A few weeks ago I turned on the TV while fixing breakfast and found myself on an infomercial for makeup. I mean, I never even had a chance. I'm already a sucker for infomercials of any sort, but an infomercial for makeup? Done. The infomercial was for Christina Cosmetics Perfect Pigment Palette, a four-color, mineral powder palette designed to be an all-in-one product. I ordered it immediately and while I thought it would probably be a while before I got it, it arrived very quickly! I ordered it on April 26th, and it arrived some time while I was out of town visiting this nugget between April 28th and April 30th.
So here's the run down: the kit comes with the four-color powder palette, a retractable powder brush, concealer, and lip gloss. It comes in three color options for different skin tones and is designed to be "one-minute makeup." Here are the steps:
1. Apply concealer under eyes and on blemishes if necessary.
2. Swirl the brush over all four colors and buff onto your face to even out your skin tone.
3. Retract the brush until it's stiff and swirl in the lightest powder. Apply just under your brows to highlight your brow bone.
4. Dip the brush into the bronzer powder and apply as eyeshadow; you can also use this to contour under your cheekbones.
5. Let the brush out a little bit until it's more fluffy and swirl in the blush to apply to your cheekbones.
6. Apply lip gloss & you're set!
There are some obvious down sides to this system which I will definitely address, but let's start with the good stuff! First of all, I was happy to learn that the kit included a concealer. I wasn't sure when I first tuned in to the infomercial, but I knew my reddish-purple under eye circles wouldn't be able to go without it. So check-plus for including a concealer! It's an odd consistency, but it works surprisingly well. I think that it would conceal as much as most people need it to, but I usually feel like I need some extra coverage for my circles. In the long run, I will probably use my own concealer.
The powder... you guys, the powder. I love it. It makes my skin glow. It's so quick and easy to apply! It's also mineral makeup, so it's got a better consistency than just plain old powder. It's creamier, if that makes any sense. If you've ever used Bare Escentuals mineral makeup, you know what I'm talking about. It's not cakey and dry like powders can be. At first, when I put it on, I thought it was a little dark for my skin (even though I ordered the ligtest color), but it really just warms up my skin and gives it a healthy glow. I do have to extend it down onto my neck (which you should probably do anyway) so that it blends.
I love that the system includes eyeshadow & highlighter. I think highlighting is super necessary for any makeup regimen. The powder is not shimmery (whew!), just a creamy vanilla to lift the brows. I don't love the bronzer/darkest powder as my eyeshadow, though. It's a little too warm for my liking, and I tend to stay away from warm eyeshadows. It probably looks great with my blue eyes -- in fact it probably looks better all around than I think it does, because everyone is extra picky about her own face -- but I don't love warm shadows with my skin tone.
The blush is a really great color that is complementary to the rest of the colors and really solidifies that glow! There's a tiny hint of it in the rest of your face because you draw from all the colors when you're evening out your skin tone, which is probably why the blush looks so good when you apply it. It's a sheer-ish color so you're not really in danger of loading in too much.
Finally, the lip gloss pulls the whole look together. When I first saw the color, I thought, "ehhhhhh no." It's a warm reddish color in the tube -- surprisingly dark for the lightest palette -- but it goes on sheer and gorgeous. I love it.
So here's the problem: this is not enough makeup. It's plenty, believe me, but I need at least some mascara (are you surprised?). Add some mascara to this and you have the perfect, and I mean perfect, natural look. But as a self-proclaimed makeup addict, I could not be satisfied with using only this kit every day. What I want to add to it is eyeshadow (other than the "included" eyeshadow), eyeliner, mascara, and brow pencil. Then again, this product is probably aimed at people who want to wear minimal makeup on a regular basis -- not people like me :)
So what I did is I threw the kit in my purse, and I use it in the afternoon when I feel like I need a touchup. Perfect.
Want to see how it looks? See below. The top left picture is my face with no makeup, but moisturized & primed with Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel-Cream moisturizer, Mario Badescu Hyaluronic eye cream, and Smashbox Photo Finish Light primer. The bottom left picture is my face with only the Perfect Pigment concealer, palette, and gloss. In the larger photo on the right, I've added Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash, Maybelline gel eyeliner, Benefit Fake Up concealer (a newbie! I'll tell you about it later), and Avon SuperSHOCK Max mascara.