Beauty on a Budget

Beauty on a Budget: E.L.F. Shielding Hydro-Tint Review & Swatches

Ok, ok I admit to being a mean, nasty, no good person. I’m positive that you’re vehemently disagreeing with me right now and saying, “No Muse! No! We love you and think you’re the sweetest thing since gumdrops and lollipops! Why would you say you’re a mean, nasty, no good person!?!? Not our Muse! Can’t be!” Ok, maybe I exaggerated a little bit there.

Well, I recently purchased E.L.F. Tinted Moisturizer and I was kinda hopeful that I’d be able to body slam it around in a review. I know, I’m deeply ashamed of myself but I was kinda feeling the vibe to trash dollar makeup! I really can’t help myself.

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Forgive me please!? I’m semi-ashamed of myself. Kinda, sorta.

Well….the bad news is I won’t be able to trash it for you! Damn it, I’m so bloody disappointed! I really was looking forward to doing this review and making all sorts of sarcastic, catty comments!

The good news is that you can actually get a decent Tinted Moisturizer for a buck…whoa…..

I decided to take the dive into cheap cosmetics when I seen E.L.F.’s rather hysterical promo comparing it’s newest tinted moisturizer to Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer. Umm…..major claim to leave up to as the Muse heart’s Laura’s version in a big way!

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Well, E.L.F. kinda sorta made a big claim and honestly they have created a product that actually works as promised. I’m not sure I’d compare it to Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer as the products are quite different but I will say that it’s good with some minor problems here and there.

I purchased two shades of E.L.F. Tinted Moisturizer, oh sorry it’s actually called E.l.F. Shielding Hydro-Tint, silly Muse! There are four shades available so I decided I’d buy Tone 1 and Tone 2 but honestly I should have just stuck with Tone 1 as that was exactly the right shade for me but hey it was only a buck, no pain, no gain! Ok, two major or minor complaints are the fact that this contains parabens and secondly the scent is really foul-tastic. I think they were going for a fresh scent but it comes across as really cheap, old cosmetic smell to me. It’s a cross between plastic and flower and so NOT pleasant. Guess what? That’s the only rants I have! GASP! SHOCK! Oh my!

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Tone 2 and Tone 1
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Honestly, the product is not bad at all and it works. I wouldn’t necessarily classify this as tinted moisturizer though considering that it is pretty pigmented. Honestly, depending on how you see it that could be a good thing or a bad thing. The coverage is actually really good and falls into light coverage at the very least or even medium if I press the matter. The formula is good as well, not too thick, not to runny but nice and creamy with a certain thickness that feels quite nice on the skin. It absorbs well and leaves behind a nice canvas for makeup. It’s pretty long wearing too and during a full day will last about four hours before needing a bit of a refresher. Seriously, when have you seen tinted moisturizer last longer anyway right?

I think for the most part tinted moisturizers are just that, a moisturizer that’s tinted. When you’re looking for a good tinted moisturizer I think you’re seeking a sheer coverage plus added moisturize for your face which is why I don’t place E.L.F. Shielding Hydro-Tint in the tinted moisturizer category. I think E.L.F.’s version would probably fall more into the lines of a liquid foundation if anything else as the pigmentation is good enough to work as such. Granted if you have problem skin or you need more coverage this obviously won’t give that to you however in the long run if you’re just doing a quick look and running out the door this works a treat at creating a good finish to skin. Granted even though it does have good qualities it has a certain cheapness about it that I can’t explain or this may be accounted for the fact that I’m purely a snob about makeup.

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Overall E.l.F. Shielding Hydro-Tint does successfully what it promises. It honestly works well with a few minor rants that I mentioned above. I’m unsure if I’d repurchase it again myself but setting aside my bias opinions about cheap makeup, I will say it’s sorta worth checking out for yourself.

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E.L.F. Tinted Moisturizer

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My tea is happily dribbling down my monitor at the moment as after seeing this advert I couldn’t help but cough.

Isn’t this kinda like comparing apples and oranges?

I’m unsure if a $1 Tinted Moisturizer can hold it’s own next to Laura Mercier’s rather awesome version!

But tickle me curiosity!

I’m ordering some just in case!

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Jillian Dempsey for Avon Retro Charm Review

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If you’re looking for a warm, simple, inexpensive look for Fall might I suggest having a look at by Jillian Dempsey for Avon Retro Charm.

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Although I’m a self confessed Avon hater I do admit that many of the collections they have released over the course of the last year have been really great, in particular those designed by Jillian Dempsey.

The collection consists of several items to make up a great face look for Fall. My favorite item is the Avon Retro Rouge which is available in two shades. The blush is a wonderfully pigmented cheek color that’s silky and long wearing. The blush comes in two shade selections and is available for $7.99 USD each. Each blush has a beautiful floral design which remains in place after swiping your blush across it! Bonus points for a great design that allows you to enjoy the cute floral design without completely erasing it after application! The color selection I have is Vintage Shimmer which is a warm peach shade. Although it contains “shimmer” in the name the blush itself remains a matte, silky finish.

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To pair up with my warm, peachy shade of blush I choose a Avon True Color Eyeshadow in Apricot which is a golden peach shade that has a very slight shimmer but creates a very natural, smooth finish that’s flattering with warm blushes.

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Finally to complete my look I used Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick in Charming Rose. The name is slightly misleading as the finish on this is a warm, metallic coral. Again, paired up with a warmer blush and shadow this color looks simply stunning!

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I was really pleased with the look I created using these products and highly recommend picking some of this collection up. My entire look minus foundation, mascara, etc….was $13.73 USD to create. $2.49 USD for my shadow, $7.99 USD for my blush, and my lipstick was $3.25 USD.

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Creating a stunning look for Fall for under $15 USD is definately Muse Approved.

I liked this collection alot. Color pay off was excellent, design and packaging was elegant, and my finished look was beautifully warm and Fall-like!

If you’re not particularly eager to shell out $25 USD for NARS Super Orgasm after reading my recent review I’d highly suggest nabbing this blush as a great replacement item!

Do check out Jillian Dempsey for Avon’s Retro Charm Collection to keep your beauty nice and budgeted!

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marimekko for Avon Eyeshadow Palette Review

Yet again Avon has stepped up it’s game with the Limited Edition marimekko for Avon Collection. marimekko famous floral motif is now available in cosmetic compact format with this new collection from Avon. I’m thrilled to bits that I got a chance to test out one of the two available eyeshadow palettes from this new line up.

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The collection consists of two face powder compacts and two eyeshadow palettes each of which sports a cute floral design that makes each compact both unique and kawaii! The Muse likey!

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I got my shadow compact in the mail last night and I promptly went online and ordered a shadow compact and a blush compact for my mate Iris from Rouge Deluxe because I know she’ll feel the same way about these as I do! They are just too cute! You know I’m impressed with something when I’m ordering it to gift to friends!

I got my palette in Poppy Bouquet which contains an array of cool shades. One of the dominant shades in the palette is a shimmering navy blue which I was slightly scared of as blues aren’t so easy to pull off. However, I was delighted to see that the color is quite soft and completely wearable! The other shades in the palette are a softer grayish white and a pinkish lilac. The shades all work well together to create a rather soft, fresh eye look. I was impressed with the silky, shimmering texture of the shadows which offer decent color payoff while not over doing it! The colors in the palette are of medium pigmentation but can easily be built up for deeper color pay off or with a lighter hand you can easily create a softer look.

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The palette is a tad unconventional because of the floral motif design. The floral design is separated by an empty black, plastic divider which makes it difficult to fit your brush or sponge applicator into the powder to grab up color however with the the floral design so gorgeous you’ll soon forget any inconvenience of application!

In times of a failing economy, options of inexpensive makeup become a necessity for many of us and Avon offers these palettes at a brilliant price! Each eye palette is $8 USD and each face palette is $10 USD. You can’t beat the price for such a cute little palette!

The Muse digs ‘em and approves ‘em for purchase!

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Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation Review

I’ve been using Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation for about 3 months now and felt it was about time for a review. Foundation for me is a splurge item, I think good foundation is worth it’s weight in gold and if I have to pay in gold to get a good foundation I’ll do just that. Foundation is an important part of making makeup look flawless, it sets the canvas for anything else you plan on putting on your face, and gives your skin the coverage it needs for picture perfect skin.

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Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation has the potential to be great but fails miserably.

First let me point out the good points of the product before getting into the major problem with the formula. One great factor on this foundation is the wonderful packaging. The foundation comes in a hygienic squeeze bottle which allows you to squeeze small amounts out for application. This style packaging is ideal for those of us that are a bit more conscious of germs and bacteria.

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Now the formula is quite thick but manages to be extremely moisturizing however it is a tad bit runny which can cause a bit of a mess during application however using small amounts at a time keeps the application mess-free and simple. The foundation manages to glide beautifully well onto skin and absorbs wonderfully.

The color selection is vast and there should be a shade to suit any skin tone however I did feel like many shades had a considerable amount of beige to them which is, for the most part, unflattering for my tone of skin. I ended up with Light 1 and as you can see even that’s a tad bit on the dark side. The price is great and ranges from $7.99-$9.99 or less if a sale is ongoing.

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I seriously wanted to love this. While doing my Beauty on a Budget week I was on the hunt for the perfect drugstore foundation and this definately caught my own considering how many raves it gets however it must be all hype because it has one sad, unredeemable problem.

The problem I’m speaking of is the fact that the product is ridiculously sheer and lightweight. I don’t particularly have a problem with sheer foundations nor do I mind lightweight coverage in the least however this smooths on completely transparent and offers absolutely no coverage. Application is quite like adding an extra layer of moisturizer or primer to your face rather then what appears to be a pigmented foundation.

Granted, I do not need a ton of coverage however I do prefer to have a foundation finish to my face and I think foundation erases the certain dullness my skin sometimes sports. Lighter coverage is perfectly fine however this fails at even offering light coverage.

Strangely enough the product appears deeply pigmented however once it’s on I see little to no difference in my face and I’m left looking like I freshly moisturized my face rather than just applied a layer of foundation.

Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation seriously has the potential for greatness but they need to work on the formula in a major way to get me to purchase it again.

Sadly disappointed with this one although I didn’t expect too much going into it anyway!

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