Marc Jacobs Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder

I have been hot and cold to contouring but mainly because it never worked for me. Another hypothesis (and a very viable one) is that I did not know how to do it well and have the right products. To end this turmoil and resulting muddy looking cheeks, I started on a quest – a quest to find the right contour for me and to learn how to apply it on MY face.

I have followed the craze of buying the multi-color palettes out there such as the Kat Von D Shade & Light contour palette, the Tarte Tartest Contour Palette, and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour palettes. I even ventured to trying the Nyx contour products. In the end, they all ended up not quite working as well as I had hoped OR only two of the colors in the palettes worked for me. Have you encountered this?

So…that is the history behind my pursuit of a contour palette. And, now, I ventured into a different quest. Contour palette – yes; but the focus here is on finding the compact that holds only the powders that I really like and work for me (sometimes those two goals are not mutually exclusive!).

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IMG_0837It is beautiful, isn’t it? The case feels so rich and wonderful and who does not love that little button to open it? The size is quite large but it is so thin – sort of reminds me of my 13” Mac Book Air! And the mirror inside is wonderful and large enough to actually use! The feel of the compact reflects the price tag though – at $49 it is pricy – but on par with the other palettes that I had purchased and not used all the products inside (well the Tarte one is rather nice all around!). Okay, so the compact is divine but that is not what I bought it for, right? How does it work and how are the powders?

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There are three different color options with this palette: Mirage Filter 40 – light gold/ light bronze; Dream Filter 20 – soft pink/ medium bronze; and Hi Fi Filter 60 – warm peach/ deep bronze. After consultation with the Sephora associate, I opted for the Dream Filter 20 with the subtle pink highlighter and medium bronze contour. This actually surprised me because I intended to purchase Mirage Filter; however, after trying them on we decided that the yellow toned highlight was aging on me! See, I told you I am not great at picking out the colors!

I was so excited to try this out on my own after seeing how wonderful the contour powder looked on my skin! And the powders were so smooth and blendable but still showed up on my skin without looking muddy. The real test though is whether I can make it look right as well and…it worked! I was so thrilled with the result of the contour! The highlight however works for me color-wise and helps sharpen up the color I apply under my cheeks (mega chisel look) but does not play well with my under eye area unfortunately. That is okay though as I am starting to shy away from applying anything to that delicate (and aging quickly) area.

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Overall, I am very happy with this palette and can definitely see me using it and ALL of it! The size worries me a bit though in regards to traveling but I will see what happens there and let you know. Although I am thrilled with the Marc Jacobs Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder, I do have the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder on its way to me…the search has not officially ended I guess..

Here is my video review so you can see it in action too!

Thanks for taking part in this quest! What is your favorite contour palette or compact?

August Favorites

August Favorites!!

Already? Yep – so here goes! Let me know what you all think too!

Tony Moly Peach Hand Creamhttp://goo.gl/bjH3sI – $12

  • Love this hand cream both for the way it moisturizes and for the smell – amazing!

Boots Extracts Coconut Body Butterhttp://goo.gl/iAMhXh – $9.99

  • A great exfoliating lotion that smells wonderful and also is rather inexpensive!

Scentbird – monthly perfume subscription – This is my link and I do get credit for it if you follow it. (just wanted to let you know!) – https://www.scentbird.com/r/dalecusumano

  • I am enjoying this perfume subscription box!

Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara – http://goo.gl/HSrgnG – $6.99

  • Amazing mascara and it is less than $7!

Sigma Sinuosity mascarahttp://goo.gl/SnywgP – $19

  • I am just starting out my full experimentation with this mascara but so far it is receiving big stars!  It volumes and helps curl my lashes, and they need it!
  • Here is a photo of before and after using the mascara.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo in soft brown – http://goo.gl/ZWH67D – $23

  • I love the natural look that this gives your brows and it is fast!

Make Up For Ever Pro Fusion Bronzer in Matte Sand – http://goo.gl/3H8tRJ – $36

  • Subtle almost mistake proof bronzer that melts into your skin!

Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Foundation in Y315 – http://goo.gl/Xj7V4l – $45  Here is a link to a video review that I have done on the foundation.

  • Love, love, love this foundation!!  It has reached Holy Grail status!

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contourhttp://goo.gl/4zKkiB – $46  Here s a link to a video review that I have done on the contour palette.

  • Why did I wait so long to purchase this??  I adore it so much!!  All matte shades that blend easily.  I use every color in the palette too!  I like this much more than the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour palette.  Read my post and watch my videos for more details but amazing!

Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye palette – http://goo.gl/bfHTS4 – $46  Here is a link to a video review that I have done on the eye shadow palette.

  • Another – why did I wait so long to get this eye palette?  Holy Grail status here!  Read my posts on it and watch my video but amazing!

Graze monthly subscription snack box – http://graze.com – Use my code (DALEC7GPE) if you want to help me out too!

  • Enjoying this snack subscription box and love how you can create it to meet your needs and tastes.  Monthly boxes include 8 snack packs for $11.99.  You can customize it to be super healthy or less so and also indicate items that you like and do not want.  No nuts – no worries just let them know.  Great for lunches!!  Worth trying out and remember you can cancel at any time!

That is all for this month!  Already scouting for my September Favorites!  Let me know if you have feedback on the items that I shared!

And for more detail and visual fun, here is my video review: