Monthly Makeup Focus – June Review

Time for another Monthly Makeup Focus; for July I’ve decided to test it out over on Instagram (either on stories or IGTV) so we’ll see how that goes.  For now, let’s get into the products I focused on in June:

the Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

After months of thinking about it, I finally placed an order for a few products from The Ordinary, via  One of them was this serum; I do plan on doing a full review on this but in short, know that I’ve been loving this and in combination with the other products I’m using, have seen a huge improvement in the condition of my skin.  Stay tuned for a review!

Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Eyeshadow palette

I’ve had my eye on this palette for years but never got around to purchasing it.  When it appeared that Too Faced was phasing out these tin-style palettes and they started showing up at Winners, I scooped up both the Natural Matte palette and this one.  I was impressed with the Natural Matte palette and was hopeful I would enjoy this one just as much.

Unfortunately I can’t say I do.  While I think this palette is pretty and there’s nothing wrong with it, I think I could have done without it.  I knew it wasn’t going to be particularly unique, I was hopeful that those shimmery shades were going to be worth it.  Ultimately, I find them a little underwhelming – they are buildable but I find them to be a little lacking in pigment.  In addition, they’re not as soft and creamy as the mattes, I find them a little dry.  There’s also a LOT of fallout with these, even more than with the Matte palette.  It’s easy enough to brush away but it is a slight annoyance.

I had no qualms with the mattes in this palette; they performed as I expected them to and were soft and easily blendable.  My only complaint is there isn’t a great mid-toned crease shade in here; Fuzzy Handcuffs is a little too light to serve that purpose and the Garter Belt is too dark.  That’s not a huge deal for me, I have enough palettes in my collection that I can reach for something else to serve that purpose but I suppose it does complicate it for travel purposes.

As of when I’m writing this post, this palette is still available on Too Faced’s website but I wouldn’t recommend you run out and pick it up.  Again, I don’t think it’s a bad palette but it’s not particularly unique and I don’t find the shadows to be of the highest quality.  I think similar shades of a higher quality can be found in many older and newer palettes that are currently available (and you may already own!).

MAC Amber Times Nine Eyeshadow palette

I reviewed this palette last year; at the time, I liked it but I wasn’t crazy about it.  Fast forward to last month – after I started using this again, I realized I actually really like this. Yes it’s chock-full of neutrals and probably would be described by some as boring, but I was always really happy with every look I created. Also, don’t judge this based on my swatches – these swatched horribly but apply beautifully and are much more pigmented than they appear.

Side note: this is why I’m so enjoying this project – I’m re-discovering things in my collection that I may have forgotten about or thought were just okay, only to realize after a month of solid use that I love them (or vice versa!)

Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer

I’ve heard so many YouTubers rave about this concealer so while I was in Ulta in May, I decided to pick it up.

Verdict?  Meh.  Yes it’s a thinner, more natural looking concealer but I didn’t find it covered enough and I found it drying.  Plus their shade range absolutely sucks – 3 shades? Yikes.

Lorac Colorsource Buildable Blush (Tinge)

If you know me you know I absolutely love all-things Lorac, in-fact you may be sick of hearing about this brand here on my blog.  Sorry to tell you I’ll be singing their praises yet again.  Because I love their powder formulas, I decided I wanted to try one of their single blushes.  I picked up the shade Tinge – described as a matte nude and as expected, I fell in love with it.

While I’m not sure I agree with the shade description (It’s much more of a peachy pink IMO), the formula of this is amazing.  It’s very similar to their eyeshadow formulas in that it’s soft, powdery and easy to blend and build.  It’s also that perfect balance of being pigmented but not so much so that you can go from 0 to clown status in under 5 seconds.  I’m convinced that I need to pick up another shade or two of these – that’s how much I love this!

Colorpop Super Shock Highlighter (Flexitarian)

I was excited to hear earlier this year that Colorpop was going to be carried at Ulta because I tend to be near one at least once a year and I’ve been dying to try their products.  I picked up an eyeshadow palette (that will be in next month’s review) and this highlighter, which I’ve heard so many people rave about.

The formula on this is definitely a little weird – it’s spongy and soft and I fully expected for it to be creamy and wet when I applied it to my skin but it’s more of a creamy powder.  When I swatched this in-store I was in love with the shade – it’s described as an intense white champagne with a pearlized finish.

Unfortunately that’s where my love affair with this ended; after using it as my sole highlighter for an entire month, I’m disappointed in this.  I can’t figure out the ideal way to apply this.  Using a brush doesn’t seem to pick up any product but using my fingers makes it move around on my face, and ultimately it disappears within a few hours.  Also, I just find it looks weird overtop of my foundation in that it can emphasize fine lines and texture.  So I can’t say I’m in love with this but if you have tips on how to best apply it, I’d appreciate you sharing them below.

And that was everything for June!  As mentioned, keep an eye out on Instagram for a review of my July products!

Have a great weekend!


  1. jodi - a brash attitude says

    The ColourPop highlighters / blushes are such a weird texture. I find it easiest to apply with fingers and then blend with a synthetic brush, natural hair brushes just don’t seem to play nicely with them.

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