22 September 2018

Is Huda Beauty Easy Bake Easy?

Baking is one of them things where if you aren't a professional make up artist/good at advanced make up skills, it can go horribly wrong. I am definitely absolutely not great at baking.

Baking is basically termed as letting translucent powder set on your face for five to ten minutes, on top of your foundation/concealer, which should hopefully leave your foundation creaseless and flawless.

My make up skills are very amateur. At this point, may I point out, just because you take an interest in products, make up and brands - does not automatically make you great at applying make up.

I don't tend to do incorporate this step into my make up routine, even when wearing heavy make up, as I find my make up just looks heavy/cakey and just not right.  I also find depending on which powder you use, translucent powder/even some banana powders which are left to bake can give you ultimate flashback in a photo! I'm sure many of you can relate!

So when I heard of Huda's Easy Bake, I was ready to see if it would be the solution to my baking problems. Huda has simple instructions on the back of the Easy Bake product, which supposedly will make baking easy! You can purchase it here.

Huda released 8 different shades to this powder, which is pretty great seeing as most brands that bring out powders only range from 1 to 3 different shades. I chose the shade Blondie, which is the fifth darkest shade in the range. In hindsight, I probably could have gotten away with the shade banana bread.

So on the back of the tub, there's some simple instructions.

These instructions are pretty simple and what most people already know about how to bake, if you've ever watched any sort of video of baking. 

I also purchased the brush Huda bought out specifically for baking which is linked here.

I started with this brush, and baked. Firstly, the brush is great, but I prefer one side of it more for highlighting rather than just brushing off the excess powder! 

Let's move onto the powder. Unfortunately, after I baked, just as the instructions said, I had the same results of any other powder I have ever baked with :( 

This powder is VERY a good powder to set your under eye with, but if you don't have good results with baking anyway, this powder will not make you a baking goddess. Rather, I find it easier to just 'set' my undereye/face with this powder, and love the results! 

One thing that I find really annoying about this product, is the net over the powder! I understand it was placed there to distribute the powder, but I just don't feel like enough powder comes out for me to bake with! So i'm constantly turning the tub upside down and shaking for powder to come to the top! This also makes it hard if I'm trying to use a beauty blender with the product, so may end up just tearing this net off to reach the product better! 

The shade I have is pretty good, however if I wanted to use it as an overall face powder, I'd probably repurchase in a lighter shade, as this shade in particular does give off a yellow vibe. I'll probably try pound cake next time. 

Another advantage to this powder guys! NO FLASHBACK! 

A few things I have learnt about why baking in general probably doesn't work for me: 
- My undereyes aren't as hydrated as they could be! A lovely lady at the Charlotte Tilbury counter explained your undereyes should be completely hydrated before baking. 
- I don't wear enough concealer under my eyes. I suppose baking would work if you wear heavy concealer under your eyes that need setting and needs drying because you have so many layers on. I'm quite happy with just one layer of concealer under my eyes and to just set it with powder. So by the time I get to baking, my concealers already dry and set! 
- I'm shit at it. 

Overall, this powder is a VERY good powder in general, but if you're not great at baking, it's not gonna teach you how to bake 'easily'. For all you professional bakers, I think you'd love this! It sets amazingly, the shade range is great, lasts for many hours and no flashback! Yay. 

Let me know if you've used this and if you have any tips for me when you bake! I'd love to hear them. 

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