Ah, MUA, how intriguing I find you. Your products are so cheap, so thrifty and often times pretty gosh-darn good quality, in spite of the minuscule price. I’ve been in need of concealer pretty badly for a while now. But what with me being broke almost all the time, a fancy cover-up wasn’t even an option. When I saw the MUA Cover and Conceal wand in my local Superdrug for less than two euro, how could I possibly have said no? I thought it might be a cheap dupe for the already cheap as chips Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer (which is awesome; get it now, I IMPLORE YOU).
Unfortunately, Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection it ain’t. It just… Doesn’t… Cover… You know? And I don’t know about you, but it’s sort of imperative for me that a concealer conceals. I’m pretty wild like that. I’m probably being a little too harsh. It does work, sort of, provided you apply several layers and wait a significant amount of time for it to dry into your skin before applying any sort of powder, lest you wipe off all your hard work. Believe me, that is what will happen. And let’s face it, ain’t nobody got time for that. The shade range is also extremely limited. There are only three shades and the middle shade was perfect for me, meaning that this stuff would only really suit if your skin is on the lighter side of transparent.
In short, I wouldn’t really recommend the MUA Cover and Conceal Wand, as much as it pains me to say it. Unless you’re extremely short on cash, are a little desperate or you have blemish free skin (in which case why are you even purchasing concealer, silly?!), there isn’t really much point in adding it to your collection.
In September, Rimmel’s usual matte foundation offering was replaced with the new ‘Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation’. My eye was caught first by the sleek but simple white and purple packaging. I was then intrigued further by the light shades on offer. To be honest, I have always avoided Rimmel foundations due to the fact that if you’re anything like me (a shade paler than Casper) it didn’t seem to cater for my needs, unless I was in the mood for looking a bit oompa loompa-ish that day.
I have been using this mascara for a while now, so I thought it would only be right to share the greatness of this inexpensive gem of a mascara with the world. The name is quite a mouthful, I know. But perhaps it’s to make up for the fact that this mascara is cheap as chips and ridiculously good quality for such a low-low price (€3.49!)
So here is what Essence says about this particular mascara on their website:
the i love extreme mascara’s “crazy” sister – for even more volume! the deep-black, creamy texture covers each individual lash with color and the extra-large plastic brush provides sensational volume. opthalmologically tested.
Now I can’t really say anything about this mascara’s less than crazy “sister”, but on its own merit it’s pretty gosh darn good. Just as Essence claims on its website, every lash is easily covered, the colour is super inky black and it does provide a fair amount of volume. I tend to prefer a lengthening mascara rather than a volumising one, so I’m please to say that this mascara provides the best of both worlds with regards to that.
As for negatives, there isn’t many. However, I found that this mascara did dry out somewhat quickly, maybe faster than other, more expensive mascaras that I have owned in the past. I didn’t mind much, but it could be a point of contention for someone else, so bear that in mind.
This isn’t the best mascara I have ever used, but considering the price, you really can’t go wrong. It’s a testament to how much budget brand make-up has improved since my teenage days, when similarly priced mascara would basically do nothing when applied. While it’s no Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara (sure, what is, really?!), this mascara could still be a worthy addition to your make-up bag if you’re in need of a decent volumising mascara without a hefty price-tag attached.
Last night I went on a little trip to Eddie Rockets for some delicious burgers with a friend, so i thought why not share what the heck I put on my face since that is the nature of this blog! Sorry for the quality of my phone camera, it isn’t the best. Sorry also for the somewhat weird angles, I could not resist the urge to give myself a fringe and I’m not sure if I’m quite loving it right now.
Revlon Colorstay Foundation for combination/oily skin in Ivory mixed with NYC All Day Long Foundation in Classic Ivory
Essence Fix and Matte Translucent Loose Powder
Bourjois Blush in 54 Rose Frisson
Soap and Glory Eyeshadow Pallette – Mudhoney and Smokin’
Rimmel Glam Eyes Black Liquid Eyeliner
Maybelline Gel Eyeliner in Black
Rimmel White Eyeliner Pencil
Gosh Eyebrow Pencil in 01 Brown
17 Lasting Fix Lipstick in Hawaii Pink