The Fall Makeup Edit (2020)

MAC raizin Blush, NARS Savage blush, NARS Noumea and Guayaquil Eyeshadow, Revlon Raisin Rage, Chanel Antoinette, Beccay Maui Nights, Clinique WN 82 Latte, Chanel pourpre profound, Dior Sienna

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.

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Clinique Lid Pops (Willow Pop and Grape Pop)

Clinique Willow Pop and Grape Pop Swatches

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Clinique Lid Pop Eyeshadow willow pop

When I purchased Willow Pop I was hoping for gold that leans green, but this shade is definitely a straight-up green.  So basically, the name is accurate.  The shade is very pretty and it works well, it just wasn’t suited to my taste.

Clinique Lid Pop Eyeshadow grape pop

Grape Pop has a nice texture, it is smooth and buildable.  But there is something about the color that ends up looking a little dull once it is on my eyes.

Clinique Lid Pop Eyeshadows grape pop willow pop swatches on dark skin

These are decent shadows, but I think that their All About Shadow line of eyeshadows is better quality for the price.  Some of my favorites are the quad in morning java and the single in chocolate covered cherry.

Clinique Lid Pop Eyeshadows retail for $18.50 on Clinique.com.

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Clinique Cheek Pop Blush (swatches)

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush Swatches on dark skin (fig pop and black honey pop)
Clinique Fig Pop (top) and Black Honey Pop (bottom)

The Clinique Cheek Pop blushes are a popular product on the market that seems to work out well for most people. This is a baked gelee blush formula that requires a firm or dense brush to pick up the product well. I do not have an issue picking up pigment with a softer brush, but that does require more building of the color. Here are some brush examples that I find to work well with baked gelee formulas.

Dense/firm blush brush options (Bobbi Brown Blush brush, Smashbox precise blush brush, ecotools precision blush bush)
Top to Bottom: Bobbi Brown Blush, Smashbox Precise Blush, Ecotools Precision Blush

Bobbi Brown Blush Brush, $60

Smashbox Precise Blush, $34

Ecotools Precision Blush, $7.99

If you are a person that is nervous about blush looking too intense, you may prefer this buildable aspect in your blush formula.  I find this to be one of the easier baked gelee formulas to work with.  I am acne-prone in the cheek area and these blushes give a healthy sheen to my skin without accentuating any of my texture issues.  The Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes retail for $25.00 at Sephora.

Clinique FIg Pop Blush Swatch on dark skin (left swatch)
Fig Pop (left swatch)

Clinique Black Honey Pop Blush Swatch on dark skin (right swatch)
Black Honey Pop (right swatch)

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