Ah Christmas is almost upon us and a wealth of gorgeous new holiday makeup has been launched, I’m trying not to buy too much of it this year, as I often find I don’t really use much of the limited edition stuff I buy. Having said that, the MAC Snowball Collection looks fab, it reminds me of the Mariah Carey collection from last Christmas (I gave you my heart)!
So on with the review, another month in makeup!
Only one Primer this month, NYX Professional Makeup’s #No Filter Blurring Primer is a Silicone based product, as are many Primers, Silicone is a great ingredient because it absorbs oil and ‘blurs’ fine lines and pores by plumping the skin. This primer is very silky when applied and it didn’t leave that slightly slimy residue that you get with some Primers, it smells divine too.
£12 for 25ml Boots
My only foundation purchase for the month was the fantastic Huda Beauty #Faux Filter Foundation, as I’ve already reviewed it in a separate post, I shall just say that I’m still loving it!
£32 for 35ml, 30 shades, Cult Beauty.
CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT
NYX Professional Makeup’s new Contour & Highlighter trio is great for people who do their makeup on the go, as it contains a contour powder, matte highlight (great for setting under eyes), and a shimmer highlighter. I think it’s much more ‘user friendly’ than the big palettes, which can be quite confusing/overwhelming and as we all know, it most of those large contour palettes you end up only using a couple of the shades. The powders themselves are very smooth and finely milled, so they apply evenly and blend well. The shimmer highlighter is stunning in all the shades!
£11, 4 shades available from Boots.
This L’Oréal Glow Kit is an unexpected treasure, I ordered it online from Superdrug’s website, I haven’t seen it in their stores or anywhere else for that matter, so maybe it’s exclusive to them? The palette contains five shades, which are all Holographic unicorn type Highlighters. There’s a pink, lilac, silver, green and blue shade, and for me, this is a pretty good dupe for the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Highlighter Palette. The packaging is a bit basic although I quite like it because, again, it’s a good size to carry around in your makeup bag.
£12.99 Superdrug website, but currently £9.99 if you have their beauty club card.
Next up, a whole load of MUA Cosmetics Highlighter’s. I love MUA highlighter’s because they are very inexpensive but give a really good Glow!
They have launched a collection of Prism Highlighters, these are all prismatic so they have a colour shift, there are 5 shades in total and I managed to get 4 of them. They are all very pretty and fairly unique shades, I really like the Solar Flare shade as it’s quite unusual. The Ultra Violet shade is amazing, it’s very pigmented and really does give a violet shine! The Aquatic Shine shade is also very Mermaid worthy, I did have slightly odd moment when I was swatching it though, the top layer looks a much paler blue than underneath, but I can confirm that both layers swatched the same.
£4 each, 5 shades, MUA website and Superdrug website/some stores.
Also new this month from MUA, are these Jelly Highlighter trios, I have the shade Crystal Cut, which has silver, mint and violet colours. The jelly texture is very similar to Stila Heavenly Hue Highlighter, it’s almost a putty-like texture, it’s not greasy or balmy. This unusual consistency gives a good sweep of Glow to the cheekbones, it doesn’t fade or move about either as it dries down once applied.
£5, 3 different shade trios, MUA & Superdrug websites.
From the MUA LUXE division of the brand, is this Light Lustre Highlighter Duo. This is the shade Splendour, these are high pearl powders, they’re super blend-able and can be layered, mixed or worn individually. I’m really impressed with these powders!
£5, 3 different shade duos, MUA & Superdrug websites.
I also got a couple of their Halloween limited edition highlighter’s, Aqua Shine and Black Magic. I used these on my daughter as she was a mermaid, not terribly Halloweeny I know!
£3 each, 3 shades, Superdrug.
Another new brand to be stocked on the Superdrug website is Bleach London. I have long been a fan of their beautiful pastel hair colours, so I was intrigued by the launch of their new cosmetics line. Obviously being the highlighter obsessive I am, I ordered one of their new highlighter’s in the shade Blulini, a stunning holographic blue/violet shade. These only come in a pan which you can pop into a empty palette which Bleach also sell, mine is in a z-palette at the moment but I will definitely be trying other Bleach makeup products so perhaps I’ll invest in an empty palette too!
£4.50 Superdrug website.
ELF has become a firm favourite in my makeup collection, they’re another very inexpensive but decent quality brand. I bought a couple of their glitter products this month, firstly, a Stardust Glitter Eyeliner in the shade Pink Opal, this liner has iridescent pink glitter in it and I like the effect but I think it’s better when layered over a colour liner. I also bought this Pop of Glitter Gel in the Rose Gold shade, it’s very sparkly, and can be applied on top of your makeup to add an extra sparkle. I tried this on my eyes, over the top of my eyeshadow but I found that as the product is very wet it moved the powder about quite a bit. I think the paler shades will be great to use on the cheekbones though. When I bought these I was hoping one of them may be a dupe for the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow, which I love and have a couple of, but my gosh they’re expensive, so I’m always looking for a drugstore dupe! The ELF Glitters, though very pretty are not dupes, so I will keep looking.
Stardust Glitter Liner £5, 4 shades & Pop of Hlitter Gel £5, 5 shades both ELF website.
A new edition to NYX Professional Makeup’s Lid Lingerie Collection are the matte shades, these are liquid eye tints and can be worn alone or as bases to apply eyeshadow on to. Once they dry down they don’t move or crease, and will stay in place all day.
£6, 12 shades, Boots.
I am a huge fan of NYX Professional Makeup’s Micro Brow Pencil, I’ve tried many others but I always come back to this because it’s just the perfect brow product. So when they launched the Precision Brow Pencil I was intrigued to see how it would compare. Both pencils are retractable, they run to the same shades (although the new Precision Pencil has a couple of different shades), are both on the harder side, and have spoolies on the end. The real difference is the shape of the pencil tip, the micro brow has a small, round, very precise tip whereas the Precision Brow has a long but thin tip, so it’s also very easy to use and it’s great for giving a very sharp, manicured looking brow. It’s also very easy to create the ‘gradient’ look with it, as you start the Brow very lightly with using the tip vertically.
£9, 8 shades, Boots.
A couple of new products from NYX Professional Makeup this month, firstly are the Super Cliquey Matte Lipsticks, they come in a very unique click tube (like a Touché Eclat but without the brush), the actual product has a tear drop shape to allow for easy and precise application. They are very pigmented and are fairly long lasting on the lips. A word to the wise though, only click up as much as you need because, like the Touché Eclat, if you click out too much you can’t put it back!
£8.50, 12 shades, Boots.
The brand has increased the shade range of its much loved Liquid Suede Liquid Lipsticks to include 12 new metallic versions. These matte liquid lipsticks dry down and don’t budge, you literally have to remove them! I have the shades Biker Babe (deep metallic red), Neat Nude (dark metallic brown, reminds me of the colour of beetles), Buzzkill (metallic fuchsia pink) and Ego (a super vibrant metallic purple).
£7 each, 12 Metallic shades, Boots.
I absolutely love Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concerntrate, so I thought I’d give the Daily Reviving Concerntrate a whirl. I was somewhat dubious though as my skin is a bit on the oily side and I wasn’t sure if it would make the situation worse. Although I like the actual product, it smells gorgeous and it’s packed with skincare goodies, it’s not for me. Whenever I used it, I felt that my makeup was going to just slide off, it’s didn’t make me more oily I just felt like my skin couldn’t absorb it. I shall continue to use the night time one though, it’s incredible!
Two products from The Ordinary this month, Argireline which is a repurchase, is great for treating fine lines, it was described as ‘Botox in a bottle’ by Wayne Goss! I also bought Matrixyl with Hyaluronic Acid, this is a new product for me and is another anti aging product. I’m so impressed with The Ordinary, I don’t think I’ve had anything disappointing from them.
Argireline £5.50, Matrixyl £9, Deciem website & Beauty Bay.
I have a Morphe brush that I absolutely love, it’s a fluffy blending brush made of natural bristles, but it came in a set so it doesn’t have a number on it. I have been trying to find the same brush or at least one similar, which is proving to be difficult. I ordered a MB18 which is a round crease brush, because in the photo it looked similar to the one I have (I have purchased quite a few brushes from a variety of brands recently, trying to find an identical one!), the MB18 is quite small and to me, it’s not really a crease brush, it’s more like a smudger brush. I have pictured the brush I’m after below (centre), if anyone can recommend one, please let me know in the comments.
I’m really impressed with the Urban Decay Pro Powder Brush, it’s a really big, dense, soft but still has a little bit of firmness to it. It’s synthetic and is made from recycled materials.
£26 Urban Decay.
So that’s it for October, bring on the Christmas madness!!! Thanks for reading, Mo x