e.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipstick–the $3 Creamy Lipstick with Rich Pigmentation

e.l.f. SRSLY Satin LipstickI watch a lot of beauty-related YouTube videos, so I see a lot of beauty-related ads on YouTube as well! One that seemed to play over and over for quite some time was for e.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipstick (silly as it may be, yes, that’s really the product name). If you also enjoy watching beauty-related content, it’s likely you’ve seen this ad from e.l.f., too!

That ad never really convinced me to buy SRSLY Satin Lipstick because I haven’t been wearing lipstick nearly as much since I started wearing a mask last year. What made me decide to try it is the fact that I enjoy makeup and I hadn’t bought any lipsticks in a long time. I started to miss wearing them, even though the only people that see me are usually myself and my husband! This lipstick was hyped so much, I decided to see what the fuss was about.

e.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipstick product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

Talk about lip service. This lush, creamy lipstick saturates lips with decadent color for a pout that makes a statement. The nutrient-rich formula applies and wears like silk, hugging the curves of your lips while delivering deep moisturizing benefits. Choose from 10 color-rich shades.

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Other product details

  • Price: $3.00
  • Net weight: 0.12 oz. | 3.5 g
  • Made in China
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Special ingredients:
    • Macadamia seed oil is nourishing and contains antioxidants
    • Jojoba oil locks in moisture and softens lips
    • Meadowfoam seed oil soothes and protects dry lips while also keeping them moisturized longer
  • 10 shades (e.l.f. doesn’t provide shade descriptions, so I’ll do my best to describe these shades accurately based on lip swatches)
    • Nectar: orangey nude
    • Crème: pale pinky nude
    • Taffy: mid-toned pink
    • Cider: rosy brown
    • Sugarplum: deep plum
    • Cherry: true red
    • Pepper: orangey red
    • Persimmon: orange
    • Raspberry: berry
    • Cocoa: mid-toned brown 
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com 
    • ElfCosmetics.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
  • Overall rating: 8.2/10
    • Shade range: 7/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 8/10
    • Hydration: 7/10
    • Staying Power: 9/10
    • 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

E.l.f. offers a decent shade range in the SRSLY Satin Lipsticks. There are ten shades that include nudes, pinks, reds, browns, and also a berry, plum, and orange. I think most people will be able to find at least one shade they like in this shade range.

Now I’ll explain how I think this shade range could be improved. I noticed that most or all of the shades in this range are warm-toned. There isn’t anything wrong with warm-toned shades, but I think it would be a good idea to add some cool-toned shades. Those that have cool-toned skin may feel that warm-toned lipstick would clash with their coloring.

I also think it would be a fun addition if e.l.f. created some unusual shades like teal and blue. I’ve noticed that a lot of lipsticks with large shade ranges include a few of those unusual shades. This would be a great choice for e.l.f. since e.l.f. aims to be as inclusive as possible.

Speaking of inclusivity, I’d like to briefly touch on the pigmentation of this formula since some lip products aren’t pigmented enough for deep skin tones. I only have one shade, Nectar, but judging by the swatches on e.l.f.’s website, it appears that all the shades are quite pigmented. Most of the shades look great on both light and dark skin tones, but some look even better on dark/deep skin (in my opinion).

Packaging/ease of application

E.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipstick is a traditional bullet-style lipstick. It comes in a clear plastic tube. In the product details, e.l.f. calls it “luxe clear packaging,” but honestly I think it looks and feels very cheap. Given the price of this product, I don’t think that’s unreasonable! Despite the very basic packaging, it is as effective as any twist-up bullet lipstick design I’ve ever seen. 

While this packaging works, I’m a bit concerned about its durability. It’s fine for everyday use at home, but I’m not sure if it would hold up in a purse or luggage. The plastic feels like it may crack easily, so this one may be best left at home.

Now that we’ve got that unpleasantness out of the way, I can tell you about the lipstick itself. It has a very smooth creamy texture that glides over the lips. This lipstick is so easy to apply! There is no tugging, and the angle makes it easy to apply with precision. A lip liner helps, but isn’t necessary.

In the last section, I mentioned the pigmentation of this lipstick. Since it is quite pigmented, it takes very little effort to build up color on the lips. I just apply it so my lips are completely covered, and that always gives me the perfect color intensity.

Hydration

The name of this product is “SRSLY Satin Lipstick” and e.l.f. states that the formula is “smooth-as-satin.” While the formula is smooth and feels satiny, I think it’s actually somewhere between a satin and matte formula. Once it’s applied, it slowly “dries down” to look like more of a matte lipstick with no shine.

I wanted to make that distinction because I think of satin lipsticks as looking somewhat shiny. This one does not, especially once it’s been on for a while. While the finish of a lipstick doesn’t always determine its level of hydration, I thought this would be the best place to mention it. That’s partly because satin lipsticks are usually quite hydrating compared to matte lipsticks.

While this lipstick does look more matte on the lips, it’s definitely hydrating and comfortable. You can feel the oils in the smoothness of this lipstick as it’s applied, and for a good amount of time while wearing it as well. I appreciate that e.l.f. formulated this lipstick with macadamia seed oil, jojoba oil, and meadowfoam seed oil to keep lips happy!

I am pleased with the hydration this lipstick provides, but I want to provide another perspective for those with more mature skin. My mom also bought one of the SRSLY Satin Lipsticks and she thought it was drying. I’m not certain that she thought it felt drying, but she definitely thought it made her lips look dry and accentuated lines.

Staying power

E.l.f. doesn’t make any claims about the staying power of the SRSLY Satin Lipsticks. Since it’s meant to be a satin formula, most wouldn’t expect it to have very good staying power. Earlier in the review, I mentioned that I think this formula is somewhere between satin and matte. That holds true for staying power as well (when assuming that matte formulas are long-wearing)!

While this lipstick isn’t transfer-proof and won’t last all day, I think its staying power is pretty great! It stays put (or at least most of it does) when I drink water and tea, but a significant amount does rub off when I eat food. If I’m just having a light snack, I find that this lipstick stays intact surprisingly well.

If you wanted to wear this lipstick all day, you would probably only need to reapply a couple of times. I think that’s really good for a “satin” lipstick!

Price

THREE DOLLARS. That’s hard to beat! E.l.f. products are almost always very affordable, but I think this is one of the best values you can find from the brand. E.l.f. offers several lipstick formulas, and SRSLY Satin Lipsticks have the lowest price of them all! 

I did a quick search for affordable lipsticks and there are a lot of them! However, e.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipsticks seem to be the least expensive of the cruelty-free options. “SRSLY” great job, e.l.f.! 🙂


I cannot get over what a good value this lipstick is. I don’t wear lipsticks all that often these days, so I don’t like spending very much money on them. E.l.f. makes it easy to try new lip products without breaking the bank!

To be honest, e.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipstick isn’t my favorite, but that is partially because the shade I have isn’t quite right for my coloring. There are other lipsticks I’ve got my eye on, but I may try other shades of this one in the future. I think the formula is great and I appreciate how comfortable it is!

I was disappointed when my mom told me she was unhappy with her SRSLY Satin Lipstick. I think most people will enjoy it, but if you feel that your lips are dry and/or have a lot of lines, you may want to try a different formula (or apply a hydrating gloss on top). Thankfully, e.l.f. has several options!

Have you tried any of the e.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipsticks? If so, what are your favorite shades? Please let me know in the comments! 🙂

Lauren

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Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette–Add a Flush of Color Infused with Rose Quartz

Did you catch my product review on the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette a couple of weeks ago? It’s a beautiful palette with 12 versatile eyeshadow shades infused with real rose quartz. That palette is one of my all-time favorites and it can be used to create a variety of soft neutral looks. If that eye palette appeals to you, you may also be interested in the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette!

Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek PaletteThe Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette is infused with rose quartz, just like the corresponding eye palette. As I mentioned in the review of the eye palette, rose quartz is an interesting skincare ingredient because it is said to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. For that reason, I think we can all agree that rose quartz is a great addition to any skincare or makeup product!

While I’m excited about the rose quartz and some of the other ingredients in this product, they aren’t the reason I purchased this cheek palette. I just thought it was gorgeous! I love blushes, but I think it was the highlighter that really pulled me in. I’m not usually a big highlighter girl, but this shade is perfect for my skin tone and different from anything else I’ve ever tried.

To learn more about this cheek palette, please keep reading for a full product review!

Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette claims directly from AetherBeautyCo.com

A rose quartz infused cheek palette with two soft-focus blushes and one luminous highlighter. High-payoff, pigment-packed formulas. Velvety pressed powders that build effortlessly and blend seamlessly. Organic skincare oils that boost collagen and brighten skin, provide antioxidants, and reduce inflammation. Harnessing the power of Rose Quartz, these radiant powders help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and redness. Can be worn on the face, eyes, lips and body.

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Other product details

  • Price: $44.00
  • Net weight: 0.3 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Free of gluten, talc, parabens, nanoparticles, and fragrance
  • Formulated with ethically sourced mica
  • Special ingredients:
    • Rose quartz reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and redness
    • Organic rosehip oil boosts collagen, reduces inflammation, and brightens
    • Jojoba seed oil moisturizes and reduces inflammation
    • Indian sappanwood bark extract contains antioxidants
  • Packaging is recyclable once pans and elastic band are removed
  • Three shades
    • Heart icy pink highlighter
    • Compassion peachy-pink matte blush
    • Self-love rose pink matte blush
  • 1% of sales donated to charity
  • Where to buy: AetherBeautyCo.com and Amazon.com 
    • AetherBeautyCo.com ships internationally to many countries, but I wasn’t able to find a list of those countries.
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  • Overall rating: 8.6/10
    • Inclusivity: 7/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Texture: 10/10
    • Staying power: 8/10
    • 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.

Inclusivity

There are actually three Aether Beauty cheek palettes: Rose Quartz, Ruby, and Amber. Of the three, Rose Quartz is the most appropriate for fair to light skin tones. Since I have quite fair skin, I thought it would be the best option for me. Unfortunately, I don’t think this palette is ideal for medium to deep skin tones since the blushes aren’t very pigmented and the highlighter is very light. In these arm swatches, I swiped the blushes on several times to build up the color. The highlighter is quite pigmented, but again, it is very light!

If Rose Quartz was the only cheek palette option from Aether Beauty, I would be more bothered by its lack of usability for a variety of skin tones. Thankfully, the Amber cheek palette would be a good choice for many skin tones. It’s light enough that it could be used with a light hand on fair to light skin, yet deep enough to also work for medium to deep skin tones. 

I actually had a hard time deciding between the Amber and Rose Quartz palettes, but I thought I’d probably get more use out of the Rose Quartz palette. The Ruby palette is beautiful, and also the deepest of the three palettes. It is best suited for medium to deep skin tones.

As for inclusivity as preferences go, again I think it’s great that Aether Beauty offers more than one colorway. I think the Rose Quartz palette might be the most approachable of the three options (if these shades work for your skin tone) and is great for everyday wear. Each of the shades can be worn individually, mixed, or layered, to achieve the desired finish and color intensity.

Packaging/ease of application

If you read my review on the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette, the packaging portion of this review will be redundant because the eye and cheek palettes have very similar packaging. Feel free to skip down to the ease of application portion of this section. 😉

Sustainability is a big part of Aether Beauty’s ethos, so this palette is made without a mirror or magnets. The packaging is completely recyclable once the pans and elastic band are removed. Since there aren’t magnets, this cardboard palette is kept closed with an elastic band. It’s attached to the “lid” and wraps around the backside of the palette to keep it securely closed.

With some palettes, it’s very difficult to find shade names. I think it’s easiest when shade names are printed on the palette with the pans of product, but Aether Beauty took a different approach. There is a clear plastic sheet with the shade names printed on it that you can keep in the palette. I’m guessing that a lot of people won’t keep that plastic sheet since it would be easy to lose, so the shade names are also printed on a sticker on the back of the packaging. Both the plastic sheet and shade names printed on the back are shown in the photo below. I don’t care too much about shade names myself, but they can sometimes be helpful, especially if you want to create a tutorial.

The pan sizes in this palette are very generous, making it easy to dip a brush in and pick up a sufficient amount of product. For the blushes, I dip my fluffy Real Techniques 400 Blush Brush in and swirl it around a couple of times because these are not overly powdery blushes. Since these blushes aren’t highly pigmented, they are very easy to apply without looking “over-blushed.” I like to apply the Compassion shade first and then a little bit of Self-love on top for a bright pop of color.

I apply the highlighter, Heart, with my little Real Techniques Setting Brush. This highlighter isn’t the most intense I’ve ever seen, but it would be easy to go overboard with it if you’re not careful. The RT setting brush makes it easy to only apply this highlighter exactly where I want it. It blends into the skin seamlessly and looks even better with setting spray because that helps it to “melt” into the skin!

Texture

The two blushes in this palette are very matte, but they both work beautifully with the highlighter. For those that prefer shimmery blushes, a little or a lot of the highlighter could be mixed with one or both of the blushes. I really like how customizable these shades are!

The blushes don’t feel very soft to the touch in the pan, but they apply very smoothly and easily. They don’t catch and stick to look patchy like some blushes do. I appreciate that they aren’t too powdery, so when you dip a brush into these blushes, there isn’t any “kick-up.” They also aren’t pressed in the pan too hard, so it’s easy to pick up product on a brush.

The highlighter formula feels much different from the blushes, but that makes sense since it is a shimmery product. The highlighter is so smooth, it feels buttery. Much less product is needed with the highlighter compared to the blushes since it is a softer formula.

Aether Beauty states in the product description that this cheek palette can be used on the face, eyes, lips and body. I have never felt inclined to put powder on my lips so I’m not sure how well that would work (maybe tap a bit of the highlighter over a regular lip product for extra shine?). The highlighter could also be used on the body, but I don’t put any makeup on my body (and I’m not sure how anyone would use blush on the body).

I have, however, used the blushes and highlighter on my eyes. Both formulas work well as eyeshadows! It’s nice that this palette can be used for multitasking, especially if you want to travel and pack lightly. In this photo, I’m wearing Self-love (blush) and Heart (highlighter) on my cheeks, and all three shades on my eyes. 🙂

Staying power

The blushes in the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette aren’t the most long-wearing blushes. I might be a harsh judge since I have an e.l.f. Primer Infused Blush in my collection! That one lasts all day long with zero fading. While the Aether Beauty blushes don’t have the greatest staying power I’ve seen, they also stay on reasonably well. My skin seems to absorb some blush formulas, but not this one so much. The color lasts all day, but there is some fading after several hours. I’m not bothered by this since almost every blush I’ve tried fades some throughout the day.

I’ve found that the highlighter’s staying power is better than that of the blushes. Once it’s blended into the skin, it doesn’t seem to lose its color or luster. I still notice that beautiful subtle glow at the very end of the day right before removing my makeup.

Price

I admit, it’s difficult for me to judge the price of this cheek palette since it’s the first cheek palette I’ve ever owned. I usually buy products individually instead of in a palette format (except for eyeshadow palettes!). 

The Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette is $44.00, which means each shade is $14.67. That is expensive, but Aether Beauty is not a “drugstore” or affordable brand. It’s a high-end clean beauty brand with very high standards that cost money to maintain.

This cheek palette is unique and special, making it worth the high price tag. It is formulated with excellent natural clean ingredients (including ethically-sourced mica), the packaging is recyclable, and all three shades are wearable and versatile to be worn individually, mixed, or layered. I also really appreciate that Aether Beauty donates 1% of every sale to charity. Aether Beauty is a great company to support!


I’ve had the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette in my collection for a few months now and it’s become one of my most used makeup products! These shades go with just about every outfit and makeup look I create. It also helps that the palette itself is so pretty! It’s hard to reach for other cheek products when this one calls my name every time I see it. 🙂

I think anyone close to my skin tone or a little bit darker would enjoy the blushes and highlighter in this palette. If you have a medium to deep skin tone, I’d definitely recommend the Amber or Ruby cheek palettes. All three colorways are beautiful!

Do you prefer individual cheek products, or cheek palettes like this one? There are definitely merits to both product formats. Please share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

Lauren

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Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette–Create Gorgeous Eye Looks with Real Rose Quartz

Crystals are beautiful and commonly used in both jewelry and home décor. Did you know they’ve also been used for thousands of years to heal the mind, body, and soul? There is no scientific evidence to support the benefits of crystals, but many still believe in their powers. One of the most popular crystals is rose quartz, a stunning pink gemstone. Rose quartz is linked to love and is thought to encourage respect, trust, and confidence.

Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone PaletteAs crystals become increasingly more popular in the modern age, they are now being used in beauty tools, skincare, and makeup. Rose quartz in particular is said to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette harnesses the power of real rose quartz. I think this is a brilliant use for rose quartz since the skin around the eyes is very thin and prone to wrinkles.

Unfamiliar with Aether Beauty? It is a sustainable clean indie beauty brand founded by the former head of product development at Sephora, Tiila Abbitt. All Aether products are cruelty-free, vegan, organic, and packaging is recyclable. That’s not all! Aether Beauty donates a portion of all sales to environmental charities. I love supporting companies that strive to make the world a better place, and that’s exactly what Aether Beauty does every day!

Please continue reading for a full product review of the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette.

Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette claims directly from AetherBeautyCo.com

A rose quartz infused eyeshadow palette that offers a variety of 12 radiant warm shades in shimmer, metallic and matte finishes. This bestselling palette is designed to illuminate the skin with extraordinary luster, these high-payoff, pigment-packed formulas are made with skin-loving ingredients that offer a buttery-like texture for an easy one-swipe application.

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

Other product details

  • Price: $58.00
  • Net weight: 0.56 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Free of gluten, talc, parabens, nanoparticles, and fragrance
  • Formulated with ethically sourced mica
  • Special ingredients:
    • Rose quartz reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and redness
    • Organic coconut oil calms, protects, and hydrates the skin
    • Organic shea butter infuses antioxidants and soothes skin
    • Organic rosehip oil boosts collagen, reduces inflammation, and brightens
  • Packaging is recyclable once pans and elastic band are removed
  • 12 shades (there are shade descriptions on AetherBeautyCo.com; I copied most of those here but tweaked some that I thought weren’t quite accurate):
    • Rose Quartz antique rose shimmer
    • Sandstone light beige matte
    • Stardust icy pink shimmer
    • Heartstone rose pink shimmer
    • Scorpio rose brown matte
    • Aphrodite violet gray matte
    • Grounding charcoal matte
    • Crystalline silver shimmer
    • Reawakening pink to gold duo-chrome
    • Divine gold to silver duo-chrome
    • Aura purple to blue duo-chrome
    • Astarte lavender to silver blue duo-chrome
  • 1% of sales are donated to The Water Project
  • Where to buy: AetherBeautyCo.com and Amazon.com
    • AetherBeautyCo.com ships internationally to many countries, but I wasn’t able to find a list of those countries.
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  • Overall rating: 8.4/10
    • Inclusivity: 7/10
    • Texture: 8/10
    • Pigmentation: 8/10
    • Staying power: 10/10
    • Price: 9/10

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

As a fairly new indie brand, Aether Beauty currently only offers four full sized palettes (there are also two quads and two single shadows available, however): Rose Quartz, Amethyst Crystal, Summer Solstice, and Joshua Tree. There is a good amount of variety among these options. Of the four, Rose Quartz is probably the most approachable for everyday wear. For the most part, the shades in this palette are very soft and neutral. Many of them can even be worn as “one and done” eyeshadows for quick eye looks.

I am writing this review from the perspective of someone with fair skin. You can find swatches of all the shades in this palette on AetherBeautyCo.com, and they’re shown on fair, light, and medium skin tones (you can find photos of my own arm swatches coming up in the next section). I think it’s very helpful that they showed those side-by-side comparisons. Unfortunately, I don’t think this palette will work as well on medium to deep skin tones as it does on fair to light skin tones.

The photos below are of a recent eye look I created using the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette. Most of the looks I do with this palette look very similar to this one. If these soft neutral shades speak to you and would work well on your skin tone, I think you’d enjoy this palette very much!

I only took a few points away in this category for a couple of reasons. First off, it is such a reliable approachable palette that’s good for any occasion. This would be the perfect everyday palette for a lot of people. Secondly, while the shades in this palette aren’t ideal for every skin tone, there are other Aether Beauty eyeshadow palettes (especially Amethyst Crystal and Joshua Tree) that would be more fitting for deeper skin tones.

Texture

This palette is the perfect mix of mattes, shimmers, and duo-chromes, as there are four of each. Duo-chrome shades aren’t very common and I have very few in my collection, so I was excited to see four duo-chrome shades in this palette! If you’re not familiar with duo-chrome eyeshadows, they shift between two colors.

I enjoy every shade in this palette, but I have to say that the shimmers perform best. They are all buttery smooth and easy to blend. I haven’t experienced any fallout with these shimmers and they look perfect on the eyes with very little effort. 

The matte shades don’t swatch well as you can see in the photo on the left, but they do actually blend easily and look beautiful on the eyes. Scorpio is the perfect crease/transition shade! My only complaint about the matte shades is that Aphrodite and Grounding are quite powdery so they require a little more caution during application. With those shades, I always tap the excess off my brush before applying and that helps a lot! 

The duo-chrome shades are some of the most beautiful in this palette, but they are the most difficult to work with. It’s hard to pick them up with a brush and when applying with a brush, there is a lot of fallout. I’ve had the best luck applying these duo-chrome shades with my fingers to prevent fallout.

Pigmentation

You can probably tell from the swatches above that this is not the most pigmented palette. While that sounds like a con, for many people it isn’t. Lower pigmentation means that you don’t have to be very careful with this palette. These shades are very forgiving. Also, they do build well!

I want to make note of the pigmentation of certain shades. The deepest shade in this palette is Grounding (matte charcoal), and it is quite pigmented. Those with fair skin like me should be careful with this shade because it is easy to apply too much. I always start out with a very small amount and build it up slowly.

I hate to pick on the lovely duo-chrome shades again, but I’m a little disappointed that they aren’t more pigmented. I expected them to have strong pigmentation and apply similarly to the shimmers, but they’re actually quite different. They take effort to build up and even then they never look nearly as intense on the eyes as they do in the pan.

Staying power

Since this eyeshadow palette has a very clean formula, I wasn’t sure if it would wear as well as most powder eyeshadows. Turns out, I didn’t need to worry at all! Every shade in this palette looks good on my eyes all day long. There is no fading, creasing (with the help of Milani Eyeshadow Primer on my oily eyelids), or smudging. I always hate to wash it off at the end of the day because it still looks so good!

While these eyeshadows have great staying power, they never stain my skin. They’re also easy to wash off, even with regular face wash vs. cleansing balm.

Price

Aether Beauty is not an affordable brand. I would consider Aether Beauty products to be high-end, but not quite luxury, if that makes sense. The Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette is $58.00 and I recognize that that is a lot of money for an eyeshadow palette. It’s one of the most expensive ones in my collection. With that being said, I do think it’s worth the price! 

Since I received this palette, it’s been rare that I’ve reached for any of my other palettes. It’s just so versatile and easy to work with. Plus, it has a good mix of textures so I never need to bring in other palettes when I’m creating an eye look with this one. Lastly, companies like Aether Beauty are some of my favorites to support. Aether Beauty has high ethical standards and is working to make the world a better place. Those things cost money, so it makes sense that Aether Beauty products would be a little more expensive.

Packaging

I chose not to add a sixth rating category for packaging, but I couldn’t finish this review without mentioning it. The packaging for the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette is quite beautiful unique! 

Sustainability is a big part of Aether Beauty’s ethos, so this palette is made without a mirror or magnets. The packaging is completely recyclable once the pans and elastic band are removed. Since there aren’t magnets, this cardboard palette is kept closed with the elastic band shown in this photo. It’s attached to the “lid” and wraps around the backside of the palette to keep it securely closed.

With some eyeshadow palettes, it’s very difficult to find shade names. I think it’s easiest when shade names are printed on the palette with the pans of eyeshadow, but Aether Beauty took a different approach (probably because of this palette’s layout). There is a clear plastic sheet with the shade names printed on it that you can keep in the palette. I’m guessing that a lot of people won’t keep that plastic sheet since it would be easy to lose, so the shade names are also printed on a sticker on the back of the packaging. Both the plastic sheet and shade names printed on the back are shown in the photo below. I don’t care too much about shade names myself, but they can be very helpful when instructing others on which shades to use to recreate an eye look.


When I first received this palette, I was really unsure if I was going to like it or not. At first glance, it looks kind of boring. Over the past few months, I’ve come to enjoy it and appreciate its versatility. I could use this palette every single day if I wanted to! I’m especially impressed with this palette because it is formulated with very few ingredients and is completely clean. I honestly think these eyeshadows perform just as well as traditional (non-clean) powder eyeshadow formulas.

I wish I could say this palette is for everyone, but unfortunately I don’t think it’s ideal for those with medium to deep skin tones. I think anyone with fair to light skin that enjoys subtle but elegant eyeshadow palettes, would be very happy with this one. Those with deeper skin tones should check out some of the other Aether Beauty palettes I mentioned. I’ve heard nothing but good things about all Aether Beauty products!

Aether Beauty has a small collection of products at this time, and I can’t wait to see what they release next. Have you tried any products from Aether Beauty? If you have, please let me know in the comments. 🙂

Lauren

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Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint–Clean Medium Coverage Foundation

About a month ago, I wrote a product review on Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation which is a powder foundation. I’ve been very impressed by that foundation, and part of the reason is that it is formulated with very clean ingredients, many of which have skincare benefits. For those that want a clean foundation with a moreClove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint traditional formula, Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint is another option from this brand.

I’ve been using Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint for a couple of months now and I have a lot of thoughts on it that I’d like to share. Before I get into the full product review, there’s one important thing I want to point out about this foundation. The product’s name implies that it’s a very thin, light coverage product, but that is not actually the case. This foundation is quite thick, closer to cream than liquid, and provides medium coverage.

Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint claims directly from CloveandHallow.com

Flawless but real-looking skin, bottled! This breathable, buildable foundation formula provides stunning medium coverage and a demi-matte finish. No caking or creasing, ever. No matter your complexion color or undertone, we’ve got a match for you.

If you swear by our best-selling Conceal + Correct formula, Liquid Skin Tint will be your new go-to for perfecting your entire complexion. Just blend into skin with your fingers, brush or sponge, and layer for desired coverage.

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Other product details

  • Price: $26.00
  • Net weight: 1 oz. | 31 g
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • 12 shades from ultra fair to deep
  • Free of parabens, phthalates, fragrance, talc, PEG-s, and more than 1,500 other potentially harmful ingredients
  • 89% natural ingredients
  • Shelf life: 12 months (this is according to the product’s packaging; CloveandHallow.com suggests using the product within 6 months of opening)
  • Where to buy: CloveandHallow.com and Amazon.com 
    • CloveandHallow.com ships internationally.
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  • Overall rating: 6.8/10
    • Inclusivity: 7/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 6/10
    • Staying power: 8/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 6/10

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

If you read my review of Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation, this section may feel a bit redundant (I apologize in advance!). As I mentioned in that review, clean beauty brands tend to have smaller shade ranges than mainstream brands. That holds true for both the Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation, which comes in 14 shades, and their Liquid Skin Tint, which comes in only 12 shades. These are far from the smallest shade ranges I’ve seen, but there is certainly a lot of room for improvement.

I analyzed each of the 12 shades of the Liquid Skin Tint and they are distributed from ultra fair to deep as follows:

  • Ultra fair: 1
  • Fair: 1
  • Light: 2
  • Light-medium: 1
  • Medium: 1
  • Medium-dark: 2
  • Dark: 2
  • Deep: 2

First, I want to commend Clove + Hallow for making shades for every (or nearly every) skin tone. The problem with this shade range is that there aren’t shades for every undertone, for every skin tone. For example, I have fair skin, but the only fair shade has golden undertones. Since I have neutral undertones, that shade would look slightly yellow on me. 

I took the shade matching quiz to determine my best shade and it suggested shade 03, which is light with peachy undertones. As I feared, that shade is slightly dark on my fair skin. I still wear it, but it would be nice if I could find a shade to match my neck! People with light, medium-dark, dark, and deep skin tones each have two undertone options, but ideally there would be 3+ unique shades available for every skin tone.

Hopefully Clove + Hallow will be able to expand the shade ranges for both foundations in the future, in order to be more inclusive.

Packaging/ease of application

Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint is packaged in a plastic squeeze tube with a twist-off cap. A pump would’ve been nice, but I think Clove + Hallow was trying to keep the packaging minimal. It’s also possible that they chose not to add a pump because the foundation itself is so thick, it might not dispense properly from a pump. 

Because of the thick texture of this foundation, it can be tricky to apply and blend properly. Clove + Hallow states that it can be applied using fingers, a brush, or sponge. In my experience, that is simply not true. I rarely use my fingers to apply any complexion products, but for the sake of this review I did try it a few days ago. I was not at all happy with the result, as it looked very streaky. I had similar results with the sponge–it was as if the foundation wouldn’t stick to the sponge so it wasn’t blending hardly at all. My favored application method for foundation is a brush, and thankfully a brush does work to apply this foundation.

Unfortunately, I’ve found that this foundation doesn’t look great on my skin no matter how I apply it (though it does look best with a brush, by far). It looks patchy on my skin, as if it’s clinging to dry patches. I have combination skin (oily t-zone and normal everywhere else) with no dry patches, so I don’t understand why it looks like that. I am disappointed that this foundation doesn’t make my complexion look even and smooth like most foundations. Fortunately, it seems to look a little better after I’ve worn it for a few hours and my natural oils have had a chance to break through.

Building on that idea of my natural oils improving the appearance of this foundation, there is one thing I’ve found that can make this foundation look better right from application. If I apply a very small amount of facial oil before applying this foundation, it blends much more easily and looks better overall. I also think that using a smaller amount of this foundation keeps it from looking patchy or cakey.

Staying power

Despite this foundation’s downfalls, the staying power is pretty good! Clove + Hallow claims that it’s crease-proof and lasts all day. I have to disagree with the first claim as this foundation does settle into my forehead lines before I’m even finished applying it to the rest of my face. However, the overall longevity is excellent.

This foundation doesn’t wear away easily. I do powder my face since I have combination skin, but I don’t think that would even be necessary for normal skin types. It holds up better under a mask than most other foundations. On the day that I took the wear test photos below, I wore a mask for a little while shortly after the 2:00 photo was taken. Some foundation did wear away on my nose and chin, but it wasn’t obvious from a distance, as you can see in the 6:00 photo.

As far as oil control, I think this foundation does a little bit better than most others. My oils did start coming through before that 2:00 photo was taken, but my skin just looked healthy and glowy at that point. By the time I took the 6:00 photo, my skin was looking more greasy, but still not bad. I think this foundation would cooperate well for touch-ups if you wanted to blot or powder your face to eliminate excess oil.

Ingredients

I was blown away by the ingredients used in the Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation, so I expected to be impressed by the ingredients used in the Liquid Skin Tint as well. Unfortunately, after researching all 15 of the Liquid Skin Tint ingredients, I feel very “meh.” Most of the ingredients are texture enhancers or preservatives. Glycerin, a natural moisturizer, is the only ingredient that has skincare benefits. See below for the full list of ingredients:

Water*, Coconut Alkanes*, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/ Polyhydroxystearate/ Sebacate*, Silica*, Glycerin*, Dextrin Isostearate, Coco-Caprylate/-Caprate*, Quaternium-90 Sepiolite*, Sodium Chloride*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax*, Quaternium-90 Montmorillonite*, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum*, Potassium Sorbate;

May contain: Titanium Dioxide (Cl788921), Iron Oxides (Cl77492,Cl77499,Cl77491)

While I wish this foundation included more ingredients that have skincare benefits, I do appreciate that the majority are naturally derived. It’s also important to note that I don’t usually even review ingredients for coverage products. The only reason I reviewed ingredients for the Clove + Hallow foundations is because the brand prides itself on its clean formulas with short ingredient lists. 

Compared to most foundations that aren’t considered to be “clean,” Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint is probably superior because all ingredients have been found to be safe by strict EU standards. More information on Clove + Hallow’s “Clean15” philosophy can be found here

Price

Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint is $26.00 for one ounce of product, which is a standard amount for liquid foundations. A lot of clean foundations are very expensive, so when I was looking at Clove + Hallow’s website the first time, I thought this product was quite affordable. 

This is the only clean “liquid” foundation I’ve tried so far, so I don’t know how it compares with others on quality. However, I don’t think this product is worth $26.00. If the formula is improved to be easier to blend, and if the shade range is expanded, then I think $26.00 would be a fair price. As it stands, I expect more from a $26.00 foundation.


Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint is a popular clean foundation in the clean beauty world. I was so excited to try it and I’m disappointed that it doesn’t work better on my skin. I will definitely use up this foundation, but I don’t plan to repurchase it.

As you can tell, I didn’t hold back at all in this review. I had a lot of negative things to say about this foundation. While it didn’t work as well for me as I’d hoped, that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad product. In fact, it works very well for a lot of people. I’m not sure if it comes down to skin type, or maybe it works better alongside different products than what I’m using. I will say that I think people with dry skin should avoid this foundation. However, it might work very well for someone with oily skin that’s looking for a moderately priced clean foundation.

Do you have experience with any clean foundations? If so, do they perform similarly to how I described this one? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Lauren

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e.l.f. No Budge Shadow Stick–One and Done Eyeshadow

As a makeup enthusiast, I enjoy using all kinds of eyeshadow. However, not everyone is comfortable using traditional powder eyeshadows. Cream eyeshadows are a great alternative for adding color to the eyes because they don’t require very much time or skill to apply. Additionally, they can be used alone as a one and done eyeshadow or combined with powder eyeshadows to create a full eye look.

I’d been wanting to try cream eyeshadow for a long time, but most of them I found were out of my price range. I had my eye on the e.l.f. No Budge Shadow Sticks for the last several months since e.l.f. is so affordable, but I was skeptical about their qualityNo Budge Shadow Stick because I hadn’t heard any reviews. I’ve enjoyed most e.l.f. products I’ve tried, so I’m not sure why I was so resistant! Once e.l.f. expanded the shade range for its No Budge Shadow Sticks, I started seeing a lot of reviews which were mixed, and knew it was time to give this product a go.

I ordered two No Budge Shadow Sticks in the shades Rose Gold and Magnetic Pull. Keep reading for my full product review, complete with swatches!

E.l.f. No Budge Shadow Stick product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

A metallic cream eyeshadow stick that is smudge-proof, long-wearing and crease-resistant. Smooth formula glides on easily and flawlessly. 

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Other product details

  • Price: $5.00
  • Net weight: 0.05 oz.
  • Made in China
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • 14 shades (e.l.f. doesn’t provide shade descriptions, so I’ll do my best to describe each shade; all shades are shimmers except for “Mint for You” from the Mint Melt collection
    • Perfect pearl: Light champagne (very similar to “Champagne Crystal”)
    • Rose gold: Rose gold (no creativity in this shade name)
    • Magnetic pull: Taupe
    • Champagne crystal: Champagne
    • Rich amethyst: Royal purple
    • Copper chic: Copper
    • Rose quartz: Soft pink
    • Golden goddess: Yellow gold
    • Blue steel: Silvery blue
    • Midnight sapphire: Navy blue
    • Bronze metal: Bronze
    • Ice Créme (part of the Mint Melt collection): Champagne (I’m not sure why this shade was created since there were already two very similar shades)
    • Melt with me (part of the Mint Melt collection): Deep brown
    • Mint for you (part of the Mint Melt collection): Mint green
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com
    • ElfCosmetics.com ships to the USA and Canada only
  • Overall rating: 9.0/10
    • Packaging: 10/10
    • Ease of application: 10/10
    • Inclusivity: 9/10
    • 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.

Packaging

E.l.f. No Budge Shadow Sticks have a twist up design, and can be sharpened with the built-in sharpener shown in this photo. I think it’s brilliant that e.l.f. includes a sharpener in this product’s design. It’s easiest to apply this cream eyeshadow to small areas like the inner corner or lower lash line if it’s at least a little bit sharpened. 

No Budge Shadow Sticks have been around for quite some time now and used to look very different. The packaging was updated when e.l.f. added more shades last year. Now, the packaging for each shade matches the color of the product inside.

While the packaging is plastic, it feels reasonably sturdy and the cap snaps in place securely. These shadow sticks would be ideal for travel because the packaging protects the product effectively. Also, the compact size makes these very handy to toss in just about any bag whether it’s a clutch or a duffel bag.

Ease of application

The texture of the e.l.f. No Budge Shadow Sticks is very smooth and creamy. They glide over the skin easily so there’s little to no tugging of that delicate skin around the eyes. My favorite thing about these is how quickly you can swipe them on and blend the edges for an effortless eye look.

These shadow sticks can be used a couple of different ways. They can be used for “one and done” eye looks or they can be used in combination with other eyeshadows. I prefer using them alone, but both methods have their merits. 

In the photo on the left below, I used a couple of deeper powder eyeshadows in and above the crease, and used the Rose Gold No Budge Shadow Stick on my eyelids. In the photo on the right, I used Magnetic Pull on my eyelids and blended the color up into my crease with a brush. I find that when I blend these, it’s easy to blend the color away so sometimes more product needs to be applied. This formula is very easy to blend, but it’s important not to wait too long to blend because it will set.

Inclusivity

I don’t know that every shade of the No Budge Shadow Sticks would work for every skin tone, but I think there are at least a couple of shades for everyone. Some of the shades seem to be much more pigmented than others. 

For example, the shades Rich Amethyst and Midnight Sapphire seem to be the most pigmented and they’re the boldest shades. Those would look gorgeous on deep skin tones. Conversely, Rose Quartz and Champagne Crystal don’t appear to be nearly as pigmented and would probably look best on fair to light skin tones. I might be off-base on those shade assessments since I haven’t actually tried those particular shades myself, but I do feel confident that there are shades that will work for every skin tone.

My two shades, Rose Gold and Magnetic Pull, seem to be somewhere in the middle of the pigmentation spectrum and would probably work for a lot of different skin tones. In these swatches, I built up the product to maximum opacity. On the eyes, these shades provide a sheer wash of color once they are blended.

As far as the variety of unique shades, I think e.l.f. has done a very good job of providing several options. I am a little bit confused about why there are three shades that are so similar (Perfect Pearl, Champagne Crystal, and Ice Créme), but that’s my one and only complaint about this shade range. If e.l.f. would ever choose to expand the shade range again, I think it might be nice if they added silver and emerald shades.

Staying power

E.l.f. claims that the No Budge Shadow Stick formula is smudge-proof, long-wearing and crease-resistant. I wish I could say that I agree with that assessment, but I don’t. It is smudge proof once it sets, but it isn’t long-wearing or crease-resistant. This rating category is a complicated one because there are caveats here to take into consideration.

First off, I don’t think the formula is consistent across all 14 shades. Some appear to have more shimmer than others. Of the two shades I have, Rose Gold has more shimmer than Magnetic Pull. I’m bringing this up because each of the shades wear differently on me throughout the day and there may be some variation among the other shades as well.

Rose Gold doesn’t last very well at all, unless it’s worn in conjunction with powder eyeshadow (see above example under “ease of application”). If it is worn alone, it creases and wears away within only a few hours. I have oily eyelids that are also hooded, so it may hold up better for those with normal eyelids.

Magnetic Pull performs much better. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with the lesser amount of shimmer in that shade or if it’s something else. This shade doesn’t crease or fade as noticeably as the Rose Gold does. It doesn’t hold up quite as well as I’d like, but I have high expectations. I think it wears well enough to be worn on an average day (at least six hours, possibly more).

The good news here is that it’s very easy to touch-up with these shadow sticks once the color starts to fade or crease. Swipe on a little more product and blending may not even be necessary for it to look “good as new.”

Those of you that have read some of my other product reviews may be wondering why I didn’t mention eyeshadow primer. I always use Milani Eyeshadow Primer to prevent powder and liquid eyeshadows from creasing and fading. Unfortunately, I discovered that it doesn’t make much difference in wear time with these No Budge Shadow Sticks. I think it might make the color show up a little better on my eyelids, but it doesn’t seem to help with longevity.

Price

E.l.f. No Budge Shadow Sticks are priced at only $5.00! It’s common for e.l.f. products to be some of the most affordable, but in this case I didn’t find a single shadow stick from any brand offered at a lower price. Most of the shadow sticks I found were from high-end brands that charge quadruple (or more) the price of e.l.f.’s No Budge Shadow Sticks. 

Also, these and other shadow sticks don’t include very much product, so I’m especially glad that e.l.f. offers them at such an affordable price. This is the kind of product that would need to be replaced often if used daily. Thanks e.l.f., for staying true to your roots and keeping prices so low! 🙂


When I ordered these e.l.f. No Budge Shadow Sticks, I had high hopes for the formula based on the product name. While they aren’t as long-wearing as I’d like, they are creamy, easy to apply, have convenient packaging, and are priced very reasonably! I’ve enjoyed using these in a variety of ways including as eyeliner (Magnetic Pull) and inner-corner highlight (Rose Gold).

If this is a product that sounds interesting to you, I think you should give it a try even if you’re concerned about the wear-time. A lot of reviews I’ve read from others state that these are long-wearing for them, so it’s hard to say how they’ll last on any particular person. At $5.00 each, you really can’t go wrong! 

I may try a couple other shades at some point in the future. I’ve got my eye on Bronze Metal as an everyday neutral and Blue Steel because it’s such a fun unique shade. 

Have you tried any of the e.l.f. No Budge Shadow Sticks or shadow sticks from other brands? What kind of experiences have you had with this type of product’s longevity? I hope to hear from you, as shadow sticks seem to wear so differently from person to person.

Lauren

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e.l.f. Putty Blush–Cream to Powder Blush for a Beautifully Flushed Complexion

e.l.f. Putty BlushAs I’ve mentioned in previous posts, blush is one of my favorite makeup products. I love the way it brightens my complexion and makes my skin look healthy. Almost all of the blushes I’ve tried through the years have been powder blushes because cream blushes usually intimidate me.  A very popular new cream blush launched last year called e.l.f. Putty Blush. I was on the fence about trying it for a while, but since e.l.f. products are so affordable, I decided to go for it and see what all the fuss is about.

E.l.f. Putty Blush is the most recent addition to the “Putty” collection, which started with the Poreless Putty Primer and now includes two other face primers, an eye primer, and special brushes. The Poreless Putty Primer and Luminous Putty Primer didn’t work well on my skin, but I still had high hopes for the Putty Blush formula. I’ve now been using the Putty Blush for a little over a month. Read on for my full product review!

e.l.f. Putty Blush product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

Say hello to that island glow! This lightweight but buildable, putty to powder blush, blends seamlessly into skin. Infused with argan oil and vitamin E for some added nourishment, this silky smooth, buildable formula will give you a flushed-from-within glow. Highly pigmented, creamy formula melts into skin for a natural glow. Perfect for on the go.

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.

Other product details

  • Price: $6.00
  • Net weight: 0.35 oz. | 10 g
  • Made in China
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Special ingredients for added moisture:
    • Vitamin E
    • Argan oil
  • Eight shades–all have a semi-matte finish (e.l.f. doesn’t provide shade descriptions, so I’ll do my best to describe each shade based on swatches)
    • Tahiti: Mid-toned rosy pink
    • Bali: Warm orange/brown
    • Caribbean: Berry pink
    • Turks and Caicos: Light peachy coral
    • Fiji: Coral/red
    • Bahamas: Light peach
    • Bora Bora: Bubblegum pink
    • Maldives: Deep red/brown
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com  
    • ElfCosmetics.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
  • Overall rating: 9.2/10
    • Inclusivity: 10/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 7/10
    • Texture: 10/10
    • Staying power: 9/10
    • 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

This blush is quite sheer in the shade that I have, Tahiti (swatched in this photo; this is about three layers to show the color built up), so I was originally concerned that the Putty Blushes might not work for all skin tones. However, after seeing swatches for all eight shades, I think there are options for every skin tone. 

If you click the link after “where to buy” above, that will take you to the Putty Blush page which includes a photo of every shade swatched on light, medium, and dark skin tones. The product description states that these blushes are highly pigmented, but that isn’t true for most of these shades. Most of them are quite sheer, but the formula is buildable. The shades that have more pigmentation and may be better suited to deep skin tones, are Bali, Caribbean, and Maldives.

While this shade range isn’t as expansive as some I’ve seen, like that of e.l.f. Primer Infused Blush which comes in 13 shades, there’s still a good variety. If one wanted a unique customized shade, I think some of the Putty Blush shades would mix together nicely on the cheeks. 

I’m curious to see if e.l.f. will launch any additional Putty Blush shades in the future. I’m happy with the shade range as-is, but e.l.f. is always looking to please its customers by bringing more options to the table. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen cream blushes with shimmer, but I think it would be interesting if e.l.f. added some shades with shimmer!

Packaging/ease of application

E.l.f. Putty Blushes are packaged in clear plastic jars with twist-off lids. The packaging is very sleek, simple, and easy to open/close, but there is one unusual thing to note. A lot of people have a hard time finding the shade name on the packaging, which is frustrating for those that have more than one shade. E.l.f. does a lot of things well, but labelling products clearly is not one of them. Instead of the shade name being printed on the lid or the bottom of the jar, you can find the shade name printed on a clear label that is on the side of the jar. It’s very easy to overlook if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

The blush itself is quite easy to apply. My preferred application method is to tap this blush on my cheeks with my fingers and then use a brush to blend it out. My favorite brush to use with this blush is the e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush which I featured in another recent blog post, Vegan Cruelty-Free Makeup Brushes Part 2–Cheek Brushes. A brush that may work even better is a new launch: the e.l.f. Putty Blush Brush. I don’t own that brush (though I am tempted to pick one up the next time I place an order with e.l.f.!), but it does look like the type of brush that would work well to apply cream blush.

Alternatively, this blush can be applied and blended with fingers alone. That option makes this blush a great choice for travel; it can be applied anytime anywhere, no tools necessary (it just depends on personal preference). The packaging is very small too, so it’s easy to toss in a purse or small makeup bag.

The reason I took a few points away from this category is that this blush doesn’t play nicely with foundations. I’ve watched reviews of this product from several YouTubers that I follow, and most of them didn’t have this problem, so it might be more of a user error. However, in my experience, I am unable to apply this blush over foundation without it removing some of my foundation. That makes it look splotchy and awkward. 

After trying this blush with some different foundations, I came to the conclusion that going forward I will only use it on “no makeup makeup days” or days that I simply don’t want to wear foundation. Now, I apply it over my Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Sunscreen Lotion, and it works very well! It applies evenly and gives my skin the most beautiful natural looking flush, or “flushed-from-within glow” as e.l.f. phrased it in the description.

Texture

I’ve only tried a few cream blush formulas, but this one is the most unique of the bunch. It’s creamy, but not as emollient as others I’ve tried. When I dip into it with my fingers, it feels very similar to a potted lip balm (in a good way…it’s not greasy!). As soon as I start to tap the blush onto my cheeks, it no longer feels like a cream, and instead it becomes a powder. It’s like magic! 

I know there are other cream-to-powder products out there, but this is my first experience with one and I think it’s brilliant! Also, as someone with combination skin, I appreciate that this blush doesn’t remain creamy. The semi-matte powder finish of this blush helps with longevity and never looks powdery. Instead, the blush melds with the skin to look very natural.

Staying power

Cream blushes are popular for many reasons, but they are generally known to have poor staying power. I’m not sure if it’s because of the Putty Blush cream-to-powder texture, or something else, but this blush actually lasts very well on the skin!

I did a 6-hour wear test to see just how well it would hold up, and I was not disappointed! As you can see, the blush didn’t wear away at all during this wear test. The longevity of this blush is not quite as strong as the e.l.f. Primer Infused Blush, but it definitely hangs on just fine through a typical day. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed any fading until I hit the ten or twelve hour mark wearing this blush.

I’m not sure if the staying power would be quite as good if this blush was applied over a foundation, but I think it would last quite a while with a light dusting of setting powder on top (I never set it with any sort of powder when I wear it without foundation).

Price

Like nearly every e.l.f. product, Putty Blush is quite the bargain at $6.00! This is one of the most affordable cream blushes I’ve come across. E.l.f. also makes a multi stick that can be used as a cream blush and it’s only $4.00, but its ratings aren’t as good as those for Putty Blush (I’ve never tried the e.l.f. multi stick so I’m not sure how it compares). I’ll stick with this product that I know is good. 🙂 

In my research for this post, I found a lot of other cream blushes and many of them are quite expensive; some are $40+ and I think that’s kind of crazy! Even if they have spectacular performance, I’m not sure I could justify that price tag for a cream blush. While there is the issue of Putty Blush not interacting well with foundations, I’m very happy to pay $6.00 for this product.


I acknowledge that e.l.f. Putty Blush is not the perfect cream blush, but it is a product that I enjoy and will continue to use regularly. I’ve considered purchasing additional shades, but I’m not sure if I will because I love how natural the Tahiti shade looks on my skin. It’s a really nice neutral, approachable shade that would look good on most people.

I would definitely recommend e.l.f. Putty Blush to anyone that likes to skip foundation, but still wear some makeup. It’s nearly effortless to apply and looks so natural. I think this blush is also worth trying if you do wear foundation every day. It seems that I’m in the minority of people that can’t seem to make it work with foundation, so there’s a good chance that I’m doing something wrong or it could even be something about my skin. 

I’m really curious to find out if e.l.f. is going to launch any additional products in the “putty” line. They may add more shades of Putty Blush at some point and it seems likely that they will also add a Putty Bronzer someday. I’ve never used a cream bronzer, but I’d definitely have to try it if e.l.f. makes one!

Have you tried e.l.f. Putty Blush, or any other types of cream blush? Do you have any problems making cream blush work with foundation? If not, do you have any special tips and tricks for me to try? Please leave any comments or advice below! 🙂

Lauren

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Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation–Clean Buildable Coverage with a Satin Finish

Foundation creates a beautiful canvas for makeup application, but many formulas can be time consuming to apply. It needs to be blended evenly without streaking, and for those of us with combination or oily skin, it has to be set with powder so it doesn’t move throughout the day. Powder foundation, on the other hand, is easy to apply and also combines steps. It provides coverage and since it’s powder, no additional setting powder is needed. I think powder foundations are underappreciated in the makeup world and are really excellent time-savers for anyone looking to simplify their makeup routine. 

Before I found out that IT Cosmetics is owned by L’Oréal, I used their powder Celebration Foundation. For a long time, I searched for a 100% cruelty-free alternative with a shade that would work for me, and I finally found one! I’ve been using Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation for about a month and I like it just as well if not better than the IT Cosmetics powder foundation.

Unfamiliar with Clove + Hallow?Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation So was I, until just a few months ago. Clove + Hallow is an indie beauty brand that offers makeup, brushes, and skincare. All Clove + Hallow products are vegan, cruelty-free, and clean. The company prides itself most on its Clean15 philosophy, which means all products are formulated with 15 or fewer ingredients. Clove + Hallow formulates products with both natural and synthetic ingredients for the ultimate safety and effectiveness.

Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation claims directly from CloveandHallow.com

Clean beauty game-changer! With medium-buildable full coverage, Pressed Mineral Foundation is your new complexion BFF. Made from a base of talc-free powders and minerals plus a natural antioxidant complex to cover imperfections with a satin finish that looks like real, radiant skin. Pressed into an eco-chic refillable pan (compact must be bought separately), you get all the benefits of mineral makeup without the mess of a loose powder. Layer lightly for sheer coverage or build up with a dense brush for a full-coverage effect – whatever look you’re going for, Pressed Mineral Foundation can get you there! 

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Other product details

  • Price of Pressed Mineral Foundation: $24.00
  • Price of Refillable Compact: $8.00
  • Net weight: 0.31 oz. | 9 g
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • 14 shades
  • Indie Beauty Expo Best in Show: Best Overall Color Cosmetic 2017
  • Free of parabens, petrochemicals, mineral oil, talc, and synthetic fragrance
  • Contains mica that is ethically-sourced from the USA
  • Shelf life: 24 months
  • Where to buy: CloveandHallow.com and Amazon.com
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  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Inclusivity: 7/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 10/10
    • Staying power: 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.

Inclusivity

Clean beauty brands have a bad reputation for having small shade ranges. It’s probably because many of them are indie brands, and therefore they may not have the resources available to produce more inclusive shade ranges. There are currently only 14 shades available in Clove + Hallow’s Pressed Mineral Foundation. Honestly, it’s not the worst shade range I’ve ever seen, and it’s not bad for a small brand. For that reason, I only knocked a few points off for inclusivity. 

I looked at each of the shades in this range, as well as swatches. I found that the shades are distributed as follows, when going by shade descriptions:

  • Ultra fair: 1
  • Fair: 1
  • Light: 2
  • Light-Medium: 2
  • Medium-Dark: 3
  • Dark: 2
  • Deep: 3

I think this range would be really good if more undertones were added. For example, I have this foundation in the only fair shade, shade 2, which is “fair with golden undertones.” I have fair skin, but my undertone is neutral, so this shade appears a little too yellow on my skin. It works well enough, but it would be nice to have a more accurate shade match. Moving into the two light shades, there are only neutral and pink undertone options (no golden/warm option). Then looking at the dark and deep shades, there are none with pink/cool undertones. This is unfortunate, but again, Clove + Hallow may be unable to add more shades at this time. 

Packaging/ease of application

This pressed mineral foundation is packaged in a refill pan instead of a traditional compact. If you don’t have a customizable palette (like a Z Palette), don’t worry because Clove + Hallow has you covered! There is a magnetic refillable compact sold separately for $8.00. It’s compatible with both this powder foundation and Clove + Hallow’s Bronzing Powder. Some people might not like this concept, but I think it’s brilliant! As long as the compact is being reused, it prevents a lot of waste.

The refillable compact is very well made. It includes a mirror and the magnet is strong enough to hold the pan in place securely. The lid snaps closed and is also very secure, without being difficult to open. I really like the quality of this compact, as well as the beautiful design!

The foundation itself is very easy to use. It’s not too densely packed or too powdery, so it’s easy to dip a brush in and pick up enough product without getting too much. My favorite brush to use with this powder foundation is the e.l.f. Ultimate Blending Brush, which is pictured above and featured in another recent post, Vegan Cruelty-Free Makeup Brushes Part 1–Complexion Brushes

Once I pick up the product on my brush, I stamp it onto my skin to maximize coverage. I sometimes buff it on too, but I like the level of coverage that I get when stamping it on instead of buffing. While I am happy with the level of coverage this foundation provides, I disagree with the claim that it has medium-buildable full coverage. I would say that this is a light-medium coverage product. I get medium coverage when I use the brush and application method mentioned above.

This powder foundation could alternatively be used as a setting powder, both to set foundation and also add a little extra coverage. I’ve only used it that way once, and applied it with a large fluffy brush. I think it worked well for the purpose of setting my foundation, but I prefer to wear it as a standalone foundation.

Ingredients

I don’t usually review the ingredients for foundations, but since Clove + Hallow puts so much emphasis on its clean formulas with short ingredient lists, I was curious to see which ingredients they would choose to use for this product. I also wanted to know what sort of extra benefits to the skin the ingredients provide, if any. Please note that the ingredient list shown on CloveandHallow.com does not exactly match the ingredient list on the packaging. I contacted Clove + Hallow about the discrepancies I found and was informed that they simplified the ingredient list online to make it easier for consumers to read (i.e. Tocopherol is listed as Vitamin E). The ingredient list below is from the product packaging:

Mica, Silica, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Magnesium Stearate, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Gluconolactone, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Lauroyl Lysine, Sodium Benzoate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol

May contain: Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Zinc Oxide Ci 77947, Iron Oxide Ci 77492, Iron Oxide 77491, Iron Oxide 77499

This foundation contains a mix of neutral ingredients and also a surprising number of ingredients that are very beneficial to the skin. Since there are only 14 primary ingredients (not counting the “may contain” ingredients which are colorants), I’ll provide brief descriptions for each of them:

  • Mica
    • Opacifier
    • Gives a shimmery look to the skin
  • Silica
    • Natural mineral mattifier
  • Boron Nitride
    • Texture enhancer
    • Diffuses light
    • Improves color pay-off
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (a.k.a. fractionated coconut oil)
    • Emollient that makes skin feel smooth
  • Magnesium Stearate
    • Texture enhancer
    • Binding agent that allows powder to grip the skin
  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
    • Moisturizes skin and makes it feel soft
  • Butyloctyl Salicylate (a derivative of salicylic acid)
    • Emollient that provides powder spreadability
  • Gluconolactone
    • PHA (mild chemical exfoliant) that is safe for very sensitive skin
    • Provides long-term anti-aging benefits like reducing wrinkles and increasing skin thickness
    • Moisturizer
    • Antioxidant
    • Acts as a preservative in this product
  • Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract
    • Conditions and softens skin
    • Rich source of antioxidants
  • Lauroyl Lysine
    • Texture enhancer derived from amino acids
  • Sodium Benzoate
    • Preservative
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Moisturizing and soothing
    • Contains antioxidants
  • Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract
    • Antibacterial
    • Contains rosmarinic acid, a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
  • Tocopherol
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier

This list starts out with several ingredients that look typical for a powder foundation, but the bottom half of the list is full of skin-loving ingredients! I am an advocate for the importance of good skincare products to keep skin looking healthy and youthful, but makeup products like this provide a little extra “oomph” or “cherry on top” to help skin look its best. I am truly surprised that Clove + Hallow was able to fit so many great ingredients into this product with such a short ingredient list. 

The colorants listed below the primary ingredient list are all naturally derived. They each scored a “2” or “3” in the EWG (Environmental Working Group) Skin Deep database which means they are safe.

I am absolutely thrilled with the ingredients that Clove + Hallow used to formulate this foundation! Easy 10/10!!

Staying power

The staying power of this foundation is excellent! It doesn’t “crack” like a lot of liquid foundations do, nor does it sink into fine lines very much. I did an eight hour wear test yesterday. I found that after four hours, some of my natural oils had started to come through, but the foundation still looked really good. None of it had rubbed off or broken down and the areas that often give me problems with foundations (forehead, between my eyebrows, and smile lines) still looked great! At the eight hour mark, some areas started to look dry and powdery, but this is a powder foundation so it’s not surprising. The foundation on my chin had also started to break down, but I think that’s happened with every foundation I’ve ever tried. Other than those two things, my foundation still looked really nice at the end of the day. 🙂

One thing I really like about powder foundation is that it’s very easy to touch-up. If some of it gets rubbed off or starts to break down, you can just apply more on top and it looks great! If it looks a little powdery or cakey after touch-ups, you can always use a hydrating spray like Pacifica Coconut Essence Hydro Mist to make the foundation “melt” into the skin and look more natural.

Price

Most of the foundations in my collection are from drugstore brands, so for me $24.00 is a little pricey. However, $24.00 is actually a lot less expensive than foundations from luxury brands. Clove + Hallow falls somewhere in the middle between drugstore and high-end pricing. While I wish this foundation was less expensive, I understand why it is $24.00. It probably took a lot of work to formulate this foundation just right. The ingredients are fantastic and the foundation performs beautifully, while wearing well all day long. I don’t mind paying a little bit more for a foundation that works so well and is actually good for my skin. 🙂


I am so happy that I found this clean beauty gem! Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation is definitely a new favorite in my foundation collection and I look forward to using it more. It provides the perfect amount of coverage with the most beautiful natural looking finish. I definitely plan to repurchase another pan of this foundation once I’ve used up this one. 

Powder foundations aren’t for everyone. They’re often avoided by those with dry or mature skin because some can make skin look more dry and emphasize texture. I have combination skin with minimal texture so I don’t have problems with powder products, but I think this foundation may be a good choice for people that don’t usually like powder foundations. I say that because this product contains moisturizing ingredients. Moisture isn’t something that’s usually associated with powders, but Clove + Hallow found a way to make a long-lasting powder foundation that actually hydrates the skin. If you can find a shade that works for your skin tone, this foundation is definitely worth trying!

Do you enjoy the simplicity of powder foundations? Which one is your favorite? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

Lauren

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Vegan Cruelty-Free Makeup Brushes Part 3–Eye Brushes

Welcome back for the third and final installment of my series on vegan cruelty-free makeup brushes! In today’s post, I’ll be focusing on the best eye brushes I’ve found since I fell in love with makeup a few years ago. In the first two parts of this series, I discussed complexion brushes and cheek brushes.

Vegan Cruelty-Free Makeup BrushesWhile I enjoy trying all kinds of different makeup brushes, eye brushes have always been my favorites. There are many types that perform unique functions, and others that are great multitaskers that can create a full eye look.

A lot of eye brushes are designed for people with large eyes, but it can sometimes be difficult to find the right brushes for small or hooded eyes. Since I have somewhat small partially hooded eyes myself, I would definitely recommend the brushes in this post to anyone else that would similarly describe their eyes.

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 posts about complexion and cheek brushes, you might want to skip ahead to my favorite and most-used eye 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 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

This list of eye brushes is considerably longer than my lists for complexion and cheek brushes, so I will do my best to keep my notes on each brush brief!

Please note that some of these brushes are only available for purchase in sets (I will be sure to provide that information). I wish they were all available for sale individually, but I still wanted to include them all anyway since these are the eye brushes that I feel most strongly about. All of these brands are high quality and I wouldn’t dissuade you from purchasing any of the sets mentioned (especially because they are all affordable!). 

All brushes will be listed roughly in the order that I would use them when doing a full eye look, starting with eyeshadow primer.

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Eyeshadow primer – Real Techniques 306 InstaPop Crease Brush

Available for sale in the InstaPop Eye Duo set which also includes the 305 InstaPop Shade brush.

Product description on RealTechniques.com: The instapop eye brush duo is designed for full coverage shadow application.

Most people apply eyeshadow primer with a finger, but I prefer to apply it with a brush. Many different types of brushes would get the job done, but this one is perfectly shaped to gently pat the primer over the eyelid and up into the crease. This brush, as well as the InstaPop shade brush that it is paired with, has a very unique shape. They are both cut at an angle for concentrated application. 

While I primarily use this brush for applying my trusty Milani Eyeshadow Primer, it has many potential uses. It works well with liquid and powder eyeshadows alike. Also, because of its shape it can be flipped up or down for different applications, like applying eyeshadow on the lower lash line.

Setting eyeshadow primer – EcoTools Large Shadow Brush

Available for sale in the Daily Defined Eye Kit which also includes Angled Crease, Accent Shadow, Detail Liner, and Liner Smudge (you’ll see this one again later) brushes.

Product description on EcoTools.com: The Daily Defined Eye Kit is designed  to create your favorite eye looks. Apply shadow to lid with the Large Shadow brush.

If I don’t need the tackiness of eyeshadow primer so much, but I want maximum blendability, I’ll set my eyeshadow primer with a matte shade close to my skin tone before going in with other shades. A large eye brush like this one from EcoTools is perfect for that purpose because you don’t need precision for setting eyeshadow primer. Since this brush is on the large side, it picks up enough product to set the eyelid and all the way up to the eyebrow if needed.

Crease – Profusion ES3 Pointed Crease Eyeshadow Brush

Product description on ProfusionCosmetics.com: Use the Pointed Crease Eyeshadow Brush to apply a soft definition of shadow along your crease.

One of the most important parts of a full eye look is the crease, because eyeshadow applied to that area allows for a smooth transition between the shade applied to the eyelid and any additional shades that may be applied beyond the crease. I almost always begin my eye looks with a medium-tone shade in the crease because that makes the rest of the eye look easy. Good blending is important no matter which shade is used, and this Profusion brush does a great job at blending. The bristles are mobile enough to easily blend away any harsh lines, in order to achieve the “soft definition” mentioned in Profusion’s product description.

While this brush is intended to be used as a crease brush, I sometimes use it for full eye looks (wiping off the bristles between shades). I start out using it in the crease and slightly above, then use it to apply eyeshadow to my eyelids, sometimes a deeper shade in the outer corner, and it’s even small enough to be used for applying eyeshadow to the lower lash line in some cases (only for less intense shades since this isn’t an ultra-precise brush). This is a real “workhorse” brush and may be my favorite of the bunch!

Crease – Real Techniques 300 Deluxe Crease Brush

Available for sale in the Eye Shade + Blend set which also includes the 301 Base Shadow brush. 

Product claims on RealTechniques.com: Our eye shade + blend is paired for easy two-color shadow application. Proven prestige performance.

You’re probably wondering why I’ve included a second crease brush. You don’t absolutely need more than one crease brush, but I wanted to recommend this one too because the style and performance of this brush are much different from the previously mentioned Profusion crease brush. This one from Real Techniques is larger, very rounded, with densely packed bristles. I don’t use this one as often, but it’s great for use with crease shades that aren’t very pigmented, or if you want to pack on very intense color in the crease.

Outer corner/detail – Profusion ES6 Small Pointed Eyeshadow Brush

Product description on ProfusionCosmetics.com: Use the Small Pointed Eyeshadow Brush for a more precise blend along the crease or smaller areas.

If you have small or hooded eyes, one of the most difficult types of eye brush to find is one for working in extra small areas where you only want to add a tiny amount of product, like the outer corner. This Profusion brush works perfectly for those kinds of tasks. I primarily use it for applying deep shades in the outer corners of my eyes because the small pointed shape allows me to concentrate color precisely where I want it without applying too much. This brush would also work well in the inner corner, on the lower lash line, or in the crease.

Eyelid – Profusion ES2 Firm Blending Eyeshadow Brush

Product description on ProfusionCosmetics.com: Use the Firm Blending Eyeshadow Brush for soft shading and blending out harsh lines.

For eyeshadow application on the eyelid, brushes that are flat instead of rounded, work best. I’m not sure if you can tell in this photo, but the Profusion Firm Blending Eyeshadow brush is pinched at the end of the ferrule (the rose gold part of the brush connecting the handle to the bristles) to give it a nice flat shape. A lot of flat eyeshadow brushes are very stiff and don’t pick up very much product. This one is fluffy and picks up a good amount of product, making it easy to sweep color across the eyelid. 

Bonus tip: Fingertips often work just as well if not better than brushes when applying eyeshadow to the eyelid. 😉

Blending – Profusion ES1 Large Blending Eyeshadow Brush

Product description on ProfusionCosmetics.com: Use the Large Blending Eyeshadow Brush to blur harsh lines and blend shades.

Profusion hit the nail on the head with this product description. This brush is large, round, and fluffy, which makes it just the right size and shape for blending out edges and blending shades together. I primarily use this brush above my crease to make sure there aren’t any harsh lines from where I initially applied my crease shade(s).

Lower lash line – Profusion ES7 Flat Precise Eyeshadow Brush

Product description on ProfusionCosmetics.com: Use the Flat Precise Eyeshadow Brush for easy smudging of shadow and liners.

This is a unique little brush and I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen one quite like it from any other brands. Profusion’s Flat Precise Eyeshadow brush is very flat, dense, and the bristles are quite short. The stubby shape of this brush makes it ideal for applying eyeshadow to the lower lash line. It fits right in under the eyelashes to apply color. For diffused color on the lower lash line, a variety of larger fluffier brushes could be used, but for intense color right along the lashes, this brush is a great option. It would also work well for smudging eyeliner on the upper or lower lash lines.

Eyeliner – Profusion EL1 Angled Eyeliner Brush

Product description on ProfusionCosmetics.com: Use the Angled Eyeliner Brush to create precise, crisp lines.

If your brush collection is missing a precise eyeliner brush, then I encourage you to order this Angled Eyeliner brush from Profusion ASAP! I have always struggled with eyeliner, and was never able to do winged eyeliner at all…until I got this brush! I still need a lot more practice, but I can’t believe how much easier this brush makes eyeliner application. I’ve only used it with dark powder eyeshadow and liquid eyeshadow (applied as eyeliner), but I think it would work great with gel eyeliner too. The brushes are very flat, narrow, dense, and short, which allows for the most precise application of any eyeliner brush that I have ever tried. This one is a big winner in my book!

Inner corner – EcoTools Liner Smudge Brush

Available for sale in the Daily Defined Eye Kit which also includes Large Shadow (this is the brush recommended for setting eyeshadow primer), Angled Crease, Accent Shadow, and Detail Liner brushes.

Product description on EcoTools.com: The Daily Defined Eye Kit is designed  to create your favorite eye looks. Add definition across lash line with the Detail Liner brush and blend colors with the Liner Smudge brush.

While I’m sure this brush works well for its intended purpose of smudging liner, I have never actually used it that way. I exclusively use this brush to apply shimmers to my inner corner for added brightness. The bristles on this brush are quite short and rounded, making it fit perfectly in the inner corner. This brush also picks up a good amount of product considering the small size, so it makes for easy and quick application. 

Eyebrows – Profusion EB1 Angled Eyebrow Brush

Product description on ProfusionCosmetics.com: Use the Dual-Ended Angled Eyebrow Brush to groom and carve out the perfect brow.

I usually avoid dual-ended brushes, but I really like the design of this eyebrow brush. One end is a spoolie which can be used to comb and shape brow hairs, and the other end is a brush very similar to the Angled Eyeliner brush. The difference between the Angled Eyeliner brush and the brush end of the Angled Eyebrow brush is that the bristles of the Angled Eyebrow brush are a bit longer, allowing for more movement. I use this brush to apply my favorite brow product, e.l.f. Lock on Liner and Brow Cream, which is a pomade. This brush allows for optimal control and precise application. If you find that most eyebrow brushes are too large and difficult to use, this brush from Profusion may be just right for you.


When I was going through all of my eye brushes to choose which ones I would most highly recommend, I was shocked to find that almost all of them are from Profusion Cosmetics! That’s because I’ve only had these brushes for a couple of months. However, I’ve used them all many times and they’ve replaced a lot of former favorites in my collection. 

I actually ordered every eye brush that Profusion offers since they are so inexpensive. I believe there were only two or three that didn’t make it on this list, and that’s just because I didn’t care for the style of those brushes. They are all very high quality, and so beautiful too! If you’re interested in several of the Profusion brushes that I mentioned in this post, you may want to purchase the Eye Essentials set which includes five eye brushes for the price of four. That set includes four of the brushes in this post: Pointed Crease Eyeshadow, Small Pointed Eyeshadow, Firm Blending Eyeshadow, and Flat Precise Eyeshadow. It also includes the Flat Shader Eyeshadow brush.

While Profusion Cosmetics dominated the “eye brush” category, the Real Techniques and EcoTools brushes I mentioned are excellent too! I would highly recommend all three of these brands for their brushes and other tools. They are all very affordable while maintaining high quality standards.

Did you see any of your favorite eye brushes mentioned in this post? Are there any that you would recommend? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Thank you so much for reading about all of my most recommended vegan and cruelty-free eye brushes! I hope you had a chance to read my posts about complexion and cheek brushes as well. If not, make sure you check them out to learn about some other excellent brushes!

Lauren

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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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