I’ve been very erratic with my blog posts recently, I realised I haven’t done my February review which, as it’s almost the end of March I was wondering whether I should still bother doing, but I figure March’s review would be very long and meandering if I combined them, so here’s a belated ‘February Review’!
No new Primers this month, nothing caught my eye. I have a couple of new foundations though, although they’re not new launches, both have been around for some time. Firstly, I finally tried Revlon Colorstay Foundation, I bought the shade Sand Beige, then Revlon very kindly sent me to shades to try as part of their #LiveBoldly campaign. This particular foundation comes in two varieties, Combination/Oily and Normal/Dry, now my skin varies from day to day, I get a very oily nose but the rest of my face is mostly normal but can sometimes feel a bit on the dry side. So I have the shades Sand Beige 180 and Golden Beige 300 in the combo/oily foundation and Natural Beige 220 in the normal/dry one. Shade wise my favourite is Golden Beige, although the other two are fine as well, generally if a foundation is a bit on the fair side, I just Bronze it up a bit. The odd thing is that both formulas work really well on my skin, I can’t honestly say I prefer one or the other. The foundation gives really good coverage, and wears well, even without touch ups. I find pretty much any foundation will eventually break up on my nose if I don’t maintain it throughout the day, regardless of how expensive it is. Colorstay has become one of my staple makeup bag foundations, I can see why so many people swear by it. The combination option has a 22 shade range but I believe the normal/dry version only has 12, which is a bit weird but maybe the formula isn’t quite as popular, £12.99 for 30ml, both contain SPF. Available from Boots and Superdrug, and usually on offer.
Next up is a repurchase, Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation is another blogger fave, and indeed, I used to be a bit obsessed with it myself. I originally bought it because I saw it being used by so many YouTubers, and it always looked amazing. I still think it gives a beautiful finish, my only issue with it is that it doesn’t survive my oily nose very well, but is fine if maintained throughout the day. I think if you have normal or dry skin this would be a perfect foundation, like Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk, it’s better suited to people who are not so prone to oiliness. This foundation comes in a whopping 40 shades, and is available from the Debenhams website, £30 for 30ml.
I also bought one of the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Stick Foundations to try, this has been on my wish list for some time. The stick is quite chunky compared to some, so it feels like you only need a few sweeps for a decent amount of coverage. The thing I like most about these Stick Foundations is the speed of which they can be used, it only takes a moment to do your whole face, and obviously they are a lot less messy than using a liquid so they are great for traveling or to keep in your makeup bag if you do your makeup on the go! I do feel that there is a lot of competition from the drugstore with some excellent new Stick Foundations being launched recently. Again this is a product which does not sit on oily skin too well, it gives a dewy finish anyway, so I find I need to give a good powdering to stay on effectively. I probably wouldn’t repurchase this product as I find the Makeup Revolution Stick worked a little better on my skin, I will still use it though as it’s a decent enough product and I see no reason to waste it. On a side note, I do think it has a slightly odd smell, which I haven’t noticed with other sticks. Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Sticks are available from Debenhams website, there 20 shades to choose from, £30 for 45g.
Having been a huge fan of the EX1 Invisiwear Foundation, I bought the new Delete Fluide Concealer as soon as it was launched, I have previously done a blog post about my first impressions of this product so I won’t say too much more except that I’m still loving it, I’ve used it most days since getting it and it’s a great concealer. I’m still not a fan of the pump though! I got mine from the Look Fantastic website, I have shade 1.0, there are 10 shades to choose from, £10.50 for 8ml.
HIGHLIGHT & CONTOUR
I bought the Revlon Sculpt and Highlight Contour Kit having heard some good reviews about it. Drugstore contour palettes are very hit and miss so I was intrigued to see how this one faired. The contour shades are really nice, evenly pigmented so you don’t get any patchiness, and they blend very well. The shades themselves are just right, not too muddy or grey. The matte highlighter is a lemony/Banana shade, good for setting concealer. The only shade I was a bit ‘meh’ about is the shimmer, it doesn’t really do a lot, but the rest of the kit is fine. Available from Superdrug and Boots, there are 2 shades to choose from, £14.99
For someone who buys a lot of liquid highlighters I very seldom seem to use them, but Urban Decays Liquid Aura Illuminating Mixing Medium has changed all that. This beautiful holographic liquid can be used under, mixed with, or on top of foundation, it gives a very pretty luminosity. £24 Urban Decay website.
This also brings me neatly to my current favourite liquid highlighter, Makeup Forever’s Ultra HD Soft Light. I use it on top of my foundation, I apply two drops and blend it out with a sponge, it is stunning! I like to layer mine with powder highlighter on top! There are 4 shades, £22.50 for 12ml.
Another Makeup Forever purchase was the Pro Light Fusion Undetectable Luminizer, this is a gorgeous highlighter, I layer it on top of the Soft Light and it looks incredible! I have taken to applying powder highlighter with a damp beauty blender, I saw it on a Jaclyn Hill video, and it works so much better on my skin than applying it with a brush, I find the brushes seem to emphasise imperfections on my skin tone whereas with a sponge they’re blurred out! There are 2 shades in this highlighter, £27.50.
Makeup Revolution launched three new Inglot Highlighters, I have the shade Platinum, a pearly/ivory highlighter. There are two other shades Rose Gold and Gold, all of look gorgeous and are just £4 each.
Lastly, a highlighter I have been obsessed with, the Anastasia BeverlyHills collaboration with Amrezy must surely have been one of the most eagerly awaited launches of the year! Obviously as someone who bloody loves a good highlighter I needed it for my collection (yes that’s right, collection, don’t judge me!). It doesn’t disappoint, it’s incredibly gorgeous and gives a champagne/gold light beam across your cheekbones! Everything about it feels glamorous and as polished as Amrezy herself! Yes you do need it in your life! £29 from Cult Beauty.
Only one new Bronzer this month, another Makeup Forever product, I probably should’ve done a Makeup Forever haul blog post! The Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzer is another new favourite, I find it difficult to get a good shade in Bronzer for my skin tone, my go to Bronzer was a Michael Kors one, which has sadly been discontinued. This is a gorgeous Bronzer, it blends beautifully and gives a pretty, sunkissed glow, although I really only use it to add a little warmth to my contour. There are 6 shades to choose from, £28.50 for 11g.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette was always going to be a must have for me, its just perfect! It has everything you need for truly glamorous eyes! I have previously reviewed it in a separate blog post if you’d like to hear my thoughts on it. Available from Cult Beauty £43, but worth every penny!!
Ardell Beauty Matte Pro Eyeshadow Palette was a bit of an impulse purchase, I saw the stand at Pro Beauty and wanted to try some of their new beauty products. I thought I’d try the matte palette because I have a lot of shimmery eyeshadows, so I thought it might be quite useful. The shadows themselves are ok, they’re decent but not outstanding, the pigment are fairly average as is the longevity. There are a few shades in the palette that are a bit random, the green will probably never get used but overall it has lots of good base and transition shades. £12 from Beauty Bay.
Whilst we are on the subject of Ardell, I have long been a fan of their lashes-my favourites are the Demi-Wispies. So I ithought I’d try the Magnetic version, purely because although I love the look of false lashes, my eyes do not enjoy the glue, so these magnetic lashes seemed like they might be a good alternative. Firstly, they are incredibly fiddly to apply, as you place one strip on top of your own lashes, and another underneath, then they should magnetise together. It’s really difficult to get them to the base of your own lashes, when you have them in place, I honestly felt that a strong breeze would have blown them away! If you just lightly touch them they will immediately come out of place. They felt like the magnets were not strong enough but I guess if they were too strong they would also be difficult to apply and remove. If anyone has any tips of how they made these work then let me know because mine are just sat in the box!
On a positive note, I bought another set of the Ardell Faux Minks, oh my gosh, now these are fabulous lashes! Fluffy and high impact, they are amazing, they’re comfortable to wear and I think they’ll replace my Demi-Wispies!!!
I also got a Makeup Forever Palette, although I’ve swatched it, I haven’t really used it yet, so I will review this at a later date.
This month saw the launch of NYX Professional Makeup’s Worth The Hype Mascara, this is an alrounder, lengthens, volumises and contains Jojoba to help nourish those lashes! I love that it has a ‘traditional’ style brush, I still think these are best, they capture and cost every lash! £9 from Boots.
I got Maybelline’s Brow Tint free on an offer, but I was really nervous to use it as I had seen YouTube videos where this product had left people with very red toned brows! After some reassurance from fellow instagrammers that this actually works really well, I finally tried it. Now, I will say at this point that the longest I have left it on for is 30 minutes, and it only gave me a very subtle tint (no redness though), I will try leaving it for longer and let you know how it goes, but so far so good.
Oddly I have only one new lip product for February and it’s a cracker! NYX Professional Makeup’s Powder Puff Lippies have been all over social media, so I was really excited to finally try one. I got the shade Squad Goals, which is a very pretty dusky pink kind of colour. These lipsticks are super easy to apply with the sponge on the end of the tube, the formula goes on really smoothly and has a matte finish, however it does not dry down like a liquid lipstick, nor does it emphasise the texture of your lips, it stays very smooth and feels comfortable. It has good staying power but will need to be reapplied after eating. Available from Boots, £8 each and there are 8 shades to choose from.
So that’s February done with, now to start writing March! Thanks for reading, Mo x