And the last of the bunch…
Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow Skin Enhancer. This came in the Complexion Perfection Sampler via Birchbox. Description via Birchbox: “We’ll be the first to admit: Smooth, dewy skin is right at the top of our beauty wish list (right next to endless, clump-free lashes). This multitasking BB cream gets us much closer to our goal—and with minimal effort. It hydrates and calms skin, evens tone, controls shine, lightly masks imperfections, and, thanks to tiny flecks of light-reflecting pigments, infuses skin with a fresh-from the-yoga-studio radiance. This hypoallergenic, gluten-free, perfume-free, and oil-free formula is perfect for those with sensitive skin.”
I really like how well this BB cream smooths over my skin with or without primer. I’ve been using it in conjunction with foundation and contour sticks instead of using a regular liquid or creme foundation. It’s not heavy or cakey on me and leaves my skin soft. I was worried it would leave me looking too yellow, but with those other items and with a finishing powder, it looks natural or close to it. The above photo on the left shows a drop of it along side a smudge and the one on the right shows it blended in. It doesn’t leave my skin looking shiny (not sure if it were to be used without a finishing powder on the face though) or oily.
As a sample in the Complexion Perfection Sampler this retails for $20 (link) – mine came with 2, I hope that wasn’t a mistake because I ordered this again, guess I’ll see when it gets here. But with this sampler you also get the Beauty Blender (original), W3LL PEOPLE Bio-Brightener Invisible Powder – Sample-size, The Beauty Crop Lighting Crew Highlighting Cream – Sample-size, Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer – Sample-size. As a stand alone product, for the 1.6 oz tube it’s $27 (link).
These, the Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer and Photo Finish Foundation Primer came in the Try It Kit, I can’t remember if I got it via Sephora or Ulta. Description via Sephora – Shadow Primer: “A shadow primer that locks on more vibrant color for a full 24 hours. This primer makes shadows last and has the added benefit of making color appear more vibrant. Sweat- and humidity-resistant, this formula doesn’t fade, crease, or smudge for 24 hours. ”
If I remember to use a primer on my lids this one has done a decent job at holding the shadow on. Of course there is smudging of the shadow if you smudge it with your finger or hand by accident and I’m not too sure it makes it any more vibrant than before. It seems to last long, I never tried it for 24 hours though.
Description via Sephora – Foundation Primer Light: “A water-based, lightweight foundation primer. Perfect for oily, acne-prone, or sensitive skin, this oil-free, 60 percent water-based primer refreshes on contact while oil absorbers provide a smooth, matte finish all day. Light diffusers minimize the appearance of imperfections while vitamin C and peptides help even skintone and promote collagen production for a flawless future.”
I’ve been using this foundation primer and like it. It doesn’t form small balls on my face like a couple of others, and I like how it just softly glides onto my skin, but I also use this with the Smashbox Primer Water (spraying my beauty blender before foundation blending). If I had to stay with a foundation primer, I’d be content using this one.
Retails for $18 via the kit (which also comes with an eyeshadow trio and Full-Exposure mascara), currently out of stock on Sephora (link), but available on Ulta (link). They are also sold individually in full-size via both retailers.
Nyx Wonder Stick in Universal. This is only technically half-empty. The contour side, I still have plenty of the highlight side left. Ulta’s description: “Amplify your look with NYX Cosmetics all-purpose Wonder Stick that has a creamy finish that conceals, highlights and contours with ease. What it is: A dual-ended highlighting and contouring stick. What it does: Creates the illusion of a stronger jawline, more chiseled cheeks, and a slimmer nose. Adds depth and definition to facial features. Why love it: With this easy 2-step wonder product, highlighting and contouring has never been easier. The Wonder Stick is available in 4 different shade combinations to fit every skin tone, including one universal shade.”
These sticks make application easy and effortless. Just draw on my face where I want highlight and contour, though primarily use it for dark contour, then blend it out with the Beauty Blender. I wish the contour was a little darker though, I also have this in Medium/Tan, but want to pick up Deep to see if I can achieve that darker contour.
The differences in the two that I currently have. The contour side: in the Universal it’s only very slightly yellower, maybe a smidge lighter than the Medium/Tan, and the Medium/Tan has a very very slight pink/rose undertone.
In the photos below, Universal is on the left, Medium/Tan on the right.
Universal 1st 2 swatches, Medium/Tan last 2 swatches.
On the highlight side the Universal is shimmery pale golden-ivory and the Medium/Tan is a matte pale peachy-ivory.
Retails for $11.99 (link).
No7 Radiant Glow Concealer (photo is from their website, as I tossed it before I took a pic). Description: “No7 Radiant Glow Concealer is a brush-tipped concealer that contains light-reflecting particles that capture and reflect the light to brighten the complexion. Dark under-eye shadows and puffiness will be a thing of the past.”
I liked this when I first got it, though it didn’t really conceal my dark under-eyes completely and also settled in the fine lines. However, after a few uses it started to get this really off-smell – like a cloth or something that was wet and stayed wet for a couple of days. It really became off-putting and couldn’t stand it any longer, because the tip stayed moist, not sure if it was just growing bacteria or mildew or what. Didn’t finish it and ended up tossing it.
Retails on Boots US Store for $13.99 (link), but I picked this up from Target.
Have you used any of the above? If so, tell me about your thoughts or opinions about them.