CYO Makeup Review and Swatches! As a big fan of the CYO Lifeproof Foundation I decided to all in and try a full base of CYO products (after all, they were on offer!) There are quite a few products to choose from so I didn’t go completely crazy and just buy everything, but I have the products I am most likely to use on a daily basis and have put them to the test. For anyone who doesn’t know, I work outside (with animals) so this is a good test – especially with the current crazy weather! I have combination skin for reference. So, did they hold up??
“Medium coverage. 24 hour shift. Feels light. Looks smooth. Never cake-y.
• Skin looks flawless yet natural
• Lasts all day
• Skin feels moisturised
• Transfer & smudge proof
• Comfortable to wear”
Straight off the bat I can completely agree with almost all of these claims – it comes in 15 shades and describes the undertones of each shade (I have shade 103 which matches me perfectly). The coverage is as it says, medium, and this is perfect for a natural look that makes my face look more presentable. It is absolutely not cakey, and although it does wear off throughout the day it does so in a really subtle and natural way and doesn’t clog or build up in any areas. The only thing I wouldn’t agree with is transfer proof, however this is only really initially as it does settle well, but for the first 20 minutes or so if I wipe my face (I don’t know why I would do that..) it does transfer a little onto fingers, however it doesn’t smudge on my face.. Magic?
“Multi-tasker conceals. Highlights. Cheeks, brows, nose, Cupid’s Bow.
• Highlights & conceals
• Conceals blemishes & dark circles
• Skin looks brighter & more radiant
• Buildable & blendable
• Lasts all day”
This concealer comes in 3 shades – Fair, Medium and Dark. The only thing that could be a down side to the shades is that I have the shade fair and it isn’t really the light. That being said, I LOVE this concealer. I expected it to be shimmery for some reason (highlighting?) but it isn’t at all, and it genuinely does make me look so much more awake. It doesn’t have loads of coverage, but as with the foundation there is enough coverage to help a girl out but also still look natural. Definitely blendable, and yes it does last. Love it.
“High coverage. Stays put. Bye bye skin imperfections.
• Skin looks flawless
• Full coverage
• Lasts all day”
Yes I did buy 2 concealers, but as said I expected the Highlighting Concealer to be shimmery so wanted to play it safe. I’m glad I did though, as they have completely different results. This concealer also comes in 3 shades – Fair, Medium and Dark, and the Fair shade is definitely lighter. While I wouldn’t say that this is “high” coverage, it is definitely higher than medium. This has more coverage but still looks natural (it amazes me every time) and blends like a dream. I use my finger to apply this and the creamy consistency is simply lovely. Again, love this product – I may say that alot in this post!
“Gives good glow. Glides on face & body; instant sheer bronze. Creamy, lightweight & cooling too. Coconut-y.
• Use to bronze & contour
• For faces & bodies
• Gives skin a healthy, sun kissed glow
• Blendable & buildable
• Water resistant
• Cools on application
• Coconut fragrance”
This is definitely glowy and a little goes a long way, and while there is a risk of this turning into a bronze highlighter if applied minimally this is simply stunning. I use this before any powders, and the powders seem to take away the majority of the “highlighting” effects leaving behind a subtle bronze glow. This glides on beautifully and blends like a dream.
“TWICE AS NICE.
Sculpt and define to glow like a pro with this easy to use lip, blush & highlight stick. Define, highlight and add a flush of blush to your face for a flawless glow. Enhance your best assets with this creamy, easy to blend formula. Sweep over lips for soft, smooth creamy pout that layers up to glow glow glow.
Two ways to endless looks. Creamy soft textures so easy to blend. At one end, a pigmented stick to use on lips for cream finish or blend onto cheeks for that flawless long lasting blush.
Finish with soft highlight that glows not just glitters. Highlight those brow bones. Cheeks and nose bridge get high-lighted. Finish that creamy pout with a bright cupids bow. Face on a high ready to glow.”
OBSESSED! I have previously been a bit nervous about using cream blushes, but the application of this is so controlled and the results are beautiful. Start with a little, and build up from there. It gives such a natural flush to the cheeks and the consistency makes it look SO natural. The highlighting side is more of a natural highligh (compared to blinding highlighters) which for me is perfect. I don’t use the highlighter on a daily basis – not really needed for working with animals – but on a day off wanting to look a bit more glowy this is amazing. Again, love it.
“Loose powder saves face. Dusts on, fixes look, KO’s shine.
• Sets make-up in place to extend wear
• Reduces the look of pores, fine lines & other skin imperfections
• Feels weightless & Invisible on skin
• Long lasting”
So this is a translucent powder, and I will admit I did panic initially because in the packaging it doesn’t look translucent.. but honestly it is. I dust this under the eyes and t-zone and it holds perfectly. It doesn’t cake, and to be honest other than taking away some shininess it’s not visible. But it is magical! Absolute genius and so affordable.
“fave fixer. For looks that stay put. No smudge. No budge. Fresh-faced, all weathers.
• Ultra-fine, weightless spray
• Keeps make-up looking fresh & flawless
• Keeps that “just applied” look all day
• Lasts all day”
And to top it all off, this is epic. I always feel strange spraying something wet onto my face after applying makeup (like, won’t it all just run down my face?) but this really does make a difference and no, it doesn’t all run down my face. Definitely ultra fine and weightless, and it’s actually really refreshing in the morning! All weathers is absolutely a claim I can back up, and although I don’t always remember to do this step, it 100% makes all the difference.
Overall, I think it is safe to say I have fallen madly in love with this brand. Not only is it super affordable and there is almost always an offer on at Boots, but the products actually work. I have since tried more of their products (see post here) know I will continue to use these products as staples in my daily routine, and I can’t wait to try more.
CYO Makeup Review and Swatches