I’m a divil for a concealer. I had a Revlon voucher from Boots so I took the opportunity to check out their Colorstay Under Eye Concealer. I used it every day for a week before writing this review – just to give it a fair chance.
My thoughts after a week of testing:
Shade range Not great. There are only 5 shades, ranging from Fair to Medium-deep. The latter is still light. I bought 02 which is a little lighter than my skintone.
Applicator / Application I’m not mad on applicators like this. I would prefer to dab the product on with a doe foot applicator and then use a fluffy brush to blend it in. I feel this applicator doesn’t add enough product or it blobs out. It’s easy to blend into the skin.
Packaging Awful, you’ll never get the entire product out. The lid also got really messy. And I can’t help but wonder how much product is lost in the applicator mechanism.
Would I repurchase? No. That’s not to say others won’t like it, it just didn’t do enough for me. It also creased on me and looked a little cakey.
Would I recommend? I couldn’t after my experience with this product. I’m sure that are plenty of people who like this concealer but unfortunately I’m not one of them. Revlon is expensive in Ireland for a grocery brand (icky term isn’t it) and I can’t help but feel that if you added a few extra euro you could buy something better quality. In the US Revlon is less than half the price so I wouldn’t mind testing their products but I think Irish girls would be wiser to put their money towards something better.
Have you tried this? Any concealer recommendations?
I packed Chanel Pro Lumiere for my trip to Chicago. When I got there, the low humidity and -20 degree temperatures meant that my delicate Irish skin needed about three layers of moisturiser to look human. Unfortunately Pro-Lumiere did not adapt well to these extra layers.
I decided to buy something cheap and cheerful in Target to get me through the rest of the trip. I settled on Revlon Photoready, which I love.
It only cost me $9 in the Target which is about €6.50! Holy moly it’s expensive here in Ireland, three times the price.
That being said we have a major benefit that here in Europe that they don’t have in the US. We have testers. I didn’t realise how difficult it would be to choose an appropriate shade without testers. At least in the US when someone buys the wrong shade, opens and tests it they can still return it – that isn’t acceptable here. Boo hoo!
Anways, I settled on shade 004 Nude which seemed to have a yellow base rather than a pink. When I got back to my hotel room and tested the foundation it about two shades too light. I had to get the metro to the nearest Target so I wasn’t about to head back over $9.
All of this made me realise that I really miss having Photoready in my collection. I’m going to Boots tomorrow to test the shades they have and settle on one that suits my skin right now. The Natural Beige shade I wore in the Autumn is now far too dark. Maybe Nude will suit me in a month or two when my skin lightens a little more.
Do you like Photoready? What foundation are you using now?
Before I went away I ordered a few lip products on ebay. Three of them arrived in this mornings post and I felt the need to share them with the world – Ok, so maybe not the world, rather the beauty junkies who inhabit it :)
Did I branch out and try something exciting? No, in fact these three are pretty similar but I know you will understand.
Yes, they are all nude shades. At least I branched out and got different tones. Ha!
Revlon Colourstay Lipstick 350 Smooth Nude – A pinky peach. It’s creamier than Nude Attitude and a little sheerer. For me it’s also more wearable than Nude Attitude.
Revlon Colorstay Mineral Lipgloss 520 Unlimited Nectar – A true peach with very fine peach reflects (smells like peaches too!)
Revlon Beyond Natural Cream Gloss 110 Peach – A creamy pigmented true peach. Review to follow but for the moment let me just say that I love this!
Here are some preliminary (crappy) swatches
Revlon is my favourite “drugstore” brand for lip products – I know we don’t use the term drugstore over here but there is not equivalent that does not contain the word ‘grocery’.
I like ordering Revlon from Ebay because it’s way too overpriced in Ireland. In total I spent €9.50 including shipping for these three. I ordered them from different sellers and all three came from the US.
Reviews to follow!
What is your favourite brand for buying affordable lip products?
This weekend I decided to set myself a drugstore make-up challenge. I only allowed myself wear products that I bought in Boots, Superdrug and CVS. I wanted to keep it quite natural. Here is the look I settled on:
and the look…
No 17 Get Even Foundation in Natural
Beauty UK Palette No 2
Eco Tools Brushes
Rimmel Recovery Concealer
Maybelline Mousse Blush: Peach
Prestige Sun Minerals in St Tropez
Prestige Sun Minerals Highlight
Bourjois Blanc Diaphine
Natural Collection Lip Liner in Almond
Annabel Eye Liner
Revlon Sable Eye shadow
Wet n Wild Mega Shine
I really enjoy using the Beauty UK Palette. I applied the orange shade to the lid and the aqua under my eye. I used Revlon Sable in the crease to blend out the orange and Bourjois No 40 on the inner corner of my eye. I think the No 17 foundation requires a post of it’s own.
My make-up lasted as long as it usually does with more expensive products. I’m converted. For today anyway!
I am often asked about what make-up to buy if you’re on a tight budget. I get asked this question so often from Irish ladies that I decided to dedicate a blog post to it.
Let me start by saying that I don’t think there is any one great drugstore brand. I tend to pick and choose from each brand. After much testing (haha) I have decided that each brand has their strengths and weaknesses; for example Natural Collection make great lipsticks but poor eye-shadows. Revlon is my overall favourite drugstore/pharmacy make-up brand. However, it is more expensive in Ireland (colourstay costs €17! Add a few euro to that and you could buy yourself a high end foundation)
Concealer: Essence Trio, Maybelline
Nail Polish: Essence, Rimmel
Powder: Rimmel Silky Loose Powder
Lipgloss: Essence, Bourjois 3D
Foundation: Revlon, Boots 17, Rimmel, Max Factor
Blush: Collection 2000
Mascara: Collection 2000 (purple tube) if you’re after Dior Show but can’t afford it. Maybelline Lash Stilleto is my favourite.
Lip Liner: Natural Collection
Eyebrow Pencil: Rimmel
Eye liner: Loreal
Highlight: Prestige Sun Baked Bronzer
Bronzer: Prestige Sun Baked Bronzer , Barry M, Rimmel, Natural Collection
Eye-shadows: Ok this is the one area I recommending spending a little more. I am happy to buy cheaper brands for most make-up items, but not eyeshadow. The reason for this is that they tend not to be very pigmented or long lasting. I do love Barry M Dazzledusts though.
I have become quite the nail polish addict lately. It could be just one of my phases but I’ve been changing my polish daily over the past few weeks.
Today’s choice is Revlon Purple Petal. I’ll show you the colour before I do a quick review..
I love the colour. It’s the perfect shade of purple for Winter. It brightens up my day!
The product itself is quite expensive for a drugstore polish (€9 in Ireland) but it is quite a large bottle. The consistency is great and it is very easy to apply without making too much of a mess. I applied two coats. It also dried quite quickly.
The downside is the chipping. This polish definitely needs a top coat. I’ve been using quite a lot of Rimmels long lastin polishes lately and haven’t needed to use a topcoat at all. Not so with the polish.
I love the colour range Revlon provides but as for the longetivity of the polishes, I don’t think so!
I’ve been wanting to buy this Revlon nail polish for months! I saw it in Cosmopolitan Magazine in February and I loved it. However, when I went into Boots to get it, it looked insanely bright under the harsh lights and I chickened out!
I’ve had it in my hand at least 6 times since then and always put it back on the shelf.
Yesterday I decided to give in and just buy it and I love it!! :) Perfect for summer! It’ll be perfect on Holiday!
UV Filter Hair Spray is essential for anyone who doesn’t eant their hair to lighten in the sun but especially for those with coloured hair. Coloured hair has already been damaged by chemicals and is prone to dryness so it’s probably best to avoid any further sun damage.
Here are my two favourites:
Redken UV Rescue Blonde Guard
Schwarzkopf Bonacure Sun UV Protection Spray
I love the Avon UV Filter Sprays too! They’re in the perfume section. I bought one last week that’s scented like their Tahitian perfume…Yummy!!
I always use a separate SPF for my face. My favourite is Ambre Solaire Hydrating Protecting Cream for the face spf 15 or 30. I also love Avon Face Sun cream and Piz Buin (oil free)Make sure ut mentions both UVA and UVB protection on the bottle!
To avoid the Monica frizz hair I mentioned :) …I love John Frieda Anti-Humidifier Spray and Frizz Ease (they now sell a mini bottle for travelling)
MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer
MAC Powerpoint eyeliner in Engraved – Waterproof!!