When I was younger, I didn’t honestly care about things being too sexualized. Not that there is anything wrong with sex and liking it, but there weren’t a lot of brands out there that really tried to change the perception that makeup makes you prettier, sexier and, therefore, more attractive to the opposite sex.
As a (coughs) 40 year old woman, I honestly am over the whole sexualization of makeup. The older I get, the more I realize that makeup is tool of empowerment, not power. I like the idea that I put on lipstick because it makes me happy, not anyone else AND I like a brand that promotes that message because…Why NOT? It’s about time someone does, right?
In comes in Real Her. Are they the first brand to do this? Absolutely NOT, but they are the first, that I am aware of, to literally put messages of empowerment front and center on their products. This is important, because in this day when lipsticks are named Nip Slip and Pout About it, it’s nice to have the option of picking out a nude lipstick called “I Am Perfect” or “I Am Gorgeous”.
At least I think so.
Names aside, do Real Her products perform? Totally!
I LOVE the Lip Kits the most. Consisting of a lip liner, liquid lip and lip gloss in three shades (red, pink and nude), they can be used together to create the perfect plump lip. The lip liner does have to be sharpened, so I will have to deduct points for that, but it’s creamy and won’t skip if your are filling your lips. In fact, as a gloss girl, my favorite look is to fill my lips with the Deep Nude liner and swipe some of the I Am Awesome gloss and I’m good to do.
Speaking of the gloss, I love that it’s not particularly sheer. I like toppers, but sometimes, it’s nice to have something double as color and shine. It’s says that it’s supposed to be slightly plumping, but I don’t find that to be the case at all. You will have to re-apply the gloss throughout the day as the shine will wear off after eating and drinking, so keep that in mind, but I also don’t find that to be unusual for a gloss.
What does have surprising longevity is the liquid lipstick. When I first swatched it on my hand, I had to scrape the pigment off in the shower. This kind of worried me a bit because I like my lipstick to be long wearing, but not permanent. I was already envisioning the color to patch up and look all dry and crusty, however, I didn’t find that to be the case at all. As always, I exfoliated my lips with my Pur Sugar Scrub, applied the lip liner and layered one coat of the liquid lip. It did take a bit to dry, but once it did, then I went over the top with the gloss and I was done. The color did fade throughout the day, but it wasn’t a weird fade that receded from the inner lip to the outer lines, but rather a natural fade all together with just a hint of concentration around the lip line.
I probably should have gone in and reapplied somewhere around the 5 hour mark, but I got lazy and I was in an all day meeting at work and didn’t want to walk to my desk to get my makeup bag.
Excuses, excuses, right?
The Be Fearless, Be Limitless Blush Kit, is not only a mouthful to say, but also perfectly lovely. Consisting of three baked shades in a rosy pink, coral and copper, they give you a lovely glow. The colors are not particularly deep or concentrated, but do provide a natural looking flush. I thought I could use the deeper shade as a bronzer, but it does have a too shimmery element to it, which I don’t care for. I did use it as an all over lid shade in a pinch one day when I was running out the door to do some errands and that worked quite nicely. My favorite is the rose color named Fearless. It has a hint of gold running through it, that’s not particularly overpowering, but I do feel highlights my freckles in a nice way.
If there is one thing that I find a little challenging is the price. The lip kits are $36 and the blushes run you $32, which I find to be a bit higher in price than I like. However, I did see they were running a sale a few weeks ago, so wait for one of those promotions or if you sign up for their newsletter, you will get 10% off your first purchase.
Let me know if you have tried any other Real Her products and, as usual, drop your thoughts and comments below.
Till next time, my friends!
***Products above were sent to me complimentary, but opinions are all my own.***