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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Essence Forget It! 3 in 1 Concealer Review

Hi again! How have you all been? Today I'm bringing you a review on the Essence Forget It! 3 in 1 Concealer. Let's get started right away!
I bought this concealer at Shoppers Drug Mart for about $2.99 or so. It was really not more than $3.25 after tax. I really wanted to try this because I heard many good reviews on it. I was wanting to try out a corrector-type concealer because my dark circles were just getting way too cray.
Here's the packaging~
Here are some swatches for you.
Unfortunately for me, the concealer portion of the trio is too dark for my skin so that's unfortunate. I think if you are not as fair as I am, you would be fine. The green shade is supposed to counteract redness but I don't find myself reaching for it too often because my concealer/BB cream is doing enough work. The pink shade is actually pretty good but not good enough in my opinion to warrant a repurchase. Though for $2 and some change, I can't really argue. I won't go out of my way to buy this but I might get it if I just happen upon it.
The product itself is very smooth and creamy almost to the point of where it feels slightly greasy. All three shades do dry relatively matte so I don't really have a problem with creasing or anything like that. I did a small demo on the pink portion of the trio to let you get a better idea of what it does for your eyes in case you're unfamiliar with pink/salmon toned concealers. Please don't mind my nasty skin and death stare. I couldn't bother myself to photoshop the pictures to perfection.
Look at that nasty black business going on there.
With just the pink corrector applied. You can see that
some of the discoloration has been evened out.
With concealer on top.
As you can see from the second picture, most of the purple and blue tones in my skin have been neutralized. After following the application up with some concealer, I finally look awake! XD
Price: ♥♥♥♥♥
This is probably the cheapest concealer I own, and for the way that it performs it's definitely worth it! The downside is that I think this is a little hard to find here in town.

Texture: ♥♥♥♡♡
This product is very smooth and creamy, but it can feel a slight bit greasy. The colors blend very nicely, but I think the green shade is just a little more difficult to work with than the other two shades.

Coverage: ♥♥♥♡♡
The green and pink shades aren't really meant to conceal, they go on a bit sheer as they are just used to correct. The concealer itself is more of a light-medium coverage, although it is buildable. I would highly advise you set this with a powder though because it is quite creamy.

Overall: ♥♥
Like I said before, I like this trio mostly for the pink shade and even at that I don't absolutely LOVE/need it. I could always just invest in a pink/salmon based concealer like Benefit's Erase Paste so I wouldn't need to use this product and a concealer on top. I highly doubt I'd repurchase this just because I don't have a use for the green or concealer shades.
I hope you found this review helpful! Thank you so much for reading~

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mary Kay Concealer Review

Hi again sweethearts! Today I'm bringing you a review on a product I've had for quite a while now, it's a concealer by Mary Kay. This brand is very special because it's not sold in stores exactly. It's one of those online companies that hire people to sell directly to other people.

The first time I encountered this brand was when I was in my hairdressing course in high school. We had a rep from Mary Kay come and speak to us about their products. We got to sample various products and in the end, I bought the mineral powder and the concealer. These were my very first makeup products~
You can find this product online at the Mary Kay website for $12.50. The concealer comes in a small black tube with a twist off cap. The rep color matched me as "ivory 2". Here's what it looks like:
The concealer is very creamy and opaque. It looks light but it does oxidize slightly to match up with my skin tone. You don't need a lot so one tube will last you a really, really long time.
I use this for my under eye circles the most. I do use this around my face as well, but I actually like this for only under my eyes. Even though it's very creamy and smooth, the product doesn't set into the stupid line I have under my eyes like most concealers with this consistency do. It stays all day and doesn't break me out when I use it on other parts of my face.
Before concealer
After concealer
As you can see the coverage is pretty good. I just squeeze a little of this on the back of my hand and pat it under my eyes with my ring finger. Without the use of a correcter, this concealer brightens my eyes and covers up that nasty purple business going on in the inner corner. It even looks like it makes that stupid line under my eye disappear too lol.
Packaging: ♥♥♥♥♥
I love that this comes in a tube. It just makes getting to the product so much easier and not to mention, so much more hygienic! The tube itself is sleek and thin. You can tuck this away in your makeup bag for travelling or on the go as it's about the same size as a lipstick.

Price: ♥♥♥♥
This concealer is definitely on the pricey side compared to other brands. It's also a little bit harder to get a hold of if you don't know a rep. However I think it's worth it given the amount of product you get and the quality is fantastic. You seriously only need a pea size amount and that would be enough to conceal your entire face. I'm not even kidding, this stuff will last you forever.

Coverage: ♥♥♥♥♥
This stuff covers everything without the help of a correcter. It brightens up my eyes and is great for defining around my lips too! I wouldn't say that this offers full coverage but it's definitely medium-full.

Application: ♥♥♥♥♥
This goes on very smooth and blends right into your skin. The product itself is very creamy but it doesn't feel greasy at all. It doesn't settle in any fine lines either. You can apply this with your fingers or with a brush and the results will still be the same imo.

Overall: ♥♥♥♥♥
I've tried many concealers but I always come back to this one. It does a wonderful job of covering up my dark circles and for what you pay, you're getting a very good quality product. The only downside is that it may be hard/tricky to get a hold of.
I hope you found this review helpful! Thank you so much for stopping by. I'll see you next time, bye bye~

Monday, March 4, 2013

E.L.F Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick Review

Hi guys! I hope you all had a great weekend. Today I'm going to review the E.L.F Jumbo Lip Gloss Sticks I got in my most recent E.L.F haul. I was really excited to try these out because they reminded me a lot of the Revlon Lip Stain Balms.
Here's what they look like in the packaging. You can find these online at the E.L.F website for $2.00! I got the colors Sangria Starters and In the Nude.
Compared to the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains, these lip gloss sticks are a teeny bit smaller. The tip is not as pointed though so application can get a little messy/less precise than their Revlon counterpart. Just like the Revlon stains, these gloss sticks twist up to dispense more product.
I did a swatch for you of both the colors on my arm. They look very pigmented but I think they come out a lot more sheer on the lips. That's alright though as the color is quite buildable with more applications.
In the Nude (top) and Sangria Starters (bottom)
I was sort of disappointed with In the Nude as it is definitely more of an orange based nude than I wanted it to be. It's not as neutral as it looks in the tube or in the pictures online. That's one of the problems with shopping online for these things is that the colors don't always come as they appear. Unfortunately, I don't think these types of nudes flatter me very much, but for $2 I can live with this purchase being a bit of a dud.

Sangria Starters on the other hand is a very pigmented and pretty rust/dusty red/brown-red. I know that sounds kind of off-putting and weird, but trust me it's a nice color. I feel like this can be someone's "your lips but better" kind of color.
My natural lip color
In the Nude
Sangria Starters
I apologize for my ugly dry lips in these photos. I've been bad with my water intake these past couple of days so the flakes have come to haunt me. Anyways, as you can see from the pictures, the colors are very sheer. In the Nude likes to settle into the cracks and lines of my lips but Sangria Starters looks just fine. I don't know why, but this happens every time I use it. Maybe the formula for that color just isn't thick enough? I don't even know lol. It doesn't look as bad if I line my lips first and use a gloss on top. Guess this nude just hates me.
Packaging: ♥♥♥♥♥
You can't go wrong with twist up tube packaging! I love that it's small and compact like the Revlon stains. My only gripe with these kinds of products is that you can mess it up if you put the cap on wrong. But that's just the issue with all products that protrude beyond their packaging.

Price: ♥♥♥♥♥
This is such a great deal. For $2, you're getting something very comparable to the Revlon stains which can be at least an $8 purchase. You get a great amount of product and the quality is not that far off from the Revlon products.

Application: ♥♥♥♥♥
These glide on very smoothly, you don't need to prep your lips with lip balm or anything. They say they're a lip gloss but I can tell you right now it's more of a balm. They do give a great shine as if you've used gloss over a lip color, very similar to the Revlon Lip Butters. They have a slight minty smell and sensation when you apply them but it does go away. They stay smooth and feel very hydrating but they do wear off easily so you'll find yourself reapplying often.

Color: ♥♥♥♥♡The colors are very nice in swatches but they do sheer out on the lips. I think the darker colors will turn out to be better purchases than the lighter colors because of this. The product is not true to its color on the website or in the packaging, so please be careful of that when you make your purchase.

Overall: ♥♥♥♥♥
All in all I think this is a great purchase if you're looking for something similar to Revlon's lip stain balms but you don't want to shell out $8+ for a lip product. These are very comparable in terms of application but you will not get the same long lasting effect. These will most definitely wear out and transfer while the Revlon ones do not. However I think that's a fair trade off since you're basically paying 1/4 of the price for the same amount of product. I would definitely repurchase this but I would stay away from the nude color~
I hope you enjoyed this review! Let me know if you have any additional questions about this product at all. I would be more than happy to help. I'll see you all in my next post, bye bye!

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