Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush #'s 5, 10, 40, 45 swatches

image courtesy maybelline.com

I picked up four different shades over the past few weeks, before my no buy went into effect. They're in the $6.50 (each) range, but I paid as little as $4.99 at a supermarket.

05 Fresh Pink
10 Pink Frosting
40 Plum Pink
45 Orchid Hush

I wanted to try 15 Rose Petal but none of the stores I went to had it. Several stores had very limited shades, usually 50 Plum Wine and 70 Hot Tamale. Double check any you plan to buy, it seems everyone likes to pop open the lids and sample them.

#40 is a little dented. Ian couldn't resist sticking his fingers in it.
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Maybelline.com gives the following info:

Revolutionary gel formula provides a new bouncy texture.
Lightweight like a powder, yet melts seamlessly into skin like a cream
Natural sheer wash of color that is buildable for greater color intensity

I switched to cream blush a while ago; I avoid powder on my face whenever possible, including foundation, blush, and any finishing or correcting powders. It just sits on my dry skin and doesn't look nice.

All four of these shades work for me, even though 2 are on the warmer side and 2 are cooler. #45 Orchid Blush is my favorite, but the others do give me a pop of brighter color that I need from time to time.

I only use a minimal amount. The apples of my cheeks are usually reddish, and then higher up along the tops of my cheekbones, closer to my hairline, it gets redder again. I apply blush in the small area between these redder spots to blend it all in to appear as if it's well placed blush. Some days I'm not as red and I can apply a bit more. It's always a case of trying to make my rosacea work for me to look like a natural flush.

The blush can be applied either with fingertips or a brush; I prefer a small tapered facial brush. This also prevents the blush from squishing out of the container. Unless of course, you have a 6 year old who can't resist sticking his fingers in your blush too see if it really bounces.

They last a full day on my skin, and remove easily with my usually nighttime routine of olive oil for makeup removal followed by a mild soap wash.

I felt the shades were a little too close in color on my skin, but still enough that you could see variations. I'd like to see a wider range of colors, including a more purple toned plum. I'd definitely buy that!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Tarte Maracuja Lip Scrub & Maracuja Lip Whip swatches

QVC had two different maracuja lip products featured when I placed my order a few weeks ago. These two sets are currently QVC exclusives.

The first was the Maracuja Lip Scrub & Maracuja Lip Gloss Duo, which was the maracuja lip scrub, a sample bottle of maracuja oil, and one of three full size glosses. The three shades: Adored, a cotton candy pink; Blushing Beauty, a sheer plummy rose; and Natural Beauty, a sheer cherry red. A little travel sized bag was included, $28.50. I watched the presentation and couldn't decide which shade of gloss I wanted. Sounds silly, but that was the only reason I didn't order this set. It'll be nice when it's in the stores so I can sample the shades.

The second lip item was the Maracuja Lip Scrub & Four Maracuja Lip Whips. I didn't see the presentation but did watch the QVC video. This was $38.27. I decided to go with this set, thinking that I'd rather spend the extra $10 and get at least one shade that looked good on me. I'm glad I did, because I really like three of the four. Peony is the only shade I'm not crazy about, simply because I'm not a peach / coral fan.

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The instructions for the lip scrub are simply - just rub a bit on your fingertip, then massage into and around your lips, then wipe/blot off any excess. The sugar does a great job exfoliating. I've used plain old sugar to do this, but the maracuja oil really does help moisturize my lips. It has a pepperminty scent / slight flavor and while I'm not normally a peppermint fan, I really like it. The scrub is for every other day, and I find that using the scrub at night means I don't end up with sugar all over my lips when I'm trying to put the lip whip on.

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The lip whips are a nice gel like, creamy consistency. You can use your finger or a lip brush to apply. Feels nice and light, moisturizing, and has a slight peppermint scent to it, but not as strong as the scrub. It's not really sticky, I would say just barely tacky (and not as in bad taste tacky), but doesn't make me want to rub it off. Lots of lip products feel really disgusting, these don't.

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Staying power is really hard for me to say, because I usually put the whip on right before I walk out the door. I get to work and usually eat or drink something, and end up eating the color right off in the center of my lips. I wore the Champagne shade and made sure I didn't eat or drink anything, and was pleased to see it lasted for about four hours. Of course I got home and ate, so who knows how long it really does last. I realize this isn't very helpful, but I I like to eat ;)

I did read a few reviews that said the tins are tough to open. They don't pop off, which is a good thing. Only one tin took a little work, the rest came off easily enough. I make sure I push the lids down tightly, because I don't want to risk the whip drying out.

I don't think I'd put these in my purse during the warm weather. They're not runnny, but I could see forgetting about it, leaving it in the car, and having melted lip whip all over the place. During the cool weather it shouldn't be a problem, but time will tell. There is maracuja oil in the whips, so I'll err on the side of caution and keep them home. They all have a nice bit of shimmer to them too.

The pic is outside on a sunny day, no flash. You can see the shades are all sheer.
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Sheer Red is more what I'd call berry pink, not red. It's gorgeous, definitely my favorite shade of the four.
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Peony is a sheer peach. A bit too coral-ish for me, but still a pretty shade. I ought to mix it with one of the others.
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Pink is a slightly warm sheer pink, kinda bubble gummy color, my second favorite.
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Champagne is a sheer nude. I didn't think I'd like this one, but it looks nice with a darker eye. It's the first nude shade I've actually liked on me.
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I thought it might be easier for everyone to judge the colors on my arm, rather than try to figure out how they'd look on variously pigmented lips. I hope you've found them helpful, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Maybelline Color Tattoo - Pomegranate Punk, Painted Purple

I was grocery shopping Wednesday afternoon saw Pomegranate Punk and Painted Purple. There was only one of each left, so I figured what the heck. They were $5.99.

My camera flash has been acting weird lately, but doesn't the purple look gorgeous?
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without the flash the purple didn't look as nice in the jar :(
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I haven't worn them yet but will probably go with the purple tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Maybelline Color Tattoo - Too Cool, Tough as Taupe, Audacious Asphalt

I picked up three neutral shades of the Maybelline Eye Color Studio 24 Hour Cream Gel Shadows at WalMart. They had them in two different places, one display box on the side of an end cap which was ravaged. I found a second display in the aisle with all the other Maybelline items, and that one was better stocked.

These were $5.84 for .14 oz / 4g. They're made in USA. I wanted to stick with neutrals, even though there are some wonderfully vivid shades available.

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Tough as Taupe is a bit darker than what I'd call taupe, but a very wearable shade. All of these shades look good alone or with loose shadow patted on top for extra sparkly goodness.

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A small, flat brush is recommended for these shadows. For the swatches, I used a tapered wet/dry brush. The shadow goes on creamy, blends easily after it's applied, no blobs or gloppiness (this means you, MUFE Aqua Cream in Snow). Like many cream products, if you wait too long to blend, it becomes more difficult. I've used all three shades and they all lasted 8 hours, no creasing.

Just a weird note, when I swept the brush across the top of the Tough as Taupe, the cream in the jar looked kinda grey. First I thought my brush had something on it, but nope. (I wash my shadow brushes daily, since I never know what shades I'll want to use from day to day.) I used a cotton swab and same thing, so it's just something about that color. The other two didn't look any different in the jar after I used them.

These are in glass jars with plastic lids. I gave the lid on one a really tight twist and the lid didn't crack. I used DHC's Deep Cleansing Oil to remove these shadows, and they came off cleanly with no staining. I don't know if any of the vibrant colorful shades will stain skin.

I know lots of ladies are comparing them to MAC's Paint Pots. I don't have any of them simply because I can't see spending $17.50 on one. But I like them much better than the three MUFE Aqua Cream shades I purchased. After using those a few times, I passed them to a friend. These Color Tattoo creams make me want to go buy the Painted Purple and Pomegranate Punk shades. These are definitely worth the $5.84!