Marie Veronique Everyday Coverage SPF 20 & 30 reviews, swatches, and shade comparisons (& Face Oil)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Marie Veronique review

The products: Marie Veronique Organics Everyday Coverage SPF 30Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20, and Face Oils

When it comes to all-natural sunscreens, the name Marie Veronique pops up a lot — and so it should. There aren’t a ton of silicone-free, chemical-free sunscreens out there (not ones without a heavy texture and a white cast, at least), and the Marie Veronique ones are some of the best of the bunch.

That said, it’s hard to pick out what sunscreen to try out of all of the varieties available – so think of this as your guide to Marie Veronique sunscreens, from which shade to pick to what the formulas play best with.

Note: the products photographed in this review are sample sizes! 

Marie Veronique Face Oil review

Marie Veronique Face Oil

Marie Veronique Face Oils

I didn’t get a chance to compare the brand’s Pacific Face Oil with their regular option (the Pacific version broke in transit), but this is what I can tell you: what I did get to try of the Pacific Face Oil ($110/1 oz) felt extremely comforting, and had an herbal scent that reminded me very strongly of shu uemura’s Premium A/O and Ultime8 oils.

The Face Oil ($80/1 oz) felt less intensive, but has a lighter scent to it — it still made my dry skin feel softer immediately, and it layered well with the brand’s sunscreens. The product itself is very orange (due to a high amount of rosehip oil in the formula), but doesn’t tint the skin once it’s worked in!

Both of these products are quite pricy, but it’s important to note that they’ve been carefully formulated by the brand’s chemists – unlike what I’ve seen from other brands (ahem: Josie Maran, Tarte, & co.), who simply offer marked-up pure oils in pretty jars.

Marie Veronique Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF20 review

Marie Veronique Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20 – Light, Medium Tints

Pacific Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20 ($58/2 oz)

As the brand’s more expensive sunscreen (it’s formulated to be anti-ageing, like the rest of the Pacific range), I was expecting great things from their Everyday Sheer Coverage — but, weirdly enough, I was a little disappointed in it.

I applied this one overtop the brand’s Face Oil, as suggested, and it felt okay on its own – not too heavy or sticky. But here’s the catch: this one doesn’t play very well under makeup. The Light shade was tinted enough to darken and warm up my skintone just a hair, but it’s sort of “film forming” — the first time I tried to buff in a cream foundation overtop of it, the whole layer slid in the direction of my brush strokes.

Marie Veronique Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF20 swatches light medium

Marie Veronique Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20 – Light, Medium Tints swatched

Marie Veronique Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20 swatches shade comparisons

Everyday Sheer Coverage swatched against: left - MAC NC15 (top), NW20 (bottom); right – NC30 (top) and NC25 (bottom)

When I used it after that, I applied a little less and layered it overtop a very thin layer of German Nivea. It went from thereon in, drying satin-matte as promised and staying in place with product overtop, but my makeup looked slightly more obvious than usual. All in all, I would recommend this for normal to oily skin types, or those who wear liquid (but not creme) foundation.

The Marie Veronique Everyday Sheer coverage SPF 20 is formulated with 16.6% non-nano zinc oxide. See the full ingredients list if you

Green & White Tea, 16.6% Non-Nano Zinc Oxide, Vegetable Glycerin, Broccoli Seed Oil, Cherry Kernel Seed Oil, Emu Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Yangu Oil, Cosmocil CQ (paraben-free anti-microbial), Xanthan Gum, N-Acetyl Glucosamine, Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate, Pearl Powder, Rosemary Oleoresin, Beta Glucan, Coffee Fruit Extract, Silk Powder, Rose Essential Oil, Neroli Essential Oil, Helichrysum Essential Oil, Cistus Essential Oil, Iron Oxides.

Marie Veronique Everyday Coverage SPF30 moisturizer review

Marie Veronique Organics Everyday Coverage SPF 30 – Extra Light, Light, and Medium Tints

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theBalm timeBalm review, swatches – Lighter Than Light, Light, Light/Medium | My staple silicone-free concealer

Thursday, June 5, 2014

theBalm timeBalm anti-ageing concealer review

The product: theBalm timeBalm Anti-Wrinkle Concealer in Lighter Than Light, Light, and Light/Medium

You see timeBalm all the time on theNotice. Every tutorial, every makeup look, every shade comparison — they all (or almost all) have one secret ingredient in common: timeBalm. It’s my old standby; the only silicone-free concealer I’ve tried so far that runs light enough for my skin.

A couple weeks ago, I finished off an entire pot of this concealer, right down to the last smudge. It took me five and a half years (during which time my timeBalm somehow managed not to go off at all), but as someone who has literally never finished off a makeup product before — it was a pretty big deal for me.

theBalm timeBalm concealers

theBalm timeBalm shade comparisons

L-R: theBalm timeBalm concealer in Lighter Than Light, Light, and Light/Medium

The formula: The beeswax-based timeBalm concealer is free of silicones, parabens, and fragrances, and enriched with Vitamins A, E, and C to help combat the signs of ageing. theBalm says it’s so good for your skin that you can wear it to sleep, and while I absolutely would not recommend  this, I have admittedly done it once or twice (by accident!) with no harm done.

theBalm timeBalm Anti-Ageing Concealer Ingredients: 

Tridecyl Trimellitate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Talc, Diethylhexyl Adipate, Isoeicosane, Carnauba Wax, Beeswax, Octyldodecanol, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, C18-36 Acid Glycol Ester, Panthenol, Tribehenin, Ceresin, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Linoleic Acid, Soybean Sterols, Phospholipids, Silica, Propyl Gallate, Soybean Oil.

+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77007.

theBalm timeBalm Lighter Than Light swatch shade comparison review

theBalm timeBalm in Lighter Than Light

theBalm timeBalm light medium swatch comparison review

theBalm timeBalm in Light

theBalm timeBalm Light swatch comparison review

theBalm timeBalm in Light/Medium

The texture & wear (aka “what makes timeBalm so great”): I really love the timeBalm formula because, for a consumer product, it resembles theatre makeup quite closely. It’s a wonderfully creamy, high-coverage product, and works well for both concealing acne and covering dark circles (though it does struggle a bit with extremely dry patches and pronounced wrinkles). Because the formula blends out so beautifully, I use my timeBalm as both a foundation and a spot concealer, similarly to how something like the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer ($48 USD) would be used — but at a fraction of the cost.

I have extremely dry skin, and though timeBalm does catch on my really rough patches (I’ve yet to find anything that doesn’t), I get all day wear out of it as long as I follow up with powder. This includes morning-to-evening coverage of blemishes–I layer timeBalm with a mineral powder to cover up scars and acne–which is quite the feat!

theBalm timeBalm lighter than, light, medium swatches

theBalm timeBalm concealer comparison swatches – Lighter Than Light, Light, Light/Medium

The shades: Lighter Than Light is yellower than MAC Studio Fix Concealer in NW15. It’s similar to NC20, but pinker, and its warm undertones run more peach than orange, unlike NC20. Light is similar to MAC NW20 but just a hair darker, and runs a touch more yellow-orange than pink-peach. If you match NW20, timeBalm in Light will definitely work for you. If you match MAC NW25, Light will by way too fair for you.

I can’t for the life of me find my pot of Light/Medium (and I literally searched for three hours yesterday), but if memory serves me right, it’s darker than Light and NW20 but not as dark or orange as NW25 — the NW20-NW25 shade jump seems particularly large to my eye for some reason. I’m pretty sure Light/Medium is a little more olive and more orange/saturated (but with less peach and pink) than Lighter Than Light and Light, too.

theBalm timeBalm concealer review

The verdict?

I really, really love timeBalm. It’s the only makeup product I’ve ever used up & re-purchased, and though I’m always on the lookout for something better (something that magically hides dry patches, perhaps), I’ve yet to find anything else that meets my criteria.

I use theBalm’s timeBalm concealer as both a concealer and a foundation, and it pulls off everything from spot concealing to sheer coverage without breaking a sweat. It’s also scent-free and silicone-free, and comes in seven shades.

Availability: $18 USD at Nordstrom; in Canada, you can find theBalm at many Rexall locations. timeBalm is also available in cream foundation and liquid forms, though I haven’t had the chance to try either!

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My Marcelle recommendations & must-haves (and a 40% off code)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Marcelle annabelle 40 off free shipping

With Marcelle and Annabelle featuring 40% off until the 13th to celebrate International Women’s Day, I thought I’d take a minute to go over a few of my must-have from their lines. I’ve linked to full reviews wherever possible, but I’ll do my best to tell you why I love each & every one of these within this post, too.

» Shop Annabelle.ca & Marcelle.com at 40% off with the code WOMEN

As with the Annabelle site, shipping is free on all Canadian orders, and is calculated by weight for all US ones. If you do live in the US, now might be a good time to stock up anyways — 40% off goes a long way in negating the cost of shipping!

My Marcelle favourites & recommendations (see my Annabelle picks here)

Marcelle Essentials 400ml

Marcelle Essentials Cleansing Milk { review | buy }

Marcelle’s Cleansing Milk was both the first Marcelle product and the first skincare product that I truly fell head over heels for. Sure, there are products that I like more, but so far, I have yet to find anything I love more.

While not flawless (my skin is still not 100%), this cleansing milk made a huge impact on my skin. Because it doesn’t strip my skin of all of its natural oils, it leaves my face feeling less tight and dry than other cleansers (even other cream cleansers that I’ve tried), and it keeps my skin from overproducing oil during the day.

Formulated for normal to dry skintypes, it’s also scent-free and sensitive-skin friendly.

 Marcelle Essentials Soothing Cleansing Water review

Marcelle Essentials Soothing Cleansing Water review | buy }

If there was one “hit product” in the Marcelle skincare line, I think this one would be it. I’ve gone through an entire bottle (which doesn’t sound like much, but this is literally the only makeup remover I’ve ever finished), and I have two more as backups already.

Also scent-free and sensitive-skin-friendly, the Essentials Soothing Cleansing Water does an amazing job at removing makeup without leaving your skin greasy or raw. It’s great for removing eyeliner from the waterline, and while it’s not as hydrating as a straight-up oil (and really, why would you even expect it to be?), it removes makeup beautifully and quite gently.

Marcelle Light to Medium BB cream review

Marcelle BB Cream (original) review | buy }

This isn’t a product that I use in my daily makeup repertoire (it’s full of ‘cones), but I tested it out when it launched & loved it so much that I bought a tube for my mom. It’s great at evening out the skin while still looking like skin, and wears well throughout the day.

Where the Marcelle BB Cream really excels, though, is in covering up large pores. I’m not sure how it does it (magic!), but it makes the pores on my mom’s nose disappear. I basically think that my mom is the prettiest human to ever exist–who doesn’t think that of their mothers, though, really?–but I’m not looking forward to getting her pores when my skin ages!

Marcelle Face Powder review | buy }

An oldie but goodie. Marcelle’s Face Powder is a classic, both in its utilitarian packaging and its velvety-soft finish. It holds up well throughout the day, disappears into the skin while giving it a beautiful satin-matte finish, and keeps a pretty short, ‘cone-free ingredients list.

I’ve had my tub of Marcelle Face Powder for years (at least three, if not four), and I’ve barely made a dent in it despite dropping it all the time. This, along with Marcelle’s original pressed powder (now available as their Monochromatic Pressed Powder ($15.95 CAD)) is all I will use for powder — nothing else measures up!

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Marcelle Lux Eye Dust in Go-Violet buy }

Okay, so this one is kind of cheating. It’s not one of my must-haves, but I posted about Annabelle’s Violet Vibe pigment many years ago, and it apparently resonated with a lot of you! I still have readers writing in and telling me that they bought Violet Vibe, and think of theNotice every time they use it.

Go-Violet is essentially the same as Violet Vibe, but I’m recommending it as an upgrade for one simple reason: the packaging is a lot better. And, with 40% off, you have no reason not to buy the slightly more expensive but far better-packaged version!

Marcelle Lux Diamond Eyeliner in Pure Gold see itbuy }

I don’t even have odes left to talk about this one, I write about it so much. Marcelle’s Lux Diamond liners are the same as the Annabelle Glitterama liners that I love, but the Annabelle ones don’t come in this beautiful, beautiful gold. It’s perfect during the holidays, for a dinner date, for an effortless summer evening eye — I could even see excelling at office wear.

It’s beautiful, beautifully packaged, and beautifully subtle. There’s nothing not to love.

Marcelle Lux Metallic, Diamond liquid liners glitter

Marcelle Lux Metallic Eyeliners review | buy }

Finally, I wanted to wrap up with Marcelle’s Lux Metallic Eyeliners. Housed in the same packaging as their Diamond counterparts, the Lux Metallic liquid liners are quite unique: they deliver translucent metallic colour, for a very interesting, almost watercolour effect. They can be layered for more impact, but they hold up well, and make it easy to create an ombré effect from one liner to the next, as well.

What are your Marcelle skincare and makeup favourites?

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Light: Review, Swatches, Photos | A creamy, silicone-free concealer you (and your under eyes) will love

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye review swatches

The product: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer in Light

Two months ago, IT Cosmetics was just another “QVC brand” to me — over-marketed, under-formulated, and probably not worth paying attention to.

Following an email from the brand, however, I found out that both their bestselling concealer & their new foundation are silicone-free, and I decided to give them a try: after all, ‘cone-free base products are no small feat, especially from a company that doesn’t even bill itself as “natural” or “organic.”

Since then, IT Cosmetics has been leaving me gobsmacked at every turn, so I thought — well, why not kick things off with a review of their most popular product?

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Bye Under Eye Concealer

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye (R) with their Celebration Foundation in Fair (L)

The texture & general feel: Created to offer highly-pigmented coverage without creasing or cracking, the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer is good for so much more than the under eye area.

It comes out of the tube thick, creamy, and very emollient, its heavy texture making it feel almost sticky before it sets. The formula blends easily, though, heavy but spreading out well over larger areas, like around the nose, jawline, or (yes) the under eye.

IT Cosmetics Fair Light concealer foundation swatches

Swatched L-R: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Light (heavy/blended), IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation in Fair (heavy/blended)

It’s best used as: A concealer for hiding discolouration over a large area, like under eye circles, darkness around the hairline/mouth, or patches of redness. It’s high-coverage enough for blemishes, but the texture really isn’t suited for it — while the Bye Bye Under Eye concealer can certainly hide away scars, veins, and small spots, it’s not ideal for something like point-concealing cystic acne.

IT Cosmetics says that you can use this as a foundation, too, something that I do with all my concealers anyways. (What? I’m lazy.) I think it’s best suited as a concealer, but it makes an okay foundation. It struggles a little over dry patches, but it’ll certainly do in a pinch.

IT Cosmetics Light Bye Under Eye Concealer review

IT Cosmetics Bye Under Eye Light review

The way it wears (in lines, etc): In one word? Fabulously. I haven’t been testing this on my under eye area (it’s too dark for me, especially there), but that’s not actually where I have the most problems with concealer creasing on me.

Instead, formulas tend to settle into my fine lines of dehydration on my forehead & between my brows, and catch on my dry patches on my nose & right cheek. This has done absolutely none of the former, and very little of the latter — it’s not perfect for dry patches, but I have yet to see it settle obviously into any of my various fine lines throughout the day.

IT Cosmetics Bye Under Eye vs MAC shades swatches

Swatched L-R: 1) MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15, 2) MAC NW15, 3) IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye in Light, 4) IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation in Fair, 5) MAC NC15 (again), 6) MAC NC20

The shade (Light): According to IT Cosmetics (this is interesting, and probably based off sales figures), 70% of skin tones fit Neutral Medium in their Bye Bye Under Eye concealer.

Unfortunately, even their lightest shade (Light, which is actually closer to their Fair foundation than it is to the Light shade) is just a hair too dark on me. I’ve been using this instead along my jawline and hairline, where I get redness and darkness respectively — and it blends into both areas fabulously, delivering completely invisible coverage, even for my stubborn little patch of jawline redness.

IT Cosmetics Light concealer review

The verdict?

If it hasn’t become clear in the last six hundred words, I think this is a fantastic product. I love that it’s free of silicones and fragrances, and that IT Cosmetics doesn’t test on animals… but I particularly love that it blends in flawlessly and easily, delivering great coverage without ever settling into lines or looking greasy and obvious.

I think it speaks volumes that this concealer has found a place in my daily makeup routine, even though it doesn’t match for most of my face. If you’re on the market for a new concealer, check this one out — if you can find a match for your complexion, it’s definitely up there in the ranks with cult-classics like timeBalm and Make Up For Ever Full Cover.

Availability: $24 USD/0.28 fl oz through Ulta, QVC, & IT Cosmetics. $29 CAD in Canada through The Shopping Channel.

Please note that the Bye Bye Under Eye concealer featured here is NOT the regular size; it’s a super-sized 1 fl oz tube from QVC/The Shopping Channel’s Your Most Beautiful sets ($65.96 USD/$79.95 CAD).

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There’s more than one of everything | Or, things that exist in many forms

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Flankers - Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Noir

I was thinking the other day (on very little sleep, might I add) about product ranges that stretch beyond a single product: more specific than a brand’s entire lineup, and a far cry from products that are simply offered in different shades.

You know — the products that all fall under the same name, or series, but that aren’t actually the same formula at all. The flankers of the cosmetic world, if you will; the long-stretching follow-up to a product that’s done particularly well for the brand.

shu uemura cleansing oil range

The big three

What got me thinking about this post initially was a Shu Uemura cleansing oil post that I was working on. Different in scent, formula, and targeted concerns, the oils are far more extensive than your usual product X for daytime wear/nighttime wear. The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that this wasn’t an isolated incident at all.

Lancome Hypnose mascara range

Take Lancôme’s classic Hypnôse mascaras, for instance. With the same name as their Hypnôse fragrance (fun fact: Daria Werbowy’s campaign for the fragrance was the first time that I paid any attention to perfume, packaging, or models), the line now composes of seven different mascaras, all “Hypnôse” but all completely different.

Laura Mercier tinted moisturizers, primers range

Or, in an even more recent example, the nigh-iconic Laura Mercier Foundation Primers & Tinted Moisturizers. There weren’t a lot of tinted moisturizers on the market before Laura came along (or was it simply that no one paid them any heed, prior to?), but they didn’t just show up on the scene — they exploded onto it.

Both lines now contain quite a range of formulas, from Illuminating to Oil-Free, and the Tinted Moisturizer has even recently branched out into a solid (crème) format.

Two more (give me some lip)

YSL Rouge Volupté vs Dior Addict

In the lip world, there are two main formulas that I can think of which always confuse me. You’ve got the YSL Rouge Volupté lineup, in everything from the full-finish Rouge Volupté lipsticks to the sheer shine of the Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy balms, and then you have the Dior Addict lipsticks and glosses – Addicts, Addict Extremes, Addict Lip Glows, Addict Glosses, Addict Lip Maximizers, Addict Lip Polishes

I can never decide if ranges like these are a great showing of brand coherency or just the beginnings of a really bad headache. (I think I’m going with the former, though!)

And that awkward shade that just won’t go away

NARS Orgasm lineup launches history

It has to be said: NARS Orgasm. This one shade, NARS’ glistening crown jewel, exists in so many forms that I find myself often alarmed — from polish to illuminator, and (of course) all of its Super Orgasm incarnations. But, then again, perhaps I would feel differently if it was simply a different finish, or a different name, or a different shade altogether.

One that I liked, preferably.

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