First Impressions/Review: Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara

maybelline brow gel

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara (Deep Brown):  “Bold and sculpted? How’s that for brow drama? Maybelline New York Eye Studio Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara is Maybelline’s first brow mascara that defines arches with the first-ever Sculpting Ball Brush. A colored gel tints brows and provides an even, natural, comfortable hold. No clumping. No flaking.” – Description of Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara

brow drama brush

Price/Where to Buy: I purchased this product at CVS Pharmacy on Newbury Street in Boston,MA for $8.99. The product was on display on a top shelf in the cosmetic aisle.

bare eyebrows

My bare eyebrows, freshly waxed, no product

The Bad: This product gradually fills and darkens my eyebrows. I had to keep applying the gel until I got my desired result. I believe I ran the brush through my eyebrows about 10 – 15 times for several minutes.The color deep brown looks like medium brown in the tube but it still darkened my eyebrows. If you have very sparse eyebrows you may not see results with this product. The tail of my eyebrows are sparse so I have to concentrate the product on the tail and brush it out but I was able to see results with this method.

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My eyebrows after using many applications of Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara

The Good: This brow gel gives the brows a very natural look. The product fills in brows and darkens them. It has great hold. You could even use another product to fill and darken your eyebrows like a pencil or a pomade and use this brow gel to set and hold the brow in place. However, you can still use this brow gel on it’s own. The brow gel does not clump or flake.  The product is also affordable. It also defined my arches beautifully.

Overall: I really enjoyed how natural my eyebrows looked after using this product but 10 to 15 applications to get it to fill in and darken my eyebrows is too long. I would use this product for when I really wanted a natural looking brow and if I had enough time to apply this brow gel. I think this product will be most effective on normal to thick eyebrows, freshly waxed, threaded or tweezed eyebrows and blonde to light brown eyebrows. For now I will use this product as a setting gel. I would give the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara a solid B.

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Beauty Tip: Makeup Expiration Dates

Get rid of makeup that is past its expiration date to avoid any skincare issues and clutter in your makeup collection!

Liquid and cream foundation: 2 years

Concealer: 2 years

Powder: 2 years

Mascara: 6 months

Lipstick: 12 to 18 months

Lip and eye pencils: 12 to 18 Months

Eye shadow: 2 years

Powder Blush: 2 years

Cream Blush: 2 years

Moisturizer: 2 years

Eye Cream: 6 months

Sunscreen: 2 years

Face Cream: 2 years

Source: Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual 2008

January Favorites 2014!

black radiance bb cream

Black Radiance BB Cream in Brown Sugar, $5.49 Walgreens

I wear this bb cream during the work week to even out my skin tone.

Su Kari Peaches & CreamSu – Kari Peaches & Cream Body Butter, $3.19 Purchase Here

This body butter leaves your skin so shiny and it is the best scent of all time!

derma e microdermabrasion scrubDerma e Microdermabrasion Scrub, $32.50 Purchase Here

This scrub leaves my skin smooth & bright. It also helps with improving the texture of my skin.

revlon super lustrous lip gloss berry allure raisin

Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Berry Allure (L) & Raisin (R), $7.99 Walgreens

The colors of these lip glosses are very flattering and the formula is moisturizing.

elf powder brush

ELF Powder Brush, $3, Purchase Here

This brush does a superb job with applying/blending my liquid face products.

black radiance warm berry blush

Black Radiance Artisan Color Baked Blush in Warm Berry, $4.99 Walgreens

This blush gives a beautiful “glow from within” look.

mac eyeshadow bronze

MAC Bronze Eye-shadow $15 Mac Counters/Stores

The color is great on the lid. It gives a brightened bronze look.

mac eyeshadow embark

MAC Embark Eye-shadow, $15 Mac Counters/Stores

I use this shadow to fill in my eyebrows and to define my crease.

I am a tad late for January Favorites…my apologies. What products having you been loving in January?

Black Radiance BB Cream Review + Photos (Brown Sugar)

ImageBlack Radiance BB Cream Display in Walgreens (has testers!)

ImageBlack Radiance BB Cream (Brown Sugar)


Black Radiance BB Cream Brown Sugar Swatch


Black Radiance BB Cream Brown Sugar (blended a little bit)


Black Radiance BB Cream Brown Sugar (fully blended)


Me without face make up (only eyebrows, eye shadow, mascara & lip balm) I have some dark spots on my forehead/cheeks and hyper-pigmentation around my mouth area that I am hoping the Black Radiance BB Cream will blur or cover.

ImageMe with one layer of the Black Radiance BB Cream Brown Sugar ( no primer, just moisturizer)


Me with Black Radiance BB Cream Brown Sugar with a second layer built on my cheeks and forehead


Me with the Black Radiance BB Cream and the rest of my makeup (setting powder,highlight, contour,bronzer, blush, concealer on under eye and on hyper-pigmentation, lip gloss).


After three hours of wearing the Black Radiance BB  Cream (w/ other makeup) no touch-ups.

On to the review!

Product Claim/Info: “NEW True Complexion™ BB Cream, our first multi-purpose skin perfecter, evens and refines darker complexions with 10 skin care benefits for natural looking radiance. Exclusively formulated to enhance ethnic skin tones, the lightweight, oil-free beauty balm moisturizes, conceals, primes, smooths, and minimizes shine with blend-able, sheer color and lasting SPF 15 protection.” – From Black Radiance Website. 

The bb cream comes in 5 shades: Cafe, Chocolate, Honey Amber, Brown Sugar, and Coffee Glaze.

This product can be found at Walgreens for $6.49 or $5.49 with the dollar off coupon taped to the bb cream.


I’m not a huge fan of the packaging. The gold bottom piece and font color look too mature and dated but for $6.49 one can not expect knock out packaging.

My Application:

I did not use a primer just a moisturizer. I used the ELF powder brush to blend the bb cream onto my skin. You can also use your fingers or a Beauty Blender.

The Good:

very lightweight, very watery, evens skin-tone, primes, smooths, minimizes shine, very blend-able, sheer (this is good if you like this type of coverage), adjusts to skin-tone, oil-free, has spf 15, inexpensive, has testers, did not break me out, great shade selection for people with darker skin, nice natural/slightly dewy skin-like finish, lasts at least 3 hours.

The Bad:

maybe hard to find in stores, sheer to light coverage (this is bad if you need or like medium to full coverage), build-able from a sheer to light coverage,does not cover dark spots/hyper-pigmentation, will need to add concealer/foundation to get more coverage, needs to be set with a powder, do not like the scent (it has that makeup scent)


Here is the thing. Some people are going to love this bb cream and some people will hate it. It will come down to coverage to determine if you love or hate it. If you have decent skin or you like light coverage you will probably love this. If you have a lot of dark spots and hyper-pigmentation that you want to cover or if you just like medium to full coverage you will probably hate this bb cream.

I personally like the bb cream but  I wish it had more coverage. I do have some dark spots and hyper-pigmentation that the bb cream does not cover. For me the bb cream only evened out my skin-tone, smoothed and minimized my oiliness. I prefer light to medium coverage and I do not mind if some of my imperfections show through my bb creams or foundations. I liked the color Brown Sugar for me in this bb cream I think it was a good match. I might try the shade Chocolate just to see if that shade works for me too. For reference I am a Mac NW47.

Overall, I would give the Black Radiance BB Cream a (B-) just because I believe it needs more coverage. I plan to wear this bb cream for quick errands, in hot weather or to the gym.  I would repurchase the bb cream because I like the way it feels on my skin and I have a use for it. I would only recommend the Black Radiance BB Cream to people who have decent skin and/or who like light coverage. I actually like the Black Radiance BB Cream better than the other BB Creams that I own (Iman & Maybelline). I would love to try out the Kiss BB Cream and compare it to the Black Radiance BB Cream. Oh yeah, stay tuned to my blog I plan on doing a battle of the drugstore bb creams for dark skin blog post.

Have you tried the Black Radiance BB Cream? Do you like it? If not, What bb creams do you use?