Kenia Ontiveros Beauty: The Set and Define Kit: A review

While this week featured a return of a previously reviewed foundation, The Maybelline Fit Me Foundation to be exact, this week’s make up bag had a brand new face palette in it.  I used the Kenia Ontiveros Beauty Set and Define Kit that came in my July Boxy Charm Premium.  It is an interesting palette as it has a white/translucent powder, a setting powder, a highlighter, contour, dark contour and bronzer.

The Mattify Powder went on well and worked as a pretty good face powder.  My issue was the pan size.  While the pans are fairly good sized they are located rather close together because they are in a palette. The palette is six inches by four inches in case you are wondering.  Each pan is an inch and a half square.  Generally, this is a good sized pan. 

Top row Swatches, Mattify, Set, and Highlight (L to R)

Unfortunately, my usual powder brush likes a little more space to spread out. When I dipped it into the Mattifying powder it picked up the mattifying powder as well as some of the setting powder and the contour powder.  So I had to dig out a smaller powder brush and use it instead.  I think I ended up using a blush brush.

 I know that sounds a bit whiny, but each morning I kept reaching for my regular powder brush out of habit, then had to change it out.  In addition, because I was using a blush brush, it looked like a blush brush and I occasionally grabbed the brush I was using for blush instead of the one I was using for powder. It was a bit of a mess and it kinda threw me off.  With face powder, I generally stick to products that are in their own compacts. And with this I realized why.

I like face palettes generally, but I generally stick to the blush, bronzer highlight and contour palettes.  I’m not sure I like the powder in there. I think for traveling it might be nice so I wouldn’t have to pack separate powders, although I generally pack a powder compact in my purse anyway. It is something I travel with and something I just generally add to my purse in case I need a touch up.

I know that’s sort of a long winded way to say the mattifying powder was okay, but not really good enough for me to get over my annoyance and want to reach for this palette. 

It wasn’t helped out by the setting powder either.  While it too is an okay powder, it came up slightly yellow on my skin tone.  It’s a good product, just not my color. 

I am however in love with the highlighter. It is quite frankly the star of the palette.  While it is pink toned when first applied, when blended, the highlighter gave me a subtle glow that seemed more golden in tone.  It was a really nice subtle highlighter that is perfect for office wear or a nice night out.  Not that I’m going out much, but it worked really nicely on my zoom calls. If they sell this highlighter individually, I would consider picking it up to add to my collection.

The bottom row: Contour, Dark Contour, and Bronzer (L to R)

The contour, dark contour and bronzer, not so much. The colors are nice in the swatches but on the skin I found them patchy and hard to blend.  They wanted to stay exactly where I put them when I applied it.  Where the brush touched down was their new home. So I ended up with lines that just weren’t blending out.  I ended up using my foundation brush to try and blend them out, essentially using the foundation left on the brush to sort of erase the contour and bronze. 

Which isn’t really the point.

This palette retails for $42 on the Kenia Ontiveros Beauty site.  In the hand it feels more like a $20 palette. In the end usage, I am keeping it for the highlighter (because I really love the highlighter) and will probably use the Mattify powder every time I pull it out.  It will be a ‘you can’t have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat’, scenario where if I want to use the highlighter I need to make myself use the powder.  That way I’ll at least use two of the six products in the palette.  Although I think on those weeks, I’ll take my regular powder brush out of the bathroom so I can’t accidentally grab it.

Normally, I would post my eyeshadow palette of the week review next, but to be honest even though I pulled an eyeshadow palette out to use, I didn’t use it.  I kept things very simple this week.  My morning makeup looked like I was attempting some sort of speed record. My makeup bag ended up very lip product heavy while my eyes mostly got a dash of mascara, admittedly I really liked this week’s mascara.

I think I might have used a different lip product each day.

So there will be no eyeshadow palette review this week. (There will be a second unrelated post up in its place though).

And my makeup bag review will feature a lot of talking about my lips. For those as lip product obsessed as I am, enjoy, and for those not, fair warning and all apologies. But next week my schedule resumes something approaching normality. So no super speedy makeup. Which is good for me because this week I also had a new eyeliner I really wanted to try but didn’t get around to. So next week, the eyes have it.


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Pacifica Cherry Velvet Matte Translucent Setting Powder Review

There are three items that are, in my opinion, as essential to my daily morning routine as cleanser and moisturizer.  These three items are mascara, face powder and some form of lip product.  With these three elements, I can declare myself done and ready to face the day in mere moments. Don’t get me wrong, I love my primers, foundations, eyeshadows and the rest.  I love treating my face as though it is some sort of mood reflecting art but my three essentials are mascara, powder and something for the lips.

With powder I enjoy a wide variety.  I like both pressed powder and loose.  Sometimes I use them to accomplish different tasks, other times I choose one or the other because the mood strikes me.  While I like pink tinged powder to give me a bit of a healthy glow when I feel a bit washed out from a winter indoors, over all with loose powders I tend to prefer a translucent powder. 

When I was gifted a package from Pacifica a while back one of the items I couldn’t help adding was the Cherry Matte Translucent setting powder (retail $12). While I have had a coconut scented setting powder before I had not tried a cherry one and was curious.  Plus I can always use another loose powder in my collection.  And I like cherry scents.

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Before I get into my thoughts on the powder, let’s see what the official product info says.

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The first thing I noticed about this powder was the packaging.  It is very pretty.  It has a nice lid decorated with cherry blossoms and looks lovely sitting on the dressing table.  However it looks even better when you get the top lid off.  The interior lid may not be as fancifully decorated, but it keeps the product in securely and is super easy to lift up without spraying powder everywhere. So when you unscrew the outer lid, you don’t have to worry about powder coating you.

Under the plastic cap, is a net.  You press down on the net to get powder on your brush or sponge.  It is thick enough to contain the powder yet has enough holes and give to let you easily reach the powder.  I’ve had some products with the mesh insert where getting powder through them required some sort of magic spell.  I’m guessing it is purchased separately as it wasn’t included in the package.  This is very easy to use.  In fact every bit of the packaging is well thought out. 

I know that seems a silly thing, but sometimes packaging can hinder the use of a good product.  This performs as it is meant to. When the product comes out of the package, it has a light cherry scent to it.  It is a light scent, but definitely present. If you don’t like fragrance in your powder, you won’t like this.  Personally, this particular fragrance doesn’t bother me. 

But packaging and scent aside, it is the actual product that matters.  The powder is finely milled and applies easily.  My first test with powders is in the morning.  I tend to start my day with coffee, then when commuter traffic dies down, I change and drive to the gym.  Clearly my schedule has changed a bit, but I did test this powder under those circumstances.  At that time, my routine involves washing off my night mask, toning my skin and then applying serum followed by moisturizer. Once my moisturizer soaks into my skin, I dust with powder and apply a lip balm.  I tend to leave off mascara on those mornings as I sweat enough that I always run the risk of turning into a raccoon if I try to add it. I know this sounds like a strange test for a powder but some powders get a little cakey once you start to sweat or they clog your pores.  I had no problems with this powder.  I’m pretty sure most of it sweated off or was wiped off by my Busy Beauty Towelette, but it didn’t clog my pores. 

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I know, I could leave it off on my morning routine, but when I do I don’t really feel like I have actually gotten ready for my day.  I know that sounds strange but my morning feels slightly off when I skip the powder. We all have our routines, that just happens to be mine. 

after a month of use

After the gym (and my post workout clean up) I will apply the primer, foundation and other makeup, using the powder as a setting powder as it was designed. In this it worked well also.  It went on over the makeup well, regardless of what products I used.  With my setting powder I apply it with a brush and then if it looks a little powdery I go over it with my still damp makeup sponge to make sure it is pressed in a little before I use my setting spray. 

The Pacifica Cherry Velvet Setting powder worked like a dream.  In fact, it worked better than some of my more expensive powders as far as helping to keep my face products in place.  I don’t really bake my face as I find that a bit wasteful as far as products go, and I don’t really see much of a point to it, but I would guess it would work well with that too. At the moment I have been using this product as my sole powder for about a month and a half and I am less than halfway through the container. So I am sure I will be able to use this for at least another two months before running out.  When I do, I believe I will be adding this to my shopping list for repurchase.

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