I’m not sure if I mentioned this before, but I haven’t been wearing much makeup for the last couple of weeks since it is the month of Ramadaan. Not that there is anything wrong with it, I’ve just been spending my time doing other things before work instead of beating my face. So this month the amount of items I’ve worn the entire day has been limited to lips, flawless skin and a pop of highlight. I’ve tried a lot of new products the last couple of weeks and these are the ones that I really enjoyed.
Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Colour in Suede, Boucle & Raw Silk – R110
These are absolutely amazing. I’m not sure why I didn’t pick them up sooner because they feel smooth on the lips without being sticky. They don’t dry completely matte but they are very long-lasting on the lips. They have a standard doe foot applicator and come in simple packaging, it’s definitely what’s inside that counts. It’s very similar in texture to the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks at a fraction of the cost and the shade selection is quite exciting.
Palladio Herbal Lipstick in Meadowsweet – R70
Another product I wish I had tried sooner. It is very moisturising on the lips and feels like a lip balm instead of a lipstick. The shade I prefer is a soft pink and looks very natural on the lips while the other lighter shades I have are more sheer and the deeper pinks and reds are so pigmented they leave behind a stain. I find myself frequently reaching for this one only.
MAC Vibe Tribe & Chris Chang Limited Edition Lipsticks – R230
I thought I’d share swatches of all the shades I picked up since I haven’t dedicated a full review to them. My favourite has got to be Hot Chocolate from the MAC Vibe Tribe collection. It is a repromoted shade from a previous limited edition collection and is described as a dark rosy plum with a satin finish. The other shade from the Vibe Tribe collection, aptly named Painted Sunset, is a warm orangey-red with an amplified finish. Both Plum Princess and Vermillion Vee from the MAC Chris Chang collection have a matte finish.
MAC Vibe Tribe Gleamtones Powder – R580
I was hesitant to use this at first since I didn’t want to mess up the pattern but once I tried it I was smitten. Initially I used it as a highlight for my cheekbones but it was quite subtle so I decided to dust it over my entire face. It gave my skin a sheer wash of luminosity without accentuating pores or making me look too greasy. Once all of the shades are mixed together it’s more of a muted, dusky pink which would work well on any skin tone.
Swiitch Beauty Tiny Under-eye Pod – R59
I picked up two of these at their pop up for R30 each. I use one to blend out my concealer and the other to apply liquid highlighter to my cheeks. They are so soft and while it feels somewhat similar to the BeautyBlender, it works exactly the same. I would recommend this instead of spending R300 to achieve the same effect.
Swiitch Beauty Sphere Brush Set – R850
So not all of the brushes are favourites, just a select few, but to get these brushes, you’d have to buy the entire set. I picked this up at half price for R425 at the pop up and I’m on the fence about this one. Out of a total of 10 brushes, I religiously only use 5. The largest brush is a bit awkward to apply foundation but the second and third apply my foundation smoothly, beautifully and perfectly with an airbrushed finish in seconds. I use the fourth brush to blend out my concealer and the fifth to apply corrector. The bristles are so soft and it amazed me that it didn’t move the product underneath during application. I use the sixth brush, the longest thin one, to contour the sides of my nose and make it look slimmer. The remainder can be used for contour, eyeliner or eyeshadow application but I prefer other brands over them. I do like using the smaller round brush to apply my Inglot lipstick from the palette but since I don’t do it often, it not really a necessity. I would recommend these face brushes over the F40 Cake It Baby brush I reviewed here because they are softer and do not tug at the skin. As for whether you need and will use all 10 brushes, I don’t think so. If you can find them individually you’ll be saving tons of cash and possibly space in your makeup collection. Do I regret this purchase? No. These foundation brushes have sped up my foundation application time and replaced my Beauty Blender completely. Yep I know, I can’t believe it either.
What have been your favourites for June? Have you tried any of these products?