Thursday, July 5, 2018

Quo Summer 2018 Limited-Edition Makeup Collection

I’ve had just about enough of the scorching heat-wave plaguing Toronto but new makeup always makes me feel better...well that and a pitcher of fresh Sangria loaded with fruit. This year Quo kept it simple with luminous lip gloss, rich bronzer and brilliant highlighters to enhance your summer glow.

The Lip Gloss ($10.00 ea) and the Eye Creams ($10.00) look very similar. Both have multidimensional iridescent shine but the shadows dry down into a long-wear finish while the gloss remains moist and supple to keep lips nourished and comfortable. 

The first and third tubes (from left to right) are both Eye Creams but the blue appears silver on the skin. I’m not a huge fan of liquid shadow (it has something to do with the dampness and application process) but these hold up quite well and resist creasing. The color applies like a sheer, metallic overlay so they might work best layered over regular eye shadow to accentuate and highlight. Once dry, there is no stickiness or fading so the pigment stays put all day with very little mess. I am still experimenting but I like the glamorous effect.

The second and last tubes (bright pink and snowy shimmer) are lip gloss. They apply smooth and lightweight with a unique lustrous finish that looks dazzling in sunlight. The pink was a bit of a letdown. I expected vibrancy and drama but what I got was a light wash of color suspended in a silvery base that looks kind of awkward. It works much better as a mid lip highlighter to give the illusion of plumpness. The white gloss shows up glittery blue so you really have to swatch these to know exactly what color you’re getting. I thought this hue would be too interstellar for me but it gives my lips an interesting tinge with scintillating sparkle that looks very cool!

Having a show-stopping summer glow is a must and with the new Illuminating Drops ($20.00) you can gleam from head-to-toe. The golden liquid is highly concentrated to create a natural sunkissed look or dramatic strobing. Wear it on the face and body or mix some into foundation, BB cream and primer to enhance luminosity. I love how weightless, hydrating and bleandable the pigment is. The shimmer disperses seamlessly without settling into lines or scattering and the dropper provides precise application. You might need to set the dewy finish with powder but it looks amazing on the legs and arms.

The Quo Face Palette ($20.00) is available in 2 shades – Orion for fair skin and Terra for medium to deep complexions. Usually Quo’s bronzing powders are too light for me but this one is just right for natural looking contour. The chocolatey brown has a luxurious, velvety texture for superior blending and buildable coverage. It is also deep enough to enhance your tan and create definition for a sculpted profile. The shimmery highlighter has a lovely candlelight effect and the pink blush is soft and flattering.

The brushes from Quo are always great and this limited-edition collection ($60.00) is the prettiest design yet! I’m calling it mermaid chic because of the multicolored chrome handles and pretty splashes of pink, blue, green and purple. Even though these are almost too pretty to use, I did several tests before decorating my vanity with them.

The set comes with a prismatic silver makeup bag and all the brushes you need for a full-face including: brows, blush, shadow, contour and powder. The bristles are incredibly soft and flexible so they feel great on the skin and blend all types of makeup seamlessly and efficiently.

Quo is available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart

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