My Best of Concealer round up continues today with a review of L’Oreal’s Visble Lift Eye Concealer.
If it’s cheap you seek L’Oreal Visible Lift Eye Concealer may be an ok Beauty on a Budget find for you at around $9 USD or so.
L’Oreal’s Visible Lift Eye Concealer isn’t the best of the best however it’s the best of it’s kind for the price. Available in a good deal of color selections you’re pretty much guaranteed to run into at least one shade that should suit your skin type.
When it comes to concealers I prefer splurging rather than skimping however I realize not everyone has the same mind set as I do which accounts for me looking for a good concealer at a decent price to do a review on. I’ve found two concealers in the drugstore beauty world that work well, one of which is L’Oreal Visible Lift Eye Concealer.
I find the formula a teeny, tiny bit drying but aside from that overall the concealer performed excellent for a drugstore purchase.
It’s pigmented enough to conceal the worst dark circles plus any fine lines or wrinkles you may sport. It also does a fine job of tucking into baggage and giving the illusion of a fresh, awake eye.
The texture is absolutely perfect and blends very well. It’s not watery and has just enough density to spread evenly across the eye without making a mushy mess that some concealers have a knack for do to how watery they are.
It sports a few minor problems that I find unforgivable, sadly. One such problem is the fact that it creeps into fine lines after a few hours and gives my eyes a tired appearance it’s also a tiny bit drying even though when it’s first applied it feels quite moisturizing.
I did notice if I’m very careful in my prep prior to use the product won’t seep into fine lines however if I apply in a rush and I haven’t prepped my eye area enough for the concealer I will end up with a rather sad, crusty crease of concealer under my eyes. Yuck!
Although the color is a very unusual pale white combined with touches of both gray and beige it actually blends seamlessly under my eyes and works very well at waking my eyes up and giving me the look of 12 hours of sleep rather than the 6 I probably had!
The wear on this isn’t so great and around 2 hours or less you’ll end up with creasing, fading, and a general need for big time touch up so that kinda stinks. You might be able to get longer wear out of this if you choose to wear a primer under your eyes prior to use!
For the price it’s actually pretty good however I’ve definately come across better. The price is right, the coverage is good however problems with creasing and length of wear creates a huge problem for me.
I recently came into a stash of Aquafina skincare goodies and as mentioned in a previous post I’ll be doing a a few different reviews for each item over the next few days.
One of the first items I want to review for you is one of my Latest Obsessions and a total Beauty on a Budget score!
Meet Aquafina’s Advanced Hydrating Facial Spray:
This little bad boy will cost you $3.50 USD-$4 USD depending where you buy it. That’s freaking four bucks for an awesome hydrating spray! Can you say cheap and awesome?
The Muse likey cheap beauty finds that actually work!
Evian Facial Spray sells for $16 USD in a 16oz size where as Aquafina sells there version for $3.50 USD in a 6oz size. Which means even if you purchase 3 cans of Aquafina you’re still getting major bang for your buck!
Since it’s hot, humid and just generally yucky outside I absolutely adore this stuff to prep my face in the AM prior to moisturizing! I spray it all over my face for a healthy shot of cooling mineral water that softens my face and preps it for my facial moisturizer! It’s delightfully cool and refreshing plus I get the added benefit of the minerals in the water. It’s suggested for use with or without makeup on but I personally won’t attempt spraying water in my face when I have a full face of cosmetics on however in preparation for makeup it’s ideal.
The price is sincerely awesome and it’s definately an item you’ll want to stash away cans of! The price can’t be beat and it’s a really inexpensive find for replacing your normal toner in the Summer when it’s warmer (or Winter if you prefer).
This one gets a friendly Muse Approval for purchase! If you know anything about your Muse it’s extremely rare she runs across cheap and awesome in the same product. Cheap yes…awesome no…..rare occurrence!
But it just so happens that Aquafina Advanced Hydrating Facial Spray is cheap and awesome! A marriage most wonderful!
Wants some more of it!
Have you tried this yet?
Can’t live without it?
Want to try it?
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By the way….
Aquafina’s website is doing a sincerely wicked deal at the moment. 25% off your order of $25 USD or more!
Alot of hype surrounds NYX eye shadows. I’ve read many a review, many a post, and many a discussion about how wonderful NYX eye shadows are and how close in pigmentation they are to MAC.
I personally never purchased any NYX eye shadows until recently when I came across a display at Harmons and my eyes were drawn to the NYX eye shadow color in Hot Orange.
It’s such an awesome Summer shade.
Although Hot Orange is quite a gorgeous shade it’s not without it’s flaws. As I mentioned this is my first time purchasing an NYX eye shadow and being a MAC girl myself it’s definately difficult to compare MAC to NYX in quality but you can perhaps chalk that up to your Muse being very picky about cosmetics.
This particular shade is a bit gritty as it contains a healthy dose of what appears to be non cosmetic glitter, really chunky pieces of the type a glitter you’d use for some after school crafts are something….yak!
The pigmentation is pretty good on the shadow and it blended pretty well aside from the glitter getting everywhere. I did notice that the texture was not as silky as a MAC eye shadow and I did have to swipe a few times and build the color up to get the desired vibrancy that I’d get easily with one swipe from a MAC shadow.
On the plus side the color is such a great Summer shade. The orange is wonderful by itself or combined with some golds or yellows from your collection! Plus the price can’t be beat at $4.99 USD!
For the price I’d say it’s worth checking out and it’s a very nice Summer Beauty Budget Find! Will I buy NYX again? Possibly!
If you’re trying to keep your beauty budget tight this is a great little find to add a bit of wicked color to your Summer makeup routine!
The Muse working NYX Hot Orange (or at least trying to work it!):
Want another beauty budget find? Check out the review for the mascara the Muse is wearing in this Face of the Day picture! Wondering about my blush? It’s the cheap Bobbi Brown blush I picked up in Woodbury! Clickie!
Enjoy some other Summer Must Have Cosmetic findings by reading some past posts!
It’s your dear, old Muse here to tell you that cheaper is NOT always better.
This little bottle has a rating of 4.1 on MUA obviously the people who reviewed this are on crack. 4.1? What the hell.
Your Muse decided that cheap was somehow better. This bright idea stems from the fact that I was thinking that $10 USD for a bottle of eye makeup remover was a bit steep and I needed new options in my fight against the obvious recession! By cutting down $4 USD on makeup remover I was making one big step for mankind. I think I was, I’m not sure..maybe…sorta I was.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover promises to effectively remove all traces of eye makeup even waterproof mascara without oily residue. True that. No oily residue here. However, it not only fails to leave behind oily residue it also happens to excel at leaving behind mascara.
Removes waterproof mascara? Come on who you trying to kid. Stop! Go on now, stop it already.
This doesn’t remove waterproof mascara. After swiping my lid for the better part of 5 minutes I was still sporting clumps of mascara on my lashes. Um…hello what happened to the promise of removing my mascara!
I did see some sense on the MUA reviews where someone wrote about how it takes ALOT of this to get off regular mascara never mind waterproof mascara! Some people lost all sense when they mentioned that this was a dupe of Bi-Facil…I told you it’s that crack again! I was considering just tipping my head back and pouring the bottle onto my closed eye lid to see if that would effectively get my mascara off but somehow common sense kicked in and I just settled for rubbing at my eye for the better part of an hour trying to get this to work.
In all seriousness I did try to like this and I can honestly say it doesn’t work too well at removing waterproof anything. It does a mediocre job at best of removing eye makeup and mascara. For $5.99 USD yes indeed it is cheap but just go ahead and splurge a few dollars more to get yourself something that does work.
This one is a miss!
The Muse no likey Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. Big waste of $6!
When the forces of Yay or Nay are in effect the Muse gives this one a big:
Dish out the $4 bucks more and grab some Sephora Eye Makeup Remover or just go nuts and buy a bottle of Lancome Bi-Facil! Your mascara will thank you for it at the end of a long night!
Try some removers that contain a healthy dose of Yay by clicking through my past reviews!
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!
Have you tried Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara?
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Craving more mascara? Take a blast through the Muse’s past and check out some old mascara reviews!
Click here to read my raving review on Excel Mascara!