The Muse sure is working hard at finding good budget beauty finds. I’m trying guys, I’m really trying. Many of you have e-mailed me asking please can I do more budget beauty finds and I’ve been seriously doing my homework and searching out cheaper options that work well for the price but it’s hard work and about 95% of the time I end up disappointed.
One such case of disappointment recently was my test of mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom. This one really sounded like a nice find plus the price sure was sweet but sadly it’s a no go.
Read ahead to find out what I thought!
mark is Avon’s younger sister company that has a wide variety of items available for a younger crowd of makeup junkies. Almost everything I’ve every purchased from mark has been a winner as the quality is great, the price is wonderful, and quality is most definitely there.
Recently, when I noticed the release of mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom I decided to give it a go since I’m quite a big fan of mark Glossblossom I automatically assumed that mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom would be a rave. Sadly, it turned out to be a waste of $6.
mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom mimics Smashbox O-Glow offering a tinted gel blush that reacts with your skin’s chemistry to give your face a natural pink flush. On the plus side of the pink flush you’ll also get a hint of golden shimmer, take that Smashbox O-Glow! Pink cheeks and gold shimmer! w00t! Yes, well the gold shimmer effect may be there but the pink cheeks not so much.
The texture of the product feels pretty much like Smashbox O-Glow with that slightly silicon feel but a good deal more gel-like and quite greasy so don’t try applying this over foundation as it’ll smear terribly. I tried out a dab at first with no results so of course I proceeded to apply a good dime size amount on my cheeks to see if that would help, again nothing. Aside from a faint gold shimmer the product fails at offering a pink flush, in short it does absolutely nothing.
The idea is fabulous combining a pink stain with faint golden shimmer but sadly it fails to work at all and does absolutely nothing aside from leaving behind a greasy feeling and a tiny bit of gold sparkle.
At $6 USD it’s not like I broke the bank with the purchase but I can’t help but feel what a waste it was. Truly a budget beauty find gone terribly wrong.
Skip this one, not worth your cash!
No stash, but definitely a trash.
Read more bad reviews on mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom at shop.meetmark.com
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mark is busy being romantic for the upcoming Valentine season as we can see from the updates on it’s site!
The Muse was browsing the site and noticed a few choice little kits that are sure to seduce, tempt, and make you flush with pleasure when you see them!
mark supposedly hearts these kits and really the Muse may feel the same. $20 USD snags you one of two kits for a bold or a demure look…the Muse isn’t picky she’ll take either.
Flirt 101 Kit Includes:
- i-mark Magaic and South Beach Eyeshadows
- mark Kissink in red siren
- mark Juice Gems in Juicy Cherry Pop
Love 4 Ever Kit Includes:
- i-mark in Cake and Luvstruck Eyeshadows
- mark Kissink in Berry Bitten
- mark Juicy Gems in Juicy Cassis
What’s not to love with these sweet little kits?
mark Candy Kisses Lip Glosses are $10 USD but you can snag ‘em for $6 USD if you purchase anything off the site. The kit includes three candy shaped compacts filled with deliciously scented and flavored gloss!
All in all a rather cute little selection of goodies for the upcoming Valentine Day season and of course Spring!
Tell the Muse!
The mark site has been updated with the Holiday Collection for 2008! I have many International readers so I’m just going to take a brief moment out and explain that mark is a branch off of Avon. Avon caters to a more mature audience and mark was created to appeal to teens and women in their twenties (or in the Muse’s case women in their thirties! What can I say, I never grew up!).
Although I’m a big supporter of mark, I do feel that sometimes there Holiday coffrets are a tad bit overpriced for what you get so I highly recommend searching E-bay for a good deal on these items as they end up there for much cheaper prices!
Four gifts sets have been introduced for the Holiday and they are pretty much the same as years passed aside from the packaging. They are all actually very cute it’s just the price that puts me off slightly!
mark Most Loved Eyes Kit $16 USD
Includes the following:
I-Sheer in Meringue, Mousse, Praline, Sorbert, and Galcee
Metalliner in Blue Chrome and Quick SIlver
On the Edge Liquid Eyeliner in Cleo
Packaged in a Red Makeup Pouch
mark Most Loved Lips $16 USD
Includes the following:
Glow Baby Glow in Sweet Talk and Player
Metalluscious Gloss in Opulence and Majesty
Glow Baby Glow Luxe in Pearl Luxe and Melon Luxe
Packaged in a Red Makeup Pouch
You can see what I mean from the above sets when I say that the gift sets are a tad bit high costing. At $16 USD these are SUPER mini glosses and eyeshadow items. For a few dollars more I can indulge in a MAC gift set that has WAY bigger sizes!
Now the mark Serious Case of Glam Train Case is well worth it’s price tag at $32 USD considering it contains full sized products plus a rather nice case to tote them around in!
The mark Serious Case of Glam Train Case contains the following:
Sydney Flip For it Color Kit (Four Lip Glosses, Two Shadows, and a Blush)
Glow Xpert Face Shimmer in Champagne Glow
On the Edge Liquid Eyeliner in Medusa
Limited Edition Brush Set (5 pieces)
And finally the last item available is the mark Glamourlicious Lips Mini Juice Gems Set for $12 USD.
This contains four mini glosses flavored in Gingerbread, Candy Cane, Apple Cobbler, and Ice Cookie.
If you’re loving these they are available now on mark’s website!
Tell the Muse!
mark Earth Face Glow
mark Gorgeous Eyes Trio
mark Pure Eye and Lip Strips
Look! Dontcha want ‘em?
After all the insanity of Holiday Collection that I’ve been bombarding you with lately I’m sure you needed a break and wanted to hear more about Fall!
Check out mark’s new Earth Face Glow powders! Sweet right?
These quite remind me of many of the highlighting powders released by Banila Co and VOV and also somewhat like a MAC MSF too!
At $7 USD each you can afford to indulge in one or all three! I want to check these out because they really look quite pretty and I wouldn’t mind a bit of shimmer and sparkle on my cheeks!
They are available in three shades Pebbles (Soft Peach Shimmer), Quartz (Rose Shimmer), and Solar (Gold Shimmer).
I bet if you check E-bay you could probably get ‘em for $4-$5!
Yes, the Muse must go and check now because she thinks she needs these on the double!
mark Summer Gorgeous Eye Trios
mark Glossblossom Lip Tint Review
mark Customize your Shimmer Palettes
Sugar Sweet Cheeks Baked Blush Review
Missha Shimmering Over Blush Review
Enjoy a trio of fab eyeshadows on a budget for $7 USD from mark!
Me wants to the green trio! Can’t go wrong for the price either!
Budget your lip gloss purchases by glancing at my review of mark’s Glossblossom Ripening Tint Lipgloss!
Indulge your need (and greed) for palettes while keeping your costs down with mark’s new Eye and Lip Strip Palettes!