Origins A Perfect World Moisturizer
MAC Natural Radiance Prep+Prime
Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NW20
Madison Street Beauty Redness Reducing Concealer
MAC Skinfinish in Medium Plus
Revlon ColorStay Pressed Powder in Light
Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tiki
NARS Blush in Sin, Orgasm
Urban Decay De-slick Setting Spray
Wet n Wild Color Icon in Dark Brown, Taupe
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Chocolate
MAC Eyeshadow in Mulch
e.l.f Maleficent Lookbook in Thorns, Raven Black
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Anti Aging
Sephora Glitterguard Primer
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Stingray, Mint Julep
e.l.f. Makeup Lock and Seal
Madison Street Beauty Loose Eyeshadow in Fairy Dust, White Gold
Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara
Madison Street Beauty Lip Sheer in Melon
Sit tight. Got some reviews coming your way.
First, this new MAC foundation. I'm on a no buy for the month (minus necessities), so my homegirl at the MAC counter hooked it up after I expressed curiosity over the sculpt foundation. It's AMAZING. A gel-based formula, the Studio Sculpt line is amazing for someone like me who has quite oily skin. The coverage is phenomenal. Definitely investing in a tube soon. I'm also happy to have learned enough about my skin tone over the years to re-swatch myself. At age 18, a MAC lady swore I was an NC30 and I wore that for years, but it's far too yellow for me. NW20 is PERFECT, a lovely harmony of yellow and pink. I do like the Urban Decay Naked foundation, but MAC always kills it, and now that I've found my color and something with great coverage for my skin, it's happening.
Can we just talk about NARS blush for a second? I did pick up this new color (so much for the no buy, I guess) at the recommendation of a friend. She put it on my face last Friday, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to see how nice a berry blush looked against my skin. I like peachy/pink colors because they reflect the actual coloring I get when naturally flushed. Regardless, Sin gives both a flushed effect and sculpted look at the hollow due to its richer color that Orgasm can't quite achieve on its own. Well done, NARS.
Lastly, an ode to an indie brand: Madison Street Beauty. I can't quite remember how, but I recently discovered Madison Street Beauty right around the time they had a 60% off sale. So, you can imagine what happened next. I swear, I can smell makeup sales from behind my monitor. I picked up a ton of their eyeshadows, one lip balm, and a green-hued color correcting concealer in powder form to counteract the occasional morning redness.
The concealer will probably only work optimally with an entirely powder-based face routine. I could really see it over the Studio Sculpt, but once I buffed it in some more and then layered my other face powders, the faint green was no longer visible. I think it's done alright so far.
But, what I REALLY want to talk about is this eyeshadow, Fairy Dust. I mean, if you don't like a sparkly metallic dimensional color party of purples and greens, then what are you even doing with yourself? Their loose eyeshadows are GORGEOUS, though the mattes are a bit chalky. Regardless, the entire haul was a hell of a steal and there are so many pretty colors in lovely duochrome and/or shimmery finishes.
This is why I love Fairy Dust. Right off the bat, I imagined all sorts of ethereal looks I could create, and if I do say so myself, I think it does nice things to my dark eyes. The color looks purplish grey in the jar but when applied it transforms into this super magical aqua-violet-bluebelle color with so much dimensionality. I feel like I'm wearing crushed jewels or pastel beetle wings on my lids. I mixed some pigment with the e.l.f. fixative and applied it to the lids after (tight)lining with the respective Stila sticks so that it would be a bit more intense. You can kind of see faintly near the lash line the mint color beneath the eyeshadow. For a highlight, I dipped into White Gold and blended it in above the crease and just short of the brow bone.
So far, the integrity of the pigment upon initial application has held up quite well over the course of a 14 hour day. I cannot WAIT to play with the rest of the MSB colors and create new looks.
Madison Street Beauty, I am very glad to have found you.