The month of July was quite prosperous when it comes to products I picked up, purchased, and sought after! Rather the typical "(insert month here) Favorite's" beauty blogger tag, I decided to create my own, "The Good & The Bad", generally relating to each and every product I bought in one month and my final thoughts. I realized my opinions switch like the wind, so taking on the usual tag would be foolish and a huge lie to your love bunnies out there-- I like to put my honest foot forward in any occasion, especially when it comes to makeup! This can be considered a haul of sorts paired with mini in depth reviews as I will include swatches and my personal perspective on each cosmetic item, let's get into it cuties, if you enjoy be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel (Lilz Trueman) and follow me on Instagram (thaeyeballqueen) for story and post updates.
Despite in the video me describing my facial products first, I figured the more color, the better, and starting this off with an array of lippies will be most desired! Product one, or product(s) I should say, is the Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color line. These pretty hues range from matte, shimmer, to satiny textures...a real bargain if you ask me! In fact normally the drugstore has sales such as "buy one get one 50% off", or at Ulta currently to "buy two get two free". For quite a while I was AGAINST drugstore lipsticks, and I must say it was truly out of ignorance, I didn't give these products a chance! The interesting part is after undergoing a month of Maybelline lipsticks I found them to work BETTER than higher end brands such as Mac, in some cases. For example, Divine Wine is an instant dupe for Mac's Diva! However, is it really? Considering the ultra creamy, and bold nature of this lipstick in particular...I'd say not! Mac only compares in terms of shade, texture wise not so much...especially if we're talking wear time.
Example ingredients in the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color as provided by Ulta.com "Ingredients" section:
Isononyl Isononanoate, Octyldodecanol, Oleyl Erucate, Silica, Cera Alba / Beeswax / Cire Dabeille, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax / Cire Microcristalline, Synthetic Wax, Sesamum Indicum Oil/Sesame Seed Oil, PEG-45 / Dodecyl Glycol Copolymer, Kaolin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Alumina, Benzyl Alcohol, Mel / Honey / Miel, Parfum / Fragrance, May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 15850 / Red 7, CI 45410 / Red 28 Lake, CI 45380 / Red 22 Lake, CI 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake).
A collage of each shade I purchased sans Midnight Blue can be seen above this paragraph, view the photo to your right for a full faced photo featuring the exotic blue color! Normally many steer clear of this shade, but with a pairing of clear glowy skin and defined eyebrows this pop of color and woo anyone ;). I would like to make a point the Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds collection is MUCH creamier than their regular Matte Collection, and stays on longer than most! Imagine a mixture of the Marc Jacobs Gel Lipstick texture with a pinch of Colourpop's Ultra Matte X formula-- NOTE they're very different in formula, I am just comparing the thickness and creaminess. This definitely was a super fun endeavor, selling at $7.99 a pop....oooohhh Maybelline has me wrapped around their finger! For clarification purposes, click this link for the full details to achieve my clear skinned makeup look: Fresh Faced Dewy Everyday Makeup Tutorial.
During the month of February I had purchased Revlon's Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in HD Seduction, a warm pinked nude...as you might of guessed I FELL IN LOVE! Oh my goodness, from an uber silky application, to an AMAZING product wand... these are so worth the nine bucks, sign me up!! According to Revlon, these Ultra HD's are ,"Lightweight, [have a] high definition velvety matte color. [Are] Moisturizing, [have a] velvety feel. [Are] 100% wax-free, [with a] gel formula. [These are] Available in 16 high definition shades." They forgot the scrumptious fruity scent left behind that is faint enough for people such as myself with sensitive senses, mine were certainly pleased throughout each wear time! Pictured below is swatches of HD Temptation (view my Watermelon Inspired Vibrant Glittery Green & Pink Makeup Tutorial to see the color in action), HD Seduction, and HD Infatuation (see photo to the left, this is such a beautifully pigmented color, I was quite surprised. Be sure to check out my Instagram post for makeup deets in full). With 16 shades total, these babies score a 10/10, definitely a winning product this month!
Moving onward, let's discuss the eye makeup products collected from the time span of July 1st, 2016 to July 31st, 2016! It makes more sense to me tackling the single eye shadows FIRST rather the large pallet of shadows...right? YES, you beauties get me. First off, not sure if any of you are aware, but Morphe had a liquidation sale a few weeks ago featuring their cream eyeshadow line, each cream shadow was $0.99 from their unit price of $4.99 per product! While I was quite weary on purchasing them, I figured, "Why not? What do I have too loose except perhaps three dollars total?". Boy was I shocked! These have the most AMAZING pigment to date, in fact quite a few times I have endured them as eyeliners (view Vibrant Vampy Ocean Grape Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial featuring Wino and Blew as an example). Pictured below is swatches of Blew (turquoise), Wino (deep plum), Slick (shimmering gold), and Dusk (deep blue)! Just a little "fyi"-- on the packaging some did read as "gel liner"...maybe a misprint? Not quite sure, but it seems rather odd for the site descriptions to not match packaging! Anyhow after testing these out a bit I noticed they had AMAZING staying power, intensive pigment, lasted on my waterline for more than 4 hours without fading, AND are super creamy, wish they had more shades to choose from.
Example ingredients based off of "Slick" Cream Eyeshadow provided on Morphe's website:
Ingredients: Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyethylene, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenyl Trimethicone, Squalane, Polymethylsisesquioxane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mica, Propylparaben. May Contain: Iron, Oxide Black, D&C Black No. 2
Since we're still in the "Morphe section" let's crank out the single eye shadows! These are the MOST underrated singular eyeshadow pans yet. Not only do they hold the SAME pigment the more popular 35OS, 35O, and 35U pro makeup pallets, they offer a wider, customizable, and unique range of hues you simply CANNOT find elsewhere! Before getting too excited at their UBER CHEAP $2.29 per standard individual eyeshadow price, do be noted in some aspects you get what you pay for. For example, each eyeshadow has a pan sized weight of "Net WT.:1.5g/0.05US OZ", if you're unsure what this means, here's a comparison to Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pans: "1.8G / 0.064 oz". "1.5g","1.8g", trust me there is a significant difference, just take a look at my lowrider view above, you can clearly see the thickness of Makeup Geek's Shimma Shimma pan next to Sassy by Morphe! Despite this mishap, the product itself is extraordinary and yields the creamiest texture I have ever worked with, not to mention these are STILL the most pigmented eye shadows ranging at a drugstore prices I have tried yet.
Speaking of "drugstore prices", take a look at L'Oreal's Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadows below! These suckers are acclaimed to have a velvety formula, a waterproof texture, and a fade proof design. My opinion? Yesssserrrrieee, 24 hours of long wearing shimmer, I was shocked at the beauty each had to offer!! Swatched on my finger in Endless Sea, you can really see the dimension of this shade as oppose to it fully stretched out on my arm. From vivid greens to subtle bronzes, there is a shade for everyone-- each fitting, and each scrumptious in pigment! I do suggest applying the shadow with your finger, these sorta take on the meld of Colourpop Super Shock Shadows where they're better off applied bare than with a synthetic brush as recommended.
Example ingredients via the shade "Couture" provided on Morphe's website:
CYCLOHEXASILOXANE • ISODODECANE • TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE • NYLON-611/DIMETHICONE COPOLYMER • HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER • CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE • CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE • SILICA • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE • TALC • POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE • LAUROYL LYSINE • TIN OXIDE • ALUMINA • POLYURETHANE-11 • [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR: MICA • CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE • CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES • CI 77510 / FERRIC FERROCYANIDE • CI 77000 / ALUMINUM POWDER • CI 75470 / CARMINE • CI 77007 / ULTRAMARINES • CI 77288 / CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS • CI 77289 / CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN • CI 77742 / MANGANESE VIOLET • CI 77947 / ZINC OXIDE • CI 77510 / FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE • CI 42090 / BLUE 1 LAKE • CI 19140 / YELLOW 5 LAKE]
Prosperous in lipstick...prosperous in eyeshadow, what could be left I ask? FOUNDATION, BLUSH, LUMINIZER, and uhh....tons more, yes, hope you're not freaked out by now :')! July was a month of "over hyped" goods. For example, once L'Oreal aired their Pro-Glow Infallible foundation it became an instant must in everyones foundation kit...though I cannot figure out why. The same premise fits for the E.L.F. Cosmetics new baked highlighters, though for these, I can say they're pretty damn fine pigment wise! Anyhow, let's start from the top, shall we? Let's begin with the worst of the worst-- Maybelline's Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector. Application wise this beautiful peachy pigment blended like a dream and left a subtle dewy sheen behind...long term however it left me as a HUGE pimple! Perhaps this is my fault as higher SPF products are notable to causing skin reactions for me, but in my wicked mind I felt "well, a beauty balm should cancel out the bad stuff and improve my skin." Don't get me wrong, this offered a perfect skin match AND lasted hours while still remaining radiant and offering decent coverage, but it sorta sucks waking up the next day with raised red bumps everywhere this was applied. By the way, it seems to be a major concern that this balm has zero coverage, I beg to differ! There is no way 0 coverage is yielded, the point is to look natural, not like a glob of porcelain. As far as L'Oreal's Infallible Pro-Glow foundation goes, the skin match is WAYYY too light for me! I am not one to sit there and be a chemist, however I did notice a few beauty bloggers on Instagram mixing away...that defeats the purpose of even buying this. Is it glowy? Eh, moderate, the Lumi collection is where the light glows. Does it offer hydration, and coverage? Coverage, medium, hydration, medium-- not too impressed with this. In fact, if you take a look at my Watermelon tutorial once more, and read the intro of my skin care you shall see another mini review hands on of the product!
My normal skin matches vary from:
Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation, 14 Ivory Medium
Matches available from brands:
202 Creamy Natural (too light, and too "grey", not enough peach tones); Light/Medium (good skin match, no oxidation)
Ingredients in Maybelline's Dream Fresh BB provided by Ulta.com's "Ingredients" section:
Active: Titanium Dioxide 1.15%. Inactive: Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Octyldodecanol, Silica, Pentylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Xyloside, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Isohexadecane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 80, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Glycol, Methylisothiazolinone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
Ingredients in L'Oreal's Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation provided by Ulta.com's "Ingredients" section:
Active: Octinoxate 3.01%. Inactive: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alcohol Denat., Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Bis-PEG / PPG-14 / 14 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Talc, Silica, PEG / PPG / Polybutylene Glycol-8 / 5 / 3 Glycerin, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Dimethicone / Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Stearate, Silica Silylate, Dipropylene Glycol, Alumina, BHT, Sodium Citrate, Tocopherol, Isopropyl Alcohol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride.
The last few products on this spiraling down train include Eyes Lips Face Cosmetics Baked Highlighters, Nyx's Cream Blush in Orange, and RMS Beauty's Living Luminzier-- each product made me extremely happy and proved their worth individually! For a while ELF has been pushing to created highlighters, ahem their illuminating pallets that I personally hated (view March Haul for swatches). I believe they FINALLY got the formula right as these uber silky, pigmented, and glowy highlighters are striking enough to be worn alone without a creamy base! Available in two shades: Moonlight Pearls (light neutral gold), and Blush Gems (peachy gold, similar to Becca Champagne Pop), both offer a radiant finish without looking unnatural nor "hidden" (view Matte Vintage Makeup Tutorial too see the product in action), and last a remarkable 5 hours before reapplication is needed. "Infused with Vitamin E, Jojoba, Sunflower, Apricot and grape to nourish and hydrate the skin"-- as being one with occasional dry skin, I am here to say these babies DID NOT emphasize the dry patches and glided right over when applied WET ;)!
Moving along, next up is Nyx's Cream Blush in the shade Orange. Orange is always shunned upon and I can't figure out why, it's my absolute favorite to add a vibrant natural flush to neutral-warm toned skins! What I find quite sad is many companies invest more in powder blushes than cream blushes. You'd think with the trends turning towards dewy finishes, the production would pick up! Anyhow, I like applying Orange with my Elf Studio Stipple Brush, it makes for build-able pigment that's evenly disbursed across my cheeks without being too overpowering or unnatural like some blushes can be! Take a peak at my "Strong Women" photo, Orange is used all over my cheeks, on the tip of my nose, and on my lips. The jacket is an authentic from my Grandpa by the way haha, he was apart of the Rainbow division in WW2! As far as the glow goes, that's a whoooolllle other story, psst RMS Beauty's Living Luminizer. Okay, have you ever heard someone say "this product changed my life!"? Well, if not THIS PRODUCT CHANGED MY LIFE OH MY GOSH. I personally hate over shimmered, unnatural glows, so purchasing this natural fruit infused product was a godsend to be real! It has the vibe of "I just spent the day jogging on the beach" while looking sexy, reflective, and non tacky. Interestingly, this product lasts HOURS and always applies smoothly! You beauties must get your paws on this one. FYI it will not offer severe coverage, if used right you shall get the results as shown above (people have complained on the review sections it has no pigment, WELL DUH, it's meant to mimic real skin, not glitter particles)!
Ingredients in ELF's Baked Highlighters provided by Ulta.com's "Ingredients" section:
Mica, Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Nylon-12, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Tin Oxide (CI 77861).
Ingredients in Nyx's Cream Blush provided by Ulta.com's "Ingredients" section:
Mineral Oil (and) Ethylene / Propylene /Styrene Copolymer (and) Butylene / Ethylene / Styrene Copolymer, Myristyl Lactate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Polyethylene, Mica, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyisobutene, Beeswax, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Ethylhexyglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), D & C Red 6 (CI 15850), D & C Red 7 (CI 15850), D & C Red 27 (CI 45410), Iron Oxide Yellow (CI 77492), Iron Oxide Red(CI 77491), Iron Oxide Black (CI 77499).
Ingredients in RMS Beauty's Living Luminizer provided by RMSbeauty.com:
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), Tocopherol (non-GMO), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Mica CI 77019]; CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Whew, haven't done a full blown review of products in quite some time, hope all of you enjoyed! Be sure to check out my YouTube video to have a live swatching demonstration, as well as a more "to the point" and concise review. Kisses as always, share if you enjoy and be sure to follow me on all social media links this way you don't miss an Eyeball Queen posting ;)! XOXO.