I will never tire of discovering new beauty brands. I get so damn excited when I try out a brand I’ve never experienced before. MAKE is the newest brand I’ve recently met. They make cruelty free, paraben-free products right here in the United States and 10% of sales are donated to their We See Beauty Foundation. The packaging design won me over at first sight with it’s artsy look. I’m super into it. Let me tell you everything I tried and what you should grab for yourself! Make sure you watch my video review too, especially if you hate reading.
Custom Finish Effects Matte Dew I’m starting out with the product I loved most from MAKE. This is a super unique balm duo, one side mattifying and the other dewy. You can press the balms onto bare skin or over the top of foundation to give your skin a matte or dewy finish. I love the dewy one of course for create a non-shimmery highlight on the tops of cheekbones. They are not sticky and do not change the texture of your foundation. I’ve not seen another product like this. Recommend.
Face Gloss I was so excited at the name of this alone. I want my highlight to look borderline wet and I couldn’t wait to try this out. It’s quite thick and sticky though and the formula feels very much like a clear lip gloss. I think you could easily use a clear gloss instead of this for the price. Do not recommend.
Skin Illuminator This is another product I squealed over when I saw it. I love illuminators and highlighters almost as much as I love cats. This is a click pen format, the liquid being fed through the brush tip. I like this mechanism but the highlighter itself is a bit too glittery. I wish the particles were finer and more subtle. Do not recommend.
Solstice Bronzer in W1 I’ll preface this by saying I’m not a huge bronzer person. Never have been. When I contour, I use a contour powder. However, this is a really nice, subtle bronzer that adds just enough color without being sparkly, orange or muddy. It is mostly matte, with 2 quadrants of subtle shimmer. I used this in my crease too as a transition color and it works well for that too. There are 2 darker shades than this one which is great. Recommend.
Super Matte Lip Pencil This colorless pencil can be applied over the top of any lipstick to create a totally matte finish. It does exactly what it says. It doesn’t feel dry and is a great way to change the look of your existing products. Recommend.
Expert Veil Brush #13 With it’s black lacquered wooden block handle, this black goat hair kabuki brush is like a mini art piece. It applies bronzer, blush and powder beautifully and isn’t scratchy or itchy in any way. It’s graduated cut is perfect for any powder product and the short handle is actually really comfortable. Recommend.
Faye Toogood New Medieval Palette This palette is a collaboration with designer Faye Toogood and features 4 matte eyeshadows on one side and 4 matte lip colors on the other. The shadows have great pigmentation and blend out really nicely. I’m impressed with the navy and cobalt colors as those are tough to find a great, matte formula in. The matte lip colors are great and apply beautifully with a lip brush. The packaging artwork is awesome and the whole palette has a very moody, cool girl feel. Recommend.
Luminous Lip Gloss First of all, this smells minty and refreshing. It has a unique hourglass shaped doe foot applicator and a nice, non-sticky feel. I love the square packaging and it’s just a really nice gloss over all that I enjoyed wear. Recommend.
Expert Lip Brush #9 This unassuming brush really impressed me. I have used countless lip brushes but the shape of this one was extra user friendly. I loved using it and will likely add it to my freelance kit! Recommend.
Matte Lipstick Though the packaging design of these is some of the coolest I’ve seen, the matte formula is too dry for my taste. They tend to drag on the lips when applied and the wear is nothing impressive. Bummer as the colors are lovely and the lipstick bullet looks like a gemstone! Do not recommend.
Molten Shadow-Bronze I’ve been looking for great cream shadows lately and this one is a great option. Though it’s not a gel or cream, but more like a mousse. The color bronze was more antique gold than copper as I’d hoped. I like the formula and wear a lot, no creasing or oily feel, so I just want them to make more colors! Recommend.
Glitter Eyeshadow-Alabaster The name of this led me to believe it would be glittery, but it wasn’t. It’s metallic, and applies nicely, but it’s not at all what I thought it would be. You can definitely find a nice, shimmery ivory shadow for far less than $25. I don’t hate it, it’s just not what it says. Do not recommend.
Moonlight Primer The frosted bottle with it’s carbon black liquid inside intrigued me off the bat. This primer helps to defend skin agains UV light. It comes out black but blends out clear. It feels lightweight on yet seemed to make my normally dry skin feel very oily by the end of the day. For that reason, and the $55 price point, I do not recommend.
Sculpting Lash & Brow Gel Brow gels can either feel weightless or crunchy and this one is really nice! It has brow nourishing ingredients and keeps brows in place without making them hard and stiff. I really enjoy it. Recommend.
Thank you guys for reading! I hope you enjoyed getting to know MAKE as I have and make sure to check out the video below!