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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Review: beauty ADDICTS Express Collection

beauty ADDICTS products are divided into 4 categories: Glow, Express, Motivate and Seduce. I was most drawn to Express, shown above. Here are some of the things I reviewed.

-Express LUXE Lips ($18)- A nude, brown based lipstick that is said to offer maximum moisturization, long-lasting color and fuller lips. This is a semi-creamy, matte lipstick with... granny smell. That's the only way I can put it. It smells like a lipstick your grandmother would wear to kiss you with. I would like the product a lot more if it was differently scented.

Face Candy Grade: C

-LashGALORE ($18)- A "volumizing, black mascara." This is the second and last product that just didn't cut it for me. Maybe I got a bad batch, but when I went to apply it, nothing happened. Had I not gotten enough on the brush? I swooped it around the tube a bit to see if that would help, but it didn't. The tiny bit that actually stayed on my lashes was waxy and did literally NOTHING for me.

Face Candy Grade: D

-Mineral SheerTINT SPF 20 ($32)- A mineral-based, oil-free, ultra-sheer tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 and ingredients like Ginseng Root Extract and Vitamins A, C and E. I tried Natural Glow, my perfect match. Coverage and pigmentation is sheer, quite sheer, so I only recommend this to the most flawless of flawless faces. It contains some luminizing pigments and moisturizer so it's hard to over-do. My only real gripe is with the packaging. It seems that product seems to consistently ooze out of the top until you screw the cap back on. Waste much?

Face Candy Grade: B

-SleekCHEEKS ($28)- A cheek duo containing one Velveteen Creme, a weightless creme to powder texture and one Build-a-Blush, a sheer, matte powder. I am truly in LOVE with the Velveteen Creme. It's pigmented and lovely, just a dab will do ya, and the fact that it comes with a powder blush too, well that makes it a winner in my book. $28 for 2 products in one. I like to use the powder on top of the creme for extra staying power.

Face Candy Grade: A+

-GlimmerSHEERS ($28)- A highlighting and luminizing duo. One half is a pearly white cream and the other is clear gel. I particularly like the duo for highlighting the inner corners of my eyes and creating a glossy gelled-eye look that's SO in.

Face Candy Grade: B

-SolutionEYES ($35)- A quad of 4 shadows from sheer matte, to subtle shimmer. I LOVE this quad. I could do without the matte ivory, but the other 3 colors are heavily pigmented and smooth and buttery. Highly recommended.

Face Candy Grade: A+

-RelationLIPS ($28)- A quad of 4 lip glosses, infused with shea butter, aloe vera, Vitamin E and wild berry essence. I liked these glosses a lot better than the Lipstick. They are all creamy, with medium pigment and don't smell like your grandma. If you get this, you MUST get the LipCLICK brush too. The two go hand in hand.

Face Candy Grade: B+

-LipCLICK ($18)- A retractable lip brush that opens to reveal a full size lip brush. What more can I say, besides perfection?

Face Candy Grade: A+

Overall, beautyADDICTS products are great. A bit steep in price, but some of the products are worth it. You be the judge of which ones (and then come back and tell me!)

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