There is nothing better than finding a great makeup product that’s also affordable. The amount of money I personally spent on makeup is disgusting – and it takes a strong woman to admit that. So, introducing the Good & Cheap series – the best low-priced makeup brands on the market. Today, I bring to you, the entire ‘New’ page on the Wet ‘N Wild cosmetics website. Stepping away from Sephora while my wallet thanks me.
I may be a little late to the party here, as some of the items have really been raved about for a month or so. But, everything I purchased that I’m reviewing today came into a grand total of UNDER $50 WITH TAX. That’s right – less than one bottle of Giorgio Armani foundation. Sometimes, I wonder about what ingredients really justify that type of price tag – some of these items were better than those in my high end collection. Let me break it down:
Photo Focus Foundation: Should’ve went with Buff Bisque, but I ordered Peach Natural – which had a very pink undertone (um, hello – PEACH). The shade was a little off, but aside from that I was floored. The coverage was so amazing, but it didn’t feel like a ton of coverage. I don’t even have something to pit it against – it’s so light and comfortable, I could almost compare it to the Urban Decay One-And-Done (but, more full coverage AND no flashback because there isn’t SPF in W&W). The applicator is a little spatula which is unique, and was fine to just dot around my face and buff out with a Sigma Kabuki Brush. I did/read a few other reviews about the smell – and it definitely smells like paint, but it goes away super fast. I was thinking of doing an update on wear – but, I accidentally fell asleep with it on and when I woke up it was still there soooo there’s that.
PhotoFocus Concealer – So, the coverage on this was excellent. But, I’m not sure if it was because it was so new and I had JUST opened it, but I wasn’t getting much product out. I at least got the right color this time, but the application was rough. Even when I went to take the picture of my concealer highlight here, I could feel it drying and was scared I’d end up with these crazy lines on my face if it dried before I got a chance to buff it out. Spoiler: it did blend out pretty well with a Beauty Blender. Doesn’t have the same smell as the foundation. The MAJOR plus on these products (as you can see) is there is NO flashback. I mean, the concealer is $4. How can I really complain – it’s fine. It works. It blends.
PhotoFocus Pressed Powder – To set everything, I made sure to get the pressed powder in Neutral Buff. I used a fluffy Real Techniques Brush and just dusted under-eyes, my t-zone and chin. Basically, just all the places I applied the concealer. Not a huge difference (hence the lack of pictures), but was a bit chalky. Again, for the price point, it did it’s job and kept the lack of flashback alive and well. It was matte, so I was happy.
MegaCushion Highlighter – For this, I took a Beauty Blender and dabbed it into the cushion. Wayyy too much – so a little goes a long way. Got it! Once I took off just a tad and blended it out, I was pleasantly surprised. Compact and easy to travel with, I would definitely use this again. I’m now intrigued since it takes such a teenie amount to make an impact, how long will this last me – incredible value for $6!!
MegaGlo Highlighting Powder – YESSSS, I’ve been DYING to use this in the infamous Precious Petals shades. I know I’m super late to the party here, but this is MAGIC. It’s super compact – and this will be going in right alongside my Tarte Exposed highlight in my everyday makeup routine. The payoff was insane. I had read that you need to rub the surface a bit to remove some sealant across the top, but mine didn’t seem to need that. I used a MAC 168 Brush and oooooh, girl. This is amazing. AND $5. HOW.
Color Icon Ombre Brush – The photo above is after applying the powder highlight and the blush, with flash. As you can see, there really isn’t any pigment from the blush. I did get the shade ‘The Princess Daiquiris” so, I’m not sure if the shade was maybe too light with my skin tone. But, I was pushing to get powder out and pigment just wasn’t happening for me. This was a bust.
MegaSlim Skinny Tip Eyeliner – The brush to apply is great, so precise if you hold it in a straight up-and-down angle you could create the PERFECT wing….if it didn’t bleed. I drew a perfect wing that after four minutes looked like I sneezed while doing it. You can even see on the hand swatch that the ink bleeds out a bit. This might be fine for a straight liner across the upper lash line, but anything else is a MESS. It actually totally ruined my eyeshadow look when I tried to do the wing, and if I was actually going out probably would’ve been so annoyed.
MegaSlim Skinny Mascara – This. I mean, I blame myself. The brush is the teeniest, tiniest thing. It’s CALLED Skinny. MEGA SLIM. I love high volume lashes, with little to no need for falsies. Three to four coats, I looked like I hadn’t used anything really. I noticed a difference (because I look at my eyelashes every single day), but if you’re going for a make-up look, this provides next to nothing. The wand is good for lower lashes and it’s not chunky AT ALL, so if you absolutely cannot stand mascara that leaves behind thickness this might be for you. Otherwise, it’s not my preference.
Perfect Pout Gel Lip Liner in Bare to Comment & MegaLast Liquid Catsuit in Nudist Peach – AGAIN, I buy something that says ‘PEACH’ in the freakin’ title and wonder why it’s so pink. Some of you might not even take my opinions seriously because I order the WRONG. SHADE. ANYWAYS. Initial first impressions were fine, but its a liquid lip that’s matte so it’s going to be a little on the drier side. If that’s not your style, it’s not going to be for you. Probably going to wear for a bit this weekend and come back with an update. Application was super easy and smooth – not patchy, lip liner was a great color – I was hoping this was going to be the best nude liner for overlining my lips, but still on the hunt for that PERFECT shade.
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*Eyeshadow is Tarte Clay Play palette.
*Contour is Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter in Light/Medium.