As part two of my Empties Review series, I will be sharing my thoughts on the cosmetic items that I finished this year. Between haircare, skincare, and makeup, I’ve finished the least amount of cosmetic products. During the first part of this year, I’ve finished 12 products – a mix of lip, eye, and skin products.
Aquaphor – Healing Ointment (Chapstick)
I have no strong feelings about the Aquaphor Healing Ointment, which I use as a chapstick. The product is hydrating – as it helped to keep my dry lips from getting chapped during the cold winter, but this product is essentially petroleum jelly. Before purchasing this product again, I would likely try other chapsticks.
Glamglow – Poutmud Wet Lip Balm
The Glamglow Poutmud Wet Lip Balm was surprisingly awesome. I received this product as part of a Glamglow lip gift set and almost gave the kit away because the gift set sat in my collection unopened for months. The Wet Lip Balm is exactly what it says it is – a lip balm that is intensely hydrating that gives your lips the appearance of looking like wet glass.
I would definitely purchase this product in the future. I struggled to refrain from purchasing this product when I saw it on the shelves at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls for more than half off, but given that I have quite a few other lip balms to work through (and that I was on a no-buy/low-buy when I saw this in stores), I could not justify another purchase.
I am unsure if this product is being discontinued since Sephora sold these heavily marked down and even the website (at the time of this writing) only had a few left in stock. If I cannot find this exact product, I will try to find similar glassy looking balms in the future.
Chapstick – Gingerbread Kiss Chapstick
I received the Gingerbread Kiss chapstick in my stocking two Christmases ago. The product itself was great as a daily chapstick. My lips felt soft and hydrated while using this balm, but the smell was nauseating. I would purchase from the Chapstick brand in the future, but I would not purchase anything with the sickly, sweet, syrupy smell (if I can prevent it).
Buxom – Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly
Buxom’s Full-On Lip Polish is the first full-size lip gloss I have ever finished. I enjoyed the formula because of the plumping effect that it had on my lips. When I was first using gloss, I noticed a slight tingling effect on the lips, but as I wore this gloss more, I became accustomed to the sensation.
The formula to be high shine, and it plays well with other products. I could easily layer this on top of other colors, regardless of the shade without causing the lip product (pencil, lipstick, etc) to become patchy. However, be warned that this is a very sticky gloss. There were quite a few incidents during my morning commute when my hair got stuck to the gloss when the winds whipped through the air.
I am currently working through several other mini lip glosses, but I would buy another Buxom lip polish. In general, I would prefer to buy mini lip glosses due to the sheer volume of product in many full-size offerings.
Please note – Buxom’s glosses come in two finishes – a polish (like the above, finished product) which is shimmery and in a cream, which is more opaque. In my collection, I had a deluxe mini of the Buxom Lip Cream in Dolly. I immediately started working my way through this gloss after finishing my full-size product. However, I had to stop then the formula caused my gums to burn.
I am unsure if the burning was caused due to the formula or due to potentially being expired. While the cream gloss did not smell like it had turned, the formula does contain chemicals that could be potential irritants. Therefore, I am unlikely to buy the cream formula from Buxom in the future.
Urban Decay – 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Plushe
My favorite trait of the 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil is the creaminess of the formula. The color Plushe is quite pigmented, but I thought it leaned more purple than navy when applied to the eyes. Overall, I tend to buy more drug-store eyeliners because I don’t see a big enough difference in the performance of high-end eyeliners to justify continued purchases. I am unlikely to purchase this particular product in the future.
Sephora – Contour Eye Pencil 24 Hour Wear Mini in 33 Love Affair
The Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencils are hidden gems. I’ve used several different color variations of this eyeliner and have found that the formula is always very pigmented and stays in place all day. Love Affair is a beautiful shimmery plum formula.
Although I only used this eyeliner because I received it as part of a Sephora Play box, I would buy from this line in the future. The Contour Eye Pencil price is very much in-line with many of the eyeliners sold at the drug store.
Kat Von D – Tattoo Liner Mini
The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is my favorite liquid liner. The brush tip applicator makes application easy. The formula is opaque black and does not bleed, crack, or smudge once applied. Additionally, the liner dries down quickly. The eyeliner stays in place all day without smudging or fading.
Since finishing the free 100 point perk sample from Sephora, I opened my full-size backup. Since 2014 I have gone through one full-size and two minis. The minis are not as good as the full-size eyeliners because the brush applicators of the minis tend to fray. Additionally, the minis they do not as long as I would have expected – I am unsure whether this issue is due to a potential flaw in the packaging or if the minis just hold less product than expected.
Urban Decay – Naked Skin Foundation (1.5 Fair Bisque)
This foundation was originally recommended to me in 2016 when I was attempting to wean myself off full coverage foundation. At the time, I felt scared to try this formula because it was much lighter coverage than I was used to wearing, so I chose to try the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation instead. After dissatisfaction with the Too Faced foundation and not wanting to go back to a full coverage foundation, I purchased the Naked Skin Foundation.
Out of all the high-end foundations I’ve owned, Fair Bisque is one of the closest shade matches I have found. The Maybelline Fit Me 120 is also quite close to my skin color, but many other foundations I’ve used are either a smidgen too light or dark, or are too yellow or pink toned. My undertone is quite neutral but sometimes leans pink due to old discoloration from acne scars.
The Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation is extremely watery and lightweight. The foundation sets down fairly quickly, but individuals with oily skin should still set their faces with a powder or spray for increased longevity. After a long day, my skin will certainly be oily, but I don’t find that the formula cracks as my face gets shiny.
The Naked Skin foundation is light to medium coverage depending on how much product is applied to the face. Application with a dense brush provides the most coverage, but I like how the formula blends seamlessly into the skin when using a sponge. When I talk about this foundation I like to say it is “my skin but better.” Discoloration and acne will peak through, but the foundation gives my skin a much more balanced appearance.
I will caution anyone with “older” skin against using this foundation because it can settle into fine lines and wrinkles.
Make Up For Ever – Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer (Travel Size)
The Make Up Forever Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer is an okay base – I don’t have strong feelings about this product. The primer mattified my face but was not long lasting. I saw no visible difference at the end of the day when wearing this primer compared to other bases that have a more natural or dewy finish. However, this primer does play well with other products and does not clog pores. I am unlikely to purchase this primer again, but I am willing to try other primers in the Skin Equalizer line.
What makeup products have you finished this year? Do you have any drugstore dupes for the premium products listed above?