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I lightly apply the initial product with a flat, concealer brush or fingertip (depending on the concealer’s packaging), and then I use a fluffy, highlighting brush (but synthetic) for blending and lightly buffing the product into the area. Alternatively, a fluffy eyeshadow blending brush works well for the area, too!
Sometimes I set, sometimes I don’t, but if I set with powder, I’ll use a sponge or a flat, natural hair brush (like Wayne Goss Air Brush).

— Christine

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I usually place several splotches/dots of product all over my face (one or two on each cheek, forehead, down the nose, chin) and then use a Real Techniques Expert Face brush to spread, blend,
and buff the product. I usually use the brush first to spread and create more splotches, then blend everything together,
and finally buff in areas where I need to do more blending.

— Christine

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Round-up: Makeup Geek Showstopper Creme Stains

Makeup Geek Showstopper Creme Stain
Makeup Geek Showstopper Creme Stain

Makeup Geek Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a new, limited edition formula that’s “highly pigmented that offers effortless, buildable coverage” and “long-lasting.” Highly pigmented and buildable make it confusing what the coverage actually is, since something that is buildable means that it is less pigmented but can be layered for greater coverage. The majority of shades were medium to semi-opaque in coverage, hard to build as they often pulled up the first layer and shifted color around. The formula rarely applied well; it was streaky, dried so fast that there was no time for corrections (and attempts to correct just made it worse), and clingy. I found the applicator rougher, and the packaging made it seem that sometimes it was more like I wasn’t getting enough product on the wand to even coverage half of a lip (it seemed like the opening was wiping away too much product from the doefoot applicator). For every single swatch, I had to dip and pull the wand two to three times just to get enough product to cover my lips (it was impossible to stretch out the product very far as it dried as I was spreading it). It did dry to a transfer-resistant finish, but it did not survive eating well (most liquid lipstick formulas have survived better for me). Though transfer-resistant, it remained slightly tacky for one to two hours–and if you use more than one to one and a half layers, it often lifted and separated the color.

The brand’s swatches and lip swatches showcase a seemingly opaque product, but I could not achieve opaque coverage with several shades, even trying four or five layers, and the result after five layers of product was uneven, patchy, and cakey. The wear was average–four to six hours with significant fading from the center, which is more what I’d experience with a typical lipstick and a liquid lipstick–and surprisingly, little staining, even with deeper shades. There are so many high-performing liquid lipsticks on the marketplace already, so I was caught off guard by the poor application and performance of this formula.

Week in Review | April 8th through April 14th

Happy Saturday! I always enjoy seeing what makes up the week’s top ten highest-reviewed products, so I hope you find it somewhat interesting as well! 🙂  

What was your week in review like?

  • My skin tone/coloring:
  • Most loved product of the week:
  • Most used product of the week:
  • Any new beauty discoveries?:

Week in Review

01

Anastasia Spectra

PPermanent.

Spectra is a light-medium, grayish lavender with violet and pink pearl that shifts from a greenish-gray to pinky purple. Read full review.

Wishlist
Vanity
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

02. MAC Rosy Cheeks

MAC Rosy Cheeks Extra Dimension Blush ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, fuchsia pearl. Read full review.

A

03. MAC Fairly Precious

MAC Fairly Precious Extra Dimension Blush ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and an iridescent pink sheen. Read full review.

A

04. MAC Superb

A

04. MAC Superb

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

A

05. MAC Sweets for My Sweet

MAC Sweets for My Sweet Extra Dimension Blush ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Read full review.

A

06. Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 02

Stellar Beauty Disco Moon 02 Metallic Moon Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, vibrant coral-red with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

A

07. MAC Cheeky Bits

MAC Cheeky Bits Extra Dimension Blush ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bright, medium pink-coral with golden shimmer. Read full review.

A

08. Cle de Peau Serenity (Right)

Serenity (Right) is a soft, golden pewter with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the eyeshadow felt smooth, silky, and was blendable on the lid. Read full review.

A

09. MAC Oh, Darling!

MAC Oh, Darling! Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

A

10. Anastasia Dusty Rose

Anastasia Dusty Rose Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium pinky mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

A

Breakdown |
Apr 8, 2017 — Apr 14, 2017

87%

Average Score
A
29
B
32
C
5
D
2
F
1

Total Reviews (69) — Brands Reviewed (10)

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