Once again I went on Beautybay.com to do some VERY needed (or at least wanted) makeup. Because of my porcelain/fair complexion I struggle a lot finding good contour products. They are all too dark, too orange too… something. As I wrote in my last post Makeup Geek (the brand) came out with contour powders earlier this year and I have been DYING to get my hands on the fair/cool contour powder. It is a pet peeve of mine to find makeup that really suit my skin. That is skin type, skin tone and my cool undertone. I have made so many mistakes in my pursuit of this flawless face I see everywhere in the magazines. “Bronze goddessess”, as one of you guys commented in my latest post. I have to realize that I will never be a “bronze goddes” I will be a “cool queen” ;). See my last post here Being a cool toned woman in western makeup trends – a Lisa Eldridge inspired post.
But one thing I can do is contour my face. I want to use just the right shade for my skin tone, though. Because of the huge trends with contouring most beauty websites have a whole section of contouring products. I knew I wanted the Makeup Geek contour powder in “Break Up” so that quickly went into the basket. But in the contour section was also a 9 pan Morphe contour palette. I had to try it! I know that I sometimes am in situations where I do other people’s makeup. I love doing other people’s makeup; i love seeing the face transform in front of my eyes and I love the feeling that it gives my friends when I ‘m doing their makeup – but that’s a whole other blog post :). Anyway, it would actually be sensible of me to buy this 9 pan palette as well (I told myself ;)). Because most people don’t have cool/fair skintone – most people fall into a neutral/medium category.
Also, I had to have some good tools for all of my new found contouring products. Therefore I had to get the Morphe 6 Piece Contour Set. I thought it was a good deal, 6 brushes at around 30 dollars.
Anyway, here is what I bought:
First impression on the Morphe 9 Pan Palette:
My first impression is that I should have gone for the 6 pan palette especially designed for a cool skintone. Have I not learned anything? Of course – when they combine 6 cool and 6 warm shades there will only be a few that actually suits me. hmmm… Maybe I have to go back and buy the 6 pan set, it might be wonderful :). Anyway, there is a really great contour shade for me at the bottom row in the middle of the set. It has the right amount of grey and the tone is light enough to make an actual shadow on my face. Even though the lighter colours look really light, they are not light enough and they are to warm for my complexion. They will get used if I’m doing someone else’s makeup or as an eyeshadow when I want to add a warm colour to my crease. The pigmentation is okay and it blends in okay as well. Side note – My daughter of 5 years of age did my makeup today and I was teaching her to do the whole shabang – contour, blush and highlighter. There is a real makeup artist in the making with her :).
First impression 6 Piece Brush set from Morphe:
I really like this set! It seems super luxurious to have 6 brushes to do one job – contour! I’m spoiled for choice when I’m contouring and it feels amazing after having only one good brush from Makeup Geek to contour with. I am high maintenance; I want one brush to apply my contour and another one to blend the product! With the price of about 30 dollars I would say it’s totally worth it! You get smaller brushes as well to either do your hightligt or contour your eyes.
First Impression Gerard Cosmetics Angel Cake Lipgloss:
Well, here we go again, the colour is a bit wrong for me :(. I’m trying to find my perfect nude (who isn’t) and I had high hopes for this lipgloss. It looked beautiful as a swatch and I thought it had the right shade for my complexion but no…. It’s wrong! Too something – pale, maybe. I really can’t do nudes, my complexion is just to pale. It looks like I have no lips. Or should I say, my nude lipstick ought to be the real colour of my lips, almost mauvy-pink. Does anyone know a good colour? Same goes for the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint. Look beautiful and I had high hopes but it’s too light for my complexion.
The Makeup Geek Contour powder:
The Makeup Geek Contour powder I haven’t tried yet because I’ve been putting the Morphe Palette to the test. But I do see that the shade Break Up is very similar to the shade I was talking about in the beginng; the middle one at the bottom row. I know I’m going to like it, I haven’t met a Makeup Geek product yet that I didn’t like!