Workhorse Brushes: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush

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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush

I’m a huge fan of the LM Secret Camouflage Concealer, and I always use it with the matching brush. This is the ultimate concealer brush for blemishes and minor imperfections. It tapers to a perfect point, so you can use it for Lisa Eldridge-style pinpoint concealing, while the flat part of the brush can be used for patting concealer onto slightly larger flaws….not that I have any of those…..okay I have lots of those. I have tons of different flat, synthetic concealer brushes in my collection, but they’re all gathering dust, because I always reach for this one. It’s seriously the best.

Review: Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Volume 1

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I love the formula of the Make Up For Ever Artist shadows. They’re smooth, ultra creamy and oh-so-pigmented. The metallic finish ones are my absolute favourite, but they’re all good. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to try a few more of these shadows, and opportunity knocked in the form of a really economical palette!* If you don’t fancy buying a bunch of singles, MUFE has come out with a couple of palettes, one neutral and one bright. I got the neutral one.

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Review: Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Blush

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Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Blush in “Fetish”

You want to know what impressed me most about this new blush from Urban Decay? It actually makes a reasonable claim about wear-time! After seeing so many products make meaningless and ridiculous claims to wear for 24 or even 48 hours, it’s nice to see a product make a realistic claim. (If I ever go 48 hours without washing my face, then I’m either dead or camping.)

I picked this up in the shade “Fetish” which is a matte dusty rose with a hint of warmth. It’s the kind of shade I like to wear when I want a blush that’s not going to compete with whatever I’ve got going on my eyes.

Although the colour is nice, the formula of this blush doesn’t thrill me. It’s on the dry side and kicks up quite a bit of powder when you dip your brush in. I also expected more in the way of pigmentation, but it’s pretty sheer. (I really had to build to get the swatch you see below.) I’d say it does make good on its promise to wear for 8 hours, but it doesn’t last much beyond that.

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Workhorse Brushes: RealTechniques Blush Brush

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DSC07824Look at this fluffy blush brush! It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die! Despicable Me, anyone?

I love this brush for its intended purpose. I tend to go for this one whenever I want a diffused application of a really highly pigmented blush. It’s tapered so perfectly that you can just pick up the colour on the tip of the brush and then use the rest of the bristles to blend.

Because this brush is so fluffy and tapered, it works really well for other things besides blush. I’ve used it for powder foundation, setting powder and bronzer. Basically any powder product that I want to slap all over my face in a hurry.

And did I mention how soft this brush is? It’s really soft.

Luxury Palette Dupe: Quo Mineral Shadow Combo

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The first thing that popped into my head when I clapped eyes on this shadow quad from Quo was: “Hey, that looks like a dupe for some of the high end palettes from brands like Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury.” I normally skirt around the Quo products at Shopper’s Drug Mart, because I find their products to be high priced and of dubious quality. What we have here is an exception though. It is fairly high priced, ($20 is a lot for a drugstorQuopalettee eye quad), but the quality is excellent. All four of the shades in this “Downtown Brown” quad are buttery soft and blend beautifully. The really genius bit, though, is the inclusion of a deep brown liner shade that really works! This palette actually shaves a bit of time off my smokey eye routine, because I don’t have to go rummaging for a separate liner. That’s right, the powder liner is pigmented enough that I can skip pencil!

My only gripe about this product is that the packaging could be a bit better. Although the compact is sturdy and substantial, it lacks a clasp or magnetic closure to hold it shut. It’s one of those compacts where the mirror swivels in all directions. When the compact is closed, there’s nothing to stop the top portion from sliding open, so it’s not very travel friendly.

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