Dewy Luxe Lip & Cheek Balm
Unlike many other two-in-one lip/cheek products, this multi-tasking "balm" adds a pop of vibrant color without a sticky or greasy feel. Calling it a balm doesn't exactly paint the right picture. Think of it as more of a lightweight gel that blends beautifully into skin for sheer, flushed color.
The packaging resembles a bottle of nail polish, right down to the wand/brush you apply it with. Simply swipe a bit of the fragrance-free formula and blend away on cheeks, or apply it on lips as you would a lip gloss.
Of the two shades offered, Charmed is peachy-coral hue and Enchanted is bright pink. A little goes a long way with this intensely pigmented product and even after it wears off the lips, a stain of color is left behind. Such a limited shade range won't work for everyone, but for those who find the colors complementary, this is a slam dunk!
- Blends beautifully into skin for sheer, flushed color.
- Really does work on both cheeks and lips.
- Lightweight gel texture doesn't feel sticky or greasy.
- Limited shade range won't work for everyone.
Sonia Kashuk At-A-Glance
Strengths: Affordable and widely available (though exclusive to Target stores); good makeup remover; the makeup is still the star attraction, with impressive options for foundation, powder, blush, lip color, eyeliner and especially makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: The concealers, eye pencil, and brow shapers are a letdown; the makeup palettes may seem convenient, but several of the included products perform poorly.
Perhaps best known for her years of work with supermodel Cindy Crawford, makeup artist Sonia Kashuk's well-chosen selection of makeup has been available exclusively at Target stores since the mid-1990s.
Kashuk's brushes have been a strong point, and now that they've been redone they're better than ever, and still affordable. This is definitely a makeup collection worth visiting, and you'll find some premium options among Kashuk's powder foundation, regular powders, and blush. Several other products, from foundation to lipsticks, are also worthy of attention, though this is not a line that caters to darker skin tones. Ironically, it's the latest cosmetic products that met with the most critical reviews, largely due to poor execution or their gimmicky nature.
Note: Sonia Kashuk products are also available at select Bloomingdales locations in New York and California. The company also maintains freestanding stores in New York and New Jersey.
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