Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Maybelline City Mini Palettes Part II (new for 2018)

They're finally available... at least for shipping. I ordered three of these new Maybelline City Mini palettes from Target's website and I have the swatches for you as well. I'm going to start with pictures of 500 Brooklyn Nudes which I teased in my previous post.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

L'Oreal Paris Mickey Mouse Collection Color Riche Matte Lipstick

L'Oreal Color Riche Matte Lipsticks in (clockwise from top)
712 Matte Mandate, 405 Doesn't Matte-r, 102 Matte-ly in Love

Since I've finally tracked down every last shade of this collection, I thought I'd give the lot its own post and I have the swatches of all five colors for you.

My favorite is still 402, Devil's Matte-vocate Red, which I featured in the original post featuring all the other products in the collection here. I also like 405, Doesn't MATTE-r, which is a vampy sort of burgundy. It has quite a bit of pink pigment which makes it very flattering on my skin tone. The Burberry oxblood lip pencil is a good match for it. MATTE Mandate, 712, is fuchsia and I'm not one to shy away from a bright pink so I like it. I'm not into orange, which is what 102 MATTE-ly in Love is, so I didn't like that one and 800 MATTE-caron was too light for my taste when applied. Adding a little bit of brown/pink to both colors would have surely helped.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Revelation

Chanel's Cruise Collection for 2018 has three new eyeliners and the limited edition shade Révélation has proven itself a standout. I guess Chanel fans are definitely into taupe. Personally, I picked it up a little bit later as I still had the old Perle de Lune and several Urban Decay taupes to keep me in check. But when Révélation became out of stock everywhere I looked, I was hit with a serious need to have it at once.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Concealer Game

Let's play the concealer game! I don't have a shortage of concealers to use around here but when Laura Mercier launched the Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer, I had to try it. And now Tarte is repackaging their Maracuja Creaseless Concealer so I thought, it's really time for us to talk concealer.

Givenchy Mister Light Instant Light Corrective Pen

I have a few pen-style ones like YSL Touche Eclat and Givenchy Mister Light. Although this is not my favorite style of concealer, I always need to have at least one in rotation. I used to keep a makeup kit in the car for emergencies and a concealer like this was always in it. Now I just have some essentials in my purse because I'm concerned about extreme heat or cold doing a number on my makeup if I leave them stowed in the car. Although the two have a same style brush tip, the Givenchy dispenses product by having you twist the bottom of the pen. The YSL one has a button that you click. Neither method dispenses quickly though. You twist or you click and then you wait. Otherwise, you'll dispense too much product which can get messy, not to mention wasteful.

Friday, June 8, 2018

All About Setting Powders

If you've ever tried to buy setting powder, you'll discover that there are literally hundreds of options out there now. In the decades that I've worn makeup, I've amassed a fair collection of powder products, loose or compact, many of which did not come up a favorite.

I'm partial to Laura Mercier on this issue. I think I've liked pretty much all the powders I've bought from the brand. The old Loose Setting Powder came in several shades and I still have a trickle of the old Ivory one that I used daily for a time. I've since switched to the Translucent Loose Setting Powder which you can buy in full size or as a mini, packaged with the Mini Velour Puff. I have a jar of the Universal Invisible Loose Setting Powder which has a different texture but also works well. I can't honestly say that they really go on invisibly for me though. It's powder. If you apply more than you should, it will leave a slight whiteness. For this reason, I actually wish they'd bring back the old powder, in Ivory, as that worked very well for me.