I’ve been experimenting with a whole lot of new products recently and you know the saying, “Never judge a book by it’s cover”, well in my case I’ve learnt not to judge a product by it’s packaging. Today we’ll be covering a range of old and new products that have been impressing me these past two weeks (Not that I’m superstitious but I didn’t want to publish a post on Friday the 13th). I’m just kidding, we’ve been on and off without power since last Friday so I couldn’t take pics and post it in time. Grab a drink and a comfy spot because this post is gonna be a long one since it’s all my new faves combined.
Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette – $44
I mentioned this palette in my wishlist post here because I am super excited to get my hands on the new Lorac Pro 3 that is launching next month. If this original Lorac Pro palette is anything to go by, it will be amazing. The palette contains 16 eyeshadows, the top 8 being matte and the bottom 8 being shimmer. As you can see below, the palette has been well loved. I’m close to pan on ‘Mauve’ which I love using as the perfect transition shade. It has a very neutral tone so it works with warm and cool eyeshadows. It’s a bit deeper than ‘Fiesty’ from The Balm Nude Dude palette which I reviewed here and a bit less pink than the mauvey shade in the Carli Bybel palette which I reviewed here. What sets this apart is the formula because it is very soft and silky. Most of the shadows are super pigmented, what you see in the pan literally transfers on to the brush and lid if not more. I don’t like ‘Espresso’, ‘Deep Purple’ and ‘Black’ because they only work well if you pack it on otherwise it just looks grey and takes a lot of work to not let it look patchy. The eyeshadows are easy to blend although I’ve struggled with the butteriness of the shimmer shades if I use that in my crease which is almost NEVER now that I know better. I’m also close to pan on ‘Gold’ and ‘Pewter’ which are some of my all time favourite shades to put on the lid. The packaging (this is what I meant in my intro above) is very plain and has a velvety matte feel to it. Sure it sounds luxe but that means that dirt clings to it. Mine has fingerprints and smudged eyeshadow on the front which cannot be removed at all. Regardless, I’m enamored with what’s inside and it is one of my favourite palettes of all time. I picked mine up from Muse.SA over a year ago and if you want to get your hands on one she’s got them on special for R950.
Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow & Kohl Liner – R89.95
These have been out for a while now and I’ve always just skipped past them while browsing. When a fellow blogger pointed it out to me while shopping she mentioned that it did not budge. I swatched them in store and fell head over heels in love with the colours but didn’t purchase anything. We shopped a while afterwards and when I washed my hands the shadows didn’t smudge or move an inch. A couple of days later I went to Dischem to pick up some and I’ve been using them for the days I do my makeup out of the house. I would have liked that both ends were pointed just for ease of application but it still a great multipurpose item for on the go. As I did some research on these babies I found out that the 24 hour Kohl Liner side is safe for both the lash and waterline and the shadows are crease proof, waterproof and transfer proof without any mess or fallout. You have got to get your hands on these and they come on two other shade variants.
I’ve been leaning a lot towards nude lipsticks recently because I tend to do a dramatic eye most days. I can’t wear the same lipstick everyday and trust me I’ve tried. I just love changing it even if it’s just for the finish. The one’s I’ve enjoyed recently are MAC’s Taupe (R220), reddish-brown with a matte finish, LA Girl Matte Flat Velvet Lipstick (R60) in the shade ‘Snuggle’, Rimmel’s The Only 1 Lipstick (R109) in ‘Naughty Nude’ which has a satin finish, Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick ($19) in ‘French Toast’ and lastly ‘Whirl’ (R220) from the MAC Brooke Candy collection which I reviewed here.
I won’t lie, I’m one of ‘those’ who think that cheap foundations are meh and that there is no way they could compete with the likes of MAC, Smashbox and Revlon. That was until I saw these on special and decided to give them a try. The Rimmel Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation (R130) is medium to full coverage but it contains a moisturising aqua primer so it doesn’t feel heavy or look cakey on the skin. The Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation (R140) is sheer to medium coverage but provides 24HR moisture, has a pore blurring effect and an SPF18. There are 11 available shades in the Lasting Finish range and 8 available shades in the Match Perfection range but I struggled to find ones to match my skin tone. The shade ‘Warm Caramel’ is two shades darker than my skin tone and ‘Noisette’ is just one shade darker. I’ve compared it to my Revlon foundation in ‘Toast’ in the swatches below which is the perfect match to my skin colour at the moment. How can these foundations be favourites if they don’t even match my face? Let me show you.
The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops – R300
These are a must for every makeup artist. I’ve had them for months now but since I always colour match my foundations I’ve never had a need for them until I purchased the Rimmel foundations. I was initially skeptical because even after purchasing it I watched reviews on how it changes the consistency and coverage of the foundation, makes it clumpy and applies poorly. I’ve now had the chance to try it myself and here’s what I think. It’s pure pigment to lighten or darken any foundation WITHOUT any of the horrible changes. It is worth the investment and will last a really long time as you only need a drop or less to change the foundation by a shade or two. I usually pump the foundation onto the back of my hand or onto a palette and with the dropper lid just add a tiny bit of the adjusting drops on top of it. I then mix it with my finger and apply it directly to the face before blending it out with a BeautyBlender or brush. The ‘Lightening’ drops have a cool pink undertone so you can use it to tone down yellowness in foundation and the ‘Darkening’ drops are also cool toned so if I add too much for certain clients it can get a bit grey and ashy. If you struggle to find the perfect foundation match, with these babies, you won’t have that problem again.
AVON Makeup Setting Spray – R150
A friend and I bought this together a couple of months ago and I decanted half the bottle for her. After another fellow blogger told me it’s her HG setting spray, I started using it and I can understand why. The Avon setting spray is like hairspray for the face. When I spritz it on I do feel tightening as it dries but that feeling goes away within a few minutes. I get oily in my t-zone during the day and this locks the makeup in place and prevents it from shifting anywhere. The bottle is see though black with white writing and isn’t very appealing but for the price and the huge amount of product you get the pros outweigh the cons. If you are looking for an affordable makeup setting spray then I’d definitely recommend this one.
Hope you enjoyed these faves. Let me know what your current faves are or if you’ve tried any of these before?
Hope you have an awesome weekend bellas.