YBB Monthly Favorites

YBB Favorites For April 2019

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Hey, beauties we’re sharing our April YBB Faves with you and letting you know if we think each product works on different skin types, as well as if each of them meet the needs of the under 30 and over 30 crowds (as applicable).

Let’s jump to it.

For our April YBB monthly favorites, we’ve tested a popular foundation, concealer, and contouring palette that we think you should check out. Each was tested on dry and oily skin – here’s our take.

Estee Lauder – Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation

 

Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation | Your Brand Of Beauty

Retail Pricing: $42 (US) or $50 (CDN)

Where to buy: Amazon, Sephora, Ulta

Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation is a medium to full coverage liquid foundation. It comes in a 30ml glass bottle with a twist on lid. This foundation is oil-free, and it provides a matte finish that is supposed to last for 24 hours in both dry and humid climates. The lightweight foundation comes in over 55 shades including warm, neutral and cool tones.  

Here’s Moira’s YBB Rating for use on dry to very dry skin

If you struggle like me to find a foundation that matches your skin tone, then Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place foundation might work for you. It comes in a broad range of shades and undertones. This foundation has a lightweight feel, with a matte finish that doesn’t transfer. Although the package claims it is a full coverage foundation, it didn’t fully cover all imperfections. I would consider this foundation to provide more of a medium to full coverage.

Initially, I went looking for the newer Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Foundation, which is supposed to be more moisturizing. Unfortunately, the nude foundation doesn’t come in as many shades so I couldn’t find the shade I was looking for. I found this foundation to be a bit drying. If you struggle with dry skin, you may need to put a thicker moisturizer on underneath this foundation or maybe pick a different foundation.

Coverage: Medium-Full

Finish: Matte

Feel: Lightweight

Transfer: No

Lasting power: Looked the same as it did when applied at the 12-hour check-in

Worked as expected: Almost

Pros: Long lasting (12-hours), with a nice lightweight matte finish

Cons: Not full coverage as claimed, a bit drying

Your Brand Of Beauty | 4 Star Rating YBB Rating 4 out of 5 stars

 

Here’s Natassia’s YBB Rating for use on combination to oily skin

Having oily skin can make it difficult to find a foundation that can keep your oils at bay all day. I have tested out many foundations that claim they will keep your face matte and oil-free, but most of them just didn’t make the cut. I did a lot of research to find the top foundations for oily skin and the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation came up on every list and review I found. This foundation did in fact, keep my face matte and oil-free like it claims all day. I wore it for 12 hours while I worked and ran errands. The texture was great, it was lightweight (almost like I wasn’t wearing anything) and the finish was a perfect matte, airbrushed look. It didn’t transfer throughout the day either. If you struggle with pigmentation issues or textured skin, you may need to add another thin layer on those spots, but it is a buildable foundation.

Coverage: Medium-Full

Finish: Matte

Feel: Lightweight barely feels like your wearing foundation

Transfer: No

Lasting power: Perfect wear for 12 hours, looked the same as when applied

Worked as expected: Better than expected

Pros: Controls oils all day, lightweight, beautiful matte finish

Cons: May require a second layer to cover pigmentation or textured skin

Your Brand Of Beauty | 5 Star RatingYBB Rating 5 out of 5 stars



Tarte – Shape Tape Concealer

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer | Your Brand Of Beauty

Retail Pricing: $27 (US) or $35 (CDN)

Where to buy: Amazon, Sephora, Ulta

Tarte’s Shape Tape Concealer is a creamy full coverage concealer that comes in 30 shades. The concealer comes in a 10ml container with a bigger doe foot applicator. It is free of parabens, mineral oils, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, gluten.

Here’s Moira’s YBB Rating for use on dry to very dry skin

Tarte’s Shape Tape Concealer is one of my favorite concealers, it provides excellent non-transferable coverage as an undereye concealer. It comes in a great range of colors, which is one of the reasons I like this concealer. I have a hard time finding the perfect match for my skin tone, Tarte’s Shape Tape in the color Medium is a perfect color match for me. In term of its wear, this concealer looks about 90% the same after 12 hours as it does when you first apply it. If you have dry skin, it may crease a bit throughout the day. The only issue I have with it is that it can be a bit drying, so I usually have to apply some of Smashbox’s primer oil underneath. If not for this issue I could consider Tarte’s Shap Tape a perfect concealer.

Coverage: Full coverage

Finish: Matte

Feel: Slightly dry feel under eyes

Transfer: No

Creasing: Yes, a bit

Lasting power: About 90 % same appearance as after application (12-hours)

Worked as expected: Yes

Pros: Long lasting, full coverage

Cons: Slightly drying, some creasing

Your Brand Of Beauty | 4.5 Star RatingYBB Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars


Here’s Natassia’s YBB Rating for use on combination to oily skin

Tarte’s Shaped Tape concealer provides amazing full coverage all day (12 hours). It works great for covering up dark circles under your eyes, while also brightening up your undereye area. It blends out nicely, for the best results use a beauty blender. Tarte’s shape tape doesn’t crease (in my opinion), and it doesn’t transfer as long as it is set with a setting powder. The only thing to note is that this concealer does have a slightly heavy feel, I can feel that I am wearing it, but the coverage it provides is worth the trade-off.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Matte

Feel: Slightly heavy feel

Transfer: No

Creasing: No

Lasting power: Great wear all day (12 hours)

Worked as expected: Yes

Pros: Amazing full coverage, no creasing or transfer

Cons: Feels a bit heavier

Your Brand Of Beauty | 4.5 Star RatingYBB Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars


Natassia’s Pick

Hourglass – Veil Mineral Primer

 

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer | Your Brand Of Beauty

Retail Pricing: $54 (US) or $63 (CDN)

Where to buy: Amazon, Sephora, Ulta

Hourglass’ Veil Mineral Primer is an oil-free primer that glides on smoothly and provides a matte finish. It is doesn’t have a greasy feel to it, and it really makes your foundation last all day long without budging.

This primer did an excellent job of controlling the oils on my face and kept my face looking matte all day (12-hour wear). It is a bit pricey if you’re on a budget, but it does come in a 30ml bottle which will last a long time because you don’t need much product to cover your face. A major plus for me is that the primer comes in a beautiful glass bottle with a pump. I prefer pumps because they prevent germs and dirt from getting into the product.

Finish: Matte

Feel: Smooth and silky texture

Scent: Light floral scent that dissipates quickly

Lasting power: Helps foundations and concealers last much longer

Worked as expected: Yes

Pros: Makes foundations and concealers last much longer

Cons: A bit pricey if you’re on a budget

Your Brand Of Beauty | 5 Star RatingYBB Rating 5 out of 5 stars



Moira’s Pick

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Contour Cream Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit | Your Brand Of Beauty

Retail Pricing: $40 (US) or $52 (CDN)

Where to buy: Amazon, Sephora, Ulta

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit is a cream palette that comes with three highlighters and three contours. The palette is available in three different color ranges, the light to medium set, the medium to tan set, and the deep set to match all skin tones.

I found the consistency of the cream contour kit to be quite smooth and easy to blend out. There was a great range of colors, which made it easy to find the right color for my skin tone. The palette I purchased was the medium to tan set if you have tanned skin with warm or neutral undertones this palette will work for you. The ABH contour kit has great color payoff, so you don’t need to apply a lot of product. After 8 hours of wear, there was no transfer, and my contour looked the same as it did when I first applied it.

Finish: Matte

Texture: Smooth consistency, easy to blend out

Color payoff: Good pigmentation

Color selection: Good range of colors

Lasting power: No transfer, lasted 8 hour day

Worked as expected: Yes

Pros: Great range of colors, good color payoff

Cons: None

Your Brand Of Beauty | 4.5 Star RatingYBB Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars


Well, that’s another wrap for our April YBB Favorites, check out our March YBB Favorites. Check back near the end of next month for our next list. If you want to share your experience with these products, add your comments below. Also, if you want us to review any other products, just drop us a note in the comments below or on our contact page, we’d love to help you find Your Brand Of Beauty!!

 

 

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