Revlon Colorstay Concealer|Review|

Revlon Colourstay Concealer in 02 Pale

Revlon Colourstay Concealer 02 Pale

All medium to full coverage foundation lovers out there will know Revlon Colorstay foundations are among some of the best on the market. While a good foundation starts the coverage process, concealer is always the second product I reach for when applying my makeup. Being such a fan of the Colorstay foundation I decided to give the Colorstay concealer a try.

The Colorstay concealer comes in a 6.2ml durable, almost glass like, plastic tube. There is a  black screw lid, the same as the foundation and a doe applicator. I purchased the shade 02 Pale, which appears to be the lightest available in Ireland and the UK. While I usually like to use a brightening concealer under my eye I find this works well at covering dark circles as the shade is a good match. I also use this on any spots or redness and it does a good job covering them. Usually I’ll apply the product using the applicator and blend out with either my ring finger or Eco-Tools concealer brush. I found on occasion the concealer can crease under the eye if it isn’t blended out fully.

The texture is very creamy and it’s quite a moisturising, non-drying formula, which I really like for my undereye area. As I’ve mentioned I use either one of two methods to apply this concealer. I find that sometimes it is best applied using my ring fingers. The longevity of the product is definitely shortened if it is applied with a brush. Perhaps it’s just my brush but on days I don’t use a brush I notice it lasts a lot longer. Overall the coverage of this concealer just about hits the medium mark. I don’t think it’s as good as my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, although it isn’t as drying or creamy but it is much, much cheaper.

All in all, I don’t think the Revlon Colorstay Concealer has the same lasting power and coverage as the foundation. That said, when it is applied correctly with care and set with a good matte powder, it looks good on the skin and covers well.

I bought my Revlon Colorstay concealer for €9.99.

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Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation|Review|

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation Packaging

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation Swatch, 100 Ivory

Usually what spurs me on to buy a product is one of two things. 1) I run out of it or, 2) A friend or a good review persuades me to buy it. On this occasion, the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation was lying in my friend’s makeup bag. In a rush on a spur of the moment casual night out, I topped up my foundation with her bottle of this stuff, which she says she really liked. Feeling like I didn’t give it a proper go and mostly liking it, I bought my own.

I weirdly like the tube packaging. The thing that gets me is that the tube holds 30 mls of product. The majority of foundations I own are in glass or glass-effect cylindrical bottles, making them look like there is loads of product inside. It’s been years since I’ve used a mousse formula foundation. Most likely circa 2007/2008 when the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse foundation was a teen favourite! It would be unfair to compare the two here since I haven’t used the Dream Matte Mousse in so long, but the Stay Matte has a similar texture only with less bubbles and better user-friendly packaging. Seeing as this is a high-street brand, I thought the decal would rub off the tube but so far it’s lasting well and is easily cleaned. Thumbs up in the hygiene department.

Rimmel claim that this foundation “minimises the appearance of pores”, gives you a “baby-soft finish” and “won’t feel heavy or greasy”.  I don’t feel like this dramatically reduces the appearance of pores. The foundation is definitely light weight on the skin. It doesn’t look cakey and is so easy to blend. I like to use a face brush or my hands to apply this. A little goes a long way, I always managed to squeeze out too much. It applies matte and I’d say without topping this up with powder I got about 7-8 hours of matte-ness. After this though I find my skin goes quite shiny and slightly greasy so it requires some powder.

I picked up the shade Ivory 100 which is sadly too dark for me. It was the lightest shade available in most of the shops I’ve been in. The Rimmel and Boots websites have advertised that there are 5 shades available with one lighter than 100 Ivory, so I think I’ll grab the lighter one if I come across it. I really like the coverage and feel of this product on the skin. When applying to dry skin I recommend heavily moisturising before hand. If you skip this step it will cling slightly to any dry patches.

The Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation is on sale now for £5.99 or €7.95.

The Best of YouTube: Makeup

VanessaTaaffe's best of beauty

Makeup can be a girl’s best friend… or worst enemy. Choosing the right products and knowing how to apply them correctly can often be a challenge! Luckily, the makeup gurus on YouTube are always close by to lend us a helping hand!
From foundation to false lashes, I’ve complied a list of the best YouTubers to educate us about all things makeup and skincare.

EmilyNoel83 aka The Beauty Broadcast

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If you are looking for a truly wonderful makeup artist on YouTube, look no further than the gorgeous Emily.  A former newscaster, Emily features extensive tutorials on makeup for HD lighting and camera settings.  Her reviews are honest, informative and extremely trustworthy. Her channel features tutorials for all occasions along with expert tips and advice. Specific brand tutorials mixed with her personal opinions on all products used, including brushes and skincare, give the viewer a good indication of which products are worth buying and which you could leave on the shelf. This girl knows her false lashes too!  I have to award Emily the title of Best-False-Lash-Applier. What Emily doesn’t know about falsies isn’t worth knowing. Her channel features various lash application videos aswell as a brilliant collection of drugstore (high-street) and high-end products. Whether you’re a makeup addict or makeup newbie, Emily has something for everyone!

MacBarbie07 aka Beth

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Bethany Mota’s channel, MacBarbieo7, is young, fun and FULL of energy! All of Beth’s videos are really well put together, flowing seamlessly from one topic to the next. I love that she features drugstore and affordable products in her tutorials. She is bridging the gap and reaching out to a younger generation of girls who are either advancing their love of makeup or learning how to apply products correctly. Beth uploads a brilliant range of tutorials with teenage themes and events in mind like prom, back to school, days out and nights out with friends. She incorporates makeup, fashion, beauty and DIY perfectly. There are even a few random vlogs mixed throughout her tutorials. These usually involve a great location like the beach, her local Wal-Mart or a New York adventure.

Lisa Eldridge

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Celebrity makeup artist, Lisa Eldridge, has quite an extensive CV. Her work has graced the covers of multiple publications. Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, Vanity Fair, you name it Lisa has applied the makeup for it. Her clients include Emma Watson, Kate Winslet, Cheryl Cole, the One Direction Boys, Jessica Beil, Keira Knightly, Rosie Huntington-Whitley, the list is endless. She also features in Chanel’s makeup tutorials on their YouTube channel. It’s a miracle she finds the time to do all this and film tutorials for her own channel! Her videos include the best application tips and general product advice on YouTube.  She uses a lot of high-end products but offers good drugstore alternatives for the majority of the high-end products she uses. Many of Lisa’s videos focus on specific topics like how to get fuller lips, how to pick the right foundation or how to perfect the smokey eye. Lisa has an amazing, hypnotic and calming voice. She is so easy to listen to and follow. I can’t recommend her channel enough!

GossMakeupArtist aka Wayne

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Wayne’s channel offers honest, reliable opinions on every product known to man, on top of application tips and opinions on makeup trends. He competently explains all types of makeup fads, think Kim Kardashian’s yellow primer. Wayne’s videos are straight to the point, informative and interesting. He really knows his stuff, not just about the products but the ingredients in the products. If you want to learn more about how makeup works, how makeup is designed and what it’s supposed to do,  GossMakeupArtist is definitely for you.

Tanya Burr

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Another teen and young adult favourite, Tanya Burr’s brilliant makeup tutorials are inspired by celebrity and red-carpet looks. She features numerous natural and everyday looks too that are perfect if you’re going shopping, out for Lunch or to school. Tanya listens to her viewer’s feedback and comments and she uses a variety of drugstore and high-end products.  She is very fond of MAC which is great if you’re a MAC lover or you want to learn more about their products. Tanya’s channel also features skincare and fashion hauls. A haul, for those of you that don’t know, is a video featuring a collection of products or clothes. Many of her videos often feature special guests. These are mostly other YouTube stars.  Her “Get Ready with Me” videos are especially interesting when she is going to a movie premiere or giving you a rare insight into the madness of London Fashion Week.  All of the videos featured on the Tanya Burr’s channel are filmed to the highest quality and flow nicely. Tanya comes across as a genuinely lovely girl who really cares about her followers. An all-round fantastic channel!

MakeupByAlli aka Alli

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Alli’s channel features excellent tutorials for all occasions and events, day or night.  I particularly love her “No-Makeup-Makeup” looks and her natural everyday routines. They’re really wearable and easy to recreate.  Aside from a full on makeup routines she has videos tailored to specific applications. If you want to perfect applying blusher, contouring your face or creating the perfect airbrushed, HD eyebrows, Alli can show you how. She breaks down each area and the steps are super easy to follow. All her tutorials are filmed using a HD camera. Out of all the makeup gurus I’ve mentioned, Alli makes the best use of zoom and close-up shots. Viewers can actually see what she doing and how she is applying the product. She too uses a wide variety of products, the majority of which are available worldwide. Like most beauty YouTubers she features the odd hair tutorial and product reviews in her monthly favourites videos. If anyone reading this is hoping to start their own beauty channel or wishes to improve their own videos, Alli is the girl to learn from. She has videos on how she films and edits her tutorials which are definitely worth a watch.  Alli is a beautiful girl, with a lovely personality and a passion for sharing her love of all things beauty!
Let me know below your favourite beauty YouTubers and their best tutorials!

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