Unfinished Business! 5/13

Monday, May 20, 2013

My Unfinished Business posts are typically random and uncategorized, but this one actually has a theme! Today's roundup of product reviews is the "New at the Drugstore" edition, all about items from the latest displays I've seen in my Duane Reade. I've already reviewed the new Revlon Lash Potion Grow Luscious mascara (post), so these are the other bits from my little haul.

Garnier Fructis Volume Extend Dry Shampoo: As a dry shampoo fanatic, I have something of an obsession with trying every single drugstore dry shampoo (post). I've been testing out this Garnier one for a few weeks now, and it's firmly ranked in the "mediocre" section of the dry shampoos the drugstore has to offer. It's not any more volumizing than the standard dry shampoo, and it's difficult to fully blend into the hair. It feels slightly wet, so the product tends to cling to the hair, making it harder to rub in. The biggest problem is that it doesn't make my hair look completely clean. My roots still look clean overall, but if you look closely it looks faintly dirty--like I've just tried to cover up the grease (which I have). That might sound ridiculous, but other dry shampoo pros will know what I'm talking about! If you're in the market for a cheap dry shampoo, skip this one and pick up a can of Batiste--you won't be sorry. 

Shade is Pango Peach

Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss: I raved about the original Super Lustrous glosses in one of my first Cheapie but Goodie posts (link), and I'm happy to say that these new formulas are even better. There's a certain kind of lushness with these new glosses that the old version doesn't have--these babies feel incredibly comfortable and almost moisturizing on the lips. They're also not quite as thick and even less sticky, which my constantly wind-blown hair really appreciates. Pango Peach isn't terribly pigmented, but I'm not sure it's supposed to be, as some of the old Super Lustrous shades run on the sheer side. This range might not be best if you're looking for an opaque lip, but shades like Pango Peach definitely provide enough color. I've noticed that the old formula glosses aren't as easy to find anymore, and if they're being replaced by these new ones, that's just fine with me!

Revlon PhotoReady Kajal Eyeliner/Brightener: These double-ended pencils have a dark color and a light color on each side, presumably meant to define the upper lashes and brighten the lower. It comes in different colors (some are navy and beige), but I went with the traditional black and white combo. White on the waterline isn't nearly as natural as a beige color, but I wanted to test the longevity of the black side for tight-lining. Kajal pencils are creamier than a traditional eyeliner, and since creamier = poorer staying power, I tend to spring for waxier pencils. Really anything has a difficult time staying on my waterline, and this product held up slightly worse than the average pencil. Both ends were terrifically pigmented and went on fabulously, but neither made it past the three hour mark. The black end transferred to my lower waterline almost immediately, and I had to keep wiping at it. The white end wore off very patchily, but the black side managed to hold onto the edge of the lashes for a bit longer, so it retained the look of some definition. Ultimately, any trace of the pencil was gone after four hours of wear. I love the idea of this double-ended pencil, but it just doesn't deliver the staying power that I need. (Sidenote: if anyone was thinking about using the white end to clean up transfer from the black, don't--you'll just end up with a gray waterline). 

Wednesday's post will be a Mascara Experimentation featuring the new Diorshow OverCurl. 

That is, if I can make it through my exams for the next two days.

Happy Monday!

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