Last week I taught a handful to teenage girls about makeup (the hardest part being there were 12-year-olds and 17-year-olds and I wish I could have taught separate groups) after which they completed the “blind makeup challenge” on each other which was quite entertaining.
- I loved Jessica’s goal of having makeup “look natural but nice these days, rather than trying to cover up every flaw I think I have.”
- Kylie and Sam both agreed that they wish they’d learned that less is more when it comes to eyeliner (me too guys, me too).
- Andy reminded me that one technique doesn’t work for everyone, and she wished she would have figured that out earlier (when it comes to contouring, eye shadow, and lining its important to consider your coloring and face shape).
Eyes: The eyeshadow palettes are fine, nothing spectacular, but they go on true to color and last well (especially when using a primer – disclosure: I wasn’t using the elf primer although they have one). I wasn’t super excited but I don’t get super excited about eye shadow because I wear the same neutral colors whenever I actually put on eye makeup (varying between Bare Minerals palettes I have in browns+creams and whatever palette comes with the Clinique free gift). I would definitely consider these though if I were looking for a bolder look for a big night out and didn’t want to spend a lot of money on colors I wasn’t going to wear often afterwards.
When it comes to eyeliner I just couldn’t do it. I do think its neat how the sharpener is a part of the lip but I felt like I was killing my eyes and went straight back to the silky smooth application of my Bare Minerals liner.
Brushes: I’m comparing these to the Bare Minerals brushes I’ve been using for six years now (not the same exact brushes, but I’ve been using the same brand of brushes exclusively since I bought them for the first time the summer before college) and they hold up pretty well. They aren’t as good, but they are also significantly cheaper. I would still say it is worth investing in a BM starter kit and getting the main brushes, but for smaller specialty ones (like angled brushes for eyeshadow + such), I would try these (you can get this whole set for $12!).
Blush: I’ve been trying the standard $2 blush in “shy” and the All Over Colorstick in “pink lemonade.” I love the idea of the colorstick – something that works for blush + lip color and have found myself putting it on kinda like chapstick (it is hydrating) just because I like the way it smells. It is great for applying a little bit of color when you’re not putting on a full face (I like it better than powder when I’m not wearing foundation) and next time I’m in a drugstore I’ll see what other colors they have and pick up one or two.
Bronzer: When it comes to bronzers I’ve only been using the ELF Studio Bronzer (on the left). I’ve tried it for contouring and while I like how easy it is to use the pressed powder (I’ve been contouring with a loose powder bronzer from Bare Minerals and I will always love BM but I’m a little tired of all the loose powders these days), it doesn’t seem to be as vibrant. Initially I thought this was a bad thing, but I do like how easy it is to build color with and how I never have to worry about putting on too much the first time. Overall, I’ll keep using it and would buy it again (especially for a vacation or something when I HATE having loose powder around #somessy).
And that’s it – just a few sub $5 products I’ve been trying. After reading your recommendations on instagram though I’m excited to try their brow kit and while I’m not too adventurous with things like concealer and foundation, I’m planning on trying a few of their matte lip colors in the near future because at $2, why not? I’m now wondering why I didn’t discover this brand way back in the day? I like it better than most drugstore beauty brands I’ve tried and the price + packaging are much better.