Makeup Revolution Fluid Blusher in Malibu Ocean | Review

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I think I’ve found my blogging mojo again! Yay. I recieved this blusher from Makeup Revolution in the BBB Dream Box by the British Beauty Blogger a while ago and when I saw they were being discontinued, I had to share. These are supposed great dupes for the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush, which I have been lusting after for agess! These were originally priced at £3, however are reduced to £1.50 and come in 5 shades. Much more purse friendly – you could buy the entire range for less than 1 DS blusher.

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Time to shake it up, shake it up!

The shade I have is more of a Bronzer than blusher and ideal for summer. It’s Malibu Ocean and even that name makes me think of summertime. I think come shorts weather I will be using this on my legs as I have a nasty scar on my left leg which I am concious about and as such tend to hide. The coverage of this is enough to sort of draw the attention away from the scar. The formula is really thin and does have the tendency to separate, requiring a good shake before use. The bottle is cute, but does feel a little cheap (not complaining, just observing!).

The dispenser

The dispenser

I find the best technique is to dispense a drop onto the back of my hand, allow it to spread slightly and quickly grab my brush. This stuff is very pigmented and does dry quite quickly, so I don’t find I have much time before a stain appears on my hand. In terms of blending, I’ve had no issues – if you do go a bit heavy handed it should be easy enough to blend out. The thing I didn’t really like about this is the siliconey feel of it, you know what I mean like slippery. It is really odd.

Straight out of the bottle

Straight out of the bottle

Starting to run - see the shimmer (yeah out of focus was intentional to get the shimmer)

Starting to run – see the shimmer (yeah out of focus was intentional to get the shimmer)

Partially Blended (no it isn't streaky fake tan)

Partially Blended (no it isn’t streaky fake tan)

Fully Blended

Fully Blended

I quite like this colour, it isn’t too shimmery but does add another dimension to my skin. Would I wear this product every day? Probably not because I don’t rate the siliconey feel of it and do worry that with prolonged use it could irritate my sensitive skin. It does claim that it doesn’t block pores, I can’t say it did or didn’t but I do shower and wash my face pretty often. For special occasions or weekend wear though, I love this. I had mixed results with wearability – one day it wore for 6 hours including a sweaty and hot 12 mile mountain bike and another day it seemed to disappear within 2-3 hours. I think it probably depends on what foundation and primer you wear, but I can’t pinpoint why such a big difference. It is marketed as water proof and budge proof, but I wouldn’t say that is necessarily true. I doubt I coulo go swimming in this and it would stay in tact, but who swims in makeup anyway? That’s just asking for Panda eyes!

Available from Makeup Revolution for £1.50

Who loves Makeup Rev? Have you tried this or are you tempted?

Benefit Some Kinda Gorgeous Foundation|Swatch and Review

I picked this foundation up in miniature version as part of the Primping with the Stars collection. This was part of the reason  I picked up Primping with the stars; I really wanted to try this foundation, Benetint and Girl Meets Pearl and the mini sizes are great ways with out forking out. I trialled this back in January and quickly shelved it, so decided to dig it out again to see if we got on better this time.

What Benefit Say…

‘Some-Kinda-Gorgeous is the no.1 selling Liquid Compact product in the UK!*
Some-Kinda-Gorgeous is the no.1 selling Liquid Compact product in the UK. Our oil-free, cream-to-powder formula fakes foundation…it’s silky, even perfection for your complexion! This “instant beauty boost” will even out your skintone, making it look chart-topping gorgeous! Compact includes application sponge and mirror for touch-ups on the go!
*Source: The NPD Group. Value and Unit Item sales of the Total Prestige Liquid Compact Makeup segment for 2012 Jan to Dec’ – Benefit
Packaging
I always bang on about packaging don’t I? For me half the attraction of Benefit is the packaging. I have the mini version here, but it is still similar to the full size. I mean how cute is it that they shaped it like an old school record? The plastic is good quality and snaps shut, so no worries about it opening in your bag.
Some Kinda Gorgeous in the pan

Some Kinda Gorgeous in the pan

Ingredients and Shade Range
Let’s get the moan out the way first shall we? This comes in 3 shades, light, medium and dark. I can’t help but get quite annoyed at Benefit for the whole light, medium, dark thing. Dark is not dark. The light is not light. If you have very pale or lovely dark skin, then do consider swatching this in store first.
Okay, so on to the next moan. This contains parabens. I mean seriously Benefit, get with the times. We bloggers/beauty enthusiasts don’t like parabens. They could give us cancer. So boo to parabens. The rest of the ingredients are pretty standard foundation constituents, so I won’t say much more.
Some Kinda Gorgeous Swatch

Some Kinda Gorgeous Swatch

Some Kinda Gorgeous Blended

Some Kinda Gorgeous Blended

Application and Wear Time
The texture of this one is very silky in the compact and somewhat slippery. I applied this first using my good old fingers and found this to be pretty rubbish. I couldn’t get it blended out. I next used a flat foundation brush and this seemed to work pretty well with the creamy formula. I did have some issues blending this out, but later realised that it wasn’t really the blending that was the issue, the shade was just a tad too dark. Maybe when summer comes and I have a tan this will work? In terms of coverage, this is medium in my opinion. In the swatches I have shown it over a horrible big vein in my wrist to give you an idea of the coverage. I imagine you could get full coverage with this combined with a powder such as Benefit’s Hello Flawless, but I don’t need full coverage so didn’t try that out. I have dry and oily patches, as well as enlarged pores and I found this didn’t accentuate any of these on initial application. After around 3 hours this changed – for the worse. My nose looked like a frying pan. Not cool at all. The formula of this is quite oily/creamy to begin with, so I don’t think this one is good for those with oily or combination skin. The finish was lovely to start with (I set it with my BareMinerals Mineral Veil) but just didn’t last long enough to be a winner from me. If you have dry skin, it is worth a try a it does have a nice feel to it. Sadly this was not a Benefit product I loved.
Price and Final Thoughts
I’m glad I didn’t pay full price for this as it is £24.50 for 9.5g from Benefit, which is almost what I paid for the whole Primping with the stars kit. I really didn’t get on with this foundation, which is a shame as I wanted to like it. I would recommend this to others, but definitely swatch first!
Have you tried this foundation and did you like it?  What’s your go to foundation?

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