Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free + Balance Stick Foundation is a stick foundation that claims to be medium coverage, non-comedogenic and lasts up to 10 hour. This stick foundation originally came in 10 shades but now available in 8 shades only. It retails for USD 8.99 plus taxes and contains 9 gm of product.
I am normally shade 220 Natural Beige in Maybelline Fit me Dewy + Smooth and Maybelline Super Stay foundation. So I chose the same shade (220 Natural Beige) for this foundation as well. The shade seemed a little too light than its liquid counterpart but the color matched quite nicely once I set with powder.
WEAR TEST FOR MAYBELLINE STICK FOUNDATION
I applied this foundation with a makeup sponge from Colourpop. The foundation glides smoothly and does not drag the skin. Even if its mention as a shine free stick foundation, the application feels really greasy and has a slip to it. The application was very patchy and the product lifts when I try to press with the sponge.
I tried this product with a flat topped foundation brush from BH cosmetics Rose collection brush set, buffing foundation brush from e.l.f. cosmetics. Still, nothing seems to work to make the application even. I also tried prepping my skin differently to see if the sunscreen or the primer was not working with this formula. But it does not made any difference in the finish or application. It was very oily on the skin so, I tried setting with a powder but the results were totally opposite to what I expected. I tried setting it with Maybelline Loose powder and it clings to every dry patches and really accentuates my texture and pores.
I really wanted this foundation to work since Maybelline Fit me range was such a hit. However, this formula is really difficult to work with. I tried switching up the primer, my makeup tools and setting powder as well but nothing seems to work. It wears horribly throughout the day, my skin looked like a grease ball after an hour wearing this. I would pass on this foundation and not recommend for combination/oily skin at all. Nonetheless, for dry skin people this might work out. Do let me know your thoughts on this if you’ve used this 🙂 XO
Colourpop came up with a collection called Garden Variety a while back. This collection was a limited edition and inspired by succulents and flowers and contains a beautiful color story. The product that I’m going to try out is the pressed powder blush from the Garden Variety Collection. The collection includes 4 blush shades. It retails for USD 9 and the shade I chose is Desert Rose.
The packaging is really pretty and minimal. The pressed powder blush comes in a compact mint green packaging with a succulent imprint on the blush and also contains a small mirror. The shade Desert Rose is a soft warm pink blush with a vey fine gold shift to it. It is not fully matte but the gold flakes are not shimmery and chunky either. I love dewy look so I don’t mind the gold pearl in the blush but if you want something matte then this might not be for you. This satin blush has smooth velvety texture and has a nice tint. It is not super pigmented which I like for a blush as I can sometime be heavy handed and go overboard with the product. Therefore, I like that it has medium color payoff and I can also build it up as per my preference.
WEAR TEST FOR COLOURPOP PRESSED POWDER BLUSH
The color applied smoothly over liquid foundation once it is set with a powder. It is not patchy and does not cling to dry patches either. Another important thing for me is it does not accentuate any of my pores or texture which I really like. It lasts pretty well till 4-6 hours and does not fade. While using this blush I normally skip my highlighter. As this has satin finish and gold pearls, it gives my skin beautiful subtle sheen. Therefore, I prefer not to use any highlighter. I really enjoyed using this product.
Essence I love colour intensifying Eyeshadow base is an eyeshadow primer that comes in a plastic tube with a doe foot applicator. It is available in a single shade which has light-peachy color. You can find this in most of the makeup store in Kathmandu or you can get it online from Forevryng.
This eyeshadow base has a smooth consistency and contains no fragrance. It consists the texture of a liquid concealer but not too runny. The application is smooth and once applied all over the eyelid it gives a tacky feeling which i love as it will help the eyeshadow to stick to the base. If you don’t like the finish then you can set it with a setting powder or use an eyeshadow colour that matches your skin tone. It helped me cover the light discoloration on my eyelids and gave me smooth base.
Essence eyeshadow base kept my eye makeup intact all day long. The eyeshadows looked more pigmented and have a pop of color with this eyeshadow primer underneath. It does not make the eye shadow patchy or difficult to blend. My eyelids normally gets super oily and my eyeshadow always creases after few hours of makeup but this eyeshadow made it last all day long without any creases or smudges. It is a multitasking product as you can use this to carve out your eyebrows or use it for cut crease eye makeup. I absolutely love this eyeshadow primer and would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants all day of perfect eyeshadow.
e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer comes in an plastic component bottle with an airless pump. It contains a total of 14 ml product. It claims to have 60 pumps per unit as mentioned in their official website. You can shop this directly from e.l.f. Cosmetics website.
This mineral infused face primer has a transparent, silicon like texture. It glides smoothly on the skin and applies nicely. It immediately gives the skin a matte and blurred finish. This primer reduces the shine and does not feel tacky. It is not moisturizing and does not do anything if you have extremely dry skin and have skin concerns like dry patches or textures. It does not have any fragrances and reactions on my skin. The foundation application is smooth and blend into the skin nicely because of the silicon-like texture of the primer. It does not move or set on top of the skin. The foundation looked intact once set with powder and setting spray.
Having a combination skin type, my T-zone looked nice and shine free. The pores around my nose area seems to be minimized and the textures looked less prominent. After few hours of wear my T-zone started to look oily and shiny. To eliminate that shine, I used a blotting paper and set it with a compact powder from Maybelline to touch up. The makeup looked pretty fresh afterwards. I would suggest this primer to someone with normal skin type. If you are someone with dry skin then applying a hydrating moisturizer prior to this primer would help. For oily skin people, it does not do much after few hours of application. Blotting will definitely help but you’ll start to look greasy after an hour and so which I personally don’t find that convenient.