L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation – Swatches on Dark Skin

I really enjoy the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, so I was super excited to give their Infallible Total Cover Foundation a try. In this video, I swatch the colours and give my first impressions on the product itself.

Overall, the product – formula, coverage, even packaging – are really quite good. It baffles me why they wouldn’t put it in the normal L’Oreal Infallible foundation packaging, but that’s not a dealbreaker. What leaves something to be desired is the darn shade range, as you’ll see in the video. As with the Pro Matte foundation, there is a significant difference between shades 311 and 312 and I fall somewhere between the two. I could probably get away with just 312 in the summertime, but it is so persistently orange that I would definitely have to bring it down onto my neck. (And chest. Maybe shoulders. I’ll need a bigger bottle because I’ll have to make myself a totally different colour if I try to wear 312 alone, ok?)

In Canada, you can get this baby on Amazon or in your local drugstores soon. (Unless you’re looking for shade 312, in which case, online or a trip across the border are your only options.)

Pat McGrath Labs Metalmorphosis 005 Kit in Bronze – Swatches on Dark Skin


Previous releases from Pat McGrath Labs, although gorgeous, haven’t quite been my cup of tea for various reasons. The initial highlighter release wasn’t available in Canada, if I recall, and then there was like one shade of lipstick that I was interested in, but I didn’t think it was worth it for the price.

The Metalmorphosis Kit in Bronze, however, is exactly the kind of thing I need in my life. So I got in on the Pat McGrath goodies.

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Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Deep – Swatches on Dark Skin

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On a recent trip to Philadelphia, I made it my mission to pick up the Ulta-exclusive Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer. The internet was collectively losing it over this concealer, and since we don’t have Ulta in Canada, my other option was to order this concealer directly from the Tarte website and pay the astronomical shipping, which is no bueno.

In any case, I’m glad I picked it up, because this concealer has quickly taken its place among my favourites.

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BITE Beauty Lip Lab Toronto Experience – Swatches on Dark Skin (and Lots of Photos!)

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Bite Beauty is an awesome Canadian brand using all food-grade ingredients. I have wanted to go to the Bite Beauty Lip Lab in New York to make a custom lipstick since I learned of its existence a few years ago. So when I heard that there was a new flagship Bite Lip Lab in downtown Toronto, I asked my mom if we could go when I was visiting her for Reading Week. I knew I wanted to make a rosey-brown, everyday colour similar to MAC Whirl, because #noodzarelife. But upon learning that one lipstick is $55 CAD and two are $80, I opted for two, and settled on a berry for the second one.

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MAC x Taraji (AKA MAC’s Big Mistake)

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I am 200% here for Taraji P. Henson, but MAC messed up. Big time.

Taraji is a badass Black woman playing a badass Black character and she’s beautiful to boot. MAC doesn’t release a lot of collections in collaboration with Black folk, and I love seeing people who look like me represented, so I knew I needed something from this collection. I settled on the blush, Taraji Glow, because I thought the highlighter (Highlight the Truth) was dupable elsewhere and not that special. So when the collection came online, I ordered Taraji Glow. Imagine my confusion when a highlighter labelled “Taraji Glow” showed up a few days later.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette – Swatches on Dark Skin

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A few months ago, everyone lost their minds over the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, and with good reason.

When it comes to pigmentation in palettes, ABH have a pretty strong track record (the World Traveler palette is still my bbg), and Modern Renaissance taps into the warm-tone palette craze. That’s fine by me, because there are few things I love in this world the way I love an orange crease.

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Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème

Look. I adore Kat Von D. I had the biggest crush on her on L.A. Ink because she was so cool and laidback and funny. Her liquid lipsticks are some of my favourites in my collection (um, hello Lolita). Nothing beats her Tattoo Liner. The original Lock It Tattoo Concealer is my favourite for covering blemishes. However, her foundation and powder shades for dark skin tend to be hopelessly out of touch with what actual dark skin looks like, and her contour kit is way too light to contour anyone darker than an NC40 or so.

So when I heard that Kat was reformulating her complexion line, adding shades, and bringing out a new Concealer Crème, I was excited and hopeful! Concealer is one of my staple makeup products, so you can bet I was down to try hers.

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