There were a lot of amazing makeup options to choose from in June. Between IMATS and generally just being a gleeful little shopper (oops), I had a lot of beautiful things to enjoy. For you all, I whittled it down to five essentials (clockwise from the left):
I picked this foundation up at IMATS Vancouver. I don't think it's available in store just yet (sorry!), but I promise it will be worth the wait. This foundation (I have the shade R210—the R stands for red) has quickly become my favourite; I've reached for it nearly every day since I got it. I can't compare it to the original HD foundation (I don't have it), but suffice it to say that it delivers medium, buildable coverage (one pump is enough for me), it lasts well even in Vancouver's humid heat (note that I typically use a Step 1 primer), and—my favourite part—the finish is beautiful. I know all foundations are supposed to look like skin but better, but this foundation really does! It looks natural and flawless with just the right amount of luminosity for me. You need to try it.
I may have a problem, my lovelies. I now own five of Clinique's stunning Cheek Pop blushes (Plum, Berry, Pansy, Pink and Heather Pop). In addition to being ridiculously pretty (who can resist that daisy?), convenient (it's easy to see the colour you want) and compact, Cheep Pop may be my favourite blush formula ever. It's not the most pigmented blush, it's true, but that makes it foolproof. I can pop it (ha!) on in the mornings without thinking too hard, and I can build the colour if I wish. The best part is the finish—it's a powder, but it has the glowy-but-not-too-shimmery finish of a cream. It's SO beautiful and flattering, and I think it would work for any skin type. Heather may look a little boring in the pan, but its mauvey, pinky goodness looks gorgeous and completely natural. It goes with almost anything, and I love it.
NARS Deep Throat is Orgasm's peachier, less shimmery cousin. I know I'm a little late to the party; Deep Throat has been around forever. But my word. I love this blush—more than I ever thought I'd love something with a peachy-ish tone (I have pinky skin, so blush can look "wrong" if it's too warm). I've reached for it more than any other this month. It's pigmented, lasts the day, looks beautiful and natural, and goes with absolutely everything. I went redhead recently, which made me a little less confident wearing my typical pink blushes. I love the rosy-cheeked, doll-like look, but the bold pink cheeks just didn't seem right with my fiery red locks (they've since been toned down—long story). An artist at the NARS counter tried Deep Throat on me with a bold navy smoky eye, and I was hooked. I haven't looked back.
Charlotte Tilbury. Oh, man. I haven't been as excited about a launch in a very long time. I have to say I'm a little disappointed with my Dolce Vita Palette (fallout and average pigmentation for a whopping $70 all said and done—sigh), but my Eyes to Mesmerise shadows are a different matter entirely. They're soft, they blend and last well, and a little tiny bit goes a LONG way. But the most important thing: They are so beautiful. I have both Mona Lisa (taupe) and Bette (gold), and Bette has been my go-to this month. It's the perfect wash of shimmery brownish-gold that just looks….mesmerizing! What can I say? Quick tip: After much trial and error, I've found the best way to apply this is with my finger. I blend the edges with a synthetic eyeshadow brush.
Let me just start by saying that the price of Cream Color for Eyes—in the neighbourhood of $60—is absurd. Ridiculous. I don't know what came over me, but after reading the reviews, I just had to have Tom Ford's Naked Bronze duo. It was sold out (sob!), but this single shadow, Spice, is exactly the same as the cream shadow in the duo. It's the most beautiful, rich bronze colour in existence (at least for today!), so I let myself cave and approach the Tom Ford counter at Holts just this once. Worth it. It's a keepsake. And a stunner. Consistency-wise, Tom Ford's Cream Color for Eyes is very much like the Charlotte Tilbury cream eyeshadow. It's very soft and creamy—worlds away from a MAC Paint Pot. Additionally, it's extremely pigmented, so start with the tiniest amount on your finger and build.
Here are a few swatches:
Have you tried any of these? What do you think? Let me know what your favourites were this month, or link to your posts below. I'd love to read them!
Disclosure: These products were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.