Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer – Amande

 

The shade Amande (Med/Dark #3) is a perfect match to my skin tone (my first). It’s so close that I wear it with a full face of makeup and under my eyes with no other makeup on. Like a lot of people that struggle with concealing imperfections, the revolving door for concealers constantly spins. I’m hoping I will continue to enjoy this concealer. The product pictured is my second jar. I purchased the first on a whim, knowing I had a lot left remaining in my current trial and error concealers. Admittedly, I’m not good at tossing out a product that doesn’t work for me unless it breaks me out. I’ll try to make it work just to use it up. I started using the first jar by taking it to work for touch ups for when my eyeglasses mess up my concealer. I’ve also occasionally used it in the morning when I’m in a rush and I don’t have time for my old routine of mixing two concealers together.

This covers well and doesn’t slide around. I have oily skin, so I use a face primer underneath my undereye concealers. However, this concealer works for me when I have a blank face and no primer underneath. I don’t have fine lines around my eye, but I do have folds near the corner, where all concealers tend to gather and this one is no exception. Primers minimizes it, but I try to not put concealer in that specific area. Most importantly, this product doesn’t oxidize. I hope it continues to work for me going forward.

You get 6.2 g (0.2oz) for $30.

 

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Terra Firma Cosmetics Micropolish Resurfacing Facial Exfoliate

Terra Firma Cosmetics Micropolish is a fine powder that can be mixed with a small amount of water or a cleanser to exfoliate the skin. I purchased my first bottle years ago, used it a few times, but didn’t care for it. At the time, my skin wasn’t clear and I didn’t like using this on acne. The product becomes milky when mixed with a little bit of water, but there are still tiny granules to rub against the skin to remove dead skin cells.

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Terra Firma describes this product as a facial exfoliate that is activated when it comes into contact with water. A unique blend of microdermabrasion and natural particles, combined with fruit acids and red wine vinegar, act to gently remove dead skin build up, accelerate cell renewal, and balance the ph of your skin. Gentle enough to be used daily by even the most sensitive of skin.

I know the importance of exfoliating and had typically depended on chemical exfoliation and my Konjac sponge. I still use them, but I wanted to do more. So, I started using this product again in early spring 2018. I loved it. I used it in the morning at least three days a week, skipping a day in between. It made my skin feel incredibly soft and smooth and helped fade my old acne spots faster. I loved it so much, I finished my first bottle. The original bottle I purchased years ago was glass. I’m not sure when Terra Firma switched over to the plastic bottle pictured here. This product would’ve made my GoodBuy 2018 list, but the powder in the new bottle isn’t as fine as the old one I had. It’s unfortunate, but the product isn’t unusable. It may be due to one ingredient that is causing the problem. Every time I use it, there is always one or two particles that are too large for a facial exfoliator. I have to pick it off and continue with my routine. It’s annoying. I inquired with the company if the formula had changed. They claim it had not, but perhaps some particles from another product got mixed in accidently. I can’t confirm if the ingredients changed because the label on my old bottle had rubbed off. If I can’t find a suitable replacement, I’ll probably repurchase because I love how this makes my skin feel. I just hope the next bottle is better. This product can be purchased on TerraFirmaCosmetics.com and retails for $21.99.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Stellar

 

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One of my favorite eyeshadows in my collection are the Armani Eyes to Kill hybrid shadows. They were first released about five or six years ago. There was a cool range of shades from blackened teal and blackened bronze to a fabulously rich deep gold to an icy silvery mauve pink. All gorgeous and very pigmented. A few months ago, to my dismay, I learned they were discontinued. When I saw they were replaced with these, I thought I give them a try. I’m not impressed. The original Eyes to Kill had intricate complexity, but there was some fall out during application. Armani updated that formula and made it creamier, but the complexity remained. These are basic flat colors with shimmer. Armani’s description of the product is somewhat accurate. It is a gel texture with a bouncy feel and it is shimmery. However, I don’t find it “ultra-pigmented” that is buildable as Armani states. If you scoop product out, you’ll get decent pigmentation, but that is silly. Using a brush or a finger will yield sheer coverage that is not that buildable on my skin tone. This product is okay for layering, which is how I’ve been using it. There is no fallout given the gel-like consistency, which is good given the level of shimmer. I certainly miss the old Eyes to Kill. The packaging is similar to the old glass pots. What Armani improved on was color coordinating the color with the back label. These are available where Armani products are sold and retails for $35.

  1. Eclipse (#3) is a smoky, blackened olive.
  2. Stardust (#4) is a golden bronze.
  3. Halo (#2) is a light taupe.