Products I’m Just Not That Into…

Products I'm just Not That Into: Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R, Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks, and Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara.

Let’s face it, not one cosmetic brand is perfect.  Most of the products featured on this blog have brought me much joy; however, even the most cherished brands can sometime deliver faux pas.  For today’s post, I decided to take a departure from my normal makeup accolades, and bring you Products I’m Just Not That Into.  Call it a public duty, an act of kindness, or a bit of girl talk–but these products need a serious makeover–STAT!!  I hope you enjoy.

Product #1:  Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R Brush:

Products I'm just Not That Into: Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R

Products I’m Just Not That Into:
Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R.

Products I'm just Not That Into: Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R

Products I’m just Not That Into:
Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R vs. Artis Oval 7 Brush.

  • Artis Makeup Brushes were designed for personal use to deliver optimum results while utilizing minimum product.  There is no denying the soft synthetic fibers (CosmeFiber) feel heavenly on the skin; however, the excess packaging and quality control is questionable.
  • For some reason, the company manufactures the majority of their brushes in China and a single style in the USA:  The Mirror Collection (white) is made in China, The Elite Smoke (gray) is made in China and The Fluenta Collection (black/w silver details) is made in the USA/exclusive to Neiman Marcus.  All the brushes contain the same CosmeFiber, with the only visible difference being the design of the exterior handles.
  • When I first saw the box on my front stoop, I thought Neiman Marcus sent me the wrong package. The two-pound box (according to the shipping label) seemed rather large for a single brush.  To my shock, The Fluenta Circle 1R Brush ($40 USD) came housed in an oversized black velvet box (as seen above).  This sort of excess extravagance is completely unnecessary, considering the size of the brush and material used.
  • Truth be told, I sense the company is overcompensating in packaging to justify the inflated cost of the brushes.

Products I'm just Not That Into: Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R

  • As soon as I held the Fluenta Circle 1R Brush, I knew it would not be a favorite.  Firstly, the brush, with the exception of the fibers, is constructed entirely of a plastic. The silver facade is not metal and the black lower half is composed of a texturized (not rubberized) hardened plastic/resin. Secondly, the partially exposed seam on the inner side of the brush, appears to be a misstep in the bonding process.

Products I'm just Not That Into: Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R

  • Another partially exposed seam can be found on the side of the brush.

Products I'm just Not That Into: Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R

  • The bubbled silver material at the front end of the brush is further evidence of lax quality control.
  • The Fluenta Circle 1R does an adequate job of blending out eyeshadow, but quite frankly, for the price, this brush should be flawless from tip to base.

Product #2:  Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks:

Products I'm just Not That Into: Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks Barely Pink and Plum Naked.

Products I’m just Not That Into:
Eve Pearl Liquid
Lipsticks Plum Naked and Barely Pink.

Products I'm just Not That Into: Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks Barely Pink and Plum Naked swatches

Products I’m just Not That Into:
Eve Pearl Liquid
Lipsticks Barely Pink and Plum Naked swatches.

  • As you may have surmised, Eve Pearl is one of my favorite makeup lines.  When I heard she started  formulating liquid lipsticks ($26 USD each or $29 USD for the duo on QVC), I was ecstatic. The promise of a well designed applicator, universally flattering colors, hydrating feel, long-lasting wear and full coverage was just what the doctor ordered.
  • My personal issues with these lipsticks is the pungent fragrance and color options.  Sadly, the artificial grapefruit/pepto bismol-esque aroma is so overpowering, I was unable to properly test the formula (hence, the lack of lip photos).
  • IMHO, the two colors offered are not universally flattering.  Against my olive skin, Barely Pink’s lavender undertone makes me look downright sickly and Plum Naked translates into a pinky orange.  I believe these colors would look spectacular against fair/light-skinned beauties, those with blonde hair, and blue/green eyes.  Plum Naked could work on darker complexions.  However, both colors seem to clash drastically with medium olive complexions.
Products I'm just Not That Into: Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks Barely Pink applicator head.

Products I’m just Not That Into:
Eve Pearl Liquid
Lipstick Barely Pink applicator head.

  • Admittedly, the applicator head is wonderful.  As Eve demonstrates on QVC (here), you truly get full coverage using only one dip of the wand.
Products I'm just Not That Into: Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks Barely Pink and Plum Naked ingredient list.

Products I’m just Not That Into:
Eve Pearl Liquid
Lipsticks Barely Pink and Plum Naked ingredient list.

  • On a slightly personal note, I’m not a big fan of Mineral Oil used as the main ingredient in any product (read more about mineral oil here and here).  It is rather inexpensive, inefficient and not befitting of this amazing brand.

Product #3:  Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara:

Products I'm just Not That Into: Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara.

Products I'm just Not That Into: Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara.

  • As you may know, I adore my Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (pink wand/reviewed here), however the Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara ($6.99 USD) is not on the same level.  As you can tell by the above photo, the tapered design traps the wet formula toward the base of the wand.  This uneven product placement translates to the lashes instantly, creating a spidery appearance and clumps galore.
  • Furthermore, the plastic bristles are too short to properly comb the formula through the lashes, thus contributing to the clump factor.
  • As expected, the wet formula remains in a soft state, thus smudging throughout the day.  Most of the damage is noticeable against my socket bone–the area my lashes come into contact with the most.  Individuals with hooded eyes and oily skin will do well to stay clear of this mascara.
  • To make matters even worse, removal is a pain in the tuckus.

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you a product’s success is very subjective.  Although these products did not work for me, they may work for others.  In the meanwhile, I will continue to enjoy my Artis Oval 7 Brush (great with liquid formulas), my Eve Pearl foundation, concealer, eyeshadows, etc. and my beloved Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara.  After all, makeup companies are entitled to some mistakes–just as long as they learn from them.  Lesson over–class dismissed.  🙂   Are there any products you are just not that into?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

PS: I’m thinking about making this a monthly series–a respectful dose of honesty never hurts.  🙂  

 

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara review and photos.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara.

Mascara is a very personal subject matter.  The perfect formula can mean different things to different people. Consequently, makeup companies are always struggling to create the ultimate formula.  So when Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara ($6.99-8.99 USD) started making the blogging and Instagram rounds, with the promise of “volume and full fan effect,” my cosmetic antenna paid close attention.  Despite my initial skepticism, I had a seeking suspicion this pink conical tube may very well be a diamond in the drugstore rough.  🙂  I hope you enjoy.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara brush head.

Maybelline Lash Sensational

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara brush head.

The Pros of Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara:

  1. Plastic bristles are evenly spaced to define and separate lashes.
  2. Unique curved bristle design captures and coats each lash.
  3. The outer curve bristles are perfect for fanning out lashes.
  4. Shorter inner curve bristles can be wiggled to achieve some volume and lift.
  5. Black fluid formula is lightweight and coats every lash evenly without any clumping.
  6. The liquid formulation dries evenly and in a timely manner, giving the user time to manipulate the direction of lashes.
  7. Lashes do not feel stiff or uncomfortable.
  8. Can be layered without the dreaded “spider-lash” look (2 coats max).
  9. Wear time is amazing–a solid 8-10 hours without any flaking.
  10. Holds lashes perfectly in place all day.
  11. Formulated without parabens and fragrance.
  12. Amazing price considering this is better than most high-end brands.
  13. Made in the USA.

The Cons to Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara:

  1. The volume was not as dramatic as I was hoping.  IMHO, this formula/brush design is more suitable for lengthening rather than volumizing.
  2. Considering this is a “washable mascara,” this stuff does not come off very easily.  My dual action makeup remover was not able to completely remove this mascara (taking a couple of my lashes off in the process).  Good old fashioned soap and water do the trick.
  3. Sets very quickly on the skin–accidental smudging on the mobile lid can be slightly challenging to remove.
Eyes without mascara.

Eyes without mascara.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara brush size in relation to the eye.

  • According to the package directions, the ideal way to use this brush is to start by placing the shorter bristles from the inner curve onto the root of the lashes, wiggle the brush to gain lift and volume and follow through with the longer outer bristles to fan out the lashes.  Simple enough.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara applied to one eye (1 coat) in the presence of strong window lighting.

  • I must say, the brush works brilliantly to separate and define lashes.  The above photo shows the dramatic difference between the eye with one coat of Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and the other in its natural state.  Despite the fact I do not curl my lashes, I was still able to achieve a slight curl due to the curved head design.  The results yielded clump-free, fanned-out lashes that lasted beautifully all day.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara applied to both eyes (1 coat).

  • Bare in mind, I have naturally long lashes and I still use Rapidlash, every other night (discussed here), to maintain volume. However, I must admit, this mascara easily lengthened and defined my lashes with minimal effort.  The above photo shows just how well the brush design and formula uniformly coated every lash–color me impressed.
Maybelline Lash Sensational

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (1 coat).

  • The above head-on photo shows how beautifully Lash Sensational was able to separate the lashes, however, I was still left with the slightest nagging desire for some additional volume (especially on my left eye).  Regardless of my picky demands, I really adore this mascara and can foresee repurchasing it over and over.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (2 coats).

  • The above photo shows what two coats look like with my completed makeup look.  Do you need to spend $20+ on a mascara?  I think not 🙂
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara ingredient list.

See what other lovely beauty bloggers are saying about Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara:

  • Gyudy from Gyudy’s Notes of Beauty (here)–my inspiration for this purchase. 
  • Brittany from Clumps of Mascara (here).

**Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara can be found at Drugstore.com, Target, CVS, Rite Aid, etc..**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara is fantastic.  The lightweight formula, lengthening aspect, amazing wear, clump/flake-free results and reasonable price makes this a hit in my book.  Is this the perfect mascara?  Come now–if life has taught me anything, it is that nothing is perfect; however, this economical delight has caused me to forsake all other mascaras.  Bravo Maybelline!!!  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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