More of the epic haul from my superawesomebetterthanyours Reddit swap partner. I hope she likes her gift half as much as I am enjoying mine. The set I'm going to wax poetic about today is the Bulletproof Essentials from Mally Beauty. I have seen this brand recently pop up at my local Ulta, but I had yet to try it. The overly enthusiastic smile on the lady (Mally?) kinda creeps me out.
Its a five piece set that I think is a great intro into any brand. It has some mystery anti-powder powder, a long-wearing shadow stick (Laura Mercier dupe?), a mascara, a giant lip gloss, and a smooth gel-like liner pencil. No matter your coloring, I think this set will work for you.
Volumizing Mascara in Black
Shadow Stick in Saddle Shimmer
High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Starburst
Starlight Waterproof Liner in Black Velvet
Poreless Face Defender
The shadow pencil is srs, y'all. I used lotion, the Koh Gen Do makeup remover, and oil...and it was still hanging on. Plus, the color is something that could fit right in with the Urban Decay Naked 1 or 2, so it's pretty universally flattering. I definitely think this will be a travel-friendly product. Back to the possibility of being a LM Caviar Stick dupe (which I don't own, but have swatched excessively): It is slightly bigger, and a buck less. So not a huge wallet-saver, but Ulta is a little easier to find these days than Sephora. Add to that the 20 colors from Mally Beauty vs the 10 from Laura Mercier...and well, lets just say that these deserve a look or three.
The eyeliner, lip gloss, and mascara all seem to be pretty standard. The most notable thing is the lip gloss, which is a jumbo-sized version of the Stila lip glosses which are eternally popular. The color of the gloss is a peachy coral with micro shimmer embedded within.
|all over bare skin. love that shadow pencil.
After a day on my face:
Ok, I'm pretty much sold on Mally. I wore the shadow pencil thing on the hottest/most humid day of the summer...over no primer. It didn't budge or crease. My only complaint is that when I buffed it out, the glitter (which is not pronounced when it isn't buffed out) got a bit weird looking. But in the places where I just drew it on, it looked just like it had 9+ hours previous. The eyeliner is actually pretty great for lining the waterline, with very minimal melting throughout the day. I found the mascara to be a tiny bit crumbly, but not near as bad as some. It isn't lengthening, but I did feel like my lashes looked a bit fuller. The lip gloss...meh. I'm not the best person to review lip glosses.
The best part: that weird anti-shine/silicone thing/magic potion. It kills shine like powder, but without the caking. It has a silicone feel on the skin, which I don't mind. I blotted it on after a long, hot day...and my face was immediately matte. My foundation still looked good, and it felt comfortable on my skin. And it was matte. I love matte skin. Blame the 90's for that. It worked fairly well when I used it to set my makeup the next day as well...though by 11pm, I could see a bit of shine here and there.
|everything but the lip gloss.