There seems to be a lot of debate lately over shimmer verses matte makeup; eye shadows in particular, but it does run over into blush and lipstick too. What exactly is the difference between shimmer and matte? Shimmer has a small amount of sheen to it. Where it might look slightly wet, or have very very small specks of glitter. (Glittery makeup is something completely different all together though) As opposed to matte, which has absolutely no sheen to it. It is completely void of any reflecting light properties. So how does this effect your makeup and your looks?
Lots of eyeshadow lately has shimmer in it. It is very very popular and trendy at the moment. It gives a great dramatic effect, will lighten your face, and can, if not overdone, make you look younger. This is because of the light reflecting property that the shimmer has in it. I do find though, that with some shimmer eyeshadow, it settles into all those little fine lines on your eye lid. Where as a matte will be more subtle and blend more into your skin. It won’t bounce the light around, so it can’t highlight those fine lines. For me, I tend to wear the shimmer eyeshadow out at night. Light will be lower, so the shimmer will bounce off the little amounts of light. This will showcase your eyes and bring more attention to them. Also, with the lower light it won’t highlight your lines as much as in full sun light. My go to day look is mostly mattes. Soft, neutral, less is more type attitude during the day.
You can find blush with both shimmer and matte. My personal opinion is to use shimmer on one area of your face at a time. If you are wearing shimmer eye shadow, please please please use matte for the rest of your face to avoid shimmer overload. However, during the day, when you are staying away from shimmer eye makeup, a little bit of shimmer in your blush is a wonderful thing. It will not only make you look more awake, it will perk up your entire face. Any day time blush, should have a smudge of iridescence in it.
Lip products come in very matte lipsticks, to very shiny lip glosses. This is really more of your opinion as to what you like and what texture you want on your lips. While matte lips are incredibly sexy, glossy lips will make your look fuller. It is the exact opposite of shimmer eyeshadow though, matte lipsticks will show off ANY chaps, lines or unevenness in your lips. Making them/you look older and your lips smaller. Where as, the shiny gloss will cover over any of those imperfections. Giving your lips a full, soft, pouty look. The choice here is to decide what look you are going for and what your natural lip shape is.
What are you thoughts on shimmery very matte makeup? What do you typically wear and why do you like it?
With a name like Orgasm, how can you not love this blush? I try to stay away from hyped items. My history shows that they don’t always live up to the hype; and it drives me nuts when I shell out big bucks (hello Naked 2 I am talking to you) to have an item not live up to it. Needless to say, I have been shying away from the “investment” of NARS Orgasm. Looking at $29.99 plus tax, it is quite expensive for blush. I am not a blush person, maybe a little bronzer, but I really don’t like pink cheeks. It might be that I have so much olive, yet naturally bright pink lips, that I find it hard to find a shade of blush that doesn’t make me look clownish.
When I started looking into blush, I was shocked that this was getting so many rave reviews. I mean professionals were falling all over themselves to get this stuff. That it was the only blush a person needed, for every skin tone, for every coloring, for every person. It was the perfect blend of pink and peach, with a gold shimmer. Come on, how can one blush be perfect for EVERYONE. That sounds a little to good to be true. And we all know, things that sound to good to be true, typically are.
Very hesitantly, when no one was looking, after telling four sales people to leave me alone. I snuck the sampler/demo, over to a mirror and put just a little tiny bit on my cheeks. It instantly perked my face up, gave me a natural flush. While still being sheer, and not heavy looking. The shimmer in it was enough to make me look more awake, but not over the top. I have to admit, I was shocked. And into my cart it went.
So now to see if it lived up to matching and working with everyone. When girlfriends come over, or when I saw my female family I made them all try it. They were not happy with me, but I had to know if it really worked so well with every skin tone. There is not been anyone that it has not worked with. Gotta admit, I am pretty impressed with this little blush.
Nothing is perfect, so the downside; with the shimmer in it, while understated and not over the top by any means. It is enough that if you are wearing lots of shimmery glittery eyeshadow or high shine lipgloss, it is on the border of shimmer overload. So while perfect with mattes, it has to be the only shimmer on your face. (Maybe I am just a prude when it comes to shimmer, but I don’t like a lot of shimmer on my face or else where) Overall, I have to admit that I really like this blush. It will continue to be a staple in my daily routine.