Monday, March 11, 2013

REVIEW -- Fusion of Color Loose Mineral Shadows and Blushes! (PIC HEAVY)

Clockwise from top: Mossified, Emerald City, Ink Blue, Honeysuckle, Oh Me Oh My, Evening Sky, and Midori

Hey everyone! About a month ago, Kathy from Fusion of Color was kind enough to contact me and offer me 6 samples of my choice from her line to try! I'd been interested in experimenting with loose mineral makeup, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity!

I spent almost an hour browsing the Fusion of Color website.. seriously, there are TONS of colors to choose from. It's almost overwhelming, but in a good way! Anyways, I finally selected the colors that you see above: 4 loose mineral shadows, and 2 loose mineral blushes. I thought that I would be able to create 2 complete FOTD's using these colors. As a surprise bonus, Kathy was also sweet enough to surprise me by slipping in her 2013 color of the year, Mossified! :)
Fusion of Color cosmetics are derived directly from minerals taken straight from the earth, and their main ingredients are inorganic.. which means that there's nothing in them which can grow bacteria. I love that! The products adhere directly to the natural oils in our skin, and do not seep into pores.

Fusion of Color products are all custom made and never repackaged. They are manufactured in small batches to ensure quality control and freshness, and free of oil, talc, dyes, and parabens. They are also celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, so a huge congratulations to them!

In addition to shadows and blushes, Fusion of Color also carries a complete line of face products (concealers, highlighters, foundations, primers, etc), AND a plethora of lip products!

The shadows come with .50 grams of product in a 3 gram jar for $4.75 each. Blushes come with 1 gram of product in a 5 gram jar for $7.25 each. You are able to choose whether or not you would like a sifter in the jars or not.

And you can also choose to sample products (up to 8 at a time, I think?) for $1.65 each. The amounts range from 1/8 teaspoon to 1/16 teaspoon in a 3 gram jar. For reference, both blushes and shadows both come with 1/16 teaspoon per sample.
First, I would love to point out two things to you:

1. Each sample I received came individually sealed. I cannot TELL you how much this made my germophobe heart sing with joy, and also meant that all of my samples arrived perfectly intact! PS -- They also came in an adorable purple little drawstring bag which is now corralling all of my mini perfume samples!

2. Each sample comes clearly labeled with the name and list of ingredients on the back. So there's no guessing as to what it is or what's in it, and if you are allergic to specific things, you can even email Fusion of Color with questions and they'll tell you if the product in question contains what you're allergic to before you order it!

Here's a picture of the complete packaging, minus the safety seal:


I love that the tops of the samples are clear, making it very easy to see what color you're reaching for while doing your makeup.

And here are swatches of the colors, taken in natural (overcast) light, with no flash and no primer:

From L-R: Honeysuckle, Oh Me Oh My, Ink Blue, Evening Sky, Emerald City, Midori, Mossified
Honeysuckle is a bright fuchsia blush with minimal shimmer.

Oh Me Oh My is a peachy-coral blush with a moderate to strong amount of shimmer.

Ink Blue is a deep, matte, navy blue shadow.

Evening Sky is a bright sky blue shadow with moderate shimmer.

Emerald City is a deep emerald green with a moderate to strong amount of shimmer.

Midori is a bright jade green shadow with a moderate to strong amount of shimmer.

Mossified is a subdued, matte, moss green shadow.



I'm actually embarrassed to admit that prior to using these products, I had never worked with loose shadows or blushes before! (I know, I know.. shame on me!) So I was a little unsure as to how to prevent fallout during application, especially since I do my face first and eyes last.

I quickly learned that it's really a trial and error process. I used a flat shadow brush and tapped as much excess product off as I could, and even used what had accumulated in the lids for final touchups just to use as little product as possible. Naturally, I did still experience some product fallout (FYI, Midori was the worst culprit!) BUT it was very easy to clean up with a Q-tip and a bit of extra concealer and loose face powder, as you'll see in the closeup eye shots below.

Also for the record, I only had fallout with the shadows. I don't know if it's because the blush was getting applied to a much bigger area and at a much less dense concentration, or simply that any fallout fell off of my face and I didn't notice it.
Other than slight fallout, the shadows applied and blended BEAUTIFULLY. I used them over Urban Decay's Original Primer Potion and all 4 shadows practically applied themselves. They held up well through my work days, and I didn't find the need to touch them up, even after 8-10 hours of wear... which is more than I can say of some much more expensive name brand shadows! Plus, they were VERY easy to remove at the end of the night and had no residual staining (always a plus!).


So now let's take a look at two FOTD's featuring the Fusion of Color products! I did the exact same makeup look both times, each using 2 shadows and one blush from the line. Almost all other products used in each look are the same, except for lip colors. I will include a detailed list of products used below each look.

LOOK #1: GREEN WITH ENVY



PRODUCTS USED:
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
  • B. Kamins BB Cream
  • Maybelline Coverstick Concealer in Light
  • PUR Minerals 4-in-1 Foundation in Light
  • PUR Minerals MineralGlow Bronzer
  • Fusion of Color Blush in Oh Me Oh My
  • NYX Shadow Single in Iced Mocha (for brows)
  • Urban Decay Original Primer Potion
  • Fusion of Color Shadow in Midori
  • Fusion of Color Shadow in Emerald City
  • ULTA Shadow Single  in Naked
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Perversion
  • ELF Liquid Liner in Black
  • ModelCo Fibre LASHXTEND Mascara
  • Maybelline Volum'Eyes Mascara
  • Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Honey
  • Benefit Lip Gloss in Life on the A-List

 LOOK #2: BLUE MY MIND

Excuse my flyaways on this one.. I drove home from work with the windows down and my hair REFUSED to cooperate after that! Oops!



PRODUCTS USED:
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
  • B. Kamins BB Cream
  • Maybelline Coverstick Concealer in Light
  • PUR Minerals 4-in-1 Foundation in Light
  • PUR Minerals MineralGlow Bronzer
  • Fusion of Color Blush in Honeysuckle
  • NYX Shadow Single in Iced Mocha (for brows)
  • Urban Decay Original Primer Potion
  • Fusion of Color Shadow in Evening Sky
  • Fusion of Color Shadow in Ink Blue
  • ULTA Shadow Single  in Naked
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Perversion
  • ELF Liquid Liner in Black
  • ModelCo Fibre LASHXTEND Mascara
  • Maybelline Volum'Eyes Mascara
  • Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart
  • Urban Decay Lip Honey Therapy in Lolita
Overall, I am SO impressed with the Fusion of Color line! The quality of the products is exceptional, and the prices are VERY reasonable! Even with the sample sizes I received (1/16th of a teaspoon!), I barely made a dent in any of the colors, blushes included.. and will have plenty of product left for multiple uses.

I love that Fusion of Color offers a complete line of products ranging from primers to lip products, and that you are able to get samples of just about every product. Plus, the fact that they are custom blended and mineral based is a huge plus.

Also, don't forget how much I love that everything comes sealed! The products were shipped to me very quickly, and also packaged well. Due to the outstanding overall experience that I've had so far, I'm absolutely thrilled to give Fusion of Color a PERFECT rating of 5 out of 5 stars!

RATING: 5 out of 5 STARS



1 comment:

  1. OMGOSH! U are so Pretty! And that MakeUp really Looks GOOD on You! :DD Love it!!

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