If you’re not familiar with Influenster, it’s a site where you can read and provide reviews of products. Occasionally you may be selected to receive a Vox Box containing free products for you to try in exchange for your review based on your profile, reviews, and reach. Vox boxes are not always beauty based, and feature everything from drugstore to ohigh-end luxury brands. I was recently selected to receive the free Rimmel Vox Box featuring two of their new products. Total disclaimer, I don’t purchase from Rimmel because they’re not cruelty-free but, for the sake of the review, I’ve excluded that as a factor. Read on to find out if these products were up to snuff!
I really want to love this mascara but, unfortunately, it misses the mark for me. The Shake It Fresh packaging is designed to keep the formula from clumping and drying out. It allows you to shake the product to refresh it when needed. As a result, the packaging is quite heavy but is sleek and does have a high end feel. Unfortunately, the formula is so thin and watery that I wanted it to dry out. It took forever to set on my lashes and got everywhere, often leaving me with the dreaded racoon eyes at the end of the day. I don’t find this mascara to be overly volumizing though the brush does provide a nice separation of the lashes. Overall, a pass for me. There are much better mascaras on the market at the same price point.
I absolutely love the formula of this lipstick. It’s matte but feels so nice on the lips. This is one of the best drugstore matte lipsticks I’ve tried and rivals my favourite from a much more expensive brand. While the colour isn’t one I would have chosen, the pigmentation is excellent and it has an even application. It’s what I would call a satin-matte finish. The colour sticks around through eating and drinking but is definitely not transfer proof. My biggest beef with this product is with its design. The flat top of the lipstick makes it difficult to be precise with the application, which is important to me with a bold matte. I would have preferred a more traditional bullet shape. For that reason, I probably wouldn’t purchase this.
So there you have it! Have you tried either of these products? Let me know if they worked for you in the comments below. And if you’re interested in joining Influenster, click here to sign up for your own account and start reviewing!