I hope you’re having a good week – or at least a better one than me! I had to take a bit of a break from blogging over the last few days as I was down and out with a stomach virus/flu and it literally knocked me out for a little less than a week. I’ll spare you the details but there were moments where I just wanted to be put out of my misery. Thankfully it’s seems to have run its course and I’m starting to feel more human again so now the blogging can continue.
So, on to the post at hand! I did a bit of a drugstore haul a while ago and I’m anxious to share with you what I picked up and what my first impressions are:
CoverGirl TruBlend Blush (Light Rose 100): Love this! I’m always sucked in by ombre or marbled products and a lot of the time, they never meet my expectations. This one has defied the odds though! This is a peachy pink shimmery blush that isn’t super pigmented – but I’m okay with that. I prefer buildable blushes and this falls in that category. Note that I am quite pale so this likely wouldn’t work well on those with deeper skin tones but overall I’m impressed with it – it’s smooth and silky and blends and builds really well. I might just pick up another shade!
CoverGirl OhSugar! (Cupcake): I’ve been using this for probably the last month and a half and it’s 3/4 of the way done. My first impression was that I didn’t really like it – I know these are supposed to be sheer but this shade in particular has almost no colour (I didn’t even bother uploading the picture of the swatch because there’s literally nothing to see). Which I could live with if I felt like it offered great hydration….but I’m not sure it does that either. I know everyone is comparing these to the Fresh Sugar lip balms but I personally don’t feel they really match up. I always felt the lasting effects of the Fresh version for at least a couple hours after application but with this, it’s disappeared not too long after I’ve applied it. I might try another shade at some point once I’m done with this one but I think I’m going to stick with my tried and true Dr Pepper Lip Smackers! 🙂
CoverGirl Plumpifyier Blastpro Mascara: I’ve only been using this about a week and so far, I think it’s okay. It gives me decent length and separation but I’m not seeing much volume and thickness. Ironic given that this is supposed to provide 50% more volume. I think the problem is the size of the brush – this thing is huge and I personally like big mascara brushes! It really makes it difficult to get the wand close to the roots of my lashes. The good thing is I haven’t experienced much clumping with this EXCEPT for on my lower lashes – would not recommend this for them. The wand is just too big and bulky for that small of a space. So far though, no flaking or smudging which is nice. I need to test this out a little more to see if it’s something I’d repurchase though.
Essie Groove Is In The Heart: I have no clue why I picked this up – I just bought 3 pink nail polishes from the Hello Kitty! OPI Collection a couple months ago, so the last thing I needed was another pink polish. Regardless, I did and I can’t say I’m crazy about it. While the neon pink shade is gorgeous, the formula sucks. It’s thick, gooey and gloopy and nearly impossible to apply. Chipping wasn’t too bad, I went about 3 days before I experienced my first one (and for Essie, that’s actually quite impressive). I might try adding some polish thinner to see if that helps but I can’t say I’d recommend this.
Essie Lounge Lover: I watched a Youtuber (I think it was Jenny Claire Fox) swatch and rave about this and I had to pick it up – it just seemed like the perfect colour for Spring/Summer. And it is – it’s a gorgeous bright peachy pink shade and this formula is great: creamy, smooth and if you’re really good at nails, you could probably get away with one coat (I always have to do two). Pretty happy with this one!
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (Black & Blue): I’ve had this for over a month now and I’ve used it twice and I was really impressed! The formula is great – it’s on the thinner side so you need 2 coats minimum but it just glides on my nails like silk! It also lasted a good solid week without chipping. I’m a huge fan of SH’s wide brush – it makes it so easy to get perfect application every single time. I can’t believe I don’t have more shades in this line in my collection, I’m going to have to pick up a few more and see if they’re just as good as this one is.
Hardy Candy So Baked Bronzer (Tiki): This is called a bronzer but I’m not really sure it classifies as one. I’d consider it to be more of a highlighter given how light it is – and I’m pretty fair! To be fair (haha!), this is the lightest shade out of their line and there are darker options available. However I chose this one as I had heard good things about it on Youtube. I think it’s a decent drugstore highlight but I’m not sure about its longevity, it appears to fade halfway through the day.
Hard Candy Glow All the Way Ombre Blush (Punch): I saw this and I couldn’t not buy it – it’s so pretty! Again, this is classified as a blush but I kind of see it more like a blush/highlighter. It’s pretty frosty and shimmery and you definitely don’t need to highlight after using this. I think the colour is pretty, it’s quite pigmented but I’m finding the lasting power iffy. Still testing!
Hard Candy Stroke of Genius Marker (Little Black Dress): This might be one of the longest lasting liquid eyeliners I’ve ever tried from the drugstore – and I’ve tried many. This literally does stay put for 12 hours, or more if needed! It’s also extremely pigmented and glides on smoothly. Two problems: it’s a pain in the @ss to remove. I have to use an oil-based waterproof makeup remover to take it off and even then I end up with little black flakes everywhere. Secondly, once it has dried, you cannot go over it again and fix any mistakes; it dries hard so you might as well just start your eye makeup all over again. I think this is a great option for special occasions, but not for everyday use. Oh and I’m skeptical about the lash growth serum but I haven’t used this enough to state if it actually does anything one way or another.
NYC Expert Last Satin Matte Lip Color (Creamy Mauve): When I saw these lip products were 2 for $4 I didn’t see how I could go wrong. I remembered reading a blog somewhere that raved about them and lately there seems to be plenty of favorable reviews on NYC’s products so I didn’t see the harm in trying them out. I swore I had picked out two different shades at the time but when I got home I realized both were Creamy Mauve. I didn’t think that would be such a big deal because the colour looked pretty nice. Then I applied it. Ick. On my lips it applied a really unflattering frosty/milky pastel pink. In addition I think calling them matte is stretch – the formula was really creamy and rich and didn’t dry down to a matte finish at all. It’s actually a good formula but they need to get the shade description straight. Anyway, this was pretty much a fail for me, thankfully it was only a $4 fail!
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Milan/Ibiza): Me and matte lip products don’t get along, given my naturally dry lips. However I’ve heard that these are pretty comfortable and now that Shoppers Drug Mart is carrying the NYX line, I couldn’t resist picking out a few to try. Overall I’d say they are less drying than other liquid lipsticks I’ve tried, but alas, they are still drying. I have to make sure I’m having a good lip day before deciding to wear one of these – meaning my lips are hydrated, smooth and free from any peeling or flaking. Even so, they tend to highlight every line and/or imperfection on my lips (although Milan is guilty of this moreso than Ibiza). However the colours are glorious – so pigmented and rich! Milan is described as a “mid toned, blue toned pink”…I tend to describe it more as a vibrant rosy pink – either way it’s very wearable. Ibizia is described as a “matte deep rose pink”…I personally see it as more a vibrant pink/coral. This seems like a perfect shade for spring/summer but it makes my teeth look so yellow, as orange-toned shades do. Guess I’ll just wear it and smile with my mouth closed. 😉 Even though I’m struggling to wear these, I love how beautiful the shades are and I want to figure out a way to wear them. so I’m going to try and find a lip primer that I can wear underneath to see if I can make it work (if you have any recommendations, I’d appreciate them!)
NYX Butter Gloss (Angel Food Cake): I’m a big fan of NYX’s Butter Gloss in Tiramisu and I know that Angel Food Cake is popular as well so I figured I’d give it a try. I applied it once and I was instantly a fan. Both shades are just your lips but better shades and so easy and comfortable to wear. I’m a big gloss fan though so if you are too I’d recommend these!
L’Oreal Voluminious Superstar Liquid Eyeliner: I love trying new liquid eyeliners, especially from the drugstore. Okay, I only buy my eyeliners from the drugstore, I can’t justify paying anything over $15 for them. One of my favourite liquid eyeliners is the L’Oreal Infalliable version below so I had high expectations of this. I love the shape of the tip on this – it makes doing a wing so much easier. The problem is, it smudges like crazy. If I use to line the inner half of my eye and I touch my eye or if my eyes water (which they always do), I’ve got black smudges everywhere. I’m not sure why they didn’t use the same formula as the Infalliable but I won’t be repurchasing this.
L’Oreal Infalliable Super Slim 12H Liquid Eyeliner: One of my favourite drugstore liners, read the reasons why here.
e.l.f Angled Blush Brush: I have a few of e.l.f’s brushes and I’ve always been very impressed with them. This one has been a bit of a let down so far – I’m not sure if it’s just not packed tightly enough or if it’s just the bristles themselves but I have a hard time getting it to pick up product. It seems works well to blend blush out though!
And that wraps up my drugstore haul. Have you tried any of these products? What products have you tried from the drugstore recently? Let me know below.
Thanks for reading!