This post is all about various make up and beauty products I have tried in the last month, and how I found the quality of them to be. There is a good mix of cosmetics and other hair/beauty products, so I hope you find this useful.
Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Foundation - £5.99
This product applied smoothly, with a flawless finish, and I was very pleased with the result. However, within an hour, despite having first applied primer, my pores began to show through, the product became streaky, and by the end of the work day my face resembled an oil slick. Despite matching my skin shade perfectly, by the end of the day the product had given my face an unappealing orange glow. I purchased this in the hopes of finding an affordable foundation for every day wear, as I did not want to keep using my Clinique or Estee Lauder foundations so frequently, as they are far from cheap. However, this product left my skin looking and feeling awful, and after two days of use (I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt) it was discarded forever.
Maybelline New York 24 Hour Super Stay Make Up Locking Setting Spray - £6.99
I had high hopes for this product. My last setting spray was from MUA, and had served me well. I decided to try out this brand as it had been on offer when I was in my local Superdrug. I used it for a week and found the quality to be poor. The spray applicator on the bottle did not distribute the spray evenly, meaning by the time it had had dried on my face and I checked my appearance, I noticed I had white dry patches on several parts of my face! Despite this, the product did little to keep my make up in place, and by the end of the days I was looking worse for wear and my skin tone a bit uneven.
B. Blending Sponge - £4.99
I purchased this as I love applying my make up with beauty blenders. I usually purchase Real Techniques ones which I have always been happy with the quality of but I thought I would a new brand just to see how it went. I have never purchased a product from the B. range before so I did not know what to expect. However, I was ecstatic with the results of this blender. Despite being a little cheaper than my usual choice, the quality was as good as, if not, better than my usual choice.
I will definitely be purchasing this again when my current one needs replacing, and it has definitely made me consider what other good quality, and affordable products I am yet to discover from this brand.
Make Up Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Setting Spray - £5
After the last disastrous setting spray I tried, I spotted this as being newly released and decided to give it a go. Knowing how high the quality of Make Up Revolution products are usually, I was expecting great things. However, after trying this out for a week as part of my make up routine, I was left very disappointed. Not only did it completely fail to keep any of my face make up on, it left me looking as though I had been spraying oil straight onto my face. This product really missed the mark by a mile and I have stopped using it. I don't know if it has just reacted poorly with my skin but it has made my skin very oily and my make up has been sliding straight off. Very disappointed.
Toni & Guy Cleanse Dry Shampoo - £7.49
I purchased this simply because I had run out of dry shampoo and it was on clearance in my local Boots store. I have mixed feelings about this product. It applies clear meaning I was not left with any dry, white patches that took forever to brush through. It was very good at absorbing excess oil and leaving hair looking and smelling clean. However, when it came to brushing through and styling my hair after application, my locks were left feeling, dry, brittle and straw like in texture. The ends were a nightmare, but after applying my Aussie leave in conditioner spray, I managed to tame the bird nest like state. If you want to wear your hair up, I would definitely recommend this product as it helps give texture to keep hairs in place, but if you want to wear your hair down in between washes, this probably isn't the product for you.
Natural Collection White Pencil Eyeliner - £1.99
I was thrilled with this product. It applied smoothly, was highly pigmented, and one application lasted for hours without need for a top up. Despite being less than £2, it stands taller than most of its drug store rivals. I would definitely recommend this product.
I have also recently purchased and been trying out some Make Up Revolution Palettes - Unicorns Unite, Mermaids Forever and the Blush Goddess. As you can imagine, these are taking a while to get through to give a well educated opinion of but I am certainly having a lot of fun whilst doing so. So far I am very pleased with the quality, but that is all I can tell you for now. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I will have had a chance to try out the majority of the shades for various looks and occasions, and there will be an in depth post about them then.
Until next time,