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.
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.
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.
This look uses the light, shimmery purple on the lid, and the dark, merlot purple in the crease. Both are from the Make Up For Ever palette (reviewed here). Add some black eyeliner, a soft highlight under the brows, and mascara and you’ve got a softer, work-appropriate smokey look.
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.
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.
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.