5/12 edit: Made some updates. As far as long wearing drugstore foundations this is HG in my book. It's not perfect and there are some things you should watch out for, but for me this is almost perfect. Pros: O Adequate, buildable coverage. I found that I don't need any concealer with this foundation. And that coverage also lasts all day. O Smooth finish, and not cakey. This is a pet peeve for me with my skin type. Foundations that are too matte will look blotchy on me, and those too dewy tend to set into dry areas. This one does neither. O Doesn't feel heavy. Practically feels weightless on my skin. O This does last all day. I do have dry skin which gives long wearing foundations an edge, but I found ColorStay annoyingly heavy and Rimmel Lasting Finish had such an oily base that although it lasted all day, it went into my pores and dry spots within a few hours. The finish of this makeup seriously lasts me all day. O I found this to last through 90+ degree heat and humidity without any issues. Cons: O Maybelline color selections are the pits. I have this in the lightest shade (Porcelain Ivory) which is still a little off for me. My skin tone in MAC is NC20. Maybelline has all of 12 pathetic shades and many of them have beige or golden undertones, especially the darker colors. If you are very fair, you will have issues. If you are darker than say NW40, you will have issues. If you are particularly cool, you will have issues. O Zero-transfer claim gets a "meh" from me. Transfer isn't an issue, but wiping with a napkin will get a good bit of it to show up. O Looks a little heavy when you first put it on, but after some blending this is no longer an issue. You can use your fingers with this product, but you do use less product and have a lighter look with a foundation brush. O No pump. Maybelline must truly be stuck in the stone age when foundation was sold only in tiny, impossible to open plastic tubes. Bottom line: I can't speak much for oil-control, but this looked great, is inexpensive, and lasted all day on dry skin. And, at the base line, that's what I look for in a foundation. If you want a ColorStay alternative, and can find a color match, this is worth a try in my book.
I was intrigued by this one for the reasons that CVS had a BOGO and CG recommended this for drier skin. I'm surprised that they do because I can tell you that this product does not work well on dry skin. The few things I liked about it is that it covered blemishes almost as well as a concealer and it does feel nice on my skin. The problem is that it amplifies every dry spot and every wrinkle on your skin. It looks very cakey, which is odd because this formula is wet and if anything should look a bit dewy. The finish reminds me of Simply Ageless only with a bit more coverage. I would have recommend this for more oily skin if it weren't that it's a bit greasy and would probably have poor shine control. It's just the worst of both worlds with this foundation, not the best of both that it should be. It doesn't blend well (especially not with the sponge) and just looks like a mask. I tried it with both just exfoliated skin and applying a moisturizer and it just made it heavier. All around just did not work for me.
This one kind of has me on edge. If it were a drugstore product, I would be somewhat impressed. But considering the price and the way it looked, this is not a good value at all. Coverage was sheer to medium, which was a little disappointing only because it promises to cover a lot, but it was enough for me. But I tried hard to get this makeup to blend into my skin, and it just wasn't happening even with moisturizer in the mix. I'm guessing this works well for oily skin as areas on my skin that weren't so dry did look nice. But if you have dry skin, I can't recommend this product because plain and simple this will make it look drier. The tone seemed a bit more orange than I'd like too. I tried the blush and it was nothing to write home about. It seemed more like a gimmick addition. I did like the brush; I may buy it separately. But overall not worth over $30.
Man did I want to like this. It's a creme foundation. It contains Olay. It contains sunscreen. It's smooth. It's light. It's sponsored by Ellen DeGeneres. Everything is great until you try to use it. The moment it touched my skin I knew there were problems. This foundation streaks like no other. The sponge actually grabs a lot more makeup than I thought it would. It applies smoothly, but it blends terribly. Despite being a creme it seemed a lot more like a liquid. Yet the finish looked like a poor quality powder. After applying I noticed that not only does this not cover any blemishes, but it makes my pores look like the size of Mount Everest. The finish is cakey, dry and nasty. I also purchased this in Creamy Natural which usually works well with me for CG cosmetics, but it was actually very dark. Not quite bronzer dark, but it didn't match with my skin tone at all. One good thing is that it did seem to last quite awhile. One lip off for the finish, one lip off for the poor blending, and one lip off for containing only 0.4 ounces and overall disappointment. The search continues.
Eyeliner -Rimmel - Exaggerate Auto Waterproof Eye Definer (all)
kilyblst08 3/6/2010 12:20:00 AM
I love this eyeliner. It's the only drugstore eyeliner I have used that really stays on the entire day and gives a nice color. About nine times out of ten it lasts all day without smudging. The color is bold and applies smooth. The tip of the eyeliner also has a smudger and a sharpener. Best of all it's not expensive either!
This was the second Revlon foundation I tried, and the second to disappoint me. I tried the ColorStay liquid foundation and it was too heavy for me. I was thinking this one might be a bit lighter and would cover about as well, but neither was the case. The packaging has this odd twistable brush that pulls out and twists to open. The brush is small and gets too much of the product at once. But once you figure out the packaging it actually blends well to your skin. In fact well enough this might be suitable as an ultra light foundation or as a mid-day touchup. But as a full coverage foundation is where it fails. It really didn't cover a single blemish, and it looks very cakey if you apply enough of it to do so. It also has the odd feeling like plastic wrap is around your face. It looks light when you put it on, but it actually is very heavy. Overall not too impressed.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Double-Extend Beauty Tubes in Blackest Black
kilyblst08 3/5/2010 1:13:00 AM
For the hype the mascara has, overall it's just okay. Really I didn't find the primer to have any effect in extension, it just put an extra white glob on my lashes. And having them on separate ends just annoyed me. I used the mascara by itself, and again it was okay but nothing worth a premium. Coverage was good, texture a little watery but not bad. For blackest black it wasn't too black, especially with the primer on. It worked fine but it didn't extend my lashes more than any other mascara.
Unstoppable my eyelid. This eyeliner did apply smoothly and the espresso had a nice brown black shade. But every time I used this it smeared everywhere after an hour and I had to reapply. It also broke a few times when trying to apply it. The last time I applied it broke in half and I had to buy another eyeliner. Pfft! Won't buy it again.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Mega Eyes Trio - Island Blues
kilyblst08 3/5/2010 12:04:00 AM
I really love the colors. Especially the medium blue. For the price you really can't beat it. My only problem is the shadow seems to fade by mid-day. Also the cheap foam applier broke the first time I used it. But it is an interesting color set worth trying. They do work well with hazel eyes.
I like this blush. It's simple, available in nearly every dept./drug store, available in plenty of shades, and is very cheap. Really the only thing I don't care for is the fragrance. It's a nice fragrance but why is it so strong? And it wouldn't hurt to have a brush that has bristles that don't feel like straw. It applies easy and looks fine, although it's not so pigmented so be careful not to apply to much or it will look fake. I have 185 True Plum and it's a light mauve/medium pink and seems to be a good match for me.
Mascara -Rimmel - Volume Flash Mousse Mascara -- Extreme Black
kilyblst08 3/4/2010 11:25:00 PM
I actually have no idea where I got this or how I ended up with it. I believe my mom gave it to me. In essence it seems like a good idea. A mousse mascara might be able to make your lashes more dense and make the color more vivid. And this did make them more dense...so dense that they looked like huge black clumps. Every now and then I keep trying this thinking maybe I did something wrong. But each time is the same result. Clumpy, too thick, sticky, and wears off too quickly.
Mascara -Cover Girl - Remarkable Washable Waterproof Mascara
kilyblst08 3/4/2010 10:50:00 PM
I have a hate/love relationship. The hate is that as others stated it's really not waterproof at all. I think what CG means by waterproof is that it usually lasts a little longer. At least not any more or less waterproof than any other standard mascara. The love is that it works really well. Nice texture and always goes on right. Never smudges at all. It's ironically one of the better non-waterproof mascaras I can recall. But I can't say it's a 5/5 product since it doesn't do as advertised.
Powder -Maybelline - Mineral Power Powder Foundation
kilyblst08 3/4/2010 10:40:00 PM
Update: This foundation irritates my eyes and skin everytime I use it. I will keep the review/rating because not everyone will have the same reaction. However I will not be using this ever again. All around it's okay. Not the best, but not the worst. It covers well, looks fairly natural and lasts awhile. But it has an odd thick and heavy feel to it that I don't like. It's also a big mess to put on and no matter how you apply it goes everywhere. I liked the brush. The brush is better than the makeup. As far as I'm concerned this goes on my "it works but don't buy it because you can do better" list.