The New Year brought about newfound curiosities toward a couple of makeup brands I’ve never really noticed before. By the end of January and the short month of February that flew by, I’ve complied a little collective haul of some new products I decided to try.
1) Make Up Forever Complexion Starter Kit
- HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 110 Pink Porcelain
- HD Microfinish Powder
- HD Microperfecting Primer
- Kabuki Brush
Since MUFE Foundation has received quite a bit of hype from the beauty world for a fairly long time, I thought this kit would be the perfect way to fully experience the HD claims of the brand. While I am testing out another foundation and primer at the moment, I can vouch for the quality of the Kabuki brush. The Microfinish Powder is equally impressive, and quite similar to the Mac Prep & Prime loose powder, as it blends into the skin to create a soft glow. I’ve only delved into MUFE lipsticks, which I love, so I am optimistic about the rest of these products.
2) Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer + No.28 Primer Serum Duo
Many Sephora salespeople have recommended Hourglass products to me in the past, so I decided to finally try their bestselling primers since they are not only paraben-free (something I always look for) but are oil-based and meant to be more hydrating than other primers. This duo also seems to be a much better value than purchasing either of the two primers, which are both pricier at their full size (1oz) as well as their travel size (0.33oz).
3) Caudalie Beauty Elixir
I’ve heard a lot of buzz around Caudalie recently and this product is the perfect introduction to the brand. This is supposed to be a very refreshing mist, part-toner and part-serum, which is what caught my interest. I tested the Beauty Elixir out as soon as I got it and I really do love the effect it provides, as it instantly refreshes my skin and creates a smooth, perfected finish. I’ve only applied this before my moisturizer so I’m not sure of the effects if used on top of makeup. Either way, in the future I would most likely purchase the full size, which is 3.4 fl oz, since I foresee my 1 oz bottle being used up quite quickly.
4) Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil
This is an interesting product, as it is a light cream when first applied on the skin, and then immediately melts in as an oil, just as the product description indicates. However, while it did make my dry hands feel a bit softer upon first use, I thought this creamy oil felt generally greasy and I needed to apply a different hand cream in order to soothe the dryness completely. Overall this feels like a luxury product, but for me it didn’t truly deliver its promises. I can see it possibly working for skin that isn’t overly dry, especially since I purchased it during the winter time to soothe my dry hands.
5) BECCA Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation
I was interested to try out this powder ever since RAEview raved about it on her Youtube channel, since she’s tested out many higher end products and this one stood out to her, I figured it was a safe bet to try it. While I am still using the MAC Studio Fix powder foundation for touch ups on the go, I’m excited to try this powder as soon as I hit pan on the Studio Fix.
6) Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Powder
This is a beautiful highlighter with a subtle golden shimmer, with the standard feminine, fairytale-like packaging Too Faced is known for. I do like this highlighter for the fact that the powder itself isn’t too glittery or grainy, and it really does provide a healthy glow to the skin without making it obvious that you’ve used a highlighter. I can, however, also compare it to some of my favorite MAC highlighters, which somewhat lowers its ranking as a HG product. Often times, I look to products like these for dupes of discontinued MAC products, and so I do feel like this is a good buy for anyone looking for a standard subtle highlighter to keep in their makeup collection (kind of like a daily-use item). Personally I try to only use my favorite, but sadly discontinued, products on special occasions and stick to some basic products for daily use.
7) Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Exposed
I really think this blush lived up to its longtime hype; this offers the perfect combination of a wearable blush and a subtle, soft contouring powder. I typically love multi-use products, and this blush applies smoothly on the skin and gives a healthy glow without necessitating any other products. Normally, I skip blush or bronzer (simply since it takes longer to apply a full face of makeup in the mornings), but the natural mauve color of this blush has somewhat persuaded me to change up routine and use it in place of other cheek products. For fair skin, this can easily work as a bronzer as well as a contouring powder, as I’ve used it to that effect with a light hand and a small contour brush like the MAC 109.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my show & tell!
Has anyone used any of these products, and if so, what were your thoughts?
Until next time,