Today, I have some mini reviews of a few drugstore products I have been testing out. Most of them I love—one however—not so much.
Flower Concealer and each shade in the e.l.f Bronzer watched individually
Rimmel Lip Liner in ‘Eastend Snob’ and a sneaky glimpse of my new tattoo
I was excited to see Maybelline come out with a tinted brow gel, however it has not won me over. I like tinted brow gels for days when I don’t want to use powder or a pencil and just want to keep my brows looking natural and in place. The shade is perfect for me and this stuff really helps keep your brow hairs in place. However, I find the brush makes it really difficult to apply. It does not pick up the product that well (which could be due to the gel ‘mousse’ consistency) and the sculpting ball brush is too large for my thin brows. The size of the ball brush also makes it impossible to use the rest of the brush below it. The product seems to collect at the tip of the brush, which I find pretty abrasive, causing it to tug on my skin. Overall, I am not a huge fan and I will not repurchase this product.
A LOT of people have been talking about this lip liner, so I knew I had to give it a go. People have said it is an affordable dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in ‘Pillow Talk’ (which looks gorgeous). This is a perfect pinky nude, great for everyday and gives me that ‘your lips but better’ look which I’m all about. I find Rimmel lip liners a little drying so I make sure I apply a lip balm before. Otherwise, the staying power is really good and I love the matte look of this when worn alone. I also love that it twists up so I don’t have to fuss with a sharpener. In the photo I applied the Starlook Lip Gloss in ‘Guilty Pleasure’ over top and I am a huge fan of these two together.
With Target no longer in Canada I have had to come to terms with the fact I’ll need to find an alternative to my Sonia Kashuk Liquid Light Concealer (which I feel like I never shut up about). Flower Beauty is a line by Drew Barrymore that is sold exclusively at Walmart and is both affordable and also cruelty-free. As a Drew Barrymore fan, this line was on my list of things to try and I decided to give this brightening concealer a go. I love that it twists up keeping it more sanitary and the brush is extremely soft and easy to apply around the eye area. This product counteracts any discolouration, brightens my undereye and seems to last throughout the day. I do have to say I am not a huge fan of the packaging. I think this product could be a lot smaller based on the amount of product inside it and I find the packaging for the whole line overall looks cheap. However, I do like this concealer, so do not judge a book by its cover! I will definitely still try more from this line.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush – $10.00
I have been wanting this brush for ages and finally found it at Winners (got it for $7.99). I love their Buffing Brush for buffing foundation and concealer into the skin, but I wanted this one as an alternative. I love Real Technique brushes as they are synthetic, incredibly soft and have no fallout. None of their brushes have disappointed me and this one lives up to my expectations.
I was thrilled to discover that Rexall started carrying Real Techniques, more specifically this sponge which I have wanted for ages. I have yet to try the much coveted Beauty Blender, but since I’m not ready to spend $26 on a sponge this seemed like a more reasonable alternative. Like the Beauty Blender, it doubles in size when wet and really helps to press your makeup into the skin. Unlike the Beauty Blender, this sponge has a flat edge on one side making it easier to blend around the nose and eye area. I am all for natural makeup and this product helps my foundations and concealers to blend into my skin seamlessly. I find the size a little awkward to use, but I think that’s because I am used to the much smaller cosmetic sponges I have always used before. This sponge is also supposed to last up to 3 months.
I have been wanting an affordable bronzer for awhile and with all the ones on the market I have felt a little overwhelmed (first world problems). Tati from GlamLifeGuru talked about the ‘Warm’ and ‘Cool’ shades of this bronzer in this Hot or Not video and I was instantly sold (Tati tends to have that effect on me). I went with the ‘Golden’ shade of this bronzer, which is also amazing, and Tati really hits the nail on the head with her review—I totally agree with everything she said. The four squares are large enough if you want to use the colours separately or swirled together all four create this beautiful colour. I was hesitant about how the shimmer in this would transfer onto the skin, but it looks so natural when applied and just gives your skin that warm glow. The highlight shade is also incredible and picks up the light really well. Plus, it has a large mirror, does not come with any dinky brush, is cruelty-free and you cannot beat the price. Seriously, I cannot get enough of this product!
What have you recently been trying out from the drugstore?