NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

When I cleared out my make-up stash a while ago, I noticed that while I have a good selection of concealers, they all come in a doe-foot applicator, liquid format.

What I was missing was a thicker, slightly drier concealer that would work well in covering blemishes and marks on the face. I considered getting the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, but have read multiple times that it is very dry and cakey.

Enter the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer which appears to tick all the boxes. Thicker cream formula: check. High coverage: check. And while I do not love the fact that it comes in a pot, I have been loving reaching for this these past couple of weeks.

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Now, the color line-up is the same as the Radiant Creamy Concealer, but the shades tend to run a tiny bit darker. I picked up the same shade Vanille (Light 2) anyway, since I don’t use it as a brightening concealer as I do under the eyes. The color works well with my skin tone and blends into the rest of the face seamlessly.

The formula itself is lovely. Highly covering and not tacky without leaving the skin too dry and flaky, this is a unique blend of a long-wearing concealer that doesn’t accentuate texture or dry patches. However, I have been hesitant to use it under the eyes. As I said, it is not brightening at all and the drier texture makes me weary about using it on my dehydrated undereyes.

For now, I will stick to using this strictly as a face concealer and I have to say, it has been doing its job amazingly.

L’Oreal Cushion Foundation

Since my beloved YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat has been running out slowly but surely and, on top of that, has been reformulated in the meantime, I turned to the drugstore to get an adequate replacement.

Of course, while there, I fell prey to the current cushion foundation trend and picked up the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation in the shade 01 Porcelain. To be fair, this ticked all of the boxes of being a natural-finish light to medium-coverage foundation, so I think I did good.

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The packaging is very cute and well thought-through, with a little plastic lid protecting the actual cushion from too much air and germs. It also comes with a little applicator pad that, in all honesty, I have never used. It is easy enough to dip a sponge or buffing brush into the cushion and apply that way.

Application itself is easy as the cushion is nicely saturated and the product itself is light and blendable with a surprising amount of coverage that isn’t to heavy or flat. I usually dip my brush in two to three times to get an even, light layer of foundation all over me face and jawline.

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On the face, it looks great, natural enough to let my freckles shine through but definitely perfecting and glowy. It is by no means greasy looking but fresh and natural. I also set it with a light layer of powder through my oilier parts, but I have noticed the foundation breaking up a little around my nose and around the mouth, where I am not that dry. That, really, is my only point of contention as it inhibits lasting power a little bit, but even so, my face still looks even and reasonably fresh after a few hours, so all in all, it’s a winner for me.

Pixi Glow Tonic

This is a classic case of ‘how haven’t I talked about this product before?’. I’ve been using acid toners for a good two years now in place of manual exfoliation and the Pixi Glow Tonic is probably one of the most hyped up and talked about products from that category.

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It is, in short, a glycolic acid based toner that you swipe across the face on a cotton pad (leaving out eyes and broken skin) in order to exfoliate the skin gently. It is as easy as can be and I found that this works a lot better in keeping my skin clear and glowing than a regular grainy exfoliator.

I know that some people use this morning and night after cleansing but I usually reserve this for my evening skincare routine, just because it makes the skin a little bit more sensitive to the sun and I am already pale and deal with pigmentation issues. Because of that, it is also important to use a good facial SPF in conjunction with an exfoliating toner to keep the skin from burning (but really, that’s a given anyway).

Keeping all this in mind, my skin has never felt as soft or clean as when I use an acid toner regularly. I would say that the Glow Tonic is an amazing entry level acid toner as it is gentle enough to find your way into chemical exfoliation and doesn’t break the bank in the process.

I would wholeheartedly agree that this is a product worth the hype. I shudder when I think back to the days of microbeads and apricot kernel scrubs that really did nothing but tear up the skin.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about this product before, but a quick search through my archives has shown that I never mentioned the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer on here, so let’s go.

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This is my second one of these little travel sized primers (they do come in a big container as well, but that one is extortionate in price…) and while I do not particularly love the packaging, the product inside is absolutely gorgeous.

It is a soft, mineral based primer that evens out the skin and leaves it smooth and matte, ready for any base to go on after it. It is not at all heavy or leaves any residue, which is nice, but it sure does matte out the skin. I usually concentrate the primer on my slightly oilier t-zone and I find that my foundation does last a good while longer and goes on without skipping or accentuating pores, lines or flaky bits.

As I mentioned before, it is a pricey primer and for that, the packaging, while luxe, leaves a little to be desired. Granted, I haven’t tried the full size, but this smaller one feels a bit impractical. On my first container, the pump broke pretty quickly, so I had the scoop out the product, which didn’t exactly work great.

It is a testament to the product however, that I decided to repurchase anyway, so if you’re interested and have a few bucks to spare, do check this gorgeous base product out.

bareminerals Complexion Rescue

On a day to day basis, I am not one for heavy foundations, so I usually prefer to go with a tinted moisturizer of some sort in order to even out my skin tone and (preferably) provide some SPF as well.

A while ago, the bareminerals Complexion Rescue caught my eye as it is marketed as a hydrating gel cream, which sounds right up my alley. I picked up the second lightest shade, Vanilla, a great match for my post-winter pale skin.

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The formula is a lovely, almost moussey consistency that spreads out easily on the face and provides light coverage with a glowy finish. If you are looking for a natural, skin-like base, this is probably it.

It does suggest to apply it with fingers, but I actually prefer to use a brush as it makes for a super-quick and even application. With a few dabs of concealer on top, my face is pretty much sorted for day.

The staying power is good as well, but I have to say, my skin is quite dry at the moment so nothing really slides or fades off my face too much. What I like best, however, is that the hydrated, comfortable feeling actually stays around all day, so this tinted moisturizer actually feels much more like a skincare product than any others I have tried.

I am glad I gave into the hype with this one and I think it will see me through the rest of the year quite nicely as I do love a glowy face in the summer as well and with an SPF of 30, my sun protection will be taken care of as well.