Battle of the Foundation Brushes: Real Techniques vs. Lancome

In the Battle of the Foundation Brushes I will be reviewing the Real Techniques and Lancome foundation brushes. I received both of these brushes as part of a set.

For the test, I used the same Teint Idole Foundation for a six week period on both brushes under different circumstances. Although the same product was used the end results were dramatically different.

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The Real Techniques Core Brush Collection sells for $21.99 CAD and can be purchased at Wal-Mart. The brush in this collection I will be reviewing is the Pointed Foundation Brush.

This brush is a great value for the price. The brush is synthetic and has a light wispy feel to it.

When applying foundation it did a great job to get the product distributed on your face. However,  the foundation was left with obvious streaks and brush lines. The product still needs to be buffed with a make-up sponge for a flawless finish. As well as the brush does soak up quite a bit of product when applying.

This is a great brush if you are trying to build up coverage. As you can achieve full coverage when working in layers and a make up sponge.

After a couple uses, crumb began to appear in the foundation. At first I thought this was the setting powder that was left over from my make up sponge.  When I investigated the occurrence of this texture it was coming from the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush.

Unfortunately as amazing as this brush is, it does require a bit of maintenance in the cleaning department. If you’re like most ladies and only clean your brushes a couple times a month then this budget friendly brush is not for you. For this brush to avoid foundation  crumbs I recommend that you clean it after 2-3 uses.

Brush Set

The Lancome Paris en Rose Brush Set is a limited edition set that retails for $86 CAD through the Lancome Website.

The Lancome Foundation Brush #2 is a black tip synthetic brush. In comparison to the Real Technique’s brush it is stiff, yet soft.

Upon application, the brush soaks up an appropriate amount of foundation and distributes it  evenly. Brush lines are hard to see to the naked eye and  with some buffing you could easily skip the beauty blender.

My only complaint with this brush is it very difficult to build up the foundation it you are looking for more of a full coverage finish. Otherwise this is a great investment if you are upgrading your brushes.

Who is the winner in the Battle of the Foundation Brushes. The Lancome Foundation Brush #2.

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This brush is phenomenal is does not soak up and waste liquid foundation like the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush.  It is easy to clean and does not require as much maintenance as other foundation  brushes. This is a great brush if you are looking to upgrade brushes or as a present.

I must say that the Real Techniques Brush is great for those just starting out with make-up tools. The brush does require more maintenance (frequent cleanings because it does soak up more product.


Battle of BITE Beauty: Amuse Bouche Lipstick vs. Matte Lip Cream Crayon

In the Battle of the BITE Beauty, I will be comparing the Amuse Bouche Lipsticks to the  Matte Lip Cream Crayon. Both of these products are outstanding and I wear them on a daily basis.

The BITE Amuse Bouche Lipsticks launched at the end of 2015, replacing the now discounted Butter Cream Lipsticks. You can find the Amuse Bouche Lipsticks on the Sephora Website for CAD $30.

These lipsticks are hydrating and sit comfortably on the lips. They have a satin feel to them.

However what justifies a long lasting lipstick?

As comfortable and highly pigmented as these are, I found they did fade and settled into cracks of the lips after about 4-5 hours of untouched wear. If you are not a fan of staining, you may not like these as I found they do leave some residue.

Irregardless, these are still one of my favourite products and I recommend everyone to have a least one of them. They are excellent for work wear.

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The Matte Lip Cream Crayon retails on the Sephora website for $28. This crayons are slender in comparison to the Amuse Bouche Lipstick bullets. Thus making it easier to maneuver around the lips to line.

I love the smell of these. They remind of PEZ candy  and taste like oranges (no I don’t intentionally eat my lip products). In terms of wear these can last on the lips up to 6 hours, after which you may notice fading.

The only wee complaint I have about these is the product tends to feather after removal to eat.

Who is the winner in the Battle of BITE Beauty? The Matte Creme Lip Crayon.

I love these products equally I recommend that every woman to have a least one of each. However the Matte Lip Cream Crayon is just a hair width more outstanding. The wear is longer and a dryer formula in comparison to the Amuse Bouche Lipstick. It is also a hair width cheaper by $2 CAD.


Battle of the Too Faced Eye Shadow Palettes

In the Battle of the Too Faced Eye Shadow Palettes I will be reviewing the Chocolate Bon Bons vs. The Sweet Peach Palette. Both of these palettes retail for $59 CAD from Sephora (a little bit more from the Too Faced website) and are part of the permanent collection.


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This palette is great for doing subtle work looks and smoky eyes. There are great transition shades in here that will assist in building up any look.

These can be used for more than one purpose from highlighter (Satin Sheets) to filling in your brows (Dark Truffle).

However not all the shades are consistent.

For instance Malted  and Black Currant came out muddy and can be difficult to blend. Cafe au Lait looks wonderful in the pan but looses its iridescence when applied.

The matte shades are the winners in this palette and the shimmer shades are lack luster in comparison.

Unfortunately, if you get these shades a little bit wet the pan will be stained.


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The Sweet Peach Palette joined Too Faced’s permanent line at the end of 2016. It was originally release in spring 2016 as a limited edition and due to high demand it was brought back.

Its clear that Too Faced as reformulated this palette as it has incredible pigmentation compared to the Chocolate Bon Bons Palette. White Peach (Sweet Peach) is close to Divinity (Chocolate Bon Bons) in colour but White Peach is considerably more pigmented.

The shimmer shades give me the chills when I wear them. These shimmers look almost wet on the lids, like I applied gloss on my lids.

When playing around with the matte shade I was blown away at how pigment they were in comparison to the Chocolate Bon Bons Palette. It takes little effort to blend these puppies out.

Who is the Winner in the Battle of the Too Faced Palettes? The Sweet Peach Palette.

The new Too Faced shadow formula left me breathless. I have been using Too Faced products for many years and was expecting a just above average palette, but I found myself buying wowed by the quality of this instead.

The Sweet Peach Palette won because of the new formula its hard to judge these products otherwise since it has the same packaging and price point.

I feel this will be a collector’s favourite and great introduction piece for those who have never owned a Too Faced Palette before.





Battle of the Smoothing Primer: Maybelline VS. Tarte

In the Battle of the Smoothing Primers I will be comparing Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer to Tarte’s Clean Slate 12 Hour Perfecting Primer. Both primers sell for drastically different price points and the end results may stun you.

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Maybelline’s Instant Pore Eraser Primer is an affordable drugstore primer that is widely available. This primer retails for approximately $11.99 at Wal-Mart and Shopper’s Drug Mart.

The Baby Skin primer claims to blur or erase pores however, after application users may notice that their pores appear to be minimized and can  still be seen by the naked eye.

Upon application the Pore Eraser primer goes on as a slippery silicone gel. This is the secret to the blurring effect of this primer. It is heavily formulated with silicone.

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Tarte’s Clean Slate Poreless 12 Hour Primer is a silicone based primer just like the Maybelline Baby Skin. However this primer retails for $40 CAD from the Tarte direct website and Sephora.

Tarte is known for having “high powered” natural ingredients in their products. This is no exception as there are antioxidants present in this primer formula. Unfortunately, there are known to be irritable plant extracts in this as well that could be problematic to sensitive skin.

After using a full tube of this I found it did in fact contribute to break outs.

As a “smoothing primer” this product was underwhelming as it had a minimal effect in blurring pores. After 6 hours of wear I found this did contribute to pooling and oiliness. In addition to laugh lines and expression lines becoming more pronounced.

Who is the winner in the Battle of Smoothing Primer? Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser!

The Baby Skin Primer may not make your pores magically disappear but it will blur the size of them better then the Tarte Clean Slate Primer. The amount of silicone present in the Baby Skin Primer simply out performs the Tarte Primer.

If you are looking to smooth dry patches the more silicone the better to create a flawless smooth canvas for foundation.

For the price point, I expect more from a $40 primer. Particularly one that is going to be formulated without irritates or has some added benefits for my skin. At $11.99  the Baby Skin primer is a superb smoothing primer that does not add to break outs or cause oiliness.



Battle of the Full Coverage Foundation: Tarte VS. Lancome

For most, full coverage foundation is a necessity to cover up any flaws on your complexions. I for one, have tried numerous full coverage foundations in an attempt to evade the demons that have marred my face over time.

As a side note I must say that I have combination skin and that will be a factor in this battle as I have two different skin types to deal with.

Today in the Battle of the Full Coverage Foundation I will comparing Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Foundation with Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour Long Wear Foundation.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation is a 12 hour foundation  that is vegan friendly. The product comes in a 1.7 fl.oz. squeeze tube and is a thick consistency because it is clay.. You can purchase this on the Tarte website or Sephora for $51 CAD. This foundation does have SPF-15 in it.

Application is best done with a dense brush or by spreading and buffing with a make up sponge. Buffing is important when working with this product as it easy to use too much.

How did it perform?

This foundation claims to be 12 hour wear, and I partially agree. If you have dry patches this foundation will cling to it and emphasize those problem areas. If you have normal skin then this will be a good pick for you and will hold up to the 12 hour claim.

For those who have pronounced lines on your face; such as expression lines and laugh lines then after hours of wear this product will settle in those lines with a have a cracking appearance.

If have areas where your are oily I found that this foundation would have oil break through and look streaky. The area I found this to occur the most was on my chin. I found this could be avoided by baking areas like forehead and chin however you run the chance of looking cakey.

Lancome Teint Idole is a 24 hour wear foundation that offers medium to full coverage. This product took 8 years to develop by Lancome and is oil free and fragrance free. This foundation does have SPF-15 in it and packaging comes in a heavy glass pump jar of 1 fl. oz. You can purchase this from the Sephora website for $55 CAD.

As for application the product is a watery consistency and a little goes a long way. Generally, one pump will give you a full face at medium coverage. Brushing on small amount and then buffing them out with a damp make up sponge will give you a flawless finish. Go in a second time to build up coverage to full.

How did it perform?

I have seen no oil break through when using this product  on either my forehead or chin area. This product does not emphasize laugh lines or expression lines. However it can “catch” on dry patches. To best avoid this use the setting spray method on dry areas when working with this foundation.

Who is the winner in the Battle of the Full Coverage Foundation? Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour Long Wear Foundation!

For the price point I would spend the $4 extra to purchase this. It will last your twice as long as the Tarte Foundation. Even though Tarte’s Foundation is 1.7 fl. oz it is a thicker consistancy. On average a tube would last me about 2 months. Whereas, the Lancome foundation has lasted me about 3.5 months and I’m just a little bit past halfway in the jar. In the end you are saving money by spending a few dollars more.

For skin types I found the Lancome Teint Idole to perform better. Because I am combination skin I have both extremes of oily and dry and this worked with these issues  instead of against them. I found the Amazonian Clay did not work with combination skin (oil break through and exaggerated dry patches) and would be better suited for normal skin or sensitive skin types.

What foundation stories do you have? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @Lidsandtricks.


Battle of the Brow Gel: Anastasia Beverly Hills vs. Benefit

For Battle of the Brow Gel, I will be comparing Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel vs. Benefit Ready, Set, Brow! 24 Hour Brow Gel. I have both of these and have worn them for a while. They are very comparable yet different products.

Benefit Ready, Set, Brow! 24 Hour Brow Gel was one of the first products that I tried from the Benefit Brand. This product retails on the Sephora website for about $30 CAD.

Upon wearing this for a couple months I can say that the claim of “24-hour brow gel” is a bit exaggerated. For myself, I have thicker brows and need a sticky formula to keep my hairs from budging.

The applicator is a spatula with flimsy “hairs” and requires a bit of work to coat your brows. I found with this applicator, it is easy to be wasteful with the product when trying to distribute gel, but this is just a design flaw.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel retails on the Sephora website for $29 CAD. The Anastasia Beverly Hills formula is more “cementing” compared to the Benefit formula.

The applicator is a traditional spoolie and can easily coat your brows for long lasting wear.

The only flaw I found with this product is a little goes a long way and too much can make your brow look like plastic under certain lighting. However, we’ll rule that out as user error as I’m a pretty heavy-handed individual.

So who is the winner in Battle of the Brow Gel? Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel.

There is a reason why this product has a huge cult following and is a Holy Grail item on most makeup addicts make-up lists.

For me, the Benefit Grow Gel doesn’t stand up the 24-hour claim (barely even a full 8-10 hour work day). If you touch your brows accidentally, your brows will move out of place. Whereas, I found the Anastasia Beverley Hills Gel will keep your brows in place and may last in place for at least 12 hours.

The second reason why I didn’t pick the Benefit Brow Gel was because of the spatula applicator. It’s just awkward to apply to the brows, unlike the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gels that only takes a simple swipe.

The Benefit Brow Gel would be great for someone going out for a couple hours that wants something that will come off easily.


Battle of the Brow Liner: NYX Micro Brow vs. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

The Battle of the Brow Liner will include NYX  Micro Brow and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. I love both of these items but I find one to be more beneficial for daily use.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz retails for $27 CAD at Sephora. They have a wide array of shades that guarantee your perfect match. The tip is great for making hair texture and filling in sparse areas.

The NYX Micro Brow retails for $12 CAD at Shopper’s Drug Mart. There aren’t as many shades as the Anastasia Beverly Hills Line but you’ll find the shades to be slightly warmer in comparison. In terms of tools, there is a slightly larger spoolie in comparison to the Anastasia product.

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To be honest this really isn’t that much of a battle. These items are identical so it’s really more of a preference.

Who is the Winner in the Battle of the Brow Liners? NYX Micro Brow because the price is ideal. For someone who uses a brow liner every day and goes through 1 pencil approximately every 2 months this is the better dupe.

In terms of the product, it is identical to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and can last for up to 12 hours if not more. I have not found the NYX Micro Brow Pencil to fade or smear during wear.

In fact, this is my Holy Grail brow liner product and I recommend everyone to at least try this.