Monday, November 11, 2013

Review: Covergirl Lash Blast Clump Crusher

Product: Covergirl Lash Blast Clump Crusher

Review: I think this is hands-down one of the best mascaras I've tried, and I've tried a freaking amount of mascaras. When I'm not wearing makeup, it pretty much looks like I have no lashes, because they're short-ish, fine, and have no natural curl to them. So, I've been looking all over for a mascara that makes my lashes look long, lush and basically more like my little sister's, who has lashes to kill for. Seriously. Why did I have to get the wimpy lash genes? UGH. So jealous. Anyway...

When I use this mascara, my lashes are insanely long and separated. It looks like I was naturally blessed with perfect lashes, meaning it's versatile enough for dramatic and everyday looks. I always apply it after curling my lashes, using the side-to-side-then-blink method of application and I normally only use the "comb" side first, because I like to control exactly how much is applied.

Thus far, I haven't had any issues with clumping or flaking, which apparently some people have experienced. I have seen a flake here or there if I accidentally mess with my lashes, but that's a given with a lot of mascaras out there, even the high-end ones. If you rub your eyes, you're going to have messed up mascara. It's only logical. As for clumping, I wonder if it's an application thing, because the way I do it, it's pretty impossible for my lashes to clump up. I think it could also be a formula thing, like a bad batch, because my current tube is pretty damn clumpless.

Either way, the brush is awesome. So much length! So much separation! I plan on washing and saving the brushes every time I run out of this stuff, because no brush has ever separated and defined my lashes in such a magical fashion. In my opinion, it does a better job with my lashes than any other mascara out there, because it doesn't create volume by glomping all my lashes together into sad spider legs that I have to spend ages combing out. Winning all around! But not if you get a batch that clumps and flakes excessively, I guess.

Grade: B+ (points deducted for possible manufacturing issues)

Price: $7-ish

Where to buy: Any place with drugstore brands

Friday, November 8, 2013

Review: Kat von D Lock-It Powder Foundation



Review: I tried this after I ran out of my normal Bare Minerals foundation. It had just come out with rave reviews, so I was excited to try it. This is what it claims to do:

Day or night and everything in between, this budge-proof foundation promises flawless coverage around the clock. The buildable formula evens the complexion and hides imperfections—all without the need for touch-ups. Smudge- and sweat-proof, this foundation won’t cake or crease and the velvety texture wears with a breathable, light touch.

Lofty claims, right? I mean, it sounds like my dream powder foundation. I wanted something with higher coverage that didn't look cakey, because a) I like to disguise my freckles and b) I get really red when I'm angry/embarrassed/drinking an alcoholic beverage. My foundation needs to help combat the flush factor by balancing out my skin, and pretty much every powder foundation I've tried has just been OK for this issue. And I also have the issue of it not lasting for a full 8 hours. Irritating. So yeah, that's my skin background. 

So, let's attack these claims, shall we? Because the product didn't live up to the hype, in my opinion. First off, I wasn't impressed with the coverage. I tried it with a brush, I tried it with a sponge, and either the coverage was too weak or it started to look super powdery, which means it's not actually all that buildable or natural-looking. Second off, it wore off by the end of the work day even with my most hard-core primer. And third, it is totally not sweat proof. I tested that out by doing a light workout to see how it held up. HAHAHA, fail. 

The one thing that it has going for it is that it is matte. Like really, really matte. It will suck up oil like nobody's business. And it slightly balanced my skin tone. Long story short, I feel like this is better off as a finishing powder than an actual powder foundation. If you want a powder foundation, there are better ones out there at the same price point or less. 

Rating: C

Price: $34

Where to buy: Sephora