Review: Wet-n-Wild CoverAll Collection

A reader asked me to review the Wet-n-Wild face products I hauled in January, and I have tested these wonderful little tubes and pots of goodness for months. There really isn’t a product I don’t adore at least a little bit (though one I still haven’t figured out how to use…) and so without too much preamble, find to follow my thoughts on the Wet-n-Wild Cover All collection, and the new(ish) setting spray.

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Primer: Excellent. A lotion-like consistency and face-feel, though as it sets it gets a bit velvety and tacky like a serious silicone primer. I think it smooths out my imperfections and helps keep me a bit more matte. I also think it makes a nice base on which foundation can stick. Repurchase? YES!

Color Correcting Palette: I don’t know how to use this. I picked it up after digging so hard on the other CoverAll products and because color-correcting is all over Sephora for waaaaay more than the $4.99 I paid for this little disk. It is very thick and very creamy and I get the whole green on red cancels out the color…purple on yellow cancels out the color…etc. But I feel like I put this stuff on my face and blend it out to nothing and then I’m right back where I started only sticky. Repurchase? Probably not.

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Cream Foundation: Excellent. This has become my second favorite drugstore foundation. It is inexpensive, sits so nicely on my skin, wears well throughout the day, is a good color match, doesn’t oxidize, and helps keep my face a little more matte. It is comfortable to wear and it doesn’t break me out. Repurchase? Most definitely.

Pressed Powder: Very soft, but very dry and delicate, so putting a brush in this compact kicks up a lot of product. But it sets the cream foundation very nicely and adds just a little more coverage. Repurchase? Maybe, but there are so many other pressed powders I want to try, and I don’t really dig the packaging on this.

Setting Spray: I like this some days and I like it not-so-much other days. When it works, it works well and smooths out any powdery look my products have produced while sort of suction-cupping my makeup to my face for all day (slightly dewy) wear. It feels like hairspray for my face. But when it doesn’t work it comes out of the spray nozzle in huge, uncomfortable drops of tackiness, smears my mascara all over my face, and muddies up my look…and I haven’t been able to find a rhyme or reason for why some days it does wonderful things and some days it underperforms. Repurchase? Maybe. But like the pressed powder, there are other setting sprays and fixing mists I want to try. This one is small and cute and inexpensive though, so I won’t rule it out.

Have I missed any Wet-n-Wild Cover All products? Any other face staples I should rush out and find? Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations.

More soon,

Girl

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

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Review: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss $9.99 at Ulta.

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The short of it: THESE ARE PERFECT GETTHEMNOWOMG!!!

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The long of it: If you’ve spent any time here at GirlDoesn’t, then you might be familiar with how consistently I bargain shop…I wait for coupons and sales and steadfastly refuse to pay full price for something I know I can get much cheaper if I can only be patient.

These beauties changed that game for me. I couldn’t wait. At $10 a pop these are half the price of most mid-range to high-end liquid lipsticks, so they aren’t, by comparison with the popular Stila and Kat Von D and Ofra and Lime Crime liquid lipsticks, break-the-bank expensive, and if you were to walk out of a drugstore with one new lipstick in your purse, then $10 bucks is totally reasonable.

But Girl isn’t totally reasonable. And I can’t walk away with just one new lipstick in my purse.

L’Oreal often goes on sale BOGO 50% off and about three times a year goes 40% off at Ulta so I KNOW I can get these for between 6 or 7.5 dollars if I’m patient–which is much much less than what they’re worth. And when you seem to buy lippies in bulk like I do…well 6 dollars x 10 hurts a lot less than 10 dollars x 10. And I love makeup but even with the excuse “I can write about these on my blog!” I can’t rationalize spending $100 dollars on lipstick in one go.

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So, I made away with four…three nudes and a bright red. These have a whipped creamy texture, a slightly fruity smell, go on like a gloss (with plenty of time to play before they set), are wonderfully opaque and not at all even a little bit streaky, and go matte but never quite dry so even hours later you can rub your lips together and feel the creamy gloss (instead of the dry flakes of a traditional matte liquid lipstick), AND they leave behind a soft lovely stain which means they fade gracefully (important if you forget you’re wearing these and that you might want to touch up, because they are that damn comfortable). They aren’t kiss-proof but then I didn’t pay forty bucks for these to waste them on Boyfriend’s mouth.

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If the stunning formula isn’t enough to convince you, this applicator should do it. I haven’t used a wand as perfect as the one you see above. The little well in the middle holds the right amount of product to get your pout in one go (so no double dipping required) and it’s the exact right shape to get full, sweeping color or tuck into the corners of your mouth and cupid’s bow.

Seriously, get your hands on a couple of these. Or all of them.

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

Review: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream $5.99 at Ulta.

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The short of it: There is a reason these are a cult favorite…they’re wonderful.

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The claims: Straddles the line between lipstick and gloss, creamy, lustrous formula applies like silk, soft matte finish exudes a sensual glow, unique innovative texture.

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The long of it: I have collected these a couple at a time over the course my love affair with Ulta, every time they have a 40% off NYX sale. I have played with more shades than the six in my collection, to find the colors that compliment my skin tone.

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These smell like cupcakes and they feel as smooth as frosting on the lips, thick and creamy and so very very pretty. They aren’t a harsh, drying matte but something that looks a little bit softer.

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They are easy to apply with the doe-foot applicator, and they reapply nicely. And you will need to reapply because these do not have the lasting power of a liquid lipstick. The mousse-y formula wears off on the inner rim of your lips after a few hours, and they definitely won’t survive your lunch. They can be a bit streaky sometimes, but another quick layer will solve any patchiness. Unfortunately this isn’t the sort of lip product that fades gracefully…these aren’t stains or super-long-lasting but once they dry, they don’t slide around your lips or migrate outside of your lip line and so when they wear off, they wear obviously.

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I think the price tag, especially when they are 40% off, is more than fair for these opaque not-quite-a-lipstick not-quite-a-lip-gloss tubes of merriment and joy.

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Cannes is my favorite color of the bunch, described as a “dusty muted mauve.”

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Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

Review: J. Cat Wonder Lip Paint

J. Cat Wonder Lip Paint $4.99 at jcatbeauty.com

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The short of it: These are fun, pigmented, lightweight lip stains named after Alice In Wonderland.

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The long of it: I ordered these online after receiving the vampy wine one on the left (Red Potion) in an Ipsy bag. I liked it enough to use the coupon and order three more, but what I thought I was purchasing online did not match my expectations when they arrived. The colors on the site are not true to reality and because there isn’t a color description provided, the whole ordeal was less than stellar.

The nude one on top (Curiouser), for instance, looked like a dusty pink on the site but is full on concealer beige in real life. Not a flattering look on me. The bright red on the bottom (2nd Impossible Thing) looked much more coral on the site, as did the dusty rose one on the right (Blabberwocky). It is hard enough trying to order makeup online without the benefit of swatches, and the color misrepresentation on the site is a definite turn off.

All of that aside, they have since updated their website and added a ton of colors and I like the formula enough to consider trying again. The very liquid-ey consistency is a little drying, but nothing like a liquid lipstick, and the lasting power is decent. They are opaque and minty and easy enough to wear. Maybe most importantly though, these fade very gracefully.

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I’ll admit the immediate draw was the named allusions to Alice In Wonderland. The Lit Nerd in me was gleeful. But I really do like the colors Blabberwocky and Red Potion and I think that if you are feeling brave, these are unique enough, and pretty enough, and inexpensive enough to be worth trying.

Keep in mind that these come in a tube and need to be applied with a lip brush or your finger, and that the formula separates in the tube if you leave them untouched for a few days  so you should massage and shake the tube really well before you squeeze out any product.

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

Review: Milani Amore Matte Lip Cremes

Limited Edition Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme $8.99 on Milani.com

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The short of it: These are comfortable and long-lasting but the nude colors are definitely less streaky and easier to wear than the vampy colors.

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(In order from left to right: 01 Crush, 02 Adore, 03 Beloved, 04 Lust)

The claims: This revolutionary, highly saturated liquid-to-matte formula dries to a soft, velvety finish for fuller-looking lips. Its double-sided, flexible plush applicator hugs the contours of lips, working to lock in bold, opaque color. Non-sticky, smooth and ready for all-night wear, the limited edition Amore Matte Lip Crème is the ultimate transfer resistant kiss-me-matte.

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(In order from left to right: 05 Embrace, 07 Romance, 06 Desire, 08 Flirt)

The long of it: I really lucked out with these. The CVS where I found them must have JUST set them out because the display was full. AND they rang up for only $2.99 a piece. WHAT?!?

They smell like cherry cola? Or maybe a rootbeer float? Something a little sickly sweet. The smell dissipates eventually but if you’re sensitive to smell these might be too offensive.

The colors range from pink-nude to deep wine, and while I only found a few I can comfortably pull off, I think the selection of colors is really decent for a Fall-released eight-option limited-edition set of liquid lipsticks

The applicator is a flat (double-sided) plush and it isn’t the easiest wand to use. These liquid  lipsticks are very, well, liquid-y and the wand doesn’t make precise application totally feasible. This is not the sort of product you can slap on as you rush out the door.

The wear on these is by far the best part. The lighter shades go on opaque and have only come off my face with an oil cleanser or by eating greasy foods. Additionally, reapplication looks just as good as the first time around…there isn’t any bunching or crumbling or weird pilling of product because of a second layer. And they aren’t drying!

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(From top to bottom: 01 Crush (warm brick brown), 02 Adore (pink nude), 03 Beloved (brown rose), 04 Lust (cool rose)).

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(From top to bottom: 05 Embrace (deep reddish plum), 06 Desire (bright red), 07 Romance (deep red), 08 Flirt (deep vampy wine)).

As you can see from the swatches, the darker colors are streaky. The reds and purples photograph similarly but are different enough in person that if you wear those colors, it is worth getting both. Purple lips are not a statement I can make, or if I can I choose not to. And I’m only newly experimenting with red lips, so the fact that the darker colors are a little disappointing is not really an issue for me.

My favorites are by far Beloved and Lust, and they were more than worth the $2.99 price tag.

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Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

Review: Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighters

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighters $6.00 at Ulta.

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The short of it: These are pretty, soft, and not too glittery.

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The long of it: I love highlighters. In the store. On display. Swatched on the inside of my wrist. I cannot count how many times I have gone out of my way to touch the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors in Sephora. So good. But as someone still recovering from the ravages of acne, and as someone with uncontrollably oil skin, I cannot find a way to justify spending 38 monies on a product I’ll really only use regularly under my brows…

Highlighter is hard to work with on skin with pits and bumps from old acne and healing scars because all that luminosity only draws attention to the uneven texture. And adding what is essentially microglitter to skin that will, without fail (no matter what mattifying primer I shellac on in the morning) get slick before lunch is only inviting disaster. Strobing is not for me.

But makeup is one of my hobbies, and collecting beautiful products I don’t use as often as I should is one of my weaknesses, and while I will, no doubt, one day buckle to my own foolish desires and buy the whole lot of Becca highlighters, I have, in the meantime, been hunting for a set of drugstore highlighting powders with which to play.

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Enter Makeup Revolution, an affordable European brand newly carried by Ulta. There are three shades: Golden Lights which is yellow gold and wet-looking, Radiant Lights which is listed as “lilac” but looks way more like a subtle peach to me and it the most “wearable” of the three for me, and Peach Lights, which is an icy pink. At $6.00 a pop, these are more reasonably priced and while they are no where near as creamy as the Becca highlighters, these are still silky and pretty and worth the cost. You can get all three of these for way less than one Becca highlighter. They have decent lasting power, aren’t burdened with chunks of glitter, and have really good pigmentation. They have a little fall out in the pan, but don’t dust all over your face when you’re attempting precise application.

Because Makeup Revolution is a drugstore brand, you can use Ulta coupons on these as well. And you should know by now Girl got her discount.

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

Review: Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads and Night Pads Extreme

Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads 12.99 at Ulta.

Exfoliate Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme 12.99 at Ulta.

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The short of it: These are a staple in my skin care routine and I love every. single. thing. about. them.

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The claims: Facial Pads–radiance-boosting, soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid, retexture and resurface skin whilst witch hazel helps to tone, moisturizing formula with hyaluronic acid and soothing blue daisy helps to reveal brighter and smoother looking skin. Night Pads–concentrated acid blend of AHAs and BHAs help to improve the skin’s natural exfoliation process, decongest dull skin, pores appear more refined and the complexion brighter to rival results of an acid peel.

The long of it: I cannot say enough good things about these pads. I use them like a toner; the Facial Pads in the morning after my shower or any time during the day after I’ve washed my face or used a face mask, and the Night Pads after I’ve washed the day off, before my night oil. They smell a little bit like herbs and a little bit like flowers and a little bit like citrus. They feel soothing and cooling and moisturizing, they never sting or burn. One side of the pad is textured just enough to feel exfoliating but not enough to feel irritating (like many drugstore pre-soaked facial pads) and the other side is smooth. The pad is big enough and saturated enough to get my whole face, neck, and décolletage. If you were feeling thrifty, it would be easy to cut these pads in half and still treat your whole face.

There are 60 pads in the plastic container, so if I use one pad of each type every day, these should in theory last me two months. At $12.99, the price point is fair. Especially if you take into account that Ulta almost always has a $3.50 off $10 coupon running. Making these more often than not $9.49.

And most importantly, these WORK. They keep my skin decongested and bright, and have over time helped even out my skin texture and tone. They aren’t the only “treatment” type skincare I use regularly, so the degree to which they’ve aided in my skin clearing is hard to pin down, but really no other toner or treatment pad can hold a candle to these.

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.