This has been a long time coming. I just needed to set some time aside and be in the right mood to be serious about getting rid of some items from my stash. Sometimes I feel a bit attached to items due to nostalgia and I talk myself into keeping stuff I really shouldn’t. I think I did well:
Since I’ve been hauling like a madwoman, it’s only fair to purge some stuff too! Tomorrow I’ll be purging some lip products. Let’s have a closer look at the foundation and concealer purge pile:
Foundations / Powders
Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation SPF20 in 932 Nude Beige
This is my favourite drugstore foundation, however I don’t wear it often because it is a higher coverage longwear formula that I reserve for special occasions. I’ve had this bottle for a couple of years and it’s about halfway through. No sense in keeping it around. I can always repurchase it at any time.
Vichy Aera Teint Pure Fluid Foundation Finish Up to 12 Hour Wear in 23 Ivory
I love this foundation but unfortunately it’s discontinued. This formula is better suited for the summer months but I also tend to wear less makeup in the summer time. This bottle is 4 years old so it’s time to trash it – I used up about 60% of it. I need a moment of silence. 😦
Milani Minerals Mousse Foundation in Nude Buff 302
I still remember finding this at Winners – I was so happy to have found Milani in person! This is a great foundation for the summer months. The mousse texture leaves the skin feeling velvety smooth and keeps the shine away for the whole day. However, it does have a tendency to cling to any dry patches on the skin. Also, the bottle I have is funky because there’s no inner tube to pump out the product, so I have to use a Q-tip to dig out a bit of product every time I want to use it. I learned that this foundation is discontinued now.
Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup in 003 Nude
Yes, this foundation has SHIMMER in it, but it does look really nice on the skin, giving it an luminous airbrushed appearance. The shade Nude is too fair and peachy for me which is so odd since I’m normally a nude or buff shade in every drugstore foundation. I kept this mainly to mix with foundations that were too dark for me.
Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation in Fair
Also too light on me, but the next shade up would have been too dark. I got caught up on the whole aerosol can airbrush makeup craze a couple years back. It’s really gimmicky – I never spray this directly onto my face so there’s really no reason why it needs to be dispensed through an aerosol can format.
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 in 23 Natural Beige
This unfortunately broke me out! I suspect it was the macadamia oil in it. So disappointed – this BB cream had been on my wish list for ages. Ah well. It looks dark and grey when it’s first applied but it adjusts on the skin and looks normal. This is a fairly new item and barely used so I’ll give this to a friend.
Skin79 Diamond Absolute Total BB Cream
I got this in the travel size to try out and I’m glad I did. I don’t like this formula as much as the hot pink one. This is slightly too mask-like looking on the skin and doesn’t seem to “settle” like the hot pink ones does. The bottle is nearly done with this one anyway. The next Skin79 formula I want to try is the orange one, with SPF50!
Lise Watier HydraSmart 3D Hydration Tinted Veil in Teint Claire
I liked this when I first started using it, but recently I’ve found it to feel too greasy on my skin. I reach for this less and less so there’s no point hanging onto it. I’ve had this tube for 2 years. This colour is also slightly too orange on me. I find it funny the product has now the added “BB Crème” in the name – it’s the exact same product.
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-in-One BB Cream in Light / Medium
I haven’t tried many North American BB creams but this was the first one I tried and it made a good impression on me. It has decent coverage and feels very comfortable on the skin. The only issue is that the lightest shade is slightly too dark for me.
Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder in 60 Sandy Beige
Found this in a clearance bin and bought it knowing full well it’s too dark for me – I thought I could contour or use it in the summer months. Turns out I don’t much care for the formula anyway. Going to a better home.
MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
I didn’t care for this powder. I showed it briefly as a comparison in my Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder review – it’s a rather unimpressive translucent loose powder that I find to look unnatural and powdery on my skin. I’m going to Back to MAC this.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC20
I’ve had this bottle for 4 years – I only use this on my under eye area when I need something super long wearing. I have a love / hate relationship with this concealer. While it truly is remarkable for how long it lasts and doesn’t crease, it can look a bit heavy on the skin. It requires careful blending and prep of the skin to make it look seamless. The colour match is perfect for me though. It also smells like a wet dog. And let’s not talk about the silly pump that dispenses 5 times the amount of product required. I got through about half of this. It’s also going to Back to MAC (I think I have enough for another free lipstick / eye shadow now!)
Physician’s Formula Conceal RX in Natural Light
This is a heavy duty spot concealer. It can look cakey if not carefully blended. This particular product isn’t available in Canada so I had to order it online. I’ve just had this tube for way too long.
Mary Kay Concealer in Beige 1 and 2
I used to love this concealer. But over time I felt it looked too heavy and dry under the eye area. Perhaps my tubes are just really, really old (I’m guessing close to 5 years 😳 ) The coverage and wear time of this concealer is amazing. I have to mix 2 parts Beige 1 with 1 part Beige 2 to get a suitable colour match. I’m not counting these out yet – I might repurchase.
Lise Watier Portfolio Professional Correctors in Regular
This is my HG spot concealer. It’s industrial strength concealing without looking cakey or heavy. However, I hate the fact that I don’t use 60% of this palette. I only use the 2 lightest beige tones (ivory and yellow beige) to conceal spots. I tried to use the green corrector once for redness around my nose and it looked too obvious.
The concealers recently started to smell off so I decided it was time to toss – I’ve been using this for just over 2 years. I wish LW would come out with singles of just the beige colours. I’m undecided if I’ll repurchase this version or get the Beiges palette that looks like this:
Or if I should re-try MAC’s Studio Finish concealer, which I used to use ages ago but found it kind of cakey looking. What’s your HG spot concealer?
Coastal Scents Bright Eyed in Light
This is a great dark circle corrector with a pinky peach undertone but it’s not quite pigmented enough for my needs. It’s a thinner consistency so I have to let it dry out on my skin a bit before blending. I’ve had this tube for 4 years.
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque
On my quest for a dark circle corrector, I went with one of the cult favourites. Unfortunately, I found this to be too greasy and it caused my concealer to crease badly. I’m just glad I got this item for free when I redeemed Optimum Points.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
This has grown on me lately. It could be that I’m now pairing it with the Becca corrector which seems to make this product work better. However, I’ve been trying to use this tube up for the past 2 years and it’s like the never ending tube – I think I’m 85% done. Time to toss.
Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal in Light / Medium 30
This is one of the newer concealers in my stash and I just don’t like it very much. It’s very runny and doesn’t provide much coverage, and it doesn’t last well on me. I know some people really love this but it just didn’t work for me.
20 items purged! 😀
And out of these, I’d only repurchase 3 of them: Cover Girl Outlast Foundation, Lise Watier Portfolio Professional Correctors, and Mary Kay Concealers.
I have my eye on the following face products to try next:
• Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation
• Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
• Nars All Day Luminous Foundation
• Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer
• MAC Studio Finish SPF35 Concealer
Have you tried any of these products? Any thoughts on the items I want try next?