Glamorous, Salma Hayek, is recognized for her stunning beauty as well as her acting talent and involvement in social activism. Now she is sharing her grandmother's beauty secrets with the public in her line of Nuance Cosmetics by Salma Hayek that are sold exclusively at CVS.
Until I was sent nine cosmetics inspired by the star's glowing 2012 Golden Globe look for this review and giveaway, I had never used the brand before. Though after experimenting with these products, I am excited about the high-end quality of what I tried so far and am eager to share my latest discoveries with YOU!
The Smooth Skin Primer really sealed the surface of my complexion to prep it before makeup. With this product, my foundation went on smoother and appeared flawless. No makeup settled into the gullies of my pores that can often happen when you skip priming. Even facial lines seem to be less obvious with this product prior to foundation. Beneficial ingredients like white lupin seeds and sunflower seed oil to encourage collagen production, vitamin E and pumpkin seedcake for toning and improving skin's radiance among others could be the reason this $11.99 miracle works as well as it does.
The Nuance Salma Hayek Flawless Finish Liquid Foundation (Light Cool 272) was natural looking and gave me velvety lasting coverage throughout the day. Despite my yellow undertones, this neutral shade was hardly too pink for me. This formula had apple and lentil extracts, which seemed to hydrate skin exceptionally well for a look of freshness without any greasiness.
To set that foundation, I received the Translucent Finish Powder (Light/Medium 310). This finely milled powder is healthier for your complexion since it has rice starch instead of talc. Furthermore, the color itself was not too orange or too yellow to overpower the foundation, but a lovely sheer beige. Something that I want to pass on is to apply the powder first with a cotton ball, dabbing to press into skin to cover before dusting off the excess with a powder brush. This keeps your makeup fresher longer.
Flawless Coverage Mineral Foundation (Light/Medium 225) was also sent out. Though this wasn't the lightest shade, I thought the color was a good match. I tried this powder paired with the Smooth Skin Primer on my dry skin and it gave me pretty results. Its lightweight pigments never caked and left me with a natural finish. However, this foundation with its mineral clays can double up as a finishing powder also. Those with an oily complexion would probably do well with its oil minimizing power.
Next came Flawless Mineral Cheek Trio (Apricot). This has exquisite pigmentation as well as three products in one compact with a matte bronzer, warm peach-pink natural blush, and highlighter. Target a section alone or blend together. Cheeks light up with a beam of what you could pass off as true healthy radiance.
I got to sample the Lasting Wear Eyeliner (Black 030). This is a winner in my book. I found it glides along your lids without tugging against delicate skin and was gentle enough for allergy prone eyes like mine. What else I really loved was this liner had plenty of pigmentation to get a thick or thin line plus the fact it didn't seem to smudge for hours.
Though I could hardly imagine coming close to having smoky eyes like Salma's, I can tell you that the Nuance Smokey Eye Quad 0075 can certainly ring your eyes with similar haunting shades to dazzle with. The compact itself was uniquely designed like a flower. Four sides opened like petals to reveal the darkest matte charcoal, smoky dark green with a soft gleam, pink-silver, and a lovely medium teal green with luster. This vitamin E enriched shadow has a velvety-texture that adheres beautifully and blends like a dream for a simpler way to smoke them out.
I swatched all four shades of the Smokey Eye Quad in the photo below for you. Sorry but the palest one was hard to capture.
Full Effect Ultra-Volumizing Mascara (Black 050) pumped up my lashes without clumping. Surprisingly, this volumizing mascara lengthened my lashes even more and came equipped with a brush with nicely spaced bristles that were up to the task. Vitamins A, C, and E condition while nourishing ingredients like Meadowfoam, chamomile, and sweet almond oil leave your lashes feeling soft.
I received a Color Vibrance Lipstick in Coral 135 and modeled it in the below photo. This is a luxurious feeling, ultra soothing vitamin E treatment and highly pigmented lipstick in one. This is a creamy but cool peach-pink without any shimmer that stays put for at least four hours without needing to reapply.
I really was impressed and also disappointed that I had never tried Nuance Cosmetics before this. Nonetheless, I am now on to their CVS collection and plan to explore further into their other shades and cosmetics as well as skin and hair care! I highly recommend looking into Nuance Cosmetics by Salma Hayek for yourself as well because you will be glad you did.
*Disclaimer: This is my own honest opinion. Free products were provided solely to facilitate this review.*
Thanks to Nuance Cosmetics by Salma Hayek, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States wins all nine products: Color Vibrance Lipstick in Coral 135, Smooth Skin Primer, Flawless Finish Liquid Foundation (in the color of your choice), Flawless Coverage Mineral Foundation (in the color of your choice), Translucent Finish Powder (your choice of color), Flawless Finish Cheek Trio (Apricot), Eye Quad in Smokey 0075, Lasting Wear Eyeliner (Black 030), and Full Effect Ultra-Volumizing Mascara (Black 050) for a total value of $105!
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