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Christie Brinkley Authentic Beauty Review

Happy Monday, beauties!

Today, I am going to be talking about a really FABULOUS line of high-quality makeup in gorgeous rose gold packaging from Christie Brinkley.

I mentioned the other day that I really have never been a fan of celebrity beauty and skincare brands. They used to, in general, fall short in the quality department. Things really seem to be changing, as I have now tried two stellar celebrity brands. This one is really top notch.

I like to wait to review products for a few weeks. This is because I like to really test it out to see how the ingredients impact my skin. With skincare, this can take weeks. With makeup, I like to test different situations to assess the product. I like to see how it stands up to humidity, precipitation, bright lights, evening light, natural daylight, etc.

I have been using several Christie Brinkley Authentic Beauty makeup items over the past several weeks and I could not be more impressed. It is, in fact, the first celebrity brand in terms of cosmetics that are TRULY stellar in terms of packaging, quality, application, texture, and longevity.

Ladies (and my makeup wearing guy friends), this is a phenomenal line of products, especially for those of us over 40. I am very happy with all of these products and know you will be too.

I am loving  all of my Christie Brinkley Authentic Beauty products for an everyday look. In the photo above, I am wearing the blush, lipstick, eye shadow palette, highlighter stick, bronzer, lipstick, and mascara in the photo above from earlier today.

Prime Time Day to Night Nudes Eye Shadow Palette

I am using the Cool Rose Nudes palette. This eye shadow palette is exquisite. I am in my 40s and I prefer matte eye colors with just an accent of shimmer. It is just more flattering on eyelids that are no longer perfectly smooth and line free. When I am reviewing eye makeup, I judge the product on how pigmented the colors are, if they apply without fallout (the Urban Decay Naked shadows, for example, are notorious for flecks of color that wind up all over your face when you are applying them), whether or not the product creases or looks chalky throughout the day, and longevity.

The eye shadows in this palette are top notch. They are so finely milled that they are like silk. The texture is just lovely and the colors stay true all day. I also want to mention that the shadows are non-irritating. My eyes are quite sensitive and some shadows leave my eyes feeling itchy and looking a bit red by the end of the day and this has not happened with these shadows. ($27)

C & G Rating:  ***** (5/5)

Cheek Chic Color and Contour

Oh how I love this blush! It is the perfect punch of color that just makes you look awake. The shade I use is called Posh, which is a just a fresh peachy pink. It is the ideal shade for all seasons. It has a luxurious texture and leaves a soft finish. This is a must for your collection! ($22)

C & G Rating: ***** (5/5)

Sun-Kissed Bliss Bronzer

Sun-Kissed Bliss Bronzer comes in one shade that is universally flattering. The majority of bronzers on the market make me orange, so I struggle finding the perfect one. I love this one. It is soft, a great shade for my super fair skin, and it lasts all day. ($22)

C & G Rating: ***** (5/5)

In a Blink Instant Volumizing Macara

I love the brush in this mascara. I am super picky about mascara wands because they really make or break the product. This one is a winner. There are peptides in this formula, as well as Vitamin B5 (Panthenol). I do not see much of a difference in terms of volume, even though it is a volumizing formula. It is non-irritating, which I love, and does not smudge. It is not the best I have ever used and to achieve volume, curling with a lash curler is necessary before using this. I still think it is a very good mascara, though. ($18)

C & G Rating: **** (4/5)

Strobe Show Natural Glow Stick Highlighter

This is the best stick highlighter on the market. It is so incredibly soft and nourishing, without creasing or fading away. The color and formula of the one I am using are absolutely divine. I am using the Champagne Glow and I apply sparingly during the day, and add a bit more at night. It gives a subtle radiance and a beautiful, natural sheen. This product is a stand-out and I am really impressed. ($22)

C & G Rating: ***** (5/5)

Lip Beautifully Moisture Rich Lipstick

Let me start by saying that if you are looking for a lipstick with maximum color payout in ONE coat, this is it. I am super impressed at the amount of color delivered in one layer. The colors are just lovely and they are long-lasting and have zero flavor or fragrance, which is much appreciated! It is creamy, doesn't feather or bleed, and looks smooth. I did not find the formula to be moisturizing and a lip balm is a must for me before I apply, otherwise it feels a bit drying to me. My lipstick lasts for hours, even while sipping tea and water throughout the day. The color I am using is one I am just swooning over because it is the PEFECT (for my coloring) "YLBB" or "Your lips but better" shade. It is really a great shade. For reference, I am wearing the shade called Charm.

C & G Rating ****1/2 (4.5/5)