Admittedly I already have far too much makeup than one person should, but as I age my cosmetic needs are changing. Gone are the days when I could get away with just a sheer tinted moisturiser. Hormonal breakouts mean I need more coverage and dark circles require some serious action.
So I was curious to try out a few of the internet’s most recommended products and grabbed a few goodies from Recreate Yourself.
First up, Mehron Celebre Pro-HD Cream Makeup, which was made famous by Kendall Jenner, who supposedly raves about it. I couldn’t care less about the Kardashians, but my ears always prick up at celebrity recommendations – especially when they are afforable. And I have to say Kendall is onto something good with this one. Mehron Celebre Pro-HD Cream Makeup is very, very impressive. The finish is satin-smooth and the coverage adaptable, so you can dab a little on where you need it for a medium cover, or you can apply it with a slightly damp sponge and get a full flawless finish. I love that once applied I can use it to dab onto areas that need more cover – like my aforementioned dark circles. And it REALLY covers things so well. It is free of refined oil and fragrance and contains pomegranate, vitamin E and aloe vera to help soothe the skin. This is a keeper. Do your research on the shades first. I suggest finding out what you are in M.A.C first and then asking Google. Mehron has a LOT of shades, which is great, but picking the right one is slightly tricky.
Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector comes really highly rated from almost everyone and it is pretty darn good. The texture is wonderful – it’s light and creamy and feels smooth on the eye area. As it is a brightener, it is a salmon pink shade and is designed to sit beneath your concealer to disguise dark circles. My dark circles are dark enough that I still require foundation and concealer over the top, but this definitely helps. For the price the amount feels a little bit stingy, but I guess a little goes a long way.
LA Girl HD Pro Conceal is another product the ladies of the internet rave about. First off, I can’t really give this a fair review because I chose completely and utterly the wrong shade. I would have to have a spray tan to be able to wear the one I picked. BOO! But even then, I feel like the cream is quite sheer and I don’t see how you could really get this to cover pimples and then stay put. I will have to stick with M.A.C. for serious pimple coverage as this is just too creamy for me. However, I think if I had got the right shade it could work really well at covering up minor redness and ‘light’ dark circles.
Confession: I fricken hate makeup sponges. I use them with some makeup only because I have to. But gosh they are ghastly things. They soak up a tonne of foundation and get filthy after just one use, no doubt riddled with bacteria because you can never actually get it squeaky clean and you can’t take them with you for touch-ups. What is even the point of this nonsense?! So a Silisponge seems like a damn good idea. It has a non-porous silicone surface so it won’t soak up all your cream makeups and you simply rinse it with soap and water to keep it clean. Plus it will last for yonks. But it’s not all good news. The application process is a bit of a steep learning curve. You sort of have to dab, dab, dab and then blend, blend, blend in different directions to get a nice smooth finish. Then comes the problem of the curvature of the face … it’s really hard (almost impossible!) to get this around the eyes and nose. I end up resorting to my fingers for those areas. If they find a way to make this into the same shape as a Beauty Blender it will probably be darn near perfect. Until then, it’s very good, but I still come back to fingertip application most of the time.
What have you tried lately that you love?