Friday, July 11, 2014

Ding Ding! Chantecaille Compact Makeup Foundation + Shu Uemura 50H Brush

While playing around with my new powder foundation that I posted about the other day, I kept on thinking that the application didn't feel right.  When applied it was fine, but it took a long time to apply with the dense, small, dome-shaped brush like a Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush.  The enclosed sponge in the compact also didn't seem to work the product in my skin and kind of let it just sit on top.  I need something with dense bristles that can cover a large area but with some level of precision.

I always forget I have this brush.  I forgot to include it in my giant All My Brushes post.
This is the Shu Uemura 50H brush which was released in 2009, which is right around the time Shu Uemura pulled out of brick and mortar locations in the United States.  Mine was purchased in Asia, and I recall the SA happily demonstrating the virtues of this dense goat (?) hair brush, for bronzer, powder, blush and contour application.  Its flattened but dense profile makes excellent work of powder application.  Why, it is so great that this is one of the things I always port around in my makeup bag for touching up with pressed powder and the errant blush re-application.  And using the tip of the longer side, I can work whatever product into facial crevices.

DING DING!

Ah, I love it when my slow brain gets cooking and percolates an idea.  (more like ding dong)

In addition to really liking my new Chantecaille Compact Makeup foundation, I am really loving this brush for this product.  The wide head makes quick work of applying the foundation across the larger areas of my face (cheek & big forehead) and then the smaller tip of the brush works product around my nose, around my mouth, in my bellybutton.  I can also gently buff in the makeup into my skin as well and the finish is quite good.

Even more DING DING, was applying the foundation over my Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen (tinted sunscreen).  The tint is slightly weird looking grey on me and the yellow tint of the powder does nice job of correcting that and the finish looks great!
Anyway, this is how it looks.  You can excuse the odd up-nose angle of this picture, but it gives a good sense of how the tinted sunscreen + Chantecaille Compact Makeup + Shu Uemura 50H work out together. 

The tinted sunscreen does some initial work of eliminating out the redness and giving some minimal coverage (and protecting skin against the sun naturally) and then the buffed in application of the Chantecaille powder foundation takes care of cancelling out the grey with the yellow, layering on additional very light coverage and providing a more matter finish.
other makeup worn: THREE 4D Eye Palette in Mystery Girl, Tom Ford Espresso eye liner (again!), Chanel JC blush in Fleur de Lotus, Chantecaille Lip Chic in Daphne
What strikes me as funny is the kind of stuff that gets me crazy excited in makeup is the weird experimentation, combination and application that ends up being unexpected wins.  The fun stuff about makeup is the personalization and exploring what works for me.  That's cool.  Anyway, this product and application combination has been holding up very nicely through some uncomfortably warm and humid stretch of weather here.  I top off my t zone with more powder foundation mid afternoon and it's looking great.

Regarding that brush...hmm, I don't think it is available in the US (I don't see it on line).  Friends with Shu counters, have you seen this brush?  As an alternative, brushes with similar shape might be the Rae Morris Ultimate Cheekbone brush or Hakuhodo ones.  You should check out Sonia's comparions of the RM here which I think might perform similarly.

Any recent discoveries for you that made you go "DING DING!" ?  Yay!  This ding dong had a ding ding!

12 comments :

  1. LOL love this!!! My recent "DING DING!" moment was using Hourglass Mineral Veil under my concealer (I copied Sunny!). It's so much fun to experiment isn't it and to discover little treasures we already own. Btw you looks fantastic and your skin? WOW!!!

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    1. It makes so much sense to layer the concealer over a primer! :) Great ideas come from like-minded beauty fiends! Friends. I meant FRIENDS. :D

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  2. Gorgeous skin and I agree, it's the most satisfying when you find new combinations that work! No recent finds for me but I'm now lemming three mystery girl, thanks to this post.

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    1. Mystery Girl's cream shade is very dry for some reason, although even after all this time after that review, it still remains workable. I wonder if the formula was different to begin with? :)

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  3. Looks great, and I agree with you... there's nothing better than finding a new combo that works, except of course, using your new mascara for the first time lol
    I've recently found, actually this afternoon after some work out, that my sheer foundation with a good match has always been in my gym bag: it's Shiseido Urban Environment tinted SS #2, it's not technically a foundation, but since it's tinted it works :p

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    1. I love when stuff I already own turns out to be the best thing! :)

      Looks like you still need a touch up powder. YELLOW BB!

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  4. Lookin' goooood!! Not noticed this Shu brush before, will need to check it out and compare with my Rae Morris, though I've not thought of using the RM as a powder foundy brush, am gonna try tomorrow! I'm recently rediscovering love for Chanel JCs, been wearing one that sadly I think is LE (came out with the Velvet foundy) and cant get enough of its glowiness!

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    1. The shape of this brush (and I'm assuming the RM cheekbone one) is so fab for powder foundations! I'm surprised I've not given this brush much due before. It's a really nice brush. Too bad this is impossible for us in the US to purchase.

      Do you guys get the baked JCs there? I like those JC blushes. They are not usually crazy pigmented, but have such a pretty glow. I'm wearing FdL which I bought in Asia in the above picture and always so pleased with the pretty glow.

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  5. DING DING! Belly, you read my mind. I've got SkinCeuticals coming up in order. Yep, yep, can't wait to try this out!

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    1. Oh YES! We're experiencing a Vulcan Mind Meld over the interwebz. I've been wearing this ss more often (bc of the Chantecaille foundation) and notice that I am picking up less tan than usual this summer. I've found a new love for the Skinceuticals.

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  6. I've been eyeing this one for ages. Glad to hear a vote of confidence.

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    1. It's turning into a nice staple for the summer. :) I think there would be a good neutral undertone one for you, Dain.

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