In the Lab: Products I’m Currently Testing


Welcome back, Beauties! Today, I’m going to be sharing with you some of the items that I’m currently testing for review and my preliminary thoughts on them, kind of like a review preview of sorts. 

I was inspired to do this post as I was getting ready for work today, actually. I realized that I always give the beginning and the end of my experience with a product. I figured it would be nice to let you know the middle of the process, the actual testing I’m doing leading up to the review. So, let’s get into it!

The Winky Lux Kitten palette, $25, came in my November Boxycharm. You can read my unboxing post from last week for more info on the product. I’ve used this palette about three times since I got it, and I’m enjoying it so far. The shadows blend nicely and the pigmentation is great.


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After hearing so much about the No7 Stay Perfect Foundation, $15.99 at Target, I finally decided to give it a go. Today is the second day of testing, so I don’t have too many thoughts on it just yet. The shade I picked up is perfect (I’m in the shade Chestnut for reference) for me right now, and I agree with the claims on the bottle that it’s medium coverage. It takes a hot minute to dry down though, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it’s not my favorite thing either. I should be finished testing it by the end of this week, so look out for the review next week sometime.


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The Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For No-Filter Mattifying Primer and Complexion Perfector (what a long ass product name, sheesh!), $28, is one of the items I picked up in my Ulta haul this past weekend. I’ve used it twice so far and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it yet. The packaging says to apply it twice a day for 28 days to achieve optimal results. Okay so, I need to know who is applying their primer twice a day realistically, because I have questions about that. The info on Ulta says you can apply it over makeup, but who is doing all of that? So far, I’ve noticed that it does mattify the skin nicely without that over drying feeling. I have to use it a while longer to report back on the complexion perfection claims. So far, I’m underwhelmed by this.


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I’ve been testing the Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder, $32 at Ulta, for almost two weeks now, and I actually like it. I’ve used it mostly to set my concealer, but also to set my entire face. I haven’t noticed is breaking down on me or making me look extra powdery and/or cakey. The full review on this should go up next week. So far, so good.


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I picked up two shades of the Smashbox Always On Metallic Matte liquid lipsticks, $24 each at Ulta, in the shades Vino Noir (burgandy and red pearl) and So Jelly (fuchsia with fuchsia and blue pearl). I wore Vino Noir last night for the first time and OMG I love it. I typically don’t really go for metallic lip products, but these are fantastic.


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One of my faves on YouTube always talks about the IT Cosmetics Superhero mascara, $24 at Ulta, so I figured it was time to give it a try. I’ve only used it twice, so I don’t really have a strong opinion of it just yet. I’m something of a mascara snob, so I’m super critical of mascaras. Once I find one I love, it’s hard for me to venture out and give another one a try, but I figured why not? I can say that it is definitely super black, so you don’t have to worry about that. I’ll keep testing it for about another week or so and get back to you guys with a full review soon.

These are some of the products I’m testing right now. Let me know what items you’re currently getting to know in the comments below.

Until next time, Beauties! xoxo


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