I thought I’d share my recent (over the past two months) beauty purchases and quick reviews of each item. Warning: there’s a lot of eyeliner involved — apparently that’s a product I struggle with!
Nyx Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm – I can’t rave about this lippie enough. It’s smooth and has a sweet scent (think vanilla cupcake). It’s a gorgeous pinky-nude color and holds up pretty well. It will wear off when you drink a beverage, but that’s pretty common with basic lip products. It has a true matte finish that I cannot get enough of. I’m looking forward to picking up more shades! On the Nyx website these retail for $6.00 each. They have a huge selection of colors to choose from and I see them all over Pinterest as dupes for high end brands.
Almay Intense Eye Color Liner for Blue Eyes in Bronze Topaz – I actually swatched this liner from my mom’s makeup collection and immediately fell in love. It’s a gorgeous bronze color that creates a natural looking liner for days when regular black is too much. It’s very smooth with no drag on the skin. It’s my go to for quick looks and busy mornings and sells for $7.00.
Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Gel Liner in Black – This was advertised as a gel liner with a precise pointy tip, but like most twist up liners, the tip flattened out and isn’t sharp enough for me. I’m kind of (okay very) unskilled with winged liner and that’s why I originally purchased this pencil. I can’t use it for winged liner, but it’s smooth and decent for a basic black eyeliner. On Maybelline’s website this liner costs $7.99.
NYC Liquid Liner – This liner applies with a brush and goes on like a dream. The color is a true black. I really like this product except for the fact that if I blink before it dries, it transfers to my upper lid and ends up all over my face. It smudges off rather easily, too which is another con of this liner. I think I’m more of a pen liquid liner kind of girl. It’s priced at $2.99, but this is a liner I most likely won’t use or repurchase again.
Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer in Sand (20) – This is one of the first concealers that I have used and I’m very impressed with it. It has a wand applicator and blends out to give my under eye area a pretty airbrushed look. I blend it with either a small foundation brush or my new beauty blender sponge. This shade is a little too dark for me currently (I’m pale at the moment) and doesn’t give a brightening effect to my under eye area, but it does match my foundation, which gives my face an even look. I plan on picking it up in a lighter shade, which will cost me about another $6.49.
Elf Translucent Powder – Elf Cosmetics has really been blowing me away lately. They have upgraded the quality of their products, but not the prices! I’ve been wanting a setting powder and just picked this one up the other day. Let me say, HOLY COW! This powder is truly translucent and sets my concealer for the whole day. This setting powder is very fine and the packaging is solid and durable too. With a price tag of $6.00, I don’t see me buying anything else in the future.
Elf Gel Pot Liner in Black – I haven’t had the opportunity to use this for a winged liner yet, but the reviews from bloggers have my hopes set pretty high. The pot was $3.00 and came with a tiny brush that I probably won’t use. I did draw a few lines on my hand and I was pretty impressed. It didn’t bleed or smudge once it was set and applied blacker than I had anticipated. I’m looking forward to using this in the coming week!
L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in C3– I have the Lumi Foundation in W3, but currently it’s a little too warm for my skin tone. I love the dewy effect the Lumi foundation provides, but I know in the fall/winter, I sometimes prefer a more natural finish to my whole face with my glow only where I put the highlight. That’s why I picked up the more natural finish of this foundation in the same shade, but with cooler undertones. It’s still a light-medium coverage, but it can be built up. I have always been a fan of L’Oreal for drugstore foundations and I’m so happy I decided to drop the $7.99 on this bottle.
Beauty Blender by Beauty 360 – I caved and grabbed a drugstore beauty blender since everyone raves about how incredible they make your foundation look. Mine was $5.49 at CVS, and I’m still very on the fence about it. It ate so much of my foundation when I first used it, but it blended my concealer out super smooth and even. I’m honestly not sure how I will ultimately feel. I probably would have preferred the Real Techniques brand, but I got ahead of myself and picked up this one on a whim. I’m going to keep giving it more chances, but right now I’m very “meh” on the subject.
Keep in mind most of these products were bought with coupons so I didn’t spend too much money on them. I’m pretty sure I’m set on makeup purchases for awhile… After all, between this and a couple other recent-ish purchases, I’ve bought everything a girl could need and more!
What’s your take on these items? Drop a comment below to let me know!