Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Superdrug Drugstore Haul

Last week whilst waiting for a train, I had some time to kill so I popped into a nearby Superdrug store to look around. I was overdue a new bronzer and was looking for a new foundation, as I felt recently that mine had been looking a little light for my skin tone.

I ended up being in there 40 minutes, testing all sorts of products to try and find the right ones for me. I am very pale, with fair skin and so I am quite fussy when it comes to my foundation choices, and up until this week I have been using L'oreal's infallible 24hr foundation in shade porcelain. It goes on smooth and evenly, stays on well without needing re application, and is generally an amazing product, even more so when paired with its sister, L'oreal infallible primer.

After much consideration and testing, I settled on Revlon Colorstay 24hr foundation, as I had heard good things, and it was half price! However, after having used it a number of times this week I have decided it is not the product for me. It applies okay, but required a bit more blending than I'm used to. Then when I looked in the mirror, I found I was glowing a bit of a sickly orangish colour, which I tried to disguise with powders, but it left me feeling self conscious all day.

Not one to write a product off at the first hurdle, I decided that as my other foundation was too light and this was too dark, I would try to blend them to find the perfect colour balance for my skin.

This plan worked well, until when after the application, I had a better look at my face as a whole, and found it to be a very cakey and unappealing surface. By the time I had applied my highlighter, bronzer and blusher, it looked a bit better but all in all it had made my make up look quite heavy, which isn't the look I am used to.

I'm more a fan of the less is more look when it comes to my skin, I like my foundation to look natural and to give myself a very discreet and natural looking contour on my cheeks, but that day you could tell I was wearing make up, and a lot of it.

I apply my foundation with a damp beauty blender, which has always been my favourite method, as I've never really gotten on well with applying it with a brush. The Revlon Colorstay foundation was very difficult to get to apply evenly with this method and I think it's because it's quite a thick foundation, which would explain the cakey appearance it left me with. So today I went back to Superdrug and purchased another L'oreal infallible 24hr foundation in a slightly darker shade than my usual, which I have high hopes for!

I've been looking to invest in a MAC prep + prime fix plus spray for a while now, as I have a make up artist friend who swears by it and uses it for everything. I was particularly amazed at how she would use it to make eyeshadow pigments build up, and become a more vivid colour, and as someone who loves to experiment with different colour eyeshadows often, I'd been itching to get my hands on some, but every time I look it is sold out online and I don't live near a MAC counter or store!

However, when I was in Superdrug, I noticed that MUA had just brought out a similar product, called Pro Base Fixing Mist, and for an introduction price of just £4. For such a low price I was more than happy to pick up a bottle, and see if it would work for my purpose until I could get some fix plus. I used it yesterday for keeping my make up in place all day and it was amazing. Even when I went to remove my make up before bedtime, you could feel how well it had worked, as I wiped my foundation off.

I used it today to build the pigmentation on my eye-shadows (urban decay smokey palette and shadow box palettes), and it worked a treat! For such a cheap price I could not believe what great quality the spray was and I would highly recommend it as a more affordable alternative to MAC fix plus to everyone!

The last thing I grabbed on adventure through Superdrug was a Rimmel Sun Kissed Bronzer, which is by no means a new product, but I knew it was quite popular so thought I'd give it a try for myself. Although it is quite dark for someone as fair skinned as myself, I found it the perfect shade for contouring my cheeks and loved how easy it was to apply. It lasted all day, and is definitely an affordable bronzer I'd recommend to anyone who wants a sure thing bronzer with regards to quality for money!

I've been recently seeing some posts on the internet about peel off lip and eyebrow tints so went online and ordered some from etude to try for myself, so as soon as I receive it, I'll try them out and let you guys know what I think!

I'd love to hear what you think about these products and what I've had to say, so feel free to leave me a comment below or contact me via the details on my home page!

-Holly xx

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