Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m having a pretty hard time right now, but better days are ahead. I don’t want to dwell on illness, I want to strive for better days.
I purchased, as promised, a full face of makeup to do an Ulta Beauty Collection haul, swatches and then a review….
*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. All swatches and done on clean bear skin, in one pass and with no primer*
Hydrating Face Primer ($18 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml of product) is billed as a splash of water to your face that helps to keep skin hydrated while smoothing for a flawless makeup application.
First Impression: It’s sort of a cream/gel hybrid. The swatch felt a tiny bit cooling and felt like a lightweight moisturizer.
Complexion Crush Foundation ($14 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml of product) is billed as a super blendable, lightweight foundation that feels and moves like a second skin and claims to cover imperfections, blurs skin texture, and even skin tone, but still allow your natural beauty shine through. It also claims to be a medium natural matte finish. It comes in 26 shades, I purchased the shade fair neutral.
First Impression: It’s a bit on the orange side for being a foundation for neutral skin tones. It’s a demi matte finish that is at best high low coverage buildable to low medium coverage as seen in picture #3. on the bottom of that picture it’s just 1 coat, the upper part of the same picture is a second coat. It did not oxidize after 5 minutes and it also did not set down.
Under Eye Brightener ($10 for 0.07 oz / 2.1 g of product –> not purchased with this order but the order before) is billed as smooths and brightens in one swipe, a multi-purpose balm can be worn alone or under your favorite concealer as a color corrector. Comes in 2 shades, I purchased shade light/medium.
I already gave my first impression of this item when I hauled it.
Youthful Glow Concealer ($10 for 0.1 fl oz / 4.5 ml of product) is billed as medium coverage that blurs and conceals imperfections while adding a luminous and radiant finish to the skin. It comes in 16 shades and I purchased the shade fair neutral.
First Impression: This concealer has a beautiful satin finish to it. It felt lightweight and creamy. It did not oxidize after 5 minutes and set almost completely down. It’s a light coverage concealer as shown in picture #3.
Hyaluronic Acid Setting Powder ($14 for 0.25 oz / 7 g of product) is billed as a next-to-nothing feeling. An ultra fine powder that gives a weightless, velvety blur to the skin and claims that it helps blur, smooth and set makeup.
First Impression: For a powder that claims to have hyaluronic acid in it this one felt dusty and chalky. It’s very white so I worry that it will give flashback under the eyes.
Maximum Lashes Mascara ($11 for 0.29 fl oz / 8.5 ml of product) is billed as big, bold & extreme and claims that a combination of short and long diamond-shaped bristles evenly coat to volumize & lengthen lashes. It comes in 3 shades, I purchased the shade jet black.
Oh My Glow Cream Bronzer ($12 for 0.14 oz . 4 g of product) is billed as a super creamy, blendable formula that adds the perfect amount of sun-kissed color to your face. It comes in 2 shades, I purchased the shade Mocha (medium to deep with cool undertones).
First Impression: There is no way this has a cool undertone, and how in the heck is this meant for deep skin tones? It barely registers color on my light skin tone! It’s also a very thin consistency that I had to build up to even get payoff.
Baked Bronzer ($12 for 0.2 oz / 5.8 g of product) is billed as sun-kissed, instant bronzed skin that gives skin a fresh, radiant glow and can be used wet or dry for desired intensity.
First Impression: It’s pretty but this is the only shade they make. There is no way that this shade, even used wet, will be usable for anyone who has skin any darker than mine. It’s super shimmery so I don’t know how I’m going to feel about this one just yet.
Blush Beam Cream Blush ($12 for 0.11 oz / 3.2 g of product) is billed as fresh, dewy looking cheeks with an all-in-one blush and highlighter and claims gives thit e cheeks a smooth, full and highlighted look with a flush of color. It comes in 5 shades, I purchased the shade Flamingo Flock (soft coral pink).
First Impression: It’s super creamy and has a satin finish. I didn’t see any highlights in this at all but I think it’s pretty… keen to try it out.
Flushed Blush ($10 for 0.13 oz / 3.8 g of product) is billed as a soft and creamy formula that effortlessly slides onto the skin that claims to have mica that works to blur the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while creating a shimmery and translucent finish. It comes in 8 shades, I purchased the shade Pink Smoke (medium nude pink).
First Impression: It’s a dusty chalky formula that has zero shimmer to it. It’s a pretty shade but I doubt this one will blur anything with as dusty as it is.
Pressed Highlighter ($10 for 0.13 oz / 3.8 g of product) is billed as a mix of pearlescent pigments that reflect light from every angle for a buildable glow that can go from ethereal to interstellar. It comes in 3 shades and I purchased the shade Rose Quartz (silver iridescent pearl with cool rose shimmer).
First Impression: There is no way this is a buildable highlighter. I dug into the pan to get a good swatch and this is all that the swatch gave me. I don’t know if it’s that its a hard milled product or if it’s just not very pigmented.
Brow Pomade ($10 for 0.13 oz / 3.6 g of product) is billed as a creamy formula that will define, color and sculpt your brows to perfection that is smudge proof. It comes in 3 shades, I purchased the shade dark brown.
First Impression: This is a creamy product that dries completely down. I had a hard time removing this swatch.
Ultra Slim Brow Pencil ($0.003 oz / 0.09 g of product) is billed as a pencil that coats brows with the finest precision for a natural-looking finish. It comes in 10 shades, I purchased the shade espresso (deep brown with warm tones).
First Impression: There is no way this is an espresso shade! It’s at best a medium brown. It is however very creamy and soft, the point broke when I swatched it.
Automatic Lip Liner ($8 for 0.14 oz / 3.9 g of product) is billed as a rich, creamy waterproof color that glides smoothly across lips and claims to be silky, smudge-proof color. It comes in 20 shades, I purchased Almond (peachy coral).
First Impression: This is a creamy pencil and the shade is so pretty.
Luxe Lipstick ($10 for 0.003 oz / 0.09 g of product) claims that it applies creamy and smooth, with comfortable wear, satin finish and full color, finally a lipstick that is truly a girls best friend. It comes in 27 shades, I purchased the shade Valley Girl #325 (coral pink).
First Impression: Super creamy and pigmented. Pretty shade.
Matte Eye Primer ($12 for 0.3 fl oz / 10 ml of product) is billed as a crease-proof base for your eye looks to stay put. Use primer under eyeshadow & eyeliner to make pigments pop and eliminate fallout.
First Impression: This is a super dry formula… I am worried this one will look horrible on my lids. It’s not very pigmented so I think this may have been a waste of money.
Micro Felt Tip Liner ($5 for 0.02 fl oz / 0.6 ml of product) is billed as superior control and accuracy with an intense jet black and glossy finish.
First Impression: It’s super black and glides on well, however it bled so bad into the fine lines of my hands that I just know this one is going to bleed along my lash line. There is a way to help avoid that, just apply black shadow first and then the liner over it and apply more shadow, but honestly with so many other good drug store priced liners… who has the time?
Gel Eyeliner Pencil ($9 for 0.04 oz / 1.2 g of product) is billed as a super creamy, pigmented gel eyeliner pencil. It comes in 18 shades, I purchased the shade black out (deep matte black).
First Impression: Super creamy, glides like a dream, hard to remove but this isn’t as deep as I expected it to be, still keen to test it out.
Eyeshadow Single ($9 for 0.06 oz / 1.7 g of product) is billed as an eyeshadow single for any mood, a smooth, buttery texture for easy-to-use application. They come in 39 shades, I chose 3 matte and 2 metallic.
First Impression: Great shade selection but the shadows aren’t that smooth. When I swatched them they felt dusty and there was a ton of fallout. However with that said, I did buy neutral shades first. In my opinion, if a brand’s formula stinks in the neutral shades, then the vibrant shades will not be any better. The swatches show promise… can’t wait to test them out.
The shades from left to right are: Pure as Snow (light white matte), Desire (medium brown matte) and Coffee Bean (deep brown matte).
First Impression of these shades: The white is chalky, the medium brown is a taupe, and not anywhere deep enough to be a medium toned shade, and the deep brown is well, a medium brown. Perhaps with primer it may be different.
The shades from left to right are: frozen (light white metallic) and whatevs (light beige metallic)
First Impression of these shades: both are pretty and creamy… much better than the mattes.
Lustrous Foil Eyeshadow ($10 for 0.06 oz / 1.8 g of product) is billed as a foil-like dimension. It comes in 3 shades, I purchased the shade Rose Gold Leaf (rose gold).
First Impression: It’s a super pretty shade, this is super chunky though, I had to rub it in for a few minutes to get it to stick… glitter glue will be needed for this one.
Well, that’s the whole haul. 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.