It’s been a while since I did a beauty bets write-up. See, my makeup is pretty borderline basic and I’m the type where if I find something that works for me, I’ll keep using it over and over. That’s why in this ’empties episode’ you’ll find that I have two or three items of the same product to show that I’ve been loyal to them for some time now. I’ve dipped my toes in a few trials and errors and it’s nice whenever I find something awesome along the way. If you like any of these products or do have some of your own ‘holy grails’ of makeup staples, let me know in the comments section.
L’Oreal Infalliable 24H Matte, #24 Golden Beige
I am now on my fourth bottle of this product and I am hooked! Janelle wrote about this like three years ago, but it was only earlier this year that I tried it myself. I was at a Centrepoint sale a few months back when they had their Buy 1 Get 1 Promo and actually, it was by chance that I got this particular shade because I initially thought it was a bit too dark for me but since it was the only available shade left, I figured might as well try. Before this I was a loyal Fenty Beauty user with having three empty bottles of their Pro Filtr Soft Matte, starting with the shade 190 and finally a 210. However, now that I found this shade from L’Oreal, I realized it’s much closer to my skin tone.
The feel of the foundation is less watery than the Fenty formula and the coverage is pretty darn good. As for the claim of 24-hour matte-ness, let’s be real — who wears foundation for 24 hours anyway? It does work well for me throughout my 10-hour work day and the rest of my foundation does stay intact. Except for my T-zone, which is eternally oily anyway so after about 4 hours of wear, that area of my face starts to simmer with my face fats (haha). Hello, oil blotting paper!
Makeup Revolution’s Conceal and Define Concealer
Since hearing about this concealer from my favorite Youtube personality and makeup guru, Jeffree Star who swears by it, I went out and bought my first shade in C10. However, I noticed that that shade wasn’t any lighter than my foundation (L’Oreal Infalliable, shade #24) but I still ended up emptying it first before buying a new one.
For the second tube, I got the shade C5, thinking that it would be a more appropriate concealer shade. When I tried it on though, it came off as too light so I ended up blending over it with the foundation until I finished the tube. For my third one, I felt like Goldilocks who finally found the shade that’s just right with shade C8. Across the board, all concealers were creamy, its pigmentation was evident on the skin and left little to no creasing on my under eyes. The price point of 46 SAR is reasonable enough for me for a product that will last me for over a month.
Laura Mercier’s Transluscent Powder
Hailed as the holy grail of all setting powders, I too, have been sucked into the flawless finish universe from one Ms. Laura Mercier. It also happens to be the most expensive beauty item that I have no qualms on splurging on priced at 184 SAR — and I am on my third canister for the last 12 months. Huge pores? Fine lines? We don’t know her!
The formula for this powder is denser than most and it delivers a beautiful matte finish to the skin throughout the day. I love how lightweight it is and how it never ever makes my face look cakey. It’s a luxury item, yes. But if it’s the price I need to pay to look flawless, then so be it. Char!
Wet n Wild’s MegaGlo Contouring Palette
I used to use cream sticks for contouring but when I discovered powdered palettes, I never went back. This drugstore contouring palette has also become a staple in my routine. As I bake with the Laura Mercier powder, I start dabbing on the dark side of this palette to warm up my cheeks, forehead and chin area. The shade fits into my color scheme well and the price point doesn’t break the bank at 45 SAR. I am also on my third one now but only because I dropped the second one and it ended up smashing the pressed powder into a hundred little pieces. Sorry I wasn’t able to take a pic of it but here is what it looks like:
MAC’s Prep+Prime Fix+ Matte Setting Spray
The foundation is on…we are concealed, we are baked, we are contoured, now it’s time to SET! I am now on my fourth bottle in the last 12 months…and Janelle thinks I am drinking them or something because it seems insane to be finishing off this much product at such a fast rate. Maybe because I am such a Jeffree Star troll that I emulate him spritzing it all over his face every ten minutes. lt locks my entire base in for the whole day and I almost never have to retouch at all.
That’s it for my beauty empties! I can now finally throw these containers away. ;P Until the next one.