Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Favorites: May 2011

Here's what I loved in May:

Becca Luminous Skin Color in Porcelain (reviewed here).

Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush in Delicata. A blush I disliked on sight, but which turned out to be a perfect bronzer shade for my pale skin. An enthusiastic review is coming up soon, now that I've had the chance to use this product for a few weeks. (Updated to include link to review here.)

Laura Mercier Lustre Eye Colour in Topaz. A gently shimmering taupe laced with pink-bronze and mauve. This is just one of those eye shadows I can't define but which always looks good on me. If I weren't so fickle and so easily distracted by pretty things, I could stop looking right here.

Rouge Bunny Rouge When Birds Are Singing in Gracious Arasari (reviewed here). Good  everyday wash of color, goes with everything.

Becca Demi Matte Eye Color in Chantilly. A satiny greyed ivory with lavender undertones. I never appreciated this eyeshadow as a brow bone color, but on the movable lid, it provides instant face brightening and looks gorgeous with browns, greys, and plums.

Laura Mercier Gel Lip Colour in Sweet Cherry (reviewed here). Holy cats, 'nuff said.

Bobbi Brown Blush Brush. Made from the eyelashes of a million tiny kittens (that fell out naturally, of course), I tell myself I don't need that $uqqu brush because I have this. It took me years to use any faces brushes, besides the Jane Iredale Handi, because they were all so prickly, but this brush is like tracing clouds or morning dew across my face. The more I use it, the softer it gets.

Paula Dorf Eye Primer Brush. Not tons of excitement about a synthetic brush, other than it does the job and it is the perfect size for my lids, which I use with my favorite eye primer (Paula Dorf, of course, reviewed here.) Easy to clean, holds up exceptionally well.

I have swatched the colors below in the following order:
1. Becca Porcelain
2. Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicata
3. Laura Mercier Topaz
4. Rouge Bunny Rouge Gracious Ararari
5. Becca Chantilly
6. Laura Mercier Sweet Cherry

All photos mine.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector and Luminous Skin Color

I was already a Becca fan when I first heard about the Shimmering Skin Perfector ($41), but I didn't know how to use it (I assumed it would turn me into a greasy mess) until I ran across a Lisa Eldridge review. She demonstrates how to apply the Skin Perfector below, starting at 04:05:

I immediately bought Pearl, applied it exactly the way she demonstrated, and I could not believe the gorgeousness. After that, I was encouraged to try it other ways. I'd mix a tiny dot into my tinted moisturizer or foundation or sometimes I'd dab a bit into the center of my eyelid over eyeshadow. I cannot recommend that method for a long-term look because the humectants in the highlighter will eventually cause eye makeup to slide off, but it looks nice for a short while.

I want to be clear that his highlighter, even though water based, does leave a slightly tacky feeling on the skin, so if your skin is oily (e.g., you use blotting papers on your cheeks by afternoon, not just on nose and forehead), you might not like how Shimmering Skin Perfector feels.

If you mix it into foundation or moisturizer, you need a tiny amount, about the size of a rice grain--you don't want your entire face to shine. For highlighting I use about the size of a pea and blend it in really well so there are no visible edges. The foundation brush eats up a lot of the product but I get a more flawless finish using a brush instead of my fingers.

I had also read great things about Becca Luminous Skin Color ($42). There are so many color choices--especially for pale (and cool!) skin tones, which is quite unusual. There are many brands where I cannot get a color match, as they are all too dark. I wrote to Becca customer service, and they recommended Cashmere, which is for fair complexions with neutral undertones. But I don't have neutral undertones. I have a decided amount of blue and pink undertones and beige overtones, so I chose Porcelain, which is recommended for light to fair complexions with pink undertones. It turned out to be a good choice.

Coverage is very sheer and quite dewy. Oily skins might not care for this, as it has quite a lot of slip. If you want your foundation to cover imperfections, this might not be up for the task. Luminous Skin Color is ideally for skin that hasn't got much to hide, as it, at most, blurs minor imperfections.

This tinted moisturizer contains broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 25), as well as vitamins that supposedly fight free radicals, enhance tissue repair, bind moisture, promote collagen production, and protect against environmental damage. The moderately gooey finish makes me wonder if this product contains some of the ingredients from the Shimmering Skin Perfector. Unfortunately, something in the ingredients reddens my skin. It could be the sunscreen or the fragrance or that the excess slip makes it hard to blend without streaking.

Below are swatches of the Pearl Skin Perfector and Porcelain Luminous Skin Color on the back of my hand. You can see liquid (silicones?) pooling around the Pearl splotch.

Pearl is a shimmering clear color; Porcelain is a pinkish beige

Smeared out

Blended a bit more

Bottom line: Lovely for that youthful summertime glow. Sensitive skins should try to sample first.

Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Homosalate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Talc, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Myristate, Kaolin, Cocoglycerides, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Glycine, Fructose, Urea, Niacinamide, Inositol, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Fragrance, may contain: +/- Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Red 36, Red 7

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Rouge Bunny Rouge Gleaming Temptations Lip Gloss in Coy

I am a lipstick person. I occasionally buy lip gloss because I am captivated by the pretty colors, and Rouge Bunny Rouge Gleaming Temptations Lip Gloss in Coy ($31) was a total impulse buy. I could not resist a product described as "Warm sheer strawberry, glistening with silver, gold, and fuchsia pearls, but I should have.

Image from rougebunnyrouge.com

I was unable to capture the silver and fuchsia, but you should be able to see the warm strawberry infused with gold.

Swatched on white paper
I was disappointed that Coy muted my rosy-mauve lip pigment. I was hoping the fuchsia particles would play on the blue in my lips and make this a face brightening color, but instead of adding a splash of color, it blends into my skin tone. Not enough contrast for it to be a winner for me. Nevertheless, Coy is a sweet and fresh color for the warmer months. It is not too sticky, and the color and shine last about an hour.

Bottom line: If you like lip gloss, this is a very pretty color that feels smooth on the lips.

All photos mine except where noted.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Choosing a BECCA Beach Tint or Cream Blush for Summer

Beach Tint
Screenshot taken from Zuneta YouTube video
Cream Blush
Screenshot taken from Zuneta YouTube video
This time of year I often switch to cream and liquid blushes because I think moist and dewy skin looks nice in summer--especially now that my skin is much less oily than it used to be.

Zuneta has produced a video to help us choose a BECCA Cosmetics Beach Tint ($24) color. Beach Tint is a water-resistant liquid blush that can also be worn on the lips, and it is very natural. 

After the swatches, Zuneta's makeup artist demonstrates Guava, Fig, and Watermelon on the cheeks and lips.

I have Watermelon and Fig, and I like Watermelon. It provides just enough contrast on my lips. Now that I have seen this video, I would like to try Guava as well.

A tip: All Becca tint products need to be shaken well. Shake shake and then shake some more. What comes out should be thick and creamy, not thin and watery. If it's thin, shake again. Sometimes I roll the tube between my fingers.

I also discovered an excellent Zuneta video showing swatches of BECCA Cosmetics Cream Blush ($30). I have Turkish Rose, and it looks as good on the reviewer's arm as it does on me! You can also wear these on the lips.

The Becca cream blushes apply like room-ripened butter and last a long time, especially if you pop a bit of powder over top. The Beach Tint, however, does not require setting powder because it sinks into the skin rather than sit on top. At least I don't need powder, but oilier skins might, and it might also be fun to layer another BECCA product on top, like the Shimmering Powders or the new mineral blushes.

I don't have a retailer nearby that sells BECCA, so I cannot test these colors in person. So videos from Zuneta are extremely useful. I can't think if a single other store who is showing swatches like this, and it's really great customer service.

Bottom line: Summer essentials.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Cheeks in Bloom Blush Wand in Vermeer


Rouge Bunny Rouge Cheeks in  Bloom Blush Wand in Vermeer (around $43) is a soft tea rose that provides a healthy glow in a cream-to-powder finish. You twist the blush up, like a lipstick. Extremely portable and no worries about crumbling compacts.

This blush is very smooth and creamy, not stiff and tacky like some cream blushes can be (MAC), and it comes with a little clear cap to protect it from drying out. It lasts all day and does not settle in pores.

I dot the cream blush onto my fingertips to warm it up, dot high on the apples, and blend along my cheekbones. I also like to dot Vermeer on the brow bone over my eye crease for a fresh-faced weekend look.

Here is Vermeer swatched on my pink-porcelain skin. So subtly soft, but a bit too warm for me.

Bottom line: A worthy splurge.

All photos mine.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Laura Mercier Gel Lip Colour in Sweet Cherry

It seems that new Laura Mercier products are introduced quietly, without much fanfare. I had heard of her new gel lipsticks, but I was hesitant to buy one, as the colors looked lurid online, almost neon. At the recommendation of a trusted friend, however, I decided to purchase Laura Mercier Gel Lip Colour in Sweet Cherry ($22).

The Laura Mercier web site claims that this "innovative gel-based lipstick will cushion your lips in soft-comfort colour with a shine finish. The clear lip colour base allows for a bold bullet with pure colour registration while the super smooth formula leaves lips with a soft colour payoff."

I guess that means colorful but sheer. All I know is that this lipstick is wonderful.

Sheer and shiny, if you are a lip gloss lover, consider trying this lipstick formula. Though similar in finish, this formula does not fade as quickly as the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks do.

Outdoors, indirect sun
Inside, natural cool light
The gel formulation feels so comfortable and smooth on the lips. I don't think a lip balm could feel any nicer than this, and it blows Chantecaille Lip Chic out of the water, which I now find to be more sticky, with a heavy petroleum feel. For such a silky-sheer product, the color lasts an impressive 3 hours on me. When it fades, it fades evenly. No smearing or feathering, and I do not use a lip pencil because I want to keep it natural looking.

I could not love this lipstick any more than I do. It makes my lips look juicy. So I will tuck away Laura Mercier Bing Cherry (reviewed here) for fall/winter wear, and wear Sweet Cherry all spring and summer.

I don't currently own many sheer red lipsticks. Below are swatches of Sweet Cherry compared to Lipstick Queen Medieval and Chantecaille Lip Chic in Dahlia. Medieval is really sheer (barely a tint of color) and Chantecaille is more warm, so I guess I won't be wearing that anymore.

I have heard people complain about a scent, and there is something fruity about it. It fades pretty quickly, but if you have an aversion to scented products, you might want to test this one first.

Bottom line: I have found my absolute perfect hot summer love. ♥ If you are interested in exploring red lips but feel intimidated by red's POWAH, get thee to tester and try this on. Stat.

UPDATE: A few months after I posted this review, I had a Sci\ART seasonal color analysis where I was asked to bring all my makeup. At the end of the session, when we'd arrived at my season (True/Cool Summer), Sweet Cherry was the analyst's absolute favorite for people with my coloring. I have since the used it up and bought my second tube.

All photos mine.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Edward Bess Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow in Nude

Edward Bess Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow in Nude ($30) does not get much attention compared to his other eyeshadows. There's nothing special about it in the pan; in fact, it looks like just about any other base eyeshadow color.

Nude is not terribly exciting, but maybe that's the point. Sometimes the plainest colors work best. Nude is beige with cool yellow undertones that goes with everything. Yellow is not a color I would normally be drawn to, but what sets this shadow apart from others of its ilk is that it brightens the eyelid area and make me appear fresh and well rested without adding color. Nude looks like a second skin and makes my eyelids glow with radiant good health. I often wear it by itself on weekends, and it gets a huge amount of use in the summer. In fact, Nude is one of the few eyeshadow I have repurchased.

The finish is somewhere between a matte and shimmer, similar to Laura Mercier Sateen or Becca Demi Matte formulations, and the texture is outstanding. Creamy and superfatted, you could apply it with a fingertip. Nude is less pigmented than Intimate or Dusk, but that is exactly how I would want it to be. I use a big fluff brush to apply from lashes to brow and then press/roll the finish with my fingertips so the extremely fine microparticles lie flat and augment that glowy look. Edward Bess eyeshadows are perfect for maturing eyes.

The following swatches show the eyeshadows in different lighting conditions:

Indoors, natural light--swatched heavily
Outdoors, indirect sunlight

If it appears powdery, that is because I had to swatch heavily to get the pigment to show up. However, this eyeshadow is so finely milled, I can use any brush (even a low quality one), and there is no skipping or dragging. I like to use the Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush (reviewed here) to apply base, lid, and crease colors for an everyday, neutral Bess eye:
  • Nude from lashes to brows
  • Intimate in the crease
  • Dusk on the outer edge of the lid and then just under the outer third of my lower lash line. 
Blend blend blend, and I can achieve a look that stands up to fluorescent office lighting without screaming EYE MAKEUP!

Bottom line: If you already have a base you're happy with, there's no need to get Nude, but if you are looking for a new base, Nude is a lovely color that provides instant eye brightening. 

All photos mine

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Rouge Bunny Rouge Hues of Enchantment Colorburst Lipstick in Word of Mouth (013)

Today I am writing about Rouge Bunny Rouge's Hues of Enchantment Colorburst Lipstick in Word of Mouth 013 (£22.00, €25.95, $34.12 / 3.8 grams). Word of Mouth is described as a "... cool cherry syrup."

Cherry isn't the first color that comes to mind, as the red is very subtle. I see rose with no obvious blue, and no brown. 

Word of Mouth should appeal most to cool-toned people, but if your lip pigmentation is pale, it will be a bright color on you. Maybe it would, indeed, look like a cherry red.

My pink-porcelain skin tone affects how the color appears, so I like to swatch product on white paper so you can look for undertones. Word of Mouth is a clear rose cream.

Of all the Rouge Bunny Rouge lipsticks I recently purchased, Word of Mouth is the one I like most.. It's almost cool toned enough on my medium rosy-mauve pigmented lips. The creamy and formula are excellent. For a full-coverage lipstick, the Colorburst lipsticks are very soothing. Hydrating and enriched with Vitamin E, this lipstick glides on like softened butter, does not dry my lips after a long day, and a single application, gently blotted, lasts around 4 hours before it begins to fade.

This lipstick is scented. It reminds me of warm spices like clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg, as well as vanilla. Figgy pudding for the lips.

Bottom line: Great everyday shade with a little something extra, and comfortable enough to wear all day as though it were lip balm.

All photos mine except where noted in caption.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Baltic Collagen Face and Neck Gel

Image from balticcollagen.com
 If you have written off non-prescription skincare as a waste of money, do yourself a favor and read this post. It's a bit on the long side, but I am so excited I want to share everything I know about this new product line. (I am not affiliated.)

I don't normally write a skincare review until I have used a product for a minimum of 30 days (ideally 60-90 days). But I have to rave about this product, which a friend turned me on to, because this stuff does what it says, and in a very short time.

This newly-release product line is called Baltic Collagen, and it is nothing short of hope in a bottle. From their web site:
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, forming strong sheets and cables that support the structure of skin, internal organs, cartilage and bones, as well as all the connective tissue in between ... Collagen’s role in the aging process is  ... what gives the youthful look of firmness, evened tone, elasticity, and a smooth, unwrinkled surface. Protein structures are what make skin look aged and wrinkled or radiant and youthful.
Collagen on its own is too large a molecule to be absorbed through the skin, and it becomes inert when heated, which is why collagen products don't work. To the rescue come the scientists at Baltic Collagen who have created a transdermal serum with the highest concentration of bio-available collagen on the market (so they say). All of their products are tested by dermatologists and are hypoallergenic. Baltic Collagen is the only available collagen preparation that is 98% pure, bio active, 100% natural, extremely well absorbed, and contains no preservatives.

Since collagen production all but stops at age 25, the primary way to keep skin plump and youthful (besides avoiding sun damage) is addressed by Baltic Collagen:
  • Prevent further wrinkles from forming
  • Supplement diminished collagen levels
  • Stimulate collagen-producing cells into renewed activity
  • Provide an immediate, intense lifting effect
What makes Baltic Collagen so special is its concentration. Its patented purification process yields a 98% pure collagen product that remains biologically active and stable at room temperatures. This means it stays alive and active in order to biologically meld with our skins' incomplete proteins and give us back the structural support we once had.

Even better, this product is fully guaranteed. They are so confident you will like what you see that if you are unhappy for any reason, simply contact them and they will refund your purchase price. You don't even have to send anything back.

I purchased the Baltic Collagen™ Face and Neck Gel ($55), which is 30ml/1oz.
Image from balticcollagen.com
My package arrived in two days via USPS Priority mail. The product box was tightly wrapped in insulated bubble wrap, and the bottle was ensconced in dense foam. I was pleasantly surprised that the bottle was made of thick, frosted, shatterproof glass. I could not wait to use it and see what happened.

After I applied the gel that night, my face felt tight, as though the gel had created a barrier to seal in moisture. My under eye area felt a bit crinkly (but this feeling went away after a few days of use). After the gel dried, my skin felt so soft and smooth, but I felt like I needed a little added moisture around my eyes, so I applied a couple drops of eye cream.

The next morning, my face felt incredibly smooth, like polished glass. I remained skeptical but hopeful, especially since I had been reading incredibly compelling testimonials. By the third day, I noticed increased firmness, and my facial skin felt plumped up. My coloring had improved, as well. In fact, I was pleased to notice that my skin had taken on a subtle radiance, which I had been artificially reproducing with cosmetic highlighter. A face that gleams without excess oil is something I have not enjoyed in many many years.

Before the first week (yes, week) was over, the skin on my neck was smoother and tighter, and my upper lip looked more full and juicy. Around the same time I began noticing changes to my eyes--the lids were much springier. Oh! And no more walking around the first hour of my day waiting for pillowcase creases to go away! My eyelids and throat had already benefited from daily use of Reviva Labs Firming Eye Serum with Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester, and DMAE (a cheaper Perricone clone reviewed here), but Baltic Collagen amped it up several notches and much faster.

Perhaps the most surprising result of all was the incidental improvements to the backs of my hands. Every night and morning when I finished applying the gel to my face and neck, I'd wipe off the excess from my fingers onto my hands--primarily to get rid of that sticky feeling serums tend to have--and I was shocked when literally the next day, the skin there looked smoother and more radiant.

There's a hot discussion going on at my forum (call it a group trial), where we are sharing our experiences and talking about suggested use, tips, and tricks. Here's a summary.
  • Apply to clean skin after rinsing with warm water. The warmth opens the pores and primes the skin for maximum absorption. 
  • Apply to wet skin, not dripping, but more than damp.
  • Store the bottles below 85 degrees Fahrenheit away from light. The company web site recommends storing in the refrigerator, but many of us have found that the product becomes too treacly and won't come up through the pump when it's that cold. Just store in a cool location (not your steamy, hot medicine cabinet in the bathroom). 
  • If you get results in the eye and lip area using the Face and Neck Gel, there is no need to buy the separate Eye and Lip Serum.
  • If you use a beta or alpha hydroxy acid on your skin, make sure your skin is well rinsed before you apply the collagen serum. The acids help the skin absorb serums, but they also break down the collagen before it can go to work.
  • You can still use tretinoin products (e.g., Retin-A) to fight acne or fade melasma, but let Baltic Collagen products sink into your skin until it is fully dry--at least 10 minutes.
  • It's fine to apply additional moisturizer or eye creams on top of the Baltic Collagen products, as long as the collagen is dry.
  • Some people like to apply Baltic Collagen, wait 30 minutes, and then rinse it off. They find no added moisturizer is required. I like to leave it on my skin because it imparts a beautiful sheen along the high points of my face. If my skin feels a little tight from a skin formed by the treatment, I'll use a very lightweight moisturizer to smooth over it. 
  • A 30ml bottle of Face and Neck Gel should last for 30 days when used twice per day (if you are using a half gram (0.5 ml) per usage). This is a case where more is not better. Skin can only absorb so much before product buildup accumulates on the skin's surface. It isn't harmful, but the excess product will flake away upon drying, so you'd be wasting product.

Here's a short video from the people at Baltic Collagen:

Bottom line: Heaven sent. Simply stated, this product is amazing. It does what it says, and it has exceeded all my expectations, and quickly! In fact, one little bottle has replaced most of my skincare creams and lotions and serums. If you're under 30, this may or may not give results. The more your skin lacks collagen, the more noticeable the results will be.

The worldwide distributor is in Poland: http://www.balticcollagen.pl/. Baltic Collagen is available from two US-based web sites. Here's the difference between them:
  • http://www.balticcollagen.com (Georgia/North Carolina) is a licensed, independent distributor. This vendor does not import product from Poland in the hot summer months, so they could run low on inventory between now and Fall. They also honor refunds and have exceptional customer service. The bottle I received was in thermal bubble wrap, and as the weather warms up, they ship product on dry ice to preserve integrity and freshness of the collagen.
  • http://www.balticcollagen.us (Chicago) is a US distributor. They do NOT accept returns. The bottle I received was sent USPS and was wrapped in a very thin sheet of regular bubble wrap. The consistency of the collagen was much thinner than the product I received from balticcollagen.com, so I suspect it went badEDITED: I cannot recommend the Chigago-based site.Order at your own risk.

Photos from Baltic Collagen. Unaffiliated. I purchased my own product.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

butter LONDON Dahling

Image from butterlondon.com
butter LONDON's Dahling ($14) might be one of the most traditional colors in the collection; there is not much that's edgy or trendy about it. A cool-toned, deep-rose cream, Dahling is a color suitable for any time of year for just about any occasion.

Roses, such as Dahling, are the colors I love the most. As much as I like paler colors on other people, mid-toned colors looks best on my very pale (pink) skin, as I find that most nudes, and certainly any color with gold or yellow, can give me the dreaded lobster hands.

This color is fantastic, but I am hopeless at manicures, especially when I spend 20+ hours a week in the gardens. Anyway, this blog is called Everyday Beauty, not Pampered Beauty.

The color looks a bit washed out above. It's actually deeper and so pretty on I might have to buy a backup, and I almost never do that with nail polish (except for Revlon Teak Rose).

Application is very smooth, and I achieved opaque coverage in two thin coats. Wear is average, around 5 days before it begins to fray from the edges of my nails. No chipping over Orly Bonder base coat with a single top coat of Seche Vite.

Bottom line: A sophisticated, ladylike rose that goes with everything and is a good substitute for reds.

Images butter LONDON and BeautyBar.com
Manicure images is mine

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rouge Bunny Rouge Silk Aether Long-lasting Cream Eyeshadow in Atlas Swallowtail

Today I am reviewing Rouge Bunny Rouge Silk Aether Long-lasting Cream Eyeshadow in Atlas Swallowtail ($40.32, £26.00, €30.66), which is described as a "satin wash of nude taupe with pewter reflections; buildable to darker, more opaque and metallic greyish hue of the same colour."  I agree with the description. The subtle pewter undertones, which deepen on layering, keep this color from being just another safe, sandy brown.

This cream shadow comes in a lip gloss-styled tube with a doe foot applicator, and it applies in a silken swath. 

I dot the wand in the center of the movable lid and then blend it about with my fingertip. It looks pretty on its own (a perfectly natural day look, one you could wear at a summer picnic without raising eyebrows), and it also makes a wonderful eye base, adding dimension to whatever shadow you put on top. Here is Atlas Swallowtail swatched heavily on my skin. The pewter lends a moss undertone.

The texture is semi-matte with a slightly luminous finish. The first time I wore this eyeshadow, I put some on the back of my hand and left it on all day, turning my hand back and forth as I moved from indoors to out, and as the sun moved in the sky. Sometimes Atlas Swallowtail looked golden brown; at other times it looked like a soft stone-taupe with a whisper of lichen. There is no visible shimmer, but the entire effect was that it glowed.

Zero creasing, and the color lasted all day. In fact, it looked exactly the same at 10PM as it did at 8AM, but my lids are not nearly as oily as they once were, so it might wear differently on you.

I wondered how Atlas Swallowtail compared to some of my other creamy favorites, so in the following images you'll see it swatched next to Laura Mercier Metallic Cream Shadow in Alloy, Becca Eye Tint in Baroque, Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes E107, and Laura Mercier Cream Eyeshadow in Stone Suede.

Atlas Swallowtail is warmer than both Laura Mercier shadows and is most like Ellis Faas E107--but a hint lighter and less grey. The texture is also more silky and doesn't dry as quickly.

The Silk Aether Long-lasting Cream Eyeshadows contain Para Cress Flower extract (aka the Toothache Plant), to stimulate natural skin-lifting capabilities, and coffee extract to boost collagen and elastin production. I'm highly skeptical about makeup that positions itself as skin treatment, but I'm just reporting the RBR claims.

See the following links for reviews, swatches, and comparisons of the Silk Aether Long-lasting Cream Eyeshadow:

Bottom line: It can be difficult to find quality cream eyeshadows. Look no further.

All photos mine