In the past couple months, I’ve dove into everything from ride or dies to clearance finds to hyped up beauty products. I’m always down to try something new when it comes to beauty products, so naturally, in my search of finding products to add to my daily morning routine, I will find products that I am not a huge fan of. It’s a rarity that I shop high end makeup. If we’re being completely honest, the amount of high end beauty products that I own are less than five. With that being said, I feel like I am more likely to run into more products that are more of a flop than anything because, really, you get what you pay for.
Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder: 003 Natural
I wanted so badly to like this powder. I tried the transition from loose powder to pressed and I had some success with e.l.f in this domain with their $6.00 Perfect Finish HD Powder. One thing, though, that I didn’t like about the e.l.f. product is that it gave off a white cast in the rare occasion that I found myself in the presence of flash photography. With that being said, I tried the shift to the Rimmel pressed powder because it had a slight, natural, tint to it. And for $3.99 at Target I figured I’d give it a try in hopes that it would be a cheap success. I really liked this product initially, but as I used it more and more, it became increasingly difficult to get product out of the compact and onto my powder brush. I eventually hit pan in the center of the compact, but the outer ridges were completely hard and impossible to work with. I went so far as try to scrape a top layer off, but I am telling you.. this product would not budge, thus turning this product into a flop, and one that I would not purchase again.
Sonia Kashuk Eye Palette: 10 Perfectly Neutral
I picked this item up in clearance at Target back in January for $7.14. While you can’t get these products online anymore [maybe there’s still some floating around in clearance??] due to the whole Sonia Kashuk rebrand that occurred recently, its okay. Because, really, you aren’t missing out. The only shade I enjoy in this palette is the white shade that happens to be hidden by the clearance tag in my original post. I reach for it as an all-over lid shade to set my concealer/eyeshadow primer. The other five shades, though, are a total pass for me. They have little to no pigment, and the product is hard to pick up. I’ve tried going in with a makeup brush, I’ve tried going in with my finger, I’ve tried wetting the brush, everything. This product simply does not work unless you are going for a super-natural, totally un-pigmented look. I can’t imagine paying the original price of $14.49 for this product, but because I got it for nearly half off, I am not too upset by this flop.
NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation: Light Ivory
I tried this product a long time ago. Long meaning it was the second foundation I ever purchased almost two years ago, and I didn’t really love or hate it. Overall, it was just meh to me and I didn’t think twice about it and moved on to the next product I wanted to try. Within the last six months or so, I went back to this product, repurchased it, and tried it again, as I didn’t really know why I had no feelings on it. For $13.99 I do not think this product is worth it. While it gives you the ability to go from sheer to full coverage, by the time you get the look you want, you’ve either used half the bottle or your face feels like it weighs 800-pounds. I also found it somewhat difficult to blend out and more times than not, my skin was left looking uneven and patchy in places. And the whole dripping thing? I found it to be more of a hassle than anything. I will say, though, that the color match was outstanding for me but overall, I wouldn’t go for this again.
I am now going to save this post by ending it on a positive note with makeup products that I have totally fallen in love with lately, and are making their way to becoming some of my ride or dies in my beauty routine.
Sonia Kashuk Makeup Blender Sponge: Marble
I will start off this little snippet by saying, I hate buying makeup blending sponges. More times than not, these products are so expensive, and I tend to overuse them past the point of when I should probably be buying a new one for sanitary purposes. So, recently, the time had come and I couldn’t fathom doing my makeup another day with my old, overused blending sponge. Off to Target I went where I picked up a beauty sponge by Sonia Kashuk for $7.00. Now, I have only been wearing foundation consistently for a year-and-a-half-ish, so I am no pro when it comes to the best beauty sponges in the world. However, this makeup blender is amazing. It is so soft, while still remaining perfectly firm, and applies makeup beautifully. I find myself not having to use as much product, as this sponge distributes any amount of makeup evenly, and leaves you with a lighter, natural-feeling face. I am so happy I chose this one from the wall of beauty sponges because it does not disappoint [or break the bank]!
Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Lip Gloss
Hoooooly cow, guys. This is the best lip gloss in the world! I ran into RiteAid to print some pictures and decided to look through their makeup selection because, honestly, I never go to RiteAid [or Walgreens for that matter] even though there are at least 5 within a short distance from my house. I always wondered where beauty gurus found all these Wet n Wild products because my local Target has the crappiest selection for Wet n Wild in the entire universe. I ended up picking up two of these lip glosses, as they were buy one get one 50% off, and for a starting price of $2.49, that means I got two lip glosses for under $4.00! I got the shades Rose Gold and Bronze Berry. I am totally not a gloss girl – I hate the sticky feeling, and the hassle that comes with your hair always somehow getting stuck to your lips. This formula, though, is above the rest. It is comfortable, not sticky, and adds the perfect amount of a juicy shine. The berry shade I apply when I want more of a dressy, statement lip without being too bold and in your face. The rose gold shade, however, I wear every. single. day. I am not even exaggerating, I have already done some damage to this tube and will have to be buying a replacement sooner or later. It is the perfect shade, it goes with everything, and adds the perfect amount of shine and color while still remaining semi-neutral. I am a new fan of this brand and can’t wait to get my hands on more of their products in the future!
Ardell Deluxe Pack Eyelash Kit: 110 Black
Being the wannabe beauty guru that I am, I have worn fake eyelashes twice in my lifetime. Both occasions, falling on the weeks of dance rehearsals/recitals. I have decently long eyelashes, so I never really understood why I would add more lashes on top of it. Plus, who wants to wear a dramatic lash to the grocery store? It just didn’t seem logical to me. I, however, was looking into trying new things and branching out my beauty collection, so I got this eyelash kit from Target for $5.99. I figured the price was right, and the lashes didn’t look too dramatic to try out for everyday use here and there. I have worn them once and I can say, I really like them! While I still can’t see myself applying fake lashes everyday of my life, they are extremely comfortable, easy to apply, and look more natural than most fake lashes out there. And, I love that it comes with an application tool because the first two times I ever tried applying fake lashes, I didn’t have a tool or a clue on how do successfully do this. So, for all you beginners out there, look no further! This kit is for you!
Covergirl Clean Professional Loose Powder for Normal Skin: 105 Translucent Fair
After my total fail with the Rimmel pressed powder mentioned above, I went back to my tried and true loose powder from Covergirl. My mom uses this product, so when I first started exploring with makeup, this is a product that I knew I had to get for myself since it was so consistent in her beauty routine. For less than $6.00 this is a product I believe should totally be a staple in your beauty routine. It gives you a smooth, airbrushed finished while still remaining lightweight and fresh-feeling. For me, it goes so far as to reduce any shine that may pop through as the day goes on, and evens out my skin tone. So, for now, I am back to my #1 and can’t see myself straying away or trying new things for a while now [or at least until this product runs out completely].
What are some of your beauty faves and flops? xoxo