I surveyed my makeup stash and thought that a good distraction would be to cobble together the makeup I’d pack if travel were possible right now. It’s also the makeup I’ll be keeping on rotation for this Summer Season, fingers and toes tightly crossed.
Right after Shelter In Place orders took effect, there were some juicy beauty sales happening. So, I seized the moment and despite long lag times, here are the bits that caught my eye.
By now we know that magic needs to happen before makeup goes on the skin. And in terms of the eye area, as I get older it requires more and more and more attention. I’ve loved all the YSL Top Secrets products I’ve tried so I felt confident trying the YSL Top Secrets Eye Perfecting Fluid.
With a caffeine-based formula, it’s a fast-absorbing, light, milky textured fluid that preps the eye for makeup although I still prefer to layer a dedicated eye shadow primer on top. And it can also be worn alone especially if you can’t be bothered with a full-on eye cream. It makes my eye contour feel temporarily tighter, look subtly brighter plus it fills in my fine lines, for a while and it may also stand in as an eyeshadow primer.
Chanel Le Volume de Chanel in Ecorces (Brown) is a lush brown that means business. It’s more of a blackish-brown that defines and volumizes just as well as the standard black Le Volume de Chanel mascara.
While some brown mascaras can appear invisible or greyish on deeper skin tones like mine, I would absolutely recommend Ecorces because it delivers.
Orlane Cream Blush Sun Glow Stick comes from a French brand that I wish was more of a household name. One of the best black mascaras I’ve ever used comes from this brand, so I felt quite confident blind-buying this blush stick. It’s the only one offered at the moment although there is a highlighter stick. This is a warm pink that makes my skin look subtly defined.
With an easy but sheer, creamy application, this is easily buildable and can be reapplied throughout the day without becoming cakey. That’s a major plus because, on my skin, this transforms into a flush of colour after a few hours. It’s a snap to use and can be patted on with clean fingers although I prefer to tap it on then buff in with a brush. The smart, twist-up packaging makes it a natural for travel and price-wise it’s easy on your purse.
Guerlain Kiss Kiss Roselip Hydrating and Plumping Tinted Lip Balm caught my eye so I chose the shade Flush Noon. While it looks Malibu Barbie pink in the tube, on my lips it’s sheer yet buildable and feels hydrating. Formula wise, this lip balm isn’t a must but you can justify it based on ‘looks’ as the packaging is quite weighty and luxe.
Cle de Peau Radiant Lip Gloss in 6 Rose Pearl scores major points right off the bat because it has the best lip gloss applicator I’ve encountered. Instead of a typical doe-foot, the applicator is a flattened swirl featuring a distinct tip.
The tip makes outlining your lips a snap and will make it easy to get every last bit of gloss out of the tube.
Apart from that, the formula is hydrating, long-wearing and quite fade resistant.
Biologique Recherche Serum de Teint is my base makeup ninja for this season. Not a foundation, this tinted skincare forms a protective shield on the skin to ward off the impact of atmospheric pollution, blue light and UV, although there’s no SPF in the formula. With just five shades at the moment and only two at the deeper end of the spectrum, it may still be worth looking into if you prefer products that even out the skin and unify the complexion without heavy coverage.
And that is all the makeup I’d pack if travel were a possibility right now. Let me know if anything caught your eye and maybe even share some of the makeup you’d pack, it’s about distractions right?
One last thing, Chanel talked often about using colours and scents as a refuge. So I reviewed Beige, one of the fragrances from the Les Exclusifs de Chanel Eau de Parfum collection for your reading pleasure and I hope this helps.