I’ve been lucky enough to try two new palettes from both Pur Minerals and Cargo Cosmetics. And to be honest, I can’t decide which one I love more – they are both awesome!
The Essentials Palette from Cargo Cosmetics:
This palette is definitely more neutrally toned, and has a great mix of gray, beige, brown, and even a smokier blue-gun metal shade. The shadows have amazing staying power and I’ve used them both wet and dry. The palette also comes with a dual-ended brush, and a black eye liner pencil. Cargo is known for their makeup brushes (Magic Brush to be exact) and the dual-ended brush is great too. I love the versatility of this palette for its mattes and shimmers – a definite win!
The Secret Crush Palette by Pur Minerals:
This palette is a beautiful range of rose-toned nudes, and has two great dark shades to use as liners. The brush that comes with it is also great for overall blending and shading. This is a mineral-based eyeshadow formula, but it also has good staying power. If you tend to lean more towards the rosy tones, or have blonde hair, this palette is for you! I have used the shadows wet and dry, and I’ve been really happy with both. Plus, I just used this palette for wedding makeup on my friend, and had beautiful results!
Try them out! I love them both for travel, and also usually have one in my gym bag at all times.
I am a woman that has to wear foundation everyday. It’s not really that I’m high-maintenance or feel the need to be made up. But I just really love having that polished feeling of a good, even skin tone. Plus, I like the fact that most foundations now have skincare-like ingredients that care for and protect the skin every day. So, here’s my favorites for every budget and why:
Top Drugstore pick-
L’Oreal True Match foundation and concealer
Has a huge range of shades – you will absolutely find a great match for your skin tone within this product’s assortment
Great formula – seriously, even if you have the most sensitive skin, this foundation and concealer contain super skin-friendly ingredients and is fragrance-free
SPF coverage from Titanium Dioxide – one of my favorite aspects, since it is still great protection with a lightweight feel on the skin
Concealer is creamy, and super convenient in a crayon form
Top Specialty Store pick –
Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Liquid foundation and Disappearing Act Concealer
The 4-in-1 formula has a built-in primer, SPF 15, foundation and light concealer (love!!!)
It’s smooth, lightweight and hydrating – this is definitely a great choice for anti-aging benefits
Long-wearing, silky, and protecting – the SPF is Octinoxate – just a word of caution for those who are sensitive to chemical sunscreens
Concealer is very concentrated, and a little goes a long way. This also makes for a great under-eye concealer!
There are always new formulas hitting the market. The best tip I can provide is that no matter what formula works best for your skin, make sure you are using the best tools for application. My favorite are foundation brushes – I think they give the best and fastest coverage. I’ve tried sponges, and while yes, they are nice, I find I can’t work as quickly or exact with sponges as I can with a brush. Plus, brushes can be kept clean and hygenic with a daily brush spray. If you invest in a good brush, know that it can also last you many years – I have a Clinique foundation brush that I’ve used for the last 7 years. With daily cleaning, it’s still like new. New technology for sponges also make them more durable, but note that you will most likely go through them faster than brushes.
If there are any foundations that you have questions about, or can’t live without, let me know!