A few days ago I was going through some of my most visited articles and I've noticed that, surprisingly, my very first makeup related entry is one of them. Two years ago have past since that was uploaded and a lot has changed when it comes to my makeup tastes, so I figured it would be the right time to share my thoughts again on this topic. I picked some products that I consider pretty basic, from foundation, concealer to eyeshadow and I'll explain just why I'm getting along with them and why I recommend them. Have a nice read!
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
First things first, I have to mention that my complexion is very oily in the T Zone, and normal to dry in the rest of the areas. This foundation is my favorite from all that I've tested so far and works amazing with my skin, leaving a natural-looking matte finish. It doesn't feel heavy at all on the skin, it basically looks like it's not even there. It has medium to full coverage, it is buildable and it doesn't get cakey. Usually on the days when I have courses I just apply foundation and concealer and simply set them with powder and I swear it blurs the imperfections away at the most accurate level - not too little, not too much - and makes the skin look fresher. However, it doesn't offer much luminosity so if you're looking for a foundation which does that, this might not be the one for you.
I always use this foundation with a primer (Pore Minimizing from Benefit is my latest crush) and it lasts me flawlessly up to 8 hours, afterwards I start getting very oily and there's nothing I can do to save it anymore. That might not sound like a lot, but for me it is just about the right amount because after 10 hours of wearing makeup my skin feels very dirty and I want to cleanse immediately. The number of hours also depends on what I do, sometimes it happens to be in a hurry and get sweaty just after I leave the house so it's obvious that the foundation won't look as good as it did at the beginning. It also ain't quite cheap, but considering its strengths and the fact that it is from a high-end brand I think the price is worth it.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer
I can't even remember what concealer I was using before I've discovered this one, because ever since I did, I never went back. It's full coverage and it doesn't crease. I sometimes only wear it on the under eye area and it brightens up my hole face. I haven't exactly tried it with a lot of foundations, but I can tell you that it performs well with the Too Faced one. I own two shades, Y23 and R20, because I couldn't find the perfect match, so this might be the only downside. It's not that big of a deal tho, Y23 is closer to my complexion but not much lighter, while R20 is very fair, and if I don't use powder it can look ridiculous.
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Kit
Hands down the best face sculpting kit! The powders are pigmented, but not too pigmented (to the point where if you apply too much on the face it won’t blend out). And I gotta mention the smell, because it is heavenly!! It actually smells like cocoa and applying the powders is somehow weirdly satisfying. I have the kit in the shade light to medium and I mostly use the Medium Cocoa and the Light Cocoa. I like the other ones just as much, but the Dark Cocoa has a subtle orange undertone (nothing to be scared of whatsoever) and I apply it over the Medium shade when I'm looking for a more dramatic contour. The Pop of Light shade is a light powder with shimmer in it that looks a little glittery on the skin. It’s actually really beautiful and I find myself using it whenever I want a subtle highlighter, but I usually go for a more blinding one. Oh and I can’t comment on the buki brush because I’ve never used it. Not that I don’t like it, but I’ve already found my holy grail when it comes to contouring brushes so I never needed to get this tiny pretty one dirty.
Too Faced Brow Envy Kit
Speaking of holy grail cosmetics, I’ll probably never get bored of this brow kit. It's a pretty little box with everything that you need for shaping and defining the brows. It has two brow powders, one lighter, one darker, a highlighter to make the brows pop and a setting wax. Now besides the last one, I regularly use everything else. I don’t necessarily hate the setting wax but I find my NYX Control Freak clear brow gel much easier to use. The kit also contains a mirror, two cute little brushes, one for combing, one for the powders (I personally dislike this one) and a tweezers which comes in really handy especially when traveling.
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb
Back in the first year of Highschool, clear gloss was the only makeup that I was wearing and a it was also the first makeup product that I’ve ever bought. I stopped wearing it because it was too messy and sticky. Before I’ve moved to France over a month ago I had a sleepover at a friend’s where I used a gloss from one of them and rediscovered my love for it. Now the Fenty Beauty line launched just in time for my need to buy lip glosses and that is how I ended up with this one. There's not much to say about it, I don’t think it is out of this world, but it is a pretty gloss ,which looks much darker when you swatch it than it looks on the lips. Oh, and it smells so freaking good!! Lately I’ve made an obsession out of using it on top of liquid lipsticks, but I like it just as much by itself.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
This is good. This stuff is really good! And this bottle of mine is really empty so I need a new one asap. I’ve been using this setting spray for more than a year and a half now and it helps the makeup stay in place and not transfer. It also tempers my oily areas and at the same time hydrates the dryness (I am aware of how weird that sounds). It basically does everything a setting spray should do.
Naked Heat Palette by Urban Decay
Last but not least, this is my most recent purchase from all of the above. It is not a exactly the typical basic palette, more of a warm toned one, but I am really obsessed with the colors and I couldn’t not mention it. I would also like to apologize for being too lazy to swatch it but there are a lot of pictures with them on the internet. The packaging looks badass, it feels heavy and luxurious. The colors are highly pigmented, easy to blend and freaking stunning! I find them quite unique, but it’s not like I’ve played with a thousand eyeshadow palettes so this is very subjective. It’s also my first palette with a good brush that I actually use and like.