Vegan Cruelty-Free Makeup Brushes Part 2–Cheek Brushes

Last week, I shared Vegan Cruelty-Free Makeup Brushes Part 1 which focused on the best complexion brushes that I’ve found for applying foundation, concealer, powder foundation, and setting powder. Those brushes make it easy to create a well-blended and even-toned base. Every makeup look is better if it starts off with a beautiful base! The next category of brushes any makeup-lover needs is cheek brushes to apply blush, bronzer, and highlighter. 

Vegan Cruelty-Free Makeup BrushesThere are many unique types of makeup brushes available, and it can be difficult to determine which type of brush will work best for each individual’s needs. I’ve tried quite a few different types of makeup brushes through the years and I’ve learned that when it comes to cheek brushes, I usually prefer ones that apply color in a subtle way. I have fair skin and too much pigmentation on my face does not look good, so I reach for brushes that make it easy to start with a small amount of product and build intensity as needed.

In the next couple of sections, I’m going to outline the qualities of good makeup brushes, as well as the reasons I prefer vegan makeup brushes over ones made with animal hair. If you already read my post about complexion brushes, you might want to skip ahead to my favorite and most-used cheek brushes.

Qualities of a good makeup brush

Makeup brushes can make a huge difference in application. A good brush might make you realize that you actually enjoy a product that you thought you’d never use, while a poor quality brush may have the opposite effect. So what qualities does a brush need to be “good?”

  • Soft bristles
  • Durable construction
  • Does not shed
  • Comfortable handle
  • Blends products easily and evenly

All of the makeup brushes mentioned in this series share these qualities.

Vegan makeup brushes vs. Natural animal hair makeup brushes

My primary reason for buying vegan (synthetic) makeup brushes rather than natural animal hair brushes, is that I don’t want to support animal cruelty. However, there are several other reasons that synthetic brushes are superior!:

  • Synthetic brushes hold up better over time, even with frequent cleaning
  • Filaments (bristles) aren’t as porous as animal hairs and therefore don’t absorb as much product
  • Easier to clean
  • Hypoallergenic; animal hairs can cause allergic reactions
  • Often more affordable

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Powder blush (with average or low pigmentation) – Real Techniques 400 Blush Brush 

Product claims on RealTechniques.com: Our blush brush is custom-cut to contour and define cheeks for a natural looking rosy glow. Performs 2x better than prestige (based on third-party independent lab testing vs. the leading prestige cosmetic brush brand).

It took me a really long time to find a good everyday blush brush. Most of them that I tried either picked up too much product or the shape was awkward for me to use. When I picked up the Real Techniques 400 Blush Brush from Ulta, I was a little bit skeptical that it would work for me due to its size. This brush is quite large and looks very similar to a typical powder brush. The difference is that this brush is more elongated rather than domed and the bristles are slightly more dense to pick up more product. 

This brush does pick up a good amount of product, but not too much unless I’m working with a highly pigmented blush (I’ve learned to only use this brush with blushes that have average or low pigmentation). The size and shape of this brush make it very easy to sweep blush over my cheeks for a wash of color that isn’t too intense. Sometimes I want to build up the color on the apples of my cheeks, and to do that I pick up a little more blush and brush it lightly on that area while holding the brush perpendicular to my cheeks (so only the very end of the brush head is touching my face). That method makes it easy to control the area where the blush goes since this brush is on the larger side.

Powder blush (with high pigmentation) – Profusion PD2 Tapered Powder Brush

Product description on ProfusionCosmetics.com: Use the Tapered Powder Brush for more lightweight application of powder products, such as highlight or blush.

While Profusion isn’t very well-known for its brushes, they are high quality and some of the best I’ve tried. This is the only face brush I own from Profusion (you’ll see several Profusion eye brushes in the next installment of this series), but I’m quite impressed with it. 

I’ve found that the Profusion PD2 Tapered Powder Brush is absolutely perfect for applying highly pigmented blushes like e.l.f. Primer Infused Blush, and that’s because the bristles are not dense at all. In fact, when I first got this brush, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it because the bristles felt so loose (not loose as in “may fall out easily,” but the opposite of “dense”). It turned out to be a good thing, because this brush picks up a very small amount of product and that’s exactly what I want when I’m working with a highly pigmented blush. This brush also looks very elegant. The ferrule is rose gold and the handle is long and matte black. It looks very pretty in my brush organizer!

Cream blush or powder/cream contour – e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush

Product claims on ElfCosmetics.com: Create soft layers by adding texture for a natural airbrushed result. The two layers of bristles create ultimate control from sheer to heavy coverage for small and hard to reach places. Ideal with liquid, cream or powder products, foundation, concealer, and cream blush. 

The e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush is a unique and versatile brush. I don’t use it all that often (since I reach for powder blushes more often than creams and I don’t contour often), but when I do I’m always pleased with the results! I primarily use it with cream blushes like the e.l.f. Putty Blush that I recently started using. I tap some of the blush on with my fingers and then use the brush to distribute it evenly over my cheeks. A lot of people use only their fingers to apply cream blushes, but for me it always looks better when I use a brush. 

Since this brush is very small, it also works well for contouring the cheekbones (as well as other parts of the face). My only contouring product is a powder, but I think this brush would work just as well with a cream contour product. The duo-fiber bristles don’t pick up too much product, which lends this brush well to subtle product application.

Bronzer – EcoTools Blending & Bronzing Brush

Product claims on EcoTools.com: The Blending & Bronzing brush is designed with duo-fiber bristles for buildable application to achieve an even, sun-kissed glow.

While I struggled with finding the perfect makeup brush for many of the steps in my makeup routine, bronzer is one that was very easy! When I bought my first bronzer, I also bought this EcoTools Blending & Bronzing brush, and it’s the only bronzer brush I’ve used since. It’s perfect and I don’t feel the need to use anything else! I was very happy to see that this brush is still available since it has been around for a long time. 

Just like with the e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush, the EcoTools Blending & Bronzing brush has duo-fiber bristles that pick up just the right amount of product. Bronzer is something that I could easily go overboard with on my fair skin, but this brush makes it easy to pick up the right amount and blend it seamlessly. My bronzer always looks natural and well-blended thanks to this brush!

Highlighter – Real Techniques 402 Setting Brush

Product claims on RealTechniques.com: Our micro setting brush is the key to completing any look with a controlled dusting of powder or highlighter. MUA favorite.

I don’t wear highlighter every day, but when I do I want to make sure I’m in complete control of where it goes on my face. That means using a small brush for targeted application. The best I’ve used so far is the Real Techniques 402 Setting Brush. It isn’t fancy, but it’s very good at its job! My highlighter always looks perfect when applied with this soft little brush, whether I want a very subtle highlight or if I want to build it up to look more intense.

This brush is also a popular option for setting the under-eye area with powder, but as I mentioned in “Part 1” of this series, I prefer the e.l.f. Small Tapered Brush for that purpose.


I adore all five of these cheek brushes. They’re all very high quality, and I’m pleased that I was able to again share some very affordable products! 

I look forward to bringing you more amazing makeup brushes next week in “Part 3” of this series which will focus on my favorite type of makeup brushes: eye brushes!

Thanks so much for reading! Please share your favorite cheek brushes with me in the comments below. 🙂

Lauren

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ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara–Award-Winning Clean Mascara

Mascara, how I love thee… Mascara is the one makeup product that I absolutely can’t be without. It’s such an important staple for me, that the very first makeup product review I wrote and posted back in August, was about the Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara. That mascara is very well-known and loved by many, including me. For a long time, I thought I’d never find another mascara that I like as well as that one. While I still think that mascara is excellent and I even have a backup tube of it stashed away, I also enjoy trying new products to keep things fresh and interesting. 

ILIA Limitless Lash MascaraI’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos on clean makeup products, and one that has been mentioned repeatedly is ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara. It has a reputation as one of the best clean mascaras on the market. I don’t have any intention of making the switch to only clean beauty products, but a lot of them seem quite impressive and of course I want to see what all the fuss is about with ILIA’s mascara!

ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara is the first product I’ve ever owned from the brand, but I’ve had my eye on ILIA for a while. ILIA believes in combining skincare and makeup, so its formulas are created with active skincare ingredients that protect the skin. ILIA also shares my belief that clean beauty should include both natural and synthetic ingredients, because there are both good and bad in each of those categories. ILIA selects only the best ingredients for its formulas.

Product claims directly from ILIABeauty.com

ILIA’s Limitless Lash Mascara is an award-winning clean mascara that goes above and beyond the expectations of any natural mascara. Buildable and flake-free, this 99% natural mascara lifts, curls, lengthens and adds just the right amount of volume.

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Other product details

  • Price: $28.00 (full size) OR $13.00 (mini)
  • Net weight: 0.27 oz. | 8 g (full size) OR 0.10 oz. | 3 g (mini)
  • Made in Italy
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Water-resistant (not waterproof)
  • Free of oils, gluten, talc, parabens, phthalates, petroleum, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, BHA/BHT, propylene glycol, PEGs, and cyclomethicones
  • Currently only comes in one shade: After Midnight (soft black)
  • Rubber bristles
  • 99% natural ingredients
  • Special ingredients that promote healthy lashes:
    • Arginine (amino acid found in keratin)
    • Shea butter
    • Beeswax
  • Recyclable packaging 
    • ILIA is partnered with TerraCycle. With ILIA’s recycling program, up to five empty beauty products (ILIA and/or other brands) can be recycled every month for free. Click here for more information. 
  • Awards:
    • Best Clean Mascara, Allure’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2020
    • Best Clean Mascara, Allure’s Best of Beauty 2019
    • Best Natural Mascara, Glamour Magazine 2019
  • Where to buy full size ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara: ILIABeauty.com or Amazon.com
    • ILIABeauty.com ships internationally, but currently doesn’t ship to the following locations: United Kingdom, Australia, Bahrain, China, Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Macao, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and Vietnam
    • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Where to buy mini ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara: ILIABeauty.com
  • Overall rating: 9.4/10
    • Wand/ease of application: 10/10
    • Lengthening: 10/10
    • Staying power: 10/10
    • Ease of removal: 9/10
    • Price: 8/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Wand/ease of application

ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara wandThe ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara has one of the most unique wands I’ve ever seen. ILIA tested over 100 mascara wands before choosing this one. The wand includes two types of bristles: there are several rows of short bristles that have a slightly hourglass shape (these bristles are spaced close together), and one row of longer bristles that are all the same length but spaced farther apart. 

ILIA intends for the short bristles to be used first, to curl and create volume. Then, the long bristles lift, lengthen, and separate. Since the main things I want from mascara are length and separation, I spend more time using the long bristles. Sometimes I exclusively apply this mascara using the one row of longer bristles, and that works quite well. If volume is more important to you than length, you may want to focus your efforts on applying this mascara with the shorter bristles. 

I find this mascara to be quite easy to apply. It glides easily over my eyelashes and builds quickly. I apply to one eye at a time, building as much volume and length as I want. More mascara can be applied after the first coat dries, but it can get clumpy that way. Some people like their mascara on the clumpier side, but since I don’t have very full eyelashes, I prefer to keep them separated to look more feathery. 

Lengthening

I look for added length from every mascara that I use. I would say that my eyelashes are pretty average as far as length, but since they are a bit sparse and I have slightly hooded eyelids, I like as much length as possible. Extra length makes my eyes stand out much more than they would otherwise. ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara doesn’t actually provide limitless length, but it can be built up to make my lashes plenty long. They really pop in this photo! I like how natural my lashes still look, even with all the extra length this mascara provides. I also appreciate how quickly that length builds. This is one of the most effortless mascaras I’ve ever tried.

Volume isn’t something that I normally look for, but I’m going to mention it here anyway. I think my eyelashes look more thick and healthy when I wear this mascara compared to others I’ve tried through the years. Adding volume is one thing that ILIA definitely does better than Thrive, in my opinion.

Staying power

Even though this is not a tubing mascara and it also isn’t waterproof, the staying power is excellent! I’ve never experienced any flaking or smudging from this mascara. It looks the same at the end of the day as it does when I’ve freshly applied it. 

In addition to staying in place on lashes, this mascara also holds a curl better than most or all of the mascaras that I’ve used in the past (note that I always curl my eyelashes before applying mascara). I’m impressed! I assume this property comes from the fact that ILIA’s formula is lightweight. 

While I can confidently say that this mascara has great staying power for everyday use, I’m not sure how well it holds up against water. It is water-resistant, but not waterproof, so rain or tears are likely to result in this mascara smudging. I wouldn’t hold that against the product since it doesn’t claim to be waterproof. 

Ease of removal

As I mentioned in the previous section, this mascara is not waterproof. I avoid waterproof mascara formulas now since they are difficult to remove and cost me eyelashes that I can’t afford to lose! I think it would be nice if ILIA added a waterproof version of this mascara, but I’m glad the one option they offer is not waterproof. Not to say that all non-waterproof mascaras are easy to remove, but it definitely helps. 

This mascara is easier to remove than most. It dissolves easily with face wash or cleansing balm, but ILIA claims it can be removed with warm water alone. I really appreciate how easy this mascara is to remove, because if I don’t have to struggle to remove it, I’m less likely to pull out eyelashes in the process.

Price

I won’t sugarcoat it, the price of this mascara makes me cringe a little. $28.00 is expensive for a product that will only last 3-6 months. But then I remember how much I’m enjoying this mascara. It’s innovative, easy to use, makes my eyelashes look beautiful, lasts all day, AND it’s made with natural ingredients. 

Most clean/natural mascaras are quite expensive, usually over $20.00 but less than $28.00. While ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara is a little bit more expensive than most, it’s not even close to the most expensive one I found (Westman Atelier “Eye Love You” Mascara is $58.00, can you believe that?!). Since I usually go for budget-friendly products, it’s hard for me to say this, but I do think ILIA’s mascara is worth the $28.00 price tag and I will probably repurchase it at some point. It’s just that good!


If this mascara is a good representation of ILIA products, then I can’t wait to try more! I can definitely see why it received awards from both Allure and Glamour.

I think most makeup-lovers would enjoy this mascara since it provides both length and volume. While it is lengthening and volumizing, it also looks very natural. People that prefer a mascara that creates extreme volume and length may not be satisfied with this mascara, but I think it is absolutely beautiful and definitely recommend it.

Have you tried ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara or other clean mascaras? What about other products from ILIA? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

Lauren

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Vegan Cruelty-Free Makeup Brushes Part 1–Complexion Brushes

I love makeup, but you know what’s a close second? Makeup brushes! I’ve enjoyed trying a variety of shapes and sizes to find what works best for me. Since cruelty-free status is extremely important to me, I only purchase brushes from cruelty-free companies. Additionally, I only buy vegan (synthetic) brushes. Some of my favorite brands of vegan cruelty-free makeup brushes are e.l.f. Cosmetics, Real Techniques, and Profusion Cosmetics. All of these brands are affordable, so I didn’t have to break the bank trying a variety of their brushes!

I decided to do a short series of posts about my favorite makeup brushes, split into three categories: complexion, cheek, and eye brushes. I hope that my top picks will be helpful, whether you are interested in the same brushes that I use, something similar, orVegan Cruelty-Free Makeup Brushes you may even decide that you need something entirely different for your face and eyes. In this post, I’m going to focus on complexion brushes which include brushes that I use for foundation, concealer, and powder. In this category, every single brush happens to come from e.l.f. Cosmetics. I won’t hide the fact that I am a big fan of the brand overall, but I genuinely enjoy these particular brushes very much and I prefer them over complexion brushes that I own from other brands.

Qualities of a good makeup brush

Makeup brushes can make a huge difference in application. A good brush might make you realize that you actually enjoy a product that you thought you’d never use, while a poor quality brush may have the opposite effect. So what qualities does a brush need to be “good?”

  • Soft bristles
  • Durable construction
  • Does not shed
  • Comfortable handle
  • Blends products easily and evenly

All of the makeup brushes mentioned in this post and the others to come, share these qualities.

Vegan makeup brushes VS. Natural animal hair makeup brushes

My primary reason for buying vegan (synthetic) makeup brushes rather than natural animal hair brushes, is that I don’t want to support animal cruelty. However, there are several other reasons that synthetic brushes are superior!:

  • Synthetic brushes hold up better over time, even with frequent cleaning
  • Filaments (bristles) aren’t as porous as animal hairs and therefore don’t absorb as much product
  • Easier to clean
  • Hypoallergenic; animal hairs can cause allergic reactions
  • Often more affordable

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Liquid foundation and concealer – e.l.f. Angled Buffing Brush

Product claims on ElfCosmetics.com: A versatile angled brush that applies, buffs out and blends thick liquids and creams. Its round slanted shape allows you to utilize this brush for foundations, blushes or bronzers, with densely packed bristles that assist in picking up the right amount of product.

Most liquid foundations (including BB creams, CC creams, and tinted moisturizers) and concealers can be applied with a brush, beauty sponge, or even fingers. That doesn’t mean they will look as good with each of those options, however. I occasionally use beauty sponges to apply foundation, but I don’t like how much product they soak up, and I never use fingers because I know I wouldn’t get an even application. My preferred application tool for liquid foundations and concealers is a foundation brush.

My favored style of foundation brush is a densely packed brush that is angled. When I apply liquid foundations, I use more of a stippling motion than buffing to get more coverage, and I’ve found that densely packed bristles are best for that type of application. It’s ironic that the name of my current favorite foundation brush is the e.l.f. Angled Buffing Brush. It would certainly work well for buffing as well, that just isn’t my preference. As far as the angled aspect, that is simply a personal preference. I don’t think it makes that big of a difference for foundation, but may allow for slightly more precise application. It certainly makes blending concealer easier since the angled “point” of the brush is easy to maneuver around the eye area. If you prefer a dense foundation brush that is dome shaped (not angled), e.l.f. also offers a Buffing Foundation Brush which is similar to this brush except for the shape

The e.l.f. Angled Buffing Brush checks my boxes for a foundation brush since it has densely packed bristles that aren’t too long, and they’re cut at the angle that I like. It makes foundation application easy and blends all of my liquid foundations evenly. It would work well for powder foundations too, but I have another foundation brush that I like even better for powders.

Powder foundation – e.l.f. Ultimate Blending Brush

Product claims on ElfCosmetics.com: e.l.f.’s Ultimate Blending Brush is specifically designed for advanced makeup techniques that help achieve professional looks. The large dome-shaped head and densely packed bristles maneuver in and around the crevices and contours of your face for seamless, even coverage. Picks up the perfect amount of product to build coverage with powder, liquid, or mousse formulas ideal for foundation, bronzer, or blush.

I usually see large fluffy brushes suggested for use with powder foundations, but I don’t think that type of brush is ideal if you want coverage from a powder foundation. Since powder foundations are obviously powder, they have to be packed on (not so much to be cakey, but more than a dusting) to provide coverage. The type of brush I like to use for powder foundation is very similar to the brushes I use for liquid foundations. My go-to brush for powder foundation is the e.l.f. Ultimate Blending Brush. Its bristles aren’t as densely packed as the Angled Buffing Brush, but they’re more dense than a lot of foundation brushes, allowing it to pick up a good amount of powder. The sides are tapered, making it easy to buff the foundation into the skin. I agree with e.l.f.’s product claims 100%!

Setting powder – e.l.f. Flawless Face Brush

Product claims on ElfCosmetics.com: This soft, synthetic brush lets you apply product with the lightest touch for a soft, sheer, natural-looking effect. The slight point at the tip fits nicely into the contours of the face for more precise placement. Use the flat side for all over application of powders, or the skinny side for blush and bronzer. 

The e.l.f. Flawless Face brush is one of the most unique brushes I own. As e.l.f.’s product description notes, it has a very interesting shape. I only use this brush to apply setting powder (my current favorite is e.l.f. Halo Glow Setting Powder), but it would be perfect as a multitasking tool for traveling light! I use the flat side of the brush to pick up and apply setting powder all over my face (except under my eyes, but I’ll get to that next). When applying powder, I pat it on and then sweep excess product around to distribute evenly. I find that when using that method for powder application, I never disturb my foundation and I don’t get as much product buildup on the brush. I can’t fully explain why, but I definitely prefer the unique shape of Flawless Face Brush over traditional powder brushes. It’s probably because the large domed shape of most powder brushes encourages more of a sweeping/buffing motion and that’s not my preferred application method.

Under-eye setting powder – e.l.f. Small Tapered Brush

Product claims on ElfCosmetics.com: The tapered head of the Small Tapered Brush makes application easy for reaching small crevices for a flawless finish. This precision brush is perfect for contouring and creating even coverage. Use with powder to set under the eye, on the hollows of the cheek to contour with bronzer, or use with foundation to achieve a light finish.

E.l.f. must’ve been bored with naming products when this brush launched, because the Small Tapered Brush is just that–a tapered brush that is small! All jokes aside, this is a great little brush. Before I powder the rest of my face, I pick up a little setting powder on the Small Tapered Brush and tap it under my eyes to prevent creasing. I prefer to use this brush on the under-eye area instead of the Flawless Face Brush because the size and shape are ideal for smaller areas of the face. On days that I don’t want to powder my whole face, I will use the Small Tapered Brush to powder my under-eye area, t-zone, and that’s it. Very quick and easy for simple makeup looks.


All of the complexion brushes I mentioned in this post are very high quality. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to spend big money to get quality brushes (you can purchase all four of these brushes for only $22.00!). E.l.f. offers several other popular brushes as well, so I encourage you to check them out! 😉

What are some of your favorite complexion brushes? Are any of them from e.l.f.? If not, you might want to give them a shot and see how they compare with your current faves!

Lauren

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e.l.f. Primer Infused Blush–All Day Cheek Color

Blush is an important step in most makeup routines and it’s something I never skip on days that I choose to wear makeup. It adds a flush of color to the cheeks that makes me look much more awake and healthy. I’ve accumulated quite a collection of blushes at this point, but they aren’t all perfect. I’ve found that some blushes fade significantly throughout the day (some fade before I’ve even finished applying all of my makeup). That really bothers me since I’m not usually one to touch up my makeup. Once it’s all e.l.f. Primer Infused Blushapplied, I leave it alone, so I usually expect my makeup to hang on all day.

One of my favorite long-wearing blushes is the e.l.f. Primer Infused Blush. As the name suggests, it’s formulated with primer powder to provide all day cheek color. E.l.f. has several blush formulas, but this is my favorite one so far. Read on to learn more about this product!

Product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

This long-wear blush is infused with lock on primer powder to ensure a full day of perfectly placed blush. This blush is easy to blend, perfectly pigmented for ease of application, and grips your cheeks like second skin.

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Other product details

  • Price: $6.00
  • Net weight: 0.35 oz.
  • Made in China
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • 2019 Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • 13 shades–7 matte; 6 shimmer (e.l.f. doesn’t provide shade descriptions, so I’ll do my best to describe each shade based on swatches)
    • Always Punchy: Matte cool-toned pink
    • Always Rosy: Matte nude pink
    • Always Cheeky: Matte light coral (this is the shade that I have)
    • Always Earthy: Matte peach/brown (looks like a light bronzer to me)
    • Always Spicy: Matte red/brown
    • Always Peachy: Matte light peach
    • Always Fiery: Matte red/orange
    • Always Breezy: Shimmer peach
    • Always Hazy: Shimmer mauve/brown
    • Always Lucky: Shimmer berry
    • Always Preppy: Shimmer cool-toned pink
    • Always Cheery: Shimmer warm bold pink
    • Always Silly: Shimmer light coral/pink
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com
    • ElfCosmetics.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
  • Overall rating: 9.4/10
    • Inclusivity: 10/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
    • Texture: 8/10
    • Staying power: 10/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

E.l.f. seems to be heavily considering inclusivity with all of its newer products these days. 13 shades is a big range for blushes! While some of the shades are similar, I think it’s great that e.l.f. offers so many options in this formula. There seems to be a shade for everyone. There are more subtle shades for fair to light skin, very bold shades for deeper skin tones, and of course plenty of shades in the middle. I think it’s important to take skin tone into consideration when selecting a shade, since these blushes are very pigmented. I originally purchased the Always Fiery shade because I loved the color, but since it is so bold and pigmented, I couldn’t make it work on my fair skin. I later purchased the Always Cheeky shade and it is perfect for me! Looking at it in the pan, it doesn’t look like much, but it looks beautiful once it’s applied.

I also try to consider personal preference when thinking about inclusivity in makeup. When e.l.f. first launched the Primer Infused Blushes, I believe it was just the matte shades. A lot of people prefer shimmer blushes for some “highlight optional” glow, so I’m really glad they expanded the range to include six shimmer shades. I haven’t tried any of the shimmer shades, but they look gorgeous in photos!

Packaging/ease of application

The packaging for the e.l.f. Primer Infused Blushes is simple yet sleek. It’s a matte black compact with a clear lid so the blush shade is easily visible. The compact is easy to open and also closes securely so you don’t have to worry about it popping open in your purse or luggage. 

The blush itself is easily blendable when applied over setting powder, but I don’t think it would apply very well directly over liquids or creams. As I mentioned previously, this blush is very pigmented, and that means that it’s necessary to exercise some caution when applying. You don’t want too much product to stick to a single spot. It would also be easy to apply too much of this blush.

Since this blush is so pigmented, I think the best application method is to tap into the product lightly with a cheek brush that has somewhat loose fibers (I use the Tapered Powder Brush from Profusion Cosmetics), rather than a densely-packed brush. A duo fiber brush would also work well since they don’t pick up as much product as standard makeup brushes. If you don’t have either of those types of brushes, just make sure you tap off the excess blush before applying to your cheeks.

Texture

I only have personal experience with the matte version of these blushes. I can tell you that they are very smooth and creamy (as much as a powder can be). That texture aids in the easy blending. My only gripe with the texture is that it can look a bit powdery/cakey if you apply too much. Again though, since this blush is so pigmented, you don’t need very much. It can also look more powdery after being worn all day, but that can be remedied with a spritz of a facial mist like Pacifica Coconut Essence Hydro Mist

As for the shimmer shades, I’ve read reviews on e.l.f.’s website and watched a review on YouTube, and it seems like the shimmer shades add more of a glow to the skin rather than containing actual shimmer or glitter. I think that type of finish is very flattering on a lot of people. Aside from the different finish, I assume the texture of the shimmer shades is the same or very similar to that of the original matte shades.

Staying power

This section is probably a little bit redundant since I dropped a spoiler in the intro about the longevity of this blush. I’ll get a little bit more specific for you, though. Many, maybe even most, blushes fade over several hours of wear on my combination skin. Not this one! In fact, it seems to be the opposite; the color may actually intensify throughout the day as my natural oils come through. I did a wear test yesterday and I thought the color looked a little more intense at the end of the day compared to when my makeup was freshly applied.

This blush absolutely does not ever budge or fade!

Price

The e.l.f. Primer Infused Blushes are only $6.00! That’s a steal for almost any blush, but this one has superior performance. I don’t have experience with many high-end blushes, but I think these e.l.f. blushes perform just as well or better than the more expensive blushes that I have tried. Oh, and did I mention that the pan is generously sized? I’ve been using this blush pretty often for months now and I’ve barely made a dent in it! It’s definitely going to last me a really long time. $6.00 well spent!! 🙂


I might be slightly biased at this point since I’ve discovered so many great e.l.f. products over the last couple of years, but the e.l.f. Primer Infused Blushes really are excellent quality. They are beautiful and so affordable!

I would recommend these blushes to anyone that enjoys wearing makeup. Like I said before, I think there is a shade for everyone, whether you prefer a matte or shimmer finish. E.l.f. has been doing a great job of giving its customers what they want! 🙂

Have you ever tried this or any other primer infused blushes? I think it’s a brilliant concept!

Lauren

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e.l.f. Hydrating Camo Concealer–Extra Coverage with a Satin Finish

Like many people, I have some under-eye darkness that I want to camouflage or cover up on days that I wear makeup. My favorite way of doing that is with a peachy color-corrector like Pixi by Petra Correction Concentrate. Unfortunately, there are some days where a color-corrector doesn’t cut it and I need a little extra brightening after my foundation is applied over the color-corrector. There are also some days that I forget to color-correct before applying foundation and then I find myself needing some extra coverage under my eyes. For both the days that I need extra brightening, and the days I forget my color-corrector, it’s nice to have a good concealer on hand to be sure I’ll always have sufficient coverage.

I struggled with finding a concealer that worked for me for a long time. Most of them I tried were too matte and looked cakey under my eyes, or dried so quickly that I didn’t have time to blend them out properly. What I wanted was a concealer that would provide me with some extra coverage, give me time to blend, and dry to a satin finish that wouldn’t look too dry on my under-eyes. When the e.l.f. Hydrating Camo Concealer launched early this year, I thought it might fit my needs. I’ve enjoyed most of the e.l.f. products I’ve tried through the years and was excited to try this one too!

Please note that I have used this concealer very little on blemishes and primarily use it to brighten my under-eyes. I will be reviewing its effectiveness when used in that manner. However, most of my review will be more general information, so I hope you will continue reading regardless of how you may intend to use this product. 🙂

Product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

Our Camo concealer just got better! Our new light-weight, full-coverage formula doesn’t flake and gives your skin a boost of hydration for a satin finish. Camouflage those pesky spots and under-eye circles with this high-coverage, hydrating and longwearing concealer.

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Other product details

  • Price: $6.00
  • Net weight: 0.2 oz.
  • Made in China
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Recommended for normal to dry skin types
  • 25 shades ranging from Fair Rose (fair with pink undertones) to Rich Ebony (rich with cool-neutral undertones)
    • I wear the shade Fair Beige which is fair with neutral undertones
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com 
    • Ships to USA and Canada only
  • Overall rating: 9.6/10
    • Inclusivity: 10/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Staying power: 8/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

Most concealers don’t have very large shade ranges compared to foundations since they are not generally used all over the face and therefore don’t need to match skin’s natural color as closely as a foundation should. Most concealers come in fewer than 20 shades, but not this one! E.l.f. Hydrating Camo Concealer comes in 25 shades. There are fair, light, medium, tan, deep, and rich shades with cool, neutral, and warm undertones. Additionally, the shades are fairly distributed instead of most of the shades being on the lighter end of the spectrum (that is still a common problem, sadly). 

I’m really impressed with this shade range! There seems to be an option for everyone.

Packaging/ease of application

E.l.f. Hydrating Camo Concealer is packaged similarly to most popular concealers, in a clear plastic tube with a large doe foot applicator. I like that type of applicator because it’s easy to dot on a tiny amount of product, or swipe across a larger area. The other important thing to note about the packaging is that the cap/handle is white. The original 16HR Camo Concealer has a black cap/handle.

I’m baffled by the amount of concealer some people use under their eyes. I’ve found that the only way I can make this or any concealer look good under my eyes is to use the smallest amount possible and concentrate most of it in the inner corner which is where I have the most darkness to cover. If you have fine lines or wrinkles under your eyes, then I strongly suggest that you also only use a very small amount of this concealer as I’ve found that a little goes a long way. If you use too much, it will quickly settle into every line.

The other trick to making this concealer look good with fine lines and wrinkles, is to make sure you pat over it to remove any creases before setting lightly with powder…and powder is a must (at least for me it is).

Please understand that I am not saying this is a bad concealer because it settles into my fine lines. I’m pretty sure I’ve experienced that with every single concealer I’ve used in my adult life. This concealer is actually easier to use compared to a lot of others because it doesn’t dry down immediately. With this one, you have plenty of time to blend.

As far as tools, it can be blended out with fingertips, a sponge, or a brush. My preferred blending tool is a brush, but I think the other options work well enough, so it really comes down to personal preference.

Hydration

It’s important to me that any concealer I use should provide at least a little bit of hydration. My under-eyes aren’t particularly dry, but I feel like many products make them look dry after just a couple of hours. That’s not a good look. Dry cakey under-eyes can make a person look much older than they actually are, and some extra hydration can go a long way in maintaining the appearance of smooth youthful under-eyes.

Thankfully, e.l.f. Hydrating Camo Concealer is as promised, a hydrating concealer that dries to a satin finish. It feels very hydrating upon application, and I think that is part of the reason that it takes longer to dry down compared to a lot of other concealers. The hydrating property also makes it very smooth and easy to blend. The satin finish looks very nice and natural. I hope this photo represents that well. I blended out the top swatch with a fingertip and the bottom swatch is just from a couple swipes of the applicator (the top swatch was completely dry and the bottom one was mostly dry).

Staying power

Since this formula is lightweight and creamy, I think it might be prone to moving around if it’s not set with powder. Since I always set my concealer, I don’t experience that problem with this product. Once it’s set in place, it doesn’t move. That doesn’t include creasing, unfortunately.

If I don’t follow my own tips that I mentioned above (using only a small amount of product and tapping over any creases before setting with a small amount of powder), this concealer settles into the fine lines around my eyes and ages me by at least ten years. On the other hand, if I am careful to follow my own application tips, creasing is minimal. It looks very smooth for the first several hours and honestly doesn’t look bad even at the end of a long day. In this photo, I had been wearing this concealer for about seven hours and it still looked great!

Price

As expected, since Hydrating Camo Concealer is from e.l.f., it is very affordable! It is only $6.00 and that is very low, even if you only compare it to other drugstore concealers. There are some concealers that are a little less expensive than this one, but I doubt that they’re as good! This product checks all my boxes for a good concealer and it is most definitely worth buying.

e.l.f. Hydrating Camo Concealer vs. e.l.f. 16HR Camo Concealer

Before Hydrating Camo Concealer, e.l.f. launched the 16HR Camo Concealer. It has a different formula; it dries down to a matte finish, dries quickly, and is recommended for normal to oily skin types. Since it is matte and quick-drying, the original Camo Concealer may be a better choice for concealing blemishes than the hydrating version. 

If you’re already familiar with the 16HR Camo Concealer formula and are thinking about trying the newer Hydrating Camo Concealer, please keep in mind that the shade names are not equivalent between the two formulas (i.e. Fair Beige in 16HR Camo Concealer is a different shade from Fair Beige in Hydrating Camo Concealer). Make sure you look at shade descriptions and swatches before selecting a shade.


Does e.l.f. Hydrating Camo Concealer live up to e.l.f.’s claims that this product is lightweight, full coverage, hydrating, and long-wearing? I’d say yes to all of those claims except for one. I don’t think this is a full coverage concealer. The coverage is good, but I’d say it’s more of a medium coverage product. The coverage is buildable, however, if you use too much you run the risk of looking cakey or having the product settle into fine lines and wrinkles. For more coverage, I’d recommend pairing this concealer with a color-corrector.

For a long time, I honestly thought I’d never find a concealer that would work for me. I’m so happy to report that I’m enjoying e.l.f. Hydrating Camo Concealer! I think it would be a great choice for anyone looking for a hydrating under-eye concealer. 🙂

I tried one of e.l.f.’s older concealer formulas years ago and didn’t care for it. E.l.f. has really stepped up the quality of its products and I’m so impressed with this newer concealer! Have you tried the original 16HR Camo Concealer, or the Hydrating Camo Concealer, or both? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

Lauren

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Colourpop Just a Tint Lip Crayons–Lightweight High Moisture Color for Juicy Lips

Lip balms are a great choice year-around to keep lips soft and moisturized. But what if you want a little color, too? Or a finishing touch on a quick “no fuss” makeup look? Lipsticks aren’t as hydrating as lip balm and they can look too heavy if you’re going for a more casual look. A good compromise is a tinted lip balm, which provides the hydration of a lip balm, with a sheer wash of color to dress up your look a bit.

Not all tinted lip balms provide much, if any, actual color payoff. If you’re looking for one that provides visible color while also providing lots of moisture for juicy lips, look no further than Colourpop Just a Tint lip crayons. These lip crayons look different from a standard lip balm, but they provide just as much moisture. They also offer buildable coverage. You can apply one coat for a sheer wash of color, or add a couple more coats for opaque color.

Colourpop’s Just a Tint lip crayons have been such a big hit, they also released them in several kits which each include two complementary shades. Additionally, I’ve seen at least a couple of influencers collaborate with Colourpop to curate temporary collections of their favorite shades. This is one of Colourpop’s most popular lip products, so I’m excited to be reviewing it!

Product claims directly from Colourpop.com

For the days when you need a 5 minute face. Get the perfect sheer wash of colour in the comfiest, lightweight, super moisturizing formula. Loaded with Passion Fruit Oil, Coconut Oil, Marula Oil, and Shea Butter to provide hydration for healthy, glowy lips with a hint of tint. Trust us, you’ll want to keep one in your purse, car, desk, and vanity.

Other product details

  • Price: $8.00
  • Net weight: .07 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Glossy finish
  • 14 shades (descriptions are from Colourpop):
    • Gimme s’more: nude pink
    • A go go: Rosey pink
    • Always right: Mid-tone pink (this one is more of a nude shade compared to The Strand, which has the same shade description)
    • Rise n shine: Pale peach
    • Maui wowie: Vibrant pink
    • Cherry pickin: Honey nude
    • Z boys: Peachy nude
    • Nude beach: Mahogany nude
    • Waikiki: Cool mid-tone pink
    • Shaka: Yellow toned nude
    • City of stars: Coral terracotta
    • Cutie fruity: Mid-tone bricky red
    • The strand: Mid-tone pink (baby pink)
    • Treasure island: Deep raspberry
  • Where to buy: Colourpop.com and Ulta.com (Ulta currently only carries 12 shades, two of which currently are not listed on Colourpop.com: Chimichanga, a strawberry red & Chubby Bunny, a pastel pink)
    • Colourpop.com ships internationally, but doesn’t ship to Iraq, Turkey, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba, Iran, Vietnam, Tajikistan, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Uzbekistan, Guatemala, North Korea, the Crimean region of Ukraine, Sudan, or Syria. Due to government regulations, there is also a temporary hold on shipments to several countries. You can find the list of those countries here.
    •  Ulta.com ships to the entire U.S. and U.S. territories, but does not ship internationally.
  • Overall rating: 9.6/10
    • Shade range: 9/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 10/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Shade range

Most tinted lip balms don’t come in very many shades, maybe five or less. Colourpop is all about bringing the color though, and they didn’t disappoint with this shade range. There are 14 shades (16 if you count Chimichanga and Chubby Bunny at Ulta), and I think there is something for every skin tone and preference. There are bold shades like Treasure Island and Cutie Fruity, but there are several nude shades as well. I chose Shaka and City of stars because I thought they would be flattering with my neutral to warm undertone, and also because neither of those shades are very bold. Since this is a slippery formula, I didn’t want to risk having a bold shade come off on my teeth. I prefer matte lipsticks if I want a bold color.

My only complaint with Colourpop’s Just a Tint shade range, is that it’s actually a little bit too big. I think they might’ve been trying too hard. I appreciate their effort, but if you look at some of the nude shades, you’ll find that many of them are very similar, like Rise n Shine and Z Boys. I think that when there are similar shades in a range, that can make it very difficult for customers to choose their best shade. Fortunately, Colourpop provides lip swatches of every shade on three skin tones, so that helps with shade selection.

Packaging/ease of application

Since these tinted lip balms are “lip crayons,” their packaging is different from most tinted lip balms. The packaging is very nice-looking and comfortable to use. It’s much larger than a traditional lip balm with a large transparent cap, and twist-up bottom. I like that Colourpop has the shade names on top of the caps with “buttons” for lack of a better word, but the color of the buttons doesn’t match the actual lip crayon color. Fortunately, the tubes (the main packaging) do match the color of each shade quite well.

These lip crayons come with the product formed in a point, but over time that point wears down. I don’t really mind that much, but some people might want to keep the product sharpened for more precise application. It would’ve been nice if Colourpop had included a sharpener on the end to provide that option. 

As far as actually using this product goes, it applies like a dream! The texture is very smooth. Most lip balms feel waxy (beeswax is often one of the first ingredients) and there is a bit of tugging when they’re applied, but this one has a very different texture. There is no resistance whatsoever and the product feels like it melts on the lips (in a good way).

Hydration

Since the texture of the Colourpop Just a Tint lip crayons is lightweight and smooth, you might think they’re not as hydrating as other lip balms. I’m here to tell you that they are actually very hydrating! They feel wonderfully hydrating upon application and wear down gracefully, but the hydration hangs on for hours.

As you can probably guess, these lip crayons are not transfer-proof and they will wear off faster if you eat or drink while wearing them. I still feel moisture on my lips even after eating a full meal, but to maintain the most hydration, it’s best to reapply after eating. Luckily, they are very easy to apply! The lighter shades wouldn’t even require a mirror for application, especially if you only apply one coat.

Team player

Colourpop Just a Tint lip crayons are versatile lip products. They look great on their own, but they can be dressed up by applying them with a lip liner (I like to use Essence 8H Waterproof Lipliner in the shade “Because Duh;” silly name, but I don’t care because it’s a light brown nude shade that works nicely with both City of Stars and Shaka). These could also be layered over a matte lipstick in a complementary shade, to add some shine. If you want to apply lip gloss over these lip crayons, that’s an option too; just make sure you blot first since the formula is already slick/glossy.

In these photos, I applied a few layers of each shade with the Essence lip liner that I mentioned above. The lip liner adds definition. I really like this look! 🙂

Price

If these were regular old lip balms, I’d say it’s crazy to charge $8.00. Since they’re tinted, hydrate the lips with nice ingredients like marula oil and shea butter, feel wonderful, work well with other products, AND have nice packaging, I think $8.00 is more than fair! These tinted lip balms are superior to others I’ve tried and they are well worth $8.00. Plus, if you get one of the lip kits that include two shades, you save $2.00 since the kits are $14.00. Great deal!


Colourpop did a great job designing and formulating the Just a Tint lip crayons. It’s truly an outstanding product! 

There is one more thing I should note about this product, however. All of the shades have a fruity scent that is very strong. I don’t taste it, but the scent lingers for quite a while. Some people love it, others hate it, and I’m somewhere in the middle. If you don’t like fragrance in your lip products, this one probably isn’t for you. I think nearly everyone else would enjoy these lip crayons!

Do you like using tinted lip balms? If you do, have you tried these from Colourpop? I think they’re a step above the competition!

Lauren

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e.l.f. Liquid Metallic Eyeshadow–Opaque Long-Lasting Reflective Color

In last week’s product review on the Róen Beauty 11:11 eyeshadow palette, I went into detail about the “lid illume” formula and why it is perfect for quick and easy eye looks. While I enjoy that palette very much, I recognize that it might not be for everyone. Another option for simple yet beautiful eye looks, is liquid eyeshadow, particularly liquid metallic eyeshadow. Unfortunately, it’s a lot harder to find good liquid eyeshadows compared to powder eyeshadow palettes. There aren’t that many companies that even offer liquid eyeshadows, compared to the vast number that sell eyeshadow palettes.

Until very recently, the only liquid eyeshadow formula I’d tried that I enjoyed, was the Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow. I like everything about Stila’s formula, but there is one big thing that I don’t like about that product: the price. It is $24.00! I saw them on sale for 50% off recently and was tempted to pick up another shade, but I’m glad I didn’t because just a day or two later e.l.f. launched its brand new Liquid Metallic Eyeshadow! I ordered the shades Galaxy and Aurora immediately, hoping that it would be a more affordable alternative to Stila’s product without compromising on quality. 

Keep reading for my thoughts on this product after using it the last four or five days. I usually test products longer before reviewing, but in this case I was too excited to wait!

Product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

Get an amped up eye look with this formula packed full of pearls for a high shine, reflective, one-swipe metallic coverage. Formulated for comfortable wear, this long-lasting opaque liquid eyeshadow delivers high-impact, multi-dimensional metallic in a quick-drying gel base. Buildable formula for day & night.

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Other product details

  • Price: $5.00
  • Net weight: 0.1 oz.
  • Made in China
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Eight shades (e.l.f. doesn’t provide shade descriptions, so I’ll do my best describe each shade; all shades are metallic/shimmer):
    • Little dipper: Soft nude pink
    • Moon: Champagne
    • Big dipper: Rose gold
    • Comet: Golden champagne
    • Galaxy: Medium brown
    • Meteor: Bronze
    • Aurora: Emerald green
    • Supernova: Royal purple
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com
    • ElfCosmetics.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
  • Overall rating: 9.2/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 8/10
    • Inclusivity: 8/10
    • Texture: 10/10
    • Staying power: 10/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Packaging/ease of application

The e.l.f. Liquid Metallic Eyeshadows come in clear plastic packaging which makes the shade visible from every side. There is a short doe foot applicator that can be used to apply product directly to the eyelid or you can use a brush to take eyeshadow off of the applicator. 

I use these eyeshadows a couple of different ways. The first method is to apply the product directly to my eyelid with the applicator and blend it out using a brush or my fingertip, working quickly because this formula dries very quickly. I find that when I use a brush, if I’m not extremely careful, there is some fallout. It isn’t too bad if you don’t over-blend. Using a fingertip instead of a brush to blend, seems to prevent fallout. It makes sense because a brush’s bristles move the product around a lot more than a fingertip will. Another thing that makes this method easier, is using a matte eyeshadow with a very similar color, in the crease. That way you won’t need to do as much blending.

I also like to use this liquid eyeshadow as eyeliner. It applies smoothly with a small angled eyeliner brush. I don’t experience any fallout when using this product as eyeliner.

The product description from e.l.f. states that the formula is buildable for day and night. I agree with that; you can apply a very small amount and blend it for lighter coverage or more product can be applied for intense color payoff. You can also add more product once some is already applied to build coverage slowly. If slowly building coverage, it’s important to wait until each layer is fully dried before adding more. Otherwise, eyeshadow lifts off of the eyelid and it can look patchy. I noticed that more with the Aurora shade, which is a little bit trickier overall since it is such a bold shade.

Overall, I’m very happy with the packaging and ease of application of this product. The Aurora shade can sometimes be a bit difficult, but that’s more user error than a problem with the product. However, I will say that if you aren’t very comfortable with bold shades, you will likely prefer the six neutral shades over Aurora or Supernova (unless you want to use them as eyeliner instead of eyeshadow; Aurora makes a gorgeous eyeliner). 

In the photos below, I blended Galaxy all over my eyelid for an easy natural look, and used Aurora as a bold festive eyeliner. These are my preferred methods for each of these shades, but there are a lot of possibilities for these eyeshadows! 

Inclusivity

Usually when I think about inclusivity in relation to makeup, the first thing that comes to mind is “will it work for any skin tone?” Judging by the two shades of e.l.f. Liquid Metallic Eyeshadow that I own, and swatches I’ve seen of the others, I believe this whole range will work for any skin tone. I’m not sure if they’re all opaque with just one swipe, but they can certainly be built up to be fully opaque, and I think that’s important for people with deep skin tones.

In this photo, I did only one swipe of each shade on my arm. If I had blended them out, the pigmentation wouldn’t be as intense, but I wanted to show that they can be quite opaque with only a single swipe of the applicator.

The shades currently offered are beautiful, but I think e.l.f. should add more options. I consider six of the eight shades to be neutral, with only two colorful/bold shades. Blue, silver, gunmetal, and even an icy white shade would be fun additions. I would love to see some duochrome shades too!

Texture

The texture of these eyeshadows is outstanding, and honestly I think they feel identical to the Stila Shimmer & Glow liquid eyeshadows. The e.l.f. Liquid Metallic Eyeshadows have a very pleasant, smooth texture. Some metallic eyeshadows are a bit chunky, but there isn’t any sort of grit with these. All you feel is the gel base, even though metallic pearls are suspended in the formula. That gel is the reason there is little to no fallout with this product! 🙂

Staying power

As I mentioned previously, this product dries down quickly so it is very important to work quickly. Once it sets, it does not budge. Not even a little bit. As the gel dries, it locks the color and shimmer in place. I am extremely impressed with the staying power of this eyeshadow. While it will crease on me eventually if I don’t use an eyeshadow primer, it looks good much longer than a powder eyeshadow would without primer. I will use a primer like my beloved Milani Eyeshadow Primer every time in the future, to get the best wear time possible. I’m in the habit of always using it with eyeshadow anyway since I have oily eyelids.

You might be concerned about the removal of this product since it hangs on to the skin so well. It’s actually surprisingly easy to remove! I never have any issues washing it off and I also don’t see any staining on my skin, even with the green Aurora shade.

Price

This won’t be surprising to anyone, but I am super happy about the price of this product! Only $5.00?!?! Once again, I greatly appreciate e.l.f.’s affordable prices (especially because I’ll probably be buying more shades). I will gladly pay $5.00 instead of $24.00 for Stila’s comparable product! 

The one thing that Stila has over e.l.f. when comparing their liquid metallic eyeshadows, is that e.l.f.’s is 0.1 ounce and Stila’s is slightly larger at 0.153 ounces. I don’t have a problem with the e.l.f. product being smaller, because even though Stila offers about 50% more product, they also charge almost five times the price of e.l.f.’s Liquid Metallic Eyeshadows!

Quick Note about e.l.f. Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow

If you’ve been a fan of e.l.f. products for a while, you may know that they also have a range of liquid glitter eyeshadows. Those are a different formula from the metallic eyeshadows that I just reviewed. I own the Copper Pop shade in the Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow formula, and it is very different from the metallic formula. It is more of a glitter topper, with very little pigment. I vastly prefer the Liquid Metallic Eyeshadows, but the glitter formula remains a popular product that many people enjoy.


It was difficult for me to take any points away from this product in the ratings above, because it is just so good! The quality is really excellent and I will definitely be trying at least one more shade (probably more…). I usually don’t buy multiples of products, so you know it’s good!

I honestly believe the e.l.f. Liquid Metallic Eyeshadows are an excellent choice if you’ve been looking for an affordable alternative to Stila or any of the other more expensive liquid metallic eyeshadows on the market. The quality of these knocks my socks off, especially for $5.00! If you’ve never tried liquid metallic eyeshadows, this is a great opportunity since this product is so affordable and the shades are stunning. 🙂

Have you ever used a liquid metallic eyeshadow? If you enjoy them, I challenge you to try these and see how they compare with other brands!

Lauren

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Róen Beauty 11:11 Eyeshadow Palette–Unique Foolproof Shades Formulated with Clean Ingredients

I very much enjoy applying eyeshadow and using a variety of eyeshadow brushes, but that wasn’t always the case. When I first became interested in makeup, I was intimidated by eyeshadow. I didn’t know which colors went where, what types of brushes I should use, etc. There’s a lot to learn. It’s also time consuming to do an eye look that involves several different shades.

Róen Beauty 11:11If you are intimidated by eyeshadow, don’t want to buy many eye brushes, don’t have time to do complicated eye looks, simply enjoy a good eyeshadow palette, or any combination of those things, I’ve got a very interesting palette that you may find tempting! The Róen Beauty 11:11 Eyeshadow Palette is the most unique eyeshadow palette I’ve ever owned. It’s also the first clean beauty eyeshadow palette I ever purchased. The eyeshadows in this palette are difficult to describe, as they are not powder or cream eyeshadows (though they’re closer to a cream formula); Róen refers to them as “lid illumes.” Three of the four shades are shimmers and the fourth is a beautiful glitter topper.

I bought this Róen palette as a birthday gift for myself earlier this year. At the time, I didn’t have time for eyeshadow very often and I missed it. The 11:11 palette appealed to me because it is designed for all shades to be easily and quickly applied with fingers and I thought it might be a good option for me to work eyeshadow back into my quick morning makeup routine. It did not disappoint!

Róen Beauty just launched in 2019, so many of you may not be familiar with this company. I only heard about the brand last spring from one of my favorite YouTubers. Róen is a clean beauty brand that creates innovative high-performance luxury products. Róen strives to make beautiful glamorous products without compromising on clean ingredients and ethical practices.

Product details directly from RoenBeauty.com

This MAGICAL Palette was tested by artists and real-women combined. The consensus is that it’s easy to use and fool-proof, even for those that have the fear of eye shadow. No shades in the 11:11 Palette will go unused; they are the staple colors you will actually use and love. Methodically designed, they mix well with each other or stand out alone.

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Other product details

  • Price: $42.00
  • Net weight: 0.16 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Outer packaging is 100% recyclable
  • Four shades (Róen doesn’t provide shade descriptions, so I will describe them in my own words, starting with the top left shade):
    • Situation: Champagne glitter topper
    • Hashtag: Taupe shimmer
    • Ciao!: Rosy shimmer
    • Rosie: Light orange shimmer
  • Where to buy: RoenBeauty.com or Amazon.com 
    • RoenBeauty.com ships within the USA and internationally to the following countries: Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Spain, Poland, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, and Finland
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  • Overall rating: 8.4/10
    • Inclusivity: 10/10
    • Texture: 8/10
    • Pigmentation: 10/10
    • Staying power: 7/10
    • Price: 7/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

The shades in this palette are perfect for everyday wear, but far from boring since they add sparkle to any eye look. They are neutrals that would be approachable to almost anyone. They’re also quite versatile to fit individual preferences and skin tones. For example, you can go in with a very light layer for a light wash of color, or build it up for a more saturated glamorous look.

Róen recommends using a brush to apply a diffused wash of color, or using a fingertip for more pigmentation. I’ve tried applying these eyeshadows with a brush before and it didn’t work for me at all. I think a fingertip will work better for this product every time. You can still get that light wash of color if that’s what you prefer. The color can be blended out easily and won’t look overly pigmented unless you add more product.

I built up the color in the eye swatches below to show that the colors translate quite well from the pan to the eyes.

Texture

These eyeshadows have the most unique texture I’ve ever experienced, so I think it’s appropriate that Róen gave them a special name, “lid illumes.” I’ve never used another product that compares to these, but the closest thing would probably be the Colourpop super shock eyeshadows which are a creamy texture that applies best with a fingertip. These “lid illumes” are more firm than those are, however.

There are two textures in this palette. Hashtag, Ciao!, and Rosie are firm but smooth, and respond well to the heat from fingertips, becoming more creamy. That’s another reason I prefer to apply these with fingertips. Situation is different from the other three shades. It is flaky with chunks of glitter and not nearly as easy to work with as the others. Fortunately, Situation is more of a topper and it works just fine for that purpose.

One big plus with this formula is that there is little to no fallout! I don’t think I have ever experienced fallout from Hashtag, Ciao!, or Rosie. Fallout can be a problem with Situation, especially if you’re trying to pick up enough to use it as the only eyeshadow, like I did in the top right in the graphic above. I don’t normally experience fallout when I carefully apply Situation as a topper, and that is usually the way I use it.

Pigmentation

None of the shades in this palette are ultra-pigmented. However, I think that’s a good thing since this palette is meant to give the user options to keep the eye look subtle or build it up to be more colorful. I am very happy with the pigmentation of these shades. Some liquid or cream eyeshadows that have shimmer come off as shimmer with no color, but these provide as little or as much color payoff as you want.

In these swatches, I did two swipes per shade.

Staying power

One drawback of many liquid and cream eyeshadows is that they crease. Unfortunately, Róen’s formula also creases. Eyeshadow primer is an absolute must with this palette if creasing bothers you. I find that eyeshadow primer delays and minimizes the creasing, but it does still happen for me most days. The good news is that if you experience creasing with these “lid illumes,” it’s easy to tap back over your eyelid and it blends back together again.

Other than creasing, the staying power of these eyeshadows is excellent. They never smudge or fade. In fact, I had a hard time removing the swatches I did for this post! At a certain point I called it “good enough” and left my arm looking a bit stained from the three pigmented shades. I’ve never noticed staining on my eyelids, but that’s probably because I use eyeshadow primer.

Price

Róen Beauty 11:11 Eyeshadow Palette is a luxury product and it is certainly priced as such. It is $42.00 for four shades which means that each shade is a whopping $10.50! The pans are not very large either, so this price tag is quite high. It’s safe to say that this isn’t the best choice if you’re shopping on a budget. That being said, I recognize that luxury items come at a high price, and for good reason (in this case, anyway). Róen is doing a lot of things right as far as using clean ingredients, practicing high ethical standards, and using sustainable recyclable packaging. The product itself is very interesting and unique, and the palette design is sleek and beautiful. You can’t find anything like this from any other brand that I’m aware of. 

Other Róen palettes

If you’re interested in Róen’s formula, but you aren’t loving the shades in the 11:11 palette, there are a couple of other options that are the same size and price. The 75° Warm Eyeshadow Palette includes gold, warm taupe, dark brown, and terracotta. There is an option for those that prefer cool tones as well; the 52° Cool Eyeshadow Palette includes rose gold, purple, taupe/gray, and gunmetal. I don’t own either of those palettes, but they look beautiful!


I’m really glad I ordered the Róen Beauty 11:11 Eyeshadow Palette when I did, because I’ve very much enjoyed using it! I don’t use it nearly as often now that I have more time to do full eye looks using powder eyeshadow palettes, but I still use it from time to time and love the simple yet beautiful eye looks I create with it. It’s so easy to pull it out and use one or two shades to look a little more “put together.”

While this palette is quite pricey, I think it’s a good product to consider for anyone that loves eyeshadow but has a hard time finding time for it. These “lid illumes” can be applied in just a couple of minutes!

Have you ever tried Róen products? Their product selection is small, but I expect it will expand over time. I look forward to seeing what they release next!

Lauren

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Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation–Lightweight High Coverage Matte Foundation

The two coverage products that I have previously reviewed are Colourpop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Tinted Moisturizer and Colourpop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Hydrating Foundation. These are both hydrating products that provide a natural skin-like finish. I think both Colourpop products work well for combination and oily skin, but many people with those skin types look for foundations with a matte finish. Matte foundations are usually the most long-wearing, especially for people that produce excess oils, and they provide a soft airbrushed look to the skin. It’s no surprise that matte foundations are appealing to many.

Since I’m a makeup enthusiast, I like to have a variety of textures and finishes in my foundation collection. When Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation was released and touted as a dupe for Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, I knew I had to try it (this Fenty foundation is very popular, but Fenty hasn’t responded to some questions about animal testing and the product costs $35.00). Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation is meant to be a lightweight high coverage natural-finish foundation, but it looks very matte to me. The front of the bottle even has “mattifying” printed on it. Some matte foundations are very heavy, and the light texture of this one appealed to me. I don’t like feeling like I’m wearing a mask when I wear foundation.

Catrice is a very affordable drugstore brand. Many of their products are highly rated, but for some reason I don’t hear much about the brand. Catrice is best-known for complexion products, so I was very excited to try their HD Liquid Coverage Foundation.

Product claims directly from CatriceCosmetics.com

Hi-Def Coverage! Catrice’s HD Liquid Coverage Foundation is an ultra-lightweight, high coverage foundation for a natural looking finish. Covers imperfections and mattifies the skin creating a smooth and even complexion for up to 24 hours. Features a unique dropper applicator.

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Other product details

  • Price: $11.00
  • Net weight: 1.01 oz.
  • Made in Italy
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Free of gluten, alcohol, and oil
  • 26 shades ranging from Porcelain to Deep Mocha
  • Where to buy: Ulta.com and Amazon.com (please note that there are only 20 shades available on Amazon)
    • Ulta.com ships to the entire U.S. and U.S. territories, but does not ship internationally.
    • Amazon ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Overall rating: 6.8/10
    • Inclusivity: 7/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
    • Hydration: 2/10
    • Staying power: 6/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

When Catrice first launched this foundation, the shade range was abysmal…maybe only ten shades. A high coverage foundation like this one really needs to have a large shade range since the shades are far from flexible. 

I bought this foundation when the shade range was still quite small, so the shade I have (010 Light Beige) is actually a little dark for my fair skin tone. There are now three shades available that are lighter than Light Beige. The full range consists of 26 shades that range from 002 Porcelain to 098 Deep Mocha.

While I appreciate that Catrice added more fair and light shades, I think they should’ve added more deep shades as well. The majority of the range seems to consist of light and medium shades. This is subjective since Catrice doesn’t include shade descriptions, but I would only call five of the shades deep or dark. Another problem is that the deepest shade in the range doesn’t appear to be dark enough for the deepest skin tones. This seems to be somewhat common and it isn’t right.

While I’m very glad that Catrice expanded this foundation’s shade range, they really need to add even more shades. So many brands now are doing a great job with inclusive shade ranges, I think it would be wise for Catrice to do the same. For comparison purposes, Colourpop has a very inclusive wide shade range that includes 42 shades in their Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Hydrating Foundation. Colourpop, can you give Catrice some pointers, please? 😉

Packaging/ease of application

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation has unique packaging. Instead of a pump or squeeze tube, this foundation is packaged in a glass bottle with a dropper. The dropper works well to dispense the product since it is such a lightweight liquid formula. 

I like that with the dropper, you can either dispense the foundation directly on your skin, or drop the amount you need on your hand or another surface like the e.l.f. Artist Mixing Palette. I prefer to dispense the product onto the mixing palette instead of directly on my skin because I think that method prevents you from accidentally applying too much.

This foundation is easy to quickly blend out on the skin. The only caveat here is that since this foundation is so lightweight and liquid, it does dry quickly and therefore you need to work quickly. That also means that you wouldn’t want to try to build more coverage with this foundation. You can use a little for medium coverage or more for full coverage, but don’t try to build it up once you’ve applied it to your whole face. 

In this photo, the foundation was freshly applied (the only other product on my face was powder). I applied it to the left side of my face (right side in photo) with a sponge and the right side (left side in photo) with a foundation brush. I really didn’t see a difference from one side to the other, so I think it’s fine to use the tool that you’re most comfortable with.

Hydration

If you are looking for a hydrating foundation, this one is not for you. I wouldn’t say that it’s drying, but it also is not hydrating at all in my opinion. This may be a problem for people with dry skin, but for others, I think it’s probably fine as long as you use a good moisturizer before applying the foundation. 

I looked through the ingredient list and the only ingredient that jumped out at me as a hydrator was glycerin, and it was almost halfway down the list. 

I tried adding a drop of e.l.f. All The Feels Facial Oil a couple of times since some foundations mix well with oils to make them more hydrating. Unfortunately, it did not work. I didn’t notice much difference in how the foundation felt on my skin, but I did notice that it broke apart more quickly.

Staying power

I think the wear time, or time that this makeup looks good, will vary greatly from person to person. That’s because this foundation has a tendency to settle into fine lines very quickly and “crack” in any other places that you might move your face. It’s not obvious from a distance when this foundation settles into my fine lines, but I think someone with more mature skin and deeper wrinkles, might be unhappy with the way it looks on their skin.

On the other hand, I’ve found that this foundation does wear very well on my cheeks where I don’t have any fine lines. It also wears surprisingly well under a mask. It’s important to note here that I do always powder my face, and also usually use a setting spray. It might rub off quickly under a mask without the help of those other products.

I did an 8-hour wear test with this foundation yesterday. I finished applying all of my makeup at 11:00 a.m. and you can see that it looked very nice at that time. However, after only a couple of hours I could see it settling into all my fine lines, especially on my forehead. Some of the foundation also came off around my nose because it was running (thanks, fall allergies) and I had to wipe it with a tissue. I took the 3:00 and 7:00 photos without smiling to try to make the breakdown around my fine lines more visible. There was very little difference from 3:00 to 7:00, and other than the “problem areas” (fine lines), it still looked pretty nice at 7:00.

Price

There are only a few cruelty-free brands at the drugstore that can beat the price of this foundation. I think $11.00 is very fair considering the nice packaging. A little goes a long way, so a bottle of this will last a very long time. If you think this foundation would work well on your skin tone and skin type, definitely don’t hesitate to spend the $11.00!


While Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation is not perfect, I don’t think it’s a bad product. The packaging is nice and the formula provides good coverage that’s comfortable to wear all day (though it definitely wouldn’t last 24 hours like Catrice claims).

Before buying this foundation, remember that it isn’t ideal for everyone. Make sure there is a good shade match available, consider your skin type, and also think about any fine lines and wrinkles you may have. I’d like to note here that I usually don’t use a primer. If you have fine lines and use a primer that does a good job of filling them in, this foundation may work very well for you!

Are there any lightweight foundations that you enjoy? I definitely like how this one feels on my skin, I just don’t like how quickly it settles into lines. If you have any suggestions, please share them in the comments below! 🙂

Lauren

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2020 Cruelty-Free Holiday Gift Guide Part 2–Gift Sets & Luxury Items

Monday, I shared “Part 1” of the cruelty-free gift guide, which featured small gifts and stocking stuffers. Those types of gifts are versatile for family, friends, co-workers, or white elephant gift exchanges. Today, I’d like to share some cruelty-free gift sets and luxury items that I would recommend for gift-giving this holiday season. 

I think gift sets are an excellent choice because they often include a variety of products, giving the “giftee” an opportunity to try different things. They’re also a good option if you know what type of product the person you’re buying for likes, but you don’t know which specific color, scent, etc. they prefer.

Luxury items are obviously more expensive, but I think they make wonderful gifts as well because a lot of people don’t want to splurge on those types of products for themselves. Gifting those items allows loved ones to try things they may never have otherwise had the opportunity to enjoy.

As always, all of the products mentioned in this gift guide are 100% cruelty-free. By IntegriBeauty standards, that means all of these companies are cruelty-free and either independently owned, or owned by another cruelty-free company.

Like “Part 1” of my gift guide, you will see some repeats from previous posts. These will be products that I’ve tested and enjoy so much, I want to recommend them again. Other items will be products that I have not personally tried, but that are from cruelty-free brands I trust. I will also make sure all products that I haven’t personally used, have very high ratings. I want to make sure I only recommend the best!

Let’s start with gift sets!

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Beauty by Earth Bath Bomb Gift Set

I’m not a “bath person” so I don’t personally use bath bombs, but nearly everyone else I know loves them! They are on the pricey side, so a lot of people won’t buy bath bombs for themselves. For people that enjoy taking baths, bath bombs can take a nice hot bath to the next level, making it even more relaxing. 

Beauty by Earth uses natural ingredients like detoxifying clays and salts, essential oils for aromatherapy, and organic oils and butters in their bath bombs, making them an excellent choice for the bath-lover in your life!

Where to buy: BeautybyEarth.com ($34.99) or Amazon.com ($29.99)

SmartyPits Trial Size Super-Strength Deodorant Set

This one probably seems pretty strange to see in a gift guide, but think about it…there are so many people transitioning from antiperspirant to deodorant, and it’s very difficult to find just the right formula and scent. There’s a good chance that someone in your life is on the hunt for the perfect natural deodorant. I sweat a lot and I’m very self-conscious about how I smell, so it’s been a struggle for me trying to find the right natural deodorant. If that reminds you of anyone you know, this might be the perfect gift for them. 

I’ve only been using this deodorant for about a week, but I am really enjoying it so far. I like that this set includes four different fragrances (Coconut Mango, Eucalyptus Spearmint, Tweed + Spice, and Cool Cucumber) because SmartyPits offers many different fragrance options and it’s hard to choose just one. With this set, you don’t have to! These would also be a good gift idea for someone that travels a lot. These little trial size deodorants are the perfect size for travel!

Where to buy: Amazon.com ($22.00)

SmartyPits also makes a set with the same fragrances, but formulated for sensitive skin (baking soda free).

Where to buy: Amazon.com ($22.00)

Versed The Big Chill Winter Unwind Gift Set

Skincare has become an important part of self-care for many of us, this year more than ever since we’re spending so much more time at home. Versed is a fairly new drugstore skincare brand. Versed actually claims to be the cleanest drugstore skincare brand, so I was curious about their products for a long time. I recently placed an order with Versed and one of the things I got was The Big Chill Winter Unwind Gift Set, which includes their popular Just Breathe Clarifying Serum (mini), The Fix Emergency Eye Mask (mini), and a Frozen Cooling Globe which is to be used for facial massage.

I’ve been using The Fix Emergency Eye Mask for a few weeks as my nighttime eye cream, and I really enjoy the heavy texture. I feel like it provides more hydration than most of the other eye creams I’ve used. I’ve used the Cooling Globe a couple of times, and it’s not my cup of tea, but I might not have been using it correctly. I know a lot of people enjoy these because the cool temperature combined with facial massage reduces puffiness and increases blood flow. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to use the Just Breathe Clarifying Serum because I’m using up another serum first. I’m very excited about it though, because it has an impressive ingredient list which includes niacinamide, willow bark extract, and zinc.

The Big Chill Winter Unwind Gift Set is great gift for anyone wanting to keep their skin in tip-top shape!

Where to buy: VersedSkin.com ($16.99)

E.l.f. Skin Hit Kit and Mini Skin Hit Kit

I recently dipped my toe into e.l.f. skincare, and I must say that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the quality! One of the products I tried is the Happy Hydration Cream, which is a moisturizer formulated with hemp seed oil (this ingredient moisturizes and strengthens skin while also helping to regulate oil production). That cream is part of e.l.f.’s Cannabis Sativa Collection, which includes four products: Happy Hydration Cream,  All the Feels Facial Oil, Calm Balm, and Puff Puff Primer. All four of these products can be found in the Skin Hit Kit!

I was curious about those other three products, so I recently ordered the Mini Skin Hit Kit which includes minis of all four of the Cannabis Sativa Collection products. I haven’t had a chance to thoroughly test any of the products, besides the Happy Hydration Cream, but I think they would work well for all skin types. The full size Skin Hit Kit or Mini Skin Hit Kit would make a great gift for anyone looking to try some new skincare products.

Where to buy e.l.f. Skin Hit Kit: ElfCosmetics.com ($37.00)

Where to buy e.l.f. Mini Skin Hit Kit: ElfCosmetics.com ($15.00)

E.l.f. Putty Primer Trio

For anyone that read my product review on the e.l.f. Luminous Putty Primer, you might be surprised to see the Putty Primer Trio included in my gift guide. I own both the original Poreless Putty Primer and the Luminous Putty Primer, and neither of them do anything for my skin. However, just because these primers don’t work for me doesn’t mean they don’t work well for others. These primers have gotten amazing reviews from others, so I recognize that they are good products. This set is a good way to let someone try all three of e.l.f.’s Putty Primer formulas: Poreless Putty Primer, Matte Putty Primer, and Luminous Putty Primer.

Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com ($9.00)

Profusion Cosmetics Eye Essentials Brush Set

Every makeup-lover that enjoys eyeshadow needs a good set of eye brushes. Quality brushes can make a big difference in the ease of application and the finished eye look. It can be challenging to find eye brushes that work well for small or hooded eyes, because a lot of brushes are just too large. The Profusion Cosmetics Eye Essentials Brush Kit is a great option for smaller eyes because none of the brushes are too large. The Small Pointed Eyeshadow brush in particular is perfect for detail work on small eyes. 

I’ve only talked about this brush set in relation to small or hooded eyes, but honestly I think these brushes would work very well for any size or shape of eyes. These brushes are high quality, soft, comfortable to hold, and vegan. They feel like high-end brushes without the high-end price tag!

The brushes in this set can be used to create a full eye look:

  • ES2 Firm Blending Eyeshadow Brush
  • ES3 Pointed Crease Eyeshadow Brush
  • ES5 Flat Shader Eyeshadow Brush
  • ES6 Small Pointed Eyeshadow Brush
  • ES7 Flat Precise Eyeshadow Brush

Where to buy: ProfusionCosmetics.com ($16.00)

BK Beauty The Essentials Face Brush Set

I was hesitant to include this brush set in the gift guide because of the price, but I did want to include luxury items and these are the best of the best in face brushes. I don’t actually own these brushes, but I have heard nothing but rave reviews from influencers and friends alike that have purchased BK Beauty brushes, particularly the face brushes. 

This vegan brush set includes the following:

  • Contoured Foundation Brush OR Round Foundation Brush
  • Large Powder Brush
  • Bronzer Brush
  • Tapered Powder Brush

Where to buy: BKBeauty.com ($130.00)

Pinrose Travel Size Rollerball Perfume Set

Perfume is a popular item to gift, but did you know that most fragrance brands are NOT cruelty-free? There are plenty of cruelty-free skincare and makeup options, but very few for fragrances. One of the few fragrance brands that is cruelty-free (clean and vegan, too!) is Pinrose. I haven’t had room in my budget this year to try any Pinrose fragrances, but so many of Pinrose’s perfumes sound like they would smell amazing! This set is a great way to try them all, which is especially nice because it would be very difficult to choose just one. 

Where to buy: Amazon.com ($47.00)

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

After perfume, I think luxurious body creams are some of the best gifts for someone you want to spoil! The one that always comes to mind first for me is Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. Most of you reading this post have probably already heard of this product because it’s been quite popular for a long time now and I wrote a product review on it earlier this month. 

Bum Bum Cream is not only popular because it’s a good body cream, but also because of the scent…maybe even primarily because of the scent. Sol de Janeiro states “Addictively scented with our Cheirosa ’62 fragrance with delicious notes of pistachio, salted caramel and vanilla.” I’ll never get tired of this scent. I wish it would follow me everywhere I go!

If you’re buying for someone that loves luxurious body products that have a rich unique fragrance, look no further than Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream.

Where to buy: Amazon.com ($45.00)

Alpyn Beauty Skincare

Another luxury gift idea is skincare. I primarily use drugstore skincare products, but I have been lusting over Alpyn Beauty’s luxury natural skincare products for months. This vegan brand is unique and not very well-known, so I’ll tell you a little bit about them. Alpyn Beauty sustainably sources organic wild botanical ingredients from the mountains in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The ingredients used in Alpyn Beauty products are backed by science to preserve, protect, and strengthen skin. 

The Alpyn Beauty skincare line includes the Wild Huckleberry 8-Acid Polishing Peel, PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm, PlantGenius Melt Moisturizer, PlantGenius Survival Serum, Calming Midnight Mask with Melatonin & Wild Dandelion, and Creamy Bubbling Cleanser with Fruit Enzymes & AHAs. The product that I find to be most interesting is the PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm. It’s difficult to find an eye cream that actually improves the appearance of the under-eye area, but judging by the many glowing reviews, this one is very effective! It contains ingredients that brighten, tighten, lift, fill in fine lines, reduce puffiness, protect against free radicals, and keep skin hydrated. This sounds like a miracle product that does it all!

Where to buy Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm: AlpynBeauty.com ($62.00)

Thrive Causemetics Cosmo Power Multi-Dimensional Strobing Blush

The makeup-lover in your life will always appreciate luxury makeup products. Though I’ve only tried two of their products so far, my favorite high-end makeup brand is Thrive Causemetics. Their products are extremely well-made and the company does a lot of good things to make the world a better place!

One of the Thrive Causemetics products I own is the Cosmo Power Multi-Dimensional Strobing Blush in the shade Rosie. This blush is a universally-flattering pink with a golden sheen, so in my opinion it is like applying both blush and highlight at the same time! This blush is lovely and would make a wonderful gift.

Where to buy: ThriveCausemetics.com ($34.00)

Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara

The other Thrive Causemetics product I own is their Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara in the shade Brynn (black). This mascara is by far their most popular product, and for good reason. It’s very effective at separating and lengthening eyelashes, and will never flake or smudge because it is a tubing mascara. There aren’t many tubing mascaras on the market and this is the only one I’ve tried, but it’s an excellent choice! In addition to the effectiveness of the mascara, it also comes in very nice luxury packaging. The tube is very heavy and I think that really adds to the experience.

Almost everyone that wears makeup, wears mascara, so you really can’t go wrong with this product as a gift!

Where to buy: ThriveCausemetics.com ($24.00)

Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol. 1 Eyeshadow Palette

You didn’t think I’d forgotten eyeshadow, did you? Of course not–I love eyeshadow! If you have someone in your life that enjoys building beautiful eye looks and working with a variety of textures, they will absolutely adore the Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol. 1 eyeshadow palette. This palette features six beautiful shades: black, chocolate brown, burnt orange, camel, cream, and cranberry. Each shade comes in four unique textures: matte, sequin (matte with suspended shimmer), metallic, and glitter. These shadows are highly pigmented and the glitters are out-of-this-world gorgeous!

Where to buy: TatiBeauty.com ($48.00)

Travel Makeup Organizer

Last but not least, I had to include a travel makeup organizer. It doesn’t exactly fall under “gift sets & luxury items” but I think this type of bag makes a great gift for someone that likes to travel with more than a few makeup products. I’ve used this bag on a couple of trips over the last few years.

This isn’t the prettiest makeup bag, but it is very sturdy and holds everything needed for a full face of makeup (or skincare; it could be used for either or both, depending on the person). The compartments are customizable by moving the dividers as needed, so if you need a little more room in one of the compartments, you can move or remove one of the dividers. In the top of the bag, there are pouches designed for brushes, with a flap that folds down to protect them from damage. Plus, there is a zipper pocket that’s big enough to hold a couple of small to medium sized palettes!

I actually received this travel makeup organizer as a gift myself, and have really enjoyed it!

Where to buy: Amazon.com ($18.99)

Shipping from All Online Stores Mentioned

All of these stores ship within the USA, but some do not ship internationally.

  • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • BeautybyEarth.com ships internationally for a flat fee of $28.00.
  • VersedSkin.com ships to the continental U.S. as well as Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico, but does not ship internationally.
  • ElfCosmetics.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
  • ProfusionCosmetics.com ships internationally. For faster and less expensive shipping to EU & UK, China, Taiwan, Canada, and India, please visit the websites listed on this page.
  • AlpynBeauty.com does not ship internationally.
  • ThriveCausemetics.com ships internationally.
  • TatiBeauty.com ships internationally, but is unable to ship to the following countries: South Africa, Ukraine, Iraq, Turkey, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba, Iran, Vietnam, Tajikistan, Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Uzbekistan, Guatemala, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. There is also a temporary hold on shipping to several countries due to government regulations. The list of those countries can be found here.

I truly hope this gift guide helps you with your gift shopping this holiday season. This year has been a stressful one, but maybe holiday shopping doesn’t have to be. More of us are shopping online instead of going into stores, so I think that should help!

If you have questions about any of the products in this gift guide (part 1 or 2), please don’t hesitate to ask. There are a few things on here that I haven’t yet used myself, but I can still help you find any answers you need. 🙂 The same goes for any other cruelty-free products that you’re unsure of. There is a wide world of products out there and it’s not always easy deciding which ones are worth the money.

Have you started your holiday gift shopping yet, or will you start on Black Friday (or later)? I’ve bought gifts for some of the people on my list, but I’m still looking for ideas for others. That’s always the hardest part, in my opinion!

Happy shopping!

Lauren

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