Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mad for mattes! Makeup, hair, face & body!

I think the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Mattes set the beauty world alight because they did what no other matte lip product could do, for me anyway, and that was to stay put, stay matte and make me look gorgeous.

So I had a little root through my stash to see what other matte products I had and was surprised with how many I have!  It goes without saying that the Smashbox Full Exposure palette gets props for having a fantastic selection of matte shadows but I've blogged about that so much, so you can read all about the palette in all of my posts here.

Let's start with the makeup shall we?

For bases we have the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation that goes on as a liquid and dries to a powder.  I'm still testing it out but you can read my first impressions and watch a demo video in Monday's post.  On the budget end of the scale we have Catrice Infinite Matt foundation which is one of the best matte foundations I've ever tried.  At €6.99, it looks, feels and performs way above it's price and while I think it's been replaced by the All Matt Plus Shine Control foundation, if it's anything like this, then you're save in the knowledge that you'll have a matte yet cake-free face!

I'm still obsessed with the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets and may or may not have picked up a fourth colour in my travels to Boots.  Matte, long-lasting and incredibly pigmented, I have so much love for these it's not even funny.

I've been finally getting to grips with the L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Powder (€10.75) and am really impressed with the blurred finish it gives to my skin while keeping shine at bay until about lunchtime.  It comes in two shades, light and medium and the light shade gives the tiniest bit of colour, while feeling super lightweight on the skin.  A little goes a long way with this, and it can look powdery if you're too heavy handed with it.

When it comes to matte bronzers, one that never lets me down is Smashbox's Bronze Lights in Sunkissed Matte.  This is a mini one from a set I bought in Sephora but it makes a fantastic contour, bronzer and crease eyeshadow.  It's a cool toned bronzer which is great for adding shade and shape to the face without tonnes of warmth.

Sticking with Smashbox, the Halo Long Wear Blush in Peachy Dream gives an almost matte finish to the skin.  I'm allowing it in the post because despite the extremely natural luminescence it gives to the skin, there's no glitter or shimmer, just lots of pigmentation, so a little goes a long way, and a lit-from-within glow. 

Tarte.  Oh Tarte.  I am amassing quite the collection of Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes and if I had to pick my favourite blushes of all time, it would probably be these.  I know.  Bold statement there.  But they give so much pigmentation, last for hours and are a dream to apply.  Exposed and Blissful are the most matte of the shades I have and I urge you to try to get your hands on some of these babies.  

Now on to the non makeup matte products that I'm loving!

Long time readers of the blog will know that I'm obsessed with Vichy's Capital Soleil SPF50 Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch because not only does it mattify the skin, but it works perfectly as a base under my foundation.  It means I can protect my skin with the whopper SPF50 it has and not worry about my makeup sliding off my face by lunch time.  

A great mattifying moisturiser is the Effaclar Mat from La Roche-Posay which does a stellar job of hydrating my skin while regulating oil production.  In the summer, I like wearing this under my foundation when I'm heading out at night, safe in the knowledge that I won't be shining bright like a diamond in any photos but my skin will still be moisturised.

I love using the Beach Matt Texturising Salt Spray from Schwarzkopf Got2B during the summer because it gives me proper beachy hair for very few euros.  It gives that lovely matte texture to the hair that goes along with having a dip in the sea, except you don't need to freeze the diddies of yourself!

As someone who has more nail polish than sense, a must have for me is a matte top coat and this one from Essie, Matte About You, works great at changing the look of a polish in minutes.  I love applying a vibrant shade of polish with a glossy finish and then applying the matte topcoat on an accent nail or as french tips on all nails to add a bit more interest.

Finally, who remembers Rimmel's Sun Shimmer from back in the day?  Ah I remember having a bottle of it on hand constantly throughout my 20s and it was my go to instant tanner when I was stuck and heading out.  They've revamped the range and now the've some fantastic new matte products.  The Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan & Gradual Glow pretty much does what it says on the tin.  When you apply it, it gives an instant tan which washes off, but also the more you use it, a gradual glow will appear is if like magic on the skin.  Rimmel's Sun Shimmer Instant Tan BB Skin Perfector not only gives an even glow that washes off, but it evens skin tone, moisturises, softens, covers and gives the illusion of perfect skin.  Don't mind if I do!

So if you're sick of shimmer and glow, then there's a plethora of matte products that will have you covered.  Literally!


  1. I must get some of those Tarte blushes in my life!

  2. I loved that Catrice foundation and was so disappointed when they changed it as they new one doesn't work as well for me. I really want to try out the Tarte Brushes!


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