Greetings fine people! Today's Best of 2014 post is dedicated to some of my favorites in the beauty realm: setting powder, bronzer, blush, and highlighter! Kick back with a warm cuppa tea and let's chat!
SETTING POWDER (MATTE)
DRUGSTORE: L'Oreal Paris True Match Mineral Pressed Powder, $12.99 USD. This powder is so creamy and fine and it keeps my face free of shine all day. The pretty white and clear compact contains a mirror and sponge. Add that to it's smaller overall size and it's a perfect purse companion!
HIGH-END: YSL Poudre Compact Radiance (Radiance-Enhancing Pressed Powder), $47.00 USD. I picked this up randomly during a Sephora sale without doing any background research beforehand. It turned out to be one of the best setting powders I've used! The powder is finely-milled and helps control oil in my t-zone. I typically don't have to powder my nose (or forehead or cheeks) in the late afternoon hours when I've set my makeup with this little gem. I got almost a full year's worth of use out of this compact, and believe me, I used it nearly every morning!
SETTING POWDER (LUMINOUS)
DRUGSTORE: Wet N' Wild Color Icon Bronzer SPF 15 in Reserve Your Cabana, $3.99 USD. While I use this as a highlighter, it can double as an illuminating setting powder for Fair, Light, and Light-Medium skin tones, as well. The color and finish falls between Hourglass Dim Light and Incandescent Light. In fact, if you layer one over the other, the resulting shade is a very near match to Reserve Your Cabana!
HIGH-END: Hourglass Dim Light Ambient Lighting Powder, $45.00 USD. This creamy peachy beige powder gives the skin a beautiful "lit from within" appearance without the glitter. It's also one of the 3 powders housed in the Ambient Lighting Palette, so if you're not sure which one to try, get the palette and try 3! | FULL REVIEW HERE (of Mood and Diffused Light).
DRUGSTORE: I was overly involved with my mission to hit pan on the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil this year that I didn't purchase a single drugstore bronzer offering! If you found a favorite, please share it in the comments!
HIGH-END: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzer, $30.00 USD. How could I not pick this constant companion? I've had it since March 2013 and use it almost every day. The matte finish and believable shade of bronze on my NW20 (winter) - NW25 (summer) skin has just been so good, I haven't really explored many others. | FULL REVIEW HERE.
DRUGSTORE: Wet N' Wild Color Icon Bronzer SPF 15 in Reserve Your Cabana, $3.99 USD. I know! Again?! But yes, trust me when I say this is the *perfect* highlighter for people who don't want their pores to appear enlarged or their skin to look frosty! This subtle peachy illuminator gives the skin an enchanting glow without the "vamps on holiday" glitter. Thank you to Mary/aLoveTart and Sarah/tatt2sandwarpaint for the recommendation!
HIGH-END: Bobbi Brown Sandstone Shimmer Brick Compact (LE), $ USD. This is a highlighter for those about to rock! It's definitely not called a "shimmer brick" for nothin'! When swirled together, the 5 shades combine into a beautiful shimmering light copper color. This one does require a light hand (for me), but the finished look on skin is that of a bronzed goddess returning from a weekend in Belize. It is limited edition and is out of stock at Sephora, Bobbi Brown, and Nordstrom, but I did find it available at Macy's. If you want it, act soon! This one also pulls double duty as an eyeshadow!
|Fingers L to R: Milani Lady Blush, Tarte Tipsy, City Color Fresh Melon|
DRUGSTORE: We have a TIE! First up: City Color Cosmetics Fresh Melon Be Matte Blush, $4.99 USD. This buttery soft, pigmented coral was my ride or die throughout the summer! It outlasted numerous weeks of humid, 90 degree temperatures and never appeared faded on my skin at the end of the day. The generously sized pan contains 8.9 grams of product (for reference, a Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush is 5.6 grams). Secondly: Milani Rose Powder Blush in Lady Blush, $7.99 USD. If you missed out on these all-stars of the drugstore, I have exciting news: Milani has announced they will become a part of the permanent line in 2015 and they've been spotted at CVS by Nouveau Cheap reader Autumn!
HIGH-END: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Tipsy, $26.00 USD. This orange-y coral adds the prettiest pop of color to the complexion and lasts through anything you throw at it. I wore this on my wedding day on the apples of my cheeks!
DRUGSTORE: Maybelline Master Hi-Light Hi-Lighting Bronzer in Light Bronze, $9.99 USD. This gorgeous neutral blush/bronzer hybrid yields a glowing (but never sparkly) rose gold tone. Thank you to Marge/IG@margecarlos for convincing me to try something from the line!
HIGH-END: Another TIE! Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure, $35.00 USD. I'd call this a must-have for anyone who'd rather spend their hard-earned cash on a blush that will go with any lip or eye look. The neutral pink color and hint of radiance literally matches EVERYTHING. Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher in Love Glow, $40.00 USD. Hands-down, the most luxurious blush I've ever owned. It has a nice heft to it, and the small details like the tiny star on the inside of the compact make it even more of a charmer. The outer ring of color can be applied to the cheekbones and the inner shade can be popped on the apples, or you can swirl your brush throughout and do whatever you like. Either way, the luminous finish is understated and beautiful, and the soft pink shade of Love Glow will be flattering across most skin tones.
BEST OVERALL SETTING POWDER, BRONZER, BLUSH, OR HIGHLIGHTER?
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
What were your favorite finds in these categories? Anything you think I should try next year?
>> Stay tuned for the next installment of my Best of 2014 series: EYES!