While I’m trying not to overdo it on makeup purchases right now, there were a couple of items I just had to try! I’ve had some good experiences and some less good, but overall I’m glad I got to try what I did!
Colourpop Garden Variety Palette
This absolutely adorable palette struck me as soon as I saw it! I only have one other Colourpop palette, but the quality seems to be universal.
The mattes were all very smooth and blendable, the shimmers had a great texture that would just glide across the lids! Some shades had glitter, but could be blended out like a matte shade as well.
There was also a single SuperShock shadow in the palette, a stunning reddish copper, that looks beautiful swiped across the lid.
As far as color scheme, this was primarily warm, earthy shades. There were some pops of color with a row of purply pinks and a pale green that stands out.
To top it all off, Colourpop did it again with their packaging. This line was themed with succulents, making the entire palette absolutely adorable.
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in 12N Fair Neutral
I wanted so badly to like this. I really did. And it’s not awful, I just didn’t find it all it was cracked up to be. Even using just the tiniest bit of concealer, this product looks cakey and doesn’t really cover all of the darkness of my under eyes.
To be fair, I do have very dark under eye circles. It’s tricky to cover them even with color corrector, foundation, and concealer as I did with the Shape Tape.
One thing this concealer doesn’t do is crease. Or move. Once it’s on, it’s on. Particularly if you set it with a powder. It’s not a terrible product, it just doesn’t work very well on my (admittedly fairly dry) skin. If you need a full coverage concealer, try the Camo Concealer ranges from elf.
Revolution Pro Blur Stick
After running out of primers, I’ve been working on testing some new ones in search of a really great primer! This particular one is fairly okay but not stellar. It does a great job of filling in pores, and it doesn’t feel super heavy on my skin.
However, the stick is huge, which makes it hard to get into areas where my pores are a serious issue, such as on either side of my nose. And it doesn’t really blend out, so it’s only really helpful on my forehead and cheeks.
It’s a decent base, but overall not the best primer I’ve ever tried.
Wet N Wild PhotoFocus Water Drop Primer in Rose
I like almost everything about this primer. It’s comfortable, easy to apply, and manages to smooth my skin without sitting on top of it. My foundation stays on fairly well with it. It’s extremely cheap, so replacing it is no problem at all!
However, there are two downfalls of the product, one more problematic than the other. First of all, the product comes out of the package super fast. Not a huge issue, but something to be aware of.
The other issue is a bit more pressing: the smell. The smell of this stuff is awful. It’s a chemically rose scent that just comes together to be gross. Thankfully, the smell doesn’t linger, so it’s still easy to use. Next time I’m going to try the Cucumber one to see if I like that smell a little bit better.
TheBalm Mary Lou-Manizer
This highlighter has a universally flattering pearly sheen that can make you look subtly glowy or let you beam! The texture of the product is super creamy but its easy to use with any brush.
It’s not super powdery or messy, and stays on your skin well. The packaging is durable plastic with a clasp, and a mirror in the lid. You get a lot of product in it! And its all extremely cute as well, TheBalm uses pinup/50’s style art on all of their products.
On top of these awesome products, I repurchased the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define concealer and the Morphe Mist and Set. I also purchased a new makeup bag!
If you’ve tried any of these products, let me know in the comments what you thought!