Speed Reviews: Volume XII

SheGlam Waterproof Tinted Eyebrow Cream
Claims :: Waterproof; smudge-proof; super-creamy texture; long lasting; pigmented packed color
Price :: $4 at SheGlam, SheIn
Shade Range :: 3
My Shade:: Dark Brown
Pros :: Cruelty free, affordable; super creamy formula; pigmented; stays in place all day; agree with all claims
Cons :: Shade range; online only
Final Thoughts :: I bought this to use as an eyeliner. Gel liners tend to dry out so quickly so I decided to try something new; this is so creamy and went across my lid so easily; they need to add more shades since it’s intended to be used as a brow product–3 shades doesn’t cover a lot; lasts all day and stays in place.


SheGlam Clean Queen Mascara Remover
Claims :: Curved brush hugs lashes to remove mascara easily; remove mascara from root to tip without any harsh rubbing; moisturizing formula
Price :: $5 at SheIn, SheGlam
Pros :: Affordable; cruelty free
Cons :: Lost lashes; didn’t remove mascara very well
Final Thoughts :: I lost several lashes while removing my mascara with this product and I don’t when I use a cleansing oil or balm; didn’t remove all traces of mascara very well.


NYX The Brow Glue
Claims :: 16 hour extreme hold; non-sticky; dries down; water & transfer proof; natural looking finish
Price :: $9 at Ulta; $7.99 at Target; ~$7 on Amazon
Pros :: Vegan; cruelty free; affordable; easily accessible; dries down; not sticky or crunchy; locks brows in place; agree with all claims
Cons :: None
Final Thoughts :: Better and cheaper than the ABH Clear Brow Gel, ABH is crunchy and shiny and this isn’t; locks brows in place all day; love the small wand size; does everything is claims


Tula Glow & Get It Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm
Claims :: Lit-from-within glow; cools, firms, tightens; helps reduce the look of fine lines & wrinkles around the eyes; delivers instant pick me up
Price :: $28 at Ulta, Nordstrom, Tula
Shade Range :: 4
My Shade:: Blue
Pros :: Ingredients–hyaluronic acid, caffeine; shade/formula variations; cruelty free; hydrating; love the cooling effect
Cons :: Price
Final Thoughts :: Love the cooling effect, especially in the mornings; definitely adds some hydration; didn’t really notice any changes as far as wrinkles and fine lines; it’s nice, but not worth $28; elf Daily Dew Stick is a dupe and it’s $8


Haleys Re-Touch Soft Focus Setting Powder
Claims :: Ultra-blurring; blends in seamlessly; smooths imperfections; absorbs excess oil; sets makeup; no flashback; for all skin types; soft matte finish
Price :: $22 at Haleys, Amazon, QVC
Shade Range :: 1, Translucent
Pros :: Vegan; cruelty free; affordable; fragrance free; no flashback; sets makeup without caking; agree with all claims; finely milled; lightweight
Cons :: Online only; packaging
Final Thoughts :: I don’t have oily skin, so I can’t speak the “absorbs excess oil” claim, but I do agree with all the others; hard to get the product out, the sifter is small; smoothing; the powder looks more warm/yellow in the packaging which was concerning, but it doesn’t show up that way on the skin


One/Size Ultimate Blurring Setting Powder
Claims :: Superfine; soft matte finish; blurring effect; soft-focus effect; sets & extends the wear of makeup; no flashback or white cast; smoothing; weightless; absorbs excess oil & shine
Price :: $16 mini, $30 full size at Sephora, One/Size
Shade Range :: 2
My Shade:: Universal Translucent
Pros :: Vegan; cruelty free; mini for travel/testing; didn’t cause foundation to get cakey; sets makeup; no flashback; lightweight
Cons :: Price; availability; not very blurring
Final Thoughts :: This was a deluxe size sample from Sephora; I was expecting a very blurred, flawless finish and while it set nicely, I definitely didn’t notice any blurring; if you want a blurred look, go with the Fenty Pro Filt’r Powder; not bad but can get the same look/finish with the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder for a fraction of the price


Ulta Anti-Caking Primer
Claims :: Creates the perfect canvas for powder foundation; no dry or cakey finish; helps powder to melt onto the skin; ultra-smooth and even finish
Price :: $18 at Ulta
Pros :: Cruelty free; smoothing; hydrating; foundation went on with ease; flawless base; agree with all claims
Cons :: Availability; price
Final Thoughts :: I usually only use a primer water under powder foundation because not just any primer will work with a powder foundation. The texture/formula is interesting and I really wasn’t sure how it well it would work. You definitely have to let it absorb before going in with powder. It’s hydrating and creates the perfect, smooth base for foundation. Pricey, but worth it if you love powder foundation and you can usually get Ulta brand products on sale.


KVD Lock-It Hydrating Primer
Claims :: Fast-absorbing; water based; minimize the look of pores; creates a smooth canvas for foundation; foundation won’t settle into fine lines; skin stays hydrated and protected
Price :: $34 at Ulta, Sephora, KVD Beauty
Pros :: Vegan; cruelty free; packaging, pump!; fragrance free; absorbs quickly; so hydrating!; skin feels so soft and smooth; perfect canvas for makeup application
Cons :: Price; didn’t minimize pores
Final Thoughts :: LOVE this; agree with all claims except the pore minimizing one; I didn’t notice that my pores were blurred/minimized, but I wasn’t expecting that from a hydrating primer; my skin felt so soft, smooth, and hydrated; highly recommend for all skin types


Colour Pop Cheek Palette
Claims :: Your go-to for everything cheeky; creamy bronzer; radiant glow highlighter; soft-focus blushes; all-in-one palette
Price :: $12 at Ulta, Colour Pop
Shade Range :: 3 at Ulta; 9 at Colour Pop
My Shade:: Just A Flush
Pros :: Affordable; shade range; convenient; vegan; cruelty free; gorgeous highlighter shade
Cons :: Availability; small pan size; bronzer and blush not very pigmented
Final Thoughts :: Compact was much smaller than I expected; pan sizes are small and it’s hard to get your brush in each specific pan; blush and bronzer are not very pigmented, had to really build them up to get any payoff; I was so excited to try this, but it’s a NO

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