Buying and testing out new makeup is legitimately one of my favourite things in life, and as I do so, I like to share these thoughts and new purchases with you guys here on emilyloula. Recently, I seemed to have been popping into shops for one thing, but picking up a couple of extras up whilst I’m there. So I thought I would round these new makeup products up, and let you guys know what my first impressions of them are.
Seventeen | Stay Time Foundation > £6.49
Maybelline | Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation > £5.99
Bourjois | Radiance Reveal Concealer > £7.99
First up, is Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation. You may have seen my tweet a few weeks back, when I realised that these foundations were scanning at the till in ASDA for £1 each, instead of £5.99 – absolute bargain! Because of this I had to grab 5, obviously. I picked up the shade 115 – Ivory, which is the lightest shade available, and is actually slightly too dark for me. It’s just about wearable with a lot of blending, but for this reason I wouldn’t exactly recommend it for those of you that can only just get away with the lightest shade of drugstore foundations. I have to be completely honest and say that as first impressions go, I’m not too impressed. This foundation is really quite runny and thin, the tube doesn’t state the coverage level but I would say it’s really quite sheer. This doesn’t cover any of my blemishes, and my redness on my cheeks can still easily be seen when I’m wearing this. I’m going to give it a few more tries, and change my application technique, but so far I don’t think it’s going to be one for me.
Another absolute bargain I managed to pick up recently was this Seventeen Stay Time Foundation in Porcelain . I saw a post on hotukdeals (my favourite site EVER), stating that if you bought 3 of these foundations, there would be a price glitch at Boots. So all in all, I managed to order three of these foundations, and get a nail varnish for £1.24 in total – amazing, I LOVE a good glitch! So far, I’m absolutely loving this foundation, so much so that I really wish I had picked it up sooner. It’s a much thicker consistency than the Maybelline one above, with a higher coverage, and the shade is a lot better suited to my pale skin tone, so I definitely prefer this one out of the two. Although I haven’t tested this for a full day yet, I wore it in the afternoon to late evening recently and it still looked the same at the end of the night as it did when I applied it earlier. I’m very impressed with this one so far!
The last base product that has been added into my collection recently is the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer which I had been eye’ing up for ages, after reading countless great reviews online. I ordered the lightest shad, 01 – Ivory, which again is a much better match to my skin than the Maybelline foundation. This is described as a light enhancing concealer that concealers dark circles and imperfections, whilst smoothing and hydrating for 24 hours, and I couldn’t agree more. I love using this under my eyes, as it really does conceal my dark circles, and since it’s hydrating I find it doesn’t crease throughout the day. Another product I’m really happy with so far, and I would definitely agree with all of those positive reviews I read – glad I picked this one up!
Benefit | Hoola Zero Tan Lines Body Bronzer > £19.50
Last week, I popped into Benefit inside Debenhams, to get my eyebrows tined and waxed. I absolutely love the girls in there, and how my eyebrows turn out every month – I really wouldn’t go anywhere else! Whilst I was waiting for the tint to develop, the lovely lady doing my treatment started to show me their newer Hoola releases. She insisted that I tried out the new Zero Tan Lines Body Bronzer, and since I was sat there anyway, I let her test it out on my arms. Straight away, I loved how natural this looked on my arm, and the difference compared to my natural, pasty arm was really noticeable, so I bought it there and then. I was impressed at how easy this is to apply, as the application sponge is attached to the bottom of the tube – you simply put a small amount of product directly onto that, and apply in circular motions, buffing it into the skin. This technically isn’t a fake tan, it’s a body bronzer, so whilst it is transfer resistant and streak free, it can also be removed in the shower at the end of the day. The Hoola Body Bronzer doesn’t smell weird like fake tan either, it’s actually smells quite pleasant, and once it’s dried, there’s also no sticky or tacky feeling to the skin. This is another product that I’m really impressed with, and I would imagine I’ll be getting a lot of use of in the up and coming months.
KIKO | Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick > £10.90
Maybelline | Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick > £6.99
If you’re a regular reader here on emilyloula, I’m sure that you’ll already be aware how much I love KIKO as a brand. I had seen online that they had released a new line of lipsticks – the Velvet Passion Matte Lipsticks, so when I popped into town to get my eyebrows done, I couldn’t resist a nosey into the KIKO store. After a lot of swatching and deliberation I actually only left the store with one lipstick – which is seriously impressive for me. I picked up the shade 316 – Vintage Rose which as the name suggests, is a beautiful muted rose shade. This is quite a creamy matte, and sits really nicely on my lips, without drying them or settling into any fine lines. As with anything from KIKO, I’m a big fan of the packaging – isn’t it gorgeous?! I’m hoping they bring out some more shades in this line, as none of the others in store caught my eye – but as the formula goes, I’m absolutely loving it!
I had seen a lot of reviews and blog posts featuring the new Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Lipsticks, so when I was picking a few bits up from Superdrug, I couldn’t resist bringing one home with me. I chose the shade 05 – Nude Flush which is much more of a pink, than a nude. When applied to my lips, this actually looks like quite a bright pink and not a nude at all, but I do have very pigmented lips, so it could just be me. I wouldn’t describe this as a matte lipstick either, more of a semi matte or satin, as it never fully dries down, a trait I have come to expect from liquid matte lipsticks. Because these don’t fully dry, it does mean that they aren’t transfer proof and the wear time isn’t much longer than 3 or 4 hours. However, this again, this is another lipstick that sits really nicely on my lips, it’s not drying, nor does it accentuate any dry patches or settle into fine lines – the formula is actually really lovely. So, if you’re looking for a matte(ish) liquid lipstick, that doesn’t need to last all day, I would say definitely have a look into these, but if you’re more like me, and prefer a fully matte, that doesn’t budge at all, I’d say skip these and opt for NYX’s Lip Lingerie, or ColourPop’s Liquid Mattes or Satins.
What do you think of the makeup I picked up recently? Have you tried any of these makeup items yourself? As always, I’d love to have a read of your thoughts in the comments and thank you so much for reading!