Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
FTC Disclaimer: This item was sent to me by Smashbox for review purposes. I am not affiliated with Smashbox, I was not paid to do this review and I'm giving you my honest opinion.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love, love, love the Smashbox brand, It's in my top 3 favorite makeup brands. It was one of the first high end brands I discovered back in the 90's when I couldn't afford it lol but I do really love this brand and this product is no different. I love the whole Halo Collection because it's all about perfecting the skin and it helps to minimize signs of aging, I call it my preventives collection.
The Facts: It's oil free, talc free, and paraben free. It's packed with high performance ingredients like gold and 48 different minerals and a powerful peptite which perfect skin and gives you that gorgeous glow.Its patented hydration system delivers time released moisturization for a radiant, healthy complexion all day. Clinical studies have shown that a 33% decrease in the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes in 10 mins., 67% decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 6 weeks.
My Review: I have been using the bronzer for about 3 months on and off. I have also used the bronzer on clients as I often do when testing a product. I'm not the best person to test for wrinkles, especially for long term effects like the 6 weeks as I don't really have any yet but I did notice in the time I was testing it that my skin did look a bit smoother, I can also say that it gives my skin this beautiful natural glow, which is what I look for in a bronzer, I love matte and non-shimmery bronzers if I'm going to use one and this does it for me, the shade is just a tad bit darker than my skintone so I use it more as an all over the face bronzer but I have used it on clients with lighter skin and it gives a beautiful contoured look with a glow. I do agree with the 10 mins less signs of wrinkles around the eyes because the eyeshadows do the same thing and I have seen great results, it's not botox so lets not get crazy and say "omg you still have wrinkles around your eyes after 10 mins" it minimizes appearance not erases, let's get that clear.
I love the way this bronzer leaves my skin feeling, the hydration system is really great on my dry areas which usually get flakey when I apply powder products. I use it on my chest and shoulders as well alone or over top a self -tanner. I also love the Twist shaver that helps you get the perfect amount of powder that you will need for a single application, which means you will not be wasting product . The texture is so soft and velvety and easy to work with sometimes I just dust it on my face for an even skintone and keep it moving. I'm not a bronzer person but I've really been loving this product for myself and my clients so I would recommend it to makeup artist and makeup lovers alike.
You can find this bronzer at www.sephora.com, www.ulta.com & www.smashbox.com and it retails for $39 which I think is a decent price for the product that your getting which is helping your skin stay young and beautiful. There are many bronzers out there that are great and cost less but are not helping you get healthy, and more beautiful skin.
Pretty Glow Pink Face & Body Bronzer
I got this bronzer a few weeks ago when Victoria's Secret was having a sale so I don't even know if they still have it but it was originally $15 and I got it 50% off yes 50% off which means I paid $7.50 it is 18.5g/.65 oz, so it's a pretty big bronzer.
I saw it and it reminded me of the Jemma Kidd Bronzer from Target, Show Stopper I think it's called which I can never seem to get when I go to my target it's always sold out so I figured what the heck let me give this a try and I must say I was pleasantly surprised as I was with the Limited Edition Bronzer from Victoria's Secret Spring 2010 which I spoke about in one of my videos.
The packaging is made of cardboard and it's not the most practical for storing or traveling but it's very cute and the product itself is really good. Unfortunately for me it's basically my skin tone but fortunately for me it gives me that beautiful glow that I'm always looking for so I use it as a highlight on my cheekbones, over top a blush, on the bridge of my nose, as a brow highlight, on the collar bone and shoulders and over top a self tanner which looks amazing, also great for that sunkist look on the legs. It leaves a nice radiant look to the skin which is natural and beautiful. The texture is soft and blends nicely on the skin. I think overall it's a pretty great product and if you can get your hands on it, I definitely recommend it especially for the price, even if it's full price.
You can find this bronzer (hopefully) at www.victoriassecret.com or a VS Store.
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