4.05.2013

Sunday Riley Cosmetics Review & Swatches

This is my first Sunday Riley review and I feel so fortunate to have received these products to show you guys this amazing range of cosmetics. Surprisingly Sunday Riley, known for their skin care, isn't as recognizable as they should be in my opinion. The products are high quality, pigmented and practical. This is a brand that I can wear daily, they have signature staples for your everyday cosmetic routine.
Sunday Riley packaging is a classy, yet simple black and gold design with clear print.

I must note, The Influencer mascara works best for me as a "top-coat" to thicken and lengthen my lashes after I apply my everyday mascara. On it's own it is a thin formula that took more coats to thicken my lashes than other mascara's I have used. I never have been one to layer mascaras but I love the look because it thickens without too much clumping. It definitely is a more natural mascara, great for those who want to stay far away from the "spider-lashes."
The Influencer Extra Volume Glossy Mascara retails for $30 at Sephora. 

The Prismasilk Eye Colors are encased in a hard plastic, flip-top container.
The formula is very noteworthy, as they are very pigmented and smooth. The only one that is a little harder in texture is Fool's Gold (this is because of the shimmer particles).
Swatches left to right: Twig, Sable and Fool's Gold
Twig is a muted bronze with shimmer. I like this shade of bronze because it's not too "orangey" as most bronze shades seem to come across. It's a neutral bronze. Sephora's description of this shade is a "metallic khaki brown with olive undertones."
Siberian Sable is more of a dirty-brown taupe. Sephora describes it as a "medium brown with sheen." It's my second favorite and works beautifully in the crease.
Fool's Gold has a dark blackened-brown base with gold shimmer and a micro-glitter. It is not too glittery, but it does pack more of a shimmery-punch than the other two shades. I love using this in my crease and outer-v, also I use it as eyeliner. This is my favorite Sunday Riley eyeshadow so far and I have been wearing it daily.
Sunday Riley Prismasilk eyeshadows are air-milled, long-wearing and retail for $26.
In the photo below I used Twig on my eyelid, Siberian Sable in my crease (and lower lashline) and Fool's Gold in my outer-v. I also used Fool's Gold with a pencil brush to smudge out my eyeliner, creating a slight smoky effect.

I first read about Sunday Riley's Blushing Blush at Beauty Professor. This shade is such a soft, delicate pink with a hint of sheen. It really does give you a beautiful glow. It's an everyday pink shade that doesn't turn peach/orange on me (which many pink blushes tend to do). The formula is soft, smooth and pigmented. It's perfection. Formulated without parabens, this blush retails for $30 at Sephora.
As you can see below it's the perfect amount of pink for my fair/light skintone.

I admit I was originally drawn to this lipstick, Sunday Riley Modern Lip Color in Mona Lisa, after seeing the swatches and review from Beauty Professor. The shade is gorgeous, a peachy version of the typical "Baby Pink" lippie. Shall I call it a Baby Peach? What I like is it isn't too orange, again I am a pink-cool-tone kind of woman and this lives up to my expectations. It has a slight shimmer in the formula that can come off as a frost (again, I am not a frosty-lipstick lover) but this is just fine. The formula is harder in texture, I wouldn't call it "creamy" by any means. I don't mind this because I find it wears longer on the lips. Sephora describes Mona Lisa as a coral nude extended-wear lip color (and claims to deliver true color with one swipe). The left swatch was swiped a few times whereas the swatch on the right was swiped twice. The Modern Lip Colors retail for $32.

The Creme Gloss is beautifully smooth and sheer, not at all sticky or tacky. If you are looking for a gloss with more pigmentation then this isn't the one for you. I usually layer glosses on top of my lipstick so this is just fine in terms of shine and color. I've been on a purple kick lately and Blackberry Crush is a beautiful violet shade to compliment my skintone. Sephora describes this antioxidant and Vitamin C enriched lipgloss as a Boysenberry Shimmer and it retails for $28.

I am in love with the Soft Focus Finishing Powder. I use it on top of my foundation or BB creams. This shade swatches a little darker on me, but the rose-undertone is perfect for my fair/light skin. For reference I am a NW20 in MAC. What I love most about this powder is the light-reflecting particles, it truly brightens up my face and leaves me with a subtle glow. If you prefer a more matte powder then this isn't the one for you. I have shade 125C (a medium with cool/pink undertones). Sephora's description, "Perfect for taking with you on the go, Soft Focus Finishing Pressed Powder is air-milled into a micro-fine texture and blended with perfectly spherical, soft-focus particles to hide pores, diffuse imperfections, and create the silkiest application and feel without settling into fine lines. Hypoallergenic ingredients reduce shine to help the powder stay fresh for matte radiance with fully blendable, skin perfecting coverage. Take this elegant mirrored compact with you anywhere and apply throughout the day for a lightweight finish." Retails for $40.

Sunday Riley cosmetics look.


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