Following up the first post in my paraben free product series, I’d thought I’d show just show you guys my favorite paraben free makeup products.
- Josie Maran Argan Oil Matchmaker Serum Foundation: this product has been the source of much contention in the beauty blogosphere, because it has a definite orange cast in the Light/Medium shade which can turn people off. Honestly, I have it in both Fair/Light and Light/Medium, and I love it either way. It really feels lovely, it makes my skin glow, and if anything it gets better as the day goes by. LUV. INTENSE. LUV. Formulated without parabens, pthalates, fragrance, sulfates, etc. If this brand can produce an amazing foundation with a rich, creamy texture without all that junk, why can’t others?
- Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush: Might be the only blush I am ok with spending a lot on. I love my Urban Decay blush, but you get a LOT more with Tarte. I am impressed with every color, and although I don’t think it lasts 12 hours (I don’t use primer though, just an FYI) I do think it’s beautifully pigmented and when swatched next to NARS Orgasm I ultimately think Tarte’s selection is more interesting.
- CARGO blu_ay Pressed Powder is amazing. Honestly, I’m totally okay with my drugstore powders, because of the more expansive range and using it solely to blot away oil when I run out of blotting sheets — but this powder is pretty much worth the price. This makeup vlogger talks about it extensively in her must-have video.
- Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Gel Eyeliner for Brown Eyes. I like PF products for the most part, though I haven’t purchased anything from them in awhile because they’re $$$ for a drugstore brand, and also their recent coupon fiasco really left a sour taste in my mouth. Anyway, I am not a big gel eyeliner fan (liquid 4eva) so I’m totally happy with the trio’s you can get from PF. They’re creamy, though I’m really only happy with this specific trio. The others, judging by reviews and swatches, are better as cream shadow bases or what have you. I’ve had this for like, more than half a year, maybe a year, it hasn’t dried out or anything. The black could be darker, but I’m happy with the purple.
You know why I have so few products on this list? Because it’s REALLY FREAKING HARD to find affordable paraben free makeup off the internet! I’m talking about big brands, not indie cosmetics or whatever. I think it’s easier to find paraben free skincare, but then I also feel like I’ve wasted my efforts sometimes when I have a paraben free skincare routine and then I basically cancel it out when I sometimes wear cosmetics that aren’t paraben free, you know? Le sigh.