Long time no post! I thought I'd go through a few of the things I've been reaching for a lot lately, so here we goooo.
Laura Mercier very kindly sent me some of their primers to try out, and I've been loving the Foundation Primer Radiance. It's an illuminating primer but is majorly subtle. There's no detectable shimmer to me, just an added glow. It has a little bit of colour that help even out my skin a touch, so I would feel fine wearing it on its own. I don't find it particularly smoothing, but I personally don't like silicone-y primers anyway.
Glossier recently reformulated their Perfecting Skin Tint to improve it just a bit. I was a huge fan of the OG tint, so I knew I would like this. Glossier says that they, "added an updated pigment treatment that prevents the shade from shifting over time, improved film formers (to create a soft, hydrating veil on skin), cork oak for a breathable barrier that works to prevent water loss, an updated blend of oils, and an updated complex that helps enhance the longevity and stability of the formula." I find that this definitely lasts longer on me than the original version. I could wear it comfortably without setting and it wouldn't be gone at the end of the day (although it's still the same dewy formula, so not transfer proof for sure). I feel like it seems more hydrating, my skin feels really nice when I take it off. In general, to me there's not a major noticeable difference between the two formulas. I don't doubt that it's improved, I just mean that you don't need to run and buy this one if you already have the other!
In case you somehow manage to avoid Glossier launches, they've also added two new Cloud Paint colours to the lineup! Storm, a warm deep rose, and Dawn, a bright orange (they call it coral but it's orange). Both work well for me but would be especially beautiful on deeper skin tones. I find myself reaching for Storm the most as it adds that perfect sunburnt-but-not-really colour to my cheeks. As always, I absolutely adore the Cloud Paint formula, it's one of if not my ultimate favourite blush formulas. They're just perfection.
I've also discovered the elf Primer-Infused Blush. This is one of the best powder blushes I've used. It's so silky smooth and blends onto the skin effortlessly. It manages to have the almost-sheer look of a cream blush with the longevity of a powder. The colour I have is Always Cheeky and it's such a gorgeous naturally-flushed colour. They call it a matte-finish, but I'd say it's more satin. This almost goes on like a second-skin. Will definitely be picking up some other colours!
The Laura Mercier Matte Bronzing Powder is new to me but I am obsessed. I was so sure it would be too orange for me but the colour is perfection. The formula is super smooth, and is pigmented but not too pigmented. It's so easily buildable and creates a proper sun kissed look. It definitely has a matte finish but the colour and texture lend to a more radiant look. They do only have two colours in the range, so I hope they do expand it.
I've talked about the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter quite a bit lately, but I've discovered that using it on top of makeup as a highlight is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. It gives you this glass-like sheen that makes you look like you have perfect K-pop Idol skin. Instead of that sometimes-detectable shimmer of a tradtionional highlighter it really looks like your skin is so healthy that it radiates light. I can't complain.
I've been actually wearing eyeshadow a lot lately (shock, horror) and have been loving using the Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Liner in Barbarella Brown. I'll use this either smudge along my lash line or to tightline. It's such a beautiful rich colour that really adds definition to the eyes. I was pretty surprised that the formula was so long-wearing as I generally associate kohl with a smudgy look, but the stuff seriously doesn't budge .
The Anna Edit put me on to Estee Lauder's Little Black Primer and bless for doing so because the stuff is magic. I'm really not sure how this isn't talked about more. Self-explanatory but this is a primer that's black instead of white so it can be worn on its own. And you'll want to wear it on it's own. Istg this makes my lashes look like I got a lift and the world's most natural extensions but somehow also voluminous and bold at the same time. It's a paradox. I can't understand. But I'm in love. The stuff doesn't budge at all, in fact my only gripe is that it's hard af to remove. Definitely requires an oil cleanser and a bit of elbow grease. But, you can also layer it on top of other mascaras to prevent them from smudging! Which. Is. Genius.
Last but not least I've also been super into this Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color in Bitten. We got a few shades of these in at work a couple of weeks ago and I was drawn to this warm pink immediately. Bitten is the perfect name because it adds a gorgeous flushed colour to the lips (I'm really liking flushed things rn can we tell?). It's got that popsicle stain look. The formula is super creamy so not the most long-wearing in the world, but it wears evenly and leaves a nice hint of colour behind.
What have you guys been loving lately? I've definitely been in a makeup rut and using the same things every day, so it's nice to add some new things into the rotation.