MASSIVE (MOSTLY DRUGSTORE) BEAUTY PRODUCT REVIEW
OK—I’ve been splurging at Ulta, Sephora and drug stores for all kinds of makeup and beauty products this month. There’s no one to blame but myself, but I will say that watching beauty gurus on Youtube does NOT help!!!
All I can do now is hope that my late makeup obsession can benefit others even while it is eating a hole in my pocket book. Wah!
FOUNDATIONS & CONCEALERS
Revlon PhotoReady Foundation - Great
I’ve always been a fan of the ColorStay line so I decided to try the new PhotoReady foundation. I like PhotoReady because it goes on smooth, it provides full coverage without feeling extremely heavy and looking cakey, it’s oil free, AND it contains sunscreen (which some ColorStay foundations do not). The only drawback is the line doesn’t have as much color selection as the ColorStay line.
L’Oreal True Match Foundation – Nice
I bought this because Brittney Grey said she liked it and I am obsessed with BG so I had to get it, LOL. J/K—sort of. Anyway, I really wanted it so that I could have a variety of foundations to choose from depending on the situation. This foundation provides a lighter coverage than the Revlon foundations, which is why I picked it up. It’s nice. It has a silky consistency, it’s oil free and contains sunscreen. A bonus is that the True Match line has a million and one shades to choose from ranging from warm, neutral and cool tones. Drawback—there are so many damn shades that I get confused! I can’t tell if I’m warm or cool and their little hints that they give don’t help. No, I don’t think I look good in dark green, but I feel like I have a yellow-ish undertone…I think? See what I mean? Anyway, if you can get your color right, then I think it’s good. It’s nice and light, blendable and buildable.
Revlon PhotoReady Concealer - Lovely
This concealer, which is lipstick consistency, is a tad thicker than I would prefer, but it does the trick. If you have blueish/purplish dark circles under your eyes, this WILL eliminate them. I wouldn’t say it does a whole lot of brightening (think Kim Khardashian makeup), but that’s a style choice. I don’t always want my undereyes all sparkly and such, ya know.
Revlon ColorStay Undereye Concealer - Good
OK, so sometimes I DO want my undereyes to be sparkly and when I want that I definitely reach for the ColorStay Undereye Concealer. For one it’s a lighter consistency than the PhotoReady Concealer and it’s brighter. The two drawbacks are that the applicator apparatus is annoying—I hate the twist up/clicking contraptions that alwaysproduce more product than needed. The second drawback is sometimes it feels sticky, but I think you’re supposed to use the applicator tip to avoid that, but again, I hate the applicator.
L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner in Carbon Black - Freakn’ amazing
This pencil literally looks like liquid eyeliner, but it’s SO much easier to put on. In fact, I’m going to say it looks better than liquid eyeliner.
Maybelline Define-A-Brow Pencil in Dark Brown - Dislike
This was another “because Brittney (Grey) has it, I have to get it” purchase. I am a brown-skinned girl and dark brown/black eyebrows don’t even look good on me so who the heck would they look good on? Why do they make this color basically is what I’m asking—lol. Maybe I would’ve liked it better had I gotten it in just “Brown,” but even still, I don’t like the waxy texture of the pencil. I ended up purchasing clear brow gel and using my angled makeup brush and a matte brown eye shadow to fill in my brows…so. much. better.
Maybelline Clear Great Lash Mascara – Perfect
There’s not much to say here folks. We all know that Great Lash is a fantastic mascara. Use it on your brows—it’ll hold em in place.
SmashBox Eyeshadow Primer – Good
This stuff is expensive ($20 for a teeny tube)! But, it does what it says it’s supposed to. It makes your eye shadow look brighter and more intense (without having to cake it on), and it prevents creasing. I likey. :D
Almay Powder Blush in Mauve – Beautiful!
This blush is silky and gives a really nice natural flush. It’s somewhere between matte and sparkly. It gives you a glow without exaggerating your imperfections. Basically, if you have big pores, you don’t have to avoid this like the dickens.
L’Oreal Wear Infinite Studio Secrets Professional Eyeshadow in Gilded Bronze – Wonderful
Not only is this color beaaaautiful on brown skin, but it’s also silky and really easy to apply. I love to wear it alone or on top of a deeper brown eyeshadow.
LOTIONS & CLEANSERS
Garnier Dark Spot Corrector – Great (so far)!!
Since I purchased this only a week ago, I can’t review how well it gets rid of spots such as acne scars and sun spots, but I can say that this lotion has the most wonderful consistency. It’s light and absorbs really well. It makes my skin feel soooo smooth. I literally look forward to putting it on every day. The ingredient that’s supposed to fight the dark spots is a potent amount of Vitamin C. Again, can’t tell if it’s working on my spots yet, but I can say it livens and brightens up my face each and every time I use it. Yay!
Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock, SPF 55 – Fantastical!
This sun block, which is of liquid, not cream consistency, is made to go on under makeup. It’s sheer and matte so it won’t affect your final look. Attention brown girls – this does NOT leave that yucky whitish/purplish tint to our skin. By the way brown girls need to wear sun block, too. While we may have a natural SPF that is greater than our lighter sisters (and by lighter I mean White), we still can suffer from premature aging, sun burns, skin cancer and just general sun irritation!
The only drawback to this sunscreen that I can think of is it absorbs super quickly so it’s not the easiest to smooth on to the face. I get around that by dabbing a teeny bit all over my face and then rubbing it in.
Clean and Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub – LOVIN IT
I originally bought the travel size and discovered I love this stuff. Again, the vitamin C just brightens up my face. It’s super duper gentle, but still gets the job done. My skin feels like new skin every night and every morning.
St. Ives Apricot Scrub – OK, borderline bad
This scrub is definitely a heavy duty scrub. I would only use this if your face has layers and layers of dead skin cells to get rid of. I used it a few times, and it just made my skin feel raw. I probably won’t be using this again.