A few months ago, I did a massive brow showdown in the hopes of finding a dupe for the Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown. Though I loved the Brow Wiz, the packaging broke each time I purchased. I had vowed to never buy it again.
Though I tried, every possible dupe I tried fell a little short.
I get a lot of visitors to Plateau Beauty looking for information about Boxycharm in Canada. In my original review, I said that while I liked the box, I probably wouldn’t continue my subscription beyond the two months I had planned.
I ended up sticking around for six months. While I did enjoy my subscription while it lasted, I thought I would assess the items I loved and determine whether the $200+ I spent was worth it.
One of my favourite ways to get a bold shot of colour on the lips is with balm stains. These crayon format lip products come in a ton of colours and finishes, and the best part is that it seems to be a popular product for drugstore brands — there are so many affordable options.
Here I’ll share some mini reviews, including lip swatches, of crayons according to three different categories: matte, shine, and cream formulas.
Perhaps half the reason why I didn’t have many favourites in September is because many of the products I tried were kind of letdowns. Spending money on disappointing products is always a drag. I avoid too disappointment by taking fewer risks with categories I know I’m picky about: eyeshadow, foundation, brows. More research always goes into these buys; I’m way less impulsive with these products. I like to think I’ve learned my lesson (looking at my concealer graveyard is always a good reminder), but there are bound to be some duds even when you’re going after types products that normally work for you.
Here are a few items that just didn’t work for me this month.
Count me among the throngs who reach for deeper, more matte lip colour as soon as the temperature starts to drop.
I wanted to share two lip products that I’ve been loving this season. Both are incredible on their own, but together they make a great pair.
If you’ve ever asked yourself why Z Palettes are so expensive, or why there aren’t many empty magnetic palette options on the market, this post is for you. I recently discovered an incredibly beautiful, sturdy, and practical empty palette that comes at a fraction of the price of other cardboard magnetic palettes.
It took me a while to warm to customizable palettes, since they always seemed a little messy and unruly. I finally bit the bullet when I decided to try Makeup Geek eyeshadows, and I’ve been sold on the idea of making custom palettes ever since. They’re perfect for travel, obviously, but being able to rearrange your eyeshadow singles (and other pan products) on a whim is an oddly satisfying endeavour. I haven’t gotten in to depotting my makeup, but I do love the flexibility and affordability of buying single pans knowing I have the empty magnetic palettes to put them in.
One of my greatest finds this month was the sale on Sephora Collection Nano Lip Liners ($5 CAD). I have happily paid full price for these in the past, but I couldn’t pass up a $5 Sephora lip pencil (especially since Ebates was offering 16% cash back at the time!).
These liners have it all — pigment, smooth application, lasting power, great colour selection (though several seem to be out of stock; perhaps they’re discontinuing this line?), comfortable to wear. I love that they come in a smaller pencil format; it’s great for travel, sure, but it’s also an inexpensive and non-committal way to try out a colour you wouldn’t normally go for.
In my 30 Beauty Questions post, I mentioned that Surratt Beauty was among the brands I was curious to try. Shortly after posting, I found myself in front of the Surratt display at Sephora.
Surratt Beauty, among other things, makes a selection of shadow, blush, and contour products, which you can customize to place in their empty compacts. In theory, I love this. I have pretty specific (and narrow) taste when it comes to eyeshadow, so being able to customize a palette is an attractive option for me. Many other brands offer similar custom systems: MAKE UP FOR EVER ($25 CAD for 0.07 oz, plus significant volume discounts), Buxom ($15 CAD for 0.05 oz), shu uemura ($19 CAD for 0.049 oz), and Inglot ($12 CAD for 0.08 oz), to name a few.
I’m not an eyeshadow fiend, and I was intrigued by the possibility to create a contour and highlight duo. I chose Griseille and Aureole from their Artistique Blush range. These powders fit into the 2-pan compact.
I’m pleased to present the final edition of my four part brow pencil comparison, where I search for a dupe of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brow. So far, after comparing it to the NYX Micro Brow Pencil, the Colourpop Brow Pencil, and the Sephora Collection Retractable Brow Pencil, I don’t quite feel like I’ve stumbled upon a real dupe, though all are respectable products.
Though I never intended to when I began this series, here I take a look at the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette. Admittedly an unfair comparison.
Here we go! Welcome to Part 3 of my brow showdown series, where I compare the Sephora Collection Retractable Brow Pencil in Midnight Brown ($16 CAD) to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown ($27 CAD). The ABH Brow Wiz has been my favourite brow product for some time. Unfortunately, the packaging keeps breaking, which renders its dual-ended design all but useless. I’ve been on the hunt for a dupe that offers comparable colour, texture, and pigment in a package that lasts for the life of the product.