Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Charlotte Ronson 3x A Charm - Shoshanna

I just love palettes as opposed to single-product compacts as they are less bulky in my handbag.  One such product is the 3x A Charm Palette from Charlotte Ronson in Shoshanna which contains Luminizer, Blush and Bronzer in one mirrored compact, reminiscent of the Sleek Blush By 3 products (3 x 8.3g/0.29 oz; Retail $28; available at sephora.com).  At the time of purchase, there was only one palette available but the fact that the one I have is named "Shoshanna" leads me to believe that there may be other palettes added to the range; perhaps one with a warmer or deeper-toned bronzer (hint! hint!).

Sephora says, 

What it is:
A three-in-one blush, bronzer, and luminizer.

What it does:
It's a whole new wardrobe for your cheeks: mix and match this trio of colors to create a range of looks. Each features LFT™ (Light Filter Technology) to automatically adjust its pigments based on your lighting. The result is the perfect glow under any light, day or night. Made with long-lasting, jet-milled talc, these three silky powders glide on evenly to create a natural, healthy-looking glow. Moisturizers and vitamins calm and soothe thirsty skin.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens

What else you need to know:
Charlotte's friends inspired each product. "As a designer and a busy mother, Shoshanna Gruss is always on the go. Somehow she always manages to look beautiful, stylish, and relaxed. This Trio compliments Shoshanna's fresh glow—and offers multiple ways to transition your own look." —Charlotte Ronson

Here are close-ups of each shade:

Here are swatches of each shade:

Here are blended swatches of each shade:

Overall rating: Booyah! considering that the blush is similar to Nars blushes retail for the same price for .16 oz of product.  In fact, the Nars Laguna, Orgasm and Albatross trio compact retails for $55 and the contents are .25 oz, .17 oz, and .09 oz, respectively.  I find the shades quite similar to the Nars shades with the exception of the bronzer as I find Laguna to be somewhat deeper and warmer in tone.

Have you tried any Charlotte Ronson products?  I'm mulling over some of the eyeshadow palettes.

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