Long post warning! This is three different reviews in one, so please bear with the walls of text. If you want to see how these products look on the face, the FOTD I did with them products will be up next.
1. Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Lip in #40
This was designed to be layered with the lip colour first, then highlighter on the centre of your bottom lip for a 3D effect. I’m actually not a huge fan of frosted lip colours, so I prefer to wear the lip colour as-is and use the highlighter just on my cupids bow instead. It makes my top lip look fuller, and is more of a classic look in my opinion. Plus, the red shade is so pretty on its own I can’t bear to mess with it!
It has an excellent formula that went on smoothly without drying my (very sensitive) lips out – quite a rarity as far as lip colours go. I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I do, but here I am planning on picking up #11 next as a go-to nude.
The only thing I love more than something that’s 2-in-1 is something that’s 3-in-1, so you’ll have to excuse my raving as I’m seriously in awe of how clever this brow sculptor is. One end is an angled twist-up pencil and the other is a perfectly-sized spoolie. In between them is a highlighter with a sponge applicator similar to the Pro Sculpting Lip one, but smaller and matte.
I’m not terribly good at doing my brows with a pencil, but this product seems to have been designed with my ineptitude in mind. The pencil lead is quite hard so it’s nearly impossible to over-apply product, and its angle makes application super easy – I can kind of rest the whole edge of the pencil on my skin and drag it along the outer lines of my brows, which gives me a lot of control when I’m trying to create a precise outline.
The spoolie is (as I mentioned) the perfect size to brush one’s brows/distribute the product with. While it’s not groundbreaking, it’s certainly a very thoughtful addition that I appreciate. The highlighter is almost the same colour as my pale skin, but I think it would add a nice touch of brow bone definition on anyone darker than me. Once I get some summer colour on my face it’ll be perfect!
My skin type isn’t really the best for cream contour products (too oily, too many spots), but I still really enjoyed using this palette. The colours were very blendable and had just the right amount of pigmentation for layering (i.e. not OTT opaque), which is important when you’re working with creams for that natural finish.
As you can see from the swatches, the matte highlighter shade is actually light enough to make a difference on my skin. I’m so happy! It’s rare that companies make a pale enough shade for me to use as a matte highlighter – believe it or not, my “winter skin” is so fair I sometimes have to use white cream eyeshadow.
The cool-toned contour and warm coral blush are spot-on as well, and perfectly chosen shades for creating a natural depth and flush. The shimmer highlighter is quite sheer, so if you’ve got naturally dry skin and just want a touch of luminosity, this is perfect on its own. However, if you’re into a strong highlight like I am, you’ll probably want to top it with a powder highlighter.
FYI, I have been applying this with my fingers and blending it out with a damp Beauty Blender. Singapore peeps can find all these at Sephora stores across the island, and if you’re Stateside, these just launched online today.