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.

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara – Review.

Jesus wept with these product titles – “Maybelline The Falsies Instant Lash Lift Look Lengthening Volumising Mascara”

Blurb: “Promising results that rival those of the salon, the Maybelline The Falsies Instant Lash Lift Look Lengthening Volumising Mascara is the ultimate when it comes to achieving that well-defined flutter. Working to take effect instantly, the mascara is a quick, hassle-free solution to adding drama, length and lift to your look.”

Whilst the name is a mouthful, the actual mascara is amazing. It’s been getting rave reviews and for a tenner easily rivals high end products. It’s quite a wet formula and the brush is fantastic for both application and separation. If you like a more clumpy look then you can build it up but I have a feeling it might be more flakey throughout the day.

My only negatives for this one are that the brush is a smidgen too big (but if I concentrate I don’t get mascara on my lids) and there is some transfer throughout the day. Overall, definitely a winner!

N.B I’m a few weeks into using RapidLash, there’s not a noticeable difference just yet but worth mentioning.

EM Cosmetics – Mini Reviews.

The reviews are mini, not the products.

Color Drops Serum Blush (Pink Nectar) – like all liquid / cream blushers this looks far more intense in its concentrated form but sheers out beautifully using fingers or a sponge. My favourite part of this formula is that there’s no glitter or shimmer but it still has that gorgeously radiant glow to it.

My only niggle is the little pipette is a bit shite, they do say to “prime” it with a few pumps but I suspect that once I use up more of the product it’s going to be tricky to get any sucked up!

Photo above shows the Color Drops Serum Blush and the Micro-Fluff Sculpting Brow Cream in action.

Micro-Fluff Sculpting Brow Cream (Taupe) – I’m never happy with how my brows look. As I’m getting older they’re starting to lose the tail and my right brow has a weird patch missing near the front.

I like pencils for a quick “fill and go” but realistically, I would like a product that made them look a little fuller and provide a bit of holding power.

My other issue with brow products is that brands rarely signal the undertones and vary wildly in what they consider “brunette”. I tend to err on the cautious side when trying one for the first time and went with Taupe.

That’s a pretty dark taupe right? Shade aside, I really like this brow cream. It makes the hairs look super tidy and provides a bit of body and hold without achieving that Instagram look of two caterpillars that are having a snooze above your eyes.

Niggle with this one is that you have to do a fair bit of product scraping in the neck of the bottle before application. Otherwise it’s smudge-city.

Max Factor Miracle Second Skin Foundation – Review.

Or, to use its full name, “Miracle Touch Second Skin Foundation” but that’s just silly. And where has the “touch” come from?

Product blurb: Miracle Second Skin (affiliate link) is a unique hybrid foundation formulated with naturally derived coconut milk for a dose of hydration that lasts all day. The lightweight, rich, easily blendable formula glides over pores and provides undetectable coverage and a finish that looks like skin. Infused with pre and pro biotics to help skin’s natural defences, the Miracle Second Skin formula is clinically proven to support skin renewal and contains SPF20 for added protection. This foundation is suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin.

I heavily dispute “glides over pores”, it’s more “won’t exaggerate your quite small pores if you use a pore filling primer & a beauty sponge”. The first time I applied this I went in with a flat top kabuki brush and ended up with pore specks and a textured nose. Subsequent trials have been a lot better and I actually really like the finish it gives.

It has a light coverage but is definitely buildable – I have quite red cheeks and not used any concealer in this photo. I’ve not waited long enough for it to dry down completely but it’s comfortably tacky within about three minutes and wears nicely on my normal to dry skin.

L = MAC Face and Body (N1). R = Max Factor Miracle Second Skin (01-Fair)

If you have drier skin, it’s one of those products that looks nicer as time goes by. I was pleasantly surprised when I went to stare at it in the mirror about four hours after application. It’s dewy without having that greasy look some radiant finish foundations manage.

For £12.99 (and now I’ve figured out the best application method for my skin) I’m really pleased with this!

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.

elf Putty Eye Primer – Review.

Product blurb: “Our best-selling putty primer is now the perfect base for any eye look. Formulated to extend your eyeshadow wear for up to 12 hours. Amp up your eyeshadow with this color intensifying putty eye primer that locks in eyeshadow for a crease-proof look! Infused with vegan Squalane to help moisturize the eyelid while extending wear. “

I’ve been hunting about for a cruelty-free version of the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (in Painterly) for a while. I don’t like to use concealer as an eye base – hello, creasing! Most eye primers I’ve tried are just too drying and when that’s combined with crepey lids it’s just not a good look for my aging skin. Then there’s the issue of coverage, I like to hide the veins above my socket so transparent / low opacity products aren’t much use.

L = MAC Paint Pot (Painterly). R = elf Putty Eye Primer (Rose).

As you can see, the two shades are very similar with the MAC one being slightly more peachy but they’re indistinguishable on the lid. With the elf pot you get 5.3g for £5.00 and for the MAC you’d get 5.0g for £16.50.

Application wise, the elf primer definitely blends better if you use your fingers whereas the MAC one I’ve found works nicely with a concealer brush or your fingers.

Once blended out, I’d say the Paint Pot has a smidge more coverage but I’ve found you can build up the elf primer if you want to hide a particularly noticeable vein.

L = MAC Paint Pot (Painterly). R = elf Putty Eye Primer (Rose).

In terms of longevity, they’re both pretty good on both high-end and drugstore shadows and are definitely far better than using a concealer (if you have to worry about creasing). For £5.00, this is an amazing dupe!

N.B. I apply eyeshadows straight on top (rather than setting them with a translucent powder).

Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara – Review.

Product blurb “The ultimate do-it-all mascara designed for a fully exposed lash look, featuring an exclusive flat-to-fat brush that instantly volumizes, lifts, lengthens, and curls.”

I admit, I was hooked by the weird wand this product has and a Boots points weekend. This is up there in price (£21.00) but one thing I’ve noticed with higher end mascaras is that they tend to flake less for me so thought it was worth a try.

My wants for a mascara are pretty simple: don’t glom all my lashes together, don’t flake after thirty minutes, and don’t give me raccoon eyes. This one scores a 2.5 out of that three!

I really like the wand, it has a nice tapering and doesn’t pull out half a tube’s worth of product each time. I tend to just use the fat side of the brush to apply each coat and then the thinner side to try and push a bit of extra lift at the roots of my lashes.

There’s a nice separation to each lash and you can build up clumpiness, if that’s your thing. I found it to be quite a wet formula (though your mileage may vary) and end up with a smidgen on my lids but it’s easy to get off once dry.

I haven’t had this flake on me after several hours of wear each day I’ve tested it. However, it does smudge to my undereye quite easily but not drastically. Worth noting, I don’t use concealer under my eyes but just take my foundation there and don’t powder it down so some of that will be my fault.

Overall, I like this *but* for a couple of quid more I’d be more likely to repeat purchase the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Volume 2.

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