bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15 – Candlelit Peach

bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15 – Candlelit Peach

I just wanted to share with you all my new favorite “one and done” eyeshadow”: bareMinerals’ 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in the shade Candlelit Peach ($19).

I’ve owned, blogged and raved about two other shades, Soft Linen and Barely Nude, in the past and out of all the makeup I’ve ever owned, they’re the only two eyeshadows that I’ve ever completely used up. Put simply, I love bareMinerals’ 5-in-1 shadows!

Why do I love them so much?

  1. Application is a breeze. Just dab a tiny bit onto the eyelids and blend out with a fingertip. No brushes necessary.
  2. They can be worn alone and have the opacity to cover and brighten eyelid discoloration, at least the three colors I’ve tried.
  3. They work great as eyeshadow primers and can be worn underneath powder and cream eyeshadows.
  4. The 5-in-1 shadows are very long-wearing. I’ve tried using concealers and foundations on my eyelids before to cover up discoloration but because those formulations are so much more emollient and because my eyelids fold very close to the lash line, those products all tend to crease on me. The 5-in-1 shadows are great because they have the coverage and neutralizing properties of a concealer and color corrector but the budge-proof cling of an eyeshadow primer. I haven’t had any issues with creasing when I’ve used the bareMinerals shadows.

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Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadows – Soft Pearl, Linen, Nude Glow

A few months ago Maybelline repromoted their Expert Wear single eye shadows to much acclaim. I remember tons of YouTubers going nuts over them but I didn’t buy into the hype because I’d been disappointed so many times by their eyeshadows in the past. I also had too many eyeshadows at the time already to justify buying any more. However, now that I’ve purged most of my makeup I decided it was a good time to finally give the Expert Wear shadows a try.

I purchased three shades — Soft Pearl, Linen and Nude Glow — from CVS. They were $4.19 each.

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Physicians Formula #InstaReady Multi-Finish Eyeshadow – Natural Nude

It’s a good thing that Physicians Formula is on sale so often at CVS because I probably wouldn’t have purchased this palette otherwise. Don’t get me wrong, I love Physicians Formula. In fact, they’re my favorite drugstore brand but, let’s be honest, their products are pricey. The new Physicians Formula #InstaReady Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palettes are $13.29 each which is a lot. I chose the more neutral Nature Nude to try.

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bareMinerals Cognac: Trying To Find A Dupe

bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe, Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips All-in-1 Custom Nude Palette for Face & Eyes Natural Nude

I was doing a routine cleanup of my memory cards and stumbled across a couple of forgotten comparison/swatch pics. I’m pretty sure these were taken sometime during the summer because my skin in the swatch photo looks darker than it does currently.

At the time I believe I was searching for a dupe for bareMinerals’ Cognac, a gorgeous copper shade with a lovely buttery texture and rich color payoff. Cognac is a permanent shade that was included in the limited edition Regal Wardrobe palette and it was the one shade in that palette that I thought was worth keeping (as a whole the palette was too smoky for my tastes).

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Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayon – Fuchsia-ristic

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayon – Fuchsia-ristic

Even though I haven’t really mentioned it lately and even though I’ve already reduced my makeup stash considerably, purging is an ongoing process that I continue to tackle. I’m now down to only three lipsticks in my collection which I think is quite amazing considering the fact that I started off with over 100 lipsticks, the majority of which I’ve sold off on my blog sale.

When all’s said and done, Soap & Glory’s Sex Mother Pucker Gloss Crayons came out on top. They are by far my favorite lipsticks in terms of texture, finish, fragrance and colors. Sadly, they’ve been discontinued but a few online vendors still carry them. Out of all of my lipsticks, they were the ones I found myself reaching for time and again and I rotate through the three shades I own — Nudist, Plum Jam and Fuchsia-ristic — on a daily basis.

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