Helloooo guys and welcome to the first ‘Beauty Bits: Currently Testing’ style of blog post that I currently playing around with. There have been loads of amazing incredible releases lately – and just SO MANY new products – that I thought we could try out a new style of post today.
Just short little snippet reviews of some new goodies: between my own blog and writing for Kathryn, it is not unusual for me to test out as many of ten (or even up to fifteen) new skincare & makeup products a week. This is – obviously – THE BEST but it also gives me mild heart attacks when I try and think of new and creative ways to feature the tested products.
I have now decided that a nice compact way would be to pop together a few key ‘Beauty Bits: Currently Testing’ every week or so and give you a kind of overview. I would love to hear your thoughts on this once you have read this first post.
Now, let me stop babbling and jump right into the mini-reviews!
ColourStay Stay Active Foundation from Revlon
You guys, you guys.. YOU GUYS. I will go out on a limb and say that this possibly falls into my favourite foundations of all time. It is SO great! I think it helps a lot that this very pale shade, with a slightly yellow undertone, is spot on the perfect shade for me. But the overall longevity of the product on my face, the way it did not oxidise at all, the seamless application, it is a winning formula for me. I will, however, admit that I was slightly shocked at the price tag of R325.
I stand by my statement of it being fab, one of the best I have used in a long time, but R325 is a bit steep considering I have always loved Revlon for their high quality and affordability. Once I have finished this bottle I will have to make the difficult decision of if I will repurchase 😉
Pure Radiance Glowrizer from CATRICE
I loooove the design of this! How cute are the blush pink balletjies suspended within the bottle? I found the product itself to be a bit of a hit and miss though. The hit was that it added glow to my face for sure, my entire face was glowy for the day. Almost too glowy and erring on the side of shiny but that could be due to my application technique? The miss was that, apart from the glow, it didn’t do much else. I did not notice my foundation staying power being lengthened or that my face was especially primed when using this. The price point is around R100 though, which is a HUGE hit.
Ageless Elixir Miracle Foundation from Max Factor
This is another foundation to add to the “works nicely” pile. Because it is a “nice” foundation. I adore it’s lightweight feel and consistency, but I did feel like it needed more coverage for a foundation. It is however marketed as a foundation AND serum, which slightly confuses me. Does this mean that serum need not be applied in your skincare routine? Is that maybe why the consistency is so lightweight? It also has the wrong undertone for my skin tone, which would contribute to the negatives being so obvious. I think in Summer, when I have more of a “healthy” looking skin, this will be an even better product. So for now, I will be holding onto it to reuse in a couple of weeks. It is priced at R254,95 and there are eleven shades on offer – which I find impressive!
Super Stay Makeup Extending Primer from Maybelline
This primer, while I didn’t see it make a huge difference to the longevity of my foundation, feels incredible. It has the feeling of a light moisturiser and leaves your face feeling a bit more hydrated. It also has a great velvety matte sort of finish which is exactly up my alley. There is a slight pinkish tinge to the product which I really appreciate. My skintone is quite a bit sallow and this kind of punches it up. I am not a huge fan of the very runny consistency though.
I may not be seeing such a great difference with this primer just because I do use a really great foundation routine which does not usually slip off by the end of the day. However, I have seen some real love for this primer online from other bloggers and magazines! At R135 it is one of the more affordable primers and as far as primers go, Maybelline does them well!
Smooth Miracle Primer from Max Factor
And the final product in my first ever Beauty Bits post! I must admit that I was using this in conjunction with the above mentioned Revlon foundation and that could be why the foundy looked so stunning. It applies beautifully over the skin and I am adamant that I see an immediate effect. I apply it over my entire face (naughty, I know). But a little goes a long way and I feel like you could definitely get a good few months use out of this one tube. At R239,95 it is in the middle of affordable and high end pricing.
Thank you for joining me for my first ever Beauty Bits post! I would love to hear what you thought and if you would enjoy these kind of posts in the future – both across my blog and the posts that I post on Becoming You? Also, if any of the featured products turn into great loves of mine, I will be sure to be back with a more indepth review at a later stage.
** Please note that a version of this post was previously published on Becoming You.