Backstage – Dior Colour Filters

Dior has a ton of products masquerading in this package, one of which is my favorite balm in the world.  And generally, these snappy, back-knobbed sticks show up during the runway shows, sneaking their way into the backstage photos while models get prepped to show off the new collection (clothing and cosmetics alike!)

These two new “Fix It” products, available August 1st, come in four shades, all designed to mask imperfections and unwanted tones:

  • Apricot (great for dark circles)
  • Yellow (can tone down ruddiness, as well as help with circles)
  • Blue (good for sallowness or overly-orange that needs to be evened, as well as adding radiance)
  • Green (tones down redness)

The color portion of this 2-in-1 tool wraps around a “soft focus” core that supposedly helps to diffuse lines and creases (tons of blurring products out there, so no surprise.)  The great news is that for BritishBeautyBlogger, this actually didn’t settle into lines, so it delivered what it claims it will.  She also felt it was nicely pigmented (which you can see in her swatches – I was impressed with the color payoff also given the ratio of core to color.)  

These are meant to be used as a primer for the eyes, lips, and the face, so feel free to play around!

Adding Ambient

You may have heard…Hourglass is adding four new Ambient Powders – The original Ambient Light Powders became a major player in the land of Highlighting and Strobing.  I almost want to say they had something to do with the technique becoming mainstream.

Ambient Stöbe Lighting Powder

Ambient Stöbe Lighting Powder

Well, if the six weren’t enough for you, Hourglass has launched four more, designed specifically to “strobe.”  Included in the Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders:

  • Incandescent Strobe Light (opalescent pearl for a celestial highlight)
  • Iridescent Strobe Light (illuminating pink for a soft highlight)
  • Euphoric Strobe Light (pearlescent beige for a natural highlight)
  • Brilliant Strobe Light (shimmering gold for a lustrous highlight)

The trend has become enormous enough that mass market brands have jumped on the bandwagon, and are launching their own versions (Nyx for one.)  To help you get your glow on, the company is also offering a new Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor.  Is it worth $22?  I can’t totally say, but I do like that it takes an applicator sponge one step further by adding a velvet pad on the bottom to blend – neat “add.”

Ambient Stöbe Lighting Sculptor

Ambient Stöbe Lighting Sculptor

I love barely-there, natural-looking (even under light) highlighters so I like that the originals were soft-focus.  That said, they still had shimmer, which I try to avoid – in daylight it is more obvious, and I’d rather be noticed for my skin, not my added shimmer.  So I’m not 100% sure how these look on the skin just yet but I’m eager to see!  I have found some great alternatives, ps, including from Hard Candy, which is substantially less costly if you aren’t sure!

 

 

New Physicians Formula

Physicians Formula’s new products always seem to roll out to stores like Harmon…which I no longer have nearby (rats!)  But I have seen a ton of photos of new items, many of which are indeed on their site (making snooping…and purchasing!…much easier! 😉 ) 

It’s no surprise that more and more cushion foundation compacts are emerging in the mass market scene – happy about that, frankly, as they tend to be wildly more affordable than premiere brands.  Depending on the amount of product (some cushions rack up complaints for being too pricey for the quantity they get), lower cost is a great thing! The L’Oreal Lumi has also been spotted, which is exciting. What I always look for is non-comedogenic, though (just say no to breakouts.)…and then I double-check the ingredients (which sometimes do have offenders within them!)  Limited shades on this cushion, by the way – Light and Light/Medium.  I would like to see more, as that clearly doesn’t offer a whole bunch of ladies any options!

I of course always love “blurring” tools – sometimes you wake up and “rested” is nowhere to be seen – Thank you, multi-tasking concealers!

I also notice a number of products following suit of companies like Too Faced with Instagram-inspired “filter” powders and products – you know, to give you the look of a filter but BEFORE you take the photo?  Meant to be untraceable, creating a soft-focus, I-have-perfect-skin-without-products look.  

A few other items listed I wrote about here.

Have you seen any of these in stores?  Looking forward to checking them out and hearing reviews.

No7 Airbrush Away Foundation

Boots site has been a wee bit frustrating today so I’m hoping this link works… (It appears to, but just in case!)

I saw a review from ReallyRee about the new No7 Airbrush Away Foundation, which reminds me so much of the dropper foundations of the last few months: Custom Cover Drops, MAC Water, Smashbox BB Water

The formula is designed to smooth fine lines and pores by way of optical blurring powders. laving a soft-focus finish, velvet texture and overall radiance.  Airbrush Away contains “Berryflux Vita” (sounds like a smoothie to me!) to hydrate skin, and maintains that it is non-comedogenic (which is always a sticking point for me!)

Ingredients are as follows:

Myristyl trisiloxane , Dimethicone, Ethyl trisiloxane, Dimethicone / vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, PEG 10 Dimethicone, Isododecane, Silica, Phenyl trimethicone, Talc, Stearylkonium hectorite, Alcohol denat., Laureth-4, Mica, Caprylic / capric triglyceride, Tocopherol, Dicalcium phosphate, Rubus Idaeus leaf cell culture, Aqua (Water), [+/ – (May contain) CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron oxides), CI 77492 (Iron oxides), CI 77499 (Iron oxides)].

Check out ReallyRee’s review – there aren’t many out as yet, so I was happy to see some swatches and read a few thoughts.  I think it’s fair to say I have ENOUGH products already.  But I never really stick to that, now do I!?  These dropper formulations feel like a fun art class…or fancy chem.  😀