primer

makeup thoughts + review list

Almost 2 months since my last post! I’ve been busy with big-ish life events. But I got to try new products during that time, so there is much to write about. The last few weeks has made me think that I should really learn how to do makeup well. I’ve always been interested in cosmetics, but just was never into it as much as I am into skincare.

What makes makeup even less appealing to me is that it’s mostly hot and humid where I live. I don’t know how others survive putting on piles of makeup in this weather. It’s just too difficult. I have the oiliest and sweatiest face I know, and makeup disappearing after only a couple hours because my face is acidic and oily and this is a hot country is exasperating. Now if I only moved to a colder climate, or my face was less oily, my life would be tons easier.

But I understand more now how makeup is an art. Painting the face, mixing and matching, and making little decisions to put together a beautiful look… It’s a rewarding art process. Beneficial too cos you make yourself look better as you develop your skills.

I want it and I want to do it well.

Here’s a list of the new stuff I tried and will mini review:

  • Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector
  • RMK Liquid Foundation (not really new but I never reviewed it before)
  • Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Compact
  • Nars Orgasm in Blush
  • Essence Gel Eye Pencil Waterproof

first impressions: hourglass veil mineral primer spf 15

Used this primer for the first time today. It was easy to apply and felt silky, but because it absorbs fast, maybe even too fast, I had to use a proper dollop on my face to make sure everything is covered. Could be pricey in the long run.

Didn’t notice any difference in terms of makeup application. Prolly cos my foundation is easy to blend in the first place. However, I noticed some ashiness when I applied my foundation. My face had a greyish tone to it that isn’t there when using foundation alone. Will have to use it without the primer again to see.

In terms of oil control, it’s not impressive. After 8 hours of wear, there was still some oil on my face, and I’m only moderately oily to begin with. I’m going to have to use it a few more times to give it a solid review.

If there was one significant change, though, it’s that my foundation doesn’t transfer onto my hankies/tissues anymore. Maybe it means the primer makes my foundation stay in place? We’ll see. Will need to use a few more times to confirm.

Update: On another day, I used this on the area between my brows and the cheeks beside my nose. Although it kinda blurred my pores there, it didn’t do anything for oil control. The next day, I got a few CCs on those areas.