Hey guys, I know this is a bit late but you can actually still buy this collection online, so it’s worth checking your local stores for this too! I’m not going to do a full review on the products, since I haven’t worn them all yet and that would be really long since I’m lumping all the products into one post!
Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette in Desert Festival ($4.99)
It’s hard to say completely what my opinion on these shadows is, since I haven’t worn them on my eyes yet, but so far I’m disappointed. The lightest shimmery shade was the one I was most excited for since I love colors like that, but it’s so bad it’s not even worth using. It doesn’t even show up at all when you just swatch it once, in the above photo it is the first color on the left and I had to heavily swatch it tons of times just to get it to look like that (and it still isn’t great). The other colors weren’t as tricky but still not as nice as Wet n Wild’s usual Color Icon shadows!
Perfect Pout Lipsticks in Ferguson Crest Cabernet (left) and D-Vinely Chilled (right) ($3.49 each)
Now this is the part of the collection worth getting! I always rave about Wet n Wild’s matte permanent Mega Last lipsticks, and these are even better! They are not quite as matte, and they stay on all day without drying my lips out. They seriously just wear and wear. If I put these on in the morning, go to class and then eat lunch, after lunch my lips do not even need a touch up. Ferguson Crest Cabernet is basically the same color as MAC Rebel, and my other beloved Wet n Wild lipstick in Sugar Plum Fairy. I wear it alllll the time. D-Vinely Chilled doesn’t have quite as nice of a texture as the rest of these, because it does have some shimmer particles in it that can make the lipstick feel slightly gritty on the lips. However, it’s still not as gritty and drying as similar lipsticks! These lipsticks seriously rival most of my high end ones as far as quality goes. The packaging on them is a little nicer looking than the regular Wet n Wild lipsticks as well, they are silver and only a little bit of the cap is clear, vs the really cheap ugly looking black and clear packaging (don’t let it fool you though, they are awesome!). I do hate slanted caps like these ones though, because if you’re not sure to roll the lipstick down all the way and pay attention to putting it on at the exact correct angle, you end up taking huge chunks out of your lipstick. Well this was a bit more long-winded than the quick comments on these products I had in mind!
Shimmer Palette in Rose Champagne Glow ($5.99)
Another win for this collection! This is a gorgeous highlighter and again I’ve been reaching for this at least multiple times a week during my daily makeup routine. I was expecting it to be more like MAC MSF in Porcelain Pink, but the pink veining honestly doesn’t show up at all (but that’s okay since I have other pinkish highlighters). This one is definitely very much like all those popular champagney colored highlighters, I can see this being very similar to things like MAC Soft and Gentle (I don’t have this one though but need it) and also it’s kind of like TheBalm Mary Loumanizer but less intense. It’s great though, it’s not powdery whatsoever like a lot of cheap highlighters are. Have I mentioned how HUGE this is? It’s literally the size of my hand.
Nail Polish in Hollywood Walk of Fame ($3.49)
Haven’t used this yet either but I had to include a photo since it’s so awesome! Had to have this for obvious reasons.
Where to Buy: walgreens.com
Did I mention that you only need to spend $25 and Walgreens will ship to you for free?
Wet n Wild does not test on animals
A gorgeous collection of FUN, SHIMMERING, METALLIC shades with brush applicator that adds sparkle to your eyes. Made with ultra fine powders for long lasting, radiant color. Applies on smoothly with INTENSE color!
How does it work?: Use eyeshadow brush and apply lightly, the eyeshadow that are loose may spread everywhere.
Pictures: Very picture heavy with swatches!
Elf-Our Nail Polishes are back in stock and better than ever! Due to the new and improved formulation, the single nail polish price has increased to $2.
This color-lock formula with chip resistant shield gives long lasting color with high shine. The bristle design glides color on flawlessly, and quick dry formula gives perfect application every time. Key nutrients infused with Vitamin E for stronger, healthier nails.
Our formula is FREE of: Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP).
Dots- Unknown (could not find)
How does it work?: Apply with brush inserted in nail polish onto to nail evelyn. Apply a base,two coats of the nail polish and a top coat.
E.l.f.- Unknown(could not find online)
Dots- Unknown(could not find online)
I love love love these nail polishes, E.L.F nail polish is $2 bucks a pop and worth it. They spread evelyn, the coating is thick but not to thick so you don’t get gunck. Without base coat it did last me all day. With a base coat it lasted me about 3 days before I would need to reapply ( I did not wear top coats for ether). The thing I love about E.L.F. is that the formula has much improved compared to before. The color range is decent but can be wider and a lot more jazzy but I think for starters E.L.F is a good find for those of us whom are on a budget but want to look Fronista as possible.
As for Dots, don’t underestimate store quality nail polishes. I would say this nail polish is almost as close as E.L.F. but I did wear a top coat with these because within one day without a top coat and having a base coat they did chip. But they were about $1.50 so ya know. I love the colors and when you got to dots you get a range that you can choose from that day. It spreads evenly. I lovvveee that, I hate buying nail polishes and it’s lumpy and just doesn’t adjust well. Only thing is if you don’t have Dots in your area these can’t be ordered online.
This is everything that I’am looking for till I choose to upgrade to Butter London or OPI right now I’m on a super saver Fronista budget!
Formula much improved
Nice color range
More color range
Is not exactly chip resistant
Can be hard to find if you have no dots in your area
4.5 out of 5-E.L.F.
4.0 out of 5- Dots
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Product Description for Black Opal True Color Liquid Foundation:
Keep shine at bay while looking beautifully flawless. This lightweight, oil-free, hypoallergenic formula contains pure silk powders to help refine pores. Vitamins A & E work to protect skin while Allantoin and Panthenol provide comfort and smoothing benefits. The pigment-balancing ingredients also help ensure stay true colors without any ashiness. Light coverage. For all skin types. Matte finish ( taken from website)
Product Description for Black Opal True Color Foundation Stick:
Sometimes you do have something to hide and this creme foundation housed in a portable stick, can make camouflaging problem areas on the face that much easier. This PABA-free, hypoallergenic formula protects skin from UV damage, won’t clog pores and blends smoothly to give you the flawless face you’ve always wanted. Full coverage. For all skin types. Velvet finish (taken from website)
How does it work?(Both): Apply with sponge, fingers, foundation brush, stippling brush all over face and or neck, chin, shoulder area.
Ingredients for Black Opal True Color Liquid Foundation:
Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol,Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isostearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Talc, PEG-8, Kaolin, Triethanolamine, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Sodium C8-16 Isoalkylsuccinyl Lactoglobulin Sulfonate, Lecithin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Dimethicone, Isostearamide DEA, Cetyl Esters, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Silk Powder (Serica), Cellulose Gum, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben,midazolidinyl Urea, May Contain (+/-) Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288)
Ingredients for Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation:
Active Ingredients Octinoxate 5%, Octisalate 3%, Oxybenzone 3% Other Ingredients Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Dimethicone, Silica, Beeswax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ozokerite, Nylon-12, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Octyldodecanol, Cetyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Propylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate, May Contain (+/-) Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Chromium Oxide Greens
blended ( got color a little to light for me)
I know POC struggle with foundation constantly, when I first started with make-up I was hesitant about going into the foundation aspect. I would see women mainly WOC with HARSH foundation lines, right shade wrong undertone, wrong shade right undertone and just cakey hot mess foundation. That definitely turned me off. So when I finally wanted to venture into the journey of foundations some older women recommended I start at the drugstore level so I wouldn’t be waisting that much money. One of the first companies that caught my eye was Black opal. I did a lot research before purchasing, one of the things that POC ranted on about was the Black Opal Foundation Sticks and with good reason.
Black Opal Foundation Sticks are a cream and can EASILY be built up, it does not take much maybe a few swipes on your face and VERY good blending (I would recommend a sponge and compact brush like a flat top brush). It spreads smooth and evenly unfortunately they did not have my correct shade so I got one a little bit to yellow for myself. (on days I want wow I was use it underneath my eyes or places to highlight) The foundation stick retails at $9.50 on the website. In different drugstores you might get variations and I know sometimes BBS(beauty supply store) carries them especially one in a predominately Black Neighborhood.
I then ventured into liquid, the liquid foundation is not as liquidity as you would think. From the picture I don’t know if you can see but it has the consistency of jelly liquid. I know that sounds strange but that’s the best way I can describe it.
Because of this consistency a first timer would have no problems spreading it all over but be careful you can easily use to much and it become cakey.
This foundation I say is good for all POC because they also come in lighter shades and have universal flatting shades. I do wish however that they got more specific with the undertones I know some people will be in betweens and will end up mixing. The wear time for the stick foundation is a longer than the liquid foundation because it is a cream base but it feels heavier on the face. The liquid is a little bit more lighter and you can get about a good 6 hours out of it and then you’re going to need touch up. (this is without Primer )
Overall these foundations is good for starters and advance. I would suggest this to anyone !
Good for all skin types (both)
Good shade range (both)
Good for beginners(both)
Poor undertone range
Need more durability (liquid)
Can feel heavy(stick)
4.7 of 5 (Foundation Stick)
4.2 of 5 (Liquid Foundation)
The packaging is cute!
Left to right: Hollywood, Chicklet, Peppermint Gummy Bear, Sparrow. No primer.
I love the colors I picked, they’re all gorgeous!! I think they work well with each other too, though I didn’t do that on purpose. My favorites have to be Peppermint Gummy Bear and Chicklet. Chicklet makes a gorgeous lid color, I’ve been wearing it on my lid tons lately with bronzy colors in the crease. I was hesitant to pick up yet another green eyeshadow but I really don’t have anything like Peppermint Gummy Bear. It’s pastel but really bright at the same time. These colors are all extremely vibrant and long lasting, you can definitely tell from the swatches, especially considering there’s no primer under them. Rockeresque makes great shadows and you all should really check them out!
Rockeresque shadows are 100% vegan and cruelty free.
Where to buy: rockeresque.com
How much: Only $6 each!
I think everyone loves being tan…a nice tan makes you feel thinner and glowy and so fabulous! Unfortunately, getting a tan via UV rays is so so so dangerous and [in my opinion] not worth it. So I started going on the hunt for a perfect self-tanner…and I found it!
THE BASICS: You can only get this product at Bath and Body Works (True Blue is their line). For $15, you get a 6 fl oz bottle. It also comes in a gradual or spray format (I have not tried either).
This stuff is ph.nom.en.al. First of all, if you have ever strayed away from a self-tanner due to being scared of turning orange (a legitimate fear), this is the lotion for you. This lotion gets my olive skin the most beautiful, natural bronze color. I cannot say enough about how beautiful it makes my skin look!
What I also love about this product is how easy it is to apply. I am no pro at applying self-tanners, yet this stuff has NEVER made me streaky. Although the bottle calls it a lotion, I really consider the consistency to be that of a gel. The deep brown color makes is super easy to know exactly where you’ve applied it. (I also love this because it instantly gives me a subtle glow!) It also has a beautiful shimmer to it for that first day of application. Keep reading for my application tips. (:
1. Quick. The second I apply it, I have a nice base. Within 4 hours, the color deepens into a rich brown.
2. Color. Natural and beautiful with zero streaking. I love it, people!
3. Smell. This is one of the things I really adore about this lotion in comparison to the others that I have tried. I really, truly love the smell of it! I’ve actually gotten compliments on how I smell after I apply it. This is a huge pro for me, because I cannot stand that gross, salty smell that the majority of self-tanners leave you with for days.
4. Long-lasting. I apply this lotion once, and the color will stay for at least a couple of weeks. This is through showering every day and shaving. I like this because it makes my lotion last longer.
5. Not tested on animals.
6. Ingredients. Every other tanner has either broken me out or dried me out. This one leaves me moisturized and has yet to give me any acne.
1. Smell. Yes, I know this is on my pros as well, but it’s valid mentioning it as a con as well because…well, the scent is strong.
Very strong. I find that the room I apply it in and all the clothes I wore the first day will smell of the lotion for awhile. (the scent disappears from your skin after your first shower after your application) HOWEVER, this really doesn’t bother me very much because, again, I love the smell. I just wish the scent was a little less harsh around my house that first day.
2. Price. Groan. I am a drugstore girl through and through, so dropping $15 on a lotion really isn’t my game, even if you do get a lot of product. This one I make an exception for because I really feel like a self-tanner is one thing a girl should splurge on. Also, Bath and Body Works seem to constantly be running deals. Just keep an eye out for them and stock up!
3. Time Consuming. When you decide to put on your lotion, it’s a bit of a time commitment. Because of the consistency, it takes awhile for it to properly dry. I always give it 30 minutes after application before putting my clothes on, and I [obviously] stray away from wearing white clothes immediately after.
1. Wear gloves or wash your hands immediately after applying. The lotion won’t turn your fingers into carrots or anything, but they will look super-streaky if you just let them be.
2. Apply a thick non-tanning lotion on your knees, ankles, and elbows before applying your self-tanner. They actually suggest this on the bottle and I’ve found it really helps. This will prevent those areas from becoming darker than the rest of your body.
3. Apply your tanner in front of a mirror. This makes application 100X easier. You are able to see from every angle if you missed a spot or need to blend more. This is also the perfect way to tan your own back!
4. Apply your tanner from the feet first, then work your way up. This way, you have no creases on your belly.
5. When applying on your face (if you choose to do so), mix it with your every day facial moisturizer. I mix one parts tanning lotion, two parts Olay moisturizer. If you apply the lotion straight from the bottle, it is way too shimmery for your face and will make your face darker than your body.
My name is Alexandra and I’m an 18 year old living in small-town Ohio. I am an early-childhood education major at a teeny-tiny liberal arts school. I’m the queen of quirk; a lover of cats, Disney, animal print, Marilyn Monroe and pink! (:
My obsession with all things beauty products began my sophomore year in high school, when I discovered beauty guru Kandee Johnson. I’ve been in love with the world of makeup, hair products, nail polishes, and lotions ever since! I am a bargain-hunter…the only high-end thing I own is the NAKED palette. Otherwise, I’m all about using coupons and searching sales to get a great look for less. I love to accentuate what my momma gave me, but I also love to do more dramatic, fun looks. I’ve been head-over-heels for The Beauty VIPs since it was first started and would love to be a part of it! Thanks for your consideration! xoxo
“MEGA LAST® LIP COLOR Lips take center stage! This 4-hour, longwearing lip color leaves a semi-matte, crème finish in one stroke. Glides on easily with rich, velvety color that doesn’t cake, feather, or bleed. Made with hydrating skin-care ingredients: Hyaluronic Microspheres provide extraordinary adhesion to lips, an exclusive polymer complex offers cushion-like feel and texture, and natural marine plant extracts Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamins A & E help smooth lips. ” – wnwbeauty.com
I tried my best to get all 20 shades but the stores that carry wnw in my area have a very limited stock and range or colors BUT i did get 19 out of 20 lol the one im missing is “904B Rose-bud” (which looks so pretty i need to find it!!!)
OK so first off i LOVE wet n wild so i kinda go crazy when they put something new out. A few years ago wet n wild was not so good. I remember when i was younger and in idk jr high wet n wild is what you went for to get glitter and crazy eyeliner colors. In the past few years wnw has grown & revamped there whole line. They have amazing eye shadows and beautiful lipsticks.
BUT today we talk about lipstick
The colors are great they have tons of shades to pick from the finish is matte (which is sometimes hard to find with drug stores) and they are only $2.99 (sometimes less you can get them on sale or BOGO 1/2). They last for what feels like forever! lol After the photos i took them off with a baby wipe and washed my arm and you could still see parts of the color. So very pigmented !
OK now down side the packaging is a little cheap the lipstick its self feels kinda loose in the tube. They can dry out your lips so you must put a chapstick or primer before.
THE NAME IN ON THE WRAPPER!!
It has the numbers on the bottom but then name of the shade once you open it and throw away the plastic its gone.
its not a big deal but it bugs the crap out of me.soooo as you can see here i went ahead and wrote out the names and taped them on the bottom =p
Final thoughts i give them a 8 out of 10
totally worth the price
Ello everyone, I’m Klariza 25 years young from Orange County CA. I am happily married to a wonderful man and a mother to handsome little toddler. Make up, movies, art, tattoos, and music is what I love (other than my family). Before I became a wife and mother i used to be a photographer (and sometimes “model”) and sucked i mean SUCKED at make up but getting to work with so many great people i learned a lot. Now I LOOOOOOOVE make up. When you spend all day everyday with a toddler make up is just a great way for me to have ME time. Just sit in front of a mirror and experiment with my make up stash. I love getting new things and trying out brands iv never heard of before. Not a professional just a SAHM sharing my love for make up with anyone who will listen. =) <3
Review: Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Sky Pink & Pink Pout
I am a sucker for lip color. Being blessed with naturally full lips, I have never been one to shy away from dressing my lips from the bold to the neutral of all shades and finishes, especially matte lipstick. When I found out that Revlon had a pretty impressive line of matte lipstick, I had to check it out.
The Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick line features 9 colors and is a part of their Super Lustrous line which is featured in the big lipstick display in the Revlon section of your drugstore. However, unlike the other Super Lustrous lipsticks which come in pearl and cream finishes with a typically shiny tube, these have a matte finish packaging with brushed, matte silver trim. They typically cost $7.99 but places like Rite-Aid and Walgreens always have Revlon on sale for “Buy 1 get 1 50% off.” I purchased shades Sky Pink (012) and Pink Pout (002).
(L-R, Sky Pink and Pink Pout)
Color: The color on sky pink is pretty problematic, in my eyes. In certain lights, its this bright and gorgeous neon color verging on being a dupe for MAC’s Viva Glam Nicki but in others it appears very natural and not the neon hue that it appears to be in the tube.
Finish: Regardless of its wishy-washy hue, the finish is a bit weird for me. While being completely matte, the lipstick isn’t extremely drying. However, unlike MAC matte lipsticks this line of lipstick contains silicates, which gives it this slippery feeling, making it almost impossible to get an even layer of product on. While it feels moisturizing, it also feels…fake in a way, also settling into fine lines. While from far away it may seem nice, as it is obvious from the closeups, I had a struggle with applying the lipstick.
Color: Pink Pout has to be one of my most favorite lipstick colors of all time. While Sky Pink is more of an unpredictable shade in different lighting, Pink Pout tends to remain the same. It’s a soft, natural yet noticeable pink, perfect for all occasions. I find myself reaching for this lipstick during the day paired with a natural look to have some color to my lips, and also at night paired with a bright gloss to enhance the color. However, this color is easily dupe-able, so you can avoid the less than favorable formula, but at my Rite-Aid this shade is always sold out, proving it is a wanted item.
Finish: Just like Sky Pink, the finish on Pink Pout is also pretty bad. Just from the swatches you can see that the dryness of my lips is enhanced, making the application of this lipstick require a little more work than most.
(perhaps the most true-to-color photo of Sky Pink, on the left)
Bottom Line: I definitely have a love-hate relationship with these lipsticks. While I love seeing a drugstore brand have matte finishes, I don’t like how fake these feel. However, I often see these lipsticks sold out at my local drugstore and even sometimes not even featured in the display, so I’m not positive if they are hard to come by. I would not recommend these to someone inexperienced with lip color as there are better alternatives out there, such as the much cheaper matte lip products from Wet n’ Wild. However, if you keep your lips well scrubbed and moisturized, and you are looking for a cheap alternative to high end matte lipsticks, to add to your collection, go ahead and try these out. But I would wait until a major sale to buy these, as I did when my local Rite-Aid went out of business and makeup was 75% off.
Ever tried these lipsticks? Loved them and thought my review was slander? Hated them and can agree me with here? Share your thoughts and tell me what you think!
Hi readers, my name is Casey and I normally look like this….not sunburnt and makeup-less (I apologize! Its the summer and I fell asleep at the pool yesterday….eep). Anywho, I am 18 and a rising college…sophomore going to school in the NC Mountains where it is cold and full of mountain men with beards, but who is complaining? I study journalism and write for the school paper and love to write—a major passion of mine. Some of my other passions include goat cheese, iced coffee, button down shirts, the internet, Bravo t.v. shows, hoarding lipstick, laying in bed, and the obvious, makeup. I come from an extremely crafty family so I was always making some kind of art from the start.
Although I never really got into makeup until my junior year of high school, I now find comfort in the blending of my eyeshadow, the pairing of the colors, enhancing certain features. Makeup is just another medium for me to express my creativity. Despite the natural faces of my friends and protest of my roommate for spending a little too much time applying mascara, I still apply my makeup daily at school, finding joy in blending and standing out amongst the sea of laid back, even turning my freshman year desk into a vanity. Thank you so much for your consideration and review of this post. Have a nice day!!
I’ve got a few little favourites for my complexion on a day when I look like I haven’t slept in a week, and one of my new favourites is the Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Concealer.Bourjois’s Healthy Mix foundation is their best selling and most popular foundation, but while I was in UK I brought my favourite foundations, so I figured the concealer would be the next best thing!
- Apricot: for radiance, apricot and apricot kernel oil are moisturising emollient ingredients, moisturised and hydrated skin is radiant skin. There’s a definite apricot scent to this product!
- Raspberry: for micro-circulation, raspberry and raspberry extracts are great skin antioxidants and have anti-bacterial properties.
- Melon: for hydration, melon extract is very high in vitamins A and C, and is rich in many different antioxidant compounds, another great ingredient!
This BB Cream comes in five different shades which is really big for BB Creams because usually the most they come in is one or two shades. No. 13 being the lightest and no. 31 being the darkest. It also has SPF 42 PA++ which is REALLY good because it is also suppose to whiten your skin and improve wrinkles with UV protection. Oil control is mediocre. I still have to blot from time to time. NBD though! This product stays throughout the whole day. It’s not extremely long-wearing but it lasts throughout an 8-hour day.
I have this in No. 27 Honey Beige. The color fits my skin extremely well for my NC40 skin. No. 27 has a bit of an orangey undertone to match those with tan complexions like myself. I have read that it leaves a greyish tint but I guess it just depends on the color you’re ordering. I’m assuming they lighter ones leave a grey tint, but no worries! The greyish tint will oxidize to fit your skin color.
It comes in a 50 ml red tube (retails for about $29 at the Official MISSHA site; I received this for free from the official MISSHA website) and the packaging is wonderful! It is really hygienic compared to a lot of other dispenser-type facial products. I just kind of hate that the clear plastic top covering the dispenser because it can get a little messy.
Coverage overall is really amazing compared to other BB Creams. It definitely doesn’t cover as much as a full-coverage foundation but it definitely covers more than any other BB Cream I’ve tried. It has sheer to medium coverage covering red spots and evens out the skin tone perfectly and highly buildable. You can pack this on without looking cakey! But I don’t recommend doing that LOL. The finish you get is a dewy look for oily skin but I’ve read for normal skin tone, it can look pretty matte. BEWARE! MY SKIN UPCLOSE! IT’S NOT PRETTY!
(From L-R: No makeup :P, one layer, one layer + Studio Fix Powder) The second one may look like it left a greyish tint but that’s just the lighting.
The texture of this is really light and allows your skin to breathe. It’s not too thick and really smooth but it does take a little work to blend this into your skin. Don’t expect it to glide onto your skin like melted butter. My procedure while I’m using this is using MISSHA’s BB Boomer (primer) and dispense a small amount onto my hand and dot it around my face evenly. Blend it into my skin by patting it and using circular motions with my fingers. I recommend using hands not a brush because a brush might look a little streaky.
Review in a snap!
- Texture: 9/10
- Application: 4/5
- Pigmentation: 4/5
- Packaging: 4.5/5
Overall, I absolutely love this BB Cream but for those who might have fair skin, you might not like the greyish tint it might leave but because of the greyish tint. Even though, it has become a new staple to my daily makeup routine. Coverage is perfect (hence probably why it’s called ‘Perfect Cover’), covers my acne scars, evens out skin tone, light, and best of all, my skin has the ability to breathe.
My name’s Kimberly, recently just turned 18 and living in sunny Southern California. As someone who is a huge makeup junkie, I love venturing out trying out new products of different kinds of brands and even spend my lunch money on makeup. I find going shopping in a mall, department store, etc. my kind of adventure. I hope to pursue as a freelancing makeup artist.
Yesterday, I finally gave in and purchased two of these while doing shopping. Given that I already have a Clinique’s Chubby Stick (in Mega Melon, amazing by the way) for reference, I thought I could do a review of these balm stains by Revlon!
I got the shades Smitten, a beautiful fuchsia shade and Sweetheart, which is more on the pink side, but still intense enough to stand out! They were a little bit pricey but hey, it was Walmart and I got them for 8.64 a piece with taxes. Still, compared to the Clinique Chubby Sticks ($16) it was a very good deal.
I’m a little bit disappointed by the moisturizing factor of these balm stains since they are, after all, balms. My lips got a little chapped after a couple of hours of wearing them, and the application is a bit tricky—you have to glide on the stick a few times so you can fully feel the moisture.
There is a barely noticeable scent to these stains—slightly minty, but nothing to worry about. I like it, even.
And oh boy, do these colors last! I went to the mall today and if I retouched it was because of the moisturizing factor, but the color was in full swing! I am very impressed.
These balm stains are very, very good for the price and while they are not as moisturizing as the Clinique ones, they are definitely worth a purchase if you are on a college student budget like me!
My name is Linda, I am 20 years old and live in Austin, Texas where I go to college (Go Longhorns!). I love makeup and learning about new products and techniques, as well as getting a good deal! I also love music, writing poetry, long walks on the beach and ice cream. Oh god, ice cream.
So I bought one not-so-great product from this collection and one that I really love! Whatta double edged sword. I shall start with the bad product and end with the good.
Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liner in Beth Mask
I was so excited for the Shade and Smoke liners too, because I love Shadesticks and Greasepaint Sticks. It unfortunately isn’t similar to either of those. I excitedly ordered this as soon as the collection was online, but my hopes and dreams were crushed the next day when I saw Temptalia’s review of these. Temptalia is my queen, my goddess, and one of the best beauty bloggers out there (if you don’t avidly read temptalia.com, start now) and this was the worst and most negative review I’ve ever seen her write. After reading that, I was expecting to hate this once it came in and figured I’d return it. I tried it out over primer and it wasn’t as bad as I thought, I think since I was expecting it to be so terrible. I used this over primer, with the light color all over my lid and the dark color along my top and bottom lashline and smoked out a bit in my outer corner. It was decent as a very very subtle smoky eye. The colors aren’t too blendable or pigmented and I don’t think you could use it in the crease because it would be so uneven and blech. The way I wore it is probably the only way to work with it, just a very subtle and quick slightly smokey look. It didn’t pull on my lid or physically “hurt” to apply like other bloggers have been saying, but beware if you have sensitive eyes because I have heard that from more than one blogger. Ramble, ramble, ramble, here’s the swatch. I should have taken a photo of the look I did to show that this CAN be worked with at least a little bit, if I wear it again soon I will post a photo. Still on the fence about whether to return this or not. It would be decent for drugstore, but as a $22 MAC product it is just not acceptable.
Shade and Smoke Shadow/Liner in Beth Mask, outside swatches are one swipe and inside swatches are a few swipes.
How much: $22
Where to buy: maccosmetics.com, MAC stores, department stores that have MAC counters and the websites of those stores.
Prolongwear Lipcreme in Dear Diary
Obviously I was sucked in by this hot pink and had to have it. I love my Candy Yum Yum (the rare and famous shade from last year’s Quite Cute collection) but I use it very very sparingly because I don’t have a backup, but this color is actually a pretty close dupe! It’s glossier than Candy Yum Yum, and since CYY is a matte, this one is also less drying. Score. This was my first Prolongwear Lipcreme and I didn’t find it exceptionally long wearing, although it did hold up fairly well. It will last for about six hours, but it doesn’t last through meals, and when kissing someone or whatever there is some visible transfer. So the Prolongwear formula did not fare as well as I had hoped but the amazingness of the shade makes this forgiveable for me.
Prolongwear Lipcreme in Dear Diary
Prolongwear Lipcreme in Dear Diary on left, Lipstick in Candy Yum Yum on right.
As you can see, Candy Yum Yum is more matte and slightly more neon bright, but it’s close!
How much: $17
Where to buy: maccosmetics.com, MAC Stores, Department stores that have MAC counters and their websites. Dear Diary is currently sold out on the MAC site but keep checking back because sometimes they will restock popular limited edition things, I found this at a local MAC store so check those and your department stores!
This is a new and limited edition product from MAC that can be used on lips and cheeks. I was expecting it to be similar to the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge’s but I can’t comment much on the similarities between the two since I have a Pot Rouge but I haven’t worn it all that much. If anything, this new product is sheerer and Pot Rouge is more pigmented. That’s not a bad thing, the MAC Casual Colors give a really gorgeous subtle flush of color if you like very wearable makeup. They blend out really sheer, but can be built up quite a bit. The blended swatch below is just one layer but when I wear this on my cheeks I build up three of four layers so it’s more noticeable! They do blend very easily on the face but I was hoping for a bit better color payoff. They leave a sheen as well so be careful if you have oily skin. Great for dry skin however! On the lips they seem to wear off and/or sink in quickly, but they stain them really well and leave behind lots of color even when it feels like you have no product on your lips anymore! It’s almost like a lip stain in cream form except not as drying as most lip stains. Very cool product and I love all the springy colors it comes in.
Left: unblended swatch, Right: blended swatch
How much: $20
Where to buy: maccosmetics.com, MAC stores, MAC counters in department stores and on the websites of those department stores (Macy’s, Nordstrom, etc.)
This is the first Glossybox I’ve ever recieved, in fact it’s the first one ever in the US! Well, there was one in April but it was only sent to a few major bloggers for review and the service was not available to the public yet. Glossybox is already a popular subscription service in the UK and other countries around the world. This review may seem late but the May box shipped at the end of the month, I’m not sure if that is the case with every month from now on because this was just the first one and it may have been delayed. Let’s dive into what came in the first US Glossybox!
The box itself is so cute and very re-usable! It’s much larger and sturdier than the boxes that Birchbox comes in as a reference. and pink!
Very large travel size Marvis Whitening Mint toothpaste. I’m neutral about this I guess. Not very excited to see toothpaste in a beauty box but I am a fan of whitening toothpastes so I’ll give this a try when I’m out of my current one.
Phyto Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask for Dry Hair. I am really excited about this one because I’ve always wanted to try Phyto products and have heard only good things about them, and I use hair masks regularly. This is also an extremely generous size, and the full size product is about $40 so this is definitely nice to have!
Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra Gel. Basically a fancy moisturizer. I’ll try it but I don’t super love skincare samples because I firmly believe you need a good month to test skincare products and see what they’re gonna do for you. Plus the full size costs $100 so hopefully I don’t love it because I can’t spend that on a moisturizer and I’ll just be heartbroken.
Zoya Nail Polish in Kimber (Full size!). This is from Zoya’s new Beach & Surf collection for summer 2012. I love Zoya nail polishes so this is cool. Not that I don’t already have a thousand hot pinks but this is a warm toned one with gold shimmer so I guess the gold shimmer makes it different from any of my other hot pinks. The gold shimmer is much more visible in real life than in this photo.
Burberry Lip Mist lipstick in Copper. Can you tell this is my favorite thing in the box? It’s a gorgeous sheer glossy honeyish nude, and I think it would look great on everyone. and it’s soo teeny and adorable! I love this so much.
Glossybox blush brush. Meh. It’s not very soft or anything special, but a good brush to throw in your purse for blush touch-ups so you don’t have to worry about messing up your good brushes.
All in all, I liked the first Glossybox a lot and I plan on staying subscribed for now. They don’t send you small samples at all, only full and travel size items and those items are usually luxurious and expensive so it is well worth the money. I’ll review the June one when I get it!
Where to sign up: glossybox.com
How much: $21 a month, this is a subscription service so you will be automatically charged $21 a month after you sign up and you will receive a box of surprises! You can cancel at any time.
This is one of the best tinted lip conditioners I’ve tried for sure. I like it better than MAC Tinted Lip Conditioners, MAC Tendertones, and the ELF Studio potted tinted lip conditioners. The color payoff is amazing compared to other products in the same vein, so gorgeous! I want to go buy this in a bunch more shades. The scent is very strongly vanilla-y (smells like a MAC lip product X100) which I think is really yummy but you will hate if you hate scented products or vanilla scents. The only thing I don’t like about this is it has a really bad taste. Obviously you don’t eat it but lip products like this can definitely leave a bit of a taste in your mouth, know what I mean? I found that I might have applied a little too much the first time I wore this because when I used less the taste wasn’t as bad or noticeable. It is however very moisturizing and the finish is glossy but after it wears away after a few hours it does leave a stain, like you’ve been eating berries or something. It’s really quite pretty. Hmmm, seems kind of like one of the new trendy balm/stain type products but in a pot, but this has been around way longer!
Sleek Makeup does not test on animals.
How much: $6.50
Where to buy: In Superdrug stores if you are in the UK, or at sleekmakeup.com if you are international. I bought mine off their website and shipping was a flat rate of only $10 (this might seem like a lot but definitely not for international and I know I’ve paid that much before for within-the-US shipping)