Spotlight: Guerlain Summer Look Powder Brush

Product: Guerlain Summer Look Powder Brush ($43, Neimanmarcus)

I have a confession to make: I am a brush addict. I just can’t resist buying a new brush and will make any excuse: it’s a different color/texture/purpose, etc. At the end of the day, my brush collection is even more extensive than my foundation/powders!

When Guerlain introduced their Summer Look Powder Brush in the brilliant and colorful Emilio Pucci carry pouch, I fell in love. I know it is meant to pick up color from their Meteorites Perles d’Azur product (which is a genius product in itself), but I’ve been using it as almost a kabuki brush for my face. I absolutely love the size and shape of this brush as it has just the right amount of heft to feel like a quality product without being too ostentatious to actually use.

The beautiful packaging and presentation aside (the blue bristles are even more amazing in person) – the brush is good at picking up powder and it really applies powder evenly and gives a good soft focus effect on the face. After a few washes, I noticed that it doesn’t shed which is so good after the disappointment I’ve had with brushes from Laura Mercier, and NARS.

The negatives are that the bristles are goat hair, which means it is more coarse than many other brushes on the market. I’ve been able to buy brushes from other brands for $20-$30 that use natural hair that are more densely packed. The handle is a little short, but I wouldn’t say it is the shortest of all kabuki brushes I have used. It also isn’t as soft as I had hoped it would be so I definitely don’t recommend it for sensitive skin.

All in all, a decent brush that honestly looks better than it functions – but for a girl who loves eye candy as much as I do, this is one of the most special brushes on the market today.

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Current Favorite Products

Starting my 1st post off with my current favorites (which, as you will get to know me, changes every week)

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Current Foundation: Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation SPF15/PA++

A deliciously smooth foundation from Koh Gen Do ($62, sephora.com) that is perfect for spring/summer. This light foundation goes on with medium coverage to add that ‘perfection’ without the caked on makeup look. I love that hydration is delivered through seawater minerals and botanicals. Putting it on makes me feel like I’m doing something good for my skin and not just covering it up. It stays throughout the day, but I would definitely remove and start with a clean face for re-application between day & night.

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Current Primer: Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF50 PA+++

Love the Chantecaille line, which boasts botanicals and naturals. This primer not only delivers a smooth base for your foundation, but also protects skin with SPF50. It also reverses damage and aging caused by sugar-metabolism, which is very interesting. I’m not sure if I noticed any anti-aging but I was thrilled to use this as a primer. It went on very very light, and absorbed easily without giving my skin any trouble. Also love the metal tube, great to put into my bag for flights

Current lipstick: Guerlain Shine Automatique ($35, neimanmarcus.com)

Guerlain is one of my favorite brands. I first fell in love with their foundations, but as they are a little heavy for me, I’ve started playing with other products in their line. The Shine Automatique is beautiful. It is creamy, decadent, and hydrating. It adds shine to lips through pearl infused particles so it is rather discreet. I found this to be the perfect level for me where it was enough to stand out from a being a flat color, but wasn’t distracting at the gym (yes I put lipstick on even when I walk to the gym). The tube is gorgeous and I love digging it out of my bag.

That’s it for now, next post- the cleansers I have on rotation!