Last week I did a review of Stitch Fix that I received some great feedback on so thank you to those who read it! One of my favorite things to do on this blog is to do reviews of products or services that many of you have contemplated using, or might find useful. That being said, with the strange amount of free time I have had in the past week, (honestly, it’s freaking me out..) I decided to get on Youtube and watch some makeup tutorials. Believe it or not, this is something I don’t do very often. Especially in the past couple of months, being so busy, I have somewhat fallen into a rut when it comes to beauty and makeup. Not to say I’m wondering around in stained sweat pants and no makeup (okay, maybe I am) but I have definitely had beauty on the brain much less these days… and my makeup bag can tell.
What started as a few short videos, turned into hours of research. I began to think to myself, “Oh gosh, this is gonna cost me a fortune.” It wasn’t until I stumbled upon Jaclyn Hill’s video “My All Time Favorite Drugstore Makeup Products”, link found here, that I started feeling my bank account breathe a sigh of relief. After watching the video I did what any sane girl would do, I went out and bought almost every product on her list at my local CVS Pharmacy (and a few additional items I impulse bought).
The items I bought include:
- Elf brushes: Angled Blush Brush & Flawless Concealer
- Milani: Bronzer in 01 shade, Baked Blush in shade Luminoso, and lipliner in shade Pretty Pink
- NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in shade Tokyo
- Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer in fair
- Loreal: Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush and Carbon Black mascara
All of these items, except for the elf brushes and Milani bronzer & lip liner, were recommended by Jaclyn and raved about. Here is how it all went down when I tried them:
After applying my Bobbi Brown foundation- my ride or die beauty brand, I used the Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer under my eyes, the bridge of my nose, and a little on my chin using my Elf Flawless Concealer brush. For the longest time now I have been Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Eye Brightener and loving it. This Maybelline concealer was honestly a very comparable product. It wasn’t too thick or heavy and provided a nice coverage. The Elf concealer brush was perfect in applying it. I felt that it blended nicer than my Bobbi Brown concealer brush – which is saying a lot.
Next, it was time for bronzer. Using Elf’s Angled Blush Brush, I applied the Milani Bronzer in the same area I would for a contour, underneath the cheek bones. After my first swipe I was slightly shocked… it was very dark! Maybe i’m just super pale, or maybe this stuff is super pigmented. I got the lightest shade that Milani has to offer and I still felt it was too orange-y for my skin. You win some, you lose some.
To hopefully lighten back up my face after the bronzer, I applied the Baked Blush in shade Luminoso to my cheek bones. For this I used a previous blush brush I already owned and dove right in only to realize this is super messy. This isn’t your typical compacted blush that requires several swipes of your brush to fill the bristles, this stuff works – and works immediately. You can thank myself, and my bathroom, for finding this out for you the hard way ;) That being said, it is a very pretty color and has coral undertones that are great for spring and summer.
When it comes to the eyes, I very rarely use eyeshadow and tend to stick to neutrals when I do. After opening the Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush and looking at it, something told me to use my finger for this shadow instead of a brush. This turned out to be the best idea ever because it has an amazing creamy feel to it. The pigment is also out of this world, with a little bit going a long way. The only downside I have for this is the color – which appeared a little orange-y on my eyelids. Once again, pale people probs.
Next, I used the Carbon Black mascara on my lashes.. and fell in love with it. I’m not talking flowers and beautiful weather love, I’m talking love at first sight kind of love. Not only did it make my lashes look freakishly long, but also didn’t clump into spider legs or dry and speckle under my eyes later on in the day. Thank you Jaclyn for introducing me to my new favorite mascara.
For the grand finale, lips, I started with the lipliner in shade Pretty Pink followed by Soft Matte Lip Cream in shade Tokyo. The lipliner went on very smooth and the color of this says it all, it was very pretty. For the first time in my life I over-lined my lips just slightly because ya know, when in Rome. Next, I applied the lip cream and marveled in the color because it is so pretty you guys. I tend to stick to mattes when I pick lip colors because having long hair makes glosses a nightmare. This lip cream applied like a gloss but dried like a matte, which I think is fabulous.
So after my fun drugstore makeover, would I recommend these products?
- Elf Angled Blush Brush : GET
- Elf Flawless Concealer Brush : GET
- Milani: Bronzer in 01 shade: PASS
- Baked Blush in shade Luminoso: GET (but be careful, because it is messy)
- Lipliner in shade Pretty Pink: GET
- NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in shade Tokyo: GET
- Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer in fair: GET
- Loreal: Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush: GET (but pick up a more fair color if you are pale like me)
- Carbon Black mascara: GET
Here I am wearing all of the products together:
If you have tried any of these products, or have recommendations for other drugstore products you want me to try or review, leave me a comment below and I will check them out!