High-end Discoveries

I have a few high-end discoveries that I've been really enjoying over the past few weeks, so today I thought I'd review them for you guys...

Makeup Forever Water Blend Foundation | £27

I believe this is the Makeup Forever Face and Body Foundation but rebranded, I'm not sure about that though and I haven't tried the Face and Body one so I can't compare the formulas. This foundation is formulated with water for hydration and glow. The formula is very watery and easy to blend. The coverage is definitely light and I do have to build it to get the coverage I want, this isn't a problem though, I don't find it cakes up. This isn't the glowy-ist foundation I own, I'd say it's more satin and feels velvity once it has set down. The staying powder is good - it lasts all day on me. Makeup Forever also have a pretty extensive shade range so I'm sure most people would be able to get a good colour match. But overall, I really like this - it's a good, solid, all round foundation.

Makeup Forever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter | £26.50

This highlighter  has quite a unique formula. It's a gel powder formula that is buttery soft. The shade 02 Gold has, as the name suggests, is a beautiful Gold colour. There is a more Pink shade available which I think would be great for paler complexions. It gives such a nice glow to the cheeks without any glitter. I really like how seemless this looks. It gives such a nice highlighted look without looking over the top. This has quickly become my go to highlighter! I really want to try the bronzer next!

Hourglass Surreal Light Palette | £69

In my opinion no one does powder like Hourglass. And I really want to try their bronzers and strobing powders so this palette was a sound investment. The stunning marble packaging houses:

Surreal Light - a finishing powder. This is a sheer nude colour that does look a bit too shimmery in the pan to be a finishing powder but this doesn't translate on the face. It leaves skin with a soft, focused, lit from within glow.

Surreal Bronze Light - I was really excited to try this bronzer. It's a lovely, warm toned bronzer that adds warmth and gives skin a very natural, skin-kissed glow.

Surreal Glow - This is pale Pink blush mixed with Surreal Light to give skin a glow. This blush instantly makes my skin look more awake and healthy.

Surreal Effect - this is a Pinky, Peach blush that gives the cheeks a lovely pop of colour.

Surreal Strobe Light - This is a Peach toned highlighter that gives skin such a natural, highlighted look. This is definitely a highlighter for someone that wants something more natural and everyday. I like to layer it under another highlighter for a super glow!

All the powders in this palette is so soft, finely milled and melt into the skin beautifully! If you love a glow this palette is definitely for you. Although I'm not sure how well this would work for darker skin tones. Next year I'd like to see Hourglass bring out a palette in different shades. But overall, I really love this palette! It is limited edition (I think) so get it while you can!

Urban Decay Ultimate Naked Basics palette | £38 (currently on offer for £34.65 here)

My collection was lacking a good quality matte eye shadow palette and recently I've been really enjoying a matte eye look. So I was super pleased to receive this for christmas! The packaging alone is stunning but the shades are even better! It has 12 matte shades with some cool and warm shades. The shades are:

Glow - A semi matte, off White. This is so soft and pigmented. It also makes a great brow bone highlight,

Nudie - This is a pale Pink toned nude.

Commando - Is a pale Taupe colour. This makes a great transition shade.

Tempted  - This is a cool toned pale matte.

Instant - Is a Taupe Brown shade with cool under tones.

Lethal - This is a Purple toned Brown.

Pre Game - is a pale matte Yellow.

Extra Bitter - this is one of my favourite shades. It's a stunning warm toned burnt Orange colour.

Faith - Another shade I really like! This a warm toned medium matte Brown. This works great as a crease colour.

Lockout  - This is a natural medium Brown.

Magnet - A Grey shade. This works well for smokey out an eye look.

Blackout - A matte Black.

Urban Decay shadows aren't my favourite formula, but all the shades in the palette and pigmented and long lasting. While they're not the softest shadows I've come across, the shades are brilliant as matte shadows go. And this is a welcomed addition to my collection that I've been reaching for a lot!

So there's some high-end discoveries. I'm really pleased with everything and that wasn't any duds.

Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?

Until next time...

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