This week I tried to focus on items I never tried before so it was a week of first impressions. To start off with I used the Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation in the shade 127 Y Bamboo.
It turned out to be a great shade for my deepest summer tan, although the clock is ticking as to how long I will be able to wear the shade. I liked the foundation enough that once I clear out some of my current foundations, I will be picking up a lighter shade.
While the link above will take you to the full review the basic summary is that it is a good foundation that feels weightless. It has a bit more shine than I like but is easily toned down by a matte setting powder. I am still working my way through the Ciate Everyday Vaccay Setting powder (I have only a few more weeks and it will be used up) and it worked really well with this foundation.
Less well received this week was the Ciate watermelon burst hydrating primer. Don’t get me wrong it is a good hydrating primer. The Extraordinary foundation just needed a pore filling primer underneath it to look it’s best. This was not that primer.
I called in the Benefit Porefessional primer though and it paired amazingly well with the foundation. There were a couple of days where I didn’t bother with foundation because I knew I was going to just be running in and out of the heat all day. On those days I tend to use a primer and a dusting of powder.
In that application, I really liked the watermelon burst primer. It locked the powder in place and didn’t let my skin dry out. The primer also has a nice watermelon scent to it that made me crave Jolly Ranchers all week. It just didn’t pair well with the foundation I chose this week as it required something pore filling and not hydrating. I will be keeping the ciate primer around and using it again when a hydrating primer is called for. As winter dries my skin, that shouldn’t be a problem. That I’m keeping the Benefit Cosmetics Primer around goes without saying.
I didn’t have a new bronzer this week so I went with my small sample size of NARS Laguna. I absolutely love this bronzer. It is a great color and a wonderful formula. However I am not allowing myself to purchase a full sized version until I use up the sample. I am actually starting to feel a dent in the center of the pan so I will be reaching for this periodically in an effort to use it up. Plus I can’t remember when I got the sample so I’m worried it might be getting a bit old. And if at all possible I like to use things up rather than throw them out because they are expired.
The blush was new to me and came from the August Look Fantastic Box. It is the bellapierre cosmetics mineral blush in the shade amaretto. It is a loose blush which I haven’t used in a while. For a long time though the loose mineral blush from bareMinerals was my go to blush so I am familiar with loose blushes and actually don’t mind them. It is easy to apply too much so there is some technique involves with the tapping out of product, so it did take me a little while to get back in the swing of things.
Once I did I really liked it. The powder applied well, blended easily and stayed all day. Like the foundation though, it is a product that works best for me when my skin is at its darkest tan. I suspect this is more of a summer blush for me as once my tan fades, it might be a bit too dark. For now though, the color was perfect. And luckily the product is good for 36 months so I don’t have to worry about using it up in the next month or so. As Look Fantastic sent a full sized blush in the August box, it will last a while.
My concealer this week was the Pretty Vulgar concealer. I really like the formula. Usually I use the concealer as eyelid primer as well and usually the Pretty Vulgar formula is really good in that capacity. The eyeshadow palette I was working with wasn’t the best this week so I pulled in the Pretty Vulgar lid primer as back up. It is like Velcro for eyeshadow.
It did its best, but the shadow didn’t help it. As I am planning to practice working with cut creases, I will probably be keeping both of them around in the following week as I find them both useful for that.
So be prepared for repeats with those. At some point I am going to have to pick up a pretty vulgar eyeshadow palette. I love their foundation and mascara as well as their concealer and lid primer, it seems only logical.
Also they just came out with a new blush palette that looks really interesting. I’m actually debating whether to pick that one or a benefit cosmetics blush palette. I can’t justify picking up both at the same time, but I will probably talk myself into one of them.
There is a full review of the eyeshadow palette I used this week that this link will take you to. It is the Morphe + Manny MUA Glam Palette. I was not a fan. While not the greatest formula, it wasn’t horrific. It was just boring and meh.
There are two highlighters in this palette as well and they too fell into the category of nothing special. I suspect in my next declutter, this palette will be one of the first to go bye-bye.
For my eyebrows I kept the Hourglass brow pencil around for another week. I really like it and to be completely honest I just forgot to change it out when I swapped out my makeup for the week.so it was an accidental repeat. I’ll be sure to choose something new for the brows next week to make up for it.
Both my mascara and eyeliner were new this week. The eyeko lash alert mascara came in my Look Fantastic Box in August along with the blush. I have to say while it was a pretty good mascara with great lengthening abilities. I prefer eyeko’s black magic mascara. However it was a good mascara.
Since sample sized tubes like this generally have only about a two week supply of product in them, what I am going to do is keep this around and pair it with a volumizing mascara. I have several that are nearing the end of the time I am willing to keep them around and need to be used up before they expire. Doubling the mascara will give me the lashes I want and help me not waste product.
My eyeliner this week was the Wander Beauty skyliner in black. It is a gel formula which isn’t my favorite formula however I have to say I was interested by the description. It is infused with olive oil (and other oils) to make it extra creamy and smooth to apply. I have to say it was. It didn’t tug at the skin as I applied it at all and glided into place as it was supposed to. The pencil even comes with its own sharpener.
The only thing I didn’t like about the sharpener was that you had to roll the product out quite far to get it to sharpen and I suspect at some point I’m going to end up snapping a chunk of it off. That is the down side of the creamy texture; the point blunts really quickly so you have to sharpen it a lot. I will say though once in place, you need a makeup remover to get it off of the skin. When applying it you have a very limited window for adjustment before you have to accept that it is set in place for the day. Over all a pretty good product though and one I am happy to have in my collection.
This week I continued to use down my I heart Revolution Setting spray. I love this setting spray, it is just getting along in age and I am fairly certain it is either at or past its expiration date. I can’t remember when I bought it to be honest. However I have only about one more weeks’ worth of product in the spray bottle so I will be using it up this week and then trying out something else.
This of course brings us to the lips. Here I must confess I had a change of plans after packing my makeup bag for the week. This week I put a neutral C’est Moi lip gloss, a Bite Beauty Liquid lip and a Huda Beauty lip contour in my bag. They were all neutral shades. I balanced them out with an elf liquid lip in the shade red vixen and a Clarins water lip stain in the shade red water.
Once I tried out the eyeshadow palette and realized no matter what color combo I was going to try it was all going to come out as a basic neutral, I ended up balancing it with the elf and the Clarins and didn’t reach for the other lip products at all. So the lippies I did not use last week will go back to the makeup bag for next week.
The elf and the Clarins were both fantastic reds. The elf dried down nearly instantly so any adjustments had to be made immediately or you were suck with them (or forced to get a cotton swab with makeup removing oil and work delicately).It never smeared or left lip prints behind and once on I forgot I was wearing it. I have to say elf has been killing it lately. From this lip to the well thought out bite sized palettes, I am very impressed. This red faded a little throughout the day but at the end of the day it was still a vibrant red. It was a deeper, more blue toned red than the Clarins.
The Clarins Water lip stain was a bright red, that oddly smelled of cherries. I found it a little odd but strangely appealing. The scent didn’t last all that long though. Once the water stain dried it was pretty much gone. The lip water is applied with a little brush and as the name suggests, feels like you are brushing water on your lips. I found that if you applied it lightly to the center and used a finger to smooth it over the lips, you could create a light wash of red color. If you applied it all over the lips and just let it dry then you had a much brighter cherry tone.
It took a little longer to dry than the elf, but once in place it stayed in place. And when I say stayed in place I mean makeup removers could only dim it, not defeat it. The next morning I woke with my lips still pink. For me it wasn’t an issue as I was putting the elf red vixen over it, but in general I had very pink lips this week. If I were going somewhere and I was going to be out and about with no chance to touch up my makeup, the Clarins Water lip stain is a formula I would reach for. If you are interested you can purchase the Clarins Water lip Stain at All Beauty. They are currently having an end of summer sale with 50% off most (if not all) of their items. It is well worth checking out.
If you give the Clarins a moment to dry it will stay with you and not smudge a lick throughout the day. And something about it just feels summery. Maybe it is the pink tone and the cherry scent. Either way, one application and you can forget it is even there. I am definitely going to see what their color range for this line is because if they all perform this well, it would definitely be worth keeping them around.
As a bonus I should say that neither of these lip products smudged the inside of my mask. That’s how well they dried down and stayed dried down. And neither caused my lips to go desert dry either.
Before I close this post I want to mention some tools. I am still using and loving the bdellium tools 999 master blender brush. It fits perfectly in my hand and does wonders with my foundation application. I know they have a bit of a sale going on right now so if you are looking for some new brushes, now might be the time to look into them.
The makeup sponge I’ve been using is from Huda Beauty and I really like the balance it strikes between soft and firm. The flat side has proven more useful than I would have imagined for when I do detail work with the pointed end. It is over all a nice, well thought out make up sponge. I plan to use it until I have to buy a new one and then, unless I try another one I like better, I will be repurchasing it.
This week I added the complex culture powder brush that I received in August’s IPSY box and I am really liking it as well. The bristles are dense, yet soft and it is perfect for powder application. I very much enjoyed using it with my loose powder this week. I think I will continue to use the Alamar powder brush for my pressed powders though because it seems to work better with them than the fluffier rounded end brushes, but for loose powders I am happy to have this brush on hand.
And that concludes my notes from the Makeup Bag this week. Next week I’ll have a whole new slate of products to test out, including a sample of the Ken Gen Do Aqua Foundation.
It is apparently a makeup artist favorite (according to reviews)so we’ll see how well it works for a writer. As always I’ll be back for the afternoon face mask later today. This afternoon I’m giving the Super Silver Haze purifying Mask from Makeupdrop a try. Until then, have a great Friday.