A continuation of Purge Pile #1 and my ongoing attempts to declutter my stash because the situation is totally out of hand! Today, these things have to go…
Let’s start with some brushes, listed left to right.
Makeup Geek – Angled Contour Brush*, Foundation Stippling Brush*, Face Buffer Brush*
I adore Makeup Geek cosmetics (brand overview here) but the brushes are a miss for me: the Angled Contour is a bit scratchy, the Foundation Stippling is a flat top (I’ve never met a flat top buffing brush that I like) and the Face Buffer brush is so dense that it almost wipes foundation off my face.
They’re inexpensive but the market is now saturated with fabulous and affordable synthetic brushes (It Cosmetics are amazing, Zoeva are brilliant), the Makeup Geek synthetic fibre falls short for me – they’re not particularly soft and my skin is too darn delicate.
Manicare – Artiste Highlighter Brush 53*
Manicare is an affordable Australian grooming brand and the Highlighter Brush is actually a wonderful shape but the fibres are wiry and I never reach for it. I think one of my less-than-makeup-obsessed friends would get good use out of it.
Real Techniques – Stippling Brush
Real Techniques makes some of my favourite workhorse brushes (the contour and buffing brushes are always in high rotation) but the Stippling Brush feels almost stabby on my face. Again, probably testament to fragility of my skin.
Tarte – Bamboo Contour Brush*
If you like a super-duper dense face brush, you may very well like the Bamboo Contour Brush, the fibres are relatively soft. Dense face brushes have never been my thing, they wear away at my foundation and my rosiness peaks through (IRKSOME).
Zoeva – 107 Powder Polish Brush
Lawl yet again, too large and dense for my preferences. For the record, I adore many of Zoeva’s synthetic options (the natural hair offerings are hit and miss).
Onto some makeups…
Shiseido – Sheer and Perfect Foundation in O20
Along the lines of those ‘new age’ volatile oil foundation formulas: super thin in consistency and settles to a matte finish. If you’re seeking a sheer coverage base with a matte finish, this fits the bill.
The shade O20 is a relatively cool yellow that matches me well when I’m a little lighter than NC20… during the winter…when my skin is dry. You catch my drift? I’ve selected a winter shade in a summer formula. Dumbass move.
Laura Mercier – Radiance Primer*
This stuff is packed with warm golden shimmer, which is problematic on two accounts: a) it makes my face look warmer than my olive-ish body and b) shimmer all over the face is a no-no for me, even in primer, I prefer to keep placement confined.
If you often mix shimmery luminisers into your foundation and you’re seeking extra warmth, this might tickle your pickle – I did find that it enhanced foundation longevity!
So… this is a spinoff of the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge. An array of silicone cups (every size and shape…seriously) that you suction over the lips. Aside from the fact that I felt like an idiot and it kinda hurt, it did make my lips look bigger for a few hours.
But I felt like an idiot and it kinda hurt. I think I’ll stick with the lipliner.
Have you tried any of these products? Did they work for you?
* Denotes products sent for consideration. I’m always honest, clearly.