Trust Fund Beauty $12 Latte

Trust Fund Beauty $12 Latte

So I don’t get Ipsy. I never found it to be worth the while. But my friend at work *does* get Ipsy. Last weekend, I got a super serious text from her telling me, “we have to have a chat in the morning,” and it was about this nail polish.

She wasn’t sure about it. And I can see why.

She gave it to me to test. Trust Fund Beauty $12 Latte is a murky, muddy, coffeeish bleak brown. In the bottle, there appears to be a slightly creamy swirl of… something. It’s not glitter. It won’t mix in with shaking. Your guess is as good as mine. It reminds me a lot of when the brownish greige grungey polishes were everywhere, like OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques (2008ish.)

Formula was sticky, goopy, patchy and hard to apply evenly. Shown below are two painfully applied thicker coats over Orly Bonder, no top coat. Finish was ok, I suppose. It could work as a neutral on the right skin tone, I’m not sure what skin tone but definitely not mine.

Trust Fund Beauty $12 Latte

This chipped in minutes. I’m pretty sure this polish wouldn’t outlast an actual latte. In desperation to try to make this look presentable and tolerable long enough for the one day it would take to show it to my friend, I added some gold dots and glitter, shown below in natural light then flash.

Trust Fund Beauty $12 Latte

Trust Fund Beauty $12 Latte

Would I buy this, retailing at $15 US? Heck, no. Neither this nor an actual $12 latte. If I want a murky greige, I’ll use NYC Color in a Minute Park Ave which I already have. I’m afraid this one is getting passed along to someone I hope can appreciate it more than I. Now, I’m off to touch up these chips for the third time in 2 days.

Cover Girl Clump Crusher by LashBlast Review!

Cover Girl Clump Crusher

Cover Girl Clump Crusher

I’m a couple years behind everyone in trying this out. As I tend to not love the overwhelmingly popular products as much as others, I was really reluctant. Maybe I’m too particular. Were my instincts right? Let’s find out. The shade I received this in is “Black”.

The package boasts that the product will deliver 200% more volume and ZERO (all caps emphasis theirs, not mine) *vs bare lashes. I’m not sure how that’s quantifiable but I was still interested in the results. The brush is flat on one side and slightly curved on the other, which Cover Girl describes as the “lash loading” section, intended to saturate your lashes with product. The spikey plastic brush bristles are then intended to comb it out. Click pics to enlarge.

Cover Girl Clump Crusher Package Back

Cover Girl Clump Crusher Package Back

On to my experience with this product. Now I haven’t had a huge amount of trouble with mascara clumping. I am no mascara newbie. I’ve been using certain products for a long time that I really like, and if I apply enough were clumping might occur, I comb it out using a clean old mascara wand reserved for that purpose. Does the trick for any formula. I was interested in this product as the idea of skipping the combing out step was intriguing, and people seemed to really like this.

The formula is a drier one, which is generally my preference. Has a slight waxy, plasticy scent. I applied this as I would any other mascara, by brushing it on and going over it a few times to my liking. The first thing I noticed was the brush was irritating. I like to wiggle the brush in at the roots to deliver colour and volume, but the really pointy bristles poked my inner eyelid/waterline and although it was not outright painful, it was annoying enough to turn me off the product altogether. The next thing I noticed was clumps! I tried combing through it more with the brush, without dipping it back in for more product, to see if I could work them out. It wasn’t horrible, but there were definitely clumps. Below is a pic of one coat of my application as described above. Also used in this photo are the Hard Candy eyeshadow crayons from yesterday’s post.

Cover Girl Clump Crusher One Coat

Cover Girl Clump Crusher One Coat

The formula seemed to be ok at lengthening/thickening. The picture doesn’t capture the full length I achieved with this product, my eyes are very deep set and it’s a tough shot to take. Nothing rave worthy, but effective enough. I let it dry before putting on another coat. The black colour looked like a deep, matte, plush black indoors, but in direct sunlight it was washed out and looked a bit charcoaly grey, which might be a deal breaker for some. It was still somewhat flexible when dry, which was nice. I decided it was time to try a second coat. The first thing I noticed this time was that the little plastic bristles did *not* want to comb through the already dried product. It felt stiff and uncomfortable. I tried working with it for a few minutes, and below is a picture of the second coat.

Cover Girl Clump Crusher Two Coats

Cover Girl Clump Crusher Two Coats

CLUMPS. Not terrible, and a bit spidery, but for a product that claims ZERO in all caps clumps on the package I was expecting a better performance than this! Now being fair, it did comb out well in other tests (as every other mascara does) with my old clean mascara wand technique, but I felt this shouldn’t be a necessary step for a mascara named Clump Crusher.

This will not replace my usual repertoire of  mascaras (my beloved discontinued in Canada Maybelline Full n Soft and the similar L’Oreal Voluminous, both waterproof, even Cover Girls own Professional mascara that I have been using in Brown, waterproof for well over 20 years!). I might use it just to slap something on quickly for a quick run to the store or something, as it did seem ok with just one coat. If you are the type that likes more than one coat like myself, I’d recommend not letting it dry in between layers as you won’t be able to get that spikey fork for a brush through it otherwise.

My instincts of avoiding those plastic brushes was bang on. They just do not work for me. I remember going through this same thing when Cover Girl LashExact and it’s plastic brush came out. My friends raved and I just knew I would hate it. And I did, it was awful in every way for me. Never again, no more plastic brushes. Different things work for different people! I like bushier, soft brushes.

Full disclosure: This product came to me in a P&G BrandSampler box I ordered a couple of months ago. These used to be free, but now they are apparently being offered, “free”, with a shipping charge of $6. As I wanted to try everything in the sampler pack, I paid the $6. After the quoted 2-6 weeks passed without my package arriving, I requested a refund. I was told to just keep the sampler if it finally arrives. Well, it finally arrived a few weeks later. So although I ultimately did receive this product free for testing, neither P&G nor I intended it to be that way. I believe this retails for about $8-10 Can.

Anyone tried this? Have better/worse results than me? Any tips to get this to work as advertised?

Nicole by OPI My Jay or the Highway Swatch and Review!

Nicole My Jay or the Highway

Nicole My Jay or the Highway

Today I’m giving a quick swatch and review of my last polish from the goodie bag for a good cause I got last month. Awkwardly named Nicole for OPI My Jay or the Highway is from their Modern Family Collection. I’ve never seen the show – no cable, but I’d watch it on the merit of Ed O’Neil from Married with Children notoriety alone if I did have it.

Nicole My Jay or the Highway

Nicole My Jay or the Highway

Nicole My Jay or the Highway

Nicole My Jay or the Highway

Nicole My Jay or the Highway

Nicole My Jay or the Highway

My Jay or the Highway is a warmer leaning light taupe. I had some trouble capturing it accurately in the sun, but it shows fairly accurately in the shade. In indoor lighting under a flash it leans very green. If you have very steady hands, this will apply smoothly with opaque coverage at two coats but I went with three. Dry time was fairly quick. The formula was thin but not runny. Some photos in various lightings.

Nicole My Jay or the Highway Indoor Light

Nicole My Jay or the Highway Indoor Light

Nicole My Jay or the Highway Indoor Light

Nicole My Jay or the Highway Indoor Light

This taupe is a good formula and a neutral, subtle and classy enough shade for even a very conservative office. I do like it, but not as much as my other taupes which are slightly darker and cooler in tone. I think that this one leans warmer is what is making me not like it as much as others. If you have a warm skin tone and look great in sage green shades, this taupe would be for you. For me, I think it would be a good base for other nail art. So although this a great formula and a perfectly good work wear shade, it’s also boring as all get out so I stuck on some leopard stickers to convince me to keep it on long enough for the purpose of this review.

Nicole_OPI_My_Jay_or_the_Highway_Leopard

Have a good week!

Revlon Popular (aka Starry Pink) A Safe and Meh Manicure

Revlon Popular

Revlon Popular

I needed a safe, cute, subtle manicure for a baby shower for a new baby girl. Pale, neutral, feminine nail colours are not usually my favourite but I thought I’d give it a go. I picked Revlon Popular (also known as Starry Pink in a previous limited edition incarnation) as it was a pale, baby soft ballerina pink with a sprinkling of sliver glitter in various sizes. The opacity of the polish make these look white-ish in the final result. Seeing as a lot of people seem to like this, I figured it would work out fairly well. It seemed girly baby shower-ish to me.

Like most pale nail polishes, this one gave me trouble. I couldn’t seem to get it even. It was streaky, patchy, and stubbornly difficult. Part of the blame could be the brush. It was that old style round, thin type which I am not particularly adept at using. I prefer the flatter, wider one for my nails.  Another portion of the blame can easily be placed on my complete and utter lack of skill. The remainder of the suspicion can be placed squarely on this unusual half cream half sheer full of glitter formula. I think it took about 4 coats to look like this.

Revlon Popular Swatch

Revlon Popular Swatch

This look is really not for me. The pink shade doesn’t clash with my skin tone which I appreciate but overall it’s too pale for my tastes. The silver glitter looks white in the end result, which would be fine if it weren’t for the tiny bits of silver peeking out making it look like black specks if you are (or aren’t) looking closely. This formula would have been better if it were actually white glitter, or if the silver still looked silver. Bothered by the silver not-silver glitter specs, I defiantly put a coat of the appropriately named Revlon Sparkle in hopes of improvement. Revlon Sparkle has the same tiny silver glitter and larger hexagon glitter as Popular. I liked it a whole lot more with the sparkle top coat.

Revlon Popular, Revlon Sparkle

Revlon Popular, Revlon Sparkle

Revlon Popular, Revlon Sparkle

Revlon Popular, Revlon Sparkle

Revlon Popular, Revlon Sparkle Top Coat

Revlon Popular, Revlon Sparkle Top Coat

Overall, this one just isn’t for me. Something nice – the glitter was plentiful and spread around easily! I think I will try this one again as a simple, single sheer coat to see how that looks, or maybe over another colour, not sure what though. Happy to take suggestions. Maybe I’d like it better on toes.

Edit: Well, the mother to be liked it, that’s something! This did look a lot better in daylight.