Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara

You’d think that with the amount of mascaras I have on rotation I have 12 sets of eyes but that didn’t stop me from trying out the brand new(ish) Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara.

According to the Revlon website:

Our innovative, high-impact formula delivers 5 lash-transforming benefits, while our Revlon Power Mini Brush™ leaves no lash behind. Choosing the one has never been so simple.
• Revlon Power Mini Brush™:
      – Mini oval shape designed to reach every lash
      – Unique mini oval shape for easy application
      – Hollow core designed to deposit formula for mega lash impact

So, I’ll let you know right off the hop that I’ve seen very mixed reviews on this new product – the majority being on the negative side.  All makeup products, in my humble opinion are “to each her own”. Depending on skin type (oily, dry), formula preferences (liquid, stick), finish preferences (dewy, matte) colour preferences, makeup look (natural, glam) and so on and so on… makeup is very subjective.

When it comes to mascara this is no exception. Some gals are blessed with long, lush lashes; others with barely there lashes.  Depending on what you have to work with finding the right mascara can illicit that moment you hear the angels singing!

A lot of reviewers had really high hopes for this mascara as it claims to Do.It.All. – thicken, lengthen, volumize, define and curl.

Firstly, look at that brush.  When I first opened the tube, I was like WTF? How is this little thing going to make my lashes spectacular?  It’s a very small, plastic oval brush and quite spiky which is meant to be able to reach every single lash.  Other than my Clinique Bottom Lash mascara (click for my review!), I’ve never seen a ‘normal lash’ mascara this tiny.

When I first applied this I was a bit scared actually. The tiny size and plastic spikes of the brush made me feel that the chances of poking my eye out were a done deal.  I’m glad to say, no eyeballs were hurt during the application of this mascara. 🙂

The formula seems a bit thick, which causes a lot of product to deposit onto the brush. So when I pull it out, it tends to be a bit gloopy. My theory is that because the brush is so small, it’s picking up so much product where with a normal sized mascara brush, the amount of formula would be just right.  Wiping off the excess helped me to get a decent amount to work with.  As long as I do this, I avoid the clumpiness this can create.

This takes a bit more time to apply because of the size of the brush – a couple times of back-and-forth over my top lashes to coat every single lash.

It definitely defines – it’s very good at separating my lashes.  I can’t say that it makes me look like I have thicker or curlier lashes.

The one other good thing about this mascara is it’s great for lower lashes – again, the design and size of the brush is ideal for those tiny hairs.

I’ve worn this on a typical day – about 12 hours of wear – and it does not flake off or make my lashes fall flat.  I don’t think this is a waterproof formula, however this definitely had staying power.  And at the end of my day, removing this with makeup remover or cleanser was a breeze.

Revlon has a few other mascaras in this new collection that claim to to define, lengthen, volumize and a fiber one – each one is identified with a different coloured cap (blue, purple, green, and pink). Maybe I’ll try one of these out one day.

Overall, I like this mascara, but I don’t love it.  I will not re-purchase this mascara. I don’t like how long it takes to coat all my lashes with this tiny brush – very time-consuming.  And the fact that it doesn’t really do much for my lashes except for defining them, is a miss for me.  I think I’ve had this mascara for about a month now and I’ve maybe reached for it 2-3 times. I’ll probably use it for my lower lashes but that’s about it.

Drugstore-wise, the Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes mascara will still be my all time fave (and one that I always recommend to friends!)

I purchased this at Shoppers Drug Mart for $6.99 Cdn (on sale).

I give the Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara: a THUMBS DOWN

Have you tried this mascara yet?  Like or dislike?

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Revlon Age Defying Foundation, Concealer and Wrinkle Filler

Hey Pretties!

I stumbled across this Revlon Age-Defying foundation set at Shoppers Drug Mart for only $21.99 Cdn. When I looked at the individual pricetags on these items on the same shelf, I could not pass up this deal — I was basically getting two items practically for free! And since I’m always looking to try new things for a steal of a deal, I couldn’t pass this up.

It took some time to find the right colour just through eyeballing (unfortunately no testers were out), but I’ve become pretty good at finding the right (or close to the right) shade nowadays at the drugstore because I’m just out there looking so much! I ended up choosing the kit with the foundation shade 40 Medium Beige and it’s turned out to be a pretty good match.

L to R: Wrinkle Filler, Concealer, Foundation

L to R: Wrinkle Filler, Concealer, Foundation

 

L to R (swatched): Wrinkle Filler, Concealer, Foundation

L to R (swatched): Wrinkle Filler, Concealer, Foundation

On the Revlon website, it describes the Age Defying Firming and Lifting Foundation as follows:

Age Defying Firming and Lifting Foundation

Inspired by the latest advances in anti-aging, this all-in-one formula combines Hyaluronic acid, our Exclusive Triple Lift Complex™, and moisturizing ingredients. Relax the look of expression lines, smooth skin, and boost hydration 3X for a rejuvenated look.  (Available in 12 shades).

I can’t say much for the “age-defying” properties this claims to have, but I trust that the ingredients in the foundation do as they say. I use this foundation in rotation with other foundations — maybe if I were to use it everyday for a few weeks/months, I might reap the age-defying benefits it claims.

As far as performance, the coverage on this is medium to full, but still maintains a natural looking finish. On my skin, it’s in between a matte and dewy finish. Very easy to blend with fingers, brush or sponge. Honestly, I have nothing bad OR exceptional to say about this foundation — it hasn’t disappointed me, but hasn’t wow’d me either. A good, basic foundation for everyday.

I give the Revlon Age Defying Firming and Lifting Foundation: a SHOULDER SHRUG

On the Revlon website, it describes the Age Defying Targeting Dark Spot Concealer Treatment as follows:

Age Defying Targeted Dark Spot Concealer Treatment:

Our innovative concealer with a Vitamin C and licorice enriched formula that instantly reduces the appearance of age spots and discolorations for more even looking skin. 82% of women said the appearance of age spots and discolorations were instantly improved.  (Available in 4 shades).

Unfortunately, the concealer that came in my kit was too light for me — I tried it for spot concealing and under the eyes, but the colour match was off. That’s too bad, because according to its description above, this is something I would’ve loved to continue on with over time to see if it actually makes a difference on some of the discolourations on my face.

In any case, I can still report on a few features of this concealer: this is quite a thick concealer; if this were the right colour for me, I think this would actually be very effective in doing spot concealing. I did try blending this under my eyes and found it to be too thick for that area — it dries quickly and is difficult to blend for that purpose.

Personally, I don’t wear concealer all that much, but if I were to choose one for spot treating, I would consider this one for sure — in the right colour of course!

I give the Revlon Age Defying Targeted Dark Spot Concealer Treatment: a HIGH FIVE

And finally, on the Revlon website, it describes the Age Defying Wrinkle Remedy Line Filler as follows:

Age Defying Wrinkle Remedy Line Filler:

No need for an appointment. This lightweight, colorless formula with hyaluronic acid instantly fills deep lines and wrinkles, visibly smoothing skin for flawless makeup application. 90% of women said skin looked fuller and more plumped when used under makeup.

Now, I have to say that I haven’t used this product all that much to do it adequate justice. However, I do have some intial thoughts about it. I don’t have wrinkles yet, however those pesky fine lines around my eye area is something I’ve been noticing more.

This product comes in a compact tube that easily squeezes out small amounts of the cream. It’s a white cream that when spread turns colourless. The texture is quite light and blends smoothly and absorbs straight in to the skin. I tried “filling” in a few fine lines under my eyes with this — one thin layer, I didn’t see much of a difference. Another thin layer, not much difference again. A third layer — no difference as far as I could tell. And I found that when I added more and more, I got sort of a white/grey cast appearing and the cream ended up feeling heavy and thick under my eye, despite the light texture.

I tried this under my makeup and it settled fine (but again, with no real results for me personally as far as filling any lines in). I tried this over makeup and found that it “pilled” a little bit as I blended it in (and again, with no real results for me personally as far as filling any lines in).

Not sure if I would give this another chance, but for now, it’s not something I would use in the near future.

I give the Revlon Age Defying Wrinkle Remedy Line Filler: a THUMBS DOWN

Kind of a mixed bag with these three products in one kit! Overall, I’d say the Revlon Age Defying Line is something worth looking into. There’s a few more products in the range, like a CC Cream, etc. that I wouldn’t mind trying out. The quality of Revlon products are never disappointing (probably one of the best drugstore brands for quality), so I’d definitely recommend this kit for the amount of products you get, for the price — great deal. What doesn’t work for me, might work great for you!

Have you tried this kit?  Or any of the products in it?  What are your thoughts?

Thanks for reading!!

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On The Rotation: Lipglosses

Hi Pretties!

If you missed my On The Rotations on Lip Balms and Blushes click and read! Today I will share with you the lipglosses I’ve been loving and reaching for the most over the last little while. Maybe you’ve tried some of these… maybe you’ll find out a bit more about something you’ve been wanting to try!

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu; Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm in Truffle Kiss; Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in Heartbeat; L'oreal Infallible leGloss in Sangria

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu; Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm in Truffle Kiss; Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in Heartbeat; L’oreal Infallible le gloss in Sangria

L’oreal Infallible 8hr le gloss – Sangria

Besides slight stickiness, this is a really good gloss. Long-lasting, decent formula and easy to apply. The colour is a deep pink, almost berry shade with a brown neutral undertone. I did a review on this previously HERE.  This shade enhances the deeper pink in my lip tone, almost leaning towards a deep berry shade. I know I’ll be reaching for this one more often this winter.

Rimmel Vinyl Gloss – Heartbeat

This is an all time favourite of mine. I love the MLBB colour this shade gives me and the formula goes on smooth, not sticky and smells like cake. What more could you want! I think this shade is very natural that it would compliment any lip/skintone as it gives only a hint of warm pinky-brown colour.

Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm – Truffle Kiss

I’ve raved about these lipgloss/balm hybrids before and I’ll rave about them again! Truffle Kiss is a nice neutral brown, slightly peachy shade that just adds enough colour to warm up my liptone. I can’t get over the Almay lip balm formulas — probably the best in the drugstore market in terms of providing amazing hydration and colour. When I need moisture on my lips and want something a bit more exciting than just a plain lip balm, I will reach for this. Click HERE for my review on these little wonders.

NYX Butter Gloss – Tiramisu

This is my first NYX lip product and I can assure you it won’t be my last! Love this formula — smooth, glossy and comfortable to wear. This one is a bit more opaque than the other glosses; colour pay-off is awesome for such a little amount used. Great nude-pink shade that wears well alone or overtop another lipstick. Read my previous review HERE!

Starting from wrist: L'oreal Infallible le gloss in Sangria, Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm in Truffle Kiss; Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in Heartbeat; NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu

Starting from wrist: L’oreal Infallible le gloss in Sangria, Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm in Truffle Kiss; Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in Heartbeat; NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu

Have you tried any of these lippies?  Likes or dislikes?  Suggestions? What do you reach for the most?

Thanks for reading Pretties!!

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