Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rihanna Fenty Beauty

Fenty is here! This is the first makeup line I've ever seen to crash Sephora's website!  I purchased online at about 2am after a bout with insomnia but realized it was available in stores the next day. So I visited Sephora for some live swatches.  For those of you that are wondering about the shade match, I usually wear NC44 in MAC (NC42 in winter and NC45 in summer).  The shade I selected, 310 is closer to NC44.  330 is more golden and reminds me of NC45.   

The great thing about this foundation is that you are sure to find a match! It was beautiful seeing the array of foundation on display in store.  All 40 shades!  I could easily go up or down a shade to switch from winter to summer.  I actually found 3 shades that match me all lined up in a row. How cool is that?

The foundation is $34 which is great price for the quality of makeup.  It's matte, long-lasting, light weight and comes in a glass bottle with a pump.   
Shade 310

Here are some color comparisons of other foundations that I wear.  I swatched wet and dry to show that the foundation dries darker.

From left to right: Fenty, Revlon, NYX, LA Girl
 Fenty 310, Revlon colorstay combo/oily Golden Caramel, NYX total control drops in Golden, LA Girl Pro Coverage in Tan (oh my word this foundation never dries!)

Here's a closer view of Fenty 310

Video to see the products live!

I really like the foundation.  I've used it with and without primer and it looks about the same.  When I want to disguise my large pores I use a tiny bit of POREfessional over my nose only, then proceed with the foundation.  It lasts all day with a bit of shine peaking through at the end of the day (after about 8 hours). For reference I have combo/oily skin, with a very oily T-zone during the summer months.  This foundation was able to help control my oil.  I will probably have more oil appear during the warmer months, but this was okay to use during September with very little oil break through. 

I also picked up the killawatt freestyle highlighter.  I wanted Trophy Wife but I didn't think I would wear it very often so I choose Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby instead. It's a pretty peachy/golden shade.  I thought I could create more of a natural highlight with this shade.  The good thing about the highlighters is that they can also be used for eyes, shoulders or wherever you want to shine.  At $34 this is priced on the higher side, in my opinion.

Here's a look at the packaging. I like the stop sign design but honestly I dropped it once and broke the closing tab. 

The last item I picked up is the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer.  It was $18,  and as the name implies, a universal color for everyone.  I like the shade on me. It makes me look like I'm not trying very hard.   The packaging is nice but the shape of the bottle makes me feel like I'm not getting a lot of product, there's 9ml inside.  The gloss doesn't feel tacky or stick but only lasts about 2 hours on me.

Gloss worn in the picture above. 

There were several products I did not purchase and what seemed like an endless array of cheek products.  I was intrigued by the magnetic contour trio, Match Stix Trio, but could not find a good color match.  My favorite product from the line is the foundation.  It's long-lasting and matte without being cakey or heavy.  The price is great at $34 for 32 ml and a glass bottle.  The foundation looks great on and films/photographs beautifully.   I also like the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters but they are a bit expensive, in my opinion.  I'm an avid makeup brush lover but I skipped the cool shaped brushes this go around.  If there is anything I would re-purchase it would definitely be the foundation.  I was going to return shade 330 but I just may hang on to it for the summer months. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Palette I Swatches and Review

Hello beauties! Today I have the Just Peachy palette to share with you!

The palette is about 4 x 5 inches and has 12 shadows, all matte of course.  I like the size of the shadows.  They seem larger than what you normally get in a Too Faced palette.  Each shadow weighs about 1.25 grams.  

As far as texture I didn't notice a velvety matte feel, they just feel like regular matte shadows to me. What am I missing?  They are comfortable and they do not feel dry.  The apply smoothly with little patch-i-ness with the exception of the dark brown in the collection; chocolate dipped, which I could not get to work very well.   

Row 1: peach meringue, peach tea, peach cobbler, peach tarte

Row 2: peach butter, just peach, peach punch, just ripe

Row 3: peaches and cream, fresh  picked, peach sangria, chocolate dipped

The look I created with this palette.  Check out the video to see the palette in action.  

I was prepared to not like this palette just do to pricing alone.  $45 is a bit pricey for 12 shadows, in my opinion.  I'm accustomed to getting more product with the $50 price tag, but I this case, I believe the shadows are of a higher quality than the larger palettes with more product.  The packaging is very nice, feels high quality and durable.  I just wish the collection was named after a Fall fruit or something else other than peaches, lol.  Too Faced already came out with a peach palette so I don't understand why they had to repeat the theme.  The shadows are scented but the scent is barely noticeable.  Other than that it's hard to find any negatives about this palette.   Overall I'm impressed with the shadows.  The colors are beautiful, easy to blend, well pigmented and will play well into the Fall.


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