SMACKDOWN: DiorSkin vs. Sephora Spray Foundation

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Hi Makeup Geeks!

It’s been a little bit since I did a product smackdown (yes, I’ve been slacking this summer ūüėČ ) ¬†If you’re new and¬†haven’t seen any of my previous product smackdowns before, it’s where I do a comparison of two exact same products: one high end and one cheaper version. I compare all the qualities both good and bad, and pick a winner. ¬† This way you can save some money if the cheaper version is better! ¬†(more money to buy some more shoes- oh yeah!)

DiorSkin Spray Foundation

 DiorSkin Airflash Foundation

I have been using this aerosol foundation for over a year now and absolutely love it! ¬†What I don’t love is the price. ¬†At over $60 a pop, I could be getting a mani/pedi or a pair of cute shoes or something. ¬†BUT, I won’t be mad at Dior for this high price as it still is a wonderful product.

I don’t use it but a few times a month- usually when I’m in a hurry as it’s very quick to get that flawless finish. ¬†Just spray and go! ¬†If you’d like to

Advantages:

  • Quick and easy to use
  • Great coverage- is buildable. ¬†The more you spray on, the more coverage you get
  • Finish is flawless. ¬†It doesn’t look cakey or heavy and it has an almost airbrushed look
  • Comes in 10 colors

Disadvantages:

  • Too expensive
Price:  $62
Where to Buy:    Sephora .  Amazon

Sephora Spray Foundation

Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation

Awhile back, Sephora had another aerosol foundation that sucked. ¬†Yep, it sucked REALLY bad. ¬†Came out in a messy blob, smelled funny, didn’t cover your skin at all. ¬†Was horrible! ¬† So I wasn’t so excited to try this one out, but decided to give it another shot anyways. ¬†I have to say that this isn’t like the old one at all- I’m really impressed! ¬†Nice save Sephora ūüėČ

This newest air foundation works just like the DiorSkin one. ¬†It’s fairly pigmented, covers well, and doesn’t blob all over the place. You can’t beat the price difference between this and the Dior either. The Sephora one is $26 vs the $62 (ouch!) for the Dior. ¬†The only disadvantage is the small range of colors- just 5.

I’ve used this 4 times now and it’s never not sprayed correctly, and it dries to a nice satin finish. ¬†If you want fuller coverage, just spray another coat.

SO… the winner for this smackdown goes to….. SEPHORA!!!

Advantages:

  • Much cheaper than Dior
  • Gives an airbrush finish to the skin
  • Covers well and leaves a satin finish to the skin
  • Quick and easy to use- perfect for on the go!

Disadvantages:

  • Not enough colors
  • Smells a little
Price:  $26
Where to Buy:    Sephora 
 

Regards – BloCosmetics.com

Cargo: ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs Meet in Paris‚ÄĚ Holiday Eye Shadow Palette Review

Hi Makeup Geeks! As you all know, every year around the holidays I go on my search for the best makeup palettes released by the big cosmetics companies, then I review each of them individually for you and at the end pick my favorite one of the year. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it…:-)

This way you get to see the best palettes and what they have to offer, so let’s kick things off this holiday season with our first review!

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‚ÄúLet‚Äôs Meet In Paris‚ÄĚ Holiday Eye Shadow Palette

Packaging

OK, seriously does this packaging alone look as if it were made with me in mind?! I am in LOVE with this packaging. If I were to design a palette it would be very similar to this. The palette wrapped in metallic luxe baroque fabric which gives it a luxurious look and feel. It has a magnetic closure and is a sturdy plastic on the inside. This palette is very durable and very well made, they paid a lot of attention to the packaging on this. It does come with a dual-ended brush with one end being a shader and the other end being a slanted liner brush. The Cargo palette is 7.5 x 3.5 and contains 12 shades of metallic eye shadows. It retails for $39.00 which is a great price for what you get.

Eyeshadows

These are creamy, velvety and very smooth. They are highly pigmented and blend like a dream. It’s so fun for me to see the names on this because of my love for the city of Paris. I really like how there is a mixture of both vibrant colors and neutrals shades. This is a great palette that can be used to do complete looks without having to pull out any other shades to add with it which makes the palette more wearable and user friendly. The only thing I would have liked to have seen is if they had made Bastille, Beret or Cafe a matte shade since there are so many metallic/shimmers since then there would have been a good mixture of shimmer and matte finishes. Continue reading

Too Faced ‚ÄúA Few of My Favorite Things‚ÄĚ Palette Review

Hi Makeup Geeks!

Here‚Äôs another review of a new holiday palette- this one is the Too Faced ‚ÄúA Few of My Favorite Things‚ÄĚ. ¬†I‚Äôm having a lot of fun reviewing all these for you all, and hopefully it helps you decide which palettes to get this year! ¬†Have fun shopping ūüôā

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My New Favorite Face Powder

Hello Makeup Geeks, today I have a review for you of my new favorite face powder. I am so excited to share this with¬†you as I love this face powder so much! As many of you know I have very sensitive skin and am prone to break outs quite easily. I have recently found out I am allergic to talc and it is so very hard to find¬†foundations and powders¬†that¬†are talc free. Unfortunately, talc is used as fillers in¬†a lot of cosmetics. It can clog pores and cause breakouts. For me it was essential I find products that did not include talc unfortunately, finding talc fee products is quite hard. I found this at a trade show recently and couldn’t wait to try it and see if worked as good as I had hoped. I was not disappointed.

Emani Pressed Mineral Foundation (Amazon)

The Best Drugstore Makeup Ever!

No one wants to spend a ton of money on makeup if there’s less expensive options out there. ¬† So…. I’ve gone through a massive, heaping pile of drugstore makeup to pick out the best products of all time. ¬†Now you can save some money and buy some extra shoes :)

Face

Foundation

Revlon Colorstay Foundation
This full coverage foundation gives an amazing finish to the skin. ¬†The matte formula is great for oily skin, but work quickly in applying as it dries fast. ¬†The best part of this foundation is there’s tons of shades to choose from!

Price: $9.98
Where to Buy:   Most Drugstores  (Amazon) (eBay)

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation
For a dewy finish to the skin, this Neutrogena foundation works amazing! ¬†It covers really well while still looking fresh and doesn’t cake up like some foundations do. ¬†The only downside is the limited range of colors.

Price: $11.37
Where to Buy:   Most Drugstores (Amazon) (eBay)

Maybelline Fit Concealer
I have been using this concealer for months now and absolutely love it! ¬†I apply it under my eyes to hide my dark circles- it doesn’t cake up, but still covers really well. ¬†Here’s my full review on it: ¬†The Best Drugstore Concealer Ever

Price: $4.99
Where to Buy:   Most Drugstores  (Amazon) (eBay)

Milani Minerals Blush 
If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the NARS blushes, these Milani ones are almost identical but less than 1/3 the price! ¬†The color “Luminous” is a beautiful shimmery peachy pink color that adds a nice glow to the cheeks.

Price: $8.99
Where to Buy:   Most Drugstores  (Amazon) (eBay)

NYX Powder Blush
I’ve been using NYX blushes for years as they’re the best inexpensive ones I’ve found. ¬†The color “Peach” looks great on everyone, and the matte finish adds color to the cheeks without the extra shimmer.

Price: $6.99
Where to Buy:   (Makeup Geek Store)

NYX Rouge Cream Blush
If you want dewy cheeks, using cream blushes adds the perfect shine without looking oily.  Not many drugstore makeup companies make cream blushes, but these NYX ones are really great quality!

Price: $6.50
Where to Buy:   (Makeup Geek Store)  (Amazon) (eBay)

Eyes

Eyes

Maybelline Gel Liner

These amazing gel liners are great quality and glide on smoothly and evenly. The are water resistant and have great color payoff and don’t flake or smudge. They work great in the waterline as well.¬†They are very high quality at a very low price! See my Smackdown between the Bobbi Brown and the Maybelline Gel Liner here. http://www.makeupgeek.com/reviews/product-smackdown-bobbi-brown-gel-eyeliner-vs-maybelline-eye-studio-gel-eyeliner/

  • Price: $9.00
  • Where to Buy: (Amazon) (eBay)

Rimmel London Eyebrow Pencil

This eyebrow pencil is great for filling in and enhancing your brows. It glides on smoothly and blends effortlessly to keep your brows looking great all day.

  • Price: $10.00
  • Where to Buy: (Amazon) (eBay)

Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow

The color Tattoo’s have changed the way many people view cream eyeshadows. These are very reminiscent of MAC’s paint pots. They don’t feel sticky, apply easily and come in a variety of highly pigmented shades. See my full review for the Maybelline Color Tattoos here: http://www.makeupgeek.com/reviews/review-maybelline-color-tattoo-cream-eyeshadows/

  • Price: $6.99
  • Where to Buy: (Amazon) (eBay)

Loreal Infallible Eye Shadow

These unique eyeshadows are exact duplicates for the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill. They are intensely pigmented and come in 17 shades to choose from. They glide on smooth, have a velvety texture and last all day! See my smackdown of these two products here: http://www.makeupgeek.com/reviews/product-smackdown-giorgio-armani-eyeshadow-vs-loreal-infallible-eye-shadow/

  • Price: $7.00
  • Where to Buy: (Amazon) (eBay)

Loreal Hip Eyeliner

These highly pigmented liners glide on smoothly and evenly for a great finish that last all day. They are a great inexpensive alternative to the Urban Decay 24/7 liners.

  • Price: $3.99
  • Where to Buy: (Amazon) (eBay)

Loreal Voluminous Mascara

This mascara is very highly pigmented and makes your lashes look thicker and fuller while adding length as well. The wand is the ideal size for reaching all your lashes, especially the shorter ones in the inner corner.

  • Price: $5.84
  • Where to Buy: ¬†(Amazon) (eBay)

Ardell Invisiband False Lashes

Quite possibly the best false lashes on the market, these are lightweight and easy to apply and come in a huge variety of styles and shapes. The Invisiband gives a especially natural look to the eyes.

  • Price: $3.99
  • Where to Buy:¬†(Makeup Geek Store)

Lips

Lips

Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain

These are by far the best lipstains you can find at the drugstore today. The only downside is they can be quite drying even with the lip balm provided. They are highly pigmented and come in a good variety of shades to choose from. See a full review of these Lipstains here: http://www.makeupgeek.com/reviews/revlon-just-bitten-lipstain-review/

  • Price: $7.43
  • Where to Buy: (Amazon) (eBay)

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss

This has been my favorite lipgloss for years and still is. These are richly pigmented and are glossy without being sticky. They have a creamy texture to them and come in a wide variety of colors.

  • Price: $5.59
  • Where to Buy: (Makeup Geek Store)

Palladio Herbal Tinted Lip Balm

These slightly tinted lip balms are ideal for a no makeup kind of day or when your lips just need hydration. This is moisturizing enough to be considered a true balm and give a great tint to the lips. They wear a long time and leave a slight stain to the lips.

  • Price : $3.89
  • Where to Buy: ¬†(Makeup Geek Store)

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

Revlon has some of the best lipsticks on the market. These are highly pigmented and glide on with ease. They are creamy and smooth and feel great on the lips. These have several matte shades that won’t leave your lips feeling dried out.

  • Price: $6.69
  • Where to Buy: (Amazon) (eBay)

And there you have it, my list of the best drugstore makeup of all time! Be sure to check out some of these great finds and let me know what you think of them.

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