It seems that Winter is not quite ready to relinquish it's seasonal throne just yet, but that doesn't mean we can't start to look forward to the warmer months ahead! In the makeup industry, Spring/Summer is all about creams - cream shadows, cream blushes, and the newest addition to the cream scene... cream bronzers/contours.
I'm an all year round cream user. Chanel's 'Soleil tan de Chanel' has been a holy grail product for me for over two years now, and Topshop's cream blushes are my go to cheek products. It's all well and good sticking to your trusty favorites (if it ain't broke, don't fix it right?), but as a makeup lover I'm always drawn to the next best thing to grace the market. After being stuck in somewhat of a rut, I decided to indulge myself with two of the most hyped cream products of 2012, and see whether they really do live up to their names.
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush
Not so much a cream as a liquid, the 'Watercolour Blush' is the stand out product of the Daniel Sandler range, and has gained a reputation amongst the beauty community as being the ultimate cream blush. The product is very watery and quite tricky to handle until you get use to it. I find the best way to apply it is with your fingers, and little by little (I stress this last point as a little goes a long way, and a little more goes too far!). I purchased the colour 'Chic' as I prefer my blushes on the peachy side.
Worth the hype?
Yes! Once you get use to handling the product and work out how much you need this product is a dream to work with. It provides a sheer, but buildable wash of colour that blends easily into the skin and leaves a dewy, but natural finish. Note: The product does contain a very small amount of shimmer.
Ben Nye Media Pro HD Creme Contour
Cream contours are incredible things, especially for those of us who hate to lose the dewyness of our skin to the tryant of the matte bronzer! As previously mentioned, I swear by 'Soleil tan de Chanel' and it really has changed the way I view cream products. The only down side to it is that it is an orangey based products and can, when applied to heavily, leave you looking orange yourself. I was hoping that the Ben Nye Creme Contour would be the answer to this problem, as you can see by the swatches that it is definitely more brown than orange. Hyped by the Pixiwoo sisters, I've been coverting this product from a far and had high hopes for it.
Worth the hype?
I'll stick to Chanel! It may be more expensive and have a tango warning, but it delivers - sadly, the Ben Nye Creme Contour just doesn't for me. Although appearing pigmented on the swatches, I found it really difficult to get any colour pay off, and although it did provide some colour so far as bronzing goes, it wasn't nearly pigmented enough to create a contour. I'm going to continue trialing this product to see if through different techniques I can get a better result, but from first impressions... not good!
Finally I just wanted to finish off with a picture of both the products combined. The products are heavily applied for the sake of the photograph, as I found both hard to photograph with being so sheer.
I'd love to know any of your experiences with these products if you have any, particularly the Ben Nye Creme Contour, as maybe you've had better results with colour pay off than I have.