Products featured in this post were received for review, but all opinions are my own.
It's the first week of April in Canada and despite what the calendar says, it's still cold, hovering around freezing and my ankles haven't seen the sunlight in months. MONTHS! To get around this feeling of eternal winter, I've been playing with different kinds of makeup looks the last few weeks to perk myself up, and I was fortunate enough to receive some new-to-me products from Revlon with a challenge to make a 'Mythical Light' look, giving me a challenge to try something new.
I'm usually a girl who likes a BOLD, BRIGHT eyeshadow look. I rarely go neutral unless I'm really running late for a work event or something, more often than not I have something pigmented and eyecatching on my eyes. This is why I was intrigued by Revlon's Colorstay Creme Eyeshadow because it's more of a subtle shimmer than what I'm used to using, I rarely use cream eyeshadows because I have rather oily lids so I wanted to give this a try and see if I'd be able to work this into a look, or how I'd be able to build on it in the future.
On My Face
I'm using Revlon Colorstay Full Cover Matte foundation in 200 Nude. This has been my go-to for medium coverage foundation for awhile, most of the week I go rather light and use BB/CC cream or a lightweight foundation like my Mix Beauty Lab custom foundation, but for days I want a little more coverage I reach for this foundation. I have combination skin that tends to go more dry in winter, so I really like that this foundation doesn't go TOO matte and stick on my dry spots, but it blends really easily and tends to last for at least 10+ hours. It will break down if I'm having a particularly long or intense day but I'm not usually a "go all out day and night" girl so I haven't really seen any problems wearing it for extended periods of time.
Overall, the Revlon Colorstay Full Cover Matte Foundation is one that I highly recommend trying for yourself. It reminds of the Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation I used to like, but I eventually found that one was TOO matte for my liking and this one fits in that sweet spot for combination skin havers like me! The foundation costs
On My Lids
On my lids I'm wearing Revlon Colorstay Creme Eyeshadow in 705 (the pale gold shimmer) and 740 (the intense purple glitter.) To achieve this simple look, I used the purple 740 on the middle and further corners of my eye, and the gold 705 on the inner area to brighten it up. Because I'm used to a more pigmented shadow, I made this look SUPER INTENSE and shimmery which normally isn't my look but hey, not bad! The application left something to be desired though, as I had to wait quite awhile for the cream shadow to dry before applying my eyeliner, and while I was waiting for it to dry, I could definitely feel tackiness on my lids.That said, once it was all dry, that eye shadow didn't MOVE. There was a bit of breakdown in the crease area, but the majority of it didn't budge and stayed shimmery and eye-catching all day!
While I wouldn't necessarily recommend putting a look together with JUST this eyeshadow (it does better as a contrast to a powdered base/look), I quite enjoyed the shimmer effect and found myself catching myself in mirrors all day long. I would recommend grabbing one of these to play with yourself, as it comes with a little brush in the base that is actually quite good for an on-the-go touch up!
On My Cheeks
I was really excited to get the Revlon Galaxy Dream Holographic Highlighting palette in Dream Galaxy to play with, as highlighters are definitely one of my favourite makeup products and I absolutely cannot justify buying another one in my lifetime! This palette reminded me quite a bit of the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette, which I never bought but was completely tempted by, so I was quite pleased to play around with these shades. In this look, I'm using the top left colour which is a warmer peach shade, and while it goes on subtly, it is definitely buildable coverage. Unlike the Anastasia Beverly Hills or Smashbox highlighters of the world this had less intense pigmentation but that also offered me the ability to add dimension instead of going out like a blinding disco ball with one brush swoop.
On My Lips
Last but not least, I was also sent the Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tint in Pink IRL and Extra Violet. I was a bit confused about this product at first, because it comes in an opaque tube with no instructions on how to get product through the tube, but after twisting the tube and hearing click-click-click about 50 times, product beads to the surface of the cushion and then you can used that to either dab for a lighter just-bitten look, or use it as a traditional liquid lipstick for a more pigmented pout. This balm/tint formula reminds me of a slightly less pigmented version Sephora's Cream Lip Stain, down to the tasty vanilla scent that goes along with it. I actually REALLY like the feel of these tint/balm/whatevers as they don't dry out the lips and leave a touch of moisture. It can dry down a bit tacky in the middle of your lips, but with my colours it wasn't so noticable. There's only ten colours in the line so far but I'm curious to see if they release some more variety soon.
So that's it! I got to test drive some new products, try out a slightly different look and maybe these will be things I bring along with me when spring comes a-knocking!