I was recently contacted by Jennifer Gerwing of Buff’d Cosmetics and asked to review her makeup. Before I would agree to review her makeup, I had some questions for her. I asked Jennifer if she custom blended all of her products, since that really does matter to me, and she told me that yes, she does custom blend her products. She said she formulates all of her products and tests them on her friends and famiily. She is located in Prince Georgia, British Columbia, Canada. She’s been in the business since 2005. She makes eye shadows, foundations, blushes, bronzers, illuminating dusts, setting powders, finishing powders, liners, lipsticks, lipgloss, and body shimmer. Once she told me this, I told her I would be happy to review her makeup, and she sent me some free samples.
As a recap, here is what she sent me:
Concealing foundation in Biscuit – lighest shade with balanced yellow and pink tones
Concealing foundation in Fair – pale shade with mild pink undertones
Light foundation in Fawn – lightest shade with mild pink undertones
Setting Powder in Downy – fairest neutral tone
Eye Shadow in Incense – warm beige mauve with soft silver shimmer (base color)
Eye Shadow in Carbon Paper – deep smoky plumpurple with silver shimmer (crease color)
Eye Shadow in Nightshade – intense smoky plum with silver shimmer (liner)
Illuminating Dust in Candlelight – soft golden glow
Bronzer in Honey – lighest bronzer shade for the fairest of skin tones
Blush in Petal – creamy soft pink
Blush in Tricky – peachy pink with shimmer
I did not like the illuminating dust in Candlelight. I know it’s supposed to impart a soft golden glow, but it’s just too dark for my complexion.
I did not light the light foundation in Fawn. The texture of the light foundation didn’t work with my skin and the color didn’t match my skintone.
The bronzer and the setting powder were ok, but neither were to my taste. I don’t normally use a setting powder, and I don’t normally use bronzer.
While I could not find a match to my skintone (which, to be fair, is a pain to match because I have a tiny bit of yellow, a tiny bit of peach, a tiny bit of cream and a tiny bit of beige for my undertones and a slight pink overtone), I really liked the texture on the concealing foundation. It’s definitely a more full coverage foundation. All of the foundation shades that I tried were too yellow or dark for my skin tone.
I really liked the blushes, but Tricky in particular because the shimmer was subtle and the color was very flattering with my complexion. They blend easily to give a natural flush.
The eye shadows have nice texture and the colors that Jen picked out for me were soft and flattering. I actually really liked both Incense and Carbon Paper, even though they’re neutrals and I don’t normally go for the neutral natural look. I wore Incense a couple of times and it’s a color that’s nice on me for a lid color or a highlighter. It looks as though most of Buff’d's eye shadows are what I would consider soft and muted colors. I don’t see any super bright colors, which are what you normally see me wearing in this blog.
I would definitely buy their concealing foundation if they had a shade that matched my skintone. I will likely pick up full sizes of Incense, Carbon Paper and Tricky. I’m particularly interested in getting my hands on their Violet lipstick, which looks like a lovely blue-violet color.
I think that overall, Buff’d's products are good. They’re definitely worthwhile to check out!