All About Primers + Mini Review of MUFE Step 1 Primers 

Hey all! Let’s talk about primers. What is a primer and why do you need one? Basically a primer is a base for foundation or face makeup. It acts as a barrier between your skin and your makeup. Depending on your skin’s concerns, a primer can be used to address those problems. Primers can be used to address texture, large pores, redness, you name it, there’s a primer for it. Primers can be layered, and I will address that later in the post. 

My main concern is my large pores and oily skin so I like to go for primers that will help to fill in my pores and help to control my oils and currently I have 4 primers in my stash. 

Unfortunately all of the primers are on the higher end but I know there are a lot of drugstore primers that work just as well so I will try to provide dupes to all of these primers. 

First primer I’m going to talk about is the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($54) this is the most expensive primer I have ever bought. It costs a lot more than almost all of my foundations! This primer is supposed to help to smooth texture, control oil, create a smooth base for makeup application and extend the wear of your makeup. It does all it claims except for the pores filling bit, which it doesn’t really excel at. I also don’t find that it controls my oils but in its defense, I’m very oily 😂 it has a lotion-y consistency and is easy to apply. It’s a good enough primer, but I definitely won’t be repurchasing when I run out. My bottle has lasted me over a year so it does end up a pretty good value for money. 

Drugstore dupe: NYX Angel Veil primer. 

Next on this list is the Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. If you’ve been reading my blog you know this is HG status for me. I love love love this primer. It claims to be pore filling, mattifying and help to extend the wear of your makeup and it does all of it and more. It’s a little tricky to apply but once you get the hang of it, it’s an amazing product. When I wear this I’m like oily skin who? 😂😂 of course I do get oily after a while but definitely helps to keep me matte for a really long time and whenever I  don’t wear this, I definitely notice that my oils come through more quickly. A lot of people used to compare this primer to the Kiko Mat Base Corrector primer but that has since been discontinued so if I find a drugstore dupe to this primer I will update this post.

Now on to the review of the MUFE Step one primers. Makeup Forever released 10 primers to target every skin concern you could possibly have, and I knew immediately that I would have to pick two of them up. Reviews were favourable so finally I picked up two of the Step One primers; Mattifying and Smoothing. 

I picked these up in the travel size because it seemed like the smarter thing to do. 15ml/0.5g of product = $17 30ml/1 oz of product = $37; two travel size: $17+$17 = $34. Get it? Lol the cheapie in me had to pick up the travel size because two of it would still be cheaper than one full size primer. I’m getting off topic here. Let’s get back on track. The mattifying primer comes in a dark grey tube and the the smoothing primer comes in a lighter grey tube. They both have a very precise tip applicator (which I forgot to photograph, sorry!) which dispenses very little product at a time, which is good, because it helps to prevent waste. 

The consistency of the smoothing primer is very similar to the Benefit Porefessional which I used to have but have since sold because I thought wasn’t worth the money. It even smells similar to the Porefessional. It’s tinted; but it doesn’t leave me looking ashy, thankfully. The brand describes this as a satiny, non – oily formula that evens out skin texture by minimizing pores, wrinkles and fine lines. Skin looks resurfaced and perfectly smooth for a flawless makeup all day long. I don’t have any wrinkles or a lot of fine lines so I can’t say how it works on them but I do have rather large pores on the sides of my nose. I wouldn’t say it makes my pores look resurfaced but it doesn’t give them a soft focused effect which makes them look like they’re barely even there. And as an added bonus, it helps to keep my oils in check to an extent in the areas in which I apply it. 

The mattifying primer is clear, and is of a slightly thick consistency, just like the Becca Ever Matte. This primer is described as the answer to unwanted shine, fighting against excess oil to ensure a matter makeup result. I do find that it does help to keep my oils in check. It’s not as fussy to apply as the Becca primer and it works just as well. I do think the Becca primer works controls oil a smidge bit longer but it’s not a significant differences. 

Remember I said earlier that primers could be layered? Let’s talk a lot more about that. I use a lot of my primers together. For instance I apply my Hourglass primer to my entire face and apply my Becca primer to my tzone where I’m the most oily (which also has the added benefit of pore minimizing), or I use my Step one mattifying to my tzone to control oil and the smoothing primer to my pores to help minimise the appearance of them.  

A lot of primers rely on silicones to give them a smooth texture; a lot of primers that apply smoothly or claim to be pore filling contain a lot of silicones. However two out of my four primers do not contain silicones and that’s amazing to find, especially for people who either are allergic to silicone or do not like silicone – laden primers. Becca Ever Matte primer and the Makeup Forever Step one madoes not contain silicones: the primary oil controlling ingredient is Enantia Chlorantha bark extract, while the mattifying Step One primers contains a specific Sebustop Vegetal Complex. 

While a lot of silicone primers have some slip to it, my two primers that contain silicones do not have the same consistency. The Hourglass primer is lotion – y while the Step one smoothing is of a thicker consistency. 

I will definitely repurchase the two Step One primers and might even pick up the full size next time. The Becca Ever Matte is love. I will definitely be repurchasing and as for Hourglass, it’s a no for me bruh! 

Ultimately it’s up to you to decide the best primer for your skin concerns and for your preference. I suggest that you do a lot of research and go for what best suits you. 

Thank you for reading xx 

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation 

Hi guys! So this review should have gone up agesssss ago but a girl has been feeling a little lazy 😂😂 so anyway, just dive straight into this review. 

This foundation is probably the most expensive foundation in my collection so let’s find out if it’s worth the buy. 

I’ve been coveting this foundation for foreverrrrr but couldn’t bring myself to pay with 64 big ones for just a foundation. The name already pretty states that it is luminous so I always assumed it wouldn’t be the best fit for an oily gal like me, but after I watched countless reviews that said it wasn’t so bad on oily skin and that praised the beautiful finish of it, I was instantly sold. 

It comes in a range of shades, 24 to be exact, with about 7 for tan to deep skin. The shade for dark to deep skin is pretty scanty which I find pretty crappy, and I picked it up in the shade 13, which is the second to last shade. Yup. And I’m not even that dark. 

Shade 13 is described on the Armani site as deep with neutral undertones. I feel like the undertones lean more warm because the shade matches me so well. 

“Reveal your inner light. Inspired by charmeuse silk, “The Fabric of Emperors” this luminous foundation glides on weightlessly for a flawless lit – from – within glow”

The foundation comes in an odd shaped glass bottle and it comes with a pump, which I really like. It does have a luxurious look and feel to it, and the bottle has some heft to it. The brand claims the foundation has medium buildable coverage but I find that coverage on the foundation is pretty sheer, which can be built to medium but just barely. I go in with two full pumps but it barely covers the hyperpigmentation on my cheeks. It has a satin finish, which surprised me because I didn’t expect it to set at all. I could even wear it without setting it with a powder because it has an absolutely beautiful finish. I kid you not. The finish on this is a lovely glow – from – within type of finish and it gives my skin a very beautiful glow to it. It leaves my skin looking very natural but radiant when I wear it, you can definitely tell I’m wearing something expensive. 

The shade match is close to perfection, and like I already mentioned, matches so amazingly well. It blends amazingly, is so silky and glides on so effortlessly. I compared the shade to a few of my existing foundations. 

You can tell that the shade 13 is pretty similar to the other shades I wear so I think I did a pretty good job matching myself. 

Now let’s talk about a few elephants in the room.. so this is supposed to be a luminous foundation and I’m an oily girl. Of course I didn’t go into this foundation expecting oil control, and this definitely does not help to control my oils. However I’m not mad about that because it doesn’t claim to control oil. About 4 hours into my day, my oils start to break through around my nose (which is probably almost always the first place on my face to get oily) whether I set it or not. However it is quite long wearing. It lasts me through my 12 work day. I do find that it starts to separate around my cheek area about 7 hours in but that’s not bad at all, because it doesn’t claim to be particularly long wearing. 

Also let’s talk about the price. Is it really worth 64 American dollars? I don’t think so. Yes it has a beautiful finish, I love the lit from within glow but you really don’t need to spend $64 to glow. Also I think the shade range needs some work. There could definitely be anointed the a shade or 5 in between my shade (13) and the darkest (14) which is pretty dark so it includes people who are darker than me but not necessarily the darkest shade. 

I don’t think I will be repurchasing this when I run out, not because I don’t like it – I actually really do, which surprised me because I didn’t expect to like a luminous foundation – but I really don’t think I should have to spend so much on a foundation, and I prefer matte foundations anyway. I really like it and will continue to use it but I would not really recommend it, unless you want to splurge on yourself. 

In this picture that I posted to my Instagram, (are you following me on there? if you aren’t you totally should) I’m wearing the luminous silk foundation. See how beautiful it looks? 

What is your favourite high end foundation? 

Thanks for reading xx 

Rave Review- Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

Hi guys, happy new month! Can you believe just how fast this year is going? Blink and we’re already already 6 months in. I haven’t posted regularly lately but I’m going to try to be more consistent. So anyway let’s dive right into this post. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills is known as the brow and highlighter queen and she also makes bomb eyeshadows, most of which are sadly limited edition. When the brand released the modern renaissance palette, and it was permanent, I just knew I had to have it.  Packaging

Personally I’m not a fan of the velvety packaging because I know that no matter how careful I am, I’m definitely going to get it dirty eventually and I’m really not looking forward to that. However it does have a premium feel to it, and it looks quite luxurious. Inside the palette there are 14 eyeshadows, 11 mattes and 3  metallic/ shimmer shades. 

I absolutely love the colours in this palette. They are definitely right up my alley. There is a mix of neutral tones and some reds, berries and orange shades thrown into the mix. The possibilities are endless with this palette, you can create full on glam looks with it or subtle, everyday look.  

The palette is inspired by the renaissance era, hence the less than usual names. 

Brand description: An essential eyeshadow collection featuring 14 shades, including neutral and berry tones. Use Anastasia Beverly Hills’ first permanent palette, Modern Renaissance to create endless looks for daytime and evening. 

The palette comes with a double ended brush, a packing brush on one side and a blending brush on the other 

The palette comes with a nice sized mirror which is good for use on the go. The shades in the palette are listed down below:

Finger swatches

° Tempera is described as a velvety beige with an ultra matte finish

° Golden ochre as an earthy yellow with an ultra matte finish 

° Vermeer as an iridescent shell with a metallic finish

° Buon Fresco is described as an antique lavender with an ultra matte finish

° Antique Bronze is described as a metallic sable with a satin finish

° Love Letter as a raspberry with an ultra matte finish 

° Cypress Umber as a dark coffee with an ultra matte finish 

Brush swatches

Second row: 

° Raw Sienna is described as a neutral amber with an ultra matte finish 

° Burnt Orange as a deep orange with an ultra matte finish 

° Primavera as shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish 

° Red Ochre as sienna with an ultra matte finish

° Venetian Red as crimson with an ultra matte finish

° Warm Taupe is described as an earthy gray with an ultra matte finish 

° Realgar as brick with an ultra matte finish (this looks more burnt orange to me than the shade “Burnt Orange”)

The eyeshadows are very pigmented, even the light ones and pick up very well from the pan. I couldn’t get Antique Bronze to show up on my skin when I swatched with a brush but it’s still pigmented nonetheless, and Raw Sienna is pretty close to the skin of my inner arm, making it a perfect transition shade. 

All the shadows apply and blend so easily; they basically do the work for you because of how easy they blend. They are all buttery soft, especially for a palette that contains mostly mattes. I’ve tried it with both a base and without a base, and each time it performs so well. It lasts foreverrrrr without fading. I get at least 12 hours of wear without fading and creasing, until I take off my makeup. 

This palette is definitely worth the hype, because it is AH-MAZINGGGG. My least favorite shade is Warm Taupe. I don’t see myself getting much use out of them except to probably set my eyeshadow primer. My favourite shades are Love Letter, Red Ochre, Venetian Red, Realgar and Primavera. If I had to choose only one, it’ll definitely be Primavera. I love love love that shade. It’s shimmer but not gritty or textured in the least. 

I am definitely impressed with this eyeshadow palette, it is what I expected and more. My only gripe about it is that there is no black shade but Cypress Umber is a really dark brown and that sort of makes up for it. 

So do I recommend this palette? Abso – freaking – lutely! It’s pretty pricey but definitely worth ever penny. If you’ve been considering picking up this palette, I say get it! 

Have you tried this palette? Share your experiences with me. 

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Say Hello to My New Fave: Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Hi guys! I haven’t posted in a bit cos my WordPress app had been trippin’ 😑 I’m back with another foundation review. Now you know I’m a bit of a foundation fiend and have amassed quite a bit (see my entire here). My collection is quite large and I do have my holy grail foundation but I tried a few new foundations lately and I’m here to tell you, I’m in LOVE. This foundation has a pretty long name but for the purposes of this review, we’ll just refer to it as Makeup Forever Ultra HD. 

Shade Matching:                                             The foundation comes in 40 shades. Forty! That’s mind blowing. Matching myself was pretty easy. I was pretty sure I would be this shade because that’s the shade one of my favourite YouTubers, Ambra Emerald Eyes uses, and since we’re about the same colouring, I was convinced that would be my shade, so I picked this up in the shade Y535 which used to be 178 Chestnut in the original HD formula. 

Packaging:                                                       I’m definitely a sucker for pretty packaging, and this one hits the right points It comes in a plastic bottle. I like the pop is metal on the bottle. 

These are the claims the brand makes: Created for the very latest high definition technologies of the film and tv industry, Ultra HD advanced formulas look invisible in 4K definition and to the naked eye. The light – diffusing Ultra HD foundation looks natural, makes skin look flawless and feel moisturized. Exclusive 4K Complex guarantees invisible and comfortable coverage. 

My Thoughts:                                                 Makeup Forever got it so right with this foundation. The shade range is divided my undertones, R for Red/Pink undertones and Y for Yellow undertones; I have warmer undertones and the shade is a perfect match for me. It’s one of the most perfect matches I’ve ever had. It is literally my skin in a bottle, that’s how amazing it matches me. It does not run too red or too orange like some foundations do, but a perfect middle ground. SwatchedIt is of a thicker consistency, and blends easily. I’ve only ever applied it using a beauty blender and I love how it applies. It goes on smoothly and doesn’t cling to any patches. I was pretty apprehensive about picking this up because it claims to have a “natural finish” and I’m all about the matte life. I’m happy to report that although it doesn’t claim to be matte, it doesn’t exaggerate my oiliness either so if you’re oily and skeptical about getting this, you have nothing to worry about. The finish is absolutely beautiful; it dries to a beautiful satin-y finish, and it plays well with all of my under eye concealers. Did I mention that it comes with a pump? I really love that it does. The coverage of the Ultra HD foundation is pretty light but buildable to medium. I use 3 full pumps when I want to build to medium but about 2 when I’m keeping it at light coverage. Usually I prefer full coverage foundations, which was another reason why I held off picking this up, because of the lighter coverage but now that my skin is in a good place, I really don’t mind having a lighter coverage. I should also say that it is never cakey. 

I start to get oily around the 5/6 hour mark, which is very impressive, because I’m very oily. I feel like a broken record saying this always but it’s true. The longest I’ve worn it is 17 hours (which I know sounds really long but I went from work to a church function) and it lasted ALL DAY, and I only had to repowder once. I did have to blot twice or three times but that’s not shabby at all, because that’s usually how it is with all my foundations. It doesn’t settle into my smile lines, doesn’t exaggerate my pores and to cap it all off, it photographs absolutely beautifully, even in flash photography. Here’s a picture I took wearing the Ultra HD foundation. It matches me extremely well, which is so hard to get in a foundation. It’s an everyday foundation for me, because I don’t really need much coverage when I’m going to work but I could definitely see myself rocking this foundation when I’m going out, especially if I need to look snatched and there’s going to be flash photography. The Ultra HD foundation is was definitely not love at first sight but now I love it so much and would definitely recommend it and repurchase when I run out (although I don’t see that happening soon because I have so many foundations). 

Get it here: Your Treasure GH

Let me know if you’ve tried this foundation, and your experiences with it. 

Thanks for reading! 


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