Pack your tiniest bags for a trip with Stowaway Cosmetics

Stowaway CosmeticsSTOWAWAY Cosmetics call themselves the Right Size Makeup Company for a good reason. All their products are small enough to stow away in a purse, pocket, or cosmetic bag. They are small yet powerful and a great size for those of us with commitment issues, overnights, quick trips, workout trips, and more.

Our product formulas are simple, refined, and hardworking, eliminating any guesswork and offering just beautiful solutions. They are packaged in a thoughtful, minimalist, and portable way—because you are busy and are doing big things. Stowaway knows that if you’re on-the-move, your beauty products are too. Stowaway is a cosmetics brand built on the philosophy that makeup should be designed to go wherever women go. Finally, the makeup you love in the sizes you can carry.

We were sent some of their products which we are happily using. We love the concept of having products that we can actually use up before trying something else. As makeup bloggers and makeup junkies STOWAWAY COSMETICS is just right for us too.

Marcia loves eyeshadow – STOWAWAY ESSENTIAL EYE PALETTE

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

No surprise to any Beauty Info Zone readers but when we received a box (tiny box) from Stowaway I wanted the eyeshadow palette instantly. Lisa allowed me to have my wish since she ended up with a very nice collection of products that you’ll soon see.

The eyeshadow palette is the size of a credit card. A long time ago Trish McEvoy used to sell palettes this size for double the price of the Stowaway Essential Eye Palette. At $25 this might seem high because of the size but when you see how useful this is, you won’t think twice about the cost.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Inside the palette are 4 shimmer shadows on the top row and 4 matte shadows on the bottom. At first I was a bit dismayed when 0pening since the shimmers looked like glitters. My dismay turned to pleasure once I applied these and saw that they not only glided on with ease but they were shimmery without being glittery.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette shimmer shadow swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette shimmer shadow swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

S1 is a light creamy linen shade. I had trouble showing it on my arm which is fine with me since I like the subtlety of it. S2 is a very pretty rose gold that I love on my lid. S3 is more of a golden brown which can be intensified or worn as is. This is a great crease shade for me. S4 is the darkest of the shimmers and harder to categorize color wise. The swatch looks brown but there’s a lot of purple in this shade.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette all swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette all swatches

The bottom row are the mattes but they apply and look more like satins except for the black shade. They all have a silkiness to them that make them easy to wear and easy to work with. M1 is a milk chocolate with a touch of cream added to it. M2 is a darker milk chocolate so they left out the cream! M3 is the darkest of the browns. On my eyes it looks warm as I see some burnished undertones. M4 is a matte black. The pigment is great and works well as an eyeliner but the texture is harder than the other shadows.

Wearing S1, S2, and S4

Wearing S1, S2, and S4

In spite of the blazing heat we’ve been having, these last very well and don’t need touch up. But rest assured, when we need touch up we can easily find it in this pint size palette.

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Lisa loves the Pretty in Pink Set STOWAWAY CREAM LIPSTICK, EFFORTLESS EYELINERMASCARA, CHEEK & LIP ROUGE

Spain

I recently had a wonderful reason to fully appreciate the size and quality of Stowaway Cosmetics products, because I took a trip to Spain with my mom. There we are, inside the Palacio Real de Madrid. Getting to Spain was interesting as I had never traveled to Europe before and I was determined to bring only one bag that I didn’t have to check. Have you tried packing for a nine-day trip with just one carry on bag?? It was a challenge but oh so freeing once I achieved it! Stowaway Cosmetics constituted my only lipstick, blush, eyeliner and mascara (ok I lied…I also brought one other eyeliner!). But the size of these gems is incredible and the quality is definitely impressive.

SpainI walked, on average, 10 miles each day through the streets of Madrid, Segovia, and Toledo in stultifying heat, and Stowaway never let me down! The Cream Lipstick ($15) has wonderful pigmentation and is hydrating, so even those 100 degree days didn’t dry out my lips. The size is small but the lipstick is mighty and I love the pinky/peach Peony shade.Stowaway Cosmetics Cream Lipstick in Peony

I love a multi-tasker, so the creamy Cheek and Lip Rouge ($15) is a favorite. Again, small but mighty – the pot is about 1/3 the size of a typical blush. My shade is the pretty pinky/peach Peony, and it looks lovely on cheeks and as a lip stain.Stowaway Cosmetics Cheek and Lip Rouge and Mascara

 I tested two products for eyes – the Extreme Lash Mascara ($12) and the Effortless Eyeliner ($10). The mascara is terrific! It has thickening fibers so it makes lashes lush and long, and the brush has a thick and a thin side, making application easy. The mascara lasts all day without smudging or smearing.

Stowaway Cosmetics Effortless EyelinerStowaway Cosmetics Effortless EyelinerStowaway Cosmetics Effortless Eyeliner

You will be shocked at the size of the Effortless Eyeliner ($10) – it’s literally the size of a q-tip! No need to sharpen this gel-textured pencil and it glides on beautifully. The Spice shade is a gorgeous shimmery copper that doesn’t smudge once it sets, which takes less than a minute.
Spain
I can’t imagine taking another trip without my Stowaway Cosmetics. No matter how tiny your bags are, you never have to be without great color products so you can rock any country you choose to explore!!
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A plethora of picks from Pixi Beauty!

A plethora of picks from Pixi Beauty!No question, one of my most favorite drug store cosmetics lines is Pixi Beauty. The packaging is awesome, the color products are great, and the price is right!  Today I have four Pixi picks that go from eyes to cheeks to lips to face.                                                                                              samples

Pixi Beauty Lash Line Ink in Black Silk and Tinted Brilliance Balm in Baby Bare

Pixi Beauty Lash Line Ink in Black Silk and Tinted Brilliance Balm in Baby Bare

Let’s start with the eyes. I am really digging ink liners these days. I recently went on a trip to Spain and I took two eyeliners – a pencil liner and my Pixi Beauty Lash Line Ink in Black Silk ($14).  I love how this deep black liner is so easy to apply – the tip is longer than most ink liners which makes it easier to maneuver. The ink liner stays in place, even through my 13 hours in airports and on planes.  And creating a thin line or a thick line is a snap. Interestingly, this liquid liner is much more ‘wet’ than most I’ve tried, which are more of a stain. Initially, it looks shiny, almost like a black patent leather which is definitely unique. The patent leather effect lasts a few hours, after which it flattens and becomes a stain. Love this liner!

Pixi Beauty Lash Line Ink in Black Silk and Tinted Brilliance Balm in Baby Bare swatched

Pixi Beauty Lash Line Ink in Black Silk and Tinted Brilliance Balm in Baby Bare swatched

Pixi Beauty Lash Line Ink in Black Silk and Tinted Brilliance Balm in Baby Bare

Pixi Beauty Lash Line Ink in Black Silk and Tinted Brilliance Balm in Baby Bare

On to lips — Marcia has raved about the Pixi Beauty Tinted Brilliance Balm ($14) forever. Seriously, I think she’s written about ten posts featuring this lip crayon. Baby Bare is my first Tinted Brilliance Balm and I am as big a fan as Marcia is. It’s wonderfully moisturizing, easy to apply, and the peachy-nude shade is a universally flattering color. If for some insane reason it’s not your cuppa tea, no worries because Pixi has 10 more shades available. The slip is just perfect and I love this lippie…I think it’s tied with the Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balms for my favorite Pixi lip products.

Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey

Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey

Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey

Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey

Pixi Beauty gets cheeky with the Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki ($18). How cute is this?? My shade is Peach Honey, and it also comes in Rose Gold. Peach Honey has a peachy nude sheen and a gold beige highlight. It’s more of a highlighter than a blush unless you are super fair. The powder is silky and soft and blends well. It gives a great glow and it’s also a pretty eyeshadow in a pinch.

Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey

Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey

Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey swatched

Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey swatched

Beauty Blush Duo Kabuki brush

Beauty Blush Duo Kabuki brush

The kabuki is a tad soft for my taste – I like a kabuki that is firm, but this one is a nice size and works well as a brush to carry in your purse.

Pixi Beauty Makeup Fixing Mist

Pixi Beauty Makeup Fixing Mist

Pixi’s answer to keeping your look from melting in the summer heat is the Makeup Fixing Mist ($15). It’s rose water with green tea that is sprayed on to help keep makeup in place. I have to say, this isn’t for me. The spray is very wet – too wet for my somewhat oily skin. It’s also pretty fragranced.  If you have super dry skin and fragrance isn’t an issue, you might like this – but I think there are better fixing mists out there. The Makeup Fixing Mist seems more like a refreshing moisturizing spray than a setting spray.

Pixi Beauty is available online at Pixibeauty.com as well as at Target stores. With such a plethora of pretty picks from Pixi, be sure you check them out next time you are shopping!  – Lisa

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I’m blushing, I’m blushing – thanks to Arbonne

Arbonne Blush (Fard A Joues)

Arbonne Blush (Fard A Joues)

Have you ever gone a day without wearing your blush? Put on your other makeup but totally forgot to add blush? If you think about it, blush is what gives your face the pep and lift it needs. We (or at least I) look sick without a pretty blush. When Arbonne sent me two blushes I couldn’t wait to wear them to see what beauty they’d add to my look.

Arbonne Blush

Arbonne Blush

With the trend of matte lips you need something that will brighten beautifully and Arbonne Taffeta and Blossom will do that perfectly. Arbonne has 8 blushes total ($30 US each) so it’s easy to find a flattering shade that you’ll want.

Taffeta is a bright pink that is my favorite of the two. It’s a matte blush that blends beautifully and makes me look alive. I feel great when wearing this shade. I use a fluffy brush with it, often a duo fiber brush or a loose kabuki since the color can be so intense. Using that kind of brush helps apply it softly though I can build it up if needed.

Arbonne Taffeta and Blossom Blushes

Arbonne Taffeta and Blossom Blushes

Blossom has also been getting a lot of wear from me since it arrived. I mostly wear neutral eyeshadows and this works well with them all. It has an infinitesimal amount of shimmer in it. It just adds a bit of beauty to this light peach shade that has a pink undertone to it keeping it from being too warm.

These blushes blend with ease and are long lasting. I’ve napped in them and they haven’t had to be touched up at all. The formula is made with polypeptides which contains skin-conditioning amino acids making the application glide on smoothly simultaneously moisturizing your skin.

The next color on my list is Ballet, which looks to be a soft pink that I’d be able to wear with ease.

Arbonne Ballet blush

Arbonne Ballet blush

I like the fact that I can purchase ARBONNE online now since I am not a party person. At one time my niece sold Arbonne so it was easy to place an order with her but now I am an online babe.

Have you looked into Arbonne lately? —  Marcia

Arbonne Blossom and Taffeta blush

Arbonne Blossom and Taffeta blush

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Sweethearts, Love, and Sex from Too Faced #beautybrands

Sweethearts, Love and Sex from Too Faced*received for editorial consideration

Looking for someone to be your sweetheart? Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now? Too Faced will set your heart racing with Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush, Love Eyeshadow Palette, and Better Than Sex Mascara.

Apparently I was looking for some action when I chose this trio from Beauty Brands…I love the combo visually, and it’s so fun to use all three when creating a makeup look for the night. Read on for some serious eye candy!

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Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush ($30) The packaging is absolutely adorable, and the blush is a beautiful combo of peach and pink. You can use each shade separately but why? A swipe over all three shades creates a perfect flush.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Perfect shade for any skin tone
– Multi-dimenstional
– Long-lasting
– Hydrating
– Easy application
– Hydrates and brightens skin
– Imparts a natural glow

This is a baked blush, which results in great pigmentation. The formula also has the moisturizing Lingonberry that helps create that ‘in love’ flush.

Too Faced Love Eyeshadow Palette

Love Palette ($49):  How do I love thee? So many ways I can’t even count them!! This awesome eyeshadow palette has gorgeous packaging, three different sets of eyeshadow combos, a nice mirror, and a pencil eyeliner. It’s marriage material — the total package.

Too Faced Love Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Love Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Love Eyeshadow Palette

15 different eyeshadows in shimmer, pearl, and matte finishes…oh yes, my heart is definitely going pitter-patter!Too Faced Love Eyeshadow PaletteToo Faced Love Eyeshadow PaletteToo Faced Love Eyeshadow Palette

  • Advanced slurry technology transforms a liquid powder blend into silky, lightweight powders for
  • multidimensional, intense color payoff
  • • 15 passionately pigmented with shades in shimmer, pearl and matte finishes
  • • Includes an exclusive, full size black Perfect Eyes Eye Liner dressed in Love
  • • Signature how-to Glamour Guide offers step-by-step application instructions for creating six
  • love-worthy looks

Too Faced Love Eyeshadow PaletteToo Faced Love Eyeshadow PaletteThe slurry powder technology is definitely interesting, and I find that I don’t need a primer for the eyeshadows to stay true. I love the combination of demure and intense shades. I use this palette all the time and the black eyeliner with a perfect blending tip is a bonus.

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Better than Sex Mascara ($23) Wow I love this mascara. The hourglass-shaped brush was designed to mimic that 36-24-36 figure, and the result is the bristles really grab lashes for dramatic impact.
Carbon black
– Hour-glass shaped brush
– Enhances curl
– Adds volume and length to lashes
– Increases volume by 1,944%
– Smudge-proof
– Provides an all day wear
– Collagen- fueled formula
– Buildable application
– Creates a multidimensional, oversized look to lashes that is better than sex!

This mascara is pretty close to perfect – it gives long, thick, defined lashes and doesn’t smudge no matter how much you sweat. Is it better than sex?  Well, it’s better than almost all the mascaras I have ever tried. Sexy yes and it’s also true love.

Whether you are looking for instant gratification or for a life partner, Too Faced has everything you need!  You can find all of these products at Beauty Brands online. Get ready to meet the love of your life.  – Lisa

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Are you ready for Covergirl’s Katy Perry collection, Katy Kat?

Summer 2016 brings us a Covergirl collection that is unlike any other. Together with Katy Perry they are developing a line that combines Katy’s creativity and with their beauty expertise. Covergirl has been shining for the past year and the Katy Kat Collection is one-of-a-kind.

Covergirl - be a Katy Kat

Covergirl – be a Katy Kat

Katy Perry has been a superstar for Covergirl for a long time so it’s fun to see what she’s experimented with to bring her own touch to a normally staid line. It starts with the Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks, includes products that she’s helped spruce up, and ends with a new mascara. With her pizzazz there’s a lot more to be excited about with Covergirl. This week Covergirl is Buy 2 Get 1 Free at Ulta which you’ll want to take advantage of with all these beauties.

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Let’s start with her line of Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks. There are 11 shades that cover the gamut of colors that you’d love. These lipsticks are a demi-matte finish so they don’t look drying, instead they have the qualities of matte (being longer lasting and trendy) but still enough softness that they are moisturizing. I love the names of these lipsticks (Kitty Purry, Pink Paws, Cat Call, and more). I was sent the least Marcia color but the most Katy color: Perry Panther.

Covergirl Perry Panther from Katy Kat

Covergirl Perry Panther from Katy Kat

I’m not exactly a black lipstick wearer but I now know enough to purchase a shade like Katy Purry for $6.99 – 8.99. It isn’t a harsh matte, it has a soft fragrance, and it applies easily. The lipsticks are all moisturizing and great shades that you can wear with comfort. The packaging is new and doesn’t look like a drugstore product at all.

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick

The next product developed for Katy Kat is their newest mascara which comes in both black and Perry Blue. KATY KAT EYE MASCARA is due soon and will be $6.99-$8.99 depending where you find it. This is a long wear mascara although it’s not considered to be waterproof. Covergirl says this has 10x the volume thanks to a helix shaped twisted wire brush. The brush’s bristles aren’t too long in order to make it easier to comb through and then pull your lashes up and out. Concentrate this on your outer lashes to get that cat eye look that Katy is famous for.

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye mascara in Perry Blue

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye mascara in Perry Blue

Katy says it best on the back of the package:

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye mascara

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye mascara

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye

Next up is the wonderful Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil which has been around for a while but when you take this newer shade of Blue Boom and put it with Katy Kat Perry Blue Mascara you’ve got a winning combination. Liquilineblast lasts about 8 hours but only on my top lashline. I smudged it on the bottom and it oversmudged and didn’t last that long for me. I advise using a very sharp sharpener with these, the best you have, so you don’t waste this unique shade.

Covergirl Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil

Covergirl Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil

Covergirl Katy Kat Mascara in Perry Blue and Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil in Blue Boom

Covergirl Katy Kat Mascara in Perry Blue and Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil in Blue Boom

At Ulta you’ll find a new foundation called Ready Set Gorgeous.This is available in 12 shades and I was sent 3 to test: 115 Buff Beige, 205 Natural Beige, and 210 Medium Beige.

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Oil Free Foundation

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Oil Free Foundation

covergirl ready set gorgeous foundation swatches

Even though these are all darker than I normally wear I was still impressed enough with the oil-free finish and how easy it was to blend on my face. I added a little bit of my Manic Panic Dreamtone White Foundation to lighten 115 and it worked beautifully.

Now that you have your Katy Kat eyes and lips plus a new foundation you need their Tru Blend Blush and Bronzer – really you do!

Covergirl Tru Blend Blush and Bronzer

Covergirl Tru Blend Blush and Bronzer

Tru Blend Blush is available in three swirly shades: Light Rose, Medium Rose, and Deep Mauve. I was sent Medium Rose and it’s just beautiful. I can apply it with a feathery brush to create a light pink or use my regular blush brush for a deeper pink. Whichever I’ve done has been perfect.

  • Ultra blendable
  • Blends instantly – no blush lines
  • Baked minerals refined into a powder formula
  • Oil-free & suitable for sensitive skin
    Medium Rose Tru Blend Blush from Covergirl

    Medium Rose Tru Blend Blush from Covergirl

    Tru Blend Bronzer from Covergirl

    Tru Blend Bronzer from Covergirl

    Tru Blend Bronzer is just as easy to wear as the blush. Both the blush and the bronzer are baked and the pigmentation is wonderful. There’s no shimmer but there’s a satiny finish that gives me some glow. What I love about this is that there’s no orange at all – just a beautiful golden bronze that I can lightly use to perk up my ghostly skin.

    Covergirl Tru Blend Medium Rose blush and Bronzer

    Covergirl Tru Blend Medium Rose blush and Bronzer

    One last Covergirl product that I think you should definitely be picking up is their Trunaked Nudes eyeshadow palette. I’ve previously reviewed this and continue to wear it often. It is such a great basic palette to have, one you could count on for every occasion.

    Covergirl Trunaked Nudes palette

    Covergirl Trunaked Nudes palette

    Covergirl Nudes - Shell, Buff, Fawn, Champagne on top - Coffee, Mink, Sable, Cocoa on bottom

    Covergirl Nudes – Shell, Buff, Fawn, Champagne on top – Coffee, Mink, Sable, Cocoa on bottom

    With the holiday weekend coming up it’s always fun to have a few new cosmetic items and Covergirl won’t break the bank. They are on trend with quality formulas and fun. Katy Perry fun!  —  Marcia

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Natasha Denona Blush Duo in Light Antique Rose

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose

Do you ever have moments that you MUST buy something? You might have been thinking of it for a while or it might be an impulse buy, but you absolutely need it in your life. That’s my story with Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose. I knew nothing about it other than that it was a brand I’d been lusting after. I had 2 small items in my cart at Beautylish and went rummaging around on the site. And there it was! Natasha Denona, the Israeli makeup artist that was making a name for herself in the US. I quickly added this blush to my cart, totally ignoring the fact that I’d sworn up and down that I wouldn’t buy any more blushes. I didn’t give myself time to second guess myself.

Natasha Denona Blush Duo

Natasha Denona Blush Duo

There are 19 Blush Duos from Natasha Denona ($38) and I was looking for soft shades when I chose #2 Light Antique Rose. It contains 2 shades: 18 Renee’s Pastel Pink and 12 Light Antique Rose. As a pink lover I chose this for the Pastel Pink.

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose

What’s interesting about the blush duos is the way they are put arranged. They purposely have a dominant color on the right side and a more subtle color on the left for blending and softening edges. For me this is like getting 3 blushes for the price of the duo since I can use them separately or together.

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose

Upon swatching the blushes with my finger (and no primer) I was worried at first since the matte pink showed up so powdery and I was concerned that it would be like that on my cheeks. That was quickly put to rest once applied. The blush is soft and silky looking on my cheeks. The pigmentation is pretty amazing so a light hand is needed. I always have a velour puff at the ready with a blush this pigmented.

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose

The side with Light Antique Rose looked neither light nor rose on my fingers. It has a slight shimmer to it but it doesn’t look out of place in the daytime. As you can see in my finger swatches it’s much smoother. It applies beautifully but again, very pigmented.

Natasha Denona 02 blush duo from beautylish.com

Natasha Denona 02 blush duo from beautylish.com

Swirled together with a blush brush is my favorite result with this duo. I love the soft sheen and the color it produces on my face. It’s appropriate with all the neutrals I wear on my eyes.

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose swirled together

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose swirled together

There are two downsides to these duos but they aren’t enough to change my opinion of these beauties. They have a fragrance which surprised me. When I first opened the compact I was dismayed and told my email buddy that I didn’t know if this would work for me. The fragrance isn’t objectionable but it is noticeable for at least a half hour after applied. It’s a floral, maybe a rose fragrance, but it’s not strong. The other downside is that I was surprised how similar the duos are. The cool toned ones all seem to have Pastel Pink on the left while the warm and neutral ones all have a matte shade called 02 Toutou. That would affect my purchasing another cool shade though I do love #19 Strawberry Cheeks and #8 Peach in case I get the urge again.

But the pros outweigh the cons for me. These are full size blushes that my brushes fit into easily. The compact is beautiful and sturdy and would travel well. The mirror is the full size of the 3 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ palette. Most important though is how much I love the way it looks once applied and blended. That’s what counts.

Natasha Denona Blush Duo

Natasha Denona Blush Duo

Have you indulged in Natasha Denona yet? — Marcia

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Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette review and swatches

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

I probably recommend the Paula’s Choice line more than any other, but honestly mostly for skin care. I have had a love/hate relationship with her color cosmetics. Cream Concealer? Not for me. Foundation? None of them are my favorites. Lip gloss? Nothing special.  Some of the color cosmetics are fantastic though – love love love the Bright & Berry Lip Collection, Brow Defining Cream, and Eyeshadow Palette.

I recently placed an order for about 10 of the Gentle Touch Makeup Remover – it’s so good I get anxious when I am down to five bottles! – and at the last-minute decided to add in the Blush It On Contour Palette. This is Limited Edition and costs $36. I was a bit uneasy spending that amount when I haven’t loved Paula’s blushes in the past, but I am happy I took the plunge and I’ll bet you might want to invest after reading my review.

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette:  top row left to right – Pearl, Delicate Coral, Peony; bottom row left to right:  Bronze, Dusty Rose, Soft Mauve

Prior incarnations of blush from Paula didn’t do much for me. They just weren’t pigmented enough and didn’t last on my blush-eating skin. However, this palette is a wonderful improvement from the previous blush formulas. The Blush It On Contour Palette has six shades for highlighting, contouring, and blushing like a school girl. The formula is silky smooth, blends in beautifully, and has a satin matte finish. The colors are long-wearing with minimal fading, and they don’t oxidize throughout the day.

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette left to right:  Pearl, Delicate Coral, Peony

The highlighting shade is Pearl, which swatches pretty dramatic but has a beautiful, glowy effect on that looks very natural. Paula is typically anti-shimmer yet pro-luminescence, and this highlighter definitely delivers. I love it on the tops of my cheekbones for a youthful glow, as well as down the center of my nose with the Bronze shade lightly brushed down the sides to give a ‘thinning out’ effect.

Delicate Coral is a very pretty coral shade that is gorgeous on warm skin tones and deeper skin shades. I love this when I have faux-tanned my skin into the medium range; it looks like summertime and sandy beaches to me.

Peony is a very pretty medium pink without shimmer. It is a perfect everyday shade for work, and it layers nicely for a more dramatic evening look.

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette left to right:  Bronze, Soft Rose, Dusty Mauve

Moving on down to the bottom row, Bronze provides the ‘contour’ in the palette name. This is a soft but versatile contour/bronzer. I like that it’s matte – I think too much sparkle and shimmer ruins some otherwise terrific contour products. I love this just underneath my blush to give my cheekbones more definition and, as I mentioned, it’s awesome paired with Pearl for thinning out the nose.

Soft Rose is a light pink that pale complexions will adore. It’s probably too light for any skin tone darker than medium, but this is a great ballerina pink that is just tad bit peachy.

Dusty Mauve is my favorite of the blush shades. It’s a deeper berry pink that might be a tad too dark for you pale princesses, but is amazing on any shade darker than porcelain. It’s the most dramatic of the shades so go easy with it and build up to the color you want.

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette Pearl and Soft Mauve

If I had my druthers, I would love for Paula to add two more shades to this palette – one more highlighter with less pink tint and more sheen, and one more bronzer in a deeper shade. But that’s really nitpicking.

While none of the colors are dramatic, they all give beautiful, natural washes of color that last all day. This is a great workhorse palette that you will find yourself reaching for time and time again. If you haven’t ordered from Paula’s Choice before, I have a code for $10 off your first order, just click HERE.  If you are looking for a great new blush palette I highly recommend this one – get it before it’s gone.  – Lisa

*purchased by me