Makeup Wars – favorite drugstore foundations and concealers

 

Woman applying concealerWelcome back to Makeup Wars and our budget friendly theme of the week – drugstore favorites for foundation and concealer. My picks are rather limited but they are products I use all the time so they are trusted and true for me. I’ll be interested in what my fellow bloggers pick since I’m always in the market for something new.

My two favorite foundations for this theme are by Rimmel and SheaMoisture while my favorite concealers are from Maybelline. The prices are reasonable but more important I love the way they wear.

RIMMEL LASTING FINISH 25 HR SKIN PERFECTING FOUNDATION

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 HR foundation

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 HR foundation

I bought Rimmel Lasting Finish on the recommendation of a friend from a Facebook beauty board. She just kept saying how perfect her skin looked with it and it was hard to resist. The hardest part of buying drugstore foundation is color matching. Since I’m very pale I start with the lightest shade. My choice was Pale Ivory 091 which is good match though a tad darker than I prefer.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in 091 Light Ivory

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in 091 Light Ivory

I sometimes mix in a drop of Manic Panic Dreamtone Flawless Foundation Color Corrector in white with this and other foundations. This $9.24 product has saved me so many times and makes foundations too dark usable again.manic panicDepending on what you read Rimmel Lasting Finish is either a medium or full coverage. I’d say it’s in between. It’s very lightweight to apply and doesn’t feel heavy or look cakey. There is a fragrance to it that takes about 10 minutes before I stop noticing it but that doesn’t stop me.

SHEAMOISTURE WEIGHTLESS SHEA SERUM FOUNDATION

Shea Moisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundaton

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation

Lisa and I reviewed 3 shades of the SheaMoisture Serum Foundation in one of our side by side reviews. Above are Nude and Latte from Lisa and below is Porcelain that I use.

Shea Moisture Tea Rose Luscious Lipstick and Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

SheaMoisture Tea Rose Luscious Lipstick and Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

By coincidence I’m wearing this foundation as I type. I find this to be such an easy to wear foundation. It lays lightly on my skin yet the coverage is excellent. No matter what tool I chose to blend with, it always works well. In my original review of this I compared this $14.99 foundation to my $65 bottle of Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 and the only difference is the $40 saved and the fact that there’s no SPF in SheaMoisture.

SHEA MOISTURE Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

SHEAMOISTURE Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

While the SheaMoisture was a press sample it’s one I’d buy again without any qualms. It’s formulated with natural ingredients and never tested on amimals. It contains shea butter and Vitamins C & E to nourish, protect and moisturize. Available in 20 shades with most designated for darker skintones.

MAYBELLINE INSTANT AGE REWIND TREATMENT CONCEALERS

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

In actuality, the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealers are the only ones currently in my makeup wardrobe. Any others are long gone. But these have made the cut and make me want to try Maybelline’s latest concealers. Sadly no personal pictures since I lost them and haven’t found a way to upload photos but… I can still vouch for these. I bought 3 different shades: #110 is the shade I use for concealer, #150 is their neutralizer shade , and #160 is their brightener shade. I’ve only used 110 and 160 so far and they do what they say. #110 is good for those of us with pale skin. It’s not a wimpy concealer, the coverage is quite nice. #160 is slightly peachy and I use this to brighten undereye circles. The formula is quite creamy and a little goes a long way.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

As tempting as it is for me to use the cushy sponge top, it’s too heavy an application so I dot it on and then blend with my finger. Age Rewind contains goji berry and haloxen to help diminish puffiness and dark circles under your eyes. #150 is for very stubborn dark circles and should be applied prior to any other concealer.

There you have my drugstore buys. What do you use and recommend? I’m always curious and up for new challenges.  —  Marcia

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SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencil review and swatches

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils

Yesterday I posted about my new lean mean makeup routine since I am always running late, and it reminded me that I haven’t reviewed these awesome gel eyeliner pencils.  SheaMoisture makes 150 different products for ‘every kind of normal’, and their products include some great affordable cosmetics.  The Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils ($7.99) are great pops of color that last all day.                                                                                 samples

My favorite liner is gel eyeliner but I am lazy about using the pots and a brush.  I love pencils because you just take off the top and draw, and the lining deed is done.  The SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils go on like a gel and last like a liquid liner.  The color payoff is awesome, and while there is lots of time for play, the liner stays in place – even when my mascara doesn’t.

The eyeliners come in Black, Blue, Brown, Purple, Teal and Turquoise.  I have three of them:

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils

Purple, which is a bright shimmery pinky lavender; Brown, which is a deep brown with a slight golden shimmer; and Blue, which is a light cream blue .  I love using two different shades, typically Brown on my upper lash line then Blue or Purple on my lower lash line.

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils in Purple, Brown, and Blue

The colors are great, the application is easy, and the wear is long.  What’s not to love??  You can fine SheaMoisture products online at SheaMoisture.com.  Also, take a look at this video for their #BreakTheWalls national awareness platform as they challenge beauty industry standards with the question What’s Normal? – Lisa

*samples sent for editorial consideration

Continue with SheaMoisture on the journey to find #AMillionWaysToShea (www.amillionwaystoshea.com) and to #BreakTheWalls in beauty

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Side by Side with Shea Moisture

shea moisture logo

How many brands do you know of that have been around since 1912? Of those brands, which ones have become more relevant in the 2000’s than they were before? There might be a few but the one we think you should notice is SHEA MOISTURE. It was started in 1912 by a woman named Sofi Tucker who started selling Shea Nuts at the village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone in 1912. By age 19, the widowed mother of four was selling Shea Butter, African Black Soap and her homemade hair and skin preparations all over the countryside. Now her product line has grown but remains true to their origins. This cruelty-free brand that uses certified organic ingredients and recyclable materials has products for men, baby, bath & body, hair, as well as wonderful cosmetics.

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation and Shea Butter Luscious LipstickBeauty Info Zone was sent some products to test and we’ve become surprised and delighted with what we’ve found. Today we’re sharing with you SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in three shades along with two different Shea Butter Luscious Lipsticks.

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation is a light, silky, fluid formula that blends easily with fingertips or a makeup sponge to provide light to medium coverage with a natural finish. Shades stay true. No ashy look. Feels comfortable, almost undetectable on the skin. Formulated with natural ingredients and blended with moisturizing Shea Butter and antioxidant-rich Vitamins C & E to nourish and protect skin.

MARCIA’S FOUNDATION AND LIPSTICK

Shea Moisture Tea Rose Luscious Lipstick and Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

Shea Moisture Nectar Luscious Lipstick and Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

Even though I selected Shea Moisture’s light shade, Porcelain, I was still quite concerned about the color match. Shea Moisture is a wonderful line for Women of Color but I wasn’t so sure how they’d be with someone as pale as I am. To my delight, they hit it out of the ballpark. Upon applying Porcelain on my hand to picture swatch it seemed too dark and a little too yellow for me but the first time I applied it on my face I knew that perception was all wrong. Porcelain is a perfect match for those of us who wear the lightest or second lightest shade in a foundation.

SHEA MOISTURE Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

SHEA MOISTURE Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

Being a serum foundation makes this a great choice for warm weather. The foundation is totally weightless and blends beautifully into a seamless finish. This wears so well on me that I’m often surprised at the end of the day that my face still looks evenly toned yet not like I’m wearing foundation.

I have Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 and I’ve not only compared them but I’ve worn them both on the same day. Shea Moisture on one side, Bobbi Brown on the other side. Guess who wins? The $14.99 bottle of Shea Moisture looks better and lasts longer than the $65 Bobbi Brown. The two porcelain shades are almost identical with the Shea Moisture having better coverage and a small amount more tint to it. There’s no SPF in Shea Moisture but the difference is $50!! Ulta often has specials on Shea Moisture too. At the time I’m typing this they are 40% off a second SM product.

Shea Moisture Luscious Lipstick in Tea Rose

Shea Moisture Luscious Lipstick in Nectar

Shea Moisture Luscious Lipstick in Nectar is a perfect shade for me. So perfect in fact that I’m wearing it to my niece’s wedding. I still prefer a creamy lipstick in spite of the latest matte craze and Shea Moisture knows about creamy lipsticks. This contains Shea Butter as well as other emollients to keep lips soft and moisturized. It’s fragrance free (yea) as well as free of all the other bad things that we always mention. Most important is that I love the light to medium tone of this shade and the wear is great. Nectar is one of 10 shades that sell for just $9.99 (and those sales).

Shea Moisture Luscious Lipstick in Tea Rose

Shea Moisture Luscious Lipstick in Nectar

LISA’S FOUNDATION AND LIPSTICK

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation and Shea Butter Luscious Lipstick

I think it’s a little easier for Marcia to find her color match in foundation – it’s always the lightest shade. For me, it’s a little more complicated  I go anywhere from light/medium to medium/dark, depending on where I am in my self tanning cycle.

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Latte and Nude

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Latte (left) and Nude (right)

The selection of shades is pretty incredible with this line – there are 20 of them, with lots of excellent shades for darker skin tones  I am sure you will be able to find your perfect shade in the range from Porcelain to Cocoa, with options for cool, warm, and neutral undertones. I tried two of the foundation shades, Nude (warm undertones) and Latte (neutral undertones).

I was taken aback at how little foundation is needed for excellent coverage. At first I put waaay too much on, not realizing how pigmented it was. This is a wonderful liquid foundation that can be layered for up to full coverage and lasts all day long. It’s also free of parabens, talc, gluten, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, and synthetic fragrance.

SheaMoisture Shea Butter Moisture Lipstick in Tea Rose

SheaMoisture Shea Butter Moisture Lipstick in Tea Rose

SheaMoisture Shea Butter Moisture Lipstick in Tea Rose

SheaMoisture Shea Butter Moisture Lipstick in Tea Rose

I think Marcia’s lipstick shade, Nectar, is very pretty, but I think my shade is even prettier! I have Tea Rose, which is a beautiful cool pink shade. I am in love with the shade and the moisturizing formula. I typically find I have to reapply the more hydrating lipsticks quite often, but this one has surprising lasting power.

Shea Moisture is a refreshingly affordable line that you can easily find at ULTA and at Target. Next time you are out shopping, be sure to take a look at the beautiful lipsticks and the excellent shade selection in the foundations.

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Shea Moisture can be found at both ULTA and TARGET.

Shea Moisture Serum Foundation: Isononyl Isononanoate, Octyldodecanol, Shea Butter Cetyl Esters, Water, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Barium Sulfate, VP / Eicosene Copolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Propylene Carbonate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Isononanoic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter. May Contain (+/-): Mica, (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499), Ultramarine Blue (CI 77007).

Shea Moisture Luscious Lipstick:

Diisostearyl Malate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Triethylhexanoin, Ceresin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Polybutene, Ozokerite, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diglyceryl Sebacate/Isopalmitate, Polyethylene, Dicalcium Phosphate, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/ Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Synthetic Wax, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Alumina, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Silica, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide (CI 77861). May Contain (+/-): Mica (CI 77019), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850:1), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

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How BioRepublic and Shea Moisture are beautifying eyes this summer

Anyone who knows me knows that I’d rather have great looking eye makeup than any other products. I love all cosmetics but when it comes to eyes, that’s the cat’s meow. Luckily for me I’ve been sent two products that are making my eyes stand out more than ever.

BioRepublic Lost Baggage Eye Masks

BioRepublic Lost Baggage Eye Masks

As a mask lover I was thrilled to be able to try the BioRepublic Lost Baggage Under Eye Emergency Repair Masks . I’m all about masks and not many are made to specifically make your eyes look better. With puffiness and dark circles as a constant reminder finding this mask is terrific. I was totally surprised at how much serum was inside the package enough that I cheated and put them back into the package after and used them a second time.

BioRepublic Lost Baggage

BioRepublic Lost Baggage

BioRepublic Lost Baggage Eye Mask

BioRepublic Lost Baggage Eye Mask

According to BioRepublic they’ve included over half a bottle of revitalizing serum into each mask package. The restorative infusion consists of peptides, elastin, hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin E. The actual mask is made from 100% pure biocellulose hydrogel material, which is known for its ability to absorb and lock in moisture. After 15-20 minutes you will see a difference. My eyes look so much more hydrated. Most of the darkness and puffiness is gone so I’m ready to face the day or night.

BioRepublic Lost Baggage Eye Masks

BioRepublic Lost Baggage Eye Masks

These are sold in a set of 10 packages on BioRepublic’s website for $44.95 with free shipping. First time buyers can sign up to get 20% off on their website which is a great help. Bloomingdale’s sells individual masks for just $5 in case you want to start off slow and they have free shipping through 8/3.

Ingredient list: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Algin, Chlorphenesin, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Mannitol /Sodium Citrate /Acetyl Tetrapeptide-15, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyloyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminohydroxybutyrate, Olea Europaea Husk Oil /Tocopherol , Maltodextrin, Isopropyl Cresol (o-Cymen-5-Ol), Fragrance

Formulation Facts:

  • Formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Pthalates, or Triclosan.
  • 100% cruelty-free.
  • No synthetic preservatives, fragrances, PEGs, Butylene Glycol, or Propylene Glycol.
  • High % of active ingredients.
  • Professional grade product.
  • Dermatologist tested for safety.
Shea Moisture Absolute Volumizing Mascara

Shea Moisture Absolute Volumizing Mascara

Now it’s time for eye makeup and having a great mascara seals the deal for me. Try as I might, without mascara my eyes disappear. Shea Moisture Absolute Volumizing Mascara is the one I’m using now and I’m loving how my eyes look. What I like about the mascara is that it’s been formulated with ingredients that are good for lashes. It contains Shea butter, vitamin E, panthenol, aloe vera leaf juice and nettle extract. These are all included to help condition and strengthen lashes. But it’s the performance that we are all really looking for.

Shea Moisture Absolute Volumizing Mascara wand

Shea Moisture Absolute Volumizing Mascara wand

I usually use two generous coats of mascara and find that’s the perfect amount for this one. At two coats I get terrific definition, a good amount of length and volume. What I don’t get is really important to me and that means no clumping or smearing. At the end of the day I’ll sometimes find some small flakes under my eyes but I’m pretty sure it’s my eyeliner and not this mascara.

wearing Shea Moisture Absolute Volumizing Mascara

wearing Shea Moisture Absolute Volumizing Mascara

This is sold at Ulta for $8.99 and right now they have Shea Moisture at Buy One, Get 40% off a second Shea Moisture product.

  • Rich, long wear formula and specially designed brush with additional bristles at the tip to build each lash to maximum volume with no clumping
  • Key ingredients: nourishing Shea butter; vitamin E and panthenol to condition and protect lashes; nettle extract, aloe leaf juice and zizyphus jujuba extract to strengthen lashes
  • Free of parabens, paraffin, talc, gluten, sulfates, silicone, phthalates, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, carbon black, TEA and synthetic fragrance
  • Hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, dermatologist tested

What have you done for your eyes lately? Do you treat yourself with a mask or a new mascara? It’s time you did.– Marcia

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