I’ve been trying a fair number of new products recently about which I’m having trouble gathering my thoughts. One day I’ll think something is fantastic, yet the next I’m not convinced. I go through this with a lot, if not most, of the products I test out. It’s kind of frustrating, kind of fun, and kind of encouraging all rolled in to one. Since there have been so many new products that I’ve been trying lately, I thought I would let you know what products I’m currently on the fence about and the reasons why.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation $44
This is a tricky decision because I really want to love this foundation. I don’t know why, but I want to love everything I try from Charlotte Tilbury. This foundation is actually more reasonably priced than I would have expected from her line and it’s really pretty close to many other brands from Sephora, which I don’t mind. I feel like it doesn’t initially settle into my pores, but it sets after maybe 5-10 minutes (which I actually like about it), but I’m not sure it looks as good once it’s set. I do love that I don’t get overly shiny – with or without powder – and it lasts like iron – again, with or without powder! The coverage is fantastic (meaning pretty much full coverage) without looking overdone, though you have to make sure to blend it well…again because it sets well. 🙂 It also builds nicely. If you don’t have an issue with larger pores, I think you’ll love this and I feel like you might like it a lot even with larger pores because I feel like it’s better than most.
I think I absolutely love this foundation. I’ve been testing it out with various primers, concealers and application methods to see how it works best. I haven’t decided on my preferred combination yet, which is making it difficult to determine if this foundation is as magical as I want it to be. At least for the moment, it’s falling into the favorite category, but it’s still smack dab in the deciding phase! 🙂
Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Peach & Pink $28 each
Peach: I feel like I have horrendous dark circles under my eyes. In reality I think it’s more the lighting in my bathroom and the unfortunate hollow under my eyes. Regardless, I have been using the Pixi Corrector in Brightening Peach for a long time now in hopes of remedying the issue. When I saw that Urban Decay released a Peach Corrector similar in formula to their concealer (which I love), I had to try it. So I’m putting it to the test and as far as canceling the darkness, it definitely surpasses the Pixi Corrector. I’m on the fence about whether it’s accentuating lines and texture still so I’m debating which is actually better, but the formula is every bit as good as the concealer and it is nicely pigmented, perfect for correcting bluish-purple tones.
Pink: Keeping with the dark under eyes, I’m also testing out the Pink Corrector which is intended for brightening. Perfect for shadows I presume, but using three products plus powder under my eyes troubles me on a few levels – too many products to purchase and apply, plus does it look heavy or accentuate lines? And of course, does it actually make a difference. That’s where I’m stuck with the Pink Corrector. Yes, it does brighten, but is it really making enough of a difference to justify all the product near my eyes? I’m definitely leaning towards no, but we’ll see!
By Terry Hyaluronic Hyda-Primer $61
First things first, this primer is expensive. I want to be certain it’s making a positive difference if I’m going to spend that much for a tube of primer. I tested it on my hand out of curiosity in a store one day and was impressed by the difference in appearance and texture, plus it seemed to last well unlike many others I’ve tried on my hand. I managed to find it with a $10 off offer on Beauty.com so I decided to try it. I’m still on the fence. It feels nice, but that’s not enough. I feel like it can blur my pores, but I’m not sure how well the effect lasts on the skin. I’m also wondering if it’s balling up a bit under foundation. Basically I can’t decide if this is any better or any different than any other blurring primer…at least appearance-wise. That’s probably a good sign it’s not worth the cash! But I’m not willing to give up…yet. 🙂
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara $26 (full size)
I received a sample of this with a Sephora order and I hate to say that I love it! I’m torn about Marc Jacobs Beauty for ethical (cruelty free) reasons. They don’t test on animals or sell in China and are separate from the fragrance company (the fragrances are sold in China). However, upon further inquiry, though they don’t test, they don’t require the same of their suppliers. That troubles me, but at least it’s a step in the right direction. But back to the mascara itself. It creates beautiful voluminized lashes that don’t clump and that look light and fluttery. Right up my alley! I’m not sure it’s any better than my beloved Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara though, and I would much prefer to support Too Faced and it’s vegan formula. I need to test them side by side, but I don’t think I currently have a fresh tube of the Too Faced. I will say that the Marc Jacobs brush is a bit thinner, though with a similar hourglass shape, and that makes it a bit easier to apply without getting mascara all over your eye lids.
Pinrose Eau de Parfum in “Merry Maker” $55
According to the Pinrose website, this scent is created from Top Notes of Nectarine, Grapefruit and Cassis, Mid Notes of Violet, Rose and Plum, and Base Notes of Musk, Moss and Tonka. They describe the “vibe” as, “Happy, Lovable, Cool.”
I like this scent, but to me it’s quite unisex and I’m not sure that’s my thing. I often smell it on my skin and think it’s cologne – albeit a beautiful one, but I’m just not sure it’s me. I would say it’s kind of a sharp fruit-based scent. I wouldn’t call it overly fruity or sweet in any way. It’s actually rather complex and I do really like it. It lasts well and isn’t too strong or too weak. Very well done, this one is just a question of personal preference. I know I like the two other fragrances I have from Pinrose better (“Tambourine Dreamer” and “Secret Genius”), but I’m not ready to throw in the towel with “Merry Maker” just yet!
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks $26
The formula of these lipsticks is intensely pigmented while still being comfortable. Actually, I think I just realized what the pigment reminds me of – the NARS Audacious Lipsticks, which I didn’t love. I found the NARS somewhat drying and uncomfortable, but these are quite comfortable and they actually wear really well! I think the high pigment must have something to do with it, but they don’t fade quickly like many other lipsticks. So far I think I like them, but I’m unsure about the shades. I currently have “Gingersnap” and “Sweet Cream.” I also tried “Sugarcane” which was a really horrifying pastel pink on me and that has already been returned. I have yet to see the entire line in person and the online pictures from Sephora are rarely true-to-life. I will say that I’m sad that the Luminous Crème Lipsticks were replaced with these. They’re quite different and I know the Luminous Crème formula was a bit of a cult favorite, so I wish they had just added to the Bite lineup instead of replacing the old. If I can find a shade of the Amuse Bouche Lipsticks that I love, then I think I’d be more impressed, but for now I’m still hanging out on the fence.
There are always more things creeping into my testing process, but for the moment these are the products I’m just not quite there yet. I’m leaning in a direction on some and completely up and down with others, but the opinions are forming and the testing continues! 🙂 I’ll do my best to keep you posted on what I decide is good and what I just don’t think is worth it. The life of a beauty junkie! Never satisfied with just using something. It has to jump through hoops, run a marathon, cook me dinner and then do it all over again! 🙂
Let me know, have you tried any of these products? What did you think?
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