Do Good Things Come In Strange Packages?
There are plenty of items in the beauty aisles and counters that are exactly what they seem to be… but then there are others that probably have you asking- “what’s that?” Brands have been getting pretty creative- making changes to everything from mascara to lip balm. So how well do these eye-catching products work, and is the packaging practical or just pretty? Let’s find out!
Flower Beauty Petite Fleurs Pocket Triplet Concealer ($6.98, Walmart.com)
Do you remember those “push up pencils” with the little lead tips that you press up from the bottom of the pencil? That’s the concept in one of the more unique items in Drew Barrymore’s Flower Beauty line, available at Wal-Mart. The Petite Fleurs concealer offers three slightly different concealer shades in one product. I have it in a color family that works for light/medium skin. When you want to try a different shade, just take the top piece off and press it up through the bottom. These concealers are a nice creamy texture and have buildable coverage… it’s workable for the under-eye area or blemishes and other problem spots. It’s great to be able to customize your shade, and it takes up less space than a palette/compact would. The only drawback is that you don’t get a lot of product in each of the concealer pieces. All in all, I think this makes the daunting task of finding the right concealer shade more fool-proof!
Nuance Salma Hayek Beautifully Blends Eye Quad in Neutral ($8.99, CVS.com)
It’s not some sort of alien spacecraft… it’s an eyeshadow quad! Nuance by Salma Hayek is a line of makeup available at CVS drugstores, and alongside the typical lipsticks and bronzers is a very unusual-looking eyeshadow kit. Each shade in the quad has its own little panel that opens up. There’s a smudge applicator in the center that can be removed. One the up-side, you get a generous amount of each shade and they’re all very pigmented and easy to blend. But even with this kit “folded up”, it’s rather hard to store and just takes up a lot of space compared to other eyeshadow quads. Unless the blooming flower type of packaging really fascinates you, I’d say you can skip this one. Other drugstore brands like Wet n Wild, Physicians Formula and NYX have shadows with comparable quality and smaller packaging.
Avon Mega Effects Mascara ($10, shop.avon.com)
Avon’s latest mascara is unlike anything I’ve ever used. As opposed to a skinny brush on the end of a wand, this brush mimics an actual paint brush! While the packaging is very different from a traditional mascara, I think it’s even more compact. I love that you can adjust the positioning of the brush to any angle you choose, and you flip it over or use it vertically for hard to reach areas. The brush has rubbery bristles all the way around, so you can use every bit of it. If you have naturally sparse lashes, you might find that they get a bit overloaded with product… for that reason, I like to dab the brush on a tissue to remove the excess. I think it builds an impressive amount of length and thickness. I’m still getting used to this unusual wand, but the more I use it, the more I like it. For the adventurous product junkies out there- I think it’s worth a try!
EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm ($3.29, evolutionofsmooth.com)
Chances are, you’ve seen these unusual lip balms in the drugstore! They’re a definite change from the traditional sticks and tubes, and I’ve built up quite a collection of these! (They look like scoops of ice cream in a bowl!) These balms are not super slick or greasy, so I like to use them as a lip primer- helping lip liners and lipsticks glide on more smoothly. The Sweet Mint flavor is one of my favorites along with Lemon Drop with SPF 15. While these aren’t necessarily the best lip balms to put in a tiny clutch, I actually like keeping one in my larger purse… when I’m reaching in blindly, I know when I’ve gotten my hands on one of these round lip balms! By the way, EOS stands for “Evolution of Smooth” and many of their lips products are 95% organic, 100% natural, and gluten and paraben-free. I’m a big fan, and my cat is always looking for any opportunity to knock one of these off of my desk and chase it around the house
Have you seen any really unusual-looking makeup products lately? Let me know in the comments section! And as always, you can check out more of my reviews and tutorials on the Beauty Broadcast YouTube Channel and Blog! Have a great day! – Emily