I've been pretty good at not buying many new products this year but over the past few weeks, I've made a few purchases, which I want to share with you today along with some first impressions. Spoiler alert, nothing has disappointed me!
Inglot x Terrie McEvoy Beautiful Adventure Palette: I'm an eyeshadow palette addict but earlier in the year, I decided that enough was enough and I had to stop buying them as I just had so many! I lasted 6 months, which is pretty amazing and although there have been some palette releases that tempted me, I resisted.... until now. I had seen Terrie tease this palette (and collection) on her Instagram and loved the looks she created. It was actually released in May and it took a good 6/7 weeks before I succumbed and made the purchase. It's a limited edition palette but that's not the only reason I bought it. I love the shade selection - it's quite different from most of my other palettes and the tan shade alone makes it worth the purchase because it looks great when worn alone but will also blend any other shadows to create an effortless look. The pigmentation is perfect and the formula is beautiful - smooth, soft and easy to work with. I'm glad I made the purchase - back to the palette ban again for the rest of the year!
Huda Beauty Tantour: I recently finished a YSL cream bronzer, which I loved but is now discontinued. I didn't necessarily have to replace it as I have another cream bronzer but I wanted one of these since they launched. I chose the shade Light, which is pretty deep in the pan but isn't as scary on the face, thankfully. I don't actually 'contour' my skin but I do like to add definition and warmth and this product does just that. It's very easy to blend (using a brush or sponge) and works well both under and over foundation - I don't find that it disturbs my base. Overall, this gets a big thumbs up from me.
Natasha Denona Tan Palette: Finally, Natasha Denona got a powder contour formula right! I previously bought an individual contour powder from the brand, which had zero pigment (see post here). They subsequently replaced it and the pigmentation was much better, which gave me the confidence to buy her Sculpt & Glow Palette but the contour powder in that was also a disappointment (post here). When this Tan palette was released, I initially decided not to buy it, assuming the bronzer would be a dud but then I read some great reviews and saw swatches so I decided to take the plunge and make the purchase. I am soooo glad that I did because this palette is a beauty. I already knew that I would love the highlighters because I am a huge fan of the individuals that I have. The shade selection works in perfect harmony with each other and the highlighters (cream and powder) layer well together. Technically, there are three highlighters and one bronzer/contour powder but they will all work well as eyeshadows and, possibly, blush toppers too. I'm delighted with this purchase.
Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder (mini): This has been on my 'to buy' list for the longest time so I finally decided to make the purchase and went for the mini. I love that Hourglass sell minis of most of their products, as full sizes are pretty pricey. Powders can be very hit & miss for me because I have very dry skin but this is a definite hit. It is very finely milled, so much so, it is undetectable on the skin and gives a soft focus look, blurring pores and the appearance of fine lines. I don't find that it settles into any of my drier areas and it doesn't disappear after a few hours. It just gives the skin a very polished look. I can see myself buying a full size when I finish this mini.
BECCA Glow Silk Highlighting Drops: I certainly didn't need another highlighting product but I couldn't resist buying these drops because they contain concentrated pearls of Champagne Pop, which is one of my all-time favourite highlighters. I love a liquid or cream highlighter because they work so well with my dry skin. Just a few drops bring my face to life and I have also added a few drops to body lotion to wear along my collar bone. I initially thought that 11ml was a very tight amount, given he price but they will last a looooong time because a little goes a long way.
It's not a huge 'haul' but I love these five products and all will be used completely because they work so well for me and suit my skin tone and type. I don't regret breaking my self-imposed palette ban and know that these products will be part of my regular beauty routine for the foreseeable.
What have you been buying recently? I'd love to hear!
Thanks for reading!