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BEAUTY REVIEW: #MAKEYourself
I feel like it has been an eternity since my last beauty review post. The folks at MAKE Beauty were kind enough to gift me with two samples of their lipstick and eyeshadow products in exchange for a review. MAKE Beauty is a brand that believes that there are no beauty roles and that each person is driven by an artistic approach to their own personal reality. MAKE wants us to embrace a whimsical approach to life and to be outspoken, intelligent, confident and un-self conscious. This definitely resonates with me because I have been on a lifelong journey of defining and redefining myself while embracing my confidence.
The silk cream lipstick in color Taffy is described as having a vivid, saturated color that provides a protective moisturizing treatment with antioxidant vitamins, rosehip, soybean and safflower oils. Aloe and chamomile extracts further condition lips. The first time I used it, I was not very satisfied with the level of saturation because I love super-pigmented lip products. I ended up wiping it off and using something else. On the second try, I decided to use it in addition to a lip stain. This time, I was impressed. The cream lipstick lasted all day (I was in school from 9am-10pm) and it kept my lips from drying up (something that often happens with my lip stain). The product has not been tested on animals and it is hypoallergenic.
The eyeshadow is also described as being intensely pigmented with an array of blend-able shades that “goes on smoothly with a crease-resistant, oil-free formula that looks fresh for hours after you’ve applied it”. I was sent the matte finish eyeshadow in color alabaster which is like a soft eggshell with peach undertones. True to its description, the product actually goes on smoothly with a matte finish. My only gripe with it is that the color was too light for my skin tone so I had to apply more layers to get it to the hue that I wanted. However, this probably would not be a problem for lighter-skinned people. I probably would be able to get more from MAKE’s other 36 shades like the dark Brick color. This eyeshadow has not been tested on animals, oil-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic.
MAKE is made in New York City. It is paraben-free and never tested on animals. In addition, 10% of sales are donated to the We See Beauty Foundation, supporting women-led, worker-owned cooperative businesses across the Americas. If you are interested in trying out MAKE, I recommend trying the Sampler Kit ($10), which is a selection of 5 favorites to see if this brand is a good match for you. Use this code MAKEYOURSELF to get 20% off your order (expires 5/31).
Verdict: For $25 a piece, I think the product is a little expensive compared to how much I am willing to pay for a lipstick or eyeshadow. But you can also argue that Dior and Christian Louboutin lipsticks costs $30-$90 a piece. Both the lipstick and eyeshadow are less saturated than I’m used to but they give a nice subtle hue that I love. The lipstick gives good moisture and blends easily. I also love the philanthropic idea behind the brand and that it is made in the US.
Sponsored Post: Thanks to MAKE Beauty for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine.