Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Foundation Ramblings: some newer products I've tried

I've resisted making a "must buy" list for Sephora's Spring Beauty Insider Event because everyone on the blogosphere is doing it. Think of me as the anti-haul voice, like your mom gently reminding you not to spend all your money on a beauty product shopping spree. It's not the coolest job there is but someone's gotta do it.

I bought one thing (technically two but what's a Rouge G without a case?) and I'm sticking to my one product per purchase rule. Next week, I may have another go at it, but I'm trying to make sure it's an essential. Let's ask ourselves: what product do you really go through and have to constantly replenish in your collection?

I was talking to my sister about this one time when she visited. When she comes by, I'm always sending her home with a bag of makeup or other that I don't really use. She's not a hauler and really does a great job of just buying what she needs, unlike yours truly. So when I asked her, what do you need? Her answer: the only thing that she does occasionally run out of is foundation. This answer was echoed by my best friend although she prefers powder foundation. So I had a look at my foundation stash and decided that it was time to do a write up of the items that I've recently tried.

I'll talk about four different liquid foundation formulas in this post. I've bought two of these in full size and have used multi-day samples of the other two.

I'll start with the YSL Touche Éclat All in One Glow Broad Spectrum SPF 23. I was very excited when this came out because of all the product promises written on the box:

Fresh Dewy Makeup. Natural Medium Coverage. Long Lasting Hydration. Oil-Free. Cream to water formula. 70% concentration of watery essence leaves the skin with a radiant glitter-free dewy glow and a fresh feeling all day long. With three times more hydrating agents than other YSL foundations, formula actively improves skin quality. Over time, skin shows a moisture-rich radiance.

Doesn't that just sound like the perfect product? The shade range isn't the same as the other YSL foundation that I have (the YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation), although the Sephora website gives us a chart of what to get. BD25 is my summer color, so I was afraid that its counterpart, B30 Almond, would be too dark. I went with B20 Ivory which is lighter than my other foundation but is workable. For brief outings, it's an easy slap and go product as tinted moisturizers tend to be. There's certainly some coverage there and the face looks more even-toned but it will not completely cover blemishes.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Spring Lip Suggestions/Combinations

Taking my cue from the previously featured Guerlain Rouge G in No. 62 (antique rose), I've put together a list of lipstick and lip gloss products that I'm planning to rotate through the rest of the season.

Left: Lipstick Queen Good Catch, Right: Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Pinkissimo

Monday, April 16, 2018

Guerlain Rouge G No. 62 + Gypsy Folk Double Mirror Cap (customizable lipstick case)

I did say that the only thing I had planned to purchase from Sephora during the Spring Bonus Beauty Insider Event is a new Rouge G and I was quite impressed that I had ordered it on a Friday and it arrived straightaway the next day, a Saturday no less. I have to say, it's one of the reasons I still shop at Sephora.

The new Rouge G is sold as a refill and you can purchase any case/lid of your choice to complete it. It comes out a few dollars less than the old Rouge G and is customizable this way. It's also great because now if you finish the tube, you just buy a refill ($32). The new combo doesn't shut magnetically anymore though. So if you have an old Rouge G that you've used up, the refills will fit. It's just that the lid kinda falls off. The refills come with a plastic cap, kind of like the ones they use on lipstick testers before they are unpacked and put on a display case. If you've never seen that, never mind. The point is, you're not obliged to buy the case but it's much nicer if you do. Here's hoping they won't discontinue the refills.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Hard Candy Cashmere Silk Demi-Matte Crème Lip Color

Having tried Revlon's Lip Crème got me thinking of trying other lip cream products and this one came highly recommended in one of the blogs I read, Musings of a Muse. I'm really more of a Target shopper even if there's a Walmart near my house but I do occasionally have to go in there to find something and Hard Candy is one of those brands that I only ever see at Walmart. These babies are only $6 apiece so I took a chance and got Créme Brulee. I liked it a lot and later grabbed Gelato so I could see the effect of a much darker shade.