My favorite foundations for winter – Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday has rolled around again and I’m excited to be sharing my favorites for foundation. I have more than on my list but just as important as my favorites are my two tools of choice so that took two spots. I purposely left out CC Creams even though I will use them in the winter but I wanted to stick with foundations for a change.

These are in no particular order. These are all sitting on my vanity right now! I may not be neat but I’m happy!!
1.
BOBBI BROWN INTENSIVE SKIN SERUM FOUNDATION is pretty new to me and pretty impressive too. It has SPF 40 in it and is available in 18 shades plus it’s very forgiving. I’ve been wanting a serum foundation and the one I bought from Armani a few years ago never felt right. The makeup artist I went to loves this foundation and gave me a sample. That brought me back to buy it. It’s very lightweight and you wouldn’t expect it to hide imperfections but it does. It feels great on my skin too.
2.
TOO FACED BORN THIS WAY ABSOLUTE PERFECTION FOUNDATION just moved into my house last week. I keep reading about it and Sephora F&F finally put me over the edge. I’ve worn it twice which really isn’t enough to put it on a list but both times I was quite happy with the way it looked and lasted. This $38 foundation comes in 18 shades and is oil-free. I love that it has ingredients to help with hydration (coconut water and hyaluronic acid are two).
3.
IT COSMETICS O2 O2 ULTRA REPAIR LIQUID OXYGEN FOUNDATION ($38) was my foundation favorite of the year for 2014 and remains a favorite 11 months later. I’m a huge fan of IT Cosmetics but with all brands some products are better than others. This is a ‘better than others’ foundation. Fair matches me perfectly but it only is available in 5 shades which might be a problem for some. One of the biggest reasons to love IT is their anti-aging ingredients (Peptides, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Niacin, Hyaluronic Acid and Grape Seed Oil plus Vitamins A, C, & E). This is actually a serum foundation which I didn’t realize until I was typing this up!!
4.
SENNA LASTING ILLUSION FOUNDATION* has been one that I’ve counted on for an airbrushed finish for almost two years. This is a fuller coverage than most of the others I own and there are many days and occasions that I crave that coverage. It’s a matte satin that reflects light away from imperfections. Senna isn’t talked about enough but in my opinion people are missing out on this great Hollywood indie brand. ($48, 7 shades)
5.
MALLY BEAUTY EFFORTLESS AIRBRUSH PERFECT SKIN MOUSSE is another foundation that people need to know about. One of the problems with Mally Beauty is that it’s hard to find – all the great places that carry the line only carry parts of Mally. This is only sold at Mally’s website and it’s worth it to shop there. The coverage with this mousse is perfection. I need so little but I could build it up if necessary. Plus it comes with a fabulous foundation brush that feels wonderful and works like a dream ($45*).
6.
GIORGIO ARMANI LUMINOUS SILK FOUNDATION – there are no words for this foundation. I’ve gone through 3 bottles since I started using it and I’m sure to go through more. It’s available in 23 shades and it’s worth every penny of the $62 cost to me. It’s weightless and oil-free and the coverage is like silk.
7.
RIMMEL LONDON LASTING FINISH FOUNDATION is the opposite in cost from Armani and not similar to it in finish, but it’s the best drugstore foundation I’ve ever bought. The problem with drugstores is being unable to test colors but I got lucky with O91 Light Ivory. At first I noticed a perfumey fragrance but once applied I noticed it for about 15 seconds and never again. If you are looking for great coverage to last through the day and you have $6.99 laying around, this is what to spend it on.
8.
GERI G INNOCENT FOUNDATION isn’t known at all. I just reviewed it again along with their Transceutical Canvas so I hope that this comes more to the forefront. It’s a medium coverage that can be built up. On the days I’m looking a little worse for the wear, I turn to this to make my skin look its best. The downside is that it only comes in 4 shades and the swatches on the website aren’t really helpful. ($38)
9.
BEAUTY BLENDER SPONGE is amazing. Don’t accept imitations. I don’t care that it’s $20 while others are much less, this is the one that works. It now comes in many colors like the new royal purple. The black one is called the Pro one but I don’t think it’s any different than my pink ones. Trust me when I tell you that this could change your makeup application.
10.
ARTIS OVAL 10 ELITE BRUSH* has become holy grail to me. It changes your paradigm about what a foundation brush is and you won’t want to look back. The softness, the bristles (2500 of them!), the ergonomics, and the luxuriousness of this $72 brush make it worth the high cost. If was told I could just take a few items out of my house this would be high up on the list. It’s that precious. Review here.
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Which of these 10 products do you have or want? What’s your top 10? — Marcia


*denotes products sent for review consideration, some affilate links used

Top Ten Fall and Holiday Makeup Collections

In no particular order are the items I’m most attracted to this fall. This is the time of year that we need to be thinking about holiday even though it’s early October. But these are almost all limited edition and we just don’t want to miss out! — Marcia

1444007174_2292901__detail_?1444007174BECCA RADIANT GLOW COLLECTION ($32) is a kit I just ordered since I love the Under Eye Brightening Corrector and I wanted to try the highlighter. At $32 from Ulta this is a great way to try some fabulous Becca.

  • Under Eye Brightening Corrector (0.1 oz.)
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone (0.085 oz.)
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Opal (0.17 oz.)
  • Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Soufflé in Raspberry/Opal (0.08 oz.)

1444007051_holiday2015_guerlain003GUERLAIN WINTER FAIRY TALE COLLECTION – Normally I don’t like mixed palettes but it’s been a long time since I’ve bought Guerlain and this looks appealling.
1444006977_giorgio-armani-holiday-2015-luxe-is-more-2ARMANI LUXE IS MORE PALETTE is truly luxe looking. It contains two layers with the top being 10 neutral eyeshadows in different formulas and the bottom layer contains two highlighters and two cream contour colors. A splurge but one I’d love to see in my collection.
1444006880_twelve-months-of-manimainBUTTER LONDON TWELVE MONTHS OF MANIS contains 12 mini sizes of butter LONDON’s best. This will break you out of any nail polish rut you are in while also having some “safe” shades.
High Tea – Opaque, Nude Creme
Luv (Set Exclusive!) – Light Pink with Deep Pink Glitter, Glitter
Fiver – Opaque, Mint Creme
Molly-Coddled – Opaque, Lavender Orchid Creme
Petal (Set Exclusive!) – Soft Cool Pastel Pink
Petticoat – Periwinkle Blue, Creme
Summer Hols (Set Exclusive!) – Jell Pink, Creme
Tiddly – Opaque, Melon Creme
Clever Clogs (Set Exclusive!) – Orange Rust, Creme
Swish (Set Exclusive!) – Deep Smoke with Metallic Gold Sheen, Metallic
Scrummy (Set Exclusive!) – Rich Crimson, Creme
Bubbly (Set Exclusive!) – Tinted Gold with Gold Glitter, Overcoat
1444006769_2293293__detail_?1444006769STILA TRUST IN LOVE GIFT SET has a little of everything we love about Stila. This $40 set contains 12 eyeshadows, mascara and a Deluxe Lip Glaze.
1444006690_makeup-geek-holiday-2015-duochrome-eyeshadowMAKEUP GEEK HOLOGRAPHIC EYESHADOWS are selling out fast. A single shade is only $6 in the pan while the complete set of 13 shadows is $65. I bought them all and need to transfer them to an empty Z palette. The pigments are already sold out!
1444006622_bobbi-brown-sterling-nights-palette-holiday-2015BOBBI BROWN STERLING NIGHTS HOLIDAY EYESHADOW PALETTE – while Bobbi doesn’t veer far from her other palettes, this one is in a beautiful palette and has classic and beyond colors that we can’t help but love.

  • Ivory Eye Shadow
  • Moon Glow Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
  • Thistle Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Dove Grey Eye Shadow
  • Pink Moonlight Metallic Eye Shadow (New)
  • Smoke Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
  • Midnight Sparkle Eye Shadow
  • Caviar Eye Shadow
  • Pewter Chrome Eye Shadow

1444006505_holiday2015_lauramerciercolour005LAURA MERCIER CAVIAR STICK EYE COLLECTION is my most coveted wishlist item and I’m sure it will be mine. For $$58 you get 6 of these raved about eyeshadow crayons.

  • Aubergine
  • Ganache
  • Khaki
  • Amethyst
  • Rosegold
  • Sugarfrost

1443659358_tom-ford-holiday-2015-beauty-noir-1TOM FORD BEAUTY NOIR HOLIDAY 2015 is the one item that I wish for but don’t I’ll ever own. It contains eyeshadow, eye pencils, matte lipstick, mascara, and nail lacquer all in limited edition shades. Sigh!

Last but not least is Dior which would take an entire post all by itself. Dior has too many fall and holiday and fall palettes for me to even pick one.
Join my fellow beauty blogistas to see what else you should be putting on your wishlist.


Makeup Wars loves Nude lippies

Makeup Wars and Top Ten Tuesdays have tempted you with pink lips, peach and coral lips, red lips but never true nudes. Now’s the time though and I was ready for this challenge. Most of my collection is nude lips. It got to the point that I had so many that I had to force myself not to buy new ones unless I was absolutely desperate for them. I was once a MACaholic and I’d buy every rendition of nude they had – and then I’d wear them twice and put them aside. I haven’t chosen any MAC to share with you since I don’t seem to grab for them anymore so instead you’ll see some of my favorites from other brands.

Makeup Wars Nude Lip favorites

Makeup Wars Nude Lip favorites

Nude lips are interesting because they all have different undertones plus what I consider nude might be too light for you depending on your skintone.

Makeup Wars lip crayons: Ardency Inn, Tarte (x2), Hourglass

Makeup Wars lip crayons: Ardency Inn, Tarte (x2), Hourglass

I’m a big fan of lip crayons but nude ones don’t overpopulate my collection. Ardency Inn Bowery, tarte exposed and Hourglass Nude No 3 are the ones I usually crave.

Hourglass Nude No3 and Ardency Inn Bowery

Hourglass Nude No3 and Ardency Inn Bowery

I bought Hourglass Femme Nude Stylo No3 because everyone was raving about these. Hourglass has an amazing reputation and these Nude lip crayons made beauty lovers so excited. No3 is described as “medium rose nude with hint of pink”. This has a pink undertone but it’s very light once on my lips, not medium to my eyes.

top Hourglass, bottom Ardency Inn

top Hourglass, bottom Ardency Inn

ARDENCY INN AMERICANA Natural Lip Color Pencil in Bowery was my next buy. These are $23 compared to the $30 of Hourglass so that made me happy. ARDENCY INN lip crayons seem to be truer nude shades too. Bowery is a light peach on my lips even though Sephora tells me that it’s a “light nude with pink undertones”. It just isn’t pink on me but it is pretty and I’m very comfortable in it. The consistency is smoother and a little more glossy than Hourglass.

tarte exposed - old vs new versions

tarte exposed – old vs new versions

Tarte Exposed was one of the colors saved when tarte revamped all their lip crayons. Tarte still sells LipSurgence but I didn’t find Exposed. The original fat crayon has a matte finish while the new tarte exposed is a glossier finish. The new pencils are called Power Pigments and Exposed is described as “nude with pink undertones”.

tarte exposed original version and new Power Pigment

tarte exposed original version and new Power Pigment

Power Pigment in exposed is glossier and slightly more pink while the original is definitely a matte on me and a little darker. Can’t go wrong with either but there is a slight difference between the two.

Makeup Wars Nude Lipsticks: Tom Ford, Lunasol, Armani, Gosh, Armani, Shiseido

Makeup Wars Nude Lipsticks: Tom Ford, Lunasol, Armani, Gosh, Armani, Shiseido

6 lipsticks made the cut for Makeup Wars: Tom Ford Pink Dune, Lunasol 25, Armani Shine 17, Gosh Darling, Armani 103, Shiseido RS701

GOSH Darling

GOSH Darling

GOSH Darling was a lipstick that everyone had to have. It was so hot on boards like Makeup Alley that you felt like you didn’t belong there if you didn’t own it.

Gosh Darling

Gosh Darling

I finally got it and was shocked at how much it looks like concealer. It’s so light and so beige that I couldn’t get it to show in a single swatch photo. I couldn’t resist putting this in even though it’s not a favorite, I’m including it for shock value.

Armani Shine 17, Lunasol 25, Armani 103

Armani Shine 17, Lunasol 25, Armani 103

These are the lipsticks that I reach for when I want moisturized lips with beautiful nude shades. Armani in particular makes outstanding nude colors for lips and I think they are among the finest lipsticks available. I get a little overwhelmed at an Armani counter because I want too much. All of these lipsticks were bought long ago.

from left: Armani 103, Lunasol 25, Armani Shine 17

from left: Armani 103, Lunasol 25, Armani Shine 17

Rouge d’Armani in 103 is my newest Armani and still available. 103 is the pink nude that I love to wear. It looks beige in the tube but once on it picks up pink.

Rouge d'Armani 103 (nordstrom.com)

Rouge d’Armani 103 (nordstrom.com)

Armani Shine 17 is an oldie but goodie. It’s more sheer than 103 but just as glossy.

LUNASOL 25 is also an older lipstick and I doubt it’s still for sale. Lunasol lipsticks were introduced to me by an old friend. I’d go nuts cosmetic shopping in Japan or Singapore! I have 2 LUNASOL lipsticks and they are so wonderfully creamy. They have a very similar consistency and look to the Armani ones I love.

Tom Ford Pink Dune, Shiseido RS701

Tom Ford Pink Dune, Shiseido RS701

Tom Ford Pink Dune barely has any color on my lips but that doesn’t stop me from loving it. It was a limited edition shade that I bought in the early winter but didn’t really wear at first. It felt too nude for winter but I can wear it now. Sometimes I’ll put it over another lipstick to ‘nude’ it up a bit.

Tom Ford Pink Dune, Shiseido RS701

Tom Ford Pink Dune, Shiseido RS701

I had to include Shiseido RS701 even though it’s not available. This was my first Shiseido lipstick and it reminds me of shopping with my blog partner Lisa. It’s one of my favorite lipstick buys. It’s a pink nude (RS stands for Rose) that has the perfect depth for me.

from top: TF Pink Dune, Lunasol 25, Armani 17, Gosh Darling, Rouge d'Armani 103, Shiseido RS701

from top: TF Pink Dune, Lunasol 25, Armani 17, Gosh Darling, Rouge d’Armani 103, Shiseido RS701

I’m sure these swatches all look alike but as a true beauty afficionado knows they are different as different can be.

What’s your favorite nude lipstick? There’s always room for one more! — Marcia

Join my Makeup War friends and see what they’ve chosen to delight and tempt us with.

Makeup Wars has a color war going on!

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Makeup Wars decided to really go to war this time. We’ve each picked a color to tempt you with. I picked PINK as my color of choice and I’m all suited up for battle in my hot pink slippers, my pink pjs and my pink cheeks! I have oodles and oodles of pink cosmetic products. I love pink lips and blush and that’s what I’m sharing with you. My photobomb pictures are a selection of pinks I pulled out of my drawers but there were more. Interestingly enough (well at least to me) is that my pink eyeshadow collection has dwindled down to just a few so I didn’t include that at all.

Pink blush collection for Makeup Wars

Pink blush collection for Makeup Wars

Here are my most used Pink Powder blushes. Since I’ve already done a Top Ten Tuesday on cream blushes I stuck with powders for Makeup Wars.

Pink blushes for Makeup Wars

Pink blushes for Makeup Wars

1) Tarte Amused is for the days I like a bright pink with a teeny bit of shimmer to it. Tarte blushes are always long lasting which is a big plus for me. (tarte also has a cream blush in Amused that’s a very different shade.)

2) Rock & Republic Spark is a discontinued blush that I love. It’s pinker than it appears next to all these bright pinks but it is subtle. It’s a shame that R&R stopped making their cosmetics. I have several favorites that I’m afraid of using up.

3) MAC Well Dressed blush is the only blush that I’ve finished twice and bought a 3rd time! The satin finishblush has always been a go-to blush.

MAC Well Dressed

MAC Well Dressed

4) FACE Atelier Pink Satin Ultra Blush is just about the perfect pink for me. Sometimes it’s the only powder blush that goes on vacation with me.

5) Kevyn Aucoin Shadore is his soft pink blush, even though it looks bright here it’s really is an easy shade to wear. His blush called Myracle is the one that’s hot and bright.

6) MAC Pink Swoon Sheertone blush is very cool and very pink but the sheertone-ness of it saves it from being overbright on me.

7) NARS Desire – speaking of overbright. I don’t have a large Nars blush collection but this one is such a pretty bright pink that it’s a favorite as long as I use a very light hand!

Makeup Wars pink lip glosses

Makeup Wars pink lip glosses

This is just a fraction of my pink lipgloss collection. Obviously I was once on a MAC binge and at that time bought every pink lipglass they had. Now I’ve moved away from MAC and appreciate all these other brands like Rouge Bunny Rouge, butter LONDON, Le Metier de Beaute, Anastasia and the list goes on.

Makeup Wars pink lipgloss favorites

Makeup Wars pink lipgloss favorites

1) Anastasia Lola is from the Kisses on my List set. This whole set was filled with great glosses with different textures. Lola has turned out to be my favorite of the set.

2 to 4) Beaute glosses are probably my favorite ever glosses. In my picture they look awfully similar but once on there are the variations that we beauty lovers notice. Shown are Medusa, Paramour and Allure.

5) butter LONDON Alcopop is the prettiest pink on my lips and it actually makes my lips look fuller.

6 and 7) ARMANI Lip Glosses in 27 and 1 (which tells you nothing). Armani glosses are moisturizing, beautiful, heavenly and just plain wonderful. These two shades are older but I don’t trust myself to go near an Armani counter to see newer ones.

8) Whip Hand Lip Hit in Yearn is a nude pink that’s more of a liquid lipstick than an actual gloss.

9) SENNA Chic Pink Lip Lacquer is the epitome of pink and my favorite lip product from Senna.

I hope I won this session of Color Wars and that I didn’t wear you out reading all of these. Please visit my fellow warriors to see what colors the others chose to share with you. Any pink favorite blushes or glosses I missed? I’m willing to check them out!! — Marcia

Happy 4th of July!! My red, white, and blue favorites for nails, lips, and eyes

Some people make red, white, and blue desserts for the 4th of July.

photo courtesy of HGTV.com

photo courtesy of HGTV.com

Me?  I make my favorite red, white, and blue selections from my nail polish, lip gloss, and eyeshadow collections.  Here’s are my selections in celebration of our patriotic holiday!

My picks for 4th of July nail polish shades

My picks for 4th of July nail polish shades

My favorite red, white, and blue nail polishes are:  Rescue Beauty Lounge Cherry Love (popsicle red), China Glaze White Cap (sheer white with gold shimmer, I am wearing this one now!), Cult Nails Princess (light dusty blue with pink shimmer).

My July lip gloss picks

My July lip gloss picks

My holiday lip gloss picks include:  Butter London Come to Bed Red (classic cream red), Elizabeth Arden Crystal Clear Lip Gloss (sheer shiny gloss), It Cosmetics News Anchor Blue (sheer blue that makes teeth look super white).

My beautiful Z Palette holding my patriotic eyeshadows!

My beautiful Z Palette holding my patriotic eyeshadows!

My Z Palette holds my favorite red, white, and blue eyeshadow 4th of July collection.  Here are my picks:

Red, white and blue eyeshadow picks

Red, white and blue eyeshadow picks

Far left row from top to bottom:

Nars Tibet (the consummate shimmery sheer white)

MAC White Frost (a buttery white frost that is perfect for the brow and inner corner of the eye)

MAC Crystal Avalanche (fabulous pigmentation, and this works beautifully as a face highlighter too)

July whites and reds

July whites and reds

Second from left row top to bottom:

MAC Vanilla (this is a homemade pan made from the Vanilla pigment.  I prefer this to the regular MAC Vanilla eyeshadow, which I think is rather boring.  My absolute favorite for an eye-widening lid shade)

MAC Star Violet (just enough plum to keep it from being too red, and the Veluxe Pearl texture can’t be beat)

MAC Plum Dressing (gorgeous, different, and makes a great smoky eye look)

July reds and blues

July reds and blues

Far left row in picture above, top to bottom:

MAC Moon’s Reflection (stunning periwinkle blue that is totally wearable)

MAC Leisure Time (red-gold-bronze that is unique and stunning with brown eyes)

Giorgio Armani #46 (fantastic red-bronze that doubles as a beautiful blush, it applies soft but is buildable for more drama)

Second row pictured above, top to bottom:

MAC Electric Eel (not for everyone, but this is the prettiest, most dramatic blue I have ever owned)

MAC Freshwater (fantastic ocean blue, love this as a liner…and it’s got that fabulous Veluxe Pearl texture)

MAC Deep Truth (sultry true deep blue, one of my most favorite blues of all time…it is a perfect liner shade)

Far right row top to bottom:

Sue Devitt Alexandria (totally underrated brand…this is a fantastic cobalt blue)

MAC Contrast (deep violet-blue, try this over black eyeliner for some mega sultry drama)

Giorgio Armani #1 (rich,velvety navy blue that is a fabulous eyeliner)

There you have my red, white, and blue selections in celebration of patriotic makeup geekdom!!  What are yours??  – Lisa

PS – and just for fun, here are some more China Glaze White Cap pictures for you.  Happy 4th of July!  – Lisa

China Glaze White Cap

China Glaze White Cap

China Glaze White Cap

China Glaze White Cap

China Glaze White Cap and my beautiful flowers

China Glaze White Cap and my beautiful flowers

and one more just for the heck of it!!

and one more just for the heck of it!!

Top 10 Tuesdays – Get Your Glow On

Top 10 Tuesdays this week is all about glowing which for summer means the world of bronzing. So what does a blogger who doesn’t tan or really use bronzers do? She tells you what she does like and then what her wishlist is. I’m pale and I don’t mind being pale but every once in a while I do like use something that is going to make me fit into summer society.

1. Le Metier de Beaute Sun Kissed Bronzer – this is the lightest bronzer ever which is why I like it. It’s the only product I’ve used that doesn’t make me feel like I goofed up somehow. I’ve bought other bronzers and used other bronzers but this is the only one I consider pulling out now.

2. MAC Cosmetics Blonde Mineralize Skinfinish – I used to buy every single Skinfinish they made and I still have a small collection of these. The two I considered for this Top 10 list are the Blonde and the Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish. These are the least frosty of all the ones I own and the most natural. I like to use one of the darker shades in Blonde as a blush and then use a brush like a skunkbrush and pick up the powder to give an allover light bronze finish.

Le Metier de Beaute Sun Kissed, MAC Blonde Skinfinish

Le Metier de Beaute Sun Kissed, MAC Blonde Skinfinish

3. Armani Fluid Sheer in #3 – the amazing fact about #3 is that I used one up. That’s a feat that probably will never be repeated. I use a tiny drop of this, mix it with my foundation and that’s it. It glows and I have some color. I like that I can blend it well on my jawline too since that’s the biggest problem for me and bronzers. I don’t want JLo on my face and Casper on my neck.

4. Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer – I first got this in a QVC kit and then I bought a bigger one. I use it just like the Armani. It’s lighter than the Armani so it’s good for everyday. Plus it’s only $28 compared to $59 for Armani.

Giorgio Armani #3 Fluid Sheer, Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer

Giorgio Armani #3 Fluid Sheer, Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer

5. Sinful Colors Zincing of You nail polish – well I know it’s not a bronzer but it’s a great light golden bronze for my pale hands. I have several bronze polishes but this one is especially nice for summer and it’s a drugstore delight.

Sinful Colors Zincing of You

Sinful Colors Zincing of You

Now we need to go to wishlist. I was going to add in my beloved It Creme Highlighters but I decided to stick with bronze.

1. My number one wishlist item just arrived on my doorstep – Beautisol Self-Tanning Mousse. We have lots of reviews on Beauty Info Zone about Beautisol since my blog partner, Lisa, loves bronzers and self-tanners. She has told me over and over to review Beautisol and at last I’ll be able to. I’m nervous though so wish me luck.

Beautisol Self Tanning Mousse

Beautisol Self Tanning Mousse

2. Becca Bronzing Skin Perfector – this is very similar to the Armani and Josie Maran that I mentioned which is why I haven’t bit the bullet but it makes everyone’s “best of” lists so I’d love to try it.

Becca Bronzing Skin Perfector

Becca Bronzing Skin Perfector

3. Senna Brilliant Bronze in Dawn – this looks so pretty and light enough for me. It’s a blush and bronzer duo that’s on the pink side.

Senna Brilliant Bronze in Dawn

Senna Brilliant Bronze in Dawn

4. Anastasia LLUMIN8 With Youthful Synergy™ Complex Bronzer – I’ve loved the cosmetics from Anastasia and this looks like one I could carry off.

Anastasia bronzer

Anastasia bronzer

5. YSL LA LAQUE COUTURE Nail Lacquer in #28 Bronze Metallic (metallic bronze gold) – in pictures this looks so beautiful but I don’t want to spend $28 for it and I wouldn’t wear it until fall but that doesn’t mean I won’t spring for it one day.

YSL LA LAQUE COUTURE Nail Lacquer #28

YSL LA LAQUE COUTURE Nail Lacquer #28

Before you go on to click the links of my fellow Top 10 ladies I’d love to know if any of these would have made your list. — Marcia

 

Makeup Wars brings you our favorite cream eyeshadows


Welcome back to Makeup Wars. We promise no more tricks. It’s hard to look that foolish on a public beauty blog. This time we’ve chosen to share our favorite creamy eyeshadows. They can be eyeshadow crayons or cream eyeshadows. With my collection I had a lot to choose from. I adore cream products and I adore anything for eyes. Put them all together and I could do 10 Makeup Wars about this. But when I really looked at my collection what jumped out at me and still made my heart go atwitter were the hybrid shadows that are semi-creamy, semi-powdery and all beautiful.

My two choices for favorites are both still available to buy which is one of the reasons I picked them. But I found two surprises when I went to write about them. I chose both Armani ‘Eyes to Kill’ Intense Silk Eyeshadow in #6 ($33) and L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe (about $8). I wear these two more than any others in my stash. Surprise 1 is that they look almost identical on my eyes. I even wore them one day with Armani #6 on my left eye and L’Oreal Bronzed Taupe on my right eye and no one noticed even when I mentioned it. Surprise 2 is that Armani’s #6 is called Khaki Pulse.  I think of the color khaki as that army green sort of shade but on my eyes this looks like a brown with gold shot through. L’Oreal’s Bronzed Taupe looks a little browner and a little less gold. I obviously don’t care that I have two similar shadows but for the price I’d probably advise you to get the L’Oreal.

Armani Eyes to Kill Intense in #6 Khaki Pulse (nordstrom.com)

Armani Eyes to Kill Intense in #6 Khaki Pulse (nordstrom.com)

L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe (loreal.com)

L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe (loreal.com)

As some of you know, Armani is owned by L’Oreal as is Lancome. All three brands have this texture of eyeshadow although for some reason I’m not crazy about the Lancome ones I bought as much as these two brands.  So why do I like these shadows?

Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow #6 and L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow Bronzed Taupe

Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow #6 and L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow Bronzed Taupe

1) They wear fabulously on me. I always use an eyeshadow primer and I apply them with either a MAC 217 or 239 brush.

2) They go on like a dream without fallout. Yes they are shimmery but unlike pigments they don’t land on my face.

3) The complexity of the colors draws my eye to them. They aren’t flat. You can play with the intensity by the amount of blending you do. I tend to wear them on the dark side.

4) They don’t fade on me. They look as good at the end of the day as when I started.

5)  Because of the consistency there’s no tugging or pulling on my eyelids. I have enough age lines there so I don’t need to add anymore.

Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow #6 and L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow Bronzed Taupe

Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow #6 and L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow Bronzed Taupe

Top Armani, bottom L'Oreal

Top Armani, bottom L’Oreal

I was going to go out and buy something new for this Makeup Wars but when I have what I consider to be perfection then there just isn’t any need to do that. Of course as soon as I click through the links below to see what my fellow Makeup Wars bloggers pick it might just be a moot point as I might just go shopping. Do you have any favorites among this genre of eyeshadow? — Marcia

Please join me in reading what my fellow Makeup Wars friends have chosen.

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