It has been a bit since I've made a makeup post, and I am still having a good old time playing around with the paint, so I thought we were due for another one.
The biggest lesson I have learned so far is this: expensive makeup really *is* better than the cheap stuff. Goes on better, lasts longer, looks better, doesn't make me break out. There are areas where the cheaper alternative is just fine, but this doesn't seem to be one of them. So I'm focusing mainly on "high end" makeup these days.
I still don't wear foundation, but I have found a new tinted moisturizer to love. Clinique Moisture Sheer Tint SPF 15 in Neutral. Sheer but complete converage, looks dewy rather than matte, protects me from the sun, and feels good on. It's expensive ($27 a bottle), but I use very little, so the tube should last me at least a few months.
I have to go with Clinique here, too. Specifically, the Almost Powder Makeup SPF 15 in Light. Used with the tinted moisturizer, it gives me a really natural looking base. It doesn't look like I have a bunch of makeup on, just like I have really nice skin. I also like that it is another layer of SPF. Again, it's not cheap ($22.50 for the compact), but I can't imagine it lasting less than a year.
I've already told you how much I love Nars' Orgasm, but there now another blush in my makeup tray. It's Lancome's Blush Subtil in Cedar Rose. It's a wonderful super-light formula that looks really natural and actually absorbs oil rather than adding to the issue. I really love the color, too--it is maybe a little ligher than the Orgasm, making me look less flushed and more like I've had a bit of sun. Again, expensive ($29.50), but going to last a long time.
I am still not 100% satisifed in the mascara department. On the recommendation of a friend, I am most recently using Lancome's Definicils in Deep Black. It's not bad--better than anything else I've tried--but it's not perfect. I'm still getting clumps and my lashes aren't as stand out as I'd like. I'm not sure it is worth $24 a tube, especially if I am supposed to throw the tube out every 4 months.
The other high-end mascara that has been repeatedly recommended to me is Christian Dior's Diorshow, so I will likely try that next.
This is the one area where I haven't yet tried anything high end, but as sensitive as my eyes seem to be, I think I probably ought to. My favorite thing that I have tried is the ColorSticks Eye Crayon by Jane. I'd love to find a higher quality version of that. I love the way it goes on and looks...for about two hours. Then it wears off. Plus I don't love the color selection. Anybody have a recommendation?
I'm still partial to Clinique's Black Honey, but I want something lighter colored for the summer. Since I liked the Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish so much, I tried Bare Escentuals' Buxom Babes Diamond Lips collection. I hate it. The colors don't work for me at all, they are far too glittery and sticky, and the applicators are not the same as in the full sized version. Total fail.
I was pleasantly surprised by a sample Lancome sent me of their Color Fever Shine lipstick. The color they sent--Tempt Me--doesn't work for me at all, but I like the way it feels on my lips and the way it's not too shiny or sticky but it's not matte or dry either. So I may try that in another color. It's $25/tube. (Incidentally, they also sent a sample of their Color Design Lip Color in All Done Up, and it was truly horrendous--made me look about 90. Mauve is just a no.)
The other thing I need to find is some decent brushes that aren't incredibly expensive. I'd just need a powder blush and a blush brush. The ones I have are leaving little synthetic fibers all over my face, and it's irritating.
As a (probably comical) "frugal" end note to this extremely silly post, I have to recommend that you NEVER pay full price for makeup. There is always a discount code for Sephora, beauty.com, Lancome, Clinique, etc. Wait until you see a good one. Never pay for shipping, always get lots of free samples. Also, use Ebates. Sephora in particular gives like 8-9% back, I think. If you are going to be spending cash on this stuff, might as well make it as little as possible. Still going to be more than drugstore makeup, but if I'm going to put stuff on my face all day most days, I think it's worth paying more.