May 17, 2016

My Blush Cost $2.99 and I Love It But It Cost Me A Scary Trip to K-Mart

Jordana Blush

It’s a really great feeling when you find a super cheap makeup products that actually works. Let’s face it, we all have preconceived notion that if we pay more for something that automatically means it’ll be great. So, not the case. There are plenty of products but in the makeup world and outside of it such as clothes, electronics, accessories, etc…that are pretty expensive but absolutely nothing like we expect them to be once we get them home!

This is very much the case in the makeup world particularly. I think there are plenty of products that are worth the splurge but I also think there are plenty of items that are grossly overpriced with major performance issues.

So, when I do discover something super cheap makeup product or another that actually works I’m always pretty darn happy about that. Because, hey, no one actually expects to pay $3 for some makeup item and have it work.

Jordana Powder Blush ($2.99) is a pretty darn good example of less is better but I had to take a trip through a scary K-mart to enjoy the fruits of my labor.

I ventured into K-Mart several days ago for the first time in like 100 years. I honestly haven’t been in a K-Mart since I was like eight or something. I felt sure that the place would crumble down around me for being being absent for so long. Sadly, it didn’t welcome me with open arms but merely a big old hot mess with clothes littering the floor, a maze of carts to get around, crying, screaming children, the scent of pizza in the air, and a makeup aisle that had a ton of opened swatched cosmetics and empty displays.

Jordana Powder Blush

Jordana Powder Blush swatches

This was surely how Dante felt as he passed through the gates of hell and read the inscription “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate” (Abandon all hope, ye who enter here).

I went in because I was really hopeful I’d come across the Jordana Made to Last Liquid Eyeshadows display and grab up some of the shades that have been sold out. Such a bad, bad idea because the Jordana display was wrecked like you would not believe and there was definitely no eyeshadows to be had. The good news? A lone shade of Jordana Powder Blush in Touch of Pink was available. I turned to my friend Mattie at this point and said, “Must be faith!”

You see I love and own the Color Tint Blushes but I don’t own any of the powder blushes!

I’m glad I picked that one, lonely shade up because it’s a keeper! The blush has a soft, silky consistency that blends easily onto cheeks. In the pan, it appears quite sheer but swatched and applied the color applies quite pigmented. Touch of Pink is pretty pinky apricot that gives a nice glow to my cheeks. It wears for a solid eight hours on my cheeks and hello, I only paid $3 bucks for it. Score!

jordana blush fotd

The question that begs answering though is would I venture into K-Mart again to grab up another Jordana Powder Blush?

If you can guarantee they’d have more shades I’d take the chance ๐Ÿ˜‰

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A great beauty budget pick up.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Carly

    Yeah… K Mart is like a bankrupt Wal Mart. Every single one I’ve been to is super sketchy, understaffed, and has some major repair needs.

  • Denise

    Oh, how I wish I hadn’t seen your pictures! Now I really want this blush. But my local K Mart is uber skeevy, and I haven’t been there since the 2015 Easter Peeps shortage. Maybe I’ll check out eBay, first.

    • Isabella Muse

      wait what? peeps shortage? I just liked K-Mart is a little more lol! I hate peeps! I have a theory they plan to take over the world, peeps shortage is a good thing YAY k-mart lol! Jordana’s website sells these so no reason to go to K-world!

      • Denise

        I’m not a peeps fan, either, except once a year when I make an Easter cake decorated with them. Last year, they inexplicably became impossible to find a week out from the holiday. K-Mart was where I finally found some!

        • Isabella Muse

          You should be ashamed our yourself. You’re aiding them in their master plan to take over the world. The more you buy, the more you use them, the more you eat them, the more are produced, their army grows larger and larger and it’s not only easter anymore! It’s Summer! it’s Halloween! It’s Christmas!

  • Jay

    I just recently went to K-Mart and picked up a bunch of Jordana products that I can’t find in Walgreens (eyeshadow sticks, liquid lipsticks). The cosmetic department was disgusting. When I was younger K-Mart was Walmart but slightly more classy lol–I mean hello, they carry the Martha Stewart collection! I wish the stores weren’t falling apart because the prices are quite good. Anywho, Jordana blushes are fab! Sometimes they’re packed a little hard in the pan, like MAC eyeshadows, but the quality is unbelievable. I’d even call them better than the Wet n Wild blushes b/c they don’t shatter as easily.

    • Isabella Muse

      Ugh K-Mart was a nightmare. I needed a shower after lol! But it was worth it for the blush hehe!

  • Heidi

    I live about a mile from a Kmart and rarely venture inside for the reasons you described. Then I get curious maybe once a year and always end up hunting high and low for an unopened something — usually a Jordana or a new Wet n Wild LE item. The prices are decent, but the experience is so sad…
    Tell me, did you have to wait in line for 20 minutes behind two customers?

    • Isabella Muse

      omg yes yes I did. More like 30 minutes. First the store was packed and they had two cashiers open that were slow as hell. They proceeded to open two more cash registers and still, I got no where. I was seriously there for 30 minutes to buy one blush and an eyeshadow. The cashiers were working on two speeds, SLOW and SLOWEST. ugh horrible.

      • NJ

        that’s often the case here too. I spent a half hour trying to buy a Snoopy shirt with no tag. Good night -it was like trying to reinvent the wheel.

  • Christine Joy Luikuo

    I have this blush too! It’s really pretty and cheap. Too bad that I’m not a blush girl. I always bring it to work but rarely use it.

  • Kimmwc03

    LOL. I know what you mean about K-Mart. I rarely go there (once a year maybe) but when I do I always look for Jordana stuff. I bought one blush there a few years ago and love it but I haven’t had luck lately. I loved K-Mart as a kid; what happened????

  • Agona

    K-Mart only got worse when Sears bought them. It reminds me of Family Guy, where Peter walks into the Sears and it’s all post-apocalyptic and is like, “We need clothes for the cold times.” I avoid Ross for the same reasons. JC Penny’s is starting to get there too…

    • Agona

      Good find though! Treasure hunt discoveries are always fun (love me some Marshall’s/TJ Maxx’s) but not when I fear for my life. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Isabella Muse

        Hahaha! Me too! Sometimes you find some good stuff at Home Goods/TJ Maxx!

    • Isabella Muse

      HA ;-D I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Ross and I def avoid JC Penny and Sears like the plague but I took a chance on K-Mart only to come out of it with battle wounds ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Fae

    The last time I went to a Kmart (why? I must have been delirious and desperate) it was nearly empty except for what seemed like two or three employees. It had a post-apocalyptic vibe to the place. So creepy. But that location and most of the Kmarts around my area are closed down and I am definitely not disappointed. It’s a shame that Walgreens’ Jordana display does not include more products like their powder blushes.

    • Isabella Muse

      The one I went to was pretty packed but took AGES to get checked out!

    • Maria

      My local Kmart is also ALWAYS practically empty! It’s one of the only one’s still around, and I have no idea how. There are never really any customers, and only one cashier around. I go there specifically for makeup – when other places are sold out of something, it’s going to be there because no one ever shops there! They have a pretty big makeup dept. There’s also tubs of discount stuff, since it never gets bought, and I’ve gotten some super cheap nail polishes out of there. It’s unsettling to be in there though, like I broke in after closing or something ๐Ÿ™

  • Jane

    I love Kmart despite its sad mismanagement. All my college towels and sheets came from there, Martha Stewart Collection and Made in the USA, thank you very much. Actually, both towels and bedspread keep plugging along! This is a digression and a deflection against my rent at how corporations have ruined businesses!

    I find at Kmart (or found, rather; the ones anywhere near me have long since closed) that you have to look high and low and on weird end caps, but when I did! Gems! That doesn’t change the fact that dirtbags ruin all the makeup by swatching though, you’re right.

    Sorry. I’m ranty today.

    • Isabella Muse

      haha go ahead and rant. I have to say the makeup aisles were a disgrace. Worst I have ever seen in my life. Everything was opened! Displays and displays of stuff in opened, leaky packaging!

  • Rachel R.

    Our local Kmart is so bad, I stopped shopping there years ago. I don’t know how the heck it stays in business.

  • Carol

    Well girls, I’m in the minority here because my Kmart is actually pretty decent and in the last few months they have totally revamped their makeup section. The Jordana blushes are excellent, I have three of them. And they had all the shades of the Jordana Liquid eyeshadows and the new summer Wet N Wild collection also. Very impressed. If my Walgreens doesn’t have something, I always check Kmart and 9 times out of 10 they have what I’m looking for. (Total disclaimer: I live in a small town and the Kmart is our only dept. store so that might be why it’s pretty nice/well stocked).

    • Agona

      That makes sense. In larger areas, they tend to plop those down in low-income run-down areas of town, but if your town is so small that there isn’t separate areas of town, I guess people would treat it differently! (I live between DC and Baltimore, btw, so I’m squeezed between two metropolitan areas.)

  • Ann

    Muse, you crack me up. So today I had off work and ventured like 20-25 mins from my house to the only Kmart I know of. It was experience to say the least. I have nooo idea how they stay open. The building is huge and there was few people in the entire store. But I did find all the Jordana blushes. I picked up the colors apple cheeks and hot rasberry. I have dark olive skin so thought these would be best. Also a great find, a Pixel party proof liquid eyeliner in the color coral. It is a muted orange, soo cool for summer. They did have half the Jordana liquid eyeshadows but I thought they looked too much like the Elf smudge pots which perform amazing. So why mess with a good thing?

    • Isabella Muse

      Ha ๐Ÿ™‚ Ann that actually sounds like a way better than experience than my own! At least they actually had stuff ๐Ÿ˜€ Let me know how the blushes work out for you!!!!!!!!

  • Lorrie

    Surprisingly my Kmart is clean and often has cashiers waiting to help you except the hour before it closes they are down to two employees with long lines. My gripe is their security follows me around everytime, while tweekers are probably pocketing items in the electronics section. I don’t know, but I think they’d rather target a woman than try to confront someone who looks like they’d stab them. I never feel relaxed to shop for makeup there. Saves me money!

    • Isabella Muse

      I had the same problem! Not following around but at the door I was asked for my receipt. I was like, really? I have a $2.99 blush and a $1.99 eyeshadow in the bag. If I wanted to steal something I’d go big not small hahahaha!

  • Quinctia

    There was a K-mart in the city my sister was living in a few years ago that was, no joke, the best K-mart I’d ever seen in my entire life. It was clean, shiny, seemed to be well stocked. Of course, the chain did their reduction and that good one was one of the ones to go.

  • CL

    KMart is long gone from my area. They went downhill fast about 20 years ago. The last time I was in one was on a trip to Philadelphia. They have one in a downtown mall, and it actually was in pretty good shape, surprisingly.

  • Zovesta

    You look beautiful, Muse!! Love the look you did today, and that’s a beautiful blush for sure. =D

    I, uh. K-Mart and Target are the expensive stores I don’t go into. =); I often confuse the two because they’re both bright, clean, red & white, organized, and pricey. *shrug* Your description sounds like Hancock Fabrics now that it’s closing, except replace the “screaming children” with “hushed, ashen, weathered looking middle aged women” and “the smell of pizza” with “the smell of death”. >_>

    • Isabella Muse

      thank you dear! ๐Ÿ™‚ LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! I can’t say I have a Hancock Fabrics around here but I’d like to find one just for the sake of experiencing the smell of decaying fabric ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lorraine

    I too ventured into a K-mart for the first time in a long time recently. I think about 12 years…
    Anyway it was messy, badly lit, makeup section was all torn apart with items opened and out of place/low stock, etc.
    The juniors clothing section had just been neatened because it was almost close so that was nice.

  • Samantha

    Did you contact KMart headquarters and let them know your local store is in need of improvement, or did you just contain it to complaining on here for a “funny” (I use that term loosely) post. Nothing will get better if customers don’t let the people in charge know. You have a wide range with this blog that could do some good and maybe even help save people’s jobs instead of sniping and complaining. And no, I don’t work for kmart. I would just prefer to not see any more places go out of business.

    • Isabella Muse

      Nope, sorry I didn’t, Samantha! Sorry this post upset you!

  • Paula K

    LOL! Sorry I’m late to the party here..but I saw this post on Blushberry Beauty Daily and just had to read it. Not only because of the Kmart reference but also because I have been trying to figure out if Jordana products are any good. Anyhow, I haven’t been to Kmart in ages although the 1 that is close to me is quite nice. Kmart is going out of business so my friend wanted to go later this afternoon and I figured why not maybe I can score some good deals….then I read this! There is no way that I am going there! Can you imagine what a nightmare scene I would be walking into? LOL! I will just sit at home and see what they have online!

    • Isabella Muse

      They have some very nice stuff Paula ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s worth indulging, but do it online if possible haha! ๐Ÿ™‚