Sensitive Skin Fails – Powder Foundations (Too Faced and L’Oreal)

Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Complexion Powder in Butterscotch
Too Faced Born This Way Powder Foundation Butterscotch
L'oreal Age Perfect Creamy Powder Foundation 340 Caramel Beige Swatch
L’Oreal Age Perfect Creamy Powder Foundation 340 Caramel Beige

These two powders are great powder foundation options for dry skin (in my experience), they just didn’t work out because I also have sensitive skin. If not for the reactions I had, I would have continued to use these products so I wanted to give them a mention.

Too Faced has a 25% off friends and family sale going on now through September 30, 2021 at 11:59 PST (promo code is TFBESTIE). So if you have your eye on this or any other Too Faced items, now is a good time to get them.

I do want to make it clear that these are not dupes or alternatives to one another. I do think they perform differently. I am only grouping them together because they both caused skin irritation and didn’t work out for me.

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Sephora Microsmooth Multi-Tasking Baked Face Palette (Captivate)

Sephora Microsmooth Multi-tasking Baked Face Palette in Captivate Swatches

Brand new to the Sephora Collection line up, this face palette in their Microsmooth formula also comes in a lighter version called Enchant. Their Microsmooth face powder has been raved about for years so I had high expectations for this release. I liked the color selection of the darker palette (Captivate) and I actually thought that I’d be able to use every shade. I don’t have that thought often when it comes to face palettes.

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NARS Quad Eyeshadow in Taj Mahal (Swatches)

This is a newly released quad from NARS inspired by one of their cult classic blushes. Taj Mahal blush is described as a “burnished orange with golden shimmer.” NARS now has 8 color variations of these quads, so there are other options if this one doesn’t speak to you. The brand promises high impact color in one swipe, but that has not been my experience with the Taj Mahal Quad. Let’s talk about it.

NARS Taj Mahal Eyeshadow Quad Swactches on medium dark skin
NARS Taj Mahal Eyeshadow Quad
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Propa Beauty Luminous Satin Lipstick Swatches

Propa Beauty Luminous Satin Lipstick in Prime Time Swatch Medium Dark Skin
Propa Beauty Luminous Satin Lipstick in Prime Time, $12.00

After hearing great things about this lipstick line for so long I decided to give it a try for myself. This is a softer lipstick formula so I took some advice that I read in Lili’s review post and didn’t try these until they had some time to sit at room temperature. I was glad I took her advice because these are, in fact, very soft.

In my opinion, the brand has priced this lipstick well at $12.00. While it is more expensive than a mass-market/drugstore lipstick, the Propa Beauty Lipstick is priced from $2.00 to $3.00 below other Indie brands (independently owned, no parent company).

  • Juvia’s Place, $14
  • Mented, $14.99
  • Hue Noir, $15
  • Winky Lux, $15

Swatches L to R: Prime Time, Profits, Moxie, Victress, Her Magic

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