Top: Kevyn Aucoin SSE SX03, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue (Birch), L’Oreal Pro Glow #202, IT Cosmetics CC Cream (Fair Light), IT Cosmetics CC Illumination Cream (Light), Missha Perfect Cover #21 Bottom: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness (Light Beige), IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumiantion (Medium), NYX Gotcha Covered (Light), Amazing Cosmetics Hydrate (Light Golden), The Face Shop Dual Veil #109
I’m doing some Spring cleaning of my makeup stash. I hauled quite a bit over the past couple of months but I’m still trying to keep my collection quite small. As such, I thought a bit of swatching would be helpful to me (and to you all) in determining which items get to stay and which need to go.
Top: NYX Gotcha Covered (Light) Bottom (l-r): Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer Hydrate (Light Golden), Cover FX Power Play (N Light 2), First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Bendy Avocado (Light), IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealing Pot (Medium)
As you can see from the photo above, my tube of NYX Gotcha Covered concealer was on its last legs and rather than pick up another tube at the drugstore (which, let me tell you, is getting kind of hard because no one seems to stock this particular concealer anymore) I decided it was time to try something new. So in my most recent concealer haul I decided to get:
Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer Hydrate in Light Golden. This is something I’ve wanted to try for years. I wasn’t impressed with the regular Amazing Cosmetics liquid concealer in the squeeze tube that in my experience had very little coverage but I’d heard good things about the stick concealer which is supposedly more emollient.
Cover FX Power Play Concealer in N Light 2. A lot of reviewers online seemed to be blown away by the coverage and compared it to Tarte’s Shape Tape. I actually didn’t care for Shape Tape which I found extremely dry and cakey looking on me although the coverage was indeed impressive. However, I’ve tried a handful of Cover FX products, namely their highlighter and concealer in the squeeze tube, and liked them well enough to want to give the brand another go.
First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Bendy Avocado Concealer in Light. I’m a bit familiar with their skincare line but I believe this is the first actual makeup product I’ve ever purchased from the brand. I tried their much hyped Ultra Repair Cream in the past and really couldn’t see how it was any more moisturizing or better than the CeraVe and Vanicream moisturizers I’d been using from the drugstore. It definitely didn’t work well enough to justify the price tag in my opinion. Needless to say my expectations for their concealer were quite low.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealing Pot in Medium. Now don’t get confused. This isn’t the regular IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer or Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealers in the black, pink or silver squeeze tubes. It’s also not the same as the Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector in the small blue pot. This one is their new under eye concealer that comes in a small black pot. I’ve had amazing luck with almost all of the IT Cosmetics products I’ve ever tried so my hopes were high for this concealer.
These are the handful of makeup and beauty products that I purchased this past winter, and I only splurged because I was starting to run low on my NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer. I’ve been using the same concealer for such a long time, I wanted to see if there was anything better on the market.
For those not in the know, my all time favorite under eye concealers for dark circles and dry skin are Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer and IT Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in the squeeze tubes. They’re both really emollient with a satin/dewy finish. I believe I read somewhere that Tarte recently repackaged the Maracuja concealer in a tube with a doe foot applicator. I haven’t tried the new version yet so I have no idea if it’s been reformulated as well as repackaged but I really enjoyed the old version. Anyway, for the past year I’ve been using and loving NYX’s Gotcha Covered concealer which in my opinion is a true drugstore dupe. It has microscopically less coverage than the IT and Tarte concealers but the consistency and finish are the same and it has the added benefit of being very cheap.
As for what I hauled, I bought the Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer Hydrate in the shade Light Golden, Cover FX Power Play Concealer in N Light 2, First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Bendy Avocado Concealer in Light, and IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealing Pot in Medium. And just out of curiosity, I also decided to give Tatcha’s The Silk Canvas a try.
I’ll go into more depth about the concealers including swatches in a future blog post but some spoilers for now: I did not care for the IT Cosmetics, Cover FX and First Aid Beauty concealers. Those all found new homes with friends. But I did keep the Amazing Cosmetics concealer.
Over the holidays I made one small Sephora order for the Buxom Shimmer Shock Lipstick in Volatile. Although I really liked the lipstick’s creamy texture, it was a complete glitter bomb and the color was too brown for my liking. I returned Volatile but the experience wasn’t a total waste because I ended up really liking the free sample of IT Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination concealer that had been included in my order.
Would this qualify as a capsule collection? Not counting nail polishes but including brushes and tools my current collection totals 35 pieces. I feel like capsule collections are usually even smaller than this but I’m quite satisfied with how much I’ve eliminated from my makeup stash over the past two years. For a girl who started with 100+ blushes, 100+ lipsticks, and dozens of eye shadow palettes and highlighters, I think I’ve come a long way.
I’ve been gradually purging makeup since 2014 in an effort to streamline my makeup regimen. It had gotten to the point where I felt burdened by the sheer amount of makeup I owned. When I realized I could literally use a different blush or lipstick everyday for four months straight with no repeats I decided I needed to make a change. A kinder person (or an enabler) would’ve called me a makeup collector but the truth was I was a makeup hoarder. Even though I had so much makeup, I was really only using a handful of products regularly. I decided then and there that I had to edit my stash, keep only the items that I truly love and use, and get rid of everything else.
Letting go was, and is, a constant struggle especially when it comes to purging limited edition makeup but I’ve done it and I have no regrets. If you’re considering purging but feel hesitant, just know that the process gets easier the more you do it. It’s the first step that’s the most difficult.