As someone with combination skin that errs on the side of oily more often than not, I've been a matte makeup faithful since I can remember. Matte foundation, setting powder, powder bronzers, powder blush, and powder highlighters have been my go-to products for over a decade. Basically, if powder was in the name, I was probably using it. This winter in particular, however, I noticed that my skin was looking rather... mannequin-esque. I caught a glimpse of myself in the bathroom mirror and almost had to do a double-take. There was no lit-from-within glow, save for what was being created by the shimmery highlighting powder I had dusted on that morning. As a result, I started drinking more water and using facial oils at night and in the morning, but I was still so disappointed at how dull my complexion was looking. Then one day, after meeting with a beauty counter representative and seeing the horrified look on her face when I told her what foundation I use, I realized it was time to switch up my makeup bag. Maybe going matte isn't really where it's at, I thought.
I decided to do a complete overhaul and swap out my powder formulas for creams, and, boy, was I surprised at the outcome. My skin was much more dewy, my faux glow was more believable, and my overall complexion actually looked healthier. Below, you'll find the creamy swaps I made (and still use today).
This product is a newer launch, but I haven't even thought about using anything else since I first got my hands on it. As opposed to the matte formulas I usually use, this silky-smooth "luminous" foundation gives my skin just the right amount of glow without that Slip 'N Slide effect at the end of the day. It's also buildable, so I can either rock a sheer no-makeup-makeup look or layer it on for more coverage. It's seriously good stuff.
I can't get enough of this palette. The highlight (third from the left) is the perfect consistency for a dewy glow without looking sparkly, and the blush color is a lovely coral that gives off a natural flush on my fair skin (I use Color 20). The dark contour color blends in seamlessly with my foundation, especially when I go over it with a Beautyblender ($20).
I'd always been wary of using cream blush in fear that I'd look like a Bozo the Clown impersonator, but I quickly learned that I'd been missing out on a better-looking complexion all these years. This particular blush from Honest Beauty blends so easily sans streaking or blotchy patches and has amazing color payoff—I'm a total cream blush faithful now.
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