New from Maybelline

Maybelline recently released a bunch of new products to their line and right off the bat, I want to let you know I was very impressed! Lately, some of the larger drugstore brands have been kind of lacking in my opinion, especially Maybelline. But, I'm excited to announce that their new releases have redeemed my love for their brand!

I'm always on the hunt for a gorgeous blush palette and this one screamed my name. Butttt, I wasn't as impressed as I hoped to be! I'm probably just too fair for this palette, but the blushes in here are just SO pigmented my cheeks always end up looking like a clown. Plus the formula is kind of dry and the formula doesn't blend out very well. The only shade I can kind of use is the light corally shade towards the end of my photo.

I was pumped to try this foundation because I adore the L'Oreal coushion foundation! I'm happy to report that I also love this one, but for different reasons. Unlike the L'Oreal version's super dewy finish, this foundation has a satin to matte finish that makes it pretty wearable for most skin types. The bulk of my face is a dry desert, but my forehead gets pretty oily throughout my day. This foundation is one of just a few that looks flawless on all parts of my face, dry or oily! As for the coverage, I was also very shocked. I expected it to have light to medium coverage, but I would place it more medium to full. It easily covers up all my redness and discoloration!

So I'm not 100% sure if this product is new or not?? It was in a display that said "new" but I'm pretty sure this product has been around for a while. I'm guessing it's just a new shade. Overall, I think this is okay. It's nothing too special, but does have a very pretty color that enhances shadows on top nicely. Would I purchase again? No. I prefer cream to liquid but if you love liquid shadows this may be the product for you!

I've said it before, and I'm going to say it again. I am a bit of a mascara snob (for lack of better terms). My favorite mascaras are almost always from high end brands, but Maybelline stole the show on this one. At first I had a bit of a love-hate relationship with it, the first few times I wore it my top lashes felt almost sticky. But, after several wears that glitch went away and now I absolutely LOVE this mascara! It gives the perfect amount of volume to both my top and bottom lashes and doesn't look clumpy at all, even with a ton of coats. Plus, the waterproof version lasts on my bottom lashes all day long without a problem. I honestly haven't used another mascara once in the last two months.

I saw so excited when I saw Maybelline released a bunch of new single shadows for a SUPER affordable price! These babies are just $2.99 a piece!! One of my biggest gripes with the more mainstream drugstore brands like Maybelline, Revlon, L'Oreal, etc. these days is that their products are getting to be pretty pricey. Most single shadows from other brands are at least $5 a pop! No thank you! Anyway, these affordable singles are getting pretty mixed reviews. The formula is far from consistent throughout the range. But, if you do your research ahead of time to find out which shadows are best I think these little guys are super worth your three bucks.

After watching a video on youtube about the range (check out Tati from Glam Life Guru!) I picked up four colors and overall I'm impressed! The deep brown shade, Made for Mocha is a gorgeous matte tone, perfect for deepening the outer corner of the crease. It's a little on the dry side, but still blends out very nicely so I'm not complaining! Next up is The Glo Down, a gorgeous gold with hints of champagne. This shimmer formula is SUPER soft to the touch and really packs the pigment! It's definitely my favorite shade! I also picked up the bright blue shade, Acid Rain. This one disappointed me. It's a shimmer formula, but unlike The Glo Down this shade feels dry to the touch and blends out pretty patchy, lacking the pigment I expected from such a bright blue. I do think it's workable, but overall it's not my favorite. And finally the shade NY Silver. I loveeee this! It's seriously the most perfect, metallic silver shade I've ever used. It's super creamy to the touch and applies with so much shine and pigment.

Maybelline is known to have some of the best lipsticks at the drug store, so when they came out with a nudes line, I had to pick up a couple! I went for the shades Almond Rose and Toasted Truffle. And I have officially fallen in love with both!! Almond Rose is a pinkier nude perfect for Spring and Toasted Truffle is a deep mauve with brown-ish hues. The formula of these lipsticks is incredibly creamy and comfortable to wear, but still dries to a semi-matte finish. Plus, they last ages on the lips! I can't wait to pick up a few more from the collection.

What's your favorite new product from Maybelline?

XX,

Shannon

New at the Drug Store: Wet n' Wild

Helloooo Loves!

I hope you all are having a great week! Today I want to continue with my next "new at the drugstore" post featuring Wet n' Wild. They recently released a TON of new products and of course, I just had to pick up a few things. (Okay..maybe a little more than a "few") Let's get into it!!


Photofocus Foundation

The claim to fame behind this $5.99 product is that it has been tested under 7 types of light, ensuring no flashback. Even  with this wonderful claim I still was unfortunately unimpressed with this foundation. As for the packaging, I feel like it looks really professional and high end for such an affordable option. My only complaint would be that it doesn't have a pump. MAJOR BUMMER!  The formula itself is really watery, which is actually very nice, because it allows for light to medium coverage, depending on how much you build it up. My main heat with this foundation is that it smells like paint and chemicals. As I apply it to my face I just immediately feel grossed out because of the smell!

Even as I did try to look past the smell I still struggled with the way the product sat on my skin. It broke up all around my forehead and cheeks each time I've worn it so far. I'm still going to play around with it and try to find a way to make it work, because so many bloggers/youtubers love it and it's only $5.99!! But so far I'm not super impressed. (If you guys have tried it let me know how you apply/tips and tricks. I really want to make this work!!)

Mega Cushion Hilight Illuminator and Soft Matte Lip Cream

Following suit with many other brands who have jumped on the cushion makeup trend, Wet n' Wild released several products in a their new Mega Cushion line. I picked up the highlight and one of their lip creams in the shade Melon it Like it is. The product formula is what really counts here, but does anyone else think this looks like kid's makeup? I know it's supposed to be cute but I honestly feel like this design just made their products look like they should be alongside Lip Smackers (no beef with lip smackers!).

But in terms of the actual products, I love the highlighter! If you're unfamiliar with the concept of a cushion product, this highlight is cream formula placed within a sponge like material within the container. Many people use their fingers or a beauty blender to apply products in this form and these type of products allow for really natural looks. This specific highlight is SO gorgeous. It has a slight pink reflect, but still looks really natural on the skin and gives the perfect "glow from within".  Also, I really want to try the bronzer  (I've heard GREAT things), but it looks so dark #palegirlprobs.

As for the lipstick...I have nothing good to say. I'm sorry Wet n Wild! I love you, but this lipstick has zero pigment and the ball shaped applicator makes it impossible to apply. Plus, what I expected to be a pretty rusty red is actually the most unflattering shade of orange. Sorry!!

Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks

And then, there are these liquid lipsticks. Folks, we no longer have to pay an arm and a leg to buy a liquid lipstick with great pigment and a long-lasting, comfortable formula. These new lipsticks are under $5 and are quickly gaining a spot on my favorites list. There are so many good things to say, where do I start!? The packaging is really durable and cute. I also LOVE the applicator! It looks like your typical doe-foot at first glance, but it has a slight dip in the middle, allowing it to hug the lip perfectly when applying product.

The shade range of these is also really nice. If you're into super unique shades you may be disappointed, but as for the trendy mauves, nudes and berries, there's a great range!  Finally, as I previously mentioned, the formula is fantastic and lasts forever on the lips. It's not too watery and also not too moussey. I think they did a great job finding the perfect in-between! Being 100% honest if I think about it, they can be slightly drying on the lips. But, not to the point where I can't handle wearing them for extended periods of time. Plus, if you exfoliate and apply balm regularly you shouldn't have an issue!

Gel Lip Liners

I just want to get my first thought out of the way and say these are the CREAMIEST lip liners I have ever used!! Wet n' Wild is ON POINT with their lip products lately (besides the cushion lippie...)! For just a few dollars you can pick up these incredibly comfortable, creamy and  long wearing  twist-up liners. My only complaint is that they're really hard to find in store, and there is only a few shades in the range! (Or at least that I can find!) I have the shades Never Petal Down, which is a nice muted pink shade and Plum Together, which is clearly a berry/plum tone. They both apply beautifully to the lips and match well with many colors in my collection.

Have you tried anything from Wet n' Wild's new releases? Let me know your thoughts!

XX,

Shannon

P.S. I'm sorry about the lack of swatches :( If there's sunshine tomorrow I will try to add in some pics!!