This week at CVS, there is a buy one get one 50% off special for all Almay products, and a $4 cashback for $10 purchase. I came across these Almay eyeshadow sets that come with a free mascara, I figured out it maybe worthwhile to give Almay a try and discover the world of American drugstore brand.
Since I got a whole bunch of CVS coupons, they came out to be free after the discount (originally $7.49 each)
Since they don't make a palette for black eyes, I picked up the closest color, which is the smoky-i for brown eyes.
It contains 3 colors, a light beige for highlight, a shimmery purple, and a bronzy browns for smoky looks.
But it reminded me of a Dior holiday palette I own, which in 801 Warm Harmony. Don't the purple and bronze look really similar???
Now, moving to swatches. I notice this smoky-i isn't as pigmented as it looks. On the right it's a swatch on bare skin, and on the left it's applied with Urban Decay's portion primer. The colors show up much brighter with a primer.
As for the mascara itself, it has a HUGE brush head. I guess it's made for Americans with much bigger eyes. I find it hard to apply to my tiny Asian eyes with such a big brush head.
Comparing side by side with my Kiss Me Heroine Volume & Curl mascara brush head. It's almost twice the size!!!
Applying both mascara and eyeshadow on my own eyes.
The texture of the eyeshadow is ok. And the colors is extremely similar to the much expensive $40 Dior eyeshadow as well! Given this smoky-i only cost $5.62 with this week's pricing, it's a pretty darn good dupe of the Dior eyeshadow! However, I am not a big fan of their mascara, because not only it has a big brush head, my lashes doesn't look as long and separated (clean) as it should when I use Kiss Me Heroine or Majolica Majorca mascara. No wonder they are free, haha! I won't be buying Almay mascara in the future, now I know...
I don't think purples is that flattering for my skintones so I may have to toss it to the bottom of my shelves, aka the make up graveyard. I wish there is a place I can donate slightly used cosmetics!