I was at CVS recently looking for a more natural lip color and stumbled upon a selection of Covergirl Lipperfection Jumbo Gloss Balms ($7.99 on the Covergirl site). They had a great array of colors but I chose Rose Twist (#225). I’ve been really into the jumbo pencil-style lip colors lately so I hoped this would fit in nicely!
The packaging is nice — very sleek and attractive, easy to just toss into your purse or glove compartment. The color itself is a bit more bubblegum pink than I expected — not the most flattering for me and not something I would wear regularly. The consistency of it is so nice — a cross between a lipstick and a balm, truly. You don’t need to put any kind of lip balm or gloss over it unless you’d like a much more shiny/glossy finish — it’s very moisturizing. It takes quite a few swipes to get it as pigmented as I’d like — good if you like the freedom of having a more sheer color or a bold one, but could be frustrating if you’re usually going for a richly pigmented look. One big downside is that this color didn’t last hardly at all for me. It comes off like CRAZY — I sipped some tea maybe 30 minutes after applying it and my mug is now covered in 50% of my lip color. So I definitely wouldn’t recommend it for long-lasting power, but it would be good for a more casual look if you don’t mind applying it multiple times throughout the day.
Ultimately I’d give it a 5/10 — the lack of staying power is a big downside for me, but I’d be willing to try some more colors!
This BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector ($36 for a 1.35oz bottle at Sephora) is the second primer product I’ve tried in the past couple weeks. I got a teeny tiny sample of this primer with a Sephora purchase — a 0.027 fl. oz packet, just enough for a single use. The first thing I noticed was that the consistency was different than other primers I’ve used — less of a clear plastic-y consistency and more like a leave-in conditioner. It has a very mild scent that goes away almost immediately.
It is advertised as an “oil-control primer that perfects for an all-day matte, smooth complexion while minimizing pores” and instructs you to “warm primer in hands before applying to face”. I rubbed it in between my fingers for 10-12 seconds before applying it all over. My skin tends to be more oily than anything so I hoped this would help. The package mentions that it “can be worn alone or under foundation” and usually I scoff at this but I really did feel like this could be worn by itself. It easily and visibly filled in my pores so I could hardly see them at all — with such a tiny amount I wish I had rationed more of it for my trouble spots (t-zone) because I feel like I could have just covered my more porous spots and applied a tiny bit of cover-up elsewhere and been good to go.
It dries very quickly but it did leave my face feeling very tight, almost like I had applied a mask. While my skin is on the more oily side, I do like a dewy complexion, and this stuff really does take the matte claim very seriously. I found that my regular foundation on its own looked a bit dry and flaky when applied over it. Reading other reviews it seems like it does better when patted onto the face rather than rubbed, so perhaps that was a factor. Ultimately I think I’d consider buying a full-sized version — it would be worth the price to have something that made me feel more confident going out with barely-there makeup. I’d give it a 6/10!
I received a sample of Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Minish Primer (it retails for $32 for a 1oz tube on Sephora’s website) with a recent Sephora order. Speaking of which, they do KILLER samples in case you’re curious. I try to always buy makeup from Sephora online because they always include 3 free samples of your choice and they more often than not have another special in conjunction so you can get a free little gift bag of samples or something similar. So awesome. If it’s not advertised right on the site, Google “Sephora discount code” and you’ll probably find SOMETHING, even if it’s just free shipping.
ANYWAYS. I got this tiny packet of the primer and tried it out this morning. It’s not something I would ever normally buy without trying it first so I was psyched. It has the typical consistency of any pore-reducing primer… sort of a clear, plastic-y gel. It has a very faint scent to it but it’s pleasant and disappears almost immediately. Primers like this are always so bizarre to me because you almost expect it to be some kind of invisible magic cream… I’ll spread it on my face and POOF! No more visible pores. I wish. It makes almost no discernible difference to the look of my pores until I put my foundation on and then they are GONE. I’m kind of amazed, actually. It dried super quickly to a smooth, velvety finish and I only waited a few minutes before putting on foundation. I probably could have waited a few minutes longer but it worked fine, and now my face is super smooth. Win!
Ultimately for the ease of application, lack of strong scent, pleasant texture, and just straight up delivering what it promises — a smooth, pore-free complexion — I give it a 9/10!
I bought this stain last week on a whim — I’ve heard great things about Revlon’s lip products and was in search of a great red. The combination of a balm and a stain sounded intriguing so I picked up Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in “Romantic”, a brick red. I got it for around $6 at Rite-Aid but you can also find it at Target, Ulta, Walgreen’s, and many online retailers. It’s like a nice, thick crayon — super smooth application and you can immediately tell it’s soft and creamy without being messy at all. It has a light minty scent which is surprisingly refreshing!
It does take quite a few coats to get it to the color that I like… but you could also swipe it across your lips once or twice for just a hint of color if you wanted. The nice thing is that, despite it being a stain, applying it isn’t scary — you don’t feel like you need to hurry up before it starts to dry or that you’re going to mess it up and have to scrub it off. I just put some on about 20 minutes ago and it still feels soft and malleable, in a good way. I don’t feel the need to put a gloss on over it, though you can for a shinier look — my lips feel soft and kissable, which is rare for me with any lipstick, let alone a stain. I’ve worn it a few times already and I’ve found that even when the product itself rubs off (which takes a while), the color is still mostly there, so that’s a big plus. I’d give it an 8/10!
I bought this eyeliner a few weeks back and today is my first time giving it a shot. It’s NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Plum Purple — you can get it on the NYX website for $4.50. I found it at ULTA and couldn’t resist… it’s a shimmery purple eyeliner, how could I!? I only wear eyeliner on my top lids so my review is based on that. I started with a base of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion — my go-to primer. My first impression is that the applicator is all wrong. It’s almost like a nail polish brush… if you apply the slightest bit of pressure it goes from a super thin, sleek applicator to more spread out bristles, making the eyeliner apply thicker than intended. More of a negative if you typically go for a super thin line right against your lashes. I also noticed that when the bristles spread out, the color tended to do the same… so I had these spots of super thick, condensed color and some others with a more faded color that I had to attempt to even out. Not very smooth.
The color is great — a beautiful deep plum with some shimmer to it but not overly so. Definitely appropriate for daytime wear (not that I think anything should be confined to just “daytime” or “nighttime” but if you’re more conservative with color, this would be fine!).
It’s been on my eyes for about 15 minutes and I can tell it dries tight, if that makes sense. I can almost FEEL it on my eyelids. This may have to do with needing to apply it so liberally to get a thick, dense line… I imagine there’s a decent layer of liner on my lids right now. The plus side is while it feels super wet while applying, it does dry quick, within a minute or two.
I’d say overall it gets a 6/10 from me. The color is gorgeous and I think with some more experimenting I could work out a better method for applying, but the messiness and crappy applicator definitely bump it down a bit.