Project Make a Dent No. 2 | Half Year Update
It has finally been half a year since I started the second edition of Project Make Dent. Compared to the halfway mark of the first attempt at this project in 2015, I would like to pat myself on the back for the progress made so far. My selected makeup stash is getting used up a lot faster than anticipated.
Primers are one of the beauty items that I have the most difficulty incorporating into the routine. Both Clarins' items were barely used in the past half year, whereas I would add a bit of the Maybelline Angelfit base to the Lancome Teint Miracle whenever I veered towards liquid foundation. I guess using one of the three primers, even if sometimes, is better than none at all.
This little pot of silicone-ness called the Clarins Instant Smooth laid untouched and unopened for the past 6 months. I think my aversion could have been due to the fact that my skin has been very sensitive and acne-prone. Just the thought of layering something that was non-breathable onto my face underneath even more product left me cautious.
To no surprise, powder products definitely showed the most progress. I may not have been a very diligent makeup user in the past, but seeing the pan of powder products is always motivating to become one.
Somehow, someway, I was able to pan out the Maybelline FIT Me powder. I expected to finish this particular one later on in the year but not that I am complaining. This just means I can get an early start at another powder in my stash.
I mentioned it in the first PMAD Part 2 post, but this isn't my favorite powder. The feelings still hold true. Certain days it felt a tinge too dark for my complexion and too powdery-looking for my liking. That might sound like completely nonsense but a girl can dream (especially with the technology today) right?
While I have a hard time panning primers because I cannot incorporate it into my morning routine, I have a difficult time panning blushes for a whole different reason. If the product is high quality, only a little bit is needed to give a ton of color. It seems impossible to completely finish given the sizes of blushers.
No matter how often I swirl my makeup brushes in these two MAC Mineralize Blushes, it doesn't really seem like it's made any difference. If I wasn't recording the progress for this project series, I wouldn't even think the surface got any flatter. Photos don't lie! Do you see it too or is it all wishful thinking on my part?
Of all the items I picked out for this year, I wanted to finish this particular item the most. I feel like I have had the N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Bronzing powder for ages (and I definitely have). It is most likely past its product expectancy. Despite daily usage, progress seemed to be very slow. If it doesn't completely pan out by the end of the year, the bronzing powder will be heading towards the trash bin.
My opinions toward this jane Shimmering Blush is pretty neutral, maybe leaning towards the slightly negative side. I had cleaned up the packaging of everything for the sake of the photo but this blush has so much shimmer that flies everywhere whenever I used it with a brush.
For a blush, it is way too shimmery. As a highlighter, it isn't natural enough. Let's just say this is one of the items I won't be missing after the year is over.
Hmm, it doesn't look like I made much progress with the Visee Glam palette at all. I didn't use eyeshadows as much as I did the other products in the pile but it was definitely more than I had last year. It did help that the color palette in this one was more natural. Let's see how it fares again at the end of the year.
The biggest struggle in the first edition of PMAD was definitely the lip products. Lipsticks just weren't my thing. I can say that I have had better success this time around. But just by a margin. I was able to incorporate the Korres Lip Butter into my night routine as an overnight lip balm as it was relatively colorless. If I remembered, I would apply the L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm as the last step of my makeup routine in the morning.
The product I reached for the least this past half year was definitely the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick. It is a very natural looking color and everything yet it isn't reached for at all. Strangely in the last month or so I have been into the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil from the Sephora birthday freebie last year. I don't wear lipsticks often, if ever, but when I do I go for a very statement look: deep red and matte. Go figure.