Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cheap Thrill

wet n wild gets a bad rap, partly because they are cheap, partly because they do not believe in capitalization. Almost everyone I know has used wet n wild, particularly as a teen, or for cheap Halloween makeup. I have turned to the brand recently because it's so freakin' cheap, and they are cruelty-free, which is one of my musts. 

Their powder eyeshadows are amazing. Silky, long lasting, easily blendable, equal to expensive brands. My new fav is the Color Icon Eye Shadow Trio in "Sweet as Candy."

It doesn't look impressive in the pic above, but this stuff rocks. A subtle sheen of pearly color looks great on almost every skin tone (sorry olive ladies, this particular trio is not for you, but there are several others to choose from). All for around $3.00. Ridiculous. Go buy 2. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Experiments in Broke Ass Beauty

I have been experimenting with several drugstore foundations that meet the Mandy Code:

1. Cruelty Free
2. On Sale
3. Come in Caucasian Corpse as one of the color options

I'm also interested in something that can last through the work day without many touch-ups, that stays put on the BP oil spill that calls itself my t-zone, and doesn't oxidize into a freakish orange color as the day wears on. I also don't want anything too mask-like, thick, or goopy looking. I hate that. One of the challenges I face is I am in and out of natural and artificial light.

Yes. I am concerned about how my makeup looks in various lighting. Let me tell you ladies, and the occasional gent, this can be the difference between fab and freakish. For example, in my videos, I wear more makeup, and a different kind, that I would wear in the real world, without the harsh glare of the artificial lights of my night time household. I would never wear this out of the house while sober. Unless I was walking into the same horror-show canned lighting fiesta that is my house. But, for the sake of this experiment, I wore different types of makeup into the real world: to my job, the grocery store, and over to a friend's.

Experiment 1: Almay's tlc truly lasting color makeup

The Claims (via the Almay website):

tlc truly lasting colormakeup

tlc truly lasting color™ makeup with SPF 15 delivers up to 16 hours of flawless coverage that won't rub off—even in heat and humidity. Plus, it nourishes your skin with a blend of green tea to protect, vitamin E to help smooth, and lemon extract to brighten...for all day, natural radiance.

The Reality:

Can I just share that it really irks me that Almay doesn't use capitalization with their products? It makes me want to dislike the product immediately without just cause.

This is surprisingly good. I'm not a huge fan of Almay foundations. The color is usually way off, and oxidizes to the point where I look spray tanned. I'm a fan of Almay shadows and lippies. I'm now a fan of this as well. If I was a bit darker (of course) this would truly be a great, long(ish) wearing makeup that doesn't feel like a lot of makeup. It has good for you, gentle ingredients, no long wear smell. 

I applied with a foundation brush followed by a sponge for a smooth, even, flawless application. I liked this as a medium coverage option. It still looks like your skin and doesn't settle into fine lines or wrinkles. I don't use a powder over it, as I think that would be too "made up." This would be a great for someone with sensitive skin, who is trying to hide some redness. It does oxidize and get darker throughout the day, so watch out for that.

Oh, and 16 hour wear my fat, lily-white ass. It's long lasting, but not that long, particularly on my combo skin.

Experiment 2: Revlon's PhotoReady Makeup mixed with ColorStay

The Claims (via the Revlon website):

Revlon PhotoReady™ Makeup - for poreless, airbrushed skin in any light. Photochromatic pigments bend and reflect light to erase every flaw. Complete, yet undetectable coverage. Soft, luminous finish.

- Oil free
- Fragrance free
- SPF 20

ColorStay™ Makeup with SoftFlex™ provides lightweight comfort, so you feel like you’re not wearing makeup. Looks fresh for up to 16 hours.

Want makeup that is flawless and weightless for 16 perfect hours? Revlon has the solution - ColorStay™ Makeup with SoftFlex™.

Specially formulated for combination or oily skin, this oil-free formula helps control shine all day and gives you flawless looking skin.

Makeup looks fresh and feels great for up to 16 hours thanks to the lightweight, comfortable feel from the SoftFlex ColorStay™ formula.

Medium to full coverage, with SPF 6 protection*.

What I did:

Some other bloggers have mentioned their success at blending these 2 formulas together. Frequent readers of this blog know I have a deep hatred of PhotoReady, and a mild like of Colorstay. Sometimes two wrongs make a right (Michael Bay and Explosions, Britney Spears and Auto-Tune, Captain and Tennille) and I thought this might too.

The Reality:

I applied a 50/50 mixture with a foundation brush followed by a sponge for the smoothest coverage. No powder. This looks great in really bad, harsh artificial light. It looks like you belong in an open casket wake in soft light or natural light. It's just too mask-like. If you were going out for a night on the town and need something that lasts and you will be in dive bar lighting, this will work. If you are getting pictures taken and want to hide flaws with ultra-coverage, this will work. If you are working on your tuck game and need something to hide your stubble, I would recommend this. That's about it.

My experiment had mixed results. I think these products are going to make some people amazingly happy, I'm just not one of 'em. Go find a bogo sale somewhere and get yourself some warpaint to experiment with. You just might find your perfect match in your mad experiment.