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Face of the Day #4: The Prodigy Show FOTD.

When was the last time I put up one of these posts? October 2015, that’s when. I should do this more often.

I went to The Prodigy show the first Saturday of June. I’ll be riding that wave for the rest of the month for sure. Make-up wise, it was the perfect opportunity to break out my black lipstick.

Here’s what I wore:

face of the day flatlay

List of products:

Face & Base:

  • face primer: Inglot Mattifying Under Makeup Base
  • eye primer: Artdeco Pure Minerals Mineral Eyeshadow Base Sensitive
  • foundation: MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 in NW10 (really old post *shudder shudder*; update coming up)
  • concealer: only God knows :D I think it’s BeYu
  • undereye setting powder: e.l.f. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder
  • setting powder: AVON Mark. Magix HD Finishing Powder
  • blusher: Giordani Gold Bronzing Pearls Compact Heritage Edition in Natural Radiance 33167 (very mini-review on Insta)

I am slowly beginning to tame the MAC foundation – about damn time, considering I’ve had it for so long. Plus I’m nearing the end of my stash, and don’t really want to buy anything new until I go through all the old ones. It is quite a heavy base, though, so perhaps I would need to get something lighter for the dog days of summer.

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Giordani Gold Bronzing Pearls Compact in Natural Radiance I praised on my Instagram a while ago, and really want to write a full-feature post about it, but I’m having problems with photographing it on my face. It’s a really natural-looking blusher – the name Natural Radiance is very apt for this product – which makes it a really good starter blusher. You have to be really heavy-handed to overdo it.

Eyes & Brows

  • brows: Artdeco Eyebrow Powder in 2
  • eyeliner & shadow base: BeYu Color Biggie in 201
  • eyeshadow: Mac Eye Shadow x15 Cool Neutral Palette, shades Pick Me Up, French Clay, Pearled Earth, and Black Tied
  • mascara: Faberlic Express Volume Mascara 5556

I’ve been using Artdeco Eyebrow Powder nearly every day for a couple of months now, and I barely made a dip in the product. Granted, I don’t use a lot – just a touch of shading and shaping, but I’m still surprised. Artdeco eyebrow powders and eye shadows don’t have a lot of product in the pan (just 0.7 g/ 0.02 oz), but considering how long it’s taking me to even make a more or less visible dip, I suppose it’s fine.

BeYu Color Biggie in 201 was my holy grail pencil for waterline. It stayed put for almost the entire day, which is unprecedented for me. Unfortunately, this time it betrayed me, but I think it’s just the matter of age. BeYu Color Biggies are no longer imported here (huge mistake), so what I bought were testers from a local retailer. Otherwise they’re really good.

I have a couple of massive projects planned for MAC Eye Shadow x 15/ Cool Neutral. :D Below are close-ups of the shadows I used. I wasn’t going for anything fancy – just something dark and pronounced around the eye that was reasonably blended around the edges.

mac pearled earth closeup

MAC Pearled Earth went all over the lid.

mac black tied closeup

MAC Black Tied (ugh isn’t it gorgeous) went to the outer V and was also used as a under eye liner.

mack pick me up and french clay

MAC Pick Me Up (top left) and MAC French Clay (bottom right) were used for blending out and in the inner corner.

Lips:

  • liner: Oriflame The One Gel Eye Liner Pencil 32091
  • lipstick: Golden Rose Velvet Matte Lipstick in 33

I lined my lips with Oriflame The One Gel Eye Liner Pencil, thinking that the lipstick on its own might bleed outside the edges, but ultimately I think it was a mistake. Golden Rose Velvet Matte lipstick in the shade 33 looks better on its own. I filled my lips with the eyeliner as well, and where I did that, the lipstick appeared patchy.

I’m an office worker, and although I fully believe that black is a neutral colour both in makeup and clothes, the management is bound to disagree with me. (I also believe leopard print to be neutral, but that’s a story for another day…) Seeing as most of my days are spent in the office, I don’t think I’d get the opportunity to rock a black lip any time soon, but I will try wearing it on the weekend without the liner to see how it performs. Recently I bought several other lipsticks from this line, and want to write a detailed post about them as well.

End result:

black lipstick selfie

And from my Instagram on the day of the Prodigy show:

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MAC Studio Fix Liquid in NW 10.

Note: If you don’t care for an intro in which I talk about my skin tone at length, feel free to scroll way down for actual photos of the product (not that you haven’t seen one before) and my thoughts on it.

This post has more webcam shots of my mug than anyone’s ever wished for. I have a directory called ‘camho’, and this is where the goodness came from. Oh dear. Old skool, y’all. Show kids & their selfies how shit gets done since 1998.

(Seriously, click on the link, the description is pure gold. Blazing colours and brilliant images, eeeehhheeeee. But if you put it in a perspective, time-wise, the camera was indeed quite brill.)

(… I still have it, by the way. I’d wager it still works, should test it w/ XP. Back then they made them to last.)

(… Anyway, this is a silly foundation post, not a computer nostalgia post. Sorry, sorry, I get carried away by old tech.)

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Choosing a foundation has always been difficult for me. I’m not alone, it’s an unnecessary make-up related complication for anyone on both ends of skin spectrum.

I’m pale. My albedo probably beats that one of the virgin Arctic snow. (I jest, but only a touch.) Most of the time I look ashen grey.

ashen grey

This is evening august sun reflecting off of my face, whilst the other half of said face is matching my t-shirt colour. This is also my happy face. Quite content indeed.

I’m also cold toned, but due to acne scarring and other such lovely things I have a lot of redness.

no escape

I’m not sure what’s going on with my fringe here, but my cat is certainly trying to escape the calamity.

Once I tried “correcting” the paleness by spending a little too much time in tanning beds, but it didn’t really go well. My skin felt damaged and burnt and tight and crumbly at the same time, and it scarcely developed any colour. Everyone in my family, except my grandmother on mother’s side, tan really easily. My brother spends five minutes in the sun and comes out with a golden glow. My father turns brown, and so did my mother. I thought that maybe I’d get the same effect.

Nope.

my hardhat is too small lulz

This is me tanned. I’m wearing a hardhat whilst visiting a metal production factory (that orange glowy line in the back is processed metal block rolling away to cool) with a purse that’s hardly appropriate for the occasion. I picked this photo, because it was taken about five days after I finished my vigorous tanning sessions. There’s some glow on my arms, and I remember legs showing a bit of peachy colour as well. My neck is as white as it’s always been, despite the tanning bed being vertical, and my face is maybe a tone darker than usual. Maybe. The glow/ blush is due to heat. Metal factories are hot.

About two weeks later all the colour went away.

All that after hundreds of bucks and hours of time (if you count commute and waiting, I wasn’t that adamant to get the ~*~sun-kissed~*~ look).

Afterwards I decided tanning was a waste of money, time, and health, and fully embraced my paleness. I don’t use self-tanners, including gradual ones. I only use bronzer for slightest cheek and nose contouring in extreme moderation.

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The range of pale foundations here is bad. Shops deliberately don’t import the lightest shades, because not even supposed professionals use them. The one that trained me certainly didn’t, the three I’ve worked with didn’t either, and out of all the make-up artists that have ever worked on my cousin’s face (she has a similar predicament) only one used a foundation that was a complete match to her skin tone without throwing a fit about ‘healthier look’ and ‘come with your own product then’.

A bit of colour to your cheeks will suit you.

Just blend it in down the neck, it won’t show any lines.

You have blemishes, a tone or two darker will benefit you, the lightest colours don’t cover blemished skin as well.

But this is the lightest the brand has.

You really aren’t that pale, you know.

These are the things I hear every single time I go to shop for foundation. Matter of taste; lie; relative truth; lie; eyeroll – are my respective responses.

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In MAC terms, I’m NW10. I can work with NW15, and even NC15, but the light has to be right, and I can’t always walk around with my face being perfectly lighted.

I have NC15 Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation on my mug here.

rosie blondie ok light

In the indirect light, it looks almost like a match, unless you obsessively stare at my chin/neck, which I hope you won’t.

You creep.

brunette contrast

And this is the same against my natural hair colour. Looks OK.

(Where the hell have I put that bottle of brandy in the background…)

Everyone knows what a MAC Studio Fix Liquid Foundation looks like, but allow me to indulge myself. I don’t get to play with MAC stuff often.

Bottle and box:

mac nw 10

mac studio fix liquid nw 10

Fake lashes, Kindles, pencils, chocolate, and cats are in the background. Which is about the extent of my life interests, if you think of it.

Don’t. Let’s go on.

Wrist:

mac arm

Blended:

mac blended arm

Skipping the face this time around, because a) I’m sure you’ve seen enough of it and b) it’ll be a staple in upcoming make-up posts anyway.

I’m not going to write a detailed review, because there are enough of these already. The rundown:

  • the scent is a little weird. It smells a bit like a new pair of shoes or bike tyres, I dunno. Better than if they’d made it perfumed up the wazoo, plus when I wore it I didn’t really sense it;
  • the coverage is good;
  • the packaging is a little bit evil (damn that porous black matte screw top gets dirty in seconds);
  • I am still unsure is to whether this breaks me out or not;
  • the staying power is OK, but ‘OK’ for my face is ‘good/ great’ for others;
  • the match is good.

Overall I have mixed feelings about this product still. I really want to love it, because it’s a perfect match in colour for me, and you have no idea how hard it is to come across one around these lands. But something’s just not working, and I’m not sure what. Been thinking that perhaps it’s not the foundation that’s at fault, but the powder that I use to set it. We’ll see about that.

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation.

It has occurred to me that I have never posted about this MAC Studio Fix Powder plus Foundation. Pictured here is an NC15.

mac front

One of these days I will have consistent product photography.

mac back

I have to show you the back too, because obviously no one’s ever seen a MAC powder before.

What I loved about it:

Coverage. Coverage is amazing. When applied with a sponge it’s total full coverage, and honestly, at times I would skip the concealer, and it would do the job. Recently I started applying it with a brush, and the coverage is still good, though not as intense as when applied with a sponge.

mac sponge

Staying Power. I’d need to touch up my make-up in the T-zone in two-four hours, depending on how my skin’d be doing on that particular day, but cheeks, jaw line, and most of forehead would stay covered for 6-8 hours.

Scent. Rather, lack of it.

Longevity. I’d say for regular every day use it would’ve lasted me for about 6 months. The way I used it, it lasted about a year.

What was so-so:

Used without a primer or a good buffing technique, this thing accentuates pores remarkably.

Not so much a product itself as the shade selection fail – I’ve come to realise that I’m not an NC, but NW.

mac powder

I have this odd feeling that it might be… Not breaking me out exactly, but not doing many favours to my skin either.

Would I repurchase?

A hypothetical yes. MAC is not available in these dreary lands, so I’d need to rely on friends and relatives to bring it to me. I’d also go for the lightest NW, instead of NC15, as pictured here.