So lately all I've been buying is products that I'm genuinely interested in trying, I also try to keep it makeup related unless I'm out of a skincare product. Only because I receive a lot more skincare than I do makeup, so I try not not to focus on skincare and just focus on makeup I can review. Or, I finally buy products that I wanted for a long time.
Getting into it, this is 2 separate orders but still pretty close together.
My main focus is always base products meaning foundation and concealer. Not setting powder, primers, and correctors. I mean specifically foundation and concealer. As you know all year I've been testing foundations all year. I don't remember how many I've tried but I know which ones are good. I can say that with certainty.
Anywho, I picked up Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation. This is weird packaging. It looks like a squeeze tube but it's actually a large "doe-foot" wand applicator. I don't love that but it's not a deal breaker. I have shade Fair Light, it goes for $40, and they have 12 shades. It's marketed for every skin type except "sensitive", the coverage description is said to be "Full", the finish is said to be "Natural". I think this is a medium-full coverage. Meaning it's just right at the mark for full coverage. You could build it up I think to make it a definite full coverage but if you're just doing a quick application it's more so medium to full. I agree with the finish being natural and I actually love the finish. I've been flaky like crazy and while it does show it somewhat, it does better than the rest of my foundations excluding maybe 2 more I have. I actually get a better finish once it has sat on the skin for a few minutes. That's when it looks flawless. So I like this one a lot.
Another foundation or base product I got was the Laneige CC Cushion Pore Blur. It's a cushion compact packaging and you get an extra pod to go into the compact. So that's 2 for $38 and I think that's pretty neat. There are 7 shades and they are lacking, I have the lightest shade and it's a little off. It's supposed to be good for every skin type except Dry. It's an "oil-absorbing formula that targets shine for a semi matte finish, I disagree. I'm shiny. I'm not oily actually, I'm more Normal to Combo. I had some shine after 3 or 4 hours. It's heavily fragranced. If you are sensitive to that then avoid. This is something that is raved about by big "beauty gurus". I don't really see the fuss. I'm going to use a sponge next but I feel like that won't help the shine. It was kinda hard to blend together with my flat top brush. I'm not mad at how my makeup looked. I just thought it was underwhelming. Like I said I'm going to try some new application techniques and try building it up as well and see if I really love it like other do. I wouldn't repurchase this, even if it turns out great just because I'm simply a brush person. I don't like using sponges.
Next is the Stellar Limitless Concealer. There are 10 shades. It also has .20 ml of product for $27. This shade is L02 which is described as light with peach undertones and they weren't kidding. I now wish I'd went with S01 which is Fair with Yellow Undertones. I think that would work much better on my skin tone. I didn't set this. I wore it all day, out in the rain, during Wal-Mart Christmas madness. It held up good. I started getting some creasing but I can tap it out with my finger easily because I didn't set it. Other than the shade I got being a little off, so far so good.
Next up is some face products. You know how I love the Dior Backstage Face palette, so this time I picked up the Contour palette. It's much more pigmented than you think. It's actually surprising how many skin tones it would work for. I kinda wish the top two highlighters were actually matte like the contour shades. That way you could set the face with it. They aren't bad they just aren't your typical highlight. They don't show up luminous on my face so I use it as the first layer of highlight and then put something more pigmented or with more luminosity over top. Regardless of that, I still love it and I still use it. I love the formula in these palettes.
I also picked up a mini duo of the Natasha Denona Blush and Glow for $19. It's All Over Glow Face and Body Shimmer is Powder #1 and Blush Duo #14. These are tiny pans but I don't feel like it's very easy to get through the big ones. This is also in the sale section for $15.50 at the moment. The glow is ridiculous. I will probably apply this with a dry dense sponge next because I think that would work the best. The blush swatched very sheer. When applied with a denser taper brush it actually worked out nice. I did have to build it up some. I think for the price that it's pretty cool, especially on sale. However, because the pans being really small I think I'd rather get the full size because there are more options.
On to eyes. I finally picked up a Pat McGrath palette. I got the 6 pan "Dark Star" palette. Everything about it is gorgeous. I'm happy I have it and I think I'll pick up another one that's more warm toned. It's not so impressive that I would buy the big palettes for $125? I'm fine with $55 for the 6 pan palettes with the better packaging.
I also picked up some of the Sephora Total Softies Cotton Pads that were on sale for $3. I love these for acid toners. At full price they weren't a better deal than the Shisedo cotton pads. I'm not sure if they're discontinuing these but I do love them and use them every day.
I got some point person and the VIB Rouge present which is a zip makeup bag/clutch. As for perks I got another YTTP Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil. Right now I have so many deluxe samples that it probably would count as at least a half size bottle. I also cashed in some points for a Tarte zip bag and makeup set. It has a full size lip paint in "Delish", love that color. It also comes with a good size of the blush in "Feisty". It comes with a foundation card that I wont use, the Sex Kitten liquid liner, and a mini of the Tarte Camera Lashes mascara. I didn't think I liked that mascara but I tried it again and I love it. There's also a tiny sample of the hydrating primer. I'm gonna lose that little guy I know it. All in all I really feel that point perk was a hit.
So that's it for the products I picked up and my opinions so far. I may do another one after Christmas that is a combined haul from different places. I hope you're have a great holiday season.
I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.
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