Last week I blogged about digging out some makeup products that I already had, and you all seemed to really like the idea. So did I! I have been using my re-discovered products all week - and they even helped curb my craving for the newest Chanel Spring collection eyeshadow quad in Raffinement (which by the way is GORGEOUS, if you are not saving up for something nor own way too many neutral eyeshadows, do check it out here).
This week I decided to do a part 2 and shop my stash some more. I dug deeper into my makeup drawers, brushed off the cobwebs, and found 3 more goodies that I have completely forgotten about. It's funny how sometimes a product can be a let down at first, but works out great a couple months later when giving it another try. This is exactly the case for these 3 products - I remember not liking them but by now I have forgotten why.
Laura Mercier Lip Glace in "Blush"
I remember picking this up last year while I was re-purchasing my trusty Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder at the mall. I did not like it initially because I found it too dark for me. But somehow trying it again this week I love it! "Blush" is a brownish pink that serves as a refreshing alternative to my usual lighter or more baby pink shades. It's still natural enough to go with everything and to me is perfect for a winter makeup look since it's darker and warmer toned. Consistency wise it's thinner than the average gloss which some people might not care for, but if you do not like sticky glosses like me, this formula might actually work better for you.
Reading reviews on Makeupalley, I think this product is one of those "love it or hate it" purchases. I suggest trying this out in person at the makeup counter before buying this. This blog I found also has some great swatches of "Blush" and some other Laura Mercier shades.
Rimmel Natural Bronzer in "021 Sun Light"
This was an impulse buy at the drugstore during my initial learning-to-work-the-bronzer phase. I could not get this one to work because it seemed too orange for me. But now re-trying it with a stippling brush (less dense than your usual blush brush), I find it works great for contouring on fair skin. It's very natural and warms up my complexion. A nice matte bronzer with a friendly price tag.
MAC Eyeshadow in "Retrospeck"
"Retrospeck" is a light wash of beige shimmer that looks like a mix of gold and silver. I completely overlooked it at first - it seemed like one of those easily-dupable nude shades. Giving it another try this week, I've found that "Retrospeck" is in fact a very unique all-over-the-lid shade. What makes it special is it does not have any brown or gold hues, unlike many popular neutral lid shades like MAC's "All That Glitters" or Stila's "Kitten." It's neither distinctly cool or warm, making it work for all skintones. Its shimmery finish brightens the eyes and could work well on its own for a nude day look, or under darker eyeshadows to create great contouring. My only complaint would be that it's not the most pigmented (MAC lustre eyeshadows go on sheer), but I find the sheerness works well if you're going for that light daytime look.
Have a great weekend!