The thing I’m a bit queasy about is Peter’s special approach to makeup, that requires contouring of the face. He believes that you can make any face look more balanced using three easy steps, focusing first on shape, then on color. In the Babor Face Design Concept the steps he uses are: Step 1 = brightener; Step 2 = Blush, Step 3 = Eyebrows. The first thing you need to know is the shape of your face (oval, round, triangular or square). But once you get that down, I am stating my person opinion that I think contouring should be left to the pros. To look good, contouring must be done with an expert’s eye to placement, and then be patiently blended. The average person can’t really can’t pull this off perfectly, and even an expert will find it challenging to do it on herself with any distance from the mirror or from the side. A professional drag queen on Ru Paul’s Drag Race recently over-contoured with the wrong color and didn’t blend properly, and she become the object of derision. If an expert drag queen can’t pull it off, can you? But if you pay attention to how Peter explains and demonstrates his technique in the web tv video and you are a fearless fashionista, practice makes perfect!
Blush is one of those products that has to work with your skin, and you’ve got to get a compatible color. Babor has four Super Soft Duo Blushes ($35.00) in Mauve, Rose, Terra and Peach. The shiny and matte square gold compacts look like something you’d find in an Oscar Swag Bag–really elegant. A clear, plastic “keeper” cover keeps the blush clean and dry (so much more useful than those little cello papers that fly off the minute you open the compact the first time, and are lost forever). The keeper cover also provides a nesting palce for the included, kabuki style mini blush brush. Inside the mirrored compact is a large square of dual-color powder blush. The powder has a “filler effect” conatining different sized powder particles that fill up lines, giving the face an even complexion. Two colors let you contour if you wish, and you’ll get skin treatment thanks to the Babor lifting complex of sea fennel, lupines oil, vitamin E and the moisturizing amino acid complex L-PCA. I tried the “Peach” duo. The slightly shimmery lighter shade was subtle, the deeper shade looked alarmingly deep in the compact, but a light hand produced a deep peach that was pretty and believable. Together, the shades would work really well on deeper complexions, as well as for that coutouring technique.
Eyes are the windows to the soul, and Babor is going to make sure you make the most of what you’ve got! Babor’s Super Soft Eye Shadow ($22.00) lives up to it’s name, with a powder formula that’s sinfully silky. The eye shadow contains plant oils, beeswax and wheat starch to smoothen the skin. and yes, there’s that skin-loving lifting complex present in these shadows, too. I tried two of the 15 color: 02 “Soft Rose” and 09 “Truffle” If you’re a smoky eye fan, you’ll find that Truffle gives you a modern, chocolate take on the look, but you can also blend out this shadow into a gorgeous, milk chocolate brown lid color that looks trendy without going all the way to the dark side. It’s a must-have color for Spring! You can blend these with your fingertips. They’re sinfully lovely. For deifnition you can add a Maxi Definition Eye Contour Pencil (in eight classic colors).
Lipstick is something that makes me feel super-special. I won’t leave the house without at least a swipe of lip gloss. Babor Ulta Performance Lip Colour ($25.00), however, is what I’d call a red carpet must-have. This lipstick is obviously not just for special occasions, but it’s the one I grab to put in my evening bag when I’m dressed up and feeling glamorous. Look at the case, and you might not need to know anything more! There are 17 luscious colors (the one in the photo is Nude Berry). 09 “Nude Rose” is a medium to deep rose that I think has to be the best, universally flattering rose I’ve ever seen! The silky, moist (but not shiny-gooey) lipstick has that lifting complex, of course. The intensity of the color and the way it slides onto lips with extraordinary smoothness, impresses me. And the color seems to stay on way past many others, leaving a hint of stain behind so you’re never just “bare” until you touch up. It is a little luxury you can afford. You can get yours (there are 17 different shades to choose You shall not want! *for those who like to line, the Maxi Definition Lip Liner ($15.00) has a sponge tip on one end, lines without tugging, pulling or cracking, and comes in six classic colors. Carnauba and candelilla wax make the lip line soft and provide moisture. Vitamin E protects against free radicals. It’s a great lip liner!
There are more items I didn’t review but I’m sure they are equally, elegant and exceptional. So where do you get these wonderful products? Babor is sold in fine spas and salons, and you can also get the Face Design Collection on the Babor Web Site.
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