Influenster VoxBox: Maybelline Product Review

FullSizeRender (10)Just over a week ago, I received a VoxBox from Influenster containing a bunch of Maybelline products. There is nothing I love more than putting new products to the test! I am so grateful to have been able to collaborate with Influenster and share my thoughts on these products with you. The products I received included: Maybelline Lash Sensational Lucious Mascara, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser (shade Illuminate), Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Foundation (shade 15 Ivory), Maybelline Master Contour Palette (shade 10 Light-Medium) and Maybelline Colour Sensational Soft Matte Lipstick (shade Siren in Scarlet).

Starting out with the mascara, I honestly am not a huge fan. First of all, when I opened the package the wand was damaged – super disappointing. I was able to bend the wand and make it into a usable state *clapping emojis*. I found that the wand picked up way too much product and the formula itself is really wet in consistency. These two combined resulted in my lashes clumping together – it was a mess. In order to make it wearable, I had to use a different wand to remove the excess product and separate my lashes. It was just way too much work! I love the original formula, in the pink tube, and I’ll be sticking to that.Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara

The Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser has been a favourite of mine for a while. I was so happy to see this little guy in my box. I am running low and it is always nice to have a backup on hand. I really love this product because it is extremely light weight. It is perfect for the under eye area because it isn’t too heavy and it won’t sink into fine lines and wrinkles. I also love the illuminating shade because it reflects light, which helps to cancel out any darkness under the eyes. I’ve been using this for what seems like forever and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser

When it comes to foundation I am super picky. When I saw the Dream Velvet foundation in my box I felt a little uneasy because I can be super hard to please when it comes to foundation. I was pleasantly surprised with this product. Despite the fact that it was a shade too dark I enjoyed the foundation. It gives more of a dewy finish and feels very hydrating on the skin. I applied it with a damp beauty blender sponge and was able to achieve a buildable medium coverage. I would say this product is better for dry, normal or combination skin. It probably isn’t something I will reach for very often, but if I am looking for something with some coverage for a natural makeup day, or just looking for a bit of coverage while spending time outside this summer, I will reach for this. Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Foundation

I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE MASTER CONTOUR PALETTE. I know all caps is really aggressive, but it was the only way I could express my excitement. I think this palette is perfect. All three shades look beautiful on the skin. The bronzer adds the perfect warm summer skin kissed look to the skin. And the blush is a beautiful pop of colour. The highlight is pretty natural, but can be built up to be a bit more intense. If you are someone who wants a Jaclyn Hill Becca Highlight kind of glow, then this isn’t for you. But, if you are looking for an everyday highlight you can build up at night this palette is perfect. All three shades work together perfectly. I am so excited to have something that has everything I need all in one place.

Maybelline Face Studio Master Contour

Maybelline has done a great job formulating a matte lipstick that is comfortable to wear. I am not a huge fan of red lipstick – it is something I typically only pull out for the holidays. Although the shade that I received isn’t ideal for me I really love the formulation and will definitely be testing out some other shades in this line in the near future.

Have you tried any new Maybelline product lately?

Kaitlyn xo

DISCLAIMER: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. Despite being sent these products, all reviews are 100% my own personal thoughts and feelings on these products.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum FoundationThe struggle is real when it comes to finding the perfect foundation. Trying out foundation is my LEAST favourite thing. I feel like starting off my blog posts with makeup mishaps or embarrassing moments is becoming a trend, but it’s okay. I am willing to take one for the team here. My worst experience with a foundation involved it oxidizing on my skin. I would apply it in the morning and within two or three hours it would turn orange. Like, I was literally an umpa lumpa by 11am. I went through two full bottles of the product before I came to the conclusion that my foundation shouldn’t change colour before noon (#RookieMistake). The worst part of all is other people noticed my foundation appearing super orange, but no one told me! For future reference, help a girl out and let her know she is channeling her inner umpa lumpa. She will thank you later.

Towards the end of summer, I wasn’t happy with my foundation routine and decided to take the plunge and try something new. I am so happy I did because I discovered the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation (Why do beauty products have to have the world’s longest names?) and I am in love. It is a light to medium coverage foundation – it starts off light and can be built up to a more medium coverage – that has a 16 hour wear time. It is a formula that is supposed to enhance the skin through diminishing the appearance of fatigue and bring radiance to the skin. It is a gel consistency with a vitamin-rich fruit formula including litchi, goji berries and pomegranate. It is available in six shades and is hypo-allergenic.

Why do I love this product so much? Well, to start with, application is a dream. It blends so naturally with the skin to create a flawless natural finish almost like a second skin. I also love that it lasts all day. I always set it with a powder (the Bourjous Healthy Matte 10 hr Powder), which helps it last and also adds more coverage. The coverage on this product isn’t super high, but it is enough for everyday wear. It covers up any redness and evens out the skin tone, but doesn’t hide blemishes very well. I usually use a fuller coverage concealer to cover up any pesky blemishes the foundation doesn’t cover on it’s own. I would normally do that with any foundation, so that doesn’t strike me as a con to this product.

Since using this product I can honestly say my skin seems healthier. I have been using it for about six months now and I feel like my skin is more radiant. I also feel like I struggle with breakouts less frequently. The light to medium coverage definitely allows my skin the chance to breathe and I am noticing how much clearer my skin looks as a result.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation $29, Shoppers Drug Mart

Do you have a favourite foundation or any other Bourjois products you’ve tried? Let me know, I am always up for some new recommendations!

May your foundation never oxidize,

Kaitlyn xo