Nothing brightens up a beauty addict’s day when she’s feeling a bit off-colour (go AWAY head cold!) like playing with shiny new beauty things. Especially when they are all shiny new things that are going to see a lot of action in the days and months* ahead… because I’m completely obsessed with them all. Let me introduce you to the newest family members at casa el maquillage…
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Vanille*
Try and say that name three times fast! The most recent addition to my ‘my skin but better’ foundation stash, LM’s new foundy took a little getting used to, as it’s a departure from my usual gentle-shake-and-whack-on foundations. The (very) liquidy bi-phase formula calls for your most enthusiast version of ‘Shake it like a Polaroid picture’ to get it to mix properly, while holding your finger over the nozzle because if you shake it while the lid is on, it’s mess everywhere when you open it, AND THEN this formula is not best applied with a brush, but with fingers or a beauty sponge. Phew. But! I promise it’s worth your time and effort – it leaves your skin looking its best version of itself, all evened out with imperfections blurred, and velvety to the touch. It gives a light to medium coverage matte finish which I could easily build up to properly cover problem areas without looking cakey, and it lasted all the day long. I’m not a fan of applying foundation with fingers (even though my hands are clean, I feel like dirtying up my skin when I apply with my paws – Is that just me?), so this leads me to my next acquisition…
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
A long long time ago (in a galaxy far far away of course), I dipped my toes into the beauty sponge world with a Beauty Blender, but we did.not.get.along. I felt like applying foundation with a sponge took twice as long as using a brush, and the results were no different. It was relegated to the beauty wasteland quicker than you could say “Angie, you’re an embarrassingly massive sucker for hype”. But given that Real Techniques makes my favourite foundation brush of ALL TIME, and the LM foundation doesn’t like to be applied with the ol’ brush (being the fussy broad she is), it was time to try the sponge again. And we seem to get along much better this time around. I still find it a little more time consuming than a brush, but I can’t argue with the lovely, seamless finish it produces in combo with this foundation.
MAC Lip Liner in Magenta
Now that I’ve got so many lipsticks of the purple/pink variety on the go at the moment, I wanted a do-all liner that would work under any one of them. MAC’s Magenta seemed to fit the bill nicely. I know lip liners are a bit of a 90’s throwback, save for Kylie Jenner’s current dependence on her MAC Whirl lip liner, but I can’t go past a good liner to create a crisp line on the edges of my lipstick, to increase the longevity of lipstick wear, and when I’m feeling experimental, to change up the tone of my lippie with a lighter or darker liner shade. I’m finding when I wear Magenta under MAC’s Rebel lippie (which looks a bit extreme on me), Magenta really plays up the lighter, pinkier tones in Rebel and makes it easier for me to wear.
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Yes I am kicking myself for not picking this up sooner, and even more so for only getting the travel size. I have some great primers on rotation, but the Veil primer came in and promptly kicked them all to the curb. It makes my skin feel SO velvety and smooth, which is no better base for makeup I say. The ultimate test of it’s full powers was conducted on Melbourne Cup day, and through much race watching/champagnes/dinner/more drinks and Hungry Jacks on the way home, my foundation stayed firmly in place from go to woe. No shininess or oiliness breaking through, no getting home and finding my foundation had all but disappeared – it was all still there and as fresh as a daisy. It’s not going to take me long to upgrade to the full size.
Napoleon Perdis Concealer Primer
Now this is not necessarily something that is new to the market, but I’m very glad to have discovered it. I apply it as the first step in concealing under my eyes, and it moisturises and smooths out the area before I go in with my corrector and concealer. The real draw card for me with this primer is the shimmery little light reflective particles, which brightens up the area and reduces the darkness of my under-eyes, making my concealer’s job a little bit easier. And as someone with pretty epic and unfortunately hereditary dark circles (ie. I ain’t never getting rid of them), any help I can get to look less ‘punched in the eye’ and more ‘not punched in the eye’ is welcome.
What’s new in your stash at the moment? Let me know in the comments!
*No guarantees. I’m fickle like that.