First Impressions : Physician's Formula & NYX
I recently used a bogo sale to pick up some new products from NYX and Physician's Formula to try out. I'm always looking for a good cc cream and mascara to recommend. I've been wanting to try out the eyeshadow base for a while now. I also needed a new beauty blender so I picked up a two-pack from Ulta. Here are my first few impressions of all five products.
Dual-ended fine automatic brow pencil and spoolie brush. Obviously this is a total dupe for the Anastasia brow pencil, and it's definitely working for me. The pencil packaging is lightweight and almost flimsy feeling, which is to be expected with NYX. The caps click on, which is nice. The automatic pencil is small and perfect for delicate strokes. The brush is sturdy enough to help feather the color. The Ash Brown color works well well my lighter skin and haircolor, and I believe the product comes in seven other colors, including auburn. The price is very affordable and NYX often has buy-one-get-one sales. Has a decent ingredient list. Will definitely re-purchase.
cruelty-free - paraben-free - $10 - Highly Recommended
I've been looking for a dupe for M.A.C. Paint Pot in Painterly ($22) for years and - this is it. The only reason I hadn't tried NYX eye shadow base before is because it comes in only black, white or dark beige ("nude"). But it blends right into my skintone! The texture is creamy enough to blend across the delicate eye area, but has enough pigment to cover redness and provides the perfect blank canvas for eye shadow. The ingredient list could be improved, particularly by removing the petrolatum, though some people are able to handle mineral oil products more than others.
CRUELTY-FREE - PARABEN-FREE (nude only?) - $7 - RECOMMENDED
I wasn't a fan of the bb cream, but I wanted to give the cc cream a shot. I've been hunting for a dupe for IT Cosmetics CC+ ($44) and when I first applied this Physician's Formula stuff, I thought "oh boy, it's so close!" And then I thought about Kindergarten, because this stuff smells exactly like play dough. Like salty, acrylic dough. It's definitely distracting and a bit off-putting, but the smell does fade away. The coverage is close to full coverage and does require some blending, liek the IT CC+, but still applies fine with just fingers. Unfortunately it only comes in two colors (wtf?) and I could hope for an even cleaner ingredient list...
CRUELTY-FREE - ewg rating 3 - $15 - mildly RECOMMENDED
I have tried a few other Physician's Formula natural mascaras and liked them, but this one was a head-scratcher. I got suckered in by the dual-sided comb brush on this one, but it's just not working for me. Also I was super surprised by the strong coconut scent that wafts out of the tube when you open it. Of all things to have an unnecessary fragrance, why mascara?! I found out that the ingredient list was continued inside the packaging, which is why I didn't initially see the dreaded "fragrance." I'll definitely return this and get the regular safer one in the green tube.
CRUELTY-FREE - PARABEN-FREE - $10 - not RECOMMENDED
I love the original beauty blender, but I do NOT love that price tag. I've tried a few cheap egg-shaped sponges that definitely didn't quite compare, but the Ulta sponge is a great dupe! When squeezed with water it gets as smooth and squashy as the beautyblender, and even when dry works well to apply cream blush or highlighter. Even at $5 each, these sponges feel high quality.
$10 - RECOMMENDED
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