You know what I would rather be doing on a Sunday night after a weekend full of working than working on a deposition outline? LITERALLY ANYTHING ELSE.
So here I am, bringing you a picture of products I’ve hit pan on and talking about them with you.
(Starting from the top, clockwise: MAC Studio Finish Skin Corrector in Pure Orange, Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in 14, Bobbi Brown Corrector in Deep Peach, L’Oreal True Match Blush in C6 Rosy Outlook, and Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent)
MAC Studio Finish Skin Corrector in Pure Orange: I bought this last year when I thought the solution to my dark circle and hyperpigmentation woes was to use a pure orange corrector rather than a more saturated peach color (the latter turned out to be the real solution). I couldn’t make it blend in with my skin because it’s too orange for the depth of my skin, so instead I would put a thin layer on my hyperpigmented areas, then layer foundation and concealer, which brightened up my skin pretty well, but if I wasn’t careful, it could leave the area looking a little orange-tinted. Since then, I’ve gotten the LA Girl Pro Conceal in Yellow, which I use to mix with this to create a peach color of the right saturation that blends into my skin. However, since it takes some work, I only do it on days when I have a lot of time… which isn’t many days lately. So although I hit pan on this a while ago, I haven’t used much more of it. Verdict: I’ll use it up but I won’t repurchase due to the difficulty of use.
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in 14: I bought this last summer when I was looking for a powder foundation during the hot, humid NYC summers. I even went and exchanged the original color (17) for this one, in search of a perfect color match. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until after I had seen this on me in photos that I realized that it’s way too orange on me (and I had used too much to feel comfortable returning it, especially after exchanging it once already). Knowing now that I have olive undertones and yellow-leaning skin, when I look at that picture, I think “Wtf was I thinking?!” The formula is fine – it can be sheer or built up to fuller coverage depending on how you apply (and it comes with a sponge that will give fuller coverage) – but it is quite expensive at 0.3 oz for $46. This is my second really bad Laura Mercier color match. I’m thinking it’s not a very olive-friendly line. Anyhoo, I am using it this summer as a bronzer of sorts – I use it on my forehead and the perimeter of my face, where my face tends to be darker anyway. I also use it as an eyeshadow sometimes. Verdict: Use up, and give up on finding a foundation match in any of Laura Mercier’s foundations.
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Deep Peach – So on those mornings when I don’t mix my MAC pure orange corrector and the yellow LA Girl concealer? I use this instead. It’s convenient, pigmented yet blendable, and surprisingly lasts a long time even with everyday use. My only qualm is that it tends to crease in the fine lines under my eyes, and that in order to avoid the creasing, I have to blend it too much sometimes and then go back with more to make sure it wasn’t all for naught and didn’t blend away into nothing. I’m pretty sure I’m going to buy the bobbi brown serum corrector instead once I’m out this (especially with winter coming up – in the winter I have to warm up this corrector more with my finger since it is a cream). Verdict: Use up, buy the serum corrector instead as a replacement.
L’Oreal True Match Blush in C6 Rosy Outlook – To be honest, blush is my least favorite makeup category. I think it’s because I have a round face and I am still not really sure how to apply it. But I like this one as an everyday rosy blush that’s office-appropriate and which I can apply a light layer of or build up to be more pigmented. It is not long-lasting – it can often disappear on my face during my sweaty 15-minute morning commute on the subway, although that can be mitigated somewhat by using setting spray. I looked for it recently in the L’Oreal display at Walgreens and noticed that the color they had on display was much lighter and peachier than what I have, meaning that either L’Oreal has reformulated in the 6+ years I’ve had this (yes, really), or mine oxidized somehow (but the formula is fine and there is no irritation to my skin so I will keep using it). Verdict: Use up, and since I can’t re-buy, replace with another everyday rosy blush this fall.
Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent: I got this because of the online hype. I believed them when they said it’s translucent on darker skin. Reality check: it’s not. It’s totally way too ashy. But I still like using it to set my base and then spraying with MAC Fix+. And now that I have the tiniest sliver of pan on it, I’m going to continue using it because I love me some pan and get the weirdest sense of satisfaction from makeup empties. Verdict: Use for as long as this horrendous packaging stays together, and then probably never buy a pressed setting powder again, because I’ve come to realize that I vastly prefer loose setting powder despite the messiness.