Essence Pretty Natural Foundation – up close and poresonal

on Instagram, you all voted on this one to go under the microscope today, and, to be honest, I was rooting for this one to end. I mean, the claims!
medium coverage, natural matte finish, long-wearing, hydrating… and a super affordable price? I wanted to put it to the test!

bar my pitiful shade matching, I think you’ll get a thorough first impressions, application and review on this little nugget.

it is available supposedly in 36 shades (at least in the US), in store in Portugal and in most online renowned online shops we only have access to about 10 (shameful!). I found a larger range at Maquibeauty but they only ship I believe to Portugal and Spain.
it turned out practically impossible hard to find an online store with more than the 10 shades (Feelunique, for instance, only has a limited shade range), so I’m leaving you the link to the Essence European website (where they mention only 19 shades… wtf?!) where you have a store finder.

do let me know if you know of a bigger online retailer that has the full shade range and can ship around Europe…

summer staples – grwm

adjusting makeup to my skin’s needs in the summer and my yearnings for bright easy pops of colour.

here are some of current my go-tos.

new Lisa Eldridge make up

a haul and try-on of the goodies I got from the latest release.
this is becoming such a nicely curated collection and I can’t wait for the newness in the Autumn – and maybe some restocking of lip pencils, and the blushes that I had to leave behind this time around…

Lisa Eldridge releases new products just a couple of times a year and has a limited stock, so the best option would be to sign up for the newsletter and follow her channel to know all about the new products in advance.
there are still some products for sale at the time of this post, but for instance the blushes are all sold out.

the ones I got

Elevated Glow Highlighter in Crystal Nebula and Solar Light
Enlivening Blush in Pink Soap, Island Glow and Mountain Walk
Luxuriously Lucent Lip Colour in Kitten Mischief and Painterly
Gloss Embrace in Songbird and Affair

all about my foundations . tag

oooh, I’ve been wanting to do this for so long and a subscriber finally gave me the much needed kick in the butt to get on with it.

I got the tag from TTSandra (a gorgeous and super classy Canadian YouTuber, by the way), and added a couple of questions. if you want to carry on with the tag, feel free to pick it up from here :)

newest foundation in my collection
Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint

oldest foundation in my collection
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation (or is it?*)

most expensive foundation I own
Chanel Les Beiges Water Tint (though this one is hardly a foundation or even a tinted moisturiser)

least expensive foundation I own
Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream
honorable mention to the sample size of Danessa Myricks Vision Cream Cover (only 5€ and it will last you a long time!)

most “everyday” foundation for me
CYO Lifeproof (discontinued)
Dior Backstage
Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation
Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream
Make Up Forever HD Ultra Foundation Stick

foundation with the best memory attached to it
Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation

a foundation that is worth the hype
Dior Backstage

a foundation that is not worth the hype
Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation

favourite foundation from your favourite brand
Danessa Myricks Vision Cream Cover Foundation

most used foundation
CYO Lifeproof
Make Up Forever HD Ultra Foundation Stick

most underrated foundation
Danessa Myricks Vision Cream Cover Foundation
Cover FX Power Play
Purito Cica Clear BB Cream
Physician’s Formula Healthy Mix

most nostalgic foundation
*MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation
Lancôme Miracle Cushion Foundation (discontinued)

most disappointing foundation
Catrice True Skin Foundation

most unique foundation
CYO Lifeproof (discontinued)
Danessa Myricks Vision Cream Cover Foundation

solid classics (those foundations that have remained solid favourites long after the hype was gone)
Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation
Dior Backstage
Make Up Forever HD Ultra Foundation Stick

the one with the dupe (one that is hyped at the moment for some reason, but it has been done beautifully by other brands before)
Fenty Pro Filt’r Powder Foundation
Sephora Collection Matte Perfection Powder Foundation

a Velvet Decade look

for one of my absolute favourites, being such a unique and chic colour, I went for a very easy and casual monochromatic look, ideal to whip up quickly in a busy morning.

products used

lilac and yellow eyes

playing with fresh colours today, showing you how I did the eye look from last week.

this palette had been waiting for a while now for its time to shine.

products mentioned:

Lush make up try-on

I finally caved and bought the Lush Slap Stick Solid Foundation (in N11), a blush/highlighter stick called Glow Stick (in Pipit) and a refillable lipstick (in Cairo), and I decided to try it all out.

these are all very similar wax and oil-based formulas (fragranced) with an interesting approach to recyclable sustainable packaging, in matchstick-type boxes and with a wax protective coating/seal/holder. once you open the lipstick you need to put it in one of their casings (or a palette, like Vueset), there’s no easy (as in mess-free) way to change between lipsticks in the same casing and no extra packaging to save the product once opened.

if you want to see how they applied, look and behaved on my combination skin for several hours, just keep on watching.

these products are available in your country’s Lush (mostly online, few have the makeup available in store).

Vueset — the customisable palettes wonders

having a blast with my cream products and the ability to create my own make up palettes.

these are acrylic palettes that come in different sizes, with different shaped wells to which you can decant your products (they show you can take anything from beads to pigments, but I stuck to cream makeup): stick foundations, cream bronzers, pot concealers, lipsticks, you name it. you can create palettes by type of product, your own full face routines, you name it. they seal shut, there’s no transfer between wells, and they are stackable and microwavable. the tiny minis can be gathered in a key ring.

despite not being a pro make up artist, I’ve been truly enjoying these palettes, both by having the most travel-friendly full-faces of makeup that are smaller than a credit card, and by having my whole lipstick collection at a glance.

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Danessa Myricks – does it crease, though?

Independent, female-owned, black-owned brand. YES!
(also vegan and cruelty-free)

Danessa Myricks is a make up artist – have you SEEN her Instagram? — and her brand is proudly her, with full-on approachable editorial vibes and products that actually cater to her signature looks and creative needs (loads of cream products, face and eye glosses, multi-taskers and all the colours of the rainbow). 

The brand screams inclusivity, innovation and creativity and sports a smile as a sign of strength – also because it hasn’t (until now) been tainted and shrivelled to an empty shell by the Super Greedy Evil Mega Corps™ of this world.

Sporting unapologetic pizazz and fierceness, all glossy lids and dishevelled hair, high heels and neon eyeliner, patent leather pants and juicy cheek bones… In my mind, I’m thinking…

– But does it crease, though?

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