Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuesday Review—Kryolan Dual Finish Powder and Bobbi Brown Red Lipstick

Hedy Lamarr with makeup artist Ted Larsen

Over the past couple of months I’ve tried out several new makeup items (My name is Amanda, and I’m a makeupaholic lol). I’ve come across a couple of standout products that I think are definitely worth checking out, and so I decided to review them here for you!

The first is a powder foundation by Kryolan. I’m definitely a big fan of this German brand, which was started in the 1940s, and I include several Kryolan products in my makeup bag. Their TV Paint Stick foundation is one stellar product that I use almost daily, and as I love the color match, coverage, and finish so much, I thought I would look into their powder foundation as well. I’m very glad I did, as the Dual Finish delivers the same as the TV Paint Stick—excellent coverage, a gorgeous matte finish, and a lovely color match.

The range of colors isn’t as broad as in some of their cream foundation options, but I selected the shade Alabaster, which turned out to be a pale beige that complemented my very fair, neutral skin tone quite nicely. It’s a tad darker in the pan than the TV White I wear in the stick foundation, so I was a bit disappointed when I first opened the package, but it somehow blends seamlessly into my skin—it’s not too dark, and it doesn’t turn the dreaded orange that so many other foundations do. I apply it a couple of ways—I sometimes use it as a setting powder with a bit of extra coverage over the TV Paintstick, and I also wear it alone. It can be applied wet or dry—applying with a damp sponge gives it a bit more coverage than applying it with a dry sponge or kabuki brush. Both methods are fast, easy, and pretty goof proof. Regardless of the application method, I find it maintains a satiny matte finish all day long, with minimal oil breakthrough (I have combination skin that can sometimes be rather oily). I also find that it lasts very well under summer conditions too—we all know how horrid it is when the heat and humidity cause your foundation to slide around your face, and this foundation holds strong under the worst weather conditions!

So, if you are looking for a new foundation to try, I highly recommend this one!

I'm wearing both the Kryolan Dual Finish and Bobbi Brown Red lipstick here

The next product I’d like to review is Bobbi Brown Red lipstick. Now, I am a pretty big fan of Lip Ink’s long wearing lipstick, and generally reach for it every day. But sometimes I dabble in ‘traditional’ lipsticks, and as I am obsessed with red shades, I like to try out new ones from time to time. I’d heard that Bobbi Brown makes a nice cream lipstick, and the Red shade is described as a “fire engine red” shade on the Web site. I decided it would be worth trying out when I found an inexpensively priced tube on eBay. Initially, I wasn’t so sure about this lipstick—I like my red lipstick to be shockingly bright, and when I first tried this one out it seemed a little too muted for my taste. I decided to try wearing it over a basecoat of Lip Ink Red (Lip Ink also works very well under regular lipsticks, as it grabs the color and makes it nice and long wearing) and ended up loving the look I achieved—a rich red shade with a beautiful satin finish. It photographs very well (I’m wearing it in my Jungle Girl set), and I find it to wear comfortably too—creamy without being smeary (I love lipsticks with a creamy finish, but hate it when they slide off your lips!)

Well, that's all for now! I do have a few other products to review, so I'll be posting those soon :-)


Amanda Lee


  1. Beautiful! You do look absolutely flawless - I may have to give these a go... x

  2. Thanks so much for the review. I've been looking for a better coverage foundation lately. have you ever tried Max factor Pan cake? I've wanted to order some but not sure if it's worth it or not.

  3. Thank you, Kate--let me know if you try these out!

    Brittany--I have tried Max Factor's Pan Cake--it's a nice foundation but the color range is very limited (the lightest shade was too dark/peachy for me.) Max Factor Pan-Stik is a lovely stick foundation which you might like, with medium-full coverage. Ben Nye also makes a water-activated cake foundation that is quite nice, and the shade range is quite large--I think it's worth checking out :-)

  4. Oh I've been looking at bobbi brown lipstick lately is it long lasting throughout the day?

  5. I tried the TV paint stick and although I love the colour I find it very greasy and it comes off easily. Since I have dry skin and the heat here in Vegas is dry too I was surprised. I'm holding on to it to give it another go during winter. Perhaps it will be better for me then.

  6. Very nice, I'll have to try some of those - I've particularly been looking for some long-lasting lipstick. By the way, I mentioned you in a post about some vintage blogger ladies who have inspired me recently! I'd love if you checked it out! :)

  7. Hep~Kitten--I do find it to be quite long lasting, and it feels very moisturizing too.

    Jaede--that's too bad! Maybe it will work for you in the winter :-)

    Miss Mary--thank you so much for the sweet comment! I'm checking out your blog now :-)