Tom Ford Lipstick ($70 CAD) in Spanish Pink
So I am relieved that I received a sample of this lipstick from Sephora before I could buy it, and would have seriously regretted it if I did. To me, this is JUST a lipstick – a regular creamy pigment that deposits colour on the lips. That’s it! I know people rave about this, say it expires quickly and the colours look expensive, but I really dont understand the hype. I’d pass a million times on this and find it does the exact same thing as my favorite drug store lippies do.
MAC Pigments ($26 CAD) in Aurora and Platinum
Which beauty influencer did not use a MAC pigment back in the day? From Jacklyn Hill’s infamous new years look a few years ago (using the shade on the right: Platinum) that I remember buying right after or Aurora released in a limited edition really any MAC pigment was on FIRE. These work (although the jars are crazy big), have beautiful shades and give you the intensity before wetting a makeup brush with MAC Fix + was a thing. OOOOOHHH the wayback playback on this ONE!
Suratt Beauty Artistique Blush in Grisaille – contour & Aureole – highlighter ($35 CAD)
When Surratt Beauty first launched in Sephora, I remember these being all the rage. I wanted to try the highlighter and contour shades from the brand, which is categorized under their blush formula but are noted separately as contour and highighters. I like the contour better than the highlighter, but find that both (while extremly soft) are not very pigmented. You can only build these up to a certain level of intensity and that’s it . For my natural makeup lovers out there, you might enjoy these but for me, they didnt really show up on the skin (or even on the swatch below).
Dermablend Loose Setting Powder ($33 CAD)
When a loose setting powder rivals the cult classic Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder, you know the YouTube world will be shook and that’s exactly what happened with this powder! While some actually preferred this to the Laura Mercier powder, I found it completely different. Laura Mercier errs more yellow while the Dermablend is more of a pure white. Depending on your skintone, you’ll get a different brightening effect but both set your makeup and leave a silk like finish behind. It was nice, and I preferred it more since the powder itself had a lighter texture (where I find the Laura powder can look quite cakey on me).
Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer ($11.99 CAD)
This concealer gets compared to Tarte SO often by SO many youtubers that I had to try and it out and actually agree! The coverage, finish and longevity is so similar at a fraction of the price. While the colour variation is horrible for the Maybelline concealers, the formula is incredible so I hope they get on it and expand the shades soon because mama needs her summer and winter SHADES.