This week started out rough in my makeup bag. The first component in it was a trial sized Foundation sample of Pur’s 4-in-1 Love your Selfie Foundation and Concealer. I did not like it in the slightest. The link will take you to the full review should you wish to check it out, but in short wearing it made my skin look worse than not wearing it.
Which is kind of the opposite effect you want your makeup to have. Or at least for me it is.
While I hate wasting product, the remaining product in this little tube is going to the trash. I tried every which way I could think of to make it work, but it is not for me.
The primer I tried with it, didn’t help. This week’s primer was the Blur Drop Primer by Kaja. I have never tried anything from the brand before and this was not an encouraging sign.
The primer is clear, which isn’t actually a problem with me. Several of my favorite primers are clear. This one however was thinner than any of the others I’ve tried and didn’t really blur or fill anything.
It was slick with no hint of stickiness so it had no real makeup gripping capabilities. When I put makeup over it, the products all ended up looking patchy. In addition, it has a surprising perfume sort of fragrance to it which I didn’t really care for. It was a bit cloying and I’m not really sure fragrance needs to be added to a primer in general.
Since I had several newer products in my makeup bag this week, I went back to my dressing table and played with some tried and true products to see what was causing the issues. After all I would hate to unfairly blame the primer.
But it was the primer.
I ended up rotating it back out and just going with the Pore Professional by Benefit this week since I just got so frustrated with the Kaja primer. Also because I was equally frustrated with the Pur Foundation, I brought back the NYX Bare with me tinted skin veil to replace it. Benefit and NYX worked where Pur and Kaja did not. At least for me.
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My eyeshadow palette this week was from Storybook Cosmetics Fairy Tales line. It is the Briar Rose Palette. As I previously wrote a review of it and after checking it, found my thoughts hadn’t really changed, I let the review stand.
I will say that when last I reached for this palette, the weather was cooler and the season was different. I was wondering what a change in season would do to my appreciation of the palette and I have to say, it really just made me choose different colors.
I found myself using the lighter shades more than the deeper ones (where as before Grimm and Beauty were my natural draws.) Thorn was actually a good all over the lid shade for a quick look. I really liked it. It is a very wearable palette. While the book format is cute, it does take up a lot of space. It is a good palette though and space hog or not, I will be reaching for it again.
This week I kept the Ciate Loose setting powder in Everyday Vacay around for another week. The jar is getting low so I am trying to use it up. I know I have a powder to give a try next week so I will be swapping it out, but I really would like to use this up so it will be returning. It’s a great product so it isn’t a hardship.
The pressed powder was a new one to me. It was the Jouer Pressed Mineral powder. It is a nice powder. It blends well into the skin and didn’t look powdery or cakey. It was really good when midday shine appeared in the t-zone.
This powder was very good at dealing with the shine through without making my skin feel as though I was just loading it down with powder. It is a small, sleek design and I could easily see myself adding this to the small makeup bag in my purse for the sole purpose of mid-day mattifying.
The I heart Revolution Fixing Spray remained in my bag this week and slowly but surely I am using it up. I can’t remember when I bought it but it continues to work well and smell nice. I’m not certain how long fixing sprays last or if they have an expiration date but since it is one of the oldest items in my dressing table I’m going to work on using it up and clearing it out.
This week also saw the return of the Wet’n wild ultimate brow kit, which I Pared with the billion dollar brows Duo Highlight and contour stick. I still like the wet ‘n wild powders and despise the cream highlighter that comes with the brow kit.
I still like the bdb highlighter while hating the brow pencil that came with that kit. Si the great powders with the good highlight are a good combination. Looking over my collection, I realized I might actually have almost enough wet ‘n wild products to do a full face with the brand. (the same can also be said about a few other brands) so I may have a few brand only weeks coming up. I just need to fill in a few of the gaps before I do.
Until then, I still enjoy the wet ‘n wild brow powder.
I had two more returning products this week. One was the Eyeko London FAT Liquid Eyeliner in black. I love Eyeko liners. I have had the regular ones, the skinny ones and the fat ones. They all glide on smoothly and stay in place all day. I have not had any problems with them smearing or fading throughout the day. They don’t seep into fine lines either, which is a trait that should always be encouraged in a liquid eyeliner.
Another long term favorite returned this week and that was the Kevyn Aucoin The Expert mascara. It always makes my lashes longer and more defined. It doesn’t flake or smear and it stays in place all day. And in this heat, having something that won’t run when it hits the summer sun is a fantastic product. That being said, this morning I picked it up and thought it felt a little light.
I scanned back through my weekly makeup bags and realized that I have been rotating this mascara in a lot in the past couple of months. I may have to add in a new mascara just to give it a bit of a rest. I will be very sad when it is time to pass this mascara on.
This week I had two band new to me products from Julep. The first was the So Radiant Diamond Bronzer in medium First off I have to say I really like the packaging. It is a nice heavy plastic with a mirror inside.
The way it opens means the mirror stays open and is easy to use as well so it is a useful mirror. I had an interesting time with this product. The first thing I did was to do a finger swatch on my arm to see how pigmented it was.
The swatch barely showed up on my skin. You could tell there was powder but no pigment. I was a little disappointed but I figured I’d push on. So I took brush to pan and hoped for the best.
I will say, I did not use a light hand because I saw the swatch. Yeah, it doesn’t swatch very pigmented with a finger, but the brush picked up a whole lot. It was really dark on my skin. So I washed my face and started again. This time, I picked up my usual amount of pigment with the brush instead of trying to compensate for the swatch with a heavy hand.
It applied well and blended easily into the skin. It was comfortable to wear and lasted all day. The bronzer worked well with my skin tone although I think I might have to go a shade lighter in the winter time. I really liked the bronzer. It also reaffirmed the lessons I was given when I was first learning to apply makeup. Start light and build. To that I would add, don’t trust the swatch.
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Also from Julep in a smaller but no less sleek and functional package was the blush I used this week. It is a pore minimizing blush in the shade Rosewood. Like the bronzer, it did not swatch well, but having learned my lesson with the bronzer, I started off light and built my look.
This may be one of my favorite blushes. I dipped in lightly and got color that I could either sheer out or build up to a depth I wanted. I can’t say I noticed much in the way of pore blurring but it didn’t give me added texture so I was fine with it, especially as the color was fantastic on me. It blended like a dream and stayed all day.
Paired with the bronzer it was a winning combination for me this week. Again for the fall I might have to get a shade lighter in the blush, but that’s okay. I don’t mind having multiples of this formula around at all. Both Julep products will be staying in rotation in my dressing table and will more than likely make frequent appearances in my makeup bag in the weeks to come. I suspect I will end up ordering more products from Julep soon. In case you are interested, they are having a mega Summer clearance sale. I’ve linked it above. Not only are the prices discounted but you get an extra code on top of the discount. I’ll be looking into that this afternoon. I suspect their items will sell out quickly.
This week I also tried the Iconic London illuminator. The only thing I’ve actually used from Iconic was a setting spray. I really liked the setting spray.
Liquid highlighters aren’t generally what I gravitate towards as I tend to over do it with product placement. With this dropper though, I found it very easy to add just a little bit of product to my face. I could use the rounded end of the dropper to just place a dot or two and then blend it in.
In all fairness, I have to admit, I didn’t think I would like this product. I ended up really liking it. The gold tones of the highlighter blended well with my skin and I could easily decide how much or how little I wanted to apply. It could be blinding or it could be subtle. I liked that I got to choose.
I don’t think I would like the other shades of this product. I think the reason I liked the gold so much is that the gold tones really did blend in well with my skin. I also think that this bottle will last me a really long time. For a good daily look I only needed one drop per cheek which I blended for a good casual look. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to keep this in my collection.
For my three lip products I chose two of my long term favorites and one liquid lip I forgot I had. The Thrive Causemetics lip gloss in Ashley is one of my go to lip glosses. I really like the formula and will use it until every last drop is gone.
Also in my favorites is a Nars liquid lip in the shade Paradise Garage. It is one of my go to nude liquid lips. I love the Nars formula. It gets dry but it never dries down all the way so your lips never feel desiccated.
It dries down just enough that you don’t leave glaringly obvious lip prints everywhere (although it takes a few minutes). You do leave a few little smudges but not many, especially with the lighter shades. With this formula the darker the shade the less it seems to dry down. At least in my experience. I haven’t actually tried every shade.
Finally, I used the Stila Stay all day liquid lip in the shade Rubino. It is a deep red shade. When you apply it the first thing you have to do is make sure it doesn’t get on your teeth. Somehow my first application always does.
Then check your outlines on your lips and make sure it is exactly where you want it. Then blot to remove excess product (because this one always seems to leave a little excess product. Check your lines (and teeth) again and then let it dry.
Once it dries, it is going nowhere. In fact the next day you will still have a little reddish tinge to your lips no matter what form of makeup remover you use. Lip scrubs help, but unless you completely scrub off a layer of lip, the ghost of the shade will remain the following day.
It isn’t bad though. I hid it under the Nars nude the next day with no problems. Just be aware they aren’t joking when they say stay all day. It dries down really well, but after it dries down, I tend to forget I’m wearing it. It is quite comfortable to wear and I didn’t have any problems with over drying of my lips. This is one of those products I need to remember I have more often so I wear it instead of shoving it into a drawer and forgetting. Stila is one of those brands for me in general though. For a long time I had a lot of Stila products and then I just sort of stopped buying them. I can’t remember why though. And I did really like this lip.
So that was this week’s makeup bag for me. There were some old favorites, and some new trials. There were some clear and often surprising winners from the new, several of which will remain in my dressing table. There were also a few new products that I now know to steer clear of in the future.
In my book it is often just as important to know what to scratch off the possible purchase list as it is to add more items to it. All in all, a fun and educational week for me. I hope next week is just as much fun, although I could really do with a less problematic foundation in the next week. Because my Vanity Collection Came in from Kristopher Buckle yesterday, it features heavily in next week’s makeup bag. So if you’ve ever wondered about the brand, or have never heard of them, stay tuned.
I’ll see everyone back here this afternoon for the Friday Face Mask. Until then have an excellent Friday.