You probably know Glamsquad for their on-demand, in-home beauty services — and if you haven’t had a chance to get hairstyling, a mani/pedi, or a makeup application from the brand, you are seriously missing out. Nevertheless, after five years of listening to clients share their beauty needs and biggest concerns, GlamSquad has launched its first-ever makeup collection, complete with all of the easy-to-use essentials you need to pull off the dewy glow that’s on trend this season.
As Glamsquad’s Artistic Director Kelli J. Bartlett shared with me when I got my first glimpse of the line, the point of the launch isn’t to completely overhaul anyone’s makeup collection. Rather, the items are literally the products both clients and artists have been asking for. And because they play well with others, the line makes a great addition to your makeup bag rather than replaces it. They also travel well, which is how I developed an affinity for the items below.
I packed the Morning Glow Radiant Face Primer in my bag for a three-day women’s retreat in Arizona because I knew it was going to be next-level hot out in the desert and my makeup wouldn’t stand a chance without primer (not that I go without it in the colder months either). I also knew I wasn’t going to be beating my face every day while the sun beat down on me, so I was excited about a primer that has iridescent properties and would give my skin a natural glow without heavy product. This primer did just that with its pearlescent hue, plus it’s really lightweight which is clutch in the sweaty summer months.
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The Enlightened Highlighters are one of my favorite products in the line because (a) I love highlighters in all forms and (b) these are buttery soft and perfectly subtle. When it comes to highlighter, you can highlight, or you can simple accentuate the points on your face where the light hits for a natural glow that will immediately have people asking what’s going on with your skin. Enlightened is for the latter, and that’s exactly what happened to me when I wore Radiant Bronze and Luminous Rose together over the primer with nothing else but a filled-in brow. Everyone was commenting, “Your skin!” but they didn’t quite understand what was going on because they knew I didn’t really have on makeup, yet my face was glowing from brow bone to jawline.
I kinda hate myself for using the phrase “buttery soft” to describe Glamsquad’s highlighters because that’s actually the perfect descriptor for the Take a Tint Lip Balms too, which are my favorite products in the line by the way. I can’t say that I’ve ever been a fan of tinted balms because I feel like if I’m going to have color on my lips, it should be noticeable, but the way these lip tints feel on my lips…the balms could be the ugliest shade of green and I would still wear them because they feel that good on my pout.
Luckily, the balms don’t come in ugly shades but in a pretty range of berry, rose, nude, and blush that are just enough for when, again, you’re just going for a natural I-woke-up-like-this-with-some-help look. By the way, I gave my coworker the same spiel about how good the balm feels, which she thought was dramatized, and then I gave her one to try and her face literally lit up like a kid on Christmas when she applied it. Shout out to Vitamin E and Soybean Oil.
Source: Glamsquad / Glamsquad.comWhen it comes to Ah-Mazing, the Setting & Hydration Mist, I’ll admit I wasn’t anxious to try it. I already have a setting spray that I swear by, however when I mentioned the product I use to a friend recently she shared that she doesn’t like it because it’s too heavy on the skin and when I tried Ah-Mazing, I realized she has a point.
The promise that this setting spray is feather-light is actually true, which was a nice change from the abrasive spritz I was used to with my go-to. It also made me much more likely to use this spray to actually refresh and re-hydrate throughout the day because it goes on so lightly I don’t feel like I’m disrupting what I’ve got going on on my face. I also knew I really liked this product when TSA confiscated it from my carry-on and I was pissed (I missed the 5 oz. size) so just make sure you guard this spray closely because you don’t want to be caught out in the streets this summer without it.