Right, it’s time for a bumper update on what’s hot and happening in my office this week. As I explained last week, these are not product reviews but rather first impressions, news and announcements. Although most of them are new launches, some are just new to me.
Almay Shadow Softies.
Almay Shadow Softies impressed me with the very first swipe. They’re eyeshadow singles in a cream-to-powder formula, and they’re super easy to apply with your fingertips. There are 6 matte and 6 metallic Shadow Softies available, and there seems to be a good balance between brights and neutrals. I, however, received three fairly psychedelic shades which is why I haven’t really worn them yet so I can’t comment on their lasting power. If you’re shopping somewhere and there aren’t testers, the three shades I have (Honeydew, Seafoam and Vintage Grape) are all much less intense than they look.
R59 each, available from pharmacies.
Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lip Color in Neverending Nude
I have SUCH a love/hate relationship with this lip colour. I am in love with the shade (it’s pretty much my perfect nude shade) but I am not in love with the formula at all. It’s one of those double-ended jobs with the long lasting color on one end and a gloss on the other end. It’s very drying and I don’t enjoy the little paintbrush applicator on the gloss end. Because I love the colour so much I use a different balm/gloss over it, which helps somewhat. The good news is that it lasts absolutely forever on the lips.
R165, get it from pharmacies and department stores.
Rubybox Tools Eyelash Curler
I think my mom once told me I don’t need to curl my lashes because they’re long, and that was the last time I thought about it. I have, in the last couple of months, thought about it every now and then – but I still haven’t done anything about it. At a Beauty Breakfast with Rubybox last week they offered me a lash curler, so I’m totes going to try it out now. I’ve played with it a little, and even without mascara there is a marked difference when I use it. I shall report back.
R80 from their website.
Mitchum with Oxygen Odour Control
I used Mitchum for the longest time, because my mom swears by it (Mom is featuring this week, apparently). I can’t exactly remember why I switched to something else, but I’m keen to give their reformulated, repackaged products a try again. From what I could gather their main aim was always wetness protection, and they’re now reformulated to include oxygen-releasing magic that will also neutralise odour better. The men’s and women’s variants both come in four scents and an unscented variety each, and you can choose between Invisible Roll-On, Invisible Solid, and a Gel formula – I’m keen to see if they’re actually invisible too, because I remember the solid stick to be pretty whitening on clothes.
Vaseline Blue Seal Germsafe Petroleum Jelly
What type of person receives a box of award-winning products from Pond’s, Axe, and Vaseline and is then most excited about Vaseline that keeps out germs? That would be me. It’s good old refined petroleum jelly with added antibacterial agents, and I reckon it would be a good product to use on cracked skin, in a dry nose, and on cracked lips. Now that this exists, I don’t see why anyone would want to use any of the non-Germsafe variants, to be honest.
R20 – R25 for a giant 250ml tub.