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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Review and Swatchfest: Jouer Work Hard Play Harder Set

I have been coveting the Birchbox exclusive sets from Jouer ever since they had the Weekender Kit. While I missed out on that one, I had some Birchbox points to burn and a will to buy, so the Work Hard Play Harder Kit became mine. Not only is it a great way to try many different products from Jouer, but it's a perfectly coordinated face in a kit.

First off, they fit neatly together so you can find all of your products at once. Even the lip gloss attaches neatly to the compacts!

Highlighter in Champagne

A gold-based highlighter
Cream Shadow in Cashmere

Cream Shadow on the left, Highlighter on the right
Blush in Peach Bouquet

Very subtle, universally flattering peach.

Brown-based pink
This is an amazing kit and not only do I recommend all of the products together, but each on individually. I was surprised by the staying power the cream shadow has as it didn't feel like it was going to stay put for hours. I was proved wrong, however, when I looked in the mirror after a long day out to find it still there. It had creased slightly, but the color was still going full force. If you have oily lids, you will want to set this with a powder, but overall it has great staying power. The highlighter was very subtle, natural looking, and easily blended into the rest of my makeup without looking streaky. The blush is a universally flattering peach but very sheer and not very buildable. While "not buildable" may seem negative, it's a nice attribute to have when you are haphazardly applying blush in the car, or before class, and can't be bothered to worry about intensity. It ensures you won't look doll-like in all the wrong ways, if you catch my drift. The kit also includes a grey eyeliner, not pictured here. It's nothing spectacular, not very creamy, and the pigmentation isn't great, but if it's the only thing you have on hand, it does the job at defining your eyes. Because of the lower quality, it's also a liner you could slip in your purse and not worry about it getting gunked up or lost. I only mention this because it is a real concern that I have for anything that enters the monstrous tote I always carry.

The moral: don't let the quality of the liner deter you, every other piece in this set makes it worth while and a real steal considering the price of each item individually. Definitely something to check out if you are looking for a high quality, well coordinated, face on-the-go. Because it's a set custom made for Birchbox, you can only find it on their site, here.

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