NEW AFFORDABLE MIKASA BEAUTY BRUSH REVIEW

 

Need some new affordable brushes?? Nowadays, it seems everyone is talking about Morphe – and while I love their products, I was super excited to hear about a newer affordable brand called Mikasa. Eager to try them, I figured why not test them out for the first time with you? I’m so happy I did because I am seriously IN-LOVE!

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Mikasa Brushes:

F300 Foundation $16

Blends out the foundation beautifully – no streaks. Finished look is very natural

Tapered @ the end – helps you to get in to tight spaces like the sides of the nose, corners of the eyes

Large Velour Puff $13

So big! Covers a lot of surface area in a short amount of time

F200 Duo Fiber Finishing Brush $18

Feels very high end

Stipples very nicely and evenly

Would be great for foundation – not awesome for cream contouring because it’s so large and not very dense

E400 Double Ended Brow Brush $16

Angled brush head is pretty large – covers brows quickly & fills in well

I would recommend this for girls with bigger brows, not thin brows! Might be hard to be precise on smaller brows.

E320 Tapered Blending Brush $12

Blends out color beautifully

Doesn’t pull on the skin of the eye (yay! No wrinkles!)

No muddy or skipping effect – Distributes product out evenly

DUPE: Morphe M433 $6

E120 Small Flat Definer Brush $11

Bristles do not pick up good amount of product

Not enough fluff to move the product or blend it once applied

E110 Eye Liner Brush $11

AMAZING – creates a tight line to get the perfect wing

Keeps product exactly where you want it

Japonesque Kumadori Powder Brush $23

Super soft!

Picks up the right amount of makeup. Doesn’t hold product in bristles

Tapered end helps to get the product right where you want it

Japonesque Kumadori Contour and Highlighting Brush $19

Very tapered – helps

Dupe: Real Techniques Blush Brush $8.99

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Laura Mercier Fan Powder Brush $32

Gives a beautiful natural glow

Disperses product beautifully – put my highlight where I wanted it but not exactly where I put it – ya feel me?

 

Makeup Used:

NARS Radiance Primer $36

NARS Natural Radiant Long-wear Foundation in “Vienna” $49

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder $38

Tarte Aquacealer Concealer $26

LA Girl Pro-Concealer in “Toffee” $4.99

Wet N Wild Color Icon “Bikini Contest” $3.99

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in “Feisty” $29

City Color Bold Brow in “Medium” $3.99

Carli Bybel Palette $22.50

Ofra Fixline Eyeliner Gel in “Black” $12

Ardell Faux Mink Lashes $5.99

Mario Badescu Facial Spray $7

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter $28

Flower Beauty Petal Pout Lip Color in “Naked Blush” $8.99

 

 

TARTE COSMETICS – FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Tarte Cosmetics – First Impressions

If you know me, you know I’ve never been a die-hard fan of Tarte Cosmetics. I love certain products (listed in video) but I can’t say Tarte has ever been a brand I’ve had faith in when purchasing new products…

For that reason – I thought I would give the brand a shot at redemption by purchasing & reviewing some products I’ve never used or worn before.

WATCH MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS VIDEO BELOW or SCROLL TO READ MY REVIEWS 

Tarte Products Featured:

1. Clay Stick Foundation, shade: light-medium neutral $25

Light-medium coverage (leaning more towards light)

Not very buildable. Applied two coats yet didn’t cover my imperfections well

I would not recommend this or personally repurchase

2. Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush Aquacealer $34

It seemed to make the foundation sheerer – absorbing some of the foundation from my face

I would use a different foundation brush or a damp beauty blender instead

3. Aquacealer Concealer, shade: light-neutral $26

Dried out on the inner corners where highlight shade was applied

Doesn’t cover my dark circles & I do not have dramatic circles

Overall light coverage – Shape Tape is better IMO!

4. Tarteist Metallic Shadow, shade: Hussy $10

Such a bright color & very pigmented

The formula is hydrating & feels very nice on the lid

For a powerful affect, apply with a damp flat-shadow brush

5. Cheek Stain, shade: Tipsy $30

Looks like a highlighter when swatched but applies like a subtle shadow on face

Perfect for the summer – would pair well with a light-makeup look for summer

Very youthful & definitely brightens the face

6. Lip Architect, shade: Muse $24

Cutest packaging!

Very pretty peachy-nude shade

Super convenient – can grab & go without having to figure out which liner matches which lipstick & takes up less space in your bag!

It is a hydrating lipstick & lasted for about two hours before I needed to reapply

7. Amazonian Clay 12-hr blush, shade: Feisty $29

Beautiful color with powerful pigment! You do not need a lot of product

Blends beautifully – is not chalky or streaky. No shine

DRUGSTORE MAYBELLINE LEMONADE CRAZE EYE SHADOW PALETTE

Maybelline Lemonade Craze Palette

First thing’s first; I love the packaging. It screams summer & lemonade & anything happy, bright & light. Please note: I tested this palette out twice before this review/filming of my YouTube video. You can purchase your own palette, here.

I started off my Lemonade journey by swatching each color on my bare arm. Hardly any color appeared so I primed my arm with my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer. I’ve included a Maybelline campaign photo (source: Amazon) and my photo (sorry it’s awful LOL) for reference, below:

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The shadows appeared after application, however, I could tell each varied in formula as some swatched chalkier/lighter/less pigmented than others. This may sound bad off the bat but I’ve found a lot of palettes have different consistencies in their shadows & not all of the colors were chalky so I was confident I could find a way to make this palette work! Plus, a swatch is usually helpful in identifying quality but is not always accurate as shadows may apply better on the eye with the use of a brush.

Here’s the breakdown:

PROS:

  • Colors are fun! This is a beautiful palette for anyone looking to test out the colorful waters.
  • Shadows are buildable & blendable as long as you have patience & are willing to put in the work!
  • There was minimum to no fallout on my face after shadow application
  • There is a good balance of matte and shimmer shades – perfect in achieving multiple looks!
  • Shadow pans are a nice size – perfect for any size brush/finger/etc.
  • Shadows lasted 10 hours and did not fade or crease! (be sure to set w/ setting spray)

CONS:

  • Shadows are chalky and dry – left my eyelids feeling tight HOWEVER this could be useful for people who have oily eyelids
  • Shadows can blend into almost nothing if not enough product is used/blended too hard
  • Significant fallout in the pan – could cause you to go through shades faster
  • You get 12 shadows for only $13.99! 

TIPS:

  • If you have dryer skin make sure to moisturize your eyes before any application
  • Be sure to prime your eyes! Use an eyeshadow primer – concealer works but not as well IMO! This will help bring out the pigmentation of each shadow
  • Craving more pigment? Apply shadows with a damp shadow brush

Overall: I don’t absolutely love this palette but I’m excited to see a new, fun palette available in the drugstore! I will totally use this palette until there is nothing left of it, however, it is not a low-maintenance palette by any means – you need to put in work to blend out each shadow so that your completed look is not chalky or dusty. The colors are so fun & in the end, I really love the look I created.

Do you own this palette or plan on buying it? Let me know in the comment section below ❤

Lip Tip: The Difference in MAC Lipstick Formulas

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I have quite the collection of MAC lipsticks & while they are all the same brand, they are definitely not all the same formula or finish.

Here is a quick breakdown of the MAC finishes I have (shown left -> right):

Amplified; shade: Saint Germain $17.50
Super creamy formula with a smooth glide, bold colour payoff & full coverage finish.

Matte; shade: Candy Yum Yum $17.50
Very high color payoff. There is absolutely no shine to these. They are a bit harder to work with but this formula lasts the longest. They are typically very drying, showing off any imperfection your lips may have & are the hardest to remove.

Cremesheen; shade: Speak Louder $17.50
A creamy, balmy lipstick formula with a very comfortable feel, medium build-able coverage with a semi-glossy finish. This formula is not super pigmented but is not sheer. These are very hydrating, but not that long-wearing.

Satin; shade: Faux $17.50
My all-time favorite formula AND shade. A creamy formula with a soft-heavenly-feel. This formula provides medium-to-full build-able coverage with a satin finish. It has low shine w/ no shimmer & no drying effect.

Cremesheen; LIMITED EDITION shade: Among the Fireflies $17.50
(shown above) A creamy, balmy lipstick formula with a very comfortable feel, medium build-able coverage with a semi-glossy finish. This formula is not super pigmented but is not sheer. These are very hydrating, but not that long-wearing.

Matte; shade: Russian Red $17.50
(shown above) Very high color payoff. There is absolutely no shine to these. They are a bit harder to work with but this formula lasts the longest. They are typically very drying, showing off any imperfection your lips may have & are the hardest to remove.

What are you favorite MAC shades & finish? I’d love to hear in the comment section!