Fresh Faced Spring Makeup: L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation Review

IMG_4663Spring weather seems like it’s finally going to make an appearance in New Jersey this week and I’m itching to wear some of spring’s newest trends (blog post to come on spring trends!) and try out some new looks. I purchased the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, also is it just me or are foundation names getting longer than texts from your Mom? Anyway, I wanted to review this probably 3 weeks ago but I still couldn’t determine how I felt about it. So after week of trying this out I have a verdict! Read on below for the review and as always this drugstore makeup look.

Review

So cushion foundations are all the rage right now, this spring is definitely stepping out of the matte looks we’ve been seeing for the past two years. This cushion foundation is light to medium coverage, as are most cushion foundations. It features a puff applicator that may be useful for touch-ups throughout the day, but I didn’t like the way it applied my foundation. This foundation is on the pricier side for a drugstore foundation at $16.99 and you only get 0.52 oz of product, whereas you normally get 1 oz for most foundations. There’s also 12 shades, but if you are extremely fair you may have a hard time as I did. There isn’t a standard N1 or W1 like the original True Matches which I find to be frustrating. But, N2 works okay for me when I blend it out.

I’ve found that the best way to apply this foundation is with a Real Techniques sponge, rather than a brush or the puff applicator. I can build it easiest this way; this foundation will only build to a medium coverage so keep that in mind. For being a “lumi” foundation this formula dries my skin out like crazy, even with a moisturizer or primer underneath. This is why it took so long for me to test because I wanted to make sure another product wasn’t drying out my skin! I also typically don’t have sensitive skin, but this gave my skin tiny textured bumps (they go away after a day or so, but still not thrilled). I’m not saying this won’t work for your skin type, but I really, really wanted to like this and I just can’t with the way my skin is reacting.

I think I can use it up, but I will not repurchase. I personally think Maybelline’s Dream Matte Hydrating Foundation is  better value and more hydrating, with better coverage. Or if you love L’Oreal’s foundations go with the original True Match Lumi, which is an old favorite of mine. An overall score for me is 5/10. Let me know your favorite cushion foundations because I think they’re great for spring and summer!

Makeup Look

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Moisturizer: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel SPF15 (found mine at Walgreens in-store; can’t find on their website).

Foundation: L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation in N2 Classic Ivory

Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair 

Powder: Maybelline Master Fix Setting Powder 

Brows: Maybelline Brow Define and Fill Duo in Deep Brown (just used pencil side) and Maybeline Master Brow Drama Palette in Deep Brown to fill in. Set with NYX Brow Mascara in Espresso

Eyeshadows:

  • Crease: NYX Matte Shadow Dance the Tides and Milani Earthy Elements Palette 3rd shade (orange color) in the outer crease.
  • Lid: Dance the Tides in the outer lid, wit Earthy Elements Palette 2nd shade (camel brown) on the center and inner lid.
  • Browbone: 1st shade (frosty beige) Milani palette.
  • Lower lashline: Orange and camel shades mixed.

Eyeliner: Top: Jordana Cat Eyeliner in Black Brown. Bottom: Maybelline Gel Pencil Liner in Glazed Toffee.

Mascara: L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black with Maybelline the Rocket on top (an oldie but a goodie)

Blush: Colourpop Supershock Cheek in Bonus (discontinued) similar Holiday.

Highlighter: Colourpop Highlighter in Wisp (on tops of cheeks, bridge of nose and cupid’s bow).

Lips: Lipliner: Jordana Easy Liner in Sedona Red. Lipstick: Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Cozy (review of these coming soon!).

Top: Marshall’s.

Fun Fact: Look created while throwing it back to Fall Out Boy’s Under the Cork Tree

 

 

 

Dreaming in the Drugstore: New Maybelline Product Reviews

 

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Hi loves! Sorry I haven’t gotten a Best of 2015 up yet, I was away last week and had a ton to catch up on, but you will know my must-haves very soon! Today I’m reviewing some new Maybelline drugstore products I’ve been testing for about 3 weeks. January brought a slew of new products, I’m also on the hunt for the new L’Oreal Cushion foundation in my shade, but today I have Maybelline’s new Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation, the Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color, Brow Define and Fill Duo and FaceStudio Master Fix and Setting Powder. Boy, was that a mouthful. I also have a full drugstore glam makeup look below. Read on makeup mavens!

 

Reviews

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating FoundationI found this foundation in the drugstore about 3 weeks ago, and as I mentioned in a post in December I’ve been on the hunt for a new drugstore foundation. I used to use Maybelline’s Dream Mousse and Fit Me Dewy and Smooth foundations, but while I loved the coverage, I always got dry patches on my nose. Anyway, I decided to give this a go. At first it was difficult for me to pick a shade: the two lightest are Warm Porcelain and Porcelain Ivory. I went with Warm Porcelain as it didn’t look as pink on the packaging. I will say putting this on my hand it looked way too warm at first, but it blends right into my skin color once it dries down. The consistency of this is thick and very much like a squeezed mousse, and unlike any foundation I’ve ever tried. It truly is what the name says though: it’s a hydrating matte foundation. I’ve had no issues with this drying my skin out and the coverage is medium to full and it last about 8 hours without a primer. I think I’ve found my new favorite drugstore foundation! 9.5/10

  • Best tool for this foundation: It Brushes for Ulta Airbrush Buffing Foundation Brush #110  (I definitely prefer a buffing brush to a Beauty Blender with this product)
  • Price: $10.99
  • Ounces: 1 oz
  • Okay to set with powder: Yes
  • Staying powder: 8-10 hours
  • Coverage: Medium to full
  • Color selection: 12 colors (only one truly dark shade though)

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip ColorsSo like many other makeup lovers who see this, you probably think these are Maybelline’s versions of liquid lipsticks, like Colourpop’s Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks or Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks, they are not a true liquid lipstick. These lipsticks are a creamy consistency hat have a satin-matte finish. They never dry down, so they do transfer. I bought the colors 5 Nude Thrill and 50 Possessed Plum. I have to say I love love love Nude Thrill. I think the color is stunning, and I personally like the creaminess, it’s like a matte lipgloss. The coverage for Nude Thrill is medium-full and it doesn’t feel uncomfortable to build. Possessed Plum on the other hand is a different story. This colors moves on your lips as you swipe so you can never get a full coverage without seeing your lip color come through. It takes about 4-5 swipes to get a mostly opaque color but as this product transfers it’s hard to wear. It may be okay if you wear it over a lipstick.These are also extremely perfumey. I am curious to try another deeper shade, just to see if the Possessed Plum is an exception, but overall I’d give these a 6.5/10.

  • Shades: 10
  • Price: $7.99
  • Coverage: Medium
  • Size: .26 oz
  • Perfumey scent
  • Cream consistency

Maybelline Brow and Fill DuoThis product is a hybrid of a brow pencil similar to Anastasia’s Brow Wiz and a powder. This is the only product I’ve ever found like it on the market. At first, I didn’t love the powder, as it seems like it doesn’t really come out, and I also don’t love this doesn’t have a spooley but really they have no where to put one. The pencil end runs out pretty quick and starts out longer than it should meaning it will probably break off. The thing is, I love the actually product. I think the powder gives my brows a natural finish unlike any other powder. It’s probably because of the domed end it comes out of, it’s not as harsh as using a angled brush. I also really like the pencil end, it defines nicely and creates natural strokes. So I’m torn, I really like this product but the pencil end mechanically causes a lot of problems that may make this a product that’s frustrating and you’ll have to replace often. 7/10

  • Shades: 4
  • Price: $7.99
  • Pencil and domed end which distributes powder

Maybelline FaceStudio Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder: I haven’t used this product too long, and as you have probably realized I’m pretty married to Revlon’s Aqua Ready translucent powder, but this is a close second. I think this powder is very similar to more high-end powders like the Make Up Forever Translucent powder. It’s very finely milled and doesn’t leave a white residue. I think this powder is perfect for all skin types but especially someone with oily/combo skin. If you have been on the hunt for a good drugstore translucent powder, I think this is it! 9.5/10

  • Shades: 1 (Translucent)
  • Price: $9.99
  • Size: .21 oz

Makeup Look

  • Primer: I ran out of my usual drugstore primer, but would use Loreal Magic Lumi Primer normally
  • Foundation: Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation in 05 Warm Porcelain
  • Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair (I also love NYX HD concealer but I ran out of that too)
  • Powder: Maybelline FaceStudio Powder
  • Brows: Maybelline Brow and Fill Duo in Deep Brown with NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette to set
  • Eyeshadows:  
    • Crease- NYX Matte Shadow in Maybe Later.
    • Lid- L’Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Sunset Seine (this look a lot more orange online, it’s like a golden color in person)
    • Outer Lid- Colourpop Supershock shadow in Lectra, which I also used on the lower lashline and outer crease. (It looks like this is sold out but you can use Porter or Leopard for a similar effect).
    • Browbone and inner corner: Morphe 35O shimmer beige shade. You can use any shimmering highlight shade for the same effect.
  • Eyeliners:
    • Liquid liner: Jordana Cat Eye Liner in Black Leather (I buy mine at Walgreens)
    • Waterline liner: L’Oreal Silkissime in Black
  • Lashes: Ardell Wispies (I believe these are a new style, they’re not the Natural or Glamour, the packaging says Wispies in red. Got at Walgreens)
  • Mascara: L’Oreal Carbon Black Telescopic
  • Blush: Mixed Milani Baked Blushes in Berry Amore and Dolce Pink
  • Highlighter: BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette second highlight in. I also love Phyiscians Formula highlighters and Maybelline MasterStudio highlighters.
  • Lips: 

Maybelline The Smokes Review and Makeup Look

Maybelline The Smokes Makeup Look The Smokes Palette I’ve been on a drugstore hunt for Maybelline’s Blushing Nudes Palette, but sadly my Walgreens was sold out. But instead I found Maybelline’s The Smokes. I don’t do a smokey eye often, and I know it’s difficult to get smokey shadows from the drugstore that blend well and have great pigment, so I picked up this 12 shadow palette. Below is a product info, review, swatches and a makeup look. Also I’ll have a surprise for you guys in the next week or so!

Review

Maybelline The Smokes

 

This palette retails between $9.99 and $12, the cheapest place to find is Ulta. The palette features 12-smokey eyeshadows, they’re all shimmering, but the shimmer comes off the brown and navy for a more matte look. It also comes with a sponge applicator but I’d use a brush. Verdict? Honestly, I’d skip this palette, yes the price is good, but the quality is pretty bad. You’ll be able to see in th swatches below, but these eyeshadows lacked pigment and were difficult to blend. I was able to get a nice look with a primer base, but I really had to build up on the lid. I’d give this palette a 4/10. If you want a smokey look for an affordable price, I’d look into L’Oreal’s La Nude Palettes. I have a review here.

Swatches

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Makeup Look

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Afforable Smokey Eye

Products:

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Dewy and Smooth Foundation Porcelain

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair/Neutral

Brows: NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Ash Brown, filled in with original Brow Bar to Go (can use any brown brow powder), set with Milani Clear Brow Gel

Eyeshadows: All Shadows Maybelline The Smokes Palette

  1. Base: NYX Eye Base in Skintone
  2. Crease: Maybelline The Smokes, Brown (1st shadow on bottom row)
  3. Lid: Lighter Teal (1st shadow on top row)
  4. Outer V and Lower lashline: Navy (5th shadow on bottom row)
  5. Inner lid and tearduct: Granite (3rd shadow on bottom row)
  6. Browbone: Light Bronze (4th shadow top row)

Mascara: L’Oreal Carbon Black Telescopic and Miss Manga mixed.

Eyeliner: L’Oreal Silkissime in Black on outer waterline and Gold on inner.

Face Highlight: Colourpop Cosmetics Butterfly Beach 

Blush: Milani Rose D’Oro

Bronzer: Physicians Formula Argan Wear Bronzer in Light 

Powder: Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder (this stuff has been a lifesaver for sweat and oil)

Lips: Jordana Tawny Lipliner with Maybelline Creamy Matte Daringly Nude Lipstick and NYX Butter Gloss in Fortune Cookie.

Drugstore Makeup Look: L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 Review

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The “nude/naked” eyeshadow trend has been done over and over again, ever since the launch of Urban Decay’s Naked palette which skyrocketed not only Urban Decay into Sephora stardom, as well a slew of  copycat makeup palettes. The Naked 1 became a staple for me,but at $54 it’s a big hit to the wallet. I’ve skipped out on many of the similar palettes over the years, such asMaybelline, LORAC and Smashbox, but after seeing Carli Bybel using L’Oreal’s La Palette Nude 2 I wanted to try theirs (a late night after work drugstore run might have also led to this impulse buy too).  A comparison, review, swatches and drugstore makeup look are below.

L’Oreal released two nude palettes, at $19.99 a piece, I was a bit shocked by the price, as Maybelline’s The Nudes pallete as only $9.99. The L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 comes with a small brush and sponge; I purchased mine at Walgreens.  The one above is #1 and features warmer tones similar to the Naked palette, the #2 palette is cooler and similar to Urban Decay’s Naked 2. I went for #1 as I use my Naked way more than the Naked 2. Below is a comparison between Urban Decay’s and L’Oreal’s take on the natural shadow look.

Comparison

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This palette features 10 shades, whereas the Naked palette features 10. You get three matte shades (1 cool and 2 warm) and only get two in the original Naked palette. The mirror on the L’Oreal palette is much larger than the Naked mirror, but the Naked brush is much nicer than the L’Oreal option. The L’Oreal features two highlighting shades, the Naked has one. But the Naked palette offers more diverse colors including a purple, pink, slate and black, whereas L’Oreal’s features mostly warm toned browns and golds.

 Review

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The La Palette Nude 1 is a great affordable option for anyone looking to start out in makeup (high school and college students, I’m looking at you!). I also think this palette is awesome if you don’t want to dig into your more expensive palettes. Even though I’ve owned my Naked palettes for a few years, I hate using them everyday because those suckers are expensive! I think the three matte shadows in this palette really convinced me, as it’s really hard to find good matte eyeshadows at the drugstore. The palette and the 2nd version, features all the colors you could want in a warm or cool toned palette. I personally like that this palette is not complicated with random colors. You could use this for day or evening, so it’s perfect for travelling. I will say the colors are a bit chalky, but I didn’t have fallout and was able to blend. I give it a score or 9/10. I think this will become my new everyday staple, even though I adore my Naked palettes. They wore well with an eyeshadow base for 8-10 hours. P.S. I wish these shadows were named. I think it’s a bit lazy to not name makeup, but maybe that’s the writer in me.

Swatches

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From left to right in palette, not named, are numbered from 1-10.

Makeup Look

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Products: All drugstore, expect the brows (working on getting some drugstore products for those, but I’ll have drugstore options below)

Foundation: L’Oreal Infalliable Pro-Matte Foundation in Classic Ivory

Concealer: NYX Conceal, Correct and Contour Palette in Light (don’t love this for concealing, I’d use NYX HD Photoready, but I ran out!) and Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighting Pen in Fair

Contour: NYX Conceal, Correct and Contour Palette in Light, I used the darkest shade #4 for my nose, forehead, chin and cheeks. Set with Maybelline Master Bronzer in 310 Weekend Bronze, this was limited edition, sorry guys! Similar: Rimmel London Natural Bronzer 

Powder: L’Oreal True Match Mineral Powder in Soft Ivory

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, filled in with Brow Bar To Go Powder (original palette) and set with Maybelline Eyestudio Brow Drama Scupting Brow Mascara in Deep BrownOther options: NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Brunette and their Eyebrow Cake Powder in Brunette.

Eyes: L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 used for all shadows.

  • Base: NYX Eye Base in Skin Tone
  • Crease: Number 5, 6 on the outer crease.
  • Lid: Number 4 and number 7 on the outer half of the lid.
  • Inner corner: Number 2
  • Browbone: Number 1
  • Lower lashline: Number 7 with a bit of number 4 in the middle
  • Eyeliner: L’Oreal Silkissime Liner in Gold with a bit of L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Kohl Liner in Brown on the outer lid.
  • Mascara: L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black and L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

Blush: Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro

Highlight: Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Illuminator in Bare Light with Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Miami Glow over top.

LipsLiner: Jordana Cosmetics Rock ‘n’ Rose.  Lipstick: Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Daringly Nude. Gloss: NYX Butter Gloss in Fortune Cookie.

Shirt and Necklace: American Eagle and Forever 21 (a few years ago for both) Similar: AEO Soft and Sexy Baby T-Shirt (almost identical) Forever 21 Snake Chain Choker.

 

Rebel Review: New Maybelline Products

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Photo taken by me, wearing Maybelline Rebel Bloom lipstick in Rose Rush

Hi guys, I’m finally reviewing some products, something I’ve always wanted to do on the blog, and this time of year is perfect. My local Walgreens (which is dangerously close to my house, within walking distance actually), has had an influx of new products in the last month. The first new releases that caught my eye were the Maybelline Rebel Bloom lipsticks, I’ve always loved Maybelline lipsticks, so I knew I had to test out some of these funky and vibrant shades which are perfection for spring. The collection includes 10 shades, including nudes, pinks, purples and coral/red shades. They retail for $7.49 a piece, but most drugstores have a buy one get one 50% off deal. I picked up two shades, because lets be real I’m ballin’ on a budget after the holidays. I also picked up the new Master Conceal in Fair, the new Lashsensational Mascara and one of their new Color Elixir Iridescent lipgloss in Mystical Magenta. Continue on for reviews and swatches of all the products mentioned above.

Rebel Bloom Lipstick Review

Photo taken by me  Wearing Rebel Bloom lipstick in Orchid Ecstasy
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Wearing Rebel Bloom lipstick in Orchid Ecstasy

I had very high hopes for both lipsticks, Rose Rush and Orchid Ecstasy, as I love love love Maybelline’s Colorsensational line. I personally think their lipsticks are more pigmented and long-lasting than many high-end brands. These lipsticks have a semi-shine finish, glided on easily and offered decent pigmentation. I wore Rose Rush for 8 hours at work and even after eating the lipstick left a nice corally/red stain on my lips. This lipstick I felt performed better than Orchid Ecstasy which I had to put 2 coats of color on to get the pigment I wanted. Don’t get me wrong it is pigmented, but not the BAM in your face purple I wanted in one swipe. Orchid Ecstasy wore well too, and lasted for about 4 hours. Overall I would say these are nice spring lipstick colors, that you can’t find in many other drugstore lines, if any, for the price. I’d give them a B+, whereas I’d give the other Maybelline Colorsensational lines an A, but still a great lipstick. I’m interested in trying more shades, especially Lilac Flush. P.S. Jordana lipliners in Silver Lilac and Sedona Red go perfect with these.

Color Elixir Review 

Photo taken by me Wearing Color Elixir in Mystical Magenta
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Wearing Color Elixir in Mystical Magenta

The Maybelline Color Elixir’s have always had a nice formula, not sticky and fairly pigmented. I feel they get a bit goopy over lipstick, in the picture above I’m wearing it alone, but on their own they are a nice gloss. These lipglosses are $8.99, and personally I’m not in love. This particular color had okay color payoff and tiny sparkles (the sparkles were not gritty, but nice), but nothing that had me running out to buy five more. I’d give it a C, but I’d buy the Revlon HD Lip Lacquers instead, which have more pigment and can be layered over a lipstick, also they’re $7.99.

Swatches

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From left to right: Rose Rush, Orchid Ecstasy and Mystical Magenta. All of these pictures are unedited and true to color.

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Rose Rush, Mystical Magenta and Orchid Fantasy

Review Maybelline Master Conceal

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I did not have any hopes for this product, I love Maybelline’s Dream Lumi highlighting pens, but I’ve never been a huge fan of their concealer’s. But I wanted to try this out and I have to say, IT IS AMAZING. This concealer has more coverage than even my MAC Prolong Wear, and at $7.94, it’s a steal. Also the range features five colors, with warm and cool tones as well as two great darker shades. I will warn you, this stuff is thick, so a little goes a long way. I love this for covering redness or discoloration, but because it’s heavy I will probably use something else to highlight under the eyes and on my nose. But in a pinch it can be used anywear. I’d just use a tiny amount under the eyes. I love this on the sides of my nose most, which is where I have the most intense redness.

Review: Maybelline Lash Sensational 

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I’m going to come right out and say it: the only thing I like about this product is the pretty rose gold packaging. I hate the curved brush, it clumps and the product is difficult to build up on my eyelashes. Also this is not ideal for bottom lashes, it gets on my skin super easy. This product was around the $8 mark and I’d go with Maybelline’s the Rocket over this. I tried using this for a few days and grew to dislike it more and more, but it may work for someone with a different lash style. One of my friends loves it, but I went back to my old mascara.

*Sorry non of the products the new products have links, noone seems to be selling these online yet, but I found all of mine in Walgreens.