February 2016 Boxycharm Review #4: Beauty For Real Blush + Glow Stick

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It seems like duo ended makeup is everywhere.

For a lot of people, they want makeup to be good quality and practical. If they can get 2-in-1 then they want it. I don’t blame anyone who wants practical makeup. While I love all cosmetics, whenever I travel I have to condense my makeup bag down to a few items. A duo ended blush and highlighting stick would be a welcome addition.

Boxycharm has seen the duo-ended makeup trend and included this Beauty For Real Blush + Glo Stick in Coral Crush/High Beam (USD $24.00, full size). Right away, I love that for the price you’re getting a ton of product. There’s enough blush and highlight to last several months if they used this every day. Though with stick blushes and highlights, I don’t know if you want to keep the makeup for too long. I feel like cream and liquid products tend to go bad faster, but that’s just my perception. Either way, it’s great you’re not getting a dinky amount of product.

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This is definitely a dark coral.

While the name is Coral Crush, the blush is definitely on the darker and pink side of the coral spectrum. However, the cream formula definitely lets you control the pigmentation. Fair tones will be able to apply this color lightly, but deeper skin tones can absolutely build this up to the full strong shade. The finish is more on the luminous side, though it isn’t glittery. It’s something to keep in mind if you’re looking for more of a matte or satin finish. It’s actually quite a pretty finish for spring/summer.

The cream is also easy to apply. I used a small stipple brush from e.l.f. (my preferred for liquid and cream face makeup) and the blush applied beautifully. No patchiness or clumps of color. It sits quite well on the skin.

One thing I would note is that this blush lasts longer if you pair it with a matte finish foundation and/or BB cream. With my more luminous foundations, it tended to fade. This might be because I have combination skin and my cheeks will get dewy after the 6 hour mark of wear, but it did happen.

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Beautiful shade, but not quite a universal highlight.

The highlighter is also a similar formula. It applies really well and blends out smoothly. The finish of this highlighter is shimmery without being glittery. It leans more on the subtle side, so you can get that “lit from within” look without it looking like makeup. It’s really nice.

However, I found this color to be too dark of a highlight even on my tan skin tone. This shade of highlight, despite the finish, is quite dark. It makes an absolutely beautiful highlight on dark tan to deep skin tones. But for anyone else, it’ll be too dark. I could probably use this as a subtle highlight in the summer after a few days at the beach, but my winter skin can’t use it.

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These colors definitely run on the darker end of the spectrum.

That doesn’t mean that it’s a lost cause for fair to medium tan tones. I found that this actually made a gorgeous blush topper. It boosted the glow of the blush in a great way without looking super fake. In fact, I’d say my preferred finish comes from using both of these together.

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Blush + highlight as a blush topper in natural daylight.
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Blush + highlight in lighting.

Wear time was great when paired with the right foundation. No matter what, it did fade faster on my skin because it wasn’t a powder. But with a matte foundation and powder setting, I got a good 6 hours of solid wear time before I noticed the blush breaking down. That’s pretty amazing in its own right.

Rating: 5/5. While the highlight may be too dark for fair to medium tan skin tones, it still works as a beautiful blush topper. For a cream blush duo, it has good wear time and sits quite well on the skin (with the right foundation). This still may not be good for oily skin people, as the cream formula would have a hard time setting on the skin, but overall you’re getting a great product for the price.

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December ’15 Boxycharm Review 2: Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow

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You had me at highlighter.

A few months ago, I got to try out a rose gold highlighter from Jelly Pong Pong and fell in love. I know rose gold isn’t everyone’s favorite color, but it works really well on my tan complexion. Anyway, we’re not hear to talk about that.

But it does explain why I was over the moon when Boxycharm announced we’d be getting another highlight from Jelly Pong Pong. Flailing alert!

This one is a little different from their Liquid Gossamer. The All Over Glow (USD $15.95) is more of a cream highlighter, where the Liquid Gossamer is a liquid. I hadn’t tried a cream formula before, so this was new territory. I love powder highlight. I love liquid highlight. So I should love cream highlight, right?

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That glow tho.

I like that this cream highlighter comes in a squeeze tube. I know a lot of cream makeup comes in pots, but for some reason I always feel unhygienic whenever I used pot makeup that isn’t a powder. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m not a fan. Tubes and pumps are the name of the game for liquid and cream makeup. (I’m sure there’s a sex joke somewhere in there.)

The formula is really really strong. What’s pictured on my hand is half a pea size of cream spread out and blended without the flash. Talk about GLOW. This is not for anyone that wants to go for a “subtle glow”. Granted, I don’t think this means you can’t wear this every day. You definitely can, but you’ll want to use a light hand.

I have no problem using all the highlighter all day, every day, so I make it work. That it’s so strong is also great, because this will show up on any skin tone, no matter how fair or how dark you are.

The cream does take a wee bit more work to blend out and works best with a sponge rather than a highlighter brush. But I don’t think the difficulty in blending out is due to a problem with the formula. Creams just tend to have this issue, in my experience. I do prefer the way liquids and powders blend out, but it’s definitely not a deal breaker.

FYI, the formula is oil free, but if you have super oily skin I would still be cautious using this. The glow is just so intense that it may end up enhancing oiliness instead of adding a glow.

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Honestly, I’ve never felt more like J.Lo.

The color of this highlighter is also wonderful. It tends more towards gold (but not a true gold) so keep that in mind. We all have our color preferences. To me, this shade works really well with my neutral toned tan skin. I think it can work great on warm skin tones and those on the cool side of the spectrum.

It wears well all day. I wore this all night at a Christmas party and it lasted about 10 hours. When I went to wash my face, the glow had faded but was still there. Again, with oily skin this may fade faster, but I think you could set it with a very light amount of powder highlighter to increase wear time. On days where I really want to kick it into high gear and strobe, I’ve found this pairs really well with Ofra’s You Dew You powder highlight.

Rating: 4.5/5. This is a great highlighter. It has great pigmentation from tiny amounts, which means this 0.53 oz tube will last you a LONG time. I’m just docking half a point, because the cream formula isn’t my favorite, as it’s not as easy to blend out as liquid or powder. Still, this gives you a beautiful look.

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