July 2011 Favorites and Sort Of Flop

Quick post for the stuff I found myself using a lot in July and/or really enjoyed.

Had good experience with the texture and color of the Revlon ColorStay for Normal/Dry skin and the Revlon New Complexion cream foundation.  Since my skin has been dry and peeling like mad (while still being oily), I've scrambled to cut down on any of my prescription products that might be increasing the flakiness and adding in more intense moisturizers.  They both are somewhat matte, but not as drying as say my MUFE Mat Velvet+ with my skin in the state that it is. Both are in the lightest shade in the line, slightly darker than perfect match but it's workable especially with a light coat.

I've been using my Sigma F50 Duo Fibre for applying both and the finish has been light and smooth.  Using the Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman contour brush for contour, blush if I still have it out in my hands after wiping down, highlighter.  Whatever cheek related duties at hand. :)  I like the small brush size and how it blends quite well so I don't get the products all over my face which I'm known to do.

Cheeks - enjoying the matte waterproof bronzer from Tarte as well as the Urban Decay blush in Score.  It's a peachy pink with a strong gold sheen which I adore (hey that rhymes!).  I picked up the blush on Hautelook.com for $5 or something, the mirror fell out of the package but other than that it's excellent quality.  Nicely pigmented without being hard to use, blends easily, soft but not too much so.

Perennial favorite for brows is the Urban Decay matte shadow in Shakedown, new big favorite is the Prestige Brow Builder in light/medium.  One side is a tinted gel with fibers possibly? and the other side is a clear set.  The tint gives some thickness and darkness to my blonde brows.  Some days I use both together for a more bold look, when I'm in a hurry and a softer brow is okay I go with the Prestige gel.

Been using the MUFE Smoky Lash mascara, surprised I like it since it has a traditional brush.  But the formula and brush gives me what I like without going super clumpy.  My lashes are fairly long and somewhat curled naturally but blonde, I like lots of thickness near the lashline and a nice intense black with a little length for good measure.

Lastly, the Revlon PhotoReady concealer has been a real win under my eyes.  I'm always struggling to keep that skin moisturized enough to even use concealer, and this one doesn't catch as badly on slightly dry spots remaining, blends smoothly and easily.

Semi-favorite and semi-flop would be the Revlon cream metallic shadows quad.  The light gold is so lovely, I used it several times this past month.  However it never really sets or dries down, I usually will brush against my eye at some point and end up spreading fine gold glitter on to my face - despite using an eyeshadow primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Urban Decay Primer Potion are the ones I've been using lately).  They tend to crease somewhat if using more than a super sheer layer.  I will keep using them because they are very pretty, but I wouldn't recommend buying them unless very discounted and are aware and accept they aren't great for extended wear.