Miss C is back for the month of May showing off the brand new NARS Pure Tinted Moisturizers and Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream, bright Butter London nail polishes and pink M.A.C CremeBlend blush – perfect for the Northern Summer.
So where do I begin for my May favourites?!! May has been a massive haul month so there’s quite a number of products that I’m currently loving. So many in fact that I had to edit this post a couple of times and cut out several of my May favs to save you from reading an essay.
BB Creams and Tinted Moisturizers
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
So I’ve been waiting for months for NARS to release its tinted moisturizer (TM) in Australia and finally it arrived in May via retail chain Mecca (distributor of NARS products in Oz). This product was released in the US earlier this year and quickly became a best seller. Why? Because finally there’s another TM with more than 3 shades.
The NARS range has 9 shades so for WOC this is another solid option in the TM market that may match your complexion.
I’m an NC45 and my perfect match in this product is “Malaga.” In summer however I would probably wear this product in Seychelles. I’ve worn both colours and i like them equally, so it’s nice to know that I’ll have another option come summer.
The reason why I’m loving this product is because it provides the level of coverage I’m looking for in a TM – Hallelujah! When it comes to TMs, I need one that not only evens out my complexion but disguises the imperfections – and NARS delivers. If you’ve got great skin (or aren’t a fan of NARS), try Becca as they have 14 to 15 colours in their TM range.
However, if you’re like me and don’t want to rock the sleep deprived look, then run down to your nearest NARS stockist and swatch, swatch, swatch. If you were wondering, you’ll still have to wear a concealer for those pesky discolouration zones on your face as this TM alone won’t be enough to achieve a full coverage look.
I’ve worn the NARS TM with and without translucent powder. Without the powder it was fine for the first half of the day but I noticed when I got home after work that the product started to slide in my T-zone (eeekkkkk not a hot look at all) and this could have been avoided had I simply powdered my face. After that experience I always wear it with a translucent powder and spray a bit of MAC’s Fix + so I don’t lose that dewy look.
Smashbox BB Cream
Before the NARS TM came along I was using Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream in “Dark”. While I knew the shade was too dark for my complexion it was better than wearing the next shade down (“Medium”) which looked too ashy on me. What really made me persist in wearing the darker shade in this product is because I prefer BB Creams over TMs. BB Creams feel like they’re working a little bit harder for your skin than TMs and that’s probably because they are.
In terms of application, the consistency of the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream is heavier (because its a balm) than the NARS TM, which means that the TM is easier to apply to your skin. In fact I can’t wear the BB Cream without a primer because the primer makes it so much easier to apply this product evenly.
For this post, I swatched the products on the inside of my arm where my skin is fairest so you could see the contrast between the shades. NARS TM costs USD$42 for 50mL of product and has an SPF 30. Whereas the Smashbox BB cream costs USD$39 for 30mL of product and has an SPF 35.
I’ve only been wearing the NARS TM for a few weeks whereas I’ve been wearing the Smashbox BB cream for 5 months. While I’m not counting on this TM to improve the condition of my skin, only time will tell if I feel like it moisturises my skin as well as the Smashbox BB cream does.
While its great to finally have a TM colour that matches my complexion I doubt I’ll ditch Smashbox altogether. It’s a great product but the range isn’t so great for WOC since they have 5 shades in total and if you have a darker complexion you’re either going to be a “Medium” or “Dark” and that’s it. So if your shade is in between the medium to dark spectrum (like me), you’ll either have to mix the two shades together (an expensive option) or take your chances with the darker shade.
MAC’s Posey Cremeblend Blush
This blush is so good I’ve hit the pan already and I’ve only had it for 2 or 3 months. Love, love, love this colour. It’s a gorgeous, soft watermelon pink and would suit any complexion. Probably the best of the MAC creme blushes I’ve tested so far (big call, I know). You know the colour is fab when randoms come up to you on the street and ask you what blush you’re wearing.
Even an MUA at a rival brand asked me what blush I was wearing and I was happy to say “it’s MAC Posey“. The swatch I took on the back of my hand doesn’t do this colour any justice. It looks great on cheeks so definitely one worth swatching the next time you’re at a MAC counter. Retails for USD$20.
London Butter Nail Polish
Trout Pout and Jaffa
I bought two colours – Trout Pout a cantaloupe shade with more pink tones and Jaffa a gorgeous orange. Jaffa wins in the formula and application stakes but Trout Pout is the better colour. It’s just a shame that Trout Pout was streaky because that makes it hard work to apply.
Flawless Basecoat and Quick Topcoat
I’m also loving the London Butter Flawless Basecoat and Quick Topcoat. I was really impressed with how good these prep and finisher products were for this brand. The only downside is that in Oz, this is an expensive nail polish brand (retails for AUD$28). Thankfully I managed to snap these lovelies up at a half price sale, otherwise I wouldn’t have been in such a rush to try them.
Real Techniques Blush Brush
Now THIS is a blush brush. It’s perfect in every way. It’s soft, tapered, and the sides are long enough to assist in blending out the colour. I might do a more detailed review of the Real Techniques brushes another time but I just wanted to quickly mention how great the blush brush was. Retails for USD$8.99.
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