Beauty, Reviews

Empty Makeup Thoughts

Hi everyone! I’m back with another series reviewing beauty, hair, skin and body care products that I have finished up. This is all the stuff I used up last year, in 2020, and I have been working on these posts since April, hoping to have them all ready and lined up by the time I’m ready to share them with you. I’m now nearly there, so I decided it’s about time I release them into the world.

I have changed the format of these posts a little, allowing me to fit more into one post rather than creating a hundred entries in this series. I hope this also helps with grouping the wider categories together and gives a better overall view of the items from the same category as well, if that makes sense. I hope it does.

I still haven’t ranked the products in any particular order but I hope I have managed to convey my thoughts clearly enough for you to tell whether I think something is worth the money it costs or not.

Alright, this post is going to be long enough without me rambling on, so let’s get into it!

Makeup of 2020


From left to right and swatches top to bottom

AOA Studio, Oh Honey Nourishing Lip Oil in Strawberry (3ml) – There is no swatch of this as it was a clear lip oil and it’s the only lip product I fully finished last year (I’ll explain my other ones as they come along). It was very nice, not too sticky or anything like that and felt really good on my lips. Would buy again!

MDM Flow, Matte Lipstick in Bossy (3.8g) – I didn’t finish this, but it kept getting drier and drier to a point where it felt like rubbing an old crayon on my lips. It’s a shame as it was the first nude lipstick that actually suited me and didn’t make my teeth look yellow.

Mellow Cosmetics, Matte Lipstick in Madness (3.8g) – An absolutely beautiful red colour with cool blue undertones that again suited me beautifully, but it was getting old and something changed in the formula where it didn’t feel right anymore, so with a heavy heart I’m thanking it for its service and retiring it from action.

MUA, Lipstick in Shade I (3.8g) – Gorgeous dark red that unfortunately decided to grow fuzzy after being in my collection for a few too many years.

MUA, Lipstick in Coral Flush (3.8g) – Another beautiful favourite of mine that thought it would be cool to grow a fuzzy coat around it. Absolutely stunning cool toned orange that looked like a dream on me. I am sad.

NYX, Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania (8ml) – A vampy dark purple that smelled like luscious vanilla or caramel or something along those lines. Unfortunately it didn’t apply very well – it was always so patchy and dry. I actually pretty much finished this one somehow, or it dried up enough that it got even worse to apply at which point I decided to call it done.


Beautaniq Beauty, Fill + Tame Brow Gel (4ml) – This was a good one. It had a very small brush thing so it was easy to apply, even if the formula was a bit gloopy at times. It was a good ‘neutral’ colour as well that I think would suit quite a lot of people.

Asos, Liquid Eyeliner (1.6g) – I honestly don’t know how to tell the difference between different eyeliner brush types, but this one had quite a long and thin tip, rather bendy. The colour of it was a nice deep black and the formula rather liquidy, but not overly so (until I got to the end and it started to pool). I’d buy it again if I didn’t have about 20 eyeliners waiting to be used.

Benefit, They’re Real Tinted Primer in Mink-Brown (4g) – I loved this and have gone through a couple of them now. It’s perfect for a ‘natural but better’ look with its brown colour and easy to use plastic wand. I actually used it on its own rather than as a primer as it was just what I wanted. I will definitely be buying this again once I’ve gone through my mascara stash.

Benefit, Bad Gal Bang Mascara (3g) – I liked this a lot. From what I can remember it wasn’t too dramatic, but did separate my lashes nicely and gave them a boost so they were a bit more of an amplified version of the ‘natural but better’ look. Would consider repurchasing.


NYX, Matte Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray (18ml) – Not going to lie, I can’t remember anything about it. Can’t have been too ghastly though or it would have stuck with me, I think.

Model Co, Instant Radiance Concealer – I didn’t like this guy at first but then it really grew on me and by the end of it I was trying to get every last bit of it out to not waste any. It was quite full coverage but not cakey. It also suited my skin tone very well which is always a risk with items received from beauty boxes, which this was.

Benefit, The Porefessional Matte Rescue Primer (15ml) – Another one I can’t remember much about. In fact, I can’t remember anything about it. Uhmm… Awkward. Let’s just move on?

Marcelle, BB Cream Golden Glow Illuminator (10ml) – I loved mixing this with a moisturiser or my foundation so it gave me a nice glow. On its own it was a bit too dark and sparkly for me. Mixed with other stuff though, beautiful!

NYX, Dewy Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray (60ml) – What did I just say about setting sprays… I can’t remember anything about it! This is getting a bit frustrating. Moving on…

Max Factor, Facefinity All Day Primer SPF20 (30ml, £10.99) – I remember this one! I loved the silkiness and slight blurring effect of it, it didn’t leave my skin sticky or anything like that which I’m not too keen on. I’m not sure if it helped my makeup stay on longer, but it definitely created a nice base for it.

NYX, Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation in Alabaster (7.5g) – Another winner. I love powder foundations in general, they’re so easy to simply throw on, swoosh your brush around your face a little and poof you’re done. Doesn’t get much more straightforward than this. I think you’ve also got a lot more leeway with colour matching. Oh, and I was very happy with the coverage of it as well. I don’t like heavy foundations and this did what I needed it to – helped even out my skin tone and hide some imperfections. Yes, I’m probably going to buy this one again.

There you go! Last year I used up/got rid of 17 makeup items. I still regret letting those lipsticks go off but what can you do. Well, wear more makeup, I suppose. But in 2020 especially with having to wear face masks everywhere all the time and not actually being able to go anywhere pretty much ever, my urge to wear makeup was pretty low.

So all things considered I think I did quite well actually. Yay!

See you soon with another post in this series.


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