Estée Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer

Makeup primers are one of those things that some can do without and some can’t live without. I fall in between.  Majority of the time, I will use a primer before applying foundation — it does the job of creating a more even canvas for my makeup and helps to make it last longer.

Most primers I own are drugstore brand. Aside from trying out the Benefit PoreFessional primer (cult fave and I love it), I wanted to try out another high-end primer. With summer creeping in, I specifically wanted a mattifying primer. So I thought I’d give the Estée Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer a go:

Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer

This primer is oil-free, contains green tea and vitamin E and is good for combo/oily skin.

The texture of this primer is like that of a lotion — very lightweight and super easy to blend out. It absorbs quickly into my skin and it does in fact, leave my face with a matte finish.  It sets quite quickly which is a good thing — within 20-30 seconds of applying it, I can go in with my foundation.

This primer works well with all the foundations I’ve tried with it so far. I like to use this particularly with foundations that have a slightly more dewy or luminous finish because it tends to make them last longer throughout the day, without compromising the finish.

As far as mattifying goes, I’d say this does keep the more oily parts of my face (t-zone) shine-free a bit longer compared to other primers — but nothing to brag about.

What I do like most about this primer is the texture and its ability to keep my makeup in place longer than most primers I own.

For $40 Cdn, I think this is a little bit on the pricey side. It’s a great primer, but I don’t think I would repurchase.

I give the Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer: a HIGH FIVE

Have you tried this primer?  Like or dislike?

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Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

A while ago I reviewed the Bioderma Micellar Water and this was my first introduction into the world of micelles!  I have (almost) swore off makeup wipes in favour of using micellar waters on those days/nights when I’m just too lazy to give my face a good “real” cleansing.

I really like the Bioderma but I’m not so fond of the price (around $20 Cdn for 250ml (on sale)). I had my eye on the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water for quite some time and as soon as I ran out of the Bioderma I purchased the Simple one for only $7 Cdn (for almost 200ml):

I’m just going to jump in and say it:  I LOVE THIS STUFF. BETTER THAN BIODERMA! I know, it’s a stretch (because of Bioderma’s cult following), but seriously, the Simple water is so effective at removing all my makeup with ease.  I soak just one round cotton pad, use both sides and my makeup is all gone.  For my waterproof eye makeup, I still go in first with a separate eye makeup remover, but the Simple is able to remove any last bits that may have been left behind.

Also, just comparing the Bioderma to the Simple, I noticed that the Simple has no taste (I will sometimes swipe the waters over my lips to remove lipstick). When I lick my lips after using the Bioderma, it’s like I get a subtle alcohol taste; with Simple, I taste nothing.

Another bonus: Bioderma can leave my face feeling ever so slightly tight after using; Simple does not!

I highly recommend the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water to anyone who wants an alternative to makeup wipes or to the more pricey Bioderma. This is the micellar water I’ll be repurchasing over and over again (dare I say, forever??).  I just wish it came in a bigger bottle!!

I give the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this cleansing water?  Like or dislike?  What’s your fave cleansing water?

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Sephora Beauty Insider 500 Point Perk: Laura Mercier 5-Piece Kit

My first Sephora 500 point perk reward and it’s a Laura Mercier 5-piece kit — my lucky day!  Having tried the LM Soft Focus Pressed Setting Powder and the LM Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer and really loving them and the brand, I was so excited to get this kit.  The makeup gods were looking down on me for sure!

Laura Mercier 500 point perk from Sephora

Laura Mercier 500 point perk from Sephora


Let’s go through each product and I’ll tell you what I think!

Face Polish:  This is a nice cleanser. It has very fine exfoliating beads that are super gentle on the skin. It has a slight peach scent to it, or something fruit-like. It rinses away clean and doesn’t overstrip my skin. I believe this retails for around $38Cdn for a full size at Sephora; quite a hefty price for a cleanser that’s just ‘meh’ in my opinion. But good, nonetheless.

Foundation Primer in Radiance Bronze:  This primer has a water-based gel texture, tinted with a beautiful bronze sheen and hydrating on the skin. Having combination skin, I found this to look a little shiny but nothing to severe (a little goes a long way). All over my face as a primer, this gives me a healthy glow (on my medium skin tone I had no issues with this looking orange on me; however I’ve read a lot of reviews from fair/light skinned ladies that found this primer to be too dark).  I actually like using this to darken up some lighter (i.e. winter shades) foundations and tinted moisturizers I have so they match my summer skin. This primer (as with most) does help to create a smooth canvas before foundation application; but as far as keeping my makeup in place longer, I didn’t find anything outstanding in that respect.

Tinted Moisturizer in Nude:  I have the oil-free version of LM’s tinted moisturizer in the colour Ochre (which is probably about 3-4 shades “up” (i.e. darker) from this little sample of Nude.  Funny though, when I got Sephora IQ’d for foundations, LM Nude was supposedly a match for me; turned out it was too light. The formulation of this is quite similar to my oil-free version (honestly, I can’t really tell a difference in finish; just colour). BUT – when I mix  a bit of the Radiance Bronzer with this, I can get a pretty decent match for my skintone. Not perfect though… I may have to pass this one on to one of my fairer-skinned friends!

Mini Lip Glacé in Nectar: Omigosh, probably my favourite item in this kit!  This gloss glides on so smooth and smells like candy. It’s a beautiful, sheer peach/coral colour that is perfect for summer (and for all year round, really). It doesn’t feel sticky and actually keeps my lips feeling pretty moisturized. It’s sheer, but can be built up a little.  Very tempted to try out another colour! Or picking up a full-size of Nectar once this one runs out. Which may be possible because this hasn’t left my purse since I got it!

Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Bronze 03:  Loving this baked powder. I wasn’t quite sure how to use this product — is it a blush? a bronzer? a highlighter?  Apparently, after reading a few reviews, it’s all of the above! This comes in 4 shades and Bronze 03 is (luckily) recommended for medium skin, which suits me perfect. I’ve used this to warm up my face and also as a blush for a bronze, natural look. This powder is silky smooth and matte. I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m almost certain this would look great as an eyeshadow too.  Love the texture and I will definitely be using this to take my face from blah to yah!

L to R: Radiance Baked Powder in Bronze 03; Lip Glace in Nectar; Face Polish; Foundation Primer Radiance Bronze; Tinted Moiturizer in Nude

L to R: Radiance Baked Powder in Bronze 03; Lip Glace in Nectar; Face Polish; Foundation Primer Radiance Bronze; Tinted Moiturizer in Nude

Overall, I am very happy with the products I recieved in this kit. Other than the tinted moisturizer, I know I will probably get a lot of use out of the rest of the products.

Have you recieved this kit or have you tried any of the products in it?  What do you like/dislike?

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