I know normally we start off with the foundation or the eyeshadow, but today we are starting off with the Mascara. (incidentally I just realized it was cropped out of the above photo because I had it standing up, sigh).
Mascara is my second favorite category of product. Let’s face it, lips will always take first and Powder is holding steady at number three with primer of course coming in at number four. For those keeping score. This week’s mascara is The Feathers from Pretty Vulgar. This is one of those products that actually rewarded my superficial nature.
While I’m not sure that it a good thing long term, this product is quite as fabulous as its packaging. In other words, I bought it because the packaging is really pretty and I thought that even if I didn’t like it, then it would be a nice decorative element on my dressing table. It turns out it is very pretty and looks good on my dressing table AND it is a really good mascara. Yeah, I win!
I started with it today because I wanted to make sure to mention that it is currently being featured in a month long sale. Purchase any mascara (Faux Reals or the Feathers) with the Down Below primer and save $10! The sale started yesterday (October 1st, 2020) and runs through November first. As my Feathers Mascara is nearing the end of its life, I will be replacing it. The fact that the promotion also involves a primer is kind of a bonus for me. Anyway I started with mascara since I wanted to make sure I mentioned that right away.
Now, we can move on to eyeshadow. This week’s eyeshadow was the Hip Dot Zion Palette. The link will take you to the full review. The basic shake down was that I liked the colors and liked using it but there is a lot of fall out from the shadow to watch out for. I will also be looking into other Hip Dot palettes in the future with different color schemes.
The foundation this week was the NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil. When I pulled it from the drawer I was certain it was a summer shade. I like it enough that I also knew I wanted to figure out what my winter shade would be, hence the reason I chose it (beyond liking it of course). After using it, I think I might be able to wear this shade for a lot longer than I thought. I think there is enough variation in the tones that I might be able to get away with using it all the way until I am my palest of winter shades. I won’t know until the sun fades out my tan but I am optimistic that I may only actually need one shade of this Bare With Me. Which is kind of awesome as it means I don’t have to double up on a product and risk it going bad. I enjoyed using this as my foundation this week. It gave me great coverage and felt really good to wear. I will happily keep it in rotation as long as I can.
The primer this week was the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. It was a sample and this week did finish it out. The last time I used it I was on the fence as to whether I liked it or not. At the moment I think it is okay. It isn’t a bad primer but it isn’t one of my must have primers either. Perhaps when my skin is winter dry I might like it more, but at the moment it is one of those products I’d use if it was here but I wouldn’t run out and purchase as soon as I started to run low. For me, this week finished up the sample and so it is now out of my dressing table. It might return sometime in the winter to see if it fares better when my skin is dryer but I am not rushing out to replace it.
I did love using the Too Faced Chocolate Gold Soleil Bronzer this week though. That is a product I really like using. The product is nice and not as sparkly as I feared it would be from its name and the gold shimmer inside. It is just a very good bronzer. It is also a really pretty package. I have to say I am a sucker for a good looking compact. I really am. Luckily, the product is also nice.
I had two powders in my make up bag this week; one loose and one pressed. The Kristofer Buckle loose translucent setting powder was my loose powder.
It is a good setting powder with no flash back when taking pics and it helps set my makeup.
No 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder in Medium was the pressed powder I used this week and I have to say it is rapidly becoming one of my favorite pressed powders. It sits well against the skin without looking powdery, it knocks any shine right off but never feels cakey. I know I ought to trade it out for something else but I don’t really want to so I am going to keep it around for another week and then next week I’ll trade it out.
The Julep Pore minimizing Blush in Rosewood was my blush this week and I really like the color. It is a nice deep blush that goes so well with my summer tan. I suspect that my time wearing it will soon be at an end. I think that as my tan fades it may end up being too dark for winter. It is a great formula, but soon It may be taking a brief rest in the dressing table, emerging when the temperatures start to rise.
I will be keeping the Julep cushion complexion concealer out over the winter. Right now I can really only use it to prime my eyelids because it it too light for my face but in a month or so I will be using it as a concealer. I tried it on my face this week and while it is way too light at the moment, it did an excellent job of concealing so I look forward to using it for its intended purpose soon.
The Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter in Ginger Binge and Moscow mule came in my Boxycharm last month and I have to say I was skeptical at first. I just really didn’t like the Trophy Wife highlighter I tried before. This one feels much more finely milled and the rosy tones blended well with my skin. The rose tends to lean more gold than silver which is also good for me. I found that with a brush it was easy to apply a subtle shimmery look.
If I applied with a finger then I could go much more bold and even when I went bold the highlighters on both sides blended out well so I didn’t have just a strip from my finger application. I have to say I am a big fan of this combo. I was more impressed I think since I really didn’t like the other Fenty Highlighter. This one is definitely a keeper.
This week the Wet ‘n Wild Ultimate Brow Kit returned. It has been a while since I used it and I really enjoyed having it around again. The powders work really well and I sort of realized that I like the brow pencils for giving me the shape for my brows but really prefer the powder to fill them in.
I don’t have major gaps in my brows so I really don’t need to draw any hairs in, I mostly just need a more uniform look. At the moment this is the only powder brow product I have in my dressing table so I might just keep it around and just trade out my brow pencils for a while. I’m sure I’ll pick up more powder brow products at some point but at the moment this wet ‘n wild kit works well and even though I’ve used it heaps, it still has a ton of product in it. So for now it may remain a constant in my weekly Makeup Bag.
I will say that as much as I like the wet ‘n wild brow powders I really do not like the cream highlight. In fact if I was certain I could do it without damaging the powders I would pry it out and chuck it away. So the Billion Dollar Brows Brow duo Pencil Concealer and Highlighter was added to my makeup bag this week to make up for this. I like the creamy texture and the precision of the pencil. Which is kind of fun because I did not like the other BDB brow products that came in the kit with the highlighter.
Another returning product in my bag this week was the Milk Long wear gel eyeliner for the water line. It is a creamy formula and I really need to look into other colors. It is a nice and comfortable liner to wear and it has great staying power. Less impressive this week were the other two other eyeliners I tried out this week.
The first was the Aurora brown calligraphy pen style eyeliner that came in my Ipsy Mystery Bag. I had high hopes for this. Partially because I really wanted a brown eyeliner I could rely on that was in the calligraphy pen style. It was an interesting liner. It went on smoothly and where it was on my lid where there were no other products, like eye shadow, it worked really well. Where the eyeshadow was. The liner tended to skip. I tried it when I wasn’t wearing eyeshadow and it gave me a smooth continuous line. It just didn’t like going over eyeshadow. I think I am going to keep it around another week to play with it some more. I’ll be adding a reliable eyeliner into the bag as well, but I want to see how it works with different shadows.It could be that it just didn’t like Hip Dot for some reason.
The Cleo Noir purple eyeliner from the September Allure Box was a disappointment. It switched really well on the hands but was very stiff on the eyes. I warmed it up on my hand but by the time it was warm enough to apply sort of well, my hand was covered in purple lines and I felt wasted more product than I used. I think it is something I will keep around if I have a specific look in mind that needs a purple eyeliner. But I also think that when I go to pickup more Milk Eyeliners I might see if they have a purple one I can replace this one with.
For those keeping track there is only one category that we missed. And that’s the lips. This week I had only one lip product. I know, shock gasp, calls for temperature checks. I know. I chose one liquid lipstick, Dose of Colors in Stone for three reasons. One the Zion Palette from Hip Dot was so spectacularly purple that I knew it was going to be a neutral lip kind of week. Two I have had this lipstick for a while and I wanted to make certain it was still good. And three I really like it. It was for a long time my go to lip product. I still have an unopened back up in the drawer waiting for this to run out.
Which it probably will soon. It is actually getting kind of low on product. I may just keep it in my makeup bag and use it up. Clearly I’ll add other products, and it might not get used every week, but I want to keep it where I can see it so it does get used up before it expires. The Dose of Colors formula is a great one for longevity and it is really easy to wear. It can be a bit drying on the lips because once it dries down it isn’t going anywhere. I tend to still use lip balm throughout the day when I wear it and I like that once dried it doesn’t tint my lip balm. If you are worried about dry lips then a quick swipe of lip balm over the top after it is dried works wonders. For me the drying is slight and over balanced by the rest of the formula’s perks. Also I apply lip balm throughout the day anyway so the dryness isn’t much of an issue for me.
So there you have it, this week’s makeup bag. A few plusses a few cons, some consistently reused products. All in all a mix I was happy with. I have to say that I am torn about next week’s bag. There is one eyeshadow palette that I was planning to review, but another one just keeps calling my name. “Play with me Mimsy, you know you love me.” Because of that I may actually end up doing a Current Dressing Table favorites makeup bag next week. As soon I am going to start talking about Holiday bundles and Black Friday specials and lists, maybe a review of my favorites wouldn’t be a bad idea. I’ll have to think about it today and then decided tonight when I switch out the makeup bag and load it up for next week. For now it is off to work for me. I hope everyone out there has a fabulous Friday. I’ll see you later this afternoon for the Friday Face mask.