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

Sephora Collection Classic Bronzer Brush #44

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This brush can be used for any type of powder makeup but I prefer to use it specifically for applying bronzer.

For the most part, I like this brush but I can’t help but to think that it may have been cheaply made.  I’ve had this brush for well over a year now but a couple of months into having it, the actual bristle head popped right out.  I was able to repair it by gluing the base of the bristle head back into the top of the brush handle and it hasn’t happened since.  I probably managed to get the lemon of the bunch (go figure-of course I would).

Aside from that little fiasco the brush has been working out for the most part.  It does shed on occasion but nothing significant and not to the extent that I’m leaving a trail of bristle hairs across my face….just an occasional one here and there.

The bristles are not super soft and are actual more coarse….so for those of you that like that super soft bristled brushes, this one isn’t for you.  I think that the firmer and coarser bristles on this brush help it to make applying bronzer easier because it allows for more control and allows you to build and blend the bronzer while controlling the coverage.

I think if you wear bronzer, this brush (or one similar to it) is a must have…hopefully though, you get one that doesn’t fall apart.

 

Pros:

  • Allows for controlled coverage and easy blending
  • Thicker brush for more control

Cons:

  • Bristle top fell out and I had to glue it back on
  • Sheds occasionally, but not excessively

Sephora Collection Two Tone Portfolio Brush Set

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I was going away on vacation and decided that rather than hauling a ton of individual brushes along with me that a brush set would be practical.  I wasn’t worried about having a top of the line brush set because I was going to be spending a lot of time on the beach so I wasn’t worried about having perfect makeup and also didn’t want to spend a fortune on a brush set.  So I found this set on good ol’ Sephora.com.

It features 6 essential brushes that are perfect for travel and comes with a buckle snap closure black case for $44.00.

Included in this set are the following brushes:

  • Blush brush
  • Powder/complexion brush
  • Eye shadow blending brush
  • Eye shadow detail brush
  • Concealer brush
  • Retractable lip brush

This set of brushes seemed to cover all the basics for me on a simple makeup day.  I was pleased with the set when it arrived.  It’s compact and isn’t too big or bulky.  It snaps shut nicely and doesn’t bulge out so it’s great for travel and is also a great set to toss in your purse for touchups, etc.

The only brush out of this set that I use on a daily basis is the blush brush because I still haven’t gotten around to getting a new one.  I have noticed that with daily use, this brush is starting to show some wear and getting a little worn out.  The bristles are starting to flare out a little and get a frizzy appearance.

The concealer brush was a let down and I was looking forward to using that one.  With each use, I started to notice that the bristles were moving further and further out from the brush.  Then, they started to shed excessively to the point where I was left with next to no bristles and had to toss the brush all together.

Aside from that issue and the blush brush getting worn out from daily wear, the case is still nice for travel.  The other brushes are holding up well and are not shedding.  I would say that this set is good strictly for travel only and doesn’t hold up well for day to day use over a long period of time.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Covers all the basic brush needs
  • Compact
  • Great for travel
  • Nice case

Cons:

  • Not for everyday use
  • Concealer brush didn’t last long at all

Foundation Types Revealed

There are so many different foundations to pick from that it’s hard knowing just which one is right for you.  Below is a breakdown of some of the most popular/common types of foundation that are available as well as which ones are best suited for your skin type.

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CREAM

Offers more moisture than other foundations

Basics:

  • Contains oil
  • Thick and creamy consistency
  • Available in stick, compact and tube form
  • Heavy coverage
  • Perfect for covering skin imperfections, scars and blemishes
  • Glossy finish
  • Can be used as a  concealer as well
  • BB creams are a cream form
  • Set with powder for longer lasting wear
  • Hydrates skin

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Dry skin
  • Normal skin

bbBobbi Brown Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25
$58.00

GuGuerlain Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation Second Skin Effect
$51.00

DG

Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation
$59.00

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LIQUID

One of the most popular types of foundation available

Basics:

  • Versatile
  • Applies smoothly and easily
  • Easiest to apply of all foundation types
  • Lightweight
  • Blends well
  • Coverage ranges from light to heavy
  • Can give skin a dewy and healthy appearance
  • Also available in water or oil based formulas
  • Also available in waterproof

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Dry skin
  • Wrinkled or aging skin
  • Oily skin
  • Normal skin
  • Combination skin

LIQUID FOUNDATION TYPES

Oil Based:

  • Thick and greasy consistency
  • Ideal for dry skin
  • Ideal for wrinkled skin
  • Blends easily and well
  • Leaves skin looking moisturized, supple and healthy

Water Based:

  • Contains silicon
  • Adds shine to face
  • Applies smoothly and easily
  • Provides lighter coverage

Oil-Free:

  • Formulated without oil
  • Best for sensitive and/or acne prone skin

UD

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
$39.00

nars

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
$44.00

Clin

Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15
$27.00

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CREAM TO POWDER

 Goes on as a liquid-dries as a powder

Basics:

  • Applies as a liquid, dries to a powder finish
  • Minimizes oils
  • Lasts throughout the day
  • Compact form is the most common
  • Easy to apply
  • Dries fast
  • Smooth and flawless finish

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Combination skin
  • Normal skin

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Benefit Cosmetics Some Kind-A-Gorgeous
$30.00

LoracLorac Oil-Free Wet/Dry Powder Makeup
$36.00

diorDior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Crème-Gel Makeup SPF 20
$49.00

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SPRAY

Growing in popularity….

Basics:

  • Refreshes makeup
  • Easy to apply
  • Not as common as other foundations
  • Smooth, airbrushed finish

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Sensitive Skin

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Dior Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation
$62.00

hourglass

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil-Free
$55.00

sephora

Sephora Collection Instant Airbrush Foundation
$20.00

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POWDER

Easy to Use and Provides a Natural Look

Basics:

  • Available in loose or pressed powder
  • Very dry-no moisture
  • Easy to use
  • Provides a natural look
  • Very common
  • Light to medium coverage
  • Some can be applied wet
  • Great for retouching makeup

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Normal skin
  • Combination skin
  • Oily skin

mup4eMake Up Forever Duo Mat Powder Foundation
$34.00

sepSephora Microsmooth Foundation Face Powder
$22.00

PowderSmashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder & Brush Set
$59.00

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clinique

TINTED MOISTURIZER

Adds a hint of color

Basics:

  • Minimal coverage
  • Evens out skin tones
  • Hydrates dry skin
  • Softens and protects skin
  • Adds a hint of color
  • One-step process
  • Combination of moisturizer and foundation (more moisturizer)
  • Not good for skin with blemishes
  • Natural look

Best Suited For These Skin Types:

  • Dry skin (best)
  • Combination skin
  • Normal skin

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
$43.00

Stila

Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20
$34.00

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Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 15
$55.00

Sephora Favorites Glitz and Glam Party Sampler

aHere is yet another boxed set from Sephora that I couldn’t resist and had to buy….

This 9 piece set includes (for $45.00):

  • Stila Duo Shimmer Powder in Kitten (0.09 oz.)
  • Laura Mercier Baked Eye Color in Black Karat (0.018 oz.)
  • Bare Minerals Eye Color in Good Fortune (0.02 oz.)
  • Sephora by O.P.I. Nail Color in Looks Like Rain Dear (0.125 oz.)
  • Josie Maran Gogo Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara in Black (0.11 oz.)
  • Nars Body Glow (1 oz.)
  • Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre Gold (0.17 oz.)
  • Bare Escentuals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Trail Blazer (0.15 oz.)
  • Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Starfish (0.01 oz.)
  • Clutch

I like all the products in this set but there are some that I like more than others.  First off, this is a glitz and glam set so there’s a lot of shimmer and sparkle.  Personally, I do not care to shimmer and sparkle with my makeup on a daily basis.  So with that said, these aren’t items that I would wear on a daily basis.  These are items that I would wear more on for a night out or some special occasion where my regular makeup look just won’t cut it.

Stila Duo Shimmer Powder in Kitten: These shades are cute and I feel like they are not too shimmery to the point that I couldn’t get away with incorporating them into my regular makeup routine to mix it up a little here and there.

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Color in Black Karat: This can be used wet or dry.  I feel I am more inclined to use this as an eyeliner instead of an eye shadow.  Definitely not one that I would wear daily.

Bare Minerals Eye Color in Good Fortune: I really like Bare Minerals makeup and have used a lot of their eye color in the past.  I have some other shimmery shades of theirs and I tend to use them more as an eye liner than an eye shadow.  I normally will draw a very thin fine line above my lash line or overtop of black eye liner because it doesn’t look ridiculously shimmery and it gives my eyes a little pop (especially when paired up with black liner).

Sephora by O.P.I. Nail Color in It Looks Like Rain Dear: Funny gold glittery nail color.  Once again, definitely not something that I would want on my nails for a day to day look.  (It kind of screams Christmas or New Year’s to me).

Josie Maran Gogo Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara in Black: I’ve used this mascara in the past because I got it in another boxed set or as a sample from somewhere.  I normally really like Josie’s products but this is one that I would never buy the full size of.  The last tube of it that I had seemed to dry out incredibly fast.  I don’t leave the wand out or the lid loose either so I know that it didn’t dry out because I neglected to put the lid on it correctly or forgot to put the lid on period.  This one isn’t dry (yet) but it tends to go on my lashes really heavily translating into a mess because then my lashes all clump together (as does the mascara).  So this one really isn’t a winner for me.

Nars Body Glow: I love this stuff.  Not to mention, I really love the scent of it!  It just seems very beachy and tropical to me.  It gives skin the perfect glow as well.

Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre Gold: Haven’t tried this one yet so  I can’t comment on how I like yet.

Bare Escentuals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Trail Blazer: I like this.  I like the color a lot.  I tend to look lip gloss shades that are lighter and not over the top or too bright (those just don’t seem to work on me!)  This shade suits me well and the angled wand applicator makes applying the gloss easy.  It doesn’t feel too heavy, thick or goopy.  (I don’t go overboard though with applying it because I prefer a thin layer of gloss).  It has a minty taste and tingle to it.  It’s big too….it will definitely last a while.  This is something that I would use daily.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Starfish: Haven’t tried this one yet so I can’t comment on how I like it.

Clutch: The clutch is probably one of my favorite pieces to this set :)  It’s fun and shimmery and holds a good amount of makeup.  I was desperately in need of a new one.

I would recommend this set if you like a lot of shimmer and sparkle.  I like being able to try these products and have them on hand for when an occasion pops up and I want to incorporate some shimmer and sparkle into my makeup routine.  Like I said, since I wouldn’t normally wear these on a regular basis they will last me awhile and buying this set is much more practical for me than purchasing these items in their full sizes.

 

Pros:

  • Great set for those that want to sparkle and shine (great for a night out!)
  • Affordable
  • Opportunity to try before you buy the larger full-size products

Cons:

  • I wouldn’t wear barely any of these on a daily basis

 

 

 

Sephora Favorites In The Glow Set

glowI’m a sucker for Sephora’s boxed sets.  They get me every time.  I think I have purchased every box set they’ve had available over the past year that was stocked full of makeup goodies.  They always have a ton of products that I want to try and I just hate shelling out money for a full sized product that I’m not completely sure I will love.  This is by far the best way to test all the latest, greatest and hottest makeup products available without buying them separately.

This 9 piece set includes (for $45.00):

  • Benefit High Beam (0.13 oz.)
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder (0.08 oz.)
  • Tarte Natural Cheek Stain in Flush (0.17 oz.)
  • Stila Convertible Color in Peony (0.07 oz.)
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Splendor (0.11 oz.)
  • Lorac Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder in Spotlight (0.106 oz.)
  • Bare Minerals All Over Face Color in Pure Radiance (0.02 oz.)
  • Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Golden Mosaic (0.14 oz.)
  • Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna (0.08 oz.)

I like all the items in this set.  I have used a few of them in the past, so I knew I already liked them.  Since it’s spring now, I like to have more of a golden glow and there’s a lot of great products in here that give me that.  Plus, I can use different ones on different days and don’t have to use the same product day in and day out.

I would definitely recommend this set….you can’t beat the price!

 

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Opportunity to try these items at a smaller size before buying the full size versions
  • A great assortment of name brand products

Cons:

  • They are small so they won’t last a very long time (but I knew this buying it)

Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Powder Foundation SPF 20

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I was flipping through channels one night and stumbled onto a QVC special with Josie Maran.  I’m a somewhat new fan to Josie Maran’s line of products but the ones that I have tried, I always seem to like.  So I started watching and they introduced this product.  I was pretty intrigued by it and thought it looked neat and like something I would like so I decided to give it a try and order it.  (I ordered it from Sephora though instead of QVC.)

I ordered the compact in light/medium and it seems to be a good match for me.

I tried it out and my overall impression of the product is that I like it!

When I first applied it, it looked too light for my skin and looked a little powdery.  I like it alone for less than a minute (didn’t touch or fuss over it) and let it do its thing.  Sure enough, it changed and ended up matching my skin color pretty much spot on.  Yay!

I don’t think it offers the fullest coverage though.  I had a couple small blemishes (more on the reddish side) that I was hoping to cover up with it and unfortunately, that didn’t happen.  It definitely helped to disguise them but I wouldn’t say that it completely hid them as I would have liked it to.  Now, it also could have been an operator error on my part and maybe I should have kept applying it.  However, I didn’t really think that I should be need to “cake it on” to hide the blemishes.  Oh well, I still like it!

I think my biggest dislike for this product isn’t actually the product itself but the compact that the product comes in.  I have to say that this is probably one of the cheapest compacts I have ever dealt with.  (And I’ve used a lot!)  I feel like I have gotten cheap drugstore brand compacts in the past that were of a better quality than this compact.  I’m afraid that if I ever dropped this thing it would crack and instantly break.  I feel like just opening and closing it will cause it to break if I am not careful with it.  Also, the sponge that is included is very thin and seems like it is going to wear out and crumble very quickly.  Of course, a new sponge can always be purchased to replace this thin one once it wears out.  I just feel like for $34.00 it should be of better quality.

Pros:

  • Changes to match your skin color/tune
  • Applies evenly and smoothly
  • Lightweight
  • Doesn’t look caked on or thick

Cons:

  • Cheap compact
  • Thin cheap sponge
  • Doesn’t cover blemishes completely (at least not the redder ones!)