With the world we are living in right now, buying essential items only is on the forefront of peoples’ minds. “Do I really need this?” is often something I ask myself often and for the most part, I don’t need it. But then again, I do love to treat myself every now and then wearing makeup really does help to boost my mood.
We may not be able to splurge on luxury makeup items, but trust me, there are so many drugstore brands out there that have incredible items and everything you could possibly need. One of the most notable drugstore brands is Revlon and as someone who has used the brand for years, I can tell you firsthand that their products rival their more expensive counterparts.
So if you are looking for a nice little treat for yourself, then I have some awesome recommendations, all of which are new and perfect to wear this holiday season.
First up, for the face is PhotoReady Prime Plus Makeup and Skincare Primer (C$16.97) which is available in three formulas. This primer adapts to your skin’s needs to create the perfect base to apply your makeup smoothly and flawlessly. The formula contains antioxidants and hydrating ingredients to nourish skin and keep it nice and smooth and supple. You can use them alone or underneath makeup as a primer.
There are three formulas to choose from: the Perfecting + Smoothing Primer, the Brightening + Skin Tone Evening Primer, and the Mattifying + Pore Reducing Primer.
The Perfecting + Smoothing Primer is aimed for those who want to diminish fine lines and uneven skin texture. It is a creamy, hydrating primer that helps to blur and smooth out the skin’s texture. It contains vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, as well as pumpkin seed extract, which helps to increase firmness, among other things.
The Brightening + Skin Tone Evening Primer is for those who suffer from dull skin or discolouration. It’s a lightweight and brightening primer that will leave you with glowing skin, plus when used regularly it will help to get rid of discolouration. It contains lemon extract and optical pearls to brighten, as well as lactic acid to exfoliate, and vitamins E and C.
Finally, the Mattifying + Pore Reducing Primer is for those who have oily skin and suffer from large pores. Apply this primer to make skin more matte, as well as reduce the look of fine lines and pores. It contains spherical beads to give skin a soft-focus effect, as well as artichoke extract to reduce the look of pores, as well as salicylic acid and AHAs to exfoliate.
Although we have to keep the lower half of our faces covered, it’s still nice to dress up the top half every now and then. I love throwing on an eyeliner, mascara, and filling in my brows to help elevate my eye area.
Revlon has released a brand-new gel liner that is totally worth picking up since it glides on like a dream and will last all day. The ColorStay Micro Hyper Precision Gel Eyeliner (C$10.96) is the brand’s thinnest tip ever at 1.5 mm and is a gel liner that glides on the lids and delivers pigmented colour on the first run.
This liner is available in three shades, black, brown, and beige, and allows for a precise application since the liner is so thin. The formula is a waterproof one, meaning that it will stay on all day and not fade as you wear it.
The brand sent me the brown shade, which I love wearing since I have blue eyes and I find brown is more subtle and natural looking. I love a good black liner as well, but sometimes black can be too harsh; I find brown to work better for everyday wear.
This liner also features a smudger on the other end and you’ll never need to sharpen it since you twist it up and down, allowing you to use only what you need.
I actually really liked this liner and loved the thin tip, which allows you to create a variety of different liner looks easily. Eyeliners are one of those items that either work really well or not at all, and having tried products from all different price points, I do have to say that this one worked really well, better than more expensive versions out there.
Pair the liner with their new ColorStay Brow Creator (C$12.97), which is a waterproof and smudge-proof brow pencil that will last for up to 16 hours.
Available in 10 shades, this pencil also features a precise tip which allows you to draw on hair-like strokes, recreating brow hairs for a natural brow effect. The other end of the pencil has a spoolie brush to comb through and groom hairs while also blending and diffusing the colour. In addition to that, the pencil opens up to reveal a brow powder while goes on smoothly to shape and add fullness.
Just like the eyeliner, I found this brow pencil to glide on the skin and found that you didn’t need to use it with a heavy hand. It’s a creamy pencil that works well and with such a wide shade range, it will be easy to find your perfect colour.
Finally, I feel like when it comes to the beauty world, investing in a new lipstick is a real treat. Yes, you don’t really get to show them off and it’s kinda uncomfortable when they have a mask over them, but I still love applying a lipstick when I wear makeup.
The new Revlon Super Lustrous Glass Shine Lipstick (C$10.47) is kind of like a lipstick, balm, and lipgloss all in one. These high-shine lipsticks reflect light and give you shine that is reminiscent of a gloss.
Available in 25 shades, these lipsticks contain hyaluronic acid, aloe, and rose quartz for hydration, as well as more rejuvenated lips. They smooth out the appearance of lines while plumping your lips for a more full pout.
Revlon sent me three shades and I was instantly impressed with these. The formula is buttery smooth and feels so nourishing on the lips. They feel like a lip balm but deliver stunning colour and a bright shine. My favourite shade is Beaming Strawberry since it’s a baby pink that could easily be worn whenever I need some moisture on the lips. The shade range goes from nudes to reds, so even if you want to pick one up to wear around the house, grab a few of the lighter shades for wear anytime you need a little moisture and dazzle.
All of these products are incredibly affordable and also so impressive to work with. I get to try a lot of beauty products, from all different price ranges and considering how affordable these are, you really are getting great value for the quality of these products.
Will you be picking up any new Revlon products this season?
Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.
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