I had never heard of IT Cosmetics before until very recently, when I began hearing some buzz about the brand. What sealed the deal for me, though, was when Best Things in Beauty began raving about the brand (here and here). If the queen of high-end, high-quality makeup can’t say enough good things about the brand, then you know it has to be good! I was sent the Live, Love, Laugh Vitality Face Disc for review and obviously, I had high hopes for this palette already!
This 3-in-1 cheek palette from IT Cosmetics features their Vitality Glow Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer, Radiance Illuminizer, and Brightening Blush Tint. The bronzer is a medium-dark matte chocolate-brown shade. The Radiance Illuminizer is a gorgeous, pearly champagne-beige. The Brightening Blush is a medium coral-pink laced with a lovely golden shimmer. According to IT, these powders contain Hydrolyzed Collagen, Vitamins A, C, and E, grapeseed oil, green tea, silk, and aloe to nourish and protect your skin. All 3 shades are also waterproof and sweatproof, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergenic.
As you can see, the compact is big–it’s just about the size of a regular CD. This might normally present a bit of a problem if you are the type to take your cheek color with you on the go for touch-ups. Luckily, these powders have high-performance formulas that are meant to wear all day, so touch-ups will become a thing of the past! The compact is black and rubberized, similar to Nars’ packaging and Becca’s packaging.
Now on to the important part–the powders, starting with the Vitality Glow Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer. It’s described as a “universal bronzer infused with anti-aging peptides and hyaluronic-filling spheres.” The powder is very smooth, silky, and finely-milled. It has a medium hardness–not soft and buttery and not hard or stiff. As for the shade, it doesn’t pull orange in the slightest and is so stunning on the cheeks. I think it would be great for warm and cool skin tones, but probably ideal for light to medium skin (darker tones might have trouble getting it to show up). It’s crazy natural-looking and is beautiful on the skin!
The Radiance Illuminizer is a bit softer than the bronzer, though every bit as smooth and silky. This highlighter uses Drops of Light Technology, which incorporates “liquid crystals infused into light reflecting pigments”. This highlighter produces an almost ethereal glow–it’s very radiant and very pretty. But because the shimmer is very fine, it can pack quite a punch and look very intense if you overapply. Applied correctly, I think it gives me the most natural highlight I’ve seen out of all the other highlighters I own.
Because I know you are thinking it: the Brightening Blush isn’t an exact dupe for Nars Orgasm, but it is close. The Brightening Blush is much more pigmented, more pink, and less shimmery. It might look very shimmery in the pan, but I find that once on the skin, it creates a very soft, even golden sheen. The shimmer in Orgasm is just too much for my taste and emphasizes my (already large) pores. IT Cosmetics’ Brightening Blush is the perfect amount of shimmery. It gives a lovely golden glow but doesn’t steal the show from the gorgeous pink color. The Brightening Blush will be immensely flattering on all skin tones.
All 3 of these powders are very pigmented–especially the blush, so do keep that in mind! As someone who has a tendency to overapply cheek color, I find that I have to be really careful when applying these. Too much and I have instant clown cheeks with a bright, spotlit beam of a highlight instead of a soft, glow. A fan brush or duo-fibre brush both work well to lay down a sheer, diffused wash of color. The bronzer is the easiest to work with, for me. It’s slightly less pigmented, though that definitely doesn’t mean it’s not pigmented.
I mentioned before that these are long-wearing formulas. When I read that bit, I didn’t pay it much mind but really and truly, these powders stay put–even on my oily skin! I usually have problems getting any powder formula to wear for longer than about 6 hours-ish, but this one wore for most the day (10 hours or so). They seem to cling really well (which can make them a teeny bit difficult to blend out so again, be careful with how much you apply!) and upon application, they practically become one with your skin. These powders are virtually weightless and meld with the skin so beautifully!
I was very, very impressed with this cheek palette. It contains beautiful shades that flatter everyone and that everyone wants to wear. The formulas are impeccably done and the amount you get is great for the price. All in all, I’d say you definitely need to check out this brand–I’m very happy with the quality and can’t wait to try more from them!
Pros: beautiful colors that compliment each other and suit a variety of skin tones; texture is incredible–very silky and very smooth; very pigmented formula; the shimmer is flattering, not adolescent; great value
Cons: these powders–most notably the blush–may be a bit harder to blend out than your average powder
»»Pricing: $38/0.78 oz. (22.22 g.)
»»Recommended for: anyone looking for a gorgeous 3-in-1 compact for cheeks
»»Overall Rating: A-
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