Shimmer, Shape and Glow Face Defining System (Discontinued)

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Category:
Makeup > Powders > Pressed Powder
Last Updated:
3/26/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This pressed-powder set is said to be one of Mally Beauty’s best sellers, but we found it to be a mixed bag of good and bad. It actually left us wondering how many Mally customers bought and then returned it!

There are sets offered for different skin tones and each contains attractive shades of illuminating powder (Shimmer), contour (Shape), and blush (Glow). According to Mally herself, these powders, when applied as directed, are supposed to work together to make “you look like you lost 5 pounds.” Each kit comes in a soft, suede pouch with three distinct brushes. The brushes are just so-so; they’re better than the typical brushes included with powder-based products sold at the drugstore, but not as soft as you’d expect from a makeup artist–driven line.

The illuminating powder comes in peach or golden tones depending on which set you buy. It blends on sheer with a smooth texture that has a subtle glow. While it’s not really going to make you look 5 pounds, or even 1 pound, lighter, the contour shade, artfully applied, can help “thin” a full or rounded face. This powder comes in varying degrees of bronze/brown and goes on sheer and even with a natural matte finish. The blush shade has a stiff, powdery-dry texture that doesn’t adhere to a brush very well and applies unevenly.

Had the blush been better, we would have given this a higher rating, but as is, and given the price, it really isn’t worth it. The take-away point is that you can achieve a slimmer-looking face with contour powder and a good, angled powder brush—you don’t need this kit or three separate powders to create that effect.

Pros:

  • Illuminating pressed powder blends on sheer and smooth, and offers a subtle glow.
  • Contour pressed powder comes in varying degrees of matte bronze, which goes on sheer and even.
  • Variety of attractive shades offered for different skin tones.

Cons:

  • Blush has a stiff, powdery-dry texture that is difficult to apply and goes on unevenly.

Talc, Methicone, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Methylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Propylparaben, Tocopherol, Butylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate

Mally Roncal is a celebrity makeup artist who has worked on some of the most famous faces in Hollywood, not to mention numerous spreads in fashion magazines. After much success as a makeup artist, Roncal launched Mally Beauty—her namesake line of makeup and limited skin-care products—with the guiding philosophy that "the things that make us different are the qualities that make us beautiful." That’s a great philosophy, but the question is: Are these quality products with a difference that will help you look and feel more beautiful?

As might be expected, Mally Roncal's celebrity cache created buzz when her line launched, and the chatter has led to a strong following on the QVC shopping channel, which is the primary home of her products. While Roncal knows how to sell a product (She is quite the cheerleader on air!) and she has worked with celebrities, that doesn't automatically mean all the Mally Beauty products are worth buying.

Although there are some well-formulated and innovative products to be found, Mally Beauty has a few misses. The majority of Mally Beauty's eye makeup and eyebrow products perform quite well, they feature a spectacular concealer with sunscreen and there are some good lip color options as well. Mally's Cancellation Conditioning Concealer and Evercolor Poreless Face Defender are top notch worthy of special mention.

On the flipside, Mally Beauty misses the mark with a few of the foundations, primers, and blushes we tried. The foundation we experimented with was especially disappointing because Mally Roncal is known for creating the illusion of perfect, dewy-looking skin, which her Ultimate Performance Professional Foundation didn't accomplish with our team.

We have to give Mally Beauty praise for including helpful application tips, demonstration videos, and full ingredient lists on the company website, and for their wonderful team who was more than helpful in sending products for The Paula's Choice Research Team to experiment with. There are some strong options to be found here, as well as others we would recommend skipping and our reviews will steer you toward what’s worth your time and money.

For more information about Mally Beauty, call 1-855-625-5948 or visit www.mallybeauty.com.

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