L’Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadows – Paris Beach, Mademoiselle Pink, Little Beige Dress & Sunset Seine

Clockwise from top: L’Oreal Paris Beach, L’oreal Mademoiselle Pink, L’Oreal Little Beige Dress, L’Oreal Sunset Seine

I recently took a bit of a break from blogging to chill and recharge. Maybe it’s just me but the makeup world hasn’t been all that exciting or inspiring for me. I haven’t purchased very many new makeup items lately, just repurchasing staples that I’ve mentioned before, so there hasn’t been anything blog-worthy to report. I’ve actually culled a few more items from my collection and I can honestly say that I’ve been quite happy with my smaller stash. Perhaps I’ll blog about that next.

However, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect all over lid brightening powder eye shadow that I can layer over my bareMinerals Candlelit Peach primer/shadow. To that end, I decided to buy a four of the L’Oreal mono shadows which I believe have mostly positive reviews. I purchased mine from CVS where they were $5.99 each.

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RMS Lip2Cheek Curious & Wet n Wild MegaGlo Cheek & Lip Tint Crush Upon A Time

RMS Lip2Cheek Curious

I’m a huge fan of RMS Beauty. I love their Buriti cream bronzer, Living Luminizer was my favorite cream highlighter until I discovered Tata Harper’s Very Illuminating, and their “Un” Cover-Up is a really solid multi-tasker. Besides those three products, I think RMS is most known for their Lip2Cheek products which I meant to try earlier but never got around to doing. However, when I saw they had discontinued Curious ($36), the one Lip2Cheek shade that interested me, I knew I had to hunt it down and try it before it completely disappeared forever.

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bareMinerals Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer & A Little Sun All Over Face Color

bareMinerals Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer (Fair to Light)

I decided to skip the Sephora sale this year and shopped bareMinerals instead. The main reason? I didn’t meet the VIB spending threshold last year, so I was knocked back down to regular Beauty Insider status. The 10% discount that lowly Beauty Insiders receive barely covers tax, so the sale wasn’t worth it in my opinion.

Meanwhile bareminerals.com had been running flash sales and 20% off sales these past few weeks which were much better deals. I picked up their 5-in-1 eyeshadow in Candlelit Peach for only $9 (originally $19) during one such flash sale which I’ve already swatched and reviewed. And during a 20% off site-wide sale, I got the new Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer in the lightest shade, Fair to Light ($28), and an All Over Face Color in the shade A Little Sun ($21).

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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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