimmery and sheer but color can be built up and with a little work you can create a beautiful eye look!
Sadly, as much as I adore Canmake I do have to give the Four Shiny Eyes a big thumbs down. I was shocked, surprised, and disappointed with how bad these were. I’ve had great experience with the line up till now so it was a bit of a big let down that something brand new to the line would turn out so poorly.
The design on the Four Shine Eyes is similar to Kiss palettes prior to their revamp. Canmake’s Four Shiny Eyes are made up of two contrasting shades of shadow, a base/highlighter, and a liner all housed in a cute clear crystal case! I was very excited to get my hands on these as they are different and unique to any prior eyeshadow releases I’ve seen come up from the line before!
As you can see below the Kiss palettes are similiar in style to these!
The Four Shiny Eye packaging shows how Canmake has evovled! The packaging is unique to any other palette they carry.
However, my excitement quickly died a quick death when I realized how terrible to texture of these were. Like many Japanese brands these sport a particularly chalky almost creamy texture which makes blending very difficult. Although this formula has never really bothered me in the past I felt like these were quite difficult to work with. The shadow kept balling up on me as I spread it on my lid and the end result was a messy, uneven application.
The staying powder was pretty much non existent considering that within 30 minutes of application the shadow was literally flaking off my eyes into tiny balls. I had major fall out to begin with as I applied and it got even worst as the day progressed. By the time my work day ended I was lucky to have a bit of shadow in place. They creased badly even with a nice layer of Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath!
What makes this even more heartbreaking is the fact that the Four Shine Eye palettes are an awesome and cheaper dupe of Visee Jewel Crush Eye Palettes. The color variations in each palette are almost identical to Visee’s palettes. Each Four Shiny Eye Palette is 680 yen each where as the Visee palettes are 2,300 yen each. These would have made a fantastic little dupe if you were looking for an inexpensive color selection that was comparable to Visee’s popular Jewel Crush Eye Palettes.
Pretty similar to Visee Jewel Crush Eye Palette in E-3!
Colors are a good dupe of E-4!
Almost identical with E-2!
Sadly, even though the colors are similiar the quality is not. The chalky consistency of the formula is made with oily Asian eyelids in mind however they fail dramatically in creating a good shadow and you get a cross between cream and chalk which blends into little balls of shimmer that quickly become fall out on your cheeks and face. In this case Canmake should take a note from Majolica Majorca’s Majolook palettes which sport a similar formula of eyeshadow but one that blends evenly, builds up in intensity, and stays put for hours at a time!
Although most of this was a disappointment I was delighted, as always when it comes to Japanese cosmetics, with the packaging. The cases are tiny, compact, really cute, and easy to store plus they come with a good little face chart in the back of the compact! I love how Japanese cosmetics always give the little extra instructions on use! I wish more American brands would take the time out to give us the courtesy of applying small application tips and tricks onto the packaging of products!
Nifty diagrams make for easy, breezy application!
Although the palettes are cute, inexpensive, and appear to be typical Japanese drugstore findings they fall flat in a major way and I can’t help but give them a big thumbs down! Actually they were so bad I only got around to trying 02 which is the teal blue variation. The other two remain unopened untried. If anyone is interested in them e-mail me at email@example.com as I’m willing to sell them off!
Count the Muse disappointed on these! Don’t waste your time! Pick up some of the older line up from Canmake or save your pennies for other palettes! Although new and exciting in design they sport nothing inside that redeems them!
I think most of us crave a really light makeup when the humid, hot weather hits. Or in some cases you might be living in a climate when the weather is humid all the time!
When the humidity is so thick you can cut it with a knife and the heat feels like it’s going to melt your face it’s understandable to seek out a lighter, refreshing makeup that stays put and feels like you’re not wearing anything at all on your face.
In my search for a lighter foundation for the Summer I came across the Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation. This neat little wand is quite like having a large version of YSL’s Touche Eclat Radiant pen. A few clicks and a quick blend later and my face is looking refreshed, flawless, and beautiful with minimal effort on my part.
The box claims that this banishes large pores but sadly I can’t give you the low down on this as my pores aren’t very large. It also promises to leave your skin flawless with sheer build-able coverage. That part is very true. The formula is ideal for the Summer as it applies as a moisturizing foundation but it dries down to a very matte finish which allows your skin to breath while keeping oily skin at bay.
I love how this wakes up my tired, dull skin and makes it bright and fresh looking as if I just washed and scrubbed my face! The formula is thick and creamy but don’t let that lead you into believing it’s heavy. It’s quite light and airy once blended and just feels wonderfully natural. It has pretty nice staying power without the help of powder. I wore it from 6 am till around 3 in the afternoon with no touch ups. Although my MSF was showing signs of fading around this time my foundation was still going strong and a quick pinch of cheek stain to freshen my cheeks up was all I needed. This contains light reflecting pigments and as I said it’s quite a nice moisturizing foundation without feeling oily. If you look close enough you can see a faint gleam and shimmer to your skin! Not so much that it looks shimmery or glittery but just the right amount to make your skin give off a bit of a glow!
I’m loving the packaging on this as it has a built in brush so if you don’t want to touch the foundation you can easily swipe on and blend with the built in brush! Click, dab, blend, done! Simple!
Bare face Muse! Wearing Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation, MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Global Glow, and some NARS lip gloss in Misbehave!
All in all a rather nice little foundation from Too Faced! The Muse enjoyed this one and I’m slapping a Muse Approval on it for purchase! Makeup simplicity is a must in the Summer heat and Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation has me covered!
The original Gloss Frutina line up from last year included a healthy dose of shades where as this year the collection was cut down to a mere four shade selections. Even though the shades were limited this season they did have their own unique difference that the prior release did not sport.
This year the collection was not only scented with exotic fruit and food flavors but included a pleasant taste as well. I’ve quite fond of mentioning and re-mentioning the fact that many Japanese gloss brands fail to flavor their glosses. I’m always shocked to hear how many people actually hate flavored glosses where as I always love them and prefer my glosses have some sort of flavor. The new glosses range from orange flavoring to apple flavoring and more so I was quite in nirvana when I heard about this!
The formula on these pretty much remains the same as the previous release with very minor differences. Although in the packaging the gloss appears to be a creamy lip color and pigmented that’s not the case. The texture is quite a good deal thicker and creamier than the prior release and I’m actually enjoying this formula much better. Pigmentation isn’t fantastic sadly although you can build sheer color up on your lips the best bet is to stain your lips prior to use to get the most out of the gloss. Each gloss contains a very faint shimmer of gold or silver but nothing overpowering just enough to give your lips a delightfully shiny, shimmery look.
The packaging has changed very slightly with the glosses sporting a brand new pinkish lilac top. This new top is quite lovely considering it matches the palettes beautifully. It still contains the same crystals embedded into it as well which is a nice, elegant touch. The prior release was identical aside from the fact that top was silver.
As I mentioned earlier these do have a gorgeous scent and flavor. EX03 is a creamy shimmering coral shade that tastes like Blood Orange and Rosemary. The idea of combining oranges and rosemary may sound unappealing but I assure you the taste and smell is very pleasant! EX04 is a gorgeous, popping true pink that tastes like Berries and Mint. EX05 shimmering, nude, natural plum beige combination that tastes like lemongrass and plum. And lastly EX06 is a nude beige that tastes like caramel apple.
My favorite of the four shades would have to be EX04. It’s such a beautiful pop of pink and with a very sheer layer of lip stain under it my lips look quite gorgeous sporting this!
Aube did a rather great job with the new line up of Gloss Frutina and I’m glad I indulged in all four colors as they were well worth adding to my beauty stash!
Aube Gloss Frutina are most definately Muse Approved for purchase!
Click here to see my original review of Aube Frutina Glosses! Click here to visit with Janice on Specktra and see my review of Aube’s Jewelry Shower Eye Palettes! Click here to find out why I’m loving Aube’s Jewelry Shower Eyes!
I haven’t seen Get Smart yet starring Steve Carrel and Anne Hathaway but supposedly this little compact by Peter Thomas Roth is playing a starring role in the film! Anne Hathaway’s character, Agent 99, whips this slick little compact out mid-movie!
That alone made me want to have the compact for all my own. I want to be as cool, slick, and stealth-like as a secret agent with my awesome Un-Wrinkle Pressed Powder!
In all seriousness if I randomly whipped this out on a busy street in Manhattan do you think anyone would take notice of my awesomeness?
Probably not…..le sigh…..but a girl can dream! Maybe if I take the next step and slip it out while I’m leaping tall buildings….
Oh well we can’t all be as wonderfully super agent-like as Orlando Bloom can we? Come to think about it maybe he’s not being super-agent wonderful maybe he’s bi-polar! Hmmm the possibilities are endless!
Ok, ok as much as I know how much you absolutely adore my ramblings prior to a review…the show…or in this case the review…must go on……………..
For starters I can’t say this helps on wrinkles as I have none aside from small lines under my eyes however this little guy promises to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, expression lines, and fine lines so if you’re sporting any of those you might want to pick this compact up!
At first glance I was horrified at the dull beige color it was! The powder is available in one shade suits all and honestly looking at it makes you wonder about that. I was really scared to even attempt slipping it on my face as it was really dark. Turns out the color is translucent yet it somehow manages to offer awesome coverage at the same time.
I was prepared to be disappointed but I honestly like this stuff. One key point that deserves to be mentioned is the fact that I used it under my eyes with no problem. At one point in my life I was able to apply powder under my eyes without a problem but this past year or so I’ve noticed that if I do I age myself by about 10 years. This is simply because the powder gets trapped in the fine lines under my eyes making them appear older!
When I applied this I experienced no such problem. The formula is surprisingly light and feels like I have nothing on. That simple fact made me fall in love with this.
This promises to retain moisture as well as set makeup. I haven’t yet worn it out but I’m curious how much longer my makeup will less with it on! Since the weather is hot the last thing I want to do is have dewy skin but the “retain moisture” sounds like absolute perfection to my ears for the Winter!
Here’s a simple FOTD using the Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Pressed Powder, MAC Beauty Powder in Alpha Girl from the Heatherette release, and some lipglass! That’s all!
The packaging isn’t anything to get too excited about as it’s just a simple, slick black compact but it does have a compartment underneath for stowing away your powder puff which for me is always a plus!
The puff this comes with is extremely thin and cheap however it did do a good job applying the product lightly to my face but I’d have liked a bit of a better quality puff for the price of $31 USD.
The contains all sorts of anti-aging peptides as well! Hmm a powder with peptides? Cool!
I’m honestly pretty impressed with this guy. If I can smooth this under my eyes without problems it’s definately worth purchasing a second one!
The Muse is definately liking it! Actually it might even have the potential for Muse Approval for purchase…must test more and get back to you on that!
The powder is available exclusively via QVC at the moment so if you want it head on over and type in Item Number A85040 to grab it for yourself!
Seems you were treated to some Musings this weekend even though I wasn’t around! I came back and noticed my Too Faced post was up! I was puzzled for a second how the heck it got posted but turns out I had scheduled the post date as the 29th instead of the 30th! Eep! So you got some Monday morning Musings on a Sunday instead! Nice for you, a mystery for me for a second! You now know my dirty little secret….I have tons of posts already written and scheduled to go! I’m telling you about this because I have quite a lot of comments to get through so I didn’t want you think I was posting entries and ignoring you! I’ll be replying to each of you shortly!
This is kinda sorta a different style of post for me today. I rarely write posts about weekends, vacations, life, etc….although some of you have expressed a keen interest in seeing photos from my vacations and such I sincerely doubt you come here to read about me, my life, and such! You do however come for the great cosmetics I’m sure hehe!
I personally don’t want to bore you to tears about the details of my life or what I do on weekends and such however today I thought I’d slap some pics and such up from my little getaway in Atlantic City this weekend. This does have to kinda do with cosmetics which is why I decided to do the post!
I spend 5 out of 7 days behind a desk at work so when the weekend hits I like getting out and enjoying myself in a major way! Wahooo!
If you’ve never been to Atlantic City it’s basically the New Jersey version of Vegas just alot smaller. It’s a ton of different shops, casinos, clubs, restaurants, etc…all located on a huge strip of boardwalk complete with beach and ocean.
Recently they even added a ton of outlet shops a little ways off the boardwalk which is fab as you know I really love shopping! They have a slew of posh shops located at a mall on the boardwalk called The Pier Shops so if you’re looking for LV, MAC, Lush, etc…you’d find it here!
However, if it’s cheap you seek you can walk a few blocks down Michigan Ave and confront yourself with sincere shopping paradise such as the Banana Republic Outlet, Lancome Outlet, Converse Outlet, Etc…..
They have some amazing deals which are hard to pass up on! I was really selective about my purchases this weekend however I still managed to do some damage and came home with some great stuff from the Fall Collections plus loaded up on shoes, sneakers, clothes, etc….!
I won’t be showing any of the Fall goodies I got quite yet however I will show you some of the freaking amazing deals that I seen about around!
Behold Glorious Cosmetics on Sale at the Lancome Outlet (If some pics are blurry it’s because I took them in a rush as the SA’s don’t appreciate you walking around snapping photos in the store):
That lady in the blue shirt was stocking up like the world was going to run out of cosmetics! She had two baskets full! Phew I was exhausted just watching her!
Tons of Shu shadows, Shu blushes, Lancome palettes of all kinds, etc…all marked down and priced at 4 for $40!
Can someone shoot me? Is that the Destiny Cube I see for 4 for $40 bucks? How obscene! The Muse loves hers but didn’t pay $10 bucks for the bloody thing! Revisit my review of the Lancome’s Mystery Game Collection by clicking here!
It be Converse Time!
Rows of yummie Converse in fruity shades! Oops blurry pic! SA is in the back of me wondering what the hell I’m doing! Turns out he was sweet even offered to take a pic of me in the aisle with the sneakers…hmmmm…no thanks that’s a bit too far!
Converse on sale? The Muse is on the case!
I ended up hauling five pairs of Converse for $120 USD! Plus no tax! Loves it! I didn’t take a picture but I got a really awesome soft aqua pair that are simply yummie! They had tons for $19.98 USD which is a considerable discount as they normally range from $40 and up depending on style. I have 150 pairs to match every outfit already but I sincerely couldn’t resist! It’s the inner geek in me that demands I wear a pair of Converse even with a business suit!
Coach Outlet Hauling now! Look at that white shiny sign becking in the distant!
All shoes 20% Off? No tax? Ok, you talked me into it! Yes, designer brands too!
Heading to The Pier Shops! That’s it on the right!
That water looks rather nice! Think they’ll mind if I jump in and frolic about!
L@@K It’s the Apple Store! Must go get my geek on inside!
Ahhh Lush! Soap time!
More shots of the mall:
Where’s the sale? I see alot of people down there!
Heading to MAC!
The Art of Shaving! Love that store! MAC is next store!
Below are just some miscellaneous pictures I took! Hope it’s not too boring!
Wild, Wild West Casino and Hotel
The Shore (You can literally see how humid it is! Yak!) \
I got a chance to put Philosophy’s new primer, Never Let Them See You Shine, to the test this weekend and the outcome is pretty darn good!
If you have a combination skin type I imagine you know and understand the drama that comes with it. Flaky here, oily there, and sometimes even a normal day here and there! Luckily my skin doesn’t get to oily in the Winter however as soon as the Summer rolls around I’m definately having major problems!
Yesterday was the perfect day to put Never Let Them See You Shine to the rest as it was not only hot but major humid plus I was outside all day. I’m pretty impressed with not only its ability to curb shine and oil but to double duty it as a primer that allows my makeup to stay in place all day without melting away in the Summer sun!
I can’t verify the formula of this because it was sitting on my porch after delivery while I was at work so I’m worried that the texture it now is doesn’t match up with it’s original texture due to the fact it was sitting in the heat for quite a few hours.
The formula is a watery gel and slightly runny which surprised me as I was expecting a similar texture as Smashbox primer considering almost all primers I have tried all feel the exact same way. I have to take myself off to Sephora to see if this is actually the way it’s supposed to be or if it got ruined due to the heat.
Needless to say I am hoping and praying that this is the formula because I LIKE it. Smashbox Primer feels rather weird on my skin plus it pills. If you’re unfamiliar with the term pill it simply means that the product rolls off your skin in gross little balls.
I experienced no pilling with this. It was simply a nice cooling gel that applied easily and felt like I had nothing on at all. It does feel a tad sticky at first but once massaged into my skin it sunk in nicely. The box does say to “pat” it on but I gently massaged it in.
I only applied about a dime size amount probably a bit less but I think I could have used a smidge more. After application I proceeded to apply my SPF, a tiny bit of my foundation mixed with moisturizer, some blush, some gloss, and I was good to go!
As I was out and about I kept touching the places I normally get oily. I normally don’t like to touch my face at all. I’m very obsessive about my skin and touching my hands to it is I won’t do for obvious reasons however I did want to test this out so every few hours I was tapping my finger tips to my forehead, sides of my nose, and chin. These are the spots I get most oily and to my surprise they were very dry and matte feeling.
When I got home I took a quick shot of my face with my camera and compared it to a photo I had taken earlier in the day. I’m happy to say my makeup was still wearing strong after being out all day in the sun! My blush was still firmly in tack, my face was matte and fresh looking, plus the small amount of foundation I had applied seemed to be firmly in place as well as my concealer! Impressive as normally my makeup melts away in the middle of the day or so! The only thing that didn’t fair so well was my gloss which was long since chewed off.
So far after one test I am very impressed and can’t help but be very excited about this product. All and all I definately Muse Approve it for purchase!
The price isn’t bad at $20 USD and it does do exactly what it promises! I have to say that I’m really pleased I don’t have to whip out my powder all day to blot my skin. Although I’ve found some fine blotting powders I just find that the convienance of applying one product on my face that lasts all day really cuts down on the hassle of refreshing, reapplying, etc…etc….
Philosophy Never Let Them See You Shine Primer gets a big Muse Approval!
Never Let Them See You Shine is available now for purchase at Sephora and from Philosophy! Grab some up! If you want to battle shin and oil in a major way might I suggest trying out the rest of the line up which includes a cleanser and a scrub!
I normally use Sephora Eye Makeup Remover since it’s cheap as day old chips. I can’t really get into the grove of dishing out $26 USD for Lancome Bi-Facil. Although it’s probably the best eye makeup remover I’ve ever tried I really feel like $26 is an over indulgence for something that removes eye makeup!
Hmmmm do you think a hot guy is going to pop out if I peel this off?
Now Too Faced Lash Injection Antidote is just as expensive at $23.50 USD however it’s an entirely different formula in comparison to Bi-Facil and I somehow feel like I am getting a lot more product since I’m using less.
The formula is a cream and you only need a pea size amount for it to work it’s magic and whisk off eye makeup plus waterproof mascara. Too Faced has a possible winner on it’s hands with one flaw that I’ll tell you about in a few.
First of all the packaging on this deserves a big rave. It’s a pump style which I really like. I actually wish that liquids came like this. I know of one remover in liquid form that has a similar style of packaging which is Boots Eye Makeup Remover. I like the idea of pumping a cotton pad full of product rather than tipping the bottle and over saturating a pad with a ton of product I don’t need. In this case I’m pumping the cream onto my finger tips which is fab as I have more control over how much I am using!
This is simple to use and takes very little effort on your part. One pump onto your fingertips, rub around your eye area just as you would do with theBalm Balms Away Eye Makeup Remover that I recently reviewed and swipe off with a cotton pad or some tissue.
Some of you may be worried about rubbing your eye area but this has never been an issue for me. A few people had expressed concern about this with Balms Away as well but I didn’t feel like the rubbing was causing any damage considering the product causes enough friction for a gentle glide rather than full on tugging! We definately want to be as gentle with our eyes as possible, don’t need to be aging before our time now do we?
It does a supremely good job of removing the most difficult mascaras such as Excel’s Mascara which rarely comes off completely no matter what remover I use!
The funky and possibly gross thing about this is you can actually see the mascara and shadow dissolving in chunks off your eye. Mascara sorta rolls off in huge pieces as you rub. Kinda cool in a gross way!
This is actually made for Too Faced’s popular Lash Injection mascara which is pretty difficult to remove! The product works exactly as promised and does a good job at removing everything off your eye however it does burn.
I was disappointed at the burning sensation as I was actually delighted at what a great job it did taking off some of my hardest mascaras! It stings terribly even with my eyes tightly closed and for me that was a flaw I’m unsure I can get over.
The good news is I do actually recommend grabbing some. I think it’s simply a great remover to have around for your toughest mascaras. This isn’t something I’d reach for daily due to the burning sensation however it is a fabulous product to have when you’re wearing hard to remove mascaras and heavy duty eye makeup that you need extra help getting off! In that it succeeds brilliantly with flying colors. If you’re truly sensitive I wouldn’t bother but if you’re ok with a bit of stinging you should be fine!
However, I’m doubtful I’ll use it daily unless they change the formula and make it a bit more gentle to my eye area!
What are you using to remove your eye makeup right now?
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Mess in a Dress!
Love that name! It just rolls off my tongue! Mess in a Dress happens to fall right into my Summer Must Have Makeup bag this season! I love bright, bold shades in the Summer and Mess in a Dress delivers!
I was discussing this not so long ago with my reader and friend, Taryn, she had mentioned what a gorgeous shade it was and how she had her eye on it!
Here it is in all it’s glory:
Dontcha just love loud shades for the Summer? So fun!
The Muse sporting some Mess in a Dress:
I’m thinking this can multitask as a blush…hmmmm…must try that!
Too Faced in Mess in a Dress is definately on my Summer Must Have Makeup list! Loving it!
Well the weekend is upon us finally! Is that a happy sigh of relief I hear out there?
How are you liking Beauty on a Budget Week so far? I fear most of my finds weren’t so fabulous! Sorry guys you can’t take the fabulous out of the Muse and replace it with cheap!
Beauty and a Budget Week continues next week as I still have a few items to get through in the way of reviews and I promise something has to turn up good!
It just so happens that next week will also start up Japanese Cosmetic Review Week. I’ve been remiss in reviewing the Summer Collections from Japan, apologies for that!
I have a load of stuff for you up my sleeve so be patient with me and I promise I’ll get to it all! That includes the newest MAC Collections which I am late bringing to you guys!
This weekend I’m heading to Atlantic City so of course I’ll be hitting up The Pier Shops at Caesars so I can gamble with one hand and shop with the other! They have MAC, Lush, Etc..so let’s hope I come home with some cool goodies for review!
How about you?
Whatcha doing for the weekend?
For now I bid you fair thee well and I’ll see you Monday! Happy Weekend!
Here’s some link love for you to amuse yourselves with while I’m away gambling my unborn children’s tuitions away at the poker table:
Am I using the wrong Tinted Moisturizer or are these things WAY overrated?
I don’t see the point.
Even though I’m going to give Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer an ok review I still feel like the entire idea behind tinted moisturizer has escaped my feeble little mind.
I don’t really feel like I can leave the house wearing a tinted moisturizer and some blush. It kinda feels like leaving the house in pants without underwear on (unless of course that’s your thing!). Am I making sense?
I guess the general idea of using a tinted moisturizer is to even out your complexion while giving you the benefits of SPF but seriously do you feel like you’re looking your flawless best with just the moisturizer and some blusher thrown on?
A reader e-mailed me yesterday and asked me have I tried the latest craze in the Korean market, BB Creams (Hi Jing!). I promptly replied explaining I had indeed and how I never understood the hype about tinted moisturizers or BB Creams. Neither does anything for me. After some discussions she convinced me that I should not make my final decision on BB Creams until I try a few brands she recommended! After a bit of chatter I’ve decided to reinvest my cash flow into some of these brands to see if they are worth my time! So expect a review from me very soon on some BB Creams. If you have no idea what BB Creams are I’ll explain further in my upcoming review.
All the tinted moisturizers (and BB Creams) have always had a few major flaws in my opinion. coverage, color, and formula. In this case Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer has a range of problems with it. I got the lightest shade available which was Fair to Light but like all tinted moisturizers it turns out it’s a rather ugly beige color that does nothing to flatter my medium fair skin tone. The color is a really dull beige which as you’ll notice on my arm, which happens to be a shade darker than my face, looks very off and unflattering.
I don’t need a whole lot of coverage as my skin is perfectly fine without it and if I so choose I can walk out of the house with a bit of cheek stain and some gloss however I feel very naked without product on my face which is a reason this doesn’t work well for me. This doesn’t cover much of anything. My face is occasionally dull so I depend on my foundation to brighten my face up and make it go from tired to flawless however I can’t depend on a simple tinted moisturizer to do that especially one in an unflattering shade of beige!
Two strikes against Physicians Formula Organic Tinted Moisturizer so far!
So far I’m not loving the color or the coverage options on this and you might be wondering if the formula and texture can redeem my poor opinion of this. Sadly, no go. The formula is very runny and watery. Obviously, since it’s Summer, we are looking for lighter coverage however a thicker consistency would make me feel like I was not only gaining more coverage and longer wear but also more moisture. The watery formula fails to make me feel like I have applied moisturizer at all!
I can’t recall the exact amount I paid for this but it’s somewhere between $7 USD and $10 USD. I think it’s safe to say that you can skip this although I will mention the cons of the product which could change your mind about investing your money in it.
Even though coverage, color, and formula wasn’t what I’d have liked to see in this it still has many redeeming qualities.
The formula is 100% paraben free, organic, cruelty free, and has an SPF of 15. It’s a very green makeup product and since many have jumped on board environmental and organic ranges of cosmetics this might be something you may want to consider investing in. I admit, sadly, that I’m not always attentive to what exactly is going on my face and I definately hand out props to Physicians Formula for breaking into this market and offering a range for those of you that are Vegan friendly.
All in all I just wasn’t loving this and can’t recommend it for purchase!
How about you?
Tried and Loved it?
Love Tinted Moisturizers? Which are your favorites?
After reading about Everyday Minerals and the empty puff jars they sell on Vanessa’s blog I decided I needed to purchase a few for myself! These are identical to the Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Makeup applicator!
I’m thrilled to bits that they have these! I’m not the biggest fan or supporter of mineral make up but I felt like Surreal Skin applied so well due to this style packaging so I purchased two of these empty puff jars and I’ll be emptying some long forgotten Bare Escentuals Mineral Foundation Powder into one to see if this improves my low opinion of the powder! The other jar I’ll be using for the Maybelline Mineral Powder Powder Foundation who knows maybe this will redeem my poor opinion of it!
These are only $5 USD each so you can’t really go wrong by grabbing a few. I think I’m going to invest in a few more to use with some loose powders blushes I have.
I blogged about the NARS Summer Collection a few weeks ago and I recall one of the first items that grabbed my attention when I saw the releases was the lip gloss in Misbehave!
I got my hands on Misbehave recently and it has turned into one of my Summer Must Have Makeup items for sure!
It’s advertised as a sheer shimmering red but it’s so much more to me than a simple red color! On my lips it looks like a cross between a fiery brick red with hints of copper and orange and a shimmer of gold! It’s not a true red but more a cross between several colors that looks simply stunning on!
I brought this with me when I was on my holiday and it rarely left my lips! I’m all for variety you know me another day, another color however I sincerely loved Misbehave so much I found myself pairing it up with many of my looks!
It goes amazing with Urban Decay Baked Bronzer! I normally don’t like pairing up reds with peachy, gold shades but in this case I felt like NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave complimented those shades wonderfully!
When paired up with simple pinks it looks wonderful but when cocktailed with warmer shades you’ll get a popping Summer look from a simple gloss!
The formula contains a shimmer of gold which reflects wonderfully off of golds, corals, peaches, etc….
This color is on my Summer Makeup Must Have list! You have to give it a whirl for yourself! NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave gets a big seal of Muse Approval for purchase!
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