Here is two months of use on the 17 products I’m trying to finish up in 2017, with photos from the beginning of February before the photos from the end of February.
I’ve been using all these products consistently this past month, and it shows, although progress is very slow. I use just one small pump of my custom foundation mix on an almost-daily basis, and mix it with just a little bit of the Manic Panic white foundation mixer and some blue mixer. I’ve been using the L’Oreal True Match Crayon Concealer as a color-correcting concealer for the discoloration around my mouth, and because of its peachy tones, it’s been working excellently for that so long as I use a hydrating primer beforehand, since that area tends to get dry and dehydrated and the concealer is pretty thick. I’ve continued to use Benefit Watts Up on my undereyes underneath my concealer and on the top of my cheekbones, although I noticed that sometimes it can look glittery in direct sunlight.
You can see a good amount of progress in all of these products, even the blush. I’ve discovered that I can use the MAC Studio Finish Corrector in Pure Orange on its own underneath concealer, and it still brightens, which makes getting ready in the morning much faster. I also learned that I need to use a fluffy brush with the Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Powder, not a buffing brush – it looks too chalky and powdery if I do. I’ve been layering the L’Oreal True Match Blush in Rosy Oulook with Clinique Cola Pop, which is a deeper berry color, but as spring comes, I expect to layer it with blushes lighter than it instead.
I’ve only used the L’Oreal HIP Cream Paint in Nervy once, maybe, and I’m thinking about throwing it out, but that’s a separate post. I’ve become better about using the LORAC Bronze powder as a daily crease shade, and I really like it – it’s a beautiful reddish-brown shade that glides across the skin. It makes me wish I hadn’t broken up the powder from the Lorac Pro to Go palette! I’ve continued to love the Bobbi Brown Black Ink Gel Eyeliner, and I’ve used the Marcelle Blue Lagoon eyeliner pencil a handful of times – it’s not really the kind of color that is a daily color for me. I’ve made surprising progress on the Rimmel Nude Kohl pencil because of how eyeliners get really soft and prone to breakage once you get down to the last bits – I expect it will be the first product from this project that I finish up completely.
Again, I’ve struggled to make myself use these particular lip products this month. I did use each at least once. I did discover that a semi-opaque matte berry color on my lips is *very* flattering on me – and both the Milani Lipliner in Mulberry and the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry help me achieve that look, although they tend to be less opaque on my lower lip. I also like mixing the Milani lip liner and the elf lip liner in Natural Blush for a mauve-purpley color.