I am finally doing makeup review! It’s been way too long since I’ve done one so I have a lot of things I could potentially talk about, but I knew I had to start with these.
I’ve owned this for over a year now, and I use it constantly. It is one of my two go-to items for eye makeup for work. I tend to use it as a liner and for shading in the outer corner and crease. This eyeshadow stick sets really quickly and is difficult to blend once it’s set however. When I use it as eyeshadow I have to move fast and blend with my fingers. Having said that, I have absolutely no dramas with unwanted transfers! The packaging does not lie!
I adore the colour of this, and despite the general advice of not wearing too much glitter if you have hooded and/or heavy eyes, I find that this product is an exception to the rule for me.
One more thing—I have about an inch of the product left in the stick, despite it being one of my two go-to products for over a year. “A little goes a long way” is an absolute understatement! It has such a saturated colour to it that one swipe is all I need, especially when I’m using it as liner. It has a really creamy texture, but the glitter is very fine, so it glides on smoothly. It is very easy to do a variety of gorgeous makeup looks; I know Google Images has my back on this!
Animal status: Kiko state on their website that they are animal friendly and they choose not to be leaping bunny certified because of the fees and registration required with private entities. I’m skeptical though. I don’t think these products are normally able to be purchased in/from Australia (I received this as a souvenir from a family member’s overseas travels), so I’m not too concerned at the moment. When the product starts to run out, I’ll think about it some more.
My family member also gave me one Kiko’s Colour Sphere eyeshadows:
I haven’t been wearing this one as much because I’ve
only just started learning how to apply eyeshadow for hooded/heavy eyes been in a big eyeliner phase, but I adore the colours in this eyeshadow! When my family member gave these to me, they said that they saw these colours and thought of me instantly. They couldn’t have been more correct! This eyeshadow also matches well with the eyeshadow stick.
I get a bit of fallout when I apply this eyeshadow, but not a lot. It does have some glitter to it but not a lot. It has a great colour saturation and it blends well. The powder is really fine, which makes applying it evenly a real dream. I love mixing it in with my neutrals, but I wouldn’t recommend this shade in particular to anyone who has a cool-toned complexion.
Animal status: as above.
I decided to grab an eye primer a while ago. I didn’t know what to grab but I decided on this:
It’s a risk that came with reward, for me! Again, despite the hooded/heavy eyes it does the job. The colour of the product is ever so slightly too yellow, but it’s not entirely noticeable, especially in the warmer months when my skin is more tanned. For the days when it stands out more, I apply neutral eyeshadow or skin-toned powder over the top before applying other eyeshadows. This primer also helps to brighten up the inner corners of my eyes, and hide eye veins. The colour is really opaque and the texture is very creamy, which makes blending it into my skin quite easy.
I’ve found that this primer does extend my eye makeup—particularly eyeshadows—for a few extra hours. It does for some eyeliners as well, but other eyeliners have just been a lost cause, and their insistence on transferring and smudging is not something I fault the base for. In summary, it does its job really well, but it’s not Superman. Definitely worth what I paid for, however!
Animal status: NYX is owned by L’Oreal, and it has “Made in P.R.C” (People’s Republic of China?) written on my tub of primer. But PETA published this earlier in year, and NYX have the bunny logo on this product as well. Ultimately, If it’s good enough for PETA, it’s good enough for me!
Lastly, I just had to mention this:
It’s been a while since I bought a foundation that isn’t a powder, but I was feeling a need for heavier coverage, and the powder alone wasn’t cutting it. I went back to Australis because I used to use some of their foundation as well, but they no longer sold that particular type. Instead, they were selling this. It was on sale. I decided to try it and it’s been a huge success!
This foundation can withstand a sunny day with temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius, even without setting powder. Not all foundations can do that! I grabbed this foundation in its Nude shade, and it’s still working for me despite the changing seasons—I bought this in the spring, and it’s so far carried me into the summer without the shade varying too differently from my skin. It’s colour-correcting aspect is effective; the only spots it doesn’t cover are spots that would take a mountain of concealer to hide in the first place. I look brighter, more awake, and my skin tone more even.
I tend to apply this foundation with my hands, dabbing dots near the center of my face, my chin and on my forehead (to a lesser extent), and blend it out by making a tapping motion—the same way one would use a sponge. I find my hands work better than using a sponge, however, as the heat of my hands helps it blend in more. I do usually set my foundation with powder, and when I do it lasts all day (a solid 8 hours at least). I do find myself needing to use a fair bit of this product, but for the results I get, it’s worth it. This foundation also has SPF 25 in it, which is great.
Animal status: Friendly, and this particular product is also vegan!
That’s it for this time, but I have plenty of other things to talk about once I do a bit more road testing! They’re not products and/or brands I usually get, and I know it will be great to talk about something different. Until next time, take care!