I have four products that I want to discuss today - two of them I expected to love and the other two, I bought on a whim but didn't expect too much (Sephora minis in the aisle of doom makes it very easy to buy on a whim!). I've been pleasantly surprised by one and disappointed by another. Enough cryptic talk, let's get on with the speedy reviews!
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer: This is the first of the "bought on a whim" products. I previously bought Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum, which I love because it really suits my dry skin and creates the perfect base for my foundation as it really plumps my skin and softens any fine lines whilst also hydrating. I always assumed that Veil Mineral Primer was more suited to normal or combination skin and that it wouldn't be hydrating enough for my dry skin and because it is an expensive product, I wasn't willing to splash the cash on something that might not suit me. When I was in Sephora in May, I spotted a mini bottle for $19 so quickly threw it into my basket because for that price, it wasn't going to break the bank! I'm so glad that I did because I really love it. It has a light texture that glides beautifully over the skin creating a soft to touch, velvet base whilst minimising pores. It initially looks like it will leave a white cast on the skin but once it is rubbed in, the whiteness disappears. I can't say that it plumps or brightens the skin but I can say that any foundation that I have tried, applied beautifully - they all look smooth and don't highlight my visible pores in the cheek area. Only a small amount is required for each application so this mini tube will last a long time and I can see myself repurchasing when I eventually finish it. I have been so pleasantly surprised by this primer!
Make Up Forever Step 1 Equalizer - Hydrating Primer: This was another whim product bought from the aisle of doom in Sephora. When MUFE released a range of primers last year, I was intrigued by them and loved that there was so much choice: from smoothing to hydrating to mattifying and radiant (10 in total for all skin concerns). I picked up the hydrating primer because, like I previously said, my skin is dry. This primer has an extremely lightweight texture and it absorbs immediately, however whilst it may be hydrating, it simply isn't moisturising enough for my skin. My skin feels as though I haven't applied any primer so I really wish I had chosen the Nourishing Primer as I feel that this would work better for my skin. The Hydrating Primer would be better suited to combination skin or those with normal skin prone to dehydration patches. It just isn't for me.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer: What a ridiculously long name! I received this for my birthday two weeks ago and it is the first product that I have tried from IT Cosmetics (the brand is now available to buy from QVC in the UK & via the Parcel Motel in Ireland). I had heard only great things about this concealer so I was very excited to try it. When I squeezed some of the product out, I really didn't think I would like it because it has a very thick texture and I prefer to use light textured products under my eyes as I find that they don't crease. When I first used it, I hated it but I used too much so from trial and error, I have realised that a pin head sized amount of this product is enough to do both under eyes for me. There is absolutely no doubting the full coverage aspect of this concealer so if you have very dark circles, you need to try this. Although I love the full coverage aspect, I don't like to feel products on my face and I am aware of this due to its texture. I prefer bareMinerals Complete Coverage Serum Concealer as it gives full coverage but the texture is more suited to my dry skin. If you don't have dry skin or don't have to worry about fine lines around the eyes, and dark circles are your biggest concern then I would recommend trying this concealer, however if you prefer products that are more hydrating or quite light in texture then this probably isn't the product for you.
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush in the shade Snapdragon: This was on my Sephora wishlist before I went to Orlando and I snapped it up immediately but this is the biggest disappointment from my Sephora haul. It is not necessarily the product itself, I just wish I had chosen a different shade. The blush is very pigmented and very warm in tone - it is a very amped up version of Nars Deep Throat (a blush that I love) and I find that it is just too full on for me. I also don't find it to be as easy to blend as other blushes in my collection from Nars, Too Faced, Hourglass, MAC, theBalm - basically every other blush I've tried although I don't have this problem with the blushes in the Becca Champagne palette. Maybe if I liked the colour more, I would be happy to put in a little more effort because on the plus side, it is very long-lasting. I wish I had gone for Tigerlily but I wouldn't be too keen on buying another one given that this one hasn't worked out too well for me.
Have you tried any of these products and if so, what were your thoughts? What products have surprised or disappointed you recently? I'd love to hear in the comments below!
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