Unfinished Business! 5/12

Thursday, May 3, 2012

I'm so behind on product reviews that this Unfinished Business will be extra long. If you've seen something on my blog recently and want to know more about it, it'll likely be included in this post so go ahead and scroll down!

La Roche-Posay 24 Hour Deodorant: What a letdown. In case you couldn't tell by the haul, I really wanted to love this. The light, clean scent is out of this world but the deodorizing properties just aren't up to scratch. If you're a very, very gentle sweat-er this might work for you, but otherwise you'll find that it's simply not enough to keep you fresh all day. This is easily the worst of the ones I mentioned in my aluminum-free deodorants post, and is absolutely out of the question for summer. I might be able to make it work in winter, but apart from that, I can't imagine myself getting a lot of use out of this. Pity!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel: While I don't dislike this product as much as the deodorant, I'm not over the moon about it either. It doesn't do anything special in terms of my skin's formidable oiliness and I just feel like it's your standard face wash. Yes, it gets me clean and fresh without stripping my skin, but that's about it. I'd be more inclined to like this if I didn't need more product to properly wash my face (think that has something to do with being soap free) and if it didn't sting my eyes so much. For now, I'm sticking to my "a face wash is a face wash is a face wash" rule, and will not be repurchasing. 

Almay Wake Up Under Eye Concealer: I have yet to meet a drugstore under eye concealer I haven't liked, and Almay keeps the trend going. This one is a bit different from my usual favorite, Rimmel Match Perfection (post), as the finish isn't quite as tacky--it's more of a powdery feel. It doesn't look crepey or dry in the slightest, but it (sometimes) allows me to skip powdering my under-eyes, depending on what eye makeup I'm wearing that day. It's nice and light in consistency, and is the usual light to medium coverage I like, but the color selection here is absolutely atrocious. They only offer three shades (three!) and of course, I'm stuck between two. Well technically "light/medium" is the exact same color as my skintone, but I prefer an undereye concealer to be a little lighter, and "light"makes me look like a ghost. As much as I enjoy the product, it's difficult to recommend something with such poor shade selection, knowing it won't suit many people. I know your drugstore space is limited, Almay, but a grand total of three shades is just ridiculous. 

Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser: Seriously, I'll probably have tried every concealer in the drugstores one of these days. I didn't care for the corresponding foundation or the weird pink brightening version of this, but am actually really liking the concealer. It has a moisturizing, spongey, almost serum-like texture that I just love and provides quite good coverage for a consistency as nice as this. The trick to really covering the darkness is to get the product down and then gently, gently tap it in to blend. The less you fuss with it, the more coverage it provides, so I don't even touch the areas where I get the most darkness. That being said, I can't stand the packaging. It's not just a matter of the twist-up sponge feeling dirty, it's that no matter how few times I click it up, there's always excess product when I'm done with my dark circles. I inevitably try and use it up on other parts of my face, which only makes me look heavily done-up, so then I resort to continuously wiping product off with a tissue. Rimmel Match Perfection might have competition, if Maybelline would only change the packaging!

Scunci Evolution No Slip Grip Hair Ties: Normally, I buy the plain black Scunci hair ties (without metal) but I saw these new evolution ones and picked them up instead. They're meant to be more gentle to hair, so I gave them a go and honestly thought the marketing gimmick was a joke. The bands are made of some weird rubbery, silicone-y product that may hold your ponytail slightly tighter, but are a hell of a lot more painful to take out. They won't slide out as you tug like a normal hair tie would, as all that rubberiness causes them to hold fast to your hair. An absolute nightmare to remove, Scunci is better off discontinuing them. 

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer: Every year, every single year when the shorts come out and my blindingly white legs are bared, I return to this product thinking it will work "this time around". (Isn't the definition of insanity doing the same thing but expecting different results?) Application is always easy, even though I can never see where I'm getting tan as the lotion is white. I go along with my day, thrilled by the thought of sun-kissed skin, until I catch sight of myself in a shop window with streaky orange-y legs. This is supposed to be the most goof-proof gradual tanner ever, so why is it so difficult to work with? Or is it me? I swear I'm rubbing it in evenly and I even apply it extra carefully, but there are always streaks, not to mention the funky orange tint. But even if I could get this on evenly, the shade of tanner is obviously wrong for my skin and I swear this will be the last year I try to make it work.

Milani Multitasker Face Powder: I got this as part of a deal while picking up the brand's baked blushes and have really enjoyed using it. It's a bit thicker, almost a little chunkier than your average face powder, but as long as you're not piling it on, you won't wind up with cake-face. It does a pretty standard job at keeping shine at bay, but it weirdly provides some coverage as well. I'm not sure I would call it a powder foundation, but it's definitely not your average translucent powder, either. The coverage is unnecessary when I'm wearing my beloved Revlon ColorStay, but this powder is great for topping off my Garnier BB Cream (post). My one little complaint is that it has this grandma-ish, powdery scent that I could do without, but I've never noticed the fragrance on my skin. 

That's it for now, though there are a ton of mascaras still waiting to be reviewed!

Expect to see lots of creepy shots of my eyes in the near future!

Hope you're all well!

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