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Hii I have been thinking about getting quite a few things lately and I wanted to see if some of you have had any experience with these products before I go waste my money or contribute to unnecessary wastefulness.
Shiseido synchro skin self refreshing foundation: I have dry skin and I get quite flaky. I’m looking for a long wearing satin finish with medium/high coverage that won’t dry me out or cling to dry patches.
Fenty matchstix contour: looking for an easy contour stick with a natural and long wearing finish. I like my contour to look skin like but still have an impact if I want it too. If anyone have tried the shade Amber Suede I would LOVE to hear your experience with that specific shade. I’m a pale-ish warm olive.
Kiko Milani contour stick: Same thing as Fenty
MAC powder contour palette: same thing as the fenty but I just like to also have a powder option. Does the lighter face powders work well too?
Surratt blushes: I like a more sheer and buildable blush because I have a heavy hand and I usually layer a powder blush over my cream blush to make it last longer and to give a truly blended finish. I like Milanis baked blushes but looking for a bit more of an “elevated” and refined version of that product.
Too faced loose setting powder: something not too drying that I can lightly dust my face with.
Tarte shape tape ultra creamy: I like the regular shape tape for spot concealing but cannot use it under my eyes at all. Looking for something just as high coverage and long lasting that won’t turn my under eyes into dust.
I don't have dry skin, BUT I used the Shiseido self refreshing foundation during a period where I had some dry patches with flaking skin caused by squeezed pimples that were healing, and it emphasized them, and quite a bit too.
It's a good foundation but I was puzzled and a bit disappointed by that since most reviews said the opposite, but my experience is very different. I recommend trying a sample first.
I love the surratt blushes, but you should def pick up the compact that they sell for them as well. the blush itself is self contained but it's not really meant to be outside the compact (hences it's quite flimsy) which can be annoying to some but since I adore the formula/brand, I didn't mind.
I own the shades Ponceau (fave), Peau de Peche, Cantaloup and Brillante Idee. I really need to pick up a fifth shade to complete my palette 😅
Light warm-neutral olive here and I was really curious about Amber Suede too! Not much on it in r/OliveMUA yet so I tried it out in store yesterday.
It’s a great color on the back of my hand, but it was a bit too warm and saturated for my bare face with redness. If you’re going to being wearing foundation it could work though. The formula was really easy to work with, blended well with my fingers but at the same time had a powdery finish. Worth checking out in store if you can.
As far as powders, I’m considering Nabla Soft Revenge and Milani silky bronzer in Sunkissed. They’re supposed to be grayer, so perfect for contouring.
The new shades in the matchstix in amber suede and the lighter amber have diff ingredients and apply smoother and creamier!!
Surratt powder blushes fit that bill.
I have one - a darker pink/rose - and I have to use two layers to get it as strong as I like it. Easy blend as well, but if packaging is your thing, it's a bit flimsy
I haven't tried the Synchro Skin Self Refreshing, but I have the Radiant Lifting instead because I wanted to avoid dry area aggravation, and it reads as very satin/smooth on me, not at all what I'd call dewy, and works beautifully with skin texture/flakes. I avoided the Self Refreshing specifically because I heard it dried more matte, and I already have a foundation on the more matte side.
For reference, my HG previously was Lancome Teint Idole 085, which is still a better shade match, but my oil slick skin has suddenly turned much more "normal" after starting spiro, and the Radiant Lifting plays way nicer now. I just have to go back to adding some white mixer :')
I use the fenty contour stick in amber (older one, not the brand new shade) and while I know it’s not the specific shade you asked about, I will say that it’s perfect for what you described. Can be built up to look more dramatic, but also can be blended out to just about nothing to look way more natural. I have used it on bare skin before and it looked great. What I love about this line is that they’re true contour shades with a true cool, greyish undertone and create a real shadow, unlike most of the products advertised as contour and they’re basically bronzer
I would say the Surratt blushes are more soft and less shiny than the Milani baked blushes (I've only tried the shiny Milani ones). Highly recommend the surratt blushes for a creamy seamless look.
I have dry flaky skin and the only loose powder that looks good on me is the Givenchy! It doesn’t cling to dry patches at all and smoothes texture without being overly dry and mattifying
I almost never reach for the Surrat blush. It doesn’t perform any better than LOreal True Match which is what I bought it for.
The Kiko contour stick is really nice as a bronzer. It’s too warm to be a true contour for me. I’m NW 20 and need contour to have a definite cool tone.
I’m light neutral leaning warm olive and I love the Westman Atelier contour stick in Biscuit. It’s warmer than Fenty’s Amber (which is very gray), but works well as a contour if you’re warm/warm-leaning imo. I put it directly on with the stick and just tap it with my fingers to blend out and it looks very natural. Longwearing too. It’s quite expensive though, so would be best to try out the shade first.
Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who replied!! Sorry been going through a stressful time lately and Reddit/makeup wasn’t the first thing on my mind! I greatly appreciate all the responses<3
Thoughts on the Givenchy Le Rouge Sheer/Deep Velvet Lipsticks?
Cheek palettes: I’m definitely getting two of the newly released/ upcoming holiday blush palettes. I really love pat mcgrath’s blush formula but I would have one repeat blush on either new palette. I’ve never tried nars, Patrick ta, or hourglass formulas. Does anyone have any insight on those?
I love blush palettes and use the one from pat mcgrath’s last years release more than any of my blush singles. It’s also the category I own the least of for makeup so I feel good about buying two of them. But I definitely don’t need four lol.
I generally like the Nars blush palettes because they have a good range of colors that I’ve always found to be surprisingly flattering even the orange and violet. The formula blends well and can be built up. They do tend to mix up the formulas and some have been crème as opposed to powder. They also frequently have glitter or shimmer in at least one shade.
I got the nars and the Patrick ta. I think I decided firmly against the hourglass. And I’m still waffling on one of the pat mcgrath’s, if there wasn’t one blush shade in each palette that I already own, I would have bought both lol. I will probably end up passing but it may make a good birthday gift so I might hint at my husband.
Both great choices! I high recommend experimenting with the Nars.
Does anyone have any feedback on the RMS beauty Eyelights Cream Eyeshadow? I’ve been lusting after ‘Blaze’!
Edit to add: can y’all suggest a red powder blush? I’m switching to Rare Beauty’s Soft Pinch in ‘Grateful’ and need a powder to set it. Is Nars ‘Exhibit A’ too crazy?
Nars Exhibit A is VERY pigmented. I use a fan brush that I tap into the pan once before applying. The formula is thin, and blends easily. I don’t find it gets patchy at all.
It gives a beautiful, very realistic flush on the skin. I really enjoy it but I definitely practiced using a few times to get comfortable with the pigment levels.
Beautiful. That’s what I wanted to hear, thanks so much for the feedback!
RMS Beauty Re dimenstion Hydra Blush in pomegranate Fizz has been my new obsession. Its a baked gelee formula and a watercolored red color. It isnt harsh and gives such a healthy sunburnt or in from the cold flush.
Oh that sounds perfect! Thank you!
Btw i was also interested in Blaze! If you do buy it can you post a review and possibly swatch it if u have the time?
I got mixed reviews under my comment, but I found a similar shade in MAC. I know their shadows well so I miiiiight grab that instead (Smokey Mauve). If I do buy, I’ll reply with a review, though!
I have the eyelights in the shade halo. I really like it! It gives a nice sheen, and its glimmery without being glittery if that makes sense? Spreads/blends easily and also I've never experienced creasing using it. However a little goes a reallllllly long way a day and it dries down a bit fast so be careful there.
Thank you!!! It’s added to cart!
I tried the Eyelights and while the color was stunning, even with a good primer it wore off quickly. Lovely for a few hours though lol. I’d either get a sample or buy from a store that accepts returns if that’s a possibility for you.
Interesting, thank you! MAC makes a similar colour in ‘Smokey Mauve’, so I know their shadows do well with primer
Edit: Danessa Myricks has ‘crème brûlée’, too, but it’s a matte. I could probably use some silvery shadow I have kicking around.
Can someone who is a glitterphobe like myself review the Hourglass ALP in Luminous Light? I have Dim Light and love the satiny finish of it. I would like to be able to use Luminous Light as a sort of highlight since Dim is very close to my skin tone and quite muted. I have Diffused Light and Incandescent Light in the ALP Vol 1 palette. I use Diffused with a light hand under my eyes, but barely touch Incandescent and won't put Diffused on my cheeks because of the sparkles in both. Is Luminous Light also "sparkly" or can I get a sheen without visible particles?
Has anyone used the Eadem milk marvel or makeup by Mario soft glow highlighter? Thinking of picking up both since I was lucky to get an f&f code but would love to hear someone’s thoughts.
Looking for reviews on:
* natasha denona my dream cheek palette
* caliray so blown blurring collagen primer
The ND Dream face palette is lovely, probably one of my favorite purchases of the year just because it's so easy to use and turns out so nice. The blush is technically a cream but it almost feels like a dense powder, and can be used with fingers or a brush depending on the concentration of color you're going for. It's a sort of burnt rose, appearing pinker in the pan but translating as warmer and slightly more red on application, at least in my experience. It's gorgeous for anytime, but fall especially.
The glow cream base is her typical formula, it's lightweight and luminous and creates a really nice base for the highlighter, especially if you like to pack a punch with your glow. The powder highlight is *very* soft in pan - go gently with your brushes because I already have several little scars in mine just from picking up the formula with a soft brush. The finish is gorgeous and shiny, with a slightly warm champagne tone that is typical, but no less gorgeous even if we've seen it before.
All in all it's a fabulous little palette if the colors work for you, the packaging is darling, and the quality is what we expect from Natasha, elegant, romantic, and eye-catching.
Ahhh that sounds so appealing to me. What's the longevity like on the blush and glow cream base?
The blush longevity is quite good, especially with any typical setting products, like a spray. The glow cream base doesn't last terribly long on its own, as it's an emollient formula without a ton of pigment since it's meant to be a base, but any powder on top of it locks it in and adds a pleasant layered effect. The powder highlighter is somewhere in between, though since it's so finely milled I do find that it grabs onto the skin quite nicely and even without a setting product lending a helping hand it sticks arounds for a couple hours without issue.
Thank you for this and your earlier review! It's definitely going on my list now.
Can anybody review Laura Mercier secret undereye brightening powder?
Or the secret undereye blurring powder?
I would really like to know what the finish is like, if there is any shimmer or sheen to them, and what the difference between them is.
I have the secret brightening under eye powder. Honestly I find it looks a little dry and cakey on the under eyes and makes concealer look worse. However, I have dry skin and my under eyes actually tend to look better when they aren’t set with powder and actually crease less, so take my review with a grain of salt lol. I will say though it has a very smooth finish and doesn’t have any noticable shimmer. I don’t see much brightening from it, but I have VERY dark circles and brightening products don’t generally do anything for me
Thanks for taking the time to write this. I do genrally have to set my under eyes as I am oily all over my face, but I also have significant dark circles so if it doesn't give a lot of brightening effect for you I might give it a miss and continue setting with my usual powder. Thanks again!
You’re welcome!! And that makes sense. If you’re oily, then it may work well for you! I don’t want to try and sway your decision especially since we have different skin types. Although if you’re really oily, a more mattifiyng setting powder may work better
Is the biba palette by natasha denona worth it if I have abh soft glam? I was looking for a good neutral palette since soft glam a is bit too warm for my tastes. At first I wasn't interested in biba but then I saw it in person and it was really calling to me especially that shimmery champagne shade
I find biba palette mostly warm. I didn't buy it (or soft glam) because of the warm orange and brown shades that make up ~half of both palettes. They have a similar flavour too. There are other neutral palettes that are less similar and also tons of champagne eyeshadows available out there. Not sure if that's helpful or relevant - if not just ignore me lol
I would love some more thoughts/experiences/pros and cons on the following;
Nars soft matte foundation
Too faced matte born this way foundation
Mac stay over setting spray
Juvias place liquid concealer
Catrice true skin liquid concealer
Catrice oil control spray
Bobbi brown skin concealer stick
Makeup forever step 1 correcting primer
Rose inc concealer brush
Hourglass concealer brush
Nars soft matte is my forever holy grail! Been using it since it came out and nothing can beat it. It’s matte but not drying if you have a good moisturizer under it, extremely smoothing, and decently transfer resistant. It’s also the fullest coverage foundation I’ve ever found. I think people who have oily or combo skin are probably the best fit for it but my skin has gotten dryer over the years and it works just as well as ever. I have basically stopped trying new foundation because between this and the DM glowy foundation I feel like all my needs are covered and nothing else will be as good!
>Catrice true skin liquid concealer
This is a nice concealer, but it does have a floral fragrance that is quite strong (to me). And I can't say the shade range is the best, but if you think you have a match it's worth trying for the price (like $7 or so). Just wish they'd get rid of the scent.
I feel the same way about the scent.
The glossier highlighter stick is a dime a dozen. It’s super balmy and never dries down. If you want a wet look cream highlighter it’s fine, but if you have another one there is nothing unique about it.
Glossier highlighter is one of the few glossier items I wouldn’t repurchase. The stick gets really dirty easily. Glow is subtle and nice, but there are easier highlighters out there to use.
Re Glossier highlighter: coconut oil is the devil!!
love the glossier highlighter, its so natural
Rare beauty concealer brush is better than rose inc and hourglass and less expensive!
I also prefer joah eye serum concealer over catrice skin concealer
Has anyone tried the PUR 4 in 1 cloud cream?
I'm considering changing up my pore/blackhead skincare and makeup to be more travel-friendly, and specifically would like reviews on the following products:
* Tonymoly Tako Pore Blackhead Scrub Stick (the octopus thing)
* NYX Pore Filler Targeted Stick
Wanting to try some Lippies from Kim Chi Chic.
Also bought the Florence by Mills mascara for stepkiddos bday, but if it's terrible, I have time to return.
I have one of KimChi's lipsticks, Woot Woot. It's a comfortable formula even with the matte finish, and it's a good neutral shade on me.
I *love* her lip liners, by the way.
Has anyone tried mascara or brow products from About Face?