proved to be a challenge in more ways than one. I thought the biggest obstacle would be finding suitable products – anti-aging cream, foundation with a good color match, and primers. I was somewhat right on that aspect but the biggest issue tended to be brushes for product application. Let’s get into it.
I went to two stores and neither had any anti-aging cream. What I did find was Dermasil Oil Free Daily Retinol Facial Cream. It came in a tube like hand lotion and had a strong fragrance. Not off-putting, just a bit stronger than I was used to. It smoothed on nicely and served as a foundation primer. There was none to be had in either store. No foundation primer. No eye primer. I had to make do.
The foundation I found was Sassy & Chic Moisturizing Foundation in the color Dark. The color match worked and the sheer coverage was acceptable. However, the product itself was very thin, very runny so I had to use a sponge to get an even application. I took the sponge out of the L.A. Colors pressed powder compact since I was not able to pick up a foundation brush. The pressed powder helped to set the foundation.
Once I got the foundation on, I wanted to address the eye brows and they proved to be most challenging. I had no eye brow brush and struggled to find a solution. I ended up using the L.A. Colors eye/brow pencil in Dark Brown to shape and fill in the brow. Then, I brushed the brows out with the Elf Small Angled Brush. Who knew it would work so well to help tame my brows.
For eye shadow, I picked up the ColorMates eye shadow palette Island Oasis. This palette had a variety of colors in soft browns, blues, and grays. But… it came with one of those little spongy duo-tipped applicators that I dislike. Since I couldn’t find any eye primer, I picked up the Elf Smudge pot in Cruisin’ Chic to use as a primer and high light.
The shadow was not highly pigmented so I had to pat on several applications. When it came to blending out the colors, I felt the sponge applicator tugged on my eye lids too much. I found myself longing for my Real Techiniques eye shadow brushes. Mascara was mascara – a traditional black with traditional wand. It proved to be long-lasting and water proof.
Blush and bronzer are always my favorite products to apply so I was looking forward to trying these newbies. The brushes that came with the L.A. Colors Blush (Peach Rose) and Bronzer (Baked) were terrible. They were harsh on the skin and I could feel the bristles dropping on my face. I cast these brushes aside and went to the Sassy & Chic Kabuki Cosmetic Brush. It wasn’t much better so I resorted to using my fingers for product application. Neither product was highly pigmented so it took several applications. Then I used the Kabuki brush to blend, blend, blend.
My cheeks still needed a hint of color so I used the Elf Lip Balm Tint in Grapefruit to add just a little pop. This worked beautifully but since it was a lip balm, it was a tad bit sticky. I had to go back to the Kabuki brush to smooth away the stickiness.
Lip color wasn’t a problem. I used the Colormates Lipstick and Lip Liner Pencil in Ginger Spice. It turned out to be a perfect nude for me. It lasted for several hours and didn’t dry my lips. This product was well worth the dollar spent.
I’m always on the lookout for anti-aging products or concealers and I was lucky enough to find Skin Nutritions Age Defy Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector Age Defy Dark Circles & Puffiness Serum. I applied these prior to putting on the foundation. The dark spot corrector will take some time so I couldn’t really evaluate it but the Dark Circle and Puffiness Serum felt cool and soothing.
All in all, I liked the look I achieved with my Dollar Tree products and so did my husband. His comment? “Maybe you should shop at Dollar Tree more often.“ He thinks I spend too much on makeup! You can see how I applied each of the products by visiting Makeup on Aisle 64 TV at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avlu7TcDCOA.
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