Drugstore Makeup Wars – Eddie Funkhouser rules

Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics

Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics

Makeup Wars has chosen Drugstore Brand Favorites this week and it took me zero seconds to decide that EDDIE FUNKHOUSER had to be my choice, I’m in love with Eddie so excuse my familiarity when I don’t use his full name.. While I buy a lot of drugstore items I don’t have a lot of any brand other than Eddie Funkhouser. Many of these items were sent for consideration but I’ve also bought (and rebought) quite a few. What I’m sharing today are the Eddie products I could find since some are hiding from me.

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara, Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze, Ultra Defining Eye Liner Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara, Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze, Ultra Defining Eye Liner Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser liquid liner and variable mascara

Eddie Funkhouser liquid liner and variable mascara

1) Eyeliner and mascara – This is what started me on the road to my love affair with Eddie. Of all the liquid eyeliners I have, this black Ultra Defining Eye Lining Stylus EF is the best ever. I wasn’t taking any chances of not having it even though it’s lasted forever so I bought a back up. And the Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara is so fabulous that I have two backups as well as one in use. Ultra Defining Lining Stylus ($10.99) has a thin felt tip that I can control with ease. Quattro Variable Lash Mascara ($12.99) has 4 settings so you can build it up to get the volume you desire. I forgot to put a picture of the Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil in Black but it too is a wonderful eyeliner for all pencil lovers. The fun of Eddie’s liners are in the Graffiti Metallic Liquid liners. This comes in 3 metallic shades and add a spark to your eyes.

Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows from Eddie Funkhouser

Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows from Eddie Funkhouser

2) Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows ($8.49) are the cream of the crop. These single shadows have rich pigmentation, are long lasting and smooth to the touch. I’ve got 8 shades and don’t want to play favorites but ….

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty

Shadows shown above are Stage Beauty, Femme Fatale, Dreamcatcher, Stage Beauty, All Nighter and Lavender Sky. Below are The Benjamins and New Boheme (review).

Eddie Funkhouser The Benjamins and New Boheme

Eddie Funkhouser The Benjamins and New Boheme

3) Pro Brushes are the newest addition to the Eddie Funkhouser family. I bought three from Dermstore but I didn’t see one in the box and now it’s gone (dang it). What I do have to enjoy are the All Over Eye Brush ($8.99) and Tapered Shadow Brush ($10.99). The All Over Eye Brush has a medium head that’s great for shadow placement and the browbone area. The Tapered Shadow Brush has a fluffy, full tapered head that I love for blending.

Eddie Funkhouser Tapered shadow Brush and All Over Eye Brush

Eddie Funkhouser Tapered shadow Brush and All Over Eye Brush

Like all Eddie Funkhouser products these are cruelty free brushes. “Artisanal quality crafted brush, featuring hand-scored premium hair, expertly-sculpted head integrated with premium aluminum ferrule and hardwood handles painted with hard-as-nails, multi-layered high-gloss black lacquer.”

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Primer, Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Primer, Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

4) Luxlight Hydrating Primer and Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation are the two face products I enjoy from my beau. The Hydrating Primer ($14.99) comes in one shade, Candlelight, which adds a luminous peachy glow. Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation ($14.99) comes in 6 shades and is a lightweight foundation that is buildable. This has a light diffused finish to it. I actually used up my Luxlight Illuminator in Candlelight ($11.99). This can be used the same way you’d use Touche Eclat. I like it under my eyes to brighten up and make the end of the day circles look lessened.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

5) Ultra Intensity Cheek Color ($8.49) only comes in 4 shades and I’ve been whispering in Eddie’s ear that he needs to add more. I have it in A Little Toasted which is described as a matte pale crimson. I find this to be a neutral shade on me though if I apply it with a soft brush. It can be deepened too.

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted blush

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted blush

6) Chromographic Lip Color and Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss are the two lip products I bought. It’s a little hard to tell the colors online so this was the hardest choice I had to make. Eddie has two formulas of lipstick, Chromographic Lip Color which has some sparkle to it to light up your lips and Nourishing Lip Color which is more pigmented ($12.99 each). Lovefroze is a sparkling pinky peach that has a more dimensional finish because of the light sparkle in it. There are 12 shades of Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss ($10.99) and I went safe with my first buy of Meow Meow, a nude beige pink that brightens up any lipstick I apply it over.

EF Meow Meow gloss and Lovefrozen Chromographic lipstick

EF Meow Meow gloss and Lovefrozen Chromographic lipstick

I have a list of future Eddie Funkhouser buys like the 16 Hour 4 Way Liquid Concealer ($10.99) in Light and Hyperreal Eye Color Palette in Bedroom Eyes ($14.99). I need to keep my boyfriend happy after all.

Now it’s time to visit the other drugstore brands to see what favorites those ladies have. — Marcia


Starting the new year with Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation

Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation

Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation

I wonder if most makeup fanatics are as crazy about foundation as I am. I hadn’t heard about the Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation prior to receiving it for review but I was excited to try this out. When I opened the box I was surprised to see the small spatula inside and was eager for a peek.

Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation open

Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation open

As you can see it’s a solid foundation. It doesn’t move in the jar. I either scoop it out and put a small amount on my metal spatula or the back of my hand or I dampen a foundation brush and pick up the foundation that way.

Velvet Touch Foundation

Velvet Touch Foundation

The reason is clear why it’s named Velvet Touch once you use it. It gives an airbrushed look to my face when I buff it in with a flat top foundation brush. The most interesting thing is that you’d expect to get a heavy cosmetic look but that’s not the case at all. Instead this is actually a lightweight foundation but one with good coverage. I don’t look cakey at all.

Japonesque BB/CC Cream Brush

Japonesque BB/CC Cream Brush

While I don’t have this brush, the Japonesque BB/CC Cream Brush is exactly like the one I do have. I’ll spritz it with a little water (Evian, Vichy) and pick up the color right from the jar. If I’m not in the mood for that then I’ll use my Beauty Blender sponge.

ingredients for Japonesque Foundation

ingredients for Japonesque Foundation

This is sold at Ulta ($36) and the reviews are mostly great. The only confusion I have with them is that some people love it for oily skin while another doesn’t. My skin is normal and confused. Dry areas and oily t-zone. It’s a great finish for my skin.

The difficult part is picking a color online. Ulta has a great chart to help you choose but I still found the Fair Shade 1 to be on the yellow side for me.

Fair Shade 1

Fair Shade 1

Fair Shade  1

Fair Shade 1

I’m very happy to have Japonesque Velvet Touch in my arsenal of foundation since it’s a nice choice especially when I need a little more coverage. It looks natural on, it feels great and it lasts well for me during the day. Japonesque has done us a favor by adding color cosmetics to their line. Not only can you use the coupons from Ulta ($3.50 off or 20%) since it’s not in the prestige section but you can easily find it. I can’t wait to explore more from this brand. What Japonesque cosmetics have you tried? I’d love to hear recommendations. — Marcia

*provided for editorial consideration

Makeup Wars – a favorite foundation of 2014

makeup wars logo

This week the Makeup Wars team is doing a series of articles. We are supposed to pick a favorite foundation for Monday, a favorite lipstick for Tuesday and a favorite blush for Thursday. Picking only one is a chore and it makes me feel like I’m slighting all the others that I call favorites. I’m sort of playing by the rules but maybe not exactly.

IT Cosmetic IT-O2  foundation and CoverFX CC Cream

IT Cosmetic IT-O2 foundation and CoverFX CC Cream

I’ve chosen two of my 2014 acquisitions that I haven’t reviewed before. To pretend I’m not cheating only one is a foundation and the other is a CC Cream, which is a form of foundation but who’s counting?

IT Cosmetics IT O2 Ultra Repair Liquid Oxygen Foundation

IT Cosmetics IT O2 Ultra Repair Liquid Oxygen Foundation

IT COSMETICS O2 ULTRA REPAIR LIQUID OXYGEN FOUNDATION was a gift to me from a wonderful blogger. She knew I wanted to try it and she had it in Fair which was too light for her. When she offered it, I jumped at the chance to try this out.  Like all IT Cosmetics products, it has anti-aging skincare built in, “It’s infused with Anti-Aging ingredients and the proprietary IT Cosmetics® Drops of Light Technology® reflecting pigments to optically blur away the appearance of imperfections.

The foundation starts off sheer but you can build it up to a full coverage if you want. I wore it a lot this summer since I liked that it was lightweight yet gave me good coverage. The formula is dewy and it allows skin to breathe. Ingredients include Peptides, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Niacin, Hyaluronic Acid and Grape Seed Oil plus Vitamins A, C, & E. The foundation is Paraben-free, Talc-free and Sulfate-free and Fragrance-free.

CoverFX CC Cream

CoverFX CC Cream

COVER FX CC CREAM, TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT is my newest CC Cream. While I love the CC Cream from IT Cosmetics, I needed to try the Cover FX after all the raves from my friend Phyrra. Since there are 10 shades that this is available in, I went to Sephora to buy mine. I decided that the closest match was N Light which is for fair to light skin with neutral undertones. I actually have a very adaptable skintone since I’m freckled. My swatch makes it look yellower than it actually is.

from left Cover FX, CC, IT O2 foundation

from left Cover FX, CC, IT O2 foundation

My favorite way to apply the Cover FX CC Cream is with the Urban Decay Good Karma Blending Brush (which deserves an award for best brush!), although it goes on just as smoothly with my fingers or a Beauty Blender Sponge. It has beautiful coverage for a CC Cream and the bonus is it has SPF 30 plus it’s fragrance free. It’s oil free, contains no parabens, sulfates or phtalates. CC Cream Time Release is clinically tested, vegan, and free of mineral oil, fragrance, gluten, and talc. I have used this so many times that I don’t bother putting it away. I know several times a week I’ll want it.

Both of these deserve to be in my top foundations of the year. They both give a great finish and didn’t melt away in the heat of the summer. They last well throughout the day and contain ingredients that are good for my skin.

I can’t wait to see what the others pick since there’s always room for another foundation in my life! What would you choose if given only one choice? — Marcia

Let your skin breathe with Proderma Breathable Foundation

Proderma Anti-Aging Breathable Foundation

Proderma Anti-Aging Breathable Foundation

Have you heard about Proderma Breathable Foundation? It’s been on our radar for a few years because we’d heard about how great it is when used following any cosmetic or dermatological procedures. When we were given the opportunity for PR to send us the foundation for a Side by Side review we happily accepted.

Proderma has two types of foundation plus a brand new serum. Besides the Breathable Anti-Aging Foundation ($49) they also have one specifically for blemished skin. The foundation comes in 6 color choices: Almond, Creme, Ivory, Beige, Honey, and Taupe. There’s a chart to help you find the right shade on the Proderma website and they even have a sample kit with 2 shades to try this out.

Proderma Breathable Foundation helps with anti-aging benefits. They use a proprietary oxygenation peptide complex plus potent vitamins and antioxidants to fight off free radicals. The formulas incorporate ingredients that help increase blood circulation as well as others that help increase elastin and collagen production. We all want a more youthful appearance and that’s Proderma’s goal.

The foundation can be used immediately after procedures or later to cover bruising, scars and redness. It soothes inflammation and swelling plus it helps with the healing process.

Let’s see what Marcia and Lisa’s experiences were like with PRODERMA BREATHABLE FOUNDATION.

MARCIA’S SIDE – Proderma Breathable Foundation in Creme

The main reason that I was eager to try this foundation, besides being crazy about foundation, is that I had heard what a great brand it was for sensitive skin. While I rarely see a dermatologist and haven’t had a cosmetic procedure done, I knew that it was receiving raves.

Proderma Breathable Foundation in Cream

Proderma Breathable Foundation in Cream

The only regret I had with this foundation is that I chose the wrong color. I didn’t notice the chart to help pick the right shade or I’d have known to choose Ivory over Creme. It’s not that Creme doesn’t work for me, it does, but I think it’s a little warm for me.

Proderma Breathable Foundation in Cream

Proderma Breathable Foundation in Cream

Cream swatch

Cream swatch

That picture isn’t totally representative of the foundation because it blends nicely once on my face. The amount I put on my hand for a swatch was double what I need on my face.

I’ve applied the foundation in a few ways: Beauty Blender sponge, foundation brush and my fingers. I prefer using my fingers since that seems to give me a more flawless finish. This is a liquid that is slightly on the thicker side so a little goes a long way. It gives me a very natural look and is one of the foundations I reach for regularly. I especially love that I have it in case of emergency flare ups. It’s a gentle formula that feels and looks good.

Proderma Breathable Foundation

Proderma Breathable Foundation

LISA’S SIDE: Proderma Breathable Foundation in Beige

Like Marcia, I have been interested in the Proderma line for a while.  I figure that any foundation formulated to work for people who have had a cosmetic procedure should definitely work on my skin that just NEEDS a cosmetic procedure!  My skin is somewhere between light and medium and the Beige shade works well for me.

Proderma Breathable Foundation in Beige

Proderma Breathable Foundation in Beige

My skin tone is decidedly neutral, so I can wear both warm and cool shades.  Beige is definitely on the warmer side.  I really like the coverage it gives, which is not full coverage but enough for a natural look and a more even skin tone. The finish is slightly dewy but not greasy – I guess I would say it’s matte with a bit of luminosity.

Proderma Breathable Foundation in Beige

Proderma Breathable Foundation in Beige

The texture of the liquid foundation is a little thick, so I find the best method of application is just using my hands.  I put one pump into my palms, rub them together to get a little warmth going, then pat over my face.  If I go a little too thick in an area I just blend it out with my Beauty Blender.  I am very happy to have this beautiful foundation in my rotation.

Proderma Breathable Foundation gets a thumbs up from both of us.  This is a winner in the liquid foundation category and is a terrific option for those with sensitive skin or with skin issues like rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema. If you are planning any sort of cosmetic or dermatological procedure, definitely check this out!

*received for editorial consideration

 

The Face to Face Liquid Foundation Challenge from Neutrogena

About a month ago, Beauty Info Zone participated in a blind liquid foundation challenge sponsored by NEUTROGENA®.  We were sent two “blinded” foundations: Foundation A Broad Spectrum SPF 20 and Foundation B, along with instructions for using them.  We had no idea which one was the NEUTROGENA® foundation, nor did we know what brand the second foundation was.

Neutrogena Face to Face Foundation Challenge

First, we tried Foundation A, focusing on coverage, finish, and how it felt on our skin.  After several days, we switched to Foundation B, focusing on the same areas.  Then, we took a survey which asked our opinions on each foundation.  The application method that was recommended was interesting.  Instead of using a sponge or brush, we used our hands, warming the foundation then patting it on.  This actually yielded great results with both foundations and is an excellent option for applying liquid foundation.

After completing the survey, we were sent our results.  Foundation A was NEUTROGENA® Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20, and Foundation B was NARS Sheer Glow!

We both preferred NARS overall, but it was a close call.  I picked the NEUTROGENA® Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 as my favorite for daily wear and for better coverage.  Marcia also preferred  the NEUTROGENA® Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 for daily wear, and she found it to be smoother and silkier than the NARS.

We loved participating in this blind challenge!  It was really fun to try this experiment, and now we both have two new foundations in our arsenals.  – Lisa

Living with Osmosis CC Cream – is it skincare or cosmetics?

Osmosis CC Cream

Osmosis CC Cream

Osmosis is a company that is new to me. It’s a skincare company whose full name is Osmosis +Pur Medical Skincare that was developed by Dr. Ben Johnson to help skin with inflammation. That often makes us look older because it’s not as healthy looking as it should be. I was sent a tube of Osmosis +Colour CC Cream to try and I’m totally enjoying it.

Osmosis CC Cream

Osmosis CC Cream

Osmosis CC Cream uses something called True Tone Technology which encapsulates the color so that when you apply it to your skin it bursts into the truest shade for your skin. When I first tested it I noticed that the Ivory shade I was sent was white on my hand.

Osmosis CC Cream drop in Ivory

Osmosis CC Cream drop in Ivory

I’m very fair but not this fair! I hadn’t been outside in almost 2 months so my skin was the lightest it’s been in years but I still felt that what I saw on my hand was going to make me look ghostly.

To my surprise it changed colors once I blended it and I could see the science at work.

Osmosis CC Cream in Ivory blended on my hand

Osmosis CC Cream in Ivory blended on my hand

In that photo it actually looks too dark for my skin but it’s not at all. On my face it becomes a very natural looking ivory that needs little blending to look natural. This is a sheer CC Cream, as they all should be, so I start with concealer under my eyes and on a few red spots I want to cover. That is enough to do the trick so that my face looks uniform yet enhanced. There’s a brightness to it that I find contemporary looking. According to Osmosis: ” Our exclusive Light Lifting Effects diffuse skin discoloration while giving the enhanced appearance of a brighter, more youthful complexion.”

Osmosis CC Cream ingredients

Osmosis CC Cream ingredients

The ingredients in Osmosis CC Cream are what makes this a champ as far as skincare goes. It contains:

TITANIUM DIOXIDE which gives it a natural UV protection that helps create the effect of brightening and lifting in your skin’s appearance.

ADENOSIN which helps to increase the production of dermal proteins like Elastin and Collagen. That increases blood flow to the outer layers of skin.

ZANTHOSYLUM PIPERITUM FRUIT EXTRACT which is actually Japanese Pepper Extract. This is a source of antioxidants to help prevent and repair damaged tissue.

USNEA BARBATA EXTRACT (LICHEN), a natural anti-bacterial agent that is both anti-microbial and anti-fungal. This is what helps with the anti-inflammatory benefits.

Osmosis CC Cream

Osmosis CC Cream

This comes in 4 shades – Ivory, Warm, Neutral and Mocha – and is $38 for 1.7 oz. I love the packaging since it’s clean and stable. The color isn’t going to do its osmosis magic until you apply it to your skin. There are discounts available too at Skincare by Alana.

The dictionary reminds us that one of the definitions of OSMOSIS is a subtle, gradual absorption of information. I feel like Osmosis +Colour is giving me a subtle, gradual absorption of color that is natural both to see on my skin and the lightweight feeling it delivers. I declare this a winner. — Marcia

*sent for consideration

Water , Dimethicone , Cyclopentasiloxane, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide , Glycerin , Pentylene Glycol , Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone , Cyclohexasiloxane , Sorbitan Olivate , Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer , C20-40 Acid , Stearoyl Inulin , Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Disteardimonium Hectorite , Cetyl Dimethicone , CI77492 , Dextrin Palmitate , Polyethylene, BeesWax , CI77491 , CI77499 , HydroxypropylCellulose , Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract , Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Adenosine

 

 

 

Fantastic find! Bellapierre 5 in 1 Mineral Foundation

Bellapierre Mineral FoundationsI have tried many different loose powder foundations, but none have completely won my heart.  Either the foundation contains bismuth, which breaks me out when my skin is feeling sensitive, or else I want more coverage.  Bellepierre Cosmetics recently sent us their 5 in 1 Mineral Powder Foundation ($64.99) to try…and I am hooked.  This is awesome stuff.

bellapierre-loose-mineral-foundation-9g
Ok, I know, powder foundations are so MESSY.  I will never forget the day I dropped an entire open container…and neither will my carpet.  But  Bellapierre’s foundation has a Twist-And-Lock Sifter which gives me total control of the amount dispensed.

Bellapierre 5 in 1 Mineral Foundations - Latte and Cinnamon

Bellapierre 5 in 1 Mineral Foundations – Latte and Cinnamon

Bellapierre 5 in 1 Mineral Foundation in Latte

Bellapierre 5 in 1 Mineral Foundation in Latte

Bellapierre Mineral Foundation in Cinnamon

Bellapierre Mineral Foundation in Cinnamon

The foundation has four ingredients: Mica, Zinc Oxides, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.  The result is buildable coverage that leaves skin absolutely glowy.  I am shocked every time I use it.  I don’t look powdery or flat, and I also don’t look oily.  It’s the best of both worlds.

So why is this foundation called 5 in 1?  It can be used for five different things –

• Concealer
Foundation
• SPF
• Finishing Powder
• Setting Powder (Veil)

I mix the powder with a mixing medium and it makes a great concealer.  Thin it out a bit, and it’s a liquid foundation.  No matter what foundation I use, I always use this as my finishing powder.  It sets makeup beautifully and keeps it in place for hours.

Bellapierre 5 in 1 Mineral Foundation swatched:  left is Cinnamon, right is Latte

Bellapierre 5 in 1 Mineral Foundation swatched: left is Cinnamon, right is Latte

There are 10 shades available – nice to see some great options for women of color!  I tested both Cinnamon, which is my ‘winter skin’ shade, and Latte, which is my ‘summer skin’ shade.  Right now I am in between the two, so I mix them together for a perfect combination.

My Bellapierre 5 in 1 Mineral Foundation FOD using Latte

My Bellapierre 5 in 1 Mineral Foundation FOD using Latte

I love that this foundation also provides UVA and UVB sun protection (SPF 15) thanks to the Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.

Heck, I just love this foundation period.  Even if you have tried loose powder mineral foundations in the past and found them lacking, I urge you to check these out.  They are fantastic!  – Lisa

*  sent for editorial consideration