NARS Narsissist Eyeshadow Palette - $79
I think that it is gorgeous and way too expensive.
Let’s face it… we’re in a world FULL of neutral palettes. No matter the price point, brands are coming out with new brown-taupe-greige-rose gold eye palettes more often than I can count. There are a lot of gorgeous ones to choose from - it’s hard to go wrong with neutrals - and NARS definitely is a fantastic brand, for quality and aesthetic purposes. But eighty bucks? Eighty bucks is a lot of money. Yes, there are fifteen eyeshadows, but there are sixteen in my LORAC Pro Palette (my biggest recommendation for eye palette ever).
I was able to swatch this palette in-store, but after watching tons of YouTube reviews of it, I began to realize that the quality varies from palette to palette. There were just as many people raving about the buttery quality of the shadows as there were complaining about the powdery, cheap consistency. Creamy and powdery are very different in the world of eyeshadow, and unless you’re a complete dolt, you’ll be able to tell the difference when you’re swatching them. So this uncontrollable factor was the real icing on the cake that read “Hilary, you could get a lot of frozen yogurt for $80”.
Ooh, that’s a really hard question! They’re honestly so very similar, it’s difficult to say which one would be heavier. It also depends on what you mean by heavier… if you mean thicker-feeling on the skin, I might lean towards the Covergirl foundation. If you mean fuller coverage, I’d say Revlon. But the differences are so small!
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation - $10
This foundation has medium to full coverage, and a longwearing matte finish. It’s called “3-in-1” because it is a foundation, sunscreen, and supposedly a primer as well, which would eliminate the need for using multiple products. I think the “primer” aspect of the foundation is what makes it feel just a touch thicker on the skin, although I don’t necessarily see any primer benefit (to get the real benefits of a primer, use an actual primer as a layer before your makeup please!)
Revlon Colorstay Makeup (for Normal/Dry Skin or Combo/Oily Skin) - $10
This has been my Holy Grail drugstore foundation for years, although it has been getting some decent competition lately. It also has medium to full coverage that is very longwearing. It dries quickly, particularly the formulation for Combo/Oily skin, so you need to apply it quickly as well before it sets. In a wear test I found this to last longer on my skin than the Covergirl or Maybelline longwear foundations, although not by much. I like that there are two formulations, but I think that the Combo/Oily skin version is a bit better.
Hopefully this helped! Haha :)
Reader’s Choice - February ‘14 Beauty Hits & Misses!
I’ve always thought of DrugstorePrincess as a sort of beauty community - slash - online magazine, through which we could learn from one another. In an attempt to get back to my blogging roots, I thought, “what better way than to get my amazing readers to give me some of their thoughts?!” So much of DSP is myself giving you MY thoughts, and to be honest, my thoughts bore me sometimes. YOUR thoughts on the other hand, are exciting and brand new and fascinating to me. So thanks to some really amazing, kind, thoughtful readers of mine (who you will be able to meet later in this post), I have created this treat of a post for you. This Hits and Misses post for February 2014 is filled with YOUR thoughts on some of the hottest, newest, and coolest beauty products of the now… good AND bad! Enjoy, and look for MY Hits and Misses to come later!
First of all, congratulations! I hope all of your planning is going smoothly!
If you tend to get red, I’d recommend investing in a method to disguise redness on your chest and neck… you don’t want that to overshadow you in pictures on the big day! One option would be to get a light spray tan a bit before the wedding. The tint could help camouflage any nervous splotchiness!
Another option is to get yourself some kind of waterproof body makeup. These will even out your skin and make you look absolutely flawless, and will be unnoticeable as long as you get the proper color and/or blend it well. Professional makeup artists often use body makeup on brides who have discoloration - the trick is to get something that’s good enough so that it won’t transfer onto your dress. I’d recommend DermaBlend, or even Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs (the waterproof version).
If you would like to get something that will work for both your body and your face, try Make Up For Ever Face & Body. It has lightweight medium coverage that looks truly flawless, even on camera. These products might not be the cheapest but it’s worth it to splurge a bit to keep yourself looking gorgeous on your wedding day!
Beauty $plurge or Save!
As most of you know, the motto on DrugstorePrincess is “Beauty Advice for Every Budget”. Even though I started off as a strictly-pharmacy-brand blogger, my tastes, knowledge, and audience has expanded, and I’ve realized that in the world of cosmetics, it is good to both splurge and save. But which products are really worth the big money? Here I’ll give you a quick run-down on what categories are better to buy cheap or spend on.
Hi! Thank you so much, it’s so awesome having kind, loyal followers <3
Beauty gurus, makeup artists, and bloggers tend to use a certain kind of language that we never really explain! I know that I’m guilty of it, so I apologize to everyone if sometimes I use weird words when I’m describing products or looks! I definitely encourage all of you to just shoot me a quick message if you don’t know what I mean by a phrase or word, I’d be happy to private answer the meaning back to you!
Your question seems to revolve around different textures/finishes of the face. I’d say that the most common ones in this category are matte, dewy, satin, and natural. Matte finishes are completely shine-free. They are more flat, opaque, and almost powdery, with no shimmer or gleam to them. Dewy is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum - these finishes have high shine. Depending on what we were talking about, a dewy finish could also be described as creamy or glowing. If you think of a morning dew on the grass, you’ll imagine a wet, shimmery look - dewy finishes are similar when we discuss foundation or highlighter! Satin and natural tend to be the finishes that are right in the middle of dewy and matte. If we were talking about foundation, lets say, a natural finish would be one that looks just like skin.. something that doesn’t have a ton of shine, but isn’t flat or dull. Satin tends to be something that’s free of shimmer, glitter, or wet texture, but has a certain sheen to it that keeps it from being entirely matte!
I hope that helps you to envision these things a bit better! I also have a page on my blog that I never quite finished, but has a lot of similar information on it. I’ve called it my Beauty Glossary - find it at http://drugstoreprincess.com/glossary :)
Get Ready With Me: Quick & Easy Valentine’s Date Night Look
Ah, Valentine’s Day. A day for showing your love for one another, for spending copious amounts of money on chocolate and Hallmark cards, and for red, pink, and purple themed makeup. Hooray!
No matter your stance on V-Day, any beauty lover has to admit that the abundance of Valentine’s Day themed makeup looks all over the interweb is fantastic. I love pointless holidays for exactly that reason!
Even though Valentine’s isn’t really my “thang”, I do have a special someone to share the day with. A few days ago we decided to go out on a romantic adventure (which ended up being chicken fajitas at a sports bar), and I decided to document my “getting ready” process! I hope you enjoy this little tutorial!
- Too Faced “A Few of My Favorite Things” Eye and Cheek palette ($56, was Limited Edition for holiday. Try the Chocolate Bar palette instead!)
- Maybelline Color Tattoo “Too Cool” - $6
- Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Liquid Eyeliner - $8
- Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara - $21
- Esqido False Eyelashes “BFF” - $46
- NYX Retractable Lip Liner “Nude Pink” - $4
- NYX Butter Lip Gloss “Eclair” - $5
The only one available currently (that happens to be really good quality) is Wet n Wild “Pagan Angel”, from the Fergie collection. It’s one of their Perfect Pout lipsticks, so it has amazing pigmentation and opacity, and it’s actually a true black, unlike so many others!
Wet n Wild Perfect Pout Lip Color “Pagan Angel” - $3
I love that this lipstick has a comfortable cream finish that isn’t overly glossy, because I feel like I don’t always have to wear a lip liner with it (although with dark colors you probably should. I just use eyeliner.) It’s very nearly a dupe for Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artiste Intense lipstick #50!
January 2014 Beauty Hits & Misses!