Ah, at last the end of the makeup dry season is upon us, and September has arrived with all its lovely new launches! I love autumn, I love the colours of the leaves, the fact that you can wear layers, ankle boots and biker jackets without melting. Once again, I’ve looked over this past months insta posts and realised that I have bought quite a lot of makeup (even if I feel like I haven’t!).
I think I have mentioned these foundations briefly in a previous post, but I’ve used them quite a lot over this past month and I absolutely love them! Deciem’s offspring brand The Ordinary make two types of foundation, a Coverage foundation and a Serum Foundation. Now, originally I thought that I would love the Coverage one, but that the Serum one would probably never get used as I like as flawless finish as possible. Actually although I do think the Coverage one does give a lovely finish, I find it tingles a little bit on my skin, I’m not sure why this is as I’m not particularly sensitive to anything. The Serum one doesn’t do this, and actually it also gives pretty good coverage and a nice natural finish. Both of them are very lightweight and last really well on the face, I haven’t found that they break apart on my oily nose or any where else.
Serum Foundation is available in 21 shades and costs £5.70
Coverage Foundation is available in 21 shades and costs £5.90
I bought mine from the website, they’re also stocked in the Covent Garden store.
NYX Professional Makeup HD Corrector in the shade Lavender, was recommended to me, to use not so much for colour correction but as a under Eye brightener. Generally lavender shades are used to correct sallowness so I guess in many respects it’s sort of illuminating. I tried it and was amazed how much difference it made, particularly as I usually reach for the Yellow version of this Concealer for neutralising the darkness under my eyes. I use it after my Foundation, just 3 dabs under my eyes, blend out with a beauty blender, then use a regular Concealer as usual.
NYX Professional Makeup HD Conceal/Corrector £6 Boots.
Sport FX Time Out Face Mist + Fix Spray was one of the items in this months Glossy Box. I have seen this spray on social media, its sweat proof, and so in theory, should make a great Setting Spray as it controls oil and deflects surface shine. It’s also packed with vitamins and anti-inflammatory ingredients. It also contains Menthol Essence, which I could smell when I sprayed it, I didn’t particularly like the fragrance though. It does give a very fine Mist of product when spritzed on to the face, and it was refreshing. However, I didn’t feel it particularly kept my makeup in place, my ride or die Matte Setting Spray from NYX Professional Makeup is quite a tough act to follow, nothing budges makeup set with it!
Sport FX Time Out Face Mist + Fix is available from the brands website, £5.99 for 30ml
HIGHLIGHTER & BRONZER
Lots of Glow again this month, well it is my favourite kind of product after all!
Firstly, a palette which I thought would be really good. Barry M Cosmic Lights Highlighter Palette consists of 4 balm/cream shades and 2 powders, I originally thought these were meant for layering to increase the intensity, however after trying every possible combination, I have come to the conclusion that this palette is sadly lacking. The balm texture shades don’t really do anything, they don’t give much of a glow on their own nor do they make the powders more intense. And why is there four of them? The only decent shade in this palette is middle shade on the bottom row, this is a really pretty ‘unicorn’ Highlighter. If you have it and love it, that’s great-maybe you could give me some tips on how to get the best out of it! You do You, what works for me, might not for someone else and vice versa.
Barry M Cosmic Lights Highlighter Palette is available from Boots and Superdrug, for £7.99.
Makeup Revolution is one of my favourite budget brands, I know that they sometimes come under fire for duping some of the high-end cosmetics brand, but really most makeup is dupery of one sort of another. When Guerlain began to manufacture lipstick, it could be argued that every lipstick since is a dupe. Then there’s the financial aspect of drugstore dupes, not everyone can or wants to spend large amounts of money on makeup.
So MUR’s latest offering is a range of Liquid Highlighters, theres obviously a Unicorn shade, plus six other gold/champagne hues. They come in glass bottles with a pipette/dropper top. I bought three of the golden shades and the unicorn one, I ordered them from the Superdrug as they had a 3 for 2 promotion on cosmetics.
Starlight is my favourite shade, it’s a champagne colour and is very flattering on fairer skin tones. If you prefer your Highlighters with more warmth, Luminous Gold is incredibly pretty. The last of the ‘classic’ Highlighter shades I got was Rose Gold, again it’s beautiful Glow, but probably more ideally suited to deeper skin tones. The last shade I have is called Unicorn Elixir, this is the only shade I actually I have the high-end version of. I have done a shade comparison on Instagram, I can confirm that although they are similar, the MUR one has some sparkle/glitter in it, which the Cover FX Halo shade, doesn’t have. I think for £6 each they’re a good buy, especially as most people won’t wear a Holographic Highlighter every day.
Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters are available from Superdrug and Tam Beauty websites, £6 each.
The first palette of the month was a controversial one. Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette has had quite a battering on YouTube, everyone seemed to be saying how hard it was to work with and how there were ‘good and bad’ palettes. Personally, I like to make up my own mind about things, especially as I always feel people are always happy to jump on a bandwagon!
The range of shades in the Subculture Palette is truly awe inspiring, there are greens, yellows, browns, a golden pressed glitter, plus a duochrome highlight. I love it purely because it’s so different to any of my other palettes! It is insanely pigmented, which can make it challenging to work with, however, if you go in with a light hand the depth of colour is fine. The Matte Eyeshadows are very much like pressed pigments, but if you just touch your brush onto the Powder that will give you enough product to work with. I think this is a great Palette, and for anyone who didn’t like it Norvina said you can be refunded, and you can’t say fairer than that!
Subculture Palette is available from Anastasia UK website, £42.
NYX Professional Makeup’s Ultimate Multi Finish Shadow Palette in the shade Sugar High, is one of four new palettes exclusive to Selfridges. These palettes consist of matte, shimmer and sparkly/glitter shades, set out in a shade gradient, so each Matte has a Shimmer and sparkly equivalent. This particular shade option, contains lots of corals and oranges, my favourite summer colours, when I went on holiday, this was the palette I took! The Eyeshadows are well pigmented, they blend beautifully and those glittery shades are stunning! Next I want to get the Warm Rust shade, perfect for autumn!
Selfridges in store and website, £18.
Another palette purchase this month, was a real luxury item. Yves Saint Laurent Couture Variation Palette in the shade Nu, is a collection of ten neutral eyeshadows. There’s pretty much everything you need to do a classic neutral eye. They’re very smooth, blend easily and have good pigmentation. The only slightly negative thing about this palette is the size, it feels quite small compared to say, an Urban Decay Naked Palette, each pan in the YSL palette weighs 0.65g compared to each UD pan at 1.3g. It’s a good size to keep in your handbag though, as it’s not too bulky.
YSL Couture Variation Palette is available from department stores, £49.
This next product is something that I always thought was a bit of a gimmick. Personally, I have always primed my eyes with Concealer, and I’ve always been quite happy with the results henceforth Eye Primer always seemed a bit pointless, I thought it was probably only useful for people who have specific issues with creasing, or with the longevity of their eyeshadow, neither of which I have a problem with. So why the change of heart/mind I hear you ask, the answer is Marc Jacobs! If you follow my blog and insta, you’ll know I’m slightly obsessed with Marc Jacobs beauty products. So when I saw this Undercover Coconut Eye Primer had been launched, I went along to John Lewis and purchased it. I love the Coconut collection, I have most of it (except the brush, but I’m coming for you!). This primer has changed my makeup life, it resurfaces the skin on the eyelid, so if like me, you have quite crinkly textured skin, it makes it really smooth. This helps when you apply eyeshadow, but I find the biggest difference is when I apply liquid liner. I like to rock a wing every day, and to be honest, some days it’s a bloody challenge! As you sweep your brush across, those crinkles create an almost jagged edge on your liner, then your trying to go over it to even it out, each time that line gets a bit thicker, sound familiar? Well using an Eye Primer smooths the skin and really diminishes that jagged edge, making It easier and quicker to do your wing!
Undercover Coconut Eye Primer is available from John Lewis, £20.
If you fancy a really eye catching alternative to black winged liner, NYX Professional Makeup’s Aqua Glam Liners are a good place to start. The brush is very precise, the shades are sparkly and intensely pigmented so they give great colour payoff. I have the shade 24 Carat, a really bright yellow gold shade. These are beautiful when applied above a black liner, to create a double wing, I also use them for dot-work!
£6 from Boots and Selfridges.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in the shade Torch has been one of my favourite products this month. It compliments the Naked Heat Palette perfectly, it’s a gorgeous burnt orange shade, which seems to be impossible to find from any other brand! I use it on my waterline, and in addition to lasting pretty well, it doesn’t irritate my eyes like lots of kohl pencils do.
Available from UD website and all good stockists, £15.50
Another NYX Professional Makeup eye product which I am still yet to try is the Eye and Brow Pencil in the shade Taupe. I bought this primarily to fill in my brows, I use the Micro Brow Pencil every day, but I go through one pretty much every month so I thought I’d give this a try to use alongside it. I’ll let you know how I get on.
Slim Eye Pencil, £2.50
Another item from this months Glossy Box, Rodial Lip Suede in the shade Big Apple. This creamy lip crayon, is enriched with vitamin E, has a Matte finish and feels very soft on the lips.
Available from Rodial website, £22.
The obsession with orange continues, in the shape of NYX Professional Makeup’s Lip Liner in the shade Pumpkin. This is a beautiful metallic orange shade,it so nice I’ve been wearing it on its own all over my lips. These lip liners are brilliant, and best of all they only cost £3! Available from Boots, Selfridges and NYX Professional Makeup’s website.
Another NYX Professional Makeup product, Face & Body Glitter in the shade Gunmetal, I love this glitter so much, it’s a dark silver shade perfect for winter, hallowe’en, dark Smoky eyes, the list is endless! Remember to use glitter Primer with all Glitters, you want that glitter on your eyes-not in them!!!
So I think that’s about it for this month. Hope you enjoyed th s months (somewhat lengthy) review! Thanks for reading, Mo x