Finally, we’re at Part 3 of 3. Most of these are the not-so recent purchases; and some were already reviewed. Note: I didn’t include the stuff I bought that I’ve already disposed of i.e., hourglass blush, mac lipsticks (cosmo, velvet teddy, studded kiss), and bobbi brown creamy matte lipstick in pink lily.
Let’s get this over with.
This is where I got
a little crazy. I don’t wear foundation everyday and I only have one face. So, I don’t know why I buy foundations :(
I bought Koh Gen Doh Aqua because I broke the bottle of L’Oreal Lucent Magique and because it was on sale. Sales bring about a sense of urgency that can turn off all logic sometimes. I like this foundation. I literally use it as a tinted moisturizer. After washing my face, I put it on with my fingers like a moisturizer. I stopped using it because I just can’t deal with sunscreen + liquid or cream stuff in the summer.
Getting the MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus came from the need for a powder foundation to counter the ashiness of physical sunblock. It seems like a very logical reason to buy it, right? But I currently have 3 other foundation powders that can serve that purpose.
I think I bought this because the SA was very accommodating and because she didn’t immediately assume what my shade was upon seeing my face. She swatched all possible matches on my jawline. She allowed me to go out of the store and check the foundation under sunlight and even encouraged me to walk around the mall first to see if the foundation will oxidize. Ladies, that’s how you sell to customers.
On buying the MAC Face and Body Foundation, I have no logical explanation for buying this other than the love for light coverage, dewy finish foundations. Recently, I found good use for this. I mix it with my super watery sunscreens eliminating the need to powder. Great, but not great, because I’m using Studio Fix less and less.
The one thing I’m not guilty about is my Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer purchase. It’s one of the best shopping decisions I’ve made this year. I use it mostly as an under eye concealer. Most concealers tend to look either orange or ashy on my eyes, this one doesn’t. Also, most other under eye concealers tend to stay matte even when the rest of my face gets shiny. It looks really weird when that happens. I like that KA doesn’t look overly matte.
I’m not getting any sun lately — in case you’re wondering why my arm is too light this summer. Sun, I miss you. Currently, only Kevyn Aucoin SX08 and Koh Gen Doh OC-2 matches me perfectly.
I didn’t buy the primers to be used as primers. I’m not quite convinced that they’re needed. Anyway, I was checking out the Shiseido White Lucent Spot Targeting Serum when it hit me that it could be more practical to get the Spot Control Base with SPF 35++. I use this as a sunscreen, but right now it’s just too creamy for the level of heat and humidity we’re experiencing. I probably could use it if I take a cab to and from work, but I prefer walking.
I bought the ELF Mineral Infused Primer for an experiment that I still haven’t started yet, sooo… yeah. But I used it on E and it did great in blurring out pores.
Lipsticks: Bobbi Brown, VMV, Inglot, MAC, and Sophie Paris
If in some unlikely circumstance that I’d be required to buy from only one brand and lipstick line, I already know which one I’d buy from — the Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lipstick line. It’s THE most comfortable matte lipstick I’ve worn. But note that my my lips don’t get dry, I don’t wear lip balm, and I can handle the driest of all dry lipsticks (driest so far: Nyx Matte). I have crushed plum and true pink. I will probably buy some more (satisfying the one-in-one-out rule). See photo below for swatches:
Who makes sheer matte lipsticks? VMV does. I don’t get it! The top swatch (photo below) is one swipe, the bottom swatch is 10 swipes. The tube is literally bullet hard. I bought VMV Velvet Matte in Danger and I probably won’t buy it again. It’s a muted brick red and is a good lipstick to ease you into red, if you’re too scared to try. But since it’s very sheer, it might not work for those with naturally strong-colored lips.
I already wrote about Inglot 412 and Heroine a few posts ago. I’m going to write about MAC Flat Out Fabulous soon so let’s just talk about Sophie Paris. I already own all 4 of the bright-colored Sophie Koshize Matte Lipsticks. Since I liked all of them, I explored the nude/MLBB options.
I have (from L-R in the photo above), Dramatic Pink, Coral Wisdom, and Rosebud. I dropped Rosebud from a 4-foot high dresser that’s why it looks like cr*p. Good thing I left the cap closed. It’s my current favorite MLBB (borderline nude) lipstick. The other two, I’m not enjoying so much. They’re much less pigmented and they don’t apply as evenly.
Ellana Blush and Concealer
Both of these, I ordered by mistake. I wanted to get the green corrector (Innocence), and the red wine blush. I don’t know what happened there. I tried Awake on the undereyes and it sure does brighten. Unfortunately, I’m not fond of highlighting the undereye area. But it’s a good matte highlighter for the bridge of my nose, brow bone, and the inner corners of my eyes. I like it. It doesn’t look dry and chalky despite being matte.
The blush is good too, but I think it will look better when my skin switches to its summer skin tone. Currently, I’m using affection as a bronzer. I might not buy both of these again. Loose powders are too fussy.
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For daily foundation wearers out there, how long does it take you to finish a standard sized bottle?