Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer – worth the price?

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Hello everyone! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Personally, I always get annoyed when people explain themselves so I will save you my ramblings and get straight to the point! I have missed blogging so much and I’m really glad to be back!

Some time ago (April, that is), encouraged by numerous positive reviews and a discount in Douglas, I’d decided to purchase the famous Laura Mercier oil-free tinted moisturizer with SPF20. To be honest with you, for a long time I couldn’t make up my mind about whether I like it or not. At first I loved it, then I hated it and now… keep on reading to find out what are my final thoughts!

I’d been loyal to the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue tinted moisturizer until I finally decided to splurge on the Laura Mercier that originally retails for 250PLN (44USD), however I managed to get it with a 20% discount. Still damn expensive, if you ask me but I was pretty convinced it will be an upgrade from my previous one and it comes in a 50ml bottle which is obviously more than the standard 30ml packaging.

I first sampled the shade Natural, which turned out too dark for me and then oxidized so that I started resembling a carrot, therefore I ended up picking up a shade lighter – Bisque. I always get a sample before buying a foundation and in this case I would go for one shade lighter than seems right in artificial in-store light. And yes, I count this product as a foundation. The Bare Minerals tinted moisturizer has skincare properties and has visibly improved my skin’s condition over the months. Unfortunately, Laura Mercier’s attempt doesn’t work as a skincare-to-makeup item for me. It didn’t improve my skin and I couldn’t get away with skipping an actual moisturizer before makeup. I would say it’s a light coverage foundation for normal skin.

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Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer oil-free in the shade Bisque; top – blended swatch, bottom – swatch, no edit

It applies smoothly, even if you use fingers to blend it, which is a great time-saver. Despite being an oil-free product, immediately after application I can definitely notice my skin looking oily (and it’s not the pretty healthy glow), therefore I always blot my face with a tissue before I proceed with concealer and powder. If you have oily skin I wouldn’t choose this one. I think it’s more suitable for those with normal or even slightly dry skin as it didn’t cling to my dry patches and smoothed them nicely instead. The skin looks smooth and healthy after application, you can tell it’s not a drugstore product. It has light coverage so it won’t hide pigmentation or blemishes but it’s enough to even out the skin tone. Below you can see how it looks after around three hours of wear, topped with a powder:


The foundation has been a part of my everyday makeup routine and I have to say it stays put really well throughout the day. I usually need to blot after a few hours but that would be it. The product doesn’t separate, wipe off or melt. It just stays as it was after application  until I decide to remove makeup, what I appreciate.

As for my sensitive skin, this product unfortunately has disappointed me. It does break me out a little bit and I am experiencing redness in the area around my nose and mouth what normally rarely happens after using high-end products.

Would I say it’s worth the hefty price tag? I don’t think so. There are many good tinted moisturizers at a lower price point, like my favourite Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer is good, especially for someone who doesn’t have sensitive skin and wants their makeup to stay all day but for me it’s a pass. I expected it to have skincare properties and improve my skin’s condition just like the Bare Minerals did (or more, actually) but it turned out to be a pretty average light coverage foundation. Despite it staying put all day and looking overall nice and smooth I’m not convinced that it’s worth the splurge.

Have you used the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer? What do you think of it? What are your favourite products of this kind?

L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24H-Matte foundation

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Hello everyone, I hope you had a great start of the week! Foundation has always been the most important item in my makeup bag and also the one that I tend to struggle with – either the shade isn’t right, the formula is too light or too heavy, it breaks me out… While on the hunt for The Perfect Foundation I decided to try the recommended-by-literally-everyone Infallible 24H-Matte foundation by L’Oreal Paris. It is claimed to have medium consistency, full coverage and matte finish so it sounded like an ideal match for me. I was happy to find a drugstore foundation that was supposed to meet my expectations.

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I like the style of the packaging, it’s simple but still looks classy, especially for the drugstore. The squeezy tube is a hygenic solution that also helps to avoid any spills so that is also a plus. Just as promised, the foundation has medium consistency, it’s neither too runny or too heavy. My preferred way of application is with a Beauty Blender but it blended well when using just fingers too, which is great if you’re in a hurry or makeup tools are just too much of a hassle. I got it in the shade 11 Vanilla that matches me perfectly. For comparison, I’m NC20 at MAC and Y235 in MUFE Ultra HD foundation.

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L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H-Matte foundation in 11 Vanilla

I really had high hopes for this one as there was huge hype about it all over Youtube and blogs. It was supposed to have a high-end finish and quality for a drugstore price. I gotta say that whenever I’d used it, I was always amazed by the new skin effect that it gave. I was surprised how well it blended into the skin, making it look flawless, but not in a way of wearing perfect makeup but just having great skin. The effect was so natural! It reminds me a lot of the MUFE Ultra HD foundation, only with more matte finish. I haven’t worn it for 24 hours obviously, but it has always lasted very well throughout the day – it didn’t crack, melt, separate and my skin didn’t get particularly oily either. I wouldn’t say it’s as full coverage as the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation but I anyways use a concealer on any imperfections that try to peek through. Here is the picture of me wearing the foundation topped with my Clinique Superpowder (the picture was taken in April):

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L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H-Matte foundation in 11 Vanilla

Perfect foundation? Low price, great blendability, flawless finish, long-lasting… Well, almost perfect because there’s a catch. It broke me out really terribly and in addition to that gave me an allergic reaction. I first tried it in April, broke out, healed, tried again in May and in June and every time the effect was the same – really bad acne and red, irritated skin around the nose that still hasn’t healed completely. That was really disappointing, as I loved the foundation itself but unfortunately I can’t use it because it’s just not worth making damage to my skin!

Overall I think it’s a really amazing foundation if you don’t have sensitive or acne-prone skin. If you are suffering or have suffered from skin issues I would either avoid it or try it out first before buying, if it’s possible. If you have oily or normal skin but no tendency to acne, this can work very well for you as the finish and longevity are really impressive!

Have you used this foundation? What are your favourite drugstore foundations? I would love to hear your recommendations!

 

 

High-end vs drugstore: Beauty Blender vs Real Techniques Sponge

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Hello everyone, I hope you had a great day! I decided to start a new series on my blog where I will be comparing high-end and drugstore products because better quality usually comes with a higher price, but not always!

The popularity of beauty sponges as tools for foundation application changed the makeup game completely. They allow smooth application without pulling or rubbing the skin. Cream products applied that way look nicely blurred and non-streaky while having higher coverage than if applied with for example fingers. Personally, I cannot imagine doing my makeup without a sponge anymore! Here I will compare two of my favorite ones: Original Beauty Blender and Real Techniques Miracle Sponge.

Overall look

Let’s be honest here – Beauty Blender undoubtedly wins this one! The adorable hot pink, egg-shaped sponge looks really cute, especially compared to the Real Techniques unimpressive browny-orange color. The color, however, washes off gradually.

Tip: Wash your Beauty Blender with soap before the first use – I only rinsed it with water and a tiny bit of pink color came off the sponge onto my face when I applied makeup! And I have the original one for sure, it was purchased at Sephora 😉

Material and texture

You can see that Beauty Blender is more dense, looks like it will last long and it feels very bouncy. The RT sponge’s quality could be better – it doesn’t get back to its shape easily after squeezing, it’s not as dense and if you have long nails they are likely damage the sponge while washing, so you need to be careful. As you can see, mine is unusable anymore – I have been using it for around 6 months few times per week and washing it after every use. Tiny particles of the sponge started to fall off and to stick to my face, after that I stopped using it.

Shape

Even though BB looks prettier, its shape for me is less practical than the RT sponge. The wide end is meant for the face in general and the thinner end for places that are more difficult to reach like under eye area or around the nose. This seems to me like a waste of time and foundation, because it always sinks a little bit in the sponge so here it will sink on both ends instead of just one. The positive side of it is hygiene, because it’s better to use a separate part for under eye area but anyways I don’t use under eye concealer almost at all so it’s not that much of a plus for me. With the RT sponge you can use the same part of the sponge for everything because the shape allows you to reach anywhere so it minimizes the waste of foundation and makes cleaning easier.

Cleaning

I find the RT sponge easier to clean, the surface covered in makeup is smaller and foundation washes off quickly. With my BB sponge I sometimes have to wash it twice to get rid of all the foundation and because it’s so dense rinsing it takes more time. Also clumsy people like me might drop it while washing because it’s so bouncy it slipped off my hands a few times.

Effect

Maybe I’m being biased but I feel like makeup applied with the RT sponge looks actually better: more blended and smoother. I have never experienced cakey makeup when using this sponge and it happened to me a few times with Beauty Blender even though I used exactly the same makeup products.

Price

Beauty Blender is almost exactly double the price of the Real Techniques sponge.

RESULT

I personally prefer the Real Techniques Miracle Sponge. Compared to Beauty Blender it’s more convenient to use because of the shape that helps to apply makeup even on hard to reach places (without switching between both ends), the cleaning is easier and faster (and nobody likes cleaning makeup tools for too long I guess) and most importantly I feel like my makeup simply looks better. Even though the sponge gets damaged easily, it’s not a problem at such an affordable price, especially because sponges should be replaced once in three months anyways. I’m planning to repurchase the RT sponge when my new Beauty Blender gets old and I will buy the tiny green Beauty Blender sponges for under eye concealer as well.

I hope you enjoyed reading the comparison, posts like that will appear once in a while on the blog!

Have you used these sponges? What is your preferred way to apply foundation and concealer?

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Perfumeria czy drogeria: Beauty Blender vs Real Techniques Miracle Sponge

Postanowiłam zacząć nową serię na blogu, w której będę porównywać produkty bardziej ekskluzywne z drogeryjnymi, ponieważ wyższa jakość przeważnie idzie w parze z ceną, ale nie zawsze!

Popularność gąbek do makijażu zdecydowanie zmieniła preferowany sposób jego nakładania. Gąbki umożliwiają gładką aplikację bez ciągnięcia skóry lub “wcierania” w nią podkładu. Produkty do makijażu ładnie wtapiają się w skórę bez pozostawiania smug, mając przy tym większe właściwości kryjące niż przy aplikacji np. palcami. Osobiście już nie wyobrażam sobie aplikacji podkładu bez gąbek. Poniżej porównam dwie moje ulubione: Original Beauty Blender i Real Techniques Miracle Sponge.

Wygląd

Bądźmy ze sobą szczerzy – tutaj Beauty Blender zdecydowanie wygrywa! Urocza, jaskraworóżowa gąbka przypominająca kształtem jajko jest po prostu śliczna  szczególnie w porównaniu z nieciekawą, brązowo- pomarańczową gąbką Real Techniques.  Niestety jednak kolor Beauty Blendera stopniowo się zmywa.

Wskazówka: Umyj Beauty Blender wodą z mydłem przed pierwszym użyciem – ja zmoczyłam go tylko wodą i przy nakładaniu podkładu trochę różowego koloru odbiło mi się na twarzy. Od razu mówię, że mój BB jest na pewno oryginalny, kupiony w Sephorze 🙂

Materiał i struktura

Na zdjeciu możecie zobaczyć, że Beauty Blender jest bardziej zbity, wygląda na bardziej trwały. W dotyku jest bardzo, hm, jędrny, i po ściśnięciu odskakuje. Jakość gąbki z RT pozostawia trochę do życzenia – po ściśnięciu chwilę jej zajmuje powrót do pierwotnego kształtu, nie jest tak zbita i jeśli masz długie paznokcie łatwo ją uszkodzić przy myciu. Moja już nie nadaje się do użytku – miałam ją przez ok. 6 miesiecy, używając kilka razy w tygodniu i myjąc po każdym użyciu. Kiedy kawałki gąbki zaczęły odpadać i przyklejać mi się do podkładu przestałam jej używać.

Kształt

Mimo że Beauty Blender jest ładniejszy, jego kształt jest dla mnie mniej praktyczny niż ten gąbki Real Techniques. Szeroki koniec ma służyć do twarzy jako całości, a wąskie zakończenie do miejsc trudno dostępnych jak okolice oczu czy nosa. Dla mnie jest to strata czasu i podkładu, ponieważ wsiąka on zawsze trochę w gąbkę, więc używając dwóch końców po prostu wsiąka go więcej. Plusem takiego rozwiązania jest higiena, ponieważ lepiej używać oddzielnej części gąbki do okolic oczu, ale dla mnie nie jest to tak bardzo istotne bo prawie w ogóle nie używam korektora pod oczy. W przypadku gąbki RT do całej twarzy można użyć tej samej ściętej końcówki, ponieważ jej kształt pozwala na dotarcie do najtrudniej dostępnych miejsc, dzięki czemu mniej podkładu się marnuje, a gąbkę łatwiej wyczyścić.

Mycie

Według mnie gąbkę RT czyści się łatwiej, powierzchnia zabrudzona podkładem jest mniejsza, a kosmetyk zmywa się łatwo. Żeby doczyścić BB muszę czasem myć go dwa razy, a przez to, że jest tak zbity wypłukanie z niego mydła długo trwa. Niezdary takie jak ja mogą go też łatwo upuścić, bo bardzo odskakuje po ściśnięciu, parę razy wyśliznął mi się z rąk przy myciu.

Efekt

Być może jestem uprzedzona, ale mam wrażenie, że makijaż nałożony gabką RT wygląda lepiej: jest bardziej wtopiony w skórę i gładszy. Używając tej gąbki nigdy nie miałam efektu “ciastowatego” (?) makijażu, co zdarzyło się parę razy przy BB, mimo że używałam tych samych kosmetyków.

Cena

Beauty Blender jest dwa razy droższy od gabki Real Techniques. Beauty Blender można kupić tutaj, a gąbkę Real Techniques tutaj.

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Osobiście wolę gąbkę Real Techniques Miracle Sponge. W porównianiu z Beauty Blenderem jest wygodniejsza w użyciu dzięki swojemu kształtowi umożliwiającemu aplikację na całej twarzy, łącznie z okolicami oczu i nosa (bez używania dwóch końców gąbki), czyści się ją łatiwej i szybciej (chyba nikt nie lubi spędzać za dużo czasu na czyszczeniu przyborów do makijażu), a co najważniejsze mój makijaż wygląda po niej lepiej. Mimo że gąbka szybko się niszczy, nie stanowi to dla mnie problemu ze względu na niską cenę i fakt, że takie gabki i tak powinno się zmieniać raz na trzy miesiące. Planuję ponownie kupić gąbkę RT po tym, jak mój nowy Beauty Blender się zestarzeje i dokupić mini Beauty Blendery do aplikacji korektora pod oczy.

Mam nadzieję, że takie porównanie Wam się podobało, od czasu do czasu na blogu będą się pojawiać posty tego typu!

Używałyście wspomnianych gąbek do makijażu? Jak najbardziej lubicie aplikować podkład i korektor?

5 Products to Fight Oily Shine in Summer | My First Post

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Hello Everyone!

I’m very excited to introduce you to the first post on Lipsticks and Dreams! I decided to start with tackling the issue of shine during summer since many of us are facing this problem when it starts to get really hot outside. I used to struggle a lot to keep my oily skin in control during summer, so now that I found my holy grail products I can’t wait the share them with You!

1. Mud Mask Purifying and Mattifying with Zinc and Copper by Sephora.

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To combat oilyness during summer the basic step is cleansing. Without deep cleansing even if you use a mattifying cream or tons of powder it will not help much, because sebum will still be produced excessively and the pores will be clogged (is this gross? I hope not!).

I had been a fan of clay masks for a long time but this is the best one I have tried so far. Unlike many others, this one is not harsh and overdrying, it leaves the skin smooth and soft with clean pores (goodbye blackheads on your nose! ;)). After applying the mask on a clean and slightly wet face you wait for it to dry and then wet the mask and rub it off with circular motion – the mask works also as a scrub because of the exfoliating granules it contains. It is meant to be used once or twice a week depending on the needs. I cannot imagine living without this product now, it has helped my oily and acne prone skin a lot!

2. Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam by Clinique.

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For everyday or almost everyday cleansing I use the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam. This product really helps reduce both oilyness and acne. If I need to have perfect makeup all day I use this cleanser beforehand and I can be sure it will do its job. It is a holy grail product for me that I repurchased multiple times and that has never failed me. The big bottle lasts for around 6 months so even though the price tag is quite high I would say it is totally worth it. The product is quite drying so I advise not to use it twice a day, personally I use it only in the morning to prepare my face for makeup. If used too often, it can give the opposite effect because overdried skin will “defend” itself by actually producing more sebum.

3. Anti-Blemish Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment by Clinique.

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The All-Over Clearing Treatment by Clinique is a Daytime Moisturizer that makes a perfect base for makeup and leaves the skin smooth and matte. It is not very moisturizing, its main purpose is to mattify the skin, therefore it can be too drying for normal or combination skin but perfect for oily and very oily skin. I use it only for special occasions or for the days when my makeup has to stay the same from day to night. Unlike most of the Clinique or Estee Lauder moisturizers, this one is acne prone skin friendly, because it does not contain Dimethicone – a silicone that breaks many people, including me, out. I never use this moisturizer after using the cleansing foam mentioned above. Both products can be drying, so if combined, they make even my skin dry. However, its a great product to help your makeup stay all day and keep your skin from getting oily, especially because one of the main ingredients is Cyclopentasiloxane – a silicone that can be found as a main ingredient in primers as well.

4. Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation SPF 10 by Estee Lauder.

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Some of You will probably think I am crazy now 😉 One of the heaviest foundations on the market for summer?! I agree, the best face makeup you can use in summer is a bb or cc cream, maybe a light foundation or nothing at all. Unfortunately, there are days when you need to look flawless all day or all night and that is not an easy effect to achieve for a person with very oily skin (and acne scarring for me additionally), especially in the summer weather. On these days I use the Double Wear Foundation beacuse it doesn’t transfer, doesnt melt in the heat, it keeps the skin matte without a mask effect and covers all the traces of blemishes. I have it in the shade 1N1 which is a bit too light for me, but when covered with the darker powder mentioned below, it matches my skin perfectly. It doesn’t come originally with a pump, but I just bought a MAC pump that fits.

5. Superpowder Double Face Powder by Clinique.

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The Clinique Superpowder is my all-time favourite. It is a powder/powder foundation that gives a bit o coverage and has a satin-matte, healthy and photoshop-like finish. What I like the most about this powder is that it gives additional coverage and cooperates with almost every foundation that I wear underneath. What I found out about strictly mattifying, sheer powders is that sometimes they tend to separate from the foundation and give this awful melt-like, uneven effect that is much worse than not wearing makeup at all. Because this powder is not strictly (but still) mattifying, it works beautifully with a foundation and gives a bit of a blurred effect. I never touch up my makeup after using this powder, very rarely I just press a porous paper towel on the skin to absorb excess sebum if I’m wearing the makeup for more than ten hours. To apply it, I use the attached sponge that I clean with a disinfectant soap once a week (no jokes with acne ;)). After using the sponge for a while, I replace it with the plain Sephora ones. My shade is 02 matte beige.

Please leave me a comment about your favourite ways to combat shine during summer! Im also very curious about your opinions on the mentioned products, if you have used them!

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