The Caryl Baker Southwestern Beauty Collection consists of the Sun-Baked Bronzer in Earthy* ($29.50), the City Slickers Lip Gloss in Calm* ($19.50) and trio of Southwestern Eyeshadows* ($18.00). The collection reminds me a lot of the show Nashville… natural beauty with a few hints of glamour.

Sun-Baked Bronzer in Earthy
This bronzer is HUGE. It’s probably enough baked bronzer to last a lifetime. The product is smooth and very warm-coloured, almost borderline orange. I found the bronzer to look unnatural on my medium skin tone. Though with a light hand and careful placement slightly over the cheekbones, this bronzer can add a glittery sun-kissed glow to the face.

City Slickers Lip Gloss in Calm
Infused with argan oil, aloe and vitamin C and E, the City Slickers Lip Gloss is very hydrating and surprisingly lightweight. In the tube, the gloss looks like a shimmery bronze colour. On the lips, it’s a sheer nude with lots of shimmer and shine  … and the best part, it has almost zero stickiness, which makes it the perfect option for those windy days when you don’t want hair stuck to your mouth!

Southwestern Eye Shadows
The Southwestern trio is truly the standout in this collection. It includes the colours: Energy, an antiqued slightly brownish gold; Vitality, an orangey copper; and Balance, a bright teal blue. The shadows aren’t particularly smooth and buttery, but there’s minimal fallout. Additionally, all the colours have a slightly sheer satin finish which translates beautifully when applied.

Having only ever been exposed to Caryl Baker when I got my ears pierced at the age of 13 at my local Caryl Baker location, I’ve been unaware of the unique array of cosmetics that the brand has to offer. All in all, the Caryl Baker Southwestern Beauty Collection has some standout high-quality cosmetics offerings that are definitely worth a swatch!

Stephanie Lau is the creator and writer of FUN SIZE BEAUTY, a blog encompassing beauty reviews, handmade accessories, and the occasional food post. Upon discovering a fuchsia lipstick in her mom’s stash at age 12, she fell in love with all things beauty. She started her blog in November 2012 as a creative outlet to share her thoughts on beauty products and escape from the stress of school.  Aside from blogging and beauty, Stephanie enjoys all things travel, photography, DIY, small business, and sample hoarding.  An undergrad Accounting student at the University of Waterloo and an avid multi-tasker, on rainy days you can find her studying the Income Tax Act, watching food network, recreating makeup looks from magazines, and sipping on tea.