Summer Sale Haul

Summer Sale Haul

So, this is what I picked up in the summer sales that were going on in August. Most of that is actually freebies, though.

Starting from the top, that’s a sample of a YSL foundation. Sadly it came in the color 04 and so I can’t test it, sorry, guys. Then there’s a MAC lipstick. It’s Silver Spoon, which I already reviewed here. Underneath the Zoeva palette Rodeo Belle. Atop of the palette is the Chanel lipstick in Ultraberry, review coming up on wednesday. Then the MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Soft Frost, which I’ve been wanting ever since it came out and it was always sold out. Finally mine. Then another Chanel lipstick, Beige Doré.

The lower row is mostly smaples/freebies. The new Armani scent Because It’s You, which I’m not sure I’ll review – I hate it from the first sniff. Then the MAC CC Cream in Illuminate, a staple of mine. The new Elie Saab scent Girl Of Now, just as terrible as the Armani one. Then Kenzo Flower Lumiere, which I haven’t tested yet. I have quite a few untested Kenzos, maybe I should make a series… Then Guerlain Black Perfecto, review coming up on Friday. Last is some shower gel by Baldessarini. Not sure yet if I’ll keep it or pass it on.

So that’s my end of summer haul and a look at some things that will come up in future reviews robably. Any requests for perfume reviews?

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L’Atelier des Bois de Grasse: Fleur d’Oranger Baie Rose

L’Atelier des Bois de Grasse: Fleur d’Oranger Baie Rose

Ah well, that was a handful of a title, eh?

Are you sitting here thinking ‘what the heck is L’Atelier des Bois de Grasse’? That’s okay. The brand is, well, pretty new. They have existed since 2016 and I think they didn’t start producing until the second half of the year. But it’s totally a brand you should watch out for. In Austria some of their perfumes (sadly not all) can be found at Marionnaud’s. I’m not sure where else you can get them.

This is a 100 ml bottle of L’Atelier des Bois de Grasse Fleur d’Oranger Baie Rose Cologne de Luxe.

I super, super love the no-nonsense bottle design. I also like that they clearly print the production date onto the bottom the packaging. No need to learn the cryptic language of batch codes! It simply says 09/16, end of story. I also like the price, it’s less than 20 € for 100 ml.

What I don’t like so much is the ridiculously long name? Couldn’t come up with something shorter, snappier?

Okay so much for the surrounding stuff, on to the perfume. It’s clearly an orange blossom/neroli cologne. I love those, and FOBR is among my favorites. It’s a cologne, but the lasting time is better than most colognes. Aka instead of lasting for half an hour, you get about three to four hours on skin.

The official list of notes printed on the packaging is: mandarin, bergamot, ginger, fig, orange blossom, elemi, petitgrain, musc, incense, ambergris, cedar.

I simplified that, the notes have some marketing speech terms attached, often ‘natural’. Now while that’s their prerogative, it also says ‘natural musks’. I sure as heck hope it’s not natural musk, there’s a good reason musks are being synthesized! It could of course mean that it’s made from a flower instead of deer, but sheesh. Be careful what you put on your natural perfume claims.

Okay, apart from that it smells really good, but I can’t really pick those notes out. It smells like a well rounded orange blossom cologne, no more, no less.

Great recommendation for the orange blossom/neroli lover.

Maybelline Gone Greige

Maybelline Gone Greige

Gone Greige 893 is part of the Maybelline Colorsensational lipsticks line. The finish is bold, which basically means a pigmented velvety finish, not 100% matte.

Swatch. You could call it brown, but it’s really cool toned, so greige isn’t too far off. You don’t really need a lip liner for it but I noticed the MAC lipliner in Stone matches it pretty well – enough that I wonder if Gone Greige is a dupe for the Stone lipstick. So I checked out the perfect swatch gallery at temptalia. And wow, does Gone Greige look different on Christine! On me it looks like her Stone swatch. So maybe Gone Greige is Stone for the pale kids or whatever.

Anyways this has become one of my fav lipsticks. The look is modern and not too edgy at the same time. It lasts about three hours on me and fades evenly. Eating removes it a bit more on the inside but the color is such that it isn’t immediately visible.

I love it! Recommendation.

MAC Pigment Gold

MAC Pigment Gold

It’s september! I can already smell the pumpkins! Get out the smoky eyes and dark lipsticks!!!

Ahem.

Here we’ve got MAC pigment in gold. The metallic pigments were included in the metallic lips LE but unlike the lipsticks, the pigments are permanent (pro items).

I think the colors look a bit deceiving in the pots. The swatches are where the beauty lies.

But first, this is the inner lid. I like to keep them as it makes operating these things a little less messy.

The other side of the lid. Usually there is enough pigment on it for my whole look. I don’t even need to dip into the pot.

I present you… le swatch. Damn. It’s not so much yellow gold as it is old gold. It makes me want to paint myself head to toe in it.

The pigment is so rich you don’t need much at all. It lasts very well, too. I use this as eyeshadow, because it’s too colored for highlighter (the SA said you could use it as highlighter but I’m not sure how long you’d have to buff for that). And on my eyes it lasted a whole party night. It did not budge. Amazing.

4711 Remix Cologne

4711 Remix Cologne

4711 are celebrating 225 years of Echt Kölnisch Wasser. This inspired them to do an Anniversary Edition for their famous cologne. It’s called Remix Cologne EdC and was released this spring/summer as a limited edition. As the name implies this is not just the old juice in a pretty bottle, it’s a remixed version. Perfumers are Alexandra Kalle and Vincent Schaller.

Remix Cologne is fresher and less herbal than the original cologne. It’s a wonderful neroli cologne with lots of citrus fruit in the opening. Very fresh, very yummy.

This is a typical cologne – as in, it doesn’t last all that long. An hour, maybe two. It’s a quick refreshment that doesn’t bother you all day long. If you’re looking for a long lasting version of this, check out Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino.

A note on the (very pretty) packaging: the cap may look like a screw cap, but it’s not. Just pull it upwards after breaking the sticker seal by screwing sideways. I like that the sticker that connects the bottle with the cap broke so neatly you can barely see the tear.

I greatly recommend this for every neroli cologne lover and those that want to tap their toes into the genre.

MAC Metallic: Silver Spoon

MAC Metallic: Silver Spoon

The MAC LE for the month of August is called Metallic Lips. In America this is already the second LE with such lipsticks, over here it’s the first one. I was 100% sure I didn’t need anything from it. Then I swatched them. Ahhh, pretty shimmer.

So far I purchased only one, Silver Spoon. This collection seems to sell out much faster than the previous ones, so I apologize if my review comes too late. To my knowledge all the lipsticks are limited edition, at least for now. It is expected some might come back sooner or later. Also included in this collection are shimmery pigments. Those are always available at the Pro stores.

Just so you know, none of the lipsticks in this new metallic finish are opaque. This is especially noticable in the darker colors, which turn out uneven. So I was mostly interested in the lighter colors. I don’t see that much difference between metallic and lustre. They feel similar and are both see through. Also, the metallic finish always has visible sparkle, it’s not a smooth foiled optic.

Swatch of Silver Spoon. It is a greyish silver with pink/red sparkle. That was hard to photograph but is visible on the lips. Very pretty. While not opaque, there is still color payoff. The lips look silver. It’s a great wintery, fairy look. Goes well with duochrome highlighter.

Lasting power was actually pretty good; I got five hours out of it. It wears off evenly. It even survives a small meal (reduced, but still there).

Sooo, here I thought I was gonna skip this LE and now I want even more lipsticks. The white or the lighter pink colors call me.

Verdict: If you want intense color do yourself a favor and skip this LE. If you want pretty sparkles, go for it. Finish is shimmery and sparkly, not foiled!

OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls

OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls

This super gorgeous off-white aka very, very light grey is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, two coats, no top coat. Quality is great, lasted about five days with next to no chipping. This is from a Collection they did for for the first Amazing Spiderman movie (the Webb ones). I can’t believe that by the time I got to post it, yet another Spider-Man movie series exists!!! Good news is my bottle is now several years old and still as good as new.

Penhaligon’s Portraits Clandestine Clara

Penhaligon’s Portraits Clandestine Clara

How to make Penhaligon’s Portraits – Clandestine Clara: take Guerlain’s Shalimar, but remove all the flowers and citrus and add in a good dose of cinammon and patchouli instead. Done. Clandestine Clara basically skips all the opening nonsense and goes right to the heavy base instead. It’s boozy, ambery vanilla. Very yummy. Nothing screechy to distract from the base.

Clandestine Clara was released this year, 2017. The nose is Sophie Labbé.

Now, because the Portraits perfume line is brand new and kinda funny here’s the story stuff they made up for it: every portrait perfume presents a fictional person. Our patriarch is Lord George, his wife is Lady Blanche (Harry Potter fans think Narcissa Malfoy). Their marriage is not the best, in fact, she wants to poison him. Their daughter is the Duchess Rose, who married the Duke to get out of the house and live a better life. Somehow she missed a spot check and didn’t realize before the marriage the Duke is GAY, GAY, GAY. So she’s got to get her fun elsewhere. She probably inherited that from her father. Clara is Lord Gerge’s lover, his dirty little secret. Or not so secret, I mean the Lady does want to kill him, there’s gotta be a reason for that. George and Clara have a son, Radcliffe. He’s a total womanizer, too.

There are more perfumes by now, but that’ the basic set up. It’s a little wink-wink-nudge-nudge story of a patriachal aristocratic family that’s all about keeping up appearances (and failing).

The bottles are unusual for Penhaligon’s as they don’t have the ribbon, they have huge golden animal heads instead. I like Lord George’s the best, it’s a stag. So it’s all cute and pretty and good smelling, but the price point is € 225, which is a bit more than I’d be willing to spend on a cute perfume currently. I mean Clandestine Clara smells really good, but for that price I could get myself several bottles of Shalimar…

All Used Up July 2017

All Used Up July 2017

another list of empties, here we go.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Classic: I super hate the smell, like toilet cleaner or something. But quality good. Will buy other scents now.

Two Clinique items, first the airbrush concealer which I already repurchased. Then the mild clarifying lotion, which I would have repurchased, but they changed the formula. It now contains witch hazel. My face does not like witch hazel, so I had to go through the hassle of finding a different product. Boo, Clinique. Don’t fix things that ain’t broken!

Funnily enough my last toner was by Clinique too, then I decided these things were useless and went years without one. Then I realized toners never worked because they had way too much alcohol content. I found Clinique’s mild clarifying lotion which didn’t have any alcohol, but salicylic acid and was nicely acidic. It worked wonders. Of course they had to change it.

Balea Anti-Falten Augencreme Q 10: So far I liked every Balea eyecream I used. Might repurchase at later date.

List of ingredients for eye cream.

And last, two items from Rituals. The Ritual of Dao handcream smells great. Dao is my preferred scent of theirs. However, that’s as good as it gets. As a handcream it feels thick and doesn’t sink in properly. But it doesn’t give the skin any moisture. Will not repurchase or try any other of their lines. Especially since this is only 75ml for about € 11? Nope. Might get a Dao linen spray instead. I also have the room scenter sticks.

And the second item is a sample of their sensitive skin lotion. This is a regular face cream with lots of aloe vera. I used it at night and it was in fact the best skin care item of Rituals I tried. It gave a good amount of moisture and the skin looked fresh the next day. I will not buy a full size, because firstly I have lots of stuff to use up and then I also prefer for my face cream to pack some power in addition to just moisture (like AHA, BHA, …).

List of ingredients for Rituals face cream.

Those were my empties of the last month. I think it’s a pretty good amount for a summer month. I don’t know if there will be empties in August, if not I’ll sort through my old makeup and see what needs to be chucked.

OPI I just can’t Cope-Acabana

OPI I just can’t Cope-Acabana

Showing two coats and no top coat of OPI I Just Can’t Cope-Acabana. I think this is from last year’s summer Collection? Quality is great, two coats are opaque and it is easy to apply. Yellow shades used to be hard to get right, but this one has no problems at all. It lasted almost chip-free for five days.

While I was busy worrying about a reduction in the line of Essie polishes (turned out to be totally unfounded) OPI has been silently moving out of the Austrian market! I snagged up a good portion of them on sales for a very good price, so expect to see some more older OPI on this blog. But then it’s gonna be over. I’m sad because I love their polishes. On the other hand, they were sold at € 16, which is way too expensive. I never bought them at full price and I doubt most others did. So I understand why it didn’t work out, but I think they should have had lower prices. Butter London failed for pretty much the same reason.

Tom Ford Black Orchid EdP

Tom Ford Black Orchid EdP

Well here goes nothing: This is my bottle of Tom Ford Black Orchid EdP. You probably heard of this perfume before. It was released in 2006, more than ten years ago. Omg, what! Time flies. In 2015 they released the matching EdT (same bottle but all black). At this point I’d like to thank the SA, who, when I said I wanted to buy the EdT told me: “You’ll want the EdP, trust me.” She was right. The EdT only lasted half the amount of time that the EdP did.

Black Orchid EdP is a room-filing sillage monster and lasts ten hours on me. Luckily most of coworkers seem to be anosmic to any and all perfumes.

I think Black Orchid is the kind of perfume you can only hate or love. It’s a cacophony of notes. I can barely tell any specific note apart from the rest. It is too much at once. And that was also what led me to love it. You can find lots of easy sweet perfumes that don’t overwhelm you. But one that is “ride or die” yet still smells amazing? Yes, please.

I won’t even bother putting down any notes for it. It’s in the broad strokes of an “oriental flower” in the same way that a puddle and the ocean are both bodies of water. There’s some fruit in it, some flower, a lot of base notes. When the massive opening mellows down, you get some lovely pralines with sandalwood and patch.

Very much worth testing, even if you may end up hating it. At least let the opening run its course until you reach the base before you make up your mind.

Perfumer is David Apel.

Guerlain La Laque Coleur: A la Parisienne

Guerlain La Laque Coleur: A la Parisienne

This would be a case for #ThrowbackThursday but I don’t post on Thursdays, so you get it today. XD

This is one of Guerlain’s old nail polishes. The whole line has been replaced by their new nail polishes in the LPRN design (spade bottle). I don’t know if the color made it to the new line. This is a single coat of 263 A la Parisienne. It’s a lovely melon pink/coral. A second coat makes the color more solid.

This is my only Guerlain polish, but this one here has a good quality. Just the right thickness, quick to try, lasts well. I don’t know why they felt the need to change it, but maybe the new design has the same formula anyway.

MAC Chromat: #Shockvalue and #Chromatbabe

MAC Chromat: #Shockvalue and #Chromatbabe

And today in: “Did she fall for special packaging again?” I present you: MAC Chromat. This is MAC’s current LE. It’s a designer collab again. I’d never heard of Chromat before, but I checked them out for this post and their swim wear looks great.

The LE has see through plastic packaging instead of black carton. The blue line design is repeated on the products. If you look closely, it’s not just random lines. I think it forms a female figure/corset.

I bought the eyeshadow x 6 palette (#Chromatbabe Super Pack) and the blue lipstick (#Shockvalue).

The lipstick comes in amplified finish, meaning it’s high color but not matte. Here I swatched #Shockvalue first, followed by Dreampot. While #Shockvalue is LE, I think Dreampot is permanent. (At least it has been in stores since it was released.) On the side I added a swatch of Hi Def Cyan. The color is not identical to #Shockvalue, but close enough that you can use it as lip liner/base if you want to.

Now, #Shockvalue applies very well and did not migrate once it was on. However, it is not a matte lipstick and does not have the lasting power of one. It survives several hours without eating or drinking, but if you do take a sip it will wear off on the inside. After a meal there’s nothing left on the inside. The outer parts survived for me, but I didn’t eat anything super greasy.

Lipswatch! Honestly, this is my new favorite blue lipstick, the clolor just works soooo well!

On to the eye shadow: I swatched them top-bottom, repeat. First row is more matte, second row more shimmery. The colors are in order of my swatches: Sabina Sangre (Satin), Structrued Satin (Satin), Triennial Wave (Satin), Duabandita (Veluxe Pearl), Mindfiles (Frost) and Blue Black (Veluxe Pearl).

So there are no true mattes among the shadows, which I like because mattes can be difficult. You can see a little bit of shimmer in the blue and the orange swatch, but on the lid they look matte. All of the colors are soft and pigmented. It’s a good idea to apply them before the rest of the makeup, just in case you get a lot of drop down, but for me they behaved. Most of the drop down was blue shimmer and that’s the sort of stuff that migrates later on as well.

The first color is Sabina Sangre, a juicy orange. I own a few orange shadows but nothing quite like this shade. It is pigmented and was easy to pat into place.

Structured Satin is black. I like using it as eyeliner. It goes on dark and stays like that. You can blend it out as an eyeshadow as well, though.

Triennial Wave also offers good pigmentation. As with all strong colors I pat it on instead of wiping around with the brush. The color needs no base to shine (I did all my testing without base or primer) but if you wanted to really pop it you could use Hi Def Cyan underneath.

Duabandita is a brown with teal shimmer. Mac has a loose pigment like that, too, but I don’t own it. It’s a very beautiful color and looks different from every angle. It went on like a dream and stayed there, too (usually I get a lot creasing when not wearing primer).

Mindfiles is a gunmetal grey. It actually applies pretty dark. The shimmer makes it look lighter in the pan. This one needs a bit of blending or a light hand when picking the color up with the brush.

I was pleasantly surpised by Blue Black, as the blue aspect really comes out. I have a similar eyeshadow that loses a lot of the blue shimmer when applied and ends up looking mostly black. Blue Black is still a black with blue shimmer but you can still see some of the blue on the lid.

This is one of my testing looks. I wear no other makeup and I didn’t intend to photograph it, but since I did snap a pic I might as well show it. On the lid I wear only Duabandita, you can see both the brown and the teal side of it. In the crease there’s a mix of Mindfiles and Blue Black. The other three (Sabina Sangre, Structured Satin, Triennial Wave) are used as liners. Now for a real look I would probably not use all six at once and I might want to add in a normal transition shade but I think the colors actually work together as well. There’s quite a number of possible combinations with #Chromatbabe.

So, for those who like a little more unusual color in their makeup I can recommend both items. As of now they should still be available as well.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Al Oudh

L’Artisan Parfumeur Al Oudh

Boah, people say. What is that stink?

Firstly, that’s L’Artisan Parfumeur Al Oudh, and secondly it smells awesome, I say.

No, okay Oud is an acquired taste, maybe, and Al Oudh doesn’t pull it’s punches. Those in the niche perfume fandom, on the other hand, are already all over the oud hype. Yawn, how boring, they say. As usual, it’s a thing of perspective.

Al Oudh was released in 2009, eight years ago, sorta at the start of the oud trend in niche perfumery. Perfumer is Bertrand Douchafour.

This time the notes list on the packaging is in french only so I don’t understand much. Oudh, boise, epice, cuire, it says.

So my nose gets oud and leather and also a healthy dose of dates. Spices, maybe and I’m really not sure of the rest. I think it’s a mixture of a lot of things but I can’t pick them out.

Overall Al Oudh is pretty strong and just weird for the non-oud initiated. But I’ve worn it to work and nobody complained, so (they might not have realized it was perfume). The strong phase goes on for about four to five hours. The dry down is much gentler, more sandalwood, maybe or some other woods.

Personally I really like it for when I feel like oud. I have not felt the need to own any other oud (because lets face it, they’re not different enough). Also had I smelled this one before I smelled Guerlain Santal Royal I would have been a lot less forgiving for Santal Royal. Al Oudh is coherent. Santal Royal is a mess compared to it.

As usual I have the old bottle but I think the juices are unchanged.

MAC Feels so Grand

MAC Feels so Grand

I finally dared to check out some liquid lipsticks. This is MAC Feels So Grand.

This is the swatch mostly dried down. One swipe. The amount of color you can get from such a liquid lippie is insane. The finish is very matte. In fact MAC calls these the retro matte liquid lip color. This is the mattest stuff I own. It emphasizes you know not the lines, as it doesn’t pool in them or anything, but the lips look super not smooth. Afterwards the lips feel dry but it’s not too bad.

Color comparisons with regular lipsticks. The liquid one is just so much deeper. Colorwise it seems to be in between Mrs Mia Wallace and Viva Glam I.

I like that the applicator it is really precise. You can get good, crisp lines. Once on and dried (it takes a minute to be dry) it just will not come off again. You need oil remover to get it off. Also when you get it on glasses or stuff like tooth brushes, you need to clean those by hand because the lipstick will cling forever. Funnily enough even though it stays on the lips it still rubs off everywhere!

I had a long meal and the lipstick did wear off on the inside, but only there and I think that only a beauty blogger would notice that. I wasn’t left with a two toned mouth or something. So wow, this really works. To be honest I still prefer regular lipstick bcause you can reapply more easily – reapplying on top of liquid lipstick can get weird and flakey. Secondly the liquid calls for a sharp outline which emphasizes how my mouth is not symmetrical at all. But those are personal points. The lipstick is still totally worth it.

Revlon Fire & Ice

Revlon Fire & Ice

Let’s have a red lipstick week. Starting with a classic.

Revlon has recently reentered the market here. The brand can now be found in every drugstore. I picked up only this one item here, the Super Lustrous Lipstick Creme in 720 Fire & Ice. What I like about the Revlon offerings is that they are encased in plastic, meaning you get untouched items, huzzah. However, the products left me quite cold; there was no must have among them. Fire & Ice is a red lipstick that has been around forever so that’s what I chose to try out.

It’s not just red. It’s intense. The finish is creamy and it really doesn’t last very long (2 hrs max). I took to using a lip liner all over the mouth and adding the lipstick on top. This makes touch ups easier. The lip liner I use is by Kiko. 

Color comparison. The color was so unusual I didn’t know at first what to grab. I thnk it’s a mix of Kiko True Red and MAC Lady Danger. Fire & Ice is very intense, basically neon. It has yellow undertone.

Lip swatch taken with my phone. It doesn’t really do the color justice, sorry.

Basically despite the fact that Revlon hasn’t been in the market here the last couple years, I know this color. I’ve seen many an older lady wearing it. When I put it on it was the first time ever I recognized a red lipstick as having seen it on others before. Weird and cool at the same time.

If you want this particular color then go for it. I don’t really recommend it though because the lasting power is terrible and Revlon isn’t that cheap either.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Nuit de Tubereuse

L’Artisan Parfumeur Nuit de Tubereuse

So my perfume review process works something like this: I’ll wear a new perfume on and off when I feel like it and when I think I’m ready to review it I’ll be wearing it everyday until the review is done.

I was ready to review Nuit de Tubereuse EdP (L’Artisan Parfumeur) weeks ago. I’ve been wearing it everyday for three weeks. XD Mostly because of my heatwave induced blogging pause but also because I like it so much.

As always, I have the old bottle design. The liquid is light grey, the sticker and outer packaging are pink.

Weren’t you a Tuberose phobic, you might ask. Yes, I was. And still many a famous tuberose is too heavy for me. I didn’t even dare test Nuit de Tubereuse until I read a review which critisized it for not being a tuberose perfume. Oh, I thought? Why is it called Nuit de Tubereuse, then? Looks like this was created under a different working title, but then they had to change the name in a hurry for legal reasons (I assume the working title was used by a diff brand). So, hey, worth a sniff for the tuberose phobic.

First impression is very green but in a flowery way, not a herbal or foresty way. Then flowers, lovely flowers. And yes, here comes the dreaded tuberose; why were people complaining for a lack of tuberose? There’s plenty, at least enough to be smelling it through the whole time it lasts (about six hours). But – it’s not cloying or oppressing. I like this tuberose, which pairs an intense flower with light greenery.

The official note list printed on the packaging reads: pink pepper, tuberose, green mango, woods.

Now, that’s a pretty short list and I bet my collection there’s more flowers in it. Surely some orange blossom + rose, not sure about jasmin or ylang ylang. I have no real clue what green mango smells like, only that it’s also a note in Timbuktu, which smells nothing like Nuit de Tubereuse. XD There are probably some types of amber and musk (what perfume doesn’t contain musk?) in the dry down. I don’t think it smells particularly woody at all.

But it smells good, so good. It smells like the first rain after a heat wave – or is that just because we are having rain right now, haha. But I bought this bottle almost a year ago (time flies) and it works all year round. I am now officially no tuberosophobic anymore. 😉

Nuit de Tubereuse was released in 2010, perfumer is Bertrand Douchafour.

Illamasqua Skin Base Mixer White

Illamasqua Skin Base Mixer White

Y’all probably know the problem of a foundation that is great, but not exactly the right color. When I want to make a foundation darker I simply mix in liquid bronzer without any shimmer. Those can usually be found in some summer collection or other and brands like Lancaster offer a liquid bronzer all year round. Making a foundation lighter can be harder. You could try to mix with liquid highlighter, but that either makes the foundation sheerer or too highlighty.

Some brands offer lightening drops – which are usually not light enough for me. Enter this product here: Illamasqua Skin Base Mixer White. Illamasqua says these mixers (there are four: you can lighten, darken, make warmer or cooler tone) are to go with their Skin Base Foundation. I don’t have that one, but it has worked with every foundation I tried it with.

Now I know it says “white” but it’s not. It’s one of those wedding dress colors, you know. It’s got a yellow undertone which works well with my skin that also has a yellow undertone. I can’t say if it would make a difference if you’re more pink based.

Shown in the pic above is a single swipe, so it’s pretty pigmented. Apart from the obvious mixing use, this can also be put to use for special makeup, like for Halloween. One blended layer is too sheer to make the whole face white, but (like in the swatch above at the edge) can be used as a base depending on the look you’re going for (vampire for example). A second layer makes the face white (well, off-white) and personally I went over it a third time, patting the product in for concealing. This makes the coverage opaque and works well for a skull look, for example. It wears just like regular foundation, although I recommend using powder and setting spray on top. The finish is matte and even though it dries down it rubs off onto your fingers if you touch it.

So that’s for using it on it’s own, on to the mixing:

Illamasqua Skin Base Mixer with Essence Camouflage makeup.

And mixed together. This is almost 50:50, maybe a bit more white. The color matches my underarm pretty well. I hope you can see the edges. Since the White has good coverage on it’s own the coverage of the camouflage makeup (medium to full coverage) does not suffer. Mixing it with a sheer foundation gets too white for my taste, best use is with medium or full coverage products.

(Funny story, at the point of testing this I owned exactly zero foundations that were too dark for me – so to see the effects I had to go lighter than my usual shade and it annoyed me to no end.)

While the Mixer alone has a satiny matte finish I didn’t find that it changed the finish of my foundation. It really only did what was promised – change the color.

In a nutshell: I like.