Random WOC Makeup Thoughts

MorenitaLokita

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I haven't been doing much with my makeup lately because I recently relocated to Sacramento and I am not used to this heat! My makeup feels like it is sliding off sometimes when I am out and about. I am on the hunt for a primer! I usually just use a mattifying sunscreen that I got from the local co-op but I need something to put on my t-zone.

Also, the recent social and political stuff has influenced me to support Black owned businesses. I ordered blushes from Fashion Fair, highlighters from Koyvoca, lip products from Magnolia Bakery, liquid foundation and powder from Vera Moore and some matte lippies and setting powder from Blac Chyna. So far, I have recieved the highlighters and blushes and Vera Moore products. I am waiting on the others. I have been wanting to try Juvia's place for palettes/eyeshadows but I am scared LOL so many bad reviews! Ugggh
 

sagehen

Active member
I haven't been doing much with my makeup lately because I recently relocated to Sacramento and I am not used to this heat! My makeup feels like it is sliding off sometimes when I am out and about. I am on the hunt for a primer! I usually just use a mattifying sunscreen that I got from the local co-op but I need something to put on my t-zone.

Also, the recent social and political stuff has influenced me to support Black owned businesses. I ordered blushes from Fashion Fair, highlighters from Koyvoca, lip products from Magnolia Bakery, liquid foundation and powder from Vera Moore and some matte lippies and setting powder from Blac Chyna. So far, I have recieved the highlighters and blushes and Vera Moore products. I am waiting on the others. I have been wanting to try Juvia's place for palettes/eyeshadows but I am scared LOL so many bad reviews! Ugggh
When you get a chance, could you leave a review somewhere in this form about the Vera Moore products? I have been interested in them for awhile but have been afraid to try sight unseen, as it is not available near me and I really don't see too many reviews. I am impressed that this brand has soldiered on so long.
The Juvia'sPlace products are actually nice - I wonder if some of the bad reviews come from people's frustration with the shipping time and customer service. I have experienced issues with both first hand and I don't know if I can purchase anything else from their website - in this day/age, it should not take over a month for an order to be properly filled.
OK I am off to google setting powder and Blacc Chyna - I am a sucker for all setting powder (as I sit at my desk with my makeup sliding off right now lol)
 

MorenitaLokita

New member
When you get a chance, could you leave a review somewhere in this form about the Vera Moore products? I have been interested in them for awhile but have been afraid to try sight unseen, as it is not available near me and I really don't see too many reviews. I am impressed that this brand has soldiered on so long.
The Juvia'sPlace products are actually nice - I wonder if some of the bad reviews come from people's frustration with the shipping time and customer service. I have experienced issues with both first hand and I don't know if I can purchase anything else from their website - in this day/age, it should not take over a month for an order to be properly filled.
OK I am off to google setting powder and Blacc Chyna - I am a sucker for all setting powder (as I sit at my desk with my makeup sliding off right now lol)
Yes, of course. I will do a review!
 

sagehen

Active member
My low buy went to heck already - found the MAC Fruity Juicy eye palettes at TJMaxx on Friday, and a few other things. Today I start again...can I hold out until the Alliyah collection? I shall try.
 

lilmsrosie87

New member
Just a little rant.

I wear Fashion Fair pressed powder in Pecan, but the counter in my area is always sold out (the other counter close to me recently closed) and its IMPOSSIBLE to order online since its sold out also. Now I'm in the midst of finding a new powder, but I'm weary since I break out easily from most of the other powders I've tried or the color selection is very limiting for dark skin.

Rant over. Thanks for listening :D
 

sagehen

Active member
Just a little rant.

I wear Fashion Fair pressed powder in Pecan, but the counter in my area is always sold out (the other counter close to me recently closed) and its IMPOSSIBLE to order online since its sold out also. Now I'm in the midst of finding a new powder, but I'm weary since I break out easily from most of the other powders I've tried or the color selection is very limiting for dark skin.

Rant over. Thanks for listening :D
[MENTION=98341]lilmsrosie87[/MENTION]: did you ever find suitable replacement for the Fashion Fair?

OK, am I the only one a bit disappointed by the MAC xAaliyah collection. I was so hyped for this but now after seeing the few products, and the shades in the eye palette being so dupeable (I already have most of the shades in other MAC palettes, and those I don't I can easily dupe), I think I will pass. And the bronzer...this was the perfect chance for MAC to bring back Deeper Refined Bronze or something like it, IMO, and they came out with this noncommittal shade.
 

Shars

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@lilmsrosie87: did you ever find suitable replacement for the Fashion Fair?

OK, am I the only one a bit disappointed by the MAC xAaliyah collection. I was so hyped for this but now after seeing the few products, and the shades in the eye palette being so dupeable (I already have most of the shades in other MAC palettes, and those I don't I can easily dupe), I think I will pass. And the bronzer...this was the perfect chance for MAC to bring back Deeper Refined Bronze or something like it, IMO, and they came out with this noncommittal shade.
Some friends and I were saying the same thing today. Most of them are just grabbing one or two items as collectors item because of Aaliyah. The only thing I liked was the nude lipstick and I certainly have enough nude lipsticks to last me the next 30 years. I hear you on the bronzer. They could have even duped the Taraji Hensen bronzer/highlighter if they didn't want to be creative *smh*
 

sagehen

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Some friends and I were saying the same thing today. Most of them are just grabbing one or two items as collectors item because of Aaliyah. The only thing I liked was the nude lipstick and I certainly have enough nude lipsticks to last me the next 30 years. I hear you on the bronzer. They could have even duped the Taraji Hensen bronzer/highlighter if they didn't want to be creative *smh*
Yeah, I am thinking of grabbing the nude because I am pretty sure it will work well and for the packaging. But that will probably be one of the first things to sell out and I am not stalking for this collection. Let's just say if it's there when I go online or mosey into the store on June 21 (I don't get this early access this with the MAC Select. It keeps resetting my spend and I never get my anniversary gifts and whatnot, so I probably win't get any early access).
 

Twinkle_Twinkle

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For whatever reason my NARS All-Day Luminous (which I used to love) no longer works for me. I wore it today and was upset. Oh well, so long.
 

Shars

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For whatever reason my NARS All-Day Luminous (which I used to love) no longer works for me. I wore it today and was upset. Oh well, so long.
What has changed about it? I picked up a sample of that over a year ago and never got around to trying it *facepalm*.
 

Twinkle_Twinkle

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What has changed about it? I picked up a sample of that over a year ago and never got around to trying it *facepalm*.
It's too golden, so I end up having to layer MAC MSFN's to "correct" it. I wear Benares in other NARS products, but Benares in Sheer Glow is redder. (I think the NARS Soft Matte Concealer in Benares may also be more golden that Sheer Glow, but I love that concealer). It's got a thin texture that makes it a little annoying to apply with a stippling foundation brush or beauty blender. I opt for the bb because otherwise the coverage just looks off and unnatural. I thought it used to look natural and glowy, but not anymore. It could be the change in climate as I live in LA now (versus NY when I bought the foundation) but either way the undertone is no longer a good match. Double sadness because I [want] to love anything NARS and also my closest shade in the Radiant Long Wear is New Caledonia which is too olive. I appreciate them extending their range into more undertones but is it too much to ask that you include your existing shades in the line (the lighter shades are included but the deeper one aren't)??
 

Shars

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It's too golden, so I end up having to layer MAC MSFN's to "correct" it. I wear Benares in other NARS products, but Benares in Sheer Glow is redder. (I think the NARS Soft Matte Concealer in Benares may also be more golden that Sheer Glow, but I love that concealer). It's got a thin texture that makes it a little annoying to apply with a stippling foundation brush or beauty blender. I opt for the bb because otherwise the coverage just looks off and unnatural. I thought it used to look natural and glowy, but not anymore. It could be the change in climate as I live in LA now (versus NY when I bought the foundation) but either way the undertone is no longer a good match. Double sadness because I [want] to love anything NARS and also my closest shade in the Radiant Long Wear is New Caledonia which is too olive. I appreciate them extending their range into more undertones but is it too much to ask that you include your existing shades in the line (the lighter shades are included but the deeper one aren't)??
Wow that does sound off-putting. I hate when you find your perfect match and then brands go tinkering with things that aren't broken. I love my NARS concealers but I haven't tried any of their foundations as yet. How's LA living going for you? I was there last November for the Makeup Show and really enjoyed it.
 

sagehen

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Wow that does sound off-putting. I hate when you find your perfect match and then brands go tinkering with things that aren't broken. I love my NARS concealers but I haven't tried any of their foundations as yet. How's LA living going for you? I was there last November for the Makeup Show and really enjoyed it.
Wait, WAIT and you didn't look a sista up while you were in LA? Shame lol.
 

Shars

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Wait, WAIT and you didn't look a sista up while you were in LA? Shame lol.
Wait, what? How did I not know that you're in LA? I'm always trying to look up my specktra ladies when I travel lol. I'll have an excuse to come again. I really enjoyed my visit.
 

sagehen

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OK, so I ended up getting two things from the Aaliyah collection: Try Again lipstick and Brooklyn Born lipglass. I got them because I was shocked that my Macy's had the collection since it did not come up on MAC's or Macy's store locator. That is probably why they had so much of it left. I tried to want the bronzer just for the compact, but alas, no.
 

sagehen

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Wait, what? How did I not know that you're in LA? I'm always trying to look up my specktra ladies when I travel lol. I'll have an excuse to come again. I really enjoyed my visit.
Most definitely - I would love to meet a fellow Specktra member in the flesh too!

For real, we should also have a meet up of the ladies out in LA.
 

fur4elise

Well-known member
OK, am I the only one a bit disappointed by the MAC xAaliyah collection. I was so hyped for this but now after seeing the few products, and the shades in the eye palette being so dupeable (I already have most of the shades in other MAC palettes, and those I don't I can easily dupe), I think I will pass. And the bronzer...this was the perfect chance for MAC to bring back Deeper Refined Bronze or something like it, IMO, and they came out with this noncommittal shade.
Some friends and I were saying the same thing today. Most of them are just grabbing one or two items as collectors item because of Aaliyah. The only thing I liked was the nude lipstick and I certainly have enough nude lipsticks to last me the next 30 years. I hear you on the bronzer. They could have even duped the Taraji Hensen bronzer/highlighter if they didn't want to be creative *smh*

I feel both of the highlighted sentiments. Disappointed. Lacking & flat. Nothing creative about it. I bought a lipstick and lipglass and that's it. And clearly the release is more a flop than success, as lots of it is still available.
:nixweiss:

And @Shars ~ Oh my goodness. You are so right! They could have remedied that big fiasco with that first Taraji release and the mixed up MSFs. Which I absolutely adore!:heart:
 

sagehen

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I feel both of the highlighted sentiments. Disappointed. Lacking & flat. Nothing creative about it. I bought a lipstick and lipglass and that's it. And clearly the release is more a flop than success, as lots of it is still available.
:nixweiss:
@ the underlined: Me too. A lipstick and lipglass. ONLY because I was surprised it was still available. I won't even buy any more if it goes on sale in the goodbyes - I just don't want anything else. It does not move me and I won't use it. Not for fear of using it up, like the Diana Ross collection, but because I won't want to.
 

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