This week I was required to get a little more adventurous with my makeup as my foundation was a rotating shades. I was using the ‘medium’ sample set from Jouer Cosmetics as my foundation this week. While all of the shades were in the medium range some of them had yellow undertones, others olive, some pink and a few neutral. It is a really good shade range actually. Although not meant to be used for one face. I did, mostly because I was testing the formula (and not leaving the house). So I got to use bronzer and powder to their fullest extend as I played ‘adjust the foundation shade’. I liked the formula even though it is more full coverage then I like in the summertime. You can check out the full review of the Jouer Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation if you want the more detailed version of how that trial went.
Likewise I posted about my use of the Elf Bite Sized Rosewater Palette and the Beauty by Popsugar Trio Tyme Morocco palettes as this week’s eyeshadow selection. Those had both highs and lows. Over all, I really liked the Elf Rose Water Palette (with the exception of the darker black shade) and didn’t like the Morocco Trio (with the limited exception of the shimmer shade).
The Rosewater is going to be staying in my collection and I am sure I will end up picking up more ELF Shadows as I like the formula of the ones I’ve tried. The Beauty by Popsugar, I will be passing along after sanitizing it.
This week I used the Pore Professional primer from Benefit cosmetics. I specifically chose this primer because last week I used the Pearl version. I wanted to do a personal comparison by using them one right after the other.
I have always preferred the Pearl version of the pore professional primer as I thought it gave a nice depth under matte foundation that the regular primer did not provide. While it does, this summer I have been using the Volition Luminizing Shield as my sunscreen. And I have gotten into the habit of putting it on every morning before my makeup so that I don’t forget it.
Because it is illuminating, I found my luminizing primers to be almost too much for me. Individually speaking , I think I still do like the Pearl version better than the original, however paired with my sunscreen I have to go with the original. I really enjoyed letting the illumination from the sunscreen glow with the mattifying pore professional tone it down. I think I will save my last sample size of the Pearl Poreprofessional for the winter months when I spend more time inside. Needless to say the regular Benefit Pore Professional will be staying in my makeup rotation.
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Speaking of Benefit Cosmetics, it is time to mention the Brow Contour Pro. It is a pen format eyebrow pencil that contains multiple products including lighter and darker shades of brow pencil, contour, and highlight. Last week I used up the lighter shade and was almost completely finished with the highlighter. The contour/defining pencil was getting low as well.
I was going to finish up the highlight and contour this week and use the darker shade. Which I did. This morning however I was checking to see how much was left of each product and when looking at the darker shade (which was the only remaining product, I dripped the pen and shattered the remaining dark eyebrow pencil. So the Brow Contour Pro is officially used up and will now leave my makeup bag for good and go to the empties bin.
I am going to have to have to think about what I want to replace it. I love Benefit’s Precisely my brow, but it has been my go-to for a while. I know I am getting an eyebrow pencil in my IPSY Bag this month so I might try either a powder or a pomade from Benefit instead. It is something to think about. But I do love Benefit’s brow products so I’m certain at some point one of them will return.
Speaking of returning products, I had several products make repeat visits to my makeup bag this week. A holdover from last week was the Ciate Marbled Blush in the shade Halo. It is a nice buildable formula and for me, the shade is just about perfect.
The Ciate loose setting powder in Everyday Vaccay once again returned. I really like the setting powder and find it doesn’t have the white cast that Ciate’s normal setting powder can occasionally have. The level on this product is low enough that I think I am just going to keep it in my makeup bag until it is gone. It may take a couple of weeks, but it is not a product I mind using repeatedly. And I would rather use it up before opening another product. And as I have a weakness for powders (both loose and pressed) I do have my eye on several I want to try, even if this is a staple.
Speaking of powders, the No 7 Perfect light pressed powder made a return visit to my makeup bag this week. I really do enjoy this formula. It feels really good on the skin and blends like a dream. I usually think of skincare when I think of No. 7 products (I really like several of their moisturizers) rather than their makeup, but I have to say I may be looking into their other cosmetics given the way this powder performs.
I like it as a finishing element, or as just a dusting to knock off the shine when I am just wearing sunscreen. It will be returning to my dressing table this week, but staying in rotation.
Because I was using a full coverage foundation this week, I added the Nars Bronzer in the shade Laguna to my bag. I know I can go both subtle and dramatic with it and given that my foundation shades were all over the place due to my Jouer trial, it helped adjust some of the less than perfect tones to my skin. I actually relied more heavily on this tiny bronzer than I usually do on my bronzers and it performed wonderfully. But alas, back to the dressing table it must go.
Returing to the dressing table again is my Pretty Vulgar The Feather’s mascara. I really do enjoy this mascara. It is not only pretty to look at, but the curved wand works well to lift and curl my eyelashes and the formula makes them look longer and more dramatic. Anytime I use a full coverage foundation I feel I need more dramatic lashes. And I knew this mascara would perform. So after a week of service, it returns to the dressing table to return when it is needed. Bye bye little birdy.
Staying in my makeup bag this week is the I heart Revolution Fixing Spray I love the Peaches and Cream scent and I love the way the product performs. At the moment I am mostly switching between this spray and the Laura Geller Spackle Mist. Since this one is over half empty (and I can’t remember how long I’ve had it open in my dressing table) I am probably going to make a push to use this up in the next few weeks.
This week I used the megaliner from wet ‘n wild. I really like it and I have enjoyed getting accustomed to using a liquid liner again. It was the type of liner I started with when I first started doing my makeup. It has been fun remembering how to keep my eyes half open while I fan them to dry the liner so it doesn’t transfer and I really like the way it performs. Next week I think I am going to replace it with a different style of liner, either pencil or pen just to change things up a bit. But rest assured, this wet ‘n wild liner will be returning.
I think the final returning product was the TreStique Mini Lip Glaze in Shell Beach Sheer.It is a nice light lip tint that I really enjoyed using. It provides just a hint of color without actually being a lipstick or crayon. I think I will be returning it to the dressing table this week though as I have so many other lip products I want to use.
I actually had several I used this week, but before we go full on into the world of lips, I want to mention my highlighter. This week I used the Nomad highlighter in the shade Midnight Sun. I found this an interesting highlighter to use. For the most part I applied it with my fingertip rather than a brush as it seemed to work better that way. I found that it could produce a really bright highlight if left alone, but worked best if blended a little. If it was blended in then it really served as a soft glow for the highpoints of the face, making my skin look sunlit instead of like I just applied glittery highlight. With the full coverage foundation it was often lost, but in a low key look featuring more natural makeup looks, this would be a fantastic highlighter. I am tempted to keep it around for another week, but I need to see how many products are repeats before I make up my mind. Either way, it is staying in my dressing table and in my rotation until my sample size is used up and then I am purchasing a full sized version.
And now, to the lips.
This week I had two Bodyography lip pencils to try out, one in the shade Rosewood and the other in Pouty. They were a set that came in one of the Boxycharm boxes during June. I had mixed feelings because I tried a Bodyography eye pencil a while back and I did not like it. I did however like the lip pencils. Pouty in particular is a shade that I can easily wear just under lipgloss. They were creamy when applied and weren’t too drying on the lips, especially if a gloss was put over them . when just used as liners, they performed well and stayed in place all day. I will be reaching for them repeatedly.
This leaves the three liquid lips I put into my makeup bag this week. Two were matte and one is a gloss. The gloss was Laura Geller’s Nude Kisses lip hugging lip gloss. I like the shade and I like how comfortable it felt on my lips. There was a little smudging on my coffee mug rim, but that’s because glosses just don’t dry down like mattes. And it wasn’t really that much smudging. I have just been wearing mattes and clear lip glosses for a while so it was more noticeable. I liked wearing it, but I did notice that I had to reapply it after lunch. It was not a stay all day formula.
The Super Stay Matte Ink from Maybelline in Pioneer (#20) was definitely a stay all day formula. I put it on, gave it a few minutes to dry and then left it for the day. At the end of the day it still looked just as beautiful as it did at the beginning. The color was slightly muted after eight hours, but it was still in place. The trick with it is to make sure it is applied correctly at the start. Fix those smudges and crooked lines fast or you will either have to use a makeup wipe and start over or just live with the smudge, because once it dries there is no maneuvering it. It wasn’t very drying on the lips though and was quite comfortable to wear.
There was a little more wiggle room with the Sugar Rush Sugar Coat in the shade Sprinkle. It can be adjusted for a few minutes after applying and doesn’t seem to lock into place as tightly. It too was comfortable to wear. It lasted past lunch on the lips, but by about two in the afternoon it was a distant memory. I have no problem’s reapplying lipstick, but it is something to remember if you have an afternoon meeting. Stop off in the ladies room to refresh (or gent’s, depending), prior to the meeting if you want to be wearing it during the meeting. It has a good color saturation and isn’t drying on the lips. It doesn’t really dry down all the way, which is, I think, why it wears off. But it is very comfortable to wear. I will be looking into more shades of this formula when I next purchase lipsticks.
Finally I must add a little bit about my new foundation brush. I needed a new one and picked this one up from Bdellium Tools. It is the 999 master blender. This was its first week of use and I have to say I am a big fan. It has soft, yet densely backed bristles. It sort of reminds me of those elite style brushes with the brush on it’s side and a shape like a giant toothbrush. It has that sort of density to it. The brush blended in the product really well without leaving brush streaks. I really only needed the makeup sponge for a little detail work around my eyes. The shorter kabuki style handle gave me much greater control as well. It also stands up on it’s own so it is easy to find and grab quickly.
My only draw back this week was the fact that the rose gold metal picked up fingerprints and no longer looked pristine. (the above picture is the brush just out of the package.) I will also say that because I was using foil packets with foundation this was a messier week than usual in my morning getting ready process. And the streaks and fingerprints all wiped off easily. It is just one of those things where it was so pretty when I got it and after using it, the brush was no longer pristine looking. It’s still pretty but t no longer has that just out of the package feel. Sigh, I knew it wouldn’t last. But at least I am pretty sure the brush will. It looks as though it was meant to last.
It will of course remain in my makeup bag this week. So what will be joining it?
Well the I heart Revolution Fixing spray is staying and the Wet ‘n wild brow kit, along with the Billion Dollar Brows highlight and contour duo will be returning. The Ciate Loose setting powder will be staying until the jar is empty. The foundation I will be using this upcoming week is a trial sized tube of Pur 4-4in-1 Love Your Selfie long wear foundation and concealer. I have been looking forward to trying out this foundation for quite some time.The primer is also something I have never tried. It is the Kaja Blur Drop primer. I have never used anything from the brand Kaja so this well be my first impression of the brand as a whole which is always fun. I will be trying a liquid highlighter from Iconic London this week as well. I’ve used Iconic’s setting spray but that’s all so this should be a fun trial as well.
Returning after a stint in my dressing table is my Eyeko eyeliner and my Kevyn Aucoin mascara. I know I just can’t keep away. It is one of my top mascaras and I tend to naturally gravitate towards it. For my lips I chose two long standing favorites and one I forgot I had and will be using Thrive Causemetics, Nars and Stila on my lips this week. The pressed powder is a Jouer product and both the blush and bronzer are from Julep. I ordered them during one of Julep’s sales and they came in on Monday.
I restrained myself from using them this week so I am eagerly looking into trying them out for the first time. Finally my eyeshadow palette this week is one I have reviewed before. It is the Fairy Tales Storybook Cosmetics Briar Rose Palette. When looking at products this week It sort of said “Use Me’ very loudly so I decided I would. So next week while I will review the Pur Foundation in a separate post, I won’t be reviewing the eyeshadow palette separately. I’ll have to see what other products merit a single focused review instead. As always if there is anything in the upcoming bag (or past bags for that matter) that you want more detailed information about, let me know.
Until then, it is on with the day. Have a good Friday everyone. I’ll see you this afternoon for the Friday Face Mask.