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Best & Worst Makeup Products: April 2015

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What says springtime quite like a fresh, smooth complexion? When it comes to makeup, April saw the addition of several facial products, but only some lived up to the hype. Let’s take a look at this month’s Best and Worst Makeup!

The New Makeup Products Reviewed: Four-Star Faves

Contouring is still king when it comes to makeup, and the good news is that this month we reviewed an excellent palette designed for facial sculpting. That, two excellent foundations, and a couple of color products found out our “Best” list this time around.

  • Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette ($46) – The Kat Von D brand excels when it comes to palettes, and this is no exception. Featuring six matte powder shades, this palette comes with a generous amount of product. The shades are mostly neutral, blend and wear well, and this can double as a bronzer palette, too!
  • Maybelline Eye Studio Color Molten Duo ($6.99) – This cream/powder combo eyeshadow blends like a dream onto lids without dragging, doesn’t flake or fade throughout the day, and comes at a great bargain price.
  • Laura Mercier Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation ($48) – This fragrance-free foundation is almost full coverage, but doesn’t look thick; instead it sets to an attractive, powder-like matte finish and comes in a great range of shades for fair to dark skin.
  • Laura Mercier Silk Crème Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation ($48) – Like its counterpart for oily skin, this foundation is fragrance-free and looks flawless; it also moisturizes without feeling slick or greasy, and comes in a beautiful range of shades.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer ($50) – Both shades of this bronzer are beautiful for light to medium-deep skin tones, offering rich bronze color with a subtle shimmer (not sparkle). Even better, they’re fragrance-free!

The No-So-Great New Makeup Products Reviewed: Two-Stars (or Lower)

These products just failed to live up to their claims and level of quality you should expect—especially given the price tags of one or two!

  • L’Oreal Infallible Smokissime Powder Pen Eyeliner ($9.99) – The smoky eye is a staple of many a makeup look, and the idea of paring it down to a simple step sounds appealing – but this is not the product to do it! This powder liner with a sponge tip doesn’t allow for precision application for smaller eye shapes, and takes some blending/smudging to work. It also doesn’t live up to its 14-hour wear claim, fading in just a couple of hours.
  • Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40 ($62) – While this natural-looking, dewy foundation does have reliable broad-spectrum sun protection, it also contains lavender oil, which can pose a risk of skin irritation.
  • Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58) - This series of shadow palettes looks gorgeous in the pan (almost like sand art), but all the shades, particular the darker ones, can be difficult to blend – and the sparkle shades included in most of the palette options flake throughout the day.
  • Laneige BB Cushion SPF 50+ ($34) – Though this BB cream in a sponge compact holds up well throughout the workday, it is fragranced enough that you can smell it as you wear it, doesn’t prevent shine as claimed – and the packaging isn’t the most convenient, as you have to press down on the sponge to get out product (as opposed to just squeezing it out of a tube).

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