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I have been declaring alot of love for L’Oréal makeup products of late. My ride or die affordable foundation has to be their Infallible 24 HR Matte ( I have a full review of it here). A while ago they did a huge new campaign for their cult classic the L’Oréal True Match Foundation. The shade range has grown and they have reformulated it. It claims to be more luminous, while still being long lasting on the skin.

 

L'Oréal True Match Foundation

I hadn’t used it since I was probably a teenager, but when the new campaign came out, I thought it was time to give the new formula a test run. So, here are my thoughts on the new L’Oréal True Match Foundation.

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It comes in a 30ml glass bottle with a nifty pump which I always appreciate. It just takes the thinking out of dispensing. I’m usually a pump and a half kind of gal.

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The Irish Boots website currently has 23 shades in stock to choose from. They cover light to dark skin tones but also undertones too which I think is brilliant. I am pale with a pink undertone so I went with the shade 1.R/1.C Rose Ivory. It matches me really well.

The formula is quite light and loose. It is really easy to blend and I enjoy using a brush or a damp sponge to apply it. Depending on your application, you can sheer it out or build it up. You can get decent coverage out of it though.

Here it is in action on my spot prone and red skin.
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You can see it definitely evens out my skin tone, and helps make my active breakouts a bit less scary looking 🙂

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Although it has a medium, build-able coverage, it doesn’t mask the skin. It has what I would call a satin finish on me anyways rather than luminous as it states. But, I do usually use a mattifying primer underneath. If you used a more illuminating primer or if you don’t need one at all, you might get a bit more of a glow from it. For me, It isn’t the most long lasting foundation. The Infallible 24 HR Matte is definitely better from that perspective. But it isn’t formulated for oily skin specifically and I can get a few hours out of it before the shine begins to come through so, I am completely ok with that.

I think it is one of those elusive foundations that does work for the most skin types. I can definitely say I am a fan. It has been great for me over these colder months especially. My skin tends to be a little dryer and generally more unhappy in Winter. This glides over the unhappy parts. It doesn’t cling to dry patches and it still manages to balance the look of imperfections. If I want it to be a bit more long lasting I mix it with the Infallible 24 HR and they actually work really well together.

You can get the L’Oréal True Match Foundation instore or online from Boots here and it will set you back €14.99.

 

Are you a fan?

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I only went and spent some of my Boots points on the Nyx Highlight & Contour Pro Palette. I’ve wanted to try it for ages after seeing so many good things online about it. Using my Boots points made me feel less guilty about it because I definitely didn’t need another contour product, let alone a palette! 🙂

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The description of the Nyx Highlight & Contour Pro Palette on the Boots website: ‘Define your features like a pro with our highlight and contour palette! Each set includes eight customizable highlighting and contouring shades perfect for emphasizing your favorite features’.

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The packaging is a little more flimsy than I expected for the price. Each pan contains 2.7 grams of product.

Powder contour and highlight palettes are a pretty common occurrence in the makeup world nowadays. Alot of brands have tried their hand at variations of them. I have the Anastasia one and I have the Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette that I reviewed here a while back.

In the palette there is eight powder shades.

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The four lighter highlight shades are on the top and look a bit like this swatched on the skin.
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Ice Queen/ Soft Light/ Cream/ Nectar

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‘Ice Queen’ and ‘Nectar’ are a shimmery highlight. Then, ‘Soft Light’ and ‘Cream’ are matte.

 

Then, there is four contour shades to hopefully cover a multitude of different skin tones.
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Tan/ Toffee/ Sculpt/ Hollow

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We all probably wouldn’t get use out of all four, but I always end up using these as eye shadows too so that doesn’t really bother me personally. What I do notice about the contour shades though is that they have more of a satin finish rather than being completely matte.

The powders are soft to the touch and they do blend. However, they are powdery and the pigment is softer when you apply the powders with a brush onto the skin.

The Nyx Highlight & Contour Pro Palette is available from any good Nyx stockists. I bought mine from Boots with my points as I said, but you can get it in store or online here for €25. You can also buy refills for the palette here that are €4.75 each. I really like this idea. It means you can just buy the single shades you want, or you can refill the palette as you see fit.

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I only bought the L’Orèal True Match Highlight last week. I featured it in my haul video here. But, I wanted to get a post up about it asap because I can’t really find much information on them. If I google the name, only American websites come up.

L'Oreal True Match Highlight

America seem to have three L’Orèal True Match Highlight (s) to choose from, I’ve only seen two of them on sale here in Boots. A bronze toned one and the one I have here 302.R/C ‘Icy Glow’.

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L'Oreal True Match Highlight

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The compact comes in a clear topped plastic casing with a mirror and a little brush underneath the product.

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As you can see from looking at it (and the name) this is a icy, silvery highlight.

There is three facets to the powder. A beige toned shimmer. A blue toned shimmer. And then an silvery toned shimmer. Swatched they all look pretty similar though.

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Natural Light

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The compact is big enough that you could use the colours on their own. Or, you can of course mix them together.

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Here it is swatched on my arm, with my finger on the left and then swiped on with the brush that comes with the compact on the right. Not the worst brush in the world, it would be handy for on the go. I myself would rather use a softer more tapered brush for highlighter though.
L’Orèal say they created their True Match Highlight to be used as a highlight on the general areas we would usually use one. i.e the cheekbones, or you can use it as an all over illuminator.

There is definitely a sparkle to this L’Orèal True Match Highlight. But, they are more reflective. It’s not just full on glitter. The powder itself is soft to the touch, but when use a  a brush in it, there’s is a good amount of fall out.

I picked this up because the colour choices in it attracted me to it. (And L’Orèal were on 3 for 2 in Boots) 🙂 When you apply it to the face with a brush, you get a subtle icy highlight. If you’re looking for full on see you from space glow, this is not the product to do this.

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Overall, I quite like the L’Orèal True Match Highlight. I like the duo chrome icy colour that you get with it. I don’t have a highlighter in my stash that looks like it. I don’t think it’s going to change the makeup game, but I like this particular shade and will get use out of it for sure for days when I just want a little something something on the cheeks 🙂 For me, it would be a bit too glittery to apply all over the face.

I believe I paid €11.99 for it in Boots. When it becomes available on their website I’ll be sure to link it.

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The Wet n Wild Dual Ended Contour Stick is new to our shores.

Wet n Wild Dual Ended Contour StickWet n Wild Dual Ended Contour StickWhen new cream contour products come onto the ‘drugstore’ market, I am always intrigued. Not many of the brands do it right. I was given this along with some of the other new Wet n Wild beauty goodies at an awesome event they held at Tropical Popical a couple of weeks back! I thought rather than just playing around with it and giving a review, I would make a first impressions video about it and let you see my honest reaction to the product.

Wet n Wild say: ‘Contouring made easy and portable! This amazing highlighting and contouring stick is dual-ended for precise application to easily enhance your features. The contouring shade helps define and chisel while the highlighter illuminates your best features.’

I have the Wet n Wild Dual Ended Contour Stick in the Light/Medium skin shade. The colour match is really good for me (which of course you’ll see in the video 🙂 ).

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It’s a twistable pen with a cream contour colour on one end.irish beauty blog

And a cream matte highlighting shade on the other end for brightening the skin.irish beauty blog

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As always you can click on the video above to watch it within the post or you can click here and watch it directly from my YouTube channel if you fancy.

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I was worried when I went to edit that my waffling was a bit too much, that can happen sometimes. But, hopefully it gives a real and authentic sense of what I thought of the product and how it fared on me personally. 🙂

The Wet n Wild Dual Ended Contour Stick is available in Penneys, Dunnes Stores and all other good Wet n Wild Stockists now. The recommended retail price is €5.95.

Have you tried it? I’d love to know how it worked for you.

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I have the Sleek Cream Contour Kit in my possession a while now.

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I have the shade light.

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I was kindly gifted this at a masterclass showing us bloggers how to use the Sleek Cream Contour Kit. I knew it was in high demand and everyone wanted to see it in action, so I embarrassingly rummaged through a few of the very generous gift bags making sure I got the lightest palette because I thought since I have lighter skin this would be the best one for me…dedication to blogging right there! 🙂

Unfortunately, some of the colours don’t seem to really work for me in the way I want them too, so I’ve been putting off talking about it. Some of you lovely lot have been asking me my thoughts on it though, so here they are 🙂

There are three Sleek Cream Contour Kits to choose from light, medium and dark. They all contain 6 cream contour shades ranging in colours to highlight, contour and give definition to the face.

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The texture of the product is really nice. They are creamy to the touch and they do blend into the skin quite well. They also don’t leave the skin feeling or looking to greasy which is an added bonus too.

Here are the colours in the light palette swatched from left to right on my arm.

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And then blended out a little with my fingers.

irish beauty websiteI will be completely honest, and if you’ve been reading Beautynook for a while, you’ll know I’m a big Sleek fan, but I wanted so much more for the palette…

According to Sleek, the shades work as follows:

  • Shade 1 – highlighting
  • Shade 2 – deeper highlighting
  • Shade 3 – concealing / blending contouring
  • Shade 4 – contouring or adding subtle contouring effect
  • Shade 5 – creating the illusion of shadow
  • Shade 6 – adding deeper shadow effects

That sounds a bit overwhelming if you’re not super into your makeup I know, but this is just a guide line of course and they give you an insert with the palette to show you were to place the colours if you want to use them in this fashion. I personally love a bit of contouring and highlighting but I wouldn’t be this dedicated and less face it, my chubby chops need more than some cream contouring to look chiselled 🙂

Here it is in action on my face.

I used shade 3 to conceal under my eyes and then shade 1 to highlight, shade 5 around the periphery of my face and then shade 6 under my cheekbones.

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Before under eye concealer.

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After under eye concealing

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Contour and highlight applied

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Contour and highlight blended in

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Close up

The lighter shades don’t really lift my skin or give any major coverage once blended in. The darkness under my eyes still comes through. I would have to conceal separately before using the palette. They also cake up on my skin slightly too. The three darker contouring shades are just too warm for me to use as contour, although I have used the darker shade a few times more as a cream bronzer and it works well.

Overall, I think the formula is of the Sleek Cream Contour Kit is one of the best on the ‘highstreet’ market that I’ve used to date yet, but the colours (of the light kit anyways) and the coverage of the lighter shades just don’t float my boat 🙁

You can get the Sleek Cream Contour Kit from Boots, pharmacies nationwide and Cloud10beauty stock it online here too. It will set you back a reasonable €13.95.

Have you used it? Am I being overly critical? Let me know?

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I gave first impressions on both of these products that were new to me together over on Snapchat (I’m ‘Beautynook’ over there) a couple of weeks ago and I’ve used them that way everyday since.

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They are the Flormar Perfect Coverage Concealer and the Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer. Both of these concealers were under a fiver individually. I bought them both respectively to try but realised I really like using them together, so that’s why they are getting a joint review.

Now I know you’re thinking Gemma, why are using two products to conceal your lovely under circles? That’s a great question thanks for asking 🙂 Let me show you.

When using the two of these for concealing I use the Flormar Perfect Coverage first.

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I picked up the shade 01 Fair Ivory and it works well for my Mac NC20 skintone.

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I like the applicator on this product too. It has like a paddle shaped doe-foot applicator, that works really easily under the eyes.

My under eyes without any concealer on (I do have foundation on though) looks a bit like this.

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You can see I definitely have some blue tones under there as well some pigmentation.

I use the Flormar Perfect Coverage first because it has a salmon tone to it.

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And then I blend it in using whatever synthetic brush I have to hand.

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It’s really lightweight and easy to blend.

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You can see the finished result here, it does it jobs well and conceals, without caking or looking too obvious.

Then, I pull out the Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer.Catrice Liquid Camouflage

I got this in the shade 010 Porcelain, it is a pretty light shade, this is good for under the eyes as you want to highlight that area just a touch.

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I pop a layer (or two) of this over top. It has a lightweight formula that blends easily into the skin, but still manages to do it’s job of concealing and brightening really well.

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You can see this has more of a skin coloured tone to it. And I do the same, just blend it down in a triangle motion and then up across the tops of my cheeks with a synthetic brush.

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By all means you can just use the Flormar Perfect Coverage on it’s own or even the Catrice Liquid Camouflage and be good to go. Separately they conceal well and do not crease under my eyes, as well as not settling into any fine lines or making any dry patches more apparent. I think alot of the cheaper brands struggle with concealer, so to have found two really good ones at the same time is a revelation!

I like using both these products together because, the Flormar works great for the pigmentation and darkness and then the Catrice really brightens the under eye area. Together they make me look more awake…and alive :p

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It’s really love at first swipe for me with these 🙂 You can buy the Flormar Perfect Coverage from SimplyFoxy here or in any stockists around the country. The Catrice Liquid Camouflage is online here from Sam McCauley’s or again you can pick it up from stands nationwide including Penneys.

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