Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define + Swatches

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define + Swatches

We hear the phrase ‘You get what you pay for’ quite a bit. Often, it’s used to talk down about product choices we regret, or other cheap, frivolous purchases. It’s safe to say the associated connotation of value and price are no longer directly related. Let’s face it; in the age of all things Instagram MUA’s and YouTube Beauty Guru’s, makeup across all price points has improved drastically. For the first time ever, manufacturers are actually meeting demand instantly with formulas, shade ranges, educational videos i.e. youtube and accessibility (hello Dose of Colors at Ulta). Drugstore makeup has totally stepped up to the plate and can compete, if not beat high end products in certain categories. While other high end lines undergo PR nightmares for their lack of inclusivity, Makeup Revolution launched their ‘Conceal and Define’ concealers via Ulta.com. This concealer was a big deal for many reasons, but mainly because it is said to rival the notorious Tarte ‘Shape Tape’ concealer. I will be the first to admit that I was super diehard ‘Shape Tape’ because I loved the coverage, doe foot application and shade range. When the Makeup Revolution ‘Conceal and Define’ concealer hit the market, I had to try it. It was only $7, compared to the Tarte ‘Shape Tape’, which retails for $27. The only downside is that since you can only purchase them online, it was hard for me to figure out what my shades were. I went with C9 for the highlight, C12 for the overall face and C15 for the contour shade.

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Image via @makeuprevolution

So when I try any face product out, like foundation, concealer, primers or even moisturizes, I like to see how they perform under a wide variety of circumstances. I paired the concealer with my L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer, Benefit Pore Fessional Primer and lastly, no primer at all. The foundations I tried ranged from my holy grail: Urban Decay ‘All Nighter Foundation’, Covergirl Online Only Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-In-1 Foundation, and then the NYX ‘Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Foundation’. The concealer is the most perfect hybrid of the Nars ‘Creamy Concealer’ and Tarte ‘Shape Tape’. It’s hydrating, silky and bendable, but has great coverage. When I want something opaque, but don’t want it to dry down and look too ‘done up’, this is what I have been going for. My preferred method for sheering this out over the skin is with a damp beauty sponge (here’s my current fav). To keep the under eyes highlighted and covered, I like to used a MAC 224 brush. For $7, it’s hard to believe this little vial of concealer perfection is the magical potion the market was crying out for. The line offers 25 shades and the company’s IG featured a swatch photo, which is what I used to choose my shades. I will say that I do have to build up the product quite a bit to have it match the coverage intensity of the ‘Shape Tape’, but so far, that hasn’t bothered me and I set the under eye area with my favorite Laura Mercier Translucent Loose powder.

You guys, I think I found a winner, and you better believe I got what I paid for, ten fold.

Makeup Revolution Conceal + Define Full Coverage Concealer

Best Face Powder For Oily Skin

Best Face Powder For Oily Skin

I know we just got through the ‘Sephora Customer Appreciation’ sale, and now we are on the ‘ULTA 21 Days of Beauty Sale’, but in general, shopping for drugstore makeup is a whole different kind of exhilarating. There’s something about a solid, amazing, inexpensive find that just makes my heart sing. Among the cult classic favorites like the Maybelline ‘Great Lash’ Mascara, and the Real Techniques ‘Miracle Complexion Sponge’, I’ve grown to become completely obsessed with the Maybelline ‘Fit Me Loose Powder’ for setting my face.

I’ve broken down my infatuation to a few key points:

It’s so finely milled. High end powders are really amazing because the actual powder particle is so tiny, that when it comes in contact with the skin, it adheres seamlessly and almost melts into the face. This powder could absolutely compete with the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose powder. I just prefer the Maybelline loose powder because of the shade range option, which moves me to my next point.

Hello super vast shade range. I love setting powders, and think that they do a great job of mattifying my skin, but I always have to layer them with the Maybelline Loose ‘Fit Me’ powder as well. If I wear the traditional, translucent powder alone, I get some major flashback.

 Flashback, for some who may not know, is the Casper white cast that shows up in photos when flash photography is used.

There are tiny, reflective particles in setting powders the bounce light off the face, giving the skin a ‘blurred’ appearance. If these particles are exposed to a camera flash, it may look like you just binged on a box of powdered donuts. In fact, there are many horrible celebrity red carpet moments where some makeup artist didn’t add this essential third layer of colored powder. When I add a light layer of the Maybelline powder, it helps seal in the makeup, and masks the white cast that might show up in pictures. Using this alone, or in tandem with other setting powders has kept my makeup locked in place for hours.

Lastly, I have oily skin, and this powder helps combat that oil from coming through and causing my foundation to separate. Now of course, I wear a primer, and foundation, (and a lot of other things, let’s be honest here) but on days when I just want a little concealer and powder, I’m still virtually oil free. Other drugstore powders have oxidized, or turned 2-3 shades darker once my skin starts to become oily. This powder gets me through the day with minimal touch ups or color shifts.

So for around $8 and a 4.5/5 star rating on Ulta.com, it wouldn’t hurt to have the best face powder for oily skin in your arsenal.

 Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder • Maybelline • $7.99
Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder, Medium • Maybelline • $7.99
Maybelline New York Fit Me! .7 oz. Loose Finishing Powder in Medium Deep • Maybelline • $6.29