Smashbox Studio Skin 24-Hour Concealer

Athletes know the struggle is real… I don’t wear much on my skin beyond actual skincare products (which I layer on) – it won’t work for my lifestyle and I honestly don’t want to look like two different people between daytime, and when I get ready for bed.  Natural is key for me, but so is staying power when I do need something.

Smashbox already has a 24-hour waterproof concealer – the 24 Hour Spot Concealer – so I’m not totally sure if this is replacing it or what (both are the same price, $25.)  Studio Skin 24 Hour Concealer (you can also get it here) is the newest to the lineup and referred to as a “magic wand” by artists at the Smashbox L.A. studio.  What a lot of people didn’t like about the Spot Concealer was the applicator – it often leaked when closing (though there are specific instructions about how to wipe the wand down) – so maybe this is a step up.  Still, while the benefits seem close, housing aside, it doesn’t appear to be a replacement.

Smashbox image

Smashbox image

The product is designed to stay put, hide imperfections, and maintain a moisturizing effect that won’t settle into lines.  It’s medium to full coverage, sweat, humidity, AND transfer resistant (hallelujah), oil free, and light diffusing – that’s quite a list of “bragging rights,” and one that anyone who is active – or dealing with summer – will appreciate.  Thoughts on this guy?

 

Life’s Little Correctors

There’s an absolute onslaught of “correctors” in the marketplace right now…and I’m definitely not complaining.  The reality is that some days we aren’t going to be quite as tip-top as we’d like, but these little goodies can conceal some of it so we look better than we are feeling!

Benefit’s Life’s Little Correctors Color Correcting Kit palette is a fun way to not only try a variety of Benefit’s best-selling concealers, but you get all of them in one place – ahhhh, multi-use products. ❤  The $20 kit contains:

 

  • 0.05 oz Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer in Light
  • 0.05 oz Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer in Light/Medium
  • 0.04 oz Erase Paste Brightening Concealer in Medium
  • 0.04 oz Eye Bright Instant Eye Brightener
  • 0.04 oz Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Prime

I have WAY too many products as it is, but this one is super affordable, and filled with very-useable, wearable products… Tempting!  (The front packaging is so cute and cheeky too, isn’t it?! 🙂 ) 

 

 

Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Aquacealer

It goes without saying that we all want clear, even, smooth skin…and some days, our epidermis (apparently on strike) isn’t…AT ALL…in accord.  The market is over-saturated with products, many of which are indeed “HG’s (holy grails.)  You may remember Tarte’s Rainforest Of The Sea water-based fluid foundation from August, 2015…well…

This new Rainforest Of The Sea Aquacealer is a super hydrating, full coverage, anti-aging concealing serum formulated with pigments suspended in a water / conditioning serum hybrid base.  It is “4 times lighter” than like products out there, another lovely benefit for those of us who want clear radiance without heavy weight. I usually opt for a tinted moisturizer designed with athletes in mind, as I want sheer, skin tone evening, and water resistant…but this looks pretty amazing (and it comes with a brush, which is always nice!)

Qvc.com

Qvc.com

Qvc.com

Qvc.com

At $29.50, it doesn’t seem “too much” given that it does rather a lot with just a tiny drop.  There’s a great video to go along with the description here, and worth watching for the before and afters.  

MUFE HD Stick

So…I know MUFE’s HD foundation stick meant to be incredible, impeccable, and basically impossible to see… Designed for 4D after all!

But is it me or does it look terrible in this photo!?  

I air on the side of being super positive with everything, though I have to confess my disappointment here.  I would much rather recommend another full coverage foundation over this to someone wanting solid camouflage because I feel like…at least in this image…it enhances what one would want to disappear.  I’m guessing a highlighter was possibly used here as well but I think they could have lessened it on the chin and nose.

I think what’s particularly noteworthy about it is that this lady has LOVELY skin!  I would therefore be concerned that if the canvas wasn’t as smooth, this would really bring out the bad.  

All that said, I’m not suggesting anyone has to look perfect… Nor do I mean to give hefty support to marketing images that *might* be farther from the truth than not – I want REAL.  

So I don’t know…  I want to say maybe it wasn’t the best choice to post this photo because I wouldn’t buy the product seeing this result…  But then would I be disappointed if this WAS the result and the image was much better?  

I like to see what a product TRULY looks like on the skin – that matters to me.  But again, I think this wasn’t really the most stellar representation of their new HD stick.