A Few New Things #2 (all budget)


I've always enjoyed trying new products and for years I would just buy anything that appealed without doing much research beforehand. Looking back I made lots of impulse purchases that never worked out as expected and ended up forgotten at the back of a drawer. Now I like to make more considered purchases and spend money wisely. If I see a product I'm interested in I add it to a wishlist and often after a few weeks interest has waned and it gets deleted. These are a few things I bought recently and why. 

(L to R - Maybelline Matte + Poreless Foundation in Porcelain and Bourjois Air Mat Foundation in Rose Ivory)

I've really been struggling with foundation recently - particularly with longevity throughout the day. I was finding that foundations were creasing and separating  around my nose and chin. Blotting sheets and reapplying concealer helped, but I really wanted to find a formulation that would last a bit longer. I've avoided matte finish foundations for a while, fearing the caked on finish that I dreaded from my school days. I purchased the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation in Porcelain and the Bourjois Air Mat Foundation in Rose Ivory which both had good reviews for oil control and lasting power. As you can see in the swatches above, Bourjois Air Mat is quite a bit darker so I have to mix in a foundation lightener to create a good shade for me. Both foundations set to a flattering matte finish and I was able to skip powder which helped the finish look more natural. Matte formulations have definitely advanced since I last used them consistently years ago. 

I owned the Wet N Wild Walking On Eggshells trio years ago but must have decluttered it in favour of larger palettes. I decided to buy it again because I remembered it being really good value for the price and a good selection of everyday shades. My memory wasn't wrong, it swatched just as beautifully as I remembered. I think the quality is amazing for such a budget brand - the shadows feel soft and buttery, especially the lid and crease shades. The browbone shade is a little less pigmented, but for me this isn't a bad thing as I don't like overly shimmery highlights anyway. 

As well as struggling with foundation lasting all day, I've also been noticing more visible pores appearing too. The Nyx Pore Filler is a silicone primer which helps to blur and soften the look of pores. I tend to use it only on the areas that need it, patting and blending gently with my sponge. I find it does work, but I've had different results depending on the foundation I've used on top. 

Something else I have been struggling with recently (can you spot a pattern here? I was doing a lot of problem solving with these products!) is eye shadow creasing and longevity. I don't have particularly oily lids but anything I used, both powders and creams, were vanishing by midday and bunching up in my crease. I've tried dusting face powder over my lids but wanted to try a more heavy duty nude shadow intended for the eyes. The Maybelline Single Shadow in Nudist has been working wonderfully as an all over lid base over primer. This extra step has been helping a lot with creasing and it makes blending much easier too!

My last recent purchase is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Translucent Powder. Powders aren't the most exciting product to try, but the right one really does make a lot of difference! I really like how fine and invisible this one is, and it never looks heavy or too much. There's also a sponge and mirror under the powder which makes this a good handbag product. 

Have you tried any of these?
What have you purchased recently?

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