I Lost All My Makeup, So Here's What I Bought
Last weekend, my boyfriend and I headed to Pittsburgh. As soon as we got off work on Friday evening, we hurriedly packed our bags, took the dog…and headed off into New York traffic. Our first and only pit stop was around midnight, seven hours later, hungry and semi-delirious. Barely talking to one another from the exhaustion, we re-fueled, ate a quick bite, and got on the road again.
But when we finally arrived - two and a half hours later - I realized I was missing something...my bag. Inside, the contents of my life: my wallet, my credit cards, my kindle, my chargers, my tampons, my…entire makeup bag. Having hurriedly grabbed whatever I treasured the most and stuffed everything into my larger makeup pouched (I went for the “more is more” method), I lost three luxury mascaras I was still testing (and wanted to review for you here), all my Nars products, my favorite tinted moisturizer (Laura Mercier) and top lipsticks, and about 40 other prized, loved, and treasured makeup items.
It’s frivolous. I know. But makeup gives me excitement. I don’t go for $400 bags. I don’t drool over Louboutin shoes. I dip my fingers in paint pots at makeup counters and tap the powders and burry my nose in its perfume and indulge in all the different color lipsticks and revel in trying one on. It’s me at my most feminine point, it’s me in my comfort zone, and as a result, it’s where I splurge the most.
The credit cards, they’ve been replaced (and the three Walmart.com charges that were made on them after losing my bag have been refunded). The makeup bag and its contents, though, that will take a while. This would have been a perfect time to put what I laid out in my last post into action, I still wanted to be able to make myself up if we went out (which we did). So to save money, I went to Walgreens and purchased the basics.
Here’s the breakdown of what I purchased, and what I think about them:
1. L’Oreal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner: I find that it’s hard to find a good drugstore eyeliner. I’ve written in the past about liking the L’Oreal Telescopic Eyeliner, but it still doesn’t hold a candle to my all-time favorite: the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner (which I've already repurchased at the time of writing).
Pros: The L’Oreal offering is actually a really good contender. The tip (which I find the hardest to nail) is long and thin enough to be precise, and it’s one of the best drugstore eyeliners I’ve tried (I think I might like it even better than the telescopic eyeliner).
Cons: Though I love the shape of the tip, the texture is a bit scratchy. The ink doesn’t flow as freely as with other eyeliners, you have to press a little harder. In terms of longevity, it’s not horrible, but not great. I definitely have to reapply mid-day.
2. L’Oreal Silkissime Eyeliner: You don’t have to splurge to find really great affordable pencil eyeliners. NYX’s Tres Jolie is a great example. In high school, all I wore was NYC’s $2 eyeliners and women always stopped me to ask what it was. Wanting to mix things up, though, I went for this L’Oreal one as well, and HOLY SHIT is it pigmented.
Pros: As noted above, it’s extremely pigmented, glides on super easily and intensely. Longevity is average.
Cons: Beware the panda eyes when taking off your makeup (though I guess it doesn’t really matter). I have NEVER seen so much black on my face when wiping this product off. My Glossier Milky Gel Cleanser isn't enough to get this out, I need to go back in with a micellar water. It's also tough to sharpen, the pencil is a tad too thick for the average sharpener, which makes it awkward to precisely sharpen.
3. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara: For mascaras, I am less adventurous. I stick to what I know and like, and this one falls under that category.
Pros: Holds a curl really well, makes beautifully long and thick lashes.
Cons: None! It’s a truly fantastic mascara.
4. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer: I have an annoying undereye area. Everything I’ve put over my undereye circles creases, and I have tried tons of concealers. This one is top of my list, above luxury offerings as well. If it delivered a tiny bit more coverage, it would be perfection in a bottle.
Pros: extremely lightweight, undetectable on the skin
Cons: Poor color offering, not enough coverage
5. L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation: This was a total splurge. I’m not someone who feels the need to wear foundation, but being that I wanted to look my best if we decided to go out, and because I had just lost my favorite base, I was too tempted.
Pros: It’s incredibly dewy, light in texture, and somewhat buildable (light-medium finish). This definitely beats out A LOT of my higher-end foundations out of the ball-park. It’s a complete win for me, and I’m so glad I spent a little more on this than I normally would for a drugstore product.
Cons: The price to product-amount ratio isn’t very good. If you have oily skin, this will most likely not work for you (I have combination skin and I have to skip it on hot, humid days). Wear-time is below average.
6. Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush (shade 325B, Pearlescent Pink): Because I decided to spend more on my base, and because I was within a pretty tight budget, I wanted to spend the least as possible on blush. At $2 a blush, you really can’t go wrong with this one. Out of all the new products I purchased above, this is perhaps my favorite discovery. It’s extremely flattering on my skin-tone, lasts all day (definitely one of the longest-wearing blush I’ve ever tried on), and it looks like a better, cheaper version of Nars’ much praised Orgasm blush. Win, win, win.
Pros: Beautiful color, long-lasting. Slight shimmer but barely noticeable on the skim.
Cons: Slightly too pigmented, which can make blush application a little hard, but it’s not chalky and it still blends out nicely. The brush that it comes with is the worst brush I've ever come across (it's ridiculously small) and as you can see from the main photo, I've already tossed it.