I was in Forever 21 the other day shopping their new Bat Collection and I stumbled upon the cosmetics...of course! I know many people feel that it's a clothing store, so the cosmetics will probably not be worth trying.
I have tried their makeup remover wipes and gloss in the past and I really liked the quality. The gloss was a tad sticky but so are many of the high quality glosses. I decided to pick up a shadow palette that won me over with the packaging and a creme lipstick.
The palette contains 5 neutral/day shades on top and 5 multi/night shades on the bottom row. I think it's a great idea to have a palette go from day to night as we see in higher end brands. The palette also comes with a double sided brush and a round mirror.
I photographed the shadows with and without flash. Here is the top row:
Here is the bottom row:
The shadows feel really soft and blend out well. There is a little fallout but overall I like the color payoff. I think they look a lot better in person and they last a little longer with a primer. All of the shadows are shimmers but not a chunky glitter type at all. I would recommend these for someone that wants to try shimmers, color, and/or someone who is new to makeup. I think it's a fun palette to try and you cannot beat the price tag on this one!
I did see a 12 shade palette and it was too chalky and you could tell it didn't have any color payoff. So like a lot of brands, you just have to shop around and find the best out of the bunch.
I wanted to try a lipstick from F21 and I saw that they carried mattes and cremes at this particular location. So, I chose a love & beauty creme lipstick in Brick ($3.80).
|The packaging on the lipstick also reads: Not tested on animals.|
I really liked the gold, sleek packaging and liked that there was a color coded swatch at the bottom of the tube. The lipstick glides on, so did the matte. After wearing the lipstick for a couple of hours and eating and drinking, I could tell it leaves a stain on your lips. The lipstick feels moisturizing but does not have great lasting power, the stain is a plus though!
The color looks a little deeper in person and I thought it was a really pretty wearable red for all skin tones. Again, if you want to experiment with other shades and get out of your comfort zone - this would be the best way and it will not really tug on your wallet. They offer many shades: nudes, pinks, reds, oranges, etc.
Do you have any Forever 21 beauty favorites?
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