The products to be reviewed today aren’t new, but some might be curious to try these affordable makeup and who knows, you might want to replace your current high-end products.
Essence Long-Lasting Eye Pencils ($2.4 each at Ulta)
Rating Kisses (out of 5):
I’ve been having problems with my oily and hooded eyelids. These eyeliners resist pretty well and last quite long. The lines won’t smudge unless I’m outside under the hot sun for a long time and sweat. That is when a little bit will transfer onto under my eyes, but not a lot. I’ve have tried some other brands but didn’t find anything as sweat-resistant as this one. The application probably isn’t as smooth as the high-end brands but not too hard either. It will get a little dry after a few months so a little warming up the product on your hand will help. So the conclusion is I like them very much because they’re very good for the price, but not great.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams ($5.99 each at Ulta)
I ordered these lip creams because of the raves I saw everywhere. Among the 22 shades available, I own 5: Antwerp, Morocco, Amsterdam, Monte Carlo and Prague. My favorite is Monte Carlo which is a gorgeous wearable cool red making my teeth very white, hehe. The consistency is creamy and very thick, doesn’t look like being in a liquid form, unlike the 3CE Lip Lacquers. However, it feels very light on lips or literally doesn’t feel like I have anything on. It also means that it is not moisturizing.
|Left to Right: Antwerp, Morocco, Amsterdam, Monte Carlo and Prague (I forgot to take a photo of Morocco on my lips but you can see here that it’s a reddish orange)|
|Antwerp – looks pink to me, not coral.|
|Prague – very pretty Fall color!|
Rating Kisses (out of 5):
– Beautiful matte finish
– Color is vibrant and opaque.
– Nice vanilla scent
– Once set, it stays forever with minimal eating and drinking. After eating/drinking, it does fade but leaves a stain so don’t worry about looking dead when it’s gone.
– Feels lightweight
– A tad drying.
– Take a while before it’s set; before then, it will transfer.
– There seems to be too little product in the tube. I’ve used Antwerp for only 3-4 times and there’s barely any product left. (Hmm, did I get a used one? …)
NYX Powder Blush #Cinnamon ($5.99 at Ulta)
Another popular product from NYX. I bought it just to get this orange color; normally other brands only have some type of a peachy shade.
Rating kisses (out of 5):
– Smooth texture, easy to blend
– Lovely color
– Pigmentation is not very good.
– Doesn’t stay long.