20 May 2018

Gems From The Drugstore

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been trialing out a few new beauty products from the drugstore to see how they hold up. I wanted to share both of these gems on here because they have both become staples in my make-up routine since I got them.

With summer weather and hot temperatures now becoming a daily occurrence, I've been on the lookout for some new products that can hold up to the heat we've been getting, as well as being affordable. For that reason, I picked up the Make Up Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick and the L'Oréal Brow Artist Xpert brow pencil to test out.

Lately I've been on the lookout for a more lightweight foundation for the summer, one that could be an easy, everyday type of foundation that would give me coverage, but still be light on the skin for days when the sun is hot. I've also been wanting to try out a stick foundation for a while, which is why I decided to pick up the Make Up Revolution Fast Base foundation stick. I've been seeing this foundation popping up all over my social media recently so I wanted to see what it was all about.

I picked up mine from Superdrug for £5. One of the only pet peeves I have with drugstore foundations is that you have to shade match yourself. I matched myself to shade F2 which I think is a pretty spot on match. I noticed in the shop that there were quite a lot of varied undertones within the shade range, which I liked as it meant I didn't have to settle with a shade that was light enough, but too pink or yellow.

The foundation itself is a very, very creamy formula, and because it is so creamy, it blends like a dream, with little to no effort required to get an even and flawless finish. One thing that I was surprised about with the product is the coverage and pigmentation that it has for such an affordable price tag. The foundation stick has a great coverage pay off for being so lightweight, it isn't super high coverage, but it is definitely at least medium coverage, and it is buildable if you want a little more. And for being a stick foundation, the formula is very highly pigmented.

I've been testing out this foundation for a few weeks now and each time I've worn it I have been pleased with how my face has looked at the end of the day. I've also been wearing it in different types of weather and situation to see how it holds up. The first time I tested it out was for a make up masterclass at Glasgow Fort with NYX. I wore it then to test out how it performed in the wind and rain. This particular time was my first time wearing the foundation so I was prepared not to judge it too harshly as I would need to wear it a few times to really see how it wore, however, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it had held up extremely well, even after I got rained on. I also wore this foundation to a show in Edinburgh which meant I had it on all day in the sun then all night in the warm theatre under a full face of make up, and again, it held well. I've also worn it on more natural days and it looked just as flawless.

Each time I've worn this foundation is has gone on just as flawlessly, and it has held really well. It has worked really well with powder products on top, however, I did notice it moved around every so slightly when applying a cream highlight. The only other thing I noticed was that towards the end of the day the foundation looked a little dry in certain spots of my face, mainly around the nose and my forehead. I tend to get more dry in those areas in hot weather, so I think that may be down to my skin, more than the product.

At the same time that I picked up the foundation, I was also on the lookout for a new eyebrow pencil as I was running out of my beloved Benefit Goof Proof brow pencil. I was looking at a few different ones when I came across the L'Oréal Brow Artist Xpert brow pencil.

I noticed when I was looking for a shade match that this L'Oréal pencil is an exact dupe of the Benefit one that I was looking for a replacement for, so that sold me on picking it up to try it out and compare it. I picked up mine in the shade Cool Blonde, because even though I'm brunette, I have super light eyebrows. I have been using the Goof Proof brow pencil since it launched, so I was eager to see how it compared to my holy grail product.

The first thing I noticed was the fact that it is an exact dupe for Goof Proof, with the slanted tip applicator on one end which is thinner at the tip for providing single hair strokes and a thicker end at the base for filling in sparse areas, and a spoolie on the other end for styling the brows.

I was surprised to find that I actually preferred the shade of the L'Oréal pencil for my brows over my Goof Proof, despite me picking it myself compared to the Benefit one which was shade matched to me by a professional at Benefit. I found that the shade on the L'Oréal product was much truer to my actual brows, and therefore made my brows look more natural which I liked.

The L'Oréal pencil is much more creamy than the Benefit one which is a plus for me, because I find it much harder to do my brows with a stiff pencil, as I have barely any brow hairs so it having a creamier pencil makes it easier for me to draw in my brows where I have virtually no hair. I also love that this pencil gives an amazingly crisp brow, but yet it still somehow looks a lot more natural than my brows do using the Benefit pencil.

Since I got this pencil I have worn it every time I have worn make up and each time I am impressed with the results. Just like with foundation, I wore in different weather and temperatures, and for different lengths of time to see how it held up and each time I was incredibly impressed. There have been times when I've applied the product at 1pm and kept on until 1am, and it has looked as good at it had when I applied it. The only thing I would keep an eye out for with this pencils is that because it is so creamy, it can smudge easily if you aren't careful, however, if you set it with some eyebrow gel, a little translucent powder or even some setting spray, the product isn't budging or fading.

Overall I love both of these products and I am so glad I picked them up to add to my collection.

The Make Up Revolution foundation is going to be a staple in my summer make up collection, because I love how lightweight it is. It's going to be perfect for those days when I want a little something on my skin, but I don't want to wear a full face of make up because it's too hot. I also think that for the price of this product being only £5, the quality is incredible. Solid 9/10, simply for the fact it dried towards the end of its wear time out in some of my drier areas. I would definitely repurchase this again when it runs out.

Although I loved the foundation a lot, the winner of the two products for me was without a doubt the L'Oréal brow pencil. Given that this pencil is an exact dupe for the Benefit pencil that I love so much for only £6.99, I was surprised to find that I actually currently prefer this product to Goof Proof. I love this pencil and highly recommend it, 12/10.

What are your favourite products from the drugstore? What are the best dupes that you have for high end products?

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