Makeup Monday: What’s New and Good

Lily Lolo Contour Palette

Recently, I finally found the courage to (temporarily?) break-up with some old makeup favorites in order to test out new ones. It turned out not to be as hard as I expected it to be, because some of the recent launches were very good, and besides foundation, I found great products to add to my routine. Here’s what made the cut, and take a look the photos to see what they look like when applied to my face.

Lily Lolo Sculpt & Glow Contour Duo

Lilly Lolo Contour Palette

Lily Lolo Sculpt & Glow Contour Duo

If you have been following me for a while, than you’ll probably remember that the Alima Pure Sombra contour powder has been a favorite of mine for a couple of years (review here). This contour palette by Lily Lolo, however, has been a pleasant surprise. I received it with a recent Petit Vour box (Petit Vour is a great 100% cruelty-free beauty subscription, which you can check out here). The colors in the palette work well for my complexion, and I think that they would suit light (not very pale) to medium skin tones. What I like about it is that the contouring powder is not too pigmented, so it’s difficult to overdo it. That is super-important with face contouring in order to prevent the stripe-under-cheekbones type of disaster.

Kjaer Weis Honor Lipstick Swatches Review

Kjaer Weis Honor Lipstick, Glossier Boy Brow, Lily Lolo Contour Palette, W3LL People Bio Brightener Powder

The color is a medium brown, which is quite believable, since it is not orange-y at all, but it can be used to warm up the complexion as well, like a bronzer. The highlighter is also lovely. It’s a soft champagne color that does not contain any obvious glitter/shimmer particles, but still bounces the light nicely. It does, however, look very light against my skin–almost like an ivory color. With that said, it may be too light for medium-tan skin tones. The formula is buttery and applies smoothly. At $26 this palette is a steal and I hope that Lily Lolo will make more shades for it (both for very fair and medium-to-deep complexions). You can shop it here.

Kjaer Weis Lipsticks

These newly launched lipsticks* are already all over my Instagram feed for a good reason. They are exactly what I expected from Kjaer Weis: fancy, rich in color, & easy to wear. I own three out of the five shades available and they are all fantastic. The formula is the same for all the shades: creamy, but not to the point of feeling slippery, beautifully pigmented, and a semi-matte finish.

Kjaer Weis Believe Lipstick Review Swatches

Kjaer Weis Believe Lipstick

I wanted to quickly open a parenthesis here about the price of these lipsticks, because they are significantly more expensive than other already expensive lipsticks. The entire Kjaer Weis line is a luxury line. You get a quality product, that performs great, is certified organic, is made in Italy, and comes in a beautiful, refillable package. Naturally, I see why the price would already be higher than other brands who are not certified organic, do not come in the same type of packaging, and do not perform as great. Are they worth the investment? In my opinion, if you find a shade you love, then yes. You can check them out here.

Red lipstick swatches Ilia Kjaer Weis Red Apple Lipstick Review copy

Glossier Boy Brow

This won’t excite the hardcore Genuine Glow-ers, as the Glossier Boy Brow is not a “green” product. This is one of the few non-green products (I have maybe 3 that I have not found effective, green alternatives) that I use because well-groomed, full-looking brows are very important to me when I want to look polished. After I fill-in my eyebrows with either the Eco-brow wax or the Nabla eyebrow pencil, I like to use this brow gel to fix the hairs in place and add a tad more color. The result is very natural-looking. I also use this brow gel when I do not have time to fill-in my eyebrows, but need to give them a slightly more full and naturally polished look. My friend recently asked me what I had used to grow my eyebrows back, and I was just wearing this brow gel. Exactly what I needed to hear! You can check it out here.

100% Pure Matte Lipsticks

Kjaer Weis Adore Lipstick

Kjaer Weis Adore Lipstick, Alima Pure Eyeshadows, Glossier Boy Brow

W3LL People Bio Brightener Invisible Powder

I have been faithfully using the RMS Un-Powder for setting my makeup over the past couple of years, but I was sent a tiny sample of the newly re-formulated W3LL People Bio Brightener Invisible Powder*, and I have been loving it. First, the old formula had an un-pleasant scent to it that the new formula does not have. Second, the new formula contains crushed, fresh water pearl, which seems to give a really pretty, brightening and airbrushed effect and does not look as “powdery”. Basically, it does not look cakey, even when you go a little more heavy handed. The color is transparent, so it does not look white on my skin, even now that I am a little bit darker than in Winter. So thumbs up for this new setting powder, I plan to get a full-size once I run out of the sample. Launching soon.

Alima Pure Eyeshadows

My go-to eyeshadows are, mostly from Kjaer Weis and Honest Beauty, but the new Alima Pure pressed eyeshadows have been a lovely addition, too. The two shades that I have been wearing often are Instinct* and Luxe*. Instinct is a medium-brown with a luminous, almost metallic effect and Luxe is a bright copper color, with the same luminous, almost metallic finish. The formula is soft and easy to blend, and these two colors are beautiful and flattering. Only thing I have to note about them is that they contain natural fragrance. It is pleasant and soft, but it is there, so keep that in mind if you are ultra-sensitive. I am sensitive to scents and I don’t mind this one — I actually enjoy it. Eyeshadows available here.

So this is it, for now at least. What are some new (or newly discovered) makeup products that you guys love and think I should check out? Leave me a comment, I would love to know.

*gifted sample

  • Miriam

    I’m a long time reader but I don’t think I’ve ever commented before. You’re usually my first stop when I’m looking for reviews of green makeup products. I’m loving the look of the new Kjaer Weis lipsticks – maybe for a special occasion!

    I’ve recently discovered Ere Perez and have had good success with both their brow gel & waterproof mascara. (I knew I’d shed a few tears at my brothers wedding!)

    I’ve also had a really hard time finding an under eye concealer that works but I recently picked up Bare Minerals Well Rested Eye Brightener in a panic before my brothers wedding & found it worked well. It’s not perfect but much better than all the liquid or cream concealers I’ve tried up to now, and I’ve tried a lot! I don’t always love the ingredients in Bare Minerals but I’m happy enough with this product & think I’ve found my new concealer.

    I think my next makeup purchase will be a nice deep wine or raspberry lipstick for winter. Maybe I’ll even save up for Kjaer Weis!

    • Hi Miriam, thank you so much for your lovely comment and for reading my blog! I will check out your recommendations — I have heard of Ere Perez before, but haven’t tried anything from their line. Waterproof mascara sounds really great, especially since you tested out at a special occasion! ;) If you need help finding the lipstick shade/formula that you are looking for to wear in Winter, please let me know! xo

  • Althea

    Lily, I am with you on the brows. I recently got the Glossier Boy Brow and I love it, I use it either alone or in conjunction with my ABH Brow Wiz (or Honest Beauty Brow Filler in black). Although they’re not exactly green beauty, I found them to be essential in creating my ideal “perfect” brows and honestly, they’ve been such staples in my makeup routine!

  • Laura

    I love the texture of the kw lipsticks – but sadly not a single shade suits me as they all seem to be blue/cool based: Honor is waaay to pink on me (i like her dreamstate nude – that more peachy nude), the red is too blue based (I’d love to see a kyoto red!), and even the coral, love, looks pink on me. I hope she will launch some warmer/yellower based shades soon as I love her stuff! As you say pricey, but they are high performance and refillable – so that’s ok.

  • Aubrey

    Hi Lily, just curious which liner pencil are you currently using for your eyes? You look lovely!

    • Hi Aubrey, thank you! :) I am currently using the Honest Beauty eye pencils. My favorite ones are the brown one (Truly Cocoa) and the nude one, which I use in the inner rim of my eyes. I also use the black one, but for some reasons it does not perform as well as the brown one (tends to fade a little throughout the day) and it does not look as black as I prefer. Sometimes I also use a black eye pencil from Nabla, which is super-pigmented and long-lasting, but the formula isn’t completely “green”, and it actually flakes a little bit throughout the day (it’s the one I am wearing in these photos). I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for reading.

  • Elizabeth

    Hi Lily, do you use the brown or black Glossier Boy Brow product?

    • Hi Elizabeth, I use the black one. It’s not harsh-looking :)

      • Elizabeth

        Thanks for the feedback! I have medium brown hair but very dark brows and lashes, so I think I probably will go for the black as well.

        • You’re welcome! If you like to use dark, ashy colors to fill in your brows you will be pleased with the black shade ;)

  • Andrea

    Hi Lilly – thank you for such a beautiful blog – so many of your choices are products that I’ve been admiring.

    Just wondering how you would compare the KW eyeshadow in Magnetic with Alima Pure pressed shadow in Instinct? Are the colours very similar? Do you have a favourite? I have dark brown eyes like yours and wanting to expand my eyeshadow collection. I already have KW Charmed, Grace, Cloud Nine and Wisdom.

    Many thanks for your help


    • Hi Andrea, thank you for your kind words. KW Magnetic is warmer in tone and has softer, satin finish, while Instinct is a medium brown (not as warm, it’s more of a taupe color) with almost a metallic finish. If you have been liking the soft look of the KW eyeshadows, then I would recommend picking up Magnetic, which is beautiful. Another lovely shade that you might enjoy is called Transcend. I used it in a video so you can see what it looks like and how it applies here: I hope this helps. Thank you so much for reading, and please let me know if you have any questions, xo

  • Mika M R

    For brows I use Ilia mascara, it was formulated for eyelashes and eyebrows. I feel like if I start making concessions I’ll end up using all my dirty makeup all over again.

  • Becky Scott

    I’m loving the Kjaer Weis Adore Lipstick featured here. I’m looking for a new red lipstick, do you find this one makes your teeth look whiter?

    • Yes, Becky! This lip color definitely makes my teeth look whiter. It’s one of my favorite reds for that reason :)