This reoccurring category features products I liked enough to use up, but did I like it enough to repurchase? Although it's not a in depth review with swatches and before and after photos it does describe my buying process.
Items featured in this post are NYX Micro Brow Pencil, ColourPop No Filter Concealer, Milk Makeup Blur Stick, Becca First Light Priming Filter Face Primer and Dior Extase Mascara.
NYX Micro Brow Pencil
My natural hair is black and I bought the shade Espresso (a deep brown).
The NYX Cosmetics Micro Brow pencil is often mentioned as the dupe for the ever-so-popular Anastasia Beverly Hills' Brow Wiz. Similar in design, both have a spoolie on one end and a retractable pencil on the other. Since my brows are microbladed I decided to try out the NYX dupe since I figured my brows didn't need such a high end product to fill them in.
Would I repurchase? Definitely! It's less than a third of the cost of the ABH Brow Wiz and works just as well. (Plus - Shoppers Optimum Points because I'm a little old lady collecting points for a rainy day.)
ColourPop No Filter Concealer
I wear Estee Lauder 3W1 Tawny and I bought the ColourPop No Filter Concealer in Medium.
As any of my closest friends will tell you I am smitten with everything ColourPop launches, including their $6 USD concealer. I primarily use concealer to brighten up my under eyes, bridge of my nose and chin. The formula itself was smooth and I liked that it came with such a large applicator, however it did oxide on me throughout the day.
Would I repurchase? I already have two back-up tubes, however I would buy them again in a lighter shade. The shades I bought were my skin tone making them ideal for concealing, not so much for brightening. Since it did oxide the next time I purchase I will most likely purchase one or two shades lighter than my skin tone.
Milk Makeup Blur Stick
This little guy came in a primer set from Sephora that I decided to treat myself to because I am a sucker for face primers. This was the first Milk Makeup product I've ever tried and was curious about the stick formula. I found it to be a bit too firm for my liking and had to really apply a lot of pressure to have the product melt into my skin. It required a more pulling on my face than I would have liked however it did noticeable reduction in shine.
Would I repurchase? Probably not. A stick primer may be better suited for others, but I felt like it was impossible to get an even application with ease with the formula packaged the way it was.
Becca First Light Priming Filter Face Primer
This was part of the same primer set as mentioned earlier. This is my first Becca Cosmetics product that isn't one of their coveted highlighters and I wasn't sure what to expect of their other products since I never hear much about them. Since I wear full coverage foundation, colour correcting primers don't have any appeal to me. The lavender shade of primer is meant to combat shallowness in skin and I would say I did notice a brightening factor after applying this primer. It was more liquidy than I am used to but overall it was a decent primer.
Would I repurchase? I wouldn't repurchase this item. It was only so-so and I can't imagine it ever being my preferred primer. At a pricey $46 CAD it's not worth its steep price tag in my opinion.
Dior Extase Mascara
I love the false lash look and often wear falsies daily to achieve it. I would love to find a mascara that achieved sky-high lashes that rival a doll, but I have yet to find my holy grail mascara and have absolutely no brand loyalty when it comes to mascara. It's pretty much the only item of makeup that I don't have a go-to brand or tried, tested and true formula. I don't think I've ever purchased the same formula of mascara twice in my entire life because I can't find that "nothing else will do" mascara. I decided to get bougie with it and buy a Dior mascara because when it comes to luxury mascara no one ever shuts up about the Dior formula.
Would I repurchase it? Absolutely not. It was way too expensive for a mascara that performs as meh as drugstore mascaras. It provided no separation, lift or length but rather made my lashes a clumpy mess (look at that brush). I'm also pretty sure that I couldn't buy this formula even if I wanted to. I couldn't find it on the Sephora website and I'm pretty sure it's discontinued.
Also, I apologize for my rachet-ass nails. I know they're overgrown. It's on my to-do list and I'm now taking applications for an at home manicurist that will do my nails so I don't have to miss rewatching an episode of Queer Eye.
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