First impressions: Maybelline Dream Urban Cover foundation

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As I wrote in my latest make-up haul, I’ve tried out the Maybelline Dream Urban Cover foundation, and I wrote down my first impressions, so here goes.

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This picture was taking right after I’d applied the foundation (shade: 100 Warm Ivory). I’m wearing my go-to primer combo underneath (Wet n Wild Photofocus face primer matte + MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance Illuminating Base in the shade Radiant Yellow); it wouldn’t be a fair test otherwise since I always prime first. I’m also wearing concealer underneath my eyes and to cover up the worst spots (MAC Pro Longwear concealer in the shade NC20 + L’Oréal Infaillible More Than Concealer in the shade 322 Ivory). And now on to the foundation. It blended in beautifully to the skin with a sponge, and it lives up to its claims of being full coverage and lightweight; it really feels like nothing on the skin. The concealers blended in very nicely with the foundation as well. It has a slightly dewy finish which looks very pretty, and my skin shines through in the best way possible meaning it doesn’t look cakey. The foundation contains SPF 50 which you can initially smell, but the scent goes away quickly. I wore the foundation for about 10,5 hours, and it still looked great at the end of the day. In conclusion, I really like this foundation. I like it so much that it has been all I’ve worn since the day I tested it.

First impressions – Maybelline Lasting Fix make-up setting spray

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I swear by the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray, but it’s not the cheapest option, so I thought I would give the Maybelline Lasting Fix make-up setting spray a try. It has a very fine mist, so you can barely feel it on the skin when you apply it (it’s much lighter and finer than the UD All Nighter). It’s also invisible on the skin. It has a slight make-upy scent, but it’s not too strong. They day I tested the setting spray for the first time, I wore my make-up just over 12 hours and it had held up very well. My skin was only a little bit shiny in the T-zone, but that’s normal for me, and it really wasn’t too bad. All in all, I think this a really good more affordable alternative to the UD All Nighter, even though I think I still like the All Nighter slightly better (that stuff is just so good).

First impressions: L’Oréal Infaillable Longwear Shaping Stick foundation

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It’s been a while since the last time I did a first impressions post on a foundation, so I wanted to try out this stick foundation from L’Oréal.

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I’m not familiar with stick foundations, but I’ve always thought that they would be easy and quick to use. I don’t think that’s the case with this one. I applied it directly on to my face and blended it out with a sponge, which is how I usually blend out my foundation. It was so difficult though, and it took a really long time. The stick doesn’t contain that much product, and I found that the coverage is very light, so you have to use quite a bit of product to cover your entire face. As you can see it has quite a dewy finish (I’m wearing a regular none-glowy primer underneath), which is okay though I personally prefer a more matte foundation. Concealers blend in fine with the foundation, but not great. I wore the foundation for about 9,5 hours and it looked okay at the end of the day; it had separated around the nose area and my face looked slightly more shiny than right after application (the photo above was taking shorty after applying the foundation). A positive thing to say about this product is that it removed very easily, but overall I’m not a fan of this foundation. I might give it a second change, but based on my first impressions, I wouldn’t recommend it.

First impressions: Essence Camouflage+ matte concealer

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My last two first impressions posts were also on concealers, but I promise that this is the last concealer one for a little while.

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This Essence concealer is super affordable, and it has a nice small pointed applicator. The coverage was not as good as I hoped it would be, but it’s not horrible. As you can see, it looks okay under the eyes, but when I tried to cover up a spot, it removed the foundation in that area. In general, it was difficult to blend in with my foundation, which a good concealer shouldn’t be. It also has a really strong scent that lingers, which I really don’t like. Overall, I’m not a fan of this concealer; I have so many other concealers that I love, so I probably won’t use this one much if at all.

First impressions: L’Oréal Infaillible More Than Concealer

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I decided to put the L’Oréal Infaillible More Than Concealer full coverage concealer to the test, and here are my first impressions.

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It has a very big doe-foot applicator similarly to the Revolution Conceal & Define concealer, but it’s easy to use. The concealer blends very easily when applied with a damp sponge, and it’s full coverage just as the product claims. It has quite a strong scent (though not necessarily a bad scent) that I was quite aware of at first, but it goes away after a little while. I applied the concealer at around 7:30 AM, and right before I removed it after 10 hours of wear, it still looked really good. I hadn’t creased though I did set it with powder. The concealer was really easy to remove with micellar cleasing water, and all in all I’m really impressed with this product. So if you’re looking for a really good full coverage concealer from the drugstore, this is a great option.

First impressions: Revolution Conceal & Define concealer

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I’ve heard so many great things about the Revolution Conceal & Define concealer, so I thought I would give it a try, and here are my first impressions.

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The concealer has a very big doe-foot applicator, and at first I was a bit sceptic about that, but it’s actually really easy to use. The coverage is really good, and the product looks really smooth on the skin. It was really easy to blend out with a sponge, and it also blended in beautifully with my foundation. The picture was taken right after application, but the concealer still looked great after 12 hours of wear. It was really easy to remove with micellar cleasing water. All in all this is a great concealer, and it’s really affordable too.

First impressions: Essence G’Day Sydney eyeshadow palette

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It’s time for another ‘first impressions’ post, and this time I’ve tested the Essence G’Day Sydney eyeshadow palette. The eyeshadows swatch very well, and the colours are beautiful, so I had high hopes for this palette.

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These first pictures were taken right after application of the eyeshadows. I don’t expect the most incredible quality from an affordable palette, but I was pleasantly suprised by the pigmentation of the eyeshadows. They blended out nicely, though some shades better than others (the matte dark brown shade required a bit more work). There was minimal fall out; only a little from the shimmer shades.

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These pictures were taken after about 10,5 hours of wear (excuse my shiny skin), and apart from the fact the eyeshadows seem to have faded a tiny bit, they still look pretty good in my opinion. They eyeshadows were very easy to remove with regular eye make-up remover. All in all, I really like this palette, and I’ve used it quite a few times by now.