Sunday funday again! Except this little challenge I set myself actually hasn’t been massive amounts of fun…

I decided a couple of weeks ago that I’d love to do a makeup challenge that entails creating an entire makeup look with only one brand of makeup. For this purpose, I chose L’Oreal, purely because I’m loving their Infallible foundation and blushers right now and already had a few things that I use regularly. This was meant to be a way of keeping the total cost of this challenge down. As you’ll see in a second, that did not work.

I wrote myself a list of the items I needed to buy and set out for my local Boots store, 25 miles away. Here’s what I needed:

  • Primer
  • Concealer
  • Powder
  • Brows
  • Contour
  • Highlight
  • Eyeshadow
  • Eye liner

This little lot came to the rather terrifying sum of £97, including 2 pairs of lashes that were on offer, and a couple of bits of skincare I needed aside from this challenge. Even with those extra bits, I still winced a bit as I handed my card over! And to add insult to injury, my local Boots didn’t have a single powder from L’Oreal that would work for me, so I ended up buying a Rimmel one that I’ve been using day to day. For this challenge though I want to stick to a single brand, so there’s no powder in the look I created.

So the look I created goes a little something like this:

Now, I have a couple of issues with this look. Let’s not even talk about the lack of powder available for people without ‘normal’ skintones in a drugstore. I have other issues. Like the contour being the palest shade available and still being really warm toned, making it impossible to blend away naturally on my pale ass face. It also wasn’t massively blendable in itself, so it was an even bigger struggle than I thought it would be. Then there’s the highlight in the same palette which I didn’t even use because it was orange compared to my face. Goregous on any other skin tone, but far too dark and again warm toned for mine.

The La Palette Nude eyeshadow palette is stunning, but the shadows in it are not brilliant. They don’t blend well at all, it took me an age to get even as far as I did. I also tried to use as many of the colours as possible, but you can’t really tell that from the finished look. They all just sort of smush together to create a lovely, but totally flat looking purple shadow.

The Infallible Mattifying Primer was one product I was super excited to try, as I love the other products in the Infallible range, but the primer did not agree with the foundation! I don’t know if it was the two products together or if it was the method of application I used, but after using the primer, the foundation would not take to my nose. I’ve never seen anything quite like it actually. You expect products in the same range to work together, but these didn’t seem to.

Unedited photo shows the unblended contour & dodgy brow pencil!

What I did love and will use again from this challenge is the Super Liner eyeliner pen. It creates a lovely sharp line, and while it’s not the most pigmented liner I’ve ever tried, it’s really easy to use and does a nice job. I’ll definitely use it again in future even just as an easy way to trace out a sharp wing to then fill in with a darker product.

I love the Matte Lip Paint, and I’ve used it in a blog post before. It’s super comfortable and a gorgeous colour. And while I wasn’t mad about the Lumi Magique pen concealer, I quite like the finish. I wouldn’t use it as a spot concealer, but to bring more light reflection to the under eye area it’s a nice drugstore alternative to something like Touche Eclat.

Here’s a before and after of this look just because I love showing what makeup can do for me, even if it’s not the best makeup I’ve ever done!

So there’s proof that even bad makeup can help in some way! I hope you guys enjoy this little challenge I set myself, I know it’s nothing new but I’ve neevr done it before and it’s always so interesting to see how different the results are for different people. Let me know if you think I should try another one brand challenge and what brand you’d like to see!

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