September 2018: The Big 3

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Image by NYX

1: Nyx- Swear By It! 

$49  for 40 shades perfect for fall. This palette packs a punch. It has a wide range of shimmers and mattes that would give you the ideal warm yet cool, fall mood. I'm still having fun playing with all the different tones and shades, but so far the first three columns are my go-to.

The shadows swatch well and are very pigmented. but that might be because of my new eyeshadow primer. My only critique is the amount of fallout you get with the shadows, they are very 'powdery,' shimmers and mattes alike. What I found made it easier with blending and minimizing fall out is tapping the product on before blending out (I usually blend as I apply, maybe a bad technique). This helps pack on the colour so that it doesn't blend out when it needs to blend in.

Rating: 4/5. 

 

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Image by NYX

2: Nyx - Pigment Primer 

My usual primer consisted of concealer and setting powder, but ever since I was put on by the lovely ladies at Nyx, my eyeshadow game has changed. I used to be a long time sufferer of creasing and oily lids. But this primer helps keep everything in place, though that can be a double-edged sword. Even though my shadow stayed on the whole day, even after 4 hours of physical activity, I found that blending in the shadows was a little tricky, but I concluded that I might need to still hang onto my concealer+poweder trick in addition to the primer, so I get all the benefits and none of the hassles. 

Rating: 3/5 

3: Nyx x Alissa Ashley- Can't Stop Won't Stop Full Coverage Foundation: Deep Rich

45 shades were what drew me to this line. This foundation is a hit or miss for me. Some days my skin stays matte for hours, it's the perfect light coverage for my busy fall schedule and easy to blend in. But on other days it dries too quickly, so you really have to work quickly when blending it into your skin, it doesn't stay in place, and it melts into my pores and disappears. I found that without the correct primer (I've tried three: Sephora Mattifying Gel Primer,  the best: Nyx Angel Veil and Nyx Pore Filler) the foundation doesn't hold up to its name. 

Rating: 3/5

Check out the video below to see how each product held up on one of my busiest days.