Liquid Compacts Are A Big Thing

Everyone seems to be about makeup on the go, something portable and easy to take with you to touch up during your day. Liquid compacts have been around for a little while now and they don't seem to be trend on it's way out...all the big players have been releasing them, so I thought I would show you a few of my favourite ones available. As let's face it, we are all busy and makeup that we can apply when in your car, Uber or out and about is very appealing!  M.A.C Matchmaster Shade Intelligence Compact

I love the Matchmaster foundation from M.A.C and the fact that it's be re-delivered to market in a new and exciting way is what first got me excited about this whole liquid compact trend! This foundation is sheer, it smooths imperfections to skin tone but doesn't completely cover what makes you, you. I love sheer foundation, I don't want to look fully made up during the day! But if you do need a little bit more coverage then you can build up to a medium coverage.  it comes with a handy sponge so you can use that to apply it on the run but I prefer to use a bristle brush when I'm at home.

Matchmaster has the Shade Intelligence Technology in it, which means it sit seamlessly on your skin as it reflects your true skin tone - in layman terms, if you skin colour is changing you aren't going to have to run out and buy a new shade to match! I find this time of year particularly hard for matching shades. I'm definitely not in my summer foundation, but I'm just not quite pale enough for my winter shades, I can buy this one and it will happily take me from autumn to winter without ever looking too dark or too pale.

Another win, you can buy refills so you don't have to replace the entire compact!

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Estée Lauder Double Wear To Go

In terms of delivery this compact is ahead of the game; with the push of a button it delivers the perfect amount of foundation for sheer coverage. The cushion compacts don't lend to wastage either, but for some reason this delivery method stands out to me as simple, waste proof and really easy for touch ups in the back of your Uber!

A sponge applicator sits right on top, so it has everything you need to use to keep your makeup looking legit all day or to throw in your clutch for a night out.

The trend amongst all these foundations is they are all on the dewy, sheer, hydrating scale. Double wear hits this mark and promises 8 hour coverage too!

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L’Oréal Paris Nude Magique Cushion

Another cushion but on the more affordable scale. L'Oreal always provide quality products that are great value and this compact does just that. It's a lightweight foundation and is SPF 25 too! It's not quite as dewy as the other compacts, so I feel it sits on my skin a bit more but it definitely doesn't feel chalky and it doesn't crease in fine lines.

L’Oréal Paris Nude Magique Cushion RRP$33.99

So if you are looking for something ultra portable to add to your makeup bag then check out one of these compacts, as they really are foundations that are going places!

Foundation Crayon -Say What?!

Foundation, contour and highlighter in a Crayon. Intrigued?  I was. I've heard about Clinique Chubby range over the last few years but I hadn't tried it yet.  It started with tinted lip balms, then blushes and eyeshadow and now a foundation and sculpt range. To say I was excited to try the latter two was an understatement!

I'm all about foundations that smooth your skin tone, are moisturising and look like no makeup, makeup. This Chubby Stick in the Nude Foundation Stick ticks all those boxes.

It's so easy to use, you basically draw the foundation across your face and blend it in with your fingers, sponge or brush. Use it all over or just for spot coverage. I like that it looks like you aren't wearing makeup, perfect for day time but you can build it up to a moderate coverage if needed. It definitely has staying power too, I have worn it the past week and it's still there after a day of chasing children around But if you like to touch up during the day then this is so portable, throw it in your handbag and you are good to go. And no, you don't need a giant sharper as it's a twist up!

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I think the free reign of where to apply it may scare people a little bit so here is how I apply it.

  1. Draw an upside down triangle from the top of your nose to a third of the way up your forehead. You can go further if you need more coverage but I usually wear a fringe so don't need a lot of foundation on my forehead.
  2. Draw 2-3 stripes across your cheeks
  3. Draw a line down the ridge of your nose
  4. Mirror the triangle on your forehead on your chin, the right way up this time around.
  5. Blend all the stripes with your fingers or brush in circular motions towards the outer area of your face. You can now add any more to areas that need a bit of help, like redness around the nose etc.

I tried to take a photo of the foundation laid out across my skin for you but the colour is such a good match that the camera wasn't picking it up!

If you are looking to add a little bit more to your look then the Chubby Sculpting Highlighter or Contour stick is just as easy to use. Draw the lines where you want to add depth or highlights and blend. The contour colour looks really dark and scary. When I first saw it I thought I was going to look like I had drawn mud across my face! But trust me, it blends so well, so don't be scared. You really have to build it to get a really dark contour, so it is pretty hard to get it wrong.

The whole Chubby family is all about natural subtle makeup, so you won't get that caked on contour look with these. I apply it under my check bones to get a little bit of depth and occasionally along my jaw line, you can also use it to shape your nose by applying it either side to the bridge of your nose. I like to use the  highlighter on the top of my cheek bones and on my brow bone. It picks up just the right amount of light so your skin looks like it is glowing.

Natural pretty makeup that enhances your beauty versus "covering it". Portable and very simple to use, that's what the Chubby Sticks are all about and they get a big thumbs up from me!

Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick comes in ten shades RRP:$49

Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour (Curvy Contour) RRP: $57

Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight (Hefty Highlight) RRP: $57