Makeup Wars favorite concealers – which 3 are my choices?

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You could say that I have an obsession with concealers if you wanted. I readily admit to an obsession since these are the concealers I could pull together for a picture and I’m sure I’m missing some. I’ve purchased at least 75% of these and just last week bought another. Since we’re featuring Favorite Concealers this week it’s the perfect chance for me to share 3 of my latest loves. I have told you about a million times already that I love IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Eye and CC+ Eye so I won’t bore you with that. Instead here are three newer concealers that I highly recommend.

Favorite concealers: Bravon, Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer and Corrector, Make Up For Ever Invisible Cover Concealers

Favorite concealers: Bravon, Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer and Corrector, Make Up For Ever Invisible Cover Concealers

BOBBI INTENSIVE SKIN SERUM CONCEALER AND INTENSIVE SKIN SERUM CONCEALER: After a wonderful Bobbi Brown event I couldn’t resist these two products along with their Intensive Skin Serum Foundation. My skin, especially my under eye area, looked flawless and stayed that way throughout the day and evening. ($40 each)

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer and Corrector

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer and Corrector

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer was created with your under eye area in mind. This is a soft and silky concealer that comes in a typical wand. One dip into the tube gives me enough concealer for both eyes. I dab it on in 3 spots and then use my finger to warm it and smoothe it. I’ll usually go over it with a cosmetic sponge after to make sure it’s blended well. My concealer shade is Porcelain and it’s one of 15 shades available.

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer and Corrector

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer and Corrector

Formulated with a skin-boosting blend of Cordyceps Mushroom, Indian Tree Root, and Bamboo Grass, Intensive Skin Serum Concealer helps to visibly reduce dark circles caused by aging and excess pigmentation. It re-energizes tired-looking skin and supports its natural repair process while boosting the skin’s moisture levels for a plumper, smoother, and more refreshed look. The weightless serum texture floats over skin and layers seamlessly over Bobbi Brown’s Intensive Skin Serum Corrector (sold separately).

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector actually gets applied first. Some days I’ll use both but most days I just use one. Either one will do. The Corrector is the one to use for discoloration. When I use both of these I’ll apply the serum corrector first, apply foundation, and then last apply the serum concealer. My makeup artist, with her wonderful touch, applied the corrector and then the concealer but I don’t necessarily have that magic touch.

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer in Porcelain and Corrector in Porcelain Bisque

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer in Porcelain and Corrector in Porcelain Bisque

Just looking at the concealer swatch it appears very yellow (lousy light on a rainy day) but it blends in perfectly. The correctors come in 20 different shades. If I had to pick just one of these I’d be depressed but I’d probably go with the corrector since it’s very brightening.

BRAVON HYDRATING DUAL ACTION CONCEALER

Bravon may not be a brand you’ve heard of often unless you read Gouldylox but I’m loving the brand. I first bought the foundation and came back for a second order. I am thrilled with this concealer. It’s only available in 8 shades but I think they cover the gamut pretty well. The concealer is only $17 which is a bargain these days. I purchased Ivory, the lightest shade.

Bravon Hydrating Dual Action Concealer

Bravon Hydrating Dual Action Concealer

The dual action comes in since this is both a corrector and a concealer all wrapped in one terrific tube. My undereye area has gotten drier as time has progressed so I appreciate the hydration this provides. It’s easy to apply and I just need a little to cover up my insomnia circles. One thing that bothers me is when I can see my concealer bunched up in the tear duct area making my eyes look crepey. That doesn’t happen with this anti-aging formula.

Bravon Hydrating Dual Action Concealer

Bravon Hydrating Dual Action Concealer

This is the concealer I can use anywhere on my face. It covers the redness under my nose perfectly and I’m sure it will cover blemishes or discoloration when needed.

Bravon Hydrating Dual Action Concealer in Ivory

Bravon Hydrating Dual Action Concealer in Ivory

Ivory is not this yellow, the lights in my bathroom are. This is just one of many Bravon products that I’ll be recommending to you over the next few months. Bravon is the name of the owner of the company and I’m proud to be recommending an independent company (aka indie) that is so terrific.

MAKE UP FOR EVER ULTRA HD INVISIBLE COVER CONCEALER is a little confusing but it quickly became a favorite. When you look on the Sephora site for this concealer you’ll find it mixed in with the correctors. So some shades will conceal while others say they’ll correct. That means I bought one of each! Available in 13 shades ($27) be sure you check to see which one you are buying. These are the only concealers that I keep in the box because I wrote myself a note to remind me which is which.

Make Up For Ever Invisible Cover Concealer

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer

These skinny longer tubes have a great rounded tip (it became shy and didn’t want to be photographed) that you can actually use to apply the concealers. This too is a very silky smooth product since I find that’s what I need for my undereye area. It lasts very well and is easy to pat to smooth it out again if I see any creasing.

Instantly hide dark under eye circles with Ultra HD Concealer’s innovative range of concealers. Only a few drops are needed as a little goes a long way this formula. Featuring an Anti-Dark Circle Complex with Radiance Booster, this concealer support collagen to refresh and awaken the undereye area. Along with filling and smoothing fine lines, its lightweight formula is infused with Pure Focus Pigments that reflect light to erase shadows, while the hylauronic spheres prevents moisture loss. Available in 14 shades that cover all skintone needs, the Ultra HD Concealer features shades that are also perfect for color correcting. For an instantly flawless complexion, choose from the peach color correcting shades to neutralize dark circles—then, use a concealer shade to brighten the undereye area. Apply in thin layers for the most natural result—only a small amount is needed.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer R20 Correct, Y21 Conceal

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer R20 Correct, Y21 Conceal

Without the “correct” “conceal” words on Sephora’s site I wouldn’t have known what I was using. Like the Bobbi Brown I wear them alone or together. I’m such a rebel.

My concealer wardrobe has obviously grown and these newer additions have made it a better place to reside. Do you have a favorite? Be sure you read the posts from the other Makeup Wars ladies to see how we’re alike or different. —  Marcia


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Color Correctors – splurge or steal?

Color Correctors - splurge or steal?

Color Correctors – splurge or steal?

Lately it seems that all we hear about are makeup trends. We spent months obsessing over contouring, we moved on to strobing, we’re stuck on highlighters and illuminators, and now we’ve got color correctors coming at us like gang busters. Color Correcting isn’t new but it’s having its day right now.

I remember years and years ago that Physician’s Formula had little tubes of color correctors that were very inexpensive. It made the brand more noticeable because no one else had anything like it. I remember finally caving when it was on sale for about $2 – and being disappointed. I wasn’t as experienced with cosmetics and I didn’t understand enough about blending.

Move forward to 2016 and Sephora has been tempting me with Color Correctors as have other brands. Here are some I’ve bought at different price points.

WET n WILD COVERALL CORRECTING PALETTE ($3.99) A steal!

Wet n Wild Coverall Correcting Palette

Wet n Wild Coverall Correcting Palette

I picked this up at Walgreen mainly because I knew that Makeup Wars was writing about this subject plus I wanted to see how an inexpensive color corrector would compare to the more expensive ones. This is the one to purchase if you are curious and don’t want to splurge. But it’s not the best out there unless you want the purple (to counter dullness) and green (to correct red).

Wet n Wild Coverall Correcting Palette

Wet n Wild Coverall Correcting Palette

The yellow is called Cover but it doesn’t cover anything on me; it’s meant to cancel out bruises or undereye circles. The white is their Highlighter but it’s pretty weak. Purple is what they call Normalize while they name the green Neutralize. The texture is very thick so you need to apply it with a light hand and blend it well.

PIXI CORRECTION CONCENTRATE, BRIGHTENING PEACH ($12) Save!

This was one of my first correctors and I fell in love with it. The matte peach is very brightening and is great under my eyes to help with my dark circles. It has great ingredients:

  • Rose Hip Extract has great cell regenerating and skin elasticity boosting properties
  • Vitamin A provides an anti-aging effect
  • Vitamin C brightens and revitalizes
  • Vitamin E nourishes and protects

The price is right and other than the small opening on the pot it’s excellent.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector and Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector and Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector and Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector and Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach

BECCA UNDER EYE BRIGHTENING CORRECTOR ($30) Splurge

If you follow me on Beauty Info Zone you know this is a favorite. This is a light and bright pink with a soft creamy finish. While it’s technically not a concealer, I don’t need one when I use this. I like the bigger opening on the jar and I like the consistency of the corrector. Some days it’s a little too bright for me if my dark circles are rearing their ugliest head.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correctors in Peach & Pink, Sephora Bright Future Color Corrector in Green

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correctors in Peach & Pink, Sephora Bright Future Color Corrector in Green

SEPHORA COLLECTION BRIGHT FUTURE COLOR CORRECTOR in GREEN ($14) Save

While the Sephora brand Bright Future Color Correctors come in 5 shades, they are always sold out. Right now the green and yellow are available online but once the pink and peach come in, they sell out instantly. That’s because the price is half that of the similar Urban Decay Color Correctors. The main difference that I see between the two brands is the applicator. Sephora Collection’s isn’t quite as nice and less comes out so you work a little harder. It’s definitely green and it applies dark at first but using a sponge I can blend it down easily. I use it by my nostrils and just under where I have the most redness and spot treat other areas. They key is to blend but not RUB away.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correctors in Peach & Pink, Sephora Bright Future Color Corrector in Green

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correctors in Peach & Pink, Sephora Bright Future Color Corrector in Green

URBAN DECAY NAKED SKIN COLOR CORRECTING FLUID in PEACH & PINK ($28) Splurge

I first bought this in Peach and liked it so much I went back for the Pink. The consistency of these is great for correcting, they’re soft and blend extremely well without a lot of work. They are what’s getting the most use in my correcting routine these days. The Peach looks very orange at first but it blends down enough to cover dark circles without showing as orange. Pink is meant to brighten dark areas. I sort of say “eeny meeny” to decide which to use each day. A sponge is the tool I prefer with these. I first warm them with my finger then use my sponge to softly blend these.

MAKE UP FOR EVER 5 CAMOUFLAGE CREAM PALETTE ($40) Splurge

Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette

Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette

I bought this palette when I was freelancing, as you can see it’s unused and I didn’t swatch it. It is really more of a concealing palette but the colors are mostly too dark for me. This is #1 the lightest one (for light to medium skin tones with redness concerns) and there are 5 total. I probably should have bought #5 (pro palette featuring color correcting shades for most skin tones and highlighter/concealer) since it’s more for correcting than concealing.

FACE STOCKHOLM CORRECTOR QUAD ($32) Splurge

Face Stockholm Corrector Quad

Face Stockholm Corrector Quad in Ljus

The Face Stockholm Corrector Quad came in a Wantable subscription and was one of the highlights of my years long subscription. Ljus is the lightest of the 3 Corrector Quads available. Mine has been used too much to photograph but I really did like having this all in one quad. While I didn’t get much use out of the yellow I did from the other 3 shades.

As you can see, I’m fascinated with these type of products and totally obsessed with them lately. While this craze has cost me a lot lately, I’m enjoying using all of these (well not the MUFE which I haven’t broken into yet). It’s hard to recommend just one but to save money you might want to look at the Sephora Collection colors or a quad like Face Stockholm’s.

What do you like for color corrector? I’m always up for more.  — Marcia

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Favorite fall eyeshadow palettes

Favorite eyeshadow palettes for fall

Favorite eyeshadow palettes for fall

While this is supposed to be Top 10 Tuesday for me it’s Top 7 Tuesday. I decided to just choose eyeshadow palettes I own and rely on rather than make a wishlist. I’m excited about my choices and recommend all of these highly. Some were received for review, others were bought, and all are loved and recommended.

my favorite fall palettes from Lancome, Tom Ford, butter London, Makeup Revolution, Buxom, Sleek, Make Up For Ever

my favorite fall palettes from Lancome, Tom Ford, butter London, Makeup Revolution, Buxom, Sleek, Make Up For Ever

LANCOME AUDA(CITY) in PARIS ($68)

LANCOME AUDA[CITY] IN PARIS

LANCOME AUDA[CITY] IN PARIS

This is the first Lancome palette I’ve bought in years. There are 16 shades in 4 finishes. They are set up almost like four individual palettes. The colors are Filigree (light gold shimmer), Choquette (peach matte), Parfait (light pink matte), Kitten Heel (gold copper shimmer) , Joie (golden brown shimmer), Voyage (muted purple matte), Sante (brown matte), Éclair (purple metallic), Exhibition (orchid shimmer), Zip Me Up (deep purple shimmer), Volcano (silvery gray shimmer),  Clock Strikes 12 (gray metallic), Audacious (smokey brown shimmer), Couture (dark brown matte), It List (black matte), Nuit (deep charcoal metallic).  This palette was designed by Lisa Eldridge who was inspired by the streets of Paris. It’s the kind of palette that takes you from day to night, from running errands or going to work to a soiree. After seeing so much hype about the palette I instantly bought it during a Lancome GWP and I’m glad that I did.

TOM FORD NUDE DIP ($80)

Tom Ford Nude Dip

Tom Ford Nude Dip

Tom Ford Nude Dip

Tom Ford Nude Dip

I reviewed this much loved palette (here) so you can see fresh pictures of it. This contains a light gold, a light rose gold, a medium taupe and a chocolate brown. It’s my one and only TF palette and if they were all like this without glitter but lots of sheen, I’d own them all.

BUTTER LONDON NATURAL CHARM ($39)*

butter LONDON Natural Charm Shadow Clutch

butter LONDON Natural Charm Shadow Clutch

butter London Natural Charm

butter London Natural Charm

butter LONDON now has eyeshadows called Shadow Clutches and I’m loving it. There are two ShadowClutch palettes – Natural Charm and Pretty Proper.  The shades in Natural Charm are Linen (Matte Vanilla), Quartz (Warm Beige Sheen), Camo (Dark Khaki Sheen), Camel (Matte Nude), Citrine (Coral Sheen), Leather (Matte Chocolate Brown. These are primer infused and the pigments are great. A full review is on the way.

MAKEUP REVOLUTION LONDON in MERMAIDS FOREVER ($15)*

Makeup Revolution in Mermaids Forever

Makeup Revolution in Mermaids Forever

This beautiful Ulta exclusive has 32 shades that will satisfy the needs of everyone. I know it’s early for Christmas presents but this would be a delight for any makeup lover to find in a pile of gifts. It’s affordable enough that you can buy it for gifts and one for yourself. While the theme is Mermaids with its beautiful blues, teals, and greens you’ll also find a bevy of neutrals. Makeup Revolution is a UK brand that only came to the US at Ulta stores in the summer. No swatches yet of this but they’ll be coming.

BUXOM CUSTOMIZABLE PALETTES ($40)

a Buxom Customizable Palette made by me

a Buxom Customizable Palette made by me

buxom customizable palette

buxom customizable palette

After using a buxom Customizable Palette and finding the pigmentation to be utterly amazing, I just had to put together one in the neutral family. Be sure you buy this in one bundle since separately the eyeshadows ($12 each) and empty palette would be $112. The colors in my palette are Champagne Buzz (shimmering pearl), Haute Couture (metallic java), Jetsetter (matte greige), Satin Seduction (Bisque Luster), Mix & Mingle (matte vanilla), Style Icon (Mettalic Taupe). I think you’ll have better luck finding these at Sephora since they are selling like hotcakes online.

SLEEK MAKEUP i-DIVINE STORM PALETTE ($11.99)*

Sleek Makeup Storm Palette

Sleek MakeUP Storm Palette

Sleek is another brand from the UK and is one of the most coveted brands from there. There are a lot of Sleek MakeUP iDivine palettes and I was lucky to get Storm which was one I’ve been eager to try. The shades are Sand Storm (golden brown, Snow Storm (lighter gold), Calm Before the Storm (matte beige, Thunder Storm (brassy gold), Perfect Storm (rose gold), Firestorm (bronze), Dust Storm (deeper bronze), Gathering Storm (dark pewter), Storm Cloud (teal pewter), Electric Storm (shimmery navy), Eye of the Storm (matte light brown), Blackout (matte black). What I love about this palette is that there’s a mix of matte and satin shades. Full review will follow.

MAKE UP FOR EVER 9 ARTIST SHADOW PALETTE VOLUME 1 (NUDES YOU NEED) ($42)

Make Up For Ever 9 Shadow Artist Palette volume 1

Make Up For Ever 9 Shadow Artist Palette volume 1

Make Up For Ever’s 9 Shadow Artist Palette is the oldest one in this group. Did I need another neutral palette? Of course not and at first I was a little sorry I bought it. But once I started using it I realized there were some shades that I really liked. These shades are available individually but putting 9 in a palette makes it a better buy. The shades are (going down the rows) I-528 Pearl, S-556 Taupe Gray, S-102 Onyx, I-514 Pink Ivory, D-562 Taupe Platinum, I-544 Pink Granite, ME-512 Golden Beige, ME-644 Iced Brown, D-652 Celestial Earth so it runs the gamut of finishes. I get the most use out of Pearl, Pink Ivory, Pink Granite, Golden Beige and Iced Brown. The two shades marked D (diamond) are too glittery for me) and I don’t line with black so Onyx is pristine. But 6 out of this palette makes this a buy I no longer regret.

Do you own any of these? What’s your fave? — Marcia

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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

Lisa’s Top Twelve Picks for 2013

The older I get, the faster times flies…I just can’t believe another year has gone by already!

goodbye-2013-and-hello-2014-32013 was a great year for fantastic finds that I now use almost every day.  Here, in no particular order, are my favorite products that have brought me constant joy.

1.  Verge Ribbon Wand ($120)

Ribbon

The Ribbon Wand

Ribbon

a Ribbon Wand curl…

Ribbon

and then the Ribbon Wand curl combed through with my fingers…swoon!

The Verge Ribbon Wand is like a curling iron and a flat iron got together and had a baby. It makes extravagant, sort of retro curls.

2.  Wantable Accessories Subscription Box ($40 for one box)

Ellen

Wantable Ellen Necklace

I adore subscription boxes and none continually delighted me as much in 2013 as my Wantable Accessories Subscription Box. My jewelry wardrobe now has far more depth and interest than ever before.

3.  Bronze Buffer (2 sponges for $10)

Bronze Buffer sponges

Bronze Buffer sponges

Ah, sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference. These little sponges (they always make me think of Lisa from The Simpsons!) ensure that my every faux tan is perfection.

4.  HTY Gold

HTY

HTY Gold

This wonderful line was new to me in 2013 and I adored everything I tested…the Face and Neck Serum is unquestionably worth its weight in gold.

5.  Lanikai Bath and Body

Lanikai Loofah Soap

Lanikai Loofah Soap

Lanikai is such a gorgeous bath and body line, and I am always up for some Hawaiian daydreaming. I adore, adore, adore the Loofah Soap, it is amazing.

6.  Zuca Artist Backpack ($139)

Zuca Artist Backpack filled (zuca.com)

Zuca Artist Backpack filled (zuca.com)

I use this backpack at least six days a week. I love it. Zuca has tons of amazing travel items and organizational things for makeup artists but this is my favorite. I rarely go anywhere without it.

7.  Make Up For Ever 102 Small Foundation Kabuki Brush ($36)

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

I use this every single day. It is the best buffing brush for concealer I have ever found.

8.  Bango Hair Cutting Kit ($15.99)

Bango

Bango Hair Cutting Kit

If you have bangs…or if your kids have bangs…you need this. I am a total klutz with scissors and I get perfect results every time. It saved me a ton of money in 2013.

9.  Cailyn Gelux Eyebrow ($22)

the top conceals the brush

Cailyn Gelux Eyebrow – the top conceals the brush

I love the ingenious packaging, and I love the eyebrow gel even more. It makes great looking eyebrows a very easy thing to accomplish.

10.  Ellis Faas Hot Lips ($35)

Ellis

Ellis Faas Hot Lips

Without fail, one of these liquid lip gloss/stains is always in my purse. I dig everything about them – the texture, the shades, the packaging…and especially how great they make my not-so-great lips look.

11.  Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillowcases (from $36)

Savvy

Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillowcase

Not only does this satin pillowcase prevent those awful morning face creases, it also has a secret pocket for my hubby to slip me a love note. It is awesome.

12.  Senna Voluptulash Mascara ($22)

Senna Voluptulash Mascara

Senna Voluptulash Mascara

This is the best mascara I tried in 2013. The super cool helix-shaped brush gives me great big, soft, long lashes with just one coat.  It’s a winner!

2013 was a great year for beauty items…what fabulous finds made your list??

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  Lisa

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – part 2

 

Artisan_Brushes_2

This ad from Make Up For Ever tells it all – revolutionary brushes that are made with cutting edge fibers. Make Up For Ever has created a collection to rival any brand that is held in the highest regard. The best part? They used synthetic fibers so every one of their brushes is cruelty free – all 76 of them. This is a huge rollout of products that we are excited to be able to share with you.

Dany Sanz is the creator and artistic director of the brand and she chose synthetics that were as soft yet as efficient as the natural hairs of many brushes. MUFE created something for everyone from the beginner to the makeup artist to the professionals who work in theater and cinema. Besides having this incredible fiber, the handles are almost like works of art.

image from makeupforever.com

image from makeupforever.com

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes - 108, 160, 218, 280, 300

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – 108, 160, 218, 280, 300

Last week Lisa reviewed the 5 brushes she chose from the group of 10 we were sent. I have the other 5 to share with you. Obviously this is a drop in the bucket compared to the collection but it gives you a starting point to know what’s available and what you should be saving for or adding to a wishlist.

Here are my five and my opinions.

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes - 160, 218, 280, 300, 108

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – 160, 218, 280, 300, 108

Brushes in the 100 range are the face brushes and I happily have two of those.

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes - 160 and 108

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – 160 and 108

Brush 108 is the large foundation brush. This is made of straight fibers that work equally well on powder foundation as cream and liquid. It’s best for large areas because of the width of the brush rather than detail work. If you like a large blush brush this is great for that too. I like to buff my CC Cream or liquid foundation in with the tip of108. ($36)

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 108

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 108

Brush 160 is the blush brush. This has the softest fibers. The first time I used it I mistakenly used it as a powder brush and just wanted to stroke my face all day with it. It contains long pointed fibers that are both straight and wavy. That variation, along with the tapered top, gives you great application that helps with highlighting too. The brush is recommended for use with powders. ($44)

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Brushes in the 200 range are the brushes meant for eyes.

Brush 218 is my favorite of my 5 brushes. It’s the Small Blender Brush and it’s a perfect size for my eyes. I use this for everything not just blending although that’s where it shines. The fibers are wavy and work on any texture; it’s terrific with cream eyeshadows as well as all powders. It’s a dense brush yet it’s not hard. Goldilocks would call this “just right”. ($25)

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 218

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 218

Make Up For Ever 218

Make Up For Ever 218

Brush 270 is their angled eyebrow brush. It’s the best eyebrow brush I’ve ever tried. I’ve got several brushes from other brands that do different jobs but this does ALL jobs. I’ve used it to blend pencils, I’ve used it with brow mousse and I’ve used it with brow powders. It make short work of doing my eyebrows which normally is my least liked job. It’s very firm with straight ‘hair’. You’ll never need another brow brush again if you get this. ($21)

Make Up For Ever 270

Make Up For Ever 270

Brushes in the 300 range are for lips (and 400 is for the body)

Brush 300 is one of the lip brushes. This work of art, aka lip brush, was designed to line the contour of your lips with its geometric head and then to fill in your lips with the flat side. While it doesn’t look like a work of art, its flexibility for the job it was created for makes it a wonderful creation. ($21)

Make Up For Ever 300

Make Up For Ever 300

Now that you’ve had the chance to see 10 of the brushes that Make Up For Ever has created, are you anxious to see the collection in person? I want to go to Sephora and get a few more eyebrushes now that I’ve seen what these brushes can do. It was worth the wait Make Up For Ever! Thank you for an amazing collection. — Marcia

*brushes sent for review

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes: Lisa’s Side

The beauty world has been all upside down with glee since Make Up For Ever launched their new permanent brush line, the Artisan Brushes. The BIZ was sent 10 brushes to review, so of course we split them up evenly – and believe it or not we didn’t even fight about it!

Our ten Artisan brushes!

Our ten Artisan brushes!

I chose the 102 Small Foundation Kabuki Brush, 148 Blending Blush Brush, 222 Sponge Applicator, 254 Eyeliner Brush, and the 402 Artistic Fan Brush.  Marcia chose the 108 Large Foundation Brush, 160 Blush Brush, 218 Small Blender Brush, 270 Angled Eyeshadow Brush, and the 300 Lip Brush.

Today, I will share my thoughts on my five brushes and Marcia’s review of her five will go live next Sunday, September 15th.

My overall opinion:

These are great brushes. They are high quality tools that will last beautifully for both makeup artists and for just regular folks.  There are 76 different brushes in this collection, so there is something for everyone. And I love this:  To achieve the ultimate collection, every brush has gone through 25 production stages by 30 craftsmen and has been checked for quality 50 times.

Makes me wonder, who was the unlucky sap in charge of all the counting??

Some brushes are obviously more practical than others, and with such a large collection there are bound to be options that seem rather obscure. I like how Make Up For Ever has divided everything up by use and by number – face brushes are in the 100’s, eye brushes are in the 200’s, lip brushes are in the 300’s, and artistic brushes are in the 400’s.  Instead of the typical straight synthetic fibers, this collection features brushes with a variety of textures.  The brush fibers are soft, silky, and firm.  The handles are made of sturdy wood, so the brushes feel substantial but not too heavy.

Face brushes:

102 Small Foundation Kabuki Brush ($36)

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

102

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

102

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

The handle for this brush is metal, unlike the wood handles on the other brushes reviewed today.  This smaller sized kabuki is meant for use around eyes, lips, and nose to apply cream and liquid concealer and foundation.  The brush head is tapered so it does a fantastic job around the eyes and nose.  I absolutely love it for buffing out my cream concealers.   I find it’s also perfect for powder application under the eyes to help brighten that area and seal in concealer.  At $36 it is a bit spendy, but this is a brush I use every day so I think it’s worth it.

148 Blending Blush Brush ($37)

122 Blending Brush

148 Blending Blush Brush

122 Blending Brush up close

148 Blending Brush up close

This brush has a duo fiber head that combines long straight and short wavy bristles.  It can be used with cream products or with any type of powder products.  It works best to highlight, contour, or shade because it gives light coverage.  It’s meant to be used for more subtle effects.  I find the bristles to be quite soft with lots of bend.  With the softer bristles I definitely like it best for use with loose powders.

Eye brushes:

222 Sponge Applicator ($13)

222 Sponge

222 Sponge Applicator

222

222 Sponge Applicator

I was really excited to get this brush because I have a HUGE loose pigment collection.  Loose pigments look fantastic when applied with a sponge applicator, but most sponge applicators I come across are so cheap they don’t last long, and fall apart when I try to clean them.  This is a very sturdy, firm sponge that is worth the price.  Plus, you can get replacement sponges when you need them.  It’s also terrific for blending out pencil eyeliner to get a softer line.  It’s one of my favorites.

254 Eyeliner Brush ($24)

254

254 Eyeliner Brush

254

254 Eyeliner Brush

This is a wonderful, wonderful eyeliner brush.  The brush head is longer and thicker than most similar eyeliner brushes, and it is firm with just enough bend to easily get a great line.  This is all straight fibers, and it makes a killer cats eye.  Make Up For Ever says it’s also the perfect brush for more artistic effects like tattoos and complex designs.   This isn’t for powder eyeliner, it’s best with cream and liquid liners.

Artistic brush:

402 Artistic Fan Brush ($20)

402

402 Artistic Fan Brush

402

402 Artistic Fan Brush

This brush is definitely a ‘specialized’ brush that is probably most suited to reside in the collection of a professional body painter.  It has a fan brush head with eight divisions for multi-line effects.  I don’t have any body paints, but I’ll bet it does a great job with those.  I used this with my loose pigments and found that it’s not for powders – this is a brush for liquid and cream products.  When I used it with wet pigments it did give an artsy, interesting look on my eyes, but it isn’t something for every day use.

Final thoughts:

The brushes I will use the most are the small kabuki, the sponge applicator, and the eyeliner brush.  I will get some use out of the blending brush, and will have to find reasons to use the fan brush.

Other Artisan Brushes I would LOVE to have in my collection include the 150 Precision Blush Brush, the 226 Medium Eye Shader Brush, and the 414 Body Kabuki.  How about you, which brushes look like must-haves for your collection?  – Lisa

*pr samples