Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Review

I recently went to my aunt’s fiftieth birthday party so I took the  opportunity to make some new purchases (one of which is this purple eyeshadow). Anyway, I haven’t done a review in ages so I thought I’d give you all my thoughts on it.

Makeup revolution purple heaven eyeshadow

 

Makeup Revolution seems to be, effectively, a rebranded version of MUA. Same philosophy, similar products, same cheap price – even the packaging looks the same!

MUA & Makeup Revolution packaging comparison - similar or no?!?
MUA & Makeup Revolution packaging comparison – similar or no?!?
Swatches: with Nivea Express Hydration Primer on the right, alone on the left
Swatches: with Nivea Express Hydration Primer on the right, alone on the left

 

Anyway, this shade is called Purple Heaven so I was expecting it to be a plain purple but it’s actually more of a shimmery-blue-purple-3D-effect colour, if you know what. I mean (which you probably don’t). It doesn’t show up that well swatched as it isn’t a particularly intense colour, as you can see, but it looks nice on the eye. I applied it in a wash and then put a bit more on the outer third of the lid which worked nicely as a highlight thing.

Considering this was £1 from Superdrug, I’d say that it was excellent for the price!

NYC Sky Rise Mascara

This was another surprisingly good yet cheap buy (it is just £1.99 from Superdrug). I’m not sure if it’s beachside my lack of experience therefore more generous reviews or extensive (cough, cough) internet research that I like to do before I buy anything, but this has proved to be another nice mascara.

Nyc sky rise mascara

The brush (wand?) looks a bit odd with its swirls but it doesn’t work that differently to a normal brush. What I love about it is that the stick part of the wand – you’ll have to excuse the names that I am giving all the parts – is that it’s longer than usual so it is a lot more comfortable to reach both the lower and upper lashes.

Nyc sky rise mascara hand and brush    NCAA sky rise mascara brush

The formula flakes and smudges a little on application but it seems to last well after that; there’s always something passable at the end of the day. It gives length (as suggested) but not much volume. It gives your lashes that spider-leg look after a couple of applications.

I would buy this mascara again. The good product and awesome price has won me over. I would rate it 4/5.

Is it Spring-like where you are? The weather’s not to good over here, sadly. Still, I have the holidays to look forward to!

Apple xx

Cheap ‘n’ Cheerful Drugstore Reviews #1

I don’t feel like reviews are at the top of my list for things to blog about, but, especially after Christmas, I have a lot of things to get down and review! If you noticed the ‘#1’ in the title, then I am indeed planning to do a second set of reviews that will be leaning into the bath/skincare/lip balm category. Or categories. The products I’ll be reviewing are MUA blusher, Witch Anti-Blemish BB Cream, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed powder.

Anyway, first up is two MUA blushers in the shades Bon Bon and Cupcake (£1 each).

Bon Bon, top; Cupcake, bottom
Bon Bon, top; Cupcake, bottom

The packaging looks nice, but it’s not particularly sturdy. Having said that, I dropped one on the floor and it didn’t crack at all. Personally, packaging isnt really a big issue for me unless it’s really bad or it’s really good. I do get tempted by nice packaging.

Bon Bon
Bon Bon

Bon Bon is a dusky rose shade more suited to medium skin tones (it didn’t suit my pale complexion very well!) but I like layering it with other blush if I’m in the mood. I think I could wear it as a more everyday blush when I’m a bit tanned. Still, it’s a beautiful shade with good pigmentation. The lasting power is okay; if you want it to last a long time then you should use a good primer.

Cupcake
Cupcake

Cupcake is more of a light-pink-brown-jack-of-all-trades shade. It isn’t as dark as Bon Bon, so I use it as an everyday blush. Because of it’s colour, the it doesn’t show up as much (or maybe it just doesn’t have as good pigmentation) so if you’re in a rush and accidentally apply a bit too much it doesn’t look so bad. This shade is more suited to lighter skin tones.

Overall, these are both a great steal at just £1 each: you pick them up in Superdrug or off the MUA website.

Next is Witch’s Anti-Blemish BB Cream (£4.99).

Witch BB cream

This only comes in one shade, which is such a shame. The bottle says it ‘cares for all skin tones’ but it will really only suit those with light-but-not-that-light skin. That’s the specific name, by the way.

The packaging is good; nothing special. This BB cream provides actually quite good coverage for what it is. Although BB creams are meant to be all in one foundations, anyone who has tried (a Western) one knows that they don’t give as good coverage as most foundations. I don’t like to wear foundations that much, so this gave a good amount without looking too cakey. One thing that I have learnt, though, is that you have to beld it in quickly or else you can see the blend marks. I haven’t seen any spectacular results from the Witch Hazel, which is supposed to have anti-blemish properties. I do use a lot of other products, though, and there are so many other factors that it’s hard to tell. On the bright side, this BB cream certainly doesn’t clog my pores or cause any pimples.

Witch bb cream swatch

The lasting power is nothing more or nothing less than expected; maybe something like 5 or 6 hours before it starts wearing? It’s honestly quite hard to tell.

If you’re willing to overlook the shade problem, which is really the only bad thing about Witch’s BB Cream, then this is a great product for when you want a bit less coverage. I’d buy it again. Witch’s Anti Blemish BB Cream is available from Superdrg for £4.99.

These concealers are well known in the beauty blogging world: Collection (2000) Lasting Perfection Concealer in both Fair & Light (£4.19 each).

1 Fair, standing; 2 Light, below
1 Fair, standing; 2 Light, below

You’ve probably heard of these ‘miracle’ concealers. They give great coverage, amazing long-lasting wear and they’re just £4.19 from Superdrug. There are only four shades: Fair, Light, Medium and Deep, so, like me, you may have to buy two and then mix. I feel like Fair would suit very light skin tones, whilst Deep probably isn’t as deep as its name suggests.

1 Fair, left; 2 Light, right
1 Fair, left; 2 Light, right

A lot of people say that the writing on the tube rubs off easily: I have experienced no such problems, so perhaps they have changed it slightly? They have a doe foot applicator which is fine, though it makes it hard to get the last drips and drabs of product out. This concealer has a fairly thick and heavy formula with medium to full coverage. It’s doesn’t have a yellow or green tone to it which can cancel out dark circles or redness respectively; it’s just ‘skin’ toned. This doesn’t bother me that much, since it’s such a good concealer. I reckon you could use it over larger areas if you needed to, a bit like a foundation (after all, it would only be £8 for a tube of foundation if it came in the usualy foundation amount, 30ml).

I do like this concealer. I don’t feel like it’s a miracle, but it’s certainly great for the price – you can buy it for £4.19 from either Boots or Superdrug.

Finally, I have my first impressions of Rimmel’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Peach Glow (£3.99)

Rimmel stay matte

This is another favourite among many people; it gives the 5 hours of matte-ness (well, anti-shine) that the packaging says and all shades except for transucent give some coverage. I tried to swatch it but it didn’t show up, sadly.

Rimmel stay matte finger swatch

The packaging is okay and feels pretty sturdy. It doesn’t come with any sort of applicator, though they’re usually pretty bad so I’m not particularly bothered. It doesn’t give a lot of coverage but does give a natural matte look for up to 5 hours, depending on how oily your skin is (I have comination skin: an oily t-zone but normal to dry everywhere else). So far, this hasn’t given me any skin problems so I like it. Plus, it comes with a very nice price tag of just £3.99 from either Boots or Superdrug.

Well, that’s it from me, folks! I hope you’ve all got off to a great start in January.

Apple xx

November’s Surprising Product | Incredilash Mascara

I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in a while – I was ill midweek, which is when I usually write.

Anyway, today I’ll be jotting down my thoughts for the surprisingly good 2True Incredilash Mascara, which was a mere £1.99 from Superdrug.
Ok, let’s get this straight: this mascara is probably not the one you want to use when going out to a party. It’s a day-to-day mascara. Having said that, though, it’s a much better mascara than I expected (I haven’t had particularly good experiences with cheap drugstore mascaras).
The packaging is not particularly attractive; it basically looks a bit cheap and nasty. But I’m actually not that bothered about packaging, to be honest, and this is fine in the bottom of arise or bag.

The 2true website says of the product: ‘This long wear, non smudge mascara is a must-have for any make up bag. Forget expensive lash growth serums or uncomfortable lash inserts, simply apply this purse friendly mascara with ultra lengthening lash technology for natural, voluminous lashes in an instant.’  The superdrug website says: Ultra lengthening, long wear mascara with eyelash enhancing complex to help strengthen lashes. Non Smudging.’

Incredilash mascara

Now, I’m not too sure about this matching up to lash growth serums, but it does seem to naturally lengthen them a little after you have worn it for several days or so. The mascara itself doesn’t give anything special in the lengthening/volumizing department, but it does seem to last a fair few hours without smudging (obviously, within reason).

Because I’m more of a fan of mascaras that give you a ‘I-have-naturally-super-long-black-lashes’ look, I’m not too hard to please. If you’re looking for a very lengthening mascara, you probably want to keep that in mind.

The eye on the left is without mascara, whilst the right eye has two coats.
The eye on the left is without mascara, whilst the right eye has two coats.

The brush is probably the best thing about this mascara: it’s very easy to apple to both top and bottom lashes, which I sometimes have trouble reaching without getting it on my nose because they are virtually not there! My only problem with it is that it doesn’t seem to pick up a lot of product. I’m not sure if it’s that there isn’t much in the tube to start with, or it’s an actual fault with the brush.

Incredilash mascara brush

Overall, it’s an excellent mascara for the price! I’m very happy with it. When I bought this, I also picked up NYC Applelicious Lip Balm and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (yes, that one), which I’ll do a brief review on soon. I hope you are all enjoying the first week of December!

Apple xx

DIY uses for concealer & foundation

Concealer, foundation and powder don’t just have to be restricted to doing what it says on the packet: if you’re on a budget or need the convenience, there are loads of ways to make your products, well, more.

Other uses for concealer

To make a tinted moisturiser/light foundation/DIY eye primer, just mix the concealer with some moisturiser. Liquid concealers are best for making a tinted moisturiser, but a stick concealer will still do the job.

Other uses for foundation (liquid)

Again, you can mix foundation with moisturiser to create a lighter or slightly thicker foundation.  Depending on how runny your foundation is, you can also use it as a concealer.

If, for any reason, your foundation is lighter or darker than your skin tone, you can use it for Halloween (in two days!),or even as a bronzer. I don’t really like things to go to waste! This also applies for powder foundation.

Other uses for foundation (powder)

I find that face powders are actually very good for concealing under-eye circles – not so much blemishes, but hey, you can’t have everything.

If your powder is too light, then they are often good for subtle highlighting, if you don’t have a highlighter (or just don’t have one on you).

I hope these tips and tricks help you; please do share your experiences and any of your tips. Halloween is in just two days, so hopefully I’ll be writing a bit about that soon.

Apple xx