Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about making art, too much eyeshadow and becoming a grown up.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Walmart Haul and First Impressions!


So, you're going across the pond; what springs to mind? The culture? The weather? The food? ... Or is it the chance to do some US drugstore beauty shopping? Well for me, as excited as I was about spending 17 nights in Disney World, I was a little bummed that there wasn't any shopping involved in the trip. At all. If it wasn't the gift shop an attraction dumps you into, we weren't doing it. Ultimately though, for Kenny's sake, I felt like a trip to a mall would just have been unfair - he hates shopping (except at Ikea because he gets fed well or at supermarkets because he... yeah, gets food). I could have gone alone, but then, that's a bit unromantic too, given we already had some time apart planned out. In the end, we settled on a trip to Walmart. Probably not his first choice for a way to spend vacation time, but a quick look at the People of Walmart website soon convinced him that there was the potential for a very high entertainment value. So, while he was stalking the aisles looking for inappropriately clad patrons and having a complete overreaction to how cheap Wrangler jeans were ("$19.99!! Like I am serious, these are $19.99, isn't that AMAZING") I was left alone to do some damage to my bank balance.




 So first off, from Covergirl, I picked up the Lashblast Volume Mascara - because, to me at least, this is like the most hyped up, raved about US drugstore mascara and I just had to find out if it was really worth the hype. I haven't used it yet, or even opened the packaging, but I shall let you know how I get on with it.


Also from Covergirl I picked up two of their 'Cheekers' blushes. Firstly (on the left above) there's True Plum - which isn't really a plum at all, it's more like a muted, dusky pink with some shimmer running through it, and then, on the right above there's Plumberry Glow - this one I'm not as keen on. It's bolder in colour, but it also has kind of chunks of glitter running through it as opposed to just a shimmer. It's quite a bright, almost fuchsia pink and I just wish it was a bit less sparkly really, but come next Summer I might go reaching for it.


And lastly from Covergirl I picked up one of their lipsticks and it is in the shade Yummy. It's a very kind of candy, or Barbie pink and it's very pigmented with an almost satin finish on the lips. I really like this and I wish I'd picked up more of these lipsticks (I had another two in my hand but I put them back in the end *sob*)


Onto Maybelline now and if I recall correctly the counter was really badly stocked so a few things I wanted, I couldn't get, but nevertheless I grabbed a couple of things I really like. The first is a Medicated Baby Lips in the shade Soothing Sorbet. I love Baby Lips so I was always going to pick up one of the ones I can't get over here, but I wouldn't say it's anything special or that it would change your mind on them if you don't like them in general.


I also chose two of the Maybelline Color Tattoos in the Leather Formula - I love the originals, but these ones still aren't available in the UK. Firstly I picked up Creamy Beige (on the left above) it's a nice pale neutral which I could wear as a base or on its own. I then wanted Chocolate Suede - a darker chocolatey nude - but it was out of stock and so I opted for Deep Forest (which is on the right above). Deep Forest is a kind of grey/green that isn't as smooth or as nice as Creamy Beige, and my overall thoughts so far are that I'm not as fond of these as I am of the 'normal' Color Tattoos, they just seem more difficult to work with.

Physician's Formula next and ultimately, since discovering it hiding in TK Maxx a couple of months ago, I decided not to buy very much in Walmart as a) I had just bought some things and b) I would be able to find bits and bobs back at home. So I just chose one thing in the end and it was the Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash Mascara. I am currently using this as my daily mascara and I have a full review coming, but, what I will say is, as a plus; this is very gentle on lashes and it doesn't irritate my eyes at all and b) as a con, it's transferring from my bottom lashes to my cheek, which may not be a remarkable thing for some, but I think it's the first time I've ever had it happen to me!



 Sample swatches from the 'blue' palette

I then stumbled across the brand Hard Candy which I think, correct me if I'm wrong, is Walmart exclusive. I had heard of it, but not much about it so I was going to just skip it rather than gamble my precious drugstore shopping money, but then I came across the eyeshadow palettes (which by the way, will be the title of my autobiography if I ever write one, "And then I Came Across the Eyeshadow Palettes"), yeah, so for once I wasn't interested in the nude version, but instead, was drawn to the blue and green version. These were $6/£4 each and I just thought, how handy would these be to have for creating any specific looks or tutorials? And I have to say, not only is the range of colours great for creating full eye looks, but the quality is really surprisingly good; nice and buttery, but maybe not the best pigmentation in the world.



Selected swatches from the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette

And lastly, it was time to hit the Wet n Wild counter - quite possibly the one I had been most excited about! As you can see, I found the eyeshadows! I actually would have bought more, so maybe it's a good thing this was all they had in stock! 
So I picked up two of the big palettes, Comfort Zone - the more nude/green palette - and Petal Pusher - the purple toned palette. And I have to say, these are so cheap, and even though everyone raves about them, I was expecting to say something along the lines of "they're good for the money, but not great, relatively speaking", but I was wrong, these are good. I had seem them listed on the UK's eBay for like £8 before, and even though I would grudge overpaying by so much compared to the US price, I would be seriously tempted now that I know how good they are!

I also picked up a couple of the smaller palettes; there's I'm Getting Sunburned, the trio in the middle above - I love the orange and brown, not sure how much I'll wear the pink.  Then there's Spoiled Brat which is the one on the left above - again, love the other two, but not the pink. Why so much pink? Do people wear that much pink shadow?!? And lastly, there's a quad, which is The Naked Truth and which is just the most dinky little set of awesome nudes, love it.


And lastly, I bought two of their lipsticks in the shades Mauve Outta Here - which is on the right and is a cool toned, mid pink - not indeed a mauve at all. And there's also Just Peachy - which is on the left and is cool, orange toned coral. Now, I don't seem to have photos of these swatched which I appreciate is very, very annoying and I have no idea how it happened, but I'm not with them now so I can't just take some shots so, I apologise. I had always heard that the formula of these is drying and wow they weren't kidding! The colours are beautiful, but for me, I think really, they're just a bit too dry. 

And that is everything I bought from Walmart - I did however put in an Amazon.com order to pick up some bits that Walmart doesn't stock, like NYX ... and maybe Lorac! So stay tuned for that haul which will be up soon. If there's any of these makeup bits you'd like to see used in a post, please just let me know in the comments below!


4 comments:

  1. I love the look of the wet n wild eyeshadow palettes and have always heard gret things about them. The shades are gorgeous x

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    1. They really are such fantastic palettes, it's kind of mind blowing how cheap they are really!! I've seen some of the limited edition ones they've done too and some have been stunning - there were none of those about when I was over there though *sad face*

      Thanks for reading,
      Kitty
      xx

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  2. What an amazing haul! I wish we had wet n wild in the UK. Have always wanted to get my hands on their palettes. Maybe next year, if I travel to the US.. :)

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    1. Yup, I think of all the US only brands Wet n Wild is definitely one of the ones I'd like to see over here the most - such good quality! Though, like most brands, I'm sure the prices would be inflated for us in the UK.

      Thanks for reading,
      Kitty
      xx

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