Color Correctors – splurge or steal?

Color Correctors - splurge or steal?

Color Correctors – splurge or steal?

Lately it seems that all we hear about are makeup trends. We spent months obsessing over contouring, we moved on to strobing, we’re stuck on highlighters and illuminators, and now we’ve got color correctors coming at us like gang busters. Color Correcting isn’t new but it’s having its day right now.

I remember years and years ago that Physician’s Formula had little tubes of color correctors that were very inexpensive. It made the brand more noticeable because no one else had anything like it. I remember finally caving when it was on sale for about $2 – and being disappointed. I wasn’t as experienced with cosmetics and I didn’t understand enough about blending.

Move forward to 2016 and Sephora has been tempting me with Color Correctors as have other brands. Here are some I’ve bought at different price points.


Wet n Wild Coverall Correcting Palette

Wet n Wild Coverall Correcting Palette

I picked this up at Walgreen mainly because I knew that Makeup Wars was writing about this subject plus I wanted to see how an inexpensive color corrector would compare to the more expensive ones. This is the one to purchase if you are curious and don’t want to splurge. But it’s not the best out there unless you want the purple (to counter dullness) and green (to correct red).

Wet n Wild Coverall Correcting Palette

Wet n Wild Coverall Correcting Palette

The yellow is called Cover but it doesn’t cover anything on me; it’s meant to cancel out bruises or undereye circles. The white is their Highlighter but it’s pretty weak. Purple is what they call Normalize while they name the green Neutralize. The texture is very thick so you need to apply it with a light hand and blend it well.


This was one of my first correctors and I fell in love with it. The matte peach is very brightening and is great under my eyes to help with my dark circles. It has great ingredients:

  • Rose Hip Extract has great cell regenerating and skin elasticity boosting properties
  • Vitamin A provides an anti-aging effect
  • Vitamin C brightens and revitalizes
  • Vitamin E nourishes and protects

The price is right and other than the small opening on the pot it’s excellent.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector and Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector and Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector and Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector and Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach


If you follow me on Beauty Info Zone you know this is a favorite. This is a light and bright pink with a soft creamy finish. While it’s technically not a concealer, I don’t need one when I use this. I like the bigger opening on the jar and I like the consistency of the corrector. Some days it’s a little too bright for me if my dark circles are rearing their ugliest head.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correctors in Peach & Pink, Sephora Bright Future Color Corrector in Green

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correctors in Peach & Pink, Sephora Bright Future Color Corrector in Green


While the Sephora brand Bright Future Color Correctors come in 5 shades, they are always sold out. Right now the green and yellow are available online but once the pink and peach come in, they sell out instantly. That’s because the price is half that of the similar Urban Decay Color Correctors. The main difference that I see between the two brands is the applicator. Sephora Collection’s isn’t quite as nice and less comes out so you work a little harder. It’s definitely green and it applies dark at first but using a sponge I can blend it down easily. I use it by my nostrils and just under where I have the most redness and spot treat other areas. They key is to blend but not RUB away.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correctors in Peach & Pink, Sephora Bright Future Color Corrector in Green

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correctors in Peach & Pink, Sephora Bright Future Color Corrector in Green


I first bought this in Peach and liked it so much I went back for the Pink. The consistency of these is great for correcting, they’re soft and blend extremely well without a lot of work. They are what’s getting the most use in my correcting routine these days. The Peach looks very orange at first but it blends down enough to cover dark circles without showing as orange. Pink is meant to brighten dark areas. I sort of say “eeny meeny” to decide which to use each day. A sponge is the tool I prefer with these. I first warm them with my finger then use my sponge to softly blend these.


Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette

Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette

I bought this palette when I was freelancing, as you can see it’s unused and I didn’t swatch it. It is really more of a concealing palette but the colors are mostly too dark for me. This is #1 the lightest one (for light to medium skin tones with redness concerns) and there are 5 total. I probably should have bought #5 (pro palette featuring color correcting shades for most skin tones and highlighter/concealer) since it’s more for correcting than concealing.


Face Stockholm Corrector Quad

Face Stockholm Corrector Quad in Ljus

The Face Stockholm Corrector Quad came in a Wantable subscription and was one of the highlights of my years long subscription. Ljus is the lightest of the 3 Corrector Quads available. Mine has been used too much to photograph but I really did like having this all in one quad. While I didn’t get much use out of the yellow I did from the other 3 shades.

As you can see, I’m fascinated with these type of products and totally obsessed with them lately. While this craze has cost me a lot lately, I’m enjoying using all of these (well not the MUFE which I haven’t broken into yet). It’s hard to recommend just one but to save money you might want to look at the Sephora Collection colors or a quad like Face Stockholm’s.

What do you like for color corrector? I’m always up for more.  — Marcia

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WetnWild Fergie Centerstage Collection: New Years Kiss and Hollywood Walk of Fame review

I am not a big drugstore fanatic when it comes to my cosmetics, but occasionally I find something so pretty I just have to buy it.  I recently was at the drugstore perusing the Fergie Centerstage Collection, and found myself buying two nail polishes: New Years Kiss ($3.49) and Hollywood Walk of Fame ($3.49).


WetnWild New Years Kiss and Hollywood Walk of Fame

I love shimmer and glitter, but I prefer neutral colors so these shimmery/star-filled clear colors were perfect for me.

love the multi-colored shimmers

love the multi-colored shimmers

super shimmery!

super shimmery!

 I loved this one, it’s a clear base with silver/yellow/blue/green shimmers that change with the light.

lots of shimmer in one coat

lots of shimmer in one coat

One coat gives tons of shimmer so you don’t have to go fishing, one coat will do just fine.

one coat over french nails

one coat of New Years Kiss over french nails

My other choice was Hollywood Walk of Fame.  It’s a little more bling than I usually go with, but I thought by itself it would be ok for work.


WetnWild Hollywood Walk of Fame

This wasn’t as successful for me as New Years Kiss.  The stars are so pretty, but it takes work to get even coverage that looks good.

Only one star??  Time to go fishing for more!

Only one star?? Time to go fishing for more!

It took a long time to get several stars on each nail, and to me it just wasn’t worth the effort.  However, my daughters were thrilled and stole it from me as soon as I said I wasn’t loving it.

New Years Kiss, Hollywood Walk of Fame

New Years Kiss, Hollywood Walk of Fame

There are quite a few more nail polish shades in Fergie’s collection, and I know that I will be back looking for more on my next trip to the drugstore.  How about you, anything about the Fergie collection that gets your attention?  – Lisa

Wet n Wild and Fergie bring you the Centerstage Collection – Perfect Lip Pout review

Wet n Wild Fergie Collection display

Wet n Wild Fergie Collection display

I recently reviewed Revlon Colorstay Suede lipstick and now I’m back with a lipstick from the new Wetn‘Wild Fergie Collection. I’ve never bought a lipstick from Wet n‘ Wild so this was a first for me. A good first I might add. If you’ve read my Revlon review then you know that it was a failure for me. I don’t plan on ever wearing it again. I have small lips and I like lip products to make them look at least a little more lush but Suede seemed to suck the life out of my lips.

Happily though Fergie and Wet n’ Wild have come through. She/they have made me feel like a V.I.P. – a V.I.Pink that is; the shade I chose.

Wet n' Wild Fergie collection lipstick tube

Wet n’ Wild Fergie collection lipstick tube

On the WNW Beauty website they show 10 lipsticks in the collection. They are all numbered but if you go to Walgreens to find the displays there are names on these as well. V.I.Pink is number A035. wnw vip pink swatch

V.I.Pink aka A035 is a bright pink with full coverage to it. The collection’s lipsticks are called Perfect Pout Lip Color and they sell for $3.99 though they were $3.49 the day I was there. V.I.Pink isn’t as purple as that swatch appears. Here’s my swatch:

Top shade is Revlon Colorstay Suede in Silhouette, bottom is Wet n' Wild Fergie Perfect Lip Pout in VIPink

Top shade is Revlon Colorstay Suede in Silhouette, bottom is Wet n’ Wild Fergie Perfect Lip Pout in V.I.Pink

Here’s what Wet n’ Wild tells us about these Perfect Pout Lip Colors: Color, comfort, and care! Luxurious color delivers hours of sheer-to-moderate coverage that glides on buttery-soft for a smooth, moist-looking pout. Lips are pampered with Vitamin E, Amino Acids, Avocado Oil, and Rice Bran Oil that moisturize and condition for silky, soft comfort. And with SPF 15, lips are cared for and protected from harmful UVB rays.

Wet n Wild Fergie V.I.Pink lipstick

Wet n Wild Fergie V.I.Pink lipstick

Here’s my quick exam for the WnW:

The F Factor (fragrance) – pass. Not a noticeable fragrance at all

Product Claims – pass. This is surprisingly moisturizing for a drugstore lipstick especially. Plus with SPF it is a great daytime product.

Color Choices – that’s up in the air. With just 10 choices you may or may not find one you like. V.I.Pink is darker than I usually pick but I like how it looks plus it makes my lips look full.

My Color Choice – pass. See above.fergie lipstick lips light

My results with this – pass. I’m very happy with the way this looks and feels.

Packaging – fail but it’s a drugstore lipstick that costs very little so what do I expect?

Price – pass

Final grade – PASS! I don’t know if I’ll be able to find another color that I’d be comfortable wearing but it has opened me up to Wet n’ Wild lipsticks in general.

The Fergie Center Stage collection is really quite pretty though most products were too sparkly for me. I bought an eyeshadow palette but I’m on the fence about opening it since it appears to have more shimmer than I expected. Fergie Centerstage is definitely worth a look, especially for the prices charged. This is exclusively at Walgreens with some of the collection at I’m happy this lipstick passed the exam. Does this pass or fail for you?– Marcia

p.s. For swatches of 8 of the 10 lipsticks check out Polarbelle’s review of the Perfect Pout lipsticks. I think you’ll find a pass when you read her review!!

Makeup Wars – Halloween nails

The Makeup Wars team thought it would be appropriate to share our Halloween nails with you. Why though did I think it was appropriate to even try this? I have two left hands, I can’t do nail art, I’m a total klutz. When Makeup Wars first started I was handed a mission from the Mission Impossible Team and I agreed to try to do every mission. Ha! And I thought favorite red lip was hard. That was a cinch compared to doing nail art. Oh well, if you laugh I won’t hear you on my end of the computer.

practice time using a nail wheel

First stop was practice time on my nail wheel. For that I used OPI Black Onyx, WetnWild The Wonder Yellows, Le Metier de Beaute Penny Lane and Le Metier de Beaute Wild Ginger – black, a golden yellow, two shades of orange. Then I went to work and couldn’t believe what a ghastly job I was doing. Maybe that’s okay since Halloween and ghastly go together.

I decided to try a marble attempt because I’d seen a nail blogger do a gorgeous manicure. It looked and sounded so easy.

Everything I used

I started with the OPI Black Onyx base with just one thick coat. (I should have stopped there). I let that dry and then dotted on WetnWild The Wonder Yellows dabbing it on with the cosmetic sponge. Next I used Le Metier de Beauty Wild Ginger in the same way. Should have worked right? This is what I got:

Uneven blotches of color taken by my window on a rainy day

Same polish in bathroom light with bleeding black and orange

Up close it looked and felt a lot like vomit

Well that certainly wasn’t working and I was running out of time. So onto the nail decals which I’d bought as an emergency backup.

Kiss Halloween Nail Decals with cats

The finished product! I had so much trouble with the one decal that I didn’t go farther.

The finished product

The only good that came out of this is that I learned that no one who is a nail blogger needs to fear competition from me. While I have (what I consider) great taste in nail colors and a large collection, the best I can do is paint my nails a single color.

Hopefully my fellow Makeup Wars team members will be an inspiration where I failed. Please use their logos to go visit them all. Thanks for staying and not throwing up!! Happy Halloween — Marcia

Should I give this the Silent Treatment?

Sometimes we all need to jump on the bandwagon. We read or hear about a product over and over and finally have to see what the hoopla is all about. That bandwagon can cost $95 like a Le Metier Kaleidoscope or $1 for something by E.L.F. Today’s bandwagon costs a whopping $2.99 and is from Wet n Wild. I’ve jumped on their bandwagon before but usually fallen off pretty quickly. This time though I’m staying on it and holding on tight.

The wheels on this bandwagon are called Silent Treatment and it’s a 3 wheeled wagon – a little wobbly but worth the vibration. Wet n Wild came out with 12 new eyeshadow trios as part of their ColorICON collections that are permanent (unlike their new palettes with 6 shades that are limited edition and seem to be difficult to find). I haven’t seen these trios often but I know from prior experiences that if you check around you should be able to find these.

(Sorry for the used palette but my first pictures didn’t turn out)

Silent Treatment is the one that has “TAUPE” in it and taupe is THE color that’s most talked about of late.  I consider this a cool toned palette even though the top color is peach. The shadows are labeled so the peach is the Browbone shade. Taupe is on the bottom and is labeled Eyelid while the middle Crease shade appears to be a very dark brown. The reason I used the word “appears” is that this shade looks like a dark gray on me. Since I always use an eyeshadow primer I decided to try Too Faced Champagne Shadow Insurance to see if it brought out the brown that I see in the palette but it really didn’t. No problem though since I’m very happy with the look I get from this trio.

(swatched very heavily)

The eyeshadows seem to be shimmery upon looking at them in the palette but surprisingly they barely appear that way on my eye. The peach is very very light and just finishes the look. The dark brown is intensely pigmented. The taupe is interesting because when I first swatched it on the back of my hand I couldn’t get it to show up. Yet on my eyes it’s a pretty taupe that is quite flattering.

For $3 I’d expect that the shadows wouldn’t be pigmented or would be chalky. Not the case at all. Other than how light the peach is, the others have great hues. I’d also worry about how long these would last but with any of the primers I’ve tried with the trio, the lasting power is terrific.

I wish I could rave about every palette I buy as much as I can for Silent Treatment. I have two complaints about this though – 1) I can barely open this palette; I always need to grab something like my tweezers to push it open. 2) It was named wrong; I’m not giving this the silent treatment. I’m actually making a lot of noise on this bandwagon. — Marcia

Sunday Spotlight – nail polish

Nail polish is big, big, big. The bottles may be small but they pack a wallop in the beauty world. For many of us nail polish has exploded (not literally I hope) in a huge way in the last  two years. Colors are so vibrant and fun. There are so many new finishes. Boring isn’t a word we use to describe our fascination with nail polish at Here are just a few of the 145 reviews (listed under Hands and Nails – nail polish) we have written over the last dozen years.  Let us know in the comments if you have any favorites that you’d like us to know about.

Marcia is a recent convert to polishes that are anything other than red or pink and one she fell in love with is China Glaze LOL polish

Our friend, Cowtowngirl, also loves to delve into the dark side of polish, here’s her Chanel Blue Satin polish review

Lisa recently reviewed a great summer color, Lippman “Whatever Lola Wants”

For a change of pace, Brenda found a fun product with the Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens

Who doesn’t want a cheap thrill? Certainly not Bethl who has some raves about  WetnWild’s Craze Nail lacquer

For those of us in a hurry, we think you’ll enjoy reading about the 15 Minute Manicure that Greengirl has shared with us.

Thanks for reading along with us. We hope you always have good nail days.