Battle of the Brands!: Some of my favorite drugstore brand lipsticks!

A girlfriend of mine recently wanted to know what were some of the best drugstore brand lipsticks that did not feel drying on the lips and/or get cakey after wearing for awhile.  Well, I’m so glad that she asked!  Out of all makeup products, I probably own more lip products than any other type of makeup.  This includes lipsticks, lip glosses, lip liners, lip stains, and lip balms!  I haven’t done an exact count of all my lip products, but I can approximate at least one hundred and probably more!  I have a good mix of both high end ($15 and up) and budget friendly (under $10 and can typically be found at drugstores) lipsticks.  In my opinion, great quality lipsticks can be found in both price groups, as well as horrible lipsticks in both.  My current favorite drugstore brands of lipsticks that I think feel moisturizing on the lips and provides smooth, even coverage without getting cakey would be the following:

  • Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick–feels very creamy and emollient on the lips, gives semi-opaque color coverage with slight sheen, has SPF 20, almost feels like a lip balm, color has average wear time due to its moisturizing abilities, retails for around $6, this is probably my favorite one out of the ones I’m reviewing here!

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Dreamy #140 is a light shimmery pinky-nude.

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Spotlight Beige #620 is a light creamy rosy-beige nude with no shimmer.

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Sunset #180 is a warm rose shimmer.

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Precious Brown #680 is a shimmery mauve-nude.

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Autumn Breeze #740 is a shimmery warm-toned darker rose.

  • Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick–feels very lightweight on the lips, almost as if it’s sinking in right away (this lippie is great for people who don’t like the feeling of lipstick on their lips!), since the lipstick feels so light on the lips it doesn’t provide a ton of moisture but at the same time doesn’t dry out your lips either, the semi-opaque color that’s almost matte wears very well throughout the day, retails for around $9

Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Soft Nude #070 is a pale peachy-pink nude with no shimmer.

Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Rosy Nude #065 is a pretty mid-toned rose with brown undertones (very similar to Bobbi Brown’s lipstick in Brown) and no shimmer.

  • Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color–feels creamy on the lips (not as much as Rimmel’s lipppie), very opaque rich color with a satin-like finish, wears very well throughout the day, retails for around $6

**Sorry, I forgot to do swatches on my arm for reference.  Please contact me if you would like these added!

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in Warm Me Up #235 is a mauvey-rose with brown undertones and no shimmer.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in Totally Toffee #215 is a deeper mauvey-rose with brown undertones and no shimmer.

  • NYX Round Lipstick–feels creamy on the lips, give semi-opaque color, wears well throughout the day, retails for around $5

NYX Round Lipstick in Ceto #546 is a light shimmery pinky-nude.

NYX Round Lipstick in Frappucino #632 is a creamy rosy-nude with brown undertones and no shimmer.

Here’s another look at all of my favorite drugstore brand lipsticks:

What are some your favorite drugstore brand lipsticks?  Any ones to avoid?  What are your must-have qualities in any lipstick?  If you don’t wear lipstick, why not?  Share your thoughts!

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Today’s Close-up: A Need for Speed aka I’m Just Being Lazy Makeup Look!

How long is too long to do your makeup?  Some might say five minutes and others might say an hour plus.  Well, on average my everyday makeup look that I would, for example wear to work (I’m a fifth grade teacher!) takes approximately twenty minutes or so and provides me with a polished, professional, and presentable look that I’m very satisfied with.  I realize that not everyone enjoys the process of “putting on their face” as much as I do and would think twenty minutes is way too long for just putting on makeup, so I wanted to share with you a close-up of a FIVE MINUTE makeup look that I sometimes use when I’m either in a rush, just running errands, or simply being lazy (which in the summertime when I’m not teaching is almost everyday-haha!).  Even though many of you may think this five minute makeup look would be great as my everyday look and I thank you for the compliments, but I know that I feel a bit more confident about how I look when I have an extra fifteen minutes to “work” on my face 🙂

Here is today’s close-up:

On my face:

  • Rimmel London Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer spread evenly all over my face with my fingers
  • Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder in Medium lightly brushed all over my face
  • Pur Minerals Mineral Glow (bronzing powder with a light gold shimmer) lightly brushed on the high points of my face where the sun would naturally hit (cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin)
  • Jane Be Pure Mineral Blush in Rose Satin brushed on my cheekbones and concentrated on the apples of my cheeks

On my eyes:

  • Clinique Quick Eyes Cream Shadow in Sea Shell rubbed lightly all over my eyelids from lashline to just underneath my eyebrow using my fingers
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in #15 Taupe rubbed lightly on my lashline and blended out halfway onto my eyelids (where my crease would be) using my fingers
  • Styli-Style Line & Seal 24 Twist in Brown Quartz lining my upper lashline and the inner rims of my lower lashlines
  • Maybelline Define-A-Lash Volume Waterproof Mascara in Black on my lashes (I did curl my lashes with my E.L.F. Mechanical Eyelash Curler prior to the mascara application)

On my lips:

  • Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Rosy Nude applied straight from the tube onto my lips

The finished close-up:

When you only have five minutes to “put on your face,” what are your must have beauty products?  How long does your everyday makeup look take you to complete and what products are you using for that look?  Share your thoughts!  Feedback is much appreciated!  Remember, although I claim to be “The Word On Beauty,” I’m definitely not the “final” word on beauty so please don’t be shy and contribute 🙂

Product Reviews: It’s Time to Prime! Your face that is…

Makeup primer used to be a product that only true beauty gurus knew of, used, and purchased back in the day.  Only very high end or makeup artistry geared lines carried these “magical” makeup primers that were supposed to “prime” your face for the absolute “perfect” makeup application afterwards.  Many primers claim to work by prepping your skin into a smooth, poreless, shine minimized canvas that would allow your makeup to go on flawlessly and endure hours of wear without looking greasy and worn down by the end of your day/evening.  One of the industry leaders of makeup primers would be Smashbox Cosmetic’s Photofinish Foundation Primer which is said to on Sephora’s website do the following:

The silky blend of vitamins and antioxidants smoothes and perfects skin while the unique formula helps to inhibit the destruction of collagen, and fills in fine lines and pores for a flawless finish.

I have indeed purchased and used this primer several times and really do believe in the claims it makes, but the price for the amount you get ($36 for 1 oz or $42 for added SPF 15) seems a bit too steep and unjustifiable even for beauty addicts such as myself who will go to any length to get the products that work.  Especially with the surge of most makeup lines, including many drugstore brands, coming out with a makeup primer of their own, I had to see what else was out there.

Recently I have purchased Avon’s MagiX Face Perfector SPF 20 which retails at $10 and Rimmel London’s Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer which I purchased for $7.59 at Ulta, both for 1 oz of product.

Avon’s MagiX Face Perfector SPF 20 is described on Avon’s website as:

A magical air-light gel-powder colorless formula that makes all skin tones look flawless… invisible coverage; instant perfection. Banish shine up to 10 hours. Apply evenly before sun exposure or as needed. 1 fl. oz.

“This colorless formula is perfect for anyone who want to look naturally flawless and beautiful without looking like you’re wearing any makeup. It’s universally flattering and a secret weapon in your makeup bag.”
— Jillian Dempsey, Avon’s Global Creative Color Director

Targets pores: visibly minimizes pores with patent-pending Optix Light-Diffusing Technology.

Banishes Shine: holds back shine for up to 10 hours

Smoothes Skin: reduces the look of fine lines…skin feels softer than ever.

Rimmel London’s Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer is described on Rimmel London’s website as:

Create a perfect canvas for foundation application. – Skin Perfecting primer smoothes and evens out your complexion – prolongs the wear of your foundation – Minimizes Pores

Here are my own personal opinions (the following comments only reflect how the product applied and wore on my combination to oily on the t-zone face, which of course will be different from others and their skin types!) on the Avon MagiX Face Perfecter SPF 20 primer:

PROS–

  • has light reflecting particles which imparts a slight shimmery glow to my skin
  • has SPF 20 which is fantastic to protect my skin from the sum
  • feels lightweight on my skin
  • the product comes out of the tube like a thick gel-cream and transforms to a powdery texture almost immediately when rubbed onto my face
  • my makeup held on well throughout the day with maybe 1-2 touch-ups on my t-zone with an oil-blotting paper to reduce shine
  • great price point and easy to purchase online or I guess through an Avon consultant if you’d prefer

CONS–

  • since the product is the consistency of a thick gel-cream, I found it difficult to squeeze out of the tube (kind of like old toothpaste??); I either squeezed to lightly and barely got anything out or squeezed with too much force getting way too much product than needed for one application to my face
  • the primer’s powdery texture once on the skin makes it hard to spread around evenly so my drier areas on my face like my cheeks got either too little or too much primer
  • the shimmery light reflecting particles might have made my t-zone shinier than needed as the day went on
  • moisturizer really is necessary underneath the primer to hydrate those drier areas, even though I prefer to use only a makeup primer in place of a daytime facial moisturizer since my skin is not excessively dry

THE FINAL WORD ON REPURCHASING–Yes, if on sale which Avon does quite frequently and to use especially during the summer season when my face is oilier and needs the extra SPF 20 protection.

Here are my own personal opinions (the following comments only reflect how the product applied and wore on my combination to oily on the t-zone face, which of course will be different from others and their skin types!) on the Rimmel London’s Fix & Perfect Primer:

PROS–

  • has a really nice, light, creamy fluid-like consistency that feels moisturizing enough to replace a daytime facial moisturizer for my skin
  • spreads on evenly and smoothly
  • absorbs in quickly, but not as fast as Avon’s primer
  • eventually dries leaving behind a smooth canvas without a powdery feeling like Avon’s primer which is good for my drier areas on my face like my cheeks
  • my makeup held on well throughout the day with maybe 1-2 touch-ups on my t-zone with an oil-blotting paper to reduce shine
  • great price point and easy to find in most drugstores and general variety type stores like Target and Fred Meyer

CONS–

  • no SPF protection included so either my foundation will have to include one or I must also wear a  separate product with SPF or use only for the evening
  • primer is tinted with a sheer apricot color that seems to blend into my skin tone, but may be a problem for others
  • a couple of minutes is needed to fully absorb into my skin
  • squeezes out a bit too excessively since the primer is more fluid-like than Avon’s so care must be taken to not waste product

THE FINAL WORD ON REPURCHASING– Yes, I will repurchase if I happen to see it on sale because I like the consistency of Rimmel London’s primer more than Avon’s and I will have to make sure my foundation has SPF protection and/or not plan to be out in the sun for a prolonged period of time.

Both of these budget-friendly makeup primers do what they say and each has its definite advantages for use and wear.  However, neither of these two are my ultimate, Holy Grail worthy makeup prime rand therefore, the quest continues.

Anyone out there have a good makeup primer that can replace my daily facial moisturizer, has SPF protection, and won’t break the bank?  If so, please do share with all of us!  What is your favorite makeup primer regardless of the features I’m specifically looking for in a primer?  Does anyone think primers are an absolute unnecessary product that companies have promoted just to make more money?  All thoughts are welcome!

Today’s Close-up!

For those of you needing fresh ideas on makeup looks or you’re just curious about what I’m wearing on my face, here is today’s close-up:

I’m playing on my sister, Joyce’s new Mac Book Pro and using her Photo Book application as well as a traditional digital camera to take photos of my close-up.  The colors are coming out differently, but I thought it would be interesting for you to see the differences.

On my face:

  • Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15 in a 50-50 blend of Rich Vanilla and Pure Honey all over the face as my foundation
  • L’oreal Infallible Never Fail Concealer in Light Medium underneath the eyes
  • BareMinerals Multi-Tasking Face Concealer in SPF 20 Summer Bisque around the mouth area, the nostrils to cover redness, and underneath my eyes to set the L’oreal concealer
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX 08 on top of old pimple scars and discoloration on my chin area
  • Chanel Moisturizing Bronzing Powder in Desert Corail lightly swept on cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin
  • Nars Blush in Deep Throat on cheeks

On my eyes:

  • Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Birthday Suit all over the eyelid as a base
  • Maybelline Cool Effect Cooling Shadow/Liner in On the Rocks #37 applied from the top lashline to the middle of my eyelid where my crease would be and also lined underneath on the lower lashline, smudged with my fingers on the eyelid as well for a smokier look
  • L’oreal HiP High Intensity Pigments Color Truth Cream Eyeliner in Brown applied on the top lashline using my Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush
  • Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Espresso #60 lining the rim/water line of my eyes
  • Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base and Maybelline Define-A-Lash Volume Waterproof Mascara in Black on my lashes
  • Models Prefer Automatic Eyebrow Pencil and Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Caramel on my eyebrows

On my lips:

  • Pixi Lip Blush in No.2 Purity lightly applied as a lip stain base
  • Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Spotlight Beige all over as my lip color

What do you think of today’s close-up?  Is there a certain makeup look that you would like me to do a close-up on?  I would love to hear your thoughts!

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