Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow in “Beach Bronze”

I usually skip bronzers in general for my face. Occasionally, I’ll use something if I’m in the mood to contour my nose slightly, but since it’s not an every day kind of thing for me, I opt to apply bronzey colors on my eyes instead. During the summer months, I like effortless, simple makeup that allows me to look put together. When I’m feeling the eye shadow vibe, I normally lean towards neutral shades with a bit of pop for a fun, summery feel. Because I live in Texas, formulas that are long-wearing in general are more useful. For this reason, I’ve been a long time fan of the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadows.

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The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadows are designed to stay on the lids, and doesn’t crease while maintaining its true color. The formula of the shadows are of soft-blending formula that goes on comfortably and has a soft, velvety finish. Additionally, it applies smoothly because the texture of the shadows are soft and creamy. It glides onto the lids and blends nicely with a small, synthetic blending brush. Sweeping the shadow with a Sephora Pro Shadow Brush #14 helps to apply the color and then blend simultaneously.

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The shade “Beach Bronze” was my summer color of choice. It’s a perfect blend of golden brown mixed in with subtle shimmers that are both bronzey and warm brown tones. It can pass for a neutral color if applied sheerly, but you can also really pack it on for my dramatic effects. Because the formula of the Long-Wear Cream Shadows are indeed long-wearing, there’s no need to apply primer underneath. Sometimes I’ll add a darker shade in the outer corners of my eyes for a smokey effect, but generally, this shadow does fine on its own.

If you’re looking to start playing with cream eye shadows, I’d say this is a good starting point. They’re long-lasting on the eyes and in your collection as well. I haven’t had any experiences with the pot drying out too fast or anything like that. I just close the pot tightly and store them with my other makeup and I haven’t had any problems with them. I also suggest getting the Sephora brush mentioned earlier because it helps with working with the cream eye shadows.

Retails for $26.00 USD.
Sephora Brush #14 retails for $20.00 USD.

Summer Makeup: How to Make Your Makeup Last

Applying makeup during the summer time can be tricky since the weather is so hot and humid. More importantly, it’s more annoying when you’ve spent all this time making your makeup look good and then it melts off your face, lol. There are certain products I rely on to really “lock in” the makeup before heading out the door, and I think it’s worth investing an additional five minutes to do this as a pre-caution. If these items aren’t year-round products for you, consider the travel-size ones that you can find at Sephora. Of course, these tips on helping your makeup last aren’t limited to summer months only — I think you can apply these tips no matter what the occasion/season may be.

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Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray
Described to be a “weightless setting spray that helps makeup stay put, control oil, and deflect surface shine,” this spray is a great final step option for after you’ve applied all your makeup. I really can’t say that this product alone controls oil, but it does a great job with keeping your makeup on your face even in humid, hot weather. Allegedly, “high-tech ingredients help keep foundation, shadow, and blush from smudging, sliding, or fading,” and it’s a decent preventative measure to take when trying to lock in your makeup. As my final step, I spray this product all over my skin and let it absorb — and, it seems to keep my skin comfortable and less messy throughout the day. I get the travel-size version of this spray and it lasts forever.

Benefit The POREfessional
I feature this primer time and time again, but it really deserves all the praises. As a “balm that minimizes the appearance of pores,” this primer is smooth and silky as it plugs in pores and glosses over imperfections and discolorations on the skin. I find that my makeup sits better for longer on the skin, and oil-control is decent but not magical. I notice a difference when I don’t use this primer — and, that’s saying a lot since I don’t like most primers to begin with — I notice my makeup slipping around my nose and chin area. Benefit is good about including this primer in their gift sets and sell it separately in a travel-size version if you want to try it out.

Benefit Benetint
Tints are best for summer months because they’re so low-maintenance. It’s so long-lasting you don’t have to worry about it; and, it’s so easy to apply so it’s not fussy either. I’m a fan of all the tints by Benefit, but I like Benetint the best since it’s so versatile as a rose color. The rose-tinted cheek and lip stain is multi-functional since you can apply it as a stain for the lips and cheeks. I mean really… it’s “the sexiest flush you can get from a bottle [and is] kiss-proof and smudge-proof.” Sometimes I will layer on some brush over this, but on its own, it does perfectly fine.

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder
I don’t normally like to powder, but it’s a requirement for me in the hot summer months. I also think that having a good setting powder on hand is key in allowing your makeup to last. The Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder is “a silky, lightweight finishing powder that softens the appearance of fine lines and pores.” It’s easy to dust a little on without changing the color or appearance of your base makeup; and, it really locks in my makeup even as the oil breaks through through the day. This powder was “created specifically for HD technology,” and is a “talc-free professional touch-up powder [that] is perfect for use throughout the day to reduce shine and slightly mattify skin.” An added bonus is that “it adds a soft-focus, naturally radiant effect to blur imperfections, such as fine lines and pores, while remaining completely invisible to even the most magnified HD lens.” Pictured here is another travel-size version.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow
I don’t like eyeshadow primers, and often, I don’t find that I need them. However, when I really need my eye makeup to remain intact, I prefer to use the Long-Wear Cream Shadows as a base. Described as a “velvety-smooth cream formula that goes on easily and lasts all day without creasing or smearing,” this is the perfect first-step before applying eyeshadow. My favorite is the shade “Bone” because it’s a “soft matte off-white” that is perfect for evening out the tone of your eyelids and really making shadows stick. It’s soft and creamy and dries down nicely without looking cakey or stiff on the skin. Shadows are still blendable, so that’s a bonus as well. On lazy days, I apply this alone with no shadow just to perk up my lids a bit — and, it’s great how it makes you looks so awake and alive.

If you want, check out my other summer-related posts here: Face of the Day: Summer Glow and Oil Control and Current Summertime Glow. For more information about Summertime Essentials, check out my post that features a great summer foundation — the Shiseido Sun UV Protective Liquid Foundation.