Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Creams – Review.

Product blurb for the face cream “Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Facial Moisturizer penetrates deep into skin’s surface layers. Our proprietary blend combines Vitamin B3 + Retinoid complex. It hydrates skin for 24 hours and comes with a bounty of benefits. You’ll see visible improvements in fine lines & wrinkles, smoothness, brightness, firming, dark spots, and pores. This fragrance and dye free moisturizer absorbs quickly and goes deep into your skin’s surface layers so you wake up every morning to younger-looking, radiant skin.”

First off, these aren’t cheap products – I picked up both items in a Boots sale for half price. Full price the face cream is £34.99 and the eye one is the same. Though having just checked the website there seems to be a new promotion so it’s definitely work just looking for an offer if you’re interested in trying these out.

I’ve tried these out for over a month and whilst they’re nice, for me, they didn’t really do much and for the ££ I want more of a result. I would say my fine lines (across my forehead and slight crow’s feet) are just as noticeable and my pores / dark spots the same.

Out of the two, I definitely prefer the eye cream since I find a lot of these can make my undereye quite dry and the Olay one really helped with moisture. The face cream didn’t tend to play nicely with any serum I used and would usually pill if I touched my face before it had fully absorbed (and sometimes even hours later).

They do get major points for leaving out fragrance and dye, this can be a pain in the arse to avoid in skin products and something I try to avoid (when I remember).

Overall, I’ll be decluttering these and moving on to something else, as a good retinol product is something I’ve been interested in for some time.

Function of Beauty – 3 Month Review.

A whole three months since I started this blog, a blog I started partly because of these products. Function of Beauty is one of those brands that you can’t avoid if you consume beauty social media – it’s literally everywhere and they do a great job of marketing. Sometimes products live up to the hype, sometimes they don’t and I like knowing which is which.

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First off, the good – it’s hella pretty and does brighten up taking a shower (if that’s your thing). Also, the cherry blossom scent that I chose, is lovely. I didn’t even balk at the price – just shy of £40 for the two bottles pictured as at my current rate that will have lasted me for easily 6 months.

However, it just isn’t any better than any other shampoo and conditioner that I’ve used – despite all of it’s grand and customisable claims and that’s where it ceases to be good value for money.

I decided to go with strengthen, anti-aging, volumize, and oil control when it asked me to select my areas of concern. I remain mystified as to how one anti-ages something dead but maybe that’s just me.

For the more achievable goals of strengthening, volumizing, and controlling my oily scalp, it’s maybe a 0.5 out of three. My greasiness continues unchecked, there was absolutely no change to volume (though in fairness, I’ve only ever found that styling products work for me in that arena), and *maybe* there’s less breakage but that could also be down to my change in hair tie of choice.

I guess it comes down to the “well, if it works for you, yay?” but it didn’t work for me. Has anyone else tried these hair products? What did you think?

NYX Matchy-Matchy Colour Palette – Review.

Blurb from their website: “Share your side of the colour story using the new Matchy-Matchy Monochromatic Colour Palette. Including six eyeshadows, one blush and one illuminator with a silky-smooth texture, each of our five meticulously curated collections features a stunning shade family as well as a variety of finishes. These stylish palettes bring the fashion world’s monochrome obsession to your makeup kit. Choose from on-trend sets of berry mauve, camel, lilac, melon, or taupe hues to create your own tonal, full-face looks. Balance and soften those features like a pro using a palette that complements your complexion beautifully.”

The top palette is “Lilac” and the bottom is “Berry”. They’re right about the variety of finishes but what’s lacking in any description on their website is which palette has which formulas. I rarely willingly buy glittery eyeshadow and the lilac palette has two shades with it in (with one not even really having pigment so more of a topper).

Swatches for the lilac palette – the missing gaps are where there’s just no pigment or straight glitter. The highlighter formula (swatch nearest wrist) is a bit chunky but works fine in place of a metallic shadow.

Swatches for the Berry palette – much nicer but only one metallic “eye” formula and a second if you use the highlighter shade.

I really like the mattes in both palettes, though the Berry one has some really similar shades so would have been better for me if they’d exchanged one for a foil. They blend nicely and last well in my crease without vanishing over the course of the day.

For the shimmers / foils / glitter pans, I’m underwhelmed – even applying with a wet brush doesn’t really make them pop. They’re just .. fine.

A look from the Lilac palette, two of the mattes in the crease and blended out and that chunky highlighter shade applied with a wet brush on my lid.

For £16 on the NYX website per palette, I won’t be picking up any other colourways and will probably re-home the Lilac one to someone who enjoys glitter far more. For the price, there’s far better out there (like the new little Elf palettes).

Revolution Pro Haul – Mini Reviews.

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I love it when Revolution Beauty release more products in the Pro brand, they’re pretty much always good quality and still within a sensible price range for what you’re getting.

The product I was most excited to get my hands on is the CC Cream Perfecting Foundation (SPF 30) as it’s targetted towards dry / combo skin and promises to leave the skin “hydrated and protected”.

It’s quite a thick formula and I tried both brush and sponge to apply it. Ultimately I prefer the finish the sponge gives as it stops those pesky brush lines – it also blended out far more easily then I though it would for the consistency of the product.

The product blurb promises “sheer to full buildable coverage” and I applied one full layer and then just added a second layer over the redness on my cheeks and was happy with the finish. I think if you went for fullest coverage with this then it would be quite heavy on the skin.

I can’t tell if the glowy finish is the foundation, the Glass Skin Primer, or the extreme overuse of highlighter. I’ll definitely (probably) remember to pay attention when I next do my makeup and add it in here. (Tried it again without primer and ended up with a very natural sheen, though I think I prefer it with.)

It wore nicely throughout the day but I don’t have any oily patches and did powder / finishing spray. The foundation does dry down nearly completely but I don’t like a tacky feeling.

For a tenner (and if you’re not oil prone) then I would wholeheartedly recommend this foundation! It’s worth noting though that you only get 26ml for that.

Next up is the Quartz Crush Eyeshadow Palette, the website unhelpfully doesn’t mention that there aren’t any mattes in this quad but does state “For a gorgeous pink toned look use dark berry pink in the crease and highlight your brow bone and inner corner with the iridescent pink shade.”

This is where I’m a bit confused / peeved because the dark berry pink is a shimmer so doesn’t lend itself naturally to being a crease shade. And I have no clue which is the iridescent pink one that would be suitable for the brow & inner corner because if it’s the one in the top left, it doesn’t show up (at all) and I wouldn’t consider it iridescent either. For the sake of being more fair then I feel I need to be, I might try applying it with a damp brush.

The shade I’m wearing in the photo is in the top right of the palette and the second from the left swatch below.

Grumps aside, the formula on the three pigmented shades is really nice and stays put pretty well over the elf Eye Primer – there’s a little fallout, however, so a good idea to do eyes before base. This quad is also a tenner but I’d not pick up any more colourways unless I was confident there was a good quality matte included as I’m just not hugely likely to reach for this one.

That’s a super heavy swatch of the Sculpting Bronzer (in Bahia) so that the finish and undertone is easy to see. In normal use, it’s really not as orange or shiny as it is on my wrist and blends out beautifully without highlighting the drier skin on my forehead.

It’s an incredibly soft powder and for only £9.00 too. I’m looking forward to using it more, I think it’ll be a great Summer bronzer with the warmer undertone (compared to the Butter Bronzer or Hoola Lite).

The swatch on the left is the Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Ignite – it’s much, much too dark for me so I won’t be using it. I noticed when I tried it out that it doesn’t seem to dry down fully so I imagine it’ll be more comfortable than most but probably won’t have the staying power.

Overall, a bit of a mixed bag – love the foundation and the bronzer, mostly love the eyeshadow quad but can’t give it top marks, and not sold on the liquid lip even if the colour had suited me.

CoverGirl Clean Fresh Foundation – Review.

Product blurb: “Show off fresh, healthy skin with CoverGirl Clean Fresh Skin Milk. Formulated without formaldehyde, phthalates, parabens, sulfates and talc, this lightweight nourishing liquid foundation gives your skin the moisture boost it craves with a delicate infusion of milky coconut and soothing aloe. You’ll experience a glowing, dewy finish that lasts all day long, blurring imperfections and creating a more even skin tone.”

I swear, I do not understand how all these foundations tout themselves as a dewy or radiant finish but end up looking horrific close up! It does make me wonder if sometimes formulations are created based on how they look in photos or videos.

When first applied, be it with sponge or brush, over a full skincare routine, over a pore filling primer etc etc – it just looks like I’ve heavily, *heavily* powdered it down. Which I haven’t.

Shade wise, I went with 530 Fair/Light which is a pretty close match to MAC’s Face & Body N1. I usually pick up the palest option in any foundation so it’s nice to see that there are two lighter in the range. They do have a few deeper shades but oh surprise, things are far more heavily weighted towards the paler end of the spectrum.

After a couple of hours wear, it does lose that powdery / textured finish it starts out with and settles into looking a bit smoother. On the flip side, it suddenly starts showing pores (the curse of the dewy finish foundations.)

Again, from a distance, it looks lovely but is grabbing a bit around my nose and eventually settles into my smile lines. I find it lasts a pretty long time but your MMV since I have normal to dry skin.

The other thing to note is the inclusion of coconut, if you’re sensitive to that ingredient, give this one a hard miss.

Cover Girl isn’t available in the UK (or most of Europe I believe) but I picked this up in the States because I’m nosy and had seen a lot of YouTubers reviewing it. Usually I’d re-home a product like this but I’m thinking of hanging onto it for the warmer months since that powdery finish may work better when I’m sweaty!

elf Haul – Mini Reviews.

The reviews are mini, not the products .. though the Bite Sized Eyeshadows ARE mini.

From the top (and moving clockwise).

Flawless Finish Foundation (Snow). This is picking up super dark on my phone’s camera but if anything it’s too pale for me. I’m yet to find a way to wear this so it doesn’t look really powdery / so it blends in nicely. Even extensive pouncing with a blending sponge doesn’t help, nor does using a variety of different primers. I might try sheering it out even further with an oil. Or I might not.

Beautifully Bare Satin Lipstick (Touch of Blush). I don’t really wear much lipstick, but when I do, it’s satin all the way. For a freebie I’m not complaining!

Primer Infused Blush (Always Punchy). I *love* this colour! Plus it’s matte, nicely pigmented, and lasts – with or without a setting spray. For £6.00 I can’t recommend this enough.

Putty Eye Primer (Rose). I’ll be doing a dedicated review on this but as a dupe for a MAC Paint Pot, it’s a “yes” from me.

Bite Sized Eyeshadow Mini Palette (Berry Bad). Looking at the product shot for this on their website vs how it looks in real life – I promise, my shot is closer. The two mattes aren’t the pink tone they have on the elf website. That aside, for THREE POUNDS, these are lovely and I’m going to be picking up a couple of others in Rose Water and Cream & Sugar.

Calm Balm. This is just a hearty “meh” – it’s not one of those lip balms where you end up with more dry skin than you started with. Nor is it the best formula. Good for getting free shipping and slapping on before you do foundation.

Lancôme Skin Feels Good Foundation – Review.

Product blurb: “This lightweight foundation is enriched with skin-loving ingredients such as vegetal glycerin, hyaluronic acid and Moringa tree extracts to actively improve and protect your skin.
Its flawless sheer coverage helps to provide a healthy and radiant looking complexion, while its fresh water-made texture hydrates your skin.”

These photos show the marked difference between the shade online and the shade in reality.

I have dryish skin, some texture, slight smile lines and tend to wear sheer to medium foundations so this seemed like a good product to try and for £26 on the Lancome website isn’t too “up there” in price for me. I also liked that they offer shades for cool undertones, however, in real life – I’m questioning what they consider to be cool as this foundation is more peach.

Even against a neutral foundation the Lancome one is quite peachy.

Dubious shade aside, the foundation’s benefits and texture made me think that this would be nice and hydrating with a natural to dewy finish. Applied over my favourite primer (Bobbi Brown “Vitamin Enriched Face Base”) with a buffing brush, it immediately showed up texture around my nose and across my cheeks.

Holy orange, Batman, and look at that texture.

I like to give products a fair chance so I’ve since re-tried this foundation having chemically exfoliated the night before, used the thickest moisturiser I own in my AM skin routine, over the same primer, and using a beauty sponge and even though it’s better, it’s still not good.

It dries down eventually and from a distance (and in photos) looks really nice but up close you can see the slightly powdery finish and where it settles into fine lines.

TLDR: if you have even slightly dry / textured skin and having a foundation emphasise that will annoy you then I wouldn’t recommend. Also I would definitely advise swatching in a store as their product photos aren’t accurate for at least the shade I picked up.

Purchased myself.

Looks pretty in photos at least.

Revolution Fast Brow Pen Pomade – Review.

After trying the ABH DIPBROW Gel for £19 (and slinging it because I don’t have the time or patience to clean 99% of the product off the brush before using it) this looked like quite a smart take on a faster brow pomade application.

Revolution Fast Brow Pen Pomade

For a start, it’s a much more sensible £6 and comes in a nice range of tones including Ash Brown for people who want a cool coloured brow product – it’s absolutely not the auburn tone that the website shows. I also liked the look of the applicator since it’s nice and small with a teardrop shape brush to help finesse things if you have smaller eyebrows.

Silicon (ish) teardrop applicator.

The actual formula is lovely, a thinner pomade consistency and I didn’t have any issues with the actual application onto my brows. However, if you have any product that uses the “clicky button on the end to force product to the applicator” then you might guess what my major, deal-breaking complaint is!

Click. No product. Clickclick. No product. Clickclickclick. No product. Clickclickclickclickclickclickclickclickclickclick. PRODUCT. Except now you’ve over clicked and there’s far too much pomade so you have to scrape some off and hope it won’t be too much for your eyebrow. Then you’re right back to click, no product.

Revolution Fast Brow Pen Pomade Swatch in Ash Brown
Revolution Fast Brow Pen Pomade in Ash Brown.

If you have the patience to work with the packaging then I absolutely recommend the formula, however, if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to fill and tame your brows then I’d stick with their pot pomade or brow pencils.

Purchased myself.