Welcome my darlings once again to The Make up bag. I hope you had a fantastic week. While I have been testing out new foundations fairly regularly for a while, some full sized and some only sample sized, I thought it was time to take a little break from the new and roll through some of the foundations that I enjoyed.
So I lined up all of the currently open foundations I have in a shade that works for me at the moment and a chose whichever one appealed most to me in the moment. I’ll be honest, it was a pretty close tie between the Kristofer Buckle Triplicity foundation Stick and the Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation. Since I just used the Kristofer Buckle last week, I went with Pretty Vulgar and I am glad I did. I really enjoyed using it this week. The formula works well for me and went well with the ELF Puff Puff Primer I tried this week.
This particular ELF primer is a bit more moisturizer like than I anticipated, but it worked well. The link is to my full review if you’d like to get all the details, but I did enjoy the ELF Puff Puff Primer and will be keeping it in my rotation.
Making a continued appearance in my make up bag was the I heart Revolution Fixing spray in Peaches and Cream. I know I’ve talked about it a lot, but I do like it. I have about three week’s worth of product left in the bottle (as a best guess) so I will keep it around for a few more weeks in the hopes of finishing it out. It is nice, but it is an older product I’d like to finish out.
Speaking of peaches, This week’s eyeshadow palette was Peach Bellini from Makeup Geek. The link is for my full palette review. I really liked using the formula this week for a super simple low key week. The shadows were highly pigmented and easy to blend. Also the color scheme seems very summery to me.
Both of my powders this week were repeats The Ciate Everyday Vaccay was the loose powder and I have about three more weeks of use before it is empty so I will continue to use it until it is gone, then shift to other powders.
My pressed powder was the No.7 Perfect light in medium. It is very rapidly becoming one of my favorite pressed powders. I’m actually starting to see the outline of the pan below in the center. While I will continue to use up the ciate next week, I will be sending the No. 7 back to the dressing table and picking out another pressed powder to try.
There were three more repeats this week. The first is the Instant Age rewind Eraser from Maybelline which served as my concealer and eyelid primer. I really liked it in both capacities.
Also returning was the Eyeko Fat Black eyeliner. It is one of my favorites. Once in place, it doesn’t go anywhere and never seeps into my fine lines.
The final repeat was the Julep pore minimizing blush in the shade Rosewood. I don’t know if it actually reduces my pores as there are several other products between my pores and the blush, but it is an excellent blush. It is of the buildable variety rather than the highly pigmented, although you can deepen it a lot if you try.
I personally prefer my blush to be buildable and blendable, which this is. I believe Jlep is having a sale at the moment. I’ve liked every product I’ve tried from them. The products are easy to work with and the packaging is sleek and pretty.
I know packaging shouldn’t count as much, but it kinda does. At least with me. I know, it’s a personal flaw. But I do like the sleek design while my more practical side likes the fact that it is also quite sturdy.
And now for the new arrivals in my makeup bag. The first is the Ace Beaute Bronzed in Paradise palette. This palette had four shades of bronzer. Only one works on me as a bronzer. It is the third in the pan in case you are wondering.
The darker and lighter shades I could use as eyeshadows but not as bronzer. In the winter I might be able to use the second shade in the palette but that is about it. Truthfully, I don’t particularly care for these bronzers.
They oddly work really well as eyeshadows, but on the cheeks I found them a bit patchy and hard to blend. I might try working with it again, but I have much better formulas in my collection that I would rather use.
The Hourglass eyebrow pencil (shade soft brunette) also came in a Boxy Charm and I have to say, I really liked using it. I really liked the formula and I really liked the precision point. It is small enough that I could do really fine lines with it.
Do I like it as much as the Benefit Precisely My Brow?
If I had to choose between the two I would still choose the Benefit, but only by a small margin. I do like that it comes with a spoolie on the end. I will happily use this for a while. Between it and the Il Makiage pencil I received from IPSY, I won’t have to buy an eyebrow pencil for a while. And then I have my wet ‘n wild brow kit powder. So I am set for brows. I really did enjoy the hourglass this week so I think I might just have to keep it around for a second week.
Really quickly I wanted to mention the So eco shading brush that came in my Look Fantastic box this month. I added it to my makeup bag and I think it is going to remain in my bathroom brush jar for a while. With the Makeup Geek Shadows the easiest way to work with them because they were so highly pigmented was to take a flat brush and set the shadow on the eye at the spot I wanted it to be darkest and then blend with a fluffy brush. This week I used the So Eco brush as the flat brush and it worked really well. The indentations in the handle were perfect for gripping and the bristles are really high quality. So two thumbs up for Look Fantastic.
Unfortunately I did not have as good a luck with the Palm Balm from Beauty crop that came in this month’s Glossy Box. I added both it and the Milk makeup Lip and Cheek stick to my bag this well. I figured since I had already used the Julep before and loved it, I would keep it as a back up and see if either of these two products worked. Both the Palm Balm and the Milk Lip and cheek are designed to be products you can use on, you guessed it lip and cheek.
The Palm balm comes in a nice little glass pot and in the pan it is really stiff. I had to rub my finger over it a lot just to warm it up enough to stick to my finger. On the cheek it goes on okay, but it really hard to bend out. It really wants to stay in whatever position you place it in first. When blending, I felt less like I was blending and more like I was scrubbing it off.
Anytime I tried it as a cheek product it ruined any other product I already had on my cheeks. It worked better on bare skin, but I don’t know if that was just me rubbing it off or not. On the lips it was interesting. It gave my lips a nice tint and like the cheeks, once applied it wasn’t going anywhere. It lasted the whole day as a light blush of color.
However it was also very drying. Once I applied it I had to wait a moment and then top it with a Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip Balm to keep my lips from drying and falling off my face. With the lip balm protector it was fine. Without it, I crumbled to dust.
The Milk Makeup Lip and Cheek also did not work on my cheeks. It went on well but blended away to nothing with the first touch. However it made an excellent lip balm. It provided a light my lips but better tint and it kept my lips hydrated and moisturized. I really enjoyed it and will keep it in my collection for my lips. I won’t use it on my cheeks, but my lips love it. The Palm Balm will not be staying in my collection long.
I did have two more lip products in my bag this week. Although I did wear the Kristofer Buckle Bardot for National Lipstick day, it wasn’t officially in my bag this week. This week I mostly used the Lorac Alter Ego Hydrating lip stain in Breadwinner and the OFRA liquid lip in the shade Pasadena.
Breadwinner is a light wash of color that feels comfortable on the lips and is really easy to wear. I enjoyed it very much. It doesn’t dry out the lips and is as hydrating as it claims. It is not an all day color though.
On the days I wore it, I had to apply it when I finished my coffee and again after lunch. It does wear off if you are eating or drinking, but it is a formula that is really nice if you want just a light wash of color that you don’t have to worry about. It didn’t get on my teeth and it didn’t leave lip prints everywhere. It will definitely make a reappearance in my makeup bag.
OFRA’s Pasadena will also make a return. It is a nice neutral lip that works well for me. So often neutral lipsticks either blend my lips into my face or just look brown. This has just enough pin in it to work for me. While the all day formula does stay all day and wasn’t drying on the lips, it does feel just a little bit sticky. It wasn’t terribly bad and because of the color I will keep it around.
The one I have is a trial sized liquid lip rather than a full sized. I like everything about it except the slight stickiness. If I can find another long wearing liquid lip in this shade that doesn’t have the stickiness, I would buy that. I think the stickiness is the result of it never drying down completely. If I can’t find this shade in another formula that I like better, I will purchase a full sized version of this. I know that is a strange answer. It is a good formula that I don’t mind wearing, but I am hoping to find better. However I am not certain I can find better. Perhaps that is a better way to put that.
Finally we come to one of my favorite items, the mascara. I went with the tart Gifted mascara this week. Tarte’s mascaras are always hit or miss with me. There are a couple I really like and a couple I find to be just okay. This one has a thinner, straight wand and I have to say I really liked it. It made my lashes look longer and it lasted all day without any sort of flaking or smearing. To be honest, I like it almost as much as my Kevyn Aucoin. I know gasp. But don’t worry, my two favorites are still Marc Jacobs and Butter London. It just bumps The Expert Kevyn Aucoin down a notch on the fav scale. Not by much, just a little. In a horse race it would still be a photo finish.
Alright, well that was my makeup bag for this week. I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as I enjoyed writing it. As usual next week will feature a brand new bag of makeup for me to try. Some will be old favorites and some new finds. With luck some of my new finds will be good enough to become old favorites. But now it is back to work for me. I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday and I will see you back here this afternoon for the Face Mask Friday post.