e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow Pencil in Deep Brown: unfortunately, I couldn’t use this up because I got it in the wrong shade. Deep Brown is too dark, Neutral Brown would have probably been the better match (although it seems to have a red undertone, and doesn’t look ashy enough for me, from the swatches I’ve seen) but I never got to try a different shade because I don’t like the formula of this pencil. It was so waxy, that it made my brow hairs stick together and look greasy. Due to the excessive waxiness, I can’t imagine it being long wearing. I also don’t think that this brow pencil was well thought out, the pencil comes to a point, but it isn’t as thin as the ABH Brow Wiz, so when you wear down the tip, you’re not going to get much precision from this pencil if you want to mimic brow hairs by filling in with thin strokes or if you want to outline/create shape, and you aren’t provided a tool to get the tip sharp again. I do like that it has a built-in spoolie, so you don’t necessarily need a separate one while using this product.
M.A.C Prep + Prime Highlighter in Peach Lustre: I could drone on about how much I love this product but, I’ve already done that here. It’s one on my all-time favorite makeup products, I’m on my second one, and just bought a backup over the weekend. Can’t be without it.
M.A.C Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder- Pressed: I liked this powder, it was smooth, finely milled, didn’t look chalky or leave a white cast, it was mattifying, and it set my makeup well. It’s a good powder overall, but not an immediate repurchase for me, because I have yet to try a translucent powder that is as impressive as the NARS Translucent Crystal Light Reflecting Setting Powder- Pressed in terms of looking undetectable on the skin. I have already reviewed it in depth in another post, so check that out if you’re interested in reading my thoughts on it.
L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara: I love everything about this mascara: the bristles, size of the brush, formula, and simple packaging, it’s an all-time favorite. I don’t get the best of both worlds with this mascara, it’s primarily for volume, I’ve noticed that I tend to get more definition, and length out of some of my other mascaras (especially the ones with plastic bristles). The size of the wand is perfect because it’s neither too big nor too small, so I can get right to the roots of the lashes without creating a huge mess/poking myself in the eye. The formula is neither too wet nor to dry, so it doesn’t weigh down my lashes too much if I’ve curled them, plus I don’t get too much product on the wand, and I can add more coats without too much clumping (there will be some clumping as this is a volumizing mascara). I’ve not experienced any running or flaking (unless it was time to throw it out anyway) with this mascara, despite it not being the waterproof version (granted, I only use it on my top lashes). I’ve recently bought the waterproof version to test whether waterproof mascara holds a curl better than washable. Finally, I don’t think there is a noticeable difference between this Carbon Black version, and the original version in blackest black.
e.l.f Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Turks & Caicos: this is my go-to bronzer, I’ve also reviewed it in my Makeup Essentials post, and I’m still loving it (already hit pan on the one I’m currently using). I never use much of the blush because it’s too light for my skin, I’ll never understand why they’ve paired it with such a deep bronzer, it’s not such a big deal for me because just the bronzer is worth it, and it’s $4, so I don’t feel like I’m being extremely wasteful. My sister recently got me the Shea Moisture Illuminating Mineral Bronzer in Dusk, which I’ve really been liking, it’s deeper than Turks & Caicos, and has more of a reddish undertone (comparison swatches below), so it would look great on even deeper skins especially if the e.l.f. one isn’t deep enough for your liking. Dusk is also more pigmented, and the shimmer in it is more noticeable but still quite subtle, it’s definitely one to build up a little at a time, instead of applying heavy handed at first.