Having a Target across the street is legit dangerous. Shoutout to all of you working in retail. I feel ya. I mean, how do you do it? I’d go to work empty and come out full-handed!! 😫😂
Anywho, I’ve gotten a few new items, some of which have been 5-star products for so long and I’m just here scratching my head thinking why??? The first one being ELF’s HD Loose Powder in Translucent.
I have a few things to say about this, mainly mixed thoughts. First of all I want to say, the packaging is horrible upon opening – every. single. time. I’ve tried it all by now, trust me, but there is just no way to prevent the powder from going into the inner rims of the lid and spilling out everywhere upon opening of the jar.With that said, if you decide to purchase this, expect about 1/5 of the powder being wasted all over your vanity and carpet.
I hope it absorbs odors at least, otherwise the thang is just stuck there … Until vacuumed.
As for the powder, this is where I have mixed thoughts. I have heard so many wonderful things on this powder, including from Paula’s Beautychoice, saying it basically melts right into your skin, blurring all pores. It may, when applied sparingly, but when packed on (for those of us with oily skin whom need plenty of powder to absorb the nasty mess) it turns out looking absolutely obvious and a tad bit like tiny pieces of dried toilet paper rolling on your skin as you try to remove it. I absolutely hate this!!
On the other hand, however, the powder leaves a tad white-ish, definitely brightening, look so I LOVE that for my under eye!
I have found that applying with the slightest amount of pressure on the brush is the best way to apply this in a “packed” manner. That way you have very little powder to brush off.
Side-Note: I have applied this powder to set foundation and it does set my foundation quite nicely (completely disappears!), however it DOES NOT absorb oil.
This is best when used with a matte or oil-absorbing foundation like Revlon’s Colorstay.
As for the packaging, I highly recommend somehow transferring the powder onto an empty loose powder jar, as that would save a lot of headaches!
Secondly, prior to this powder, I purchased Sonia Kashuk’s Loose Brightening Powder, having fallen in love with her Loose Powder (non-brightening). The powder is definitely much better than ELF’s. The problem is, it’s glittery. Though it’s better than ELF’s HD Powder, it is pretty much the same as ELF under-eye setting powder, which is glittery as well. I generally don’t have much problem with glitter, though I’m not exactly sure how I feel with it under my eye, instead of my eyelid.
The packaging is very pretty, regardless, and it also stores the powder much better than ELF’s HD Loose Powder. It closely resembles its sister normal loose powder, though the lid is sleek and reflective.
Another ELF love (I may post more this on this later) are the ELF powder blushes. I could almost swear these are the best, most inexpensive blushes you will find. Ever. Like seriously, they are that good.
Like Coastal Scents/Urban Decay, the formula is not quite NARS, but it comes so close, it’s actually amazing – making it an absolute steal. I recently bought tickled pink, which I would assume is very much like Deep Throat, since it’s a bit like Orgasm, slightly peachier, with slight sparkles only visible in direct sunlight (like most blushes).
The powder, though not as firm as NARS powder blushes, is very pigmented, buttery and blends like a dream. I mean, you can’t do wrong with these blushes.
And to add on to my ELF obsession, I also recently tried ELF’s cream eyeliner in black.
I found it to be somewhat pigmented (first 2 layers tend towards more of a dark brown rather than true black – third layer usually fixes that, however)
I really liked how this wore once on, as it was truly long-lasting and quite waterproof!! I couldn’t even get the swatch off my arm!!
Lastly, after having so many (if not all!) of the the Almay softies, I decided to try them.
I have to admit, I kinda fell in love.
While the first try was an absolute flop – these eyeshadows do not work with brushes – the second try was much better. Being more of a cream shadow (though seemingly powder) these shadows are surprisingly pigmented and are best used alone or as a base. Why you might ask? Because fingers must be used with these shadows, and creating a crease, etc, is nearly impossible with fingers alone.
So do you really need these?
The shade Cashmere works great as a base for a neutral eyeshadow look, but as for the rest, unless you prefer one-shadow looks, you’re better off without them.
The Hot Fudge shade is a fair exception as it is highly pigmented, though creating a crease with it could prove a little too hard considering there are better options out there.
That is all for my March Favorites! (A little late, I know, I know)
Have you tried any of these? How do you like them? Let me know!!