Welcome back to Makeup Bag Monday. This is the third week in this makeup review series, where I test out new and old products from my makeup collection for a full week to decide if I should keep the makeup or purge it from my makeup collection. Check out last weeks post here. Let’s start off with what worked for me last week.
The Makeup Review ~ Favorites
The standout from my makeup bag last week are:
Natasha Denona blush duo in 10 (toutou and sheer peachy nude) $38
This blush duo in #10 is the perfect peachy pink flush for my skin tone. I am MAC NC 25 or 30 (I do not wear MAC foundations. I always have a list of my foundation shades in the FAQ page along with many other FAQs). I love how I can wear each shade alone, mix it together, or layer it for three different looks. The powder if finely milled, super pigmented, and long wearing. Blushes are very hard for me to fall in love with, and this one is a love affair.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eyes illumination in light $24
A long time favorite of the original Bye Bye Under Eye, I really enjoyed the illumination version. When using either product a little goes a long way. Just a pin size amount is enough for both under eyes. I love the how this sucker conceals any darkness and fine lines. Always set with a light dusting of powder. Incredibly rich, pigmented, and very long lasting. I’ve cried with this stuff and it still manages to conceal my under eyes. The illumination version is slightly lighter and brighter compared to the original, both are equally effective. My favorite part of the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eyes is that it has vitamin K, which also treats the under eye darkness as it is concealing it.
Glo Minerals Tinted Primer SPF 30 in Light $36
The perfect all in one for Spring/Summer. New product to the brand, this is a mattifying primer, tint, and physical SPF in one. If you have patchy skin and sever dryness, you might want to stay away from this. However, even with my dry cheeks, I found this to be perfect for the warm weather. I tend to sweat during the day and end up with a greasy t-zone, this helps mattify my oily areas, evens out the complexion, and protects from the sun. Perfect for on the go, vacation, or as a base layer for your traditional foundations.
The new mascara from PUR cosmetic is built for easy application and build able volume. I love the wand, it’s slightly bent and the perfect design to really be able to grab the lashes. It’s a traditional spooley, which helps with adding volume. The wand does grab a lot of product out of the tube, so I recommend taking a clean tissue to wipe off the wand before using on lashes. I found the formula to be long lasting, volumizing, and even managed to stay put during a sweat session and minor crying melt down this week.
The Makeup Review ~ Just Okay
Natasha Denona Face Glow cream shimmer in light $42
While I love this cream shimmer when I first played with it, I found I got a bit bored after awhile. I tried applying it to my eyes, but it caused a weird crease no matter how much I set it with powder. It’s a good product, I just think I have so many highlights, I tend to gravitate toward powder ones more, especially for versatility. I like to highlight the inner corner of my eyes, center of the eye lid, and brow bone for an everyday glow. I am not going to purge it just yet, but I am defiantly ready to start playing with something new this week.
Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 in #8 and #12 $48
I am very torn by these palettes. Quality wise they are amazing. Palette wise, I find myself in need of a few matte shadows to create looks I prefer to wear. From many reviews I have watched and read, many found the large palettes, which include a few matte shadows, to be just okay. This makes me think I won’t be buying the large palettes, but sticking to the 5 pan palettes and just having to include a matte palette to create a full look.
This was a nice cooling balm for the eyes, but not quite sure if I was using it correctly. I tried it under the eyes to de-puff like my Embrolysse version and I also tried it on the lid. It’s a good product if your eye area is dry and you’d like to add a little hydration and smooth out the area before applying eye makeup. I did find it made my eye makeup slip a bit when using the hydra gel lift. If you will be going eye makeup free, this would be a great product to brighten the eye area without makeup.
If you followed me on snapchat (sereinwu) or watched my latest vlog, you saw that I stopped by the Tom Ford counter and picked up a few of Tom Ford’s summer collection. I was shocked to see many of last years collection repeated, so I only picked up two new products and decided to pull out two from last year. When I purchase premium products, I like to really give them a go to make sure the quality is up to par. I have to say the packaging is stunning and I have high hopes for the contour compact and moisturcore lip color. The blush and eye cream were purchases from last year, which is once again available this year in case you missed it, I defiantly recommend the cream blush and cream eyeshadows from Tom Ford. Let’s see how I still feel after a full week of them. For concealer, I threw in an oldie, but a goodie. I have recommended Maybelline Instant Age Rewind to so many of my friends and they are alway shocked when I tell them to go buy a $7 under eye concealer. This is just one of the best out there and I have neglected my tube for far too long, it’s time to finish this baby up.
Tom Ford Cream Cheek Color in Pink Sand $68
Tom Ford ‘Moisturecore’ Lip Color in Scandola $55
Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in Golden Peach $60
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer in light $7.59
Let me know if you have tried any of these products, I would love to hear your thoughts! I have a ton of fun things planed here, so make sure you stay tuned, follow on Bloglovin or by weekly newsletter so you won’t miss out on any upcoming giveaways.
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