Month: May 2013

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Bordello Review

Image via Beautylish

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Bordello was on of those tricky to describe shadows. Disappointingly though, this was not because the color was so unique and interesting; rather it was because the color was oddly subtle. The brand describes it as “pale mauve with gold micro-glitter.” I didn’t really get mauve from this. To me, it was more of a nude champagne pink with gold shimmer, just a few marks shy of rose gold. Needless to say, how it looks in the picture above is not accurate. Mauve is lavender-grey to me, and Bordello doesn’t show a trace of those hues.
To the touch, the micro-glitter feels ever so slightly gritty. However this doesn’t translate onto the lid. The powder isn’t stiff or powdery, but there isn’t a lot of powder kickup when you use your brush in the pan, which is nice-creates less waste.On the lid, Bordello is a cool-toned pink that looks soft yet opaque. The shimmer is noticeable on the lid, but does have initial fallout. With primer, the color looks a touch more plummy, but is still distinctly pink. The glitter showed up on the lid more when I used a primer (naturally), but strangely, I also experienced more fallout initially. With or without a base, I found this difficult to blend.
The plumminess that came out in this shade when I used a primer settles away rather quickly (a few minutes or so). Compared side by side to the shadow used without a base, I could not tell a difference. In almost every experience I have with Urban Decay eyeshadows, the shade needs time to “settle” into its true shade after using primer. (This doesn’t affect the score, but it doesn’t leave a good impression on me). Both with and without a primer, I achieved 8 hours of perfect wear. By 9, the shade looked a touch faded around the edges when used without a base.
UD shadows come in small, circular, plastic containers with flip-top lids. There is a clear window in the lid that allows you to see the inner color. The lid is also flat, so these can be stacked on top of each other, if your stash calls for you to do so. The shadows hold 0.05 oz of product, which is average. The pan of product pops out easily for quick conversion to a magnetic palette, if desired. The small size of the packaging makes them convenient and easy to travel with as well.
UD eyeshadows also sell for $18 USD. However, I don’t always think that’s worth it with their shadows. Bordello is a relatively common shade with application problems (fallout and trouble blending) that makes $18-a reasonable cost-suddenly hard to swallow. The brand is comparatively easy to find, frequently stocked in department stores, cosmetic shops, and online. Urban Decay does not test on animals, but profits gained from their sales benefit their parent company, L’Oreal, which is notorious for it’s refusal to stop animal testing their products.
WITH PRIMER:
Color:
3/5
Wear: 5/5
Formula: 3.5/5
Packaging: 5/5
Price: 3/5
Wow Factor: 3/5
Overall: 3.75 (C)

WITHOUT PRIMER:
Color: 3/5
Wear: 5/5
Formula: 3.5/5
Packaging: 5/5
Price: 3/5
Wow Factor: 3/5
Overall: 3.75 (C)


Combined Scores: 3.75 (C)
Recommend: No. The wear is impressive; however, the color is relatively common and even bland. It’s stiff to blend and a fallout mess. Those problems make it difficult to justify a more high-end price tag.
Urban Decay products are available in department stores, cosmetic retailers, and online from their own site.

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Smog Review

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Continuing on what seems like my never-ending list of Urban Decay reviews (I own other brands, I promise!) is the shimmer eyeshadow, Smog. The brand describes it as “deep coppery bronze,” and I was pleasantly surprised that my own description wasn’t too off the mark. I perceived it as “an opaque sepia bronze.” I got a hint of copper in the shade, but it was darker, browner than a new copper penny. It was a little hard to pinpoint the undertone in this, but if pressed, I’d say it’s neutral-warm.
 On the lid without primer, it looks like an opaque medium brown with golden glitter. It was an interesting, revved up neutral, great for a night out, but wearable, with some pizzazz, for day. Over primer, the shadow is browner for a moment, but it’s still in the bronze ballpark (the color looks more comparable to the hue you get without primer after a few moments). With a base, Smog would make an excellent, slightly more colorful alternative to a grey/black smoky eye. Without primer, the shade is easy to blend. With a base, it wasn’t stiff or difficult, but it didn’t take a quick second, either. The powder feels a bit dry and stiff to the touch, but applies well. That stiffness prevents wasteful powder kickup when you dip your brush in the pan, though.
I was crazy about the wear I got with this shadow as well. I was able to pull of more than 12 hours of wear with this shade looking excellent, even, and in tact. Impressive! The only change I noticed was that, around the four hour mark, there was ever so slight fading around the edges, both with and without a base. Considering the long wear, I found the edge-fading to have a negligible impact on the shade’s overall appearance, but it’s worth mentioning. I didn’t see a speck of fallout after all that time, either.

Smog was one of the lucky shadows that survived Urban Decay’s shadow formula revamp, and I’m glad. The new packaging for their line features pop-out pans that can easily be stored in magnetic palettes, if you choose. The containers are round, small, and plastic, with a clear window in the flip-top lid. The lid is flat, so you can stack these on top of each other if your storage calls for it. The minimal packaging makes these light and easy to travel with as well. The pan holds 0.05 oz of powder, which is average.

Urban Decay shadows are $18 USD, and relatively easy to find. Most department stores (Macy’s, Nordstrom) have a UD counter in store. Also, the brand is carried both in-store and online at cosmetic retailers Sephora and Ulta. Urban Decay has long prided itself on being a cruelty-free brand; however, their recent acquisition by animal-testing L’Oreal may sour the deal for some consumers.

WITH PRIMER:
Color:
5/5
Wear: 5/5
Formula: 4.5/5
Packaging: 5/5
Price: 5/5
Wow Factor: 4/5
Overall: 4.75 (A)

WITHOUT PRIMER:
Color:
5/5
Wear: 5/5
Formula: 4.5/5
Packaging: 5/5
Price: 5/5
Wow Factor: 4/5
Overall: 4.75 (A)

Combined Scores: 4.75 (A)
Recommend: Yes, Smog is a great neutral that will satisfy many consumers: fans of wearable, soft shades will like this, as well as fans of richer color, who may like this for a smoky nighttime eye. That versatility is always a plus, not to mention the long wear and very minimal problems with the formula.

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Revlon Super Lustrous Pearl Lipstick in Sky Line Pink Review

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Frosty lipsticks have a reputation for being horribly dated, a terrible blast from the past (the 90’s, to be exact). Others find the texture unflattering. Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sky Line Pink pleasantly countered those notions. The shade is a frosty, sheer, cool nude-pink. I love pink lippies, so I wasn’t put off by the color at all, despite the texture.
But I was quite shocked to learn that I would like the frost finish (all of my previous pinks have a cream formula). I found the frost did draw attention to lip lines, but it did not settle into them. Rather, I thought the lipstick drew attention to the lip shape in a very flattering way. I also thought the frostiness looked quite modern-the opposite of dated! As I applied the lipstick, I noticed it felt creamy and smooth, and didn’t bunch up over itself. The pigment went on evenly and felt nice on the lips.
Unfortunately, the wear wasn’t top-notch. The color looked a little sheerer after only 2 hours. The color felt nondrying, but my lips felt like they were peeling a bit at this time. The sheen lasted to the 3 hour mark, but at this point, the pigment was wearing away unevenly. After only 4 hours (and a meal), the shade was completely gone. My lips, sadly, were dry after using this product. However, unlike the last pearl (frost) lipstick I’ve tried from Revlon, little bits of color didn’t bunch up and get stuck in my lips. When the color wore off, it left just my bare (dry) lips behind. 
Revlon lippies come packaged in black plastic containers with a clear window in the cap that allows you to see the color within, and a sticker describing the shade and formula on the bottom. The tube itself is colored gold, with the brand’s name typed over it. The lipstick contains 0.15 oz of product which is more than average (0.1 oz). This line has a subtle medicinal/herbal scent, but it’s not overpowering. There was no taste. 
Revlon products are widely available, frequently stocked at every local drugstore, mass retailer (like Target), and at cosmetic shops like Ulta, for about $7.99 USD. With these also being available online, getting your hands on this line of lipstick should be a breeze. The company complies with global animal-testing policies, so their “cruelty-free” status is questionable. (In Europe, for example, where animal testing is banned, they do not test. But, in China, where animal testing is required, they do perform that testing.) It’s been confirmed that Revlon does sell their products in China, which is considered a cruelty-free deal-breaker for many.
Color: 4/5
Wear: 2.5/5
Formula: 3/5
Packaging: 5/5
Price: 4/5
Wow Factor: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.7 (C+)
Recommend: Sky Line Pink truthfully isn’t a bad color, especially given the texture. However, the short wear time and dehydrating effect are difficult to swallow-I’m not sure the shade really overrides those things.
Revlon products are widely-available, often found at mass-retailers, Ulta, and drugstores.

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Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in 40 Pink Plum Review

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There comes a time in every makeup junkie’s life where she realizes she’s stuck in the same buying patterns. When I notice I’m going through that, I try to consciously purchase different types of items. That’s what led me to try Maybelline’s Dream Bouncy Blush. I actually own very few blushes-two, as a matter of fact-and this cream/gel-like formula was a little outside the box, compared to the traditional powder. Out of the shades available, I decided to try 40 Pink Plum, a light rosy shade. So, I was able to balance my love of pink shades for my skin with stepping outside of my comfort zone.
The shade I selected is a medium, cool-toned pink. I didn’t get any hints of plum or purple vibes from the shade, either in the pan or on the face. The brand describes this line as sheer; initially the product does go on subtly, but can be built up to more vibrancy. Dream Bouncy blushes have a nice cream texture that blends out nicely. I did notice a strange scent, but it’s very mild and only detectable if you sniff the pan, I couldn’t smell it on my face.
The blush looked really sweet and fresh once applied, which I really liked. It wore decently as well. The sweet look lasted for 4 hours. It had faded a touch around the edges after five hours, and was gone completely by 7. It wore away subtly and evenly, though.
The blush comes in a small circular plastic container with a clear flip top lid. I like to use my finger to swirl the product around and apply it on the cheeks, but you could use a flat-top brush to apply and blend this out as well. Again, it feels very smooth, not melty, and blends easily onto the cheek. It has a creamy texture that looks very natural on the skin. I didn’t find the blush difficult or messy to use.
The containers are small and pretty easy to store and travel with, although they do have a rounded top, which makes them not stackable. The blushes contain 0.19 oz of product. This line of blush retails for $7.99 USD. Maybelline is owned by L’Oreal, a brand notorious for their animal testing policy.

Color: 4.5/5
Wear: 3.5/5
Formula: 4/5
Packaging: 4.5/5
Price: 5/5
Wow Factor: 4/5
Overall: 4.3 (B+)
Recommend: Yes. The Dream Bouncy blushes are great for subtle, natural-looking color that wears pretty well and is affordable.

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Civilization: Austria

The next culture featured in the Civ V series is Austria, a small European nation. (For players, Austria is only available in the Gods and Kings expansion pack). Austria and it’s capital, Vienna, are undeniably cultured, with the city often being dubbed The City of Music. A litany of prestigious classical musicians hail from the country, such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Gustav Mahler. The capital was also host to many foreign musicians, such as Ludwig Van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms. During this period, composers penned their work using quills and inkwells, which Lime Crime and Laura Geller have covered.

Lime Crime Uniliner in Quill and Laura Geller Inkwell Gel Liner:



 Society women in Vienna also get to participate in some of the 200 19th-century style balls held every year. These events are lush, elegant affairs, often held in lovely palaces and featuring live orchestras. For enchanting evening eyes, Bareminerals has “The Afterparty”, a pretty, smoky-natural shadow quad.

Image via Sephora

Austria is also home to some of the most prestigious, expensive wines (and wineglasses) in the world. While Austrian wine is largely dry white wine, who can resist a pretty, plum wine color for their lips? This type of color looks exceptional in the fall-appropriate, since Austrian Autumns are particularly lovely. Chanel Rouge Allure Lipcolor in Envoutante is a lovely high-end option, while L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipcolor in Raisin Rapture is a pretty, affordable alternative.
Images via Chanel and Drugstore

Quite famously, Austria is also the home of the prestigious, impressive Habsburg family. Many men from this lineage were Holy Roman Emperors and great kings, and the women were helpful in securing different lands and bonds for the Austrian empire, often through diplomatic marriages. Of these women, the most easily recognizable is likely Maria Theresa, the only woman to directly rule the Habsburg dominions. She began her 40-year rule in 1740, and produced many children, who would go on to help secure Austria’s affiliations with other nations. Possibly the most famous of these was her youngest daughter, Maria Antonia, who married the prince of Austria’s long-time enemy, Louis XVI of France. Upon her arrival in her new kingdom, Maria Antonia stylized her name in the French fashion as Marie Antoinette.

Marie Antoinette, by Marten Van Maytens, 1767
Image via Wikipedia

In the time of these women’s rule, white, powdered hair was en vouge. The highest-quality of these powders were made from finely milled starch. Women would often decorate their hair with small ribbons, jewels, and pearls. The aristocratic women almost always wore rouge, often made with toxic ingredients to form a paste, in wide areas of the cheek. Lips were frequently darkened red with alcohol or vinegar. The eyelids, in contrast to today, were often left bare. However, the eyebrows were frequently darkened. Anastasia makes great brow products, Maybelline makes excellent cream blush, and a great red lipstick is easy to find-MAC’s are very popular. 
Images via Sephora, Thesundaygirl and MAC



Lime Crime makeup can be purchased from their website.
Laura Geller makeup can also be bought from their respective website.
MAC can be found at department stores and online via their website.
Chanel cosmetics can be found on their own website, as well as at department stores like Macy’s.
L’Oreal and Maybelline can both be found at drugstores and at Ulta.
Bareminerals and Anastasia products can both be purchased at Sephora.

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Essie Nail Polish in Turquoise and Caicos Review

This is my own photo.

Nail Polish is one of the few cosmetic items that I’m not too picky with. Usually, when I have some spending money, I like to purchase a cute new shade to decorate my talons with. Efficiently (and experimentally) “cute new shade” usually translates to “the first color listed on the website.” LOL. Sounds sketchy, but I’ve actually developed a pretty decent mix of hues this way. 
One of the first hues I grabbed with this lax attitude was Essie’s Turquoise and Caicos, a gorgeous aqua blue with a natural shiny finish.. Some have described it as “Tiffany Box Blue,” but I find T&C a bit softer and bluer than that traditional shade. 
I was very happy with the wear of this shade. I had solid color on my tips for 5 days, with minor tip wear after 8 days with a base and top coat. This was great, as my nails are prone to chipping. The polish has a thinner, runnier formula, but builds up nicely. 2 coats is doable for cute color, but I usually go for 3 for richer, more opaque color. I had no issues with streakiness with 2-3 coats. The drying time was average (a minute or two). 
The polish comes housed in a glass square bottle with the brand’s name running from bottom to top along the front. On some bottles, the brand name is clear, and on others, the name is opaque white. The cap is white plastic and relatively narrow. It’s not rubberized, but I didn’t find it difficult to grip or use despite this. I found the length of the cap, as well as the length of the brush, average and easy enough to use. Those with thicker or longer fingers may find it a touch too small or uncomfortable to use.
Essie polishes are generally excellent quality with an immaculate color range. You get salon-quality color at many easy to find retailers (Target, Ulta, and drugstores all carry the line). Also, each polish costs only $8 USD a pop. T&C came out in the Resort Collection in 2010, but is still available from Ulta, Target, and the brand’s website. The bottles contain 0.5 fl oz of product, which is also average. The brand used to be on PETA’s list of cruelty-free brands, but due to it’s acquisition by L’Oreal, it’s been removed from the list. This shade is made without DBP and Toluene, but sadly it does contain Formaldehyde. 
Color: 4/5

Wear: 5/5
Formula: 4/5
Packaging: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Wow Factor: 4/5
Overall: 4.3 (B+)
Recommend: Yes, Turquoise and Caicos is a great, springy blue that wears well and looks lovely. I would not recommend it to those who are particular about chemicals, since it does contain Formaldehyde.

Essie products can be bought at drugstores, mass retailers, and at Ulta. 

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Bodycology Nourishing Body Cream in Blackberry Vanilla Review

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I confess: my legs have been crazy dry since the winter, and despite the rising temps (and humidity), they still haven’t recovered from the harsher months. I’ve been dying for a great, hydrating lotion to get some (any!) relief, since they were painfully itchy. I decided to try out Bodycology’s Nourishing Body Cream in Blackberry Vanilla, and I’m so glad I did! At first I used it 2-3 times a day, then only once, and I noticed my skin wasn’t so rough or uncomfortable. It did exactly what it intended, and very quickly (my skin felt better in a day or two). Thank goodness! The product is water-based and uses Aloe Vera, Shea butter, and vitamins C and E to moisturize the skin.
The lotion is a medium-thick white cream. It feels richer than the average, runnier lotion, but it certainly isn’t a thick, luxurious cream. It sinks into the skin relatively fast: there’s enough time to spread it around and work it into the skin, but you may need to go back for more product once or twice to cover the whole area you’re trying to moisturize (like a thigh). 
The scent is supposed to be blackberry vanilla; however, there’s not a hint of vanilla in the fragrance. There is a sweeter note, but it lacks the juicy, citrus-y element of blackberry. Truthfully, the product smells like slightly burnt cotton candy. It’s a touch too saccharine, even for my taste (I love sweets, and I’m not at all fussy about odors). Either way, the lotion smells nothing like “the thrilling scent of tangy blackberries” and doesn’t have an awakening, energizing effect. I find the scent lingers a while on the hands (I could still smell it after 45 minutes), and it can be a little strong. 
One major drawback to me is that the product leaves an annoying, oily residue on the hands that drives me crazy! Since you may have to go back for an extra squeeze or two from the tube, the residue transfers onto where you have to press the bottle, causing a cyclical icky transfer of greasiness! The oiliness won’t wear off quickly, either. It’s best to apply this in the bathroom at home, then wash and dry the hands after. Otherwise, the residue and fingerprints will get on everything you touch-doorknobs, cell phones, etc-causing some annoyance. For this reason, it’s not really a product I’d recommend using on the go or in a workplace setting. 
The tube of lotion is a tall, squeeze tube with a translucent flip-top cap. Due to the height of the bottle, it appears as if there is a ton of product; however, this line of lotion contains the average 8 oz of product (which is not disappointing!). Even with frequent use, the amount should last a while (at least a month or so). Regardless, the lotion can be used for up to 12 months after opening before going bad. It’s a taller tube, so it may not fit in smaller bathroom cabinets or drawers. It isn’t tall enough to get in the way if stood upright on a vanity or counter, though. 
Bodycology is affordable ($4.99 USD) and easy to find at drugstores. However, the “finished product was not tested on animals,” which is indicative of animal-tested ingredients during the formulation process. Bodycology is owned by Advanced Beauty Systems Inc.


Effectiveness: 5/5
Efficiency: 5/5
Formula: 3.5/5
Packaging: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Wow Factor: 4/5
Overall: 4.4 (B+)
Recommend: If you wash away the annoying scent and residue from your hands after applying, the fast-acting, effective hydration is absolutely worth it, for a great price.

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Rockstar Review

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I love it when an eyeshadow can be both simple and unique. Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Rockstar is one of the rare shades that manages to pull off both. When swatched, the color appears to be a rich,brown-based mauvy-plum.Without primer, this looks like a cool-toned, brownish plum color, that looks a little sheer. Usually, I hate that word-I love bold pigment in shadows-but the opacity can easily be built up. So, one layer is subtle, a 2nd layer creates bolder, richer color. I find this quite versatile, as not everyone enjoys strong color, nor is a dramatic shade appropriate in every situation. With primer, this has crazy-good pigmentation-I actually said “whoa!” when I saw it! It goes on as a rich, deep, medium violet. While I didn’t see any shimmer or glitter, there is a richness in the shade that prevents it from being a dull matte. 
With and without primer, the shade blended easily and didn’t feel stiff. I also noticed there was no powder kickup when I used my brush. I never had any problems with fallout, whether a based was used or not. I love the varying degrees of richness and boldness one gets when using this shade. A quick wash without a base makes for an interesting yet demure daytime look, while primer really revs up the color, making it a stellar choice for a night out.
The color also wears pretty excellently. I had rich, dark, bold color, both with and without primer, until the 4th hour, when the edges of the eye looked a little faded (without primer). The lid had faded by 6 hours. Also by this time, the edges of the eye had faded when primer was used. Both with and without a base, the eyes lasted like this for more than 2 extra hours (for 8 hours of total wear). 
Urban Decay shadows come in small, plastic, circular containers holding 0.05 oz of product, which is average. The pans of UD’s shadows pop out, making converting these hues to magnetic palettes easy and painless (and they can be put back). The lids of the flip-top containers have clear windows, so one can easily see the shade within each. Also, the lids are flat, making these stackable, if your storage is tight. These are small enough to travel easily with as well. This line of shadows retails for $18 USD. Urban Decay products are somewhat easy to find, often available at department stores, cosmetic shops, and online. UD is cruelty-free; however, it’s parent company, L’Oreal, does test on animals.
WITH PRIMER:
Color:
5/5

Wear: 4.5/5

Formula: 4.5/5

Packaging: 5/5
Price: 5/5
Wow Factor: 5/5
Overall: 4.8 (A+)


WITHOUT PRIMER:
Color:
5/5

Wear: 3.5/5
Formula: 4/5
Packaging: 5/5
Price: 5/5
Wow Factor: 5/5
Overall: 4.6 (A-)


Combined Scores: 4.7 (A)

Recommend: Absolutely! Rockstar is a great, versatile color with different levels of opacity and texture. I think this makes the shade useful to many different types of women, as it can fit a variety of needs and occasions. Love!

Urban Decay products are available at department stores and online from shops like Sephora.

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana Review

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Bronzer is a tool that can work wonders for the complexion. Have a rounder face, I was very interested in the notion that a good bronzer could sculpt the bones in the face, making it appear thinner. With high hopes, I picked up Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Color Icon version at my drugstore, in a fair shade, Reserve Your Cabana. The coloring of this bronzer is a light beige, so I was expecting it to subtly enhance my bone structure without looking too fake or orange on my very fair skin. However, when I tested it, I was very disappointed. 
Unfortunately, this product is absolutely invisible on the skin. Even when I tried to layer the product, I couldn’t see it in a mirror, let alone achieve a contour. Being the lightest shade available in the bronzer range, and having failed one of the lightest skin tones, I’m unsure who this product was designed for, and doubt it will work on any complexion, really. It’s very translucent  so it can be reused as a setting powder. However, when I tried this, I noticed the powder ended up looking a touch cakey up close. 
This bronzer was frustrating to use, let alone test. Since it goes on nearly invisible, it was hard to determine how long it wore. However, I did notice that after an hour, the areas where this was looking powdery looked smooth again, so if pressed to say, I would assume it had just worn off. I’m not surprised that this applied powdery on the face, as there is a lot of product kickup when you swirl your brush into the pan (causing a considerable amount of powdery waste).
The bronzer does have SPF 15 in it, which I suppose is it’s only redeeming quality, and could justify it’s use as a setting powder over foundation. The product is pressed, with a cute little sun shape, which is a likable touch. The pan is held in a plastic container with a rounded, clear lid that flips up. The case is rather large for a bronzer, and the rounded top makes this less than stackable, which may cause it to take up space, depending on how you organize your stash.
 This line of bronzers contain 0.46 oz of product, which is more than average (0.35 oz). I was able to find the whole range of Color Icon bronzers at my local drugstore, being sold for about $3.99 USD. So it’s not an arm and a leg, but considering it’s poor color payoff and powderiness, I find that it isn’t even worth that cheap of a price. Wet ‘n’ Wild is cruelty-free and often vegan-friendly. It’s parent company, Markwins, is also PETA-certified cruelty-free and do not test on animals or sell in China.

Color: 1/5
Wear: 1/5
Formula: 2/5
Packaging: 3/5
Price: 2/5
Wow Factor: 2/5
Overall: 1.8 (F)
Recommend: No. This product is sheer, not long-wearing, and generally useless. There are both better bronzers and setting powders out there to justify purchasing this product.

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Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation Review

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I have to confess: I don’t wear foundation. I pretty much never put it on, unless it’s a really special occasion, and even then, I’m likely to just skip it. But being a blogger, I didn’t want to overlook a product that is important to many women, so I decided to test the more comfortable foundation of the two I own. Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation is an excellent choice now that the weather is really heating up. This product is made without oils. The foundation is designed to “allow skin’s natural highs and lows to shine through” and be a “translucent base” with “natural coverage.” When it comes to these claims, Fit Me! does not disappoint.
However, the thing to keep in mind here is the coverage. It goes on very, very sheer. This will soften undereye circles a touch, but won’t neutralize freckles (I imagine it won’t do a thing for acne coverage, either). While the product can be built up to light-medium coverage, it’s just not meant to hide flaws on the skin (so if you’re looking to hide anything-freckles, pimples, dark circles, scars, etc) this will ultimately disappoint you. However, if you have relatively flawless skin, or don’t mind a little show-through, this may be just what you’re looking for. Fit Me! does brighten the skin and evens out any sallowness, providing a fresher (yet very natural) look.
This foundation does not come with a pump; the product can be applied most hygienically by slowly pouring a dab of product onto the back of your hand, then dipping a brush or fingers into the product you’ve set aside. The foundation has a liquid formula, and while being made without oil, it does have a slightly “oily” feel in it’s texture. It’s a runnier product, but it doesn’t feel at all greasy on the face. The lightweight feel of this formula is very refreshing: it certainly does feel like your skin can “breathe.” 
Fortunately, the wear of this product is satisfactory (a full 8 hours), which is surprising, considering the foundation looks very subtle. I had no problem with oxidizing, caking, or separating at any point in the wear. I think the lightness of the makeup is what sets it apart from competing products-it really does feel so natural and comfortable to wear. (The trade off, unfortunately, is the compromised coverage). 
I found the packaging quite cute, and a little sleeker than what I’m used to seeing at the drugstore. The foundation comes in a rectangular glass bottle with a square, black plastic cap. The label that says “Fit Me!” is a sticker, and will begin to peel over time, but the number on the glass that denotes the shade is printed on and won’t rub off. Also, if you like to apply your face makeup with your fingers, any residue will transfer onto the cap and stain, so wipe them clean first. Each jar comes with 1 fluid oz of product, which is average. Maybelline products are widely available at almost all drugstores and Ulta outlets, for a reasonable price ($7.99 USD). Unfortunately, the color options are somewhat limited with this range of makeup-sadly, dark skinned beauties may not be able to find a color match with the options presently available. Maybelline is owned by L’Oreal, a brand notorious for it’s animal testing policy. 
Color: 4/5
Wear: 5/5
Formula: 5/5
Packaging: 5/5
Price: 4.5/5
Wow Factor: 3/5
Overall: 4.4 (B+)
Recommend: Yes, to a very niche consumer, looking for brightness or a simple base more than she’s looking for coverage. I gave the formula 5/5, as it lived up to it’s “natural coverage” claim, but Fit Me! feels more like a runny BB cream than a true foundation.
Maybelline products are available at drugstores, mass-retailers like Target, and at specialty shops, like Ulta.

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