Tuesday, 21 February 2017

TK Maxx Beauty Bargains February 2017 | Too Faced, MAC, Stila, Make Up Forever, Urban Decay

As you already know, I am a huge lover of both beauty products and bargains and therefore, a fan of TK Maxx. I didn't even realise that TK Maxx had a beauty range until about six months ago and I haven't ever turned back. With TK Maxx, you have to have patience as it is pretty much just a massive jumble sale and sometimes you'll find nothing that you like and other times you'll fall in love with almost everything. To be honest, I only go in the stores to look at the make-up so I wouldn't know about the clothing and home-wear items that they sell. However, I have managed to find some goodies recently and I thought that I would share with you my thoughts.

I actually have been in store twice in the past week and there has been a huge selection of high-end make-up products on offer. I will admit now, I'm not the first person to write a post like this and it is completely inspired by Beauty Markdown. But there was no way that I could find all these beauties and not share them.


Too Faced Cosmetics

Now, Too Faced cosmetics are known for popping up randomly in TK Maxx stores and when they do, they often sell out extremely quickly. Do you remember me mentioning the Melted Lipsticks being in store when I posted my haul? If so, don't worry because there are even more and a completely different shade and finish! I was instantly drawn to these when I walked over to the counter as there was so many of them in the most gorgeous packaging, they are the Melted Metallic Lipsticks in the shade Dream House. I quickly rummaged around to see if I could find one that hadn't been opened and soon did. However, when I swatched the item I realised that I'm not keen on the item at all as it was a sparkly bright pink shade that I wouldn't wear. None the less, I am sure that there are plenty of you out there who definitely would wear this shade and for only £5.99 (I believe), you can't go wrong. These are the second shade of these products that I have seen in stores after the Melted Frosting Lipstick made an appearance back in November so hopefully more will be coming our way in a few months. On the TF website, this product costs £19 so it is definitely worth picking one up from TK Maxx if you find a shade that you love. Update: I visited my local TK Maxx store again and actually found a metallic lipstick in the shade Melted Tu-Tu which is a pink shade and was the same price. 







Another product from Too Faced that keeps popping up within TK Maxx stores is the Cat Eyes Palette. I was fortunate enough to pick one up back in November and I saw them again last week on the shelves. They cost £9.99 which is a huge bargain considering that they retail for £32. I have loved this palette since I bought it but definitely wouldn't have spend £32 on it. However, this product sells out super quickly and you'll barely ever find these palettes two days in a row so please pick one up when and if you see it. I was so excited to see these return but was also a bit sad that I couldn't go through the excitement of finding this much of a bargain again. Even if you're not a fan of eye-shadow or the shades inside the palette, it would still make an incredible gift. If you are hoping to find one of these in store and aren't sure if you'd use it, then you can read my review here.
A different palette from Too Faced has also been brought back recently and is again, an item that I managed to pick up in November. It is the TF Selfie Powder Palette and comes with three different powders which are meant to represent Instagram filters. These again are on sale for £9.99 and retail again for £32. When I went in store yesterday, these were hidden away from the main beauty counter, so make sure you're checking the nearby shelves too. I think that this product is worth £10 considering that you get three powders but I wouldn't pay £32 at all as I don't think they're even close to being worth that price as there isn't anything that really stands out with them. Again, you can see my review of this product here.


In the past, I have seen the Too Faced Bulletproof Liners make numerous appearances within TK Maxx stores and I have picked up two shades; Silver Lining and Get Lucky but when I went in store yesterday I saw an even bigger selection of colours including White and Black which I am regretting not picking up. I quite like these liners as they can be blended out to be used as eye-shadow and I think that they have such a creamy formula as well as being easy to apply. These costs £5.99 each in TK Maxx and are worth picking one up, just to see if you like them. The only downside is that the nibs are quite thick and they don't sharpen down too well but other than that, you can't really go wrong considering that they usually retail for £19 each. 



The final Too Faced product that I saw in TK Maxx is again, another that I have previously seen and is the 3 Way Lash Lining Tool which doesn't really appeal to me as it doesn't have great reviews and I don't really understand the point in it. Having said that, it costs £5.99 in TK Maxx which is another big reduction from the retail price of £18.



I know that I said that the previous item was the last but I have visited TK Maxx again and managed to find something I hadn't before and this was the Perfect Lips lip pencils. I was quite surprised to find these as usually I only find eyeliners but nonetheless was pleased. The shades that I found were Perfect Red, Perfect Pink and Perfect Berry and I managed to pick up the pink as well as the berry. These cost £9.99 each which although isn't a huge saving, it is still some. These products were £15 on the Too Faced website but I believe were discontinued. If anybody has found the remaining two shades; Perfect Spice and Perfect Nude please let me know.




Stila Cosmetics

When I saw an entire bundle of products from Stila, I was quite shocked as I hadn't ever seen this brand in TK Maxx before. The first set of products from Stila that I spotted were the Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liners which were available in a whole range of colours and I believe only cost £3.99 each, or maybe even £2.99 each. I didn't pick any of these up as I really do not need anymore eye-liners but I thought that these were quite interesting products to find in store. These products retail for £14.50 each, so you would be saving yourself a huge amount of money if you were to pick some up.

The next product was the Smudge Stick Waterproof Liner which I only spotted a few of and didn't pick up simply because I already have two that I don't use enough. Having said that, these are such a good pencil eye-liner, the formula is creamy and comfortable and I would recommend giving them a try. I think that these were around the same price as the first which again, is good considering they retail for £14.50.

Finally, I found a product which is again an eye-liner but is completely different from anything that I own and is the Stila Got Inked Cushion Liner in Copper Ink which is a gorgeous gold/brown shade and actually works so well. This cost me £3.99 which is incredible considering it retails for £20 and I am so glad that I found this product, I can see myself wearing it constantly. 

I believe that there were a few other products from this brand including lip glosses that I whizzed past but definitely go and have a look as you never know what you may find.


Make Up Forever

Believe it or not, I did actually manage to find a couple of products from Makeup Forever and for quite reasonable prices too. The first being the Smokey Eye Studio Palette which I actually spotted on the website for £24.99 with its retail price of £45 as well as the Artist Palette Shadows which was £32 on the website, retailing at £59. I didn't pick up either of these as I really don't need anymore eye-shadow for the time being but keep a look out if you are a fan. I would love to hear if their shadows are good if any of you have experience with them.

Moving on, the only other Make Up Forever product I found was the Artist Plexi-Gloss Duo which has been in stores for a few weeks now without selling out and contains two lip glosses. I didn't manage to take note of the price of this but I believe it was around £10. 



Urban Decay

Urban Decay are a brand that I know have been spotted in TK Maxx stores previously and they have made an appearance yet again. I managed to find a pair of their Fast, Easy, Sexy partial false lashes for £6.99 with a retail price of £12. I'm not really into lashes but if you are and these look up your street then make sure you have a look.


The other item that I found by this brand were a set of three travel sized Eye Liners which cost £9.99. I have seen these previously at a higher price of £12.99 but either way, they are much more expensive to buy directly from Urban Decay. I do own some of these liners and although they're pencil, they are super creamy and last all day.



Bobbi Brown

Over the past few months, I have actually only seen one Bobbi Brown make-up item in TK Maxx and this has been exactly the same. It is the Pastel Brights Eye Palette and was originally £34.99 but has been reduced to £28 which is quite good if you are after this palette considering that it retails for £42.50. These palettes are both online and in store but if you're trying to find it in store, make sure you check the make-up that has security tags because it isn't in the main make-up area. 

MAC

I still cannot believe that I am able to add this brand into my post and I was both pleased and shocked when I saw that there were MAC products in TK Maxx. Firstly, I found a Mineralize Rich Lipstick in store which was a nude shade and cost £14.99 and then when I checked their website, I managed to find another in a more grey toned shade. If you're a lover of MAC lipsticks when these would be the ideal bargain for you. They do still seem quite expensive but if you were to purchase them in store, they would cost £21.


The next item by MAC that I found were two of their single eye-shadows in the shades Retro Speck and Naked Lunch. These cost £9.99 each on the TK Maxx website and usually retail for £16, allowing you to save £6.

Another product that I found on the TK Maxx website was a jumbo Lip Pencil in the shade French Kiss; a gorgeous deep red. This cost £12.99 and does look really pretty, I just can't get the hang of wearing lip pencils.

The final item that I found on the website was a Eye Gloss in the shade Pearl Varnish and to be entirely honest, I have no idea how these work but this costs £12.99 and usually retails for £18.50.

Saving the best to last, I managed to find a MAC Superslick Liquid Liner in the shade Defiantly Feline which is a gorgeous copper shade. I believe that these have now been discontinued and the only one I found didn't have a price on it so the worker sold me it for £6.99 which to be honest, does sound a bit too good to be true. Having said that, I was more than happy to pay this price and I am so pleased with this purchase.




NARS

The final make-up brand that really caught my eyes was NARS cosmetics. Throughout February, I have managed to find a whole variety of their single eye-shadows, some for £7.99 and others for £9.99. I have spotted the shades Baby Girl, Ombre, Party Monster and some Duos in the shade Mad Mad World. Aside from this, I have also spotted a few different eye paint pots for £9.99 (some reduced to between £6-£8) in the shades Solomon Islands and a dark grey shade named Tartar. I personally haven't picked any of these up simply because I don't tend to reach for single eye-shadows and they usually get forgotten about.







Real Techniques 

Real Techniques is the final brand that I am going to talk about and is a brand that supplies beauty applicators including brushes and sponges. Real Technique brushes are a must have for anybodies make-up collection and different sets are always floating around TK Maxx stores. Some of the brush sets that I have managed to spot recently includes the Collectors Edition Eye Lining set, the Six Piece Eye Starter Set, the Five Piece Face Starter Set and the Brush Cleaning Palette. They also have a huge range of single sponges and brushes both in store and online including Powder Brushes, Expert Face Brushes, Stippling Brushes, Sculpting Brushes and Retractable Kabuki and Bronzer Brushes, all for a fraction of their retail prices. 





Other items that seem one off that I have managed to find includes the Smashbox Powder Contour Kit, Elizabeth Arden is quite a popular brand within TK Maxx and there are currently a whole range of eye-shadow singles and duos both in store and online, averaging at around £9.99 each. There have also been a few Bare Minerals sets tucked out of the way including the Obsessed With Finesse set which is £24.99, the Jack Of All Trades set which is £12.99 and The Beauty Upgrade set which is £29.99. Another brand I have seen a lot this month is Illamasqua and I managed to find some of their Brow Build products as well as an eye-shadow and lip palette. A drugstore brand that seems to always be spotted in TK Maxx is W7 and I have managed to find The Cheeky Trio Palette for £5.99, the Brow Parlor Set and a few of their eye-shadow palettes, both big and small. 












I hope that this post has been somewhat useful to you. Make sure to keep a close eye on what bargains are in store!

Thank-you for reading, Tay x

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Kylie Cosmetics VS Makeup Revolution Matte Lip Kits


Hello everybody! Today I managed to get hold of a product from a new drugstore release; one of the Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kits in my local Superdrug store. Everybody, and I literally mean almost every beauty lover who have tried these lip kits say that they are dupes of the Kylie Cosmetics Matte Lip Kits and with MUR's records of dupe product releases, we have good reason to believe this statement. Just in case you weren't aware, Makeup Revolution is a drugstore brand known for creating alternatives or 'dupes' of high end products, a full list can be found here although if you do want me to create an updated list, then let me know.


Packaging - Is anything almost identical and what are the differences?

As always, starting with the packaging there are some very obvious differences yet also almost identical similarities. The shape of the Kylie Cosmetics (KC) Lip Kits packaging is rectangular, as is the Makeup Revolution (MUR) but is much bigger; both in height and length, leaving the depth the exact same size in both boxes. Another obvious difference is the colour and lay out considering that the KC product has a glossy white background, with an illustration of lips at the top and the brand and product details at the bottom whereas the MUR product has a matte black background, with a lip illustration at the bottom and the brand name and product description at the top. I also noticed that on the KC packaging, you can quite easily tell that the font has been printed directly onto the packaging whereas the MUR font feels that it has been embedded into the cardboard, giving it a slightly more professional feel which is pretty ironic. 


Breaking it down a bit, lets talk about the differences between the illustrations presented on each brands packaging. Of course, everybody knows about the KC lips logo which has a set of lips with silver metallic looking teeth and the specific shade of lipstick covering the upper lip and dripping off of the bottom left side of the lips print. I really do like this design, I think it is super unique and represents her brand and liquid lipsticks really well. I'm not as much of a fan of the silver teeth as I think it just adds tackiness if anything but overall, you can tell by the shape, shade and detail that this is an illustration of lips. This illustration takes up around one third of the front packaging. Alternatively, MUR's illustration of lips looks less life-like and draws mostly towards a cartoon sketch. It again, is obvious that it is a lip print but the details are very simple and shading has been applied in black and white, which isn't realistic. You can't see teeth in this illustration and instead, the mouth is just black. The illustration on this brand's packaging is much smaller and takes up around one quarter of the front packaging. I find that both brands have made a good attempt to replica the shade of the lipstick on the illustrations, allowing potential buyers to be able to easily see which shades they like.

Both brands have the shade name written on the top, opening tab of the boxes yet are quite different. The KC packaging has a swatch of the shade around this tab as well as down the left and right sections of the box whereas the shade names on the MUR products are only written small on this tab, in a circle which is filled in with the shade of the product. The writing on both boxes are very bold and although they are opposites, both brands have used the two obvious colours; black and white to really allow the name of the products and brand to be clearly seen although on the MUR products, the brand name is actually written in a smaller rose gold shade which matches a rose gold ban surrounding a middle strip in the packet, I think that this adds a really professional touch. On the side of this drugstore product, the hashtag #LIPCONTOUR has been added.



Turning the packaging over, on the back of the KC lip kit box, her 'dripping lipstick' print is displayed around the top with her signature boldly displayed underneath before moving on to the ingredients, written in small print which actually includes a section dedicated to 'Kylie's tips'. Once the MUR box has been turned around, it doesn't look too different to the front, it still displays the brand and product name with its rose gold strip and ingredients displayed in small print underneath. 




Price, Size & Quantity - Surely the price is too good to be true? Could they really be good enough to be classed as a 'dupe'?

Moving on to a section that myself and many other individuals living in England have been very excited about, the price and quantity of these new MUR lip kits. Starting with the high end product, the Kylie Cosmetic lip kits are only available in American dollars, retailing for $29 (around £23) but if that sounds too expensive for you and you live in England, then think again because on top of that price, you'll also have to pay an international shipping fee of $15 as well as a Royal Mail Customs Charge which starts at £8, making these very pricey products to get hold of, leaving many individuals wondering if they're even worth it? Of course they are, well, I should rephrase that sentence because of course everybody will tell you that they're incredible as Kylie Jenner launches them so they have got to be amazing. Let me tell you a secret, I've found NYX liquid lipsticks which are better. Nonetheless, the formula is good, they do stay on and have an incredible selection of shades. On the other hand, these Makeup Revolution lip kits cost £6 each from Superdrug stores and their website; tam beauty. Both lip kits contain a liquid lipstick and a lip-liner but just a quick heads up is that the KC liquid lipsticks contain 3.25ml of product whereas the MUR lipsticks contain a much larger quantity of 5.5ml and both lip-liners included in the kits, from both brands contain 1g of product. The only main difference that I found within the ingredients section of these products that does really separate the drug-store and high-end product is that although both liquid lipsticks state that they last 12 months before going off, the lip-liner in the MUR kit only lasts 6 months as an oppose to the KC lip-liner being in date for 12 months.


Liquid Lipsticks - What shades are available? Is the quality and performance of the MUR lipsticks worth the hype? Do they have the butterscotch scent?

When opening the packet, the MUR box has an almost identical divider to the KC kits, separating the lipsticks to the liners. The MUR liquid lipstick comes in a very similar glass tube but is slightly taller than the KC lipstick. It has a rose gold lid instead of a black and also feels lighter. The tube is transparent, just like the KC lip kits ensuring that you can clearly see the shade. The KC lipstick also has her signature lipstick drops hanging from the lid and has her brand name underneath whereas the MUR lipstick has the brand name written sideways in rose gold font. One of the main differences that I spotted was that the KC lipsticks have the shade names on a silver sticker at the bottom of the tube whereas the shade name on the MUR lipsticks are on the side of the lipstick, again in rose gold font and sideways but are also stuck on with a transparent sticker. I'm not entirely sure which packaging design I prefer as I love the rose gold and sleek element of the MUR lipsticks yet I also like the individuality of the KC design.



When opening the KC lipsticks, you get an instant aroma of butterscotch which unfortunately the MUR lipsticks don't have. Having said that, they don't have an over-baring chemical scent. Both lipsticks have very similar doe foot applicators, the stick of the KC wand is translucent whereas the MUR is white and the KC applicator is slightly shorter and thicker although both work just as well as each other.

Moving onto shades, this is the part that I think doesn't make these MUR lip kits a complete dupe to the KC lip kits as the shades aren't even close to being identical. Of course, some shades are similar but that is the case within most brands but I also think that it is important that brands don't bring out the exact same shades. I bought the MUR lip kit in the shade Noble as this was one of the only few available in my store. The MUR lip kits are currently available in eight different shades, ranging from nude pink and browns to dark blues and purples but no doubt that more exciting shades will launch in the future. KC currently have over twenty lip kits available to buy from the normal line with specific shades added around seasons and holidays throughout the year.

When applying the MUR lipstick, I found that the product is extremely pigmented and doesn't feel heavy on the lips at all which is similar to the KC ones, again just like the KC lipsticks, you only need one layer to get an even shade over your lips and to give it a neat and smooth finish. Having said this, I did notice that in comparison to the KC lipsticks, the MUR ones do feel quite glossy and tacky at first and does take much longer to fully dry than the KC but leaves an equally matte and gorgeous finish. I find that after a few hours and especially after eating, the KC lipsticks go extremely patchy and are a pain to top up considering that you have to take the remains off before reapplying. I haven't yet noticed this with the MUR lipstick but this may be because I bought a light shade. I have heard that the MUR lipsticks don't last as long as the KC ones and do definitely feel slightly more tacky on the lips.



Lip-Liners - Do they tug on the skin? Are they as creamy as everybody makes out? Are they worth getting the lip kits for instead of the single lipsticks? 

Before purchasing any of the MUR lip kits, I had especially heard great things about the lip-liners; how they're extremely pigmented and can easily be worn alone due to them being long lasting and I can confirm that both of these statements are so true. When I first swatched this product, I can shocked about how creamy, buttery and pigmented these liners are, you really can't tell the difference in formula from these and the KC liners. The MUR liners are again in similar packaging to the KC with them being in matte black packaging, with the shade swatched at the bottom (which covers a bigger area of the product than the KC) and the brand name written up the side. Again, like the lipsticks, the shade names are added with transparent stickers which you wouldn't get with higher end products but I really can't believe the colour pay off and overall performance of these liners, they are incredible. Just like the KC liners, the MUR liners do have to be sharpened but the product feels extremely secure within the tube unlike the KC liners which often fall out when turned upside down. I always find a similar issue with the KC liner lids which no matter how much you try and secure them, they always fall off but this isn't the case at all with the MUR liners. As you can tell from the photos, the MUR liners are much longer than the KC ones but do contain exactly the same amount of product.



Overall, I think that the MUR lip kits are definitely worth checking out if you're looking for something different or cheaper. However, I personally can't find a direct shade match between the two brands so please bare this in mind. Don't buy a MUR lip-kit in Glory to be the same shade and formula as the KC in True Brown K as that really isn't the case. I think that for only £6, you can't go wrong and I am pretty positive that the liquid lipsticks are available as singles online at tam beauty for just £3. For a drugstore brand, these MUR lip kits are so incredible and they will also be bringing out Metallic lip kits and Gloss lip kits which alters slightly from KC because although they do sell metallic lipsticks and glosses, they don't sell them in lip kit format with a matching liner so I will have to give those a go when they launch in stores too although these have also already launched online at tam beauty. I will for sure be firstly buying some more shades of the matte lip kits and I will be doing a swatch post with a complete review so keep a look out for that in the upcoming weeks.

I know that this post has been very lengthy but it is my honest views which I think was needed as so many people aren't going into specific detail. I hope this post helped you decide if you want to try these products and that you love them as much as I do.

Thank-you for reading, Tay x
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