Puerto Rico has given me an early taste of summer.
Last weekend I celebrated the end of a few life chapters and the start of some new ones in Puerto Rico. I finally got the chance to nap under the warm sun (with SPF of course!), stuff my face by the pool, and show some skin! My chapped, flaky lips of the winter are gone, and the gorgeous 80 degree weather reminded me that summer is right around the corner, i.e. the season for fun, bright makeup. I can’t wait!
Thank goodness for the Peripera haul I received a couple weeks ago. I had been in search for new Korean makeup that stays true to the K-beauty trifecta -- innovative, high quality formulas, budget friendliness, and cute packaging. This brand hits all three.
So, what is Peripera? I’d say Peripera is like the love child born from the more sophisticated color cosmetics brand, Clio. Where Clio’s ethos is elegance, Peripera is all about whimsy and light-hearted fun. After all, their brand name is based off the name of a Persian fairy. That’s exactly what I felt like when using their vibrant and shimmery colors.
For a low maintenance makeup gal like myself who prefers the no-makeup, makeup look, the first thought that came to mind is that everything I tried was just so easy to apply. It made me feel like a makeup wizard!
Exhibit A: Wholly Deep Jewel Pot
I’m wary of shimmery makeup because it tends to fall over my face so I look like a shiny highlighter at the end of the day. But this eye shadow stays. I wore it while bobbing on a noodle in the pool, straight-up dazzling mermaid style!
It’s super shimmery in a luxe, gorgeous way with a fun, soft texture. I’ve never felt anything like it. It’s sponge-y -- like a brownie -- and all I need to do to apply is dab the formula with my finger and gently tap it all over my lids. It reminds me of the glittery look I’ve been seeing on runways (maybe this is reinforced by chic names like “Be Celeb” and “Be Trendy”).
Exhibit B: Wholly Deep Mascara
Mascaras! I’m always looking for one that does the job and that I won’t feel so bad about tossing out after a few months. (After a baaad case of pink eye a few years ago, I’m always cautious about makeup that gets close to my peepers. If you don’t replace your mascara regularly, do.)
The Wholly Deep line has three types -- one for volume, one for length, and one that’s waterproof. Splashing around called for the “Proof” formula so I wouldn’t have mascara meltdown in the pool. For daily use (on dry land) I like volumizing formulas, so lately I’ve been grabbing the 2X Volume one.
And all you microfiber-mascara fans: Get attached to the 4 mm version because it’s the shiiiit.
Exhibit C: Ah Much Real My Blusher
Um, yes. I’m a cushion fanatic in all senses of the makeup word. Y’all are familiar with the CC cushion at this point, and now we see it being applied to other makeup categories, including blush.
I first tested Peripera’s Ah Much Real My Cushion Blusher at the Urban Outfitters event I hosted in April. Cushion application is so easy -- it’s really pat, pat, pat, and go.
With this formula, a little goes a long way, but you don’t have to worry about looking streaky because it’s so creamy. It squeezes straight out of the cushion and kisses your skin. Blending with your fingertips gives you that dewy, moisturized look, unlike a run-of-the-mill dry blush. So it’s great for warmer weather because it never gets cakey, and the finish is really luminous and natural.
Exhibit D: Oil Capture Pact
Quick shoutout for the Peripera OIl Capture Pact . It has nothing to do with summer color cosmetics (it’s translucent), but this thing is amazing. Now that it’s getting warmer, I can see myself getting a tad oilier earlier in the day, and you’ve been asking for more oil control products too. This one’s a keeper. A few pats of its puff around mid-afternoon mattify me.
Those are some current picks, and I’ve requested more Peripera products to test soon. Which ones am I missing? Share below I’ll be sure to check it out!