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Makeup Empties

I gathered all my makeup empties for one post. This is a good mix of higher end and drugstore brands. A few holy grails, and a few major fails.

Urban Decay All Night Setting Spray

This is my third bottle of this stuff. I really like it and it is the best setting spray I have used. It does exactly what it says it is going to, and it holds up to the horrid heat and humidity we have here in the south. I will say, I saw that Glam Glow has a setting spray that I want to try, has anyone used it yet? I want to know if I should stray from this favorite or not??? I am sure I will repurchase this again at some point.

Essence Lash Princess

I know I am in the minority on this, but I hate this mascara. For the price and all the hype it gets, I was soooooo excited to try it!!! So many people compared this to Better Than Sex and I am here to tell you it is not. It flaked on me and smeared throughout the day. I really had to work with it to get it to look good. I would just rather pay for the real thing. Such a disappointment.

Mally Volumizing Mascara

I hated this mascara. It is a high end price and it sucks pretty bad! There are so many mascaras out there, please don’t waste your money on this. It was too wet when I first opened it, I had to put on numerous coats to see anything and it dried out pretty quickly. Just no.

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara

This is one of my go-to drugstore mascaras. For the price, it works pretty good and doesn’t smear. I tend to grab this or Loreal’s Voluminous.

Clinique Chubby Lash

I actually really loved this one!!! I received it in a Clinique gift with some other items and didn’t expect much from it. After a use or two I was hooked and it became one of my favorite mascaras to use. My ultimate favorite is Too Faced Better Than Sex, but this is a close second.

Make Up For Ever Smoky

This was just ok for me. There was nothing special about it and not worth the high end price.

Clinique Acne Solutions Foundation

I picked this up in Fresh Alabaster. The color was good, I would say this is medium coverage. I think this was a little too dry for my skin. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. Perhaps if you have oily skin, this would be a great option for your. It tended to cling to my dry patches. For the price, it is great. Much cheaper than the other  high end brands.

Estee Lauder Double Wear

This is my holy grail foundation that you will find in my collection at any given time. This has the best coverage and is true full coverage. The color is a perfect match for my skin, which is so hard for some reason for me. I wear the 1N2 ECRU. I definitely feel like using a make up sponge like the beauty blender or real techniques version is the best application. Every now and then I will stray and try something new, but this is my absolute favorite. The only other one that compares for me is the Lancome Teint Idole which is up next.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra

This is the only foundation I have found that comes even close to the coverage and match of Double Wear for me. I wear the color 230 Buff (W). This is another full coverage foundation that applies best with beauty blender type sponge for me. This is just a couple dollars more than Estee Lauder, but sometimes Lancome wins for me because of gift with purchase. If you are looking for a full coverage foundation and have a hard time matching in other brands, give this or the Double Wear a chance. And let me tell you, these both hold up to Alabama humidity. And that is saying something!!! It is a steam bucket down here most of the year. 

Wet n Wild Cushion Highlighter

So I grabbed this at Walgreens one day when I was picking up a few things. The color of this is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love love love it. However, that is where my love for this baby ends. The packaging ruins the product for me. They did a piss poor job on the packaging. It is such a pain to open and close. The little applicator sits on top of cheap peace of plastic that separates it from the highlighter cushion. The lid never screws on properly and therefore left the product to dry out way too quickly for me. I know I only paid $5.99 for it, but when you are using high end products and then you grab this thing…you just get angry lol. If you are looking for a cheap option to dive in to the world of highlighters, like I said, this is absolutely gorgeous on. But it isn’t worth it in my opinion to deal with the crap packaging.

Rimmel BB Cream

For a BB cream that you can grab at a drugstore for under $10, this stuff is amazing. The coverage is closer to medium and the color light works just fine for me skin tone. This is a 9 in 1 and has some benefits and some SPF too. My absolute favorite to use is the Lancome Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint Healthy Glow SPF 23. But if you are looking for more affordable option, this would be the way to go.

Real Techniques Sponge

I will admit, I have spent $20 on the Beauty Blender. It was when it first came out and one of the Sephora girls used it on me and I was blown away by the application. But spending $20 on a makeup sponge that needs to be replaced every three months makes me want to blow something up. No thanks. You can grab a two pack of the Real Technique sponges for $10 or less and get the same. exact. results. I am all about you get what you pay for when it comes to most things. But let me tell you, RT stepped up their game big time when they made this product. As you can see in the picture, I cut open my RT sponge (the orange one) and another knock off beauty blender I bought at Nordrstrom Rack for $2.99, and they both do not completely absorb your make up. Which is what the real Beauty Blender claims they are good for. Save you money and go with RT!

Have you used any of these? Let me know what some of your recent favorite finds are!

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  • Reply laura May 31, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Haha, you know how much I love my Lash Princess, so I’m sad you didn’t like it. But I really do like the Falsies one as well. I just started using a sponge to do my makeup in the morning, and I really like it, so I’ll have to try those guys out.

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag May 31, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Sorry to hear you didn’t like most of your mascara. Sometimes the cheaper drugstore brands are better than high end! It’s always good to read reviews like this. I’ve never used a makeup sponge, but I should try it out sometime. Good to know there is a more affordable option out there.


  • Reply Audrey May 31, 2018 at 10:34 am

    I’m a big fan of RT brushes but I haven’t fallen in love with sponges yet… I actually buy the little round sponges and get quite a few uses out of them (on both sides) before pitching them. Is there a benefit to using an actual reusable makeup sponge?
    I’m sorry essence mascara didn’t work for you. I love it, but I pair it with another volume boosting mascara from essence, too. I just bought a setting/primer spray and I really like it, but I can’t remember the brand…

  • Reply Danielle May 31, 2018 at 10:53 am

    I am definitely going to buy the sponges that you recommended. I need to replace my beauty blender and I don’t want to spend as much on it.

  • Reply kristen May 31, 2018 at 11:37 am

    hmm haven’t used the glam glow setting spray but i’m not 100% sold on the urban decay one. mine smells funky. not bad just… odd. i don’t use it that often to have noticed a difference though. i liked lash princess but i did not *love* it. i prefer better than sex. if i do a post like this, i will mention this, but have you tried tarte maneater? OMG LOVE. it flaked the first time but i’ve worn it every day since =zero flake. hashtag obsessed. it’s amazeballs. hmm that highlighter sounds fabulous but i despise bad packaging. i leave very little time to get ready in the morning and don’t have time to mess with annoying packaging. very interesting about cutting open the sponges – i used a real beauty blender years ago and wasn’t a fan of sponges in general, now i am and i only use the real techniques ones. i thing i got a 4 pack for super cheap at ulta or target. i love them.

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders May 31, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Ugh I hate when you buy expensive products and then they just don’t work for you! Even though I love my Benefit mascara, I think that I need to tone it down with the high end mascara (because it’s just too expensive) and try a drugstore one. I’ll definitely have to remember the Maybelleine Falsies for next time!

  • Reply Carly May 31, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    I bought one of the RT beauty blenders over a year ago and never used it– I think I’m too afraid I won’t be able to clean it properly?? Do you wash it after every use? Love the UD setting sprays– I’ve never tried that one but use the chill or de-slick. I never stray from lancome mascaras but I just got the Too Face BTS and am excited to finally try it!

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer May 31, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    So I liked the Essence mascara… at first. But after only using it a few weeks, I agree with your sentiment! I swear by the RT sponges now! Ulta had a deal last month where a 4 pack was $10 I think? I scooped that baby up! I’ve used the BB and I prefer the RT – plus, like you said, can’t beat the price!

  • Reply Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen May 31, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    I need to try that lancome as a fellow southern lady trying to live amongst this wretched humidity. I love that spray, I left it at my best friend’s house in Alabama last summer and she never gave it back, I guess that is in her empty’s, lol!

  • Reply Emelia Lawrence May 31, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Such a bummer that the Essence doesn’t work well for you- it’s become my #1 go to! The Real Techniques brushes and sponges are AMAZING and there’s always deals on them at Ulta, love them!

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