Monthly Makeup Focus – August Review

Another month, another monthly makeup focus post; here are my reviews on the products I used for the month of August:

Lorac Unzipped Palette

I’m happy to introduce my newest edition to my Lorac collection – the Unzipped palette!  I picked this up in early July and waiting (un)patiently until August to start using it – that was hard.  I’m not going to get into details here because next week I’ll have a full review of this palette but know that I’m pretty much absolutely in love with this! <3

Lorac Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

I picked up this limited edition palette last year (read my initial review and see swatches here) because I thought it was beautiful and I basically loved everything Lorac that I ever tried up to that point.   While I’d say my original review still stands, one thing that stood out to me this time around is that the highlighters tend to emphasize texture and fine lines.  I think this has to do with the super soft, buttery texture of them – I experience a similar issue with my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop.  Because of that, my preference is for highlighters that are a little on the drier side so these are not my favourite.  I still do enjoy the blushes in this palette though – they are beautiful!

NARS Liquid Blush (Torrid)

Okay, I don’t know what I’m doing wrong here but I kind of hate this.  I have done a full review on it and my opinion hasn’t changed much.  I just find it cumbersome to apply and it does not last on my skin.  I did try setting it with a translucent powder on top and that seemed to help a bit but nowhere near as long as any of my favourite powder blushes.  I also think the shade is just not for me – while it’s pretty it’s just too intense for me and a little too orange-toned for my liking.  I’m on the verge of decluttering this, even though it kind of kills me because of how much I paid for this. 🙁

Vichy Idéal Soleil Moisturizing Self-Tanning Milk*

Chickadvisor sent me this self-tanner to test out this Summer and I’ll admit I was a little skeptical going in – I’m not really a big self-tanner fan.  I like to keep things low maintenance and stick with things like Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer (it’s like a tinted moisturizer for your body) so I don’t have to worry about streaks and such.  However, this pleasantly surprised me!  First of all, if you’re not a fan of the typical roasted chicken scent that most self-tanners have, this might be a good option for you!  This has a slight perfume-type smell during application but that dissipates and has no scent after it’s dried.  I applied this using a self-tanner mitt (which I’d definitely recommend) and there was minimal streaking (note I did exfoliate prior as recommended) and it left me with very natural, even colour that lasted for just under a week before it started to fade.  I did enjoy the fact that this contained moisturizer too – my skin felt soft and smooth and hydrated afterwards.  The only drawback – there is only one shade and I don’t see this working for anyone who is any darker than me (which isn’t very) – it’d be nice if they could offer a shade or two up in this.  Overall all though I am pretty happy with this and would definitely repurchase this!

NYX Epic Ink Liquid Liner

After the anti-vaxing fiasco with Kat Von D this Summer, I figured I would see if I could find a comparable alternative to her Tattoo Liner.   I heard a few murmurings about how NYX’s Epic Ink liner was a good option so I decided to put it to the test.  The verdict – it’s pretty darn good, in fact I think I like it better than the KVD version.

Why?  Well I actually find it more pigmented – it’s a very liquid formula which contributes to that (which also has some drawbacks – keep reading). Also, I find the brush tip on this much stronger, I can’t tell you how many times I damaged the KVD tip (usually therefore rendering the entire pen useless) just by attempting to put the cap back on the lid. I also just find this easier to apply because it’s has a more fluid formula so it just glides on to my eye.  That said, there is a bit of a learning curve to using this if you are used to a drier formula that’s more forgiving; it took me a few tries to get the hang of it but I’ve got it figured out now (short strokes work best).  Now, the drawbacks with that fluid formula is that this can tend to feather/bleed (as you can see from the picture above) if you over apply it or apply it too quickly, so you just need to ensure you do so with a steady hand, and as I mentioned, with short strokes.  The one warning I do have with this is to never store it upside down!  I made that mistake once and never again – all of the ink pooled out of and around the brush tip and I didn’t realize it until I started to do my liner that day.  I ended up having to redo my eyemakeup and wasting a ton of product.  Storing it upside down might work as it gets older but don’t do it when it’s new – it’s not necessary!  Despite this being a little high maintenance, I am extremely pleased with this liner – it’s definitely my new go-to!

Maybelline Total Temptation Brow Definer (Blonde)

My brows (rightly or wrongly) are something that I don’t really spend much time on – I pluck and shape them fairly regularly and usually fill them on a daily basis, but other than that I have little desire to splurge on the newest and/or higher end brow products.  Especially when I’ve found so many good products at the drugstore that do the job just fine!

Anyway, I saw these on sale at Superstore and figured I’d give one a try (plus I’d some good reviews too).  I have to say I was impressed with this overall; it’s very easy to use and I can fill my brows in nicely fairly quickly given the rounded rectangular shape of this. The texture of the pencil is a good balance between being creamy enough to glide on but dry enough not to smear off which I like.   If you have thinner brows or prefer very sculpted, precise brows you probably won’t appreciate the thickness of the pencil but given that I like to spend as little time as possible on mine, it fit the bill for me.

My only complaint with this is the shade – I’m blonde so I obviously picked up the blonde shade and I find it a bit too green tinted for my liking.  This seems to be a common problem with brow products and I’m trying to figure out who asked for that but it’s definitely not me.  Sadly because the shade is off on this, I probably won’t repurchase this, even though I enjoyed the formula and the pencil itself.


That’s it for August!  Have you tried any of these products?  What did you think of them?

*Received as PR/for review purchases but all opinions are my own

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