Some of you may recall that in my First Quarter Low Buy post, I talked a little about the anxiety I suffered trying to determine what I would purchase from the early Spring Makeup 2015 collections. In the end, I decided to limit my haulage to those items that truly peaked my interest as well as to limit my budget to a certain dollar amount. Given these restrictions, rather than choosing items from a single brand collection – or even from two collections, I decided to go with a theme: Eyes, Lips, and Face. Basically, the one item from each “category” that I wanted the most that would constitute my “perfect Spring look”. Here’s are my picks:
A snap of the packaging:
While browsing the Spring Makeup collections, I definitely noticed a theme – neutrals, greens and barely there pinks. Some of those elements are reflected in the items I chose.
Originally, my first impressions of these products were contained in a single post. But as I was drafting, I realised that it was becoming much too long….approaching 2000+ words. So I’ve decided to split it into two posts. Part One is Lips and Face, while Part Two will be Eyes.
Spring Makeup 2015 Picks: Lips
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine – Surreal Sun
Confession: I’m not sure I like the original Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks. Here’s the thing. I’d only tested the original in store. At my local, a few months ago the new display was out. The testers were also new (no one had used them yet), so I felt safe trying out the formula on my lips (she also sterilized it for good measure). Anyway, the formula piled and separated on my lips. It was the strangest thing. That experience made me weary about purchasing so I never went back. However, the fact that so many people love the Pure Envy line is making me reconsider. It is also the reason why I gave the Shines a go. Although new to the U.S. market, I believe the Pure Envy Shines (of which there are 15 shades listed on Sephora’s website) were first released in Asia sometime in mid-2014.
From what I gather, the Shines are meant to be a more hydrating version of the original. They promise saturated colour in a creamy formula which provides even coverage and keeps lips “continuously moisturized throughout the day”. The packaging is divine. The shiny, sleek and slim navy bullet with magnetic closure exudes luxury. (Note: The actual lipstick sticks out a little past the barrel opening, so the first couple of times you use the lipstick, be careful when closing).
Despite all of the neutral lips we’ve been seeing, I had to go with a more traditional shade choice for the Spring season. Surreal Sun is warm pink-peach with a hint of orange that’s amazing. I absolutely love it!
Some formula notes. The finish, to me is more satin than glossy as the name might imply (using a term like “shine” and all). No stickiness. It is also quite pigmented, which may also be “unexpected” given the name (but not if you actually read the product description, I suppose). In terms of hydration, I found it to be moderately hydrating for the first two hours after which it begins to feel like a standard non-drying lipstick. It lasted for 3-4 hours, leaving a nice stain after initial dry-down (30 minutes). Unlike the original formula, this didn’t separate on me. Retail price: $30.00 USD.
Spring Makeup 2015 Picks: Face
Guerlain Meteorites Compact – 02 Clair
Another new product to my makeup life…the Guerlain Meteorites. At $62.00 USD, the compact version released for Spring 2015, is a more affordable alternative to the Voyage compact powders which retail for the astronomical price tag of $170.00 USD (although, you can buy the pan separately for $55.00 USD if you wish). In terms of price per gram, I believe you get a better deal with Guerlain Meteorites pearls. However, for a klutz like me, a pressed compact is far more convenient and user-friendly.
Unlike the Voyage, the packaging on the newer compact is plastic. Despite this, it is well made and the beautiful finish doesn’t feel cheap at all. The product itself, from what I’ve heard, essentially gives the same effect as its more expensive counter-part.
While I cannot speak on how it compares to the original pearl format, I can say that this is a lovely finishing powder. With it’s color correcting kaleidoscope (green, white, mauve, champagne), it reminds me of my Bobbi Brown Brightening Powder but with less shimmer and, somehow, giving more illumination to the face. While the Bobbi Brown powder imparts a definite glow, the Meteorites give the illusion that you are “lit from within”. It stunning in subtle way. Me like. As it’s translucent, the swatches probably won’t help but here there are anyway. I used flash in the second and third shots to try to capture the product’s luminescence.
Too Faced Soul Mates Blush Bronzer Duo – Carrie & Big
The *Too Faced Soul Mates Blush Bronzer Duo in Carrie & Big is a Blush/Bronzer which “combines a shimmering, sun-kissed bronze and a brightening pop of blush that can be used separately or blended together for a healthy, beautiful glow”. I admit, it was the “theme” behind this product that initially drew me. Described as “the power couple of beauty”, the product draws inspiration from iconic pop culture couples: Carrie & Big and Rachael & Ross. A little corny, I know. I chose Carrie & Big (not only because of my affinity for the couple) but because it is the lighter of the two. The pop of soft coral was also more appealing than the bright pink featured in Rachel & Ross. The packaging is also adorable. It is slim and sleek (and much flatter that I thought).
Although the swatches would suggest that this product lacks pigment, both the bronzer and blush do show up on the skin (I’m light to medium). The bronzer, due to its golden hues and moderate shimmer, is better for adding warmth than contouring. And it does a good job of that. The coral blush, though subtle, adds a modest pop of color to the cheek that I think is complimentary to the other spring colors I’ve chosen. Retails for $34.00 USD.
Did you pick up anything from the Spring collections? What are “Spring” colours to you and what are you excited to wear this season? Don’t forget to check out Part Two tomorrow which will feature the Clarins Garden Escape Palette and Bare Minerals Modern Pop Eyeliner!
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