Corals? For spring? Groundbreaking
Corals, florals, close enough. Coral for springtime isn’t the most original thing in the world, but in my defense, Living Coral is the Pantone Color of the Year. It’s pink’s punchier, perkier sister and I am here for how it looks on my face. Today’s blog is a collection of peach and coral spring makeup I’ve been loving lately.
Color makeup is my favorite, especially eyeshadow. I am equal opportunity eyes: palettes, singles, creams, liquids, and everything in between speaks to me.
With that in mind, let’s kick this post off with the Colourpop Sweet Talk palette. Did I make this blog post purely to write about this palette? Maybe. I picked this up as a birthday present to myself and I’ve been loving it’s peachy color story for spring.
What makes this palette special among my growing Colourpop palette collection is its inclusion of two pressed glitters and a — gasp! — Super Shock Shadow. Both are new additions to their palettes, but figuring out how to include a SSS (
I’ve done everything with this from throwing on a soft peachy look, dipping into the brighter corals, and even throwing on some glitter for the Glorious Bitches afterparty.
Now, let’s talk about some singles. I swear this post won’t all be Colourpop; I just really love their eyeshadows! When I got Sweet Talk, I also picked up my first Jelly Much Shadow in the shade Morning Light. The bright coral sheers out nicely (my favorite way of wearing it) while not losing its magenta shift.
Speaking of Super Shock Shadows, One by One is one of my longtime favorites. This It’s in the pearlized finish, my favorite formula of all the Super Shocks. These are great for when you want to quickly swipe on something to brighten your eyes. While it is sadly discontinued, Tea Party permanent and a pretty close match. It just has a sprinkling of silver glitter.
Trends may come and go, but fresh and glowy cheeks will always say spring to me. Peach and coral blushes are great for that.
Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam has been in my life for a while. I own every single Cloud Paint because it is my absolute favorite blush formula, but this coral shade gets extra use this time of year.
Essence Satin Touch Blush in Satin Coral is an absolute steal at $2.99. While the packaging is as flimsy as you’d expect for the price, the product itself is excellent. Satin is a perfect way of describing the texture of this blush; it has a hint of sheen that keeps it from being matte, but it doesn’t have the full-on shine of a highlighter.
But if I want something a bit more pigmented and properly matte, I reach for the mini Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Quirky that I got in last November’s Ipsy. While Satin Coral is light but buildable, Quirky gives you that Manic Pixie Dream Girl
Speaking of subscription box discoveries, my mini Pixi Blush Duo in Peach Honey is completely misnamed. I got in an Ipsy years ago but didn’t use it much because the name is full of lies. This is a highlighter, full stop. Once I started using it that way, I liked it much better. One side is a typical champagne highlighter, the other side is a more pigmented peach supposedly a blush), but I usually swirl them together to get the best of both. Go light with this one; it’s really easy to go from a light glow to full on frosty, (But hey, if that’s your thing, go nuts.)
A more recent discovery of mine is the Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Luminescence, which costs $32 but I picked up for under $10 at Marshalls. I’m worried that it might be discontinued, as Marshalls finds tend to be and Ulta and Sephora don’t carry this shade. However, it looks like Beautylish still stocks it. It’s a beautiful, subtle peach glow that made me fall for the Heaven’s Hue highlighter formula.
I’m not a big fan of matte lips and that goes double as the weather warms up. In the spring, I’m looking for glossy lips, sheer color, and anything that’s just easy to wear.
I’ve tried tinted lip balms at a bunch of price points, but the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms are my hands down favorites. They’re so much better priced than some other options. They’re also so easy to wear that I usually have one in my pocket on tournament days. Zinnia looks intimidatingly orange in the tube, only to be a sheer wash of coral on your lips.
When I want something a little more glossy, the NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel is another budget option that looks intimidating with its bright coral tube, but I’ve found it to be more of a creamy wash of peachy pink on my lips.
On the other hand, when I’m looking for something more orange than pink, I reach for the Pixi LipLift Max in Sweet Nectar. It has a bit of a plumping tingle and a menthol scent on initial application, but
If I do want a proper lipstick, it’s still going to be sheer. Lipstick Queen Saint Coral checks off that box for me. Lipstick Queen’s Saint formula feels as nourishing as a lip balm with a bit more pigment. It also wears away into a lovely stain instead of smearing around like you’d expect something in such a creamy formula to do.
Don’t feel that you have to use these, but if you do feel so inclined, shopping with these helps me out.
Ipsy (I get 250 Ipsy points): https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=ppage_ref_v1&sid=link&refer=vts3b
Glossier (you get 10% off your first order, I get $10 in store credit): https://re.glossier.com/80b03822