4.30.2011

Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation


If you followed me through my recent foundation journey where I sampled several different foundations in hopes of finding The One, you'll know that I finally settled on MUFE Face & Body foundation in the end. And since I decided prior to starting P10P that my HG foundation (if I happened to be lucky enough to find it) would be the only makeup purchase I'd allow myself to make before the completion of P10P, I bought it.


MUFE F&B costs $38 for 1.69oz of product, which is about 0.69oz more than the average liquid foundation. As far as I'm aware, all F&B bottles now come equipped with a pump, too. It's a waterproof and water-based foundation, so it needs to be shaken before each use in order to mix the water with the pigment. 

It has a perfumey, old lady makeup scent (aka floral) mixed with a touch of sunscreen scent that is definitely detectable but not overwhelmingly strong, although I've been told this can vary from bottle to bottle. I'm very sensitive to scents but this one doesn't actually bother me at all and  seems to dissipate fairly quickly after application. I'm roughly an NC25 in MAC shades right now, and my MUFE F&B shade is #20 Ivory for "light skin with beige undertones."



I normally use about a pump and a half for my whole face, and shown above is roughly a bit more than half a pump. It may seem like a lot but the foundation is so light, unlike most foundations, that it's really not too much at all.


Here it is blended (towards the bottom), and the top was left unblended for comparison purposes. As you can see (or maybe not), once blended in, the foundation is virtually undetectable. It looks like skin, not foundation on your skin.

As far as skin types that work best with this foundation, MUFE claims it's best on normal skin types and I know from experience that it is also great on oily skin types. I'm not sure how it would fare on drier skin types because I have no way of testing that. I also just want to add that I've never experienced any cakey-ness whatsoever with this foundation.


I like to use my Sigma F80 brush to buff it in but when I use my fingers (which work well too), the foundation feels watery when blending despite the jiggly, almost gelatinous-like texture it has when it's pumped out of the bottle. Although I've read other reviews describing the coverage as "very sheer," I'd have to say that I simply disagree. The coverage I get with MUFE F&B is in the light-medium spectrum that is slightly buildable. 

I've never tried MAC Face & Body foundation, but I've heard that it can tend to feel sticky after application and needs to be set with powder. This is nothing like that and isn't sticky at all after application. I set it with powder because my skin is extremely oily but for those who have normal/combination or even only slightly oily skin could probably get away with not powdering at all. It's very long-lasting on me (I think the waterproof formula has a lot to do with it) and I notice that much less foundation is transferred to the tissue when I blot my face. 

It's extremely easy to blend and I completely agree with MUFE's claim that it has a "totally natural, satin finish." The finish is not dewy at all. It just looks like a better, fresher version of your skin

In conclusion...
PROS:
-Comes with 1.69oz; a better deal than most high-end foundations.
-Natural, skin-like finish that just enhances skin tone.
-Waterproof and long-lasting, even on oily skin.
-Did not make me break out.

NEUTRALS (depends on personal preference):
-Light to light-medium coverage.
-Contains no SPF so great for flash photography.

CONS:
-Scented.
-Bottle is kind of bulky and not great for travel.


I think it's pretty safe to say MUFE F&B foundation is my new HG foundation :)


What's your Holy Grail foundation?


♥ Revisited: My Top 3 Highlighters ♥

My next Revisited post is My Top 5 Highlighters. The biggest change, as you may already have guessed from the title, is that I only have 3 favorites now :)

Basically, the point of these Revisited posts will be to take a look back at my top 5 picks and see if and how they've changed or stayed the same. I don't take back anything I said about any of these products because at the time, I absolutely felt that way and loved them for reasons I discussed in those posts. Some of those products I still love (products that are still in the top 5 are denoted with an * symbol) , a few not so much, and others got pushed out of my top 5 because different products took their place.

My Top 5 Highlighters as of September 2010 were:
e.l.f. Shimmer Palette
MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle
NARS Orgasm Illuminator
* Dior Amber Diamond Shimmer Star
MAC Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl (LE)

My Top 3 Highlighters as of April 2011 are:
MAC MSF in Perfect Topping (LE)
MAC Pigment in Vanilla
* Dior Amber Diamond Shimmer Star

From L to R:
MAC MSF in Perfect Topping (LE)
MAC Pigment in Vanilla
Dior Amber Diamond

As far as my previous favorites that didn't make it into my new favorites, here's why:
-I still like my e.l.f. Shimmer Palette but that's it. I like it.
-I realized that while MAC Soft & Gentle is a gorgeous color, the shimmer can be quite chunky at times and there can sometimes be fall-out.
-NARS Orgasm Illuminator was okay. It was just really, really subtle on me.
-MAC Shell Pearl is pretty but a bit overrated, in my opinion. 

(Swatched in same order as above)

(Blended out)

1. MAC Perfect Topping kind of looks disappointing in the above swatches but in real life, it's a super pretty, subtle, pale peachy-pink highlight. The MSF itself is extremely finely milled and the shimmer is not chunky and does not produce any fall-out whatsoever. If anything, Perfect Topping can tend to look a bit powdery if used in excess and may look a bit ashy on darker skin tones. I like to use my MAC 188 to apply powder highlighters because it applies the perfect amount and blends it in flawlessly.

2. MAC Vanilla is, in my opinion, the most gorgeous highlighter in my entire makeup collection. It looks white in the container, but once applied to the skin and blended out, it reveals a multitude of other colors and transforms itself into what can be best described as a multi-dimensional, pale gold color. It's shimmery and can be quite dramatic and while I still like to use it during the daytime, it's the perfect highlight for nights out. I don't reach for Vanilla on days when a) I want a subtle highlight, and b) I don't feel like dealing with a potential loose powder mess.

3. Dior Amber Diamond is my favorite highlighter of the three. It's a shimmery peach with a touch of bronze, and it looks equally amazing and appropriate during the day as it does at night. The peachy bronze base helps it to blend in flawlessly with your complexion, and I can't imagine it would ever look ashy on any skin tone. Fairer skin tones may prefer to use only the lighter half, but the swatch above is of all of the shades swirled together.

Here's one last look at them blended out. I dare you to tell me Vanilla Pigment doesn't look amazing!


What are your favorite highlighters?


4.29.2011

Things that have been making me smile in Blogland...


♥ MusicalHouses reviewed the new range of St.Tropez Skin Illuminators, and the Violet one made me seriously contemplate breaking my P10P so that I could buy it, but then a dear friend came to my rescue...more on that later :)

♥ One of my good friends, Jayme, opened up her Etsy shop this week and this coffee coat is so cute! I die!


♥ Jessica solidifies NARS Mounia blush's spot on my wishlist...and check out that gorgeous lip combo!


♥ I honestly don't know anyone else who could pull off a bright, multi-colored, printed maxi dress quite like Jess can. Be jealous, ladies. I am.


♥ Ebru shows us Sephora's newest 500-point perk by Tarte and I gotta say, it's looks pretty awesome! 


♥ You guys have to watch Vivianna's April Favorites video because a) she's a doll and b) this quote around 3:30, "I showed this in my What's in my Travel Makeup Bag video, and a lot of you were pretty jeal because..." I literally laughed out loud :D


 Lastly, I am IN LOVE with Alex's H&M shorts in this video!


♥ 


4.27.2011

♥ Revisited: My Top 5 Lipsticks ♥

Today, I'm revisiting My Top 5 Lipsticks post and surprisingly enough, while I still really like the ones I chose back then, none of my favorites stayed the same.

Basically, the point of these Revisited posts will be to take a look back at my top 5 picks and see if and how they've changed or stayed the same. I don't take back anything I said about any of these products because at the time, I absolutely felt that way and loved them for reasons I discussed in those posts. Some of those products I still love (products that are still in the top 5 are denoted with an * symbol) , a few not so much, and others got pushed out of my top 5 because different products took their place.

My Top 5 Lipsticks as of August 2010 were:
MAC Angel (frost)
Edward Bess Nude Lotus
MAC Snob (satin)
Revlon Cherries in the Snow
MAC Viva Glam VI SE (lustre)

My Top 5 Lipsticks as of April 2011 are:
Chanel Rouge Allure in Genial (LE)
MAC Girl About Town (amplified)
MAC Lazy Day (lustre) (LE)
MAC Shy Girl (cremesheen)
MAC Sheen Supreme in Bare Again


Left to right:
Chanel Genial (LE)
MAC Girl About Town
MAC Lazy Day (LE)
MAC Shy Girl
MAC Bare Again

(Swatched in same order as above)

1. Chanel Genial is a funny little thing. I really don't tend to wear it all that much because the color is a bit out of my comfort zone for everyday wear, but I just love it so much anyway. Genial is an uber bright coral that borders on neon, and the Rouge Allure formula is just fantastic - smooth, comfortable, and wears really well. You can see me wearing it here.

2. MAC Girl About Town is a great going-out lipstick. I forgot how nice it was until I wore it recently in this post and unexpectedly got tons of compliments. The MAC Amplified formula is also one of my favorites because it's extremely pigmented but still very creamy.

3. MAC Lazy Day is basically my updated favorite pale pink lipstick in place of MAC Angel from my original post. MAC Lazy Day (lustre), Angel (frost), and Creme Cup (cremesheen) are all more or less the same color, but the main difference between the three lies in the formulation (see below). I chose Lazy Day because I really love the light, lustre formula the best if I had to choose, but I really do love of three of them a lot.

4. MAC Shy Girl is the newest of the five, but it wasted no time in working its way into my favorites. It's a gorgeous nudey-peach shade that goes with nearly every look. I especially love it because it gives me the effect of a 'nude' lip without washing me out. You can see a lip swatch here.

5. Last, but not least, is MAC Bare Again from the new-ish Sheen Supreme line of lipsticks. Bare Again is the only one I've tried from that range so I can't speak for all of them, but this particular lipstick has a fantastic shiny, semi-sheer coverage formula that doesn't dry out my lips at all, despite what I've read in other reviews. This shade is best described as my personal 'My Lips but Better' shade. You can see it in this FOTD.

Lazy Day, Angel, and Creme Cup comparison:
Top to bottom:
Creme Cup (cremesheen)
Angel (frost)
Lazy Day (lustre)

What are a few of your current favorite lipsticks?


4.26.2011

The Fabulous Loopholes in P10P :)


I'm not a Project 10 Pan expert by any means, having only finished 2 measily products in the past one and a half months, but I have discovered a few loopholes in the system while continuing on my treacherous, makeup-purchase-free journey. 

Keep in mind, though, that my personal P10P goal was to specifically use up 10 makeup and/or nail polishes (although I'm not really anticipating using up any nail polishes) and not buy any more of those products until then. Someone who is attempting a classic P10P may not find nearly as many loopholes as I have...which is probably a good thing ;)

Loophole #1 
Perfume:: Clearly fair-game since it's neither makeup nor nail polish, I indulged myself in a quick pick-me-up with a rollerball of Stella by Stella McCartney EDP. I'll still give myself a pat on the back, though, for resisting and not shelling out too much money while on P10P and getting the full-size bottle.

Loophole #2 
Skincare:: I asked on Twitter whether people considered Origins VitaZing a makeup or skincare product and got several extremely iffy replies. Then, when I went to take a look in-store, I noticed that it's clearly marketed as a moisturizer, therefore being fair-game, and therefore finding it's way into my shopping bag.

Loophole #3
Freebies/Samples:: I actually picked up all of my foundation samples prior to starting P10P, but I think that samples and little freebies (like Sephora 100-point perks) are a good way to curb your new makeup cravings. Just make sure not to be obnoxious and go all out on a sample-collecting frenzy if you're not honestly considering buying something - it's just rude and inconsiderate to the sales associates. By the way, I won this Essie nail polish in Day Without Blues on the TOMS Facebook page :)

Loophole #4
Gifts:: It's kind of cheating, I know. Especially when they live in a completely different state and you actually gave them your address so that they could send it to you, all the while knowing you shouldn't be allowed to acquire any new makeup. All I can say is that it's rude to not accept gifts, right? ;) I'm just kidding, by the way - in no way am I suggesting or asking that anyone send me gifts.

Loophole #5 
Mascara:: I hadn't really thought P10P all the way through before embarking on it, and when I found myself mascara-less a mere 3 weeks in after my mascara dried out, I panicked...and after I was done panicking, I bought a new mascara. To be fair, I bought a simple drugstore one that costed $5, not YSL Faux Cils or anything. And let's be honest, P10P is cool and all, but no one wants to look fugly doing it.

Loophole #6 
Lip Balm:: By far one of the easiest and quickest things to use up, especially if you have dry lips like mine. Just keep slapping it on like nobody's business and you're bound to finish one up in no time.

Loophole #7
Minis:: You know those mini Lipglasses and Lustreglasses that MAC releases sometimes around holiday time? Well, they have 0.08oz compared to 0.17oz in full-sized versions, BUT a full-sized Dazzleglass only contains 0.06oz and a full-sized Cremesheen Glass contains 0.09oz, so technically, the minis are not really all that mini after all, and are fair-game for being used up (hopefully at a much faster rate) and counting as 1 product each :) I learned this fun fact after reading a post on Sandra's blog a long time ago!

As you can see, some of these are loopholes; others are bending of the rules/cheats that I've attempted to mask as 'loopholes'. I hope this helps some of you who are contemplating embarking on your own P10P! We can do it!


4.24.2011

Blogger Interrogation: Serafia's



The blogger: Serafia. It isn’t my real name, but it’s what I go by in the makeup community. 

The blog: Serafia’s (I know, how original… :D ) 

What is the first blog you remember following? 
A makeup blog or something else? First blog I followed must have been by a then 30-year old single mom who wrote a diary-type blog. First makeup blog that I followed was this Finnish blog Karkkipäivä. That means “Candy Day”. 

What is the last blog you followed? 

Without checking, how many lipsticks do you think you own? 
I have about a dozen. I don’t use them often. Most of the time I carry one with me, but I never remember to reapply, so often I won’t even bother applying lipstick in the first place. I’m not used to wearing lipstick. I’m even worse with lip gloss. 

How many do you really own? 
A dozen, really. Though I cannot check cause I’m not at home at the moment. But I honestly don’t have much more than a dozen. 

You can only use 3 makeup products for the rest of your life. Which ones will they be?
This one is easy. My must have’s are black mascara, black cake eyeliner and light brown brow pencil. The cake eyeliner must be by Ben Nye, mascara and brow pencil can be whatever, often I use a mascara by Maybelline. 

You have to get rid of 3 of your makeup products right now. Which ones will they be? 
A liquid foundation that I never use. I do not like liquid foundations, they won’t work on me at all. Second item would be the 88 neutral palette. I don’t use neutrals that much, and if I do, they won’t be from that palette. The third item would be a Shine & Redness neutralizer powder. It doesn’t do what it promises to do. ;) 

What is your best makeup tip? 
Use products you’re comfortable using. If you have a gel eyeliner because someone said it’s the best one there is, and now you feel obligated to use that one but you find it doesn’t work for you, just switch back to the one you were using before and were comfortable with using. 

What is your makeup pet peeve? 
Bleached lips. Concealer lips. It has many names. Basically the lips are way too light compared to their skin tone. I also hate thick foundations. I find a lot of girls use a full coverage foundation and a lot of concealer, when they really don’t have a need for it. I don’t like the full coverage look anyway, it feels too made up for everyday use. 

What is the worst makeup crime you’ve ever committed? 
White kajal as my eyeliner. By my top lashes, not on the waterlines. Only white kajal. I didn’t even have mascara on. 

What is one thing your readers don’t know about you? 
I’m a chemistry nerd and want to become fluent in four languages. 

Please link us to your favorite post. 
I used Manly 120 palette and NYX’s jumbo eyeshadow pencils to create this look. I did this thinking about New Year’s Eve, but I ended up posting this later. So maybe someone will be doing this for the next New Year’s Eve party? 
 

Thank you to Serafia for letting us interrogate her!

Thank you so much for the overwhelmingly positive response so far on my Blogger Interrogation series! It seems there are quite a few people interested in being interrogated and so far, I have bloggers lined up for the next 2 months so unfortunately, I won't be taking any more volunteers at this time. I'll be sure to let you guys know when I am (probably in a few weeks)! Thanks so much for understanding :)


A Look Inside My Makeup Bag.


I recently ordered a handmade makeup bag on Etsy.

It's an oilcloth makeup bag by Lucy Blaire (her seller name is LucyBlaireCreations), and they have a few different prints listed but since I wanted this specific combination (olive colored zipper with the polka dot design), I ordered it through her 'custom' listing.

My bag is the large size and it measures 9.5" long, 4" wide, and 5" tall. The normal large bags retail for $18, but the custom large bags retail for $19. 

The bag itself is really cute and the oilcloth material means that it's shiny on the outside and can easily be cleaned and wiped down. On the inside, however, the bag is not lined and the material is not the same as it is on the outside (not shiny), and I'm not sure it can be cleaned or wiped off as easily. To me, that's a bit silly because if your makeup ever spilled and your bag got dirty, it'd be dirty on the inside, not the outside, and it's more important to me that the inside is easy to clean than it is the outside. Also, the bag is very thin and a bit flimsy - I just hope it lasts a decent while. Overall, I'm pretty happy with it, but I feel it may be a bit overpriced considering how thin it is and the fact that it's not lined.


A look inside...

The bag is very big inside (hence the large size), and all the products I have in it right now only fill it up a little more than halfway. I like to keep my current favorite products and products I'm currently using in my makeup bag for easy access so that I don't have to dig through my entire makeup collection everyday to find them, but I keep the bag at home on my dresser. I don't actually take it with me in my handbag or anything :)

Face products:
Origins VitaZing moisturizer
Diorskin Sculpt Lifting Smoothing concealer
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
MAC Studio Finish concealer
MUFE Face & Body foundation
Bare Minerals Well Rested

Eyeshadow palettes:
Inglot palette
Urban Decay Naked palette

Eye products:
MAC Vanilla pigment
MAC Soft Ochre paint pot
Clinique Black brush-on cream liner
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara
Shu Uemura eyelash curler
MAC NC20/NW15 Chromagraphic pencil 
Milani Liquif'eye Pencils in Brown and Black
Urban Decay Primer Potion

Cheek products:
Tarte Tipsy Amazonian Clay blush
Illamasqua Hussy blush
Dior 002 Honey Matte bronzer
Dior Amber Diamond
Bourjois Delice de Poudre #52
MAC Stereo Rose MSF

Lip products:
MAC Boy Bait Cremesheen Glass
MAC Shy Girl lipstick
MAC Bare Again Sheen Supreme lipstick


What current favorites are in your makeup bag right now?


4.22.2011

Friday's Face and Outfit.


To-Do List for Friday:
1. Try Origins VitaZing for the first time. 
2. Take FOTD and OOTD pictures. 
3. Go out to dinner with friends. 
4. See Water for Elephants. 
5. Blog. (See below.)

First thoughts on Origins VitaZing are that it's neither good nor bad. It's eh. It gives super sheer coverage with a slightly dewy finish. What I do like is that it gives a tiny bit more coverage when used under foundation, and since my foundation (MUFE F&B) doesn't have tons of coverage to begin with, it's definitely a welcomed contribution. I'll review it more in depth after I've used it more.

I didn't know that Water for Elephants was a book until I found out they were making the movie, and since the books seem to almost always be better than their movie counterparts, I decided to forgo the book until I had seen the movie in order to not be let down. I thought the movie was so good and Reese (we're apparently on a first name basis) looked gorgeous throughout the entire thing! You should totally watch it :)


Face:
Origins VitaZing (moisturizer)
MUFE Face & Body foundation in #20
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NC30
Diorskin Sculpt Lifting Smoothing concealer in 002 Beige
Bare Minerals Well Rested
MAC MSFN in Medium Plus
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Base
Illamasqua Bronzer in Burnish (as blush)
Dior Amber Diamond

Eyes:
UDPP
MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
Inglot e/s (green and black shades from this palette)
MAC Pigment in Vanilla
Bourjois Delice de Poudre #52 (blend out shadows)
Milani Liquif'eye Pencil in Black (waterline)
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Blackline
L'Oreal Voluminous mascara

Lips:
MAC l/s in Bare Again

And here are my OOTD puzzle piece-type pictures :)




Sheer black top: TJ Maxx
Black skinny pants: Target
Black jewel ring: Banana Republic
Silver ring: Forever 21
Tassle necklace: Forever 21
Brown wedges: Kohl's (these are my new obsession!)
Nail polish: Revlon Black with Envy

I love those wedges, by the way. I rarely ever wear shoes that are non-flats, and I've worn these two days in a row! That's saying a lot for me. And the best part about them by far is that they were originally $60 and I got them for $24! It's funny how a good deal makes them look even cuter ;)


4.20.2011

Definitely/Not Worth the Hype.


Unlike my original Not Worth the Hype post, this one will end with a few products that are worth the hype :) Don't forget, these are only my opinions based on my personal preferences and experiences with these products - it does not necessarily mean other people won't like them either.


First up is MAC Well Dressed blush. My issues with Well Dressed are that it just doesn't show up very well on me unless I really layer it. I'm sorry, but I just don't understand it. At first, I thought it was because I was too tan, but lately I been hovering around NC23-ish (not dark at all), and I still have issues with this blush showing up on my skin. In addition, I feel like once I've layered it on, the color doesn't show up on my cheeks as the same pretty, bubblegum pink it appears to be in the pan.

EOS lip balms are easily one of the most overrated lip balms ever, in my opinion. The scent I have is Summerfruit, by the way. It smells nice but it's not very moisturizing at all. The actual balm is very solid so it only applies a very thin coat to your lips with each application, and I think that's part of the reason why it wears off so quickly too. The one good thing about this product is that it makes a nice base under lipstick because it's not thick or slippery.

The last of my 'not worth the hype' products is something that only kind of deserves to be there. L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara is actually quite good, but I have a few issues with it. Firstly, I sometimes get flaking immediately after application. I'll see a tiny black dot under my eye, for example, and when I go to brush it away, it smears all over my face and I realize it was a tiny glob of wet mascara. The wand is also hit or miss. Sometimes it's fantastic and other times, it pulls out of the tube as a clumpy mess. Lastly, this mascara smudges on me, which might as well be the kiss of death for me when it comes to mascara.

Now on to the good stuff!

Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner (mine is in the shade True Black) is fantastic! It's sooo smooth and easy to apply, not too dry and not too wet, and once it's on, it lasts all day with smudging, fading, or flaking. Another great thing about this liner is that the lid screws on tightly and securely so apparently, the liner doesn't dry out before it gets used up (unlike MAC Fluidline)! 

I feel like most people either love the Urban Decay Primer Potion or they love the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I've never tried TFSI but the reason why is simple: UDPP leaves nothing to be desired for me! It does everything it claims to do and it's everything I need my eye primer to do. It provides the perfect base for eyeshadow, allows for maximum vibrancy of eyeshadow shades, and prevents creasing and fading (even on my oily lids). Others have complained that shadows are more difficult to blend over UDPP, but I haven't really had any issues with that at all.

Need I really say more about Dior Amber Diamond? I feel like any time someone asked me which makeup product I couldn't live without, what my favorite makeup product at the moment was, or what the best highlighter was, I answered with 'Amber Diamond'. Yes, it's expensive but is it worth it? In my opinion, yes. I've been using my MAC 188 to apply it in a sideways-V shape to the tops of my cheekbones and brow bone, and I'm always amazed at how gorgeous it looks. It has the perfect balance of subtlety and drama, making for an unrivalled highlight powder.

Lastly is the Urban Decay Naked Palette. The infamous Naked Palette. I know a lot of people are over this palette now, while others thought it was overrated from the beginning. For me, I definitely think it's worth the hype. Each individual eyeshadow shade is pigmented and beautiful (although there are 2 or 3 with some glittery fallout), but the reason I think this is such a stand-out product is that this one palette contains the most fantastic combination of eyeshadow shades I've ever seen. Not only are there lid, crease, outer-v, and highlight shades, but there are at least a couple choices for each. There are so many different ways to wear this palette - it's ridiculous.

Have you tried any of these products? If so, do you agree or disagree? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

4.19.2011

♥ Revisited: My Top 5 Bronzers ♥


The general consensus on my Revisited: My Top 5 Blushes post was that you guys wanted me to revisit My Top 5 Bronzer, Highlighters, and Lipsticks the most. First up of the three is bronzers :)

Basically, the point of these Revisited posts will be to take a look back at my top 5 picks and see if and how they've changed or stayed the same. I don't take back anything I said about any of these products because at the time, I absolutely felt that way and loved them for reasons I discussed in those posts. Some of those products I still love (products that are still in the top 5 are denoted with an * symbol) , a few not so much, and others got pushed out of my top 5 because different products took their place.

My Top 5 Bronzers as of October 2010 were:
e.l.f. Bronzing Powder (from blush/bronzer duo)
*Illamasqua Burnish Bronzer (from Glint & Burnish duo)
NARS Laguna Bronzer
NYC Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny
*Benefit Hoola Bronzer

My Top 5 Bronzers as of April 2011 are:
*Benefit Hoola Bronzer
*Illamasqua Burnish Bronzer
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Base
Dior Matte Bronzer in 002 Honey Matte
Bourjois Delice de Poudre in 52

Clockwise from left:
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Illamasqua Burnish Bronzer
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Base
Dior Matte Bronzer in 002 Honey Matte
Bourjois Delice de Poudre in 52

Compared to the original post, Benefit Hoola and Illamasqua Burnish remained favorites while others got switched out because quite honestly, I've just found much better bronzers in recent months that have bumped them out of my top 5.


(Swatched in same order as above)

1. Benefit Hoola is a bronzer that also doubles as the perfect contouring powder, in my opinion. It's super smooth and easy to blend and while the matte color is on the darker side, it can definitely still work on lighter skin tones (not super fair, though, I don't think) as long as it's used with a light hand and/or a duo fibre brush. Another great thing about this blush is that there is absolutely no trace of orange in it whatsoever.

2. Illamasqua Burnish is the only non-matte bronzer in my current top 5 but it's not quite shimmery either. It has almost a semi-frosty finish but I love it because it looks amazing on days when you want to use bronzer in place of blush. It just gives the most gorgeous golden-bronze glow. Burnish would not be good used as an all-over bronzer or as a contour shade, though.

3. Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Base is the only cream bronzer in my collection and I love it because the consistency is like butter. The color is best on fair to medium skin tones because it's not very dark, and while it does swatch a bit orange, I don't find that the orange tones really translate onto the skin at all. It could honestly not be any easier to blend and despite being a cream-ish formula (I like to compare the consistency in the pot to that of a melting chocolate bar), it isn't oily at all.

4. Dior 002 Honey Matte is my baby for two reasons: it cost an arm and a leg and it's amazing! I'm kind of pastey right now and I find that this shade of bronzer is perfect for my skin tone at the moment. Out of all of my powder bronzers, Honey Matte is probably the easiest to blend and gives the most natural and subtle bronze, although it can also be built up. This is also probably my favorite bronzer of the moment.

5. Bourjois Delice de Poudre 52 (aka "The Chocolate Bronzer") is unfortunately, the only drugstore bronzer in my top 5, and even more unfortunately, not readily available in the US. Still, I've been reaching for this one nearly everyday lately because it works really well as a contour and as a bronzer, and while it's technically not matte (it claims to have "glints of sunshine", aka very small and sparse gold shimmer), it applies pretty much matte and looks super natural on the skin. The packaging is also compact and great for travel.

What's your favorite bronzer?

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