Empty Products + Mini Reviews (Part 3: Makeup)

August 18, 2017

It’s finally time for the third and final post in my empty product series!! I cannot wait to clear out all this junk (and begin collecting garbage again…for another post in the future, of course).

Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner

I promise I’ll get to the makeup soon, but first I must discuss this magical liquid! It’s a little pricey in my opinion but works like no other to spot clean makeup brushes. It removes all liquid or powder residue and dries super fast! A little also goes a long way, and therefore the cost is slightly more justifiable. It also smells like vanilla, which can be a bit overpowering at first, but seems to mellow out over time, leaving behind a subtle scent that makes applying makeup even more enjoyable.

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake

The Revlon Lip Butters are still some of my favourite lipstick formulas! I’m super sad to part ways with the shade Strawberry Shortcake, which has been used up entirely. It got to the point where I was digging into the bullet with either my finger or a brush to get every last bit. I love the pale, Barbie-ish pink colour (especially in the summer when I’m a little more tan) but the creamy formula is also super comfortable and hydrating to wear.

EOS Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm

Chapsticks are like bobby pins…I have no idea where they go, but they always seem to disappear. It’s pretty rare that I get through an entire lip balm before losing it, but the EOS spheres seem harder to misplace. I feel quite proud of myself for finishing the Strawberry Sorbet scent, which I kept – for the most part – on my bedside table and used every night before bed.

Mac Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix +

Does a setting spray count as a makeup item? I think it does. They can be used in so many different ways: as a skincare step to hydrate and refresh skin; to melt powders and get rid of ‘cake face’; or to intensify the pigmentation of eyeshadows. I absolutely love the Mac Prep + Prime Fix + because it is unscented and the mist is nice and fine. I don’t think it increases the wear-time of my makeup, but it does give a pretty, dewy finish.

Wet N Wild Photo Focus Setting Spray

Contrary to the Mac Prep + Prime Fix +, the Wet N Wild Photo Focus Setting Spray does in fact help my makeup last longer. It’s much cheaper, but unfortunately, comes in a much smaller sized bottle. I have gone through a few of these now and it boggles my mind at how quickly the product seems to disappear each time. It also has a bit of an odd, chemically scent (which I’m not a fan of) but it feels lightweight on the skin and has never caused me to break out.

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation

I wanted to love this foundation more than I did. Considering it has such amazing reviews and costs a tad more than many other drugstore brands, I thought it was going to be amazing. Unfortunately, it sat on my skin a little weird, especially around my nose. Instead of melting in and looking like perfected skin, it settled into dry patches and looked a little too heavy.

NYC Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder

This is a fantastic translucent powder from the drugstore! It can be used to set concealer and foundation, or to bake specific areas of the face, but it’s also really nice when worn alone to reduce shine. It’s very finely milled and melts into the skin, filling in pores and creating a perfected canvas. It’s also incredibly lightweight and looks quite natural.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (x2)

I’ve been experimenting with a bunch of different concealers this year, but none have managed to claim the number one spot in my heart like Maybelline Fit Me. It’s affordable (I usually stock up when I see them on sale for $5.99) and has a creamy, medium coverage that does not settle into fine lines or crease. No matter what…I’ll always come back to it!

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

I was really disappointed in this mascara (and myself for accidentally buying it in waterproof) at first because it felt too wet and almost always transferred to my lids. But over time as it began to dry out, I began to like it more and more. It also felt very comfortable and safe when wearing contact lenses.

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Big Shot Mascara

Can you tell I like Maybelline mascaras? I particularly liked the wavy bristles on the Big Shot brush, which really latched onto my lashes and created mega volume. The tube is also gold and pretty…nuff said.

C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve

Another lip balm that I didn’t lose! Unfortunately, this one isn’t actually empty…instead it’s just garbage. I managed to hit pan, but as soon as I did the tin began to rust and I simply did not feel comfortable applying any more salve to my lips. It was nice while it lasted – I quite liked the soft, gel-like texture and subtle rose scent.

Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in 03 Medium

I’ve never been much of a brow gal…in fact I almost never do my brows, but a sample of the Benefit Gimme Brow appeared on my doorstep last year in THE CUTEST packaging and I couldn’t resist giving it a try. To my surprise, I actually really enjoyed it and suddenly I was taming my fuzzy caterpillars daily. It contains tiny little fibres that help fill in sparse areas and dries without ever feeling crunchy or stiff.

I hope you enjoyed this empty product series and learned something from my mini-reviews. In case you missed the first and second post featuring skincare and haircare, click here and here. Thanks for reading!!


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