I was first impressed with the packaging, which I say time and time again, is so important! It’s like the handshake or greeting from the shop to the customer; the first impression. When selecting which items to try, I loved the names. Notice the blush, “Jolene“? So meant to be, right? Even if it is spelled
wrong differently. *wink*
In my early 20’s I was bitten by the MAC eyeshadow bug and every “extra” $11 I could rustle up would purchase some new, outrageous color. These days, I mostly stick to a neutral color palette (although I would love to learn how to give myself a great smoky eye without looking ridiculous). I couldn’t decide between Shimmy, Shimmy and Doily, so [the owner], Chrissy, was kind enough to send me a sample of the latter.
So, what did I think? Overall I was very impressed. This makeup line is totally affordable (major plus!) which gives you flexibility to experiment. Best of all it’s high quality! I have to be honest and say that I was not expecting much. The only thing I honestly didn’t care for, were the lip tints. I am
somewhat of a lip product snob and I have very specific needs. I like
great color as well as moisture, and it’s not often that you find both
in one product. With a lip tint, I expect it to be moisturizing since
it’s focus isn’t on color as much. That being said, I did like the
colors a lot! I just found these to leave my lips feeling dry (unless I
applied chapstick first) and one of the sticks itself started to
disintegrate after only a couple of uses.
I had no prior experience with a mineral foundation and found the description itself to be an oxymoron. I was so wrong! Coverage is build-able so all you have to do is apply a couple quick layers “to diffuse imperfections and give an overall radiation glow.” I loved the way it felt on my skin. I have dry skin so I was skeptical that a dry foundation would work, but it does, so this is all I’m using right now! The pigments in the blush and eye-shadows are equally as outstanding. I am really looking forward to building onto my collection!
splurge is nail polish. When I say “splurge” I don’t mean I spend a lot,
I just mean I purchase a lot of inexpensive shades. Nail polish is like
the “shoes” of beauty products – it looks good on everybody and you can
rarely go wrong. It’s the one area that I like to get crazy with.
Pre-baby I used to paint my nails all the time. It was the way I relaxed
and I would sometimes change my polish two or three times a week (see here, here, here, and here). Now, I’m lucky if I paint my nails once a month.
They describe Madison as a “electric neon hot pink crème” but I will say
it’s a little on the coral side versus hot pink. It’s opaque and
slightly see through but I actually really like that about it. In the end, I definitely wouldn’t subscribe monthly because I find subscriptions start to feel like a giant waste of money. I would, however, love to buy the polishes from time to time.
By the way, The Body Shop is having a sale right now — buy three items, get two free. I purchased all of the above for just over $40, including tax. So there ya go.