As the days get warmer and longer, I've already started wondering what exactly I'm going to call this series when it's no longer Spring. But I suppose we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. For now, I'm back yet again with 5 more products that have been tried and tested for the last two weeks.

I can say that I'm definitely going to start going for some "brighter" looks over the next few weeks, because shockingly the neutral eyes/rosy cheeks/neutral lips combo has gotten a little bit tiring. But here we are yet again in the endless sea of beige and pinks. Let's begin.

This is one of those products that I feel almost guilty about not liking. Chanel's Illusion D'Ombre in "Convoitise" is a bit of a cult product that people seem to rave and rave about. Maybe not in this shade, but the formula, at least.

Many, many other brands have attempted to replicate these Chanel cream/powder shadows to varying success. But I think perhaps I just got the wrong color or a lemon in general. Convoitise is a very pretty soft shimmery gold, but it's so subtle that it's hard to know exactly how to use it. As a wash across the eye it's almost imperceptible, but building it for better coverage is also difficult because it seems to almost crust or cake after 2-3 applications. And I couldn't imagine how you'd work it in as a highlighter for the face because of the same issue.


Also, for the germaphobes out there, it's worth noting that with the cream/powder formula, brushes often have a hard time picking it up so you're almost obliged to use your fingers, and then the natural oils on your hands dry it out and make it even harder to work with.

Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but every time I've tried to re-incorporate this shadow into my collection it's been a bit of a dud. I'd give this a D. I feel a bit silly that I can't really bear to throw it away, mostly because of how expensive it was, but maybe I can find some alternate use for this down the road.


I have a bit of a confession: I bought this recently. Did I need new blush? No. Was it even on sale? No. But I got it anyway. People have been raving about Tarte's Amazonian Clay Blushes for forever, but the only one I had previously (Adored) did not impress me. I was convinced to try again with "Natural Beauty," their Snow White red-cheek color, and I did fall in love.

It's very very easy to over-do this blush. One swipe too many and suddenly you look like you have a fever. A sexy fever, but still. Because the blush is practically red, it's best applied gently to the apples of the cheeks while keeping the rest of the makeup neutral. I've always liked a really "flushed" look, so this appealed to me, but anyone who does not want to look like they've been whimsically playing in a fairytale forest in winter will probably want to give it a pass. Losers.


Anyway, on to what everybody raves about: the formula for Natural Beauty (not sure if I just got a dud with Adored) is perfect. Something about the blush does seem like it sinks into your skin to look like your natural coloring โ€” even if it is, as I said, redder than anyone's blushed cheeks would ever really be.

For first-time users, I would recommend swirling once very lightly in the pan and then knocking the excess off on the back of your hand before applying. Less is definitely more with these.


But since I did love it so much, I'll give it an A.

I think I've said this before, but hands down the best thing about getting a regular beauty box subscription is how many of them regularly include mascaras. I haven't had to buy a new mascara in about a year, and I get to use small "sample size" versions of high-end brands that I would never normally purchase. Plus because it is a "sample size," you don't feel guilty for throwing it out after 3 months.


Anyway, onto this particular Mascara. It's the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Daring Length Mascara. I know it seems like I'm on a roll with dud mascaras, but here's another one for the pile. This thing clumps like a motherfucker. No matter how gentle a hand I tried to have with this, if I wanted to do more than one coat I'd get immediate spider lashes. And I do know how to apply mascara properly. To be fair, they weren't super noticeable and they didn't flake throughout the day, although they would usually "fade" a bit. But I didn't necessarily see the "daring length" portion of the product promise, just a lot of scary spider legs.

I should caution that I really like my mascara to look as natural as possible. At best, I want something with a bit of lengthening power that just sort of "dyes" the lashes a deeper color, but I don't like crusty clumps (who does, really?). In any event, I feel like I should give this a C because it did hold up, but I didn't like the way it looked at all.


I was in a bit of a hurry the other day and I really needed a new concealer, so I picked this up from London Drugs. It's the NYX HD Photogenic Concealer. I'm always pleasantly surprised by NYX's face products, even though their lipsticks and eye shadows are extremely hit-or-miss. I got the NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in "Porcelain" and I love it. It does pretty much exactly what I need a concealer to do โ€” slightly highlights the under-eye area, conceals, doesn't crease, doesn't build up and isn't orange. To be honest, that's really all you can ask of a concealer, and it did it. So it gets an A from me.

First, allow me to apologize for this photo. It was surprisingly difficult to photograph this pencil because it's so long and slim, so this is what we're left with. In any event, it's another NYX product - the Retractable Waterproof Eye Liner in "Brown." Again, another good product from NYX where I'll have to keep the review fairly short: I needed brown eye liner. This was brown eye liner. It worked smoothly and cleanly across my lids, had some minor smudging issues but did set fairly quickly and did what a brown liner should do. The color's good, the formula's good, the pencil's good. No complaints, so it gets an A.



I think this might be my most successful product section so far, although near the end I did get incredibly bored with the lack of variety. The difficult thing about testing products for two weeks is that you can't really decide to just get up and throw on some green eyeshadow and bright pink lips if you're feeling it that day because then you'd have to commit to doing it every day for the next 13 days. I guess eventually I'll have to try that, since there are some brighter/crazier colors in my collection, but in any event here's yet another beige wonderland of makeup for your approval.


As always, this was originally posted on the lovely Fifty Shades of Coral.