It’s almost time for my October Boxycharm to come, and despite the craziness and stress of this month, I think I have had enough time to try out my products and give my honest review on the September package.
1. The “Soiree Diaries” Palette by Pür Cosmetics – US$34
This is an above average neutral palette. The formula is not very opaque but very buildable, which makes it a great palette for transition shades – to apply depth, contour and highlight to the lids. It blends out nicely and since the shades are neutral, the palette is easy for beginners to colour coordinator.
2. Face Perfecting Brush by Bare Minerals – US$28
I wasn’t a big fan of this brush. What I did like about this brush was that the bristles are dense and look like very good quality and the design is sturdy and well made, but the brush is a little to stiff for my liking, and I found it to be rough on my skin.
I use a full coverage foundation, and it felt like it dragged my foundation around more then buffing it. I tried to use it to stipple, but still foundthat I wasn’t happy with the finish or the blend.
3. “Don’t Despair, Repair” Conditioning Mask by Briogeo – US$20
I like the ingredients in this mask. The first thing is that it has no sulphates, silicones or parabens. It has a 98% naturally derived formula, consisting of argan oils, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, algae extract, and aloe. These are all ingredients that are shown to improve the health of hair.
My hair is very thick and coarse though and the amount I got didn’t go far. I couldn’t see any obvious results immediately and I definitely didn’t have enough product to see long term results.
Although I might recommend this to someone with finer or thinner hair, I couldn’t justify myself spending $20 on a a product that I might get 3 uses out of. It is a little out of my price range.
4. Eyebrows by Mac – US$18
I really liked how natural the colour of this pencil was. It was a darker shade of my natural eyebrows, which was perfect.
However, I found it so incredibly frustrating because the tip of the pencil kept breaking off on me. If I kept the crayon low, I didn’t get a thin edge and even if it was a millimeter out, it broke off on me. So within a month, I’ve probably wasted way more than I used. At US$18, that is a lot of money down the drain.
5. Ultra Satin Lip by Colourpop – in colour “Mess Around” – US$6
I have had very mixed feelings about Colourpop Lippies. I see a lot of hype and a lot of people seem to really love them, but my verdict is still out.
I’ll try to do a more thorough review when I have some more of the product, but for now I’ll give just a few thoughts on this lippie:
This shade is a very neutral brown. It doesn’t have any undertones to tint the shade – it is a straight-up, rich and warm-toned brown. I do really like the shade but I’m not sure brown on the lips is really my style. The formula is moussey and it goes on very smooth, neat and opaque.
I apologize, but I haven’t had a chance to wear this lipstick over a period of time so I can’t comment on the wear. I do know that previous Colourpop lipsticks I tried were pretty drying and flaked off after about 2 hours, but they were mattes and not a satin finish.
6. Luminous Loose Blush by Studio Makeup – US$35
This blush is crazy pigmented. A little goes a very long way, and there is quite a bit of product in the container. This is a coral colour with a very slight highlight. The formula goes on smooth and silky but it doesn’t blend out very easily – in my opinion. Overall though, I think its a very good blush and even though the price is kind of high, I think it would last a really long time so it would be worth buying.
Putting them to Use:
I was really impressed with the quality and quantity of products that came in my first Boxycharm. I’m really excited to see what I get for October’s Boxycharm – “Spellbound”.