So we have entered the month of May when all the new summer makeup seems to launch, and obviously, as you can’t buy everything, you have to work out what is actually useful to you versus the frivolous Festival makeup that you will never use! Unless you are actually going to a festival, in which case, buy all the holographic glitter stuff you want!
Only a couple of base products this month. First up, YSL All Hours Foundation. I bought this on the recommendation of other Instagrammers, and I’m so pleased I did! This foundation is beautiful, it gives excellent coverage but still looks natural on the skin, has a matte finish and great longevity. I have the shade Warm Beige which is a good match for me. I love the refreshing scent this has too. This foundation is available in 22 shades, £35 for 25ml.
Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation is a product I have been meaning to try for ages. I really love the Lasting Perfection Concealer so I was intrigued by the foundation. They have recently launched some new shades, although the shade range is still pretty small. I have the shade Warm Beige 3, which is one of the new ones, and it’s a good match. Although Collection is an inexpensive drugstore brand, this foundation comes in a glass bottle with a pump, so it actually feels more expensive than it is. The coverage is more than medium but not quite full, and obviously as it’s an illuminating foundation it’s has a pretty dewy finish, but as I always set my foundation with powder that tends to disappear anyway. I had heard that it doesn’t last very long on the skin, but I was quite impressed with how long it lasted, it stayed on all day with only a minimal touch up, which I don’t think is too bad. It felt very light weight on the skin and didn’t break up on my oily nose. Well worth trying if you fancy a dewy foundation for the summer. It is only available in 10 shades, but then it’s only £5.99 for 30ml, and it’s usually in some sort of offer/promotion in Boots or Superdrug.
The new Revolution Pro brand launched in my local Superdrug this month, so I thought I try out some of their new products. The Full Cover Camouflage Concealer I had my eye on because concealer is one of my favourite products. This is a waterproof formula much like NYX Professional Makeup’s Gotcha Covered, it does give excellent coverage, but for me it’s a little too heavy for the undereye area, it’s one of those formulas that has a kind of sticky gel like texture, and looks very shiny and ‘wet’ when applied so you have to use a lot of powder to set it, but then you have a lot of product heaped on to a very delicate and thin area of skin. I know many people love this type of concealer but it’s not for me. To be fair, it does say it’s for covering blemishes, scars, birthmarks and even tattoos. It’s available in 18 shades, you can’t knock Revolution when it comes to being inclusive. £5 from Superdrug and Tam Beauty website.
HIGHLIGHT & CONTOUR
This month I discovered a liquid highlighter which has blown me away! The L’Oreal Glow Mon Amour Highlighting Drops in the shade 01 Sparkling Love is simply stunning, it’s most beautiful gleaming champagne shade, it’s not glittery it just gives an awesome sheen! I really cannot emphasise enough how gorgeous this product is. I apply it with a damp beauty blender and it doesn’t move or break apart my foundation, which is the issue I usually have with liquid highlighter. You can mix it with your foundation for a glowy look, or even mix it with body lotion. It’s available in 2 shades, £9.99 from Boots and Superdrug.
Another L’Oréal product I have been loving is the La Vie En Glow Highlighter Palette, this is a gorgeous little palette consisting of five shades, I like to layer it on top of the Highlighting Drops for a more dimensional glow. Again this product is available in two shade options, I have the Cool Glow version. £12.99 from Boots and Superdrug.
Lastly from L’Oréal, Bonjour Sunshine is a ‘Tanned Skin Embellisher’, which I guess is a liquid bronzer. It’s nice shade of bronzer, and it works well layered with your foundation or even mixed with it! I have used it to contour and it works well. I believe this is only available in one shade at the moment. £8.99 from Boots and Superdrug, L’Oréal is usually on a 3 for 2 offer!
My final highlighter of the month was the Bourjois Le Petit Strober, I don’t have anything from Bourjois as it’s a brand which doesn’t really grab me but as this was new I thought I’d try it. It is quite small in size (it’s in one the pots which their blushers, Eyeshadows and indeed most of their powder products seem to come in), and has a tiny brush inside. This is accurately called a ‘Strober’ as it gives a very muted sheen and not a full on highlight. For me, it’s a bit of a ‘meh’ product, it’s alright but it’s not setting the world on fire! £6.99 only available in one shade presently.
Not much action in the eye department this month. I did buy one incredibly beautiful palette though, which again, was another drugstore find. The Revolution Pro Supreme Eyeshadow Palette in the shade Intoxicate is perfect for summer, it has all those gorgeous fiery sunset shades, plus some fabulous shimmer pop shades! These shadows are stunning, the quality is excellent, they blend beautifully, the pigmentation is spot on and I’m obsessed with this palette. Oh and the other amazing thing… the price, these palettes are just £6!! I highly recommend trying this palette. Available from Superdrug and the Tam Beauty website.
I also bought a couple of Revolution Pro’s brow products. First up is the Brow Cushion, yes you read it right, CUSHION! I have the shade Taupe, which is my usual go to shade for any brow product. It is literally a little cushion compact, you dip your brush in as you would with a pomade, however unlike a pomade, the colour is quite thin and watery so you really have to build it. I didn’t find it was particularly good for shaping the brow, it doesn’t have enough pigment to get a decent edge. It’s ok for filling in but for me, there are better products. I also found the shade to be a little warmer than I like my brows to be! Available in 8 shades, £5 each.
The other brow product was the Microblading Effect Precision Eyebrow Pencil, also in the shade Taupe. To look at it’s very similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, the actual product is also quite similar but it’s not quite a dupe, I found the Revolution Pencil a little bit harder, so you have to work it a bit more. I also had the same issue with the shade as I did with the cushion, the Taupe has a little too much warmth, it’s more like a dark blonde, whereas anyone who uses the Taupe shade in the ABH Brow Wiz or the NYX Professional Makeup’s Micro Brow will tell you, Taupe is a cool tone, it has absolutely no warmth. I do think it’s a good back up product though, partly because it costs just £4, but having said that, I use an Elf Pencil as a reserve product, which is a better shade and a pound cheaper! Available in 8 shades.
I found Too Faced’s Size Queen Mascara in TK Maxx, I’d never tried it before but it was a bargain! Now I’d assumed that the name referred to how big it was gonna make your lashes, but no, it in fact refers to the size of the brush, because it is huge! It’s so vast that it’s quite difficult to use, which is annoying because the actual mascara is pretty nice. Anyway, I think it was about £5.99, so I won’t lose sleep over it! My plan is to use it with a more regular sized spoolie!
One last eye product, YSL Vinyl Couture Mascara in the shade I’m The Trouble, I absolutely love colourful mascaras and this electric blue was is fabulous, I love it with a sunset eye, so beautiful!! £26 and available in 9 shades, I want the pink one next!!!
Some lovely new lip products this month. Firstly, I have been loving the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink in the shade Driver, this is the most perfect nude shade ever! This formula does not budge at all, it’s indestructible! The only thing I do find is it can exaggerate the texture of your lips, so you need to exfoliate first. I plan to get the shade Seductress next. I believe there are nineteen shades of this lipstick, £9.99 each but usually on an offer.
This Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet in the shade Front Row, was a bit of an impulse purchase! Firstly the shade is a little out of my comfort zone, it’s quite a deep mauve, and secondly I don’t have much from the brand apart from foundation. However, the colour is actually very flattering and compliments a lot if summer makeup looks, plus the formula is out of this world! This is the most comfortable matte liquid lipstick I have ever worn, it’s so lightweight if literally feels like you have nothing on, but it still has great longevity, I wore it all day without retouching! The downside is that they are expensive, £30 and I think it is available in nineteen shades.
So new lip products I heart Revolution, this has also recently landed in my local Superdrug, and it’s mainly unicorn and mermaid type makeup. The Metallic Unicorn Lipstick in the shade Whimsical is a super pretty rose gold, it dries down and so lasts really well. I have also used it as a lip topper over matte liquid lipstick. Available in 4 shades, excellent value, £3 each.
Also from the same brand is this Unique Unicorn Lipstick in the shade Magical Delight, a metallic violet. This is a nice summer shade, obviously as it’s a bullet Lipstick it doesn’t last quite as long on the lips as it’s liquid counterparts, but the formula feels nice. Available in 5 shades, £4 each.
From Revolution Pro I bought one of the Pro Supreme Matte Lip Pigments in the shade Illusion, this is a gorgeous burnt orange nude. Love the packaging of these too, it feels much more expensive than it is! Available in a whopping 30 shades! £4 each Superdrug.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my month in makeup, roll on May, and Marc Jacobs, and NudiePatootie, and L’Oréal Cherry Mon Cheri, and probably a hundred other new launches!
Thanks for reading, Mo x