2018 Holiday Gift Guide
Best of Beautylish
It’s the last day of Beautylish’s Annual Gift Card Event! Earn a complimentary $20 gift card for every $100 you spend at Beautylish. It ends at 11:59pm PT on November 4, 2018!
I’ve partnered with Beautylish to highlight some of my favorite products to kick off the start of their Annual Gift Card Event. All of the products featured below are ones I’ve featured previously on the blog, so you’ll find swatches and full reviews as applicable. On my own shopping list: Sonia G. Face Two Brush (have one, want another), Wayne Goss Brush 20 (have one, want another), and Farmacy Green Clean.
The formula is supposed to be a "customizable complexion booster" that can be used as a primer, highlighter, or mixed with base products. The line includes seven shades, like a more typical foundation or concealer range, but they have sheerer coverage and fine pearl, so there is some flexibility, though for added luminosity (but not altering color) all-over, one would want to choose a shade closer to their actual skin tone. Read more...
Stila says that it’s supposed to be a “long-wearing, sparkle eye shadow” in a “water-infused texture” that “dries down smoothly” with “minimal fallout.” There’s a lot to be impressed by with the formula, but there was some inconsistency in opacity and overall wateriness between shades so not all shades were equally impressive. When they’re good, they were pigmented, dried down evenly without creasing, and were long-wearing with minimal fallout. When they’re less impressive, they are more watery, semi-sheer to semi-opaque, prone to creasing as they dry down, though the wear is similar across all shades. Read more...
Top Rated Shades
The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (but is soft and blendable enough to be applied sheer if preferred). Most shades lasted between eight and nine hours on me. Read more...
Top Rated Shades
The Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed formula is described as having an "ultra-reflective shine" with a "creamy" texture that "applies seamlessly." In general, the texture of the highlighters is incredibly smooth, silky, and finely-milled with frosted to metallic finishes and the occasional more sparkly finish. Read more...
Top Rated Shades
Tobacco Vanille begins with an initial blast of spices, like cardamom, cinnamon, and clove, followed by sweetened vanilla bean, and rum–warm, boozy, and fragrant. There’s an undercurrent of chocolate after about forty-five minutes of wear while, for me, a blend of vanilla and spice continues to be the main event. I felt as if there was a general haziness to the scent, which gave it a darker element, but it didn’t smell smoky or incense-like; more unsmoked pipe tobacco. I very much had the impression that I was breathing in the aromas from a freshly-made vanilla Chai tea latte–there’s a milky creaminess that really made me feel like cozying up by a fire with a good book. Read more...
The Cream Color for Eyes formula is supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” and “metallic” with a “creamy formula” that doesn’t “crease or smudge.” The majority of the shades I’ve tried in the range live up to those things–good pigmentation but can be applied sheerly (use less and/or apply with a fluffy brush) or kept opaque (a little goes a long way) with eight to twelve hours of wear (no primer). They’re blendable and dry down fast enough not to crease too easily while you’re working on them but not so quickly that they don’t budge. I did find that a couple of the new shades were more emollient than past shades and did have a longer dry down time and were harder to keep out of creases (in this review, that would be Siren Blue).
Top Rated Shades
Top Rated Shades
Wayne Goss Brush 19 Eye Shadow Precision Blending Brush ($23.00) is a smaller, more precise crease brush that I reach for often when I want deeper color in my crease for depth and drama without getting it so diffused that it overwhelms the look. It’s one of those brushes I find so useful that I keep multiples on hand!
Sonia G. Sculpt Three is a smaller fan brush with a more typical shape, though more domed across the edge. It was incredibly silky and soft, and it was comfortable and easy to use even underneath my eyes to set undereye concealer. It’s marketed to apply a “soft wash of highlighter all over the skin,” and it’s supposed to differ from traditional fan brushes by picking up more product and giving the user more control. I’d agree with the latter; the edge picked up product better and more evenly as the product concentrated on the center rather than a little all over, so I could apply with more precision (and the smaller shaped helped, too).
Wayne Goss Brush 20 Eye Shadow Smudging Brush ($22.00) is a small, rounded crease brush that gets deep into the crease and lays down intense color and diffuses it gently but never blows out the color that one loses the definition. I love using this brush for detailed placement of color in my crease or when I want to really diffuse color along my lower lash line.
Sonia G Face Two is a smaller-sized face brush that flares from the base and has a domed edge with very soft, smooth bristles. It was designed for “contouring and sculpting the face” to be used with “blushes, bronzers, and contour powders.” I liked it most for blending and diffusing powder products on my skin, particularly using buffing motions. I find it easiest to work with sheer to medium pigmented products rather than any super intense, opaque red blush, as it can pickup a fair amount of product in one go. Where it’s a bit different than others like it is that it’s both dense enough to apply with precision but the edge of the brush splays enough to allow it to blend and diffuse product, too.
Sonia G. Worker One has the shape of a more typical, fluffy eyeshadow blending brush but is much, much denser and a bit softer with less fluffy edges. If you were ever struggling to blend something out, this one tackles it with aplomb. I’d love to see this brush shape offered in smaller sizes–at least two more!–because I find it very versatile and unique (but not strange!) within my collection of brushes. (Worker Two, which is newly released, is the same in shape and size but is undyed). Out of all the brushes in the range, Worker One is the one I’d most recommend and one that I’ve purchased duplicates of.