Five New Beauty Products You Need To Try, April
Early bird gets the best makeup
After [what seems like] a hectic month full of life events, I have finally found time to sit down and chat to you guys about some of my favourite discoveries on the makeup front. I have selected my top five must try products for the month of April and if you are curious to hear more, then please keep on scrolling!
#1 Sun Stalk'r
Summer is literally around the corner and beauty brands try to convince us that we just neeeeed to buy a new bronzer (otherwise our holidays are going to be dull and miserable). Not true, however! When I saw that Rihanna was coming out with a hot new line of her very first powder bronzers, I knew I had to try them.
Sun Stalk'r Instant Warmth Bronzer (30 USD; Made in USA) is available in eight shades (bonus points for being inclusive) and claims to be a long-wearing, transfer-resistant, light-as-air bronzer for all skin tones. It comes in this beautiful rose-gold compact and feels like a truly luxurious piece of makeup we all would love to carry in our handbags. But the formula is what makes this product so special.
You guys know I test and review a ton of products every year, but I have never tried a bronzer even remotely similar to one by Fenty Beauty. While most formulas pack a punch from the get-go (which also means - you might experience a few issues trying to blend them out), this one is more on a finely milled and creamy-yet-dry side, which ultimately means that it applies sheer and gives you more room for building it up to a desirable extent. It blends out seamlessly without any patches; you can't even tell where your bronzer begins or ends and it is particularly great for heavy-handed makeup users (because it is impossible to mess things up).
There is zero powder kick-up here and thanks to this product's light texture, you can easily achieve a believable look of sun-kissed skin. You know one that looks great on photos, but even better in real life? While it is labeled as "matte", I do think that it has more of a natural skin-like finish with no sparkle or shimmer to it (never chalky, dry or cakey). The shade shown here is called Shady Biz (described as "light with warm undertones") and it is a perfect match for someone with light-neutral complexion; neither orange-y nor muddy. I am 150 in Fenty Beauty, in case you were wondering.
Final thoughts? I love Sun Stalk'r Instant Warmth Bronzer. If you are into that seamless, effortless Gisele Bündchen tan - you are going to love it.
#2 On The Run Palette
While most people rave about the original Born To Run Palette, strangely no one talks about the brand's petite On The Run Palettes (which are, spoiler alert, absolutely amazing). They retail for only 25 USD (Made in USA, Assembled in Dominican Republic) and are absolutely perfect for those of us, who don't want to commit to a larger sized palette. I mean, don't we already have it all at this point?
I love minis by Urban Decay; oftentimes I find that I get more use out of them versus some of their bigger palettes. Shortcut was the most random purchase ever, but I am so happy with this palette, I just had to mention it as one of my top five new favourites. For starters you get eight colour-coordinated, equally flattering shades in at least three finishes (matte, metallic, glitter). The pan size (0.80g) is exactly the same as in the big palette, which means that you don't just save money, but also choose a palette with eight eyeshadows that you are actually going to use (and use a lot, if you find a favourite colour story here).
Quality is excellent. My only two complaints are: a. I wish darker browns were just a touch smoother and b. glittery shade must be used with a glue or some sort of a tacky base, otherwise it will fly everywhere. I use the brand's very own Heavy Metal Glitter Liners for this. Other than that - I am a happy camper and would highly recommend these palettes.
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As always - all of my swatches are raw and unedited (no added saturation, brightness, primers etc. here, baby). I rely on natural daylight only.