I think there’s something so satisfying about finishing up a product. Having a bunch of empties feels kinda like an accomplishment, especially if the product has lasted forever. I’ve used up a bunch of products recently, plus, I love a good empties review because I’m nosy, so I thought I’d do a little review of everything I’ve finished.
I’ve had a stockpile of samples to use up since I cancelled my ipsy subscription last fall, and I’m finally getting through them. There are some drugstore and and some high-end products, things I loved and things I did not love, so this empties review is a pretty mixed bag. With eleven items, I’ll try to keep commentary to a minimum. Here we go!
one: Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash
I used this all through winter and spring, and plan to have a new bottle carry me through summer. The formula is creamy and helps keep my skin moisturized. I do switch it up when I have something from Bath and Body Works occasionally, but this is my good old standby. Plus, I buy this at Costco in a pack of three and for the price, it can’t be beat.
two: Covergirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara in Black Brown
Doesn’t flake or smear, comes off easily when I use my makeup wipes/remover, and makes my naturally long blonde lashes look super loooooong. Still, I’m looking for something that provides a bit more volume. I’ll repurchase this if the hunt for my HG mascara proves fruitless.
three: Ban Roll-On Antiperspirant Deodorant in Satin Breeze
On one hand, the scent of this antiperspirant is light but kind of chemically perfumey. On the other, I never have white marks. Honestly, I think I’ve just been using this out of habit. I’m definitely in the market for a new deodorant.
four: Living Proof Prime Style Extender
This hair primer smells amazing (kind of spicy but feminine, just as I imagine Jennifer Aniston does) but my hair feels a bit too dry when I use it. I’m disappointed because it has so many great reviews saying it keeps their hair cleaner longer and extends the life of a style, but I felt like I had to wash or use dry shampoo every day. Maybe it’s just not for me.
five: Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum
I wish all serums were this pretty! The serum had little gold specks and was not greasy at all. Some reviews I read have said the scent of this is unpleasant or very strongly perfume-y, but I didn’t really notice that. I did feel a bit glowier using this, but I don’t think I used this long enough to see great anti-aging results. I’m glad I tried it, but I won’t be purchasing.
six: DevaCurl Melt into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask
I was hoping this mask would help tame the dryness and frizz that makes me throw my hair into a pony most days. Unfortunately, the mask really felt thin and weak, and I found myself wishing I had just used my regular conditioner instead of using this. The scent is nice, though.
seven: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Primer
I started using this under the Laura Mercier Candleglow foundation (see below!) and it was a game changer! I’m so sad this little sample has run out, but I’ll definitely be picking some of this up. My foundation looked so much smoother and more even. I’m usually pretty meh on primers, but I felt like It Cosmetics delivered on all its promises with this product. Love.
eight: Umberto Beverly Hills Controller Conditioning Spray
I haven’t been blow-drying or heat styling my hair much these days, but even on air-dry days I used this to help keep frizz at bay. The bottle desperately needs a redesign, and the pump comes out as more of a stream than a mist, which is seriously annoying. I transferred some to a different spray bottle and made sure to use a light touch to avoid greasy hair.
nine: Bumble and Bumble Bb. Don’t Blow It Fine (H)air Styler
Honestly, I didn’t know if this was for air-drying or blow-drying at first, and let me just say — it does nothing for a blow out! But once I used this on an air-dry day, I did notice reduced frizz and more shine. Definitely need to use this with a volumizing product at the roots, though.
ten: Sephora Collection LashCraft Length & Volume Mascara in Black
I bought this after trying a sample from a Sephora Play box. It does lend some volume and gives length to lashes, but it tends to smudge after a few hours. I’m pretty sure the brush in the sample was different than the brush in the full-size because I remember liking it a lot more when I was using the sample. I’d say this is just a so-so mascara.
eleven: Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation in Shell
I love this foundation. It’s a lightweight, buildable coverage, and really evens out my skin. It definitely is better when used with a primer, but even on its own lasted almost all day. Even though summer’s coming, I doubt my face will tan, so I’m might just get another bottle of this and use bronzer if need be. Weirdly, a sharp splinter of glass from the bottom of the bottle broke off a few days after I got it (I didn’t drop it or anything!), but I’m hoping that was a one-off rather than a packaging design flaw.
Whew! I tried to keep it short and sweet, but good job if you made it all the way through! What are your thoughts on any of these products? Tell me in the comments!