MonNAY vs. MonYAY! Drug Store Makeup Edition!

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So tonight, I am here with my Drug Store Edition of MonNAY vs. MonYAY!! If you’re new to this, MonNAY vs. MonYAY, is a segment of The I.G.B. Blog that I have created to review some of the hottest makeup products on the market. Read more here >> Now, when it comes down to it, we all try to save a couple of coins every now and then. These products, which feature brands such as: Maybelline, Revlon, Elf, etc. were all caught at an affordable price.  Did they get the job done? You’ll have to wait and see. I also scouted Instagram and Youtube to pick up a couple of products that had great written reviews to check them out for myself…. And of course you too. You can trust me!


Every product that I am going to review here tonight either came from Walmart, Target, or the Beauty Supply Store. I spent $80 USD on everything all together and came out with wayyy more items than I would’ve at, let’s say Sephora. We all know that to be true… Lol. I also did a small demo face for you so that you can see the overall product ratings physically and determine the variances of the product for yourself.  I took many of the pictures with the flash on on my DSLR because it can literally make you or break you. A good flash retention lets you know if your skills can pay the bills or not.


First up is the FOUNDATIONNNNN!!

“Maybe it’s Maybelline.” In fact, it is. I used Maybelline’s Superstay-Better Skin and Fit Me (Matte + Poreless) in the shades 20 (Classic Ivory), 45 (Sand Biege), and 365 (Nutmeg), mixed together. Now, the Superstay-Better Skin foundation was worth EVERY PENNY. Not only does it have great coverage, I only had to use a minimum amount because of the good pigmentation. Having uneven/sensitive skin, I am very picky about which products I choose to wear, but this one is damn good.

Rated: MonYAY!!


The Revlon Not Just Nudes Palette!!

This palette was good for what it costs. It was not as pigmented as I would have expected, but it got the job done. I probably won’t use this palette as often as I would have hoped. It’s good for days when you want to sport a natural, yet very bare look. The color selections are pretty good and if you are more of a nude/bronze, eye-shadow type of girl like me, then it’ll be perfect for you.

Rated: MonYAY!!


Let’s keep it movin’….

So, next up I have the Maybelline Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter in the shade 200 (Medium/Nude Glow). This Strobing Stick was very hard to use. I wanted it to work so bad, but it just didn’t… Lol. Honestly, I had to literally go over my highlight, seems like a million times. When I swatched it in the store, it was very smooth and shimmery which I liked. Once I got it home and went to apply it, it left my skin feeling dry and as I went in to apply more to get the shimmer that I wanted, it got too shimmery and left a big, ashy-type of glow that I did not like.

Rated: MonNAY!!


Listen boo, if you don’t try anything else on this list, please try the Maybelline Fit Me “Loose Finishing Powder.” This stuff is the bomb dot com, ok. I’ve been using this finishing powder for some time now. Not only is it good for setting foundation, its mineral-base helps to control shine. Although it can be a bit messy, that’s pretty much expected with any “loose” powdered product. In comparison, it is a great substitute for the Too-Faced Born This Way Ethereal setting powder, if you’re looking for ways to save.

Rated: MonYAY!!


Elf Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer

I started by dotting this primer on my eyelid and smoothing it out with my finger to see if it would go on smoother than my MAC primer. For $2 I think it’s worth it. Now, just don’t expect it to work miracles. I did notice slight creasing in my eyeshadow about an hour later, but it evens colorful eyeshadows pretty well. For what it’s worth, I’ll probably pop this in my purse as a back-up!


Rated: MonYAY!!

here's a collage of all of the products put to the test....

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