Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I actually finished a lipstick (and other make up items)

I've actually managed to get through a fair few make up (and skincare) items in the past few weeks so I thought I would do a round up post giving you the low down of what I liked, what I loved and what I wouldn't repurchase.  There'll be a skincare post coming up too but this one focuses on the make up products that are all done and dusted.

MUFE Ultra HD stick foundation-on the fence.

Loved the convenience of this but it took me several attempts to get the application right-I actually talked about my struggles here.  But I did nail it-swiped on the skin and then buffed in with a short, wide, dense kabuki brush spritzed with a setting spray (Smashbox Primer Water was my weapon of choice) and I did start to love it.  But probably not enough to run out and repurchase.

Estee Lauder Double Wear-definite repurchase

This is probably my all time fave foundation-it always looks good and is literally foolproof.  I prefer the heavier coverage and this never lets me down.  Best applied with fingers or beauty blender

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops-liked but not a must have

The theory behind these drops is that they can be added to a foundation to amp up the pigmentation and I really liked them because they did exactly that without affecting the formula of the foundation.  What isn't great about them is the packaging-the dropper mechanism doesn't work well with the formula (although I get why they have used it) and the formula gets quite cloggy quite quickly.  These are good and brilliant for a professional make up artist but I don't think they are an absolute must have for me.  An amazing shade range is a definite plus though!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light-a great all rounder

I mainly used this brightening powder under my eyes to set my concealer.  Hourglass describe it as 'An opalescent sheer, cool white powder that mimics a moonlit glow, even in broad daylight'.

I've done a full review of this powder here with all the details of why it's so good!

Gucci Golden Glow Bronzer-love, love love

I really loved this bronzer from Gucci and I dedicated a whole post to it here.  It's quite pricey at £39 but it lasted for ages and gave a beautiful matte yet not flat, glow to the skin.  I would definitely repurchase this if I didn't have a crazy large bronzer stash right now-it's my current fave make up item!

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Perfecting Powder-would be HG if I didn't go through it so quickly!

Another powder I have dedicated a whole post to-you can read my thoughts here.  This is my fourth compact and I do keep repurchasing it but I go through them like lightening-and it's not a cheap powder.  My MAC Studio Fix powder foundation is my holy grail pressed powder because it lasts an amazing length of time and has a much better price point.

Clinique High Impact Mascara-would repurchase

Really enjoyed using this mascara from Clinique and I would definitely repurchase if I didn't have an insane mascara stash!  Really black, lengthening, volumising, smudge and flake free, it definitely ticked all my boxes.

Colour Pop eyeshadow in Glow-probably would repurchase

This shadow was part of the Kathleen Lights original collab collection and can't be bought separately but I highly recommend picking up that set of four shadows because they are so beautiful!  The formula of these eyeshadows is quite unique, it's too dry in formula to be a cream but it's not a powder either.  I find it best applied with my fingers and pressed into the eyelid-once it's on though it will not budge or crease all day.  But what I love it for the most is an eyeshadow base.  Glow is a matte vanilla shade so it's such a great primer for eyeshadow with a great price point.  The only downside is I find that I go through Colour Pop eyeshadows quite quickly-but they're only $5 each

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen-would not repurchase

At £43 this liquid eyeliner certainly isn't cheap but I did find mine lasted about a year with very regular usage.  It is dual ended-a thick felt tip at one end and a smaller finer tip at the other end.  I tended to use the thicker tip most and found that it was great for someone like me who isn't great at applying eyeliner.  I found my lines were smooth and the pen was easy to control.  I also found on me that it rarely migrated or smudged.  But having said that, I wouldn't repurchase because I think that the Kat Von D Trooper liner is a better liquid liner at a much cheaper price point.

Sephora Colorful Shadow and Liner in 04 Taupe-already repurchased 

I absolutely love these chunky eyeshadow sticks from Sephora.  They're cheap, the colour pay off is great, they last hours, they look lovely as a standalone shadow but also make an amazing base for eyeshadow-I rate these way higher than the Charlotte Tilbury equivalent.  My lovely friend Kirsty has written a fabulous review of these here.

Chantecaille Lucky lipgloss-definite repurchase

I love love love this lipgloss, it's a nude gloss lovers dream!  I love layering it over a nude liner-you can see it paired with Marc Jacobs Honeybun here and with Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk here.

Kat Von D Studded lipstick in Lovecraft-would repurchase (if I didn't own about 200 lipsticks)

I finished a lipstick!  I've dedicated a whole post to this lipstick formula here and for a matte lipstick I find them really comfortable.  Lovecraft is a very neutral, Kylie Jenner-esque shade that is perfect for the office.  The only downside of this lipstick is the packaging.  Firstly it's bulky but the most annoying thing is that the lid kept coming off in my make up bag.

NARS The Multiple in Portofino-would repurchase

The NARS Multiple sticks are a brilliant all rounder product-they come in a huge range of shades in both matte and shimmer finishes and be swiped on lips, eyes and cheeks.  They also last an absolute age so they're really good value for money.  Portofino is a beautiful pinky peach shade that works well on cheeks and lips.  The only downside again is the packaging-the NARS packaging just attracts dust, dirt and fingerprints and is virtually impossible to keep clean.

What make up have you finished up recently?


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