Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m doing alright.
I finally got all of the items I purchased for testing this month so I’m ready to haul, swatch and give my first impression.
*remember as always, all hyperlinks provided are simply for fast location of the products used and not affiliate links… I just did the research so you didn’t have to. The hyperlinks will be in bold print*
1. Pat Mcgrath Sublime Perfection Hydrating Primer ($45 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml of product) is billed as a perfecting primer that smooths, hydrates, and blurs. It’s a water based primer and claims to enhance foundation wear that diminishes pores.
First Impressions: I was taken aback by the packaging. This is a plastic pump bottle that just has a sticker label plastered on it. When I pulled it out of the unicarton the sticker was not even fixed in place right, I had to attach the sticker to the bottle. The plastic bottle feels cheap and for an almost $50 primer why can’t it be a glass bottle? Now with that said the primer itself felt lightweight but nothing special… I’ll have to test it out to see how I get on with it.
2. Pat Mcgrath Sublime Perfection Foundation ($68 for 1.18 fl oz / 35 ml of product). Comes in 36 shades (I chose the shade Light 3 – light with neutral undertones). Claims it’s a hydrating, medium coverage with a natural finish.
First Impressions: I was taken aback when I first pumped some of this on the back of my hand. It came out like drops of water. At first I thought I had gotten a bad batch or that it had separated so I spent 5 minutes shaking it and then looked it up online only to find out it’s a serum foundation and meant to be liquidy. It’s a great shade and I think once I have it on the face over primer it will be a nice low coverage foundation. From swatching this one I do not believe I’ll be able to get medium coverage with this one.
3. Pat Mcgrath Sublime Perfection Concealer ($34 0.16 fl oz / 4.7 ml of product). Comes in 36 shades (I chose the shade L2 – lightest with neutral peach undertones). Claims to be full coverage with a natural finish with a creamy lightweight radiant matte finish.
First Impressions: Not only is this one super full coverage but the finish seems divine. I do believe a little of this will go a long way. This one did not oxidize on the back of my hand and I left the swatch in place for 5 minutes.
4. Makeup by Mario SurrealSkin Liquid Foundation ($42 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml of product). Comes in 30 shades (I chase the shade 2N – fair with neutral undertone). NEW ITEM. Claims to be a breathable luminous medium coverage with natural finish.
First Impressions: This one is creamy and the undertone is truly neutral. Based on the swatch it is a medium coverage foundation that I feel may build to full coverage.
5. Makeup by Mario Soft Pop Blush Stick ($30 for 0.37 oz / 10.5 g of product). Comes in 6 shades (I chose the shade soft coral – peachy pop) and claims to be sheer buildable coverage that is dewy.
First Impressions: From the swatch I am not impressed. It’s a pretty color but this one seems like it will be sheer and perhaps may disrupt the products underneath it.
6. Dior Backstage Face and Body Primer ($36 for 1.6 fl oz / 50 ml of product) claims to be a lightweight universal primer that delivers 24 hour hydration.
First Impressions: This primer felt slippy but hydrating. It’s sort of like a gloss type texture. Not sure if I will like this one.
7. Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation ($40 for 1.6 fl oz / 50 ml of product) comes in 40 shades (I chose the shade 1N – neutral) and claims a natural finish with medium buildable coverage that is waterproof and sweat resistant.
First Impressions: This is another serum-like foundation. It has more coverage than the Pat McGrath one but I don’t see this one building well on the face.
8. Dior Backstage Concealer ($29 for 0.37 fl oz / 10.94 ml of product) comes in 22 shades (I chose the shade 1C – fair to light skin with cool undertones) claims to be a caffeine-infused, radiant concealer that delivers waterproof and crease-proof full coverage with an innovative makeup brush applicator for precision.
First Impressions: I like the product but truly HATE the applicator on this one. It’s a brush tip applicator that is a pain in the royal ass to get back into the component. This at best is a medium coverage concealer that I think is going to be beautiful on the under eye.
9. Huda Beauty Glowish Blur Jam Silicone Free Smoothing Primer ($33 for 0.87 fl oz / 26 ml of product) claims to help texture, pores, and uneven tone instantly fade out of focus and boosts skin hydration for a soft-focus finish.
First Impressions: The texture of this primer is so bizarre. It’s a gel but feels like powder. It’s very velvety and I did apply some to the back of my hand and it truly did blur the texture. I’m intrigued by this one.
10. Huda Beauty GloWish Cheeky Vegan Soft Glow Powder Blush ($21 for 0.08 oz / 2.5 g of product) comes in 6 shades (I chose the shade 02 Caring Coral – midtone rosey coral) claims to be a velvety powder blush with a marbled formula that was developed to give all skin tones a natural, fresh-faced flush of color and a soft-focus glow.
First Impressions: This shade is super pretty and I love that it’s a satin finish blush… however that is where my love affair with this swatch ended. This is super sheer and I feel like it may get lost when applied to the cheeks.
11. Huda Beauty GloWish Soft Radiance Vegan Bronzing Powder ($31 for 028 oz / 8 g of product) comes in 5 shades (I chose the shade 03 Tan Light – warm red toned bronze suitable for medium tan to tan light skin tones) claims to be transfer-proof, non-drying powder bronzer that gives you a natural-looking tan with subtle luminosity for an all-over sunkissed glow and a velvety finish.
First Impressions: Again same as the blush this bronzer is super sheer and I feel this might not work on the face.
Huda Beauty Power Bullet Cream Glow Hydrating Lipstick ($25 for 0.1 oz / 3 g of product) comes in 14 shades (I chose the shade Buttercup – light pink nude) claims to be ultra-hydrating, ultra-comfortable lipstick that gives lips a natural, fuller-looking pout with a dewy finish.
First Impressions: I don’t have a first impression… this is actually a repurchase. It’s nude perfection.
* Also purchased 1 lipstick from the Huda Beauty website: *
Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick ($25 for 0.1 oz / 3 g of product) comes in 22 shades I chose the shade Promotion Day (an energetic cool toned cherry red) and claims to be highly-pigmented lipsticks that delivers unparalleled color payoff in a silky-smooth, plush-matte formula.
First Impressions: This red is a bit more blue toned than I thought it would be based on the way it looks in the bullet. With that said it’s super pretty.
Thanks for popping in dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in great spirits and health.
Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.