So I’ve been on a bit of a shopping frenzy lately, what with all the things I’ve been reading and seeing around the blogesphere. I’ve been buying a lot of product, simply so I can test things and out and find what works for me. Primarily, this means a LOT of Bare Escentuals, but I’ve also been digging in to other brands to find out what works for my skin, and what stays on my face.
I’ve got some persnickity skin you see; it’s winter, and it’s dry and chilly. Yes, even us San Francisco types get cold! Granted, 35 degrees is about as chilly as we get usually, but still…as a result my face has several dry, flakey patches, but an oily nose and T-zone. This makes it complicated to find the right products! My biggest challenge is finding eye makeup that stays put. Crayon / pencil type liners always end up on my cheeks, usually a few minutes after I apply them. I’ve also been experimenting with eye primers, but that’s a story for another blog post.
Recently, I read a preview of the Mally Beauty Today’s Special Value (TSV) somewhere – I honestly can’t remember where, and I figured what the heck, I’ll check it out, because Mally claims her eye makeup is “bulletproof”. This is exactly what I need! I went ahead and ordered the kit on pre-sale and waited anxiously for it to show up. This week, it finally did. I’ve been wanting to try some Mally products for a while, and ordered the Poreless Face Defender in January to try it out. I’m still playing with it, but I do like the mattifying effects it has on my face.
After my usual foundation, I started in with the Mally Share the Love TSV has 10 pieces, and was $59.94 when I purchased it. I opted for Auto Delivery, and will get new collections in July and November. The first collection includes:
- Eye Amplifying Shadow Liner in Chestnut (a brown shade)
- Lip Magnifiers in Punch (pink) and Blush (sheer pink)
- Illuminating Blush in Pink Satin
- Poreless Perfection Shaded Skin Finisher
- Evercolor Automatic Eyeliner in Deepest Brown
- Two Volumizing Mascaras in Black
- Double-ended 24/7 blush brush
- Mini kabuki brush
- Organza pouch
- Kindness is the New Black tote
For my eyes, I completely forgot to put some primer on (which was my mistake and might impact this review – so I’ll follow up with a primer). So this is really a good test, beginning with the Evercolor Eyeliner. At the moment, this product only comes in kits. I really like this color, a deep dark brown but not black. Because it’s an automatic pencil, it’s very thin, and easy to get right down on the lashline. My only issue with this, is that it started to smear a bit before it set, but that’s no biggy. Next, I added the Eye Amplifying Shadow Liner in Chestnut. This is a fat pencil, which is a brand new product (only available in this kit right now), in a shimmering bronze/brown. I love this color! It’s a bit dark for all over color for me, but I used it in the crease, and then smudged it with the smudger tip and my finger to give some definition. Then I snuck in some of the Tarte eyeshadow in Shimmering Sand as highlighter, and blended it out with the Chestnut. Finally, a coat of the Volumizing Mascara. The mascara does a great job in one coat, and doesn’t clump or stick together, two things that are important to me.
Next, I added some Illuminating Blush in Pink Satin. The color is a bit bright, but once I blended it out on my cheekbones, and added the illuminator, I really liked it. The illuminator is a whitish powder with sparkle, that I used as a highlighter on my high cheekbones and other parts of my face. I also used it to blend out the Pink Satin blush, to look more natural like a sun kissed cheek. I will say that the big problem I had with the blush is the brush is terrible. One side is meant to be used with the illuminator, and looks like a large flathead foundation brush. The other side is a small, dense, fluff brush. unfortunately, the illuminator end of the brush just packs on and clumps with the flat brush. The fluff brush picks up entirely too much product. So that is a fail for me. The color however, is a win.
The finishing touch is the worldwide launch of the Poreless Perfection Shaded Skin Finisher, which is of course – NOT A POWDER! If you’re a Mallynista, you know that she loathes powder because it can get cakey and ashy, particularly on women of color. I used to, back in my teens, wear such things, but now I really only wear mineral foundation or skin finishers. This product is great! It’s VERY similar to BE Mineral Veil in my opinion, but this has some key differences. The Skin Finisher has several silicone derivatives, which both set your makeup and give you a luminous glow. This product smooths over your makeup and makes your skin look polished, while evening out your pores and sealing the deal. It’s formulated free of talc, fragrance, oils and parabens which is great for sensitive skin gals like me. The ingredients are: Silica, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Lauroyl Lysine, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Mica, Iron Oxides. If you don’t know what those are, read on…It does NOT contain corn starch, which is one of the ingredients in most powders that can cause that cakey / chalky appearance. Instead, it’s primarily a powdered silicone primer of sorts – which locks your makeup in place and smooths over the look.
So here we are, 5 hours in, and while the eyeliner is travelleing a bit (my own fault since I didn’t wear a primer) the color is still there. There is no creasing or fading and my eyes look as good as they did this morning at 7:30!
Please ignore the lovely dark circles...I clearly need some sleep!
Would I buy it again? Probably. I wish that some of the products were sold separately, but at $5.90 per piece it’s really a steal. I would definately buy the eyeliner and shadow stick again, simply for the staying power alone, I would buy it again. In fact, I’ll get two more collections this year, so I DID buy it again!
But again, please – make these things refillable. The blush system case could easily be reused.
Mally Share the Love Collection 1
(3.5 out of 5) Keep in mind to get a 5 you REALLY have to blow me away with EVERYthing!)
Mally Eye amplifying Shadow Liner
Double-ended 24/7 blush brush
Evercolor Automatic Eyeliner
For further review in the future:
- Poreless Perfection shaded skin finisher in choice of Fair/Light, Medium, Tan, or Rich–Worldwide Launch! Exclusive to QVC until 9/1/11
- Lip Magnifiers
- Poreless Face Defender
- Concealer system