Recently I went through my makeup room (yes, I have a makeup room) and did a HUGE overhaul of everything I own. I've collected tons of makeup over the years so I went and threw away old and expired product, empties I've been hoarding and product I just genuinely don't like. I feel like I can breathe again! I can see everything so much better now, products that were hidden at the back of drawers have now made their comeback.
I however, was out of my "basic" face essentials including my foundation, concealer, brow pencil and mascara. So I headed on over to Shoppers Drug Mart and scooped up some items with my Optimum Points!
I came home with Clinique Super balanced Makeup, Stila Perfecting Concealer, Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara and the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil.
I'm the kind of person who as soon as I've finished one product, I go out and buy a different kind whether it's from the same brand or not. This allows me to get a feel for everything that's out there.
Super Balanced Makeup
The Super Balanced Makeup is one that I genuinely love on my skin and have recommended it a few times to clients and friends.
Colour : They have a great range of colours, even for the lightest of skin tones. I used to be 02 Fair but have switched to a lighter shade 32 Breeze with it now being the winter time.
Coverage : Light to medium is what they advertise for however if you need a little extra coverage in those trouble spots, this product can easily be built up without looking cakey or heavy.
Texture : It's a liquid and it has a great smooth feel to it on your skin, It feels light weight and sinks into your skin well.
Wear : I consider this a long wearing foundation, I set it with a translucent powder and it will last me throughout the whole day. I am very oily on my forehead and cheap but find my nose to be a little more on the dry side. The best part about this foundation is the ability to provide moisture to oily areas and soaks up oil where needed. Perfect for those who half way through the day struggle with shine!
Packaging : The packaging is a basic glass bottle, I do like the look of it. My only downfall is with how to get the product out. It requires a little bit of banging on the end of it. They've tried to combat this problem with selling pumps separately but this adds another $7 to your purchase. It can be a little hard to make that call and get it if you're someone who is unsure if you'll even like it.
They have taken this product one step further and created a new version of this foundation - the Super Balanced Silk. Has a little more of a matte finish but they've added an SPF to give you that extra protection.
This was a new product for me but bought it on the recommendation of a friend. I needed something to hide my forever darkening under eye circles.
Colour : Their colour range is decent, I would like to see a couple more available, but overall I was able to find a shade that can work ok for me which is Shade B (Fair Golden).
Coverage : I'd say it's a medium to full coverage. I was hesitant it was going to conceal the darkness as well as neutralize some red blemishes I had but it did it beautifully. I was pleasantly surprised! You definitely only need to start with a little and it gives you the ability to build up coverage where needed. Bonus : It can be used as a foundation as well! If you're in a pinch, just add a little moisturizer to your skin to help it smooth on better in bigger areas.
Texture : I am not 100% sold on the texture of this product, it is obviously a little bit thicker and I find that it's a little trickier to work with. To me, it's not a concealer where you can apply it to all the areas and slowly work them in. If you're putting it on your under eye area work on one side at a time.
Wear : I find this to be a great long wearing product. For my full face it's great but I wouldn't wear it if I was in a hurry and only had time to do my under eyes because the rest of my race has redness so on me personally, It would look off. I tend to touch my eye area a lot because my eyes are always watering and it doesn't seem to budge this product at all!
Packaging : This product is in a package that doesn't have anything fancy to it, just your basic silver. I like the style container it is as it allows you to really get use of as much of the product as possible, even if that means snipping the top end and scraping every last bit out!
I am definitely going to be continuing using this product as I'm overall happy with the results and I would recommend it to anyone needing that little bit of extra coverage.
Huge Extreme Lash Mascara
I have never repurchased a mascara before as many times as I have this one! Love, love, love it!
Colour : It is a beautifully black mascara, One of the darkest i've come across. One day I hope they expand on it and bring in a brown because I think it would look stunning.
Coverage : This mascara really coats every lash really well and never a lash out of place. I start out with one coat and that's really all you need but if you're like me and want BIG lashes, add that second one!
Texture : Extremely moisturizing, glides on so smoothly and never dries and makes your lashes feel brittle. If anything they feel silky!
Wear : Perfect for long wear, I can put this on in the AM and more than 8 hours later, all my lashes are still in place with the same drama and volume they started with at the beginning of the day.
Packaging : It's a simple and sleek gold tube however with the metallic gold writing on top can make it hard to read. Personally, with the dramatic name I would've expanded on that to make it stand out more. I like that it has hair like bristles and the unique brush shape where it slims down through the centre is fantastic.
Amazing for those who want all the Drama on their lashes with the extra benefit of lift and curl. This mascara is so great and I know I'll continue to use it for as long as they have it on the shelf or until something can top it, but so far this takes the cake!
Goof Proof Brow Pencil
This brow pencil is great for anyone who wants a more natural look or to be able to wear it alone.
Colour : The colour range of these pencils are pretty good! They've got 6 different shades and I picked up 04 Medium. This is surprising to me because I'm usually quite a bit lighter of a shade in other brands. They have shades with more of a red undertone which is perfect for those with that hue in their brow hairs.
Coverage : I really enjoy the coverage on these pencils. The Goof Proof is perfect for a light application but allows you to be able to darken it considerably whilst still looking natural.
Texture : I enjoy the texture of this pencil, it was creamy but without it affecting the product. You don't have to tug on the skin as it smooths right on, it's effortless.
Wear : Long wearing and waterproof. 12 hours into wearing it, my brows look the same as when I first did them. I rubbed my face the other day forgetting I had a full face of makeup on, thinking I smudged my eyebrows all over the place. Thankfully, my brows didn't budge! Perfect for those summer days where you just want a little something at the beach so your face doesn't feel naked!
Packaging : It is definitely growing on me. At first I wasn't a fan of it, but when I reflect back on what their other pencils in their line are designed, this became more appealing. It's the ultimate brow pencil, never needing to haul a sharpener with you go away and there is a spoolie attached to the other end of it.
I am really enjoying this product so far and I'm glad I tried it out and think you should too!
I suggest putting at least one of these products on your list if you are in the market for some new makeup. If you've already tried any of these products, I'd love to know your thoughts. If you haven't, which one caught your eye that you want to try next?