Beauty and Makeup Reviews · Product Review

Drugstore Haul (ELF, Wet ‘N’ Wild, & Maybelline)

I have been makeup crazy lately. Worse than usual. I don’t know why, I just am. So I have for you a drugstore haul. None of the products are super new but there are a few I’ve heard talked about a lot so I wanted to try them out and figure what is one more opinion on the products. Lets get into it!

 

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Wet ‘N’ Wild Coloricon Blush in Mellow Wine

This has been my go to blush all fall. Mostly because I don’t have a great variety, hence why I went out and bought a few different blushes. It is a nice pink blush with a hint of dustiness to it. It actually look a lot more dusty in the photos than it does in person. I actually like this blush a lot. It is very pigmented, blends out well, and lasts a decent amount of time. If you are going out and doing anything that may make your makeup run you would probably need to apply it again later, but for a standard day at work or doing errands it would be fine. I would give this a B+ (I’ve decided to go to a grading scale instead of stars because it will give me a little more leeway when I really like some aspects or a product while hating others.)

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Wet ‘N’ Wild Coloricon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana

Of all the products I picked up this was hands down the one I heard the most hype about. Everyone on YouTube and in blogs are raving about it as a highlighter. I can’t say I’m quite as impressed with it. When it comes to highlighting I actually prefer a really vivid highlight. I mean strobing is in right now, right? These are not the days of subtle highlighting. I just felt like this was a bland highlighter. It is perfect for a simple every day look if you just want to brighten up some areas, but for that deep highlighting that is in right now this it too subtle. Also, I didn’t think it had great longevity. It only lasted on my face for a couple of hours before I needed to touch it up.

On a positive note though it feels really, really nice. The powder is very finely milled and has a lovely silky feel to it. If you didn’t know, you would not guess based on feeling it that this is actually a fairly cheap product.

Overall I was a bit disappointed based on how much this product was hyped up but it definitely isn’t a bad product and I’m happy to have it in my collection, though it is unlikely I’ll repurchase. I would rate this as an average product therefore giving it a C.

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Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Nude

Now this highlight, this one I love. I find myself reaching for it constantly. I don’t know if I would consider it nude, as it does have a bit of a pink sheen to it, but not nearly as much as their pink version of this. This leaves a beautiful shine behind that lasts all day. I do not have to touch this up when I wear it at all. I thought it was going to be more silver but it is much more rose gold, which is very pretty. I don’t think the camera  picks the pink up very well though. Because it has that pink tint to it you can wear it without a blush if you want, or if you are going for something a little more dressed up it looks good on top of blush; the pink is just subtle enough that it isn’t too clown makeup like. I definitely am going to pick up a few of the other shades to add to my collection. I’m giving this an A.

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Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Concealer in Ivory

I don’t really have a concealer so I went out in search of one, and by in search of I mean I just grabbed the first one I found. This shade may be a shade too light for me but overall it works. I tossed it on one day without setting it and it stayed on great. I wasn’t doing much but I was impressed. When I did set it, it didn’t budge. I am impressed. As far as covering up it did pretty well covering my dark undereye circles and it blended out well. Imagine what this could do if it has a slightly salmon tint to it! I didn’t try it on my acne, so I’m not sure how it will work over that. It is a little thick so even blended out it may have that chunky look.  I’ll update you once I know! For now though this is getting an A.

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Physicians Formula Mineral Correcting Powder

I won’t lie. I didn’t really have a need for this but the swirling colors sucked me right in! Way to package, Physician’s Formula. I wish I hadn’t bought it though. It wasn’t really worth it. As far as a correcting powder I don’t feel like it corrects anything. Red still showed through and it didn’t even come close to touching my undereye circles (I tried it without concealer just to see what it could do. To be fair though my undereye circles are out of control and always have been.) It did do a decent job at brightening my skin, so I suppose that part of the correcting works but with the other areas I was disappointed.

I have used it as a setting powder though and I really like it for that. It stops my concealer from creasing and sliding, and it brightens those areas up really nicely. When I’ve baked my face a couple of times (not something I do often) I’ve used this powder and really liked the outcome. So it wins in that area. I definitely won’t repurchase this but I can find ways to use it in my collection. Overall though I would give this a C-.

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ELF High Definition Undereye Setting Powder

Nope. Just no. Even though this is a nice setting powder I have one extremely big issue with it. One that is big enough for me to rate this fairly low. Lets jump into the good though.
This setting powder feels fabulous. It is so silky smooth! It also does a great job at stopping my concealer from creasing in the fine lines that have really popped up under my eyes since having a baby. It also has a light pink tint to it that gives me additional coverage for my circles (this post seems to be entirely about my undereye circles. I did not set out for it to be that way!)

However; and this is a big however for me… what the fuck is up with the glitter? There are large chunks of bluish green glitter in this setting powder. The camera does not do it justice. You can see it slightly in the photo with flash but not nearly the amount that is actually there. These glitters just set right into my fine lines and draw attention to an area that I am trying to hide with this product. Therefor completely defeating the purpose of the product! Also I spend so much time trying to stay away from fallout with my eye shadow (especially the shimmery ones) just to go and add shimmer on! What. The. fuck. This pisses me off enough to give this product a D-. The few redeeming qualities are the only thing keeping me from giving it a hands down F.

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ELF Blush Palette in Light

As I said I don’t have much of a blush collection so when I saw this quad I knew I needed to try it. Especially for the $6 price point! I love that it has a variety of colors with a variety of finishes. The orange matte shade is my favorite color and finish, while the bottom right pink shade with the chunky glitters is my least favorite color and finish. Why do I want chunky glitter on my cheeks? I don’t. These blushes aren’t very long lasting, a few hours at most. They also aren’t super pigmented, but they do buildup very nicely. They don’t blend wonderfully, they tend to patch up, but with a little work you can get the desired effect. I don’t think you can expect brilliance from 4 shades for $6 though.

My favorite thing about this palette though is the packaging. I think ELF has very nice, sleek packaging to begin with but this palette gives you the ability to pop out the blush pans! No need to depot, the palette already does it for you. So if you aren’t happy with all of these colors, or want a different variety; you can buy the dark blush palette and pop them out, replacing with your four favorites from the two palettes! So I could just get rid of that chunky glitter shade. This leads into variety. I love that I can use one shade or mix and match shades to make a custom color just for me. I tend to use the orange shade with the bottom right rosey shade. Overall I would give this a C+. It needs a little work but I like having it around.

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ELF Poreless Face Primer

This is my first drugstore primer and I’m not super impressed. To be honest I wasn’t really in need of a primer. I am running low on the stuff that has come in my beauty boxes but I still have time to look for a better primer. I saw this one though and just grabbed it.

First off the smell. It smells like something I can’t quite place. Like a plastic, oily smell. Either way, it isn’t a good smell. I was a it weary about putting it on my face but after about 30 minutes the smell diminished. It also left my skin feeling greasy. Again, this also went away but it took more like an hour after applying. It did allow my foundation to glide on (probably because of the grease) but I don’t feel like it held it there for very long, let alone all day. It definitely did not reduce the look of my pores. I definitely won’t be grabbing an ELF primer in the future, but again at the price point I also don’t feel like I’m out anything.

I’m so sad that I bought two products from a brand that I love that are complete misses for me. I usually have pretty good luck with ELF, but I guess you can’t win it all! I would give this product a D.

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Overall, even though I didn’t have the best makeup experience this go around I am still pretty happy to have the majority of these products in m collection. Stay tuned guys. Now that the baby is entertaining himself better I plan on having more updates. Baby and makeup related! I know I’ve promised that before but I really mean it this time. I swear! I already have one planned for tomorrow, Tuesday, and a couple others that don’t have schedules yet. I’m back! I promise.

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