I nabbed some of the new Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara a few days ago…Hells was that a mouth full or what?
That’s some ridiculously long name!
I had to go to Rite Aid…or maybe CVS…somewhere like that to pick up a prescription so this was hanging out on a large end cap display and all the shiny neon packaging drew me in like a moth to a flame.
Thanks to Mandy for reminding me of this fab commercial!
Well it turns out that Maybelline has done a good job with Colossal Volum’ Mascara! Aside from the really long, irritating name the mascara itself is actually quite good for the price tag!
We have lift off people! Finally a Beauty on a Budget find that’s good!
I prefer my mascaras to have some sort of comb applicator so I wasn’t thrilled to find out that this had a rather large brush applicator. I normally find that large brush applicators cause major clumps for me which is the reason I don’t like some of the Dior mascaras that are out. Large voluminizing brushes just make a mess in my humblest.
The good news is that it is indeed a BRUSH. It’s not a piece of plastic with some spikes on it that they call a brush….it’s a brush…with bristles…Maybelline is kicking it old school with this mascara! Even better news is that the brush works well at evenly distributing the mascara and fattening my lashes up nicely. It promises volume and it delivers. It fattens my lashes up very nicely without making them a clumpy, spikey mess! It also has great long wear without smudging or flaking all day even in severe humidity (it’s been humid here in New York the past few days)!
I didn’t experience major lenght after application but it definately gave me an appearance of nice, full lashes. I didn’t have to struggle with it during application, or fiddle around trying to get it on correctly, or have to comb it out afterward. I brushed it on quickly, it applied evenly and perfectly with the first stroke, and I was good to go. Unlike other drugstore brands I’ve tried this was pretty good quality for the price.
This isn’t really a “oh my god you must buy this or die!” post because I wasn’t that impressed with the mascara to get that crazy! However, at a price of $4.99 USD it is worth checking out for yourself especially if you’re either on a budget or just don’t like shelling out large amounts of cash for a top shelf mascara.
The Muse thinks it’s a Steal, a Deal, and a great Beauty on a Budget find!
Not necessarily Muse Approved but definately worth checking out for yourself!
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Good news! I still have left over goodies from Beauty on a Budget Week to get through so you’ll be seeing a few new reviews on US drugstore finds starting today with L’Oreal’s Telescopic Mascara.
Sadly, it’s almost all bad news for L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara. While on vacation this was available at every single duty free beauty shop I passed and although at the time I didn’t bother picking it up I realize now I should have listened to my original instinct that screamed “NO!”. I picked this guy up with my big beauty haul from Walmart recently for $8.99 USD and that’s about what it was available for at duty free but of course I wasn’t shelling out 8% in taxes to call it my own if I brought it from some duty free shop but ado at the time I didn’t bother.
One of the biggest flaws with this mascara is the applicator. Believe it or not I’m not going to go into a long rant just yet about the applicator being bad for application. Actually I’m going into a rant about the applicator being too delicate and flimsy. The applicator is sorta springy and loosely attached to the wand which makes it a big job to get the damn thing back into the tube without it snapping off completely. On a normal mascara day I’ll unscrew the top of mascara off, slip the wand out, apply, and slip it quickly back in. On a day using L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara it turns into unscrewing the top, slipping the wand out, applying a mess to my eyes, and struggling for five minutes to slip the wand back inside the tube without snapping off the brush head. This takes delicate, small movements to wriggle the brush back in without completely ripping or snapping it off. Since the brush head isn’t firmly secured onto the wand you could be staring at anywhere from 5-8 minutes struggling to get it back into the tube without risking it falling off while you struggle.
The delicate brush isn’t the only problem as far as the applicator goes. The brush head is a plastic applicator with ridges surrounding it rather than the traditional “brush” you’re getting more of a plastic wand with little spikes sticking out of it. It has a bit of a curve too it which leads you into believing that this will indeed apply the mascara well. Sadly, it falls flat of doing anything but making a big clumpy mess of your lashes. I’ve never successfully purchased a drugstore mascara that’s done anything in the ways of volumizing and lengthening. I normally end up with clumps or spiky lashes and with L’Oreal’s Telescopic Mascara that’s about the total of it all. Clumps, check. Spiky lashes, check. A big mess, check. check. Although it applies crummy the formula itself does deserve a rave as I experienced no flaking, no smudging, and just generally good waterproof lasting power all day long!
L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara has alot going for it. Chic outer packaging, great price, good long wear however it falls short in the most important areas. Application isn’t easy or foolproof, just messy and flaws in the design provide a potential money trap that you can easily fall into if you’re rushed and push hard to get the wand back into the tube! $8.99 down the drain if the brush head snaps off!
All in all this particular mascara needs a whole lot of improvement before I decide to pick it up again! Pass on it, the Muse has seen much better!
Am I using the wrong Tinted Moisturizer or are these things WAY overrated?
I don’t see the point.
Even though I’m going to give Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer an ok review I still feel like the entire idea behind tinted moisturizer has escaped my feeble little mind.
I don’t really feel like I can leave the house wearing a tinted moisturizer and some blush. It kinda feels like leaving the house in pants without underwear on (unless of course that’s your thing!). Am I making sense?
I guess the general idea of using a tinted moisturizer is to even out your complexion while giving you the benefits of SPF but seriously do you feel like you’re looking your flawless best with just the moisturizer and some blusher thrown on?
A reader e-mailed me yesterday and asked me have I tried the latest craze in the Korean market, BB Creams (Hi Jing!). I promptly replied explaining I had indeed and how I never understood the hype about tinted moisturizers or BB Creams. Neither does anything for me. After some discussions she convinced me that I should not make my final decision on BB Creams until I try a few brands she recommended! After a bit of chatter I’ve decided to reinvest my cash flow into some of these brands to see if they are worth my time! So expect a review from me very soon on some BB Creams. If you have no idea what BB Creams are I’ll explain further in my upcoming review.
All the tinted moisturizers (and BB Creams) have always had a few major flaws in my opinion. coverage, color, and formula. In this case Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer has a range of problems with it. I got the lightest shade available which was Fair to Light but like all tinted moisturizers it turns out it’s a rather ugly beige color that does nothing to flatter my medium fair skin tone. The color is a really dull beige which as you’ll notice on my arm, which happens to be a shade darker than my face, looks very off and unflattering.
I don’t need a whole lot of coverage as my skin is perfectly fine without it and if I so choose I can walk out of the house with a bit of cheek stain and some gloss however I feel very naked without product on my face which is a reason this doesn’t work well for me. This doesn’t cover much of anything. My face is occasionally dull so I depend on my foundation to brighten my face up and make it go from tired to flawless however I can’t depend on a simple tinted moisturizer to do that especially one in an unflattering shade of beige!
Two strikes against Physicians Formula Organic Tinted Moisturizer so far!
So far I’m not loving the color or the coverage options on this and you might be wondering if the formula and texture can redeem my poor opinion of this. Sadly, no go. The formula is very runny and watery. Obviously, since it’s Summer, we are looking for lighter coverage however a thicker consistency would make me feel like I was not only gaining more coverage and longer wear but also more moisture. The watery formula fails to make me feel like I have applied moisturizer at all!
I can’t recall the exact amount I paid for this but it’s somewhere between $7 USD and $10 USD. I think it’s safe to say that you can skip this although I will mention the cons of the product which could change your mind about investing your money in it.
Even though coverage, color, and formula wasn’t what I’d have liked to see in this it still has many redeeming qualities.
The formula is 100% paraben free, organic, cruelty free, and has an SPF of 15. It’s a very green makeup product and since many have jumped on board environmental and organic ranges of cosmetics this might be something you may want to consider investing in. I admit, sadly, that I’m not always attentive to what exactly is going on my face and I definately hand out props to Physicians Formula for breaking into this market and offering a range for those of you that are Vegan friendly.
All in all I just wasn’t loving this and can’t recommend it for purchase!
How about you?
Tried and Loved it?
Love Tinted Moisturizers? Which are your favorites?
Today I’m reviewing Maybelline Mineral Power Powder Foundation and Mineral Power Naturally Luminous Blush. Phew that’s a mouthful right there!
So obviously it’s called Maybelline for a reason….because maybe it’s a good…maybe it’s not…Maybe it’s Maybelline…HA! I crack myself up. Ok, sorry no more corny jokes.
I’ll start by saying I’m not a big fan of mineral powders anyway so my reviews of various mineral powders lately may be bias do to that little fact.
The kit was super duper cheap so I can’t complain. $7.92 USD gets you a large size mineral powder, a mineral blush, and a tiny kabuki brush for application! Not bad at all considering that Bare Escentuals will charge you $40 USD and upwards for their kits but than again you get a whole lot more with that kit than you do with this one.
I got the foundation powder in Light 3 and obviously that’s not a suitable shade for me as it ended up giving me that dusky, ashy, dirty look that I successfully achieved with the Physicians Formula Flawless Complexion Kit. Maybe I’m just doomed when it comes to mineral makeup but damned if it doesn’t suck the healthy glow right out of my face. The powder isn’t too bad a formula. It’s soft and silky but as soon as I applied it I watched as my bright skin went from gorgeous to dull in a few short minutes. I felt like I had a big old eraser and had taken it to a sunny picture of the sky. Buff, buff, buff away healthy, blushing pink cheeks, buff, buff, buff away my pale skin, buff buff my way to dull, gross, chalky, made up skin! After application of the foundation I feel as if I have about 10 pounds of powder on. Very disappointing feeling here people.
Final say on the powder: No likey.
The brush this comes with is utterly useless so that’s the 2nd problem with the kit. It’s scratchy, hard, and sheds like a cat. It’s cute enough in it’s small and compact format but it’s good as garbage because it does nothing at all in the ways of applying the foundation evenly plus it just feels so bloody harsh on my skin!
Well…two down one to go….
The kit has one redeeming quality. Praise the Lord! The Mineral Powder blush is actually half way decent although I probably won’t buy it by itself should I walk into a store and see it hanging out on the shelf. It’s pretty pigmented and the formula is smooth, silky, and blends very well! The color I got with the kit was True Peach which is almost identical to the Blushing Glow from Physicians Formula that came with the kit I reviewed yesterday. However, it applies much better and does give a very nice peachy glow to my cheeks.
I got two of these kits as I had have some seriously high hopes for them. The other version I didn’t bother opening. It contained a translucent powder, a pink blush, and a brush. I think it’s safe to say that one will be making a return as soon as I have the time to stop back into the store. Either that or it, like these items, will end up in the grave yard of unused makeup in the bottom of my closet.
Do not want.
$7.92 USD isn’t a whole lot of cash to splurge on the kit but it’s just not that great a kit to bother with! Save your money for gas!
In conclusion it appears we are not making a good go of Beauty on the Budget Week!