e.l.f. 16Hr Camo Concealer Review + Swatch

e.l.f. 16Hr Camo Concealer

Hello everyone!

I recently posted my review of the Tarte Shape Tape concealer and I had to quickly review this one as well to let you know that they are very close dupes! Read my review on the Shape Tape here.

e.l.f. 16Hr Camo Concealer swatches

Starting off with the packaging; they are very similar as they both have a large doe foot applicator which picks up a good amount of product. I really like doe foot applicators because you can apply the product without getting your fingers/hands dirty.

The consistency is very similar as well; they are both full-coverage, creamy, a little dry (not moisturizing) because they dry to a matte finish, and are very long wearing. If I was going to be very picky I would say that the e.l.f. dries down quicker and is slightly more matte. If I apply too much of either concealer they do tend to look a bit cakey and dry and settle in my fine lines.

e.l.f. 16Hr Camo Concealer Light Sand
e.l.f. 16Hr Camo Concealer in Light Sand

Both concealers come in a good variety of shades. I chose the light sand because it is described to be light with neutral undertones. I would say that it leans more yellow (warm) and is very brightening.

I definitely recommend that you try this concealer out if you love the Tarte Shape Tape or if you wanted to try the Shape Tape – as this is much more affordable!

What is your current favourite concealer? Let me know down below!

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MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick Review + Swatch

Hello everyone!

I’ve been wanting to try the new Powder Kiss formula for a while now and finally picked one up a few weeks ago.

MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick Sultry Move

I really like the look of matte lipsticks but it can be difficult to wear when you have dry lips. Matte formulas tend to stick to and emphasize dry patches, really dehydrate your lips after an hour or two of wear however, this formula does neither! It feels surprisingly moisturizing and the formula is a bit hard to describe if you haven’t swatched or applied it. It feels like a moisturizing powder that is extremely lightweight and glides on seamlessly.

MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick 021 Sultry Move
MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick 021 Sultry Move. One swatch on bottom and built up on top.

You can apply a bit and blend it out for a subtle look or build it up to full coverage on the lips. There is a slight drawback; the formula is not as long wearing as Mac’s usual matte formulas. It does wear away after a while and especially if you eat. The formula is so forgiving on dry lips that I can easily reapply after eating and not worry about using a lip balm first.

I also wish that they would come out with more shades because I want a nice nude shade but haven’t liked any that they have; it’s either too white-based nude or too cool toned. I would definitely purchase more when/if they do come out with more shades. For now, I really like this warm rose color that I currently own.

Have you guys tried the powder kiss formula? Let me know down below!

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Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting Review + Swatch

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting

Hi everyone!

Today I will be reviewing a higher-end makeup product that I have been putting to the test for some time now!

This product is a liquid highlighter that promises to give a nice glow to the skin rather than shimmer or glitter. It claims to sink into the skin and give a nice, smooth, radiant look. It also contains vitamin E, which I love in skincare, so that was a bonus. It is a fusion of skincare/makeup which I’m always intrigued by.

I have a very oily skin type and tend to want a more matte look. However, there are days where my matte foundations look really dry and strange on me and when I apply this product all over my face and then apply a matte foundation on top; it looks much more flattering and more skin-like. The claims I mentioned above have all been met in my opinion, because this product just gives a nice fresh, healthy sheen to the skin that really looks like skin and not like you applied a moisturizer with glitter in it. It dries down yet makes my skin super soft like I applied an extra layer of moisture.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting in the shade ‘Candlelight’. Pumped out onto the back of my hand on the bottom and blended out on top.

I don’t really like how the first ingredient is mineral oil, because I have read that mineral oil is not the best ingredient to use daily. However, the strange thing is that the mineral oil in this doesn’t affect the wear of my foundation throughout the day. Also, you must shake this up a lot before pumping the product out so that the oil doesn’t separate.

I really enjoy having this product in my collection and like to use it every now-and-then when I want to apply a super matte foundation. However, I don’t think this is worth the $69 CAD price tag.

What do you think about this product? What Kevyn Aucoin product do you recommend I try next? Let me know below!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit Review + Swatches

ABH Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Hi everyone!

I know that this palette is definitely not a “new” item but I like reviewing “older” items as well – it reminds me and hopefully you guys to pull it out of your collection and remember why you purchased it in the first place!

ABH Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit Light to Medium

I love the sleek packaging of this palette; it isn’t bulky or heavy – perfect for travelling with. It has a magnetic closure so you don’t have to worry about breaking the clasp. The pans are removable as well; if you want to put it in a Z-palette.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit Light to Medium

The formula differs slightly for each pan; the top left shade (Vanilla) is a sheer matte powder whereas the middle top shade (Banana) is much more pigmented and buttery in texture. The right pan (Sand) has tiny shimmers in it and is very buttery and pigmented. The bottom middle shade (Fawn) is also more sheer in comparison to the other two contour shades.

ABH Contour Kit Light to Medium

These powders are very blendable and look smooth on the skin without looking cakey or heavy. I like how they included a shimmery shade in there so you have a subtle shimmery highlighter instead of the usual all-matte contour kits. However, I feel that two of the contour shades are extremely similar and wish they had a different shade that would pull more bronze rather than red. I really enjoy the middle contour shade; it is perfect for nose contouring!

ABH Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit Light to Medium
Left to right: Vanilla, Banana, and Sand.
ABH Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit Light to Medium
Left to right: Java, Fawn, and Havana

In conclusion, I really like this palette and find myself using the top and bottom middle shades the most. I don’t think there is anything specifically special about this product but I do enjoy it and would recommend to someone who wants a nice contour kit to travel with.

Have you guys tried this contour kit? Comment below!

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Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation Review

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation

Hi everyone!

I’ve always loved the Smashbox primers but never thought about giving their foundations a try, until a few months ago when I picked this up.

The two things that really stood out to me were that this foundation has hyaluronic acid and vitamin E in the ingredients, which is amazing! This allows the foundation to look fresh and not dried out and gross by the end of the day. It barely settles in my laugh lines and looks great after a whole day of wear. It contains no fragrance, which is great because fragrance can sometimes irritate my skin and it is also free of parabens and phthalates.

Smashbox Studio Skin Hydrating Foundation

This has a nice pump and the product is housed in a thick glass bottle. The product itself is a thick liquid consistency and gives a medium to full coverage; it is buildable. Once it has dried down you get a matte finish but it’s not a flat matte; it is almost satin. I love how fresh it looks on the skin and how it remains looking nice throughout the day; I do get oily after a few hours which is normal for me but when I blot the foundation barely transfers onto the blotting sheet. It does not separate, cake, or exaggerate my pores after about 8 hours of wear; it really is long wearing (however I do not know about the 15 hours claim).

Smashbox Studio Skin Hydrating Foundation 1.05
Smashbox Studio Skin Hydrating Foundation in the shade 1.05

I love the shade range because they have many different undertones and I was able to find a very close match to my skin color. The shade range makes it super easy to find your shade online because it gives a skintone shade name and an undertone description below it.

I’am really enjoying this foundation and would recommend for oily skin types; I’ve also read reviews on how great this foundation is for dry skin types as well!

What do you think about this foundation? Let me know down below!

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MAC Mineralize Charged Water Skin Hydrating Mist Review

MAC Mineralize Charged Water Skin Hydrating Mist

Happy Friday!

I’m back with another MAC review and not to mention a SPOT-ON dupe for the Smashbox Primer Water – read my review of that here. The ingredients are almost identical; they smell the same, they perform the same, I would say that it is pretty much the same thing.

I love using charged water as a primer because it gives me a little bit of moisture and tackiness without a layer of unnecessary product under my foundation. I do go in with a pore filler on my cheeks but I love spraying this all over my face – it’s quick and easy.

MAC Mineralize Charged Water

I prefer this packaging to the Smashbox one because the spray locks – it is the same packaging as the Fix +.This product is about $10 CAD cheaper than the Smashbox Primer Water however, the Smashbox contains 115ml, where as this contains 100ml. They both perform the same and have a really pleasant mild scent which quickly absorbs and disappears. I like using this over makeup as well – it settles down the powders that I layer over foundation.

Overall, I highly recommend this and I’m glad I found such a close dupe! Seriously couldn’t believe that they are essentially the same product almost!

Have you tried this or the Smashbox Primer Water? Let me know down below!

Click here to purchase the Charcoal one (couldn’t find the regular online for some reason).

MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette Review + Swatches

MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette Flash + Awe

Hello everyone!

I was on the hunt for a nice highlight palette to add to my collection and I really like the MAC Extra Dimension one – read my review here. So I thought I would give this one a go, I purchased the Flash + Awe palette which has lighter tones; they have another palette with gold tones as well.

MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette Flash + Awe

I really like the sleek packaging, the three shades are separated which allows you to use them separately or mix the shades together. It contains a nice sized mirror and has a magnetic closure. The shades are fairly close in shade but each has a different undertone – champagne, pink, and gold.

MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette Flash + Awe
MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette in Flash + Awe Swatched once per shade.

The formula is not exactly the same as the Extra Dimension ones. I would have to say that I like the Extra Dimension formula more than this because it’s more intense, where as this palette has a more toned down shine. I do like this for everyday use because it’s not too sparkly but rather glowy and healthy looking on the skin.

I don’t think that this is a must-have palette and do prefer the Extra Dimension highlighters by MAC over this however, this is a nice palette if you want to glow and not look over-the-top.

What is your current favourite highlighter?

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