Time for another favourite things post! I love these.
Today I'll do mini-reviews of five items that have become Old Faithfuls—five things I'd really rather not be without. I'll try not to think about the fact that two are limited edition. Nope. Denial is good.
My colour is 20 - Ivory, which, according to Temptalia's foundation matrix, is roughly equivalent to MAC NW20. (Sometimes I'm NW20—for example, with Studio Finish Concealer—and sometimes NW20 is too dark). As a fair woman with fairly neutral skin, it's tough finding a colour that doesn't make me look like an Oompa-Loompa. This colour is perfect—not too yellow, not too orange.
I quite like the formula—it's creamy and easy to apply and blend. I find the time it takes to set is just right—I have plenty of time to apply, blend, and buff, and when I'm done, the finish isn't tacky. I stipple it on with the Real Techniques stippling brush (now available at London Drugs in Canada—woo!) and blend a little. I find the brush isn't dense enough to get rid of all the streaks and really buff the product into the skin, so I finish with a Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Top Multipurpose Brush. Together, they still cost less than a MAC foundation brush—ha!
It keeps skin quite matte (it is called Mat Velvet +, after all), so if you have normal or dry-ish skin, you could get away without a powder—the finish would look quite natural. I have normal to combination skin—my nose gets shiny—so I powder with a Kabuki brush, and I find I need a slight touch-up with some pressed powder after five or six hours.
I'd call the coverage medium—but you could definitely apply less for sheerer coverage and build it fore more coverage.
Here's a really quick look:
Here it is blended just a little. (I know it looks a little light—my face is generally lighter than my hands!)
The packaging is great—it's plastic (durable) and opaque (the sun would damage the formula in a transparent bottle). It also allows me to squeeze exactly the right amount out of a small opening. I hate pumps—they waste product.
I've sampled other foundations, and none come close. Lancome's Teint Idole in Ivoire had great colour, lasted well, and looked amazing, but it was too expensive ($50 for 30 ml), the packaging was too fussy (glass), and, worst of all, it contained the Big Bad Alcohol. If you read Beautypedia, you know alcohol just isn't worth it.
MAC foundations are only slightly better—the formula, packaging, and price are superior, but the colours generally don't work for me, and the ones I've tried smell of paint. Yuck.
2) MAC eyeshadow in Warming Trend (LE—no longer available)
This limited-edition shadow is from
an old collection called Cool Heat. I discovered it when I was searching for a
dupe for my beloved Jaunty and bought it on eBay. I liked it so much I bought
another after hitting pan! Worth the extra cash.
It's a Veluxe Pearl finish, which many say is one of MAC's better formulas. It's described as a light taupe, but I'd say it's a very light, gold-ish brown.
Here's a swatch:
I love it for sweeping over the lid when I'm in a hurry or blending out darker colours. It's beautiful. The texture is soft and buttery, and, applied over Paint Pot, it lasts all day without moving or creasing.
3) MAC eyeshadow in Glimpse of Flesh (LE—$18)
This colour is a recent, accidental discovery—and a lucky one. I had an appointment at the MAC Pro store on Robson to have my makeup done on the day of the Baking Beauties release, and the artist brought this out to blend with Eclair. It's part of the Pro-only Nudes and Metallics collection, and it sold out quickly—so I'm glad I nabbed this quickly. It's a beautiful, light pinky-peach nude with soft satin finish. It works swept over the lid for a work look, but so far, I prefer it blended into the crease with a darker brown shadow on the lid. It blends wonderfully (it's a Pro collection—it should!) and lasts all day. My only regret is that I didn't get my hands on any of the other colours from the collection.
Here's a swatch:
4) MAC Sculpting Powder Pro Palette in Sculpt (PRO—$19.50)
This is cheekbones in a pan. It works far better than a bronzer, in my opinion—even a matte bronzer. There is, of course, no shimmer—that would defeat the purpose of contouring, which is to create the illusion of shadow. The colour is also right on—it's a cool brown colour (not warm, like most bronzers and blushers) that's nearly perfect for contouring my face. I apply it with a MAC 168 brush.
Here's a swatch:
The texture is great, the lasting power is good, and the price is right—only $19.50 for 6 grams. There are only two catches: One, it comes only in a refill pan, so you need a magnetized pallette to store and protect it. Two, it's a Pro product, so you can buy it only online or at Pro stores. But it's worth the hunt. Trust me.
I discovered the wonders of buffing in my foundation with a soft, dense brush just a couple of years ago. It was life-changing. I took the leap with this brush figuring the same technology would work wonders under my eyes, where concealer is prone to creasing.
This little beauty didn't disappoint.
It's wonderfully dense and soft, and I find it large enough to be efficient by covering a lot of area, but small enough to get into the nooks and crannies. It's fabulous for buffing concealer into the skin my eyes so that it covers, but looks natural and not cakey. I set the concealer with some powder, and I'm good for the day.
It comes with a brush protector, which is great for travel. The only downsides are the price and the length: It's a bit steep at $29, but I think it's worth it. No shedding and no bleeding, even with regular washing. The handle is also a bit long—but given I don't need to get too close to the mirror to buff concealer in, it doesn't bother me very much at all.
What do you think of this volume of My Favourite Things? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments below!
Disclosure: These products were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.