First things first, CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS SHADE RANGE? This foundation comes in a total of 40 shades, which is super impressive for such an affordable price. A lot of drugstore brands are finally stepping their game up and extending their shade range. I’m super excited that they see our constructive criticism and they’re taking it into consideration when creating new products. The ratio of light to dark is OFF but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
This foundation does oxidize slightly. Because, it’s marketed as a matte foundation, I automatically assumed it would. Matte foundations tend to oxidize. So, I don’t consider that a bad things. It is something you should take into consideration when picking your shade.
I have combination skin, I have an oily t-zone, and the rest of my face is extremely dry. This foundation creates the perfect balance. DON’T let the word matte scare you off. When I think matte, I immediately think it’s gonna be heavy. Like a mask. This foundation is the complete opposite. It’s so lightweight. I don’t feel like I’m wearing anything. The amount of coverage varies depending on what you apply it with, obviously. I’d say it’s medium coverage. When I want full coverage, I apply it with a brush. For everyday wear, I apply it with a sponge. Either way, my skin looks flawless, almost airbrushed. You have to work quickly when blending everything out. I don’t dot it around my face, like I do with other foundations. I pump the product onto the back of my hand and work apply it from there. It really helps to warm up the product. It doesn’t layer well, more than one layer is borderline caky. It doesn’t last very long on its own. By itself, my face was an oil slick, by the end of the night. So, a primer is a must. This foundation claims to be transfer proof, unfortunately it’s not. It transfers less than other foundations but it does in fact transfer.
OVERALL, I like this foundation. The color D80 is a good match, even though it oxidizes. When paired with a primer, it lasts allllll day and night. It isn’t heavy, like other matte foundations I’ve tried. I wouldn’t wear this foundation during the winter months, because my skin is somewhat dry, but I do love it in the summer when I produce a lot more oil.
I can honestly say this is the cutest packaging I’ve ever seen. I’m not a huge fan of the eyeshadow formula but I love the packaging. The chocolate scent is a plus. I have had this palette for years and it STILL smells like chocolate. The eyeshadow pans are huge, you definitely get your money’s worth.
This palette consists of your everyday neutrals with a couple of pops of color. The pinks, purples, and plums really sets this palette apart from every other neutral eyeshadow palette. I have done so many eye looks with this palette. I can create an everyday look for school and work, or a dramatic look for a night out. The possibilities are limitless.
The formula is inconsistent throughout the entire palette. Some eyeshadows are pigmented and some aren’t. As expected, every palette has a few duds. I’d definitely reccomend using an eyeshadow primer or base to get the most color pay off. I always wet my brush to apply shimmers for full intensity and avoid fallout. Every matte is pigmented, except for Strawberry Bon Bon. Some are the mattes are super dry, while others are creamy to the touch. Most of the mattes apply smoothly, blend out seamlessly, and I haven’t had any issues with fallout. Gilded Ganache, Black Forest Truffle, and Cherry Cordial are considered mattes with a fine glitter. Candied Violet is considered a pearl with fine glitter. Marzipan, Amaretto, Hazelnut, Creme Brulee, Haute Chocolate, and Champagne Truffle all have a metallic finish. The ‘mattes with fine glitter’ and ‘pearl with fine glitter’ are more pigmented when applied with the finger than a brush. Cherry Cordial has glitter but it appears completely matte when applied to the lid. The metallics are super easy to work with. They’re pigmented on their own. I don’t have to apply with my fingers or wet the brush. These eyeshadows are long lasting. I can get a full day of wear when paired with a primer. They don’t fade or crease throughout the day. I love that they divided each eyeshadow into different categories, instead of calling them all shimmers. It made me realize that it may not necessarily be a bad eyeshadow, it just needs to applied differently than the average shimmer.
This is my first experience with both a tinted moisturizer, and Laura Mercier Products. I was super excited to try this tinted moisturizer along with the foundation primer and illuminator. I appreciate the fact that Laura Mercier products are infused with skin benefiting ingredients. It also has SPF, I’m an esthetician, and that’s super important to me.
First things first, I’m extremely disappointed in the shade range. When I was contacted by Influenster to participate in this campaign, I automatically assumed “Mocha” (the deepest shade) would be my perfect match. WRONG. It was a shade or two too light. It did slightly adjust once blended in but I do wish there was a deeper shade. With that being said, I STILL wanted to test it out for the sake of this review.
APPLICATION: I don’t recommend using a beauty blender or sponge to apply this. The coverage is pretty much non-existent and a sponge soaked up a ton of product. I’m not a fingers type of girl but the warmth of my fingers helped the product melt into the skin VS. when applied with a brush it kind of sat on top of the skin.
PERFORMANCE AND LONGEVITY: It is a tinted a moisturizer, don’t expect a ton of coverage. The coverage is super sheer, to the point where it’s undectable on the skin. It isn’t a product that you can build up. It doesn’t cover any imperfections or blemishes. I did try applying a color corrector; it did show through, due to this product not being pigmented enough to cover it. Even though, it has very little coverage, it does even out the complexion. The finish is neither matte nor dewy, it’s somewhere in between, so it’s suitable for all skin types. It’s hydrating, but my t-zone doesn’t get oily throughout the day. On its own, it lasts for four to five hours— when paired with a long wearing primer, it lasted about seven hours, before I noticed it starting to fade.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: My go-to, everyday foundations are light coverage— so a tinted moisturizer is right up my alley. This product is perfect if you’re going for a minimal, “no makeup” makeup. I absolutely LOVE this tinted moisturizer. This is one of the most comfortable base products I’ve ever worn.
The Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette retails for thirty-eight dollars and contains thirty-five eyeshadows. It can be purchased at Ulta, Morphe stores, or on Morphe websites. There’s a lot of fakes with harmful ingredients floating around, I recommend buying it from a reliable source to make sure you’re getting an authentic palette.
First, things first the only gripe I have with this palette is there’s no mirror. Instead, there’s a message that say “This palette is dedicated to all my loving subscribers. xo, Jaclyn.” I don’t consider it a deal-breaker because it’s so affordable. I really like that she took our constructive criticism and included a mirror in her new vault palettes.
The size of this palette doesn’t bother me. It is quite large. I don’t mind because 1) there’s a lot of product in each pan, 2) it has every eyeshadow I’ll ever need in ONE palette. The shade range is absolutely beautiful. They’re your everyday neutral, but every shade is unique in their own way. She even included a couple of colorful shades in the bottom left corner. I can create so many looks, I can do an everyday, natural look or full glam. I don’t have to reach for other palettes to create an entire eye look. It has every color I’d ever need, which is why this is my go-to. This is my first experience with Morphe eyeshadows and I’m beyond impressed. The shimmers and matte are both equally pigmented. They are vibrant with or without an eyeshadow primer. These are the best shimmers I’ve ever tried. I love how creamy they are. I don’t have to apply more than one layer or wet my brush. The mattes are super blendable, they pretty much blended themselves. The only eyeshadow that gave me trouble was Jada and Abyss, they just didn’t blend as well as the others. Not only are they good quality, they last on my eyes all day, until I remove my makeup at night.
FINAL THOUGHTS: If I had to pick ONE palette to use for the rest of my life, I’d 100% choose this palette. I wasn’t expecting to love this eyeshadow palette. Some people love their eyeshadows (those people usually have a discount code, NO SHADE.), some people think they are average. I, personally think this palette is really good quality. UNFORTUNATELY, I can’t tell you how this formula compares to their original eyeshadow formula. I remember JH saying she formulated these eyeshadows, herself, so I’m assuming it’s a different than the formula in their other eyeshadow palettes.
No matter how much I wanted to, I just didn’t like this palette. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of Tarte. I love their Shape Tape Concealer, Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara, Lights Camera Lashes Mascara. I got really sucked in by the idea of having so many mattes in one palette, the shimmers which I love, were a bonus. This would be a great palette to travel with. The mirror is huge, and you can create so many looks with this ONE palette. I love the layout of this palette. It can be overwhelming when dealing with larger palettes. Tarte made it super easy by grouping similar colors together, arranging each eyeshadow from lightest to darkest, with a coordinating shimmer at the end of each row. One thing I realized is Tarte eyeshadow formula is very hit or miss. Some eyeshadows perform better than others. The shimmers are absolutely beautiful. They are super pigmented, I don’t have to apply more than one layer, or wet the brush. I was disappointed with the formula of the matte eyeshadows. The lighter eyeshadows were okay. It was the darker ones I struggled with. The first thing I noticed was how chalky the mattes were. They kicked up a lot of dust, which caused a ridiculous amount of fallout. They swatch beautifully but lacked pigmentation when applied with a brush. I really have to pack on the color to get any color payoff. The application was super patchy. They were impossible to blend, they either completely disappeared, or left a harsh line. Looking at this palette, I immediately thought I could create an entire look. I can only use one or two eyeshadows from this palette, when paired together, they mix and turn brown EVERY TIME. I consider myself an avid eyeshadow wearer, but this eyeshadow just doesn’t work for ME. Some people love and consider this palette their HG, kudos to them, I just can’t make it work. I have tried it with different primers. I have tried setting the primer, not setting the primer. I have tried a fluffier blending brush and a blending brush with more densely packed bristles. NOTHING seems to work, and I don’t have the energy, when I have so many other eyeshadow palettes that I love. If I could go back in time, I probably wouldn’t purchase this palette. I bought this palette, specifically for the mattes, and I was less than impressed with the formula. The lighter shades look extremely similar on my skin tone; if you have a lighter complexion, that may not be an issue. The packaging is simple, yet beautifu. I love the shimmers and I’d purchase their single shimmer shadows. I really like the concept, I see where they were going with this palette, but I think it was poorly executed.
First things first, I’m a huge fan of Becca’s complexion products. Some brands don’t cater to WOC and that’s okay. Becca, along with many others do. The deeper shades seem well throughout, instead of an after throughout. There’s a total of twenty-four shades and I’m reviewing Cacao. Cacao is a “cool brown with red undertones.”
I wanted to get a TRUE feel for this foundation. I tested it out on both my sister and I, I have dry skin, and she’s super oily. I tested it with different primers to see which it worked best with. I applied with both a sponge and different foundation brush. Just to give you guys a REAL run down on how well this primer performed on different skin types, with different primers, or when applied with a brush vs a sponge.
This foundation stands true to it’s claims of being FULL coverage. One pump of product was enough for my entire face and covered every imperfection. I applied a second pump to see how well it layered and I didn’t have any issues with cakyness. As I said before, I did try applying it with both a sponge and multiple foundation brushes. There were no REAL differences. The only difference I noticed was I got less coverage when I applied it with a sponge. The finish is absolutely beautiful. It doesn’t look like I’m wearing foundation, it just looks like my skin but better. This foundation CAN cling to dry patches. It’s important to moisturize well. I cannot attest to if it wears for 24 hours, I haven’t worn it for THAT long. After seven or eight hours, my t-zone started getting super oily. I don’t bake, ever, but I’d definitely recommend baking or blotting to combat oiliness.
FINAL THOUGHTS: This foundation is suitable for all skin types. Anyone who’s looking for good coverage will love this foundation. It’s easy to blend, stays put throughout the day, and my skin looks flawless. I’d 100% purchase this foundation with my own money. It’s a good product and I love it.
Thank you Influenster and Becca. I’m extremely excited to be able to receive free products in exchange for my honest review.
This concealer retails for twenty four dollars and contains 0.09 oz of product. It’s available in fifteen shades and I’m wearing dark neutral #13. The shade range is.. ok. There’s only three of four shades that cater to deeper complexions and the two darkest shades are extremely similar.
The application is super smooth. It feels comfortable and lightweight. It does have a thicker consistency which makes it hard to blend. It was easier to blend with my fingers than a sponge or brush. The tapping motions and warmth of my fingers really helped the product melt into the skin. This concealer claims to be crease proof and full coverage with a matte finish. I never have to bake but with this concealer I do or it immediately starts to crease and collect in the tiny lines under my eyes. It’s not full coverage but it’s pretty close— it doesn’t layer well enough to build up coverage. I have worn this concealer for 10-12 hours and it stays matte for about five hours before I notice any oil peeking through. I didn’t have any issues with it fading throughout the day and still looked good at the end of the day.
The only real issue I have with this concealer is the ridiculous amount of creasing. That doesn’t necessarily make it a bad products.