It's time for another Just Save July post. Sometimes it's time to buckle down and budget,
but we all still want to look fab, so through out this month I am product by product going to be building a full makeup look out of affordable items that would fit into a budget nicely.
Primer: Maybelline Baby Skin: Instant Pore Eraser
Now there are not a whole lot of drug store/high street primers on the market and this is the first one that caught any of my attention as some people were saying it was like the Benefit's The Pore-fessional, which is priced at $31. Baby Skin was a third of the cost. (The receipt went missing so I don't know the exact price.) I wouldn't say this is a dupe the famous Benefit product, but I would say it's a very nice primer. It is somewhere between The Pore-fessional and Too Faced's Primed and Poreless Pure primer, but a touch more silicone-y. I like this and do find myself using it even with my pricier foundations.
L'oreal: True Match: Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup
To be quite honest I don't try that many drugstore foundations, tendering to invest money into my skin products. I was beyond impressed with this foundation. It offered a medium to medium plus coverage and a luminous dewy glow that gives a spring-time, fresh glow to the skin. It has a large range of shades in cool warm and neutral tones. I got the shade N1-2 Soft Ivory/Classic Ivory and it's a good match. It has an SPF20 in it which does give flash back when I tested it, so no flash photography with this baby. I see myself using this as a winter makeup since my skin gets a bit dry and this is quite dewy. I would not recommend this for oily skin and if you have combination skin you may want to use a powder like Rimmel Stay Matte, which I reviewed here along with the The Real Techniques Miracle Perfection Sponge which I used to apply the Lumi foundation with.
L'oreal: Magic Lumi Highlighter
This was the product that inspired me to do Just Save July and that got me looking deeper into drug store brands. I was planning a purchase of the YSL Touche Éclat, but was a little hesitant about the $41 price point. I decided to give this little brush tipped pen a whirl. I'm glad I did. In no way would I say that this is an exact dupe form the YSL version, as the formulation is more pigmented and a little more light reflective.
The Magic Lumi however is super pretty and does a nice job with the dark circles under my eyes and if I'm feeling like a bit of a more serious contour. I got the lightest shade Light 862 and have been enjoying it a lot.
With Flash, as you can see it made my face look about three shades lighter than in the above picture with SPF flash back.
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