It’s been a fairly slow Spring for makeup launches or at least it feels like that to me. We had a very busy Fall/Holiday season with makeup and collections that seemed to be releasing every other week. As Spring approached it felt like the launches were a little more spaced apart which was pretty helpful to our wallets.
As now it seems like there are sales every single day. First Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty, followed by Sephora’s Spring Event, Ulta’s Spring Haul Event, 15% Off at Macy’s, and soon after 20% at Ulta. Phew. I dunno about you but my smoking debit card can use a break.
Here’s some items that stood out for me over the last few months and others that didn’t really capture my attention. See if you agree with my makeup hits and misses.
I have to admit I find myself reaching quite often for Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette. If you like warmer nudes I don’t think you should be without it. The formula is soft, silky, and buttery with a stunning color pay off. It should be owned by one and all makeup lovers. This one was a hit!
Another fine example of excellently formulated eyeshadows comes from the Milani Bold Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette! I honestly expected this to suck and I’m sorry for every thinking that. These shadows are so creamy and buttery with amazing pigmentation. They apply beautifully and although a touch expensive for a drugstore palette I can honestly say I’d pay more for it since the formula is so top notch!
The buzz in eyeshadow palette land at the moment would be the Maybelline Lemonade Craze Eyeshadow Palette. Maybelline is hard at work trying to make this one go viral and succeeding. It’s a unique round of shades for a drugstore brand with pops of bright yellow and playful fuchsia. The formula wasn’t the best I’ve ever tried but I have to admit something draws me in with this little guy and I find myself eager for Summer so I can use it more often. I’m placing it under hits. When I originally reviewed it I urged people to buy and try it for themselves and I still feel the same about it. It’s a palette you have to experience and in the long run, crummy formula aside, I think you’ll enjoy it too!
Speaking of palettes two you can miss would be Too Faced White Peach Eyeshadow Palette and Urban Decay Petite Heat Eyeshadow Palette. Naked Heat Petite was a palette many, many people were looking forward to hoping that it would include transitional shades that the original full-size Heat Eyeshadow Palette failed to include. However, the palette failed to deliver anything truly unique or new nor did it work as an ideal companion to it’s bigger sister. Fairer tones might find it useful but the White Peach Eyeshadow Palette’s range of shades just didn’t do it for me. These felt shadows felt chalk and blended away easily during application. Not my idea of quality.
Moving away from palettes can we discuss what a fail some of Becca’s Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer was? Or at least it was for me as most everyone else I see reviewing it on Sephora or elsewhere is raving it. This dense primer was supposed to fill fine lines and prep for concealer but I felt like the texture was just too firm to do much. Not to mention this promised to reduce puffiness but really if you’re puffy eyes are due to age issues this isn’t going to help!
Other primers I thought were a miss? Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer which everyone and their mom is talking about at the moment. I purchased it quick as a flash and tore open the box with my teeth when it arrived. I was that excited about this. Sadly, the formula feels very slick on my drier skin. I am still actively trying to love this. I swear if it’s the last thing I do I’m going to make this somehow work for me!
And in the lipstick and lipgloss world we have a few hits and misses. Lipstick Queen’s The Dating Game Lipstick gets a huge rave for me. Bright colors, fun shades, and a creamy easy to apply formula makes this is a hit. NYX Strictly Vinyl Lipgloss gets a nice creamy full-coverage lipgloss that feels and looks more like a liquid lipstick and performs like a boss which makes it a hit. As for misses I’d suggest skipping Flower Beauty Mix n’ Matte Lip Duos! The formula was oddly clumpy, dry, and just not to my liking at all! These are a safe miss!
Feel free to share your current hits and misses!