My recent blog post, Top Beauty Brands to be Thankful For, really allowed me to reflect on what brands and products I love most and why. But it also made me intrigued to try out some new beauty goodies.
The first item is the Peacock Flare Mascara , which retails for $8.99. The packaging is super cute – something that I think many drugstore brand products lack. But more importantly, the mascara works fairly well. Before applying, I did two things. I curled my lashes using the Tarte Picture-Perfect Eyelash Curler and then applied one coat of Subversion Lash Primer.
For the price, it isn’t a bad product. It doesn’t clump even after applying multiple coats and it certainly helps your lashes to appear longer. I’ve tried better mascaras, but I’ve also tried worse.
I was also sent CoverGirl’s Melting Pout Gel Liquid Lipstick in shade 105, Gel-Ful. The first thing that I noticed is the product design, packaging, the applicator, and even the name are quite similar to one of Too Faced Cosmetics products, their Melted Lipstick.
Here’s a photo of both products side by side to see the comparison.
To be honest, it kind of turned me off from the product. Drug store brands often try to imitate higher-end ones with packaging design and formula – providing customers with a cheaper alternative that 99% of the time isn’t as good as the real thing. Regardless, I gave the lipstick a fair chance.
I actually really love the color – it’s very pretty and works as a great every-day shade. However, as a gel lipstick, there is basically no staying power to this product. It slides, it sticks, and it just gets in the way. Matte lipstick for life.
Although I had some mixed opinions, I am glad I tested out these products – it’s always fun to try something new! I’m excited to see what I receive next.