Q:I'm having a bit of a dilema, I'd really been wanting to get a complexion value set from Sephora but I'm not sure which one to pick up I'm torn between the MUFE HD Complexion Starter Kit, Smashbox Complexion Perfection Kit, or the Laura Mercier Oil Free Flawless Face Kit. I have combination oily skin and live in Hawaii, the weather is hot, rather muggy and humid. What would recommend.
First things first, this is all going to be based on my opinion, take it for what it is, and if you disagree, go with what you feel is best :]
Let’s talk about each kit and discuss the price and what you’re getting for the money. Then we’ll go from there :]
Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit ($65)
- 1.0 oz Foundation Primer
- 1.0 oz Tinted Moisturizer
- 0.21 oz Undercover Pot
- Secret Camouflage Brush
- Camouflage Powder Brush
- Velour Powder Puff
- Egg-shaped Sponge
Comes in two different shades: “Nude” & “Sand”
Smashbox Complexion Perfection Kit ($49)
- High Definition Foundation
- Travel-Size High Definition Concealer
- Travel-Size Mini Photo Finish Foundation Primer
- Halo To-Go Hydrating Perfecting Powder
Comes in 4 shades: “Fair”, “Light”, “Medium”, & “Dark”
Makeup Forever HD Complexion Starter Kit ($79.00)
- HD Foundation
- HD Primer
- HD Setting Powder
- Kabuki Brush
Comes in their full shade range of foundations
Alright, now let’s talk about what I think about each kit…
Let start with the Laura Mercier kit. The thing I really like about this kit, is that not only are you getting products to achieve a flawless face, you’re getting the tools you need to apply them. You can apply the tinted moisturizer with the sponge, the concealer brush is obviously for the concealer, and you can use the powder puff to set your makeup with the setting powder.
One thing I’m not super found of with this kit is it’s shade range. It only comes in two shades. But, I can see from your picture you’re pretty fair, so one of the color options they have could work for you. I thought it was a bit pricey at first, but you are getting tools and not just product.
Now, onto Smashbox. I love Smashbox products, so I’m going to try and not be biased :] I will say, hands down, their primer is one of the bests. I also love their foundations, but I don’t think they are the most suitable for oily skin.
Makeup Forever has great products and I love that you can get the starter skit for any of their foundation shades. I will say, I’m not a fan of their setting powder. It can leave a white cast in pictures.
With all that being said, based on your skin type and where you live, I’d try out the Laura Mercier kit. I haven’t personally tried the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, but I’ve read a ton of reviews on it and it definitely gets good marks and I’ve heard it’s good for oily skin. Tinted Moisturizers are great for hot, muggy climates because they are light and allow you skin to “breathe”. The other thing I love about this kit that I mentioned above, you get the tools you need to apply the products.
So, if it were up to me, I’d go with the Laura Mercier Oil Free Flawless Face Kit.
Hope this helps!
Q:so i'm just kinda starting to get really into makeup & i've been sort of comparison shopping online. anyways yesterday i went to sephora to test out some brands in person. i loved the makeup forever, and didn't really care for the urban decay (surprising). but the thing that surprised me the most was that i loved the sephora brand stuff & it seemed to have staying power & is much cheaper. do you like the store brand & do you think it's worth it or should i just invest in the pricier brands?
I love MUFE, but you know what, I also really like the Sephora Collection. I have their Instant Radiance Foundation, and it’s fabulous. Hydrates my skin all day and has pretty good staying power as well. They have some great shadows, I have a few of their liners, and a few nail polishes as well. All good stuff in my opinion.
I’m not exactly sure what products you’re referring to, whether their foundations, shadows, concealers, etc. However, with that being said, what I recommend doing, is having a beauty consultant that works at Sephora giving you a sample of brands of whatever product you’re referring to.
By getting a sample, you can take them home, try them out see how they last and how they really react with your skin. Then buy the one that suits you best and give you the finish or staying power or coverage that you’re looking for.
I try not to get caught up in the price of something. If I love it and it happens to be a bit pricier…I’ll go with it because it’s what works best for me. But if there is something that I love that happens to be cheaper, I’m not going to replace it with something more expensive just because. Price doesn’t always indicate the best product. You’ve just gotta get what works best for you.
Lemme know what you end up going with :]