March MakeupMadness – Beth’s Benched Players

In honor of March Madness, the ladies of full clutch are reviewing the cosmetics that make up their “teams.”  Featured photo credit.

Yesterday Sarah shared her benched makeup players. What do we mean by benched? Basically any cosmetic that we’ve taken out of the rotation because it’s not appropriate for the season, or we’re tired of the color, or maybe it was a new product we took a chance on, but it just didn’t pan out. Today, my benched players–sorry guys (or gals)!


Beth’s Benched Players


1. Sephora Anti-Shine Foundation Primer – $17  I live in extremes. In the winter I have really dry skin, in the summer I’m a shiny beast. Thus I like to use this anti-shine primer underneath my foundation/BB cream to set the makeup better, and absorb shine throughout the day. But I only really use this product during the hottest months, June-August, because it’s just too drying in the winter. So it’s been on the bench for months, still has a couple more to go before it jumps in the rotation.

2. Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner – $16  Oh Eyeko. This product is a heartbreaker. I bought it a month or so ago when Birchbox was having a sale. This product features a felt tip pen for easier control when applying tricky liquid eyeliner. First time I used it? Loved, loved, loved. So easy to use and apply for a dramatic eye, and it stayed put all day. Second time I used it? I had to keep stopping my application and turning it upside down so that the liner would flow back into the tip. It took me a good 15 minutes just to store up enough liner to finish my eyes. It’s been the same ever since, and I read reviews online that give a similar complaint. SUCH a bummer because it’s really nice once it’s on, but I just don’t have the patience to wait so long. Boo.

3. Sephora Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer in Luminous – $17  A second primer from Sephora, this one I’ve used in the past during winter because it’s not drying at all, and gives a bit of highlighting. BUT, I’ve found that I don’t really need primer with my beloved BB creams, so it’s the rare occasion that I smooth this on. A good product though, if you’re wearing makeup for 12-14 hours at a time, which I rarely do anymore.

4. Dior Hydra Life BB Crème SPF 30 – $56  I got this is as a sample at some point. I try to use all my samples, even if I don’t like the product much, because I just think it’s wasteful to toss a cosmetic, even a tiny one. This one broke me, though. I’ve tried to wear it. tried to use it up, but I think it’s going to go in the trash. This is the thickest foundation/BB cream I’ve ever used. It’s like smearing bathtub caulk on your face. And it’s hell to get off–like two days later I can still see a bit of color on my washcloth. Eesh.

5. Too Faced Eyeshadow Compact  I love Too Faced products, and I got a compact along with a number of other items in a Too Faced value set last year. These shadows are highly pigmented and nice quality, but I think I’m over the colors–mainly Blonde Ambition and Satin Sheets. They’re really pretty in the container. They’d be really pretty on a 22 year old. But as I work my way through my 30s, I just think the super shimmery eye shadow looks a little juvenile on me. Mattes are more my speed these days.

6. Cirque Nail Polish in French Roast – $13  Love this nail polish. Crazy about this nail polish. But I’m desperate for spring, and dark brown glitter does not sing spring to me. So I’m putting in the back of my nail polish bin until the leaves begin to turn. True, they still need to actually grow on the trees before they can turn, but I’m hopeful. Someday…right?

7. Color Club Custom Collection in Status Update – $8  Another favorite nail polish from a Birchbox shipment. But gunmetal gray is not conducive to thoughts of sunshine and sandals. Giving it up until next winter.

8. NYX Cosmetics Stick Blush in Pink Poppy – $5.99  I’ve been trying to jump on the cream blush train. I’ve had some good luck, and I actually like this product in its application…but the Pink Poppy color is too pink on my sun-deprived skin. I’m thinking by mid-summer I’ll be able to wear this without looking like a doll. In the meantime, I might pick up one of their more subtler colors. Like e.l.f., NYX is a cheap brand worth looking at–you can find it at Ulta.

Stay tuned tomorrow for Beth & Sarah’s drafted players, and tell us about yours in the comments!

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