When I posted the pics yesterday of the wall display for the new Nuance Salma Hayek cosmetic collection now at CVS, I told you I'd show you pics of the products I purchased, so today I'd like to do just that!
Please note that I will give you my extremely preliminary impressions of the products I have actually tried, but this is in no way a formal review of anything--it's far too early for me to have a firm opinion of anything yet since I just bought these products yesterday (actually, I bought the lipstick today, so I haven't even been wearing it for three hours yet as I write this).
One thing I WILL tell you is that Nuance Salma Hayek may very well be the drugstore alternative to Bobbi Brown. Now that I've had a chance to really look at each product in the wall display, I find the colors, products, and color combinations in this collection to have a Bobbi-Brown-vibe, and that is very much a compliment (if you're a longtime reader of this blog, you know that Bobbi Brown is my favorite high-end brand). I believe that Nuance Salma Hayek offers lots of truly wearable shades for any skintone or age, and products that have been created to "enhance the nuances" of a woman's beauty. Nothing is in-your-face, there's no glitter, and I don't see any intense neons or anything of that nature. Just lots of natural shades in earthtones, pinks, corals, and so forth.
Nuance Front & Center Concealer & Brightener in Medium
(retail: $10.99, 0.32 oz)
As many of you know, I am always on the hunt for a good peach-toned drugstore concealer (almost all concealers at the drugstore seem to be yellow-toned these days, and yellow under my eyes makes my darkness turn ashy--I HAVE to use a peach-toned concealer). So I was thrilled to see this offering from Nuance. I've only used this product once so far so I can't give you a fair opinion of it, but I do love that the brightener is matte with absolutely no shimmer! So unusual for the drugstore, right?
Nuance Mineral Eyeshadow in Sheer Plum/Putty
(retail: $8.49, 0.17 oz)
I'm wearing this duo right now, and I don't even know what to say. I always test my eyeshadows without primer first, and even without the help of a primer, the matte taupe shade was so silky smooth, so pigmented, and just such a joy to apply. The shimmery rose-gold shade was equally easy to apply, and so far I am seriously impressed with the performance, color and texture of this duo. I've been wearing these colors on my eyes without primer for seven hours now, and I only see VERY minimal fading/creasing. Barely anything to speak of, really. Please please check back for my full review soon--I have a feeling this is going to be my new favorite go-to for eyeshadow. Oh, and just to give you perspective on the size, this duo is 0.17 oz for $8.49 (MAC eyeshadow singles are 0.05 oz for $14.50). So you're getting over three times the amount of a MAC shadow single for a little more than half the price.
Nuance Beautiful Blends Eye Quad in Neutral
(retail: $8.49, .35 oz)
This has got to be the most fun quad EVER. Paraben, fragrance and cruelty free shadows in a little lotus-flower type of pod? Yes, please!
I cannot believe how generous each pan of eyeshadow is, considering the retail price ($8.49, which is the same price as the duo I just showed you!). Also, if you look at the pics above, you'll see that you can open up each "leaf" on its own, or in a variety of combinations. How cool is that? There's also a sponge applicator in the middle, which is just too cute. Please check back for my review, because the shades are so much prettier than what you see in these pics. I will definitely post close-ups and swatches of each color for you. There's one shade in particular, a shimmery golden-taupe, which is absolutely stunning.
Nuance Color Vibrance Lipstick in Dusty Rose
(retail: $9.99, 0.12 oz)
And finally, I want to show you the lipstick that I purchased today (yes, I went back and bought more from this collection!). I had to try a lip color, and naturally I gravitated toward the pinky-brown shade called Dusty Rose. Oh my goodness, so far I love it. It's a creme (no shimmer whatsoever) and so incredibly opaque and creamy. I've been wearing it for four hours now, and I can still see it on my lips. Yay! Again, I'll review it at length in the near future.
Thanks so much for reading, and I hope this helps to give you a better idea of some of the products that Nuance has to offer.
Have you spotted the Nuance Salma Hayek cosmetics display at your local CVS yet? The press release said it was debuting in August, but obviously my local CVS put it out early, so hopefully yours will too!