I was recently sent an awesome package from Beauty For Real, a cosmetics brand based out of South Florida, founded by Leslie Munsell who is a certified badass in the makeup industry. Her work has been featured in several publications such as W Magazine, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, and Oprah. She is also well known for work on celebs like Mariah Carey, Venus and Serena Williams, and Shakira among others.
This brand focuses on smart packaging and yummy ingredients such as avocado oil, aloe vera, grape seed and green tea extracts; the products are also paraben free which is always a plus! What do I mean by smart packaging? Lets get to my review on each product to find out:
ILLUMINATING LIGHT UP LIP GLOSS: It’s all in the name. These lippies (my cute word for lip gloss) have an LED light on the wand and a mirror on the bottle for a perfect application no matter where you are! I found myself playing with the wand like one of those Starwars fans (I’ve NEVER watched the movies, judge all you want) and clicking it on and off compulsively. The best part is the actual product: the lip gloss. I LOVE it. It is my favorite product from BFR. It is not sticky, yet it lasts for hours, it smells nice and fresh but not overpowering and you actually feel it plumping your lips as it tingles! (I love minty, tingly products).
TRUE COLOR LIP CREAM: Also has a light and a mirror. I was actually impressed with this product as it does what it promises: no smudging, bleeding or feathering. Like their lip gloss, it is not sticky. This product actually has no scent (unlike the lip gloss) which is just fine for me. The formula has a high-power shine and, it is highly pigmented which is a must for any lip color, especially red. Their “Really Red” True Color Lip Cream is exactly that: REALLY RED. The color is beautiful – not too plum, not too orange, not too pink. It is just the right shade of bright candy apple red (and you know I’m all about red lip color). The stay-power is very impressive as well. I applied it at 8 AM, then had breakfast (pastries nonetheless), a couple of cups of tea, water (with a straw) and to my surprise, the color was still pretty much intact at 1 PM before lunch. I reapplied after lunch and my lips were perfect until 8 PM when I washed my face. A serious two-thumbs-up to this product. I highly recommend it.
MIRACLE MASCARA: I honestly have mixed feelings about the mascara. I found the wand to be too short for comfort (longer wands give you better control) and the formula flakes leaving you with crumbs under your eyes and on your cheeks an the end of the day. What I did like was how dark it was. It was really black and the brush gives your lashes a natural, soft look which I like on light or “no makeup” days.
CHEEK TINT AND LUMINIZER: I wasn’t thrilled with this product. The colors look pretty in the container but I found that I had to use more product than I like to make it noticeable on my skin. I like products with good color payoff for skin-health and efficiency purposes. Maybe this product looks good on bare, simply-moisturized skin.
LIP PENCIL: BFR has one lip pencil at this time. This is the perfect “Kylie Jenner” color. A honey-nude that gets darker as you apply more. The formula is nice: not too waxy, not too stiff. Just right. This lip pencil goes PERFECT with the “Just Lust” lip gloss. I wore this look this week but forgot to take a picture before leaving the house (I know. I suck).
Check out their website! They also have nail lacquers that light up and beauty sets which are perfect for the holiday season! I’m thinking about getting lip glosses for the special women in my life as stocking stuffers; they will be absolutely thrilled!
The peeps at Beauty For Real are so nice, they even gave me a discount code for all my readers! Use the code”Own Your Glam” during checkout to receive a 15% discount on your entire purchase: www.BeautyForReal.com
This is NOT a sponsored post. All thoughts and reviews are my own.