Hello makeup junkies! Today I am rounding up a few products I’ve purchased in the past few months and letting you know if I think you should buy them or pass and say, “Bye!” Now if you have something I’m reviewing negatively, but you love it, it’s ok. This is just my opinion, and I’m pretty picky. Let’s get started!
Essie nail polish in Coconut Cove – All summer long I kept seeing manicures with white polish all over Instagram, and I was loving it! I saw where one blogger said she was wearing Essie’s Coconut Cove nail polish, so I tracked it down to add to my polish hoard. I generally love Essie nail polishes, but not this one. The color was beautiful, but this polish started chipping 0.25 seconds after it dried. Definitely pass on this shade.
Covergirl Katy Kat Matte lipstick in Sphynx – This is one of those products that totally sucked me in with the packaging. I’m not a die-hard Katy Perry fan or anything, but I think she did a great job on this lipstick. It’s the perfect pinky peach nude. And even though it is supposed to be matte, the formula is creamy and not super drying, like most mattes tend to be. I don’t think I will by buying every shade in this line since I’m not a huge lipstick wearer, but I definitely think this lipstick is worth a try!
L’Oreal Voluminous Primer – I saw this eyelash primer one day and immediately grabbed it. I love eyelash primers, and I haven’t really seen any from any drugstore brands, so I was really excited to try this. It has yet to disappoint! I apply a couple coats and let it dry for 30 to 60 seconds, then go in with my mascara. This adds volume and helps keep my lashes curled all day. I’ve tried samples of the lash primer from Dior, and I would say this one is comparable to it, not to mention it’s WAY cheaper!!
Makeup Geek contour powder in Break Up– I’m a little bit late to the whole contouring game, mostly because I feel like it’s hard to find a good shade for my skin tone. And if I did find a shade, it came in a palette with a bunch of other shades that I would probably never use, and frankly, I didn’t want to waste my money! I was on Makeup Geek’s website a couple months ago and saw that they make contour powders. Since I’m a huge fan of the blushes, I decided to give one a shot. They have a shade for every skin tone, from warm to cool and porcelain to dark. I bought Break Up, which is a cool toned porcelain shade, and it’s perfect! This powder is super pigmented, so a little goes a long way. It’s also easy to blend. I’d definitely say BUY this!
L’Oréal Lumi Cushion foundation – Cushion foundations are a popular product out in the makeup world right now, and I thought I’d give this one a try from L’Oréal. It is pricier for a drugstore foundation, I think around $15. It comes with a sponge to apply it, but I use my dampened beauty blender instead to dot it on my face and blend it out. It provides a light, dewy coverage (if you have oily skin, you will not like this foundation). It’s not super long wearing, but does hold up well throughout the day. Although I can’t say this is my all-time favorite foundation ever, I do think it’s pretty good and worth giving a try!
Kenra Dry Thickening Spray – I saw a YouTuber/blogger, who has the best hair I’ve ever seen, rave about this product, so I bought it since I love texture sprays and her recommendations are usually pretty good. Okay, so I don’t know if I’m just not using it right, or I’m just so used to texture sprays, but I feel like this does nothing when I spray it in my hair. I’m going to keep playing with it, but for now, I’d say skip on this and get the Kenra Dry Texture spray instead.
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – This concealer was released a few months ago and it is probably one of the most talked about, hyped up concealers I’ve ever seen in my YouTube watching days. Naturally, I had to get my hands on it to see what the fuss was all about. It is supposed to be a great undereye concealer that can also be used to highlight with and contour with in the darker shades. I stalked visited my local Ulta and their website for weeks with no luck. Finally, it was in stock on Tarte’s website one day and snatched it right up. I ordered the shade Fair. And let me tell you, it’s pretty darn fair! I am definitely bright eyed and bushy tailed when I apply this! I like how it has a huge doe- foot wand and you get quite a bit of product (10mL). This concealer does take more effort to blend out compared to other concealers I’ve used, but it covers my dark circles very well. I did notice that this creases the least of any concealer I’ve tried, so I was pretty impressed with that. I honestly can’t say that this replaces my beloved Makeup Forever Ultra HD concealer as my favorite, but I do think that if you want a super full coverage concealer, give this one a try!
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