Drugstore Makeup Brands
The Muse has been really trying hard to get a few drugstore finds up and reviewed here. I know many of you shop drugstore and you want the latest info about whether or not items are a stash or a trash so I’ve been trying hard to get “into” the drugstore scene.
My latest drugstore purchase brought me to Almay Pure Blends. Although I’m not always conscious (bad, bad habit) about what goes onto my face, I realize many of you are which is why I wanted to review this line for you and see if lived up the hype.
Find out if it did after the jump!
Almay Pure Blends is a brand new collection from Almay that promises 97.4% natural ingredients. It’s housed in eco-friendly package, blended with antioxidants of lotus, orchid, and acia plus has a paraben free, talc free formula. For anyone terribly sensitive it’s also hypoallergenic as well.
The line contains everything from glosses and shadows, to main base make products such as the Almay Pure Blends Foundation I purchased. Don’t expect major coverage because you’re simply not going to be happy purchasing this if that’s what you’re expecting. The formula is runny, watery, and thin and manages to offer the coverage of a nice tinted moisturizer rather than a full on foundation. Although it doesn’t work at covering much of anything it still manages to exceed at evening out skin tone and offering a nice natural finish minus any bells and whistles.
I read some reviews that said felt it was too oily and I honestly thought the formula was just right. Not to oily, not to drying but just very natural feeling as if I was applying a very light moisturizer to my skin. I don’t need a whole lot of foundation anyway so this is perfect for warmer days or days I’m not looking for a made up look.
Minor rants would be the price of nearly $12 USD or so (yes, you can probably save money by buying it on sale but I didn’t wait for a sale!) and the smallish packaging for that amount. It’s an oz of product and likely won’t last long with proper, daily use so I can’t help but feel I can do way better by purchasing a MAC foundation or some other brand for a few dollars more that will last me a year or so. However, I’m sure if purchased on sale it would be possibly worth shelling out for.
I’ll continue using it till I’m finished but it’s absolutely nothing to write home about. If you’re seeking a drugstore brand that’s green friendly with alot less toxic ingredients you’d find in most foundations this is probably something you want to check out otherwise if you’re thinking to purchase it simply because it sounds like a good foundation, I’d skip. Possibly the only thing appealing about it is it’s green friendly formula because I can’t speak for anything else being so grand about it.
Like it well enough but not feeling any undying love for it.
How about you?
Tried Almay Pure Blends?
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I had to go to CVS yesterday to hunt and peck through scary drugstore makeup to locate the Maybelline foundation I was babbling about yesterday. On my quest I couldn’t resist plopping some more Essence of Beauty Brushes in my cart.
Jump ahead for haulage pics!
I don’t normally like cheap brushes but I must say that these always impress. I ended up picking up the travel size kit and a two brush shadow duo set. I think both sets cost me $15 USD or so? Not too bad a price for seven brushes total. Hi cheap brushes the Muse likey you very much.
Although I wasn’t as pleased with the travel set as I was with the shadow duo set. The brushes seemed a bit more dense and harder than the normal Essence brushes I’ve picked up but none the less they were good aside from that. If you’re looking for some inexpensive, budget friendly brushes I’d totally recommend these as they are the best I’ve personally come across. I’m a MAC brush girl all the way but I can’t deny that the next best thing if I’m looking to save a buck or two would be snagging yourself some of these bad boys.
Check your local CVS for the selection.
Loves ‘em and even slapping a Muse Approval on ‘em for purchase!
Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation, I wants it. Promises of a perfectly flawless face is never lost on a Muse!
Ok, so Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation doesn’t have a super rating on MUA which makes me wonder if I need to bother my time with it. But I can’t help but want it for some reason. I’m unsure why this holds so much appeal! Maybe it’s the commercial? The promise of instantly flawless skin? The really cute looking bottle?
Actually….I kinda think it’s the bottle. The packaging kinda looks sweet doesn’t it!?
I rarely bat a lash at splurging $30-$40 USD on counter foundation but present me with a ten buck bottle of drugstore foundation and suddenly you have to pry that money from my cold dead hand. It’s a tough choice wondering if I should spend $10 on a bottle of foundation that probably sucks. But I admit the temptation still holds true.
After researching Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation I located the European release which is entitled Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid. Now we all know, or I hope we know, that European drugstore quality in brands such as Maybelline is considerably better than the US release. Now the debate is do I need to track down a bottle of Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid or should I just travel on over to my local CVS and indulge in a bottle of possibly sucky Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation.
The choices a Muse has to make are sometimes difficult! Maybe I should just get both and compare.
What’s your good word on Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse?
Are you in Europe? Tried the Satin version?
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Staring May 1st NYX is having 50% Off it’s entire online store! The sale begins May 1st and ends on May 15th so you have two full weeks to haul NYX.
No promo code is needed I believe they are simply deducting the amount at check out!
Go make your wish list now!
The offer is so tempting the Muse is even considering making a list.
You know how much a snob your Muse is when it comes to US drugstore cosmetics right? So when I met up with Maybelline Lash Stiletto a few days ago I wasn’t expecting too much but boy was I proven wrong!
Jump ahead to feel the love!
Ranging in a price of $7.99 USD to $9.99 USD I wasn’t expecting too much from Maybelline Lash Stiletto, after all I never expect much from anything that sprouts a price tag like that from my local drugstore. Most run ins I have with drugstore mascara is using a tube as a basketball as I toss it into the trash can but obviously, on rare occasions, a Muse can be proven wrong about a product or two purchased outside of a high end counter.
Anything that promises thee ultimate in length for my lashes is way too good to be true. But ado tis true…..Maybelline Lash Stiletto promises length and provides it without question.
First off if you’re not careful during application you will end up with badly separate eye lashes and that scary spider web look, not cool. But with proper prepping with your lash curler and a sure grip on your wand you’ll be able to curl lashes upwards and out while gripping each lash and lengthening it by at least 5 times it’s normal size. The best way to apply is with a slight zig zag motion as it allows the brush to grip lashes and pull them upwards. The effect is extremely long lashes! Keep in mind that the mascara promises simply length and that’s all it gives. You’re not going to get fatter, plumper lashes with this, you’ll simply get amazing length with it.
The applicator is a thin brush with bristles. I know, gasp, shock, amazing right? A mascara with a brush applicator, not a plastic one! Bless be! The applicator is a bit on the sharp side so if you’re clumsy with mascara application do be careful with this. I think the end results are produced by the very thin, straight brush applicator as the formula isn’t anything special that I noticed. I do think that the thin applicator allows you to catch all your lashes and has an interesting effect of gripping lashes to pull them forward.
The formula isn’t waterproof and easily washes away with warm water and simple soap however it has the ability to last quite long minus smudging or flaking. I’m not a fan of non waterproof mascara but this is quite long wearing so I don’t mind in the least. The formula is light enough not to weight lashes done so it keeps curl fairly well.
All in all I think it’s a rather fabulous drugstore find and a great beauty on a budget purchase. It promises length and delivers! If you have small stubbier lashes it should work well at pulling them outwards. I’m unsure about recommending it for Asian eyes though as the applicator is such a straight edge that I think it would make for a bit of a difficult apply using it but for the price it’s well worth trying to see!
Overall, must eat my words here, it’s a love. Maybelline Lash Stiletto is Muse Approved for purchase! The Muse loves it but don’t take her word for it. She wants you to try it out for yourself to see what you think.
She has two Maybelline Lash Stiletto to giveaway! The giveaway begins today and ends next Monday. You have two chances to win. One is by following me on Twitter and the second way to win would be to subscribe to my feed.
If you already do this you don’t have to do anything, you’ll be automatically entered to win! International readers can of course join in for win as well!