This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Max Factor! (They’re actually paying me to put on makeup. I’m not quite sure how to take that.)
When it comes to makeup, I tend to be a supporter of minimalism: Powder foundation, concealer for the caverns under my eyes, the briefest swipe of mascara, and sand-colored eyeshadow if I’m feeling exotic. I boldly eschew lip liner to allow unassuming sheer lipstick to dictate my meaning. (My lipstick almost always matches the exact color of my lips, which I suppose is sort of like wearing unscented deodorant that does not contain any sort of antiperspirant.)
This is me on a normal day:
I have been applying makeup in the same nondescript manner since I was sixteen years old. In fact, I have used the same mascara brand since I was sixteen. My only makeup aberration occurred during The Crazy Eyeliner on My Bottom Rim years. (Is it called a rim? You know the part of the eye I’m talking about, right? That phase seems so unsafe now, no?)
Anyway, a few weeks back I received a cosmetic care package from BlogHer and Max Factor. Inside the makeup bag were the following items:
- 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper Mascara in Extreme Blackout
- Vivid Impact Lipcolor in Pin-Up Pink
- Lash Perfection Volume Couture Mascara in Black Brown
- Eyeliner in Fresh Coffee
- Vivid Impact Eyeshadow Duo in Domino
- Lipfinity 3D in 80’s Pink
I spent the next few days in a giddy state of experimentation. Both the 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper and the Lash Perfection Volume Couture mascaras were SO different than what I’m used to. Suddenly, my lashes were showing! (Actually, the 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper Mascara made my eyelashes thicker (or plumper, I suppose—I’ve never been a fan of the word Plump) than they’ve ever been before. And best of all? My eyes didn’t itch! (I have itchy eye issues, and as hard as that phrase is to say, it’s even harder to deal with when you’re trying not to smear mascara all over your face.))
I was unsure about the Vivid Impact Lip Color. When I opened the tube for the first time, the Pin-Up Pink snarled at me and said, “You’re in your very late thirties. You have aged out of my shade.” However, when I put it on and wore it to the bookstore? A woman actually complimented me. (Okay. She said, “I like your makeup.” She didn’t say, “I love your lips.” BUT, the lipstick was really the only stand-out item on my face!) In other words, this is good stuff. Wear it with aplomb.
The eyeliner and the Vivid Impact Eyeshadow duo were tricky for me, because I’m not accustomed to eyeliner, and I’m definitely not familiar with the technique required to pull off black and white eyeshadow. Bold color aside, the eyeshadow is possibly the smoothest I’ve ever used. It’s sort of like a powder pencil, but with a very intense amount of color.
The Lipfinity 3D was incredible. I put it on at 8:30 in the morning, and it was still going strong at 6:00 in the evening. As you know, that’s rare. Very rare. Like, Fabergé Egg at a Garage Sale rare.
This afternoon I tried on everything at once—the 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper, the Pin-Up Pink Vivid Impact Lipcolor, the Fresh Coffee eyeliner, and the Vivid Impact Eyeshadow Duo. All of a sudden, something very awesome happened.
I became an extra in the Broadway version of Xanadu! And you know I’m lying, but look at me! It’s not what you think when you think Fluid Pudding, is it?! Yet you cannot turn away! You are under my spell!
Hey! Do you want some of this makeup for yourself? (You do. I know you do.) Shoot a comment my way (with a working e-mail address) and tell me what sort of dreamy persona you could create with this makeup, or tell me if you’ve ever tried Max Factor, or tell me your Can’t Live Without cosmetic item! (Mine is the cavern concealer!) On June 16th, I’ll draw a random comment and send you $50 worth of Max Factor products! By the way, $50 worth of Max Factor products looks a little something like this:
Also, head over here for even more chances to win! (You have seventeen chances! Good luck to you!)
(Sadly, I must cut this review a bit short, because I’m feeling the urge to put on some sparkling glad rags and start a little trouble. I’ll bring the makeup with me. Who’s in?)
- The contest begins at 9:00 p.m. (PT) 05/15/09 and ends at 5:00 p.m. (PT) 06/16/09.
- No duplicate comments.
- You may receive an additional entry by linking on twitter and leaving a link in the comments.
- You may receive an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link in the comments.
- This giveaway is open to US residents, aged 18 and over
- Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.
- You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
- Please see the official official rules here (because you can never really be too official): Official Official Rules