MY MY MY! Maybelline has so many great new products! The lowdown for Spring 2015 Beauty HERE’S THE LOWDOWN FOR LIPS, FACE, EYES, AND MORE!
LETS START WITH LIPS:
The Maybelline Color Sensational® Color Elixir® Iridescents look as though they are a traditional lipstick if you judge it by the color bullet through the clear, square tube, but just try and pull it out by the shiny top, and you’ll get nowhere fast! That’s because these are liquid lip glosses with a wanded top and you have to unscrew it to get the gloss out! The formula is silky soft and feels really luxurious on your lips (Micro pearls make the gloss, glowing and comfortable to wear). The shine is beautiful, and while the product isn’t brand new, the new, iridescent formula reflects the light and makes even Winter wear lips look pouty and kiss-able. The gloss isn’t greasy, sticky, gummy..this is just one great Maybelline “lip find.” The 8 new colors for Spring 2015 are sheer, with even the lightest giving your lips a total makeover. Choose any one of these or all of them…you can’t lose and your lips??? They’re the winner!
Ok, ok, I get it. Sometimes Maybelline comes up with something that excites everyone, and believe me, everyone is talking about Rebel Bloom. This lip color comes in 10 pastel shades of exceptional. Even the lipstick cases are a soft semi-sheer pinky-lilac. Most of the shades are sweetly soft in color (pastels are de rigeur this Spring…you probably already got the memo) but some are bodaciously bright, such as #740 Coral Burst and the super gorgeous #735 Rose Rush (really a lot more apricot than rose). $740 Orchid Ectasy is a purple/plum lovers creamy delight, too. even the light pastels aren’t dull or “eggy,” just “dreamy.” The addition of Honey nectar makes them feel super silky. To get the best result, apply the lip color starting in the center of your upper lip and work to the edges. For the bottom lip, just glide it across from one end to the other.
FIND A FANTASTIC FOUNDATION FOR YOUR FACE:
Are you ready to meet your mattifier? Of course you are! Maybelline’s got two newbies for you to try: FIT me! A good liquid foundation that stays up (up to 12 hours) and that will work with normal, combo and oily skin, and that comes in 16 shades? It’s here, and it’s affordable and luxurious. The Fit Me!® Matte + Poreless from Maybelline New York is a liquid foundation that even women who don’t like liquid foundation, will find themselves loving. Matte skin is a trendy look, but the wrong foundation i the wrong color can make you look like you’re having a really bad day. This one mattifies, and matches your skin tone while dealing with the texture issues real women with real skin really have. In other words, it minimizes pores with Maybelline’s blurring micro-powders that also absorb oil (the foundation itself is oil-free), won’t clog pores, and it’s dermatologist and allergy tested. The colors were a bit challenging, with the powder being sheer enough to “fudge” but not the foundation. The Natural Beige foundation I received for review caused a remark “you look like you’ve been beaten up!” not so good although the color looked pretty reasonable to my eye, on my inner wrist, but obviously not on my face. Ivory #115 seemed a better bet (lighter still would be Natural Ivory and Porcelain), although that’s usually lighter than I would normally pick. The foundation is really good, but definitely test out the colors (bring a friend if you’re not sure you can pick well).
Fit Me!® MATTE + PORELESS Powder will bring down the shine, in 8 shades from light to medium dark. It’s for normal to oily skin, and it’s supposed to mattify and match natural tone for what Maybelline calls “a poreless-looking finish.” A matte finish for makeup is “the thing” for now and probably, a long time to come, but to control shine and still keep your makeup long wearing, you really need a finishing touch, and this powder helps. It has build-able, oil-free coverage. The powder is fairly sheer, but it is a perfect finishing touch to any foundation, but especially the Fit Me!® Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation. As with a lot of foundations and powders, you need to pick the right one for your skin tone. I tried Sun Beige, which seemed to be a good match, but in the Liquid Foundation, Ivory and Natural Beige were just fine as well, so I’m assuming the matching powder would be, too. Still, Natural Beige and Natural Buff in this powder was sheer enough to look ok. A bit confusing perhaps, but the good news is that within a range, you can’t really get it terribly wrong. The other thing I like about the powder is the compact itself. Lightweight, square, with a clear window, the bottom portion of the compact has a mirror and a sponge applicator to make it easy to use when you’re touching up on the go. Maybelline suggests using gentle, downward strokes to apply this and build for more coverage.
If you really want to do what the pros do, there are two more products you should add to your arsenal of beauty products: primer and concealer. I’d say they are must-haves, but not everyone has the time or the need for each every day.
Conceal with Maybelline’s new Master Conceal by FaceStudio. There are five colors: Fair, Light, Light/Medium, Medium, and Medium/Deep. It is essential to find the tone that works best with your skin and your foundation (if you’re going to be wearing foundation). I tried the Light/Medium which seemed to be just about perfect for my freckled skin. I like the slim tipped tube that makes it easy to get just a dab where you need it. The formula is really concentrated so it does cover, and it’s lightweight, not sticky. You don’t need much and don’t rub it in, just pat it on. The water-based, non-oily coverage will help deal with everything from zits to blotches.
When it comes to primers, I thought for a long time that they were optional, but frankly, I think they’re pretty much essential if you wear any kind of face makeup. The Maybelline FaceStudio Master Prime is new, and there are three water-based formulas that prepare your skin for your foundation, help keep your makeup on also help deal with three specific skin issues: Blur + Smooth – Smooths uneven skin texture; Blur + Illuminate – Brightens dull complexions and protects with SPF30; Blur + Redness Control – Evens tone and controls redness. All three are dermatologist and allergy tested and appropriate for even sensitive skin. My favorite (you guessed it) is the Blur + Illuminate because it has SPF 30 and I think SPF is the most essential first step every single day when it comes to skincare. The active is 7.5% Octinoxate. But, that said, the illumination factor in this is good enough to make even bare skin look “lit up” and on those days when you aren’t bothering with a “full face” this alone can make a huge difference – yes, I love it! That’s not to take anything away from the other two primers. They very, very good, but not everyone will need their specific help. Choose the one that works best for your “skin issues” but get the Blur + Illuminate too (it’s going to be a great travel companion).
EYE LOOKS TO LOVE NOW AND FOR A LONG TIME TO COME!
EyeStudio Brow Precise Pencils have a comb on one end, and a pencil on the other featuring natural waxes (four shades: Blond, Soft Brown, Deep Brown, Auburn). For more “drama” you can try out the new EyeStudio Brow Drama which is a unique tinted gel mousse + ball brush in three colors, Blond, Soft Brown and Deep Brown. I didn’t try it but the brush looks nifty, and I think it would add a lot of definition if you want to dramatically define and sculpt your brows.
Eye Studio ColorMolten Duos look pretty, with an interplay of a light shade a a dark shade. The one I tried was Plum Fusion which included a medium light shimmery shade and a deep mattish one, You are supposed to apply these with you finger, and that’s fine with me although then there is hand washing involved, but if you’re on the go and don’t have many makeup tools, this is actually a plus (carry wipes or a tissue to clean up. I like the sponge-y feel of the shadow in the compact, which isn’t really powder, not really liquid or cream.The gel formula is a nice change from these.
The finishing touch for eyes is always mascara, and if anyone knows how to do that fabulously well, it’s Maybelline. The newest is Lash Sensational in washable and waterproof. The brush is multi layered to help you get every lash. Use the inner curve of the brush to get the roots of your lashes, then go through to the tips with the longer bristles. This is the first patented fanning brush with 10 layers of bristles and I’m guessing that those who didn’t like it probably didn’t understand what to do with the wand. If you are a Maybelline Great Lash Fan or you love the other Maybelline Mascaras, getting used to a two-pronged approach from one mascara wand might take some getting used to, but the effect is worth the effort. I really like this one!
There are a few more new products from Maybelline, but these are the ones I tried, and I think they’ll cover you (pun intended) for Spring 2015. Maybelline is sold in food, drug and mass market retailers so check them out!
You’ve probably seen her face everywhere by now. Maybelline’s new spokeswoman is Gigii Hadid . If you’ve never read a fashion magazine and have never heard of her, at only 19, Gigi has graced the runways of Marc Jacobs, Giles, Sonia Rykiel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, and Chanel. She landed in 2014 the cover of the fourth installment of Carine Roitfelds CR Fashion Book, and the December 2014 cover of Harpers Bazaar in Malaysia. Mentored by Carine Roitfeld, Gigi has sat for renowned photographers including Steven Meisel, Mario Sorrenti, Craig McDean, Bruce Weber, Gilles Bensimon, Sebastian Faena, and Ellen Von Unwerth. Ok….you get the picture. This young lady is not just photogenic, she’s fashion for today.
In 2014, she landed on Models.coms Top 50 Models list, Models.coms Top Sexiest Models list, Sports Illustrateds’12 Rookies Who Rocked 2014, and Rolling Stones’ 25 Hottest Sex Symbols of 2014. The girls’ got brains, too. She recently just completed her first year of undergraduate studies in forensic psychology at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. Wow! SHE was born with it, for the rest of us….well fortunately, we have MAYBELLINE!