Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio defines beyond belief

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

When you know nothing about contouring but you do know that it’s the hottest game in Beautyworld, then you need to find out how to contour so you can be part of the in-crowd. Smashbox sent the Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio probably to test me out and see if I could step by step my game up.

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

The set consists of 3 creamy pencils and a pencil sharpener to fit the larger size. Earlier today I wrote about contouring and highlighting and I gave a small hint to this product. I like it so much that I wanted to elaborate on it.

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio - Contour, Bronze, Highlight

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio – Contour, Bronze, Highlight

•    Contour: A darker shade that sculpts by creating shadows
•    Highlight: A light shade that pulls features forward
•    Bronze: A transition shade that eliminates harsh lines by blending the contour and highlight shades

One way Smashbox really helps is with an informational pamphlet inside that shows 5 different face shapes and where to place each of the three sticks to get a look that will contour and highlight without looking like you did. The finished look isn’t obvious; it makes a subtle difference that makes me feel so polished.

Smashbox Stick Trio direction pamphlet

Smashbox Stick Trio direction pamphlet

Not only do they show the face charts but they explain how to determine which shape is yours. For example on a round face they’ve written “Your cheekbones are the widest part of your face. Your jawline is round and curved.” Directions always start with the contour shade with a diagram to show exactly where to apply that pencil. Next they want to give your face some warmth with the bronze shade. The highlight shade is to help you change the shape every so slightly. Since my face is round they suggest using the highlight to help give an illusion of length by applying it to the center of my face. Of course after you use each of the three crayons you need to blend and for me that’s best done with a facial sponge.

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio swatches

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio swatches

The colors are basically universal because the key to this is not seeing the crayons, just to create the illusion, blend well, and then apply your foundation without rubbing it. I like a liquid foundation that I can apply with my Beauty Blender sponge. It takes practice, or it did for me, but it’s worth it to finally understand contouring and highlighting.

CONTOUR
•    Sides of nose
•    Under cheekbones

BRONZE
•    Above contour shade on cheekbones

HIGHLIGHT
•    Bridge of nose
•    Middle of forehead
•    Under eyes
•    Chin

While the Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio isn’t going to be for my everyday look, it’s fun to use these when I’m going out for the evening and want to look my best.

What do you do for contouring? Or do you skip it like I used to? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Favorite highlighters & contouring products

Top Ten Tuesday is into highlighting and contouring. I’m just learning about contouring and it’s a slow but interesting process. But it’s slowly coming along because, as they say, practice makes (almost) perfect. Now highlighting is something I love so it was easy to find what I wanted to share with you. Though my college shows 9 products, it’s actually 10 which I’ll mention below. What highlight & contour products do you like?? — Marcia
1429474283_luxlight-revitalizing-foundation1-315x315EDDIE FUNKHOUSER LUXLIGHT HYDRATING PRIMER * ($14.99) is what I often start with when I want a more glowy look. I have other illuminating highlighters but this is the one I grab. The price is right, as is the Candlelight shade which gives a peachy radiance.
1429474197_mi-01-2tDEX COSMETICS MINERAL ILLUMINATOR ($33) is the unknown brand. No one talks about DEX, it’s more of a cult brand. When Lisa and I went to IMATS once she fell for the line, therefore I bought several items. This mineral illuminator is the one to find if you love a soft beautiful glow wherever you’d highlight. It brightens up the undereye area and looks great at the cupid’s bow to help your pout.
1429473863__82371DIOR SKINFLASH RADIANCE BOOSTER PEN ($38) is available in 6 shades. I bought 002, Candle Light, during a makeover. The makeup artist aka my sister loves this more than my favorite Touche Eclat. I still prefer TE but Dior did a great job on this pen. I mostly use it to soften the look under my eyes.
1429473386_luxlight-illuminator-315x315EDDIE FUNKHOUSER LUXLIGHT ILLUMINATOR PEN* ($11.99) has the best price and it’s very close to the original Touche Eclat, Luminous Radiance, shade. Mine is in Candlelight for cool skintones and it’s also available Arclight for warm skintones. This stands out from the crowded field because of its excellence and price.
1429473252__9457300CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE RETOUCHER ($35) is the first CT product I bought when it came to Nordstrom. I’m still deciding what else to buy from the brand but I wanted to see if I could find something better than Touche Eclat. I bought it in shade 1, Fair, which is lighter than my TE so it works great as a highlighting concealer.
1429473050__5813776YSL TOUCHE ECLAT, RADIANCE ECLAT ($42) is the first highlighter that I ever bought. Since then I’ve bought dozens of other brands but this remains my favorite. It is now available in 10 shades but I’m still in love with the original, Luminous Radiance. There’s just something about this that I can’t describe.

highlighting pens

highlighting pens

highlighting swatches - YSL Touche Eclat, Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher, Eddie Funkhouser Candlelight, Dior Skinflash, Dex Minerals Illuminator

highlighting swatches – YSL Touche Eclat, Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher, Eddie Funkhouser Candlelight, Dior Skinflash, Dex Minerals Illuminator

1429472802_2264104__detail_?1429472802IT COSMETICS HELLO LIGHT ANTI-AGING CREME ILLUMINIZER (and Hello Light Anti-Aging Illuminizer, the powder version*) ($24) is aaaamazing. I love creme products so that’s why this is the one in the collage. I can get this exactly where I want it to be and blend it with my fingers. As with all IT Cosmetics products for me, it’s the cat’s meow.
1429472649_2264092__detail_?1429472649IT COSMETICS MY SCULPTURED FACE ($38) has been in my collection for a long time. After I bought it though, I was afraid to use it. When I see dark colors for contouring I run. Once I started using it, I saw that IT Cosmetics only had my best interests in mind. The tones in this give you everything you need for highlighting, concealing, contouring and bronzing. It’s the perfect travel companion.

It Cosmetics The Sculptured Face

It Cosmetics The Sculptured Face

1429472501_smashbox-step-by-step-contour-stick-trioSMASHBOX STEP BY STEP CONTOURING TRIO *($45) is the best concept of all of these items. Three separate crayons that Contour, Highlight and Bronze

•    Contour: A darker shade that sculpts by creating shadows
•    Highlight: A light shade that pulls features forward
•    Bronze: A transition shade that eliminates harsh lines by blending the contour and highlight shades

A full review is coming up tonight.

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Now that you’ve seen my mostly highlighting choices, which of these 9-1o products would you want to try? And what others would you recommend? I know my other blogger friends have some ideas for us all and I’m ready to check them out.  — Marcia
*products were pr samples

Further reviews on these can be found on Beauty Info Zone
IT Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Illuminator

Eddie Funkhouser Hydrating Primer and Illuminator Pen

Pixi Beauty brings beauty with their Palette Bronzette (giveaway time)

Pixi Beauty Palette Bronzette

Pixi Beauty Palette Bronzette

There was excitement at my house when Pixi sent this Palette Bronzette Face Palette. As pretty as it is in this picture, it’s better in person. This is a limited edition ($28) that Pixi says will “Bring out your inner glow & add a summery sheen to your favourite features with this must-have palette!”. How right they are. Everything you need for a summer face is packaged together in one well priced palette.

There are twelve eyeshadows divided into four sections: eyeliner shades, crease shades, eyelid shades and highlighter shades. The combinations are untold.

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyeliner Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyeliner Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyeliner Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyeliner Shades

The Eyeliner shades are taupe, dark brown and charcoal. I’ve used these as crease shades even though they are labeled eyeliner shades.

Pixi Palette Bronzette Crease Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Crease Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Crease Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Crease Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Crease Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Crease Shades

The Crease shades are my favorites in this palette. They aren’t really too dark so they look just as good on the lid for me as they do in the crease. These are all satiny with a touch of shimmer within.

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyelid Hues

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyelid Hues

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyelid Hues

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyelid Hues

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyelid Hues

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyelid Hues

The Eyelid shadows are definitely on the light side, a sponge tip applicator picks up more tint than a brush does so that probably wasn’t a good choice for me to use. The peach shade is the most vibrant and is a little too warm for my cool complexion but the other two work great for me.

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlight shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlight shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlight shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlight shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlight shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlight shades

I love the Highlight shades and I’m so happy that they are included in this palette. To have three of these makes it even more exciting. Each one gives a hint of color while highlighting to match your shadow selections.

There’s more to this palette than eyes though. There’s also a beautiful blush, a highlighter, and a bronzer. See what I mean about it being everything you need?

Pixi Palette Bronzette Bronzer

Pixi Palette Bronzette Bronzer

Pixi Palette Bronzette Bronzer

Pixi Palette Bronzette Bronzer

A warm matte bronzer that’s easy to wear. No glitter, no shimmer, glides on, lasts well. It’s a universal shade.

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlighter/Contour

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlighter/Contour

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlighter/Contour

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlighter/Contour

This Highlighter/Contour shade is lightly shimmered but not the kind of shimmer that looks inappropriate. Everyone is talking about contouring nowadays and in this palette you have that with both a bronzer and this shade. I like to take a big fluffy brush and highlight with this. It makes me feel a little glamorous.

Pixi Palette Bronzette Cheek Glow

Pixi Palette Bronzette Cheek Glow

Pixi Palette Bronzette Cheek Glow

Pixi Palette Bronzette Cheek Glow

This beautiful Cheek Glow aka blush is a flattering warm pink and the perfect complement to this palette.

I’m still not done. Pixi Beauty also sent LipLift Ice which is a lip plumper ($14) that I’m sure I’m addicted to. In the package this is a light pink as the name, Petal Ice, would infer. But once on your lips it’s transparent.

Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice

Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice

Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice

Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice

This is a “peptide-infused lip plumper that nourishes as it enhances”. This minty gloss definitely tingles so be aware of that. I can see my lips looking fuller after I apply it. I often wear this alone because I love it that much but it’s fabulous over any lipstick you choose. It gives you shine and plumping without changing the color of your lip product. It not only contains peptides that hydrate and plum but there’s aloe for healing, jojoba for moisturizing and chamomile for soothing.PIXI BRONZE PALETTE open
Pixi Beauty has kindly offered a giveaway of these two items in honor of our blog anniversary. One US subscriber will win Palette Bronzette and LipLift Ice. Our giveaway ends on April 17, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. If the comments close towards the end the solution is to email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment. After you’ve done that you can click “I commented” and enter more with the other options. Remember that we verify the winning entry. Don’t miss out on this palette. It’s one you’ll enjoy no matter the weather. It’s the perfect palette to take on a trip too. — Marcia

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Makeup Wars starring Senna Cosmetics

Senna Cosmetics Nude Eyes, eyebrows, bronzer and cream foundation

Senna Cosmetics Nude Eyes, eyebrows, bronzer and cream foundation

This week the Makeup Wars bloggers each picked a favorite high end brand to share and maybe even convince you that their brand is the best. I chose Senna and the lovely ladies at Senna Cosmetics were kind enough to share some of the latest items. Lisa and I have reviewed a lot of Senna over the 5 years of our blog for several reasons.

1) We’ve been charmed by Senna for a dozen years. We started using it way before we began blogging. One of our biggest thrills was to meet and talk with Eugenia Weston at IMATS and have her personally recommend items for us.

2) Senna is an indie company owned by Eugenia Weston. She actually creates the products and doesn’t just put her name on something she’s bought.

3) Senna is cruelty free. Plus Senna Cosmetics are reasonably priced compared to so many of the higher end companies.

Senna matte nude eyeshadows

Senna matte nude eyeshadows

I’m going to share some of Senna Cosmetics newest products as well as long time favorites. For spring Senna is all about nude shades with their In the Mood for Nudes collection. The 5 main items in this collection are 4 matte eyeshadows and their Baja Matte Bronzer.

The Nude Matte eyeshadows are available in 4 shades. The difference in 3 of the shades is the undertone of them. All 3 of these are beautiful nudes to wear over your entire eye or in strategic places. What I love best about these is that my favorite under the brow shade was discontinued a few years ago and I’ve never found a replacement until now. It thrills me to have these 3 and these are getting daily use.

Senna Blend matte eyeshadow

Senna Blend matte eyeshadow

Senna Blend matte eyeshadow

Senna Blend matte eyeshadow

BLEND is the most neutral and is considered a neutral skin tone shade.

Senna Moonlight matte eyeshadow

Senna Moonlight matte eyeshadow

Senna Moonlight matte eyeshadow

Senna Moonlight matte eyeshadow

MOONLIGHT is a warm beige, it’s ivory on me with warmer slightly peach undertones.

Senna Essence matte eyeshadow

Senna Essence matte eyeshadow

Senna Essence matte eyeshadow

Senna Essence matte eyeshadow

ESSENCE is a creamy pastel peach.

Senna Nudist matte eyeshadow

Senna Nudist matte eyeshadow

Senna Nudist matte eyeshadow

Senna Nudist matte eyeshadow

NUDIST is a neutral brown that’s great for lids or crease.

Blend, Moonlight, Essence and Nudist

Blend, Moonlight, Essence and Nudist

Using these gives you a beautiful neutral eye or you can add in a darker shade for more definition or glitz. While these are matte eyeshadows they apply like a satin, they don’t look chalky, they just look smooth.

Whatever you do, don’t ignore your eyebrows. If anyone knows eyebrows it’s Senna since Eugenia Weston created one of the first and most famous eyebrow kits, the Form-A-Brow Kit. I have both a Brow Gel and a Brow Shaper Duo in use.

Senna Brow Fix, Brow Shaper Duo and Brow Pro 40

Senna Brow Fix, Brow Shaper Duo and Brow Pro 40

Brow Fix in Golden Brown

Brow Fix in Golden Brown

Senna Brow Fix in Golden Brown

Senna Brow Fix in Golden Brown

SENNA BROW FIX is available in 3 shades (clear, golden brown, taupe) to set your brow shape, color your brows and control them. It has tiny texturizing fibers in it to make your brows look fuller. If you have full enough brows then use this to set them and add a little more color. Or if you are like me, then use them over a pencil or brow powder to lock in the color and shape.

Senna Brow Duo in Brunette

Senna Shaping Brow Duo in Brunette

Senna Brow Shaping Duo in Brunette

Senna Brow Shaping Duo in Brunette

The Brow Shaping Duo also comes in 3 shades (Blonde, Brunette, Ebony) and is my preference. I’ve lost a lot of hair in my brows since my fall and I need the fullness and coverage this provides. The powder side is a micro fiber infused pressed powder and the pomade is a conditioning one. Brunette is a great match for me. My modus operandi is to apply the powder with the Brow Pro 40 brush, then apply the pomade over it. The combination of the two products intensifies the color as well as sets it in place. My brows last the entire day with this.

Senna Slipcover foundation in Buff with Foundation 39 and Multi 24 brushes

Senna Slipcover foundation in Buff with Foundation 39 and Multi 24 brushes

Senna Slipcover in Buff

Senna Slipcover in Buff

I raved before about Senna foundation since Lasting Illusion Foundation in Alabaster is one of my very favorite liquid foundations. Along comes Slipcover Foundation and it’s right up there with the best. Slipcover is a cream to powder foundation that comes in an amazing 18 different shades plus 3 duos if you change shades in different seasons or if you want to do some contouring. This oil free foundation applies like a dream with a foundation brush like Senna’s Foundation 39 or the wonderful Multi 24 brush. It then transforms into a semi-matte powder. So it’s one and done. I don’t need to set with a powder but it doesn’t look like a powder finish. It stays flawless and looks good all day on me. I love that Buff (porcelain) is so light and a color that blends perfectly on my skin.

Senna HD Eye Lift with Deluxe Fluff 600, Concealer 12 and Baby Face 21 brushes

Senna HD Eye Lift with Deluxe Fluff 600, Concealer 12 and Baby Face 21 brushes

Now that we have our eyes done, what about under our eyes? That’s where Senna’s HD Eye Lift comes into play. This used to be called Mineral Eye Lift which I’ve used before down to the pan. It’s been revamped and it’s still as great as ever. Now it contains HD light diffusing mineral pigments that help brighten your under eye area. It’s a subtle lift that helps brighten under eye darkness, set your concealer and it can also highlight any areas of your face. It contains Golden Seaweed to help stimulate collagen repair while you are wearing it. Call me sold.

Senna Baja Bronzer with Airbrush Face 24 and Angle Blush 506

Senna Baja Bronzer with Airbrush Face 24 and Angle Blush 506

Senna Baja Matte Bronzer swatch

Senna Baja Matte Bronzer swatch

Senna’s Baja Matte Bronzer is a sheer bronzer which is especially good for people who are very fair toned. It’s neutral enough that it will look good on most skin tones. I’ve used it half a dozen times and it’s never turned orangey on me. It’s recommended to use a powder brush with it but depending on how much color I want I prefer my Angled Blush brush or my Airbrush Face brush. This contains light-reflecting pigments which are said to diminish the look of imperfections. If I can wear this comfortably than anyone can! I love that there’s no sparkle in it.

I’m sure you can tell why Senna was my choice as soon as Makeup Wars decided on this topic. It’s a wonderful cruelty free, independent line created by a strong woman who is famous for being one of the top makeup artists in the world. I’m proud to share Senna Cosmetics with you. Because this review is so long, I’m continuing it later today to share some more products. — Marcia

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Tarina Tarantino sale and giveaway! Win a Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklicity Shimmer Dust

Enter to win a Tarina Tarantino Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklecity Shimmer Dust!

Enter to win a Tarina Tarantino Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklecity Shimmer Dust!

Lucky you, Tarina Tarantino is on sale at Hautelook as of 8 a.m. this morning. Even luckier, we have an awesome TT giveaway in celebration of the sale! Beauty Info Zone and Tarina Tarantino are giving away two of our favorite TT products: Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklicity Shimmer Dust.

Marcia recently named the Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette as her favorite blush of 2014.  You can read her full review HERE.

Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette

Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

Marcia says, “DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE contains 4 of the 5 blush shades that Tarina Tarantino makes. It’s perfect for on the go because you have every shade you’d need, especially on a trip.  This formula has micronized powders (also known as “HD” or “High Definition”) which blend over skin evenly and allow for build up.”

Her favorite shade in the palette? Parasol, the perfect pinky/coral blush.

I wrote about Sparklicity Shimmer Dust about a year and a half ago. I love this shimmery highlighting spray-on powder and its gorgeous vintage bottle.

Tarina Tarantino Sparklecity Shimmer Dust

Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Shimmer Dust

Just the right amount of sparkle!

Just the right amount of sparkle!

Sparklicity Shimmer Dust is a micro-crystalline sparkle pigment that is safe for anywhere on the body, including face and hair. There are three different opalescent shades available:  Bronze (shimmering bronze), Aurora Borealis (iridescent shimmering pink),and Gold (shimmering gold).  I have the Gold shade and every so often my daughters and I shimmer up then go out for a girl’s day.

As of 8 a.m. this morning, these two products and lots more awesome Tarina Tarantino goodies are on sale at Hautelook.  It really is an awesome opportunity to stock up on old favorite or find some new ones.

Now enter the giveaway which is open to US only through 2/9/15, then go check out the fabulous Tarina Tarantino sale going on at Hautelook!  – Lisa
*products reviewed and giveaway prizes from Tarina Tarantino

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Why don’t you just Glow Up? Ellis Faas Glow Up review and swatches

Ellis Faas Glow Up promo picI am going to get right to the point.  The new Ellis Faas Glow Up highlighters ($31.50) are FANTASTIC.  I can’t quit playing with them…they are buttery soft, blendable highlighters that don’t just sit on top of the skin.  They really make you ‘glow from within’, like the way skin looks in candlelight.  I am head over heels for these gorgeous, silky powders that Ellis Faas sent us to test.  Glow Up is so flattering I end up wearing at least one of the colors every single day.

Left to right:  Glow Up in S503, S501, and S502

Left to right: Glow Up in S503, S501, and S502

First, let’s talk packaging.  These come as pans that you can put it in a palette.  Or, if you want to get fancy, go for the fab silver case.  The Ellis Case ($12.50) is the portable version of the Ellis Holder ($35) for pressed powder.  The Ellis Case is beautiful, a slick silver color and screw-on top.  It has enough heft to feel substantial, but isn’t so heavy it’s annoying.  The mirror on the top of the case is fabulous, and you always need a good mirror for applying powder.

Glow Up pan in the Ellis Case

Glow Up pan in the Ellis Case

S503 on the sponge applicator

S503 on the sponge applicator

The powder pan goes right into the case, and is held steady with a light magnet.  It’s easy to pull out the pan when it’s time to replace your powder with a new one.  It also comes with a sponge applicator that fits perfectly on top of the pressed powder highlighter, and I actually like the way Glow Up applies with the sponge.  It creates a more concentrated but still subtle illumination.  A large fluffy brush creates a wonderful soft focus effect.

I think that what makes Glow Up so amazing is that every shade makes the skin look luminous without any dryness or powdery build up, no matter how much I put on.  Ellis Faas recommends putting the powder on the areas of the face where light falls first, like the cheekbones, nose, above the top lip, and the collarbone.  Each of the shades work well as eyeshadow, too.  This is not shimmer, folks…this is velvety, radiant glow.  Swoon.

Glow Up comes in three different shades.  They are all so flattering…I think each shade will work on pretty much any skin color.

Ellis Faas Glow Up S501

S501 is Porcelain Glow.  This is a soft champagne that is pure magic for getting some ‘blurred lines’.

Ellis Faas Glow Up S502

S502 is Satin Glow.  This is a warmer golden glow.

Ellis Faas Glow Up S503

S503 is Deep Glow, the darkest of the shades.  It has more red and brown than the other shades, and on fair skins this is a great contour shade.

Wearing Ellis Faas Glow Up in S503

Wearing Ellis Faas Glow Up in S503

I love Glow Up more than any other powder highlighter I have ever tried…and I think I own about fifty different kinds.  Glow Up is pretty special.  And it tickles me that I can Glow Up to look younger.  I love a good pun!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Glowy skin with Boots No7 Skin Illuminator

In my attempt to avoid dull, dry winter skin I have been reaching for highlighters lately, and the creamy Boots No7 Skin Illuminator ($10) has become a go-to solution.

Boots No7 Skin IlluminatorThere is a lot to like about the Skin Illuminator. I am really glad Boots sent us the product to try, because I am sure I never would have purchased it on my own.  With my combination skin, a shimmery cream highlighter is usually way too much for me.  But this one works!

Boots No7 Skin Illuminator 2

There are only two shades available, gold and pink, and I tried the pink.   This liquid illuminator is fragrance-free and has an excellent price point for a nice amount of product.  It smooths on beautifully and is a great way to brighten skin on no-makeup days.

Boots No7 Skin Illuminator swatches

I really like how this liquid illuminator gives my skin a soft glow without too much shimmer.  However, I am not a big fan of the packaging.  I never use the brush itself. I just squeeze out some product onto my steel palette and either smooth it on to my skin or else mix some in with my foundation.  The swatch pictured is a lot of product – way too much for anyone’s face, but this way you can see the color.  I then blended it in some, and then some more.  I like how I can alter the intensity of the effect and go as light or as heavy as I want.

Boots No7 is easily found online or at drugstores like Target and Walgreens.  I think there are some awesome finds in the line, and the Skin Illuminator is definitely one of them!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Methylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Ethylparaben. May contain: Mica, CI77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI77491 (Iron Oxides).