Most women wear some kind of makeup. I try to wear as little as I can get by with because I don’t like the way that a lot of it looks on aging skin. In many instances, it makes my skin look older, which isn’t a look I want. I do, however, often wear a light blush, eye shadow and mascara.
Although I know that most makeup artists say you should never match your makeup to your clothing, I’m a child of the 50’s and 60’s. Therefore, that part of my makeup regime has proven difficult to change. Consequently, I do sometimes choose an eye color that matches or complements what I am wearing. Sometimes you just can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
Recently, I discovered a shadow and blush compact from Kleancolor. It caught my attention because it offered three eye shadow shades – – one of which is a highlighter – – and two blush colors. I chose the palette that had shades of gray for the eyes and a dusty rose and deep rust for the cheeks.
I really liked the gray shadows. They made my green-blue eyes “pop” and the blush shades were perfect too. I also found that I could use the rust color for my eyebrows since it perfectly matched my red hair. That was a wonderful side benefit. Additionally, I even used the charcoal gray shadow as an eyeliner by wetting my brush before I applied. It works beautifully and gave me a stunning smoky eye.
Because I enjoyed my first Kleancolor purchase so much, I quickly went in search of more colors. I found another perfect one for me done in earthy tones from taupe to dusty rose.
I like using the yellow highlighter of this compact to help offset the red splotches on my face. I apply it first and then use my foundation over the top. It works beautifully. I also found that the colors interchanged well. The blushes worked beautifully on the eyes and the shadows were perfect when I just wanted a light touch of color in my cheeks.
Another palette I purchased fell into the pink and plum tones. Although I liked the colors myself, I didn’t feel they did much for my blue eyes, so I gave that compact to my daughter. The plums were absolutely stunning on her hazel eyes and the pink tone blushes gave her a youthful looking glow. She also found that the deepest plum color worked perfectly for her as an eyeliner.
Although I prefer to wear mineral makeup whenever I can, there are times that I need something with a bit more punch and Kleancolor provided a nice alternative. However, I wish that the product wasn’t full of so many additional chemical additives.
Kleancolor has mica, talc, zinc stearate, lanolin, mineral oil, ocyl palmitate, methparaben, ethynexy palmitate, propyl paraben, iron oxide, titanium dioxide, pearl powder, maganese, and chrome oxide. While that is a lot of additives, most of them are pretty standard for blushes and eye shadows in brands from Cover Girl to Revlon.
I certainly could not, in good conscious, recommend this makeup to anyone with ultra sensitive skin. I have sensitive skin myself and was afraid that the product would cause my skin to break out. I got lucky in that it did not. However, it could react differently for other people so caution is recommended.
The Kleancolor Shadow & Blush Compact comes in a wonderful square case that is attractive and secure. It fits easily into a pocket, handbag, or book bag and I’ve had no problem with leakage.
Each compact contains 9 grams of product so it will last quite awhile. I purchased mine at Ulta where it was on sale for $3.99.This isn’t a heavily known product, however, so it could be difficult to find. I checked online and only found it on four sites including ebay. It retailed for about the same amount; between $3.99 and $4.99.
If a coordinated blend of colors from eye shadow to blush interests you, and your skin isn’t overly sensitive, this product might be worth a try. It is far less expensive than most single eye shadows on the market today. Add in the blush and this purchase becomes a real bargain. I give it four out of five stars.