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  • Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipcolor

    There is certainly something to appreciate at least one collection from each brand of drugstore lipstick; however, this line is definitely among my favorites. The selection is huge and has great variety-from purples to neutrals to pinks to reds, and even a line of pearls. Red Revival was the first lipstick I ever owned, and to this day it is a favorite of mine. It is a deep and shocking creamy red that is literally perfect for every occasion. The formulation of this line is thick and creamy, but beware that they can get a bit sticky and bleed into fine lines if you apply them too heavily. The staying power is certainly notable for a drugstore lipstick, and the dark colors tend to leave a nice, even stain on your lips. One problem I have with the line is way too many pearly/shimmery colors. I only wear creme lipsticks and it’s really disappointing when I see a gorgeous color on the shelf, reach for it, and find it to be shimmery. I think they need to expand on their cremes. The pigmentation throughout this line is fantastic, the colors are bold and true to the product in the tube. Overall I do recommend this lipstick to anyone, they have a ton of colors so there is something for everyone and the price is certainly worth it. I also love the packaging, and how the different color groups within the line share the same shade of plastic on the outside. I warn those who like to apply a lip balm or chap stick under their lipstick that you need to be careful when doing that with this product-too much and your lipstick will slide around like crazy. Although for a lipstick, these deliver an impressive amount of hydration and a product underneath is not entirely necessary.

    March 15, 2013

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  • Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush
    6.0

    Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush

    Great Concept, Poor Delivery

    When I heard about these blushes, I could not wait to get my hands on them. I love unusual, gimmicky products to spice up my daily makeup routine, and the texture of these sounded like so much fun. However, I was pretty disappointed upon testing out the colors I purchased. Initially, I tried to apply with my fingers, since I thought the consistency of the product would make using a brush messy and difficult. This was an all-around terrible technique. I could never blend the dark colors correctly and always ended up looking either very patchy or like a complete clown. And the light colors barely showed up at all. Even on days when I managed to get my cheeks looking fairly decent with these products, they had soaked into my skin by midday, leaving me looking washed out. This is the first blush that has every disappeared on me like that. After a lot of failed attempts at decent finger application, I decided I might as well at least try applying with a brush. And I was pleasantly surprised. I found that dabbing my brush into a darker color, and then (very patiently) blending that into my cheeks, I actually got natural, decent color! However, it takes a lot of blending and just the right amount of product. Overall, I think this product is worth buying just to enjoy a fun gimmick. I am not sure if I’ll even keep my two lighter shades since they still haven’t done much for me, but I am definitely keeping my darker shades just so I can have a bit of fun from time to time. The texture, although completely difficult, is truly unique and amusing enough. However, application was more of a nightmare than a “dream” until I discovered the brush technique. So if any of you have already purchased the product and haven’t used a brush, I encourage you to at least give it a try.

    March 14, 2013

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  • Maybelline New York Volum' Express Falsies Flared Washable

    This mascara came with a lot of extreme reviews - it seemed that people were either crazy about it or completely couldn’t stand it. I am always excited to try a new mascara since I have yet to really find a holy grail, so when I got my hands on this product I was excited to see what was in store. The formula is fantastic for me, I will give it that. I have long, naturally curly eyelashes that are a bit sparse and prone to clumping. Falsies Flared built up volume for me quite well, and although it is possible to get clumps, it hasn’t happened often for me. However, as much as I enjoyed how the mascara made my eyelashes look, I have had a few problems with it. First off, I have found that this mascara flakes for me quite a bit. I suppose trying it with a primer might help, but I have not done that yet. Another complaint I had was the smell. I have no idea why no one else is talking about it, so I am guessing I may have just bought from a bad batch. For me the smell is extremely strong and foul, and it hits me from the time I take the wand out until the product dries on my eyelashses. I typically go through only one mascara at a time since they expire quickly and I hate having to throw things out, so there are many other mascaras out there I would like to try, and I will likely not repurchase this anytime soon. Overall, there are certainly many worse mascaras out there and this one is worth a try if you are looking for volume. It definitely doesn’t live up to the advertisements and name, but it’s a decent mascara overall if that’s what you’re looking for.

    March 14, 2013

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  • Maybelline New York Color Whisper
    7.0

    Maybelline New York Color Whisper

    Lipbutter Competition!

    When Revlon’s Lip Butters hit shelfs, I could not get enough of them. The buildable color, moisture, and shine all in one tube was too good to be true and I was instantly addicted. So when Maybelline answered with this line, I couldn’t wait to explore the line. Although there are several notable differences between the brands, I have found the products to be very similar. One advantage to the Color Whispers is the selection-I personally find it cover a broader spectrum than the Revlon line. However, a disappointment was the amount of product-the tubes are thinner than the standard, and product barely fills half the tube, if even that. For the price and the thinness, I would like to see a full tube. It kind of reminds me of paying for all the air in a bag of chips. As for pigmentation, I have found this line to be unpredictable, which is both exciting and annoying. Some colors, such as Cherry On Top, are buildable and bright, while others give no color at all, no matter the amounts I layer onto my lips. So I have found it most rewarding to go for the boldest looking colors. I hate shimmer, which is present in a few of the Lip Butters. I haven’t yet found a Color Whisper with shimmer. As for staying power, I find it to be quite similar to the Lip Butters- certainly not all day, but at least a couple hours. I find the formula to be a bit more moisturizing as well. Overall, I am quite glad to see competition with the Lip Butters, and I recommend them to anyone who is a fan of this realm of balm/gloss/lipsticks. I would like to see more reliable pigmentation from some of the colors, but even those without color provide decent enough moisture and gloss to at least use up.

    March 13, 2013

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  • Maybelline New York Define-A-Line Eye Liner

    I was excited to try this product because it was the first retractable eyeliner I ever purchased. The first day of application, I was impressed by the smoothness, softness, and rich color. I layered it on and headed to school. Imagine my surprise when, three hours after application, I checked my face in a mirror and was staring into the eyes of a raccoon. This eyeliner moves like no eyeliner I have ever come across to this day. I have found that whether tight-lining the top or lining the bottom lashes, simply swiping this product on is not a good idea. However, as I hate to waste products, I have experimented with several different techniques and have found a two successful ways to apply this to the bottom lash line. The first is to apply an incredibly small amount, and then to blend it thoroughly with the sponge pencil blender on the other side of the tool. Then make sure you have set your under-eye area with plenty of setting powder to soak up oils that would encourage the typical melting of this product. Although effective, this method is relatively soft and everyday. For a more stirkingly bold look, I have discovered that swiping on the liner, and then going over it with a matte black shadow to set it, does the trick perfectly. I have yet to experience smudging of any sort from this method, and the line stays dark and bold all day. For a fellow drugstore product, I use the matte black from one of my Wet n’ Wild palettes. Overall, while this product is dangerous on its own, it can be made useful if you are willing to work with it. I do recommend it, because my discoveries have made it useful for multiple looks. However, all that being said, I am still on the fence about repurchasing.

    March 13, 2013

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  • Maybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation

    After 9 months of loving Revlon Colorstay, I decided it was time to branch out into some other foundations. This was the first one I picked up and I certainly wish I had done more research before purchasing. I have dreadfully oily skin that is extremely difficult to manage, and almost impossible to keep matte all day. This foundation never even set correctly on my face, leaving it an oily mess until I tried to ameliorate the situation with setting powder. No such luck-I was a shiny greasy disgusting mess within a couple of hours, and the coverage I had upon initial application was completely gone. I will certainly compliment the product in the amount of coverage that I am sure people with normal or dry skin experience-it is thick enough for great coverage without being too cakey. Application (with a sponge) was very smooth - I found that the product was easy to blend, was buildable, and did not streak or clump. However, again, for oily skin, this was just a disaster. I wanted to like this product but I cannot - maybe in twenty years when my skin has calmed down a bit. The color range of this product was fairly extensive, always a plus for the drugstore. Also - regarding packaging - I am sick and tired of the typical drugstore foundation packaging-glass that is far too thick, and no pump. This is misleading, bulky, and extremely unhygienic. I would love to see thinner glass and pumps on more foundations in the drugstore. I wish that drugstore makeups would step it up in the realm of products for oily skin, because products like these do not cut it at all. I can not give it a solid thumbs down; however, because I discovered promising features that I think would suit other skin types.

    March 13, 2013

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  • Maybelline New York Cover Stick Corrector Concealer

    After watching enough youtube beauty guru videos, I decided it was time to buy an under-eye concealer that was lighter than my skin to help contour my face. The day I set out to make my purchase I was tight on money, so I decided to give this one a try. I was certainly disappointed. Although the color I picked does do a great job of highlighting my face, I found that no amount of priming or setting will keep this product out of the fine lines under my eye. Almost instantly, I would have these streaks that looked terrible-I almost prefer my eyes to have dark bags under them! I will say that the opacity of this product is great for under-eyes though. Since I hate to waste products, I decided to try this concealer out on blemishes and dark spots instead of the hopeless under-eyes. MAJOR mistake. This product cakes up terribly on top of blemishes, and although it certainly masks discoloration, it is much too thick to blend properly, drawing even more attention to the problem area you are trying so desperately to cover up. I still use this from time to time, hoping to find a way to make it work for me, but so far I have been disappointed. This experience has kept me from branching out in the realm of concealers. Sometimes you really do get what you pay for, and I feel as though quality was certainly squelched a bit with this product. Also, the stick broke at the bottom pretty soon after purchasing it, making a bit of an unstable mess. I will not be repurchasing this product and cannot wait to get through it so I can try something else. I do not recommend it to anyone. Although the price is enticing, it isn't worth the disappointment.

    March 13, 2013

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  • Maybelline New York Dream Matte Mousse

    I want to preface this review with saying that I have extremely difficult skin-it is almost constantly broken out and is extremely oily. This makes it very hard for me to come by a foundation that works well for me. However, I read that mousse foundations were good for oily skin, and the “matte” title certainly appealed to me. So I picked up a jar and decided to give it a try. And thus I ran into my first problem without the product even touching my skin. The thick glass packaging and shallow pan make it ridiculously difficult to match your skin properly, and I ended up with a color three shades too dark. Upon repurchasing a lighter shade, I gave it a try and ran into several more issues. First and foremost, I found the coverage to me medium-light, not near opaque enough for my liking. However, for those of you with clear skin and not much to hide save uneven skin tone, this would likely be perfect. Personally, it wasn’t enough. I had to build to two layers to get decent coverage, and still found it a bit below par. I tried this product in a variety of techniques-with and without primer, with and without a setting powder, even with a layer of mineral foundation over the top (which, I will admit, gave me perfect coverage). However, no matter what I tried, I found that my oil-factory skin had melted off the foundation by midday nearly completely, to an extent that no amount of blotting and resmoothing could help. I will say that the foundation glides on pretty smoothly and blends great-and after the first mishap, my second color matched me perfectly. As long as your skin isn’t as oily as mine, I would say this is at least worth a try. Just definitely not the holy grail foundation for me.

    March 13, 2013

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  • Maybelline New York Volum' Express The Mega Plush Mascara

    MegaPlush certainly seemed to have extreme mixed reviews when it was first released. However, the idea of a bendy brush, although foreign and thus intimidating, was also rather intriguing to me. I have very unique lashes-they are long and curly, but sparse and prone to clumping. One of my biggest issues with mascaras is that my eyelashes hit my browbone when I am applying mascara, getting product all over and making a mess of my eyeshadow job. I thought that perhaps a bendy brush would solve this problem, and although it definitely took some getting used to, I was right! At first I though I would never be able to handle the brush correctly, but I decided to give it a fair try and within a week I had it down. The volumizing power of this product is nothing stellar; however, never once has it clumped for me. Because I am not so concerned about hitting my browbone, I am able to apply the product to the very ends of my lashes, making them look even longer. Overall this product was a great surprise and I was not disappointed; I will very likely be repurchasing and I would highly recommend it to anyone with the same type of lashes as myself. I found that applying it over a volumizing mascara (which I used very carefully and mostly near the base of my lashes) gave me a look darn near that of fake lashes. As the name suggests, it doesn’t make your eyelashes brittle at all. I never had a problem with breaking eyelashes before, but it is nice to run your fingers over them and have them feel so natural. Despite this quality, however, I did experience a bit of flaking throughout the day. Nothing unbearable, but certainly something to be aware of.

    March 13, 2013

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  • Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm

    When I first read about Baby Lips in a magazine, I could not wait for their release. It promised to be a breakthrough product with a fresh approach to packaging and color. I bought the clear mint one first and eventually the color, scent, and low cost features have enticed me to add four more of these balms to my collection. Although I am certainly not crazy about them, I don’t hate them either. My favorite feature has to be the scents. They are rich and delicious, very true to their names, and I can faintly smell them for quite a while after applying. I also enjoy the quite, bright, and unique packaging. Their pigmentation is interesting to say the least-I have two clear ones, the pink one, red one, and peach one. I have found the pink to be the most pigmented of the bunch, with the red one leaving just the lightest “just ate a popsicle” hint and the peach leaving no color at all. I understand that the primary purpose of a balm is to nourish and not tint, but since their nourishing factor is mediocre at best I expected a bit more in the color department. As for the things I do not enjoy as much: first and foremost, this product is ridiculously over hyped. It is not a breakthrough healing formula at all as it claims. While initial application truly does leave your lips unbelievably smooth, that hydrated feeling wears off within an hour and seems to leave your lips even drier than before. So although I like this product enough to continue wearing it occasionally, I have found that I have to keep whatever color I am using with me constantly because I am constantly re-applying. Overall I say try it out if you’re curious, its worth it to experiment if it works for you. But don’t have hopes set too high or you’ll definitely be disappointed.

    March 13, 2013

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