Swatches of Current Foundations & Concealers In My Stash

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.

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Cover FX Power Play & First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Bendy Avocado Concealers

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.

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Wet n Wild MegaGlo Makeup Stick Conceal (Nude For Thought)

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Makeup Stick Conceal (Nude For Thought)

I’m currently so enamored with Wet n Wild’s cushion foundation — seriously, the more I use it, the more I like it — I decided to take a closer look at some of their other face products that I’d ignored up until now.

I’ve mentioned before that I generally prefer stick concealers because they’re quick, convenient and usually contain waxes which means they’re usually waterproof (a necessity given my watery eyes) and do a great job of sealing in moisture. Well, Wet n Wild apparently has an entire line of concealer, contour and blush sticks.

I’m not one for contouring, so I decided to skip their contour sticks entirely and there’s only one shimmer-free blush stick that I’ll probably try eventually but I was mostly intrigued by the concealer sticks. Disappointingly, there are only 3 concealer shades. I feared that the lightest shade would be too light for me and the darkest, although it had a nice yellow undertone, looked like it would be too dark for me. That left me with the middle shade, Nude For Thought ($4.19 at CVS).

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Wet n Wild MegaCushion Foundation SPF 15 (Cream Ivory) Swatches

Physicians Formula LW2, Physicians Formula LN3, Wet n Wild Light Ivory, Wet n Wild Cream Ivory

So I went back to CVS as I said I would and picked up the second lightest shade of the Wet n Wild cushion foundation, Cream Ivory, as Light Ivory’s undertone didn’t look quite right on me. The shade itself is okay and I can make it work but I felt that a slightly warmer undertone would flatter my skin tone more. FYI: Light Ivory is described as Light Neutral and Cream Ivory is described as Light/Medium Warm.

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Hard Candy Sheer Envy Color Correct Cushion Wonder – Peach

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Color Correct Cushion Wonder – Peach

As I mentioned a few posts back, I picked up the Hard Candy Peach corrector from Walmart recently. Carah Amelie on YouTube raves about it and named it as one of her favorite beauty products of 2017. Hard Candy isn’t really a brand that I’ve explored much but such high praise really piqued my interest.

The corrector is available in 4 shades: Green, Lavender, Peach and Yellow. Out of all of those colors, I thought Peach would work best on my dark circles. The Cushion Wonder correctors retail for $6 each at Walmart.

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