Hey guys! I recently picked up a few things from Target and at the drugstore and thought I would share them with you and let you know what I think of them. I haven't used some of these yet, but I have used several and if I can I will give you a brief review.
I was so excited to see Maybelline release an eyeshadow primer! There are actually 3 varieties of this: prime and illuminate, prime and matte, and the prime and smooth. I chose the prime and smooth, and I have to say, I'm not super impressed. I do have oily lids so I probably should have went with the prime and matte one. This is okay, but definitely not the shadow primer I reach for most often.
The Maybelline Color Tattoos are some of my favorite eyeshadows from the drugstore. The one I had in Bad to the Bronze had dried up many moons ago so I went ahead and picked me up another one. Just as gorgeous as I remembered! Wear these alone or as a base for a bronze/gold shadow and they are stunning. Love.
I honestly can't say how I feel about these guys yet. I cracked them open to play around with them here at the house and I have to say, I wasn't impressed right off. If you're unfamiliar with this product, it's basically a cream eyeshadow on one end of the tube, and then it has a glittery topper on the other end. What I found in applying them is that the cream shadow was really patchy, and as you try to pat it with your fingertip or a brush it would basically remove almost all of the shadow. Definitely one of the most difficult eye products I've ever worked with. Then, once you get it applied, it dries really sticky. You HAVE to be looking down the entire time this dries and sets, because if you glance up your lid will stick together all funky. The glitter side is really pretty, but again, just kind of difficult to use. I question why would I use these when I could simply brush on an easy shadow and go. Doubtful these will get used, they're just too troublesome and time consuming, and I do not care for the tight feeling on my lid once the product sets. I will probably play around with them more and see if I can perfect the way I apply them, cause they are really pretty. Maybe with some tweaks in my application process I will like them better. The two shades I chose were Topaz Twinkle and Desert Dazzle.
The drugstore has really upped their game on brow products. Even just about a year or so ago there was so little to choose from, but it seems like every brand is releasing more products and they seem to be getting better and better. This double-ended pen from Maybelline is actually really good. One end is a pencil and one end is a shadow. The pen is super pigmented and it actually stays pretty good. I don't think it has Brow Wiz staying power, but it is much better than Maybelline's previous brow liner. To be thrifty I kind of go over my whole brow with this first and then I top it with a light layer of the Brow Wiz. Works perfectly!
While this product is a little expensive for drugstore prices, it is totally worth it. I have used this in the past an have been meaning to pick up a new bottle for forever now. This is my favorite drugstore primer hands down. It fills in your pores better than anything else I have found at the drugstore. It reminds me a lot of the Smashbox Pore Minimizing primer. Love and highly recommend!
I have used this a few times and I have to say, I don't really notice it doing a lot. It is super watery and runny, and it doesn't feel mattifying at all. After applying this it actually feels like a moisturizer. Weird. I will play around with it some more before handing out a final verdict.