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New Discoveries - February 2018

Welcome to my first New Discoveries post of 2018! Late last month my mum shipped me a big box of products I ordered and pr packages that showed up at her house, so I've got a lot of new stuff to play with. Now that a couple weeks have passed, I'm ready to share my highlights, the five best products out of everything I tried, plus one rediscovered love.

Out with the Old - January 2018 Empties

After finishing 22 products in December, I thought January would be a much smaller month in terms of empties - but I ended up with 18 products in my empties bin by the 31st! Now I can't take full credit for finishing all of these products, Morgan contributed a few of them. Click through to read my thoughts on the dozen and a half products I finished in the month of January. As always, the products I'll repurchase, or already had a backup of, will be marked with an asterisk (*).

Glossier Haul + First Thoughts

When it comes to Glossier, I experience a mixture of curiosity and qualms. Way back when the brand offered just four products, I tried their Coconut Balm DotCom and loved it, but not enough to go out of my way for more products. A few months and a few new products later, Glossier blew the fuck up. Employing clever marketing schemes like a influencer rep program, artificial scarcity, and constant product placement on founder Emily Weiss' blog, Into the Gloss, Glossier saturated the beauty community like no other brand before. This extremely popular brand has both intrigued me and also caused me to become suspicious of some of it's practices. I could no longer quell my curiosity and ordered the products I wanted to try most. I've played with them a few times and I'm ready to share my initial thoughts. Click through for my first impressions on five of Glossier's products, and some thoughts on the rep program.

Rimmel #InstaFix&Matte Powder

Rimmel says their new #InstaFix&Matte Powder is a "micro-fine translucent powder" that "works as a universal setting & fixing powder extending the wear of foundation up to 8 hours and mattifies skin all day". This pressed powder is available in one 'universal' translucent white shade. Each compact of #InstaFix&Matte contains 8g (.28oz) of product and retails for $13.95AUD ($6USD) at drugstores and major retailers. Rimmel is not cruelty free. This pressed powder was made in Poland.
The #InstaFix&Matte Powder comes in a tan compact with a clear flip top that bears the product's name in reflective fuchsia lettering. Flipping the lid up, you'll find a white powder with hashtags embossed into the powder - pretty cute, though they quickly disappear with regular use. If you flip the compact over, you'll find an informative label that offers a multi-lingual product description and ingredient list. All packaging is recyclable.
Rimmel and I have a complicated relationship - while I absolutely love a handful of their products, I'm let down by a majority of them, including the #InstaFix&Matte Powder. This pressed powder feels velvety and dense to the touch, but it causes a lot of powder kickup - and by a lot I mean I hit pan after only ten or so uses! The amount of visible pan is growing quickly with each use and I'm pretty annoyed at how quickly I'm blowing through this powder - eight grams is a pretty standard amount of powder, yet I'm using the #InstaFix&Matte Powder up in double time. Anyway, moving on to how this powder actually performs....not that well. Rimmel's #InstaFix&Matte Powder looks great immediately after application, this white setting powder has a noticeable blurring effect that masks texture, lines, and pores beautifully, creating a flawless and well blended look. Unfortunately, that lovely blurred look quickly breaks down into a patchy mess. This pressed powder is no match for heat, sweat, or oil, and often makes my makeup look worse than if I hadn't set it at all. To make matters worse, the #InstaFix&Matte Powder doesn't touch up well at all, refusing to set down in some spots while caking up in others. I have very little positive comments on this powder.

Though the #InstaFix&Matte Powder is labeled as "translucent", I have to disagree - this powder is white! Though it is sheer, Rimmel's newest pressed powder does leave a slight white cast on my very fair skin. The effect is slightly brightening and light diffusing on my porcelain complexion, but if it shows up white on someone as pale as me, I can only imagine it'll look very unnatural and ashy on most skin tones.
Overall, I'm not a fan of the #InstaFix&Matte Powder - it's chalky and patchy, and does very little to improve the appearance of my makeup. I'll finish this pressed powder up slowly over time, as it's the only one in my collection currently, but I wouldn't repurchase or recommend this setting powder - there's so many better options at the drugstore (like Essence's All About Matt), even within Rimmel's range (Match Perfection Silky Loose Powder). A definite skip in my opinion. 

Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Magnesium Stearate, Aqua/water/eau, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Bis-diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-1, Caprylyl Glycol, Kaolin, Parfum/fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexylene Glycol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Alpha-isomethyl Ionone, Bht, [may Contain/peut Contenir/+/-:bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163)].