40% Off Smashbox Cali Contour Palette (Product Update and Smashbox Bestsellers Sale)

The Smashbox website is currently having a sale for UP TO 50% off Bestsellers and the Cali Contour Palette is one of the featured items. I reviewed this palette back in May of 2021 and while I still think that it would be best for normal, combination, and oily skin types, I figured that this was an excellent occasion to share how I get it to work for my dry skin. I can use the top right and top left shade on my dry skin throughout the year without any issues. However, the yellow setting powder, two highlighters, and the bottom right bronzer shade are the ones that give some trouble.

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Offer valid until 8/23/2022 at 11:59pm ET at smashbox.com while supplies last. No code needed.**

It’s really not difficult to work with if you have dry skin, it is just that, in my opinion, these powders need to absorb some moisture to look their best. I find that when worn over dewy foundations (the more moisture the better), they melt into the skin and do not appear dry. When I wear some of the powders in this palette with my top foundations (Estee Lauder Double Wear, NARS Natural Radiant Longwear) they can look dry and powdery. However, over dewy bases like the Smashbox Halo Tinted Moisturizer and the Urban Decay Hydromaniac, they melt into my skin nicely with no dryness.

Smashbox Cali Contour Medium-Dark (Deep) Palette swatches Medium dark skin
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Covergirl Trublend Bronzer in 420 Warmth and 400 Ebony (Swatches)

Covergirl Trublend So Flushed High Pigment Bronzers 420 Warmth and 400 Ebony Swatches
Covergirl Trublend Bronzers (L to R) 420 Warmth and 400 Ebony

I resisted buying these bronzers for a long time but I finally broke down last month. I have a soft spot for Covergirl, I think because it was a brand that got me started with makeup. I did mention these back in a Window Shopping Wednesday when they were newer to the market. A purchase like this is a big reason I don’t often do Window Shopping Wednesday posts because they end up becoming a shopping list of sorts. Anyway, I’m always paying attention to what Covergirl releases and with these bronzers, I was very curious to know how they compared to the bronzers that previously fell under the Covergirl Queen Collection. While I don’t have those older bronzers to do a direct comparison, I’m hoping it is still helpful to see what the new colors look like. The claims are big for the Covergirl Trublend So Flushed High Pigment Bronzer (they seriously could have chosen a shorter name ๐Ÿ™„). The brand claims it’s comfortable, high pigment, easy to apply, cream-like, lightweight, and blendable and I mostly agree. We’ll talk about the application and blendability near the end, which is my only slight disagreement. Alright, let’s get into some swatches.

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Makeup I’ve Been Using Lately (Shop My Stash)

Sephora Microsmooth Captivate Face Palette, Pat McGrath x Bridgerton Belle of the Ball Eyeshadow Palette, Colour Pop 100 Aker Wood, Colour Pop Parasol, and Coloured Raine Cinna-Bae Bronzer Swatches
Sephora Microsmooth Captivate Face Palette, Pat McGrath x Bridgerton Belle of the Ball Eyeshadow Palette, Colour Pop 100 Aker Wood, Colour Pop Parasol, and Coloured Raine Cinna-Bae Bronzer

It’s been hard to figure out what to write about lately. When I have brand new products to talk about it is easier to feel like people would be interested to hear about them. However, when they are items that people have already moved on from, it can feel like it isn’t worth posting about. Lately, I just find myself hesitating to talk about older releases or even new releases that are no longer being buzzed about. Well, today I have products that I wanted to talk about so I’m going to do it before I talk myself out of it ๐Ÿ˜‚. A few of them are older products but 2 of them are still fairly new.

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bareMinerals Blonzer Makes Its Return at Ulta (coming soon?)

The much raved about bareMinerals Gen Nude Blonzer has made its return and is coming soon to Ulta Beauty. They are not in stock just yet, but the site does allow you to sign up to get an e-mail notification when it is in stock.

The initial limited edition release is now packaged in the brand’s classic black packaging. It looks to me like it might be in the same soft matte black compact as their bounce and blur blush. I know a lot of people will be excited to finally get to check this formula out.

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Kiss of Rose (bronzed rose), $25.00**
Kiss of Copper (flushed copper), $25.00**
Kiss of Pink (warm pink), $25.00**
bareMinerals Gen Nude Blonzer, $25.00**

Right now I can’t find this listed on any other website, but I’m sure it will make its way to other retailers in the future.

Update April 3, 2022: All three shades are now available at Sephora.**

Update April1, 2022: Not sure why this listing has disappeared from the Ulta website, but this product will be released, so I would recommend checking back in a couple of days. It is live on the bareMinerals website. I will post an update here when I see it pop back up on Ulta.


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