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A Discussion on Product Diversity With a Side of Mac Swatches (Sculpt and Shape Powders)

In a time when inclusivity in the beauty industry is front and center, I am often surprised that some products that have been on the market for years never make it into the conversation. The analytics prove time and time again that new releases are going to get the most attention. I think it would serve everyone better if we also took some time to shine some light on previously released products.

Trust me, I understand feeling left out of what everyone is talking about, but we also need to learn to do what is best for us regardless of hype. We can not change who we are or how we look to suit a new release, but we can seek out products that already meet our needs. That is what I mean by product diversity, moving toward a time when you can visit different blogs or YouTube videos and see a variety of featured products.

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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick (Golden Honey and Golden Swatches)

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick in golden (W-074/previously 6) and golden honey (W-068/previoulsy 5.75)
Top: Golden (6) | Bottom: Golden Honey (5.75)

The Macy’s 10 Days of Glam continues today with the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick on sale for $23.50. This foundation has a beautiful natural satin finish on my dry skin type. I do use heavy oil-based moisturizers, so that may make a difference. It has medium coverage that I’d say is slightly buildable to full. I do have some hyperpigmentation and acne scars that it doesn’t completely cover. I don’t have an issue with that, but I wanted to mention it since the brand claims it has medium to full coverage.

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Lancome Eyeshadow Singles (Gold Lame and Canyon Swatches)

Lancome is a brand that always manages to draw me in. The packaging on some of the products can feel cheap for the price point, but the quality of the products themselves is always top-notch.

Lancome Color Design Eyeshadows Gold Lame and Canyon
Lancome Color Design Eyeshadows in Gold Lamé (left) and Canyon (right)

Despite being excellent quality, I don’t hear much about these eyeshadows. They are easy to use, they blend well, and no excess powder kicks up when using them. I have never noticed any issues with fallout. They are easy to sheer out if you like a light wash of color or build up if you need or want color intensity. The most comparable formula I can think of is the bareMinerals Gen Nude Eyeshadow formula. They are not hard to pick up on a brush, but they are not dry shadows.

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The Wanderlust List #1 (Natasha Denona Bronze Palette)

Wanderlust is a universal feeling that is a longing for something. We see new products that we like the look or concept of, we know they aren’t for us, and still, we consider them anyway. Sometimes we go so far as to buy them, despite having something similar or knowing we won’t use them.

The wanderlust list is my way of enjoying and using items I already own. I hope to encourage myself and others to use some of the products we have rather than being so quick to buy something new. Opting out of new releases can be challenging for a blogger. I mentioned previously that the analytics tell me new releases are what people want. I could continue to cater to that crowd, but I’m personally burned out from new purchases and want to get back to using my favorites.

Disclaimer: As a beauty blogger, I have more makeup than a “regular” consumer. That does mean that I have more options to choose from when I’m opting out of a new purchase, but hopefully, the thought process can still help.

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Month in Review: September 2020

A recap of the month’s blog posts.

Juvia's Place warrior 2, MAC sculpt and shape palette, Laura Mercier candleglow powder 4, MAC studio fix powder C7, MAC mineralize skinfinish natural medium deep, No7 lift and illuminate medium, Covergirl clean fresh cream blush, MAC studio fix fluid C8

Covergirl Clean Fresh Cream Blush#1 on my list of disappointing products, check out this review to find out why.

Juvia’s Place Warrior 2 PaletteCheck out swatches of this beautiful all matte palette.

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