First Impression: Makeup

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I’m a woman of my word. I promised more of these posts and here I am delivering on that promise. I’ve had boxes of makeup thrust upon me over the last month or so. Well, perhaps thrust isn’t the correct word to use, considering the fact that I’m accepting these makeup items with open arms. Why don’t we rather say I was showered with new makeup during the months of April and May. If you’re interested in seeing full-length posts on any of these items then let me know and I’ll get right on that.

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Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in ‘Quickie’

I’m very intrigued by the naming process of Urban Decay products, which let’s be honest, are all on the sexy side of taboo. The Afterglow blush, for example, is described as the perfect flush, like the lingering effects of a romantic rendezvous. Oooh! This finely milled powder is super smooth and soft and applies like a zap, pop, boom of bright pink on your cheeks. This particular shade of pink (quickie) isn’t for the fainthearted. It’s a vivid pink with blue undertones and perfectly suits my pale skin. The blendability and soft texture are top notch and to be honest, I wouldn’t expect anything less from Urban Decay. These will sell for R390.

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The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation

This foundation offering from The Body Shop has hands down been my favourite foundation for the past month or two. As promised, the Fresh Nude foundation is lightweight and breathable, offering your skin a hydrating, fresh-faced finish. When the years start piling on and manifesting as extra lines, foundations that offer you a chance to appear fresh-faced again become that much more desirable. If your complexion is dry and lacking lustre then this light-to-medium coverage foundation is ideal for your skin type. Your skin will appear to glow from within and then after a few hours of wear, your skin will actually start to glow, with oil, that is. This offers you a dewy finish that settles into just plain oily as the day passes by. However, a puff of powder will sort that out and keep unsightly oiliness at bay. With that being said, I’m sure it’s clear that you should avoid this foundation if your skin is already on the Exxon Valdez side of things.  R275 at The Body Shop

L’Oréal Brow Artist Sculpt

I’ve discussed eyebrow grooming products on the blog before, but it comes as no shock that I’ve never spoken about my absolute inexperience when it comes to these products. I’ve always been proud of my eyebrows. We all have a favourite facial feature and for me, that feature is my perfectly arched eyebrows. But instead of accentuating them like one might do with a wonder bra (hey! we all need a bit of help), I insisted on allowing them to live their best au natural life. Big mistake. Big. Huge. I wasted so many good eyebrow years. A great eyebrow product will fill in any sparse hairs, darken your brow hairs if need be and shape them into well-groomed submission. The L’Oréal Brow Artist has incredible staying power. This gel sticks to my eyebrows like glue. But let’s move onto the negatives. The formula is quite wet and the wand is confusing, to say the least. There’s both a sponge applicator as well as a brush applicator. I understand the intended purpose for each ‘tool’, but the shape, size and positioning makes the whole thing a bit awkward and messy. The sponge tip isn’t small enough to achieve a precise look.

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Revlon ColorStay Pressed Powder

If you rewind time by 17 years you’ll be faced with a 15-year old Chicara wearing Revlon ColorStay foundation. It was my go-to foundation choice for multiple years, but for some reason, I never tried their powder. It’s not that I don’t wear powder, it’s just that I never thought of using the specific one from Revlon. I blame it on the fact that I’m constantly bombarded with tons of different brands and different products. I was recently sent a Revlon press drop containing their ColorStay pressed powder and needless to say I was hooked the second I opened up the compact. I’m almost certain (let’s say 80% certain) that this silky powder is formulated with skin-perfecting unicorn tears. I find that even if I’ve botched my foundation application for the day (this happens more often then I’d like to admit), I’m still able to ‘rescue’ my makeup with a touch of this ultra-fine powder. It doesn’t cake or crack and completely smoothes out your skin, which is basically a magic trick for a 32-year old. This is officially my new favourite setting powder and don’t dare try to take it away from me. R199 at Clicks

May 25, 2016 • By