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What's New: Black Opal, MAC, Clinique, ecoTools

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What's New: Black Opal, MAC, Clinique, ecoTools..

Hey beauts!
Okay so during my exam period I actually didn't do much makeup shopping; in fact, I did very little as you can see from the picture above. I just picked up a few basics. Nothing extraordinary (apart from that Black Opal powder lol).

1. MAC Lip Liner - Cork

I've always wanted to try a MAC lip liner. Can you believe I didn't own one? The MAC ones just seemed pricey so I'd always just stuck to my NYX ones but now that I've tried out the MAC lip liner, I think I much prefer it! Well MAC 'Cork' is much better than my NYX 'Toast'. The MAC 'Cork' pencil is a lot softer than the NYX 'Toast' at least so it is much easier to apply. I think I'll be investing more in MAC lip liners. I guess you get what you pay for!
Availability: Any MAC counter or MAC online
Price: £10.50

2. Black Opal Invisible Oil Blocking Powder

Please believe that I am not exaggerating when I say this is the best setting powder I have come across so far; better than my Laura Mercier Invisible Setting Powder and we all know I loved that powder (until it ran out and I decided that I'm not paying that amount for a setting powder again). I was looking for a cheaper alternative to my Laura Mercier Invisible Setting Powder so when I came across a YouTuber's instagram and she mentioned how good it was, it was time for me to try it out! Bear in mind that it isn't a white powder like most setting powders. This powder is particularly good for women of colour because of its colour so if you have problems looking ashy with the white powders, give this a try. Don't worry, I will definitely write up a full review for you all!
Availability: PAK Cosmetics
Price: £6.99

3. Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows -04 Black/Brown

So I've changed my eyebrow pencil! Shocking I know! For some reason MAC were out of stock of their 'Stud' eyebrow pencil for absolutely ages. I was losing my patience and all I had was my Rimmel eyebrow pencil which I use as a backup when MAC acts up but I was even fed up of using that. I remembered that Clinique did an eyebrow pencil just like the MAC one so I decided to give it a try. Believe it or not but I actually prefer the Clinique pencil to the MAC one because the pencil is not as soft which gives a less drawn on look. I also prefer the colour of the Clinique pencil. I bought the darkest one which is lighter than MAC 'Stud'. It may be similar to MAC 'Spiked' if I can remember clearly. If you're looking for a change, definitely try this pencil out! 
Availability: Any Clinique counter
Price: £12

4. MAC Studio Finish Concealer - NC45

I only bought this to sharpen up my brows when I've filled them in but now I also use it as an under-eye highlight for that Kim K look as it is a fuller coverage concealer. It will settle into fine lines horribly if you do not set it!!!!
Availability: Any MAC counter or MAC online
Price: £13.50

5. ecoTools Angled Eyeliner Brush

I really needed an angled brush for applying concealer around my brows and I bought this in a rush. It's quite useless for doing that because the brush is not stiff but I don't know how well it works as an eyeliner brush (which is its actual use).
Availability: Boots or Boots online
Price: £5.49

6. MAC Mineralize Foundation Loose - Dark Deep

I bought this because I wanted to try something new (oh and a YouTuber uses it and she looks amazing!). It's meant to be quite similar to the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish but in a loose powder form. The MAC assistant also mentioned that this product is more fine. So far I do like it but maybe I could have gone for the shade before which is 'Dark'. I don't know why I bought 'Dark Deep' anyway because I use MAC MSF in 'Dark'. 
This powder is great for the warm months because it can be used alone and if you have any blemishes, just apply concealer first or maybe even a tinted moisturiser if you need the extra coverage. It's got quite a good coverage as it is a powder foundation but if you apply too much then obviously you will look very powdery. 
 It also gives off a similar glow to the MSF powder!
Availability: Any MAC counter or MAC online
Price: £23.00

7. MAC Prolongwear Concealer NC45

Before I purchased the MAC Studio Finish concealer, I bought this to be used under my eyes for a highlighted look. I usually use MAC Prolongwear concealer anyway but I decided to go for a shade darker than what I usually buy. The coverage is not as much as the 'Studio Finish' concealer so these are for those subtle makeup days.

Availability: Any MAC counter or MAC online
Price: £13.50

Not much but what do you think of my recent buys? Does anyone own the Black Opal powder?


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8 comments

  1. i have the black opal powder and i love it! who knew something that much cheaper could work so well?! there's also a pressed powder but i have yet to see it in my area

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    1. I know I was so shocked! So happy I didn't repurchase the Laura Mercier one at that price!

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  2. nice haul,love everything!

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  4. Cant wait till you do a review on the black opal powder. Been wanting to try it.

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    1. I really like it. Once I get a proper feel of the product, I will! x

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  5. I LOVE the Black Opal powder. It works well for me and really keeps my oily t-zone to a minimum. It's also really great to set under eye concealer. And you're right, it works better for WOC considering that its not white and doesn't make you look ashy!

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