Tuesday, January 6, 2015

High/Low Reviews - Givenchy Mister Light & Wet 'n Wild CoverAll Foundation

Two beauty reviews - one ridiculously expensive, one ridiculously cheap. Both pretty dang good.

Givenchy Mister Light

Mister Light

I had a Sephora gift card burning a hole in my pocket and I wanted to try one of those fancy illuminating clicky pen things even though they usually disappoint me. YSL Touche Eclat is the perennial favorite but I'd heard good things about Givenchy Mister Light, so I went with that one in the second lightest shade, Mister Milk. First I have to say that I get it, these click pen highlighter things are the biggest scam ever. You pay so much money for such a TINY bit of product. I know this, yet I still want.

The Givenchy pen itself is very satisfying - it's all black with stark white text and made of metal, not plastic. I love the feel of it the same way I love Chanel lipstick packaging. The product itself is very good - it's a bit more pigmented than the Touche Eclat so it works as a concealer but also brightens without being overly shimmery. I'm not blown away by it's magic or anything, but it's a solid product. I am much too fickle to state that I'd definitely re-buy it, but who knows. I keep it in my bag for touch-ups and it's fine in that capacity. The upsides: nice product, elegant packaging. The downsides: expensive, not much product.

Wet 'n Wild CoverAll Foundation


Y'all, I know. Wet 'n Wild. On my face. But, when I started searching around for a decent drugstore foundation this one kept popping up again and again. It costs four American dollars so I figured it was worth a shot. Hell, I'll spend four dollars on a cup of fancy coffee, you know?

So, I went to the drugstore and the WnW display looked like wild dogs had gotten there before me, but I managed to rescue the last tube of the fair/light shade (316) which looked too pink in the tube but is a decent match when I actually slapped in on my face.

The ingredients are...not great. It's basically a shit-ton of silicones and other crap, but it's pretty damn nice looking foundation. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it looks and so far my skin doesn't seem to mind. As for longevity, that's another matter. I'm using it over my primer which helps, but no way can it stand up to my go-to favorite, Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour. But... $4 vs $42? Yeeps.

I don't like using the Smashbox every day because I blow through a bottle pretty quickly, so it's nice to have something else to use on weekends, etc. So far, so good. The upsides: cheap, feels nice, looks good. The downsides: limited color selection, no sunscreen protection, might eat through my skin eventually.


  1. One drugstore foundation-type thing I love is the PF Super BB Cream. Paula's Choice rates it highly; it doesn't have a bunch of gross junk in it--scores a really low 1 on the EWG Skin Deep website. It's not as much coverage as a foundation, but I love that it is has SPF 30 (and is something like twelve bucks).

    1. Oh, I just bought that! I need to try it a few times before I review it, but I'm hoping it lives up to the hype.