I decided to pick out some products to focus on this season. I don’t usually care whether a particular shade coordinates with the season, but I wanted to try something different this year. This assortment went in a somewhat monochromatic direction, which is a look I don’t mind. But I’ll see how long it lasts before I want to swap any of these out.
Foundation – Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer (WN 82 Latte)
For my dry skin, this is the best-looking finish on my skin that I have come across. The brand claims a natural matte finish, which I always assume means satin, and I would agree with that. I have no issues with wear time, but due to my dry skin, I hardly ever do. While it does last throughout the day, it is not transfer-proof or resistant. I have worn it on its own, but it transfers easily. So I prefer to set it with powder. The powders that I do not find to change the beautiful finish are the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural and the now discontinued MAC Next to Nothing Powder. However, any setting powder you prefer will work if you do not mind a more matte finish. This foundation is one of my favorites that I have been using it for over two years now and have repurchased it.
Every time I turn around I swear there is another new bronzer being released. Out of the new bronzer releases that have caught my eye I have purchased one limited edition and one permanent release. I already did a full swatch post of my purchases from the limited edition Mac 2020 Summer Bronzing Collection if you want to check that out. But in this post, you will get to see how the shade Totally Taupeless from that release compares to some others.
I also purchased the newly released NARS Bronzing Powder in the shade Punta Cana, if you have been wondering how that shade compares to other bronzers on the market.
Since Mac’s Bronzing Powder is the newest bronzer to the market that I’ve personally purchased that is the shade I used in every comparison grouping. I included limited edition (LE) products that I own just in case anyone might be wondering how these new bronzers compare to items they may already have. For foundation shade reference I am Mac C7/C8 and Estee Lauder 5W1/5W1.5.
This has to be one of the least talked about blushes these days. I used to hear the occasional mention of them, but lately, it is all about the Cover FX blush duos or more recently cream blushes. I typically stick to matte blushes because I often get breakouts on my cheeks, but I was pleasantly surprised that these look more satin once applied. They do not accentuate any texture that I have and I haven’t used any other formula that looks as healthy on my dry skin.
While this formula is easy to blend, it is quite pigmented. I suggest using the fluffiest blush brush you own and starting with a small amount. Snapdragon is not as luminous or as pigmented as blushed copper and dahlia. So if you are nervous about the pigment level but still curious to try out this formula I would give Snapdragon a try first.