Review | bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick

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I’m constantly singing the praises of the original bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream - it’s been a staple in my makeup routine for about four years now (or whenever it first came out!), and it’s still the base product I reach for the most. When bareMinerals contacted me (seeing what a fan I was of the original) to see if I’d be interested in trying their new Complexion Rescue iteration, the Hydrating Foundation Stick, I just about squealed with excitement and jumped at the chance.

Wearing the Complexion Rescue Foundation Stick and a little bit of Milk Makeup Flex Concealer

Wearing the Complexion Rescue Foundation Stick and a little bit of Milk Makeup Flex Concealer

The Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick comes in 20 shades that seem to match up with the original’s shades. I wear shade 01 Opal in both formulas, and it’s a perfect match. It also has SPF 25, if that matters to you. It’s meant to be a “liquid foundation in a stick” with naturally radiant, medium coverage. I’d say that description is pretty accurate. For one, it’s the most hydrating foundation stick I’ve ever tried. It never clings to dry patches and just totally smooths over them as if they’re not even there. It looks totally seamless on my skin. Most foundation sticks kind of drag on my skin and take some time to blend, but this is so emollient that it actually feels wet gliding onto the skin (did anyone see the KathleenLights & RawBeautyKristi video where Kristi said it feels like a wet tongue on her face? because it’s kind of accurate), and I can blend it out in a matter of seconds with my hands. It’s become such a staple for rushed mornings because I can slap it on and have it look perfect in literally 10 seconds.

I’d describe the coverage more at the low end of the “medium” they claim (though it still has higher coverage than the Tinted Gel Cream), although it is really buildable. I like to add a second layer over areas that need more coverage, and it blends right in without getting cakey. It has a beautifully radiant finish as well. My favorite part about the original Complexion Rescue was how glowy it looked without feeling tacky or greasy on the skin, and the same thing goes for the Foundation Stick. It’s nice and dewy, but you can’t feel it on your skin, and it stays at the exact same level of dewiness all day for me. My sister has oily skin and is also in love with this foundation stick because it looks a little radiant but never turns greasy on her - so it seems like it would work on a variety of skintypes!

I find this lasts perfectly throughout the workday for me as long as I powder the center of my face in the morning. On days I skip powder, I notice it wearing off my skin (mostly where I touch my face a lot) and my acne scars start to peek through. But I never notice any obvious fading or patchiness - it fades away evenly. I’m SO happy to have this in my makeup collection, and it’s all I’ve been reaching for lately on workdays and chill weekend days.

Have you tried the Complexion Rescue Foundation Stick yet?

*bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick has been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Review | Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere Radiance-Perfecting Foundation

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It’s been awhile since I’ve written a foundation review on here, and I think this one was worth the wait. Everyone’s been talking about the new Hourglass Foundation lately, but there’s a different new foundation on the scene that really caught my eye. I’ve always been a fan of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizers (some of my earliest posts here featured it), and I had been meaning to try a foundation from the brand for awhile. When their newest foundation was released, I knew it would be the one for me just based on the name - “Flawless Lumiere Radiance-Perfecting Foundation.” It promises a “weightless, medium-to-full coverage, perfectly-glowing finish in any light.”

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I use the shade 1C0 Cameo (which was also my shade in the Tinted Moisturizer), and it’s a great match for me. It comes in 30 shades in a variety of undertones, and there seems to be a good distribution of shades among those 30. Its consistency sits between thick and thin - it holds its shape when pumped out and doesn’t run down my hand, but it spreads easily over the skin and doesn’t drag. It interestingly feels like a burst of hydration when I initially start working it into my skin, which I’ve never experienced with a foundation before. I apply it with a dense buffing brush (this one), and it blends it out super easily and quickly. At this time I don’t have any makeup sponges, so I haven’t tried applying it with one, but I will report back once I do!

I have to make sure my skin has been well-moisturized (but maybe this is because it’s winter) before applying, specifically with an oil or an oil-based moisturizer. This makes the foundation glide on more easily and ensures it doesn’t look dry on my skin. When first applied, it has more of a satin finish on me that grows more radiant within about an hour - once that hour is over, that’s pretty much the level of radiance it will have all day. I typically don’t set it with powder until this hour is up, otherwise it makes it look too dry. The finish is just stunning - it seems to gloss over every imperfection and really blurs out my pores. I’d say they’re correct on describing the coverage, too - it sits somewhere between medium and full. I like to apply a thin layer all over, and then I’ll pat on a little more on areas where I need more coverage. It layers beautifully this way and doesn’t pick up on itself or get cakey. It’s been lasting a full workday on me without getting patchy or fading unevenly. It will wear away a little where I touch my face a lot throughout the day (I’m working on that bad habit), but it doesn’t leave noticeable patches.

A closeup look at the foundation - this is a light layer. Bronzer/blush/highlight are from the Hourglass Volume III Palette, lips are NUDESTIX Sin.

A closeup look at the foundation - this is a light layer. Bronzer/blush/highlight are from the Hourglass Volume III Palette, lips are NUDESTIX Sin.

This has instantly become one of my favorite foundations - I could probably get rid of all of my other foundations and be just fine. I’d feel confident wearing this for a special occasion as well as every day. I just really love how it still manages to look like glowy, healthy skin, despite offering a higher coverage than I’m used to. It’s really been making me feel more confident while I’m waiting for all these Christmas-chocolate-induced breakouts on my chin to clear up.

Have you tried the Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation?

KKW x Kylie Cosmetics Creme Liquid Lipsticks | Review + Swatches

Guys, I tried so hard not to give in to the hype of these, I really did. I had told myself I was done buying Kylie Cosmetics products (I had never had a bad experience, but supporting a company that didn't have the best customer service record felt a little funny to me), but these just drew me in with their beautiful packaging and promise of a creamy, comfortable formula. Plus my friend Jewlie was raving about them, so I needed to see what the fuss was all about. 

Let's talk shipping - I've never had any issues with Kylie Cosmetics, like I said above, but this time, my order took a full two weeks to ship. When I hadn't gotten a shipping notification after 14 days, I sent an email to customer service. Within fifteen minutes of sending that email, I got a shipping notification, which felt a little fishy to me. Nevertheless, I got my lipsticks two days later and was a happy camper. 

The four liquid lipsticks in a new "creme" formula were done in collaboration with Kim Kardashian West, who is pretty much known as the queen of the nude lip. There are four nude shades, which to the untrained eye might look quite similar, but they're different ok?! There's Kimberly, a true beige-y nude, Kim, a peachy nude, Kiki, a pink nude, and Kimmie, a deeper warm nude. Some people are cringing at KKW naming all four shades after herself, but I wouldn't expect anything less - if they're all her go-to nude shades, why shouldn't they all be named after her? All four shades are beautiful, although Kimberly (and maybe Kim and Kiki, too) might be too light for people with anything deeper than a medium skintone. I love them all except for Kim - it's just a little too peach for me, but I'm passing it along to my sister since it was the one shade in the collection she wanted. 

T-B | Kimberly, Kim, Kiki, Kimmie

T-B | Kimberly, Kim, Kiki, Kimmie

The formula is one of my favorite liquid lips so far. It's not long lasting (I can get maybe two hours before needing to reapply), but it doesn't claim to be. These days, I'd much rather wear a comfortable lip product than something that lasts all day but zaps all moisture from my lips. They have a thin formula that lets a bit of your natural lip shade shine through, which I appreciate in a nude lip - it makes it more wearable for me. Despite not being super pigmented, they aren't streaky and are easy to get an even application. Once on the lips, they feel lightweight and almost moisturizing, like how a creamy bullet lipstick would feel on the lips. They fade evenly over time and wear away while eating, but you're never left with an unsightly ring around your lips. They're easy to reapply without needing to wipe everything off.

The thing I like the most about these is how they look on the lips - they seem to smooth over lines and make my lips look a little fuller and pouty-er. I went into this set being fully skeptical, but Kylie has won me over again.

I got these when they restocked, and I've heard rumors of them being restocked again, but for the time being they're not on the website. I'll update this post if I hear any restocking news, so either keep an eye out here or on Kylie Cosmetics's social media channels. If you love a good nude lip, I'd definitely say these are worth picking up.


Lorac I Love Brunch Pro Palette | Review + Swatches

As promised, I've got my review of the Lorac I Love Brunch Pro Palette today. I had been questioning whether or not to get this for weeks, pretty much since the day it launched. I knew I'd theoretically wear the shades, but I had been in such a no-eyeshadow rut that I wasn't sure I'd actually reach for it in real life. I ended up not having to make a decision because my sister surprised me with it a couple weeks ago! I was so excited to finally get my hands on it. Also a quick plug for my sister - she's just as beauty-obsessed as I am, and she's started her own beauty account on Instagram! You can find her at taybeaute1.

Anyway, the Lorac Brunch Palette, as I'm going to call it from now on, is a palette containing sixteen shadows, most of which are pastel matte shades. I normally don't go for any color at all, but the muted tones of the pastels really spoke to me. If you know and love Lorac's eyeshadow formula, then you'll love these, too. They're a little powdery in that they kick up a little bit of dust when you put a brush in the pan, but it's not overly messy, and I haven't had any issues with fallout so far. The shadows are all so soft and smooth, even the lighter mattes - nothing feels chalky in the slightest.

Lavender, Eggs Benny, Gluten Free, Hot Sauce

Lavender, Eggs Benny, Gluten Free, Hot Sauce

Jelly Donut, Pancakes, Sorbet, Valet

Jelly Donut, Pancakes, Sorbet, Valet

Bloody Mary, Blueberry Scone, Moonlight, Avocado Toast

Bloody Mary, Blueberry Scone, Moonlight, Avocado Toast

Mimosa, Smoothie, French Toast, Sunday Funday

Mimosa, Smoothie, French Toast, Sunday Funday

Usually pastel shades are notoriously lacking in pigment, but these are great - you're not going to get a huge whack of color in one go, but it doesn't take layers upon layers to get anything to show up. I'll have to pat on around two layers to get a super bright color, but using one layer gives such a lovely wash of color. They blend so nicely, as I've found with other Lorac shadows I've tried, and it's super easy to create a gradient of color without things going muddy. I'm no expert at all when it comes to eye makeup, but I've been able to create some super cool looks with one color fading into another (I posted a look using Avocado Toast and Blueberry Scone on my Instagram). I love that there are a few neutral shades still included so I don't have to go too far out of my comfort zone and can keep things grounded. They also last throughout the day without creasing or fading - I wasn't expecting pastel shadows to last as long as these do!

Have you tried the Lorac Brunch Palette yet?


Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Color | Review + Swatches

I love putting my makeup on, but I also love using products that make it quick and easy. I've only tried one or two products from Nudestix before, but I always appreciated their approach to no-fuss makeup. When I saw their new Nudies All Over Face Color sticks popping up, I decided I needed to pick a couple up to try out.

Top: Naughty 'N Spice, Bottom: Illumi-Naughty

Top: Naughty 'N Spice, Bottom: Illumi-Naughty

I ended up going for one matte shade, Naughty 'N Spice, and one glow shade, Illumi-Naughty. Naughty 'N Spice is a beautiful neutral pink, and Illumi-Naughty is a stunning pearl highlight with a pink duochrome shift. I saw Illumi-Naughty on Samantha Ravndahl's Instagram and needed it immediately - that woman is just goals. And then the matte shades looked too stunning to pass up, too.

The Nudies All Over Face Colors are a colored balm on one end and a soft, dense brush on the other end to blend it out. The products blend equally well with fingers and the brush. When I think of stick products, I still sometimes expect a thick, stiff formula, but these melt so easily into the skin and feel quite thin and weightless. They blend out effortlessly without going patchy or disappearing into nothing, and they're easy to either build up or sheer out.

They're able to go anywhere - eyes, lips, or cheeks - and while I've mostly used them on the cheeks, they are lovely elsewhere, too. Naughty 'N Spice (and the other matte shades, too, it seems) is perfect for creating that monochrome look that I love. Wearing the same shade on the eyes, lips, and cheeks just looks so pulled-together and yet is so easy. Illumi-Naughty is more of a sheer, dewy highlight rather than a metallic one, so it's perfect for everyday and for dabbing all over the face. I love using it on my cheekbones, eyelids, inner corners, and Cupid's bow so make my skin look ultra-glossy. Despite being quite creamy and dewy, I find they last quite awhile on my skin (a full workday for me), although I do have dry skin to begin with.

Have you tried the Nudies yet? I think I need to get the shade Deep Maple Eh next!


Pat McGrath Labs Dark Matter 006

Let's address the elephant in the room here: yes, I said I wasn't going to buy the new Pat McGrath Dark Matter smokey eye kit, and yes, I bought it anyway. I've been making an effort to actually wear eyeshadow lately, and I'm still kicking myself for missing out on the glitter lip kits, so I convinced myself this kit was a must-have. Like all of the other Pat McGrath products and kits I've tried, it's simply stunning and definitely worth the hype and money.

The Dark Matter 006 sets come with a base color pigment (Ultrasuede Brown or Ultraviolet Blue), three powder/shimmer pigments (Dark Matter, Mercury, and Astral White), a black kohl liner, a stunning holographic eye gloss, and a blending brush. You can also get a set without the base color for a lower price. I of course went with the Ultrasuede Brown shade, and it was this Instagram video that convinced me I needed it in my life. I'm in the midst of playing around with the kit to figure out how to best wear the shades in my day to day life, and despite how much I really hate this saying, I'm shook.

The Ultrasuede Brown pigment is stunning - it's neither cream nor powder, but somewhere in between. It applies easily with the included brush or with fingers - my typical mode of applying everything these days. It's so smooth and buildable, and it's already become something I slap on every day, even if I'm not using anything else from the kit. The powder pigments are more sheer, but again, very easy to layer and build up. I love that they're versatile like this so I can ease into using them. I've never before actually used a black eyeshadow, but I've been reaching for the Dark Matter pigment to deepen the outer corners of my eyes. It doesn't look "overboard" at all. The Mercury pigment is beautiful as well, and such a unique shade - kind of gold, kind of silver. I love patting this on the center of my eyelids over the Ultrasuede Brown. Astral White doesn't feel as smooth as the other pigments as it has larger glitter particles rather than shimmer, but it's still beautiful and creates such a cool effect when layered over the other shades. 

Ultrasuede Brown, Dark Matter, Mercury, Astral White, Kohl Liner, Eye Gloss

Ultrasuede Brown, Dark Matter, Mercury, Astral White, Kohl Liner, Eye Gloss

The one thing that drew me to this set in the first place was the eye gloss. As you'll probably remember from my post on Tuesday, I've fallen hard for the glossy eye look, and this holographic version really caught my eye. I was saying if they sold the gloss separately, I was going to buy it rather than a whole kit. But alas they didn't, and I felt like I needed the whole kit. The gloss is so fun to use - it's a thinner consistency than I was expecting, so it's super easy to spread over the lid and see how the holographic sparkle changes the look. It feels a little tacky, but less so than the options I talked about on Tuesday. It's one I'll be reaching for all the time for sure. I'm also pleasantly surprised with the kohl liner and the brush - the kohl is so creamy and easy to blend, but once it sets, it does not budge one bit. Seriously, I took those swatch photos on Sunday and I'm still washing remnants of it off my arm. The brush is soft and hasn't been shedding, and it applies all the included shadows beautifully.

The kits are sold out on the Pat McGrath website for now, but they'll be available at Sephora starting tomorrow! Are you going to get one?