This week I wanted to test one of the sample sized foundations I picked up in my summer shade. It was the Yensa BC Foundation. It is full coverage and is formulated as a mix of BB cream and CC Cream. I really enjoyed using it this week. While I will be keeping the remainder of the tube in my collection until I use it up, I will eventually end up purchasing a full size. It gave me excellent coverage without being cakey and it didn’t settle into my fine lines throughout the day.
To be honest, I am not as enthused by the primer I used with it. I thought about using the Yensa primer, which I absolutely love as I thought it would pair well with the foundation (which it did actually, there was one day where I tested the two together and they are a winning combo), however I am trying to work through my sample sizes so that they don’t pile up and expire before I can try them and so that I can decide what full sized products I want to add to my dressing table in the future.
So the sample sized primer I pulled was the Too Faced Hangover Rx Replenishing face primer. I can’t decide if I don’t like it or if I just didn’t like it with this foundation. The primer smells like coconut, which is not my favorite, but it isn’t strong enough to be a major issue. It is white and massages into the skin like a moisturizer. It is very hydrating, but to be honest I didn’t notice much of a difference when I wore it under my foundation and when I wore the foundation with no primer. By contrast when I wore the Yensa primer underneath, it enhanced the foundation.
I think I might like it better with a foundation that feels more drying on the skin as I suspect that this is either designed for those with dry skin or who are using a foundation that tends to dry them out. While I have foundations that occasionally crease towards the end of the day I don’t really have any that leave my skin feeling dry. What I might do is try this again in the winter time and see if I like it better when my skin is dryer. I think the issue is that it is just not really designed for my skin type. So at the moment, it will return to the dressing table for a later week long test but as of now I don’t think I will be picking up a full sized version of this primer as much as I tend to love Too Faced Products.
By contrast I brought out the Kristofer Buckle translucent loose setting powder to use again. This is its second time in my makeup bag. I picked this powder up as part of the Vanity Collection Kits that are offered on the Kristofer Buckle site.
I chose it because I wanted to test out the Triplicity Foundation Stick and because I absolutely adore the formula of the Cashmere Slip Lipstick. The shade Bardot is the lipstick I grab before any other one in my collection. Don’t get me wrong there are others I really love, but it is just such an excellently wearable formula. But that isn’t the point. The point is I picked up the kit and the powder was in it. Incidentally, I highly recommend the kits. All of the products are full sized and it is a really affordable way to try out multiple products from the brand. And they are having a BOGO sale on the kits so it is a good time to stock up.
When I tested the products I more or less had a Kristofer Buckle themed Makeup bag that week. I knew I loved the lipsticks and I absolutely fell in love with the Triplicity foundation stick and because of this I think the powder got shorted. I remember thinking ‘it’s a good powder, but wow that foundation.’
Sometimes I get focused on one thing and let others slide. This week I used the powder in my bag. I was not distracted by the other Kristofer Buckle products. I have to say I found it better this time than I did the first. It is very finely milled, sits well on the skin and does not cause a white cast in photos. It also has zero scent. After a couple of months of coconut scented powder (which I liked, it was a good powder) it was really nice to have a powder that has no scent. The little powder puff that comes with the powder is completely useless. I used a powder brush and my Huda Beauty makeup sponge instead, but it is a much better powder than I remembered from my first use and I was happy to use it this week and I will be happy to keep it in rotation.
With powders I like to keep one pressed powder and one loose powder. This week my pressed powder was the No. 7 Perfect Light pressed powder. It is one of my go to powders. I will often wear it simply over primer to control shine and it is the compact I reach for when I need to powder my nose mid day. As I didn’t need to powder my nose this week beyond what I put on in the morning, I did not get to use this all that much. I’m going to be keeping it in the makeup bag this week. Also I think it will work well with the foundation product I plan to use this week. No. 7 is also having a sale at the moment 20% Off When You Spend $79 with code 20OFF. The sale runs through September 13th.
This week I pulled the Revolution Fast Base Concealer to use. Because the foundation did not require any extra assistance, I ended up using it solely as an eyelid primer. It worked well even though the shadows had a tendency to fade throughout the day. It gave me a smooth, even toned base from which to start building my shadow looks.
Speaking of shadows, I used the Ciate London New England Palette this week. The link will take you to the full review. It is a bit mixed. The pigments are more buildable than intense and if you want the shimmers to brighten you have to use a damp brush. With a damp brush the shimmers and metallics are spectacular. The look just has a tendency to fade to nothing after about six hours.
For my bronzer this week I took out my Space Case Fakeation on Mars Bronzer. It Is one of those products that I tend to forget that I have. The case is dark blue and tends to fade into the shadows of the drawer.
The product itself is quite nice. It is a buildable formula rather than an intensely pigmented one so if you are worried about applying too much bronzer and making your face look dirty then this might be an option for you to look into. I really like it because I can decide just how dramatic I want to be. I am also glad I found it now as it is one of those bronzers that really helps when your skin is going through seasonal tonal changes.
It is great for darkening a slightly too light foundation without making your face look like it is overly powdered. (I’m sure there is another term for that, but you know what I mean). I really like this when I am too light to still use my summer shades but not yet pale enough for some of my winter ones. If used when the foundation isn’t quite dry it really blends in nicely to help adjust the shade.
This week’s blush is one that came in a subscription box at some point, but I can’t remember which one. I also forgot I had it. I think what happened was that it came in and was a smaller size so when I put it with the other blushes it was over shadowed. I don’t think I used it before this week.. It was the Mannakadar Buildable Blush in Bali Babe. I would say that it is more bendable than buildable. It is an intense pigment that does blend out well. It does not go on light. That being said, I did like it. Is it my favorite blush? No, and truthfully I probably won’t buy a full sized version. I will however use this until it is gone. It falls into that good but not spectacular range.
One product that always falls into the spectacular range is the Ofra Glazed doughnut highlighter. It is simply stunning. It applies bright but blends beautifully to a soft glow. This is a product I will use down to pan and then instantly replace. Normally I go for more gold toned highlighters, but this just blends so beautifully I am willing to lean towards silver.
I had two eyeliners in my Makeup bag this week. One was the Hank and Henry Blickity Black and the other was the Milk Makeup Gel liner. The Milk gel Liner is in a champagne nude type color (I couldn’t find the color on the liner) and it goes on creamy and smooth. I used it in my water line. It is more subtle than a white liner and gives a softer look. I am a big fan of the formula and will be seeking out other colors to add to my collection.
The Hank and Henry, not so much. The liner which is a calligraphy pen style, has the tendency to skip instead of giving a smooth line. It also bled a little into my fine lines, not a lot, just enough that I noticed when I was applying it. While it stayed in place once it was on the lids, it tended to fade a little towards the end of the day, getting a kind of off black color by the time I went to take off my makeup. The final issue was that I had to kind of wait between eyes. I would get one done and notice it was skipping more the monger I used it so I would have to cap it and let it rest before doing the other eye. I was not a fan.
I am still a fan of the Bad Gal Bang mascara from Benefit, which was my mascara this week. I think there is enough product for one , maybe two more weeks in the tube so back into the dressing table it goes, but it is with a pang of loss that I sent it away. I really like this mascara. The other Benefit mascaras are good and I enjoy using them, however this is my favorite.
And yes I realize I am sort of hoarding it a little bit but not just going ahead and using it up, but I have several opened mascaras to finish up as well as several unopened mascaras I want to try so once I finish this trial size I am not allowing myself to buy the fill sized version until I clear out a little more space in my mascara section. So I am holding on to this as long as I can so that when I do finish it I can justify purchasing the full one. Don’t worry, it will still get used up within the six month deadline, I just want to hold on to it a little longer.
For my brows this week I kept the Hourglass brow pencil around for defining the bottom of the arch, but mostly used a tinted eyebrow gel. I have several but I somehow never think to reach for them. This one is the Soap and Glory Archery Volu-boost brow fiber gel. It’s the shade Talk of the Brown, in case you are curious. I really enjoyed using it. It didn’t make my brows crispy or look plastered on (I really hate when bows are so insanely defined and plastered against the skin by gel that they look painted on. I think it makes people look like cartoon characters. I am really happy that it looks like fluffy, natural looking eyebrows are trending. While this did help me tame and define my eyebrows it didn’t give me cartoon brows so I was happy. I really think having the eyebrow pencil to define the bottom helped and I like the Hourglass brow pencil formula.
Finally we come to the lips. This week I had three options in my Makeup bag. The first was a MAC Bullet style lipstick. It is in the shade mocha. I always think of mocha as a brown shade but this read more pinky neutral on the lips this week. It was just as creamy and lovely to wear as I remember Mac lipsticks being and the shade went well with the pinkier tones of the eyeshadow palette without overwhelming them.
The trestique also went well with the brighter shades, blending but not competing with the eyes. I chose one of the lips from the Mini Matte Lip Collection, the Florence Fig to try out this week. Again it is a neutrally pink, although slightly darker than the Mac.
I really love the formula of the Trestique lip products. They are creamy and non drying and they last a really long time. They need touching up after lunch, as do most traditional lipstick formulas but over all it lasts quite well. I now have the set of mattes and the sheer glosses in the Trestique Minis and to be honest I am thinking of just putting them all in a jar and leaving them in the bathroom with my skin care so that they are on hand to reach for.
I’ve actually had really good luck with the trestique formulas in general. Their Bronzing stick is one of my favorites. They are another brand where I almost have enough products to do a full face of just the brand. I’ll have to take an inventory and see what I am missing and possibly do a full face make up bag one week.
The third lipstick product that was in my bag this week was the Clarins Velvet Lip Perfector. I have to say I was very much looking forward to testing this out. I’ve used several skin care products from Carins and I really liked the Lip water stain I tried. However I did not use it this week. I tested it out but the eye shadow palette tended to skew more pink tones and this was just a bit too red so it looked off. I will be bringing it back this week and this week it will be used. I am actually selecting my eyeshadow palette around this lip product. Next week will be it’s time to shine.
This week there is one final product in my Makeup bag and it is the setting spray. This setting spray however is a little something special. It is the Timeless Skincare HA Spray with Matrixl 3000 + Cucumber extract. It was gifted to me by Timeless Skincare, along with several other skincare products I am trying.
This is both a setting spray and skin care. I posted a seperate post about this spray yesterday (the link above will take you directly to it). Because it is skin care and I do like to give skincare at least 30 to see if it works (as it generally takes that long to show any changes) this setting spray will be in my bag for at least the next month. Trust me that is no hardship. In addition to the skin care benefits which will bc covered at the end of the month long trial, it is a really good setting spray. In addition it’s cucumber scent makes me feel like i just left a spa. I know it is just the scent but it is really nice and extra refreshing. So I will be using it in my makeup bag as I do my full trial. Then I’ll start rotating other setting sprays in.
And that concludes this week’s make up bag. Next week I will be using the QMS tinted moisturizer. From what I have heard, it is very light coverage so I will probably be going more natural with my look in the coming week. Which is fine with me. It is still very hot here and I have no real plans to leave the house so easy and breezy suits me just fine.