Welcome to my very first ‘Quick Reviews’ post. As a beauty blogger I test a substantial volume of makeup products and would obviously love to do full reviews on every item. From a practical point it is unfortunately not always possible and by doing a shorter, more compact review on certain items, I can cover a lot more products. If of course you have any additional questions that I do not cover in the article regarding a certain product, feel free to leave a comment below. I still test all these products thoroughly even though the review is shorter per item. Today’s post will focus more on affordable and drugstore items, whereas the ‘Quick Reviews #2’ will be more high-end and luxury makeup.
Wet n Wild Mega Cushion Contour
- The packaging of this product is cute and creative, but impractical and of poor quality in my opinion. The cushion dispensing mechanism creates a total mess after the first use and it is rather difficult to get the screw top lid to lock properly.
- The product has a thin liquid consistency and quite runny.
- The sponge is properly infused with product and you are thus not short-ended in terms of value.
- The Wet n Wild Mega Cushion Contour is highly pigmented and feels light-weight on the skin.
- Once applied, the product is easy to blend but dries extremely fast.
- It has a smooth, natural finish when well blended.
- As far as I can see there is only one shade available – Cafe Au Slay 105A. I would say it is about a medium shade with a warm undertone. Unfortunately it can look a bit muddy/dirty on fair skin.
- $6 – not yet available in SA as far as I know.
- I was not overly impressed with the shade and so put off by the mess that I will not purchase this again.
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso
The Milani Baked Blush in the iconic ‘Luminous’ shade is certainly not new to my collection and I am sure you have all heard about it before. The Milani brand launched in South Africa last year and I am so happy to share this gem with you guys. I can highly, highly recommend Milani’s Baked Blushes and I am so happy to see the four most popular shades on the website!
- The packaging is not the best quality in the world, but it gets the job done. There is a little mirror and small sponge in the bottom compartment if you flip the ‘lid’.
- All the baked blushes from Milani have excellent pigmentation!
- The blush is natural-looking on the skin and so easy to blend.
- There are very fine gold specs in Luminoso for example, but it blends to a luminous, healthy glow and is not obvious on the skin at all.
- Of all the Milani Baked Blushes the shade ‘Luminoso’ is my favourite and probably the most used blush in my entire collection! Dolce Pink is also a firm favourite and worth looking into. You can click here to have a look at the beautiful shades available in SA and maybe order one? You will not regret it!
- PS: there is so much speculation that Milani’s Luminoso is a dupe for NARS’s Orgasm blush. I have both and I can assure you the shades are not the same – not even close. They are each beautiful in their own way, but quite different. The only thing they have in common is the microscopic gold particles.
Catrice Prime&Fine Multitalent Fixing Spray
- The Prime & Fine Multitalent Fixing Spray from Catrice can be used as a primer, setting spray, refresher, makeup wear-extender and to wet your brushes for a more intense eyeshadow look.
- The product is lightly scented, but the fragrance does not linger.
- The formula is dermatologically tested, light-weight and dries very quickly.
- It does not feel like there is a ‘film’ on your skin once it dried down.
- The finish is actually quite dewy, but not ‘oily’. Dries down to a subtle glow which I really liked.
- Does a decent job at extending the wear of your makeup – not quite on Urban Decay level though.
- Caution: The bottle has a very strong spray-mechanism! Be careful to keep your eyes and mouth closed and rather spray a bit further from your face so that you don’t get a fright.
- Vegan Product
- To my knowledge this particular fixing spray is not yet available in South Africa. Please correct me if I am wrong and you spot it somewhere!
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor
- I am sure you are all familiar with the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolors. They were literally all over the internet and beauty blogs and for very good reason! These liquid lipsticks are truly amazing!
- The packaging is sophisticated and I love the sleek, frosted look.
- The doe-foot applicator is an absolute pleasure to work with, making precise application easy.
- The formula is highly pigmented and dries quickly.
- It has a matte finish.
- Mostly opaque after one application.
- To my surprise (and given how much I dislike matte lip products!) the formula is not drying on my lips at all. Major brownie points!
- I would say the product wears well, but wearing time is obviously reduced with eating, drinking etc.
- The shade range is absolutely incredible (16 shades) and it is so hard to choose only a few!
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour
- I have seen so many rave reviews on the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid hippies and although I am cautious when it comes to matte lip products, I caved and picked up the shade 110 Blush.
- I think the packaging is really pretty and practical.
- It has an elongated doe-foot applicator which is easy and comfortable to use.
- Well pigmented and opaque after one application.
- Subtle sweet scent that does not linger.
- Quick drying time – completely dry in less than 2-minutes.
- The formula wears well provided eating and drinking are kept to a minimum.
- Unfortunately I find these liquid lipsticks very drying and uncomfortable to wear. It also has a gritty, grainy texture when dry which I did not find pleasant.
- The shade range is really beautiful and extensive. There are 15 shades in the collection.
- Due to the drying and discomfort I will not be purchasing this product again.
I hope you enjoyed these shorter reviews! If you have any questions regarding these makeup items, please feel free to leave a comment below and thank you for stopping by xx