Vitality Cheek Flush

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$24 
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Category:
Makeup > Blushes > Powder Blush
Last Updated:
3/27/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This fragrance-free long-wearing pressed-powder blush stands out as one of IT Cosmetics' star products. A light dusting of this finely milled, highly pigmented powder is enough to achieve vibrant, healthy color. The shades are mostly rose tones, but a bright coral option is also available. All are workable for light to deep skin tones.

As for the anti-aging claims, they don't hold water. While this is an excellent blush, the "hydra-luxe technology" they go on and on about on the label isn't what makes it worth checking out. Powders don't hydrate, they absorb water, and although the formula includes antioxidants and other skin-beneficial ingredients, the packaging won't keep them stable.

Pros:
  • Silky, finely milled pressed powder.
  • Highly pigmented; a little goes a long way.
  • Workable shades for light to deep skin tones.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Anti-aging claims don't hold water.

IT Cosmetics (the IT stands for “Innovative Technology”) is the creation of Jamie Kern Lima, a former Miss USA pageant contestant and TV news anchor. Lima founded IT Cosmetics in 2008, selling her products in boutique stores and on QVC, then expanding into Canada in 2009. Since then, the line has gotten a lot of exposure with featured reports and stories on network television, including prominent mentions on the ABC reality show Dancing With the Stars.

Other than this abundant television exposure, the main draw of IT Cosmetics is its claim that the company works with leading plastic surgeons from Brazil to create products containing the very latest anti-aging technologies. That sounds intriguing, but is a bit silly when you consider that most plastic surgeons don’t know anything about skin care or cosmetic ingredient research. Consulting a cosmetic surgeon about anti-aging formularies is like consulting a taxi driver about how to fly an airplane! You’d think Lima and her team would instead want to consult a dermatologist, but even that’s not a slam-dunk for ensuring your anti-aging products are a cut above the rest, given that dermatologists also are not trained in skin-care formulations.

The labels on most IT Cosmetics products reveal a variety of age-defying claims centered around ingredients like antioxidants, peptides, vitamins, and collagen. Those are indeed great ingredients, but because many of IT Cosmetics’ products are packaged in containers that expose these delicate ingredients to light and air, any benefit is reduced as soon as you open the jar or compact (something the plastic surgeons from Brazil obviously didn’t know).

There are also some distinct weaknesses in the line, including an average yet pricey eyebrow pencil, powder illuminator, and eyeshadow whose performances don’t justify the expense (especially not when you factor in the high shipping fees QVC charges).

Of course, IT Cosmetics also has some products that are worth checking out. The line boasts an excellent powder blush, mascara, creme illuminator, hydrating cream lipstick, and many other products—including a full-coverage concealer that is truly full coverage—that are very good. However, while these products are good, they are not so unique that similar products can’t be found elsewhere for less money. As with any line that has a mix of good, so-so, and bad products, shopping using our reviews to guide you is a great way to ensure you’ll at least get your money’s worth, and your skin will be the better for it.

For more information on IT Cosmetics, visit www.itcosmetics.com.

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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 16, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Great blusher
    • One of the best cheek colors I've used in a VERY long time. Beautypedia review right on the mark. So impressed I switched from my long time cheek tint to this powder. Absolutely love the rose color; gives a healthy color without settling into fine lines and a little goes a long way.

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