Some months, I don’t get to blog as much as I want to. Even if I’m not writing blog posts or posting on social media, my brain is always in blogger mode. I’m constantly looking for new things to try and review. There were a bunch of products I didn’t get to review this month (But I did review drugstore highlighters under $5 and lip glosses for people who hate lip gloss!) that I still wanted to give some love and attention to, so I thought I’d give you a break down of what worked, what didn’t, and what was just okay.
I wasn’t sure I was going to like the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise considering what a love/hate relationship I have with the high end product it’s supposedly a dupe for, the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (review here). But can I just say, this stuff is good. I have it in the waterproof formula and it is so damn good. It does have an hour glass wand, which when combined with it’s amazing formula, creates lasting curl and volume. It has a pretty wet formula right off the bat, but I expect it to dry down in the next couple weeks (and possibly become even better!).
Matte blushes have my heart. They don’t emphasize my pores the way shimmery one sdo and they look more natural to me. My love for the Fiona Stiles Soft Cheek Veil in Imperial rivals my love for the Too Faced Love Flush Blushes (mini review). The formula is smooth, long-lasting, and pigmented. The soft peachy rust shade blends well with other products and looks great with warm or cool-toned looks.
I’m a matte lip lover. I’ve been obsessed with the Fiona Stiles Color Impact Matte Lip Crayons in Love Lane and Heliotrope. The formula is a comfortable matte with full, one-swipe opacity that lasts and lasts. They’re seriously the most long-wearing traditional matte lipsticks I own. They remind me of the MAC Retro Matte formula (My favorite is the classic Ruby Woo, of course.), but without being extremely drying. Heliotrope is described as a red plum and Love Lane is the most summery, bright magenta. PS They smell like milk chocolate. Yum.
The Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Brimming Berry is the opposite of the Fiona Stiles lipsticks I just mentioned. It’s slightly more sheer, but buildable and incredibly hydrating. It’s my go-to for very light makeup days. Brimming Berry is a true berry shade that leaves a soft pink stain when it wears away. It does wear away, but it does so gracefully.
I thought the NYX Shine Killer was going to be my answer to a mattifying primer. I hate the feeling of slippy, slidey primer and this is the slippiest and slidiest. It fills in pores and smooths over texture, but it doesn’t mattify and that smooth feeling doesn’t last either. My quest for a matte primer continues.
When I picked up the bareMinerals Translucent Powder Duo after running out of my beloved bareMinerals Mineral Veil loos setting powder. It doesn’t even come close. I thought it would be nice to use the matte powder on my T-zone and cheeks and the glow powder on my more normal spots. The powders are smooth and apply nicely, but the matte, natural finish doesn’t last. Not one bit. I’m shiny 10 minutes later. The glow powder is nice, but it looks like it leaves a very obvious white cast on my face. As if I needed another reason to dislike this guy, I bought it right after it came out and 2 weeks later I found it in TJMaxx for $15. I guess they know how much it sucks too.
What Needs More Testing
Remember that search for the best mattifying primer I mentioned? Well, the Revlon Photoready Pore Reducing Primer is one I’m testing during my search. I don’t have full thoughts on it yet, but I will soon!
I already know I like the Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation, but I want to try it in combination with a couple different products before I do a full review.