Summer 2012 Favourites: Make Up

Monday, 30 July 2012
I've seen a few other bloggers do posts like these where they round up their favourite products from the month, it's a really nice idea so I thought I'd do the same, starting with a makeup post.  Later on this week I'll do similar posts on skincare and hair favourites.

July Makeup Favourites


1) Benefit The Porefessional


Benefit Porefessional

Benefit Porefessional Product Sample

First up is the Benefit Porefessional primer. This was one of the Glamour mag freebies a few months back so I've just got a teeny wee bottle, although I'm probably going to purchase the full size once this has run out. I actually bought Porefessional (or what I thought was Porefessional) on ebay at the end of last year, I'd heard a lot of good things about it and was searching online to find the cheapest place to buy it and found an ebay seller who had them for something ridiculous like a fiver. I'm not sure what made me think this was a genuinely good idea but I bought one. When it arrived it looked legit, but the product in the bottle was definitely not benefit - it looked more like cheap foundation. Needless to say I haven't been that stupid again and always buy genuine products through brands' official websites or big beauty sites.

Anyway, back to the review....when I heard Glamour were giving away Benefit freebies I was desperate to find a Porefessional one and try it out for real. It was surprisingly easy to find - I'd seen people tweeting about places being sold out but that must have been London because I found plenty of copies in the big Superdrug in town and that was a week or so after it was released. 

I've been trying to use this sparingly so it will last, but I absolutely love it - it's totally lives up to the hype! It glides on like a dream and leaves my skin feeling silky soft, with definite pore reduction and a smoothed out look. I also recently bought the Hourglass Veil Mineral primer which is around 3 times the cost (I bought the travel version though for £20) and to be honest Porefessional is just as good. I tend to alternate between the two primers, using each one every second day and I honestly can't see any difference in how my base looks with Porefessional vs Hourglass.

2) Benefit 10

Benefit 10 Highlighter and Bronzer

Benefit 10 Highlighter and Bronzer

Next up is another Benefit product, called 10.  I got this in Boots last month when I was looking for a powder highlighter. After searching the drugstore makeup aisles and having no luck I went over to the Benefit counter and asked the smiley assistant for some help. She recommended "10" which is a highlighter and bronzer in one. 10 comes in the same cute box design as Hervana and their other blush products - I love the box style, they look so pretty in my makeup organiser. My only negative point about the packaging would be the picture on the box - I'm not even sure what that's supposed to be, a tanned midrift and a belt?! Who knows, either way its nothing like the cute quirky designs I'm used to from Benefit, also the name isn't great either - "10" - what does it even mean? 

Anyway, back to the product itself - as the Benefit lady explained to me, it's a bronzer and highlighter in one, with the two products sitting right next to each other. You can use them seperately or blend them together. I tend to just blend them with my Real Techniques blusher brush and apply to the tops of my cheeks and occasionally down the bridge of my nose, and it gives a lovely iridescent glow to my face.  I've already hit pan on the highlighter, so you can see how often it's been getting used!

3) Benefit Hervana

Benefit Hervana Blusher

Benefit Hervana Blusher

Yep it's another Benefit product!  Hervana is quite possibly my favourite blusher of ALL TIME - I love everything about it - the packaging is super cute, it smells lovely, the colours are really pretty, and it looks great on my skin.  Not much else to say really!

4) Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara

Lancome Hypose Drama Mascara

Lancome Hypose Drama Mascara

I got a mini bottle of this mascara in a Glossybox a few months ago and it first I wasn't that impressed by it as at that point I had just started using the Benefit They're Real Mascara and was pretty much in love with it.  I started using the Lancome mascara though once They're Real had run out and it has steadily grown on me. It has also lasted for a ridiculously long time - especially considering it's such a teeny bottle, and I use it pretty much every day.  One of the things I really like about this mascara is that it doesn't leave clumps, also it doesn't need a lot of layering to get a full lash look, I normally just need to give it one coat.

5) Laura Mercier Pressed Finishing Powder

Laura Mercier Pressed Finishing Powder
Laura Mercier Pressed Finishing Powder

Laura Mercier is a brand I've only started hearing about in the past few months, and they have recently launched a makeup range so when I was looking for a new finishing powder I thought I'd give this a try.  I've been using this on a daily basis to set my foundation, and as you can see from the photo above I've almost finished it!  I do really like the finish it gives my face, it feels super light so you're not left with a caked look, and it leaves my skin shine-free and smooth looking.  It is pretty expensive though (£24.50) so I'm not sure if I'll repurchase since I didn't find it particularly amazing compared to all the other (much cheaper) pressed powders I've used in the past.

6) Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Emerveille


Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Emerveille

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Emerveille

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Emerveille

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Emerveille
swatch - in natural light

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Emerveille
swatch - in indoor light
I decided to treat myself a few months ago and splashed out on this Chanel Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadow - it's quite pricey (£23) but I thought it would be worth it to have something that little bit more special in my makeup collection.  The eyeshadow has a bit of a strange spongy texture to it, so application can take a bit of getting used to.  The colour is lovely though - a shimmery, non glittery bronze that looks gorgeous when the light catches it.  It's perfect for an everyday natural look, with just some mascara and a little eyeliner.  The staying power is great too and I can wear it all day without getting any annoying creases.  Also, I only use a little bit each time so it's going to last for ages!


7) Real Techniques Stippling Brush




Finally, I've already written a post raving about Real Techniques brushes but I've added another one to my collection recently which has transformed my makeup application!  For years I have just applied foundation with my fingers, but I finally decided to try out using a brush so I bought the Real Techniques Stippling Brush on a recent Boots haul and OMG it is amazing!  Like the other Real Techniques brushes it feels so soft on your face, and after buffing in foundation I find my face looks sooo much better and more natural, like my foundation has been airbrushed in.  Cannot recommend this enough! 

So that's my current makeup favourites - are any of these part of your daily makeup routine too?  Let me know in the comments if there's any amazing new products you'd recommend I try out!

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