This week’s makeup bag was a little different than usual for me. I recently ordered the Kristofer Buckle Vanity Collection #2 as a means to try several more products from the brand and it arrived in time to be incorporated in the bag. So while not every item in the bag comes from Kristofer Buckle, it does lean heavily in that direction. I’ll cover those products first.
The first item was the Triplicity Perfecting Foundation Stick. Clicking on the link will take you to the full review I posted yesterday. The short version is that I really liked this formula. It is a great foundation and may be one of my favorite stick foundation formulas. It is soft and creamy and feels more like I am applying moisturizer to the skin than applying foundation. I was very pleased with it and will be ordering it again in the future.
The loose setting powder included in the Vanity collection was a good setting powder. There are very few powders I absolutely don’t like, so I’m sort of an easy sell on powders. It is finely milled and really locked my makeup into place.
I did notice that it tended to leave a bit of a white cast. I counteracted that by using extra fixing spray, the I heart Revolution Fixing Spray in Peaches and Cream is the one I am still working through at the moment. It is an excellent setting spray.
What I did was spray the Revolution spray over the powder and then pat the powder down with a makeup sponge. This eliminated the white cast. While it is a good powder, I can’t say it is my absolute favorite. If asked if I would purchase it again, I would have to give it a maybe.
The next element in the Vanity Collection was the mascara. I really liked this mascara. It is more lengthening than volumizing which is surprising as it is listed as a volumizing mascara, but it is really lengthening and it doesn’t flake or smudge once dry. I had no problems with this mascara lasting all day. It is a good product I would definitely pick up again.
I am not entirely certain I would pick up the gel eyeliner. The end that so interested me turned out to be a smudger. Which is nice to have. The gel eyeliner is a gel eyeliner. It is black, it glides on smoothly and stays in place. It is very much like most good gel liners. I will continue to use it and if another came my way I would have no problem using it again, but it isn’t any better or worse than any other gel liner. The built in smudger is a nice feature though.
Last but certainly not least was the lipstick. The lipstick in the Vanity kit was the Cashmere slip longwear lipstick. This is the reason I purchased the entire kit. Seiously, The lipstick is $18 on its own and while the Vanity Kits are normally $28, with the sale the kit cost me $18.94 so I essentially paid full price for a lipstick and got everything else with it. (The sale incidentally runs through July 31st. You can use the code EXCLUSIVE35 to get 35% off. There is also a BOGO sale going on with the Vanity kits so if you are looking to stock up, now is the time).
While I can’t say I liked the color Renaissance, as much as I like the shade Bardot (hands down my favorite lipstick at the moment) as it is slightly more pink then I favor. It has the same formula which makes me confident in buying other lipsticks in the line.
It is creamy and non drying and while the pink did become more muted as the day wore on, it remained on my lips for the entire day. Just check the foundation wear photos if you want to see just how well it lasted, I didn’t reapply the lipstick once throughout the day. It only lost a little pigmentation but mostly retained its color. Incidentally in the swatches to the left I wanted to show just how fully the lipstick covered, the top thinner looking swatch had only one swipe across the hand while I used two on the lower swatch. The second swipe filled in all the lines the first one missed.
While I will be buying Bardot repeatedly for the near future, I now feel confident in the Cashmere Slip formula to stock up on all of the shades they offer. And to wish they offered more shades. It really is a super comfortable formula to wear. And yes I went ahead and added Bardot to the bag as well and just swapped between the two lipsticks for the week. I just couldn’t resist.
So that was the Vanity collection #2 from Kristofer Buckle that made up the bulk of the Makeup bag this week, but clearly they weren’t the only items. I mentioned the I Heart Revolution Fixing spray I am trying to use up. It is a really good fixing spray but it is old enough now that I can’t remember when I bought it, so I will be using it consistently until it’s gone. I may take a break now and then when I need a change of scent fort the week, but for now, it goes back in the bag for next week.
The Sakura + Sage Vegan Eyeshadow and Blush Palette from Seraphine botanicals was in my bag this week as well. The link will take you to the full review. The simple truth is I didn’t really like the blushes and only liked one of the eyeshadows. If you find the pink shimmer shade in Sparkle from Seraphine botanicals, I recommend snapping it up. It was the only thing I liked in the palette and recommend giving the rest of it a hard pass.
The Too Faced Chocolate Gold Soleil returned to my bag this week as my bronzer and I liked using it just as much this time around as I have before. I also brought back the No PoreBlem Primer from Touch in Sol. Both are fantastic products that will return to my dressing table and then rotate back into a future Makeup bag.
Also making a return was the Biillion dollar brows highlighter and concealer duo stick. It works well and this week I paired it with the Il Makiage eyebrow pencil. The pencil in the shade Truffles worked well with me although slightly on the darker side of what I like. I received it in my July IPSY bag and I like it enough to keep it in rotation. There is plenty of product in the pencil so time will tell if I like it enough to purchase when it is used up, but for now, I enjoy using it.
My highlighter this week was from OFRA in the shade Glazed Doughnut. It is a fantastic highlighter. It can go from blinding to subtle depending on your mood and how you blend. I loved using it this week and will look forward to its reappearance in future weeks. OFRA is an interesting brand for me in general. I love their highlighters and liquid lipsticks but find their blushes a bit on the powdery side. They work well and are highly pigmented, but they are just messy enough that I find myself not wanting to reach for them all that often. Maybe I’ll put an OFRA lipstick in next week’s bag.
Finally we reach the standard item that will be in my bag consistently until I run out and then it will be reordered. Strictly speaking I should have mentioned it first as it goes under everything else. It is the Volition Prismatic Luminizing shield in SPF 50. That’s right my darlings, sunscreen.
My favorite sunscreen.
Already I am sensing the bottle is starting to feel a bit light so I have gone ahead and reordered it so that a replacement will be on hand. This is one product, I will not risk running out of.
So we reach the end of another week’s Makeup bag, the good, the bad, the mediocre. I hope my thoughts help you when deciding what you want to add to your personal collection. Or at least provide a momentary amusement as you go along with your day. As for me, I’m off to make up for time I lost when it was simply too hot to work this week.
Our newly repaired air conditioner is functioning perfectly and humming along keeping the house cool and my office from turning into a hot box in the mid afternoon sun. If my lips wouldn’t burn on the hot metal, I’d really consider kissing out air conditioning unit. As it is, I’ll just used the extended work hours to get things done. Have a good day and hopefully I’ll see you back here later this afternoon for the Friday Face mask.