Thursday, March 2, 2017

Quo Cosmetics 2017 Spring Collection Review

If you’ve taken a break from bronzing it may be time to work on that spring-summer glow and the new collection from Quo has a variety of warm, flattering hues that revive a dull winter complexion.

The Bronzer Duos ($19.00) are available in 2 sculpting shades. South Beach is the lightest compact with a pop of pink shimmer and soft matte brown that appears almost flesh tone on my complexion. Although I am not able to use it for bold contouring, it provides light sculpting and blends well for a natural effect without harsh lines or caking. The pink highlighter or blush (you can use it for both) is sheer and faint but the subtle rosy tint is refreshing for spring. This particular combo may be more pronounced on fair skin tones.

Golden Glow is darker and seems a bit smoother. The color is buildable so I am able to define my features and the gold shimmer has much better pigmentation to brighten and highlight.  

The bronzers are also available in solid shades - Light Tan and Medium Tan with the same formula.

A good setting powder is essential because it transforms the look of makeup by creating a smooth, flawless finish. The Radial Blur Translucent Powder ($18.00) is lightweight, silky and ultra-fine so when blended well the finish is invisible. It also softens the reflection of light, controls oil, minimizes pores, mattifies, prolongs wear, and evens skin texture.

The Blush Duo in Classic Pink has a multi-tone effect with both shimmer and matte finishes. Although pink enhances the complexion with a pretty flush, the pigmentation is very sheer and difficult to intensify. I would have liked a lot more color payoff but if you prefer mild tints this may suit your needs. It retails for $16.00.

The Concealer Palette ($19.99) is ultra creamy, rich and smooth with 4 shades ideal for concealing dark circles, imperfections and blemishes. I use it by simply tapping the color on with my finger and I love how well it spreads and adheres so I can layer other products on top without much transfer. It provides medium coverage, camouflages well and you can mix and match to create customized shades. The lighter pigments can also be used to highlight or brighten the cheekbones and under the eyes. I recommend blending well and setting the cream to prevent creasing but this is a great little palette for daily use and travel.

The vibrant Lip Velours ($14.00) are available in 6 trendy new hues. Vamp is a deep wine that applies more like a sheer, vivid stain and Envy is a creamy full-coverage orangey-red with a bright matte finish. I’m not sure why one hue is solid and the other isn’t but they are both lovely!

Left to right: Golden Glow Duo, South Beach Duo, Envy, Vamp

I can’t get through a humid summer in Toronto without face primer or setting spray and Quo has released two new formulas. The Nourish and Prime Hydrating Primer ($24.00) contains jojoba, watermelon and other fruit extracts to moisturize and create a supple canvass for makeup. If you don’t like those ultra silky, silicone blends this is a great option because it feels more like a refreshing face cream and improves skin texture. The paraben-free Setting Spray ($19.00) is the perfect size for travel and although the mist does take time to dry, it helps lock-in your look to prevent fading and transfer.

Quo is available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart

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