When it comes to celebrity endorsed products, I am usually a skeptic. It seems like most of the time celebs just sell their faces and names to a licensing deal, and don’t have much of a say in the actual product.
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty by Carmindy is very different. If you’re a fan of TLC’s makeover show What Not to Wear, you know beautiful blonde resident makeup artist, Carmindy. We’ve seen her perform the “5 Minute Face” on countless women in a fashion rut. Now, teaming up with Sally Hansen, Carmindy has her own line of products that reiterate her philosophy of easy and quick, natural looking, youthful makeup. A bonus to this product line is that they are made from natural ingredients that are derived from minerals, soy, bamboo, papaya, mango and are paraben free.
The Sheerest Cream Blush in Sunset is a generous size cream blush that I use a lot to obtain a natural-looking glow. I use 1 finger to “melt” the color and make it more pliable, then tap on my cheeks and blend well. A little goes a long way, but the color is perfectly natural and matte.
If you have ever read the any of Bobbi Brown’s beauty books, she is very adamant about neutralizing red tones of skin using a yellow powder. Lately, after I apply foundation, l have been using Truly Translucent Loose Powder in Neutral. It is almost colorless but has a yellow tint. This loose powder does not disappoint! The packaging is clever, it has a large sponge tip, but please don’t use the tip or it will leave your face with “spots” of powder. The sponge serves a great purpose of eliminating the messiness associated with carrying a loose powder. I use this Mac “skunk” brush to apply a light layer over my face and neutralize red, reduce oiliness, create an airbrushed look.
I was a little disappointed in the Always Perfect Eye Liner. The tube is teeny tiny, with a brush tip, but it is short so application is pretty easy. I tried the liner in Black Onyx and it went on almost sheer, like a watercolor paint. It took a while to dry and even with several applications, the liner had a shiny sheer feel to it, so I ended up reapplying a different liquid liner and the difference in pigment was significant. I also noticed that the color bleeds onto lids, creating a dual black line in the middle of my eyes.
Finally, my favorite piece in this collection was the Fast Fix Collection Concealer. What’s cool about this product is that it comes in an array of skintone-colors but also in Neutral and Brightener. I have been using Brightener, which similar to Benefit’s Eye Bright . It is a sheer, whitish pink and I love that its in a pot, not a crayon. It is very silky, and does not tug on delicate eye skin like a crayon version would. I usually apply with my finger or with a brush for a precise application. If you buy one piece of this collection, make this it.