You might remember from my last update that I pretty much thought I've figured it out. But of course, then I had to go and complicate things...
But let's start from the beginning, I mean middle. My vapour samples arrived and I immediately had to play with them. First impression? COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY! The quality is simply amazing. Now keep in mind this is my very first encounter with all natural make-up and I remember that switching to organic personal care products was an adjustment so I was expecting similar here. But not at all! Here are my first reactions:
1. Primer: Stratus Instant Skin Perfector (903)
Not only did it smooth the pores but the slight translucent pigmentation also evened out the complexion. In the summer I get lots of freckles and sun spots but after just putting the primer on I would almost say it was enough by itself without the foundation! Also unlike my old primer that completely mattified my skin, this primer did not wipe out the glow (and lucky me, I have been enjoying nice pregnancy glow).
2. Foundation: Atmosphere Luminous Foundation (115)
I have followed Vapour's instructions on choosing the right color but of course I was very nervous about it actually being a good match considering that I now have to mix 3 different shades to get my right match. And guess what!? The color was a perfect match! It was so perfect that really you can't tell that I'm wearing make-up. The pores were erased and sun spots and other funny pigmentation has disappeared but once again, the skin's glow and the 'good' freckles still came through!
3. Bronzer: Solar Translucent Bronzer (Spicy 223)
I got the sample in the darkest shade just because I figured I can always use less for a lighter effect. Waw. It's unbelievable! It really is "translucent" as the name suggests because it just bronzes your skin but does not look like you've just smeared very dark kasha on. It goes on like a cloud... It makes you look tanner but you can't see it on the skin. I don't know how that's even possible.
4. Blush: Aura Blush Radiant (Intrigue 205)
Once again the color was SPOT ON! Also because of the "built in" light shimmer it really gives your cheeks this ethereal, magical "elf-like" quality... not sure if you know what I mean, but trust me it's a gorgeous effect!
5. Lipstick: Siren Lipstick (Torrid 413)
This was supposed to be a "fun" sample just to play with. I went for a super deep burgundy color. You see, lipstick and I, especially dark lipstick, we just don't get along. I keep buying it and NEVER wearing it. The reason is that I look either like a) 'working girl' or b) little girl who stole mommy's lipstick. So I wear gloss, but sometimes you don't feel like a gloss and you just want some grown up color on your lips. Surprised once again... this lipstick works perfectly on me! Now, if you love the 'regular lipstick effect" then I'm not sure you would like this. But if you like lipstick that does NOT feel like a lipstick, look like a lipstick or 'taste' like a lipstick then run to get this! It's more of a 'stain' really. It just gives your lips color but other then that you don't even know you have anything on your lips! (Which is exactly what I love). A just for "fun" sample became a FOR SURE to buy right away. I have finally found a dark lip color that works on me.
Overall what surprised me the most about Vapour is that you really can't see it at ALL on the skin. It works, it has color, it adjusts your 'face issues', but even if you lean in real closely you can't actually see it on the skin. Magic I tell you!
Here are the results.
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so sad...no makeup :( smug shot
After putting the make-up on, I literally said to myself - this is IT! I'm buying everything I tried because it works perfectly and will replace exactly my old make-up pieces. However... my joy was short lived as after a few hours I was washing the make-up off. Why? The smell it has, is what I find, a rather strong earthy scent. To me it smells like earth after rain, which really is not bad per se, but it is a bit too much when you're constantly smelling it because it's on your face. I even made Vito smell my face to see if he'd be appalled, but he just said it smelled "a bit herbal". (Then again, he is a smart man and knows not to EVER criticize me... so I knew I couldn't really count on him to speak freely.) In the end I concluded that it just wasn't my scent. Oh how disappointed I was. The biggest culprit turned out to be the foundation, as the bronzer and lipstick actually have a delicious scent of orange and cherry respectively, the primer and blush only having a light "herbal" scent.
I decided not to panic and simply give it a few more tries, after all I happened to have tested the make-up on one of the hottest days of the year (28C), and due to pregnancy I might have had a heightened sensitivity to some scents... However it did make me go back to the drawing board and I ran straight onto the comforting page of possibilities; Spirit Beauty Lounge's sample ordering page! I decided to go ahead and give other companies I heard about a chance as well. Still keeping in line with my preferences for a stick foundation and cream blushes...
I chose these to try next:
Tsi-Lai Organics perfume oil Kizes/ W3LL People Narcissist Foundation + Concealer No 2/ W3LL People Universalist Multi-Use Colorstick No 4/ RMS Uncover Up *22/ RMS Living Luminizer/ RMS Lip to Cheek *Promise/ Kjaer Weis Lip Tint Goddess/ Kjaer Weis Cream Blush Blossoming/ ILIA Beauty Multi-Stick All Of Me
Ordering a sample kit from Spirit Beauty Lounge was by far the easiest way to try all that I wanted from one source. Their 9 samples for $25 (free delivery in US and Internationally) is just perfect. I even threw in Tsi-Lai perfume oil to try as I'd been curious about it, and the Ilia stick in a coral color that I don't usually wear, "just for fun".
What a roller coaster ride? :-) Who knew choosing make-up could be so... riveting! Then again, it's not really buying new make-up that's riveting, it's "Stepping Outside Of MY Beauty Box" that's hard. Stay tuned for the third update on this challenge where I'll reveal my final choices! Unless I run back crying to my old staples...
• • • LESSONS LEARNED • • •
Only by trying something new
will you discover something new.
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