I am back after a short break…well it was more like a recharging of my batteries and spending time with my family. My daughter is growing up so fast! Can’t she just stay small?! *sigh*
Anyways back to business, this post is about the U.S Makeup products that I currently have in my collection. These products are from the U.S and I either got them by shipping them internationally or buying them from UK stores that stock U.S products. Most of them I bought after watching my favourite Youtubers use them.
I will be doing a similar blog post for the British makeup products I have in my collection, just to show some appreciation to the British beauty industry.
I know, I know, the British beauty industry has a lot of catching up to do in terms of products for women of colour and darker skin tones, but I can definitely see that things are moving in the right direction. Back in the day, there wasn’t even Sleek Cosmetics! There are still more improvements to go but at least the British industry have started to realise that women of colour actually exist!
Here are 6 U.S products which I have purchased:
Milani Baked Blush, Corallina (£8.46 – Amazon):
Colour: ‘shimmering vivid coral’ (as described on website)
I think blushes are one of the makeup products in my collection which I neglect and don’t pay much attention to. I change my foundations, my eyeshadows, highlighters, but I rarely change my blushes.
I heard great reviews about these Milani Baked Blushes, so I had to try them out. I love the fact that it has a gold shimmer, to give you a glow as well as the colour. I am so happy with this product. It comes with a separate compartment with a mirror and a brush. It is so pigmented! You have probably seen my rosy cheeks in my pictures! Yes, I got too happy with this product and overdid it… but hey you only live once *my answer to everything!*
It will suit all skin tones from fair to dark tones. However, if you like your blush to have a matte finish then this product is probably not for you. I intend to buy some more colours because I love it so much. Milani Cosmetics come to UK please!!!!
Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows – ($5 each)
Nillionaire: ‘You’ll be looking rich in this warm bronze with tons of gold and multi coloured glitter in a Metallic finish’
Y’all know my feelings about Colourpop lipsticks, I talk about them all the time. I also love their eyeshadows. Colourpop’s eyeshadows have a mousse-like consistency, it is hard to explain the true texture because it is nothing like other eyeshadows in my collection. It is incredibly soft. It feels silky smooth when you apply it and it is super pigmented.
Let me repeat this because I don’t think you guys understood what I just said!!! It is super pigmented! Sorry, I got carried away! But honestly, the pictures do not do it justice. I would love to blame my daughter for smashing this shadow, but unfortunately it was me with my butter fingers! But I still use it. This colour is so shimmery and sparkly and it is a beautiful warm gold bronze which suits every skin tone. This is easily my best eyeshadow. It is amazing.
Porter: ‘A warm burgundy with gold multi- dimensional gold glitter on top in a Metallic finish
I love this eyeshadow. It is not too shimmery and is really pigmented. I have been looking for a burgundy eyeshadow with a metallic finish and this is it. I love the texture and consistency of Colourpop’s eyeshadows, they blend so well.
BECCA Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector
(£32 – Space NK)
This primer is the only product that keeps me matte for over 5 hours, even with my semi matte NARS foundation. I have oily skin and as you can imagine, wearing makeup during the summer can be annoying due to the warm weather.
If you have dry skin, please do not touch this primer. It is VERY matte. For us ‘oilies’, this primer gives your skin a smooth texture and fills in large pores.
However… it is not the easiest product to work with. I cannot lie! The first time I used it, I was confused when I ended up looking like I had scrubbed my face with chalk! I find that it does not work with all of my foundations mainly my Estee Lauder Double-wear…maybe because the foundation is a matte product. You need to make sure that the primer is completely dried before applying your makeup. When it does dry, it goes slightly whitish which is easy to blend away, but a little really does go a long way. My initial mistake was apply too much of the product. Lesson learned. Now, I apply veryyyyyyy small amounts of the primer to specific areas of my face. I apply it to my forehead, both cheeks, nose and chin. You cannot just spread it on your face as if you are buttering toast. If you do, it will be blotchy and flaky. This is the holy grail primer for oily skin though, so I love it and will continue to use it.
Anastasia Beverley Hills DipBrow Promade
Chocolate (£15 – Beauty Bay)
I know there was a massive hype around this product but up to today, I don’t get why. Admittedly, I bought it because of this hype, but I was disappointed and now I don’t even use it.
The product gave my brows an ashy-brown look which I did not like at all. I read that it lasts all day without smudging but I personally found that it was nothing special. I think the shade did not work for me at all and the next shade available was Ebony which would have been too dark for me. I personally prefer to use eyebrow pencils, because I like the softer eyebrow look. But if you like gel products on your eyebrows, don’t rush for this product or at least try a sample before you buy it.
In my opinion, it is definitely not worth the hype.
Sacha Cosmetics: Buttercup
(£25 – Amazon)
I have always found Ben Nye Banana powder too light for me. I found Topaz too warm, and it didn’t give me the highlighted look that I was after. I find that the Sacha Buttercup powder is the perfect powder for me.
It gives me that highlighted look without the hyper-beam effect and stops my concealer from creasing. I love this powder. It is finely milled and works well with my dark skin tone. I am a NW45 (in MAC). It also does not give flashback in my pictures which I experienced when I used the Ben Nye powder.
BECCA X JACLYN HILL: Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Champagne Pop (£32 – Space NK)
Let me be honest, I was unsure whether to buy this product, mainly because of the price and I wasn’t sure if it would work with my skin tone. But let me just tell you guys, this is the best highlighter out there. It has a peachy undertone so it works with all skin tones. It is has a creamy texture and is highly pigmented, which means you only need a little bit of this product to get your desired glow. This is my go-to highlighter at the moment.
So here are 6 American makeup products which I have in my collection.
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