Another Installment of Product Packaging Pros & Cons

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It has been a while since I've done a product packaging article and I always get good feedback from viewers and readers, so take a look at some drug store beauty products that my gal pal test panel and I reviewed to see which ones live up to their packaging promises and which ones fall short.  We are keeping you on your beauty budget with the inside scoop.   From head to toe, here we go....

*Vidal Sassoon Braiding Tool -- I was excited about this because I'm not very good at braiding, but none of our testers liked this tool, including myself.  I don't think this hair tool will stick around on store shelves since it doesn't make braiding easy and in fact gets tangled up in the hair a little too easily instead.  We pass on this hair tool.

*Vidal Sassoon Banana Clip -- Another hair tool pass because this one doesn't hold a lot of hair like the bananas clips from the 80s did as one of my testers pointed out.  It does work OK for half up dos, but it fails at holding more than that up. 

*Wet n Wild On Edge Creme Eyeliner -- I prefer creme eye liner over pencil or liquid, so I was intrigued to try this line, which is also Fergie's endorsing brand.  I like how it glides on and performs, but do know in advance that the brush applicator does not come with a lid, so traveling with this isn't as easy as I wanted it to be.  However, I still like the product and it sells for $5.49 at Walgreens.

*Revlon Shadows -- If you have ever bought an eye shadow palette and don't like or use all of the colors offered, Revlon gives you a unique and wise packaging choice.  With these shadows, each is sold as one color and they can slide on side by side to become attached so that you can create your own palette.  Plus the price is good since they sell for $2.99 each at Walgreens.  However, you won't get an applicator with this line, so make sure you have eye shadow brushes at home.  We give this one a thumbs up. 

*Almay Shadow Softies -- This eye shadow by Almay does what the label says because it is does provide a soft and subtle look since the shadow smoothes on like a cream versus a powder.  You do have to use your finger to apply, so be sure your hands are clean, but we really like this line. 

*Biore Free Your Pores Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser -- The packaging does say charcoal so the deep black potion shouldn't have surprised us, but we felt like it was too dark for our white sinks and left unsightly streaks behind that some of our testers said even slightly stained their sinks, so beware if you buy this. On the upside, our testers did like how well it cleansed the face, but the dark color was just a little too dark in our opinion.

*Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish -- This one gets a pro and a con.  First up the good news is that it does dry quite quickly as promised.  The bad news is that the perfectionist brush, as it is referred to on the Sally Hansen website, does not glide on flawlessly in one easy stroke.  Like every other polish brush, getting nail color on flawlessly doesn't just happen with a certain brush applicator.  Even the nail pros at the salons usually have to go around the nail with a tool coated with remover to give polish that finished and perfect look.  We do still love the Sally Hansen line, we just don't find the bigger brush to be that magical.  So we choose to work with it because we like the shades, the quick drying and the price of $5.29 at Walgreens is reasonable.  One more plus is that this line contains no DBP, toluene or free formaldehyde.

*Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel -- The packaging is pretty on these bottles of nail polish with the fancy lids and the packaging says that this polish will leave you with scented nails if two coats are applied and polish is completely dry.  My daughter and I both put this claim to the test and we did notice that the polish is scented on nails once dry, just like the packaging promised.  We tested the Spun Sugar and Bordeaux shade, which smells like raspberries when dry.  We do like that this polish is formaldehyde and toluene free.  These sell at Walgreens.

*St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion -- Borrowing a page from Vaseline's Spray & Go Moisturizer, St. Ives introduces Continuous Spray Fresh Hydration Lotion.  Like the Vaseline brand that I showed and liked a few months ago, I also dig this version, too.  However some of my gal pal testers pointed out a con that proved true and that is due to the moisturizer being a spray versus a tube or bottle, they felt like they couldn't get to the lotion located at the bottom of the can as it ran out.  So they didn't feel like they are getting as much product as one would get buying a traditional lotion versus a spray applicator.  This makes good sense and is something to consider when thinking about value, but I must admit that I still like the spray moisturizer fad.  We will see if it sticks around.  You can try the St Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion for yourself at Walgreens for $8.49 for a 6.6 oz can.  Just remember that you may not get all six ounces out of it.

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