Welcome to my new segment called the Make Up Bag. I’m really excited to be doing this actually. so lets begin!
I love trying out new products. As a consequence though sometimes when I sit at my dressing table and prepare to put on my make up for the day I sometimes feel a bit like a distracted bumble bee. Do I want this blush or that? Am I in the mood for a Space Case Bronzer or do I want the Too Faced? As a consequence my choice of products change daily and some products I don’t try as soon as I want because others are pushing them out if sight.
Plus, let’s face it I am not at my best in the morning. Functional thought requires at least two cups of coffee. Anything prior is me running an automatic response program.
Since, at the moment, I am trying different foundations and giving each a week of trial to each, I thought, why not do the same with other products. To keep myself from becoming distracted, last Friday I filled a small makeup bag with the products I wanted to use for the week and relocated the bag to my bathroom next to my skin care.
Here is my plan. Some of the items are ones I have never used and want to try out, others are ones close to being using up and want to finish. Some will only remain for the week others I will continue to use until the product is gone. At least this is the plan.
Knowing me, I am sure it will change at some point. But here is where we begin.
Last Friday I chose the Wet and Wild photofocus Foundation for my foundation trial of the week. The foundation review was posted on Thursday as was the review of the eyeshadow palette I chose for this week the BH Cosmetics Glam reflection Smoke. The links in this paragraph will take you to those reviews, I won’t bore you by reposting them here. Each had pros and cons. I suspect Thursdays will end up being my foundation and palette reviews moving forward, but we shall see.
The primer I chose for this week was the Skin to Die For No filter mattifying primer and complexion Perfector from Peter Thomas Roth. It is a trial sized sample I picked up as a free with purchase add on a while back when I was ordering a container of the Cloud Cream. I picked it up on a whim partially because I have a great love of primers and I had only tried skincare from Peter Thomas Roth and never a primer so I thought it looked interesting. But then it went into the drawer. So this was it’s week.
My plan was to try the trial size and see if it was worth picking up a full sized one. After one week of use, I have to say I will be picking up a full sized version of this product. The primer has a slight tint that completely melted into my skin and made my skin look both matte and smooth. There were a couple of days where I just wore the primer with a light dust of powder instead of bothering with foundation. I really liked the way my skin looked with this primer and as there is still product left, I am going to keep it in my make up bag for next week and use it until it is gone rather than putting the opened and half empty tube back in the drawer.
My powder will also be staying with my makeup bag this week. It is the Rimmell Stay Matte pressed powder and as you can see from the photo, I am actually close to using it up so I will be using it until it is gone. The Rimmel stay matte and the Elf Translucent pressed powders are the two drugstore pressed powders I always keep on hand.
What I have tended to do is use them until they are gone and then immediately repurchase next time I am in a drug store. I actually finished the Elf pressed powder a few weeks ago (I tend to use it more in the winter and the slightly tinted Rimmel in the summer). But because I haven’t been stopping into any drug stores lately I have not repurchased. I’ll be placing an order with ELF soon, but I wanted it to be for more than just one product and I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I actually picked up a No. 7 pressed powder I wanted to try out but I haven’t let myself open it until I finish the Rimmel. It’s not a hardship to use the Rimmel powder as I adore it, but the temptation to try the new product is hard to resist. But resist I will.
This is what they call character building, no?
With the Rimmel I will also be using it up and this time not immediately replacing it so it will go back in the bag for next week as well. It is hard not to replace this immediately though. Seriously, I look at the sight of the pan shining through and my first thought is ‘I should reorder that before I run out.’ It is harder than I thought to ignore that impulse. Bu I will try.
In case you hadn’t picked up on it, I really like the Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder.
But we move on.
To Blush. More specifically the Kaleido Cosmetics Skin Blush in Primadonna. This came in an IPSY bag a while ago and I think I swatched it and then set it aside to use the Real Her Palette. When stocking my weekly makeup bag I was surprised and pleased to find it. The package is cute and quite sturdy. The blush is highly pigmented.
I dipped in lightly and ended up with a lot of blush on my brush. It does blend out well though so there is that. Despite the somewhat mauve-y look of the product in the pan it is quite pink on the cheeks. When sheered out for a light makeup day it gives the cheeks a natural flushed look. It stayed in place well and lasted all day. I think it might be a little too pink for my skin tone though. I will be on the lookout for a slightly deeper tone though as I really like the formula.
Next up, the bronzer I chose for the week was the Fakecation on Mars from Space Case Cosmetics. I have several of their single eyeshadows and I remember liking a blush from them a while ago although I can’t remember the details. I hadn’t tried the bronzer so I was keen to try it.
It too is a highly pigmented product that needs a light hand with the brush. It does blend out well so if you go a little heavy, there is still hope for redemption. It tends to lend itself well to a more natural makeup day. I probably wouldn’t use it on a high glam look, but for everyday use it performs quite well. I enjoyed using it and even though I will be replacing it this coming week, it will stay in rotation and make an appearance in the future as I cycle through products.
For highlighter this week I chose the Dew Me Pearl from Estate Cosmetics. I think this might have been a product I picked up for points because I wanted a more pink shade of highlight as I didn’t have one at the time. Most of the ones I gravitate towards tend to either be gold or purple in tone.
If I tried it before, I didn’t remember it so it was a new product to me, or close enough to count. To be honest, it is not my favorite and I don’t believe I will be keeping it in rotation. While white-ish pink on the finger, when applied with a brush on the face it disappears. I tried applying it with a finger to the high points of my face and I could see a stripe, but the second I tried to blend it in a little so it didn’t look like a stripe I made with my finger, it disappeared.
Even if I left it as a stripe on the face and didn’t attempt to blend it, an hour later it was gone completely. I’m not sure if it is the product or my skin tone that just loses the color, but I will not be keeping this in my makeup rotation but passing it on to a friend with a different skin tone. Perhaps she will have better luck. And yes there will be disinfectant wipes involved with anything I pass over to her. I also know she’ll wipe it down a second time, just as even though I know she has wiped down the things she passess to me, I will wipe them down again.Given that we both love subscription boxes and have different skin tones, we have been doing the shade swap for a while now.
As I finally made it through the last of my open travel sized mascaras (I’ll be going over them in mass in my empties post next week) I got to open a new full sized mascara. I chose at random and came up with the Wander Beauty Mile High Club Mascara.
It is supposed to give the lashes both volume and length. I am all for both. I have to say though, I was a little disappointed. There might have been a little lengthening and maybe a little volume, but it wasn’t much. It is a good everyday mascara. It didn’t flake or smear. It didn’t make my lashes clumpy. But there wasn’t a lot of extra length or volume. I will be keeping it in the rotation because it is a good solid everyday mascara, it’s just not a WOW mascara.
This brings us to the lips.
Oh, the lips.
I know as this is my first make up bag post you are probably expecting my favorite Kristopher Buckle lipstick to be included, but no, no my darlings. For this week I have been testing a lipstick I received in a subscription box. It is in a color I would not normally wear, but as it is the only lipstick I have from the brand, I wanted to try out the formula despite not being all that bowled over by the color. And what is this product? It is the Fenty Beauty lipstick in the shade Clapback.
I love the packaging. I really like the slim style of lipsticks. The color not so much. Blue is not really a shade of lipstick I gravitate towards. Unless the blue is so dark that it is almost black. Those I have been known to wear. But not this. However, this week it was my daily color. (I occasionally took a break with lip balm and no lipstick because that blue is hard to take daily)
When applied it was a bit streaky and required several passes to fully cover the lips. It never fully dried down so I was still leaving lip prints on any mug or cup I used throughout the day. Despite that, my lips felt dry. Not to the touch, but as though the moisture was being pulled from them. It was actually the worst of both worlds for me, dry lips and smearing lipstick on everything.
I applied lip balm several times throughout the day. I used the Sugar crush potted lip balm in Peony actually rather than my Jersey Shore Cosmetics one because I didn’t want the blue staining the lip balm and I could apply the potted one with a finger more easily. Admittedly, I then had to wipe blue off of my finger.
In the past I have noticed that sometimes a deeper more pigmented color can alter the lip formula. There are several lighter colored lipsticks I have used where the formula was great in them, but when I went for deeper shades in the same brand I was not happy with them. I don’t know if that is the case with this formula or not. I do know I am not a fan of this formula and will probably not be buying Fenty lipsticks anytime soon. This one just dried my lips too badly.
Finally, as we’ve already covered eyeshadows, We come to the setting spray. This week I used the Farsali Rose Gold skin mist. It too came in a subscription box and I never got around to using it. So this was it’s week.
The scent was nice, the gold flakes are pretty to look at and I had no problems with any of my makeup not staying in place. I wasn’t terribly enthused by the spray nozzle however. A mist it is not. The product release is quite intense. I would suggest spraying it in the air to test before you aim it at your face so you can judge the distance. It is a stout spray and I had to dab off a few drips from my face before my makeup ran.
Once I adjusted my aim things went better, but definitely test the spray if you are using this product. I think because it is open, I will use this another week or so. I do have to admit though, it is more the glass bottle and the gold flakes that I enjoy more than the spray product itself. As a display it is gorgeous, but I probably wouldn’t be purchasing it to use anytime in the near future.
So that my darlings was this week’s makeup bag. As I shuffle some of them back to my dressing table and bit a few others farewell as they head off to some other destination I begin gathering items for the coming week.
The items I am putting in my makeup bag to try this coming week are: Becca Ultimate Coverage Foundation (which I forgot to put in the picture and am just now realizing), Huda Beauty Topaz obsessions Palette, Marc Jacobs HiFi Filter, Flesh cream highlighter in Twitch, Pretty Vulgar’s Feathers mascara, NARS Liquid lip, and an OFRA blush. I will also be adding the Eyeko Fat eyeliner (even though I also didn’t put it in the photo).
Remaining from last week are the Peter Thomas Roth Primer, Farsali setting spray and my Rimmel stay matte powder. As the NARS liquid lip is a purple shade called Wild Night I suspect it will clash horribly with the Topaz Obsessions palette, but I have my clear Ciate lip oil on standby if the color combo becomes too much to handle. Wish me luck and tune in next week to see how I felt about these products.