I don’t know what’s been going on – whether Memebox has changed their shipping service or what – but things have been taking longer to get to me, and they’re more likely to get stuck in customs, which is kind of frustrating. I track my packages with the Parcel app and nothing is more frustrating than checking in and seeing “Processed Through Sort Facility – ISC New York NY” for days on end with no change.
In any case, I was able to stop by the post office today and retrieve my Wakeup Makeup box. Here’s what it’s all about:
“Flawless skin, brighter eyes, plus 10 more minutes of sleep? No, you’re not dreaming. It’s just your morning beauty routine, updated. If mornings are not your best friends, and spending hours in front of the mirror is not an option, we’ve got ways to streamline your morning beauty routine so that you can look good, and feel good, every morning. Here, a simple makeup box with a selection of all products that will put yourself together in a flash, at home, or on the go.”
Now, mornings are not my friends. In fact, mornings and I are as close to mortal enemies as you can be with something that isn’t actually a person. If mornings were a person we would be fighting and I would be fighting dirty. So a makeup box that is supposed to not only make my morning easier (and therefore shorter) but also make me look fabulous? Sign me right on up. I’m in.
So I ripped open the box, and here’s what I found!
1. Bbia Downy Cheek
“This ultra-blendable cream blush gives your cheek a natural flush of color! The creamy formula blends into the skin with no visible texture for the look of natural beauty and goes on completely weightless. It can be worn over or under powder to sculpt and highlight your cheeks!”
This was randomly selected from either pink or peach. I got the peach color. I would have been happy with either, frankly, although I am an orange girl at heart so peach makes me smile. The blush itself is very blendable and you can sheer it out very nicely, so I might be able to use it without overdoing it and ending up looking like a clown. I’ve never used a cream blush before, so this will be something new to me. It has quite a dewy finish.
2. It’s Skin Babyface Young Girl Gel Eye Liner – Purple/Black
|Awww, wookit dat faaace!|
“This dual colored gel eyeliner comes in two color options- black and brown, and purple and black – and when the two shades are applied together, they create a younger-looking, lovelier effect on your eyes. Plus, the cream-type texture allows it to glide onto skin smoothly in one easy application.”
This eyeliner duo came with a little eyeliner brush. I really appreciate that- I think it’s very thoughtful. I’m glad they gave me the black and purple rather than the black and brown, just because I already have both black and brown gel liner – but I don’t have purple! Hee hee, purple.
I think the Babyface packaging for this line is adorable (we saw it once already in the My Cute Wishlist 2 box). However, I do have a problem – when I opened the bottle, the liner was already starting to pull away from the sides of the jar, which to me means it’s starting to dry out. And, unfortunately, when I tested the liner itself, the black was still good (although it wasn’t actually a particularly dark black) but the purple was a dry, patchy mess. I will try to revive it so it’s usable, because I really would like to try that color out as a liner, but I’m angry that I’ve gotten a product that’s in this condition.
3. Royal Nature The Original Soothing Blemish Balm SPF30 PA+++
“Royal Nature’s The Original Soothing Blemish Balm is greatly acknowledged for its gentle, soothing formula enriched with calendula extracts, chamomile extracts, cypress essential oil, portulaca extracts, and Royal Nature’s special ‘Angel’s Tear’ complex. Unlike other chemical-infused BB creams, this Blemish Balm will relieve and brighten up the skin.”
This made me orange. Enough said.
4. Shara Shara Creamy Dual Auto Eye Stick
“This Creamy Dual Auto Eye Stick simplifies your eye makeup collection by combining an eyeliner and an eye shadow into one double-ended eye stick. The two shades for every color option are carefully curated so they can be applied together harmoniously or be mixed and matched with other liners and shadow colors. The creamy texture is gentle on the skin and the subtle pearly glitters add more glam and style to your eyes.”
This product was randomly selected from four options: Shine Gold Khaki, Holly Pink Brown, Celeb Burgundy, and Glam Brownie. I got Glam Brownie.
I like eyeshadow sticks, guys. I like the idea of a double-product eye pencil (in fact I have a couple of them from Stila that contain actual powder shadow). I’ve talked about eyeshadow sticks before in the K-Style 2 unboxing. As of right now I’ve got about 8 of Laura Mercier’s caviar sticks. Unfortunately for me, this Shara Shara eyeshadow stick doesn’t rise to the admittedly high standards I’ve gotten from the caviar sticks.
The color itself is fine – the glitter is more noticeable than in the Laura Mercier caviar sticks, which I think is frankly just a matter of preference, since both products glide on smoothly. The main difference is in the durability of the product. Even if you blend out the caviar stick right after you apply, once you let it set for about a minute it just doesn’t budge – even on my oily eyelids without primer. The Shara Shara, on the other hand, will wipe right off even after sitting for 15 minutes or so. It just doesn’t stay as well.
The liner is a basic black. It’s fairly dry, for a pencil, and isn’t the darkest, but it’s serviceable.
5. Cheek Room Two Color Lip Gloss
“There’s no need to make more room in your pouch with this product! The dual lip gloss provides a liquid lip color with the intense, long-lasting hold of a lip stain and the eye-catching shine of a gloss. It is formulated so that the stain locks color on the lips for a waterproof, smudge-proof result that will not transfer or fade. Its intensely pigmented formula provides immediate, opaque color with a matte texture, and its non-sticky topcoat adds an extreme lacquered finish.”
This was randomly selected from two colors: Lavender and Pink Beige or Wine and Nude Peach. I got Lavender and Pink Beige. I’m super not a lip gloss person, so this product isn’t particularly relevant to me – and even if it was, I’m not a fan of the color. Plus, I’m not super sure how it’s even supposed to work – it’s not like there’s a brush for each color, so how do you keep them from getting muddled? There may be a really simple answer but it’s not coming to me.
6. Shara Shara Glitter Pearl Powder
“Shara Shara’s Glitter Pearl Powder boosts its glitter pearls that shine and sparkle in multi-angles and apply super smoothly onto skin, with a silky, long-lasting radiance. Also, the tip brush controls the amount of Pearl Powder for a single application, making sure just the right amount is applied and adhered onto the skin. Plus, it can be used as a highlighter as well.”
This was randomly selected from three colors: Pink Romance, Bronze Gold, and Champagne Gold. I got Champagne Gold (although I think I would have been happy with any of the three colors).
Although the packaging on this product is pretty cheap (hello there plastic forever), I actually really like the product itself. There’s a pointy-tipped sponge applicator that passes through a plastic guide to keep excess product from coming out of the bottle (although the applicator carries more product than I personally would be comfortable using on any one place). The powder itself is smooth and blends nicely. I’d recommend that you use some kind of primer (or Fyrinnae’s Pixy Epoxy if you’re into US indie makeup brands) to make sure you don’t get tons of fallout, but I can see this looking great for an aegyo sal look or even just for tear duct highlighting. I don’t know that I’d use it anywhere other than my eyes, though.
Bonus: Cellbydate The Real Galacto Zero Essence
This product was a bonus with purchase of the Wakeup Makeup box. Frankly, without this product, the box would be a little disappointing, since only one of the products is worth more than $15.
This particular product is labeled as 10-free: it contains no parabens, minerals, surfactants, alcohol, colorants, fragrances, PEG, BHA, additives, or animal ingredients. It’s supposed to help balance your skin, control production of sebum, help your skin regenerate, and moisturize.
I’m interested in trying this, so I think I’ll start adding it into my routine in place of Missha’s First Treatment Essence (after I patch test it, of course).
So. Will I use it?
Blush: Sure. I’m way more likely to use a cream blush than a powder blush, and I like this product’s finish and texture.
Gel liner: As long as I can revive the purple liner, I will probably use it (as long as the color doesn’t make me look funny).
BB Cream: No – but only because it’s not a color match.
Eye Stick: Unlikely, because I have better comparable products already.
Pearl Powder: Absolutely. I really like the look of this.
Essence: Yes, starting within the next two days (tonight will be the first patch test on my face).
I’m most surprised that there isn’t any concealer to deal with bags and dark circles, and I was kind of surprised that we got two eyeliners. The glitter was a good addition, I think, and I’m very happy with it.
I have been surprised at the low value of quite a few of the products in Memeboxes lately – I don’t mind it as long as I feel like the box has been chosen well, but with the majority of the products in this box costing less than $10 I wonder whether I should just spend the $7 or whatever on the products themselves and get rid of the risk. I haven’t made a decision yet, and I have something like 6 boxes yet on the way in the next two months – but I’m going to start being really selective in my ordering from now on.