New Makeup That I’m Trying, Loving and Disliking

Hey, hey! It has been a quick-minute since I allowed myself to refresh my makeup collection, so I’ve been over here testing new products and gathering my thoughts on everything. There’s a lot to share and talk about, so let’s kick off the week with a chat about new makeup that I’m trying, loving and disliking!

New Makeup That I'm Trying, Loving and Disliking

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What I’m Trying

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer (shade Linen). I’ve heard both rave and horrible reviews on this stuff; so far, I’m somewhere in between. The coverage is solid medium-to-buildable, but it seems to sit on my skin without ever setting into place. The applicator also takes some time to get used to – I feel like it adds an extra five minutes to my makeup routine. If I had to guess, I probably will end up returning this foundation, but I want to give it a solid week or so before making a final decision.

NYX Worth the Hype Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara. This reminds me a lot of Loreal’s Voluminous Mascara minus the super wet formula. The brushes almost are identical. This seems to just be okay – it doesn’t do life-changing things for my lashes, and for me it works best when layered with another mascara.

What I’m Loving

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water. I’ve always been a huge fan of setting sprays, but this is the first one that has ever helped both hydrate, prime AND set my face! I probably use way too much before I apply my makeup because my skin just drinks it up.

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer (shade Bronzer). Yeah, yeah – I’m pretty late to the party with this one, but I’m here now and never leaving! I get it now why everyone says this is the best bronzer at the drugstore – blends like a dream, gives the perfect sun-kissed glow, and it smells like a tropical paradise. Just make sure you get the right shade! I initially had Light Bronze, and it didn’t even show up on my skin.

Makeup Revolution Brow Pomade (shade Blonde). This is THE drugstore dupe for the brow pomade from Anastasia Beverly Hills. It doesn’t budge or smudge once applied – I even have to work a little bit at night to remove it, so obviously it has great staying power.

NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner (shade Whipped Caviar). My current go-to shade of lip liner. It’s a great nude-pink/mauve color.

NYX Intense Butter Gloss (shade Tres Leches). The perfect complement to the above lip liner – this combo is what I’ve been wearing most days! I love that the formula is similar to the regular butter glosses, just slightly thicker and way more pigmented. Almost a liquid lipstick without actually being one (does that even make sense?).

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What I’m Disliking

Physician’s Formula #InstaReady Full Coverage Concealer (shade Light). I had hopes that this was going to be a drugstore alternative to my all-time favorite MAC Pro Longwear concealer, but sadly no. The formula is super thick, hard to blend and drying for under the eyes. However, it does work surprisingly well as an eye shadow primer! So, there’s that if you need to use up the product like I do.

NYX Matte Lipstick – just the packaging! Okay, I actually love the shade that I have this product in (that same Whipped Caviar), but the packaging straight up sucks. Maybe mine is a fluke, but the lipstick doesn’t stay extended when I’m trying to apply it! I practically have to hold the lipstick part itself to keep it from twisting back down. Lip brushes are not my cup of tea, but I’m going to have to start using one with this to avoid the packaging annoyance.

What new makeup are you trying lately?

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  1. 1.28.19
    Debra Stachelski said:

    I don’t buy too much makeup these days, but I do enjoy seeing what you’re using! I might check out that bronzer though, sounds like a good one!

  2. 1.28.19

    Loving all of this! Love Lip Butter and primer water but need to try some of these others!

    Southern Style

  3. 1.28.19
    The Adored Life said:

    HiiiI! I suck and I haven’t been by to officially comment BUT I have been reading posts! I don’t buy new makeup but I really love your reviews and they often keep me to my budget because i know if you say something is bad, STAY AWAY!
    The Adored Life

  4. 1.28.19
    Biana Perez said:

    That butter bronzer is so good that I buy them in bulk when I run out!! It’s just so creamy and the smell…reminds me of the beach!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  5. 1.28.19

    Scheduled to pin because I am pretty sure I need pretty much everything in the section you are loving. Great post!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  6. 1.28.19

    I need to try that primer water, and how pretty is that NYX butter gloss. You always look flawless, so I’ll take your word on all of these goodies <3

    Green Fashionista

  7. 1.28.19

    I just got the Butter Bronzer and I freaking love that bronzer. I also love the Makeup Revolution pomade. It’s so good.

    • 1.28.19

      Isn’t the Butter Bronzer SO good? Never thought I’d find such a good bronzer at the drugstore. Love Makeup Revolution products!

  8. 1.28.19

    I LOVE the butter bronzer and it really does smell amazing. I hadn’t tried their concealer yet but good to know that it wasn’t as good as the MAC one!

    • 1.28.19

      I really wasn’t impressed by it! I’m thinking maybe if you add a drop of beauty oil or something to it, it might help thin it out a bit. But, I’m not too anxious to do that with concealer!

  9. 1.28.19

    I LOVE the NYX Tres Leches, its my go to everyday lip gloss and isn’t sticky. Also love the Physician’s Formula bronzer too.

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

    • 1.28.19

      I can’t believe I just discovered that gloss – it’s so good, and I love how pigmented the color is.

  10. 1.28.19

    Love the look of your new site (& your shorter hair)! The primer water does feel sooo good and refreshing on the skin! I used to be obsessed with NYX lip products but I haven’t got any new ones in forever, so you have some great recommendations!

  11. 1.28.19

    Looks like some great products! I’ll have to check some of these out.

  12. 1.28.19
    Liza said:

    I just bought the PF bronzer and love it, but WHAT IS UP with the foam sponge applicator thing it comes with?? It’s awful! Do you use that, or a different brush?

    • 1.28.19

      Haha! To be honest, I didn’t even know that was in there until I saw this comment. So no, I don’t use that obviously! I just use a big fluffy brush to warm up my whole face.