You know what happens when you only go shopping once a month and don’t really leave the house much between? During your one outing you end up lingering in the makeup section wondering what would be fun to try. Or at least you do if you are me.
I’d feel bad about it if my baby doll didn’t do the same thing at the liquor store. Our Friday night cocktails have gone slightly experimental as he picks up a small bottle of ‘I’ve never even heard of this’ to go with whatever staple we went to replace at the end of the month. Some experiments are more successful than others.
I suppose the same can be said for my random make-up purchases. The latest of which was the NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil. Its product description on the NYX site reads…
Getting that glowing, lit up L.A. skin, “no makeup, makeup” look has never been easier with NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil. This light, concealing veil comes in a variety of tone-evening, skin tinting shades and is the perfect alternative to foundation and heavy BB creams. Even out your natural skin tone and achieve a smooth satin finish with this breathable, lightweight cream formula. Cover your face in a hydrating second skin that never feels cakey. Amazing on its own, as a base for a smooth makeup application, and best with our other Bare With Me products.
I think the Bare With Me line is fairly new, or at least I didn’t see it the time before when I perused the section and this is the first product from the line I’ve tried. I have to say it sounded quite appealing.
In the summer, I find myself drawn to tinted moisturizers and lighter coverage. Partially it is because of the sweat factor. When it is hot, my skin likes to breathe.
Mostly it is because I am also layering on sunscreen. Especially this year. I’m actually testing out a Volition Sunscreen right now that sets beautifully on the skin and under make-up (review coming at the end of the trial), but I have to say a lighter base for my makeup is appealing. On the hand the product felt like a bit like a traditional foundation so I had my concerns, but I pressed ahead.
And miracle of all miracles, I actually chose the right color for my current skin tone. I know, such a shocker, Everybody MAMBO! I was excited by that fact alone. I got it home and tried it on my hand and it pretty much disappeared into my skin. I was excited.
Now, this week I was trying a few different things that I feel I ought to explain.
The first involves tools. Since this was my foundation trial of the week, I tried using my regular foundation brush to see how it applied. I also used my old makeup sponge to test it. I then replaced my old makeup sponge with the HUDA BEAUTY Basic B sponge from this month’s Ipsy box. (Mostly because it reached the end of it’s life and really needed to be replaced.) I also set my regular brushes aside to test out the Laruce Brush set after testing it with my regular foundation brush.There will be a tool review coming soon.
I know, it’s a lot of changing. The end result was that this product applies better with a sponge than with a brush. It is just such a light weight product that it gets lost in the brush and you end up using too much in an attempt to correct this. It worked best if I put a little on my hand and then dabbed it on my face with the sponge and blended it in.
The next thing I tried was the powder before foundation trick. Some of you may have heard of this. It was all the rage on You Tube a few years ago. I think everyone tried it. I am certainly not the originator. I watched a make up Artist named Wayne Goss in a 2014 video and I really liked his techniques. I also like his videos in general and recommend checking him out.
I tested this product both with and without. The NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil worked beautifully both ways. With the powder first I noticed that I didn’t need to go back in with concealer over anything and that everything stayed in place perfectly all day. I also noticed that the extra shine I had from both an illuminating primer and my sunscreen was tamped down to a low glow rather than a bright shine.
I’m going to try the technique again next week with a regular primer to see how it holds up but I really liked it. I should note that these pictures were all taken on the day I didn’t use this method and just applied it like normal.
There were a couple of things I noticed. This trick doesn’t work if you have a totally dry face. If you are going to try this, make sure your moisturizer or whatever top layer you’ve applied, is still damp. The technique requires that the powder blend in with the moisturizer or powder to lock in place. Otherwise it is powdery and it becomes pointless.
I really liked this because I didn’t have to wait until my skincare dried all the way to apply my makeup products. I used loose powder which melted with the top layer of my liquid product and formed a smooth base for me to work with. As I was not using a pore filling primer but an illuminating one this week it was interesting since it ended up adding a pore filling element. So this cut down my time getting ready and expanded my range of products. If the trick fills pores I am more willing to try non-pore filling primers basically.
So I will be trying the powder before foundation plan again.
I did try the Bare With Me without doing it and it applied well also (hence the photos. Without the powder underneath it lasted on my face without issue for the full eight hours of wear that it claims to provide. With the powder I wore it for twelve with no problems.
I have to say this product met every claim it made. It lasted eight hours, it wasn’t cakey, it gave me a natural look and it felt absolutely weightless on the skin. In addition, it didn’t have that odd greasiness that some tinted moisturizers tend to get. I know it isn’t actually a moisturizer, so that is probably why, but I have no idea what else to compare a skin veil to. Either way it was weightless, mattifying and not greasy.
All reasons I will definitely be keeping this in rotation. It’s also why I will be picking up a lighter shade for winter. All in all a success. I am almost sad that I have to rotate it out this week. However I have a couple of sample sized tubes of BB and CC cream that I want to try to see if I want to try a full sized version later down the road. So I must set this aside. But rest assured, it will return.
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