This Christmas – yes I’m still harping on about Christmas – I was lucky enough to receive a few brilliant beauty bits and pieces from the USA and, having had a chance to test ’em all out now, I wanted to share my thoughts with you guys.

One of the best things about beauty in the US, in my oh-so humble opinion, is the amazing array of wallet-friendly, incredible quality drugstore make up products. Sadly, while the UK has upped its game in recent months, we’re still lacking the same drugstore beauty brilliance that you can lay your paws on in the US.

So, without further ado… The first product that I was desperate to get my little mitts on was the Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Comfort ZoneI had heard so many brilliant things about this eyeshadow palette, which FYI is just $4.99/£3, and couldn’t wait to give it a go.

I’ll be honest, I was slightly sceptical about whether such a cheap (less than 50p per shadow!) product could really be that great but boy was I wrong. The colour pay off is pretty ruddy ace, the application is nice and smooth and the only slightly negative aspect about it is the staying power of the shadow. But, for such a cheap as chips price, you can’t really complain! Definitely worth a go if you’re looking for a brilliantly budget-friendly eyeshadow option and do make sure you check out the other Wet N Wild products too; I’ll certainly be investing in a few more next time I’m in the US.

Next up, another eyeshadow offering, the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Iced LatteAgain, this was another product that I had heard delightful things about and I was actually hoping to pick up both the Bronzed Taupe and Amber Rush shades too but they were sadly sold out. However, Iced Latte is a lovely champagne shimmer that adds just the right amount of brightening glow to your lid; the pressed pigment formula means the shadows are beautifully buttery in terms of application and the colour sticks around all day.

Now you can actually get a very limited number of these in the UK but the shade selection is pretty ruddy awful in comparison with the huge variety available across the pond.

Last but not least, and sticking with the eye options, the Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Fakeout Mascara (holy moly what a mouthful). I was a bit perplexed about which mascara to plump for from the PF range – there are quite a few…! – and eventually opted for this one because it promises that false lash effect but with a totally hypoallergenic formula, so there’s no risk of irritation or stinging which can be a problem with some cheaper mascaras.

The brush on this bad boy is ruddy massive which makes it slightly tricky to use – every time I get down to the base of my lashes I inevitably end up with at least one wee smudge…! In terms of the results, it does boost lash volume, while giving a slight curl – by no means the most impactive drugstore mascara I’ve tried however and all in all a bit meh if I’m honest. I’m eager to give some of the other PF mascaras a go though, my spidey senses tell me they will be a bit more impressive.

Now all I need is a trip to the US… Any offers?!


3 thoughts on “The Haul #10: USA additions

  1. nyrmirez says:

    I have to admit we are really lucky here in the US in terms of affordable makeup. Did you try a primer before you applied the wet and wild shadows on? I always do because without it they crease on me and end up looking like a mess. I’ll have to check to the Physician’s Formula mascaras I have never tried them. Great post!

    1. I tried the NARS eyeshadow primer and it really did make all the difference – probably wouldn’t risk them without if they’re as creasable as you say. Do check out PF mascara – the Original one is meant to be amazing too! xxx

  2. Ahhhh, US drugstores, how I miss them so! I’m currently living in Hong Kong, but I’ll be moving back to the states this April. I can’t WAIT to go all out with some epic hauls, Lol. I really want to get my hands on that Wet n Wild palette too, the colors are fantastic! Maybe when I move back over, we can arrange a US/UK swap? I’m so sad I’ll be missing out on the Bourjois blushes in he vintage packaging *sniff sniff*

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