Oh Kevyn... You sure do know the way to a girl's heart! If you don't know who he is, he was a makeup artist, author, and photographer who passed in 2002. I am dying for one of his books! He believed every woman should feel beautiful no matter what, and makeup was his tool for them to discover their beauty (source). And honestly, that's how I feel about makeup. I like how it makes me feel and I wear it for myself! Anyway! I tend to ramble on and on... But I will say this. Everyone has their reasons for wearing makeup. And none of them are wrong.
When beauty.com was having their 20% off sale to compete with Sephora's 20% off sale in November, I could not resist. Most makeup does not go on sale, especially high end makeup. So I cheated on Sephora and bought a lot from beauty.com. Sadly, I could not get ebates because in order to get the 20% discount I had to go to the site through a specific link; but 20% is more than 4% so I was just happy to have the discount! Beauty.com has a rewards program where you get 5% cash back to use on your next purchase, but it's every 3 months. However, once you are able to use the cash back reward, you have one month to redeem it. They offer free shipping at $35 and ebates which is nice, but depending on what you want, Nordstrom is another great alternative because it's free shipping at any price and also eligible for ebates!
My obsession with highlighters has only grown since getting The Celestial Powder in Candlelight. Wow! This is stunning! I love using it as a brow highlighter, inner eye highlight, or as a cheekbone highlighter. I cannot get enough of this! However, the $44.00 price tag is quite steep for not a lot of product. It's $1.00 less than an Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder but with about a third of the product in it (.11 oz. vs. .35 oz.). I bought Tusk 102 Single Shadow and love it. If I want to lighten up a dark color, I can put Tusk over it and it's great! At $30.00 for a single shadow, it is expensive, as is everything in his line, but I love Tusk and think it's worth it.
The Sculpting Powder in Medium is one of my favorites! I used to use for my crease area... or rather where my crease would be if I had one. Fake it til you make it. Well, I'm not gonna make it in this case, so I fake my crease with Urban Decay Buck (also found in the Naked Palette) but the sculpting powder is much more subtle and I prefer it now.
I may have gone a little crazy... I bought all of the Loose Shimmer Shadows they had. I already had Candlelight from a previous Nordstrom order but I purchased the following: Citrine, Sunstone, Kunzite, Selenite, Rose Quartz, Amethyst, and Topaz. Now don't be put off by these pictures. The swatches look different and they're just heavenly!
Since they are loose shadows, the rollerball comes in handy. Illamasqua's loose powders, Pure Pigments, have a tiny hole in the center where you can dip your brush in as to not waste any product, but there is no picture on the website. MakeupGeek's Pigments have a sifter that isn't shown as well. And I can't leave out MAC's Pigments where you can dip your brush directly into the container too. But this rollerball application is very unique and a great way to solve the problem of spillage. However, this only works if you want to blend the product out. If you want to use it as a liner or a specific area, the size of the rollerball is a hinderance. In my opinion, you'll either love it or hate it. It might be possible to take your brush and swipe it on the top of the rollerball, but I'm not sure how much product you'll get. Also, some of the colors aren't the most attractive in the applicator. But on your skin, they are lovely!
Without further ado, here are the swatches! Go ahead and cry! I won't judge!
item price gram price per gram
Kevyn Aucoin Loose Shimmer $29.00 2.3 $12.61
Illamasqua Pure Pigment $26.77 1.3 $20.59
MAC Pigment $21.00 4.25243 $4.94
Makeup Geek Pigment $6.99 1.4 $4.99