I bribed my mother-in-law a while ago to bring me back some goodies from her trip to the US. Space was a little limited so I couldn’t go all out on the shopping list Here is a quick recap of what I bought. I have started using most of the products and so far I have been majorly impressed and it is so sad that these brands or products are not available in SA (with the exception of ELF coming to SA soon!). I will split this post into two parts: a drugstore haul and a Sephora haul.
First of all: the palettes are really pretty to look at! The colors are rich and jewel-like, almost with a metallic touch. The packaging is sturdy and quite compact (it appears visually larger on Pinterest than what it actually is). The ELF palettes are baked eyeshadows. Once you start using it, the palette does become quite messy with fallout and it is advisable to apply this eyeshadows prior to your under-eye concealer. The pigmentation is moderate, but easy to build and blend. I have found it works better if you spray your brushes with Fix+ before application. Once applied it does not budge and stay fresh all day. Around $10 **I purchased Seattle as well, more purple and grey tones, but it sadly didn’t survive the flight as you can see in the picture:(
This is a cult drugstore blush overseas and it is often compared to NARS blush in Orgasm. I do not necessarily agree with the direct comparison as NARS is very different in both texture and color. Milani has great budget products and this blush is certainly worth purchasing! Initially I got a fright when I saw how pigmented it was and there is also tiny gold glitter particles in the formula. I don’t do glitter on my cheeks, so for a good few weeks I used it as an eyeshadow:) When I finally build up the courage to use it on my cheeks I was amazed at how you cannot see the shimmery bits at all. You have to have a light hand with this blush, it is heavily pigmented! The packaging is not great at all and you can immediately feel it is a budget product. Around $9.
Maybelline Age-Rewind Concealer in “light”
Of everything I bought, I am the most upset that this goodie is not available to us in SA:( This is all kinds of amazing. I love the applicator, I love the coverage, I love the price! The coverage is superior but it also illuminates the under-eye area. The is not a black circle or bag in this world that this concealer won’t be able to cover. It is super longlasting and it creases very minimally. $10
This little pots are cream eyeshadows which are drugstore dupes for MAC’s paint pots. “Bad to the bronze” is definitely my favorite. It is a bit more shimmery and I use it often for an everyday look. ” Tough as Taupe” is a matte shadow and works very well as an eyeshadow primer. The shadows are relatively creamy and does not apply streaky. You have to be very quick with blending though, because once it sets (normally a few seconds), it does not budge and you can forget about blending that harsh line. The pigmentation is rich and quite opaque. It is long lasting and doesn’t crease at all, which is rare for cream eyeshadows. $7 each.
ELF Eyelid Primer and Studio Mascara Primer
I must say that the ELF eyelid primer didn’t perform any differently to any ordinary eyeshadow primer. I still prefer Urban Decay Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance. The mascara primer did however impressed me. It is not as silicon-y as most mascara primers and it definitely enhances mascara application and how well it lasts. Not a must-have but I do enjoy using a mascara primer with certain types of mascara. Both these were in the order of $3
Stay tuned for the Sephora haul next week