Comparison: Pore minimising face primers

I sort of recently bought the Maybelline Face Studio Prime Pore Minimizing Primer in order to compare it to the Benefit Porefessional primer, and here are my thoughts.

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The two products have a very similar texture and feel to them and a similar nude colour too, which turns sheer when you apply the products to your skin. The Benefit primer sinks into the skin a bit faster than the Maybelline primer, but they look very similar on the skin. The day I compared the two primers I wore each primer on one half of my face. I wore my make-up for about 9 hours, and I didn’t see any noticable differences between the left and right side of my face. My make-up looked equally good on both sides of my face, and in conclusion I would say that the Maybelline Face Studio Prime Pore Minimizing Primer is a great affordable alternative to Benefit Porefessional.

Comparison: LA Splash liquid lipsticks

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Finally I’ve been testing out three of the LA Splash liquid lipstick formulas. The colours and formulas I’ll compare are the Lip Couture in Ghoulish, the Velvetmatte in Flix n Chill and the Studioshine lip lustre in Catrina. You can see the colours on my lips below.

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The Lip Couture has a quite thin, liquidy texture and it dries completely matte as you can see in the picture. It is completely transfer/kiss proof, but it wears off a bit on the inner soft part of the lips when you eat and drink. It was really long lasting and very difficult to remove. You will have to use an oil-based make-up remover or actual cooking oil (which I used) to remove all of it. The Velvetmatte was not as thin and liquidy as the Lip Couture, but it still dries matte though with a more velvety finish as the name suggests. This one is also completely transfer/kiss proof, and as the Lip Couture it also wears off a bit on the inner soft part of the lips when you eat and drink. This one was long lasting as well, but I was able to remove it with regular make-up remover/cleasing water. The Studioshine lip lustre has a thicker more moussy texture and therefore very comfortable (the other two are not uncomfortable to wear, but the Studioshine lip lustre were the most comfortable one). It dries matte, but with a metallic finish as you can see in the picture. This one is also completely transfer/kiss proof, and just as the other two it wears off a bit on the inner soft part of the lips when you eat and drink. This one was also long lasting, and I was able to remove most of it with regular make-up remover, but I had to remove what was left with oil. In conclusion I like all three formulas, and the shade ranges are amazing. The only problem there is with all three of these is that they don’t layer well. After eating I would apply a bit more on mostly the inner part of the lips where the lipstick had worn off, and it quickly started to crumble on my lips, so I wouldn’t recommend touching up when you’re wearing these lipsticks. Apart from that I would still recommend all three formulas.

Comparison: drugstore clear brow gels

I don’t go anywhere without setting my eyebrows with some clear brow gel (we can’t have those brow hairs flying around). I’ve been using the e.l.f. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara for years and I love it, but when I had almost run out of the one I was using, I thought why not try another clear brow gel. I picked up the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting brow mascara in Transparent and wore the two brow gels at the same time; one on each eyebrow.

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Both brow gels kept my eyebrows in place all day, but I did fell like I had to check up on the Maybelline one every now and again. I find the e.l.f one more stiff than the Maybelline one which I prefer. The wand on the Maybelline one is a bit strange as well (it’s like a ball), so overall I prefer the e.l.f. one. The Maybelline one is not bad; I just think the e.l.f. one is better (and it’s cheaper too).

Comparison: nude cream eye shadows

In my last comparison post, I mentioned that it had been four months since I had made another comparison post, and now here’s already another one.

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When I bought the Maybelline Colour Tattoo cream eye shadow (colour: Créme De Rose 91) in Munich I thought it might be similar in colour to my favourite cream eye shadow base, MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, but I had no idea it was that similar. I swatched them on my hand next to each other (MAC’s on the left, Maybelline’s on the right), and as you can see, they’re almost identical in colour; the Maybelline one is a tiny bit more pink and a tiny bit darker (it’s a bit more noticeable on the eyelid).

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I tested both eye shadows at the same time, and you can see which eye I wore which shadow on below. I’m wearing The Body Shop Eye Colour in 07 on top on the cream shadows. Both eyes looked equally good right after application. The Maybelline one felt a bit more tacky and gel-like, but it does say on the product that it’s a gel-cream eye shadow. My eye shadow lasted well throughout the day on both eyelids. The ‘after’ pictures were taken quite late, and I had worn my make-up for many hours, and I don’t expect my eye make-up to look perfect at the end of the day. It looks like the MAC Paint Pot creased a bit more than the Maybelline Color Tattoo, but the difference wasn’t that huge.

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To sum up I really enjoy both of these cream shadows, but I have to say that I still use my MAC Painterly Paint Pot a lot more than the Maybelline Color Tattoo. I think it’s a question of habit, but if you don’t want to pay the price of the Paint Pot, I would definitely recommend the Color Tattoo as well.

Comparison: drugstore face primers

Apparently four months have to pass before I get around to making another comparison post. This post is going to be a comparison of two drugstore face primers: Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro primer vs. Max Factor Facefinity All Day primer. Because these are face primers that turn sheer when you apply them, it would be difficult to see any difference in pictures, so I didn’t take any pictures of me wearing them. I did wear one on one side of my face and the other on the other side to really be able to compare them to each other.

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I’ve been using the Rimmel primer for about a year and half and I really like it, but I had also heard good things about the Max Factor primer, so I had to try it out. The two primers looked pretty similar on the skin and it was easy to apply my foundation on top. I wore my make-up for many hours the day I compared the two primers, and my foundation looked quite good at the end of the day; on both sides of my face. I actually have a hard time picking a favourite between the two. They’re both affordable, feel good on the skin, and extend the wear of foundation. The Max Factor one has SPF 20 in it which is always nice, especially in the summer time, and it has a bit more liquidy texture compared to the Rimmel one, but other than that I find them quite similar. They both prolong the wear of foundation which is a primers main job, and I would recommend both of them.

Comparison: drugstore liquid lipsticks

Remember when I compared two drugstore eyelid primers? Well, I don’t blame you if you don’t, because it was 4 months ago. I wrote that I’d might make some more posts like that, so that’s what I’m going to do now. I’m going to do a comparison of two different liquid lipsticks from the drugstore, and I’ve been wanting to make this post for a long time, but I just haven’t had the time to walk around with two-coloured lips for a whole day, until a few days ago. I’m going to compare the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick to the MUA Luxe London Velvet lip laquer. I chose to compare two pink colours (Bourjois: Pink Pong, MUA: Funk), so that my lips wouldn’t look too crazy.

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I’m wearing the Bourjois one on the left side (your left) of my lips and the MUA one on the right side (I primed my lips with a bit of EOS lip balm). Since hot pinks/fuchsia pinks are my go-to lip colours, it might not come as a surprise that I love both shades. Both lipsticks are very pigmented (the MUA a bit more than the Bourjois) and equally easy (or difficult) to apply. Right after you’ve applied the lipsticks I find the Bourjois one a bit more comfortable; the MUA one is a bit sticky initially, but as soon as it has dried completely you don’t feel it on your lips. The Bourjois one turns a bit stickier during the day, but not in an annoying way. I decided not to touch up all day, so you can see how it wears. The first picture was taken right after application. The second picture was taking after I ate my lunch. As you can see the Bourjois one looks pretty much the same, while the MUA one wears off at the inner part of the lip. I’ve worn both lipsticks several times before, and I find the MUA one more difficult to reapply.

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The next two pictures were taken after I ate my dinner and after removing the lipsticks respectively. After eating a larger meal for the second time the Bourjois one started to wear off a bit as well and the MUA one had worn off even more. I removed the lipsticks rather gently with Garnier Micellar Cleasing Water, and as you can see the MUA one came off easily, whereas the Bourjois one leaves a very light stain. None of them are extremely difficult to remove though.

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And now to the conclusion: I really like both of them, but my favourite has to be the Bourjous Rouge Edition Velvet liquid lipstick. It looks nicer for a longer time on the lips, and you don’t have to touch up very often. It is the more expensive one though (it’s £8,99 and the MUA one is only £3), but I definitely think it’s worth the money.

Comparison: affordable eyelid primers

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I mentioned when I bought the e.l.f. Eyelid Primer that I would do a comparison of it to another affordable eyelid primer, the other eyelid primer being the MUA Pro-Base Eye Primer. Both products are very affordable (the MUA one is £ 2,50 and the e.l.f. one is £1,95). I’ve had the MUA primer for quite a while and I initially didn’t like it and hadn’t used it in a while, so I thought I would compare to the e.l.f. primer. In the two pictures to the left I’m wearing the MUA primer as my base, and in the two pictures to the right I’m wearing the e.l.f. primer as my base. On top I’m wearing my The Body Shop Eye Colour in 07. When I first applied the primers and eye shadow to my eyelids they looked quite similar as you can see in the top pictures, but then after approximately 8 hours you can definitely see a difference. The MUA primer creased and the eye shadow looked uneven whereas the eye shadow on the eye where I used the e.l.f. primer looked pretty much the same as when I first applied the product. After comparing the two, I still don’t like the MUA primer, and I was very impressed by the e.l.f. one + it’s a tiny bit cheaper, so I would definitely go for that one! I got the e.l.f. eyelid primer in the colour Sheer, but it comes in three more colours as well; Pearl, Champagne, and Golden.

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I really enjoyed making this type of post, so I might do some more comparisons of products in the future:)