This or That?

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L’Oreal Lumi Shake & Glow Dew Mist

  • ClaimsPrime, set, & refresh your makeup :: hydrating, soothing formula :: brighten & nourish :: natural, healthy glow in a bottle
  • Price–$14.99 at Ulta :: $11.49 at Target :: $14.99 at Walgreens for 3.0 oz (travel size $7.99 at Ulta for 1.0 oz)
  • Pros–Packaging :: good mister :: nice scent :: easily accessible :: sets makeup nicely :: ingredients (Vitamin C & coconut water)
  • Cons–Expensive for drugstore :: not cruelty free
  • Final Thoughts–This is not an overly dewy spray which I prefer but if you looking for extreme dew, this is not for you. It sets makeup well and have a really nice mister, but I didn’t knock my socks off. I purchased the travel size and used it up, but I am glad I didn’t purchase the full size.

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Catrice Prime & Fine Illuminating Dewy Glow Fixing Spray

  • Claims–Prime, set, refresh :: lightweight :: fresh, dewy glow :: improves makeup wear :: fast-drying
  • Price–$7.99 at Ulta and catricecosmetics.com for 1.69 oz
  • Pros–Affordable :: good mister :: vegan :: cruelty free :: sets makeup :: compact packaging
  • Cons–Availability, Ulta or online only
  • Final Thoughts–I don’t know what kind of magic is in this, but it just transforms makeup and makes your skin look amazing. I have one in use and a back up. It’s my go to setting spray. If you have dry skin, you have got to try this. It’s a game changer for sure.

I’m sure you can guess, but I prefer the

CATRICE!

This tends to go out of stock on Ulta’s website so whenever I’m shopping in store or online and it’s available, I grab one. I know I will use it!

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Foundation Friday: Sephora Collection 10 HR Wear Perfection

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Claims
–Oil free
–Weightless
–Buildable coverage
–Blurs imperfections and conceals blemishes
–Smooth and natural finish
–Lasts up to 10 hours
–Medium coverage

Price
–$20
Sephora

Shade Range
–60
–My shade: 03 Pearl

Pros
–Affordable
–Shade range
–Oil free
–Shade match for me
–Packaging, pump!
–Ingredients :: Vitamin E and hyaluronic acid
–No mineral oil, parabens, fragrance
–Buildable coverage
–Didn’t cake with powder
–Long lasting

Cons
–Cruelty free status is unclear
— Not enough coverage to conceal blemishes

Final Thoughts
This foundation is not full coverage, nor does it claim to be, but medium is all you’re going to get with this is light to medium. It claims to concealer and cover blemishes, but there’s not enough coverage for that. I went in with Tarte Shape Tape to spot conceal. It didn’t cake when set with powder which is a major plus. The shade I got to test was too light, which never happens, but I made it work with bronzer. The cruelty free status is questionable. Some sites say it is cruelty free, but the Sephora Collection is sold in markets where animal testing is required. If you only purchase cruelty free makeup, I’d just skip this one. This is just a MEH for me. I need full coverage or high medium at the lowest. The formula is good, just not a foundation I would buy in the full size.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Spray, Revlon Pore Reducing, CYO Illuminating Cream, Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic
Powder: Coty Airspun
Setting Sprays: Jane Iredale Hydration Spray, Tarte Shape Tape Stay Spray
Tools: Pretty Fresh Sponge

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Dupe or Duped? Lavender Setting Powders

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Fenty Pro Filt’R Insant Retouch Setting Powder
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Makeup Revoltuion Conceal & Fix Setting Powder


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FENTY PRO FILT’R INSTANT RETOUCH SETTING POWDER

Claims–Superfine, weightless, filtered, photo-ready look :: reduce shine :: blur the look of pores and fine lines :: set, perfect, and brighten without caking or settling :: hypder smooth filter that won’t flash back

Price–$32 at Sephora, fentybeauty.com for 0.98 oz

Shade Range–8
My Shade–Lavender

Pros–Cruelty free :: finely milled :: smooths and blurs :: under eye area looks PERFECT :: doesn’t cake or settle :: lavender is the perfect brightening shade for my my fair skin :: mess free packaging with cap :: shade range

Cons–Expensive :: Sephora exclusive

Final Thoughts–This the under eye powder that I measure all other powders against. There is nothing I don’t like about this product, except the price. It’s expensive, but I am more than willing to pay the full price because it’s THAT good. My under eye area looks FLAWLESS no matter what concealer I use. This is the perfect tone for my fair skin and I can’t say enough good things about it. I take the sifters out of my loose powders because I like to be able to dunk my sponge in. Even though the sifter is out, it still doesn’t make a mess and I’ve traveled it like this as well.


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MAKEUP REVOLUTION CONCEAL & FIX SETTING POWDER

Claims–Ultra finely milled :: melts into the skin to set makeup in place :: water resistant :: flashback free :: talc free :: serious staying power

Price–$11 at Ulta, revolutionbeauty.com for 0.45 oz

Shade Range–10
My Shade–Light Lavender

Pros–Talc free :: affordable :: vegan :: cruelty free :: brightens :: shade range :: unique packaging

Cons–Availability (Ulta online only for this shade) :: Packaging is a little bulky and messy if you take the sifter out

Final Thoughts–I was so STOKED when I saw this on Ulta’s website because I just knew it was going to replace my beloved Fenty powder. Wrong. The packaging is unique in the fact that you can use it like a compact or a loose powder, but it’s a little bulky. As I mentioned above, I take the sifter out of every loose powder and I shouldn’t have done that to this one. It makes SUCH a mess and powder falls out every time you pick it up and move it. It feels a little heavy on the skin, the shade is more white than lavender, and it doesn’t give the same blurring effect. The Fenty powder has a very smooth texture and though this one is formulated without talc, it has a very heavy, talc feel. Mine made such a mess that I ended up tossing it.


So, dupe or duped?!

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Images are from Google. I wanted y’all to see what they look like with the sifters in place.

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These are not dupes formula wise, but the MUR is not a bad option if you don’t want to pay $32 for setting powder. I totally get it.

P.S. Fenty has smaller sizes of some shades for $18 so you could grab the smaller size to test!

 

J Cat Beauty Staysurance Water-Sealed Zero Smudge Concealer

 

Claims
–Medium to full coverage
–Won’t creak or cake
–Hydrated, flawless look
–Lightweight
–Combats dark circles, redness, and imperfections
–Waterproof

Price
–$7.99 at Ulta, jcatbeauty.com
–0.83 oz

Shade Range
–16
–My shade: Shell

Pros
–Affordable
–Fair skin shades!
–Cruelty free
–Easy to blend
–Wand holds enough product for both under eyes, don’t have to keep dipping in
–Covered blemishes and dark circles well
–Lightweight

Cons
–Online only
–Shade range :: need more medium & deep shades

Final Thoughts
It’s very rare that a brand has awesome fair/pale shades, but lacks medium and deep shades. Props to J Cat for thinking of us pale people, but the shade range REALLy needs some work. I hate this online only because this is a really good and affordable concealer. It worked under my eyes and on a pesky blemish.

Corrector: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Brightener
Powder: Fenty Pro Filt’r in Lavender
Tool: Wet n Wild Sponge

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Catrice One Drop Coverage Weightless Concealer

Claims
–Full coverage
–Long-lasting
–Moisturizes while correcting the appearance of dark circles and imperfections
–Sweat-resistant

Price
–$6.99 for 0.23 oz
–Ulta, catricecosmetics.com

Shade Range
–4 at Ulta
–8 at catricecosmetics.com
–My shade: 003 Porcelain

Pros
–Hyaluronic acid
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Full coverage
–Easy to blend
–Didn’t settle/crease
–Affordable
–Little goes a long way

Cons
–Shade range
–Lightest shade too dark for me

Final Thoughts
The shade range is total garbage. I bought the lightest shade and had to use a white concealer to make it work. A concealer in dropper packaging like this is interesting and I had never tried one like this before. Dropper packaging tends to be a little messy and the product very liquid-y and runny, but this one wasn’t. The consistency was perfect and I was really impressed with the formula. It was very easy to blend, full coverage, and didn’t settle or crease (any more so than usual concealers, I have fine lines so everything settles/creases to an extent). Catrice needs to work on the shade range, for most of their products, but if there’s a shade for you or you’re willing to mix, I think you’ll like it.

Corrector: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Brightener
Powder: Fenty Pro Filt’r in Lavender

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Foundation Friday: Makeup Revolution Conceal & Hydrate

Claims
–All day radiance and glow
–Won’t settle into fine lines or cling to dryness
–Particularly beneficial for dry skin
–Medium to full coverage

Price
–$12 for 0.7 oz
Ulta, revolutionbeauty.com

Shade Range
–16 at Ulta
–50 at revolutionbeauty.com
–My shade: F0.5

Pros
–Affordable
–Hyalouronic acid
–Packaging, pump!
–Cruelty free
–Shade match for me
–Easy to blend
–Lightweight on the skin
–Medium to full, buildable coverage

Cons
–Availability :: Ulta or online, not all shades available at Ulta
–Less than standard 1.0 oz
–Couldn’t find a primer/powder combo that worked on my dry skin. Looked dry, cakey, and clingy

Final Thoughts
I usually test foundation using a primer and powder that I love and that I know works with my other foundations. I can also tell pretty quickly if I like or don’t like a foundation. I tried several different combinations over a few days trying to get this one to work because I was so excited about this release. I love the original formula and knew this one would work even better for my dry skin. At the bottom of this post, I’ve included the different combinations I tried and some notes. I love the packaging update with the addition of the pump. F0.5 is my perfect shade in MUR products, but Ulta didn’t have it available in this product so I went with F0.2 which is the next closest thing. It definitely worked, but definitely leans a little more yellow. I’m super bummed this didn’t work for me, but I’ll be sticking with the original formula.

Primers:  Urban Decay b6 Primer Spray
Powder: Maybelline Fit Me Loose Setting Powder with damp sponge
Tool: Elcie Sponge

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DAY 1
Primers: First Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie, Urban Decay b6 Spray, Revlon Pore Reducing
Tool: Elcie Sponge
Powder: Catrice Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder with Equate Brush
–Skin looked cakey and dry, Nose was a hot mess. Overall, it just looked awful and I could not get home to remove it fast enough.

DAY 2
Primers: First Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie, Urban Decay b6 Spray, Revlon Pore Reducing
Tool: Elcie Sponge
Powder: Revolution PRO Hydra Matte with Equate Brush
–I tried the Paint Pot trick (Nikkia Joy) on my nose and upper lip, hooping it would help the foundation stick and not break up. NOPE. Overall, it was improvement from Day 1, but still not good. Nose, chin, & upper lip were all a clingy cakey mess.

DAY 3
Primers: Urban Decay b6
Tool: Elcie Sponge
Powder: Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder in Fair with damp Wet n Wild Sponge
–I still didn’t love how it looked, but it was the best combo thus far. My nose still looked rough and it wore off on my chin. It was the first day that upper lip didn’t look like a cakey clingy mess.

DAY 4
–I mixed the Conceal & Hydrate with the Conceal & Define
Primers: irst Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie, Urban Decay b6 Spray, Revlon Pore Reducing
Tool: Elcie Sponge
Powder: Catrice Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder with Equate Brush
–Looked dry, cakey, and clingy around my nose. Upper lip looked better, but not the best. Best combo of them all, but still not good.

After this, I just gave up and label it a no.

Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Concealer

 

Claims
–Full coverage
–Blendable
–Evens and blurs out skin imperfections
–No heavy feel, weightless, coverage
–Formulated for all skin types and tones

Price
–$14
Ulta, juviasplace.com

Shade Range
–24
–My shade: J24

Pros
–Affordable
–Large doe foot applicator
–Simple, sleek packaging
–Shade range
–Shade match for me
–Cruelty free
–Easy to blend
–Full coverage
–Under eye area looked blurred and smooth
–Lives up all claims

Cons
–Availability :: Ulta or online only

Final Thoughts
I loved the foundation and was hoping the concealer would be just as good and it is! The shade range is impressive and there is a shade light enough for me as a skin tone match and to use as a brightening shade. I prefer a brighter under eye so I went with J24. If I wanted to use this for spot concealing, I would go up a shade. Like the foundation, it gives a blurred, smoothed finished. It was very easy to blend and sets so nicely with powder. You can’t beat the coverage or the price. This is definitely worth checking out and a product I am glad to have in my collection.

Corrector: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Brightener
Powder: Fenty Pro Filt’r in Lavender

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