Urban Decay Naked Basics
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner
Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation (BD20)
Benefit High Beam
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (peach glow)
MUA Blusher (Shade 1)
Origins Ginzing Brightening Mascara
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer (Fair)
I like neutral colours and an overall natural, mostly matte make-up look. I shy away from vibrant, unnatural colours and opt for earthy browns and nude shades. These are the products I am currently using on a daily basis, some are old favourites and others are new disappointments.
I am having issues with the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, at first it really worked for me but I am starting to realise the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch X YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation combo I've got going on is simply disastrous. I have a sneaky suspicion it's YSL ruining the party so before I judge Clarins on the foundation's bad behavior, I'll be trying it out with other products.
I've been consciously decreasing the coverage of my foundation over the past year; after a few heavy coverage foundations I recently switched to YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation. Unfortunately it isn't very long wearing (in fact, it's abysmal) and I don't like its dewy finish which then turns oily way before the end of the day.
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer is so popular I hunted around in nine shops to find it because everywhere had sold out, now I always keep one unopened tube as a back-up so I never have to deal with that trauma ever again. I've tried loads of concealers and absolutely none of them even come close to this.
The Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder is great for making make-up last that little bit longer throughout the day and turning a dewy finish into a matte one. Unfortunately this powder stinks like a little old lady's handbag.
The Benefit High Beam is a fantastic highligher you can apply to specific areas or mix with a little foundation for all over coverage. Since I am fair and I prefer to wear mostly nude colours, my skin needs a little something extra to keep it from looking sallow.
I'm currently using an MUA Blusher, it applies super bright but buffs out into a lovely pink shade.
I use three of the shadows from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette on a daily basis - Walk of Shame, Faint, and Crave - the remaining three are used on a less regular basis but still get a little attention. Walk of Shame comes close to trumping MAC Brule, I've used it so much I hit the pan within a couple of weeks of purchasing it. Faint is a lovely soft brown shade, perfect for filling in my eyebrows and Crave is a decent replacement for the MAC Carbon I smashed on the floor.
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner is the best eye liner I've ever used and it comes with a brush that is exceptionally good at its job.
I am lucky to have long, thick eyelashes but the majority of mascaras don't work for me so I usually stick with what I know - the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara. Recently I have been trying Origins Ginzing Brightening Mascara, which definitely matches my old favourite in every way by coating the lashes evenly and never clumping them together.
Do you use (or avoid) any of these products?
What always makes it into your daily routine?
ELF Small Smudge Brush
ELF Small Angled Brush
Real Techniques Buffing Brush
Real Techniques Contour Brush
Jemma Kidd Shadow Brush
Jemma Kidd Shadow Brush
Maybelline Eyeliner Brush
Daily Routine: Putting It On Reviewed by Sophie on 28.5.13 Rating: 5