Whenever Too Faced launches anything new, I get super excited.
Although their new releases are often just new collections, when they launch a new product I get even more excited. Case in point, their new Born This Way Sculpting Concealer.
I have the Born This Way foundation already and although it isn’t my top foundation, I do quite enjoy it and find it does the trick. As part of the BTW family, the brand introduced a new concealer that also contours, highlights, and retouches. This product, available in 20 shades, perfects your skin, while leaving it looking natural and photo ready. The formula contains fully loaded pigments that provide a high coverage that blends seamlessly into your skin tone.
I received two shades of this, Porcelain and Vanilla, and have been using Vanilla non-stop since I got it. You apply the concealer via the doe-foot applicator, which makes it easy to target certain areas of the face, whether that’s undereyes, the bridge of your nose, chin and forehead, under the hollows of your cheeks, etc.
I do find this to be a thicker concealer, but it absorbs into your skin nicely and really stays put. A little goes a long way with this, so if you are using it to conceal, just put a few dots on your skin and then blend it out. You could also invest in a darker shade for liquid contouring as well. I don’t have issues with dark circles, but since the formula is a little more thicker, I think that if you suffer from discolouration under the eyes, this may be perfect for you.
This concealer retails for C$36 each, which I think for the size of the product (0.50 oz) is worth the price. I have Shape Tape as well and although both are amazing concealers, if you’re in Canada like me, you can’t actually get that at Sephora (you’ll have to order it off Tarte’s site as it is exclusive to Ulta). Do I like it better than Tarte Shape Tape? I think it’s comparable. I do find the Too Faced Born This Way to be a little thicker, but it’s not a bad thickness, that just means to me that you’re getting a little better coverage. With that being said, I also find that I don’t feel the concealer. It’s very lightweight. This also doesn’t dry out, crease, or cake on my skin.
If you’re looking for a new concealer or suffer from dark circles, I would say to give this one a try. A bottle of this will last you a while and it really does make your eye area more radiant. And, with 20 different shades, you’ll be sure to find a fit that matches your skin tone.
Are you planning on trying out Too Faced’s Born This Way Sculpting Concealer?
Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.
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Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(MARC)able Foundation is my favourite foundation of all time.
Since its so expensive I typically reserve it for nights where I’m really doing my makeup. With that being said, since my foundation collection has significantly expanded, I haven’t shown it much love lately. That isn’t to say that I don’t still love it, but I’m open to trying out new formulas and brands as I’m always on the hunt for something bigger and better. Naturally, when I saw that the brand released a new foundation, I was giddy with excitement to try it out and see how it compares to my fave.
Shameless Youthful-Look 24H Foundation came out earlier this year and is a medium, buildable foundation that promises 24-hour wear and a youthful complexion. Available in 29 shades, this foundation is oil-free and feels weightless on the skin. It is a buildable, medium coverage that absorbs into the skin quickly and seamlessly, and best of all, provides no flashbacks photos (meaning that the colour you see in real life will be the one you see in photos).
The formula contains the patented Infinity Milling process that produces super-fine pigments that give you a natural-looking finish. Since there is a staggering 29 shades available, you should be able to find the perfect colour for your skin (I found this tough though since there are so many shades). Shameless also has skincare benefits infused in the formula as well, such as snow mushroom, which is known to hold onto water, kinda like a natural version of hyaluronic acid, as well as blue daisy extract to visibly diminish the effects of pollution. As a result, this foundation leaves your skin looking hydrated, plumped, and more youthful.
Since there are so many shade options, I went with three to try to find my perfect colour — Light Y270 (light with golden undertones), Light R230 (light with pink undertones), and Medium R310 (light medium with pink undertones). I found that Light R230 was a nice match for my skin and have the others on deck for when my tan deepens or lightens up.
Now I’m not gonna lie here, I haven’t read the best reviews about this foundation. With that being said, I actually quite like it. It’s very different from Re(MARC)able though. Re(MARC)able is very high coverage and is a very thick formula, whereas Shameless is very watery and goes on as a medium build. You can layer more on for a deeper coverage, but I have found that one coat of this stuff covers my face nicely. this also feels incredibly weightless on the face, which is awesome for summer days when it’s hot out and you don’t want to feel like you’re wearing a layer of makeup.
This foundation retails for C$56 dollars, which is definitely on the steep size. For comparison, Re(MARC)able sells for C$64, but with that being said, you are actually getting more product with Shameless. When you first see the bottle in person it may strike you that it’s tiny as it fits in the palm of your hand. You get 32 ml of product in here, which I was surprised to see is 10 ml more than Re(MARC)able (22 ml). Since the formula is so watery though, you don’t need a lot to get good coverage with this, so it probably will last you awhile.
Although Re(MARC)able still stands as my favourite foundation, I really do like Shameless as well. If you are a fan of the Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face and Body Foundation, I think you’ll like this as the consistency of the product is similar, but it gives you more coverage. i also want to note that because the formula is so thin, I would recommend a beauty sponge to apply this rather than a brush. The brush may just spread the foundation around your face rather that absorb it.
The foundation does last you throughout the day as I didn’t find that I needed to do a touchup or anything. It also hydrated my skin, which is always a plus.
Since there are so many shades available, I highly recommend popping into Sephora to get them to colour match you and then ask for a sample of it to try out. It may be hard to bite the bullet with this one since the container is so small, but the formula is one I think a lot of people will really like.
Have you tried Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Shameless Foundation?
Please note, I was sent these products from PR. All opinions are my own.
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Okay, we get it, it’s hot out.
There’s nothing like spending time outside when it’s hotter than 30 degrees C. For those of us who don’t have a pool, the thought of dipping ourselves in water when it’s so hot that sweat is dripping down your back, is literally the most appealing thing (*cannonball!*). Because of that, I’ve started to carry around a bottle of facial mist for those days where the weather is just too hot and you need a little mid-day cool down.
Facial mists aren’t just for adding a little refresh in the day. A lot of them contain vitamins and minerals that help nourish your skin, and you can also use them as a makeup refresher or a setting spray.
I’ve gotten quite a collection growing here at home, so these are my top picks if you’re looking for a little pick me up..
Caudalie Grape Water
I’ve chatted about this product before, but this facial spray from French brand Caudalie (C$24) is a 100 per cent organic formula that is extracted directly from grapes in Bordeaux. This spray will help increase hydration and reduce sensitivity.
The formula contains polysaccharides for moisture, mineral salts, and potassium, so if you suffer from redness or sensitive skin, this will help ease any irritation you have. You can also use it as a toner after your cleanser or to set your makeup.
Lierac Hydragenist Morning Moisturizing Mist
Another French brand (the French really love their sprays apparently), this spray (C$45) helps to rehydrate and replump skin in the morning. Spray this on after your cleanser to smooth your skin, restore freshness, and wake you up.
This product is inspired by Asian mists and contains a memory visco-elastic polymer to instantly hydrate and replump. Also, let’s not forget the pleasant scent of rose, jasmine, and gardenia.
Avene Thermal Spring Water
This thermal water spray (C$21.95) is perfect for the heatwaves that the continent has been experiencing lately. Toss it in your purse or beach bag to hydrate and soothe the skin. Like Caudalie’s Grape Water spray, this one is also perfect for calming, soothing, and softening irritated and sensitive skin.
The formula contain a low mineral content, so it will not dry out your face. It also has an ideal calcium and magnesium ratio, which will help with texture. I love spraying this on a super hot day or after a workout. Also, the actual packaging on this product is awesome since it mists the product perfectly onto the face.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Another star Caudalie product, their Beauty Elixir (C$22 for the mini, C$59 for the full-size) is a cult-favourite mist that tightens pore, sets makeup, and provides radiance to the skin. Also, let’s not forget that it smells like a spa (*swoon*).
This spray is inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s elixir of youth, and contains grape extracts and clarifying ingredients to give your skin some major radiance. The formula also contains essential oils and plant extracts, so it’s perfect for both men and women (it’s great as an aftershave).
So what’s the difference between this one and their Grape Water? The Grape Water comes in an aerosol can, so it’s easier to carry around (this comes in a glass bottle). I also feel like this contains more minerals and is just a little more luxurious than their other spray (it also retails for way more money).
Garnier SkinActive Soothing Facial Mist for Rose Water
This affordable drugstore spray is made from 99 per cent naturally derived ingredients and is formulated with rose water extract. Like the other sprays I mentioned, it is also great for dry and sensitive skin thanks to its soothing formula that refreshes, hydrates, and leaves skin feeling smooth and nourished.
This can be used any time of the day. I love applying it after my moisturizer for an added touch of radiance. You can also use it as a setting spray as well.
You wouldn’t think that a moisturizing spray would so imperative in your skincare and makeup collection, but as you can see, these don’t just cool you down on a hot day. All of these sprays soothe irritated skin, provide radiance, and help with refreshing and setting makeup.
I will say that some of the bottles are better than others. In terms of the actual spraying of the product, both the Cadaulie sprays and the Avene spray is the best as they mist the formulas onto your skin. The Lierac and Garnier ones tend to shoot the product out, which isn’t as pleasant, so I would stick with having a makeup-free face for those ones.
What’s your favourite facial spray?
Please note, product sent by PR, all opinions are my own.
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