Makeup Review: Trestique Color + Blend Shadow Crayons

Trestique reformulated their Shadow Crayons, which now promises to be more blendable, more flattering, and longer-lasting.

These stick eyeshadows come with a brush at the other end, as expected of Trestique products. These shadows in pen-shaped packaging can fit the thinnest and smallest clutches, making retouching or actual eyeshadow application quick and easy. The actual eyeshadows are sturdier than other stick eyeshadows I’ve dried. I found that if you need to blend this, it needs to be done urgently to avoid streaking. It feels smooth on the lids, though. I prefer using a softer brush instead of the densely packed brush the shadow came with. I’m able to blend the color easier with a softer and less dense brush. All colors have a shimmer finish to them.

Venetian gives a gold shimmer than can be used to highlight below the brows and in the corner of your eyes. Morimoto is a pink pearl, which works for a light eye look. The darker shade Kona (bronze), Aspen (earthy green), Tahitian (taupe), and Burgundy (burgundy wine) are for when you want depth in your eye looks. I like to use Kona and Venetian together. I use Kona all over the lid and Venetian on the corner of my eyes to provide color in my everyday look. I sometimes even use Kona as an eyeliner.

These are extremely pigmented. The application literally feels like your applying crayon on your lids because they are sturdy. I didn’t mind it that much but if you’re into complicated eye looks that require a lot of blending, these might be too dense for you. If you do simple, fuss-free eye looks, you would have an easier time. I also like how long-lasting these shadows are. Even without an eyeshadow primer and with my oily lids, these stay on the whole day.

These shadows are also vegan, cruelty-free, and are made without paraben, gluten, and synthetic fragrance.

The Trestique Color + Blend Shadow Crayons were provided by @trestique. Available for $24 each at trestique.com

2019 Makeup Favorites

These were the products that I consistently reached for when I was getting ready this year:

By Terry hyaluronic hydra-primer – blurs imperfections and hydrates the skin

BareMinerals complexion rescue hydrating foundation stick – like colored water. this is just so hydrating

First Aid Beauty bendy avocado concealer – this is my second tube. that’s how much I like this

Glossier stretch concealer – this is what I always use when I don’t want to put foundation on and just want some really light coverage

Onomie radical setting mist – I like spraying this on my brush before applying foundation. This just makes everything look better

Trestique highlight and perfect multipurpose stick – the subtle glow it gives is my favorite. It’s also so easy to blend.

Kosas color and light creme: velvet melon – I’ve always been an 8th muse girl but this year was the year of velvet melon for me. The peach tone of this one makes my face look healthy and fun. Like I just spent the weekend by the beach.

Innisfree petal blusher – easy to use, natural-looking, and gives a subtle-looking, pinch-on-the-cheek like blush

Kosas 10-second eyeshadow – I love all the colors but supreme just really takes the throne. It’s metallic, high-impact, yet so easy to apply and blend

Ilia Beauty the necessary eyeshadow palette, cool nude – this is my everyday palette. it doesn’t contain the usual neutrals which I really like but it still works in any setting.

Em Cosmetics fine liner brow pencil-thin, sturdy, and pigmented. Everything I need in a brow pencil

Lilah B glisten and glow skin illuminator – the shade b. captivating just gives my skin a healthy glow. I also like using this on my lids for a creamy-looking shimmer

Benefit Cosmetics they’re real mascara – forever and always

Pat McGrath Labs matte trance, flesh 3 – the most pigmented and longest wearing matte lipstick I’ve tried that doesn’t cake or settle between the lines. Flesh 3 is my go-to when going out

Makeup Review: Lilah B Fall Picks

Into mauves and pinks at the moment so the fall picks from Lilah B came at the right time.

The Palette Perfection Eye Quad in b alluring ($58) has muted and deeper tones of pink and mauve perfect for a subtle sultry eye look. If I’m feeling funkier, I add the Glisten + Glow Skin Illuminator for more shimmer.

The Divine Duo Lip & Cheek in b charming ($46) is a mauve shade that applies like a light tint on my lips. I sometimes apply this on my eye for a dewy lid, in combination with the eye quad.

The Virtuous Veil Concealer & Eye Primer in b bright ($44), however, is a favorite because it brightens up my under eyes. This is too creamy for me as a primer but it’s just right as an undereye concealer. I have extremely dark under eyes and the undertone of this one is enough to cover the dark hallows. I also apply this around my nose to cancel redness.

Of course, since they’re in that signature pebble packaging, I can bring them anywhere and reapply.

The Lilah B Fall Picks were provided by @lilahb. Available at lilahbeauty.com

Makeup Review: Ilia Necessary Eyeshadow Palette in Cool Nude and Clean Line Liquid Liner in Midnight Express

I don’t really do complicated eye looks because I suck at it but the Necessary Eyeshadow Palette in Cool Nude ($38) from Ilia just looks so gorgeous.

I just love the color story. It has the pinks that I love combined with muted mauves and browns. The shades can be used day or night. The shadows themselves are powdery but feel creamier as applied.

I always use the shade Undo, a matte nude, as a base. The shades Teardrop, a soft lavender gray, and Just, a slate brown, is what I like to use during the day. The shades are all matte and pigmented enough to create a light smokey eye for a subtle yet deeper eye look. I sometimes add Infinity, a taupe bronze, if I want to add some shimmer. For going out at night, I add Overcome, a deep burgundy to deepen the smokey eye look. If I’m feeling festive, I add Unravel, a dark violet shade with a tonal shift, that just looks amazing in the eye because of how it changes color depending on the lighting.

I also like that the compact is small enough to bring everywhere for retouches. It also has a mirror that I use for touch-ups.

To be honest, I am not friends with liquid eyeliners. I am not that good with eye makeup. I couldn’t apply an even cat eye, even a minor wing, to save my life. So, I have very low hopes when I used the Clean Line Liquid Liner in Midnight Express ($28). It has a felt tip and the liner is super black, which I like. It’s easy enough to apply and that’s saying a lot for someone who prefers pencils. I have yet to master an even application but the thin felt tip really helps.

The Ilia Necessary Eyeshadow Palette in Cool Nude and Clean Line Liquid Liner in Midnight Express were provided by @iliabeauty . Available at iliabeauty.com

Makeup Review: Kosas Cosmetics 10-Second Eyeshadow Game Changer Set

I honestly love the 10-Second Eyeshadow from Kosas Cosmetics. For someone who isn’t confident about her eye makeup skills, that’s saying a lot.

These water-based eyeshadows promise to have a fast-drying and crease-resistant formula that offers the high-impact color that stays all day. It’s made with apricot kernel seed oil, rosehip seed oil, jojoba seed oil and are formulated without parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, and synthetic fragrance.

It’s watery making it easy to apply. You have to act quick, though. As claimed, this is best applied with your fingers and it honestly feels like I’m playing with watercolor while applying them on my eyes. I tried using a brush with this one and found it easier to control using my fingers.

It’s really pigmented and the color on its doe-foot applicator is what transfers to my lids save for Waterfall, which looks a silvery-white shade on my eyes. Compared to other liquid eyeshadows, I like this better because it’s not creamy, it’s not messy, and it’s foolproof. It really works for someone who doesn’t do elaborate eye makeup like me.

I also like the finish. The slight sheen makes it look like I made more effort in the morning. It doesn’t look like I just swiped an eyeshadow once so as not to eat too much of my time. The sheen provides dimension so my simple eye looks and it doesn’t look flat. My favorites are Fahrenheit, a burgundy shade, and Supreme, a glittery gold shade that works on top of all the eyeshadows.

The Kosas Cosmetics 10-Second Eyeshadow Game Changer Set were provided by @kosascosmetics. Available individually at $28 or as a set for $160 at kosas.com