Makeup Wars – items that surprised me

This edition of Makeup Wars is all about items that surprised us. These could be winners, these could be losers, but they were all in the race since we’ve used them for our blogs and personal life. I’ve found quite a few products that I didn’t necessarily have high expectations of that have blown me away but unfortunately the opposite has been true too. I’m focusing on the positive because these have all broken through the finish line as winners.

Makeup Wars items that surprised me - Christie Brinkley skincare, Benefit Roller Lash mascara and Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation

Makeup Wars items that surprised me – Christie Brinkley skincare, Benefit Roller Lash mascara and Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY AUTHENTIC SKINCARE is a skincare line that I turned down the first time it was offered to me. My perception was that as beautiful as Christie Brinkley is, that she’d probably slapped her name down on a line that offered to make her some money. I was totally wrong and now I’ve had the opportunity to try 4 of her products. These are all well thought out items that have performed beautifully for me. I want an anti-aging line considering I’m aging every day and not going backwards. I’ve found her products to be excellent especially the Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen (that’s a mouthful) and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Night Treatment. These are luxurious without being outrageously priced. They are rich and provide the anti-aging benefits I look for.

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

RIMMEL LONDON LASTING FINISH 25 HR FOUNDATION was a recommendation by a friend who loves IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream as much as I do. I bought it because of her raves but I was sure it wouldn’t work for me and I’d return it. SURPRISE! I really like the foundation. I haven’t trusted drugstore foundation for a dozen years. I never found a color match, I rarely found one that I could tolerate the scent of and I didn’t find one that looked natural on my skin. Rimmel’s Lasting Finish has done all 3 of these for me in the right way. My color match is 091 Light Ivory, the fragrance disappears on my skin and I love the finish it gives me. It lasts all day with maybe a little more concealer if I’m going out. This is a great $7 surprise.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hr. Foundation

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hr. Foundation

My last surprise is BENEFIT ROLLER LASH MASCARA. I haven’t liked many Benefit products unfortunately. I have a few that I’ve enjoyed like Fake Up Concealer and some I’ve hated like They’re Real, Push Up Liner so I was surprised that I even bought Roller Lash Mascara. I’m even more surprised how much I like this mascara. As with all mascaras the reviews were mixed but definitely more in favor of the mascara than not. I first bought Maybelline Lash Sensational because I had heard they gave a similar look and as much as I’m a fan of Lash Sensational, it’s a bear to remove. One day Roller Lash slipped into my shopping cart and arrived at my house. I put off wearing it thinking it was just another mascara. It’s not! It’s a SURPRISE! I really love the look of the mascara and how it wears. What do I get from this?

-Longer, defined lashes that have a great amount of volume

-Curl that lasts from morning through night

-Compliments galore on how great my lashes look (even when cringing in the chair at the oral surgeon)

-A mascara without flaking, clumping, or smudging

-A mascara that easily removes

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Three surprises and four products that I can recommend buying and rebuying. I’m always in the mood for a good surprise and these products are just the things to do that.  Are any of these on your favorites list? — Marcia


Comments

  1. Great list! I love being pleasantly surprised! I agree with you about the Rimmel Foundation- It’s really wonderful!

  2. I felt the same way as you when I saw that Christie Brinkley was doing a skincare line… but there are so many honest bloggers that are raving about it that I definitely want to check it out now. She looks amazing, so of course she knows how to care for skin!

  3. Lately I’ve read quite a few rave reviews about Lash Roller, I really have to try it. Luckily for me, I’m already a huge Beneffit fan. I’ve also heard great things about that Rimmel foundation, guess it’s time I grab one! Won’t hurt my wallet lol, so what the heck am I waiting for 😀 Thanks for the great list 🙂

  4. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Christie Brinkley skincare line. I just wish they’d stop putting anti-aging stuff in jars.

  5. Totally agree about the Rimmel foundation! It definitely is underrated as well – more people should know about the awesome lasting power!

  6. oooooh, I never knew about Rimmel foundations…I’ll have to check it out. I love thee IT Cos cc also.

  7. So with you on that Rimmel foundation! I like it even more than some of my high end foundations. It’s a drug store gem for sure. You’ve got me wanting to try the Roller Lash mascara even though I’ve been passing it by since I’m not the biggest fan of Benefit mascaras.

  8. I actually liked the Roller Laah mascara too!!

  9. I love being surprised by products – it makes me more likely to experiment with others!

  10. The Rimmel foundation line is not bad actually. You get decent products at a great price. Such an underrated drug store brand.

  11. The only thing I’ve tried out of all of these things is the mascara. I need them all now lol

  12. Great choices! I like the Rimmel foundation too. It works really well in Winter when I need a heavier foundation. I like to add a drop of Tarte’s maracuja oil to it to lighten it up a bit. It seems everyone likes Roller Lash, but I haven’t tried it yet!

  13. I haven’t tried any of these. I do have Roller Lash on my to try list.

  14. I really want to try that Benefit mascara. You;re right I wouldn’t thin to try a skin care line by Christie Brinkley but it’s awesome that it works so well.

  15. I really wanted to love the Rimmel but it kept turning orange on me. It had amazing coverage and I loved it until I got outside heheh

  16. I love posts like this! And now I want to try that Rimmel foundation.

  17. I’ve been reading great things about Christie Brinkley’s skincare line and I’m definitely curious to try it.

  18. I have heard great things about these three, I totally agree about the Roller Lash. LOVE!

  19. Good to know you had + experience with Rimmel foundation

  20. I love Benefit Roller Lash and bought the full size. It works well on my sparse lashes. I need to try the Rimmel foundation next.

  21. Of the products you reviewed above I would try the CHRISTIE BRINKLEY AUTHENTIC SKINCARE Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Night Treatment. I don’t purchase drugstore makeup, but I might try the mascara.

  22. I keep hearing good things about that foundation, I still need to try that.

  23. The Rimmel foundation surprised me too, I really like how it looks on my skin!

  24. Roller Lash is one of my absolute favorite mascaras. I’ve been on the hunt for a drugstore dupe because $100 worth of mascara in just a few short months is hard to stomach. I replace my mascara every 2-3 months so it takes a toll to keep buying it.

  25. I’ve heard some great things about that Rimmel foundation. It may find its way into my shopping cart one of these days!

  26. I actually haven’t tried any of these items before!

  27. I definitely need to try that Benefit mascara.

  28. I love Roller Lash too.

  29. Roller Lash sounds really promising hah! I think this will be making it onto my wish list!

  30. Natalie Brown says:

    I too was pleasantly surprised with the Christie Brinkley skincare. It really is effective. I’ll have to check-out this foundation. It’s such a great price too. Thanks for the fun & informative topic. 🙂

  31. I’m glad to hear about the Rimmel Foundation!! What a bargain and I bet that the color you chose is what I’d need too. The Roller Lash Mascara is the only thing I use from Benefit. I tried the Push Up liner as a sample with order and I didn’t like it one bit. I also tried something that was for puffiness under the eyes (I can’t remember the name) but it didn’t work at all. Thanks for the heads up about the C. Brinkley products too.