I let go of a lot of beauty products this year and I should’ve documented them sooner. I believe it’s unrealistic to pan everything so I try to decide right way whether I’d let go of something or try to finish it.
Here’s the first five products I let go of this year:
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Bronzer 02
Enjoyed using this a lot as a cheek “warmifier” and a blush topper. The finish and texture is very similar to MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural but sheerer. This bronzer gives a subtle glow to the skin. Shade 02 doesn’t look orange and is 1 to 2 shades darker than my skin tone. It doesn’t highlight my pores but it doesn’t diffuse them either.
I let this go not because it’s bad. A friend needed a bronzer so I gave it to her. I realized that it feels easier to let go of stuff when you know that the person you’re giving it to will use it more. Anyway, I don’t think I’ll be missing it so much because I still have a small unused GWP/sample of this bronzer in Shade 03.
Essence All About Matt Fixing Compact Powder
I used this around 4x and liked it. I like that it doesn’t look ashy and I think it does delay my oils from breaking to the surface, but when my workmate asked for mattifying powder recommendations, I gave this to her before I could change my mind. I don’t usually set my foundation anyway.
Too Faced Love Flush Long Lasting 16-Hour Blush in I Will Always Love You
After years of evading warmer colors, I finally explored peaches and terracottas this year. I Will Always Love You is accurately described as a gilded peach. I was hoping it will have more brown in it, like how the product shot looked on the website. The color is still beautiful though, but I already have a blush similar to it–Cargo Swimmables Los Cabos. The color and gold sheen of both blushes are the same, only Cargo’s shimmer flecks are slightly bigger and more noticeable in direct light. Both last the whole day. Depending on how deep your pores are, both could accentuate them. I kept Cargo because it was a gift from a dear friend.
Pixi x ItsJudyTime – ItsLipTime Palette
I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought this. I should’ve realized that lip palettes are generally not convenient to bring and retouch with.
The first 6 shades on the lighter spectrum are hard to build up and doesn’t work against my light-medium yellow-olive skin tone. The 6 darker shades are beautiful. I was a little disappointed that the formula is far from the Pixi Lustre Mattes that I love. The latter is lightweight and easy to apply.
Fashion 21 2-Way Cake with Milk Moisturizers and Ever Bilena Blush in Fig
I love both of these.
If you’re having a hard time finding a local powder foundation that’s yellow enough, check out Fashion 21. If you’re a MAC C30, you probably would fit Shade 02.
Ever Bilena blush in Fig is very close to MAC Mocha Blush. Against my skin tone, it would be hard to tell them apart.
I let them go because my mom asked if she could have them.