As a beauty blogger, I get to test drive hundreds of cosmetic items from all sorts of brands. My nomadic cosmetic life suits my ADHD brain which loves jumping from one brand to another, celebrating each find to the fullest before moving on to the next discovery. However, there are a few brands that are mainstays in my collection with specific products that are always in rotation. In fact, I make sure that I have backups ready for those sad days when I hit pan. One of the brands that has been in makeup drawer without fail for the past twelve years is Dan Read Cosmetics. Dan Read Cosmetics is a fabulous boutique line created by Dan Read, one of the best makeup artists in the business. He has created makeup looks for just about every famous person in the music and movie industries.
Dan initially created his line for the actors who worked under hot lights and were filmed in high definition. If Dan’s foundation can make an actor’s close up look incredible, just imagine what it does for you in real life. Over the years, Dan and I have become good friends, and during a recent conversation he said he wanted to do giveaway for BIZ readers. One lucky winner will get the foundation, eyeshadow, cheek color, and lip color of her choice – and Dan himself will consult with her to ensure she chooses the best shades for her coloring!
The first product I ever tried from Dan’s line was the Foundation (Original $33.50, Shimmer $43.50). This is a cream to powder full coverage foundation that is well-known among stage and film performers because it lasts through anything. It’s bulletproof. Hot lights, wet weather, long workouts – this foundation holds up like a champ. It corrects uneven skin tone, dark under eye circles, red areas, any problem you’ve got, and it looks natural.
It is extremely pigmented so you don’t even need a separate concealer. I always have four shades – my winter color is Soft Ivory 3, which is my lightest shade. Natural 1 is my typical shade, and I use Natural 2 and Natural 3 when I faux tan. DRC Foundation is available in the regular formula as well as in a glowy shimmer version that I also always have on hand. When I travel, this is the foundation I take with me every time.
DRC isn’t all about foundation. Other fabulous finds include the color correctors (Blue Neutralizer ($17) and Dark Skin Shading ($17) are my favorites); the Velvet Cheek Colours (lovely, velvety blushes – Wineberry ($21.50) is my go to); the Art Deco Eyeshadows (oh how I love these gawjus eyeshadows! Super pigment and a texture like butter…Champagne and Icy Lilac ($16.25) are my favs); and Pro Lips (matte, pearl, gloss – he’s got it all, and Rosey Pink Lipstick ($16) is my BFF).
There are literally dozens of items in the Dan Read Cosmetics line that are Holy Grail material. The quality is top notch and the prices are very wallet friendly. If you haven’t tried any of Dan’s cosmetic creations, I sincerely hope you do so. You will become a lifelong DRC fan just like me.
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: One super lucky BIZ reader will win one DRC Foundation, Velvety Cheek Colour, Art Deco Eyeshadow, and Pro Lip Color of her choice, along with a professional consult from Dan Read himself! This giveaway ends 9/8/20 at 11:59 pm, and Dan insisted that this be an INTERNATIONAL giveaway so all BIZ readers can participate. Enter early and often – I hope you win so we can gush over the DRC line together! – Lisa