My makeup overhaul: The review

Last summer, with a trip to Sephora and a $200 budget, I wrote about my complete overhaul to my makeup routine. Now, it’s about time I owe you a review of the products I picked up.




Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme, in Neutral, $34 – 4/5 – This didn’t have the “total erasure of any marks” effect I was hoping for and expecting after hearing her products are used to cover up tattoos. However, that might have been pure rumour and/or I didn’t pick up the correct one. It’s comparable to the MAC concealer I’ve been using for ten years, and it applies evenly and doesn’t get cakey or dry. There is a lot of waste in the tube, which I’ve found to be the case with most concealers’ packaging. What can you do.

Sephora Matte Perfection Powder Foundation, in Golden Linen, $25 – 2/5 – The only product in my haul that I didn’t love (spoiler alert) was the Sephora brand powder. I pretty quickly reverted back to my tried-and-true-for-the-last-decade powder, MAC Studio Fix Powder. The Sephora powder just didn’t have enough coverage for me; it didn’t blend in the concealer well, and felt like too much of a “dust” than something that will cling nicely to the skin.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer, in Park Avenue Princess, $38 – 5/5 – I absolutely adore this bronzer and now that I’ve used a non-drugstore brand bronzer, and see what it’s capable of, this is definitely a product that’s worth the upgrade. It did crack pretty early on, without me even dropping it, but I purchased it a year ago and it will probably still last another month which is way longer than my Rimmel bronzers ever lasted.

NARS blush, in Orgasm, $38 – 5/5 – This blush 100% keeps the glow going in my current make-up look. I absolutely adore this shade and will be buying it again. Like the bronzer, it’s still going strong and I won’t be surprised if it’s not until the fall that I need to replace it. To me, this is well worth the price tag.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini, in Opal, $23 – 4/5 – I don’t use this every day so it’s sure to be around for a while still. I love how it applies and the additional glow it gives, and its small size is perfect for travel or taking to-go. But like the bronzer, it did crack and crumble without me dropping it and unlike the bronzer has affected how easily it is applied given its tiny size. This is the sole reason it doesn’t get a perfect 5/5 score.

Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, $19 – 5/5 – Made in the US, with no oils or parabens, I feel okay using this on my face. As you know, I am pretty sensitive to a lot of makeup and skincare so I need to be careful. This keeps my look going all day and into the night, and it’s the perfect travel size to come with me when I’m away.  Would purchase again.



Overall, I felt like all of the products transitioned nicely from summer into winter. I didn’t have to switch anything out for the cold, bleak winter months, and in fact I loved the glowy, dewy look I had going on in that dreary time of year. The natural glow of summer (aka sweat) heightens the dewiness of this look, and I am here for it.

As I’ve continued to pump money into many avenues to address my skin issues, I’m feeling more and more that I will continue to go the all natural route with my makeup as well. I’m seeing great things said about the Burt’s Bees line, but if you have any other suggestions I’m all ears (and eyes and cheeks and lips).

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