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REVIEW: Models Prefer Colour Correcting Concealer

We all have those spots and tones in our skin that foundation just doesn’t seem to cover enough or the combination of skin tone and foundation can look ashy. This is where colour correcting comes in.

I’ve always wanted to try out colour correcting but never seemed to be able to find the right product. M loves her M.A.C concealer duo for correcting dark circles under her eyes but I suffer from a lot of redness around my cheeks and nose and needed something to fix that. I thought it was a lost cause and had accepted my red cheeks when I got a text from M with a picture of the Models Prefer Colour Correcting Concealer quad and immediately wanted to try it out to see what it was like!


First up, I have to admit that my hopes weren’t set to high as it was only $12.99 but, after testing it out, I was pleasantly surprised!


The quad comes with four cream shades to “create a perfect base and achieve an all over even skin tone” according to the packaging. The colours include a peach shade to counteract dark spots and correct discolouration, a green shade to neutralise red undertones (hallelujah!) and correct blemishes, a yellow shade to camouflage purple/blue undertones and correct uneven skin tones and a lilac shade to eliminate yellow undertones and correct dull complexions.


The packaging is very slim, light-weight and, in my opinion, pretty sleek for an affordable product!

The consistency of the creams is a really nice cream-to-powder finish! It feels so creamy and buttery when you apply it and blends out to a nice smooth powder finish but remains creamy enough that it can be  applied under foundation without it becoming cakey.

use the green shade with either my finger or a small buffing brush on my cheeks and nose and any pesky pimples. I use my fingers to apply the yellow shade directly under my eyes and in my inner corners to counteract my blueish under eye circles and then use the peach shade directly underneath that in an upside down triangle shape to brighten everything up. Finally, I use the lilac shade as a kind of pre-foundation highlighter placing is on top of my cheek bones, on my brow bone, in the centre of forehead and down the middle of my nose (you know the drill).


After I had applied the product I use a damp beauty blender or my fingers to blend it as much as possible in to my skin, you will still have colour on your skin after this step but don’t worry, we’ll be applying foundation next. Next I apply foundation as I usually would and bask in my even skin tone! I find that I normally still need to apply a little bit of concealer under my eyes to help with brightening but it is much less than I would if I hadn’t applied the colour corrector and doesn’t look ashy!

I absolutely love this concealer and would highly recommend it to those of you who have any uneven skin tones or even if you are a makeup artist as it would suit quite a few different skin tones! I use so much less foundation than I would otherwise too, so you are definitely saving in the long run!

Aussie babes can buy it from Priceline here.

Have you tried colour correcting before? What’s your favourite product? Let us know in the comments below.

-M xx 

REVIEW: Nude Magique Cushion Foundation by L’Oreal Paris

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. A lightweight, glowy foundation is my ultimate makeup dream. I spend my days searching for my Holy Grail foundation, and when I find it I keep on looking… just in case. So when L’Oreal brought out with a different version of one of my very favourite dewy-finish foundations, I had to jump on that bandwagon asap.

 

Enter the Nude Magique cusion foundation, boasting a variety of desirable qualities: natural glow finish, fresh and weightless formula, buildable sheer-medium coverage, easy application, and SPF29 sun protection. On paper, it ticks literally all my boxes. So did it meet my expectations?

 

Short answer? Yes. I love it, it’s fantastic, I look like a naturally glowy princess, well done L’Oreal.

 

Long answer? Read on.

 

The Deets

In Australia, this foundation will set you back $29.95 ($20.95 if you get into Priceline quick! It’s on sale atm), which isn’t the cheapest drugstore foundation on the market. Especially considering you get only 14.6g of product. For an extra 5 bucks you can get 30mL of the OG Lumi Magique foundation. So, honestly, it’s not the best value for money, but that’s how cushion foundations roll.

It also has SPF25. Sun protection is always a huge plus for me. However, this does mean that it has a slight flash back in flash photography.

Little side note: there are rumours that they are discontinuing Lumi Magique. Which, if it’s true, it truly heart breaking and I may need some time to recover from such a loss. Having said that, it’s still available on the Priceline website at present. Let’s hope the rumours aren’t true.

 

The Coverage

Light. I wanted to say light-medium but that’s just not true. It’s light bordering on tinted moisturiser coverage; think Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser and you’re in the same coverage post code as the Nude Magique. Even with two layers it’s still pretty light, heading towards medium. Which is exactly what I love! But if you’re after some serious coverage, this is definitely not going to be your jam.

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The downside to this for me is that it means you end up layering up and using even more foundation in a compact that is already seriously lacking volume.

The Application

The little sponge that comes with the foundation compact actually does a pretty good job at applying this foundation! Which is a bit of a shock, really. But my preferred method is to apply is with a beauty sponge.

The Finish

As mentioned above, this baby is dewy. Like DEW-Y. In summertime when it feels a little more acceptable, I may just let the dew do its thing, but most of the time it definitely needs setting with powder. I just set my t-zone (my only slightly oily area) and let the sides of my face glow like a thousand suns. If you’re oily, I’d think twice about giving this foundation a go.

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The Longevity

This is the area in which this foundation is lacking. Not that it is particularly surprising given the light coverage. It does still look pretty at the end of a working day, but it has definitely faded from what it was upon application. It won’t take you from day-night without touch-ups or reapplication, which means you need even more foundation out of the small compact. So, yeah longevity is a bit of thumbs down for me.

 

All in All…

All in all, I can look past the longevity issue. I am not somebody that loves full coverage foundations, so I have learned to live with my makeup not lasting as long to get the lighter more natural look I am after. If you’re after a more hardy version of this foundation you may want to give the Lumi Magique a go, but for me the Nude Magique just trumps it; the finish is just slightly more flattering/less oily looking.

 

I definitely recommend this foundation for people with dry skin who are looking for a natural, glowy foundation. Give this a go, you won’t be disappointed.

Aussie girls can buy it here.

What other drugstore foundations have you been loving? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay beautiful, N x

Review: Napoleon Perdis Personal Trainer Serum Foundation

When it’s comes to foundation I am always on the search for two things: the perfect dewy finish, and a natural, skin-like look and feel. Basically I want to look like I naturally wake up looking like a glowy unicorn. I mean, is that too much to ask? So when I read that the new Napoleon Perdis Personal Trainer foundation is “sheer, lightweight coverage” and “reflects even the softest light” I thought it sounded right up my alley.

So, did it meet my expectations? To be perfectly honest, the first time I wore this it was with a heavy heart that I rang M and said “I think I hate it”. Luckily, she told me to persevere a few more times and experiment with primers and application techniques, because my first impression was way off the mark. I’m guessing I just had an off day with my skin or put too much primer on, but it never looked the way it did that first day ever again.

 I like to wear it with a light layer of the Napoleon Perdis Skin Elixer Serum SPF15 as a primer. But it works well with any primer or, in fact, on it’s own! Which is big for me to say as I am a huge fan of primers. It also feels moisurising on my dry skin, another huge plus for me.

With one coat is a has a nice natural finish; a youthful and healthy glow whilst evening out the complexion. It layers nicely with a second coat with a bit more coverage, whilst still remaining natural in finish. After that, I’m afraid, the layering didn’t continue well. It started to separate a bit and whilst it still felt natural the fantastic finish was gone. 
As expected with a light-wegith foundation, the wear time isn’t its best feature. Having said that, in comparison with other foundations in that category (such as the UD Naked Skin) it takes the cake! It lasted almost all day in the middle of winter, and still looked great at the end of the day. It managed this by wearing away evenly. I hate nothing more than when foundation wears away in patches. It looks atrocious, but this foundation didn’t do that! Good job Napoleon.

 

I prefer it applied with a beauty sponge, but if you didn’t have freezing hands like me I’d imagine it would apply well with your fingers too. I didn’t like it with a brush, I think it is too lightweight for that to really work its magic as it gets soaked up.

 

Overall, I really like this foundation and I am really glad I didn’t give up on it after the first go. I have found myself reaching for it on a daily basis! If you are a fan of natural and glowy foundations you definitely need this in your life.

Pick it up here! http://www.ry.com.au/napoleon-perdis-personal-trainer-serum-foundation-30ml.html

Have you got any other recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Stay beautiful – Nx

Review: BYS Nude Eyeshadow Palette

If you’ve seen any of my past drugstore eyeshadow palette reviews you’ll know that I’ve been pretty disappointed by what’s on offer. I’m always willing to try a drugstore product in the hope that it will be a near match/surpass one of my high-end products, but when it comes to eyeshadow I’ve never found anything even close. I’d all but given up, and then I heard a rumour that the BYS Nude palette is a pretty good dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 1 palette, and I gave drugstore eyeshadows one last shot…thank goodness I did.

This palette, guys. I mean, well done, BYS.   I am really impressed and here’s why:

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Price

This bad boy will set you back a whopping AU$19.95, and it is regularly on sale on different websites for far less than that. I got mine on eBay. Either way, in comparison to the AU$83 you pay for the Urban Decay palette, it’s a trifle.

Colour Range

IMG_0011_2The colour range is great, it comes with 3 matte (style, NYC and couture) and 9 shimmer eyeshadows. I use the mattes on a daily basis, especially ‘Style’ but the shimmers are also gorgeous for special occasions/when I want to feel a little bit more glam. This is also the area in which it is most comparable to the Naked 1. With the exception of UD’s Half Baked (which is replaced by a light matte nude in the BYS palette) the other colours are almost identical.

Quality

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You won’t be surprised to hear that the Nude palette doesn’t quite match up to the Naked 1 in quality. Whilst I am seriously impressed by the pigmentation of the BYS shadows (especially the matte colours) they’re no match for the Urban Decay formula. They also don’t blend quite as easily. Having said that, they do still blend very well, especially for shadows in that price point, and if you’re willing to put in a little more effort the results are exactly the same as the Naked 1.

 

All in all, I seriously love the BYS Nude palette and I am considering investing in the other palettes in the Nude range. If you’re not willing to fork out almost $100 for eyeshadow then give the BYS alternative a go. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

http://www.bys.com.au/shop/eyes/eyeshadow/nude-eyeshadow-tin

Would you like to see a makeup tutorial with this look? What are your favourite drugstore eyeshadows? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Stay happy, N x

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