I was going to put up a Youtube video about these two products, but then I exercised and was all sweaty...and then I showered but didn't have the inclination to do my hair and makeup. So, no video. I bought one product about 6 weeks ago, and the other I bought last Wednesday. Should we start with the new favorite or the regret?
New favorite, it is! I picked up the Bare Escentuals Pink Delicious 4-piece mini lipgloss set at Ulta last week. It was $26 - a great deal for a whole new wardrobe of lipglosses. I had to toss almost every last one of my glosses two weeks ago because they'd exceeded their shelf lives (as evidenced by a weird scent and an even weirder taste!). The shades from left to right are:
Cupcake - rose pink
Birthday Cake - fruit punch pink
Strawberry Shortcake - pink lilac
Layer Cake- pink mist
I love everything about this collection - the tubes are small enough to carry in most any purse, the consistency is smooth with a high-shine gloss, the color payoff is great, and they all taste like...cake. (Shocking, I know, given their names). So far, I've been using Strawberry Shortcake the most because it's the color of my lips but better. My second favorite is Birthday Cake because the color is vibrant, yet wearable. However, I know I'll have each of these glosses in heavy rotation all summer. In addition to Ulta, the set is available online at QVC. And now, for my big regret:
Benefit's concealer set, Confessions of a Concealaholic. I'm so disappointed that I hate this set. I really, really wanted to like it. Unlike many purchases, I did not buy this on a whim. I looked at it for months, going back and forth - should I, shouldn't? Finally, I broke down about 6 weeks ago and bought it at Sephora. And I've spent the past 6 weeks trying to convince myself that it's not all that bad. Except that it is all that bad. At least, for what I wanted it to be. I wanted this set to be the one stop shop in my beauty bag to create perfect skin. What I ended up was a kit that required a lot more effort with a lot less pay-off in the long run. So sad.
The products, from left to right are:
That Gal brightening face primer. My face doesn't look brighter or feel smoother. It does look and feel oilier.
Erase Paste concealer. The packaging for this product made me believe this was an allover concealer. But upon further inspection/research - it's intended for under the eyes. It's extremely creamy and blendable, which I love. I also love the velvety texture that it dries down to. But the color is extremely peachy - kind of like Bobbi Brown's corrector but even more pigmented. Of all the products, I like this one the best. But probably not enough to repurchase.
Boi-ing Concealers in shades 1 & 2. These concealers are drier in consistency than Erase Paste, and are meant to even out the rest of one's complexion. Neither shade fit me well, and I had a really hard time blending them together. I would perhaps like this product if the colors fit my skintone a little better.
Eye Bright. This sheer pink cream goes in the corner of the eye and right under the brow bone to create a well-rested, lifted effect. I thought this product did actually make a difference in the way I look, and I might consider buying this in its usual pencil-form.
Lemon-Aid. This yellow cream is meant to color-correct one's eyelids. Which it does - right before it slides off the eyelid. I could not get this stuff to stay on my lids! It was so irritating.
My final gripe with Confessions of a Concealeholic? The packaging. This square box is much deeper than it really needs to be - which makes it bulky and difficult to carry around all day for touch ups. And because the packaging isn't air tight, the two Boi-ing concealers, the Lemon-Aid and Eye Bright dried out.
Have you tried either my new favorite or my regret? If so, what did you think?
Photo credit: QVC.com; Sephora.com