Friends, Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, the wonderful array of cartoons (Pokémon, Rugrats, Arthur and when The Simpsons was still good) Tamagotchis, gel pens and butterfly hair clips. What wasn't there to love about the '90s? I was a little too young to be rocking the on point fashion and makeup styles back then, but with the revival of '90s trends in the last couple of years, I can happily relive my nostalgia for the greatest decade of all time. I've been wanting to post a '90s-inspired soft and smokey grunge makeup look on my blog for quite some time now, but rather than go through the process and talk you through each product I used, I'm instead going to review a select few of them, all of which I've recently acquired. Having only used these makeup products a few times each, these are just my first impressions, but so far, so good!
Laura Mercier Silk Crème Moisturising Photo Edition Foundation*
When it was announced that the OG Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation had been reformulated, many people were skeptical. A much-loved foundation within the beauty community, I was a fan of the original formula myself, though my feelings towards the change were actually quite indifferent. If NARS Sheer Glow Foundation were to be reformulated, that would be another story! I was super excited when I was contacted by Adore Beauty to pick a product from their website to review because not only was I given the opportunity to try out the new formulation, but packages from Adore Beauty are simply the best. Not going to lie, I probably get more excited for the free Tim Tam than the actual beauty products!
Change can be a hard thing for people to get used to and when we're talking beauty, there's always the fear that new formulas aren't going to perform as well. While the original was a really thick, almost paste-like consistency, the new formula is significantly thinner and on my skin, blends in seamlessly easier. I had no qualms with the original, but in comparison to the new, I did have to spend a bit more time buffing it into the skin. This was never any issue either because once applied, it revealed an evenly perfected base and on mornings I was in a rush, I could easily go without concealer. In the shade Medium Ivory (a great colour match for me), the Laura Mercier Silk Crème Moisturising Photo Edition Foundation provides the same flawless base, though with a more dewy finish, which I prefer. Occasionally, I'd mix in a little BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl with the original just to make it slightly more radiant.
Like the name suggests, the new formulation really is moisturising, which is ideal for my somewhat dehydrated skin. If you're more on the oily side, there's the Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation that you can look into. While the new formulation remains high coverage enough for me, I can see why it doesn't meet the expectations for fans of the original as its thick consistency covered literally almost every imperfection. With the new formula, I think you need to build up the coverage, but having said that, I actually prefer it this way.
My final verdict? I'd take both the original and new formula, and be happy with either, though the Photo Edition would be my preference as I do appreciate the thinner consistency, the more dewy, satin-like finish and its moisturising qualities. High coverage and super long-lasting, I'm really happy with Laura Mercier's new foundation formula, but I do kind of feel sorry for those who have stocked up on the original. I guess you can't please everyone!
Anastasia Brow Wiz
Along with the Laura Mercier foundation, Adore Beauty also sent me a generous $15 gift voucher to spend on an order of over $75. How lovely! I wasn't asked to review these purchases, but I wanted to, anyway, and I haven't used an asterisk as most of my order was spent with my own money. I don't know all the technicalities when working with companies! I'd been wanting to try Anastasia Brow Wiz for years and while I was going to wait until Sephora Melbourne opened, now seemed like a more perfect time than ever. An ultra-slim mechanical pencil with a convenient spoolie on the other end, Brow Wiz mimics brow hair to shape, define and fill in sparse areas. I have the shade Dark Brown, which is perfect for my black hair and I think the next shade down, Ebony, would have been too dark. Due to the thinness of the pencil, I have heard you do go through Brow Wiz really quickly and after using it a couple of times now, I can definitely see this for myself. In comparison to the Hourglass Arch Sculpting Pencil, which is an angled shape that creates broad strokes, Brow Wiz is more for drawing individual brow hairs and is a little more time consuming to use. When I'm rushing around getting ready for work, I'll reach for my MAC Eyeshadow in Brun and Real Techniques Brow Brush, which is the quickest way I fill in my eyebrows. When the time permits, I love using Brow Wiz to create soft, naturally filled in brows and with an amazing shade range, I can finally understand why it's a firm favourite within the community.
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Quite Natural
As a gold Myer One member, I received a $20 voucher to spend during Myer's recent VIP Christmas shopping event. I was working that night, but during my tea break, I quickly nabbed something from MAC because it was 10% off the brand on top of my staff discount and my voucher. I'd never in my life pay full price for MAC in Australia! My housemate brought back MAC's Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork for me during her trip to Hawaii in the middle of the year and I absolutely love it, though I was still after something a little darker and grungier, so I decided to get Quite Natural too. Groundwork is definitely the perfect grungy brown shade for paler skin tones, but I love using it for a soft taupe-brown eye makeup look on my medium complexion. Described as a "dirty chocolate brown", Quite Natural is a neutral mid-tone brown shade and when blended out onto the lids, creates an effortless grungy look with that whole '90s vibe I just can't get enough of. I now own three MAC Paint Pots and the quality of these long-lasting cream eyeshadows is really outstanding. I find you do have to work with them relatively quickly, but they blend out really easily and once it sets, it stays in place all day.
Benefit Watt's Up!
After randomly swatching Benefit's Watt's Up! Highlighter in-store and falling in love, I added it to my wishlist with hesitation. At a whopping $53, it was a lot of money to part with for a highlighter, but when my blogger BFF, Jennifer, came to visit me in Melbourne recently, she gifted me with hers that she no longer uses. A cream-to-powder finish, Watt's Up! is a luminous and dreamy champagne colour, reminiscent of MAC's eyeshadow in Naked Lunch. The sponge tip blender on the other end is a little gross and does nothing for blending out, so my preferred method of application is to rub and warm the product onto my index finger before gently tapping and blending it upon the areas the sun would naturally hit my face. It gives a soft-focus glow to the skin and to me, would suit all skin tones.
Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Milky Way
Not knowing what else to buy with my Adore Beauty gift voucher, I decided to make my first foray into Laura Mercier lipsticks. There hasn't been much word on them within the beauty blogging scene, but when both Jennifer and Tamira, two bloggers whose opinion I hold in high regard, started raving on about them, I became curious. Like them, I also picked up the Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Milky Way, a taupe-brown shade, which may sound a little off-putting, but brown lips are definitely still possible to pull off in the 2000s! Containing olive oil and Vitamin E, they're super nourishing and result in healthy, plump lips. They're so moisturising and comfortable to wear, you don't even need to prep with a lip balm beforehand. The finish is lustrous and satin-like, though I do prefer more matte lips, so I like to wear it over the top a nude lip liner (I'm wearing MAC's Lip Pencil in Subculture underneath) and blot it a little. For an easy, fuss-free lip colour, the Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colours are well worth looking into.
What do you love about the '90s and what new makeup bits are you currently trying out?