I've been waiting to buy new makeup until I had a solid group that needed to be replaced/repurchased and I finally and I mean.. FINALLY hit that point last month. Here's what I got and what those products replaced. I'll letcha know if they were good replacement decisions or not… read on!
OUT: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in 'Milk Chocolate'
Let me start off by saying that I purchased that Too Faced bronzer in 2012. TWENTY-TWELVE. To be fair, I didn't begin wearing bronzer on a daily basis until last year but still that is an insanely long amount of time. I'm not even out of my Too Faced bronzer. I just barely hit pan just a couple of weeks ago and I needed to upgrade simply because I was bored of using the same one all of these years.
Cue the new MAC collection. I stumbled upon it's announcement one day and decided I wanted to get one of the blushes. After looking around I realized I was dumb and that this 'Delicates' bronzer was PERFECT and there was no way I could pass it up. It's as light as 'Milk Chocolate', which is difficult to find. It has a shimmer going throughout it in the pan but I don't see any luminescence on my face when applied. That packaging, too… If you want to see my post on this product then click the link above!
Good choice? Sure. Too Faced's product was amazing but I just got bored. I love MAC's as a replacement but I can see myself going back to Too Faced after this guy wears out. Did you hear Too Faced came out with a 'Chocolate' shade in their bronzers???? Even lighter than 'Milk Chocolate'???? Of course that announcement came after I bought this new guy. Oh well. I'll have my fun for a little.
OUT: Benefit Gimme Brow
IN: Maybelline Brow Drama
Oh, brows. The used to be so ignored but now I feel like none of us are considered 'made up' until our brows are 'on'. I know I definitely don't. Benefit's Gimme Brow came out when the brow craze was kicking up and it was one of a kind— still is. I thought I would be getting something similar (keyword: similar) when I replaced it with the much, much cheaper Brow Drama by Maybelline but I simply just got a colored brow gel. Gimme Brow was fantastic when you didn't feel like grabbing a brush and product to draw on your brows and just needed to sweep something through them to give 'em some life. The downside was that when the product was brand new, it was too wet. Towards the end of it's life it was too dry. It was never really a win because of that which is why I wanted to replace it.
Although Brow Drama is not the same fiber-gel that will build up your brows, I am liking it better as a brow gel (which is what I used Gimme Brow for 85% of the time) because the bristles are long and thin so that they get the product onto your hairs but not your skin. I'm content with my replacement decision. For notes, Gimme Brow is $24 while Brow Drama is $8.
OUT: L'Oreal Blackbuster eyeliner
IN (again): Stila Stay All Day eyeliner
Another long-awaited purchase, I've had this L'Oreal eyeliner for over a year. It still works but it's obviously old, gross and not the best eyeliner I've ever used. The only reason I say that in this post is because Stila's Stay All Day eyeliner is. I had this before the Blackbuster and it was incredible but I didn't repurchase because of it's $20 price tag. After a year of a drugstore liner, I was ready to splurge on my favorite again. The tip is so thin and precise and the felt tip doesn't dry out like most others.
That being said, if you aren't looking to throw so much at a product then the Blackbuster is still a really nice alternative just know it's a little chunkier and takes a steady hand when you get to the inner area of your eyelids.
OUT (or is it?): Maybelline Colossal mascara
in: L'Oreal Miss Manga Rock mascara
I'm glad I waited to write this post because… Miss Manga is horrible. I thought it was from Day One but it's only gotten worse since then. Colossal is not out. I bought a new Colossal. It's my holy grail mascara and it simply cannot be replaced.
Miss Manga Rock makes eyelashes turn into spears and not in a good way if that's how you're imagining it. I simply cannot apply it to my naked lashes and have had menial luck using one swift swipe on my outer lashes to clumpen and thicken things up just a little bit. The main reason why Maybelline is ALWAYS my mascara go-to brand is because they actually use bristles. I've found that L'Oreal often times uses plastic shaped as bristles (and short, stubby ones at that) which never works on my eyes. I learned my lesson. I saw a review on YouTube and it persuaded me to buy MMR but I'm probably gonna toss it in a few weeks. Maybe I'll wait to see if it becomes manageable once it dries out a little idk I just hate it right now and don't even want to think about it. Bleh. Colossal for lyfe.
Sorry for the delay in posting but I've been pretty busy and wanted to be sure to dedicate the proper time on the post. Doesn't help that I had it all finished and somebody blogger deleted all of my progress :( But I'm glad to finally have it back up and expect a Music MUNday post next week!
Talk to y'all soon,