First Impressions: BoxyCharm, LauraLee Los Angeles & More

It’s time for some new products again! After buying, testing, and playing with some new makeup products and launches, there are some great new products that would be a good staple for anyone’s collection!


TruBlend Matte Made Foundation: A new drug store foundation just hit the market and it has replaced Maybelline’s Super Stay Foundation in my heart. The new TruBlend foundation from Covergirl is a must try. Before even getting into formulas and wear time, I was first super impressed that they launched with a 40 shade color range when high end brands are still struggling with this. It comes in a glass bottle with a pump, which in my opinion is make or break. The product claims to be “developed with flexi-hold technology that creates a strong, yet flexible, film on the skin for durability and comfort, while the mattifying powders absorb oil and minimizes pores”. It is also transfer resistant and has a 12 hour wear time.

I have put this foundation through the ringer with multiple 12 plus hour days before really giving it my full review. I have really oily skin and after working for 8 hours, my makeup still looked pretty good. I had some oil build up on my forehead and around my nose, but a quick blot and powder fixed t right up. I usually have an issue with foundations around my nose creasing, breaking up, and just plain disappearing. I had none of these issues and I was shocked. Now that it is summer and the heat index keeps going up, I am having issues with old favorite foundations like Laura Mercier’s Flawless Fusion Foundation even creasing and disappearing from the sides and tip of my nose. After going out and having the foundation on for around 14-16 hours, I still had amazing coverage with little to no transfer. I had moderate oil in my t-zone but that was expected with my skin type. The one slight downfall to this foundation was that I did notice that it slightly oxidized when it dried. If you’re going to pick it up I would suggest either going slightly lighter or lightening up the face with concealer.

TruBlend Base Business Primer: With the launch of Covergirl’s new foundation there was also a primer that came in four different formulas. You can choose from skin smoothing, illuminating, pore minimizing, and color correcting. I usually stay away from anything with the description of illuminating since I have enough oil already to shine to the Gods. I tested the foundation with the color neutralizing formula on my cheeks and the pore minimizing formula in my t-zone. The formulas are very creamy and almost have a lotion texture instead of it feeling like silicone. Just like with any primer, the foundation blended out like a dream over the top of them. I didn’t see a large difference in the foundation though when wearing it with the Base Business primer, my usual Tarte’s Timeless Smoothing primer, and on naked skin. The foundation is a great formula on it’s own but I did the the pore minimizing formula to fill in the pores next to my nose.


If you don’t know what Boxycharm is, it is a monthly subscription box unlike the rest because you get full sized items every month. I enjoy these style of subscription boxes more because I need to test things out more than once to really get a feel for the quality and the mini samples you get in other boxes are not enough. Two new products have been added to my routine from May’s box.

The Ink Eyeliner: This is probably my new favorite eyeliner by Pretty Vulgar. Not only does it come in the cutest packaging replicating an old inkwell that you’d use with a quill centuries ago, but the quality is also amazing. It is extremely creamy and glides like a dream to make a wing so easy. It is also extremely extremely pigmented. Just one swipe is an intense black so you don’t have to go back through and layer up.

Sculptor Highlight & Contour Palette: PUR cosmetics has been dropping a ton of new products lately and that includes a new contour palette. It comes with two bronzers and two highlighters. The two bronzers come in the perfect shades to make it work with light, medium and deep skin tones. With my fair skin tone, I used the shade “Founder” and tapped off the excess and it was perfect. There is a deeper shade on bronzer as well “Inventor” that would be great from medium to deep skin tones. It blended out flawlessly and didn’t look patchy or muddy on my skin. The two highlight are both universally beautiful for all skin types. Both “Trailblazer” and “Originator” are great highlighting shades. They aren’t blinding but instead a nice everyday glow.

Nudie Patootie: LauraLee Los Angeles released another palette along side Cat’s Pajamas but this one is a staple palette for anyone who is obsessed with nude shades like I am. The packaging is absolutely beautiful. It is so ascetically pleasing and sleek with a rose gold and glossy embellishments. With 14 shades you get shimmers, mattes, duochromes and foils! The palette is pretty neutral but there are a few shades with a pop that can still go with your neutral look. The formula to these shades are amazing and creamy. They blended out so beautifully and the foils packed on an intense look when packed on with your finger or a damp packing brush. It is definitely a palette I will be reaching for frequently and is a perfect travel palette.  

This is a finished look I created with all the products mentioned above.

*Content is not sponsored, all opinions are my own


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