Nudestix

NudeStix

I’ve read a number of reviews about Nudestix from British beauty bloggers, but only recently was able to pick them up, when they launched at Sephora. The concept behind Nudestix is that almost everything is in crayon form, the only exceptions being their mascaras. Each product comes in a Nudestix case, that has a mirror on the inside of the lip, and includes a pencil sharpener. I picked up 3 products from the line, the Concealer Pencil in Light 2, Magnetic Eye Colour in Spirit and the Lip + Cheek Pencil in Whisper.

NudeStix 2

 

Concealer Pencil in Light 2 – Of the 3, this is probably the one that I expected to like the least. I haven’t had a lot of luck with concealer pencils, the ones that I have tried, have tended to be dry and not blend well. This on the other hand is a great concealer pencil! It’s super creamy, conceals spots and redness on my face with ease, and lasts all day. I don’t use it for dark circles, but the skin under my eyes is very dry, so I tend to avoid anything other than liquid concealer. I’m actually going to pick up a darker shade during the Sephora sale, to try as a contour I like it so much!

Magnetic Eye Colour in Spirit - I’m a sucker for eyeshadow sticks, they’re my favourite go-to quick eye look! I was drawn to this gorgeous smokey quartz colour immediately, because it’s different (well slightly different) from my standard bronze and taupe go-to shades. As with the concealer, it’s super creamy and has some serious staying power. It can also be built up nicely, without getting chunky, so it looks great as both a sheer wash of colour and as a more built up smokey eye.

Lip + Cheek Pencil in Whisper – Very rarely do I find that dual purpose products, are actually great at both purposes, so I was super interested to see how this lip & cheek pencil performs. The trend of creamy pencils continues with this stick, though this doesn’t have the same lasting power as the other two, it doesn’t seem to set the same way. On the lips, it doesn’t feel drying and I like that it can easily used to both line and fill in the lips. It just isn’t a stand out lip product, especially compared to something like the Clinique Chubby Stick for Lips. For me, where this product does shine is on the cheeks.Because it’s so creamy, it’s easily to blend into the skin , it’s the perfect pinky-nude flush, and sets much better on the cheeks than it does on the lips.

Nudestix Swatches

Nudestix Swatches (L-R): Lip + Cheek Pencil in Whisper, Concealer Stick in Light 2 & Magnetic Eye Colour in Spirit 

Overall, I’m super impressed with the NudeStix and will definitely be picking up a couple more during the upcoming Sephora Sale!

Have you tried any of the Nudestixs?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Meg


MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

Mac Pro Longwear

Hi Everyone!

One of the biggest issues I’ve been dealing with since my skin has gotten drier is that my under eye area has gotten quite dry. All of a sudden, when I used concealer under my eyes, the skin just sucked it up and left my under eye area looking awful and wrinkly and generally not nice. Thinking it was my under eye cream I tried a ton of eye creams, hoping that if it was more hydrated the concealers would work.

Even after switching up eye creams, I still couldn’t get any of my concealers to work. So I set out on a quest to find an under eye concealer that would disguise my dark circles, and just generally brighten my under eye area. I do not even want to think about how many concealers I’ve bought in the last 6 months, if I read good reviews about it, I tried it. High-end, low-end, I tried a ton. But nothing worked how I wanted it to.

Finally, I decided to try the Pro Longwear Concealer by MAC. It’s been raved about by everyone and their mother in the blog word and on YouTube (which actually made me weary of it), but I went ahead and got it despite my reservations. Needless to say I am very thankful that I did (hence the post about it).

This concealer is honestly amazing. It’s just the best concealer I have tried for my under eye. It doesn’t move all day, and can be applied lightly or built up for more coverage. I have fine lines under my eyes (I say they’re from dehydration, not because I’m 30 :|), and it just sets into them without settling, almost like applying foundation under your eyes. I find that because it’s a liquid, you just get smooth even coverage.

I have the shades NW 15 and NW 20, which work really well as they are pink toned, so they cancel out the blue grey shades under my eyes. I think part of my issue with finding a decent concealer (beyond the awful dry under eyes) was the shade selection. I have fair skin, but found it hard to find something that was light enough to blend in with my skin, but not too light that it actually makes my under eye area look worse.

I tend to wear NW 2o on an everyday basis, as it’s a good match for my skin tone and looks very natural. I will mix in a drop of the NW15 when I want a brighter under eye look, usually when I’m doing a more full face of makeup.

I will use the tiniest, I mean tiniest amount of powder to set this concealer. Right now, I’m loving the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing powder, which I picked up in a mini size from Sephora. It’s super lightweight, and because I’m using so little, will likely last me quite a while. It’s definitely a fine line between the right amount and too much powder, which sometimes at 6am when I’m putting on my makeup can get dangerous.

I highly highly recommend trying this concealer if you haven’t already. It literally has changed how my under eye looks with concealer, and saved me money because I no longer am buying a different concealer every week to try.

Have you tried Pro Longwear?

Thanks for stopping by!

Meg