Somewhere between Toronto and Portgual I lost about $400 of makeup. It could have slipped out of the new carry-on bag I was reviewing or stolen from the front pocket but needless to say I was devastated. After the shock wore off I decided it was a good time to find replacements and try some new products from Vasanti including their fabulous range of correctors, concealers and foundations.
The Magical Eye Shadow Palettes may be limited edition but the warm bronze, sparkling champagne and deep purple caught my attention. The vibrant color collection was inspired by city life and the cruelty-free formula does not contain gluten or parabens.
These flattering shades were designed to transform your look from day to night no matter where you travel but the Tinsel Town Palette is perfect for an evening out. The first three shades (from left to right) have the best quality in terms of pigmentation and texture. The green and smoky black both have a light dusting of shimmer while the bright gold is full-coverage and dramatic with a metallic finish (definitely the best color in the compact). The last two shades (glittery purple and golden-beige) seem to be formulated differently. They feel dry and apply sheer so a good primer and a few layers is required for more intensity.
The Manhattan Palette showcases deep bronze and a mix of silvery champagne hues. These shadows are more consistent throughout with a velvety texture, smooth application and strong saturation but not much variety. The first and fourth shades appear almost identical but the color contrast is pretty. The second shadow has a soft, luminous tint that doubles as a face highlighter and both palettes have been marked down 50% now retailing for $20.00 each.
Choosing a foundation online can seem impossible but Vasanti makes the process easier by providing swatch samples alongside photos of real women with various skin tones. I am usually in the middle - tan range of the color spectrum with a golden undertone and V12 is a perfect match! The foundation feels like a second skin and melts onto my face seamlessly so it doesn’t even look like I’m wearing makeup. The formula is so velvety smooth that I can achieve a flawless finish by simply using my fingers and a beauty blender works like a charm! The thin brush applicator is great for sweeping color under the eyes, accessing hard to reach areas and spot touch-ups with very little product waste.
It can be difficult for women of color to find liquid makeup since many brands don’t cater to brown skin tones but this foundation – concealer duo contains a blend of deep pigments and undertones that balance and correct imperfections, blemishes dark spots and scars. The texture is creamy and lightweight for a natural effect with long-wear coverage that resists creasing. The Liquid Cover Up retails for $25.00 and the vegan friendly formula is free of oil, parabens and gluten.
V12 Liquid & Powder Foundation
The Vasanti Blush Duos ($29.00) are subtle, silky and expertly matched to provide a hint of flattering color and a pop of shimmery radiance. The pigment is sheer but layers nicely without settling into skin texture or becoming chalky. This soft berry shade is great for fall and the highlighter instantly revives dull skin with no chunky glitter. If you prefer a more natural flush, this blush has the perfect level of intensity.
For those who need to hide dark under eye circles (like myself), the Wonders of the World Concealer Duo ($26.00) helps counteract discoloration and can also be used as primer. The orange tones are suitable for neutralizing blemishes on medium to deep skin and reducing the look of fatigue. The rich, brightening cream offers great coverage yet feels light and natural for comfortable wear. You can mix the concealer and corrector together to create a custom shade and the oil-free formula won’t clog pores.
If you prefer powder foundation, the Face Base pressed formula ($29.00) offers light to medium coverage with a silky finish that does not flake or cause dryness. The formula effectively masks problem areas and sets liquid foundation to create a light, natural look. It is also available in deep shades.
I’ve reviewed the highlighter duos from Vasanti before but if you’re looking for a soft, candlelight glow, these powders are awesome! With one deep pigment and one light, you can mix, match and blend to achieve the perfect level of skin enhancing glow. The Duos retail for $29.00.
Vasanti is available at Shoppers Drug Mart and online at vasanticosmetics.com