French brand Make Up For Ever (MUFE) has been killing it recently with their new product releases.
First there was their Pro Finish powder, then their Artisan Brush line, then the HD Pressed Powder, and now, their new HD Blushes.
MUFE’s HD Blushes are a cream texture, which gives you a natural look and finish. They are formulated with oils, waxes, and powders, and give that “second skin” appearance. Because they are HD, the formula blends into the skin, leaving you with no visible texture and a natural-looking flush of colour. They are available in 16 shades and retail for C$31 each.
I received the colour 215, which is called Flamingo Pink and is a pink-coral shade. I find that a lot of brands have come out cream blushes recently, such as Maybelline and Rimmel London. I do like cream blushes, but there’s always the question of “how do I apply it?” Do I use my finger? A blush brush? A stippling brush? Make Up For Ever recommends applying their HD blushes with either your fingers, an HD sponge, or one of their Artisan brushes (like the 158 Double-Ended Sculpting Brush). What I ended up using was Sephora x Pantone’s angled blush brush from their new Radiant Orchid brush set, which I thought would be too soft, but ended up working perfectly.
You definitely do not need a lot of product to get a nice finish with these. I dabbed my brush into the compact and then worked it on my cheeks for a gorgeous flush of colour that was noticeable, but still natural. These may be a lot more than the cream blush drugstore counterparts at $31 a pop ($26 USD), but you can definitely see the difference in quality. The colour blends perfectly and best of all, there are no streaks. I like wearing colour that is sheer, but still noticeable, and with these, you can definitely build it up; however, a little does go a long way.
Also, because of the formulation, these do last quite a while. I applied the product at around 8 a.m. and then took it off at around 10 p.m., after a full day of work and two fitness classes. Yes, there wasn’t much colour left, but I still noticed it.
If you are on the fence about cream blushes, when it comes to these, don’t be. I absolutely love this blush and with summer coming up, this will be perfect for those super hot days where all you want to wear is something light (a BB cream and a MUFE HD Cream blush would be perfect). And, with 16 shades to choose from, it won’t be hard to find the perfect blush that will get you blushing ;).
Are you excited to try Make Up For Ever’s new HD Cream Blushes? Tried one already? What were your thoughts?
Please note, this post contains product that were sent by PR. All opinions are my own.
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If there is one makeup remover that gets a lot of hype, it’s the Bioderma Micelle Solution. I have tried Bioderma and think it’s a great product, it gets rid of makeup in a breeze, but the downside is it’s so expensive. I don’t think it’s readily available in the United States, but here in Canada it retails for C$22 at Shoppers Drug Mart. It does go on sale occasionally, but even the sale price is $16 or so, which is still expensive for a makeup remover.
L’Oreal Paris has been on the ball lately releasing drugstore versions of all my favourite products (cleansing oils, primers – we will get to that in another post), and yes, even cleansing water. For those unfamiliar with micelle solutions, it’s a water-like texture that removes makeup in a flash, while still leaving the skin’s moisture barrier intact. No rinsing is involved and it’s great for sensitive skin. Essentially, when it comes down to it, it’s just a fancy word for a makeup remover (at least to me, there is a science behind it – special molecules). I typically only use these for makeup removing, but technically you don’t have to use a cleanser afterwards as it acts as a makeup remover and cleanser.
L’Oreal Paris released their own version of micellar solution, called the Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution, and because I like Bioderma so much, I just had to have it and compare it. Well, my friends, this stuff does not disappoint. This product has gotten a ton of hype in the beauty blogger community and for good reason, it’s basically a perfect dupe for Bioderma (yes, I went there).
I wanted to see how well it compared to it’s expensive French counterpart, so I took off my makeup on one eye using Bioderma and the other with the L’Oreal version and it was essentially the same result. I put some on a cotton pad, put it on my closed eyelid and then wiped away the makeup. No residue was left and it took off all my mascara. The best part is, and this is common to micelle solutions, there is no greasy residue. It’s like a non-oil makeup remover, but better.
Honestly, when it comes down to it, I wouldn’t even bother repurchasing Bioderma because this stuff does the trick exactly the same. You do get a wee bit less than Bioderma (200 ml compared to 250 ml), but the price difference more than makes up for the size difference. At C$11.99 a pop (I’ve seen people post it cheaper, under the $10 range), you can two bottles of the L’Oreal version for one bottle of the Bioderma.
The only thing I can think of that I didn’t like about this product – and it’s such a minor thing – is when you pour it on the cotton pad, I tend to saturate it a bit more than I would like. If they made this stuff with a pump top that would be perfect, but honestly, I’m not that picky.
Have you tried L’Oreal Paris’ Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution? What were your thoughts?
Please note, I received this product from PR. All opinions are my own.
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I thought I found my spring go-to lipsticks when Maybelline released their Buffs collection, but then I came across my weakness and I caved.
Baby pinks and nudes are my jam. Although I will sport the occasional red, dark, or magenta lip, there’s nothing like a baby pink to brighten my day. It’s so sweet, but sexy at the same time. I do have quite the collection of various shades, but I’m such a sucker that as soon as a spot a new one, I cave. It doesn’t matter if I have a couple already that are dupes, if I see it, I must have it in my life.
I picked up two new baby pinks within days of each other (Hi, my name is Shayna and I have a lipstick problem), and I am obsessed. Although it may be too pale for some, baby pinks are so perfect to sport once the weather gets nicer (or for me, year round). It’s still -40 degrees Celsius (#WinnipegPeopleProblems), but a pink pout usually warms my mood, no matter what the thermostat says.
My first obsession is an affordable one. CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Yummy. This blue-toned pale pink goes on quite sheer but is buildable. I have a few CoverGirl lipsticks already, but I haven’t come across one that I would normally reach for/a staple in my collection. Then, I spotted Yummy during the Beauty United Grammys party and I knew I had to have it in my life. Prior to this one, I hadn’t really come across a drugstore baby pink that I would recommend to people, but then I got Yummy. It’s seriously just as cute as it’s name.
For those unfamiliar with CoverGirl’s Lip Perfection lipsticks, they are super buildable and incredibly moisturizing. Because this shade in particular is so light, I do find that I have to reapply it often, but honestly, I find that with a lot of light-coloured lipsticks, no matter the brand.
My second obsession is one that I was a little hesitant blogging about, only because it’s part of a MAC limited edition collection. Rose Lily, a lustre lipstick is part of MAC’s current collection, A Fantasy of Flowers, which is full of pastel-shades and perfect for spring. Basically I saw this, tried it on, and was like I really don’t need another pink lipstick… and then my mom bought it for me the next day (thanks mom!), so I guess it was meant to be.
Because this shade is a lustre, it goes on sheer but you can build it up. It’s also quite glossy, so it’s a double whammy, colour and gloss! This particular shade is sold out online, but when I bought it from my closest MAC counter (which is probably the most popular counter in my city), they had three left after I got mine. The MAC store had a whole bunch and that was a week after the collection released. If you are interested in picking this colour up, call your local counters.
MAC Rose Lily on top, CoverGirl Yummy on bottom.
I did swatch the two colours to see if they would be dupes and no, they aren’t exactly the same. CoverGirl Yummy is a bit darker than MAC’s Rose Lily, but if you are craving a baby pink and Rose Lily is sold out, try CoverGirl’s version, it’s more affordable and I find both of them to be really moisturizing.
What’s your go-to shade for spring? Have you tried CoverGirl’s Yummu lipstick and MAC’s Rose Lily?
Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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