There’s so much stuff to get through as I’ve lumped a few of my ‘makeup presents’ from Christmas in with this review. I feel like I’ve bought a fair bit of drugstore this month, mainly because it’s January and we’re all to lacking in funds to make many high-end purchases! There are things that I didn’t buy, the Tarte Foundation for one, purely because of the whole furore on social media, I’m not sure why Tarte did that, they surely must have known.
So on with the review!
Only one primer this month, I tend to stick with the same ones because I’m not a huge fan of silicon based Primers. L’Oréal Infallible Illuminizing Primer does not contain silicon, which is probably why I like it, and of course, it’s super glowy, it’s like a creamy highlighter!
I finally gave in and purchased the Fenty Beauty Foundation, I took a gamble and ordered the shade 140 online, which was actually a pretty good match. I have reviewed this in an earlier post and I honestly still feel the same way, it’s a nice foundation but it didn’t blow me away, I much prefer the Huda Beauty Faux Filter.
Maybelline’s Super Stay 24hr Full Coverage Foundation was an ‘insta made me buy it’ moment, I used to use Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation all the time, so I was intrigued to see how this would match up. I have the shade Light Beige. Superstay gave decent coverage but it didn’t stay matte all day, and after 12 hrs it had started to break up around my nose. I think if you touch it up and maintain it throughout the day, it is fine, like the Fenty one. Again, it’s an ok foundation, and I will continue to use it but it wasn’t a ‘wow’ product.
I have reviewed these in the previous post but I will say that I am really impressed with the L’ORÉAL Infallible Shaping Foundation Sticks, they are a really good product and well worth trying.
Now, obviously the big launch of the month was the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer, these are a dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape, although they’re not exactly the same, I still feel like the Tarte One has a better finish and creases less. MUR’s is much cheaper at £4 but you get a less product. Having said all that, I have 3 of them in my makeup bag because they are still a damn good product, and to be honest, one of the reason’s I like Shape Tape is because of the giant wand, and as the MUR concealer has the same type of applicator, I will probably stick with it. It’s not been a good month for Tarte!
Lasting Perfection Concealer from Collection has been around a long time, but oddly, I’ve never used it! So as they’ve launched new shades, I decided to try one of them. I bought shade 0 Very Fair. Apparently, ten of these concealers are sold every minute! That’s incredible. I have to say, it’s a good concealer, it didn’t crease excessively, gave excellent coverage and lasted well. It’s a little heavier, consistency wise, than the MUR concealer, but it was still comfortable to wear.
Lastly, a colour corrector also from the L’Oreal Infallible range, this Peach corrector, for dark circles is quite intense. It’s more of a deep orange than peach, and it’s very pigmented so you don’t need too much of it. For me, it’s a little too dry, and as the under eye area is prone to dehydration anyway it’s not a product I will reach for much. If you are looking for a product like this that has good hydration, go for the NYX Professional Makeup Dark Circle Concealer, it contains coconut oil and feels so much nicer.
CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT
I can’t remember if I ever reviewed this product so apologies if I have, Urban Decays Shapeshifter Palette literally contains everything you might need to contour and highlight. It has five creams and four powders, the creams consist of two contour shades, two colour correcting shades and one pearl shade for highlighting. The powders, consist of two contours, a matte highlight powder and a pearl highlighter. I have used this palette loads, I like it so much I’ve just bought the matching brush! It’s good to have a mixture of powders and creams all in one place, so you don’t need to keep reaching for other products. They blend beautifully and easily with a brush or a sponge. The powder highlighter is stunning, especially if you apply it with a sponge, it’s not glittery, it just gives the most amazing sheen!
Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighters have been around for some time but they were not available in the UK, so you can imagine my surprise when I found them in Superdrug. I have the shade Molten Gold, which I initially thought might be too gold for my skin tone, but actually it’s fine. This shade is more of a sheen than a sparkle. I also found the Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter, this is also super pretty, but has a lots more glitter/sparkle in it than the gold shade. It’s not very holographic, it doesn’t have much of a colour shift but it gives more of a pearly highlight.
I got this mini Cover FX Highlighter at Christmas, it’s a good handbag size! Again it’s a golden shimmer, its nice but it doesn’t compare to the highlighter drops.
I also got a mini highlighter from Fenty Beauty, it was in a set with the Gloss Bomb. The Killawatt Highlighter is in the shade Hustla Baby, now this is a highlighter I really do love! It gives a beautiful shiny shimmer and I want more shades!!!
Last highlighter purchase of the month was the fabulous Too Faced Diamond Light Highlighter. I will be honest and say that I really only bought this because it has dressing table appeal, the packaging is beautiful and it’s one of those products you just want to own, and necessarily use. I have swatches it, and although it’s a very pretty unicorn glow, I probably won’t use it. I know, I’m weird!
First up, Maybelline’s new Total Temptation Mascara. This mascara feels quite similar to L’Oreal’s Lash Paradise, it’s very black and builds volume and length. I like the brush, it gives a good, even sweep of product. It’s enriched with coconut oil too!
Next is a lash primer from Stila, Lash stunner Extreme Lash Primer. This is one of those products I really don’t see the point in, I’m not someone who ever uses lash Primers because I don’t feel they do anything more than simply applying an extra coat of regular mascara. I liked that it wasn’t white like a lot of these types of products, whenever I’ve used the white Primers I always miss the odd lash and end up with what looks like random grey lashes!
Only one brow product this month, the L’Oreal Micro Tattoo Brow Artist Pen, which I’m still loving. I have previously reviewed this so I’ll leave it there!
I was lucky enough to receive one of the Juvias Place Palettes for Christmas, I have the Zulu Palette, but I haven’t had chance to try it out yet. I can tell you it swatches beautifully but I think I’d have got more use out of the Saharan Palette or something more neutral.
Which brings me neatly on to my favourite palette of the month, Laura Lee’s Cats Pyjamas Palette. Oh my gosh, I absolutely adore this gorgeous palette. There isn’t a shade inside it that I haven’t used, what I really like is that all the shades work really well with each other, sometimes you buy palettes which contain random shades, that makes it hard to make complete looks from, in Cats Pyjamas they all compliment one another really well. I bought this palette when it was half price on Beauty Bay, it was an impulse purchase but I’m so pleased I have it because it’s purrrrfect! (Sigh, I know!!!)
Another random half price purchase was the Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Jetsetter Palette. I know we’ve all seen mixed reviews of this but I figured it was worth a punt, and sometimes it’s nice to judge a product for yourself, I’ve become less trusting in the reviews I see on YouTube. The Eyeshadows in the Palette are fairly average, I used the coral blush shade as eyeshadow too as I don’t wear blusher, it worked really well and added a pop of colour. The contour shade works well and the highlighter is gorgeous, they should make that by itself! The highlighter is a sort of pinky champagne shade, but what I really liked was the texture, it’s very soft and fells almost damp which gives it exceptional glow payoff! It’s even better if you use the damp sponge technique (thanks to Jaclyn Hill for that awesome tip!). The mascara I haven’t used yet, although I believe it’s their bestselling Go Colosal Mascara which I have used a long time ago. I haven’t tried the lip balms or the correctors out yet, I seldom use balms. I also bought one of the Eyeshadow Brushes, which is a pretty good little tool. I think the packaging of this collection is lovely, it’s very quite elegant with just a touch of unicorn.
Lastly, is the Makeup Revolution Reloaded Neutrals 2 Palette. These eyeshadow palettes are amazing value for just £4! I love all the fiery shades in this palette, and it’s hard to find red shades which are evenly pigmented. These Eyeshadows blend well, the only thing I did notice about them is they feel a bit coarser than their more expensive counterparts, but that doesn’t diminish their effectiveness. For it’s tiny price this is a good little palette!
The Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow’s are an absolute favourite, I’ve also fallen in love with the Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows too. My only real gripe with them is how expensive they are, plus the Gold glitter shade I bought first has now run out, but I suppose I got a fair bit of use out of it. I love the cranberry glitter Next to Notte shade and the shimmery Kitten shade.
I was lucky enough to be sent a Lip Wardrobe from Revlon, which I’ve already reviewed in a previous post. I’ve been wearing the the super Lustrous Lipstick in the shade Bare a lot, I really like the formula and it’s a perfect nude shade. Sometimes I prefer a traditional creamy, bullet Lipstick, purely because sometimes, it’s nice to be able to just wipe it off. I love all my matte, liquid lipsticks but some of them are a nightmare to remove.
I think that’s about it for January. Roll on all of February’s big launches, Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation, Jeffree’s Blood Sugar Palette, ABH x Amrezy’s Highlighter and of course, the incredible Too Faced Life’s a Festival Collection.
Thanks for reading, Mo x