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Friday, May 11, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: ybf Best of Palette




When I had to house one product from ybf to try while they were on sale on Hautelook, I knew that a "best of" palette was probably the way to try everything ybf does well.

Despite having 8 products, this palette is a cute, compact that swivels open to reveal three tiers of products. Unfortunately, it doesn't stay closed when stored in any position besides upright (or moved), but the idea is definitely a good one.


The top tier contains a neutralizing powder and bronzer - although they really function more as highlight and contour powder because of their matte finishes. The highlight powder is yellow-leaning but not so yellow so as to limit it to warm or olive skin. Likewise, the contour powder is cooler  - rather than orange leaning - and is easily built to make it useful for light and dark skin tones alike. The one downside to these is tat they can come off a little chalky. You just have to make sure to use a light hand when building and both will wear naturally.


Both are heavily swatched here
The next tier contains a neutralizing creme and highlighting creme. With its yellow undertones, the neutralizing creme will work well as a blemish concealer for lighter skin tones however won't be useful (as a concealer, anyway) to darker skin tones. I have never used the neutralizing creme without a setting powder, so I can't speak on the wear time without out it. But, with it, I noticed it providing full coverage all day. The highlighter is a pink based cream with white frost. While it's not the easiest cream highlighter to work with, it isn't dry by any means. Despite appearing to have a shimmery finish, when blended out over the skin, it gives a very subtle dewy glow o the skin.



The bottom, as last, tier has four concealers and make this palette an asset to all skin tones because of the range. If you have lighter skin, you can use the darker shades to create natural looking shading under the cheek bones. If you have darker skin, you can use the light shades to highlight your cheek bones. All are full coverage, but thin in texture so they aren't prone to creasing. If you come across this palette, on Hautelook or elsewhere, I highly recommend checking it out because, but for the unfortunate packaging issue, it's a very useful palette that covers all of your basic face makeup needs.



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