--about price-- I was thinking of earlier me, the one who had to think twice about a 5$ lipstick in case I made a mistake on the shade. It's great when we can enjoy a higher price point, and it's awesome when we have the experience with that higher price point so we can recommend an equal or better quality product at a lower price point.
So no problems with talking higher end, keeping in mind that not all of us want to spend that kind of money for whatever reason. Still it's good to know if someone has tried both and can say that Lash Paradise mascara is VERY GOOD and better than Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir, Tarte's LCL or Clinique's High Impact. Which I am confident about now. LOVE THAT STUFF.
Because earlier me couldn't afford too much in the way of mistake purchases. But I still wanted and needed lipstick, and eyebrow pencils and mascara.
I have some drugstore foundations I like -- I mentioned 2 -- the Revlon original Candid, not the glowy one and the Loreal Age Perfect Serum Foundation both of which are extremely comfy to wear, light as air, and pretty good at evening things out. They'd need a concealer for anything major. The Revlon is only 22 ml while the Loreal is a full 30 ml size and they both go on sale here in Canada for about 14 to 15$. They stack up nicely against bareMinerals Complexion Rescue which I also have and love and use. I like those 3 (and Mac F&B) way better than IT CC cream which is at Sephora and in the same category and performance. IT CC is nice but feels thick and heavy and irritates my skin a bit which I think is due to some of the ingredients.
The Loreal is the best value. And it is supposed to be comparable to the Estee Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue which finally launched in Canada but has spf 45 of a chemical spf so I doubt I will bother trying it to see.
If I want solid performance, great coverage and lasts all day and half the night, Estee Lauder Double Wear is superb. But apply with a wet sponge or it can go on cakey, and make it a cheap sponge because that stuff stains permanently. I just tossed out my last bottles of ELDW due to the fact they've been open way too long because I don't use that type of foundation any more.
At 64 I'm liking the light weight skin like glowy stuff.
Mac Face and Body is my other favourite in that light glowy skin like category and is pretty close in Canada anyway to drugstore prices when you price it out by the ml or the oz. It is 50 ml rather than the usual 30 ml. I don't even powder it, and it looks like my skin but better and lasts all day. Comes off my nose a little bit like they all do because I have allergies, -- blowing my nose several times a day will cut into the coverage but of all 4 the F&B is the long term winner for lasting power. It goes on long after Complexion Rescue is disappearing. Outlasts Loreal and the Revlon Candid by a little bit too. Never looks overdone either.
Rimmel's 24 hour one was great and it covered to about a nice medium coverage and wore beautifully except it had chemical sunscreen and I reacted. How I found out chemical spf and me don't get along. The Loreal Age Perfect has a bit of chemical spf but not the ones I reacted to in the Rimmel.
I'm loving my Milani baked and powder blushes. In the baked dome shaped line Berry Amore is the same shade on my cheeks as the MUCH more expensive Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk blush and it is a better formula than the Charlotte T. The same little bit of glow, the same shade, but doesn't make my sunspot side look blotchy while the CT one I have to be pretty careful applying it. PrimaVera is a beautiful pale nude pink for pale gals. I like Luminoso, it's a definite peachy pink with some nice shimmer. It isn't a dupe of the dubious famous NARS O one that it's supposed to dupe. It's better and nicer but a different more peach shade than the NARS one. In the Milani Rose imprinted blushes, I had Romantic Rose and it's dupe-- Tarte's Exposed. Of the 2 I prefer Romantic Rose. I gave it away though to someone who liked it and couldn't afford it. I want to buy it again.
And their eye primer wins against the others for price and performance as I mentioned up thread.
Maybelline's Age Rewind Concealer is a pretty great concealer around the eyes-- I like it better than most high end-- the one with the sponge tip. that stuff is gorgeous. And in a pinch it can double as a decent eye primer too. Although I'd go for Milani if I was in hot sweaty conditions.
I love Milani blushes (I have luminoso) and the eye primer you recommended.