Sometimes you win, sometimes your blog holiday break turns into a 2-month hiatus. What can one do?
I was away on actual holiday for a week during this time, and as is my habit by now I packed mostly new toiletries and makeup to test while I don’t have the option of falling back on my old favourites. It turned out to be quite a bit of products, so I’m splitting it into two posts – today I’ll report back on the makeup products that went on holiday with me.
I tested a few new lipstick formulas and I surprised myself by liking all of them. Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid, R110, has a luxurious velvety texture that doesn’t dry completely, so if you want zero transfer you’ll have to blot with a tissue. Once you’ve done that it sticks around for hours. I particularly like shade 50 Nude Thrill – it’s a slightly warmer/more peach toned nude than I usually wear.
Max Factory Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipstick, R169 (Clicks) has been lying in my to-test basket for months now and whaddya know, turns out it’s a perfect all-rounder. It has a satin/cream finish that you don’t feel at all – so much so that I was very surprised to see colour on my lips in a bathroom mirror half a day later. It lasts really well and would be great for anyone who wants something that lasts, but doesn’t like the feel of matte lipstick. My favourite shade is 50 Just Alluring – a perfect fuchsia.
For foundation I tried out Revlon Colorstay Makeup for Normal/Dry skin, R299. I was VERY pleasantly surprised with how light the formula is, and that it truly isn’t drying or mattifying at all. It’s miles away from the Colorstay formulas I used years ago – there’s no hint of the cakeyness that I remember so very well. The coverage is medium at most, although I’m sure you can build it up if you work at it.
I also used YSL Touche Eclat, R600, for the first time in forever, and I’m so happy to have this gem back in my life. If you’re not familiar, it’s a highlighter-concealer hybrid that just lights up your face. Particularly great for under eyes and worth every cent – I’ve tried countless alternatives but not one comes close.
On my cheeks I used Maybelline Face Studio Master Blush, R99. There are some great colours in the range, my favourites being 70 Rose Madison (satin/matte) and 90 Coral Fever (shimmer). The colour picks up well with a brush (sometimes an issue with budget blushes) and it blends very easily – the shimmer finishes have suprisingly buttery textures.
I tried out the 3ina The Highlighter in shade 201 (not too sure about the price but I think it’s R200, and you can get it from the 3ina store in Eastgate Mall) and at first I wasn’t impressed at all. I used it a few more times and soon realised that it’s actually a very sophisticated formula. There’s not a chunk in sight on application, and the effect is a mirror-like polished sheen. It seems a little tightly pressed so not a lot of product picks up at a time, which means you’ll have to really use elbow grease if you want to shine bright like a diamond. A good option if you’re averse to super shimmery products.
On my eyes I tested a few things, the first being NYX Photofocus Eyeshadow Primer, R129 (Clicks). It does a decent job of preventing creases and keeping your eyeshadow in place, so I’m happy to have a drugstore alternative to my trusty Smashbox 24hr Eye Primer.
I also used MAC Superslick Liquid Eyeliner, R280, for the first time and I’m so impressed – the applicator is firm but slightly flexible, and the liquid is black as the night. I could create a very thin line with the fine tip, and it’s become one of my favourite liquid liners.
I also used Wet n Wild Max Fanatic Cat Eye Mascara, R129 (Clicks) and I’m a little underwhelmed with it. It’s not terrible – I’m still using it a month later – but I don’t find it overly impressive either. I see it as a decent everyday all-rounder that separates lashes well and has a nice fan effect, but I didn’t experience it to be very volumising or lengthening.
Lastly I used two new makeup brushes. For foundation I’ve been using the Urban Decay F105 Optical Blurring Brush, R500 (UD stores in Sandton or Eastgate, or Foschini online) and it’s pretty great. It’s very good for buffing your foundation until your skin looks smooth as silk, and I find the shape of the handle very comfortable. At the price point I would struggle to choose between this brush and the Sigma F80.
I also started using this Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Brush and it’s an absolute winner. It cost me less than R30 if I remember correctly and I have no idea if that’s the actual name because I can’t find it anywhere online now. Even though it’s the largest of all my eyeshadow brushes, it’s fantastic for crease work – it’s just the right balance of fluffy and firm.
I also tried a contouring product, but I’ll add that to a post on budget contouring products that will be live in a couple of weeks. Have you tried anything new lately that impressed you?