Look at that gorgeous shimmery bronze beach toned heaven!! Oh it glows too! That was just that tiny dab spread out on my arm. I think I'm going to mix this with my moisturizer to get some glow. I wouldn't apply this over foundation unless I wanted some nice contoured bronze, instead this is a skin first item for me. What do you think? How do you usually use something like this? The photo below shows how this works with some other layered product.
L'Oreal Tickled Pink- Barbie baby pink with a hint of pearl, really smooth and about a 3 out of 5 for opacity. Decent copy of MAC's Snob. But like 1/4th the price.
L'Oreal Golden Splendor- This oh this I LOVE! It's a sheer fleshtone nude with gold shimmer that doesn't feel gritty but gives a lovely sparkle. I've been dying for a shade like this and I'm so impressed with this shade. Everyone go buy it right now!
Rimmel Just So- I saw this on Wendi at Makeup Zombie (killer blog- she's like your best friend, but better) and thought it was so berry pink unique with a hint of coral that well, I had to have it! Sure enough, it's that great color and so opaque and smooth. Out of all the drugstore lipsticks I've tried, Rimmel's has the best coverage. Who'da thunk? What a fun shade and thanks Wendi for introducing it to me!
Revlon True Red- I have a bazillion reds. I read about this color in Shape Magazin and it has a nice tomato shade to it that keeps it from being too 'red' and not too dark, but not orange. It's such a wonderful red and the coverage is very smooth and shiny. I'm happy I picked it up! It's the quintessential 'kiss me' red.
Okay, sorry to go from those nice full lips to my scrawny ones...but here's the lipstick/gloss combo. I usually wear both color and gloss, so hopefully this shows how they work together. Below is L'Oreal's Tickled Pink with Hard Candy's Jellyfish gloss on top. It's not as opaque as I'd hoped, but the color was great. A lavender sparkle on top of perfect pink. Plus the tingly minty aspect of the gloss was interesting. It almost feels like it's plumping your lips. I like it. The first shot is with flash, the second is natural light. Love that purple glow Mmm!
Below is Revlon's Satin Plum with the Lilac Pastel lip gloss. It kinda patches a little, but I applied it over thick for the photo. It's nice how it looks in real life and the color is lavender without looking too kitschy. I could see this being GORGEOUS on medium dark skin tones like Kim Kardashian. I know she uses MAC Angel and NARS Turkish delight- this might be a more pastel/lilac take on that idea of a pink lip with a pale gloss.
So after all this photo spammation- here's my take. Based on my experience, these are my thoughts on Drugstore brands and how they stack up. Tell me what you think too.
Cover Girl- lame. I like their WetSlicks gloss tubes, but the rest I just ignore. I've used their products from foundation to lipsticks and I just haven't been impressed.
Hits: WetSlicks glosses
Misses: True Match foundations. Gross.
Maybelline- Really coming around. I love their new Color Sensation lipsticks (Madison Mauve and Red Revival are beautiful) and their mineral power foundations aren't patchy. I love their mascaras. It's what I carry in my kit. Take that, Diorshow!
Hits: Color Sensation lipsticks, Mascaras, Baked mineral eyeshadows.
Misses: FIT Me foundations
Revlon- the best drugstore foundation. Seriously. ColorStay is such a performer- that if you're looking for a foundation on a budget, please just look for Halle Berry's photo and pick a jar. I'm loving their shade selection and that they have different formulas for oily and dry/combo skin.
Hits: ColorStay foundations, Super Lustrous glosses, Nail polish, Lipsticks
Misses: Cream shadows...smear city.
Rimmel- UK hyped brand with some really killer metallic liners and even a primer. To me, best lipsticks in the drugstore arena.
Hits: Lipsticks and 60 second drying polishes
Misses: Blushes- really dark and patchy
Physician's Formula- I'm not sure of the background on this, but they always have the prettiest face products. I see them copying a lot of Guerlain's products like Meteorites and Meteorite compacts with their Correcting Pearls and Correcting Powders. They're on my 'try next' list to see how they perform. I do love their innovative 'Happy Boost' powders and blushes.
Hits: Face/Complexion powders and correctors
Misses: Eyeshadows, very sheer to me
Almay- I love their concealers, seriously! The rest, to be honest, I haven't used. So I don't know much about this one. You tell me :)
Wet N' Wild- used to be the grossest, cheapest crap ever except for eyeliners and cheap nail polish. Now all of a sudden they're like....cool. Like that fat kid in 9th grade who at 25 is hot and rich. What changed? Well, the formulation is different and yet amazingly, the prices are all the same. Lots of hits here! Crazy, I know! HUGE hit is their gel liner (bye bye Blacktrack) and mineral blush and liquid liners.
Hits: LINERS, some eyeshadows, mineral blushes and bronzers AND their more expensive lippies in the black slim tubes- they rock! Stock up on this, seriously.
Misses: Some eyeshadow colors (kitten) and lip glosses (the tubes leak)
NYC- I really like NYC's lipsticks and shadows. I usually go to this brand when I want something cheap in a new color to perk me up. I have used a lot of NYC's products and the quality is decent. Not the best, but good. Like a buffet.
Hits: Liquid liner, eyeshadows, lipsticks, glosses, and clear mascara (for brows)
Misses: Mosaic powders and blushes and any face products. Really patchy foundation and dark patchy powders.
L'Oreal- Lancome's baby sister and just as good in a lot of ways. I used to like their Voluminous mascaras until I got ahold of Maybelline's Lash Stiletto and won't let go. I love L'Oreals lipstick selection- lots of pretty nudes and good performance. Their gloss selection stinks, but their studio secrets primer is pee-your-pants good and so is the smoothing foundation.
Hits: Lipsticks, Studio Secrets Primer, HIP pigments, Smoothing foundation, gel liners
Misses: Lip glosses- where are they?
Hard Candy- used to be cool and posh and once it went to Wal-Mart was lame but is slowly getting better and in my opinion, really dang good! I love what I've gone over in this post but their mascaras are so-so. I wish the lip gloss gave you more on the doe foot, but the color is so good, I'll pump 6 times to get it on. I'm hoping to try their mineral baked powders, the other luminizing lotion that's pink, and maybe the primer.
Hits: Matte powder, Moon Glow Powder, Glamazon bronzer, Mineral baked bronzers and blushes
Misses: Ginormous lash mascara. Blech.
There are others like Neutrogena (good skin care line), Bonne Bell (lip products and one decent bronzer so I've heard), Jane, Boots, Jemma Kidd, Napolean Perdis (used to be high end), Jesse's Girl, Milani (Lip stuff is great!), and etc and so forth, but these are the ones I see the most of that I've used, up above. What's your experience with drugstore brands? What do you like?
In Finale: If I were to go buy makeup for a face, here's what I'd grab:
Olay Micro Sculpting cream for moisturizer, Neutrogena 115 face spf for protection, L'Oreal's Studio Secrets primer to prep, Revlon's ColorStay foundation, Maybelline's Mineral Power powder, Hard Candy's Mineral bronzer, Hard Candy's Mineral blush, Physician's Formula Happy Boost translucent highlight powder for glow, Hard Candy's Moon Glow powder to set.
Wet N Wild's gel liner, L'Oreal's HIP pigments for eyeshadow, Maybelline Mascara
Wet N Wild's lipliner, Rimmel lipstick, and Cover Girl gloss. Lip balm would be Burt's Bees.
And my perfume...well shoot, Britney Spears of course! HA! Okay I will publicly admit that Curious doesn't smell that bad.
Now go grab ten bucks, hit up Wal-Mart and get some goods! Tell me what you bought when you get home :)