The year is almost over, can you believe it? It has gone by extremely fast in my opinion.
Alright, so I'll finally get to the topic of this blog. As a makeup artist, I always have to try different products especially when I have clients that ask about different items they can by from drugstores to high end products. I took the time out this year to look at products YouTube Guru's raved about and some products that I never even heard of. I must admit, I did enjoy a lot of my drugstore products more than the high end products. All great products aren't expensive! Woohoo! Let's get to it.
NOT SO FAB: MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (6/10 Rating) ($27.00)
Don't kill me for this, because I know some people absolutely love this foundation, and it is some people's holy grail. Truth be told, it wasn't all that great to me. I felt like everyone has raved about this product, but I wasn't satisfied with it. I tried wearing it for a week and it has never given me a flawless face. I'm not into foundation that looks cakey or feels heavy on my face. This product does give full coverage, it's long lasting, variety of shades, and great pigmentation. The cons for me is that it is too pricey, it causes breakouts, and very heavy. Definitely not a foundation for the summer time, but that's just my opinion.
TOTAL GRAB: Revlon ColorStay Foundation (9/10 Rating) ($10.00)
This is quite similar to the Mac Studio Fix Fluid but better and this is also a products some people raved about. I have oily/combination skin and this has been one of my favorites to wear especially during the summer time when I'm extremely oily in my t-zone. This foundation has full coverage, not very heavy feeling on the face, variety of shades, great pigmentation, and affordable. I love how it is just the right amount of coverage. The cons on this foundation is that it dries really fast, so you have to blend while applying.
NOT SO FAB: Pur Minerals Disappearing Act Concealer (5/10) ($22.00)
A random product and not one that I was pleased with. I don't feel like this product hides blemishes but while this lacks in coverage, it can be used as a highlighter. Medium weight, very creamy, and easy to apply. The cons are not many shades, they have unnatural tones, not enough coverage, and too pricey for what it's worth.
TOTAL GRAB: MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer (9.5/10) ($18.00)
Must agree that this product is long lasting, provides enough coverage, very easy to apply, and blends in very well. My holy grail from 2013! A concealer that doesn't crease on me! Mac did a great thing with this product, they have many shades for every complexion, and this also a great highlighter. The only con to this is that some tones can be too pink or too yellow.
NOT SO FAB: Revlon PhotoReady Foundation (6/10) ($12.00)
I was so disappointed after trying this product out. Literally, I am in love with their PhotoReady Primer, but this foundation was terrible. For one this foundation is too shiny with shimmer. If I am going to do a photoshoot, I wouldn't suggest this product at all. This foundation does provide many shades, full coverage with good pigmentation, and inexpensive. The cons... well it is too shimmery, not for a day to day wear, and not long lasting at all.
TOTAL GRAB: Makeup Forever HD Foundation (10/10) ($42.00)
Although this is a really expensive foundation, it goes on the face flawlessly. I cannot think of any cons to this product other than it being expensive. Behind the camera and on a day to day wear, this foundation looks incredible. MUFE provided many shades and in between shades for all skin types. I barely need any oil sheets to clean my t-zone during the day, it's very refreshing on the face, because it hardly feels like you have anything on. My friend, to me, this is perfect. #MYHOLYGRAIL
NOT SO FAB: NYX Concealer Jar ($5.00)
These aren't really concealers in my opinion, I think these are more so color correctors. You get what you pay for with this product. They did not work to well for me because they seem to be rich in color, but faded when applied to the skin. The pigmentation is completely off. Pros is that it is easy to blend and affordable. Cons unsatisfying pigmentation and lack of shades to call these concealers.
These are my total grabs and not so fabs for Foundations and Concealers. Below I'll list a few total grabs and not so fab below if you're interested. Please let me know what your total grab and not so fabs are from 2013!
NYX HD Foundation ($15.00)
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Foundation ($12.99)
Pur Mineral 4 in 1 Pressed Mineral Foundation (27.00)
MAC Face & Body Foundation ($27.00)
Bare Minerals Matte Foundation ($27.00)
Not So Fab
Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation ($42.00)
Maybelline Dream Mousse Foundation ($10.00)
Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation ($38.00)
IT Cosmetics Powder Foundation ($35.00)
NYX Matte But Not Flat Foundation ($8.00)