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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: Beauty For Real Get Glowing! and See the Light!

Beauty For Real

Beauty For Real is a brand that focuses on being straightforward and modern in both its' packaging and formula. This point becomes apparent when you realize that, although their colors range widely for some products, the number of products they offer is comparatively small and specialized. The two products I have to talk about are their Get Glowing! Cheek Tint and Luminizer and See the Light! Illuminating Lip Gloss.

Beauty For Real's Get Glowing! is a cream cheek color and highlighter duo. Both are housed in a stacked compact with the highlighter on top with a magnetic closure and the cheek tint in a lower layer that spins out. This packaging could have gone horribly wrong if made of a flimsy material. Instead, it feels very sturdy and the magnetic closure is strong enough to stay closed in your purse. While the exterior has a shiny, black lacquered finish, it won't stay shiny for long. It's very prone to finger prints.

Packaging aside, Beauty For Real claims their formula is unique because it contains a diamond core complex that diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and general imperfections. While I can't vouch for the legitimacy of the ingredient, as couldn't dig up many articles on it, I can say that both the blush and illuminator work beautifully regardless. The formula is smooth and creamy, but not so greasy that it never feels like it dries. In fact, it dried to a powder texture! The best part is that it didn't disturb the liquid or powder foundation I wore under it and both the blush and illuminator lasted all day. The illuminator is a shimmery, neutral champagne shade, while the blush is a light pink with a hint of peach and a satin finish. If you want something for warmer skin tones, Beauty For Real also makes a dup that is more gold-based with shades Goldrush and Afterglow.

See the Light! is a plumping gloss that uses mint as a plumping agent and has packaging with a twist. The cap contains an LED light, while the part that contains the lip gloss has a mirror on the side, so that you can apply lip gloss virtually anywhere. The shade, Night Out, is a semi-opaque, medium-dark pink with a hint of mauve and matching shimmer. While I was ready to write the packaging off as gimmicky (especially after having tried others where the LEDs hinder rather than help application), I was surprised to find that the light on this gloss was actually useful. In the short run, the formula is very similar to other minty, plumping glosses. While I didn't observe noticeably plumper lips, I did notice relatively firmer lips which is often more than I can say for a lot of "plumping" glosses. Average wear time for me was 2 hours.

Overall, I highly recommend Get Glowing! ($29), especially as we enter the dry winter months when your skin can always use a little extra moisture. Additionally, you get two products for the price of one higher end product.  See the Light! ($22) is a product you will have to pass judgement on for yourself. While it is most definitely a gloss that offers packaging not many others do, it might only be useful if and when you find yourself in a low light situation where you need urgent gloss application. Or, if plumping glosses are just your thing, this is better than many I have tried and so might be worth a try!

Beauty For Real Get Glowing!


Beauty For Real Get Glowing!

Beauty For Real Get Glowing!



Beauty For Real Get Glowing!

Beauty For Real Get Glowing!

Beauty For Real Get Glowing! Get Lit Luminizer


Beauty For Real Get Glowing! In the Pink Cheek Tint

Beauty For Real Get Glowing! Swatches

Beauty For Real See the Light!

Beauty For Real See the Light!

Beauty For Real See the Light!

Beauty For Real See the Light!

Beauty For Real See the Light!

Beauty For Real See the Light!

Beauty For Real See the Light! and Get Glowing on!

FTC: Products mentioned in this post were provided as press samples, however all thought and opinions expressed are my own. 


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