Sephora Bronzed and Blushing Face Palette has to be one of the most awesome deals I've seen in a while! If you haven't noticed, Sephora has been coming out with a lot of budget-friendly, quality stuff lately, and this palette is one of my latest discoveries from the brand!
The Bronzed and Blushing Face Palette features a trio of one matte bronzer (Los Cabos), and two matte blushes (Blushing Pink and Coral Punch). I am not sure if you can tell from the first photo, but in person, this is such a sleek, streamlined, and in fact one gorgeous-looking palette! The packaging is made of lightweight plastic and has a nice-sized mirror inside.
Los Cabos is a universally-flattering, medium warm-toned brown bronzer with a matte finish. The color payoff is rather sheer in my opinion, but this is exactly why I love it so much. It is easier to build the color than take away, especially when it comes to bronzing/contouring; less is just better. I also like that Los Cabos gives a completely natural-looking finish on the skin due to the lack of that orange tinge that most bronzers tend to have.
I like to use MAC 188, Real Techniques Stippling Brush or e.l.f Small Stipple Brush to apply (they are small size but they fit perfectly on the area under my cheek bones). On my medium skin (NC30 with yellow undertones), it takes roughly a few layers for the color to show up (not bad, really!); fair skin might be able to get away with less while darker skin may need to apply more.
Blushing Pink is such a natural-looking and super flattering shade that I see most suitable for daytime/office wear. It is a slightly warm-toned petal pink with a matte finish. It is decently pigmented but since it's more of a lighter color, it requires a few swipes to be visible on my cheeks. I like to use a dense brush to apply this shade to help the pigment grab onto the skin better.
With light application, the pink comes out more as a highlighting shade on me, which is really cool in a way! Pink highlighter? Yes, please! The buildability is good but one thing to keep in mind is that as you build, the powder may become just a tad bit chalky. I'm not sure how well this shade would show up on dark skin tones, though.
The name Coral Punch is slightly misleading because it's not really a true coral. I'm seeing a combination of coral and rosy pink. It is definitely a pink blush, but with lots of warm coral in it. Obviously, this is the “pop” color of the palette and let me tell you, it is beautiful! Just all around a perfect shade for Summer! It has excellent color payoff so a loose brush is probably a better tool to use so you won't overdo it. Wear light for a fresh-faced, youthful look, or layer to deepen the color for a party look — Coral Punch won't disappoint! :)
The powder is finely-milled across the board making the application smooth and even. The longevity is incredible! Seriously, for the price I did not expect them to last long at all. Turns out, they stay on the skin like nobody's business! And I'm talking an all-day-wear here, even the lightest shade Blushing Pink. Impressive!
This is a great piece to have if you are just getting into makeup, a frequent traveler, or a makeup collector. It has all the basic cheek colors to complete your look in one convenient palette. You can wear each shade alone or customize to make your own color — such a value-packed item!
Looking at my makeup stash, I don't really have too much of anything from Sephora brand (for reasons unknown to myself!) except their brushes. It's starting to change, though! Now that I have tried a few items of theirs and haven't been disappointed yet, I think my next purchase would be the just-released 10 Shades of Samba Waterproof Eyeliner set. It's unfortunately out of stock right now but I have signed up for the email notification when it comes back in stock! The product is getting almost 5-star review so I have a good feeling that it will be a happy purchase!
Do you buy/own any Sephora brand products? What are some of your favorite items that you think worth investing?