Makeup was made to enhance your natural beauty or transform you into a totally different human being, your preference. I think most people fell in love with makeup while playing with their mom’s makeup bag, my mom never had that. My first introduction to makeup was in matric, no lie. That was the first time that I’ve ever worn makeup and I didn’t recognise myself, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. The very first makeup product I personally bought for myself was Revlon Colorstay Lipcolor in Chocolate, the one with the color on one end and the clear gloss on the other that promised 12 (or 24) hour wear. Do you still remember you first makeup purchase?
I love makeup but don’t always have the funds to splurge on high end products and I’ve realised that inexpensive products doesn’t necessarily mean the quality will be terrible. My all time favourite foundation is Estee Lauder Double Wear in Rich Ginger because the coverage and staying power is insane but so is the price. I bought an Avon CC cream and it was great but didn’t provide as much coverage so my search for an inexpensive full coverage foundation continued. One of the ladies on Beauty Swop (the most amazing beauty Facebook group in South Africa) mentioned Maybelline Fit Me foundation and that it’s available from Zando for R99 and I knew I had to try it. The unfortunate part is this foundation is not available in stores yet so you can’t test it to determine your shade. I figured since my (summer) skin tone is either Caramel or Toast with most drugstore foundation I used, I’ll just choose either one that’s available so Caramel it was. I bought the foundation and an ultra glow palette from BYS as I’m looking for a affordable highlighter as well. I’ve tested the new LA Girl highlighters and loved it but my budget were R100 and under and theirs is R145 😦
My package arrived within 4 days, weekend excluded and I couldn’t wait to start playing. On the day, as I never wear foundation to work anyway, I was able to test the colour and consistency immediately and I have to say I was impressed. At first I thought it would be too dark as we just came out of winter so vampire mode is on but it really evened out my skin. The consistency is not too runny and applied and blended really well. I’ve only used it twice and both times I took pictures to show you the difference between when I apply it with and without a primer.
I’ve decided to create my signature, easy-going look that I always sport for events and it took me between 10-15 minutes to achieve it, excluding the time taking selfies of course. I have to say that the glow and colour payoff of this ultra glow palette really surprised me. I mean the swatches looked nice but I didn’t think it would translate onto my skin that well. I’ve only tried one so far, which is the one next to the gold but I can honestly say I already love this palette.
My final look was the featured image in this post, what do you think? I’m a novice as far as it comes to doing makeup but I do feel I did a pretty good job. Hope you’ve enjoyed this as I don’t usually do makeup reviews, should I do it more often or stick to what I know?