It’s been a long, hot minute since I’ve done makeup posts and since I’ve acquired some new makeup, I’m going to spend this week talking about my new makeup! Are you ready? Let’s goooooo!
Just as a warning, I might be posting the same photos since I’m wearing two new makeup purchases on my face, namely my blush and foundation. The focus of these photos are my lips. Muah!
Let’s start off with a picture I literally just took yesterday! LOL. The shade of lipstick I’m wearing is from DOSE cosmetics, Kiss of Fire. I’m usually apprehensive about wearing red lipstick because sometimes it just doesn’t look good on me, point blank. Some of the colors might be too orange or too pink. I felt this one was actually just right.
So, I love Ulta. It’s actually one of my favorite stores. And because it’s one of my favorite stores, I really can’t shop there very much. It’s one of those stores where it’s like Target in a sense; you go in there for just one thing and you come back with a cart full of crap you probably don’t need but you really want?
I was done with my Fenty Beauty foundation and wanted to try something different. Don’t get me wrong, I love Fenty Beauty but I’m also a wee bit of a product junkie so I wanted to explore my options.
I went into Ulta bare-faced and was just browsing the over the counter foundation section. Listen, y’all…being a brown girl and having dark skin, it’s super difficult to find foundations in my shade. My shade is particular because there’s a lot of gold and olive in my undertones (something I didn’t know until I went to Ulta but that explanation will come later).
In other words, I’m naturally yellow. Not high yella like Drake but let’s just say gold jewelry more or less blends in with me.
I’m searching all over the store, trying to find the perfect foundation that won’t make me look too dark or too bright. Let me tell you, for a dark-skinned gal, it’s incredibly frustrating. Just when I was about to give up, a male associate approaches me.
“Do you need help, miss?” He asks.
“Yes,” I say with exasperation, “I’m looking for a foundation for me.”
“Now, do you want something that will highlight your golden undertones or your olive one?”
Now, I’m looking at Ole Boy as if he had a third eye on his head. He knew that just by looking at me? What. The. Hell.
“Um, my golden undertones?” I stumbled out.
“And which brand do you prefer? LANCÔME or NARS?”
Did y’all catch that? He already knew what brands would be suited for best. My heart stumbles…
“Um, LANCÔME please.” I chose LANCÔME because I’ve have enough NARS products in my arsenal, though I haven’t tried their foundation. That will come later, I promise.
So, with my bare face and all, another makeup artist tried LANCÔME on me. She did half of my face while left the other half bare. I immediately saw a difference. My left side appeared clearer and smoother.
I was sold.
I’m well aware to know how I look inside a store might be wordly different from how I’ll look at home or in natural light.
Pretty dope, huh?
Okay, now that we know the players, played the game, how did everyone score?
LANCÔME is a solid brand and it’s been around forevaaaaaaa
It comes in a variety of shades:
The foundation also acts as a moisturizer and sunscreen.
It goes on smooth and it’s super light.
It’s available pretty much everywhere LANCÔME is sold.
It’s pricey. This cost me a little under $50.
You have to carefully gauge how much to pump out. For me, two pumps usually does the trick.
Blending might be tricky so it takes a lot of practice.
Overall, I do recommend it. If you’re unsure about your shade like I was, it’s best to go a beauty expert so they can test drive ones for you.
I love NARS. I love NARS. I love NARS. I love NARS. I’m not entirely sure how it was I discovered NARS (I think a Sephora rep gave me their product to try and I was hooked, or at least that’s the urban legend I put together in my head), but it doesn’t matter.
I love NARS. It’s very rare I find a product from them I hate. Well, hate is a strong word. Let’s just say strongly dislike or not as in love with it as I would be. There, that’s better.
But when I find a product that I love?
So, I’ve been on the hunt for a new concealer since I used the hell out of my old one. I wasn’t trying my luck with another brand too quickly (when I’m loyal to a brand, I’m loyal for lyfe!) but I wasn’t sure what I wanted.
Entered NARS. Le sigh. Even just typing the name gives me the warm fuzzies.
Okay, so I’m dedicated to my old faithful of Clinique, though it’s becoming harder to locate in stores now. So, I’m opting to try out other cleansers and hoping they do the same or better job.
Retail price is $16.00 and pretty much available everywhere. I got this at Macy’s.
Now we know the player, let’s play the game:
I wet my brushes and poured the cleanser on them. I rubbed my brushes with my fingertips and tried to get within every nook and cranny to clean them.
I often had to repeat because my brushes were pretty filthy (I do clean my brushes every week).
I did get the job done, however:
So let’s start with the pros and cons:
MAC is a reliable brand on the upswing. Very solid brand.
The cleanser is about the same price I’ve paid for others so reasonable.
Available on maccosemetics.com, macys.com, and I believe, Amazon.
Very light, hardly any fragrance.
I had to use A LOT. I was constantly pouring and honestly, I’m not sure if that was worth the money.
The substance is very watery, so if you’re used to thicker cleansers, you might not like this.
I bought this a little over two weeks ago and I’m just about out, so I’m not sure if it’s an investment I want to make. (I will chalk it up that I might have used too much, however my brushes were dirty as hayle.)
Do I recommend MAC’s brush cleanser? I don’t know. It does clean very well, but you have to use a lot (which is also the same issue I had with Clinique, but with Clinique, there was a pump so you could control how much came out).
If I had to do decide, I would say no because I think even if you used just plain soap and water, you might clean your brushes better.
So, mattes and bold colors are trending this year. Kinda odd if you think about it? Two shades that are on the opposite spectrums are trending and in a big way!
Recently, I had the honor to have enough money to do some splurging (and believe me, both colors were splurges) to go drop some cash at the local Sephora. Let’s check out NARS first.
I’m a huge NARS fan. I love their concealer, their tinted moisturizer, their bronzer…hell, I just love them. In my opinion, NARS can’t do any wrong. I noticed they came out with a few new nude shades and I was tempted.
You know how when you see the last of something, even if it’s something you weren’t originally trying to purchase, you’re compelled to get it because obviously it has to be good if it’s the last one? (Don’t act like I’m the only one that does that!)
So, as I stopped by the NARS section, I noticed they only had one box left of Area. Curious, I did the sample tester inside the Sephora store:
Of course, everything looks amazing inside the store but how does it look outside?
Of course, I can’t leave this post without the pros and cons:
NARS is a trusted brand.
It glides on smooth.
No funky smell.
It lasts a long time without the need to reapply. (I say a couple of hours.)