Packing versatile, multi-use products when I go on vacation is non-negotiable for me. I like to save as much suitcase space as I can (for shoes, duh), which means I have to really think about which items can easily take me from the beach to the bar. While it’s simple to turn a daytime eye makeup look into a nighttime-appropriate one, face products — specifically foundation — can be harder to transition from day to night. I wouldn’t wear my heavier base for a casual day at the beach, and I wouldn’t sport my lightweight option for a night out. Thankfully, a new product lets me control the concealing level in liquid foundations so I can personalize my look (and pack less, hooray!).
The Urban Decay The Velvetizer Translucent Mix-In Medium ($34) ensures that my foundation will give me just the right amount of coverage I’m after, whether it’s light or heavy. Keep reading to find out why I’m obsessed AF.
What happens when you blend it into your foundation? Get ready for pure makeup magic when you introduce the powder to your go-to liquid base. The super fine particles incorporate seamlessly into your foundation, making it feel buttery and easier to blend as you blur your flaws. You can alter the coverage level depending on how much powder you introduce; the more you add, the more full-coverage the final result will be.
Does it make your base feel gritty? You’ll notice that, after mixing in The Velvetizer, formulas will feel creamier and a bit more manageable as they glide over your skin.
Can you just wear it as straight-up powder? Yes, and this is, hands down, one of the best finishing powders I’ve ever used. After I finish my day-to-day look, I dust a bit of this on my forehead, nose, and chin to keep it smooth and shine-free. When you use it alone as a powder, you’ll notice that the velvety texture prevents your skin from looking dried-out or cakey.
How does it change the look of your foundation? Any breakouts, scars, or imperfections that still show through a layer of your base will be concealed after adding The Velvetizer to the mix. If you’re in love with a particular foundation but wish it gave you a bit more of an Instagram filter IRL, the product will take it to the next level. Not to mention that it leaves a natural-looking matte finish that’s particularly perfect during this (sweaty) time of year.
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