Another month, another look at the products I've been reaching for time and time again recently. I feel like this edit is a real mix of old favourites, new discoveries and rediscoveries!
I've recently been using the Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer* | £4 | pretty much every day. Don't be scared by the name - this isn't at all greasy or slippery, it instead has a cream texture. It gives my skin a satin finish and does a decent job of smoothing its surface, as well as really helping to ensure my base stays in place all day. Of course I then use my beloved Bobbi Brown Corrector (Peach) | £19.50 | under the eyes to cancel out my dark circles, which makes such a difference! For a base product, the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (St Moritz) | £30 | review | has been a clear winner of late. It just makes my skin look perfected without masking it - it evens everything out and gives a radiant, healthy finish whilst still being incredibly lightweight. It's also non-shiny and long-lasting on my skin. In terms of concealer, my go-to is still the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer (Ginger) | £23. It's absolutely amazing! I love the natural but still medium-full coverage. It does the job whilst still looking like skin and it doesn't crease on me. I never used to be a fan of potted concealers but this has changed my entire perspective. Under the eyes I've also been using my YSL Touche Eclat (4.5) | £25.50 | every day since repurchasing it. It really brightens and illuminates the area, making me look more awake.
In terms of setting, I have a rediscovery and a new addition! I've been using an old favourite in new packaging - the Ben Nye Luxury Powder Dome Jar* (Banana) | £13.50. I used this all the time last year but got a bit sick of the packaging (I'd always end up shaking too much out and wasting a ton of product), so I was excited when Precious About Makeup sent this over. Although quite a lot of product came through the filter when I had this in my makeup bag recently, it is much easier to get out the amount of product you want. If I pick up too much on my setting brush, I can simply tap it off in the lid and pour it back in. This comes in a load of shades but for my skin tone, Banana is the best. I use it to set under my eyes and it's honestly amazing. I didn't realise the difference between using it and not using it until I went back to this product! My concealer doesn't move about, rub away or crease and the powder itself isn't too heavy. I've then been setting my entire base with the Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist* | £16. It isn't a dewy or a matte finish, it just makes my makeup look seamless, gets rid of any caking and makes it last a little bit longer without going shiny.
I've been reaching for my ColourPop Pressed Powder Face Duo in Double Play | $16 | in terms of blusher and highlighter. Getting Handsy is a matte warm sand-nude blusher that goes with most of my makeup looks. It's very pigmented but also has a smooth formula that blends out nicely on the skin without going patchy or fading during the day. Padded Down is a seriously intense pearly, dewy highlighter. You definitely need to use a light hand with this (I apply it with a fan brush) but I do really like the champagne tone for a dramatic highlight on my skin. In terms of bronzer, I've been using the Clarins Summer Bronzing Compact* | £30 | which is last year's version, though you can check out this year's edition here. I just use the outer ring, which gives a warm look to the skin. It's nothing overly orange or too dramatic, it looks very natural and applies with minimal effort.
I always prime my eyes before applying shadow with the Urban Decay Primer Potion (Original) | £17 | and the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Taupe | £23. The Urban Decay is amazing and when I forget to use it, I always notice! It's just a clear-ish formula but ensures my eyeshadow lasts all day long without fading or creasing. The cream eyeshadow from Bobbi Brown is a great base because it evens out the tone of my eyelids and ensures the colours 'pop'. When I don't use the Bobbi Brown, I've been applying the Inglot Aquastic Cream Eyeshadow in 15* | £13. This is great as a one-wash colour when I'm in a rush. It has this beautiful metallic finish and is a brown-taupe colour that always works. It blends out with ease when first applied but sets down and doesn't move after a few seconds.
In terms of powder eyeshadow, I've been a bit all over the place recently but I think my most-used product has been the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette | £39 | review. I know the hype over this product is quite over-the-top but Too Faced eyeshadows never disappoint (they have amazing longevity, pigmentation and are easy to apply) and I really like these warm tones. Despite the name, this is dominated by brown, bronze and golden shades, which are just my sort of thing!
For liner and mascara, it's been a bit 'same old, same old, so I won't go on for too long! I've been using ColourPop's Creme Gel Liners in Swerve and Overboard | $5 each. They creamy, pigmented and long-lasting - Swerve is a matte black for tight-lining and Overboard is a warm brown-bronze shimmer for the lower lash-line. For my winged liner it's of course the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner (Intense Black) | £14.50 | for that precise, opaque finish that doesn't move or transfer. I finish off my eyes with a coat of Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara | £7.99. It's my all-time favourite because it gives length, curl and volume without flaking or smudging. I use it both for the day and the evening.
In terms of brows, I've been using a combination of the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil* (04) | £20 | and the Glossier Boy Brow in Brown | $16 | UK shipping. The Benefit pencil is pigmented but I still feel it gives a natural look. The shape makes it quick and easy to apply and it wears well throughout the day. The shade is good for me because it's not to warm or too ashy. Hopefully Glossier starts its rumoured UK shipping soon because I'm fast running out of Boy Brow... It's probably my favourite brow gel at the moment - it's tinted but not at all crispy and holds my brows in place effortlessly.
For lips I've been gravitating towards MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Smoked Almond | £17.50 |, MAC Matte Lipstick in Strip Me Down | £16.50 | & ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Strip | $6. I recently discovered Smoked Almond - I picked it up as a birthday present for my friend on the way to see her in the Netherlands but couldn't resist getting it for me too... It's super-pigmented but has a creamy finish with a bit of a sheen. The colour is a sort of pinky-brown. Strip Me Down is my perfect warm-beige nude - the formula is very creamy and comfortable to wear but still gives a completely matte finish and is incredibly long-lasting. Finally, I have another new discovery in Strip (apologies for mislabelling this below!), from ColourPop's Sand collection. I love this formula, it's so comfortable and pigmented but still has a pretty long-wearing matte finish. This is another great beige-nude, however isn't as dark as Strip Me Down.
Which products have you been reaching for lately?