Month in Review: January 2021

A recap of this month’s blog posts.

NARS Matte Bronzing Powder in Samoa

NARS Matte Bronzing Powder Swatch (Samoa)Check out the new matte bronzing formula from NARS.

Smashbox Brushes ReviewThese synthetic brushes are seriously underrated, check out my review if you’ve been curious.

The Monday Edit, January 18, 2021: Since I love helping people and sharing knowledge, I decided to start putting the Monday Edit together. This is my way of sharing more of what personally interests me outside of the items I decide to swatch. On the 18th I shared articles about eating healthy and passive income. For videos, I shared a MUFE’s primer demo from Melissa Alatorre and another from a dermatologist sharing moisturizer recommendations for hyper-pigmentation.

Sigma Warm Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette Swatches: Sigma’s newest eyeshadow palette release is worth a second look. Check out this post for swatches and a few comparisons with their Cor-de-Rosa palette.

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NARS Matte Bronzing Powder Swatch (Samoa)

I clearly have a bronzer problem. In May, I talked about the new release of bronzers from NARS in one of my window shopping posts. I claimed I wasn’t going to buy the matte version. Well, that was true. At the time, I ended up getting the satiny version in the shade Punta Cana. But right before Christmas, I finally broke down and decided to try the matte version.

NARS Matte Bronzing Powder Samoa bronzer swatch dark skin

Despite typically preferring a satin finish, I like this matte formula better than their traditional finish. It is definitely a matte powder, but it gives a healthy look to the skin. The most comparable bronzer that I’ve tried is the Bobbi Brown bronzing powder (swatches here). They remind me a lot of each other, but the NARS formula is denser likely due to the oils in the ingredients.

NARS Matte Bronzing Powder Punta Cana and Samoa bronzer swatches dark skin
Punta Cana (left) and Samoa (right)

Pictured below is Samoa (matte formula) and Punta Cana (regular formula) swatched. I thought it would be helpful to see the two side by side so you can see how the finish differs. Hopefully this is helpful if you are trying to decide between the two. The colors looks similar in a swatch but Punta Cana applies deeper and more neutral than Samoa on me. Punta Cana is much more like it looks in the pan, than it looks in the swatch.

NARS Matte Bronzing Powder Samoa and Punta Cana Bronzer Swatches dark skin
L to R: NARS Samoa (matte) and Punta Cana

If you’re curious to see how Punta Cana compares to other brands, I posted a round-up of my bronzers over the summer.

What’s your favorite bronzer finish, matte or satin? Let me know in the comments below.

 **Disclaimer:  I purchased all products featured with my own money.  For my full disclosure policy, click here.

Month in Review: September 2020

A recap of the month’s blog posts.

Juvia's Place warrior 2, MAC sculpt and shape palette, Laura Mercier candleglow powder 4, MAC studio fix powder C7, MAC mineralize skinfinish natural medium deep, No7 lift and illuminate medium, Covergirl clean fresh cream blush, MAC studio fix fluid C8

Covergirl Clean Fresh Cream Blush#1 on my list of disappointing products, check out this review to find out why.

Juvia’s Place Warrior 2 PaletteCheck out swatches of this beautiful all matte palette.

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Juvia’s Place The Warrior 2 Palette Swatches (40% off sale)

Is there anyone out there that hasn’t tried Juvia’s Place yet?

Well, now is the time to check the brand out. Juvia’s Place is currently having a 40% off summer sale (use code SUMMERSALE at checkout). There are some exclusions, like the new lip products.

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