Saturday, February 25, 2012

Mary Kay Botanicals

Now available from Mary Kay here in the US is their new Botanicals line. These products will eventually replace their Classic line (except for the Blemish Control Toner 3) and possibly the Velocity line. The line comes in 3 skin type formulas - oily, normal, and dry.  These products contain no mineral oil or silicone oils for those who are sensitive to those particular oils.  Each formula does have different plant oils for each skin type.

Formula 1 is for dry skin types. I'm a combo skin type person, so I wouldn't use this formula personally.

Formula 2 is for normal skin types.  I'll be giving these a test run later when I run out of my current Timewise skincare which is a combination of the Normal/Oily and Normal/Dry items. I may also switch my pre-teen to this line as she's not oily enough for the Velocity line, in my opinion.

Formula 3 are for oily skin type.

I've included pics of the ingredients list of all the items for your reference because I'm too lazy to re-type them all out.

Hope the ingredient lists help all of you who currently use the Mary Kay Classic line and are contemplating a switch or for anyone contemplating switching from you current botanical line to Mary Kay's.  As always, contact your local Mary Kay consultant or check out my Mary Kay page.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Maybelline Color Tattoos

I've been slowly collecting the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eyeshadows when the drugstores have buy one get one half off sale.  I have an uneven number however since I just picked one up with an Ulta coupon.

My Maybelline Color Tattoo collection before today consisted of (top row, left to right) Bold Gold, Tenacious Teal, Too Cool, (second row) Painted Purple, Audacious Asphalt, and Pomegranate Punk.

I've also been slowly collecting MAC paint pots over the years, so I decided to do a few comparison swatches to see how different or similar the are.  First up are Painted Purple on top vs MAC Half Wild (limited edition - LE) on the bottom.  Painted Purple is definitely much bluer than Half Wild. Of all the Maybelline Colors Tattoos, Painted Purple is the only one that is not shimmery/glittery.

Next up are MAC's Artifact (LE) vs Maybelline's Pomegranate Punk.  I thought these would be the most similar, but actually Pomegranate Punk is browner and less burgundy.  And of course, there's the shimmer.

The new Maybelline Color Tattoo I picked today is Edgy Emerald on the right.  In the middle is MAC Rollickin (LE - sense a trend?) which is closer than I thought it would be and on the left is MAC Delft (LE) which I knew for sure wouldn't be that close.

I also started collection Mary Kay's cream eyeshadows, but compared to MAC and Maybelline, Mary Kay has the smallest selection with 5 colors.  The first 2 I have are Iced Cocoa and Glacier Gray. 

I wasn't sure that Maybelline Audacious Asphalt would be different enough from MK's Glacier Gray, but it definitely is.  Asphalt is darker and much more shimmery/glittery.

I love my MAC paint pots so I was interested in trying more economical alternatives to see how they wear.  Most of the time I wear the paint pots as a base as opposed to stand-alone eyeshadows, so I don't really plan to wear the Maybelline and MK any differently.  I still consider the Maybelline and MK to be in a test phase for me.  I would like to see how they hold up when the weather gets much warmer.  For now both wear well as base and don't crease under my powder eyeshadows as the day wears on. This may or may not change when the temps go above 70F. The MK is creamier and less dry than the Maybellline and the Maybelline is definitely much more glittery.  Unfortunately, neither offers a matte/cream finish that MAC offers with its permanent paint pot colors (Soft Ochre, Painterly, Groundwork).  It will interesting to see if Maybelline will introduce more shades in neutral non-shimmery shades.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Revlon Lip Butters

So yeah, yet another blogger post about the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters.  It's been awhile since I've been a part of a makeup lemming rush and actually enjoyed it. A lot of times, I'll join in and realize the color isn't me or the texture is a no go. This time, it's different. I started collecting these since November 2011 and it's not difficult, especially when drugstores have buy one, get the second half off sales.

My collection so far from left to right:
Pink Truffle, Berry Smoothie, Sugar Plum, Brown Sugar, Red Velvet, and Fig Jam.

Same order swatched.  My 2 go-to everyday colors are Sugar Plum and Pink Truffle with Sugar Plum being the "first" and oldest bought, so have been the most used. Pink Truffle actually pulls more warm on my lips.  Although it's not obvious in the swatch pic, Brown Sugar has shimmer. And actually, I bought one more in Lollipop, a bright fuchsia, that my older daughter wanted.  She only wears it around the house as it's a little too bright to be allowed to wear to school.

And this lemming rush won't stop either.  I still need to pick up Peach Parfait as soon as I find one that's pristine and hasn't been tested, sometimes a drawback of buying makeup from a drugstore.