Makeup Review: Mascara, Eyeliner, and Foundation, Oh My!

Sorry about the lack of post last week! Though I thought I scheduled one, it was brought to my attention on Saturday (by two separate people, you guys are awesome!) that it hadn’t posted. All I can do is promise you, dear readers, that I will double and triple check when I go to schedule a post and hope this doesn’t happen again. Thanks for your patience, and on to today’s regularly scheduled post!

There’s a fairly noticeable divide in my makeup kit as to which products I spend more on than opting for the drug store options: stuff I use daily and stuff I wear when I feel like doing a bit more. Some people do this the other way around and spend more money on their daily items and less on what they wear less frequently, but that strategy hits the pocket book harder because the expensive items are being replaced quicker. Since I don’t use eye shadow daily, I can indulge in that coveted $66 palette, knowing that it is going to last me until I cannot reasonably use it anymore. Harder though, is to justify buying that Kat Von D eyeliner (but oh, how I love that damn eyeliner) for $32 when I basically don’t leave my house without eyeliner.

So that brings me again to another review of drugstore makeup products. I have tried three new products recently and would like to share about them.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara

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Seriously, it’s all about that waterproof formula because allergies, weather, and emotions. Why companies still make non-waterproof mascara is simply baffling. Who are the consumers keeping this market alive? Anyway, on to reviewing this mascara. It caught my eye in the store as I was walking past and I thought I would try it a go. Only a few days in I am absolutely in love with this product.

The brush is a fairly simple thing, unlike the wonder that was the wand from the Plumpify mascara. It’s curved with hard bristles that are short on the inside of the curve and long on the outside. The packaging said that the shorter bristles were designed to reach the very base of the lashes and the longer bristles are meant to fan the lashes out. So far, the product lives up to its claims. I am loving the fanned look. It provides lash density I am looking for without the ridiculous amount of clumpiness that I find usually results from volume mascaras. In high school and my early twenties, I actually used to separate my eyelashes with a safety pin (DO NOT DO THIS) to get rid of spider lashes and get my lashes to fan. This wand is just as useful at separating clumps of lashes, and way less dangerous.

The biggest drawback is the transfer to my bottom lid as I am doing my lower lashes. Some mornings I have to try to rub away the excess from just under my lashes without destroying my face (paint and skin). I also notice that it doesn’t come off cleanly at the end of the day and I have to go over my eyes several times with my remover before I can wash my face without getting flakes in my eyeball or raccoon eyes post-cleanser.

All in all, I will likely buy this again. It gives me doll-like lashes that brighten and widen my eyes without using my curler and separates my lashes without safety pins (again, DO NOT DO THIS).

 

NYX Matte Liquid Liner

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Recently the Shoppers Drug Mart where I get most of my drug store makeup started stocking NYX. This was exciting because there are so many good reviews of NYX products online in drug store hauls. I love liquid liner for the bold definition and long-lasting wear it gives and I’ve seen a million and a half reviews comparing the NYX liquid pen to Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner (which is always on my wish list). I meant to buy the NYX pen, but I was in a bit of a rush and only really noted the different between the “glossy” and the “matte” before thinking that I was sure glad I put that glossy back and saw the matte one next to it. So I have the brush applicator. This isn’t the first time I have used liquid eyeliner with a brush applicator, but this brush isn’t as formed as I’m used to. It took a few thicker-than-anticipated lines before I got the hang of the pliable bristles.

The best thing about this eyeliner is its durability. I’ve gone through full-out workouts and still had my eyeliner on at the end. That’s impressive. Even Kat Von D needed a reapplication at least once during a long day or after a workout. Not this stuff. It lasts all the way through a Friday from the morning to when I get in the house sometimes after midnight. The lines might not be perfect, but it isn’t smeared all over my face, and it’s definitely still there. It isn’t hard to take off either. A simple swipe or two with my remover takes it right off. Brilliant!

Next time I buy, I will try the NYX pen liner that I was going for, but I would certainly buy this liner again.

 

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation (in Ivory)

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I am a pale white girl with skin that my doctor has decided needs specialist intervention. So foundation is a daily thing so that I don’t feel like I leave my house looking like Charlize Theron in Monster. And SPF is pretty damn important. Before I started using this bottle of foundation, I was using a BB cream with SPF 20 for “light to medium” skin tones. A friend of mine swore up and down that it was my shade, but I was never quite certain. Now that I am back using something with the “ivory” shade descriptor, I am much surer of the match. This isn’t a new on the market product, but I seem to jump around between foundations quite frequently as I can hardly every find something I am happy with several bottles in a row.

This foundation goes on smoothly and is reasonably long lasting without looking cakey or flakey. It brightens up my complexion and makes me look like I got more sleep than I did the previous night. It sets pretty well with my translucent powder, but if I cared more at work, I would probably touch it up at lunch to make it further through the day. But that is probably just my terrible face touching habit (a contributor to my problematic skin, without doubt). This isn’t a heavy product like a mousse or some other liquid foundations, so it isn’t bothersome, intrusive or itchy.

This will be my regular foundation for the foreseeable future.