Good morning you beautiful humans! So while you guys know I’ve never been one to do solo first impressions as they’ve never been my thing I have really gotten into doing a multi-type first impressions series. I’ve done 2 of these already (1, 2) – click on the corresponding numbers to check them out. You guys get the drill I share my initial thoughts on the products after playing with them a few times (some I’ve played with a bit longer but none of the products mentioned have been trialled long enough to get their inevitable in-depth review).
Okay so let’s jump right in!
I’m not going to lie, I purchased this blush solely for its cute packaging. I just couldn’t not get this blush. It photographs nicely, looks cute in flatlays and is just an all-round gorgeous blush. Too faced has really been taking their packaging to another level and I’m not going to lie, there are many things from their peach collection I want solely for the cute packaging! Now the blush itself is a gorgeous product, it’s pigmented but buildable so it won’t splotch pigment onto the face. It’s definitely my kind of shade and works with many makeup looks. If it weren’t for the cute packaging I wouldn’t have picked up this blush (because I am super-duper picky with what blushes I am willing to go high end for). Nevertheless I am happy to have this blush and I’ll definitely be wearing it a lot.
This concealer covers up so well of course so for covering up spots it’s perfect! It blends out so easily (I find a lot of spot concealers don’t blend well) but this one definitely does. It lasts quite well over an active blemish and doesn’t break up and wear off quickly – I do use a setting powder + setting spray as well as a primer (so that may have something to do with it). I haven’t tried it enough to test out whether it truly helps with blemishes but when I give this product its full in-depth review we shall see.
After picking up the shade rodeo drive (and immediately falling in love with it might I add!) I needed more ofra highlighters in the fam. The only other shade I knew I’d be able to pull off on my skin tone for sure was glazed doughnut (which is paler than rodeo drive!). It’s intensely glowy – to the point where I have to be careful how much I apply as it can look unblended. I like to go underneath with a subtle highlighter, followed by glazed doughnut over the top (specifically on the high points of the cheekbone) for the extreme pop! It also makes an amazing inner corner highlight Btdubs!
When it comes to setting sprays, I go by a simple rule – if it provides an even mist and can be sprayed over my foundation without ruining it I am happy. This too faced setting spray ticks both those boxes and is hydrating AF. I particularly love using this setting spray when wearing long wearing foundations (which can be drying). This setting spray feels like your skin has taken a massive drink of water. It’s definitely the most hydrating out of all of the ones I have in my collection
This primer glides over the skin like a dream! It’s very hydrating and makeup sits so well over the top. I don’t feel like it makes my skin greasy (but I have dehydrated skin with an oily t-zone, PLUS it’s winter here so my skin is dry AF). That being said it just works so well at making your foundation look like skin. In regards to the hydrating primers I so far have in my collection, I definitely like this more than the too faced hangover primer (though that one is still lovely).
I’m not going to lie the way the blush looked in the pan was half the appeal as well as the shade itself. I wanted all 5 shades in the collection & I still do though they aren’t on the top of my list. The shade I picked up a coral/peachy shade which I am all about and it’s super glowy as well. It looks very pretty & flattering on the skin.
This stuff is so unique and cool. From the outside it looks a finely milled powder but as soon as it makes contact with the skin – it feels cold & wet. That sounds weird but I don’t mind how it feels & it sets the foundation so well. Whenever I wear this powder I skip setting spray all together (and I never skip setting spray). I do it mainly because I want to truly test if I need setting spray and if I’ll end up looking powdery which I don’t.
You don’t get that much product, the container is pretty much half fill but still 10 g of product is pretty decent and it’s actually quite difficult finishing up setting powders.
I know you are probably sick of hearing “finely milled” when I talk about primers but let’s just get that out of the way – yes it’s finely milled. What I’m particularly loving about this powder is that its sifter is like a net and you just jab your brush and powder comes out. It’s completely mess free which I love! As you set your foundation with it, it virtually looks UNDETECTABLE. No cakeyness, dusty look to the skin. It does its work like a ninja without being noticeable on the skin. I’m so impressed with this powder.
As you can tell by this post I have gotten into high end primers and powders when previously I didn’t have any fancy options in those 2 categories. This particular powder hasn’t been out for long and as soon as I saw it I was like yup I need to purchase this. I knew I would like it, something about it told me it wouldn’t be a flop. I just didn’t know how much I’d love it! Of course the powder is finely milled but one of the things I love about this powder is as soon as you apply it, it looks virtually undetectable on the skin. For something that leaves no trace on the skin my foundation appears smooth, set very well and lasts so much better. I’ve never had a skin type that gave me major issues in the longevity department but my t-zone looks 10x better throughout the day. I’ve actually noticed that I’m sad to take my makeup off at the end of the day when using this powder – that’s how you know the makeup has lasted well. Bonus points include it’s quite easy to get the product out without mess. I give it a tap on the side with my brush and powder trickles out of the tiny holes!
This primer has definitely gotten lots of raves and positive reviews which is the main reason I wanted to try it. When I tested it on my hand in store, it felt silicone-like and slippery (I’ve tried similar versions from the drugstore & didn’t like those) so I was definitely worried I wouldn’t like it. I have tested this primer with a variety of foundations – foundations which I find can be tricky to apply / get looking smooth on my skin. Firstly, despite feeling slippery it doesn’t cause the foundation to break up or slip & slide. It makes the skin feels super smooth and silky. Foundations that looked iffy or didn’t always look smooth and each one has looked so much better with this primer, so it really does smooth the skin out. It does contain glitter particles but the skin doesn’t look glittery underneath foundation – it just has this healthy glow to the skin.
I don’t know how those with oily skin would feel about this foundation I know Tati from Glam life Guru didn’t like this foundation at all. So I’d do lots of research before purchasing or get a sample if possible.
This primer is super hydrating and feels like a gel moisturizer. Foundation sits nicely over the top of it. It does feel like a hydrating moisturizer so depending on your priming needs you may need to go over this primer with a different primer, if you need something like smoothing or longevity from your primer.
I have wanted to try the benefit blushes & hoola bronzers for so long but I never felt like shuffling $50 a pop for each one. On top of that, despite the cute packaging, they are quite boxy and appear like they would take up lots of space in my draws. Apparently this palette has always been a thing only each year a different one is launched. You get 4 blushes and the hoola bronzer (in FULL SIZE (like down to the gram not just pan size!) for only $99. If I were to buy the products featured in this pan separately I would have spent $250. So I easily saved $150 and avoided the boxy packaging by having them all in the one convenient palette. That alone makes me such a happy camper! I actually now possess the 3 main blushes I wanted from the brand with the shade ‘dandelion’ as well which is also pretty. I of course also finally have my mitts on the hoola bronzer which I’ve tried for years. These are all the pros of the palette & I haven’t even gotten to the makeup products itself!
And that wraps up this long long post! Have you tried any of the makeup mentioned in today’s post? What new makeup have you recently purchased? Drop a comment and let me know! I hope you all have a lovely day and I’ll see you in the next post.