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Free Beauty Products Review

As promised, today I’m sharing my reviews on the free beauty products I received from product testing websites!

I had so much fun trying to creatively take pictures of the products, swatches, and wear tests! Not saying I’m good at it by any means, but hopefully you’ll bare with me as I learn this whole blogging thing!

Here are 5 makeup products and my honest thoughts on them..

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer

So this is a very expensive primer, one that I would probably not purchase on my own (cause I’m cheap). However I will say that it does what it claims to do. It blurs out all of the uneven skin tone, redness, pores, and acne.

Left: Baby Skin Primer Right: Touche Eclat Primer

In the picture above, I compared the Touche Eclat (right) to the Maybelline Baby Skin primer (left.) The YSL primer has little flecks of gold in it. Which is suppose to help illuminate and radiate the foundation. I personally don’t see a difference with the gold specks. But the texture is so incredibly soft, even more so than the Baby Soft Primer. It literally makes my face feel like a velvet cloud of softness.

It also claims to be suitable for all skin tones and types, even sensitive. Which I can agree with, my face is sensitive and it has never irritated my skin at all.

I’ve had this primer for a while, and I’ve saved it specifically for special occasions. Just because of how little product there actually is in the tube, but also because of the expensiveness and I know it’s going to do an amazing job.

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfector

Obviously this goes in line with the Touche Eclat series. This comes in a pink, thick balm consistency. Its suppose to do all the things that the primer does, but also acts like an invisible blurring foundation. While I will agree it does blur the skin, I wouldn’t compare the coverage to a foundation.

The Blur perfector also claims to be used as a finishing touch after all makeup is applied, or can provide a mattifying touch-up. I have tried applying this after my makeup routine, and it was a mess. It made my makeup look blotchy and thick. But I do have dry skin, not oily.

Honestly, I have not reached for this since getting it and playing around with it for a week or so. If you have oily skin, it would probably work well for you. But for me, I’m not a fan.

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer

I was super excited when I got a Kat Von D concealer. At that time, her lock it foundation, concealer, and shade and light palette were all the rage. I did try the Lock-It foundation because of the super high coverage and I absolutely hated it! It was so thick and cakey, it just didn’t work for me. This concealer is pretty much the same. Very thick, but very high coverage.

Left: Kat Von D Middle: Tarte Shape Tape Right: Instant Age Rewind

You can just tell from the picture how thick and full coverage the concealer is. Definitely higher coverage then the Tarte Shape Tape. (Which I also hate!) If you have dry skin, especially on the under eye, I wouldn’t recommend this concealer. It so drying and cakey looking, which is the worst look.

The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer (right) is the one I’m currently using and loving. It has great coverage and is not super drying. Not to mention it’s a heck of a lot cheaper!

Kat Von D Lock-It Translucent Setting Powder

This is the translucent form, not any added coverage type of setting powder. It says it’s suppose to hide pores, and mattify. I don’t think it hides your pores, and I have many of them! But it does mattify, which is why I don’t use it on the under eye. The only thing I do use it for is to clean up my contour line. And because the powder is super white, it does an amazing job for that alone.

For demonstration purposes, I did use a little powder under the eye. But you can see how well it looks under the contour. If you have dry skin, I wouldn’t recommend using this all over your face. But for oily, it will do a great job mattifying.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

This mascara is by far the best I’ve ever tried! It does all the things it claims to, which I find is rare in the beauty industry. It gives my lashes fullness, volume, and a velvety look. So many mascaras out there swear to give you the look of false lashes, and this one definitely comes close!

I compared a swatch of Velvet Noir (right) to the Loreal Voluminous mascara (left). I think from the picture you can see the velvety like texture. Even with the price, I would definitely repurchase, because I think it’s worth the cost!

This is the final look with all the products shown. The left side of my face I used all the products I just discussed. And the right side I used all drugstore products. The biggest difference I notice first hand is the mascara. Also the under eye on the left side you can tell is a bit more dry looking and not as smooth compared to the right. Under the contour line where I used the Kat Von D concealer and translucent powder, is much lighter. Compared to the right, where I used Maybelline Instant Age Rewind and Rimmel Stay Matte powder.

Honestly, in person the only noticeable different is the left side looking brighter and lighter. Is that worth all that extra money? I’m so cheap when it comes to anything. There are only 2 high end products that I have repurchased over and over again. (Which I plan to talk about in my holy grail products post!)

I’d also like to add that everyone’s skin is different. So what may or may not work for me personally, might be the opposite for you.

Anyway, (enough rambling) I hope this was useful and entertaining. If you have any thoughts or comments, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored or affiliated. I received these products for free to test through various product testing websites. These are my honest opinions!