October Drugstore Beauty Favorites and Fails

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Happy Wednesday, friends! I’m seriously in awe withย the fact that October is almost over. Can we please just get time to slow down this year already?!

Today, I’m excited to be sharing a new twist onย my monthly favorites’ post. Instead of just sharing my favorite beauty products for the month, I’m also going to start including products that I tried out that I didn’t love. Because let’s be honest, we all have those products we purchase that are oh so disappointing, and I really appreciate it when other people forewarn me before I waste my money on it. So let’s get started!

October Drugstore Beauty Favorites and Fails

  1. NYC Liquid Liner in Black (Fave)– This liquid eyeliner is holy grail status for me. No matter how many eyeliners I try out there, I always come back to this one because it’s simply amazing in creating the perfect winged liner. It’s also the perfect tool to use inย creating Halloween makeup looks! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  2. Jordana Matte Lipstick in Lavender Lady (Fave)– I’ve been rocking this lip shade nonstop lately. It’s just such a gorgeous pale pink/purple shade and it lasts all day long!
  3. Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter in Lollipop (Fave)– This isn’t really a new favorite of mine, but it’s something I’ve been reaching for in my makeup collection lately. If you love a light, flirty pink shade, then this lipstick is perfect for you! It also has the most velvety soft texture on the lips and adds a nice glossy sheen.
  4. Revlon Colorstay Liquid Concealer (Fave)– I just purchased this about two weeks ago, but I’ve been loving this product so much lately. It’s no secret a full-coverage concealer is always a must-have for this tired mama, and this one does a great job of lasting all day. I’ve always been a fan of the Revlon Colorstay foundation and I’m equally impressed with this concealer.
  5. Wet n’ Wild Fall 2016 Limited Edition Eyeshadow Trio in Velour Vixen (Fave)– If you haven’t yet tried out wet n’ wild eyeshadow trios, then you’re definitely missing out! This one has the most beautiful shades for fall and is perfect for creating a vampy, romantic look. The browbone shade is also a nice neutral which will come in handy for future eyeshadow looks.
  6. NYC Get It All Foundation Stick (Fail)– NYC may be the creator of my all-time favorite liquid eyeliner, but they seriously disappointed me with this foundation stick.ย This had absolutely zero coverage, and zero stayingย power. I would apply it to my face and it wouldn’t even hold long enough to blend it out. I attempted three times before giving it the final toss,ย but in the end this product was a serious fail in my book.
  7. E.l.f. Sculpt and Glow Duo Stix (Fail)– I love e.l.f. but I’m not sure what they were thinking with this product. Although, multi-purpose products are all the rage here lately, they seriously missed the mark here, especially with the stick form.ย The sculpt color is chalky and the glow color is straight up glitter. Just say no to this product.
  8. Hard Candy Baked Illuminating Duo in Twinkle Star (Fail)– Another disappointment here, as I’ve always loved the hard candy baked blushes, but this product fell seriously flat. There was no pigmentation here, and what little bit of color that did appear on the skin was sparkly glitter. Not exactly what I like to see in a highlighting product. Save your money on this product, and go for the Milani Baked Blushes instead, which are ah-mazing! (review here)

What are your favorite beauty products at the moment? Have any products you’ve tried lately that you’ve been less than impressed with? I’d love for you to share them with me in the comments!

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Thanks for stopping by!-Cara

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94 Comments

  1. Claudia @ Justalittleblush.com wrote:

    Good job on the graphic! I keep being surprised by Jordana Cosmetics, my only issue is it’s hard to find sometimes. Will go on a hunt for the lipstick!

    Posted 10.28.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! It is a challenge to find their products sometimes. My Walgreens is always sold out so I usually have the best luck at K-mart. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 10.30.16 Reply
  2. Jennifer wrote:

    So good to know the fails almost as much as the wins so that I don’t buy those. Thank you!

    Posted 10.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      You’re welcome! I always like hearing what others like/didn’t like.

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  3. suzanne wrote:

    I love that you included fails in your review! Totally just as important to know.

    Posted 10.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I always appreciate it when people forewarn me about products that aren’t up to par! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  4. Joanna wrote:

    Ohh I’ve never tried the Revlon concealers before! I love the Jordana lip products though:)

    Posted 10.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Yes, they are so pretty and great quality!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  5. Tanya Dufour wrote:

    I haven’t tried any Jordana products. I used to love the Revlon lip butters. I haven’t used them in so long. I will def stay away from those flops. Thanks for sharing this list!

    Posted 10.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I just love how soft the lip butters are on the lips! And the Jordana matte lipsticks are awesome! They sell them at Kmart and Walgreens. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  6. Rebecca Jo wrote:

    Thanks for the heads up about Amazon Prime – a coworker was wanting to try it before buying it- I need to let her know this is happening

    Posted 10.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I couldn’t live without it haha. It’s amazing to be able to buy something and have it shipped in 2 days.

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  7. Kristen wrote:

    NYC liner is ALL I use! It’s seriously better than any other liner I’ve tried and it’s so cheap!

    Posted 10.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Oh I’m so glad to hear you love it too! It’s awesome!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  8. ellesees.net wrote:

    I haven’t been able to find any of the LE WNW stuff. That palette looks SO pretty!

    Posted 10.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I have to hunt and hunt for it typically. People in my area get to it fast apparently lol.

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  9. Jenny wrote:

    The Revlon lipstick looks great!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It’s such a pretty shade! I love how soft the lip butters are on the lips too!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  10. Jessica Sheppard wrote:

    This is a great post! Love the fact that you share your fave and the fails! That will help us all save some money! Def love the liquid liner!!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! I’m always using the NYC liner for my winged looks! It’s awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  11. Courtney wrote:

    The NYC liquid liner is such a good classic! Always have one on hand.

    La Belle Sireneย 

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It’s my no fail choice of eyeliner for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  12. adriana wrote:

    I want to try that Revlon concealer! Love this list, I need to try so many of these!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I’m really impressed with it! I’ve noticed it doesn’t crease either, which is awesome!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  13. Mary wrote:

    such a great and helpful post, i really want to try the revlon lipstick!
    http://www.layersofchic.com

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It’s one of my faves!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  14. Logan wrote:

    I will have to check out the Revlon lip butter! It looks awesome!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It’s so soft on the lips and I love the light pink shade!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  15. Christie wrote:

    I don’t think I’ve tried any of these yet. I’m interested in trying Revlon’s concealer. I currently use Maybelline’s Fit Me, but I’m always on the look out for new products to try,
    It’s a shame about the Illuminating Duo. Flat highlighters are a huge bummer to me.

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It really was disappointing because their baked blushes are gorgeous and highly pigmented. But I’m definitely with you, I want my highlighter to pop! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  16. Robin wrote:

    I’ve used the NYC eyeliner before. I find it easy to apply.

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I like the liners where I have more control, so that’s why I love this one!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  17. Jessi's Design wrote:

    This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Jessi!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  18. Brittany wrote:

    I want to try that lipstick!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It’s such a pretty shade!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  19. Crystal Marie wrote:

    Pretty colors. I need to try some of these soon!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  20. LIndsay wrote:

    Good to know those are products not to try! I swear by NYX liner, too – but some of their products are definitely disappointing!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It’s hit and miss sometimes, but I always like hearing what others like/don’t like as it makes it a little easier when choosing what’s worth purchasing. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  21. Rachel wrote:

    Love those eye shadow colors, so pretty!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I think they’re so pretty for fall!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  22. Sarah | Loving Little Dixie wrote:

    I’ve been on the hunt for new lip colors. I’m going to have to try #3!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It’s such a pretty shade! I love it for everyday wear! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  23. Mistle wrote:

    I have not tried any of these products. The eyeliner though I think I need to try! I am still on the fence about the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Setting Powder. I have been using it to bake my make up with. I’ve only used it twice so far. I have been loving ColourPop products though lately.

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I have wanted to try Tarte products for years, but where I have naturally dry skin I’ve always been afraid that they would be too drying on me. I may have to bite the bullet and give them a chance though! Thanks for the recommendations!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  24. KP wrote:

    I’ve been using the same brand of liquid eyeliner for YEARS and I think it’s finally time to try a new one. I’ve really been liking the NYX products I’ve used so far, so I should give the eyeliner a try!
    I wish I had read this before buying another drug store concealer – it’s just awful. Next time I’ll try Revlon ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I honestly think the Revlon one is a dupe of some of the higher end concealers. Loreal Blur Concealer is also a drugstore fave in my book!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  25. Alex wrote:

    Is that NYx eyeliner a pen? I love those. Also I’m glad to hear about the wet n wild shadows!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It’s a small tipped brush. If you like felt liners, try out covergirl’s intensify me eyeliner. It’s awesome too!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  26. Chelsea Pearl wrote:

    Always helpful to know which products are a win, but also a fail! I’ve been hearing a ton about that NYC liner everywhere so it is definitely now on the top of my beauty shopping list.

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It is awesome! Definitely a beauty must-have if you love wearing a winged liner! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  27. Andrea Nine wrote:

    I always get so excited for this post! The Jordana line is so good and I love how inexpensive it is. Their lip liner is the only one I use and now I want to try this lipstick!!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      You’d love it and that shade would look so pretty on you!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  28. Nadine wrote:

    Bummer about the fails. I will have to try out that NYC liner since you speak so highly of it. I have heard people rave about Jordana but is it Kmart that it comes from? I don’t have one near me ๐Ÿ™ I do love MIlani!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      K-mart and Walgreens are the only places that carry it near me. Bummer you don’t have one near you!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  29. Elizabeth Ann wrote:

    I love this review! I really like to know the products that fall short. I am going to have to try out the eye liner. I have been going from eye liner to eye liner and can’t seem to find one that I like AND lasts longer then a couple of weeks.

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      This one is great, and I’ve been using/repurchasing for about 2 years now! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  30. Joules (from Pocketful of Joules) wrote:

    Great list of products you like and don’t like. I love that there are some drug store options that are just as good as the pricey stuff!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Me too! I’m all about finding good quality products at great prices!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  31. Bianca A. Nunez wrote:

    I have had elf, makeup and it seems to work well for me. Thanks for the other ideas!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I’m overall a huge fan of elf, just that product itself didn’t impress me at all. Every brand has a few flops and that was one of them. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  32. Lily wrote:

    I have searched and searched for a good high-coverage concealer from the drugstore and just haven’t had any luck. I will have to try this one…I’ve tried all of the others from drugstore brands.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily๏ปฟ

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      What type of skin do you have? Mine is dry, so I have to be choosey with my selections too. I really like the Loreal Visible Lift Blur Concealer, Rimmel Brightening Concealer, and the Revlon one most recently. For high end, Nars creamy concealer is my go-to. Have you tried any of those?

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  33. Tara L wrote:

    Thanks for the heads up on the two epic fails. It’s always good rediang reviews of different products first before purchasing.

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Glad you enjoyed it, Tara!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  34. Leslie Soto wrote:

    I definitely want to try the Hard Candy products. I’ve been hearing about them lately and can’t wait to try them. That Glow Illuminating Duo looks so incredible!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It did look great, but unfortunately it was pretty worthless. It had zero pigmentation, so it’s definitely a no-go in my book. Check out Milani’s baked blushes/bronzers instead! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  35. Nicole Parise wrote:

    Its always good to see a review on drugstore items! I love the NYC liner as well ๐Ÿ™‚
    xx nicole
    http://www.nicoleparise.com

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Glad to hear you like it too! It’s my fave!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  36. Laura wrote:

    the NYC liquid liner is THE best. Absolutely my go to as well when I want to rock a liquid liner look (though these days I’m more of a brush-and-powder girl)

    That eyeshadow trio is gorgeous and would be so great for fall!

    xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It’s so good and hard to believe it’s so inexpensive for the quality! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  37. Alanna @ Alanna & Company wrote:

    Maybe I’ll try that liquid eyeliner. I just found my liquid eyeliner open in my makeup bag without the cover so it’s totally dried out and dead ๐Ÿ™

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Oh no! I hate when that happens! I truly do love this one for a liquid eyeliner. If you like felt tip ones covergirl’s intensify me liner or jordana’s felt tip liner are awesome options too!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  38. SMD @ Life According to Steph wrote:

    I really like that Jordana color. I don’t see that brand often up here.

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      The only place I can find it is K-mart, and occasionally Walgreens when it isn’t sold out. For the price, I was blown away with the quality, and this one is a really pretty shade.

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  39. Trenara wrote:

    Great list, I love NYC and ELF affordable but great quality!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Both are great affordable brands! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  40. Belle wrote:

    Great finds! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these products!

    One Awesome Momma

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Belle!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  41. Nellwyn wrote:

    I’ve never tried any of these products but I’m in the market for some new lipstick so I might pickup that one from Revlon.

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It’s such a pretty pink! I think it goes perfectly with any skin tone too!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  42. Sarah Jean Althouse wrote:

    I love how you shared the failures – makes me appreciate your favs even more!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I appreciate it when people forewarn me about products that don’t work well, so I want to do the same for others! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad you enjoyed it!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  43. Jamie wrote:

    Thanks for sharing! I love seeing what products actually work before I buy them! Glad to know about the e.l.f. product, I’m a big fan, but I won’t waste my money here!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Normally I’m a huge fan of elf products, but that one was a definite flop. Definitely better drugstore products in the contouring/highlighting arena out there. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  44. Carrie wrote:

    Love the Revlon Lip Butter! Also, love drug store finds – I literally could spend hours in the drug store looking at everything!!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Me too! It’s a problem somedays! haha Especially when you have boys and they’re all “Mooom not again!”

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  45. Kiara Catanzaro wrote:

    I will definitely pick up that reckon concealer. I’ve been loving my maybelline fit me concealer currently! These are all great picks!

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Kiara! I’ll have to look into the Maybelline Fit Me one!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
    • Kiara Catanzaro wrote:

      Revlon* Oh jeeze with that “reckon” correction my phone did! ? Haha!

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply
      • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

        Haha I totally knew what you meant! ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Posted 10.27.16 Reply
  46. Candy wrote:

    Always like how you find great products at local places I shop at and doesn’t cost small fortune.

    Posted 10.26.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I’m all about finding great products at affordable prices! Glad you enjoyed the post! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 10.27.16 Reply