1.18.2013

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer Review

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer Review
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer 

The claims for what Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer ($7.99-9.99) will do are pretty high:
  "Skin looks instantly transformed into a perfectly smooth canvas for ideal makeup application,"
  "Wrinkles, pores and imperfections appear to instantly vanish in just one step,"
  "Subtle pink tint for youthful glow."

Given these lofty expectations, how does this new drugstore face primer stack up?

After using it for about a week, I've come to the conclusion that Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer is not terrible, but nothing to write home about.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer is almost all dimethicone, which is a type of silicone. This means that this primer has a very slippery, smooth texture that fills in pores and imperfections somewhat. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer also includes stearyl heptanoate and pentaerythrityl tetraoctanoate, which are moisturizing ingredients, and silica silyate, which is another type of silicone. And that's pretty much it.

Given this short ingredient list, applying Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer is pretty similar to using pure silicone on your face. The texture is slippery smooth but also feels greasy. The consistency reminds me of Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer, except Maybelline's does not have the same balling issue as Tarte's. My pores and imperfections look reduced but definitely not "vanished." I also can't seem to detect the "pink tint for youthful glow" promised by the packaging.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer helps my foundation go on smoothly, evenly, and last for a long time, so those are pluses. However, because this primer lacks any absorbent ingredients, my skin gets oily pretty quickly when I wear it.

I certainly love silicone-based primers for their ability to smooth skin and provide a great base for makeup. Nevertheless, I still like my primers to include other ingredients to improve performance. For example, my favorite primers all include absorbent ingredients to keep shine at bay. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer just doesn't impress me that much.

On the other hand, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer is very similar to some high-end primers with basic ingredients, like Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. If you like Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer might be a good way to get a similar product for much less money.

Although if you want to go really dirt-cheap, consider trying Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel ($5.99) as a foundation primer. I'm serious! The ingredients list is remarkably similar to both Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer and Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. It sounds like a weird substance to put on your face, but it's basically silicone and Vitamin E, which is great for your skin. I haven't tried it yet, but I hear lots of buzz about its utility as a foundation primer in the makeup world. If you can get over the weirdness, it could be a good primer option if you're searching for a silicone-smooth makeup canvas.


1.15.2013

Drugstore Dupe: L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains in 188 Coral Tattoo, 190 Endless Red, and 193 Eternally Nude Review and Swatches

L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains in 188 Coral Tattoo, 190 Endless Red, and 193 Eternally Nude Review and Swatches
L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains

Yes, yes, yes! The buzz you've heard is true: the brand new L'Oreal Colour Caress Wet Shine Stains ($7.99 - $9.99) are an extraordinarily good dupe of the wildly popular (and expensive) Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Levres Glossy Stains ($32). Seeing as I wear YSL Glossy Stain in 12 Corail Fauve almost every day, I was eager to try this product out ASAP. I got my hands on L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains in 188 Coral Tattoo, 190 Endless Red, and 193 Eternally Nude and was stunned by the amazing results.

Considering that L'Oreal owns YSL's Beauty division, it makes sense that the two companies would end up sharing formulas and the like. What's surprising is just how well L'Oreal has managed to duplicate YSL's stellar product at a third of the price without compromising quality.

L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in 188 Coral Tattoo, 190 Endless Red, and 193 Eternally Nude Review and Swatches
L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains in 188 Coral Tattoo, 190 Endless Red, and 193 Eternally Nude

Like YSL's Glossy Stains, the L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains are packaged in a sleek gold tube. However, while YSL's tubes feel sturdy and luxurious, these tubes feel quite a bit more flimsy and cheap. Packaging is probably one area where L'Oreal is cutting costs in order to offer a lower price.

To their credit, L'Oreal has still managed to deliver a great applicator. Once you untwist the tube, you find a high-quality doe foot wand. The angled wand and tapered tip allow for easy and precise application.

L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in 188 Coral Tattoo, 190 Endless Red, and 193 Eternally Nude Review and Swatches
L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains

Of course, it's what inside that counts, and L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains certainly deliver on that front. Like their high-end twin, L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains offer rich-yet-sheer saturated color, a gel-like texture with a good dose of shine, and killer staying power.

Picture this: I applied L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains in 193 Eternally Nude, worked out for 40 minutes, took a shower, and still had a lovely, even stain across my lips. The L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains also survive admirably well through eating and drinking, though the gel finish transfers and fades over time.

Unlike other long-wearing lip products, L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains do not dry out my lips. Instead, I find these stains to be very easy on the lips and rather moisturizing. 

L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in 188 Coral Tattoo, 190 Endless Red, and 193 Eternally Nude Review and Swatches
L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in 188 Coral Tattoo, 190 Endless Red, and 193 Eternally Nude Swatches

L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in 188 Coral Tattoo is more orange than coral. I was worried that it would be too bright, but the sheer nature of this product makes the shade so much more wearable. If you are scared of orange lip products, L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in 188 Coral Tattoo is a really easy way to experiment with the trend. This shade is a great way to warm up your face for a radiant, Spring-y look.

L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in 188 Coral Tattoo, 190 Endless Red, and 193 Eternally Nude Review and Swatches
L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in 188 Coral Tattoo Swatch

L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in 190 Endless Red is a beautiful deep red. It looks pretty neutral when swatched but pulls a little warm against my skin tone. Similar to Coral Tattoo, the sheer formula of Endless Red makes it a great way to experiment with red lips if you're shy about using bolder lipsticks. 

One thing to note is that 190 Endless Red looks magenta in the tube, but it doesn't really apply that way. However, as the stain fades over time some of the pink tones come out. 

L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in 188 Coral Tattoo, 190 Endless Red, and 193 Eternally Nude Review and Swatches
L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in 190 Endless Red Swatch

Like 190 Endess Red, L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in 193 Eternally Nude doesn't apply exactly how it looks in the tube. Instead of a pinky nude, this is more of a rusty peach shade. It looks more muted in person, especially if you apply lightly. I have been loving this shade for an everyday look that's perfect for both work and play.

L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in 188 Coral Tattoo, 190 Endless Red, and 193 Eternally Nude Review and Swatches
L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in 193 Eternally Nude Swatch

Have I sparked your interest yet? If these particular shades aren't your style, L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains are available in a total of 12 colors, including pale pink, berry, and plum. 

I am so excited about this new product line! Seriously, the main difference between the L'Oreal and YSL formulas is the scent. YSL Glossy Stains have a strong rose scent (which I love), while the L'Oreal Wet Shine Stains have a milder, more generic odor. 

Additionally, the two product lines offer fairly different shade options. Sure, they both seem to hit some of the basics, but if you're looking for a dupe of a particular YSL shade you might not find it. For example, as stated above, I love YSL Glossy Stain in Corail Fauve. L'Oreal doesn't offer a similar shade at the moment (188 Coral Tattoo is very different), but I imagine they will be expanding their shade selection in the future. 

One additional word of advice: these products are listed under slightly different names at different stores. Here's a quick list to help you on your search:

    1. L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain
    2. L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Aqua Lip Lacquer
    3. L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain

Bottom Line: I wholeheartedly recommend that you try this product! L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains are an amazing dupe of Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stains. Both offer beautiful color, shine, and lasting power, but only L'Oreal's product is available for less than $10.