Benefit GALifornia Blush

Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush GALifornia 0.17 oz/ 5.0 g $29 and permanate.

Brand’s description:

Benefit’s NEW GALifornia golden pink blush is part sun, pure fun! It blends bright pink with shimmering gold, for a sunkissed glow that complements all skintones. The soft, blendable formula captures the warmth of California sunshine, while the signature scent features notes of pink grapefruit & vanilla.

Golden pink powder blush
Embellished gold overspray lifts away with each use
Includes custom rounded blush brush and mirror

the blush is also award winning and free of talc and parabens.

I have a hard time with blush. I don’t know what it is about blush that makes me think I’m applying it incorrectly. However, I’m very pleased with GALifornia. GALifornia looks amazing over bronzer, the sun does not leave behind large particals of glitter but leaves more of a soft shimmer, and on its own, it does not streak and looks more like a wash of color. Shimmery blushes either have too much shimmer and looks weird. GALifornia is very micro fine and silky.

Other details:

  • The mirrors is impossible to use
  • The sun in the blush is going to fade out after the first use
  • Packaging has plenty of detail

Bite Beauty Multisticks in Cashew and Gelato

Gelato

Bite Beauty Multistick Gelato 0.17oz / 4.75 g

Cashew

Bite Beauty Multistick Cashew 0.17oz / 4.75 g

The tube is magnetic, so when the cap goes on it snaps shut.

Formula is a multi purpose cream able to be used on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Eyes– I was able to smoothly use both shades as transition shadow colors without them creasing even after two hours. As shadow, they are ok, and I didn’t care for them. On the lid, individually, they looked more like an eye tint as supposed to an actual shadow. As an individual shadow, I’ll pass.

Cheeks– I love both shades as blush. I use them individually and as blush toppers. Individually, Gelato did not give off a ‘sickly’ look, and Cashew is very flattering. As blush, the sticks did streak, fade, or look patchy, and easy to blend. The easiest motion I liked was applying it directly from the tube with three separated spaces, and then blending them out.

Lips– they make amazing, creamy, full coverage lipsticks. They can also be applied directly from the tube. However, if one wants a more precise line, then maybe use a lip brush. For myself, I don’t like lip brushes and managed to get a precise line.

When I’m in a hurry, the sticks are very helpful when I don’t feel like doing a full on face look. I got a feeling Cashew will be a frequently repurchased.

The Multisticks are $24 each exclusively to Sephora and the Bite Beauty website.

 

MAC Lipglass Oh Baby

I had a few empties this year and earned a free newly reformulated Mac Lip Glass in Oh Baby. I haven’t used the Lip Glasses in forever and love their brand new formula. Compared to the old formula, I don’t feel much of a difference other than the gloss being less sticky and more opaque. I feel for myself the size change is ideal (I don’t go through glosses quickly) even though it is less than the original. The packaging has a nice weight, style, and feel.

Oh Baby is a shimmering bronze. In person, I noticed very small 3D flecks of silver. Oh Baby has gone with every single nude to brown lip color I own 🙂. Click each image a few times to get it full size.

Depending on the retailer, the Lip Glass is still the original price ($17).

Urban Decay Moondust Palette😍

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette $49 with 8 exclusive shades. The shadows are pressed glitters with multi facets of shifty goodness. The shadows have so much shift they almost change color in different lighting.

The shade that stood out to me the most was Element. Under direct light the shade looks red, and under florescent light it looks burnt orange. Specter has more pigment in person. I thought it was going to be a weak color and more as a highlight, but it had good color payoff. Specter, Vega, and Lithium are my faves. I still have yet to try Element, Granite, and Magnetic.

The swatches are dry without a base. They can be applied with a finger or brush depending on preference. In order to make the shadows hooded eye friendly, it is best to apply glitter glue (for mostly glitter eyeshadow to adhere to the lid). If you want to wear them alone or with crease colors, is up to you.

Moondust palette isn’t going to be for everyone. I normally do not wear pigments because they don’t always work. The pressed pigments like the Moondust does work for me.

Urban Decay did a great job putting this palette together. I hope they make these shades individual.