Without getting into too much about retail store expansions and slow supply chains our beloved Target is leaving Canada. I headed out to the liquidation sales on the very first day, and have never seen the store so busy. Like many others I soon realized the highest discounts were the 30% off cosmetics and began to stock up.
Although I hate the scent this a good match for WOC who are NC44-45. It’s a little pink, but I’ve never really noticed things like that standing out on darker skinned women (unless they’re using foundation that’s way too light). I’ll be doing a more thorough review of this one in the future. It was $$5.59 down from $7.99.
The NYX display was pretty much cleared out by the time I got there. I still managed to snag a few things though.
After having a poor experience with NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu I decided to go for a couple glosses that were a bit brighter in colour. These were $5.59 down from $7.99.
Although both of these shades have significant pigmentation, Peach Cobbler just isn’t a very nice colour on my yellow undertones. Cupcake was however, a surprisingly wearable Barbie pink for me as a WOC.
NYX Maison is a colour I’ve wanted to try since posting my brown lip collection. It was $6.29 down from $8.99. While I thought the colour looked really interesting on East Asian skin tones it’s unfortunately not as gray on me, showing up as a more nudey brown.
NYX Currant Slim Lip Pencil is just a pretty deep red I thought would come in handy. It was $3.49 down from $4.99.
I should have probably waited till the next price cut to get these Covergirl Lipperfection Jumbo Gloss Balms as no one seemed to interested in them. Eh, hindsight is 20/20 and at least I got them for $3.49 instead of the regular $4.99. Unfortunately, only one of them is a flattering colour on my lips.
Hint: It’s not the left one.
I don’t know much about ELF, except for the fact that you should always buy their studio line brushes, which is exactly what I did. I picked up the angled liner brush and the blush brush. They were each $2.80 down from $4.00.
The angled liner brush is a little too flexible imo for liner, but I do like using it with pomade or shadow on the eyebrow.
I found the blush brush to be extremely scratchy (but what can you expect for the price point). It would probably work well with some of my finnicky blushes that take a lot of effort to pick up. The Chanel Tweeds are a good example of this. They are easily picked up by the small palette brush they come with, however that one deposits the colour far too patchily.
Sonia Kashuk had a 5 piece ‘couture brush set’ which was originally $16.99 dollars but down to $11.60. I couldn’t beat a deal like that. Tbh, one of the main reasons I picked it up was because I liked the graphics on the handles and thought the box was pretty.
Although these are no longer listed on Sonia’s site. I thought a quick review was in order as she seems to bring out similar brush sets all the time. After having used these I find that they feel softer on the hand than they do on the face.
I have never used a liner brush with gel liner before. I have to say this was the easiest its ever been to create a wing, having used angled eyeliner brushes and normal felt tip pens before. The bristles have a reasonable amount of give, without being too flexible.
I don’t use flat foundation brushes very often despite having several. This one is nicer than my Real Techniques equivalents and fits around the nose nicely.
I use the large powder brush for my more pigmented blushes (Hourglass/NARS) and thought it picked up product lightly and distributed it evenly.
I find the large eyeshadow brush to be quite scratchy. If I were sensitive I probably wouldn’t use it, but it is convenient for setting down a base colour.
I haven’t used this pencil brush yet, but it isn’t anywhere as scratchy as the large shadow brush.
And last but not least,
I picked up a trio of lip balms from the Pixi Petra collection, because I was in dire need of a new balm. I also didn’t see the price and didn’t realize they were originally $16.00 (too much) down to $11.20. I really like this shea butter balm, even more so than my beloved Nivea Honey & Milk as the Shea is a little more moisturizing. The clear is lovely and the Honey Nectar is a nice nude on NC45. The only one I’m not a huge fan of is Ripe Raspberry, which is quite an opaque red.
Here’s to hoping that the next time I go hair/body products will be on greater discount and there’ll still be some Shea Moisture products left.
My total original price was $88.94 and with the discounts it came to $62.24, for a total savings of $26.70.