And you know what that means?
CORAL! Oh. Were you thinking something else? Warm weather perhaps? Yeah, well that too. But in addition to all great things that come with spring, my favourite colour is reintroduced into my life, and oh how I have missed it!
In perusing the blogosphere about Spring trends I have found several reviews on Bobbi Brown's Nectar and Nude collection. I have to admit, looking at it makes me smile. It is the perfect mix of bright corals and my favourite combination of shimmers and matte neutrals. Have I mentioned I love Bobbi? Because I do. My only bone to pick with Bobbi is her price point. It's usually a bit higher than most other brands.
So I thought I would look for some more affordable options that might rival the beauty of Bobbi's collection.
Eye Shadow Palette: There is no doubt about it. An eyeshadow palette with a mix of matte and shimmer neutrals should really be a staple in any woman's beauty collection, because they can be worn all year round! The Bobbi Brown palette is beautiful and retails for about $55 CAD. It has 4 matte shades and two beautiful shimmer shades. Even though there are only 6 shades, you could create several different looks with this palette. The other contender, that has been getting rave reviews is Smashbox's Full Exposure palette that retails for $58 CAD. For a few extra dollars you get 8 more shades! Not only are there plenty of matte neutrals, but also some fun shimmery colours to help you create gorgeous evening looks. I think both of these palettes are fantastic. But if you're looking for more bang for your buck then the Smashbox palette is the winner. It also comes with a mini Full Exposure mascara. It's a great mascara. It's incredibly buildable which allows you to create a beautiful bold, dark lash.
Moving on to the bronzing Shimmer Bricks: If you are a big fan of Bobbi Brown's Shimmer bricks ($49 CAD) than Physicians Formula's Shimmer Strips ($13 CAD) might just be your new best friend. The reviews are great and the price is great, so you have nothing to lose! Personally I prefer my bronzer to be matte. However these shimmer bricks are great for highlighting and would be absolutely beautiful for adding a glow in the summer months. Another contender is Revlon's Highlighting Palette. The peach and rose glow palettes look particularly appealing to me. I love the look of a pretty peachy/pink highlight on the upper cheekbone. I might just have to pick one of these up once the weather gets a bit warmer!
Cream Blush: The reviews on Bobbi Brown's cream blush have been really good. That being said, it is also $30 CAD - which is a fair amount to pay if you've never tried cream blush before. However, Beauty bloggers are loving it so I searched the internet for a similar product, and colour. What I found was Revlon's Cream Blush in Coral Reef. It looks gorgeous! If you want a pop of colour but prefer a more dewy look then give cream blush a try. I have purchased cream blushes in the past, but because of my temperamental skin I'm leery of it. If you have normal skin, dry skin, or mature skin you shouldn't have a problem with this easy to use blush option. Just use your fingers and build the colour until you like what you see! Because I love coral so much, I think I might just have to give Coral Reef cream blush a shot. It's too pretty to say no to.
Lip Gloss: Again, the reviews have been quite positive about these pretty lip gloss colours by Bobbi Brown. They retail at $29 CAD each. I don't know about you, but for me lip glosses are one of those beauty products that seem to grow legs. It could be that I toss it in my pocket and forget what coat it's in, or even the purse I wore that day...but I like my lip glosses to be under $20. Even $20 seems like a splurge to me! Revlon's Colour Burst Lip Gloss retails for about $10 CAD and has many pretty shades to choose from. Personally, I am not much of a high shine lip gloss kind of gal. I prefer the lip stain/balms that are becoming increasingly popular. If you're like me and like a pop of colour, but could go without the sticky gloss bit, try Revlon's Colour Burst Balm Stain. There are many fun colours to choose from. These balm/stains are half the price of Clinique's Chubby sticks, which I also love, but while we're on the subject of pinching pennies I thought I'd mention the option. If you try any of the products mentioned please comment below! I'd love to hear what you think.
Alright, now that the review part is over I thought I would show you this spring inspired look I created. It's a mix of neutral, warm colours that you can easily re- create with the products mentioned above.
Eyes: I used a combination of shimmer colours, with warm pinkish undertones. I also lined my eye with liquid liner on top and kohl black liner on my waterline.
Cheeks: I used a Mac powder blush in Fleur Power. To me it's the perfect balance between coral and pink and can be worn as your everyday blush. I bought it in Buffalo for about $20. Although I know that might seem like a lot, this blush is so pigmented I barely have to put any on my brush! If you like the colour but don't want to shell out $20 check out Temptalia Beauty Blog. It is a great site to find a drug store dupe of a high priced makeup item. You won't be disappointed.
Lips: Clinique Chubby stick in Whopping Watermelon. I bought my chubby stick with my Shoppers Optimum Points. I love when I can do that! I also own similar lip balm sticks by other drug store brands (Rimmel, Revlon and Hard Candy) and I like them for their fun colours. However, I have to admit that Clinique's Chubby Sticks are more hydrating which is nice during the dry winter months.
Okay, that is all for now. If you made it until the end of this blog. Congrats! It was a long one!
Thanks for reading! And remember, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. I'd love to hear from you.
Favourite Bridal Makeup Artist
I am a freelance makeup artist who works out of Waterloo. I am an Ontario qualified teacher with a passion for makeup. I love to help people look and feel their very best!