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the more you know the less you need

Full Circle

Full Circle

Matte or not?

I grew up in the era of oil-free mania. Ironically—and naturally—now the beauty industry has come round full circle and oils are the new star ingredient of skincare, makeup, not to mention, the supermarket aisle.

Model: Nancy DeWeir; Max Factor ad, 1980s

Why? Because a glowy complexion replicates youthful healthy skin—and who doesn’t want that?

Highlightersluminizers, and bronzers are no longer just limited to the kit of professional makeup artists, they’ve become a daily staple for many women who are not stars of stage or screen.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

The sky-rocketing sales of such illuminating cosmetics have been attributed to social media, YouTube beauty tutorials, and the advent of selfies. Today, everyone is ready for their closeup.

MAC Strobe Cream was the first commercially available highlighter product but now every beauty brand, from high to low, offers light-reflecting and feature-defining products. Glow is the current beauty buzzword.

Achieving an instant glow begins with good skincare and is enhanced with cream-based makeup. I’ve systematically been replacing my powder products with creams. It’s a shift that makes a big difference and is the ultimate fix for dull or tired skin.


Prevage Anti-Aging Foundation SPF 30 by Elizabeth Arden is formulated for mature skin and is a hybrid makeup-skincare product that is actually good for your skin and looks natural and luminous. Your skin but much much better.
See my full review here.

I’ve had a little love affair with The Red Door of late,

Flawless Finish Ultra Smooth Pressed Powder; Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup

and the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Blush in Plum is a rosy hue that blends seamlessly into the skin whilst brightening and adding a dewy finish.
See my review here.

As far as eye shadows, powder palettes have ruled the category forever, but now cream products in sticks, crayons, and pots that can be applied in a flash without a brush are garnering attention and much love. Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks get very favourable reviews, but they are expensive- $35CD – so I choose a drugstore option that Sali Hughes raved about in her beauty column in The Guardian.

The Best Eye Shadows, March 9, 2019Photograph: Alex Lake/The Guardian

Revlon Colorstay Creme Eye Shadow

Left to Right: 730 Praline, 740 Black Current, 710 Caramel, 740 Chocolate

These are gorgeous! I bought four shades and may go back for more. Creamy, easy, dreamy. Even comes with a really great brush that snaps into the back of the lid for blending. 740 is a unique amethyst shade that is a stunning change from basic browns.

As much as I adore matte lipsticks, I wanted to try a slightly glossier formula to go with the rest of the glowy look.

Revlon Kiss Plumping Lip Creme is a drugstore dupe for the luxe Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lips.

A nude 515 Almond Suede and a berry 535 Spiced Berry pretty much cover the bases for me. These aren’t pretty or vanity-worthy but are ideal as a travel companion or to toss in a handbag or gym bag.

And I got them on sale, so it was the perfect time to try out.

On the downside, the squeezy tube applicator isn’t very elegant or precise, and the initial lip tingle—presumably the lip plumping ingredients——isn’t something I like. Therefore, I’m not completely sold on this creamy lippy. The colours are nice but the formula and packaging leave something to be desired. Thus the search continues.

So between matte or not, I’ll defer to beauty guru Caroline Hirons who once said, I’ll be matte when I’m dead. 

Image via U Magazine

Likewise, I’ll opt for looking lively with creams.


2 thoughts on “Full Circle”

  • I have been using “luxury” lines lately but I am always on the hunt for products that are duplicates of the “lux” brands at a better price point. The eyeshadows you have selected (lovely mauve/purple shades) are right up my alley. As for lip colour, I have purchased two of the Chantecaille Lip Chic lipsticks this winter. They are too pricey, but they have the perfect amount of colour and hydration that I am looking for. The spiced berry colour that you are showing in the Revlon product looks like a perfect colour. As for Elizabeth Arden – great products and I definitely agree with you on their Ceramide Blush product – excellent colour and application.

    I really enjoy your beauty posts!

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