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.
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.
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!
I’ve been wanting to try the new Powder Kiss formula for a while now and finally picked one up a few weeks ago.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
I’m back with another Too Faced bronzer review, if you haven’t seen my review of the Chocolate Soleil bronzer click here. These Too Faced bronzers have been revamped with new packaging however, the actual product is the same for the most part. I also purchased this from Winners (T.J Maxx) for about half off!
I tend to reach for more shimmery bronzers during the summer time because it gives a nice glow on a sunny day out. I actually like the old packaging better then the revamped ones as they are very sturdy but very lightweight and have a pretty gold finish. They contain a nice sized mirror which is great. The Chocolate Soleil bronzer had a nice chocolate cocoa scent but this one does not have a scent at all – which I don’t mind. This bronzer has two shades side-by-side which you can use separately but I always mix the two, hence the blurred division between them.
I really enjoy this formula because it isn’t too pigmented; which I actually prefer for bronzers. I want to be able to gradually build it up and not worry about applying too much and then try to blend it out. It also blends out very easily without becoming patchy. This bronzer lasts the entire day with very minimal fading.
The swatches have probably freaked you out and honestly I do not know why they swatch so orange and scary looking. This bronzer is slightly warm toned but it looks very natural on my fair neutral skin tone.
I really enjoy these Too Faced bronzers and would definitely pick up the Milk Chocolate Soleil next time.
Let me know which Too Faced bronzers are your favourite!
My Clarins is a fairly new line that Clarins has come out with – the amazing thing about it is that the products in this range are up to 95% natural and vegan and I also have to mention that the price point of these products are very reasonable!
The products in this range all include good-for-you ingredients and they specifically state that they are free from sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, formaldehydes, and so on. They also mention that even though the products smell amazing there is less than 1% of synthetic fragrances; which I really enjoy because my skin tends to become textured when I use heavily fragranced skincare.
Starting off with the Re-Fresh beauty mist – it comes housed in a very luxurious-feeling glass bottle which is rather heavy. It contains 100ml of product which is a good amount for a facial spray and it is meant to be used during skincare application or after makeup. I have used this both ways and I love setting my face with this after makeup application – it settles down the powder and gives a skin-like sheen without disturbing my makeup. The scent is amazing; it is fruity and floral and is fairly strong but does not linger. This contains coconut water, robina flower water, and extracts of alpenrose, fog and acerola seed. I really enjoy the finish that it gives my skin after heavily powdering it (I have a very oily skin type).
This moisturizer also comes housed in a glass jar which is very pretty and I do like it however, I wish it came with a pump as I wouldn’t have to stick my fingers into the product every time I want to apply it. This also has a beautiful fruity/floral scent that makes me happy every time I apply it on my skin. This also contains the same ingredients as the facial mist with the exception of goji berry instead of robina flower. I would describe the texture of this as being a light-weight cream because it feels very moisturizing but soaks in quickly and does not leave me with a greasy film. It doesn’t shorten the longevity of my makeup, which is very important to me, as I’ve liked moisturizers in the past but they ended up acting strange under makeup (balling up, making me more oily than usual over time). This has become my everyday moisturizer for weeks now!
I absolutely love these skincare products and would purchase once these run out because I use them daily in my skincare/makeup routine. I highly recommend both.
Let me know if you have heard of/tried this skincare line in the comments section below!
I really don’t reach for liquid lipsticks at all anymore because they dry out my already-dry lips and they crumple, flake and wear horribly throughout the day. However, this formula by MAC is definitely worth a try if your like me and avoid liquid lipsticks at all costs!
Excuse the out-of-focus picture above but I wanted to show you the shape of the applicator. It is super easy to get a nice sharp edge with it and I’m able to over-line my lips, which I slightly do everyday without going in with a lip liner! The applicator makes applying this super fast and easy. The formula itself feels like nothing on your lips and I’m not exaggerating! It’s feather light; that you forget that you have lipstick on and that’s amazing for a matte liquid lipstick. It’s also much more forgiving on dry patches than other formulas I’ve tried; it doesn’t exaggerate and cling to it.
This lipstick fades away nicely; it doesn’t crumble but rather fades evenly throughout the day and after eating. It’s transfer-proof just like most other liquid lipstick formulas and is removable with oil.
As you can see from the swatches above; this formula dries down much darker so beware of that. It takes a minute or two to fully dry down. I really like this formula and will definitely get other shades!
What do you guys think about liquid lipsticks? Are you over them?
Today I’m doing a quick review on these Lancome blushes. I’ve had these for a while but forgot about them until recently and now I can’t put them down!
I received the mini blush on the left in a gift with purchase a while back and the full size on the right was in a huge makeup set that I was gifted a few years back. The full size came with a brush but I always get rid of them because they don’t apply the product on the best.
I like the simple and sleek packaging of these blushes; as you can see from the pictures above they do tend to get finger prints on them though, but it doesn’t really bother me. The blush formula is a very silky dry powder which is subtle and allows you to build the product to the intensity that is flattering. I prefer this for blushes because you don’t end up with too much blush in one spot and then try to blend it out for 10 minutes afterwards. Because of this, I feel that it is the best formula for fair skin tones. This formula is very long wearing as well, which I do like because my face tends to absorb makeup due to it being very oily.
They have gorgeous shades as well, very powdery soft mattes and fresh satin finishes as well. The two that I have reviewed are both matte finishes.