Review: Maybelline Fit Me! Blush

I’ve been on the hunt for some decent blushes, since most of the ones I have are a bit old.  (OK, some are VERY old!)  I picked this one up recently at Ulta…

Pros: Oil-free.  Dermatologist tested.  Affordable.

Cons:  Not as smooth or deeply-pigmented as some blushes.  Contains parabens.  Color name doesn’t match the actual color, in the case of the one I bought. (would be a problem if I had been relying on the name and ordering online)  As with most drugstore beauty products, the included brush is not-so-great.

In Summary:  This is a decent blush, but it’s not so great that I’d buy it again.  I’m glad I had a coupon, because I just don’t love this particular product, especially since it contains parabens (forgot to read the label – AGAIN!).  I don’t have another blush in the color I bought, so I guess I’ll keep using it until I find something better.

Rating:  3 out of 5 stars  3-stars

Price:  Approx. $5 (USD)

Available at:  Ulta, drug stores, Target, and other mass merchandisers

Made in:  USA

Shown in the color I bought "Deep Mauve", which is much more of a brown/bronze color "in real life".

Shown in the color I bought (“Deep Mauve”), which is much more of a brown/bronze color “in real life”.


Thumbs-Down: Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer

I love nail polish.  OK, I hoard nail polish.  My collection verges on ridiculousness.  But it’s not all my fault.  My children are enablers.  They buy me nail polish for my birthday, Mother’s Day, and Christmas.  (Because they’re smart and they love me!)  I even feel a little bad about writing this post, because this nail polish happens to be one of the ones my daughter got me for my birthday.  But, I have to give an honest assessment – or I wouldn’t be able to claim to be “brutally honest”…

Pros:  Inexpensive.  Available at tons of stores.  Lots of color choices.

Cons:  Goes on unevenly.  Much more “sheer” than it looks in the bottle.  (Don’t let the fancy-sounding “lacquer” in the name trick you!)  Bad brush.  Bottle is significantly smaller than the average nail polish product.

In Summary:   Yet again, Maybelline disappoints me.  While they make a couple products I like (mascara), I generally think their stuff is cheaply-made.   Rimmel and Wet N Wild make nail polishes in the same price range that are far superior, and you get more for the money.

Rating:  1 out of 5 stars  1-star

Price:  approx. $4

Available at:  drugstores, mass merchandisers, Ulta

shown in Plum Paradise

shown in Plum Paradise

Review: Maybelline Clean Express! Wipes

This story starts like so many others.  I had a coupon.  And it was on sale.  So I forgot to check the ingredients…

Pros:  Smells nice.  Soft.  Oil-free.  Affordable.  Gentle.  Allergy-tested.

Cons:  Doesn’t remove makeup as well as many others.  Contains parabens – high up in the ingredients list, indicating there’s a fairly large amount of that particular ingredient. Contains glycerin, which can cause breakouts (even though they’re “oil free”)

In Summary:  Meh.  These are decent wipes, but not any better than the average cleansing wipe.  I’m going to keep buying “no-name” wipes at discount stores and pass on buying this one again. Even if I have a coupon and it’s on sale.

Note:  My daughter liked the eye makeup remover from the Clean Express! line, but it also contains parabens in similar position on the ingredients list.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars 2.5-stars

Price:  approx. $5 for 25 towelettes

Available at:  drugstores, mass merchandisers

maybelline wipes

Review: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB

I am not yet totally sold on the idea of a BB (“Beauty Balm”), but only because I haven’t found one that I love yet.  I have VERY oily skin and haven’t found a BB that doesn’t feel too “heavy”.  I got a free sample of this one, so here’s my review…

Pros: Paraben-free.  Inexpensive.  Available everywhere. Oil-free. Comes in 5 shades.  SPF 30.  Provides some coverage for small imperfections.

Cons:  Contains glycerine, which can feel greasy/oily.  For “normal” skin only.

In Summary:  I guess I need to find a BB that’s designed for oily skin.  Or maybe I just need to give up on the BB concept.  I have fairly bad skin, so I prefer products that offer more coverage.  However, this is a good “happy medium” for days I don’t want to wear ALL of my makeup.

Rating:  3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5-stars

Price: $8.99 (USD) for 1 oz. or 1.09 oz, depending on color selection (odd, I know)

Available at:  drug stores, mass merchandisers,

Review: Maybelline “The Colossal” Volum’Express Mascara (Waterproof)

I’ve been in serious need of a new waterproof mascara.  The one I’ve been using is not-so-great AND it’s old.  I picked this one up very inexpensively, so I figured it was worth a try – even though I’ve been disappointed by Maybelline mascara in the past. (“Last Stiletto” is one of my least favorite mascaras of all time.)  Here’s my review:

Pros:  Coats lashes well.  Very waterproof.  Inexpensive.  Didn’t irritate my eyes the way some mascaras have in the past.

Cons:  Contains parabens.  Lots of parabens.  (I forgot to read the ingredients list before I bought it…)  Doesn’t do much to “lengthen” or “volumize” lashes.

In Summary:  This is actually a good, solid mascara.  It’s great as a “base coat” if you’re trying to save money and usually use a more expensive brand for second and third coats.  It’s also good for everyday use when you don’t need the ultra-glamorous look.  I would keep buying it – if it didn’t contain parabens!  Maybe someday they’ll re-formulate it.  Until then, I’m probably going to keep using it, since I only wear waterproof mascara a few times a month, anyway.

Rating:  3.5 out of 5 stars (would be 4.5 if it didn’t have parabens)  

Price:  approx.  $7

Available at:  drug stores, mass merchandisers, Ulta


Review: Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush

I had stopped buying cheap blush because the “budget” brands aren’t finely-milled, so they can look “cakey” very easily.  Cheap blush does nothing to compliment already-not-perfect skin.  And, since its job is to “highlight” a part of your face, you want to make sure the part you’re drawing attention to doesn’t look worse than the rest of you.  I was able to get this blush very inexpensively and wanted a pink blush, so I took a chance…

Pros:  Fairly inexpensive.  Comes in several nice colors.

Cons:  OK, I’m just going to say this:  The name is stupid.  It reminds me of the stationery I used to buy in Korea that had motivational phrases like “Your life is a beautiful cloud.”  It’s from the “Dream” line, so that part makes sense, but “bouncy”?!?!  Aside from the silly name there’s something I really don’t like about it.  I didn’t know this when I bought it, but it’s not a cream or a powder, but kind of something in between.   When I went to put my brush into it, it just got kind of gunked up.  I’m a traditionalist when it comes to blush.  Because I’m always wearing foundation when I wear blush, I like powder because it’s easier to apply without messing up the rest of your makeup.   Since this product is kind of half-and-half, I don’t think it blends very well.  Also, I think it’s a little expensive for what it is.  The container is pretty small.

In Summary:  If you like creamy blush, this might be worth trying, but I’m sure you could find something better. Personally, I’m glad I was able to get it with a “double coupon” deal, because I don’t think I’ll be using it very often.

Rating:  2.5 out of 5 stars 

Price:  approx. $7

Available at: mass merchandisers, drugstores