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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Girl Doesn’t Like This Stuff

This is going to be a quick one, so I can’t even call it a review. I got my hands on the new Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation ($10.99 at Ulta) and got the foundation on my face and was immediately disappointed.

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I have very oily skin, and large pores on my cheeks and nose, and the stubborn scars left by acne and this foundation accentuated every one of those trouble issues, settling into and exaggerating every imperfection while simultaneously sliding around my face until I was a patchy, cakey mess. This foundation made me miserable to be wearing it, and I couldn’t even be bothered to give it a second chance.

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Here are swatches of the two lightest shades, for your viewing pleasure. The texture was moussey and soft, and reminded me of a thinner version of the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation (surprise, that foundation was awful for me as well) and there seemed to be a decent color selection.

I had high expectations for this foundation (Velvet Matte anything should be my jam) but it was really just an unmitigated disaster. 0/5 would-not-reccomend.

Girl’s Summer Favorites

It’s finally September. The nights here are getting cooler, my sweaters are coming unboxed, pumpkin spice everything is on its way. And while I don’t have enough makeup (yet!) to make monthly favorites worth the post, I can more than fill you up on seasonal favorites. These are the things I’ve really enjoyed over the course of my summer:

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Books and beauty products are two of my most loved functional art objects.

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Stay, Illusion by Lucie Brock-Broido is a book of really stunning, eerie poetry. “Each child still has one lantern inside lit. May the Mother not / Blow her children out.”

And the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eye Shadow Palette…really soft, nicely pigmented, totally wearable matte shadows. I really really like these colors, even if they are housed in a weirdly puffy fleshy pink velvet palette.

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton is also a breathtaking and eerie book, this one fiction set in the late 1600s. Highly highly recommend if you like historical fiction, or poetic prose, or mystery, or magic realism.

Luna Sleeping Night Oil by Sunday Riley is worth every penny. I saw results in a couple days and my skin only continues to get better.

L’Oréal Infallible Pro Matte 24HR Foundation is my very favorite foundation. Ever. I have to mix two shades to get a match but totally worth the hassle.

Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette isn’t something I needed in my life but with Ulta points and coupons I got it for a decent discount and I’m glad I’ve gotten to play with it. The shadows are pretty and soft and the palette travels well.

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At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson is a collection of strange and haunting short stories, each one more bizarre and heart-breaking than the next.

That H&M gold spike necklace has rarely left my neck.

My two favorite nail polishes for the summer were L’Oréal 109 Orange You Jealous and Essie Cashmere Matte in Comfy in Cashmere. The coral color I wore on my toes almost constantly, but the Essie Cashmere Matte colors chip within only hours of drying so I wore that color only when I was prepared for the upkeep.

The Malin + Goetz mojito lip balm came in an Ipsy and it is by far the best lip treatment I have ever used. It has a gel-like texture and I only wear it at night because it is thick…but it smells and tastes delicious, and it restores my lips to their full health in a single night, despite whatever moisture sucking liquid lipstick I wore that day.

Rimmel’s Stay Matte Powder in translucent is a new product to me, even though it has been a cult favorite for so long. I don’t like caking powder on top of my foundation, I always feel like it makes my makeup look unnatural and heavy. But I’m giving this one the chance to change my mind. I think it’s working.

Last are the two lip colors I have been wearing most often, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes (a mauvy nude) and Jordana Modern Matte in Matte Bare ( a dusty pink nude). I loved both of these (very similar!) colors even though they seem to be more Autumn-appropraite than summer-bright. But Girl does what she wants.

More soon,

Girl

Girl Doesn’t Have an Expensive Face

These are the products I’ve been using on an everyday basis, with slight variations to lip color or mascara. I’ve included only products I’ve purchased myself, excluding anything I’ve gotten from a subscription service to provide an accurate idea of the “cost” of my face.

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Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control $16.00 at Sephora.

Foundation: L’Oréal Infaillible Pro-Matte Foundation (In 101 Classic Ivory & 102 Shell Beige) $11.99 at Target.

Eye Shadow: It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol 1 Palette $42.00 at Ulta.

Mascara: Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara $6.99 at Ulta. 

Lip Treatment: Smith’s Rosebud Salve $6.00 at Sephora.

Lip Gloss: NYX Butter Gloss (in Créme Brûlée) $4.99 at Ulta.

Lip Cream: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (In Zurich) $5.99 at Ulta.

Total across three stores (not including taxes!): $105.95

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EXCEPT GIRL DOESN’T PAY FULL PRICE IF SHE DOESN’T HAAAAAVVEE TOO!!

So, from Sephora and Target I bought primer and foundation and lip salve at full price because I’d convinced myself I needed those things exactly at that moment and couldn’t wait for deals or coupons. When I repurchase the foundation I will wait until Ulta has L’Oréal at 40% off, or at least buy-one-get-one at 50 % off.

Everything I purchased from Ulta was discounted first by deals and then by coupons because Ulta always has a $3.50 off $10.00 or 20% off one item coupon running. The eyeshadow palette was on super-deal one day only for 50% off and I snatched it off their website. I had to pay shipping but. worth. it. The lip products and the mascara were all purchased during 40% off “brand” sales which Ulta does periodically with the drugstore brands they carry.

Primer: $16.00

Foundation: $23.98

Eye Shadow: $26.95

Mascara: $4.19

Lip Treatment: $6.00

Lip Gloss: 2.99

Lip Cream: $3.59

Total (not including taxes or coupons!): $83.70

Taking into account that mascara should only live to be 3 months old (but who actually throws out half a tube of perfectly useable mascara?) and that primer is a half size but that the eye shadow and lip products have much longer lasting power… if these potions and tinctures lasted me an average of sixth months and I wore them seven days a week, my face costs about $0.46 a day.

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

Review: Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfecter

Still Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfecter $39.00 at Ulta. stila1 The short of it: Get thee to a Stila retailer and try this right. now. stila2 The claims: This first-to-market, skin-perfecting, natural matte foundation has an innovative bouncy, putty texture which allows perfect pickup and buildable, undetectable coverage that looks like skin, not makeup. It goes on like a cream and blends seamlessly with a powder-soft mattified finish that doesn’t feel like you’re wearing foundation. Complexion instantly looks smoother, and imperfections and uneven skin tone virtually disappear, for a poreless, perfected skin appearance. Oil free. stila3 The long of it: I was instantly thrilled with this product. I couldn’t decide between the fair and light shades when I was in Ulta and after swatching this weird gunk on my hands and wrists and arms a lady in black came armed with swabs to help me out. She said “Go with the fair.” and I didn’t listen. Both of them blended well into my jaw line but the fair shade was just a little but too pale for my comfort zone. I walked out with light and took pictures before sticking my finger into this play-dough-esque-not-quite-a-cream-not-quite-a-powder moldable hybrid of a primer or foundation or setting [balm? powder? I don’t know.] mystery magic product of joy. Stila claims you can wear this under or over foundation, or as your foundation, and after wearing it a few different ways (though never “over” anything other than primer) I like to wear it best on its own.

stila4Using the sponge that comes in the compact (protected from the actual product by that clear cap) I just swipe in the product a few times, swipe across my face, and blend outwards towards my temples and neck. The first swipe shows all the divots where my pores are enlarged which was alarming the first time I played with it, but the second swipe is like magic…my complexion tone and texture is smoothed and my redness is concealed and it looks and feels like I’m wearing NOTHING. For the first few hours of wear this wizard-putty is invisible on my skin. It keeps me matte for about four hours before it starts to look a little dewy (though nothing alarming) and it starts to break down around hour six or seven and by “breakdown” I mean it starts to look a little powdery upon close inspection.

I am all about lazy girl makeup and this is in every way a wonder product for those of us who can’t or won’t take the time to maticulously layer on products in the morning. There is nothing else like it (that I’ve been able to find) and while $39.00 isn’t outrageous for a higher end foundation (or primer? or setting…something?) it is still a pricey product for someone accustom to drugstore prices, especially because you only get right under .4 oz of product. But a little goes a long way and I think this putty is worth every penny. The only real downfall is the shit shade range. I would comfortably fit between the fair and light shades and while I’m more than willing to work with what is available, I think that for such a great product, Stila should make it fit more skin tones.

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

Review: Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Fresh Complexion Oil Free Foundation

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Fresh Complexion Oil Free Foundation $6.99 at Target.

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The short of it: Not for the fair complected or oily skinned.

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The claims: Instantly blends into skin for a flawless look; Shine-free look that lasts all day; Oil-free formula won’t clog pores

The long of it: I gave this foundation a solid two weeks before returning it. The lightest shade I could find, 105 Classic Ivory, turned orange on me within an hour. It applied evenly and looked like “my-skin-but-better.” It wasn’t powdery or cakey, it didn’t smell weird, and while it wasn’t mattifying by any stretch of the imagination, it seemed to be an easy out-the-door-to-run-errands-or-grab-lunch foundation with light to medium coverage. A no fuss product for those days when I wanted an even complexion without committing to wearing a full-coverage all day foundation.

But.

Orange.

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