It’s been ages since I’ve done one of the regular monthly installments of Five Faves, so why not kick things off right for 2012? January was a pretty routine month in terms of makeup. I wasn’t trying out a ton of new things, so it was really easy to figure out my favourites. The only two that I didn’t mentioned were some eye shadows, which got their own solo feature on Current Combos.
If you’d like a full or quick review of any of these product, just let me know in the comments.
Joe Fresh Blush in Rose
I was equally curious and skeptical of a $6 blush that could be bought at the grocery store. It swatches with a ton of pigment, but with a brush it applies much more sheer. That said, it can also be built up to pull off bold cheeks as well. The peachy-pink is the perfect everyday blush for me, and I reach for it frequently. If it’s not in my makeup caddy, it’s in my makeup bag.
$6 (@ Real Canadian Superstore)
LancÃ´me Artliner in Noir
This is a product that I’ve heard plenty of people rave about. To say that spending almost $40 on a liquid liner is a splurge would be an understatement, but it’s by far the best liner I’ve used. The nib and longer hand give it a balance I’ve yet to find with similar products. Once upon a time, I would always reach for a gel liner, but this little beauty has converted me.
$37 (@ LancÃ´me counter)
MAC Satin Lipstick in Cherish
Over the past month or so, I’ve been on a neutral lip kick. I’ll never stop loving my bold lipsticks, but neutrals are so much easier. Cherish is an effortless peach toned brown. The satin finish gives that almost, but not quite matte finish that I love, which also makes it easy to layer with gloss when the mood strikes.
$17.50 (@ MAC)
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Color Concentrate in Flawed
I knew I wanted to check out a few of these at IMATS, but the gold that was on my wishlist (Auric) came out very yellow, whereas Flawed is pure gold. The texture is insanely smooth, like a metallic pigment rather than the shimmer that I’ve seen in some of the other shades.
$10 (@ IMATS)
Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum
This is quite possibly my favourite highlighter, ever. Despite the fact that it’s liquid, the clay base makes it hold up beautifully on my oily skin. It gives that perfect glow that doesn’t suffer from glitter or shimmer overload.
~$30-40 as part of the Radiant & Rested Volume II kit (@ Sephora)