New Makeup I’ve been trialling #7

Hey there you gorgeous humans! So It’s that time again where I chat about new-ish makeup I’ve been trying out. You’d think because I’m on a low buy (and I have been pretty good with it) that I wouldn’t have much new makeup to try BUT somehow it still ends up being the case and these posts often contain products I purchased months back but physically couldn’t fit into the previous post.

So you guys know the drill. I chat to you about new makeup products I haven’t mentioned on the blog yet and what I think so far.

Let’s get started! (Ps. Bring a snack it’s a long one!)

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched face base

  • The formula of this primer is quite thick, like a whipped moisturizer but it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, it doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy.
  • When I first tried this, I paired it with the Huda beauty Faux filter foundation and it’s one of those foundations that can apply and sit on the skin strangely if you don’t prep it well.
  • This product allowed the foundation to go on easily and my overall complexion to look hydrated and no flat and powdery.

Huda ‘Easy Bake’ Loose setting powder

  • The first thing I noticed about this powder is how scented it is, a little too scented for my liking.
  • I don’t thing setting powders need fragrance but it hasn’t caused me any irritation in the number of times I have tried it.
  • It has a net sifter which means you just need to jab the sifter with your brush to release powder out. But the net sifter almost sits a little baggy compared to other net sifter loose powders (that have their net sifter tightly placed.
  • It works really nicely under the eyes, keeping creasing down to a minimum and doesn’t go cakey or cling to the skin in an awkward way.

Ren ‘perfect canvas’ skin enhancing priming serum

  • It took me ages to get a hold of this primer because whenever I was saving up for a Mecca Cosmetica order, the primer would almost always sell out days before said order. I guess that shows how good this primer is.
  • I’ve only tried it a couple of times so far but I find it freaking awesome. It’s a liquidly primer (like a serum) that you apply over the skin.
  • It doesn’t have that silicone feel or pill on the skin and I have noticed the foundation to go on looking 10x smoother.

Designer brands long wearing 24 hour foundation *

  • I am quickly finding that Designer brands make fantastic affordable foundations! I already love their hydrating and dewy foundation (though it’s tricky to wear in the summer months when I’m already a sweaty mess!). So I was super keen to try this one out. I’m quickly realising the Designer brands know how to make awesome foundations because I loved this foundation. When I saw “24-hour wear” in the title I thought that it would super matte and drying AF.
  • When testing this bad boy out, we were in the thick of summer (I don’t know how this foundation will work in winter) but I found that it has a soft matte finish, sat on my skin really well, blended out nicely and didn’t look powdery, crunchy or cakey.
  • I won’t say that it kept my oily t-zone matte (I’m starting to think few foundations in the world can keep my t-zone matte for even a few hours (especially on a hot day).
  • That being said this foundation didn’t wear off quickly or start to break apart and transfer. I’m really really liking it and definitely planning to try more foundations from them.

Farsali Unicorn drops

  • A light-weight formula, hydrating and plumping. It didn’t leave me with a wow factor but I have enjoyed using it so far.

Makeup revolution jewel palette – gilded & deluxe

  • I’ve long said that the reloaded palettes from makeup revolution are consistently awesome I think I have about 5 of them so far.
  • These Jewel palettes have also joined the fam and I am very very happy with them. I’ve run into a couple of dud eye shadow palettes from makeup revolution but these ones are freaking awesome!
  • They are pigmented, blend well and just allow you to create a wonderful and vibrant eye look. Not to mention the shades are absolutely gorgeous.

Pixi Glow cakes *

  • These give more glow than pigmented but I don’t mind that as I find overly bright and pigmented blushes are not my thing.
  • I find that the shade “gilded bare” on me looks extra natural and doesn’t give that much colour to the cheeks aside from glow (but if you are very fair skinned, you might like it).
  • The shade pink champagne while having a very candy pink portion, looks lovely on the cheeks and doesn’t make you look like a clown which is always a nice touch.
  • The glow is also not super tacky and I still go in with a highlighter on the cheekbones.

Makeup revolution mascara

  • It has a similar wand to the L’Oreal Paris lash paradise mascara and the too faced better than sex mascara.
  • The formula is on the thick side so you don’t want to build it up too much because the brush isn’t ideal for lash separation.
  • It hasn’t smudged or flaked on me but mascaras rarely do so.
  • I do have to be cautious when building it up as this type of formula can clump if you build it up too much. Also, be careful not to get it on your eyelid or brow bone as the wand is large.

Huda ‘Nudes’ Palette

  • I’ve been a long-time fan of Huda Beauty eye shadows. The first time I went for a high-end beauty brand I went for Huda beauty so of course when this palette was released I began salivating at the lips!
  • This particular one has such wearable yet unique shades! It’s filled with lots of pink nudes/ dusty rose nudes and not just boring shades of brown.
  • Of course the sparkly spec shades are what makes this palette so unique and they easily apply with the finger – I’m not crazy about the pressed glitters (like in the desert dusk) palette but that’s only 2 shades out of 18 I don’t like which I don’t mind because those speck shimmer shades are what I was really excited about.
  • Of course, the shadows are pigmented, blendable and very long wearing with little to no fallout.  I adore this palette next to the infamous desert dusk palette. Huda sure knows how to make drool-worthy shades.

Hourglass mineral veil primer

  • This product has been the only makeup product (in my 6 years of wearing makeup) that has made a difference to my oily t-zone. No other foundation, primer, setting powder (or a combination of) has kept my t-zone shine free for as long as the hourglass primer has.
  • I will go easily 4.5 hours before any shine starts to appear on my nose, throughout the entire day I’ll only need a maximum of 2 touch ups (and only on my nose) – not my forehead or chin which can get oily as well.
  • As I’ve been testing it out, it has been with drugstore foundations – so the fact that I’m going affordable with the foundation shows that this primer alone makes an enormous difference.

Juno & Co Microfiber Velvet sponge

  • It straight up has this velvet texture and I run it under a tap to soak it.
  • It doesn’t absorb foundation like the beauty blender so you won’t be wasting product.
  • That being said if you make a mistake and apply too much foundation on your face – this sponge won’t rectify that, so make sure you don’t go heavy handed.
  • It’s only $9 AUD – an absolute bargain.
  • Unlike a traditional beauty sponge (like the beauty blender), with this sponge, you don’t want to bounce this sponge over your face but rather smooth it. when you smooth it into the skin it blends out super easily, melts the foundation into the skin and your complexion looks wonderful.
  • When you use this sponge in a bouncing motion – it takes longer to blend out product and it will lead you with bald patches where the foundation has been lifted from your face.
  • I’ve been using this to apply foundation over a makeup brush and It has been a while since I’ve picked up a foundation brush. Literally, nothing has previously made me replace a sponge with a brush – not even a beauty blender.
  • I’ve also been using this to apply under eye concealer and it does quite a nice job – depending on your concealer and once again you don’t want to apply too much product.
  • I’m literally going to be purchasing another 5 easily

Too faced ‘Peach perfecting’ Mattifying foundation

  • Medium coverage
  • It is fragranced
  • Matte finish – very matte (can be on the flat side)
  • Tricky to blend out à beauty blender is the best way to apply it, every other method takes longer and doesn’t guarantee smooth and non-cakey application.
  • I’ve tried it with 5 different primers and my favourite primer to pair with this foundation is the Marc Jacobs coconut primer. That primer allowed the foundation to glide on much easier and it gave a subtle but pretty glow and allowed more life into the complexion
  • It is very long-wearing, doesn’t break apart easily. This foundation on its own doesn’t keep those (like myself) with an oily-zone shine free all day.
  • Despite its dry formula and that it’s tricky to apply, it sits on the skin very smoothly.

And that wraps up another round of “new makeup I’ve been trialling”. Usually, this kind of post goes on forever and ever but hooray for low buys! Have you guys tried any of the products mentioned in today’s post? What makeup have you been trialling? Drop a comment and let’s chat! I hope you all have a great day and I’ll see you in the next post.

^ Disclaimer: Products marked with a (*) were gifted to me for consideration. This is not a sponsored post and there are no affiliate links. Any links provided are solely there for convenience. All opinions are my own and 100% honest. I share with you guys my experience with beauty products, this does not make me an expert.

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  1. Caroline Malone

    May 3, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    That’s such a shame about the Huda ‘Easy Bake’ Loose setting powder, I’ve actually heard a few people who don’t like the scent and I’m not much of a person who likes overly scented products! I love the sound of that mascara, I didn’t get along with the L’Oreal paradise one, but LOVE the Too Faced one so maybe it’s a perfect inbetween?! xx

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      May 4, 2019 at 12:10 am

      Yes, the huda powder isn’t terrible but between the scent being strong and the net sifter not letting out powder easily – I won’t be repurchasing it as I have others I prefer mor. x

  2. Siobhán

    May 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    I need the Hourglass powder in my life! I adore the Too Faced foundation! xx

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      May 4, 2019 at 12:11 am

      It’s so good! That foundation has surprised me – I thought I wouldn’t get it to work for me but it has been working

  3. Deanna

    May 3, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    I so look forward to these posts of yours! I saw you posted it at the beginning of my work day here in Canada and was so excited to come home to read. I’d be really interested in trying that REN primer. I love a pore-filler but can’t stand a silicone feel on my face.

    Deanna |

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      May 4, 2019 at 12:13 am

      Thank you lovely! That put a smile on my face! That ren primer is the most unusual primer ever! It literally feels like a weightless serum yet under makeup it’s amazing. If your pores are larger you would still need to go in with a pore filler on those areas but this gives the complexion an overall smooth canvas. x

  4. Claire

    May 4, 2019 at 2:59 am

    i love the Hourglass mineral veil primer too! it’s really worth it!

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      May 4, 2019 at 6:38 am

      I’m obsessed with it.

  5. Danielle Alexa

    May 4, 2019 at 10:32 am

    I really want to try out the Peach Perfect Foundation!

    Danielle xx

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      May 4, 2019 at 11:19 am

      You’ll love it, it’s super long wearing!

  6. Charlotte

    May 5, 2019 at 9:42 am

    I completely forgot about Farsali until last night when I found myself scrolling through their serums which made me want to try them, shame there is no wow factor with the unicorn ones though. Love the Glow Cakes
    Charlotte / Charlotte’s Picks

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      May 6, 2019 at 4:45 am

      Yes I like it but this one didn’t blow me away.

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