As a mom, there are a few things that are important to me before I drop some cash on makeup: Can I apply it quickly? Is it made with natural ingredients? Is this something I will actually use?
So using these simple guidelines, I've found myself (many times) taking items out of my basket before I hit the checkout line at Sephora.
Recently, I've seen several of my Facebook friends gushing about Maskcara Beauty. Right now it's all the rage due to how easily and quickly you can apply it. I usually don't have more than a handful of minutes to put on my makeup before my daughter spies the jackpot (lipstick), which means I have to slap it on fast. So, I was super eager to give this stuff a try.
Disclaimer: Although I was given these products in exchange for an honest review, I am not being paid by Maskcara to write this post, nor will I be making any commission on any items sold. I'm just a mom, sharing my opinion.
The philosophy behind Maskcara, which was actually founded by a beauty blogger a few years ago, is that every woman should be able to achieve a high quality face of makeup in only a few minutes. From start to finish (excluding eyes and lips), the Maskcara products take about 5 minutes to apply. You have four shades in your palette (highlight, contour, illuminator, cheek color), and one brush with two sides to help with application. Each shade is customizable based on your skin tone and preference.
I have to be honest. I did have some initial reservations when I pulled my makeup out of its pretty little box. I'm not a "contouring girl" and don't have the time or desire to spend an hour on my face every day. Let's get real: if eye shadow touches these eyelids, someone is getting married or died.
Although Maskcara does require some basic contouring techiniques, I found it surprsingly simple to apply. They send you a little cheat sheet (seen below) that makes everything fool proof, even for makeup novices like me. It's perfect for the low maintenance mom who wants to look like she puts some time into getting ready in the morning.
After putting on the makeup the first time, I immediately understood why I was using four different colors. It only makes sense that your face has different tones in different places. The dark shades, applied under your cheek bones and the sides of your forehead add some depth to your face. Once you blend the makeup, it looks more natural than one shade of foundation would.
I've even taken a couple before/after selfies to show you the end result.
The highlight of my experience with Maskcara makeup? The brush. It has a wooden handle with two sides, and each brush is thick and super soft. I feel like the brush blends the makeup fast and easy, so you don't have to waste time rubbing your face with sponges. Basically, it's a high quality brush, for a fraction of the price.
Oh, and before I forget, I wanted to talk about ingredients. My skin is fairly sensitive, so I have to be careful with the makeup I wear. After several weeks of using the Maskcara products, I've had zero breakouts or negative effects on my skin. All the ingredients are natural, and if you have specific allergens, the list of ingredients is right here.
Overall, I have to say that my experience using Maskcara Beauty has been a positive one. Each time I put it on, I am satisfied with the natural look of my face. I don't feel as if I look like I am "trying too hard," so to speak. But I still look like I've made an effort to put a fresh face of makeup on in the morning, even if it took barely five minutes to apply.
I've been using Maskcara Beauty for almost a month now, and I'm already planning to refill my compact when my supply is gone. If you need any information on the makeup, you can visit the Maskcara website here. The artist I use is Morgan Baldwin (ID: 1750) and you can find her Facebook group right here. Send her a message and she will match up your skin to the Maskcara colors, and have your makeup in the mail in no time.
Have an awesome weekend guys!