Sephora Collection I.T. Face Contour Brush

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I’m still trying to perfect the art of facial contouring but I think that with time and practice I am getting better and better at it.  I have to admit, contouring wasn’t a term I really ever used in my makeup vocabulary and I never really understood the effects it can have on your face and makeup when done correctly.

I decided to buy a facial contouring brush and give it a go!  I wasn’t expecting a miraculous difference between not contouring and contouring bur I was please surprised by what a difference it actually ended up making.

I almost always stuck to using this brush when I contour my face.  It seems to always get the job done and leaves me satisfied with the results.

The handle of the brush is long and narrows itself down to the tip.  Even though the handle is long, it still gives me plenty of control when using the brush.  The tip of the brush is rounded with a thin tip.

Something else that I really like about this brush is the clear cap that comes with it.  It’s not just a cheap plastic wrapper that falls apart and can’t be used again after removal.  This keeps the brush bristles safe and protected from damage as well as germs and other makeup residues.

I’ve washed this brush plenty of times too and it remains in excellent/like-new condition.  The bristles haven’t had any shedding or fraying.

 

Pros:

  • Offers control
  • Comes with protective clear cap
  • Great for contouring, shadowing or highlighting
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Sold out at Sephora.com

 

Sephora Collection Pro Tapered Foundation Brush #58

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Lately, I have been getting more and more into makeup brushes and have really been working to expand my collection.

This brush was on sale at Sephora.com for $15 (regularly $32). I figured why not for the price and also figured it would be perfect to use with my new Make Up Forever liquid foundation to get in tight spaces such as around my eyes and nose.

I gave this brush a try this morning with my Make Up Forever foundation. I expected that it would probably not really blow me away and leave me with more of an average it did the job feeling. (This was my first time using a brush like this to apply liquid foundation).

I must say that I was VERY pleased with the results! It did an excellent job of getting around my eyes and nose. It applied smoothly and evenly without looking streaky or blotchy. I wouldn’t really suggest it for your whole face since it is tapered but I think that now after using it, it’s a must have for the areas I mentioned. The bristles are high-quality synthetic fibers and are firm enough to get the job done (not rock hard/firm though) and yet still soft enough that it’s comfortable to use and doesn’t make me feel like I am “poking” my face.

I’m definitely glad I added this one to my makeup brush collection.

 

Pros:

  • Perfect for hard to get areas (such as around the nose and eyes)
  • Firm yet soft bristles
  • Applies foundation flawlessly without streaks
  • Can be used for liquid or powder foundation

Cons:

  • Not the best option for applying foundation to larger areas

Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush

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This is one of my favorite brushes!

I use it to apply my Bare Minerals foundation.  It blends flawlessly and leaves my skin with an airbrushed finish.  I find that using this brush allows for excellent coverage over any blemishes and skin imperfections.

The bristles on this brush are super soft…they are not at all coarse or stiff.

I’ve had this brush for well over a year and clean it on a regular basis and it never sheds and seems to be holding up well and is in nearly the same condition it was when I received it.

 

Pros:

  • Super soft bristles
  • Excellent quality
  • Provides an airbrushed and flawless finish

Cons:

  • Can’t really come up with any : )

 

Sephora Collection Instant Airbrush Foundation

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This was my first time using any type of spray on airbrush foundation for my face.  I love the results but I don’t love the process of applying it.

This comes with a dial twist top that allows you to pick between three different shades…to me this was somewhat complicated because there wasn’t a clear indicator of which one you picked….all had the little arrows pointing forward.  Anyways, you are supposed to hold and spray your face from 10 inches away, which I did.

The coverage is great!  It concealed any blemishes and imperfections and evened out my skin tone completely.  It’s also very buildable and you can give yourself extra coverage if needed.  The finish definitely looked flawless and airbrushed.  (Better than I expected it to look!)  It also leaves a dewy finish so if you want a matte finish you’re going to need to apply a finishing powder or some kind of mattifying powder.  It feels very lightweight and not at all heavy or thick and greasy.  It also sets and dries very quickly as well.  I’ve had it on for a couple of hours now and so far it’s holding up great!

Now the downside….it’s MESSY!  Being that you are spraying this on, you have a pretty good hold on where you are spraying it, but, since it is a spray, there’s always going to be a little extra that goes elsewhere unfortunately.  I would suggest wearing a shower cap over your hair when applying this.  Just pulling it back isn’t going to do the job because your going to end up with this spray on your roots and hairline.  Also, I would suggest doing this with either an old shirt on or wrap a towel or some kind of salon cape around your shoulders when applying it.  I had an old hoody on when I applied it and ended up with a nice mist of foundation over the shoulder areas from where the extra mist fell.  You really need to be careful when spraying it because if you’re not careful you will end up with tinted walls and countertops or carpeting.  Because of the messy factor, I would not use this product for any touch ups on the go because when you’re in a hurry, who has time to go through all these steps to prevent the product from getting all over themselves and their surroundings?

Overall, I will continue to use this product but only when I have the time to apply it at my house when i’m not in a rush and I will never use it for touchups on the go unless by some miracle I find a way to keep it from ending up on other areas aside from just my face.

 

Pros:

  • Applies quickly
  • Excellent coverage
  • Buildable coverage
  • Provides a flawless and airbrushed finished look
  • Lightweight
  • Long lasting

Cons:

  • Messy
  • Not great for touchups on the go

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm

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I recently purchased the boxed set of Dr.Jart+ beauty balms from Sephora.com when they were having the chic week sale.  This is the first beauty balm that I have tried from the collection and so far, it’s a keeper!

I normally use Smashbox’s beauty balm and even though I love that one, I also always love trying other brands as well.  I’m a big fan of Smashbox’s beauty balm because it offers great coverage which is very important to me.  I was concerned about whether or not this one would off the same coverage (or even enough coverage).  Turns out it does : )

I used this for the first time the other day and was pleasantly surprised with the results.  The consistency is creamy with a medium thickness.  It applies smoothly and does an excellent job at hiding imperfections as well as evening out skin tones.  It also feels moisturizing and left my face with a little bit of a fresh and dewy appearance (which I often like).

I did not reapply this at any point in the day and after an 8.5 hour workday it still seemed to be holding up pretty well.  It did wear off slightly around a couple of blemishes but it didn’t completely expose them.

The only downside to this product is that it comes in only one shade.  I feel like the shade it’s most suitable for is fair/light to light-medium.  It works for me now, but come summer when I actually have a tan (or start using sunless tanners again) I feel like it could be too light for me.  I did try dusting a little bit of bare minerals bronzer over top of it to see if I could adjust the color without it looking ridiculous and it turned out nice.  It toned down my bronzer a little (which I feel like can look too harsh otherwise) and in turn the bronzer gave it a little extra kiss of color.

I’m anxious to try out the other ones in the kit being that I liked this one so much!

 

Pros:

  • Long lasting
  • SPF 45
  • Medium coverage
  • Leaves face looking fresh and slightly dewy (not good if you prefer a matte finish)

Cons:

  • Only comes in one color….and it’s probably going to be too light come summer

 

Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation

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Average Price: $36.00

I normally never use liquid foundations and generally just stick with powder/mineral foundations.  I have a wedding coming up that I am in and was on the search for a foundation that won’t budge over the course of the day or night.  After reading a lot of reviews, I picked this one from Make Up Forever.  Most of the reviews were great, all praising this products staying power, etc.

This product is supposed to be waterproof which was important for me because the weddings location is in a place that is often hot and humid, so I don’t want to take any chances of having my makeup “melt” off throughout the course of the day when the weather heats up.  It also boasts to control oil and shine and offers complete coverage with a powdery finish.

I decided to try this product out on a regular day to see how it held up.  I applied primer prior to applying this (Smashbox).  This foundation applied smoothly and easily.  I had a couple of small reddish blemishes that I wanted covered and after reading the reviews on this product, I figured it would get the job done.  I have to say, I was slightly let down.  It didn’t cover these blemishes in their entirely, as I had hoped it would.  Don’t get me wrong, it covered them to an extent, but not completely.  The reviews also made it seem like I wasn’t going to need to pair this product up with concealer, but that was not the case.  Pairing this up with concealer helped to conceal the blemishes but I was just hoping that this product alone would get the job done.  It does settle with a powdery matte finish.

I wore this over the course of a work day and by mid-afternoon, it was starting to wear off a little (especially around the blemishes).  This was also a let down because I wasn’t even in a hot and humid climate and the foundation started to wear off during the course of an  8 hour workday.  It did however control my face from having any oil or shine which I definitely liked.  (Great for those that suffer from T-Zone oils!)

I’m still going to give this a try on the wedding day but it definitely isn’t holding up to the extent of “greatness” I thought it would.  For day to day makeup, I’m sticking to my normal bare minerals foundation because I think it lasts about the same length and also controls oil and shine (and I think it covers blemishes better).  So on the day of the wedding, I will apply a light dusting of bare minerals over top the Make Up Forever foundation just for added security and staying power.

 

Pros:

  • Waterproof
  • Applies smoothly and evenly
  • Controls oil and shine

Cons:

  • Doesn’t cover blemishes entirely
  • Wears off over the course of the day

Bare Minerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

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I loooove this foundation!  I started using it years ago and was amazed by how well it works.  I tried straying away from it a couple times only because I wanted to try different products and always ended up coming back to this one.

I have fussy skin.  I tend to get random breakouts and blemishes, which I can’t stand (obviously).  Prior to using this, I used to get them a lot more.  I found that when I would stray away from this and try other products (user cheaper ones) I would instantly start getting breakouts until I stopped using the cheap stuff.

This feels very lightweight on my skin and never looks caked on or heavy.  If you are looking for a natural looking foundation, look no further, this is it!  I can wear this stuff alone or over top of another foundation to set it.  On days when I don’t really feel like doing my makeup to the full extent, I just dust this over my face.  It covers blemishes and an uneven skin tones or imperfections.

I highly recommend this product!

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Doesn’t cause breakouts (at least not for my fussy skin)
  • Covers blemishes and imperfections
  • Evens out skin tones
  • Good selection of shades to pick from
  • Long lasting
  • SPF 15

Cons:

  • At this point….I really can’t think of any!