In my quest to experiment with different brands, today I bring you a review of Motives cosmetics! This line is created by makeup artist Loren Ridinger, and to be honest, I've heard very little about this brand in the online beauty community. Long-time Beauty Broadcast viewer Lauren Page happens to be an independent distributor for the company, and she kindly sent me several Motives products to try and review. Thanks Lauren! :) If you'd like to learn more about the line, click here and visit the beauty section. That will take you to Lauren's "store". I'll also have specific links to the products mentioned below. While I received these products for review, I'm not affiliated with the brand. Let's get started with the review!
Motives Blush/Bronzer Duo ($22.50, Shop.com)
This split-pan compact holds a pink blush and a light bronzer- both have a bit of a pearly/luminous finish on the skin, however there is no detectable glitter in this product. While you're seeing very concentrated swatches in the picture above, the color becomes much more sheer when applied to the face. The bronzer is very light and isn't something I can really use for contouring, however I did apply it sparingly all over the face to give my skin-tone a little color boost. The blush is a gorgeous, really pigmented and luminous shade- it's definitely my favorite part of this compact! It has the best color payoff. Just keep in mind- if you're using both the blush and the bronzer, you really need to use a light hand... too much of face products that contain a sheen can really accent pores and fine lines. I tried to make sure I didn't layer these products over the same areas to avoid that problem.
Motives Luxe Cream Shadow in Gold Dust ($15.75, Shop.com)
Such an interesting, gorgeous product! The texture is kind of unique compared to most of my cream shadows... it's definitely lighter, creamier, and more "whipped" than the Maybelline Color Tattoos which are very solid. At a glance, this just looks like a white cream in the pot, but when you sheer it out, a gorgeous golden shimmer comes through. It's not an overly metallic gold, but kind of a soft buttercup-type gold, if you know what I mean. This shadow does not set to a completely budge-proof state, but even without a primer, I can use this as a base for a powder shadow and get through the day with no creasing (just don't put on too much of the product). For the look in this post, Gold Dust is being used as a base for a powder shadow. This particular shade is kind of a "shadow transformer" - I have applied various shadows on top it really seems to enhance the shimmer/shine. You can also get a bit of this on your finger and dab it on TOP of your eyeshadow look for a pretty golden shimmer. I'll even dab this on the center of my lower lip for a more shiny, plump effect. LOVE the versatility!
Motives Eyeshadow in Bedroom Eyes ($12.50, Shop.com)
Behold the gorgeousness of this shadow!! I know all of my taupe-lovers out there are drooling :) I am so impressed by this shadow- it's probably my favorite item out of the bunch. This particular shade is so stunning- and not including the cream shadow- I did a one-shadow look with this! I patted it all over the lid and then blended it with a fluffy brush in the crease. That cream shadow is making the lids even more shimmery, but overall this shadow is kind of a cross between bronze and taupe with a bit of gold shimmer. When sheered out, more of the purple and rosy tones come through. I didn't have to work hard at all to build up the color or blend. I love "complex" shades like this. When you do a one shadow look- they can come off looking like 2 or 3 different shadows instead of just one flat shade. I also smudged this a bit under the lower lashline and applied black liner to my upper lashline, waterline, and bit on the outer part of my lower lashline.
Motives Lustrafy High Definition Mascara in Onyx ($16.95, Shop.com)
I rounded out the look with this Motives mascara. As you can see, this is a rubber brush mascara with lots of short bristles. The brush is very flexible and isn't quite as over-sized as several other rubber brush varieties I've tried. I believe the large amount of bristles allowed for decent separation of my lashes. After one coat, I had no clumps, a bit more length, but no added thickness to the lashes. While the first coat is still a bit tacky, I add another coat which definitely builds more length and thickness, and it still wasn't clumpy. Here you're seeing me with 2 coats on the top lashes, and one very light coat on the bottom. While testing this mascara last week, I learned that 3 coats seems to be too much and kind of over-loads my lashes and leaves me with "funky ends". This mascara doesn't do anything amazing for my lashes, but might be nice for someone with naturally thick lashes who just wants more definition.
Final Thoughts: As a whole, I'm very impressed by the quality of Motives cosmetics- especially the cream and powder shadows. I thought the texture and pigmentation was great on both of those, and if deeper shadows from the line are as pigmented as Bedroom Eyes was, I'd imagine you could get some amazing looks. While the prices are a little higher than drugstore, I think the quality of the shadows is fantastic and worth it. The blush/bronzer duo was nice, but not vastly different from other products of that kind, and I definitely would get more use out of a matte bronzer. The mascara isn't the best fit for my lashes, but I must say- clumps were never an issue, which is always nice! Thanks again to Lauren for supplying me with my first Motives experience! :) FYI: the lip products I'm wearing are Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in To Nude or Not To Nude? and Almay Liquid Lip Balm in Blooming Balm.
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