Makeup Monday: PLAY! by Sephora

I’m pretty sure I was on a waitlist for a year before finally getting this. Was it worth it? I guess so.? Unlike Birchbox and ipsy, it does not personalize your shipment. There was no style quiz. However, the products they sent are pretty bomb, anyway.

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One of my favorite things about this, besides the fact that I don’t get hideous makeup bags with it, is that they give you this booklet with lots of information on each product and ideas for using it:

  • Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longwear Eyeliner ($23)– Truly applies like liquid.  It does not smudge, which was hard for me because I usually blend in my eyeliner, but if you like liquid, this is much easier to apply.
  • bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm in Plumberry Pink ($16) – God, this name is ridiculous. Very oily and glossy.  Extremely bright.  I don’t love it or hate it.
  • Tarte Lights Camera Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara ($21) – Claims to be lengthening, curling, volumizing and conditioning.  I’ll give them lengthening and conditioning.  No volume or curl, though.
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  • Tom Ford Black Orchid Perfume ($115) – Very flowery.  A little headache inducing, but not the worst I’ve smelled.
  • Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in Copper Pink Satin ($20) – I love Make Up For Ever lipsticks.  Creamy, nourishing and buildable – the consistency of a good chapstick.  This color is a little too orange/brown for me, but I do like it.
  • Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder ($27) – Pretty standard dry shampoo.  I like that it’s a powder, not a spray, but the sample size dispenser is a little difficult to use (there’s only 1 hole!).  It’s not heavily perfumed, which is good or bad depending on your preferences.
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Makeup Monday – Smoky Extravagant Mascara

Third to last in the Lash Stash box – Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara ($24).  I thought remembered liking this more the last time I reviewed it in 2011, but then I reread the post and the title says it all: 4 More – Still Not Impressed.  It’s not bad, it’s just not great.

Smoky Extravagant Mascara is a heavy, thick formula.  On one hand, it weighs down your lashes and flattens out the curl.  On the other hand, the thick formula gives you lots of volume and a deep black color.  I really don’t like the applicator; it’s roughly the size of my whole eye.  I can only use the skinny pointy end of it to apply, so I’m missing out on all the mascara at the fat, bulbous end.  The mascara isn’t as steadfast as I would like.  It does run a little bit.  More worrisome is that when it does run, it’s really hard to wipe off.

Mascara on the left. None on the right.

I was having a particularly good hair day, so I wanted to give you a full picture. My closet makes for a very distracting background.

 

 

 

Makeup Monday – Tarte Tinted Moisturizer

Two weeks ago I discussed my quest for a new foundation.  Last week I mentioned that I had to return something to Sephora.  This all brings me to telling you about how I bought, and got stuck with, a $38 tinted moisturizer instead of a full coverage matte foundation.

I went to Sephora to test out the Clinique foundation in better colors.  None of their lighter colors worked on me, which is probably how I ended up with too dark ones in the first place.  They were light enough, but not the right hue.  So, I tried some other things that were recommended by the Color IQ of my NARS Siberia because they didn’t have the original NARS that I wanted.  I was deciding between Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation in Ivory and Make Up Forever Mat Velvet in Warm Ivory.  I ended up going with Tarte on essentially a coin flip.

I didn’t realize until I got home that I had purchased Tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted Moisturizer ($36).  It has very little coverage.  Since I had tested in the store, I was convinced that I tested the right product, but the wrong box was behind it.  When I went back to say as much and hopefully exchange it, I saw that I had actually tested the tinted moisturizer.  Since I was focused on finding the right color, I don’t think I paid attention to coverage.  I also already had make up on that day, so it was probably hard to tell.  Since I realized this was all my fault, I didn’t bother trying to exchange it (even though they probably would have).  I suppose I can use a good tinted moisturizer?  I am going to purchase the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet soon because I need to cover up this zit on my chin.  It’s not cute.

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The tinted moisturizer is applied on the left side of my face, but not the right. So you can see the lack of coverage, since you can’t really see a difference in my complexion.