Last month I spent a bit too much on makeup, which is why I started my makeup low-buy in the first place. I kind of dabbled in a few areas, but I stuck to my “no new lipsticks” vow to myself at the beginning of the year. Let’s jump into everything I bought and whether or not I would recommend them.
I purchased not one, not two, but three new foundations. Also, being completely honest, I actually bought the Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation, but exchanged it for the Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation. I got in the shade Barcelona, which is a great shade match. And, as if I had more than one face, I also bought the Bobbi Brown Skin Longwear Foundation in the shade Natural Tan and the MAC Waterweight Foundation in NC25.
I have used all three this month and I like all of them. I’ll be doing a more in-depth review of each of them. I will say the MAC Waterweight is a bit harder to work with – I found that the best way to apply was over very moisturized skin (I used the Smashbox Primerizer) and with my fingers. After, I would go over it with a damp sponge to blend it in.
other base products
I picked up a couple of new primers this month, including the Smashbox Primerizer and the Urban Decay Optical Illusion primer. I got them both in their respective travel sizes, mainly because I’m still trying to a good primer. Didn’t have a chance to try the Optical Illusion primer yet, but I bought it to help smooth out my pores. As for the Smashbox Primerizer, it’s a great primer especially for these longwear foundations to lock in the extra moisture. It’s pretty cooling, which is nice, but if you’re more interested in keeping yourself matte, this isn’t one for you.
To go with the MAC Waterweight Foundation, I picked up the corresponding concealer, but in NC20 to add a bit of highlighting. It’s strange, but the concealer is 10 times more pigmented than the foundation. It reminds me a bit of Tarte Shape Tape in terms of how heavy duty it is and that a little bit goes a very long way. You only need a drop and I patted it onto my skin with my fingers and then finished blending with a sponge.
To lock everything in, I bought the Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray to replace my Milani setting spray, which is on its last leg. After using the All-Nighter, which is great for keeping your makeup on but not matte, I wanted to try De-Slick to help my oils from peeking through. That being said, I haven’t tried it yet, but will report back on how it performs.
I went a little overboard when it comes to cheek products. After a few months of using the same exact products over and over, I decided to branch out a little bit. After destashing the Kat Von D Shade and Light palette, which is absolutely overboard for a single person, I told myself I wouldn’t want to buy another all-in-one palette. So what did I do this month? I bought not one, but two all-in-one palettes. Seriously.
However, I am returning one of them – the Too Faced Natural Face palette, which is formulated with coconut butter and smells really, really strong. I opened it up and the smell filled the area long after I put it back into its box. If you are even the least bit sensitive to scents, skip this and the entire new collection. I’m a bit bummed because the Chocolate Soleil bronzer is one of my favorites, so now that’s it’s been reformulated, I won’t be picking it up when I run out.
I did keep the Smashbox Cali Contour palette, which is different from the KVD Shade and Light. With Shade and Light, you get 3 matte highlights and 3 matte contours for different skintones, while the Cali Contour has a matte contour, matte highlight, matte bronzer, matte blush, shimmer highlight and shimmer bronzer. It has instantly became a favorite for me. I will say that this wouldn’t work for anyone who is medium-tan and deeper, so I hope they come out with different versions for different skintones. If you are a light to light-medium, this a great everyday palette and would be very handy for travel.
other cheek products
Other than those two palettes, I picked up the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Deep Bronzer, which isn’t very deep. They’ve got four shades and the darkest would only work for light-medium skintones. Please, Physicians Formula, make more shades of this bronzer, which is so nice and natural.
With that, I also got the Milani Blush in Berry Amore (which I actually wanted Rose d’Oro, but accidentally picked up the wrong shade). I actually quite like this shade. Back in the day, I used to have Luminoso, but it was just a bit too light for me. Did I need a new blush? Nope, hence the low-buy.
Of course, it would not be a full haul from me if there isn’t any Colourpop items in it. Their spring line, filled with brights and interesting shades, just called out to me. Seriously, I think I need to stop answering.
I picked up 6 Super Shock Shadows, in a variety of shades. The first thing I ordered a trio called Hear You Chrysalis Clear and 3 separate Super Shocks. I’m most excited for Ripple, which is such an interesting and unique color. The Super Shock Shadows are a nice formula, but you need to use your fingers for the best color payoff. To finish it off, I also picked up the Just Dew It blush and highlight duo, with some burnt peach tones. It’s more subtle than Berry Amore, so it’s good for everyday. I haven’t tried this one yet, but it will be in my rotation this month.
Wow. This was a super long post for an equally long haul. You can see why I’m doing this whole makeup low-buy. It’s been a bit of a rocky start, but I’ll get there!
’til next time, xo!