The great thing about being a beauty blogger is that there are so many brands out there, big and small, to discover and share with your readers. The bad part about being a beauty blogger is that there are so many brands out there to keep up with! I was recently approached by the folks at Skinn to review the latest eye shadow and blush/bronzing palettes. I have never heard of this brand so I had to do some digging around.
Mr. James has been in the beauty business for quite sometime. Starting with his family- his mother and two grandmothers were European trained aestheticians. Dimitry would soon follow in their footsteps and would then become a makeup artist to the cosmetic heavy hitters: Estee Lauder, Borghese, Revlon, Lancome and Chanel. In addition, he was also the national trainer for makeup artists and aestheticians for the famous Adrien Arpel Salon and Spas.
Along with his work on the runways of New York and Los Angeles, his work was featured on the television screen for shows such as Sex and the City, The Office, Desperate Housewives and CSI. Dimitry began to notice that the big companies he worked for kept the focus on their pretty packaging than on the product that was inside of it. This lead him to launch Skinn Cosmetics in 2002.
From the Skinn Cosmetic website,
Skinn Cosmetics incorporates the time-honored methods of mothers and grandmothers who made their own soaps, creams and masks at home using pure, natural ingredients. These classic traditions combined with the most advanced technology and delivery systems available differentiate Skinn from all other cosmetic brands. Skinn treatment and color cosmetics are famously full of actives, yet devoid of unnecessary water, fillers, or excess packaging. To ensure the highest quality possible, Skinn built its own production facility at the company’s Southern California headquarters. Today, Skinn is a top selling international brand on ShopNBC (USA), The Shopping Channel (Canada) and Television Shopping Network (Australia).
Okay on to the makeup.
The two items I chose were from the seven piece summer collection, The Color Affair Regatta Collection. The Extraordinary Eyeshadow palette features six vibrant shades that are suitable for a day in the office right into happy hour cocktails and dinner dates. The top row features a champagne gold, a light golden brown bronze, and a copper. The bottom row features pop colors – sea foam green and bright teal. The last shade is a milk chocolate shade with golden shimmer. All shades are shimmer. I think I would love this more if it featured just one matte shade. I like a mix of finishes to keep my eyes looking like a disco ball. The shadows are soft to the touch – softer than MAC’s Starflash finish but not as buttery soft as an Urban Decay shadow. This has minimal fallout for a shimmer shadow, which surprised me. The pigment isn’t as intense as a NARS or Urban Decay – it’s on the sheer side. It is easy to build up intensity with these shadows. Also, when used on top of an eye primer, I got a good 8 hours of wear time – very impressive!
I was also very impressed with the blush/bronzing palette. The blush shades are a coral peach and a warm rose – both contain some shimmer, I found the peach more shimmery than the rose. Darker skin tones could the peach as a highlighting shade. The bronzer is matte, which is what I prefer and it’s on the reddish terracotta side. It works well on my NC42/NARS Annapurna Pure Tinted Moisturizer, but it may appear muddy or dirty on someone that’s quite fair.
It’s not as intense a pigment like a NARS blush, per se but color intensity is easily buildable like a Chanel blush. Unfortunately, I barely get four hours of wear time with it. And yes, I do wear a foundation primer daily.
Here’s a swatch of both the shadow and blush/bronzing palette on my forearm. As you can see I began to run out of arm space. I did swatch a mixture of the peach, rose and bronzer together as a sassy alternative to a traditional contouring application with blush and bronzer.
I am quite surprised by this brand. If I wasn’t approached by the company’s PR firm to review, I would never have heard about it. Since these products are hard to come by in person (online and privately owned spas), I’m not really sure if I’d seek this out. I’m hesitant to order makeup online and this even with brands I’m familiar with or currently use.
Here’s a look I did with the copper shimmer on the lid, chocolate shimmer on the outer v and the champagne gold on my brow bone. To break up all the shimmer, I added MAC’s matte Omega as my contour shade.
I also used mixed the rose with the peach as my blush and I contoured with the bronzer:
Here’s a look I did layering the teal on top of the sea foam green on my lid. Again, I used MAC’s Omega on my crease and the chocolate brown shimmer as my outer-v. I left my brow bone bare.
I also used mixed the rose with the peach as my blush with the bronzer as my contour shade.
These palettes are actually sold as a seven piece set (with two eyeliners, two lipstick/gloss duos and a skin luminizing fluid) for $51 on www.shopnbc.com or www.skinn.com.
Quick packaging note – it is reminiscent of a Chanel bronzing palette. They are practically the same size. I will say that the shadow and blush pans are quite substantial.
These palettes were sent to me for consideration.
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