Saturday, October 15, 2011

Not Nail Polish

Don't say I didn't warn you. This post is not about nail polish. This post is about my passion pre-polish- make up. I went to Walgreen's yesterday to pick up some chapstick and what I came away with was INCREDIBLE. A lipstain, two lipsticks, foundation, three nail polishes (two for me, one for my sister), foundation, eye shadow, and lipgloss. All for under $25 total. All Revlon. How? Wally's had 40% off of Revlon, and then the woman helping us gave us coupons for $2 off EACH ITEM. The foundation alone was $13, the lipsticks were $9 a piece. And my total was so low I felt like I was stealing. I swatched my haul for you, just for kicks and giggles. Lemme know if you like me swatching make-up products, or if I should just stick to nails. Also, tell me if you'd rather I show the products on my lips.
In order from left to right: Celestial Silver eye shadow, Crave lipstain, Lilac Pastelle lipgloss, Siren lipstick, Baby Pink lipstick.

Revlon Diamond Lust Eye Shadow in Celestial Silver-
My mother and I each bought one of these, and I just sent her out on a mission to buy me the other three colors on display. A sheer silver eye shadow with iridescent glitter. SO PRETTY.

Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain in Crave-
A red based purple. Not usually my cup of tea, but something about this screamed out to me. And I'm glad, it's perfect! It gives me perfectly stained lips that still look natural. A note about the lipstains- my mother, sister, and I now have acquired a total of around ten of these in the past two days. They're usually somewhere around $10, but we got them for $2 a piece and they're just so awesome that now we combined own almost the whole collection (with Passion x2, as that pink is incredible).

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Lilac Pastelle-
Pretty purple. I like that this can be sheer, if you apply with a light hand, or more opaque. It's also pretty trendy, and rather out there, but the sheerness makes it wearable. And oh, how wearable it is. I could see myself rocking this over Baby Pink all winter!

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Siren-
A pretty red-leaning orange. Very bold. It's on trend for those orange lips that have been everywhere since Spring Fashion Week, but it still has some red to make it not too dated. I just want to wear this with a bodycon turquoise dress and minimal other make up. Wouldn't that be SO pretty?

Revlon Lipstick in Baby Pink-
There's a little bit of shimmer to this, which disappoints me. I think it's a pearl (?) in make up terms. It's semi-opaque, so it doesn't quite cover my naturally pigmented lips. Still, pretty and rather natural.

After swatching all of these, I figured that I might as well swatch one more makeup product- Dr.'s Remedy Enriched Instant Cover.

It's a concealer, I have it in medium. It comes in this GIANT tube, 3.5 oz, and is made to conceal on the body, not the face. It has a sponge type applicator, which is effective at distributing the product, but there's still some blending required for a natural finish.

Here is is over my entire arm, still stained with the Revlon lipstain. As you can see, the lines where it is on my skin is very evident. This is not my shade. Th
is is nowhere near my shade. This is too yellow and far too dark to be my shade. Funny, as I've always been a medium. That's my main beef with this product, there are only three shades available and, apparently, it's not as easy to choose one as it seems. It's $40, a steep price to pay, especially if the concealer isn't your shade. It did cover the lipstain, though, and had I taken the picture after a few minutes, the shine wouldn't have been there at all.
I do like this product, but I'm disappointed as I think that a variety of skin tones should be covered, and this is certainly very limited in that aspect. If you can find your match, though, it would work to cover birth marks, tattoos, and spider veins- all with natural, good for you ingredients.
Some products in this post were sent to me for review. That did not effect my opinion of them.

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