Oriflame Haul/Review: 3 makeup products, 2 brushes

So, I’ve talk about Oriflame products before. The reason is my mom sold these catalog products for years when I was little and then, a couple of years ago, I began selling them (mostly to buy products at lower prices for me and my family).

They have a lot of different products and in what comes to makeup, there are a lot of misses. But, sometimes I find really good products also. And these are not cheap items; they’re in the range of MAC prices. I’ve talked about one of my favorite mascaras – WonderLash – and I also really like some eye shadows they had a while ago. This is actually a problem. They change their lines a lot and stop selling products to introduce new ones; and lately they’ve been changing their products for worse. Most of the products I love they don’t have anymore.

Last week I bought some 5 new things that I never tried before. They’re from a new line, a studio-professional-something line, and I bought the concealer, foundation, finishing powder and two professional brushes (one for liquid foundation, the other for face powder).

I’ve tried them enough times right now to make a quick assessment of their use. First, the concealer. It’s called the VeryMe concealer and I bought it in peach. I really like the way this applies and it’s a very good concealer. You don’t need a whole lot of product to be satisfied with the coverage and it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing any product at all. I don’t have big black circles to conceal – but I tried them one day on top of a blemish and it was perfect. Also, I top the concealer with powder every time I use it, so, it had a really good staying power, but I’m not sure if it was the concealer itself, or the combination with the powder.

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The foundation – Studio Artist Foundation with Illuma Flair (SPF 15), in fair nude – was a miss for me. I have combination skin, but with the weather change, my skin always gets crazy with some dry areas and other oily ones. In the oily/normal areas, this foundation works great, but in the drier areas it is just plain awful. I thought it was my problem, that I wasn’t applying it the right way, so I tried a couple of different things: using a good moisturizer, a good primer, a good foundation brush… and nothing. Always the same result. Don’t get me wrong, I still think it’s a good product, because wherever the skin wasn’t dry, it looked amazing! I really liked the way my skin felt. If you have normal skin and don’t usually have problems with dry parts, I really recommend that you try this. But I probably won’t have use for it while my skin has dry areas. And that’s not cool, because it wasn’t a $5 foundation. Oh well.

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The Studio Artist Loose Powder with Illuma Flair in translucent… another miss. First, the packaging was terrible. It has that hole system that most powders do, it came with a sticker that was really hard to take off. And it still kept a lot of glue, which was seriously annoying. This was supposed to be a finishing powder that would give you that soft glow look without looking oily. Well, I used it on top of different types of foundation – liquid, powder, mineral – and I don’t get it. I do not feel a difference. This was even supposed to work perfect with the foundation I talked about above and it doesn’t even provide a longer wear for any of them. I don’t get it, at all. It wasn’t cheap also, and it does nothing.

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Now, the brushes. I bought them because they were on sale, I have to admit. They’re a part of the Studio Artist line also, and I really like how they look. I’m not the best person to talk about brushes but I gotta say, I really like these two. They’re soft but do their jobs perfectly and I love how they feel, both the brissels and handles. My favorite powder brush is the retractable Kabuki from EcoTools – and I’m not sure there will be a substitute for that one – but I’ve used this powder one the last few days and I’m pleased. I had a set of brushes from Oriflame a few years ago that the brushes were awful but I think that if they’re changing the brush line to something in this Studio Artist line, they are definitely going the right way.

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So, overall, it was exactly as it’s been in the past few years: some hits, some misses. The concealer and the brushes: big hits. The foundation and powder: big misses.

Hope you liked this haul/review and it was at least a bit helpful! 😉 Have a nice day everyone!

Sofia @ Something on Everything

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