Spring blush the Makeup Wars way

Spring blush favorites

Spring blush favorites

Makeup Wars is back to redden your cheeks, bring a flush to your face and enchant you with beautiful blush. We’ve picked some of our favorites that are gracing our cheeks this spring and into the summer. I’ve chosen 9 but I could have chosen 90 most likely.

Makeup Wars spring blush open

Makeup Wars spring blush open

If you are a Beauty Info Zone reader then you know that I love cream blush. I’m much more likely to buy a cream blush than a powder one so I’m starting with my springiest creams.

Tarte, Maybelline, Face Stockholm, Josie Maran, Make Up For Ever

Tarte, Maybelline, Face Stockholm, Josie Maran, Make Up For Ever

1. Tarte cheek stains come in 8 shades and you’ll have a tough time picking out a favorite. I chose Fearless since that’s the one I’ve been using the most lately. It’s a pinky coral and seems to look great with almost every eye look I choose.

Tarte Fearless Power PIgment and Cheek Stain

Tarte Fearless Power PIgment and Cheek Stain

2. Maybelline Master Glaze Cream Blush Stick in Pink Fever is my version of Radiant Orchid in a blush. It’s one of the best buys of the year for me since I love the longevity of the product, the perky color and the price. I need to pick up more of these.

Maybelline Master Glaze in Perky Pink

Maybelline Master Glaze in Perky Pink

3. Face Stockholm Creme Blush in London is getting a lot of love these days. I took a new picture for this review but I’ve used it so much that it looked raggedy. It’s a papaya shade that looks super bright in pictures and swatches but not on my face. I use a light touch when applying this long lasting color.

Face Stockholm London blush

Face Stockholm London blush

4. Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise is a blush that just doesn’t want to swatch for me. It’s described as ‘warm toned hot pink’ which is a great, if confusing, description. It feels cooling when you apply it. The Cheek Gelee can be used alone or as a stain to wear under a powder if you find blush fades on you. I just might have purchased Pink Escape during the Sephora 15% off sale.

Josie Maran Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise

Josie Maran Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise

5. Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin Cream Blush in 210 but I easily could have picked 225 and 330 since the 3 I have are scrumptious. I love the colors of these. They are so smooth and as Lisa said “DREAMY”. We’ve reviewed 6 of these and can’t praise them enough. Find a color (or 5) that you love and you’ll never be sorry.

Make Up For Ever HD Creme Blush in 210

Make Up For Ever HD Creme Blush in 210

from left: tarte fearless, Maybelline Perky Pink, Face Stockholm London, Josie Maran Poppy Paradise, MUFE creme in 210

from left: tarte fearless, Maybelline Perky Pink, Face Stockholm London, Josie Maran Poppy Paradise, MUFE creme in 210

I’m no slacker when it comes to powder blush and have a small mountain of those too. The 4 I’ve chosen are the ones I’m finding most versatile for spring.

Makeup Wars spring powder blush

Makeup Wars spring powder blush

6. TheBalm InStain in Argyle is my latest buy. I purchased it from Hautelook and will purchase more the next time they are on sale. I love the color of Argyle (petal pink) and I love not only how smoothly it applies but it has amazing longevity. It does have stain-like qualities. The pigmentation is intense even though Argyle is the lightest shade available.

TheBalm Instain blush in Argyle

TheBalm Instain blush in Argyle

7. Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek in Parasol is absolutely beautious. I constantly express my love for the Dollskin Cream blushes so I was excited to receive this powder blush. It’s as amazing as the cream blushes. Parasol is so soft and cream like. It has a gorgeous glow to it. Tarina Tarantino describes it as shimmering bright pink coral. I describe it as beautiful.

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin blush in Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin blush in Parasol

8. Senna Sheer Face Color in Pink Diva is the sweetest pink of the group. When I want a pink that’s pink this is what I pick. While the name says sheer, the blush isn’t sheer. It’s loaded with cool tones of pinkness.

Senna Pink Diva

Senna Pink Diva

9. Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Intensity Cheek Color in A Little Toasted doesn’t appear to be a blush you’d choose for spring but it’s great for that very reason. I sometimes need a very neutral shade and this is a neutral. There’s a brownish mauve tinge to it that was hard to capture but it’s there. It’s almost like a contour color for my fair skin.

Eddie Funkhouse blush in A Little Toasted

Eddie Funkhouse blush in A Little Toasted

from top right: TheBalm, Tarina Tarantino, Senna, Eddie Funkhouser

from top right: TheBalm, Tarina Tarantino, Senna, Eddie Funkhouser

Do you have any of my 9+ blushes? Do you have others to recommend for the days of upcoming sunshine? — Marcia

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*some products were purchased, some were sent for review

Side by Side: Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin Cream Blush

Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin Cream Blush, where you have been all our lives??

Make Up For Ever HD Cream Blush

Make Up For Ever HD Cream Blush

Make Up For Ever HD Cream blush - 6 gorgeous shades

Make Up For Ever HD Cream blush – 6 gorgeous shades

HD Second Skin Cream Blush ($26), the latest launch in the Make Up For Ever High Definition collection, is extraordinary. This wonderfully natural looking cream blush melds into skin, providing a true glow-from-within look that is perfect enough for camera close-ups. It blends in perfectly thanks to the silicone oils, dry oils, and waxes, while silica powders and synthetic mica create a truly satin texture. Add in the Mother-of-Pearl and powerful pigments for gorgeous color and this cream blush has it all. The lightweight compact includes a mirror while application techniques range from fingertips to sponge to brushes.

Here is what Lisa and Marcia think of the six gorgeous colors that were sent to the BIZ.

Lisa’s Side:

This blush is, in a word, DREAMY.  I am completely, head over heels in love.  They are a joy to apply (I start with a brush then finish blending in with my fingers) and they have amazing longevity. The texture fascinates me – they aren’t sticky at all and they have a gorgeous satin finish. Swoon!! They are my favorite cream blushes possibly ever.

Lisa's shades, left to right:

Lisa’s shades, left to right:  215, 310, 510

I tend to go for darker blush shades than Marcia, so I chose 215, 310, and 510 to review.

215, Flamingo Pink, is a coral-pink that is a perfect spring shade. This is a warm shade that is a great coral option for those who want more of the pink and less of the orange tones.

215

215 Flamingo Pink

310, Rosewood, is a pretty rose shade with brown undertones. Rose can look a little ‘old lady’ish, but not this one! This shade really brightens up my look and is a fantastic blush that isn’t too light or too dark…it’s just right.

310

310 Rosewood

510, Raspberry, is a deep berry that I was a little concerned would be too dark for my light/medium skin tone. However, it is absolutely gorgeous on. A little goes a long way and with a light hand it really makes cheeks pop and gives that Snow White/just in from a run look. Those of you with deeper skin tones will absolutely love this color.

510

510 Raspberry

swatched left to right:

swatched left to right:  215, 310, 510

 

Marcia’s Side:

Make Up For Ever 220, 225, 330

Make Up For Ever 220, 225, 330

Make Up For Ever HD Cream blush in 210, 225, 330

Make Up For Ever HD Cream blush in 210, 225, 330

Look at those gorgeous shades of blush! To me it’s like looking at a little piece of heaven on earth. I adore cream blush and will pick a cream over a powder any day. Of course I love powder blush too but I find it easier to work with most cream blushes especially now that I’m older and my skin isn’t oily. Make Up For Ever brought out 16 shades so that there’s something for everyone.

The ones I’m showing you are perfect for my fair cool skintone. These blend like a dream and are never the least bit tacky or greasy. They blend so easily and look like a second skin once on. They can easily be built up to a darker shade if you want. My preference is to use my fingers with these. My skin warms up the blush and allows it to meld onto my cheeks.

Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 210 is perfectly described as a Cool Pink. It’s the darkest of the three I have but that doesn’t mean it’s dark. This definitely looks best on skin that wants to wear a pink that’s cool. On me it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s a crisp pink without any muddiness to it.

210

210 Cool Pink

Make Up For Ever Cool Pink 210

Make Up For Ever Cool Pink 210

225, Peachy Pink is more peachy than it is pink. When I look at this I’m reminded of a Georgia peach with its slight pinkness that makes you want to bite into it. Once on my skin it does not have the orange appearance that it has in person. It’s very mellow and refreshing on, the perfect blush to wear with warmer shades of eyeshadow.

MUFE HD in 225

MUFE HD in 225

MUFE HD cream blush in 225

MUFE HD cream blush in 225

330, Rosy Plum is probably the most universal of the three shades I have. This is the one that’s always sold out at Sephora where these are exclusively carried. There’s a reason for that – it’s fabulous once on. It looks very natural on, never garish, and works well with any tones I use on my eyes. 330 is more of a chameleon in that way. You won’t have a bit of trouble finding the right lip color to wear with this one. You will have more trouble finding it to buy so jump on it if you see it.

330

330

MUFE 330 swatch

MUFE 330 swatch

These three cream blushes are all I’ve been using lately and I plan to buy more. The swatches on Sephora or Make Up For Ever’s websites aren’t perfect so I’m going to get myself to the store to play and buy.

Even if you think you aren’t a candidate to wear cream blush, do yourself a favor and go try these out. We think you’ll be very pleasantly surprised by the wear and blendability of these and we’re sure you’ll find a color you can’t live without.

*sent for editorial consideration

 

3 in 1 mineral color that makes life easy: Susan Posnick Cosmetics ColorMe in Lilly and Peony

Susan Posnick, the gorgeous makeup artist to stars such as Cindy Crawford, Diane Lane, and Amber Valletta, found herself faced with a huge challenge: skin cancer. Instead of slowing her down, her battle with cancer inspired her to create a line of cosmetics with major skin protection that was simple and easy to use. Susan says, “My vision for Susan Posnick Cosmetics is to “Make Beauty Simple” – bringing  real life beauty and sun protection together.”

Susan Posnick - photo from thedallassocials.com

Susan Posnick – photo from thedallassocials.com

Susan Posnick Cosmetics is perfect for busy women who don’t have time for lots of fussy products.  She started with her groundbreaking COLORFLO foundation (stay tuned for a Side by Side review of the foundation soon!) and then added more skin-protecting products for lips, cheeks, and eyes in fantastic shades.

The BIZ was sent two COLORME Mineral Colors ($32) to review and I won the arm wrestling match with Marcia (yay!). These are some of the coolest multi-purpose color products I have ever reviewed.

Susan Posnick Mineral ColorMe for eyes and cheeks

Susan Posnick Mineral COLORME for eyes and cheeks

COLORME is a pot of mineral color that has a spongy puff on the top. Color comes out as you press down on the puff. There is also a mirror attached, making this very user-friendly and easy to use in the car (but not while driving, please!) or anywhere else for a quick touch-up. This is the very best blush I have found for those of you who really don’t like or have the time to mess around with makeup.

The COLORME pots - notice the mirror on top

The COLORME pots – notice the mirror on top

The mineral color is infused with vitamins A and E, so it’s good for the skin. I find the color is long-lasting; it even lasted through my hour-long fencing lesson where my head was encased in a helmet that looks like this:

Sure, it protects my eyes from being poked out...but it can be hell on my makeup!

Sure, it protects my eyes from being poked out…but it can be hell on my makeup!

The mineral color has excellent pigmentation so it’s best to apply lightly and layer until for the desired color intensity. I put this right onto my cheeks by pressing the puff against them and it makes for a perfect application that doesn’t even need further blending.

As an eyeshadow, I either use a brush or if I am in a hurry I simply use the edge of the sponge and pat on the color. It can be used as a lip color too –press a finger or a lip brush onto the sponge, pat the color on the lips then finish with a little clear lip gloss or lip conditioner.

ColorMe in Lilly

COLORME in Lilly

Lilly

The sponge top – Lilly

Lilly swatched

Lilly swatched

Lilly is a rosy shade that was inspired by Natalie Portman. It is a beautifully subtle, ‘glow from within’ blush shade, and I love this as an eyeshadow.

ColorMe in Peony

COLORME in Peony

Peony

The sponge top – Peony

Peony swatched

Peony swatched

Peony is a true pink that was inspired by Zooey Deschanel. This is a brighter blush shade and makes for an awesome lip color.

Other color options include:

  • Camelia- an elegant peached pink, angelic with subtle shimmer. (Inspired by Kate Hudson)
  • Ginger- a subtle bronzed glow, like warmth from the sun after a luxurious day at the beach. (Inspired by Angie Harmon)
  • Lotus Sun- a gorgeous sun-kissed coral with glimmers of silver and gold. (Inspired by Charlize Theron)
  • Scarlett- a deep flush, fresh from a brisk walk in Central Park.(Inspired by Jennifer Hudson)
  • Orchid- a beautiful mulberry wash, giving an exotic bloom to the skin. (Inspired by Scarlett Johansson)
Lilly eyes and Peony cheeks

Lilly eyes and Peony cheeks

I definitely want to try Camelia, Scarlett, and Orchid. If you haven’t explored the Susan Posnick line yet, I encourage you to do so now!  Stay tuned for several more Susan Posnick Cosmetics reviews.

Susan Posnick Cosmetics is sold at luxury department stores and specialty retailers and spas. You can also find Susan Posnick online at beauty.com, dermstore.com, neimanmarcus.com and SusanPosnick.com.  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

FACE Stockholm Spring 2014

I often wonder, why doesn’t FACE Stockholm get more blog press? This is an utterly fantastic line with top-notch products and shades. Spring 2014 at FACE Stockholm is right on trend with natural, peachy-pink shades and a hint of some sassy purple.

FACE Stockholm Spring 2014 look

FACE Stockholm Spring 2014 look

FACE Stockholm Spring 2014

FACE Stockholm Spring 2014

FACE Stockholm sent us four items from the latest collection: Mineral Foundation, Pearl Eyeshadow #36, Toffee Lipstick, and Worship Blush.

FACE Stockholm Liquid Mineral Foundation in Synsk

FACE Stockholm Liquid Mineral Foundation in Synsk

Liquid Mineral Foundation in Synsk

Liquid Mineral Foundation in Synsk

Synsk swatch

Synsk swatch

The Liquid Mineral Foundation ($36) is a thin, lightweight foundation that provides medium coverage. I have issues with an oily t-zone, but not when I wear this oil-free matte foundation. It comes in a sleek-looking glass bottle with a built-in spatula. I don’t apply the foundation using the spatula – to be completely hygienic I scoop some out onto my metal palette, then apply the foundation using my Beauty Blender. It gives a gorgeous finish that lasts all day. I have Synsk, which is a great shade for those who have that not quite light, not quite medium skin tone.

FACE Stockholm Pearl #36 Eyeshadow

FACE Stockholm Pearl #36 Eyeshadow

Pearl #36 swatch

Pearl #36 swatch

Pearl #36 on

Pearl #36 on

The Spring 2014 Collection features Pearl Shadow in #36 ($19), which is described as a ‘greige’ shade. It just might be the prettiest eyeshadow I own – it’s no mystery to me why this is one of FACE Stockholm’s most popular eye shadow shades. It goes on as a mixture of pink, taupe, grey, and purple, and it seems to become more purple as the day goes on. I have worn this every single day since it arrived! This eyeshadow is a perfect pop of color in the otherwise neutral palette of the spring collection.

FACE Stockholm Cream Lipstick in Toffee

FACE Stockholm Cream Lipstick in Toffee

Toffee swatch

Toffee swatch

Toffee on

Toffee on

The Cream Lipstick in Toffee ($22) is a feminine, soft coral that is perfect for spring. The creamy lipstick is opaque, with great lasting power and just enough shine. It really complements the blush in the collection, Worship.

FACE Stockholm Blush in Worship

FACE Stockholm Blush in Worship

Worship swatch

Worship swatch

The Blush in Worship ($20) is a velvety, shimmery peachy-pink. The pigment is amazing – FACE Stockholm is one of the few brands that has powder blushes that will last all day on even the most oily skin. The texture is to die for, buttery and fabulous. Worship is a fantastic spring shade and is one of the most popular shades they offer.

My FACE Stockholm Spring 2014 FOD

My FACE Stockholm Spring 2014 FOD

I am absolutely loving the Spring 2014 Collection. Other items featured in the collection include the Precision Eyeliner, Cream Eyeshadow in Apricot, Tinted Brow Fix, and the terrific Luxe Lash Mascara. The Spring 2014 Collection from FACE Stockholm is a fantastic way to say hello to the new season.  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Tarte part two – learn more about the new Cheek Stains and Power Pigment Lip

tarte Cheek Stains and Power Pigment Lips

tarte Cheek Stains and Power Pigment Lips

We are so excited to be able to share these new tarte Cheek Stains and Power Pigment LipSurgences with you. When tarte sent these along both Lisa and I were thrilled with the beautiful colors. Yesterday Lisa shared her 4 choices and today I’m going to regale you with the reminder. I’m not quite sure how you as a consumer will pick from these fabulous shades.

tarte Cheek Stains

tarte Cheek Stains

tarte Power Pigments

tarte Power Pigments

Let’s talk about Cheek Stains first. The very first product that Maureen Kelly, founder of Tarte, created was a Cheek Stain which is now called Flush. Her brand took off from there. Fifteen years later tarte decided to repackage these so that each shade is special on its own.  7 of these 8 Cheek Stains are from the previous line but one new one, Blushing Bride, has been added to celebrate their being around for 15 years!

Almost all of the cheek stains are a gel formula. Just one is a cream formula, Natural Beauty. The way to tell is to look at the tops of brand new Cheek Stains, a rounded top tells you it’s a gel, a flat top tells you it’s a cream.

In addition to the Cheek Stains there is a matching powder blush and a matching Power Pigment LipSurgence. Tarte has tied in all these together to let you have your choice of the type of blush you prefer and a lip crayon that works perfectly with each one.

Tarte Cheek Stains: Blushing Bride, Exposed, Tipsy, Fearless

Tarte Cheek Stains: Blushing Bride, Exposed, Tipsy, Fearless

Tarte Cheek Stains: Blushing Bride, Exposed, Tipsy, Fearless

Tarte Cheek Stains: Blushing Bride, Exposed, Tipsy, Fearless

Blushing Bride is the newest Cheek Stain so if you already have a collection of these then this is the one for you to add. According to Tarte the shade is a rosy pink, according to Sephora it’s a plummy rose. Whichever description fits is just fine because it’s a beautiful rose that is I find to be more pink than plum. It’s creamy and it blends beautifully. By nature the Cheek Stains are a little tacky but less so than they used to be. Give it time and it dries down to the shade you’d love on your cheeks if you were a bride.

Tarte Blushing Bride

Tarte Blushing Bride

Blushing Bride cheek stain and power pigment lip swatches

Blushing Bride cheek stain and power pigment lip swatches

Exposed is the hardest one to capture in photographs. In real life it looks like there’s a lot of brown to it but it’s actually a nude pink that is the most natural looking (in my opinion) of all the shades. This came out originally under the name Awakening. Exposed Power Pigment for lips is the kind of color I wear all the time so this one is going to be finished the quickest.

Tarte Exposed

Tarte Exposed

swatches for Tarte Exposed cheek stain and LipSurgence

swatches for Tarte Exposed cheek stain and LipSurgence

Tipsy is the perfect spring coral. It’s sheer so it’s not overwhelming. It’s a little darker than my other shades. The Power Pigment has been begging me for warmer weather.

tarte Tipsy Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

tarte Tipsy Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

tarte Tipsy Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

tarte Tipsy Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

Fearless is my favorite although it’s really hard to pick a favorite. But it just calls to me in its pink coral gloriness. I think it’s because it’s the easiest to wear with any eye that I’m wearing. The Power Pigment Lip brightens my lips without making me feel like my lips are screaming “this is dark”.

Tarte Fearless Power PIgment and Cheek Stain

Tarte Fearless Power PIgment and Cheek Stain

swatches for Tarte Fearless cheek stain and LipSurgence

swatches for Tarte Fearless cheek stain and LipSurgence

I know I’ve been going on forever but I n.e.e.d. to talk about the new lip crayons. Tarte still has most of their LipSurgence crayons. They make 7 that are LipSurgence Lip Tints and are a hybrid between a stain, a balm and a gloss. They have 6 shades of the LipSurgence Matte Lip Tints which are very hydrating but have a matte finish. In addition there are 2 that are called LipSurgence Hydrating Lip Creme. So they haven’t abandoned one of my all time favorite lip product, they’ve just added to them with 8 gorgeous shades.

Tarte new Power Pigment lip crayons

Tarte new Power Pigment lip crayons

Blushing Bride, Exposed, Tipsy, Fearless Power Pigments

Blushing Bride, Exposed, Tipsy, Fearless Power Pigments

I’m thrilled to have these in my LipSurgence collection. They still have that minty freshness and are automatic making sharpening unnecessary.

Now for the moment of truth, which of these will you be choosing to complete your makeup collection? Will it be the slightly darker shades from Part 1 or will you go with the lighter shades in Part 2? We’ll respect your choices since we had a hard time deciding ourselves. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

New tarte Cheek Stains and Power Pigments, part one

tarte Cheek Stains

tarte Cheek Stains

The iconic Cheek Stains are the gel/cream blushes that first fostered tarte cosmetics amazing reputation for cutting edge, quality products. Not only does tarte have 8 new Cheek Stain ($30) shades, they also have matching Power Pigments ($24), pencil lip tints with tons of color and lots of shine. Today, I have reviews and swatches of four shades:  Blissful, Flush, Natural Beauty, and True Love. Tomorrow Marcia will have her review and swatches of the other four: Tipsy, Exposed, Fearless, and Blushing Bride.

Tarte’s Cheek Stains are gel (with one exception that’s cream) blushes that give a ‘glow from within’ look. They come in a push-up container and are usually applied straight onto the cheeks. They go on a little wet, with quite a bit of play time to blend perfectly before drying down to a lasting, natural looking flush. Not only do they look beautiful, they are also great for the skin. They have five superfruits that are full of antioxidants to fight free radicals, including maracuja, goji, açaí, acerola, and pomegranate. These superfruits have tons of Vitamin C that brightens skin and moisturizes dry areas.

tarte Power Pigments

tarte Power Pigments

tarte Power Pigments

tarte Power Pigments

The matching Power Pigments are extremely moisturizing and they quench dry lips while also healing them with antioxidants. In addition the color is fabulous thanks to that powerful pigment and the thinner pencil allows for a more precise application than is normally found with lip crayons. Ingredients include Vitamin E for antioxidant power; shea butter for emollience, and canauba wax for a super smooth application.

The Cheek Stains in today's review

The Cheek Stains in today’s review

The matching Power Pigments

The matching Power Pigments

I tend to be drawn toward darker shades while Marcia prefers lighter ones, so today is all about berries and reds (well, one peach shade snuck in there!!)

Blissful

Blissful Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

Blissful swatches

Blissful swatches

Blissful is the lovely warm peach shade that snuck its way into the shades I chose to review. This is the lightest of my four today and it is a very soft, pretty peach that doesn’t lean too brown. The cheek stain is better suited to lighter skin tones, but the lippie will work for anyone who wants a warm peach without a ton of drama.

Flushed

Flush Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

Flushed swatches

Flush swatches

Flush is a sheer berry shade. This is the shade that first drew me to the tarte line so many years ago! I find this shade is very natural. It looks like you just came in from a chilly day or a quick run. I love it.

Natural

Natural Beauty Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

Natural swatches

Natural Beauty swatches

Natural Beauty is a sheer rosy red shade. This is the only cream cheek stain in the bunch, which is why it has a difference appearance – the others have a rounded top, while this one is decidedly flat. The texture is different as well. It doesn’t go on as wet and the coverage is much less sheer for the cheek stain. The Power Pigment has the same texture, shine, and staying power as the other lippies. I think this fresh, healthy-looking shade is my most favorite of them all.

tarte True Love

True Love Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

True Love swatches

True Love swatches

True Love is a sheer watermelon shade. While the Cheek Stain looks incredibly dark, it goes on quite sheer and natural looking. The Power Pigment is certainly a deeper shade and they complement one another beautifully.

These four new tarte shades are all winners in my book and they all get tons of play from me. I love the matching cheek and lip colors – all of the lip shades are deeper versions of the cheek shades, making simply perfect mates for one another. If you prefer lighter shades, be sure to stay tuned for Marcia’s review tomorrow!  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Lots of loving for 3 creamy products from Face Stockholm

While Face Stockholm has just come out with their spring collection I’ve can’t stop wearing some of the products from their other collections. I love that there’s a timelessness with Face Stockholm’s products. Often when they spotlight what they think is important for a season, they are products from the regular line since they create products that are classics or classics with a twist.

Face Stockholm cream eyeshadow in Taft, Nail polish in #168 and London creme blush

Face Stockholm cream eyeshadow in Taft, Nail polish in #168 and London creme blush

I love creams for my face so when I was sent a few creamy Face Stockholm products for review I was thrilled. To me there’s a youthfulness with a cream product that I don’t always get with powder products. I’m old enough to need all the youth that can be thrown my way.

Face Stockholm Creme Blush in Rio and London

Face Stockholm Creme Blush in Rio and London

One of my very favorite products from Face Stockholm has been their Crème Blush in Rio. I am totally head over heels in love with it. Face Stockholm makes 14 different crème blushes all named after countries. I’d rather own these blushes than travel to the places they are named after – that’s how much I like them. Rio is a gorgeous candy pink while my newest one, London, is papaya. It’s almost scary bright in the compact but once on, it’s fantabulous. It’s a darker shade than my original Rio so I have to use a lighter touch on my very fair skin. To me there’s no season for these blushes since they work all year long for me.

Face Stockholm London blush

Face Stockholm London blush indirect light

Face Stockholm London blush

Face Stockholm London blush in sunlight

Face Stockholm Rio and London blush swatches

Face Stockholm Rio and London blush swatches

Face Stockholm crème blushes are dewy without being greasy looking. I find that they work well over any type of foundation or powder I’m wearing. They are extremely easy to blend. I love a cream blush because of the ability to blend it more seamlessly than a powder blush. Depending on my mood I use my fingers, a sponge, or a brush. But no matter my tool, I end with my fingers to help meld the cream into my skin and make sure that the colors are muted around the edges of the blush. On my normal to dry skin they last a good 8 hours before I have to add anymore.

Face Stockholm KRÄMÖGONSKUGGA in Taft

Face Stockholm KRÄMÖGONSKUGGA in Taft

Face Stockholm KRÄMÖGONSKUGGA in Taft

Face Stockholm KRÄMÖGONSKUGGA in Taft

A new product for me is their KRÄMÖGONSKUGGA which they call their “Dream Cream Eye Shadow”.  This comes in 18 shades ($24). You don’t have to know how to pronounce this shadow to love it luckily. I was sent it in Taft which is described as ‘cream sable’. When I think of sable I think of a redder shade though than this is. Taft is a neutral brown that can be worn as eyeliner or as an eyeshadow. I’ve worn it as my actual eyeshadow color, in addition I’ve worn it as a base for powder shadows. Taft is one of the longest wearing cream shadows I’ve ever tried. It doesn’t crease on me and it lasts an entire day. Face Stockholm says it’s waterproof and I believe that. I need a dedicated eye makeup remover to take it off.

Face Stockholm KRÄMÖGONSKUGGA in Taft

Face Stockholm KRÄMÖGONSKUGGA in Taft

My only complaint with KRÄMÖGONSKUGGA is the packaging. When I wear a cream eyeshadow I like to use my fingers to apply it and there’s no way I can do that with this little jar of loveliness. It’s only about ¾ of an inch across so I have to use a brush to get it out. My finger just won’t fit. It’s not a loose cream, it’s on the stiff side which helps make it last so long so you’ll need a firm enough brush to get it out and apply it. For me, the best brush is a taklon one like MAC 242 brush which is a great size and material to fit in the jar and apply it. The shade that is calling my name in this collection is Linne. It’s a shimmer taupe that looks light enough to wear alone or as a base shade.

For a long time you could only buy Face Stockholm in New York or Europe. They now have locations throughout the US  though none near me. In addition blush.com (part of Dermstore) carries a lot of the line though not the cream eyeshadows.

If you are a fan of cream products consider searching for the ones from Face Stockholm should be on your agenda. They may be a little harder to come by but once in your possession you’ll be thrilled you made the extra effort.

What Face Stockholm products have won your heart? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

** stay tuned for a review of Face Stockholm #168 polish