Clinique Bonus Review!

 

Clinique Bonus Review!

Clinique Bonus Review!

 

It’s rare that I will splurge for higher end/cosmetics counter (read: non drugstore) cosmetics, but when I do, it’s often when there’s a gift with purchase full of things I think I will like, the minimum buy is low, and I can make that amount by buying things I use/will use. In this case, it was a couple of lipsticks, which will be reviewed in a later post. This Clinique Bonus included a cute makeup bag, a Chubby Lash mascara, a Chubby Stick blush in Roly Poly Rosy, a Chubby Stick eyeshadow in Lots o’ Latte, a Chubby Stick lippie in Chunk Cherry, a Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser, and a Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream. They advertised it as a full look.

The Chubby Lash mascara ($21CAD for full size) came in a cute little tube that dispenses a HUGE amount of product. The picture below is brightened so you can see the enormous amount of excess globbed on to the wand. This tube needed a much smaller opening. I had to scrape most of the mascara back off along the opening of the tube to make it usable, while not wasting product.The brush itself was also far larger than it needed to be, and I found I had a hard time not getting it all over my eyelids and surrounding area. The formula, however, was fantastic. It built up well, and barely flaked all day! The black was also nice, deep, and rich. If you can tolerate a globby, too big wand, this mascara might be for you!

Clinique Chubby Lash, Black

Clinique Chubby Lash Mascara in Jumbo Jet

 

The Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm ($27CAD for full size) came in a swivel tube larger than it needed to be for the amount it contained, but it was sturdy and it worked. The shade was a lovely, slightly warm pinkish red which blended out smoothly to a natural looking flush. No shimmer. Beautiful finish. Swatches on NC 20/25 skin. I didn’t notice any fading over the course of the day, it stays exactly where you put it, and it didn’t break me out. I quite like this blush!

Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm

Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm

 

The Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes ($21CAD for full size) in Lots O’ Latte is a cool leaning taupe-ish light brown with a hint of shimmer. Goes on pale, but builds up with a few swipes. Blends out easily with a finger. The colour did fade a bit, but was still visible at the end of the day even on my oily lids (I do use my foundation as a primer, however.) I might not use it every day, but have used it very frequently as a one-and-done eye colour on days I don’t feel like fussing about with multiple powder shadows, or am pressed for time. I like it enough to consider purchasing it in other shades! But right now I’m happy with just this one.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint in Lots O' Latte

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint in Lots O’ Latte

 

The Chubby Stick Lip Colour Balm in Chunky Cherry ($21CAD for full size) is of your standard swivel twist up lip crayon variety. The shade is a light red which is very sheer and wearable. It doesn’t last very long, but is at least moisturizing. I’d say even Revlon’s Lipbutters last longer than this, but that’s really my only complaint. I like it for a refreshing wash of colour, and it would be great for someone who wants to wear a red but is scared of the intensity. Shown below with 5 passes, then just one.

Clinique Chubby Stick Chunky Cherry

Clinique Chubby Stick Chunky Cherry

 

The cleanser I also liked. A small amount lathered well and spread around well to remove the day’s makeup. No fragrance! It did leave my skin feeling almost too clean, and I have oily skin. Someone with dry or sensitive skin would feel that this over strips your natural moisture. I like it so far as it performs well, might consider a full size purchase. Especially at bonus time….(scratch that, I just tried looking for it on their website for a full price quote in Canadian dollars, and it’s not there at the time of this post!)

Clinique Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream

Clinique Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream

The Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream is.. well.. not. There is nothing exciting or advanced in this cream’s ingredients. I don’t require a moisturizer beyond my staple Neutrogena Healthy Skin retinol treatment, so I’ve used this as nothing but a hand cream. As a hand cream, it soaks in well and leaves a nice smooth, soft finish to the skin. Non greasy. Non fragranced. Non interesting.

Lastly, the cosmetics bag has a cute cheery print of Clinique’s Chubby Stick lippes, seems well made and is roomy enough to carry what you’d probably want to take along cosmetic wise for a vacation or short trip. I like it.

clinique_bonus_bag_

All around this gift with purchase has fully impressed me, and would encourage me to purchase many of these products in full size. They picked some fantastic products for this gift with purchase! Coming up in a future post, reviews on some Clinique lipsticks, in Plum Pop and A Different Grape!

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Showtime – Endurance Test!

Revlon Showtime!

Revlon Showtime!

Of the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy line that is currently available, only one shade (other than Queen of Hearts) caught my eye, and it was the blueish, purpleish flaky glitter containing Showtime! I actually got the top coat intended to use with this line as it was all on sale, and I really wanted to see how it held up, being a long time fan of Revlon nail products.

Revlon Showtime, Gel Envy Top Coat

Revlon Showtime, Gel Envy Top Coat

Here are some swatches in various lighting. I did use 2 coats of the top coat as I found the flaky glitter did leave just the slightest bit of texture, which although interesting, wasn’t what I was going for this time around. I’ve heard mixed info about this product requiring a bit of UV to completely set (just from daylight, not from a lamp.) I didn’t go out of my way to bake them in sunlight, just a few brief minutes while taking pictures, and it seemed to set up well. Swatches!

Revlon Showtime Swatch, Indoors

Revlon Showtime Swatch, Indoors

Revlon Showtime Swatch, Indoors

Revlon Showtime Swatch, Indoors

Revlon Showtime Swatch, Sunlight

Revlon Showtime Swatch, Sunlight

And on to the wear test! I am not exactly easy on my hands, and the photos taken from this week would include time working in a shipping warehouse packing orders, and in an office shuffling a thousand papers. This first picture is at the end of day 3.

revlon_showtime_swatch_3

Nothing but minor tip wear. Wow. This is already a solid passing grade to me. Very impressed.¬† Now this week was pretty busy, and I didn’t manage to remember to take photos again until I was ready to take it off, after a full week. Here is what it looks like after an entire 7 days wear!

revlon_showtime_swatch_4

So more pronounced tip wear and minor chipping, and one pronounced chip at the top of the middle finger, which is an unusual place for me to chip so I guess it got caught on something. The thumb nail doesn’t even have ANY visible tip wear! Pretty amazing ūüôā

Final verdict – if this line has a shade you really like, get it. Get the top coat too. I waited for a great sale to grab mine, but with performance like this, I’d understand if ya didn’t! Will get more to add to the collection of I find another interesting shade. I should also do a wear test for Queen of Hearts now that I have the top coat!

Enjoy your weekend! Happy daylight savings!

Mac Black Stallion Swatch & Review!

MAC Black Stallion

MAC Black Stallion

This is my first MAC polish. I found this on clearance, and it’s dark, broody shade immediately appealed. I didn’t know who Brooke Candy was, didn’t really care, but looked it up. I remain indifferent. Look her up if you want to, you may regret it. Anyway, Black Stallion is a sheer blackened purple jelly that required 3-4 coats for opacity. Below is a swatch with one coat.

MAC Black Stallion One Coat

MAC Black Stallion One Coat

And 3 coats.

MAC Black Stallion Swatch

MAC Black Stallion Swatch

I didn’t mind that it needed so many coats. What I do mind, is that this started chipping the minute it dried. It’s didn’t even make it to the end of the day. Horrible, awful, terrible performance. I used my usual base and top coat, which usually buys me at least a couple days. This discourages me from ever purchasing another MAC polish, unfortunately. I pay more for a premium product, and even on clearance, this isn’t it.

MAC Black Stallion

MAC Black Stallion

I do still love the color, for the whole few hours it remains intact!

Formula X Alive, Swatch & Review NOTD!

Formula X Alive

Formula X Alive

Sephora’s had this shade, Formula X in Alive, on clearance for over a year, or longer. I got this ages ago for $6 and don’t regret it, and it’s still on for $6. It’s a beautiful, creamy peachy pink shade with decent coverage in 2 carefully applied coats, but I think I have 3 in the swatch picture. The peach looked nice against my NC20/25 skin, and wore really well even when my nails were longer. Nice for spring and summer. The cap cover comes off to reveal a ridged, easier to use brush handle.

Formula X Alive

Formula X Alive

And the swatch!

Formula X Alive

Formula X Alive

 

Enjoy the rest of your week!

 

Sinful Colors Easy Going Swatch & Review!

Sinful Colors Easy Going

Sinful Colors Easy Going

Pale nail colours are fairly foreign to me. I like my deeps, darks, and brights. I then one day came across a post about Victoria Beckham’s Bamboo White, and how Sinful Colors Easy Going is a suitable dupe, with pictures included. If I remembered where I saw it, I’d link it. Anyway, this got me to googling pictures of both, and they are both gorgeous. It’s a pale, creamy off white with a hint of warm pink. When I saw it at Superstore for all of $1.99, I grabbed one and I wish I’d have grabbed a few!

The swatch below is 2 thick coats with base and top coat. It wore like iron. When I finally took it off, I put it right back on again. I am completely wowed!

LOOK HOW PRETTY!

Sinful Colors Easy Going

Sinful Colors Easy Going

Try this one, you won’t regret it!

Nivea Body Care Products Reviewed (with Bonus Eye Care Review!)

Nivea Body Care Products

Nivea Body Care Products

Although not officially winter, it seems to be freezing and snowing all over, even here on the west coast where our winters are traditionally blankets of grey clouds and dreary rain! With wintery weather, comes along my dry, itchy, flaky, unhappy and generally disagreeable skin. I’ve tried just about everything, and I am reviewing some of the better performing drugstore options today! Reviewed from left to right as shown above.

Nivea Firming Body Milk Q10 Plus, 473ml (white, left most bottle)

This one comes in a slightly smaller bottle than Nivea’s other lotion offerings, but is a still generous size at 473ml. It contains Q10 (Ubiquinone) which is a potent antioxidant. There are studies proving it’s effectiveness when taken internally but I can’t seem to find much about it’s effects when used topically. I do know I like antioxidants in my skin care as I know they help reduce UV damage, so I suppose that’s enough for me to appreciate it.

The lotion has a very green floral scent which does fade in time. I like fragrance and it doesn’t bother my skin but it worth mentioning in the event it does irritate yours. This one seems to take a while longer to soak in, and leaves a soft feeling with a tiny ¬†bit of slippery residue which I think might be the macadamia nut oil. In the summer this sticky leftover feeling¬†bothered me, now in the winter it’s more than welcome! It does help me feel moisturized for a longer period of time. Although Nivea rates this as somewhere midway between light and rich moisture, its a fairly rich moisturizer for me due to the macadamia nut oil.

Nivea claims this lotion will improve your skin’s elasticity. I cannot attest to this claim, and I don’t have such high standards for my lotions. I just don’t think it’s possible to greatly change the qualities of my skin with a non prescription body lotion. Of course I wouldn’t mind if it did however!

I would recommend this for someone who is interested in antioxidants in their skin care, likes oils and the feeling of light oil in their skin care, and likes fresh green floral scents.

Nivea Extra Nourishing Body Milk, Dry to Very Dry Skin  625ml (blue bottle in middle)

This bottle is huge! This one contains almond oil, consistently popular in hand and nail products. The formula is incredibly thick, heavy, and rich, which after careful testing and consideration I’ve determined to be due to a huge amount of the thickening agent isohexadecane in the formulation – it’s the third ingredient after water and mineral oil! Well, even if it’s just for marketing purposes, the result is a very luxurious experience when applying. It feels like a real treat for your skin going on.

The fragrance of this one needs to be mentioned. It’s not your typical light lotiony fragrance. This one is very decidedly perfumey. In fact, when it dries down, it reminds me a bit of J’adore! Clean, very fresh, somewhat sophisticated even, for a lotion.

The package doesn’t claim to do anything other than smooth and soften your dry skin, which it does, as would any decent lotion. The formula is an oilier one, which I do like. Despite being oilier, my skin seems to just drink it right up! I do notice, however, that my skin sometimes feels a bit drier a while after using it. I’m wondering if it’s an after effect of the huge amount of thickening agent, as I think I’m applying a lot of moisture when I really might not be. I’ve also just noticed that sea salt is in the ingredient list, and it might have something to do with that. This isn’t enough to stop me from liking it enough to at least finish the bottle.

I would recommend this for someone who likes a heavier oil in their body care products, seeks out very fragranced products, and has normal to dry skin. I don’t think this will be the right kind of moisture for very dry, or very sensitive skin.

Nivea Happy Time Shower Cream 500ml (white bottle on the right)

This formula contains the ever popular sweet almond oil and bamboo extract, which is intended to¬†improve¬†your skin’s collagen and elastin. As I don’t think a body wash can actually do that, and it doesn’t actually claim to, I will review it as just a body wash.

The fragrance is advertised to be an invigorating orange blossom scent. I personally find this to be more orange creamsicle rather than orange blossom. It’s definitely more food than floral. There is a light trail of flowers underneath the orange creamsicle. It’s nice, soft, fresh, in no way over powering and somewhat refreshing.

The formula itself is rich, smooth, creamy and lathers well, with lots of soft bubbles. It doesn’t seem to make my skin feel weird, red or itchy after a few uses like some body washes do (looking in your direction, Olay…) As a body wash, it does it’s job, and you get a generous amount for the price.

I would recommend this to someone who prefers a slightly more moisturizing body wash and likes the idea of eating orange creamsicles in a summer flower garden.

Bonus!  Nivea Visage Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Eye Care 15ml (tiny little tube at the top!)

I am not of the school of thought that a separate eye cream is necessary, and that if you have a properly formulated wrinkle/skin care system for the rest of your face, you should be able to use it around the eye area as well. This was passed along to me by my mother, who didn’t like it as it stung the skin around her eyes – pretty much a mark of failure in a product intended to be formulated specifically for that area! Well, I tried it out, and wouldn’t you know it, it stung the skin under my eyes as well. Not even retinol products do that. I couldn’t use it long enough to form an educated opinion on it’s claim to reduce dark under eye circles, but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be able to do that anyway. I might use this up as a cuticle cream. ¬†I will be sticking with my Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle Cream for now!

I would recommend this product for someone with very agreeable skin, impervious to any reactions or stinging from any product at all (which I usually am!) who is looking for light moisture and no miracles whatsoever.

Hope everyone is making it through their fall/winter so far! Stay warm!

ELF Products Only! Pale Smoky Purple Eye Look Using Only ELF Cosmetics & Tools!

ELF Cosmetics & Tools

ELF Cosmetics & Tools

I was planning on doing a simple swatch and review of this purple ELF cosmetics eyeshadow set, labeled only as “Smoky”. It then occured to me that I had enough ELF products that I would be able to do a complete eye look using ELF only products, tools and brushed included! I didn’t use everything¬†shown above but thought I should include them in the picture just in case I did. Included in the picture above: a six pan eyeshadow set called Smoky, a liquid liner in Plum, a black mascara, an eyelash curler, two pencil liners, one in Black and one in Plum, two eyeshadow brushes, a small concealer brush I usually use for liner, a pencil sharpener that was included with the eyeliner and an eyeliner brush, all ELF products.

Swatched below are the eye liners, the pencil ones first in Plum then Black. The black didn’t stick to my waterline as I had hoped, the formula just isn’t gel like enough for that, but they still apply well to skin, and I ended up using the Plum pencil under my eye in the finished look. The Liquid liner is on the bottom, also named Plum. I quite like the liquid liner, I did a full review on the one in black, and I love it (had to buy backups, and I’m glad I did as it’s gone now!)

ELF Eye Liners in Plum and Black

ELF Eye Liners in Plum and Black

And below I have swatched the six pan palette in Smoky. Pigmentation was ok in most of them, nothing outstanding but definitely good enough to be workable for a casual look. The purple and black ones were drier than the rest, with the purple being the only really matte one in the pan. It applied better than the black. All contained sparkle in one way or another. From top to bottom we have a very frosty sheer white, a pinky lavender, the matte purple (which had sparkle in its overspray but not underneath that), a silvery, slightly lilac taupe, and impressively pigmented shimmery charcoal grey, and a not particularly well pigmented matte black with loose sparkles in the matte base. I didn’t end up using the grey or black in this lighter smoky look today.

ELF Smoky Eye Shadow 6 Pan Palette Swatches

ELF Smoky Eye Shadow 6 Pan Palette Swatches

The eyeshadows did blend just fine, and seemed to lose the heavy glitter as i blended along, which is fine with me. I did a look using the matte purple on lid, pinky lavender in crease, the taupe on inner half of lid, and the tiniest bit of the frost white in my inner corner. Although it looks black in the picture, I did use the liquid liner in Plum on my upper lid, and the pencil liner in Plum on the lower.

ELF Smoky Eye Shadow on eye

ELF Smoky Eye Shadow on eye

You can’t see the mascara very well at this angle, but I am satisfied with it’s performance. It built reasonably well in 2 coats and dried to a very soft and flexible finish. Due to this flexibility however, it didn’t hold a curl well. If you were in desperate need of mascara and only had a buck, this would do the job in a pinch. It did start to flake on me, but this might be my fault as I was continuously poking at it,¬†being impressed with it’s flexibility.

Overall, if you don’t have particularly high performance demands, pigment wise, out of your makeup, or if you don’t like using your expensive stuff when you are only going to be out a couple hours for errands or something, I would recommend these ELF products (the eyeliner especially, which is a daily use product for me!)

Have any favourite ELF products?

NYC Top Coats, A Trio Reviewed

NYC Top Coats in Grand Central Station, Matte Me Crazy & Big City Dazzle

NYC Top Coats in Grand Central Station, Matte Me Crazy & Big City Dazzle

NYC polishes (New York Color РIn a New York Color Minute) have been one of my favourites for years, and I was sad to see my local retailers discontinue carrying them. They are still available, just not to me here so I order them online. Today I am presenting three of their topcoats Рa regular one (Grand Central Station), a matte coat (Matte Me Crazy), and a sparkle coat (Big City Dazzle).

For the purposes of this post, I am keeping with the NYC nail polish theme and using a nice dark plum for fall, NYC Battery Park Purple. The flash washed it out a bit in this picture, but it does appear opaque to the eye in two fast drying coats. I also discovered this was a decent dupe for Revlon Bold Sangria in this post.

NYC Battery Park Purple

NYC Battery Park Purple

Starting with the matte top coat, NYC Matte Me Crazy Mattifying Top Coat 274 (0.33oz/9.7 ml), about $2 Canadian. I don’t have any other matte top coats to compare this to, and I’m not planning on purchasing another one as this seems to do the trick just fine! I find that this matte coat on top of regular polishes lasts longer on my nails than just a matte polish itself, which tends to chip within the first day. I haven’t yet tried the matte coat on top of a matte polish. Seems a bit redundant, but I think I will try some time to see if it helps make it last longer. I will update here with results should I try this. Shown below is one coat of NYC Matte Me Crazy over two coats NYC Battery Park Purple. Looks and feels satiny and soft.

NYC Matte Me Crazy over NYC Battery Park Purple

NYC Matte Me Crazy over NYC Battery Park Purple

Next up is NYC Big City Dazzle (0.33oz/9.7 ml), also about $2 Canadian, a sparkle top coat. The clear, fast drying base is full of mostly purpley fuchsia glitter, then a mattering of red, teal blue, gold and silver glitter is in there as well. It isn’t too flashy but it’s a little something extra. Shown here on my other paw, photo taken with the “wrong” hand so its not entirely as in focus as I would prefer but it’s a decent representation, again over two coats of NYC Battery Park Purple. I also used it in another purple look with an Essence polish here.

NYC Big City Dazzle over NYC Battery Park Purple

NYC Big City Dazzle over NYC Battery Park Purple

I painted the matte on one hand and the sparkle on the other intending just to have it on for the duration of this review writing, but wouldn’t you know it, I liked them both enough to just leave them on! Both were ok until day three when the chips started creeping in.

I have not included any pictures of the NYC clear top coat, Grand Central Station, swatched. It’s a clear coat, we all know what that looks like! Besides, if you would like to see it on, I have used it in just about any nail post I have ever done here, with the exclusion of the Nicole top coat that was awful. I use it with every manicure because it is that good. It’s cheap, it dries quickly, it’s shiny, and it keeps chips at bay an extra day or two. I also like the bottle and brush. I will buy NYC Grand Central Station clear coat until I can’t find it anymore, which might be sooner rather than later as I already have to find it online.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

 

Marc Jacobs Honey Eau De Parfum Rollerball Review!

Marc Jacobs Honey

Marc Jacobs Honey

I know there’s a lot of you out there, but I’m not a Marc Jacobs fan girl. I skipped over the ever popular Daisy feeling that it was way too “green” for me (huge amounts of violet leaf) which was a pity as I liked the strawberry in it. I took a pass on the almost as iconic Lola, figuring I already had the same notes of rose, peony, pink pepper, musk, fruit and amber in Gucci Envy Me, which to my nose was better. I did, however, like Dot and it’s mutant ladybug bottle,¬†and¬†it’s Honey counterpart bottle which¬†I’ve heard best described as a GMO bee.

When Marc Jacobs Honey came out, I knew that I had to try this one. Just like peach notes, I have been looking for a honey based fragrance for a long time and I was hoping this would be it! Notes are as follows:

Marc Jacobs Honey Top Notes

Marc Jacobs Honey Top Notes

Pears, Mandarin Orange and Fruit Punch in Top Notes

I know the pear is there, but to me it settles a bit in the background of the body of the fragrance meanwhile the top notes to me shine first as a sweet citrus, and then a splash of red fruit, which I guess is the fruit punch. It’s a light, refreshing opening.

Marc Jacobs Honey Middle Notes

Marc Jacobs Honey Middle Notes

Orange Blossom, Honeysuckle and Peach in Middle Notes

With effort I can actually manage to catch all these notes. The peach is of course too faint for my liking as I love peach, but the honeysuckle is there quite clearly and the orange blossom sits quietly underneath it. It is a pretty and sweet combination.

Marc Jacobs Honey Base Notes

Marc Jacobs Honey Base Notes

Vanilla, Woodsy Notes and Honey in Base Notes

I tried but was unable to manage to grab the vanilla notes in this, not that it bothers me either way. The wood notes have no threat of being overbearing here and seem to be there in just enough amounts to give Honey a drier finish to round out the sweetness. I finally, eventually manage to find the honey in this after dry down, and it is a warm, gourmand addition.

I’ve found a few reviews saying that Honey is similar to Dot, and although I do see the resemblance in type and structure, with a closer sniff they are really not that much alike. Where Honey has citrus and sweet punch, Dot has tropical coconut and tart red berries. While Honey might not be very complicated, it is still pretty, light, sweet and refreshing. I can’t see anyone really being offended by this one, unless they were maybe allergic. This would be nice used with a light hand for daytime, or at the office if there are any left out there that let us wear fragrances anymore. Honey would also suit a sticky hot summer night, again with a light hand to avoid the risk of becoming¬†too cloying. I do wish the peach and honey notes were more prevalent to my nose.

I have a 10ml rollerball of this which I think is enough for me to decide if it is worthy of a larger bottle or if I should move on. Also perfect for throwing into my purse! I like that more and more lines are offering their fragrances up in the somewhat more economical rollerballs so you can still enjoy the next new thing – or many things – without a huge amount of commitment. This one was a gift from my Mom, lucky me! Thanks Mom!

Any thoughts on Marc Jacobs scents?

Enjoy your week!

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?

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