Ring in 2017 with some new makeup that will be part of Quo Cosmetics’ core collection.
This collection includes beauty staples: matte foundation, bronzers, setting sprays, liquid lipsticks, and more.
First up are the products that you’ll start and top off your look with. Primer, foundation, setting spray, and concealer.
The Nourish and Prime Hydrating Primer ($24 CAD) was a real winner for me. It felt very moisturizing, was easy to apply (a slightly thick cream, that blended into the skin beautifully), and it smelled great! It had a fresh and powdery scent – the only other way I can describe the scent (and I know this might be weird) is “new baby smell”. That smell where you take it in and breathe a sigh of comfort.
The Quo Matte Revolution Foundation ($24 CAD) contains 30 mL of product, and promises a luminous matte finish, and full coverage. I wore the lightest shade, #1, however it was still too yellow toned for me. I added in 2 drops of The Body Shop’s Lightening Drops, but it still had a yellow tinge to it. I applied it with a damp beauty blender, and found that it gave a medium coverage, that could be built up to full coverage. I liked the finish – not totally matte, but had a bit of luminosity to it, as promised.
The Makeup-Up Setting Spray ($19 CAD) was a pleasant surprise. The spray bottle itself made for a fine mist, so there were no big drops of liquid splashing my face during application. I applied a liberal 6 sprays, and it kept my face in one piece all night!
The Concealer Palette ($19 CAD) contains four shades of concealer, and is said to be ideal for concealing dark circles and blemishes. However, I couldn’t get past the formula. It was MUCH softer than I expected, but not in a good way. It felt like a thick buttercream frosting, when dipping in my finger. It was sticky, and the formula made for bad wear time, because as the day went on, I could really see it caking up on my undereye (although, that might have had to do with the setting powder I used). This one was a big ‘no’ for me.
Onto the bronzers and setting powders.
The Quo Bronzer Duos ($19 CAD) contain two complimentary shades each. I like to swirl them together with my brush, when applying. Doing so will mix in the centre shade with the bronzer to give it a more shimmery finish. I think the shade ‘Golden Glow’ will be a hit in the summertime.
The Matte Bronzer ($19 CAD) in ‘Light Tan’ was a great option for a pale gal like myself. It definitely had a matte finish, and it was light enough to not be too harsh. It is warm-toned, so I think it looked a bit orange, when applying it to my hairline (against my freshly blonded hair), but once my dark roots start growing back (like……in 2 weeks), I won’t have that issue.
Th Radial Blur Translucent Powder is supposed to give a semi-matte finish, and make pores look minimized, with an invisible application, in a universal shade. I thought that it gave me a totally matte finish, and found that when applied with the powderpuff that comes in the compact, it was not invisible and left a whitecast that needed to be brushed away. Later, I lightly applied it with a Real Techniques brush, which minimized the powdery finish. However, I also used the powder to set my concealer, and the two did not play well with each other – very cakey by the end of the night. But the big takeaway from the translucent powder was the fact that it really helped my oily T-zone! I brought out a blotting paper near the end of the night, to blot my nose, and there was almost nothing on the paper.
Blush tiiiime! Upon first glance, these blushes reminded me of the Charlotte Tilbury blushes, because they have the bullseye design.
The Quo Blush Duos ($16 CAD) contain 7 g of product, and come in a sleek gunmetal compact, with a clear window, so you can see the blush shade. What I appreciated most about the packaging was the fact that it had a magnetic closure, instead of a clickable closure (because I have a hard time opening the clickable ones, and always end up breaking a nail, when digging it into the closure). I swirled the two shades together with my blush brush, and applied to my cheeks. The blushes (especially ‘Peach Perfect’) were much more pigmented than I expected, but not so pigmented that they were too harsh on my cheeks.
Last, but certainly not least is the liquid lipstick. I am so glad that Quo is finally doing their take on liquid lipsticks, because I’m always hunting for a good one.
The Quo Lip Velours ($14 CAD) have 7 mL of product, a brush applicator, and come in six shades. Normally I’m not a fan of brush applicators for lip products, but in this case it worked really well with the formula.
The formula was thinner than a mousse, but not as wet as the Milani Amore Matallic Lip Cremes (Review HERE). The formula plus the applicator made for a smooth and precise application – it just glided onto the lips. I did find that there was a bit of streakyness when applying, so I had to go back in to the streaky areas and dab on the product, instead of swiping.
‘Angelic’ is a gorgeous nude pink that I am obsessed with – it’s such a pretty colour. It took a bit more time to dry than liquid lipsticks by Too Faced and Colourpop. Unfortunately, the Lip Velour creased into the cracks of my bottom lip. After 3 hours of wear it faded near the corners and the centre of my lips, and an hour after that it started to crumble (after drinking through a straw and eating a cookie). The product didn’t totally disappear and make a noticeable ring, it was just fairly faded in certain areas. It is important to note that the crumbling and fading only happened on my bottom lip (where my straw was resting). My top lip remained totally unbothered!
As you can see, ‘Angelic’ is definitely much lighter and much less brown-toned than the Too Faced Melted Matte in ‘Cool Girl’ (Review HERE). It’s similar to ColourPop’s Ultra Matte Lip in ‘Midi’ (Swatches HERE), but its a tad bit lighter, once dry.
*Sidenote: I giggle every time I say “Lip Velour” because all I can think of is Steve Martin playing Gavin Volure on 30 Rock.*
|Wearing: The Primer, Foundation, Concealer Palette (lightest shade), Matte Bronzer in ‘Light Tan’, Blush Duo in ‘Just Blush’, Translucent Powder, Lip Velour, and Setting Spray.|
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