Since Spring Cleaning is over, I have forgotten to clean out my vanity – what is trash and what to keep makeup things. I began writing up a series called Makeup Trash, which I have divided various makeup categories, compiling them into 3 post entries that will go live every Monday this month. These posts will be all about what I will be throwing away and starting with the first post will be about all that base! ?
I don’t usually hoard much makeup and I don’t think that what I am about to show you guys is anything a typical makeup hoarder hoards! Maybe, this is more of a beginners collectables and since I write about beauty and makeup, you are probably wondering why I might not own much. As you may know, makeup is not always cheap and not always attainable. There needs to be a balance between buying what is needed versus what is a want. I am sure some of you guys have fallen into a trap of impulse shopping without much thought wether you have any intention of actually using X product.
Instead of me rambling on about every item in detail, I will briefly note the ones that made a good and not so good impression on me. However, I have decided that these will all go in the trash as they may have already expired or have been used up. Be sure to make yourself a cuppa, sit back and read on.
I was never into “priming” my skin pre-foundation, but when I heard all about them and what it did to your skin, naturally, I had to try a few various brands. I particularly enjoyed using the *Colour Theory Face Primer as this had a clear gel formula that absorbed into the skin well. It also didn’t hug around my dry skin patches, but kept my skin looking fresh. The Garnier Perfect Blur 5 sec Smoothing Base Perfector has this mousse lightweight airy consistency, I found that when I used it, the finish gave me an embarrassing oily T-zone. It had claimed to keep my skin matte or controlled oily skin, but it left an unpleasant look overall. Both OM SHE Aromatherapy Pure Magic Primer and L’Oreal Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer were okay products to assist with minimising the appearance of pores as it did to help combat oily prone skin, but it was unfortunate when these products would make dry skin patches more obvious rather than provide more moisture; it left my skin looking very dehydrated.
As for the tinted version of L’Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream, it claimed to be in a cream consistency (which was more like the Garnier version — Aero Bubbles Chocolate!) and that it uses “Micro-Blur Technology”, which is probably what most of these blurring products uses similar technology. Their sole purpose is to minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines so that when you do apply your foundation, the surface of the skin is even and your skin will have this airbrushed finish. This product was nice on the skin and it did leave a velvety smooth surface, but the tint part, it was really unnecessary to have it included when it didn’t make much difference, tbh.
Concealers are great for hiding blemishes or dark circles around the eyes or having the ability to keep eyeshadows in place on the eye lids. If you can buy a product that can withstand anything like drying, breaking out and sliding off your face, then you need to hold onto that product dearly. The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, at the time of purchase, was considered one of those eye primers that were all the hype and maybe it still is today. I never understood it since I found it to be drying on my oily eyelids. I thought it would counter act but it dried me up like I had left my eye lids out in the sun and that would feel very uncomfortable. I didn’t think the eyeshadow held its weight and while I had wished this product would work, it didn’t and it just didn’t blend into my skin well either. This Indio Eye Rise is suitable with someone like me – oily (eye lids), but really all skin types. I never knew what this product was meant to do, thinking it originally had to be an eye cream and not a concealer. This claimed to be an “advanced eye cream that richly nourishes and provides a plumping affect, whilst concealing imperfections“. It might have nourished my under eyes, but plumping affect was not felt on the skin. This was more like an eye cream than a concealing product of any sort even when a little bit may have minimised the appearance of fine lines, this product didn’t work for me. The NYX Eyeshadow Base was the better choice out of the 3 in this category. It not only kept the eyeshadow in place, but it didn’t dry up my eye lids. The texture was in a cream slightly rich formula but easily blendable with a ring finger and the colour matched my skin tone perfectly.
Foundations for me are like a love-hate boyfriend relationship and rally do I end up in a full commitment that leads me to a marriage. Some of these products I have simply hoarded past their expiration date and not because they deserved to be kept, but because before their due dates, I thought I could possibly find ways to have them work on my skin again. My less unfortunate tinted moisturisers and foundations that I thought could work on my skin were the Maybelline Dream Pure BB 8-in-1 BB Cream – left my skin oily and limited choice in colour selection, Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser – appeared more like a very opaque foundation and it moved around on my skin, Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer – I used as a foundation as it were much more opaque than a typical tinted primer, as well as the shade choice that led me to believe it would be the correct when in fact it was darker and more of an orange tone.
The Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation – perfect for winter since I hardly exposed my skin in the sun, Colour Theory Tinted Moisturiser – a great colour match, hardly noticeable on the skin, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua – had this light-medium finish and kept skin fresh and hydrated, and Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation – a lightweight full coverage foundation that my skin loved and didn’t really have any qualms about. These were some of my favourites from the bunch. As for MAC MatchMaster Foundation – although it easily blended into my skin, I found the formula to be runny and not a nice creamy texture and I have kept it in my stash for way longer than I should have! Lastly, Nivea Q10 Anti-Wrinkle CC Daily Moisturiser – was more of a one size fits all, however moisturising this was on my skin, the colour pigment was on the lighter shade and did offer a very light coverage.