Speed Reviews: Volume VIII

MAC Studio Fix Perfecting Powder
Claims—Sheer coverage :: helps control oil :: sets makeup without disturbing color :: sets makeup :: matte finish :: nourishing ingredients :: won’t feel dry on the skin
Price—$29 at Nordstrom, maccosmetics.com
Shade Range—8
My Shade—Extra Light
Pros—Worked well on my dry skin :: finely milled :: mess proof packaging :: non-acnegenic :: set without caking
Cons—No shade match for me :: not cruelty free :: expensive
Final Thoughts—Lightest shade darkened my foundation :: great formula though :: I got at Marshalls for $12.99! :: Packaging is fine if you use a brush, but I prefer a sponge or puff so I don’t like it. However, I  get that it is appealing to others

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Highlighter
Claims—Prismatic reflections :: luminous, well-defined finish : creamy formula :: lasts up to 10 hours :: adds the perfect glow to the skin
Price—$36 at Ulta, Nordstrom, maccosmetics.com
Shade Range—7
My Shade—Double Gleam
Pros—Buildable, can get a subtle look or an intense glow :: long lasting :: STUNNING glow :: sleek compact :: no glitter :: perfect for my fair skin
Cons—Not cruelty free ::  expensive
Final Thoughts—Another Marshall’s find for $12.99 and what a dang steal :: Jessica Braun has raved about this and I totally understand why she loves it so much :: It’s a STUNNING highlight that is the most perfect gold/champagne tone for my fair skin :: I don’t know that I would pay $36 for it, that’s pretty steep, but it’s a great formula and shade

Milk Makeup Matte Cream Bronzer
Claims—Hydrating ingredients :: buildable, blendable color :: instant, natural-looking glow :: can be used to contour
Price—$30 at Sephora, milkmakeup.com :: $18 mini
Shade Range—2
My Shade—Baked
Pros—Easy to blend :: creamy formula :: mini option for travel/testing :: vegan :: cruelty free :: little bit goes a long way :: sun-kissed glow :: buildable :: not muddy on the skin
Cons—Expensive :: shade range :: availability  
Final Thoughts—Great formula, very creamy & easy to blend :: need more shades—Baked is the lightest & I had to go in with a VERY light hand so it would work on my fair skin :: I got for $9.99 at Marhsalls and I definitely wouldn’t pay $30. There are cheaper cream bronzers out there :: I like the formula, but I definitely don’t get all the hype surrounding this product

Tarte Shape Tape Glow Powder
Claims—Radiant baked finishing powder :: Amazonian clay absorbs excess oil :: Diamond complex reflects light to neutralize skin discoloration, dullness, and darkness :: no glitter or shimmer :: soothe & soften the skin
Price—$29 at Ulta, tartecosmetics.com :: $15 mini
Shade Range—3
My Shade—Sunlit
Pros—Talc-free :: vegan :: cruelty free :: mini for travel/testing
Cons—Shade range :: expensive :: availability (Ulta exclusive) :: no shade match for me
Final Thoughts—The lightest shade is too dark for me :: I used it as a finishing powder & a setting powder and it darkened my foundation :: Returned

NARS Sunkissed Bronzing Cream
Claims—Velvety, cream-to-powder bronzing hybrid :: soft-matte finish :: blends seamlessly :: sun kissed warmth
Price—$38 at Sephora, Nordstrom
Shade Range—2
My Shade—Laguna
Pros—Creamy :: easy to blend :: little goes a long way :: buildable :: sleek packaging
Cons—Limited edition :: not cruelty free :: expensive
Final Thoughts—Worth every single penny! If cream products intimidate you, try this one. :: so easy to blend and gives the perfect amount of warmth without looking muddy :: WAY better than the Milk Stick

Kosas Cloud Set Baked Setting & Smoothing Powder
Claims—Soft, sheer setting and smoothing powder :: gives the most smooth, blurred, healthy look every :: feels like nothing :: diffused natural finish of a loose powder in a no-mess pressed powder
Price—$34 at Sephora, Nordstrom
Shade Range—10
My Shade—Airy
Pros—Shade range :: vegan :: cruelty free :: non-comedogenic :: locked foundation in place :: smoothed :: great on my dry skin :: lightweight :: agree with all claims
Final Thoughts—Dry skin dream! My complexion looked FLAWLESS :: healthy glow without being overly dewy :: works well as a finishing or setting powder :: I normally prefer loose powders, but I love this


3 responses to “Speed Reviews: Volume VIII”

  1. […] Tried –Climax Extreme Mascara (review) –Soft Matte Complete Foundation (review) –All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (review) –Radiant Creamy Concealer (review) –Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation (review) –Velvet Lip Glide (review) –Blush –Afterglow Lip Balm –Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil –Satin Lipstick Pencil –Lipstick –Bronzer Powder –Air Matte Sheer Cream Blush (review) –Oil-Infused Lip Tint –Audacious Lipstick –Lip Gloss –Sunkissed Bronzing Cream (review) […]


  2. […] MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish Highlighter (review) […]


  3. […] Laguna Bronzing Cream, $38 (review)Putty Bronzer, $7 […]


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