Overrated or Underrated?

Because I like to do my research before making most of my beauty purchases, it's not too often I'm left disappointed. I know which resources I trust for honest reviews, and more often than not, the products I buy live up to the hype. In recent months, however, I've tried a few products that have left me feeling underwhelmed, but I've also tried a few that pleasantly surprised me. So, let's play a game of Overrated or Underrated, shall we?

Glo Minerals Metallic Smoky Eye Kit* :: Verdict -- Underrated
I raved about this palette back when I initially reviewed it here, and I still think it's an amazing palette that is completely underrated through and through. When I think of buttery shadows, these come to mind, and the neutral shades are beautifully shimmery and not actually metallic. And forget eye primer. You won't need it with these.

Clarins Everlasting Foundation SPF 15* :: Verdict -- Underrated
This is the only foundation I've tried from Clarins so far, but it really surprised me. It's a great one for those with combination to oily skin types and like a higher coverage base. It has a matte finish but doesn't look powdery. I like applying it with a sponge to really press it into the skin and sheer it out just a touch. My only issue with it is that the shade I have (107 Beige) isn't yellow enough for my skin tone.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil* :: Verdict -- Overrated
Every blogger seemed to be raving on and on about these, so I was quite disappointed when I tried them and found them to be average. Despite the name, it feels like a thick lip gloss on the lips and feels slightly sticky on as well. It is moisturizing and smells good, but it doesn't do anything extraordinary to warrant the hype.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector :: Verdict -- Overrated
After trying and loving the shampoo, conditioner and 5-in-1 Styling Treatment from the Perfect Hair Day range (review here), I was itching to get my hands on their new overnight hair treatment that claims to provide lasting "shine, vibrancy and manageability." I think I must be the only person on Earth who doesn't think much of this, as it has been getting tons of praise by pretty much everyone else. I find I have to use about four pumps in my hair to actually feel any difference the next morning (keep in mind, I have short to medium length hair), and even then, the results are lackluster. My hair feels slightly silkier and softer, but nothing drastic, especially considering it claims its effects can last through several washes. The only good thing about this product is that it smells really, really good.

Ilia Lipstick in Funnel of Love :: Verdict -- Overrated
I haven't tried too many green beauty products yet, but I'd heard good things about Ilia's lipsticks. Funnel of Love seemed like a pretty, everyday peachy-pink shade, and it is. It's the formula I have an issue with. It has medium pigmentation, but it doesn't apply smoothly or evenly, and it tends to settle into my lip lines a bit more than I'm comfortable with. Still, I'm determined to find a way to make this work (maybe I need to prep my lips differently?). I'll update you if I'm successful. 

BECCA Mineral Blush in Wild Honey :: Verdict -- Underrated
I reviewed Wild Honey here, and it's still a staple in my collection. The formula is just beautiful, and the shade itself is one that would flatter just about anyone. Most of the hype that surrounds BECCA tends to be focused on their liquid, cream and powder Shimmering Skin Perfectors, but their mineral blushes should not be overlooked. They're fantastic as well.

Disclosure: The products marked with an * were either sent to me for consideration for a review or gifted to me at an event. I am not affiliated with any of these companies, nor am I getting paid for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are based solely on my own experience with the products.


Worth the Wait? Burberry Wet & Dry Glow Shadows in Shell and Nude

When Burberry released their new Wet & Dry Glow Shadow Eye Colour ($29) formula a few months ago and I heard all the raves, I convinced myself I didn't need any more eyeshadows, so I didn't order any, despite being smitten with my other Burberry eyeshadows. After a couple weeks and my determination grew weaker and weaker, I finally gave in to temptation, only to find the shades I wanted on backorder. While No.003 Shell made it to me in about three weeks time, I literally just received No.002 Nude this past week, about three months after placing my order. If nothing, I've learned that I can be somewhat patient, if forced to be ;)

Burberry Wet & Dry Glow Shadow in Shell (L) and Nude
Burberry Wet & Dry Glow Shadows can be used wet or dry, as the name suggests. Shell is a pale golden champagne, and Nude is a bronzey-taupe. When used dry, the shadows have medium, but highly buildable, pigmentation with a  gorgeous glowy, metallic finish. When worn wet (I spray my brush with a facial spray before dipping it in the pan), the shadows transform into opaque, shiny liquid metal shadows that apply almost like a cream. The color of Shell stays about the same, whereas Nude swaps out much of its brown undertone in favor of a bit more silver when wet.

These apply beautifully, whether used wet or dry. They're pigmented, easy to blend and long-wearing. The formula is everything I expected from Burberry, and let me tell you, I had high standards after falling in love with their original eyeshadows, which are phenomenal and continue to be some of my favorites in my makeup collection.

L to R: Burberry Wet & Dry Glow Shadows in Shell (dry, wet) and Nude (dry, wet)
I was inspired by Sandra's application of Nude from this video. I applied Nude dry all over my lid and blended past the crease and applied it again wet to the lid only. You can see its brown undertones peeking through when blended out in the crease, compared to how shiny it looks when used wet on the lower lid. It's beautiful and incredibly multi-dimensional. I used Shell wet and applied it to my inner corner.

To me, Nude is a must-have, especially for all you taupe-lovers out there. Shell is a nice everyday lid shade, but it's nothing special. Despite waiting three months for Nude to arrive and just three weeks for Shell, as it turns out, the one I waited the longest for ended up being the most worthy.


Clarins Perfects the Spring Flush with Sweet Rose

Aside from the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors (which I adore) and a bronzer, I hadn't dabbled much in Clarins makeup until just recently. One of the products in their Garden Escape Spring 2015 Color Collection I was most excited to try was the Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Color in 08 Sweet Rose.

Clarins Garden Escape Spring 2015 Color Collection
(Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors reviewed here)
Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Color in 08 Sweet Rose
Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Color in 08 Sweet Rose ($32) is a medium, petal pink with a hint of peachiness that peeks through only once applied to the skin. It has great medium pigmentation that is easy to build up as desired without looking caked on, and it's easy to blend. Matte finishes are often the most difficult formula to perfect, but Sweet Rose manages to have a natural, soft matte finish with a texture that is still smooth and non-chalky. The top right and bottom left sections of the blush provide the softest luminosity when the blush is swirled together (read: not shimmer), and it keeps the matte finish from appearing flat or lifeless. The shade itself doesn't seem like the most revolutionary blush shade ever, yet every time I apply it, I'm reminded of just how utterly perfect it is for springtime. It's a youthful and cheery shade that will suit most.

Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Color in 08 Sweet Rose
Wearing Clarins Blush Prodige in 08 Sweet Rose
The fiery red velvet pouch is so luxe and gorgeous!
After having the opportunity to try out my first Clarins blush, I'm kind of scratching my head, wondering why I haven't heard much buzz surrounding these. They're nice...really nice. I think I hear 02 Soft Peach calling my name next...

Disclosure: This product was gifted to me at the event. I am not affiliated with the company, nor am I getting paid for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are based solely on my own experience with the product.


Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in La Vie En Rose

One of the most hyped up brands during the recent Sephora sale was undoubtedly Surratt Beauty, whose products seemed to sell out lightening fast online, as soon as the code was active. I had my eye on the Artistique Blush in the shades Ponceau and La Vie En Rose and a shade or two of their Lipsliques, but I only managed to snag La Vie En Rose by the time I placed my order.

The brand's single blushes and eyeshadows come in what is essentially a depotted form, as they offer palettes to allow one to mix and match the pans. The plastic covering on the blush is actually somewhat sturdy anyway, and I feel comfortable enough keeping the blush in my makeup drawer, as is, without inserting it into a palette if I don't want to. The same does not apply if it were to be thrown into a makeup bag, however, because the cover tends to slide off quite easily. True story: I've literally gone to slide open the blush and had it slide right off onto the floor, while still holding the lid in my hand looking perplexed. Also true story: I did the exact same thing about three more times within the same week.

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in La Vie En Rose ($32) is a plummy rose with a satin finish. When choosing among their ten blush shades, La Vie En Rose was the easy choice, albeit a somewhat non-interesting one. It's a shade that I tend to gravitate towards often, as it's easy to pull off and neutral enough to complement most any look. The texture of the Artistique Blush is sublime. I noticed this most when I swatched it with my fingers against a few other shades shown later in this post. It feels like silk, even compared to other blush formulas that I consider to be fantastic as well. It's so smooth, doesn't fluff up any powder, applies seamlessly and wears all day. 

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in La Vie En Rose
Wearing Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in La Vie En Rose
Clockwise from left: Clinique Cheek Pop in Heather Pop, Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in La Vie En Rose, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, NARS Blush in Sin
L to R: Clinique Cheek Pop in Heather PopSurratt Beauty Artistique Blush in La Vie En RoseTarte Amazonian Clay Blush in ExposedNARS Blush in Sin
Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose is most similar to Tarte Exposed, although it is a bit deeper and more rosy. It's a beautiful shade for everyday wear, and the formula is tough to beat. All in all, I'd say the hype on these blushes is more than justified.


Current Favorites

Since the Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol 1 Nudes You Need landed on my doorstep, I don't think I've used anything else on my eyes. I'm in love with not only the shades, but the dreamy formula. Read my full review with swatches here.

A brand that has become and remained a favorite of mine these past few months is It Cosmetics. I reviewed their *CC+ Your Way to Radiant Skin! set a while back, which included the *Anti-Aging Vitality Face Disc and *Heavenly Luxe Radiance Wand Brush, and I still love and use both of these products daily. That brush is just everything when it comes to bronzer application. The bronzer in the disc is my favorite of the three powders, but the blush is so gorgeous as well (super pigmented though!), and the highlighter gives a really beautiful glow. They also sent me some of their brushes to test out, and I'll start reviewing those soon, but I use their *Airbrush Smoothing Foundation Brush and *Airbrush Blurring Concealer Brush everyday. I actually prefer that concealer brush to my beloved Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57, which I used to be obsessed with for concealing. I also love their No.227 Flawless Blush Brush, which I purchased myself several months ago and reviewed here.

Speaking of blush, I realized I've never spoken about Makeup Geek Blush in Spellbound, a purchase I made on a whim quite a while ago. For just $10, it really can't be beat. It has incredible pigmentation, and the matte, soft pink suits any look.

I reviewed the BECCA Ultimate Coverage Concealing Crème here, and I can't live without it. It conceals a multitude of sins and contrary to what I predicted in my original post about it likely not being suitable for under-eyes, I've since tried applying it to conceal my dark circles with the *It Cosmetics Airbrush Blurring Concealer Brush, and it works flawlessly. Unlike the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, it's not too dry and doesn't look heavy or cakey when used under the eyes.

Lastly, my lip favorites - Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Curviest Caramel and Givenchy Le Rouge-À-Porter in Beige Plumetis. Curviest Caramel really surprised me. It was a spur of the moment purchase, and I fell head over heels in love with it on first application. It's the perfect rosy nude with just a hint of peach that adds just enough color and would suit anyone, and the creamy formula feels amazing on. I reviewed the new Givenchy Le Rouge-À-Porter here, so it should come as no surprise these are also in my favorites. I love both of the shades I have, but I've been reaching for Beige Plumetis more lately, just because it pairs better with the slightly smokey eyes I've been opting for.

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Disclosure: The products denoted with (*) were sent to me for consideration for a review. I am not affiliated with the company, nor am I getting paid for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are based solely on my own experience with the products.


Givenchy Does It Again

Givenchy Le Rouge is my all-time favorite lipstick formulas (read why here), so when I heard they were releasing a sheer version called the Le Rouge-À-Porter ($36), I was all over it. These actually released in Canada and Europe several weeks ago, and Sunny's raves had me itching to get my hands on them. When they finally made it Sephora, I picked up 103 Beige Plumetis and 206 Corail Decolletè.

L to R: Beige Plumetis and Corail Decolletè
In terms of packaging, the Le Rouge-À-Porter are housed in slimmer version of the Le Rouge tubes (real leather, mind you). In addition, there is only 0.07 oz of product, compared to 0.12 oz of the Le Rouge. The kicker here is that the price for the two is the same ($36). Womp womp.

The Le Rouge-À-Porter is meant to be a hydrating balm that offers sheer color and a subtle, shiny finish. It truly does everything it claims to. The pigmentation is sheer, yet buildable to about medium pigmentation. It's perfect for swiping on on-the-go, without a mirror. I immediately noticed how healthy, plump and smooth my lips looked. It moisturizes my lips, like a balm, although it feels creamy, rather than waxy or balmy. I love that my lips still feel in great condition after the product has worn off. As one might expect, based on the formula, it's not incredibly long-wearing, lasting on the lips for about two or so hours before a reapplication is in order. The finish has a healthy shine, without being glossy.

Beige Plumetis is a peachy-pink nude, and Corail Decolletè is a muted, watermelon pink. Both are beautiful shades that are perfect for everyday wear. 

Top to bottom: Beige Plumetis and Corail Decolletè
Both of these have been living in my handbag since I got them. Like the original Le Rouge line, the Le Rouge-À-Porters are quickly making their way towards becoming another one of my favorite lipstick formulas. Compared to their predecessors, these are much sheerer, but I love that some of the creaminess in the formula has remained the same, especially when some other sheer lipstick formulas on the market can tend to be a bit too balmy and slippery for my taste. 

Yup. Givenchy has done it again.


Beautiful, Silky Hair on a Budget

In the winter months, my scalp often becomes dry and itchy, leading to unsightly flakes that are prominent against my dark hair. My sister suffers from the same issues with an irritated scalp, only year-round, and she swears by Head & Shoulders products. I thought I was quite familiar with the line. It wasn't until I was given this opportunity to try out a few other shampoos and conditioners from their range that I realized they could do much more than simply control flakes.

I tested out the Smooth & Silky Shampoo and Conditioner ($5 each), Green Apple Shampoo and Conditioner ($5 each), as well as the Green Apple 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner ($5). I'm often a fan of fruity scents and believed right off the bat that the Green Apple line would be my favorite, however, after trying them all out, the Smooth & Silky pair was the one to truly impress me.

The Smooth & Silky Shampoo and Conditioner are meant to provide 24-hour frizz control. Although my straight hair isn't overly frizzy, I do tend to experience a bit of frizz after a blow dry if I don't manage it with some sort of styling product, especially since I typically just do a rough dry with my fingers and not a brush. To test out the frizz control claim, I washed my hair with the pair, ditched all styling products and blow dried my hair as usual. The result I achieved was similar to one where I'd used a light smoothing creme of sorts. My hair wasn't weighed down from the shampoo or conditioner at all, yet the finished result was smooth, sleek and surprisingly soft and silky.

The end result, achieved without straighteners, brushes or any styling products.
The first things I noticed about these bottles were the new designs, which are limited edition and available at Target. Since Target just so happens to be my one-stop shop for all things drugstore beauty, I had to mention that now through May 16th, if you purchase three select Head & Shoulders products, you'll receive a $5 Target gift card! If it were me, I'd pick up the Smooth & Silky shampoo and conditioner duo, plus the Green Apple 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner, simply because it's so convenient for travel when decanted into a smaller, TSA-approved bottle.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Head & Shoulders at Target through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Head & Shoulders at Target, all opinions are my own.
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