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The CoverGirl x Katy Perry Collection

The CoverGirl x Katy Perry Collection

Katy Perry’s newest collection with affordable drugstore brand CoverGirl will have you rethinking the notion that drugstore equals cheap in dollars and in product. Let me just get this out of the way: the Hot Kat eyeshadow palette is just as good as its higher-end competitors, in color and wearability, and even cuter when it comes to the kitten-shaped center shades. If you only purchase one product from the collection, make it this 10-hued palette: you’ll use it forever to create countless wearable eye looks, from a wash of gold shimmer to a smokey eye to a more colorful berry-inspired look. And this is just with one palette. There’s a second one too: a more colorful palette called Cool Kat that contains 10 bolder, punchier shades, from pastel pink to slate grey. I decided on a golden subtle smokey eye, lining the bottom and top lash lines with the dark brown shadow, really hugging the lashes to make it more of an eye opener as opposed to a liner. I used the shimmer eggshell shade on the inner corners of my eye and my brow bone for added pop.

The CoverGirl Katy Kat Lip Glosses ($8) are my second must from the collection, most notably the Cantaloupe shade, a shimmery cantaloupe-nude. It’s definitely more creamy then glossy, which I prefer and it had crazy unexpected longevity. I actually layered this over Covergirl Queen Collection Major Shade Matte Liquid Lipstick in Insider ($9), which is CoverGirl’s version of a lip paint. (Insider is a pink-nude, and it’s perfect for spring/ summer barely-there lip looks.) Okay, so maybe this is why my Katy Perry Lip Gloss seemed to have such great staying power. I liked the layer effect because my lips didn’t look painted or super matte. The color wasn’t as pigmented as Kylie’s Lip Kits or even the Tarte or Nars Lip Paints, but it still gave a nice wash of hue. Perhaps the darker colors are more pigmented; I have yet to try.

Next, I used CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Concealer ($11) dabbed onto blemishes and dark spots. I was pleasantly surprised by how lightweight yet full-coverage the formula is. Tip: layer product, then dab powder, then more concealer, then more powder to receive fullest coverage benefits. I’ve read reviews that say people have issues with the applicator: it has a built-in bristled pen, making it perfect for on-the-go touch-ups. All you have to do is twist the bottom and wait for the concealer to emerge from the bristles.

Eyebrows are my jam, so I was interested to see how I’d like the Micro-Fine + Define Pencil ($8). I can make a case for both slanted, thicker brow pencils and super fine pencils — it all depends on my mood (and the mood of my brows). As far as super fine pencils go, this was is amazing. It’s waxy enough to apply with easy, but not too waxy that is smudges off. It is definitely a precise line, and the brown is a true brown, not ashy at all. The opposite end has a spoolie, which is always, always appreciated. This pencil has earned a place in my brow arsenal.

To finish my eyes, I used the CoverGirl Peacock Flare Mascara ($6). I’m a huge fan of drugstore mascaras (I’ve reviewed many… recap on my favorites here), so I really wanted to like this. I mean, it had all of the right elements: a plastic bristled applicator for easy, clump-free application, small bristles to get to those tiny baby hairs, super black pigment (I’m really into black-black mascaras). On first try, this mascara was everything. My lashes looked MAJOR. I didn’t even need to use a de-clumper, and I always need to use a lash separator. I, of course, immediately put this mascara in my go-to pile and used a few more times. By the third time, the formula was practically all dried out. It doesn’t look dried out on the brush, but when I apply to my lashes it dries almost immediately and clumps, before I have a chance to really pull the brush through. It could be the amount of alcohol in it — alcohol dries out mascara formulas. Drugstore mascaras are known to dry out faster than higher-end ones, and you kind of accept that for the lower price (but not after three uses). Perhaps I got a defected mascara… I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. Super bummed by this though. It had SO MUCH potential. I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on this mascara: did you have a more positive experience? Should I try out a new tube?

My final product to share is the highlighter; I saved the best for last. Vitalist Healthy Glow Highlighter ($11). All the colors are fab, and you can use them to highlight and contour. For the look above, I stuck with Moonbeam, the colorless shimmer illuminator. I applied to my cheekbones, bridge of nose, cupid’s bow, a dab on my brow bones, and on my collar bones. I LOVE this highlighter; it’s not too in your face, yet it’s not too subtle either. It’s literally the healthy glow my skin’s been craving (see what I did there?). It doesn’t sit on top of the skin, it definitely absorbs well and offers the complexion the prettiest highlighting of high points. This is a must for summer skin!

*dress: Reformation Hilton Dress

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