Drugstore Deals: Neutrals

I bought the Rimmel Trio below when I was looking for a cheap neutral palette. It is Rimmel’s Glam Eyes 621 “Orion” ($4.99). I love all three shades together or used separately. The largest midtone brown is great for throwing on with just mascara on the weekends.
I really wanted to be more impressed with Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in “Tough as Taupe” ($6.99). I love their shade “Bad to the Bronze” and use it often. The taupe shade just doesn’t last as well on my lids, and I find it more difficult to blend evenly. Thinking I may try using it in a smudgy eyeliner look. Generally I’m impressed with the whole line of Color Tattoo shadows and this one certainly won’t keep me from trying others!

RimmelEyes

“Black Cherry” by Revlon

Rarely do I ever remember to apply lipstick after I leave my apartment in the morning. “Black Cherry” by Revlon may change that. I put it on my fall list after reading Meg’s review of Revlon’s Just Bitten balm stains from¬†lipssofacto.com. She has good insights on products (U.K. and U.S.), and I encourage you to check out her blog. In tube Black Cherry looks deceivingly dark and gothic. Slicked on it is a lovely plum/wine color. I purchased mine at CVS for $8.99 (with a $3 reward back for all you CVS ExtraBucks people). Top left and swatches were taken in natural light. Top right was taken indoors.Black Cherry - Revlon

I surrender.

whiteflagI can’t do BB creams. I. Just. Can’t. Spending more than 10 minutes doing my makeup on a daily basis has never been a talent of mine. BB Creams seem like the ideal I have been seeking. “All-In-One!” Yes! “SPF!” Yes! “Will make you look perfect!” YES! Sign me up, I will sell my soul for your product. Alas, tis but a dream. Expensive products aside (NARS, YSL, etc.), the lack of shades means it took forever for me just to find a product worth trying. Some have spf, some don’t…some covered but were too oily, others were just a tinted moisturizer in disguise. I broke down recently and decided to try Rimmel’s BB cream. 20130608_152339¬†While the color was the closest I’d come to for a match, the formula was way to thick for my combo/oily skin. (FYI there is Shea butter on the ingredient list. My fault for not noticing that in store.) After a couple hours I couldn’t bear the heavy feel, or worrying that my face was overly shiny. If you’re like me and have some scarring from previous spots/blemishes you will need to touch up those areas with concealer. Normally most BB’s don’t provide that kind of coverage. As for me I will be going back to my usual “self-made tints.” Revlon’s ColorStay in Buff is what I use daily, applied after my spf moisturizer with a latex-free makeup sponge. Usually I just dot and blend it around where I feel necessary. On more casual makeup days I will mix a drop or two with whatever moisturizer I’m using and blend with my fingers. Since I would have to apply the BB’s with spf practically everywhere on my face for sun protection anyways, keeping my spf/moisture routine separate from my foundation makes sense. This way I ensure full moisture/spf coverage while only using my cover-up where necessary.