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My Makeup Collection Vol. 4 The Helpers (correctors, mixers, and contour)

Published May 28, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope.

I’m back with Vol. 4 of my Makeup Collection Series … the rest of the series can be found:

Vol 1. The Primers

Vol 2. The Foundations Part 1

Vol. 2 The Foundations Part 2

Vol. 3 The Concealers

Today we’re diving into my under eye correctors, foundation mixers, and the one and only cream contour I will every use …. collection … Let’s do this…

Pixi by Petra Correction Concentrate $12 on their website and at Target.

It comes in 2 shades: Brightening Peach (for fair to light skin tones) and Awakening Apricot (for medium to deep skin tones). I have it in the Brightening Peach shade.

It’s billed as being able to instantly erases darkness, softens and blurs lines.

When I first bought this one I didn’t like it because it always made my concealer crease. I then realized I just need the very lightest of taps into the product to get it to work for me and now I love it.

It’s creamy and pigmented and leaves the under eye looking wide awake. This has just enough pigment to color correct the under eye but is sheer enough to allow for wearing it alone…. I can wear it on no makeup days.

Believe Beauty Brighten Up Color Correcting Concealer $4 only at Dollar General stores.

It’s offered in 2 shades light/medium and medium/deep and I have it in the shade light/medium.

It’s billed as being designed to enhance and brighten under eyes as a creamy blendable formula that camouflages discoloration.

This one is super creamy and is just a hint pinker than it is peach but it brightens the under eye beautifully.

Because it has that hint of pink in it I can’t wear this one on it’s own for no makeup days but it’s perfect enough for no makeup – makeup days with a light coverage concealer.

Tarte Colored Clay CC Undereye Corrector $25 at Ulta.

It comes in 2 shades Light/Medium and Medium/Tan (but this one is deep enough for deeper skin tones) and I have it in the shade Light/Medium.

This one is billed as being able to instantly masks undereye discolorations and dark circles while improving the appearance of skin tone and texture over time with a full coverage.

This one dethroned my Bobbi Brown Undereye Corrector. Ever since testing this one out a few years back I have never repurchased the Bobbi Brown one again. Out of the 3 correctors I own this is my favorite one.

It’s creamy and brightens the under eye beautifully, this one isn’t a no makeup day corrector because it’s high coverage.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand $38 at Sephora and on the Beautylish website.

It’s offered in fair/light and medium/deep I chose the shade medium/deep.

It’s billed as a soft-focus, semi-matte contour that is  treated pigments with good adherence and color uniformity that create shadows and define features for a natural finish.

I always avoided cream contour and bronzers until I wanted to do a full face of Charlotte Tilbury and tried this cream contour and saw that it was easy to apply and blended out effortlessly.

This cream contour is beautiful. It’s made me venture into the world of all things cream … blushes, bronzers, and other contours .. I still haven’t found another cream contour that I like as much as this one.

Nyx Pro Foundation Mixer $10 (can be found on Amazon… this line has been discontinued).

The shades I have are (from left to right of the second picture) Warm, Olive, Dark, and White.

These mixers are easy to use… simply add a few drops into the foundation that needs to be adjusted.

These mixers do not change the formula of the foundations it’s just simply pure pigments.

Well dolls … that’s all for now … Hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember dolls … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

My Makeup Collection Vol. 3 The Concealers

Published May 28, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope.

I’m back with Vol. 3 of my Makeup Collection Series … the rest of the series can be found:

Vol 1. The Primers

Vol 2. The Foundations Part 1

Vol. 2 The Foundations Part 2

Today we’re diving into my concealer collection … Let’s do this ….

The Balm Time Balm Concealer $18 for .26 ounces of product on their website and is offered in 9 colors with 4 shades for deeper skin tones… I have the shade Light Medium.

This concealer is billed as a unique, anti-wrinkle concealer infused with vitamins A, C, E and Panthenol and has an ultra-smooth formula that works around the clock to reduce the look of fine lines, dark circles, puffiness, sunspots, redness.

This is a great little concealer pot! I just lightly tap my concealer brush into the pot and the little bit that I pick up is enough for both eyes.

It’s a smooth velvety texture that doesn’t crease and I can even get away without setting this one on days when all I’m wearing is a bit of bb cream.

This is a long wearing concealer that is matte but it’s got the look of a satin finished concealer.

Unlike most potted matte concealers this one isn’t too drying or thick. It just has the perfect constancy.

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer $30 for .21 ounces of product at Sephora and comes in 16 shades with 6 shades for deeper skin tones and I have it in the shade Medium 1 Custard (for medium skin with neutral undertones).

It’s billed as a full-coverage, oil-free concealer that conceals and blurs imperfections with a soft-matte, natural-looking finish.

This really is a nice concealer but I can not use it on my under eyes, it’s too drying and also creases like crazy.

I actually use this one as an eyeshadow base and to carve out my brow line.

Joah Truly Yours Dark Circle Concealer $8.50 for .24 fluid ounces of product on their website and comes in 11 shades (none for deeper skin tones (K Beauty tends to be on the lighter end of the spectrum) and I have it in the Neutralizer shade.

This is billed as a lightweight and oil control formula instantly erases dark circles and fine lines with a buildable full coverage and an easy to blend matte finish.

This really doesn’t neutralize my under eyes but it does like good under the eyes.

It does crease if I don’t set it straight away.

It’s not the longest wearing concealer but it’s an OK concealer.

Revolution Conceal & Define Supersized Conceal and Define $10 for .45 fluid ounces of product on their website and is offered in 24 shades with 10 shades for deeper skin tones and I have it in the shade C 6.5 (light/medium skin tones with a yellow undertone).

It’s billed as a lightweight yet full coverage concealer  with a matte finish that wont settle or accentuate fine lines and pores.

This one reminds me of the Tarte Shape Tape (except it’s not as dry or as thick).

This one is super pigmented and I have to be careful that I don’t use more than 2 dots because a little goes a long long looooooooooooooooooooooong way.

It’s pretty good and lasts all day.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer $30 for .22 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and Sephora and is offered in 30 shades with 8 shades for deeper skin tones and I am in the shade Medium 1 Custard.

It’s billed as a multi-action, 16-hour formula that instantly masks imperfections, blurs the look of lines and wrinkles, and hides dark circles and signs of fatigue. 

This is a creamy satin concealer that looks amazing on the under eye area, it does however crease if you do not set it right away.

ELF Hydrating Camo Concealer $6 .203 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and comes in 25 shades with 8 shades for deeper skin tones and I have it in the shade Light Sand.

It’s billed as a  full-coverage, hydrating, long wearing concealer featuring a large doe foot applicator to conceal, correct, contour and highlight for flawless skin. The highly pigmented formula is lightweight with a satin finish that won’t settle into fine lines or creases. Ideal for all skin types, but great for dry skin.

I enjoy this one better than the original Camo concealer.

It does oxidize a little and does crease just a tad so I wait until the end of my makeup application so that I can powder it straight away.

J Cat Beauty Staysurance Water-Sealed, Zero Smudge Concealer $7.99 for .33 ounces of product at Ulta and is offered in 16 shades with 6 shades for deeper skin tones and I have it in the shade Custard.

It’s billed as a medium to full coverage concealer that delivers buildable coverage without creasing or caking while creating a hydrated and flawless look. This light-weight, yet long lasting concealer combats dark circles, redness and any imperfection with 3 key ingredients. Peach leaf extract protects and repair skin while it contains anti-aging property. Tea tree leaf extract helps treat acne and reduce under-eye dark circles. Lastly, aloe vera leaf extract moisturize and prevent dark spots. Staysurance Concealer is an all-in-one concealer with skin benefits that is made in South Korea.

I really like this concealer. It never cakes up and as long as I go in with a light hand it doesn’t crease either. It’s super pigmented so a few dots is all that’s needed.

ColourPop No Filter Concealer $7 for .14 fluid ounces of product on their website and comes in 30 shades with 10 shade for light, medium, and dark shades and I am in the shade Medium 20 (mid toned cool neutral).

It’s billed as being able to instantly conceal, cover, correct and contour with this long wearing, full coverage natural matte concealer. the lightweight blendable formula applies smoothly and seamlessly covers dark circles, blemishes, redness and discoloration with one swipe.

I don’t get the hype surrounding this concealer…. for me it’s just an OK concealer.

This one does oxidize so I wish I would have purchased it in a lighter shade.

NYX Born to Glow Radiant Concealer $9 for .14 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and comes in 24 shades with 9 shades for deeper skin tones and I am in the shade Fair.

It’s billed as a micro pearl-infused illuminating concealer that blurs imperfections adding instant radiance and brightening the appearance of a dull complexion.

Dolls!!! I freaking love this concealer!! Love,love,love,love LOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEE!!!!

It leaves the under eye area looking dewy and radiant and perfected. It never gets cakey and does crease at first but once you bump the creases out and set it lightly with powder it stays perfect all day.

L’Oreal Infallible Full Wear Waterproof Concealer $13.49 for .33 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and comes in 24 shades with 7 shades for deeper skin tones and I am in the shade 360 Cashmere.

It’s billed as having full-on coverage and full-face wear for up to 24 hours with their highest coverage formula  providing full coverage with a flawless matte finish that’s waterproof, non-greasy formula won’t transfer, fade, or flake.

This concealer is the perfect concealer for the Florida heat! It stays put all day and only needs the lightest dusting of powder.

This one is another drug store dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape.

Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer $22 for .17 ounces of product at Ulta and Sephora and comes in 14 shades with 5 shades for deeper skin tones and I have it in the shade No. 3 (Light with Neutral Undertones).

It’s a multi-purpose full coverage liquid concealer that hides it all, from dark under eye circles to blemishes & discoloration that is lightweight & doesn’t cake, crack, or settle into fine lines. 

I love this concealer!!! I have never not loved my under eyes when I’m wearing this concealer.

Tart Shape Tape Concealer $27 for .33 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and comes in 30 shades with 10 shades for light, medium, and deep skin tones and I have the shade Light Medium Honey.

This is billed as a full-coverage formula infused with tape technology instantly helps brighten, smooth & give the skin a firmer, more lifted look.

I really only ever use this one as an eyeshadow base. I never use it as a concealer…. it’s just too thick for my under eyes.

Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer $29 for .5 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and comes in 35 shades with 14 shades for deeper skin tones and I have it in the shade Vanilla.

It’s billed as a hydrating, full-coverage, weightless 4-in-1 concealer that conceals, contours, highlights, and retouches. Smooths and sculpts skin for natural-looking coverage. Infused with coconut water, alpine rose, and hyaluronic acid, these skin-loving ingredients come together for crease-free, weightless wear that’s so naturally flawless.

Like I’ve said countless time before I absolutely adore the Born This Way line….. this concealer is no surprise that I would love it.

It’s creamy and highly pigmented and full coverage and just heaven in a tube.

Believe Beauty You’re Covered Liquid Concealer $4 for .28 fluid ounces of product sold only at Dollar General stores and comes in 5 shades with only 1 shade that can match our light skinned ebony beauties …. (again … DO BETTER MAKEUP COMPANIES!!!! DO BETTER!) and I have it in the shade Light Beige.

It’s billed as a highly-pigmented concealer that visibly brightens under eye darkness and tired lines with natural coverage.

This one is a spot on dupe for the Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer (which makes me a happy camper because sad to say …. the Naturally Radiant Concealer has been discontinued.).

This one is creamy and a natural finish. Not overly pigmented but works well with a corrector under it.

Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Concealer (discontinued) I have it in the shade R22.

This is a full coverage demi-matte finish concealer with high pigment.

This is my favorite concealer and I’m so bummed that it was discontinued so I use this one sparingly … only when I really need my eyes to be flawless.

Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer (discontinued) I have it in the shade Light/Medium.

I can’t believe this one was discontinued! It is so radiant, so dewy, and so beautiful with medium coverage and a satin finish. This is my second favorite concealer out of my collection.

ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Creamy Concealer $9 for .30 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and comes in 27 shades with 7 for deeper skin tones and I have it in the shade 83C.

It’s billed as a creamy, cushiony, full coverage concealer that seamlessly blends into the skin leaving a natural, fresh finish.

Out of the 2 ColourPop concealers I own I prefer this one more but again …. it’s just an OK concealer… nothing special here and I find that even after powdering it it can crease at times.

Milani Retouch + Erase Light-Lifting Concealer $8.99 for .24 ounces of product at Ulta and it comes in 7 shades with 3 for deeper skin tones and I have it in the shade 03 medium light (the shades in this range run a bit yellow).

It’s billed as designed to instantly hide dark circles, spots, blemishes and imperfections with a brightening effect. Formulated with a weightless face perfecting light technology to achieve flawless color correction while leaving a smooth, undetectable finish. 

I haven’t used this one long enough to know what I think about it but from the few times that I have used it I haven’t had any complaints.

It’s lightweight and blends easy but is a light coverage concealer.

Pixi by Petra Pat Away Concealing Base $16 for .13 fluid ounces on their website and comes in 6 shades with 2 shades for darker skin tones and I am in the shade Nude.

It’s billed as being elastic and long-wearing with powerful antioxidant protection and concentrated yet skin-like and buildable for full coverage.

I like this one a lot. It gives a fresh faced glow to the under eyes however …. there is no way this one can be full coverage.

BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Total Coverage Concealer $6 for .35 fluid ounces product on their website and comes in 21 shades with 6 shades for deeper skin tones and I have it in the shade 111 Medium with Neutral undertones.

It’s billed as an opaque liquid-creme that gives the appearance of perfect skin that also comes in 4 color correcting tones.

Every time I use this one it reminds me of another concealer that I have tried but I can never put my finger on it but I do like this concealer.

It’s a medium coverage satin finish concealer.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Breathable Concealer $4.97 for .23 fluid ounces of product at Target and Walmart and comes in 6 shades with 2 for deeper skin tones and I am in the shade 200 light.

It’s billed as a medium coverage concealer with 27 hours of coverage.

This was one of the concealers that was on the chopping block last week….I’ve used a few times and it doesn’t blow my socks off but it is an OK concealer.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (discontinued) I have it in the shade Medium Light Neutral.

This is a serum based concealer that is full coverage and a satin finish. Here is another one that I truly wish was never discontinued. It’s my go to concealer for light makeup days.

Joah Wand Me Up Perfecting Concealer $6.50 for .26 fluid ounces of product on their website and it (again because it’s K beauty) does not come in deeper skin tones, there are 5 shades and I have the shade Ivory.

It’s billed as a natural coverage wand concealer hides imperfections and leaves skin looking flawless with buildable coverage that’s lightweight & breathable and easy to blend.

Out of all the Joah products I purchased for my review this is my favorite product from the collection. It’s a nice concealer, pretty pigmented and full coverage.

AOA Studio Paw Paw Liquid Concealer $1.55 for .34 fluid ounces of product on the Shop Miss A website and comes in 13 shades with 8 shades for deeper skin tones and I have it in 2 shades this one is light ivory.

It’s billed as a super creamy and medium to full coverage concealer. This concealer lasts all day without settling into fine lines. 

I can’t believe this concealer is under $2!!! It’s a beautiful full coverage concealer and a very little goes a very long way.

Flower Beauty Light Illusion Full Coverage Concealer $9.99 for .22 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and it comes in 6 colors and only comes in 1 deep shade (which is no where deep enough for our deeper skin beauties). I have it in the shade L3-4 Light

It’s billed as a soft-focus blurring concealer with a high performance coverage, a weightless concealer that provides dark circle diffusing illumination with FLOWER Beauty’s exclusive blurring pigments, and is a high coverage concealer it imparts a subtle radiance as it conceals imperfections.

This is a beautiful concealer. I have loved the way my under eyes look every time I use it.

Catrice Beauty Liquid Camouflage Concealer $5.99 for .17 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and comes in 17 shades and 1 corrective shade with 5 deeper skin tones and I have it in the shade 005 Light Natural.

It’s billed as offering optimal coverage without drying out the skin that’s highly-pigmented, waterproof and lasts for hours. 

This one is hit or miss for me …. most times I use this one it works out good but there have been a hand full of times that this one was a creasey mess.

AOA Studio Paw Paw Liquid Concealer $1.55 for .34 fluid ounces of product on the Shop Miss A website and comes in 13 shades with 8 shades for deeper skin tones and I have it in 2 shades this one is buff.

It’s billed as a super creamy and medium to full coverage concealer. This concealer lasts all day without settling into fine lines. 

I can’t believe this concealer is under $2!!! It’s a beautiful full coverage concealer and a very little goes a very long way.

L’oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Concealer $9.99 for .21 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and it comes in 8 shades with 2 shades for deeper skin tones and I have it in the shade 01 Classic Ivory.

It’s billed as providing glowing coverage for up to 16 hours and as being a lightweight, ultra-blendable radiant formula with buildable coverage.

Like the foundation …. this concealer is high medium coverage and very radiant. It needs to be set because it really emollient.

Private Society Coveted Concealer $22 on their website and comes in 12 shades with 6 shades for deeper skin tones and I have it in the shade medium.

It’s billed as a silky, buildable concealer with light to medium coverage, and a platinum primer infused formula that is crease resistant and long-wearing.

This was one of the concealers on the chopping block last week. I’ve tried it out a few times and I guess I like it. It’s got good pigmentation and covers pretty good … there’s nothing special about it other than that.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer $32 for .13 fluid ounces of product at Sephora and comes in 16 shades with 6 shades for deeper skin tones and I have it in 2 shades this one is 3 Fair (neutral beige for light skin with neutral undertones).

It’s billed as a full-coverage, long-lasting, dark-circle-diminishing, color-correcting concealer with a natural finish.

I love this concealer! It’s beautiful. I have never had a bad under eye day anytime I’ve worn it. I love the formula of this one so much I have it in my skin tone and my under eye tone.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer $32 for .13 fluid ounces of product at Sephora and comes in 16 shades with 6 shades for deeper skin tones and I have it in 2 shades this one is 5.5 Medium.

It’s billed as a full-coverage, long-lasting, dark-circle-diminishing, color-correcting concealer with a natural finish.

I love this concealer! It’s beautiful. I have never had a bad under eye day anytime I’ve worn it. I love the formula of this one so much I have it in my skin tone and my under eye tone.

Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Concealer $14 for .34 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and comes in 24 shades with 13 shades for deeper skin tones and I have it in the shade J23 (for fair skin with neutral undertones).

It’s billed as full coverage and bendable with just one application. Evens and blurs out skin imperfections. Infused with Amino Acid treated pigments, to help increase intensity of color without a heavy after feel.

This one is a very pigmented product that only needs the slightest amount for coverage. I used 1 dab and 1 tiny dot to completely cover my under eyes.

Their website claims this is weightless… It is to an extent. I don’t feel it under my eyes but it is super thick (thicker than the Tarte Shape Tape).

It’s just the right formula of creaminess. It doesn’t sink into the fine lines and it set beautifully.

Down side is it does emphasize some texture under my eyes.

Well dolls …. that’s it for my concealer collection …. stay tuned for the next installment of my Makeup Collection series.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health…

Remember dolls … save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

My Makeup Collection Vol. 2 The Foundations Part 2

Published May 28, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope … I’m back with vol. 2 of my makeup collection (Vol. 1 of my makeup collection was my Primer Collection) … grab a snack and settle in this one is a long one … I have a ton of foundation …. So I will be doing this in 2 parts …. (Part 1 of the foundations is already live on the blog)

*Note: I apply all my foundations with a beauty sponge … I never use a foundation brush… however there are a few of these foundations I can get away with applying with my figures …. typically the bb cc and tinted moisturizers*

So let’s jump on in ….

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation $39 for 1 fluid ounce at Sephora and on the Tarte website and it comes in 30 shades with 10 shades for deeper skin and I am in the shade 22 S Light Sand (light skin with yellow undertones) but I think if I ever purchase this one again I will go for the shade 22N Light Neutral.

It’s billed as a hypoallergenic, vegan foundation that delivers powerful pollution defense and weightless, buildable coverage that looks naturally flawless.

They claim this is a medium coverage with a naturally-radiant finish. This is actually a very light weight light to buidlable medium coverage. It does have this pretty radiance to it.

This is another one that I really love the way my skin looks in. So radiant and dewy.

This one is a must set foundation there is no way this foundation will last any length of time without a powder.

This one is also not for oil skinned people…. this one is too emollient for oily skin.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation $50 for 1 fluid ounce at Sephora and is billed as a water-based, oil-free foundation that delivers undetectable coverage and a fresh, hydrated glow for the most natural skin-like finish.

It comes in 22 shades with 13 shades for deeper skin tones and I am in the shade Beige 3 (medium beige with neutral undertones; for light to medium skin) however I think the shade Sand 2 (light beige with neutral undertones; for fair to light skin) would suite me better.

I have a love/hate relationship with this foundation. There are days this foundation is amazing and then other days that it just doesn’t want to set down and slips all over the place. This is another one of those foundations that refuses to stick to the sides of nose.

I would love to try it in the Sand shade but this price tag is just not worth it for this foundation.

Armani Power Fabric Longwear High Cover Foundation $64 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Sephora and is billed as liquid foundation that delivers a natural velvet-matte finish and SPF 25 for up to 16 hours of full coverage and the anti-aging effects of daily sunscreen and is made with patented Micro–fil™ technology with pigments that lay flat for seamless blending and layering and a flawless, natural-matte finish.

This foundation comes in 30 shades with 10 shades for deeper skin tones and I have this is the shade 5.5 (medium skin with neutral undertone) but I wish I would have had it in the shade 3.5 (fair skin with neutral undertone) but I purchased at a time when I was super tan. It’s not way too deep for me but I do have to fuss with it a bit to get it to work for me now.

I love this foundation … because of the price tag I use it sparingly because I love it so much I don’t want to have repurchase it at this price tag.

It’s velvety and smoothing and full coverage and it’s a matte but it’s a comfortable matte that I can even get away with using in the winter time.

BH Cosmetics Naturally Flawless Foundation $9.50 for 1 fluid ounce of product on the BH website and comes in 20 shades with 9 shades for deeper skin tones I have it in the shade 208 medium beige (a perfect match for me).

This foundation is billed as having Hyaluronic Acid to lock moisture in giving a soft focus look with a medium to full undetectable coverage that leaves the skin with a luminous appearance with an ultra light weight coverage.

This foundation is pretty and lasts a very long time. I get tons of complements anytime I wear this foundation.

Believe Beauty Skin Finish Foundation $5 for .85 fluid ounces only at Dollar General Stores and comes in 11 shades with 4 shades for deeper skin tones and I am in the shade Nude.

It’s billed as a medium to full coverage foundation blends effortlessly for a flawless look. Its blendable formula blurs imperfections while smoothing your skin.

The claims on this one are true… every last one! This is a freaking amazing foundation!!! I can’t believe it’s only $5 because everything from the bottle to the product feels super lux.

This is another one that is one of my favorite foundations and it’s another one that does need to be set , however you do have some time with out there being any slip if you choose not to set this one ….. I’m able to get a good 4 hours before I have to bounce the foundation out with a sponge on days where I choose to not set it.

This one remains radiant even under a matte powder.

A beautiful …. beautiful foundation and if you are able to get your hands on it I highly recommend it.

J Cat Beauty HD Perfection Skinsealer Foundation $8.99 for .85 fluid ounces of product on their website and is billed as a flawless, full coverage foundation that gives the skin the most beautiful natural finish.

It comes in 10 shades with 4 shades for deeper skin … I chose the shade warm honey but I wish I would have Sweet Buff because the shade I have is way too orange I have to use my foundation mixers to get a shade that will work with my skin tone.

I also just don’t enjoy this one as much as I did the first time I tried it. It’s a tacky foundation that just doesn’t set down even with powder.

I’ll use this one up but I don’t see myself repurchasing this one.

L’Oreal Infallible Fresh Wear 24HR Foundation $14.99 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Ulta as is billed as a longwear foundation with breathable-skin medium-to-full buildable coverage that lasts all day and allows the skin to breathe.

It comes in 30 shades with 10 shades for deeper skin tones and I am in the shade 420 pure beige (which is a perfect match for me).

This is a freaking amazing foundation! It’s a satin full coverage foundation that never feels like you are wearing anything. It’s just the perfect drug store foundation. It does need to be set down but that doesn’t take away from the radiance that this foundation has.

Defiantly my favorite foundation find of this year.

Flower Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation $13.99 for 1.01 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and is billed as the perfecting veil of buildable coverage that provides you with the coverage you desire to smooth and perfect, while imparting your skin with the most flattering soft luminosity imaginable. All with a weightless, nude skin feel. Imperfections and uneven skin tone are diminished. Only a flawless, smooth, and incredibly natural complexion is revealed.

It comes in 12 shades with 7 shades for deeper skin tones and I have it in the shade Natural Beige M1 which is a bit too yellow I wish I would have purchased it in the shade L3 Nude because that one seems more on the neutral side … although I can make M1 work with just a hint of my foundation mixers.

Pixi by Petra Flawless Beauty Fluid (discontinued) in the shade No. 3 Warm which is just a tad too warm for me.

This is a very liquidity foundation that has a high medium coverage and a satin finish.

I really don’t hate this one but I also don’t love it either. I could take it or leave it really.

It’s not a bad foundation but it’s also not an amazing one either.

ELF Flawless Finish Foundation .68 fluid ounce for $6 at Ulta and is billed as a lightweight, oil-free formula that is a semi-matte finish that lasts all day long.

It comes in 26 shades with 15 shades for deeper skin tones and I have it in the shade Sand (light/medium with neutral undertones).

This is a high light coverage which can be built up to a medium coverage.

It’s a pretty good foundation. I have no complaints but there isn’t really anything that stands out for this foundation either.

Il Makiage I Woke Up Like This Foundation $44 for 1 fluid ounce of product on their website. It comes in 50 shades with 23 for deeper skin tones and I have it in the shade 040.

It’s billed as a foundation that smooths and evens the skin with an advanced, innovative formula that instantly minimizes the appearance of shadows and pores, effortlessly enhances the complexion and generates a flawless natural matte finish.

This is one of those products that I found on a Tik Tok ad. I reall am glad I tried it out. It’s pretty darn good.

It’s full coverage and I think it’s more of a demi-matte finish.

It’s newer to my collection so I am still developing my final thought on it but so far I really do like it.

Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer $9.99 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Ulta. It comes in 45 shades with 18 shades for deeper skin tones and I have it in the shade 03 light beige which is an OK shade match for me however I have been thinking about getting it in the shade 01A Creamy Nude because the shade I have is a tad warmer than I like.

It’s billed as a foundation that combats under eye circles, redness and other skin imperfections with a medium to full coverage, water-resistant foundation plus concealer in one.

This is my second bottle of this foundation. It use to be my all time favorite foundation but when I tried it again when I did my Full Face of Milani Review I noticed it was a different formula that I still liked but not as much as I use to.

ColourPop No Filter Matte Foundation $12 for 1 fluid ounce of product on their website. It comes in 35 shades with 14 shades for deeper skin tones I have it in the shade Medium 100 (Neutral foundation with peachy undertones for medium skin tones) and is totally the wrong shade for me … I should have purchased it in the shade light 60.

This foundation is billed as  oil-free, buildable full coverage foundation was formulated with soft blurring pigments to give you a natural matte finish.

I don’t know I haven’t been blown away by this foundation. It;s just an OK foundation for me … now that could be because of the shade I have it in it’s really orange and just doesn’t flatter me at all.

I don’t know I may have to do another round of declutters to purge some of these foundations that aren’t wowing me and are just the wrong shade for me.

I think this one would be on that chopping block.

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Dewy Foundation $6.49 for .95 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and comes in 14 shades at Ulta and 19 on the Wet n Wild website. At Ulta there are no shades for our ebony goddesses and n the Wet n Wild website there are only 4 shades for deeper skin tones …. (come on Wet n Wild … do better!)

This foundation is billed as being a weightless, super-nourishing foundation that delivers natural, all-day wear. Silky and creamy, coverage is easily buildable from medium to full coverage.

This is a pretty foundation. It’s very liquidity but easy to blend in and has a amazing glow to the skin.

The only thing I don’t like about this foundation (other than the fact that it’s not a deep skin tone friendly brand) is the stupid paddle that it comes with. Every time I use this foundation I get it on my clothes because some will always drop off the paddle’s back end (even when I wipe the paddle on the bottle).

Other than that I do really like this one.

Catrice Cosmetics HD Liquid Coverage Foundation $10.99 for 1.5 fluid ounces of product at Ult and on the Catrice website. It comes in 23 shaded 8 for deeper skin tones and I have the shade 030 Soft Beige (a perfect match for me).

It’s billed as an ultra-lightweight, high coverage foundation for a natural looking finish with 24 hour coverage.

I was super impressed with this foundation and continue to impress me. I have loved this foundation every time I’ve worn it.

It’s a demi-matte foundation that doesn’t set down completely but sets down enough that you really don’t need to powder the face all over just really in the T zone. You also do not need very much of this foundation a few drops is all you really need.

The Balm Even Steven Whipped Foundation $22 for .45 ounces of product on their website.

This foundation comes in 8 shades with 3 for deeper skin tones and I have it in the shade light medium (it has a slight grey undertone that is oddly flattering on the skin).

It’s billed as a light, airy, soufflé-like texture for a natural matte finish. And the ultra- pigmented formula means a little goes a long way.

This foundation feels heavenly! It’s so velvety and doesn’t need to be set with powder.

I was a little taken back when I first received this purchase in the mail because it’s such a tiny little jar… but really it’s so pigmented and such an amazing texture that just a small scoop of this foundation is enough to cover the face , neck, and ears.

I so love this foundation.

ELF BB Cream $6 for 1 fluid ounce on their website. It comes in 7 shades 2 for deeper skin and I have it in the shade Nude (it’s just a hair warmer than I’d like but it’s a bb cream so I can make it work).

This BB Cream is billed as one that blends super easily, giving you a clean complexion with UVA/UVB SPF 20 protection. It’s also infused with cucumber, jojoba, aloe, and vitamin E so your skin stays healthy and hydrated all day long.

The only thing I don’t like about this one is the scent. It has a sort of lemon pledge scent to it.

This is also not a good BB cream for someone with oily skin as this one stays super dewy and I have noticed that on my oily days it breaks down fast even with powdering.

AOA Studios Perfect BB Cream $1 for 1.01 fluid ounces of product on the Shop Miss A website and it comes in 6 shades (2 for light, medium, and deep skin tones) and I have the shade medium.

It’s billed as a lightweight, skin-tone adapting formula, created for the perfect “No Makeup” makeup look. This cream effortlessly blends into the skin and creates a veil-like finish with light to medium coverage.

This is a truly amazing BB cream … in fact I might go as far as to say it’s one of my favorite bb creams.

NYX Born To Glow Naturally Radiant Foundation $10 for 1.01 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and comes in 45 shades with 16 shades for deep skin tones and I have it in the shade Nude (light with neutral undertones).

This foundation is billed as a buildable medium coverage and a naturally radiant finish that lasts. 

This is the most beautiful radiant glowing foundation! I though I wasn’t going to like it because there was just too much hype surrounding it … but this is a case where the hype is valid.

This is so pretty on the skin but I did notice I would have to touch up a few times throughout the day.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation $12.99 for 1 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and it comes in 12 shades with only 3 shades for deeper skin tones and none of the deep shades are anywhere deep enough for our ebony kings and queens (UGH … Come on L’Oreal get it together!) and I am in the shade 202 Creamy Natural (a spot on shade match).

This foundation is billed as  having being up to 24 hour wear with a hydrating glow. Lightweight and creamy, this long lasting foundation goes on smooth with a glow finish that lasts. With medium coverage, it instantly hides imperfections for a clear complexion. The hydrating foundation with SPF is ideal for normal to dry skin.

I was in love with the original Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Longwear Foundation but this new one is so much better!

It’s glowy and pretty and full coverage without looking or feeling heavy.

Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation $30 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Ulta and Sephora and comes in 12 shades with 4 shades for light, medium, and deep shades and I am in the shade 4 (medium neutral).

Its’ billed as a medium-coverage satin finished liquid foundation with SPF 15 that feels lightweight, looks natural and is virtually undetectable on skin. Contains photochromic pigments that instantly adapt to brighten skin in any lighting, flower acids to help boost radiance and hyaluronic acid to attract moisture to the skin’s surface and help maintain hydration.

The picture is of a mini travel bottle but I have since purchased the full sized bottle.

This is probably my favorite item that Benefit makes. It’s such a pretty finish. It doesn’t set down at all and does need to be powdered but even with powder it’s radiant and feels like skin.

Joah Truly Yours Natural Finish Foundation Drops $9.50 for 1 fluid ounce of product on their website and it comes in 12 shades with 4 shades for light, medium, and deep skin tones and I have it in the shade Natural Ivory (its a great match for me).

It’s billed as a skin enhancing natural finish foundation perfects your complexion in every way…hydrating, brightening, smoothing, accentuating your youthful glow with a flawless finish that is lightweight with a natural finish.

I love the finish of this one but it is by no means lightweight. I can tell that I’m wearing foundation when I’m wearing this one. I just don’t even mind because it’s just so pretty.

Tarte Maracuja Tinted Moisturizer $29 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Ulta and comes in 20 shades with 5 shades for fair , light, medium, and deep skin tones and I am in the shade 20 N Light Neutral.

It’s billed as an ultra-lightweight & hydrating tinted moisturizer that delivers a sheer wash of color while infusing skin with maracuja superfruit for 12-hour hydration & wear.

I like this one but I have to remember to not use moisturizer when I use this one because I always end up greasy because I forget.

This one doesn’t have the best longevity, I typically get 4 hours of wear out of it before I have to powder the T Zone.

I like it for no makeup days but I don’t like it with makeup … it’s too sheer and almost always looks odd, even when I do a no makeup – makeup look.

Pixi by Petra Beauty Balm $22 for 1.7 fluid ounces of product on their website and it comes in 6 shades (2 for light, medium, and deep skin tones) and I have it in the shade No 2 Nude.

This edium to full coverage foundation is billed as a hydrating and long-lasting formula that contains Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid, Adenosine and Chamomile extract to soothe & nourish.

I like this one but it’s nothing special. It doesn’t set down so you will need to powder it but it’s a nice just everyday makeup foundation.

Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Foundation $20 for 1 fluid ounce at Ulta and it comes in 42 shades on the Juvia’s Place website (half of the shades are for deeper skin and the other half are for mid to fair skin tones) and is offered in 35 shades at Ulta with half the shade beign for deeper skin and the other half for mid to fair skin tones. I am in the shade 650 Alexandria (light skin with neutral undertones) and is billed as a a smooth application with a natural and soft matte finish to give a flawless coverage.

This is my newest foundation in my collection.

I reviewed this one in Final Thoughts in my Amber Neutral Eye Face of the Day post but the break down is …. it’s highly pigmented, full coverage and doesn’t emphasize texture or pores. Basically I love this foundation.

Well That’s all for now dolls. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the rest of yoru day/night and that you are in good health and spirits.

Remember dolls … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

Amber Neutral Eye Face of the Day

Published May 26, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I slept in until around 10:45 AM. I’m still in some pain and my energy is pretty low today but I was able to do my makeup, blog a few posts, and cook an amazing dinner … tonight on the menu is Pollo Guisado (stewed chicken over white rice).

Today’s perfume is Marc Jacob’s Daisy Twinkle …. I will be reviewing several of the my new Juvia’s Place items in Final Thoughts….Let’s jump into today’s Face of the Day ….

Base:

I first primed my problematic pore areas with ELF Poreless Putty Primer ($8 at Ulta) and then primed the full face using Dr Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer ($45 at Ulta). I then used the MAC Strobe Cream ($35 for the regular sized bottle at Ulta) in the shade pinklite. My foundation today is Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Foundation $20 for 1 fluid ounce (but on sale for $14 at Ulta and on the Juvia’s Place website) in the shade 650 Alexandria (light skin with neutral undertones). I skipped corrector today to see how the concealer performed …. I concealed with 2 dots of Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Concealer $14 for .34 fluid ounces (but on sale for $8.90 at Ulta and on the Juvia’s Place website for $11) in the shade 23. I contoured using Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora, on the Beautylish website, and on the Charlotte Tilbury website) in the shade Medium Dark to contour the perimeter of my face and down the bridge of my nose. I highlighted the tops of my cheek bones, bridge of the nose, center of the chin, and high points of my forehead using Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand  ($38 on the Beautylish website, The Charlotte Tilbury website and at Sehora) in the shade Spot Light and then I went in with just a touch of Juvia’s Place The Tribe Highlighter Vol. 3 $12 for .31 ounces of product (on sale at Ulta for $8.40). I bronzed the perimeter of the face using Juvia’s Place Shade Stick Foundation $16 for .34 ounces (on sale at Ulta for $11.20 and Juvia’s Place website for $12) in the shade Guinea (for dark skin with neutral cool undertones). I set my under eyes using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes ($28 at Ulta) in the shade 1 and then set the rest of my face using the Believe Beauty Matte Blur Loose Powder ($5 only at Dollar General Stores) in translucent. I chose the Wet n Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder ($5.47 on their website but on sale now for $3.57) in the shade Neutral Beige as my touch up powder for the day.

Eyes:

I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 at Dollar General) in clear and then filled in my brows using Joah Brow Down To Me Precision Brow Pencil ($9.50 on their website) in the shade Brunette. I carved out the brow line using BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website) on the matte side and then I primed my lids using P.Louise Base ($10 pound sterling/ $12.08 USD on their website… can also be found on the Morphie website for $15) in the shade Rumour 0.5. For today’s eye look I used mostly Juvia’s Place The Warrior II palette. I also use a single shadow for the mobile lid. I started by using the Zaz (eggshell white matte) to set my brow line and then went into the shade Kana (rosey dove grey matte) from lash line to brow line. I then went into the shade Yodit (dark mustard brown matte) on the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the outer v of the crease. For the remaining 2/3 of the mobile lid I used L’Oreal Infallible 24-HR Eyesahdow ($6.46 at Walmart) in the shade Amber Rush (bright rose gold amber metallic). I then went into the shade Kufuru (syrup brown matte) and used it on the very outer part of the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid and the very outer of the outer v (making sure not to take this shade into the crease at all). I then went into the shade Daura (salmon coral matte) and buffed in into the middle 1/3 of both mobile lid and the upper crease and then took whatever was left on the brush that I used the shade Kana on and buffed out the edges of the middle 1/3 of the lid. For the lower lash line I first went in with more of the shade Yodit and created a drop shadow that I further intensified with more of the shade Daura and buffed that 1/2 way down the drop shadow and intensified the lash line using more of the shade Yodit. I highlighted my inner corners using more of Juvia’s Place The Tribe Highlighter Vol. 3. I tight lined my upper waterline using  Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen ($9 at Ulta) in the shade Black Cocoa (a deep brown) and my lower waterline using ColourPop BFF Creme Gel Liner ($6 on their website) in the shade Get Paid (rose gold metallic). I coated my upper and lower lashes in 1 layer of NYX On The Rise Volume Liftscara ($11 at Ulta).

Cheeks and Lips:

For my blush today I am wearing Tarte Amazonian Clay 24-HR Blush ($29 at Ulta) in the shade B-Day Bae (a rosey pink matte). I highlighted the highest points of my cheek bones, center of the chin, Cupid’s bow, bridge of the nose, and brow bone area using more of Juvia’s Place The Tribe Highlighter Vol. 3. I lined my lips and filled them in using NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta) in the shade Whipped Caviar (rosey mauve nude) and topped my lips off using Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Lip Cream ($8.49 at Ulta) Guava Mama (coral).

Final Thoughts: Product Reviews….

I Am Magic Foundation in the shade 650 Alexandria (light skin with neutral undertones). I grade this one an A+:

It’s very pigmented and very little is all that you need. I did 1 1/2 squirts for my face, neck, and ears and still had product left on my palette.

This is an extremely thick foundation but doesn’t feel heavy on the face whatsoever. In fact I don’t feel like I’m wearing anything at all.

Their website says that this is a velvety matte long wear foundation. I agree that it’s matte but I don’t understand why they say it’s velvety… it really isn’t. It’s a true matte foundation and not at all demi-matte as I thought it would be based on my swatch from yesterday’s Ulta Haul .

Like most matte foundations this is a very full coverage one but unlike most matte foundations on me … this one did not emphasize any texture and did not grab at my fine lines.

The shade is a perfect match for me and did not oxidize.

There is no scent to this foundation (a welcomed bonus) and it sets down almost all the way (I did have to powder lightly as there was a slight … very slight tack to the skin after application).

Juvia’s Place continues to surprise me with both their quality and performance of their products.

This is a welcomed addition to my ever growing foundation collection.

I Am Magic Concealer in the shade J23 (for fair skin with neutral undertones) I grade this one an A- :

This one, again, is a very pigmented product that only needs the slightest amount for coverage. I used 1 dab and 1 tiny dot to completely cover my under eyes.

Their website claims this is weightless… It is to an extent. I don’t feel it under my eyes but it is super thick (thicker than the Tarte Shape Tape).

It’s just the right formula of creaminess. It doesn’t sink into the fine lines and it set beautifully.

The reason that I only gave it an A- is because this one does emphasize some texture under my eyes (now this could be the combo of this concealer with the powder that I used, that is plausible).

This concealer did not oxidize at all and is very long lasting. I did not need to touch up at all and I’ve been wearing it for 8 hours now.

This is a pretty good concealer.

Shade Stick Foundation in the color Guinea (dark skin with warm undertones) I grade with one A++:

This one is billed as full coverage …. I find it to be high medium coverage.

This is a creamy formula with little to no slip that does not set down on it’s own.

I purchased this deep shade because I thought it would make a great bronzer …. and it did not disappoint me.

It’s easy to apply and does not disturb the products underneath it and I used a touch more after I powdered my face and it went on beautifully without getting splotchy or patchy.

I don’t have much to say about it because I am only using it as a bronzer so I don’t know what the performance would be as face product but as a bronzer this one is stunning!

I am thinking of picking up shade Tokyo to use as a cream highlight for glam makeup.

The Tribe Highlighter Vol. 3 for light skin. I grade this one an A+++!!!!

This is such a gorgeous highlighter, very reflective.

I didn’t want a full on powerful highlighter so I used a very light hand and dusted it over the high points of my face in circular motions and that made my face glow beautifully!!

This is a finely milled, low kick back, firm pressed powder highlighter.

I already know I more than likely will be reaching for this one a ton… and I will have to force myself to put it away and give some love to my other highlighters …. it’s just the way it works with me when I find a highlighter this amazing.

The Warrior II Palette I grade this one an A+++!!!!

This is an all matte palette.

The shadows are firm pressed in the pans but the they are still buttery.

There was no kickback in the pan… and I mean ZIP!!! There is just something about Juvia’s Place shadows that is magical …. I very seldom come across a shade in their collection that has any kickback whatsoever.

There was also NO FALLOUT on the face either.

The shadows are highly pigmented and buff out effortlessly without skipping or being patchy and they buff into one another without going muddy.

Each shade layers over the top of the others wonderfully.

They do not crease or fade throughout the day … Again I’ve been in my makeup for going on 9 hours now and my eyes are still as vibrant as they were at the start of my makeup application.

This is a great palette to have in my collection and I can get all types of looks form just this one palette and maybe a few single metallic shades for those days that I want a bit of shine.

Well that’s all for now dolls. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember dolls …. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

New JKissa and ELF Collaboration Haul

Published May 26, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey!!! Just popping in with a quick haul update.

I just purchased 2 of the 3 things from the Jkissa x ELF limited edition collection!!! (Available for ELF Squad members as of May 25th and for everyone else as of May 27th 2020).

I was going to wait until it arrived but I so excited that I just had to share with you what I just purchased… swatches to come upon arrival of my purchase.

This palette is my spirit animal!!! I can’t wait to start playing with this little baby!!!!

This 6 piece brush set is vegan and cruelty free. ELF brushes are one of my favorite affordable brushes on the market and it doesn’t hurt that they are so stinking cute!!!

There is a Gold dual ended gold eye glitter thing as the 3rd component to this collection, but I really do not like glitter so I opted not to purchase it.

Well that’s it for now dolls. Hope you have a great rest of your day/night.

Remember…. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick 💄.

Xoxo

Makeup on the Chopping Block Follow Up

Published May 26, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope.

I’m just popping in to give a follow up on what I kept and what I decluttered from my Chopping Block makeup .

There were 3 mascaras … after testing them out this past week I have decided to keep them in my collection. Those mascaras are:

  1. NYX On The Rise Volume Liftscara $11 at Ulta
  2. The Balm What’s Your Type Mascara $19 on their website.
  3. Physicians Formula Lash Contortionist Mascara (discontinued).

There were 9 concealers …. after testing them out this past week I have decided to keep 5 of them …. the one’s I am keeping are :

  1. BH Studio Pro Total Coverage Concealer $6 on their website.
  2. Joah Cosmetics Truly Yours Dark Circle Concealer $8.50 at CVS and on their website. 
  3. Private Society Coveted Concealer $22 on their website.
  4. .AOA Paw Paw Liquid Concealer ($1.88 on the Shop Miss A website).
  5. Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25-HR Breathable Light Weight Medium Coverage Concealer $4.99 at Target and Walmart. 

the ones that I am decluttering are:

Dermablend Cover Care Full Coverage Concealer $28 at Ulta. I tried this ever way possible and just can’t get into it. It’s super thick, very creasy , and not easily blendable. I just really disliked this concealer from the first time I used it to the last time I used it.
Physicians Formula Conceal RX (discontinued). This one is hard to blend out, very sticky, and never truly sets … even after powdering. It’s not pigmented enough to cover dark circles and it oxidizes.
Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Concealer $4.49 at Ulta. This one is super dry and super streaky. It’s just not a good concealer at all.
Tarte Creaseless Concealer $26 at Ulta. This was the newest concealer to my collection at the time of the Chopping Block post. I strongly disliked this one from the first time I tried it until yesterday. This is meant to be a “Creaseless” concealer … says so right in the name … but this one creased worse than any other concealer I have ever tried. It wan’t pigmented enough to cover my dark circles and didn’t work well with a color corrector underneath, and it was very drying.

Well there you have it dolls … out of the chopping block I have decluttered 4 of the 12 items.

Well that’s all for now ….. hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night.

Remember … save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOX

My Makeup Collection Vol 1 The Primers

Published May 26, 2020 by aspooniesmakeupbag

Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I’m coming to you with part 1 of my new series called My Makeup Collection … I’ll go in depth to help you choose primers that are right for you. So let’s get started ….

*Note all swatches done are on bare clean skin with nothing underneath and I have only swatched the glowy primers*

The Illuminating Primers:

Typically I use my illuminating primers as a second primer step to get that added glow. I find that an illuminating primer doesn’t help with the longevity of my foundations on their own….

Believe Beauty Body Illuminator- Golden Glow $5 for.85 fluid ounces of product – sold only at Dollar General stores. This isn’t really a primer It’s more of a liquid highlighter but I use it very lightly as a glow lotion under my foundation. A very little is all you need as this one is super reflective. It’s creamy but not greasy and it does have just the faintest hint of glitter … this is only noticeable if you use too much of this product.

L’Oreal Infallible Glow-Lock Illuminating Primer $12.99 for 1 fluid ounce at Ulta. This primer claims that it leaves skin with a healthy, radiant glow that lasts all day. It is a very nice primer and has a champagne sheen. I do find that this is one of the few “glow primers” that actually does aid in foundation longevity.

J Cat Beauty Prime & Glow Face Illuminator with Licorice Extract $7.99 for 1.05 fluid ounces at Ulta. This primer claims to provide luminosity to the skin while licorice extract fights aging and brightens the skin. I don’t really see a huge illumination with this primer … I like to use it on light makeup and no makeup days. I don’t typically use this under foundation since it’s so subtle.

Physicians Formula Spotlight Illuminating Primer $15.99 for 1 fluid ounce on their website. It claims to be an universally flattering illuminating primer that blurs, corrects, and protects to deliver a radiant, spotlight glow. I don’t reach for this primer often… there is a ton of micro glitters in this primer. When I do use it I use it sparingly (over the tops of the cheek bones and along the bridge of the nose only) because if not I end up looking like a disco ball.

BECCA Backlight Priming Filter $39 for 1 fluid ounce at Ulta and Sephora . I just love this primer so much! I wear it even when I’m not wearing any makeup because it just gives this lit from within glow to the face that is so pretty without looking like you have product on your face. This is also another glow primer that I do use under foundation, it works very well as a first primer. There is no glitter at all in this primer. I have repurchased this primer several times over the years. I use this one mainly as a glow drop mix in to my foundations.

MAC Strobe Cream Mini (in the shade pinklite) $16 for 1 fluid ounce at Ulta. You can purchase the full sized, in several shades for $35 for 1.7 fluid ounces, at Ulta here or at MAC here (MAC also has the mini of pinklite for $16). I purchased the mini because I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not. There was so much hype about this cream a few years ago. It’s nice but I really don’t see what all the hype was about. This is pretty when worn alone, it gives a healthy glow to bare skin but I really don’t see much of a glow when I use it under foundation. I’m glad I got the chance to try it out but I don’t see myself repurchasing this item in the future.

AOA Studio Wonder Skin – Illuminating Primer $1 for .67 fluid ounces on the Shop Miss A website. For being only 1 buck this primer is such a great little find! It has not glitter and the glow you get is pretty. It remains me a lot of the BECCA Backlight Primer. I sometimes mix this one into my foundation for added shine.

Catrice Light Correcting Serum Primer $10.99 for .47 fluid ounces of product. It comes in 3 shades, I own Candlelight. I’ve purchased this a few times over the past year. It’s such a beautiful primer to use as a glow drop mix in to foundation. I don’t like to use this one alone or under foundation, preferring to use it as a mix in medium.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter $44 for 1 fluid ounce at Sephora. It comes in 7 shades (sadly none for richly deep skin tones but there is one for light deep skin tones). I have the shade 3 for light/medium skin tones. This is an amazing this product! I have to say hands down my favorite illuminating item I have owned in the past 4 years. I have used this alone on no makeup days but I just don’t like it on it’s own. I prefer that if I’m using it as my main face product that I bounce a hint of tinted moisturizer over the top for just a bit of added coverage. This is a hefty price tag for a primer but it’s so worth it and 1 pull of the doe-foot is all I need for my full face.

VDL  Lumilayer Primer $32 for 1.1 fluid ounces of product at Ulta. This is another super pretty illuminating primer. This is one of the few glow primers that I actually use as a base primer. It doesn’t have any glitter that shine you see in the swatch picture is actually blue and pink pearlescence . This isn’t going to give you high glass skin shine but what it does give you is the ethereal glow to the skin when worn under foundation. I purchased this one on recommendation from YouTube MUA Robert Welsh . It just looked so pretty when he used it in a video that I purchased it that same day! This is the newest of glow primers to my collection and out of all my base primers (those that I actually use as primer before foundation) this is my favorite one.

Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter $45 for .8 fluid ounces of product at Sephora. It comes in 2 colors, I have it in the Dew You? shade. This is actually a liquid highlighter but I use it as a base primer sometimes and other times as a mix in. There is not glitter in it but it is highly reflective. I’ve had this bottle for (scared to say …) a little over 4 years and I still have 1/2 a bottle. While I do like it some times, it’s just not one I reach for much. I don’t see myself repurchasing this one when I run out. It’s a big ticket item and I have other liquid highlighters that are cheaper and (in my opinion) better.

Profusion Way to Glow Liquid Illuminator $15 in a kit on the profusion website. I purchased this for my Week 1 of March 2020 beauty haul and to be honest the best part of this kit were the 2 makeup brushes that came with the kit. The loose highlighters that came in the kit were chunky and messy and highly glittery. This liquid illuminator is cute but I just don’t find myself reaching for it hardly ever. I’ve moved it to my vanity in my chopping block jar to try and remind myself to try it out a few more times to see if I will be keeping it or not.

Pixi by Petra Flawless Beauty Primer $22 for 1.01 fluid ounces on the Pixi website and at Target . I love this stuff. I’m actually wearing it today, I put a little on to give my skin a glow when I went to pick up my Ulta order today. I use this one as a stand alone product and sometimes as a glow drop mix in medium. It just leaves this beautiful glow to the skin. I’m happy to have this in my collection.

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Dewy Face Primer Dewy Lumineux $5.99 for .84 fluid ounces of product at Ulta. This primer looks great under makeup but doesn’t play well with all my foundations… I find it works best with drug store foundations but not so much with my high end foundations. There is no glitter in this primer and it does do well as a mix in medium for my drug store foundations and any BB or CC cream that I have.

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Glow Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops $14.99 for .47 fluid ounces of product at Ulta. This is actually a liquid highlighter that comes in a cool tone and a warm tone. I have the cool toned called Daybreak. I don’t use this as a stand alone liquid highlighter because it’s got micro glitter in it … I use it 2 drops at a time as a glow mix in medium mixes with my foundations.

Pore Filling Primers :

*Note: from here on through I will not be swatching my primers … since they go clear it didn’t make any sense for me to take of storage memory for my website to swatch the rest of the primers.*

ELF Poreless Putty Primer $8 for .74 ounces of product at Ulta (also carried at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS and also on the ELF website). I missed placed mine somehow when we rearranged the bedroom … so this is just a jpeg from Ulta’s website. This has a creamy consistency and blurs the pores effortlessly. It works well with other primes and does not pill up. I have been know to use this as an all over face primer a time or two and it worked just fine. I’ve heard it’s a spot on dupe for the Tacha pore primer but I haven’t tried that one (due to the price tag). It’s a really good pore blurring primer.
Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer $37 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Sephora. This primer doesn’t fill in the pores like the ELF one does, but it does truly blur the skin (without leaving the skin looking matte), it even blurs the small wrinkle between my brows. It’s a good primer, I’d repurchase it again, if I could get it on sale. I just don’t need another primer in my collection and so I wouldn’t actively seek out to repurchase it.
Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer $39 for .5 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and also Sephora . I really like this one it does the best out of all my pore primers… it’s just the price is so stink’n expensive for only 1/2 ounce of product (grated you really don’t need much of this product, a tiny swipe on the finger is enough for the pores around my nose and on either side of the nose). I think I may repurchase this one when I’ve finished it up … I would have to think about it because the price tag is just so high and the ELF one is under $6.
Dr Brandt Pores No More Pore Refining Primer $45 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Ulta. I really don’t know how I feel about this product. First off the smell is gross (if smells medicinal). It feels greasy on the face. It doesn’t really fill in the pores, it just blurs the skin. You also have to be careful about how much you use … a little too much and this one pills like crazy. For this price tag the product should do what it says it does. I will use up the one I have but I will not be repurchasing it.
Catrice Cosmetics Prime and Fine Poreless Blur Primer $7.99 for 1.05 fluid ounces of product at Ulta. Ya this one does nothing to hide the pores and it doesn’t even blur the face. It’s an OK face primer but it’s nothing to write home about.
NYX Pore Filler $14 for .67 fluid ounces of product from Ulta. This was actually the first pore filling primer I ever tried. It gets the job done but it’s a bit gritty. You also can’t use it as an all over primer … it will pill up if you do. I just take a dime sized amount and press it into the pores around my nose and sides of the nose as well and that’s it… so one bottle lasts me a very long time.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Primer (discontinued). I can not wait to be rid of this primer! It does absolutely nothing , no pore filling, no blurring, and doesn’t really work as an all day primer. It’s an OK primer for being in the house or if you only will be wearing your makeup for a short time, it just doesn’t hold up to a full day of makeup wearing. It also leaves a weird white cast to the skin. I just never really enjoyed this one.
Flower Beauty In Your Prime Pore-Minimizing Primer $10.99 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Ulta. This is another pore minimizing primer that doesn’t fill in the pores but does blur the face. It’s a pleasant primer and I think I will repurchase it again when I’ve used it up. It’s also moisturizing too.

Blurring Primers:

Physicians Formula Spotlight Blurring Primer $14.95 for 1 fluid ounce of product on their website. This primer really does blur the face and it’s a pretty good primer. I’ll use it up but am not sure if I will repurchase it or not … depends on if they still make it (they tend to discontinue products frequently).
HourGlass Veil Mineral Primer $54 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Sephora. This one leaves my skin velvety smooth and blurred to perfection. I love this primer so much. I just hate the price tag a heap. I already know I will be forking over the dough to repurchase this one.
NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer $16 for 1.02 fluid ounces of product at Ulta. This primer is a spot on dupe for the HourGlass Veil Mineral Primer and I do mean a spot on dupe! It’s velvety smooth and lasts all day and pairs great with any foundation I put over top of it. It’s a definite favorite in my collection.

Moisturizing Primers:

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Breathable Primer $6.99 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Walgreens (also sold at Walmart). I dislike this primer. It’s sticky and greasy all at one time. It doesn’t play well with most of my foundations and I dislike the scent … I keep it as a reference but I never use it … I think I will declutter it soon.
Milani Prime Perfection Hydrating Face Primer $9.99 for .68 fluid ounces at Ulta. This is a great hydrating primer. Feels really good on the face and holds my foundation in place all day without fading.
Believe Beauty Pretty and Primed Hydrating Primer $5 for 1 fluid ounce of product only at Dollar General stores. This is a super moisturizing primer. It’s not an all day long wear primer but it feels so good on the skin and I don’t really need my makeup to lasts for many, many hours and I don’t mind touching up. I do like this primer a lot.
Hangover Replenishing Face Primer $34 for 1.34 fluid ounces of product at Ulta and also Sephora , however I have the mini which costs $17 for .68 fluid ounces (so basically 1/2 the price for 1/2 the amount). I wasn’t sure if I would like this primer… and I do but not enough to want to purchase the full sized bottle ever. I also don’t know how I feel about the “coconut” scent … it just smells like fake coconut scent … not at all like the scent in the Marc Jacob’s coconut primer
I heart Revolution Coconut Dream Hydrating Primer $8 for .91 fluid ounces of product at Ula. Basically it’s a dupe for the Too Faced Hangover RX primer except I actually like the way this one smells. I would probably repurchase this one over the Too Faced one.
Benefit The POREfessional Hydrating Primer $32 for .75 fluid ounces at Ulta and also at Sephroa . I purchased the mini for $13 on Beautylish’s website to try it out and I really do like this primer. It’s very hydrating and long lasting . I am going to purchase the full sized next month.
ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Primer $12 for 1 fluid ounce of product at Ulta and also on the ColourPop website. I don’t know how I feel about this primer. It’s pretty sticky and not at all hydrating but it does hold on tight to my foundation. I’ll have to use it a bit more to see whether or not I will continue to keep it part of my collection or not.

Well that’s it dolls…. that’s my full primer collection…. stay tuned tomorrow when I go through all of my foundations.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.

Remember dolls … Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.

XOXO

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