15 April 2015

These are the 3 new makeup items I've been playing with for the past few days and I figured it deserves a first impression kind of post.

The recent Priceline sale got me a new foundation and a new blush while the K-palette eyebrow liner has been in my drawers for months.

So let's get crackin', first up, the foundation!

L'Oreal True Match Foundation - it's not new but it's new to me and here are my first impressions:

1) I could have gone with a much warmer shade than the Honey (N6) but as evident to the lack of shades we normally get here in 'Straya (drugstore range), I couldn't get anything darker (or more golden) than N6.

2) Wrong shade aside, the formula of this foundation is amazing. It blended well using my fingers and Real Techniques sponge.

3) I can say it's satin finish - well it's not matte and it's not dewy so does that make it satin? Let's just say it looks very natural, almost skin like.

4) It sets nicely on the skin so if you've got normal to dry skin, I can imagine skipping a setting powder.

5) The shine comes out to play roughly after 4-5hrs but nothing that a powder can't fix.

I have been lightly dusting my NARS Laguna bronzer all over my face just to get that warmth I need. I think it should be a pretty close colour match in winter (here's hoping!).

It's a decent foundation for someone on the budget. I can honestly compare this to Urban Decay Naked Foundation because it's lightweight on the skin, it gives you that naked / natural finish and runny consistency which makes it easy to blend. My only complain is that not enough colour selection for the darker skin tone.

Luma by Jess Hart Powder blush (Dusty Rose) - this was definitely bought on the whim. After months of hesitation, I gave in. It's the power of a 40% sale I tell you!

First Impression:

1) The blush itself look massive.

2) Pigmentation is good and there's a good balance of sheen and colour on your cheeks.

3) While it says Dusty Rose, it doesn't look rosy on my cheeks, it looks more pinky-coral.

If I am being honest, there's nothing unique about this blush. You can find a dupe elsewhere. If you're a makeup hoarder like me then you probably have a similar shade in your stash. Two things I am happy about are, first, it's an Australian product/brand and second, it's cruelty free. 

K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner - I've had this eyebrow liner for almost a year and only recently (3 days ago) did I figure out how to properly use it. And I call myself a beauty enthusiast right?! pffttt

What you need to know:

There are 2 applicators in this product, one on each end. One being the felt tip applicator where you get the liner product in a wet consistency and the other is a sponge tip applicator where you get some shadow in a very waxy consistency. 

My first impression on initial use was a sigh of disappointment. I couldn't work out the felt tip applicator. My brows looked mangled or way too thick. My hand coordination was off as I am used to more sturdy brushes and a pencil.

So 11 months after initial use, here's what I learned:

1) Your brows need to be clean and nicely shaped. Drawing process is going to be easier.

2) When you use the felt tip applicator, you need tiny brush strokes as if you're drawing hair.

3) You need a light-hand too to have more control as the felt tip is very flimsy. I normally do brush strokes at the beginning of my brows for a light shade and I outline and fill in the rest.

I am still no way a pro but let's just say I leave my home with 2 almost identical eyebrows compared to one angry and the other way too surprised when I initially used this product.

Hope you are having a good week!!

I'll speak to you soon xx

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