Palette: The Beauty Bible for Women of Colour

Don’t let the title scare you away; regardless of skin tone, the information in this book can be helpful. The publishing of this book is a necessary addition to the few makeup guides still available in print. I found out about The Beauty Bible for Women of Colour by Funmi Fetto from Vikeejeah on Youtube. Vikeejeah and four other YouTube Creators collaborated to all cover three products mentioned in the book. Kelsee Briana Jai, one of the collaborators, created a playlist of all five videos for easy viewing. I’ll also leave that below for easy watching.

I do want to mention that some of the write-ups in the book are more helpful than others. Some anecdotal parts aren’t that helpful in terms of how a product works, but I haven’t noticed any items that I felt wouldn’t be workable for deep skin tones. Overall, I have enjoyed reading through this book and am excited to check out some products I haven’t tried before.

I thought it would be fun to showcase some of the products covered in the book that I have tried. The book does cover skincare and hair care, but I’ll only be focusing on the makeup portion.

Foundations

Two of the foundations in the book that I have used are the Estee Lauder Doublewear and Nars Natural Radiant Longwear foundations. I already have a review of the Estee Lauder doublewear foundation, so if you want more details from a dry skin perspective, you can check that review out.

As for the NARS longwear foundation, it is still fairly new to me, so I’m still getting a feel for it. You can tell in the swatches below how matte the Estee Lauder is in comparison to the NARS’ Radiant finish. The one issue I have had with the NARS formula was that it accentuated texture really badly until I got my shade right. It looks much better on me now that I’ve switched to the shade Tahoe instead of Huahine and Syracuse.

Estee Lauder double wear shade 5w2 rich caramel and nars natural radiant longwear shade tahoe swatches
L to R: Estee Lauder doublewear 5W2 and NARS natural radiant longwear tahoe
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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick (Golden Honey and Golden Swatches)

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick in golden (W-074/previously 6) and golden honey (W-068/previoulsy 5.75)
Top: Golden (6) | Bottom: Golden Honey (5.75)

The Macy’s 10 Days of Glam continues today with the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick on sale for $23.50. This foundation has a beautiful natural satin finish on my dry skin type. I do use heavy oil-based moisturizers, so that may make a difference. It has medium coverage that I’d say is slightly buildable to full. I do have some hyperpigmentation and acne scars that it doesn’t completely cover. I don’t have an issue with that, but I wanted to mention it since the brand claims it has medium to full coverage.

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The Summer of the Bronzer

Every time I turn around I swear there is another new bronzer being released.  Out of the new bronzer releases that have caught my eye I have purchased one limited edition and one permanent release.  I already did a full swatch post of my purchases from the limited edition Mac 2020 Summer Bronzing Collection if you want to check that out.  But in this post, you will get to see how the shade Totally Taupeless from that release compares to some others.

I also purchased the newly released NARS Bronzing Powder in the shade Punta Cana, if you have been wondering how that shade compares to other bronzers on the market.

NARS Punta Cana and Mac Totally Taupeless Bronzing Powder

Since Mac’s Bronzing Powder is the newest bronzer to the market that I’ve personally purchased that is the shade I used in every comparison grouping.  I included limited edition (LE) products that I own just in case anyone might be wondering how these new bronzers compare to items they may already have.  For foundation shade reference I am Mac C7/C8 and Estee Lauder 5W1/5W1.5.

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Bobbi Brown Blush Swatches (Slopes & Tawny)

The Spring Friends and Family sale at the Bobbi Brown Cosmetics website kicked off yesterday.  And if you are coming across this post before April 11, 2020 at 11:59PM PT, you can get a price break on these powder blushes that regularly retail for $33.00.

Bobbi Brown Blush in shades rose, slopes and tawny
Bobbi Brown Blushes (L to R: rose, slopes, tawny)

If you’ve been wanting to try this formula now might be a good time to check them out.  I’m a big fan of these blushes, I’d say its in my top 3 of blush formulas.  You can check out swatches of the shades slopes and tawny below.

Bobbi Brown Blush in slopes swatch on dark skin
Bobbi Brown Blush Slopes

While these blushes are very pigmented, I find them easy to blend.  They are slightly dusty and loose in the pan making them easy to pick up on a brush.  I would be careful with how much product you start with but they still blend out easily even if you do happen to overload the brush (in my experience).  I own several other shades (sorry I don’t have more swatches done for you) and I feel like the formula is very consistent with the exception of slopes having a bit of shimmer running through it.

Bobbi Brown Blush in tawny swatch on dark skin
Bobbi Brown Blush in Tawny

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