Try it Tuesday: YSL Touche Éclat Neutralizer

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary for testing purposes. I did not pay for this product, but as always, all thoughts and results are my own. 

  

So it’s actually Wednesday, but I got this product yesterday and already had a full face of makeup on so I decided to save my Try it Tuesday for today instead! I received this color corrector from Influenster as part of the latest YSL VoxBox. I must be super lucky, because this is the second YSL VoxBox I’ve gotten! I received this cool clickable color correcting pen in the shade 2 Green, which is designed to combat redness. It comes in shiny metallic green packaging, and you get 0.08 fl oz. I was actually really surprised that I received the green one, since I thought that my answers to the pre-survey emphasized dark circles as my biggest “problem” as far as color correction is concerned. As you all know by now, I do have acne (although it’s greatly improved over the last couple of months and I can’t wait to blog about the reason why!) and acne scarring, so I was still excited to try it out! The neutralizer retails for $38, so it is quite expensive. To me, at least – lol.

Per Sephora, the YSL Touche Eclat Neutralizer in Green corrects blemishes and conceals redness for an even skintone. The description also states that this can be worn over or under foundation, which I strongly disagree with – at least for the green shade. I could imagine Bisque, the neutralizer for dark circles, can be worn over foundation as a concealer/highlighter, but certainly not the green, as it would stand out too much from the foundation and you’d probably look diseased, and I’m pretty sure diseased isn’t the look you’re going for.

I have not had positive experiences with green color-correctors in the past, simply because I think green is a difficult color to conceal, and can end up leaving skin looking ashy and dull. (And sometimes, even wicked-witch-like) Before I applied the product, I was worried about three things: 1. that it wouldn’t get completely covered by my foundation, 2. that since it is a spot corrector, it would look obvious and unblended, and 3. that it would simply come off completely once I applied foundation.

Good news – I found that none of those worries were actually true! It has a thin consistency, and blends very well. It was easy to target blemishes or scars, so that I wasn’t wasting product by applying it to my whole face. It also definitely helped conceal the blemishes under my foundation, saving me the steps and thickness of my usual concealer. One other positive thing that I noticed immediately about this product is that it isn’t scented – one of my biggest complaints about the YSL mascara I tested was that it was heavily perfumed. As far as longevity is concerned, I’ve now had my makeup on for over 8 hours and I don’t see any unsual signs of oiliness or wear.

If I had to state any negatives, it would be that I would have preferred the pen to be a twist-up rather than a clicker. I’m envisioning a cap full of green corrector after getting smashed up against something in my makeup bag…but really, that’s just a minor complaint that would probably result from my own carelessness, and I have no other misgivings about this product.

Verdict: I’ve only had it for a day, so it’s hard to say if I’d repurchase it again. If you do have redness from blemishes, acne scars, and even rosacea, I would recommend this product. It’s not only easy to use, but actually performs as intended, unlike any other green color corrector I’ve tried in the past. Also, it will make you feel super fancy while you use it, so that’s also a positive in my book. Below are some precious photos of myself before, during, and after application. Note my awesome microfiber head wrap. (It actually is awesome, and you can get it here) Have any of you tried this neutralizer? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear your opinions, especially if you’ve tried one of the other shades. Have a happy hump day!

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Fall Look + Full Acne Coverage

  It is finally starting to feel like fall outside, and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve officially packed away my short and sandals and brought out my tights, boots, and jewel colored tops and dresses. This is my favorite time of year for three reasons: weather, holidays, and fashion. Mid to low 50s, a crisp breeze, and swirling leaves + family and friends gathered together for a meal to share their thankfulness and culinary skills + sweaters and boots = everything I love about fall!

One thing I don’t love is having acne. I’ve struggled with it since I was around 12 years old, and I’m now 22. I saw a dermatologist for almost 6 years and have taken more antibiotics than I can count on two hands. Creams, lotions, cleansers galore and not one thing made it go away! My derm had always suggested two possible solutions: hormonal birth control and Accutane. My parents and I were not keen on the risks and side effects of Accutane, some of which I was more at risk for than others, so I never tried it. I have been using hormonal birth control for 5 years now and have seen such an amazing difference in the condition of my skin – which is saying something, considering I obviously still have acne in the photos above. For the most part, my birth control helps to keep the cystic acne along my jawline at bay, but I still get inflammatory acne mostly everywhere except for my forehead. I am strict about skincare routine and never, ever, ever go to sleep without taking my makeup off and cleansing my skin. I used to use many more products to cover up my acne than I do now, but I find that the two products I use for coverage provide exactly what I need without a heavy layer.

The very first thing I do is cleanse, moisturize, and prime my skin.

  1. LUSH Herbalism // $15-ish
  2. Clinique Dramatically Different Gel // $26
  3. Arbonne Makeup Primer // $40

Once I’ve prepped my skin, I move on to concealer and foundation.

  1. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer // $24 / in the shade Light
  2. It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination // $35 / in the shade Light

I apply the concealer with my fingers (after I’ve washed my hands, of course!) because I find that I get the best coverage while using the least amount of product. I have applied this product with both a sponge and brush before and still prefer my trusty old phalanges. It’s extremely pigmented, so I use a pinhead-sized drop under each of my eyes in a triangle shape – #KimKwannabe – and then continue to use other teensy pinhead drops on my blemishes and redness on the rest of my face. It’s a thick, creamy, consistency and blends flawlessly into my skin’s natural texture. I have quite a few (who am I kidding, I have a lot) of freckles, so I use the concealer extremely sparingly on my forehead to let them show through.

Once my concealer is nicely blended, I move on to foundation. The It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination, as contrasted to the original Celebration Foundation, which comes in a black compact and is matte, is an illuminating pressed powder foundation. The concealer is matte, and I like that the foundation has illuminating qualities to give off a lit-from-within glow. I buff the foundation into my skin with a Sigma F80 brush in circular motions. It offers medium-buildable coverage, and despite the fact that I have extremely oily skin, I do not experience any shininess for several hours, and no separation all day. It’s a great foundation for all skin types that I think works very well in conjunction with the concealer. In the following four photos, the one in the top left shows how my skin looks with the foundation + concealer combo.
Those two products conclude the acne coverage portion of this blog, and I highly encourage you to give them a try! They are quite pricey, but I anticipate the concealer lasting me at least a year, and I’ve used the foundation daily for two months and have yet to notice any obvious usage in the pan.

For alternatives, I recommend

  1. Dermablend Cover Creme // $38 / this product is very expensive, and I don’t think it offers as good of coverage as the Bye Bye Undereye. If you have the time to really work with this product (which I think is best applied with sponge or fingers) it might be worth it, but I think there are better alternatives. It is a cream texture in a pot, rather than a tube, which I also do not like for sanitary reasons. Everyone has different preferences, so it may work for you! 
  2. Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer // $6 / the consistency is similar to that of the Bye Bye Undereye and gives full coverage, but it appears more oily and the shades can edge into Oompa Loompa territory. I will not repurchase this, but it is a great product if your budget only allows you to stick with drugstore products.
  3. Aveda Inner Light Dual Foundation // $25 / very similar in coverage + concept to the Celebration Foundation, but does not come in a compact. You must purchase the compact separately, which I consider a huge disadvantage and just plain annoying, so I don’t use this anymore in protest. The product itself is wonderful though, and if the compact isn’t important to you, you can keep it in the plastic packaging and use it that way.

To complete the rest of the look, I used Tarte Park Ave Princess bronzer, Clinique blush in New Clover, Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow pomade in Blonde, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, Urban Decay Perversion mascara, Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette, and Lancome L’Absolu Rouge lipstick in Creme de Marron.

IMG_0908What are your favorite fall looks? Share with me in the comments below!

Battle of the Eye-Brightening Concealers – Drugstore

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If you’re anything like me, a shortage of sleep will make you look, feel, and act like an angry dragon. I get puffy, bruised-looking undereye circles, and they only seem to subside after four cups of coffee and an actual 8-hour night of sleep (which is rare). So how do I prevent strangers from thinking I got into a bar brawl the night before, you ask? Concealer. One of makeup’s greatest arsenals.

MAC’s Pro Longwear concealer is still on my list of things to try, but for now, almost every single concealer I have is from the drugstore. I did leave one popular drugstore concealer off of this list, which is the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer. It’s not on my list because I’ve forgotten to repurchase it the last 600 times I’ve gone to Target, so sorry about that.

Remember that time Little J tried to make the over-tired, I-got-into-a-fight-with-my-eyeliner-and-my-eyeliner-won look happen on Gossip Girl? Unfortunately so do I. Hopefully she was apologizing to Blair for that eyeliner. Anyway, that’s basically how I look without concealer. {exaggeration}

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Here is a swatch of all of the pictured products except the Nyx Wonder Pencil:

From top to bottom: Maybelline CoverStick in Ivory, Revlon ColorStay Concealer in 02 Light, Nyx HD Concealer in Porcelain, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 Light, Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer in Fair, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Light, and E.l.f. Eye Brightener
From top to bottom: Maybelline CoverStick in Ivory, Revlon ColorStay Concealer in 02 Light, Nyx HD Concealer in Porcelain, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 Light, Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer in Fair, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Light, and E.l.f. Eye Brightener

The Maybelline CoverStick, $6, is very thick and drier than the others, so I find that it applies best underneath foundation. I would definitely recommend warming this up before applying so that it doesn’t drag on your skin. It gives medium-buildable coverage, but settles into fine undereye lines. I would skip this one for an undereye concealer and use it for the face instead. I give this a 3/5.

The Revlon ColorStay Concealer, $10.50, is a very liquidy concealer. The shade that I have, 02 Light, is very yellow-toned, which I prefer for my undereye area, so that’s a positive. I find that this isn’t quite creamy enough to blend into my foundation how I wish it would. This concealer offers medium coverage and is not buildable. I’ve been using this lately as I’m running out of the Fit Me concealer, but I don’t think I will repurchase this. I have used this on blemishes on my face and found that it offered decent coverage but poor staying power. I give this a 3/5.

Next up is the Nyx HD Photo Concealer, $3-5, which I love! I have the shade Porcelain, which is very pink-toned. The color itself is not my favorite, but I find that if I dab even the tiniest bit of my foundation over the top of it with my beauty blender, it’s perfect. This has a whipped-like texture and is very lightweight. I will definitely repurchase this in a more yellow-toned shade. The lasting power is good, and although it does settle into fine lines, it only settles into them a little and isn’t super noticeable. I give this a 4.5/5!

I picked up the Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer, $6, after seeing it used in a YouTube video by a girl I went to school with. (You can find her channel, NattyGlam, here) I have the shade fair, and although it has a slight pink undertone, I like how the color helps to mask the purple-black circles under my eyes. What I don’t like about this concealer is the consistency – it is really thick! For that reason, it’s not one of my top picks. I once used this as foundation in a moment of desperation, and I actually didn’t mind it. I give this a 3.5/5!

The e.l.f. Mineral Eye Brightener, $2, is not so much a concealer as it is an undereye setting powder. It’s a yellow-toned powder in a little pot that reminds me of the BareMinerals minis. I was drawn to this because I like the idea of a powder meant to specifically set undereye concealer and brighten up the area. Unfortunately, I find that this product makes the undereye area look very cakey and emphasizes any fine lines. I also think that it does the opposite of brightening – it makes my undereye area look dull! Definitely skip this one. I give it a 1.5/5.

The Nyx Wonder Pencil, $2-5, is a multi-purpose concealer pencil. It can be used to spot-conceal pimples, highlight under the brow, and brighten up your tightline. I love, love, love this product for the tightline! I find that white eyeliner on the tightline is too obvious and unnatural looking, so this is a great alternative if you want to achieve a wide-eyed, awake look. It’s pretty cheap and lasts forever. I give it a 4.5/5!

And finally, my holy grail drugstore concealing product. If I had to choose one word to describe the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, $7, I would choose the word “amazeballs.” I haven’t tried the Nars Creamy Radiant concealer, but I’ve heard this is a dupe. Quite frankly, I love the Fit Me so much that I probably won’t ever shell out the money for the Nars. I have it in two shades, 15 light and 20 sand. Light has a slight pink undertone, and sand has a pretty strong yellow undertone. I use them both separately and together, depending on how tan or pale I am. It never settles into my fine lines or pores, and blends seamlessly with my foundation. It never looks cakey, and lasts all day. I love this stuff! 5/5 and I can’t recommend it enough.

What are your favorite concealers for the undereye area? Let me know in the comments below!

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