Favorite setting products – powders and sprays

Do you have products that help you finish your makeup each day? That’s what Top Ten Tuesday is about this week. There are some great products available for this job and I’ve picked the favorites that I’ve used. When I’m done I hope you’ll share some of yours with me.

I have to start with IT COSMETICS since I talk about the brand all the time. The product that I’ve used up twice is IT COSMETICS BYE BYE PORES aka Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder. Once I discovered this powder I stopped using the drawer full I had from Laura Mercier, Kevyn Aucoin, and more. I still use those occasionally but they aren’t in my top ten! Silky soft and it does blur my pores just like it says it will.

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

Once they came out with Bye Bye Pores Airbrush Silk Pressed Anti-Aging Finishing Powder I had to buy that too.  This pressed powder is great for travel and on the go.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder is fabulous. I love this powder and am currently on my second one. Powder takes forever and a day for me to finish so the fact that I’ve gone through one and a half jars of this speaks for itself. Diamond Finish sets my makeup, blurs my pores, and gives me a beautiful finish that isn’t matte.

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder

One more loose powder in this group: Pixi Beauty Quik Fix Powder in Translucid wins for the best packaging as well as being a great powder. This is very lightweight and invisible on my skin. It contains great ingredients like aloe vera and cucumber extract to smooth along with grape extract which acts as an antioxidant.

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender is really a cheat since it’s not a powder or a spray but it’s a staple in my cosmetic wardrobe. It has a very unusual texture and gives a matte finish. It’s wonderful for blurring fine lines and pores. There’s no dryness like powder can give.

Mally Beauty Poreless Face Defender

Mally Beauty Poreless Face Defender

Now on to the sprays. Skindinavia has two sprays that I have to recommend: Makeup Primer Spray and the Makeup Finishing Spray are both wonderful. Other brands like Urban Decay sell these but they are made by Skindinavia. The Primer Spray is just like it sounds. Spray this one after your skincare is on and it helps deliver a smoother finish for your foundation. The Finishing Spray is to be applied after all your makeup is on and it helps keep your makeup in place for the day. It’s especially great for being outdoors. They even make this in Oil Control and a Bridal version.

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

A much less expensive version is  Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray at Walmart. This is only $6.30 compared to the $30ish prices of Skindinavia. It’s not bride proof but it’s a good way to see if a spray is for you.

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray

When I was in the midst of hot flashes I relied on Youngblood Minerals in the Mist. I was at IMATS and I looked like someone had dropped a bucket of water on me. I was shopping at Youngblood and they recommended it in Refresh for me and it saved the trip. I carried it around with me to refresh my skin. I’ve since used it up but if I ever go through that misery again, I’d repurchase.

A few other bloggers have joined this week’s challenge. I’m interested in learning more. Are you? — Marcia


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Going Pantone pastel with Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Vintage Eyeshadow Quad and Pink Lust Lipstick

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I was pleasantly suprised when I saw how light and pretty the the Pantone colors of th year were for 2016: Rose Quartz (pastel rose) and Serenity (pastel blue). They are beautiful shades that work just as well for winter as they do for summer. Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics sent me a few products that celebrate the Rose Quartz shade and I am totally loving them.

Youngblood Cosmetics Vintage and Pink Lust

Youngblood Cosmetics Vintage and Pink Lust

The Youngblood Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Vintage ($43) is four shades of rose that make a perfect, classic eye look. The packaging is oh-so-chic and the eyeshadows have a smooth texture that is long-wearing. The Vintage Quad shades are:

  • Blush – a medium matte pink
  • Merlot – a deep, warm purple-plum
  • Bordeaux – a shimmery deep burgundy
  • Syrah – a soft dusty pink
Youngblood Cosmetics Vintage

Youngblood Cosmetics Vintage

Youngblood Cosmetics Vintage

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Vintage Eyeshadow Palette

I love pink eyeshadow as long as the pink isn’t too bright or too blue, and these are really perfect for some pop without looking like someone ‘popped’ you in the eye. I always use a primer and with one the eyeshadows last all day. If you are looking for some Serenity to complement your Rose Quartz, you should check out the Glamour Eyes Quad – the Stunning and Charming shades look perfect for a complete Pantone 2016 combo.

Youngblood Cosmetics Pink Lust

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Pink Lust Lipstick

For lips, Youngblood sent me their Lipstick in Pink Lust ($19). This is a light metallic pink/peach. It is extremely pretty and wears well. It has a nice slip that is comfortable and the metallic sheen is awesome for adding some depth and the illusion of size to my thin lips. Youngblood lipsticks include ingredients like sunflower oil, candellila wax, and vitamin E so lips are soft and hyrdated. In addition to Pink Lust, there are 22 other shades that come in a range of finishes including sheer, metallic, pearl, cream and matte.

The Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Vintage Eyeshadow Quad and Pink Lust Lipstick are great options for trying out the rose quartz side of the Pantone 2016 colors of the year – take a look, these pretty products are worth your consideration!  – Lisa

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Instant cheekbones with Youngblood Contour Palette

Youngblood Contour Palette

Youngblood Contour Palette

I am not really a huge fan of the Kardasian’s but one thing that I always admire about those ladies is their ability to contour.  Contour can give you instant cheekbones, a slimmer nose, a thinner face…it can completely transform your look.

A really terrific contour palette with options for all skin shades is the Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Contour Palette ($47).

Youngblood Contour Palette

Youngblood Contour Palette

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This sturdy palette has 3 powder highlighter shades and 3 powder contour shades. The shades go from lightest to darkest, so this palette is extremely versatile.  All the shades are matte, making it different from the usual contour collection.

Highlighters typically have shimmer to bounce light off skin, increasing the effect. The problem with shimmer is that it doesn’t look natural. These shades are all matte so the contour/highlighting effect is definitely natural. The powders are also on the creamy side, not super dry, so they really meld into the skin.

Youngblood Contour Palette swatched

Youngblood Contour Palette swatched

My skin is a little lighter than medium and I find I can use all the shades in this palette. Youngblood also includes a very helpful booklet with illustrations for contouring and highlighting. My favorite trick is to use the lightest shade right down the center of my nose, then use the darkest shade on sides. This makes my nose look straight and far more narrow.

As far as application, I use whatever works – a brush, a sponge, my fingers. Get a Youngblood Contour Palette for yourself and have fun playing – you will be amazed at how much you can truly transform your look!  – Lisa

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