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Nyx Pro Powder Brush Seamlessly Blends Base Makeup – Editor Review

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A synthetic-bristled brush for sweeping on powdered makeup without streaks

Last summer, I was asked to do my friend’s makeup for a performance she had in Los Angeles, and I had to do so without any makeup brushes (it’s a long story). Ever since then, I’ve cherished my tools like they are my children. Sure, I can swipe on eye shadow, dab on concealer, and slather on foundation with my fingers in a pinch. But nothing truly compares to the blending abilities of my beloved Nyx Pro Powder Brush. Its synthetic bristles, which are as soft as a puppy’s ears, create a seamless finish that my 10 digits just can’t.

The metal that connects the bristles to the handle of the Nyx Pro Powder Brush is pinched inward to give the brush an oval shape. This is essential for concentrating color or shimmer of blush or highlighter onto the areas of the cheeks you specifically want them. You can also use this brush to give foundation, concealer, and contouring products one last sweep so that everything looks perfectly airbrushed and streak-free.

I also reach for this brush to apply setting powder. Instead of applying the product all over and risk making my complexion looking flat and cakey, I target the area around my nose, as well as the center of my chin and forehead. By focusing my mattifying powder, my skin ends up having a more dimensional glow.

Luckily, my friend ended up looking amazing on stage, but I couldn’t help but wonder while she was singing what her makeup would have looked like with the help of the Nyx Pro Powder Brush.

You’ll find this makeup brush in our February 2020 Allure Beauty Box.

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Thrive Causemetidcs’s Lip Liner Is My New Favorite — Editor Review

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Lip liner is a daily essential for me. The only time you’ll find me without one is if I’m wearing a certain type of lip gloss, or I’ve lost my pencil for the 324th time. (I now carry at least two lip liners in every purse I have for exactly this reason.) Being that I’m a devotee, trying the Thrive Causmetics Lip Filler Long Wearing + Plumping Lip Liner felt pretty on-brand for me.

While most lip liners can be used as a lipstick, this one is specifically formulated to do double duty. It comes in eight different shades: six neutrals, a red, and a pink shade. I tried Kackie, a mocha nude, and the bright pink shade called Valisia.

Courtesy of Gabi Thorne 

In my opinion, Kackie is more of a taupe than a rich chocolate, which worried me for a second. I’m not really a “nude” girl because the conventional one-shade-supposedly-fits-all shades always leave my lips looking ashy. Thankfully, when I put on Kackie, it blended seamlessly with the rest of my face. While I typically wouldn’t wear this on its own as I prefer deeper chocolate nudes, I combined it with a deep brown liner and a lip gloss and fell in love. Now, Kackie may be the third lip liner to stay in my purse.

Valisia is far from a nude as it’s a bright magenta. I’m no stranger to bright lipsticks and you’ll find me wearing nearly every color of the rainbow. While younger me thought I was going to be a mini Nicki Minaj with colored wigs and pink lipstick, pink is probably the one color I just don’t wear often. But, Valisia is making me rethink what’s in my lipstick collection.

girl with purple eyeshadow and pink lipstick

Courtesy of Gabi Thorne

The finish of this lip liner leans more matte but your lips aren’t left dry because the formula is full of moisturizing agents such as shea butter, jojoba oil, and meadowfoam oil. Since this is shaped like a liner but also usable as a lipstick, if you have lips that are larger than the average size, having to fill in with this pencil can be a bit annoying (or I’m just impatient). Thrive Causmetics’s Lip Filler Long Wearing + Plumping Lip Liner may just have shaken up my lipstick collection a bit.

You’ll find this lip liner in our April 2020 Allure Beauty Box.

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Has This Makeup Gone Bad?

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Real fam, do you know when to throw out your makeup products?

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Fenty Beauty Cognac Candy Diamond Bomb Veil Review & Swatches

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Cognac Candy

Fenty Beauty Cognac Candy Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium, coppery-orange base with flecks of gold and copper sparkle throughout. It had sheer coverage, which could be built up to semi-sheer coverage at most, with a smooth, lightly emollient texture that felt like a cream-powder hybrid by touch in the pan but quickly turned to powder-like when it came into contact with my skin.

The product applied best with a denser brush (the brand recommended a body brush) or fingertips (my preferred application method). More feathery brushes didn’t pick up product as readily, likely due to the thin but smoother texture, so it didn’t give like a powder but didn’t have the slip of a true cream product. It applied evenly to bare skin as well as patted over liquid foundation when I used my fingertips. The majority of the sparkles stayed in place for a good eight-hour run, though there were a few stray sparkling bits and bobs elsewhere on my face.

Keep in mind, the product is aptly described as a “glittering veil,” which means it’s very, very sparkly and doesn’t produce a lot of color. Unlike the original How Many Carats, this does have a tinted base color, so it adds some warmth to bare skin, but it primarily added sparkle. It’s particularly twinkling and has the most oomph in sunlight; the brand’s other powder highlighters are more noticeable and versatile for different lighting conditions and the like, but the Diamond Bomb Veil really shines (ha) outdoors.



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