Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Meg's Makeup Package

I got a package from Meg's Makeup a couple of weeks ago, and I thought I'd share with you what I got.

If you aren't familiar with Meg's Makeup, it is a beauty blog that offers rewards for participating. After you create an account, you get points for rating products and writing comments. You can then use those points to get a surprise package of beauty products (please note that you have to pay for shipping). You can redeem at 50 points, 150 points, and 250 points. Obviously, the more points you use to redeem, the more you will receive in your package. I believe the site says that it can take 6-8 weeks to receive packages, and that is close to accurate. She sends packages out in huge groups, so if you redeem right after one shipment, you'll have a wait. I've had some packages arrive in around a week, but I also think I've had to wait the full 8 weeks before.

At this point you might be thinking that you will receive cheap, no-name, awful products. If so, you're in for a big surprise. Here are some of the things I've received at different times in past Meg's Makeup packages: Revitalash, Urban Decay Dangerous Palette, Urban Decay Pocket Rocket in Doug, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty, and Tarte LipSurgence in Enchanted. I've also gotten a few lower-end items like a Giovanni bar soap and a Jordana lip gloss. I have only redeemed for 250-point packages, and I would say that most of the packages I've received have averaged around $100 value. 

Here's what I was sent this time around:

AeroMinerale sheer Hydrating Mineral Primer (Retail Price: $19.99)

Meg has sent out AeroMinerale items before, but this is the first product I've gotten from this brand. I haven't tried it yet because I haven't been wearing a lot of makeup recently, but I'm looking forward to giving it a try soon.

Wet n Wild Megashield Lip Color SPF 15 in Lolly Popstar (Retail Price: $2.99)

I'm not a lipstick person. This is the second lipstick that I have in my collection, and I got the other lipstick in the last MyGlam bag that I received, which I think was back in April. I just don't like the maintenance of lipsticks. I usually forget to reapply throughout the day if I need to use a mirror.

That being said, I love this color. It's a gorgeous hot pink, and it has an almost metallic sheen to it. I just put it on my lips, and it felt smooth going on. I don't mind how it feels. I feel like the color looks good on me, but it is a little intimidating. I don't know that I'll be gutsy enough to wear it outside the house.

NP Set Glam Set Palette (Retail Price: $24)

NP Set is the line of cosmetics by Napoleon Perdis that is sold at Target. I haven't tried anything else by this brand. This set comes with four neutral eye shadow, two blush, and four lip glosses. So far, I've only worn the blushes. I love the look of the eye shadow colors, but I would have to add in at least one other color because the lightest shade here wouldn't work as a highlight for me. The blush colors are really on-trend with Tango Tangerine being the color of the year. I wore them mixed together, and I was happy with the results. The glosses are terrible. They have a hard texture, little color payoff, and they taste terrible. I wish cosmetics companies would learn to stop putting awful lip glosses in palettes like this and drop the price of the palettes.

NP Set Shimmer Highlight Duo Bronze/Gold (Retail Price: $15)

This product looks like something that my 6-year-old niece might wear for a dance competition. The glitter is so chunky that I don't think I could pull it off. My only hope for using this product is using it as an eye shadow base, but I'm afraid it is going to crease like crazy. It did make a nice effect when I put eye shadow over swatches on my hands. Keep your fingers crossed that it doesn't crease.

Napoleon Perdis Mesmer-Eyes Mascara (Retail Price: $25)

This is part of Napoleon Perdis's regular makeup line. I saw it in Ulta over the weekend and about fell over when I saw the $25 price tag. The really interesting thing about this mascara is the wand. As you can see, it is flat, with two different comb sizes on opposite sides of the wand.

I have been hating every mascara I've tried for months now, and I like this mascara a lot. I use the smaller comb side, and I love that it separates my lashes. It dries nicely (I've had a couple of mascaras recently that have remained tacky feeling ALL day), and it doesn't flake or smudge.Will I spend $25 to purchase it myself? Not likely. I will enjoy it while I have it though, and I think I'm going to clean off the wand when I pitch the tube and use it as a lash comb.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Baked (Retail Price: $19)

I enjoy Urban Decay eye liners, so I was happy to see this in my package. I'm pretty sure this is a discontinued color. The difference between the first swatch picture and the second one is just me tilting my arm towards the light a bit more. I think I'm going to have fun playing with this color.

As a side note, Meg recently declared that she would no longer support companies that test on animals. With Urban Decay's decision to sell their products in China, I would assume that Meg's Makeup will stop promoting Urban Decay. She has not made a direct statement about this, but I'm guessing this round of packages was the last one to include Urban Decay products.

Grand Total Value: $106 (rounded up)

Bottom line is, if you are a makeup addict and haven't signed up for Meg's Makeup yet, do it now! I had to pay $12 in shipping to get over $100 worth of product. Your points don't expire, so even if you aren't super dedicated to rating and commenting, you can go back months later, get more points, and get (nearly) free stuff.

 Disclaimer: These products were sent to me as part of a points rewards program hosted by megsmakeup.com. I paid for these items to be shipped to me. I did not receive any sort of compensation for posting about these products or about Meg's Makeup. My only affiliation with Meg's Makeup is as a registered member. I do have an affiliate link for Meg's Makeup on the sidebar of my blog. The ONLY thing I get when people use that link is an extra point towards my next package.

Do you participate on Meg's Makeup? If not, will you now? Which of these products would you be most excited to receive?