Do you spend time on the internet reading beauty blogs? I sure do. I love all things makeup but I have very little money to spend on products. I take my time looking for just the right thing and I make sure to try to find bloggers who have close to the same skin tone (super rare) for swatches. There were a few products some bloggers had been raving about or using in looks for like, two years now, so I decided to try them out. One was a disappointment of epic proportions for me and the other was only a minor letdown. Lets start with the epic letdown:
Full afternoon sun
Rimmel ScandalEyes Nude eyeliner is a go to product for a lot of people. It’s supposed to make the eye look bigger, brighter, and more awake. You use it on your waterline and inner tear duct instead of colored liner or a white liner, which can look harsh up against skin or other colored liners. I’d seen this swatch work nicely for many pale girls. I’ve been having a real issue with a red waterline from allergies so I thought I would give it a try. As you can see from the swatch on my hand, it is obviously way too dark for me. In the tube it looks like it’s an N15 in shade but for whatever reason it looks like an NC40 on my hand. It’s even worse on my eyes. It’s a sickly cognac brown with just enough pink in it to make me look diseased. I mean we’re talking a reverse Bob Costas. My hand is about N10-15 and my face is N/NW 10. I have no idea why this changes and oxidizes so badly on me. If this isn’t bad enough, it refuses to apply smoothly on the water line and gets clumpy. I’ve never had this issue with any other liner in my life. I don’t own any of the other colors in the ScandalEyes range so I can’t compare the formula to another shade. Needless to say, I have to give Rimmel ScandalEyes Nude a zero in every category for me.
Indoor lighting mixed with sun
Revlon’s Lip Butter in Cupcake is less disappointing but it’s still making me a bit sad. I’d seen a few gals with my coloring and more importantly my dark mauve natural lip shade rocking this saying, “it’s the perfect nude” for them. I can’t ever seem to find a nude that looks good on me; they are all too warm or have obvious gold sparkles that just looks fake. This one is a neutral pink with pink and a lavender iridescent shimmer. What looks beautiful on my hand looks off on my lips. It just makes me look too corpselike. There are, however, a few positives to this lip color. It’s very moisturizing, much more so than any of my other lip butters. I think it can be layered with other lipsticks. If you exaggerate your lip line just a bit with this product, it acts like a highlighter making your mouth look fuller but more natural looking than using a traditional highlighter. All in all, I’d give it a three out of five stars.
Do you like Rimmel ScandalEyes Nude Liner or Revlon’s Lip Butter in Cupcake? Have a recent disappointment of your own? Let us know in the comments below!