Simple Finance Review » Health & Beauty Independent Consumer Reports Wed, 15 Jun 2016 20:56:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Top 5 Acne and Blemish Treatments Sat, 13 Jul 2013 18:51:17 +0000 If you are one of the many individuals who suffers from some type of acne or skin blemishes, then you certainly know what a pain it can be to identify a skin treatment regimen that actually works. Most of us can spend hundreds on different products just to find out that none of them actually combatted this skin problem. In an effort to help acne and blemish sufferers of all types and ages, we have compiled a list of the top five blemish and acne treatments on the market, as rated by acne sufferers just like you!

s1529130-main-LheroThe Number One Choice: Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Essentials

Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Essentials Kit is a combination of three different products, the Pores No More cleanser, Pores No More pore refiner and the Pores No More Pore Thing (spot treatment). When used in conjunction with one another this set actually serves a number of purposes, including unclogging pores, controlling the production of oil and helping to maintain clear, oil-free skin. Users love this set not only because it delivers on its promise to clear and refine skin, but it is travel friendly, easy to use and rather affordable for the set.

s1509439-main-Lhero-300x300The Runner Up: Clinique Better, Brighter Skin Set

If you are a former acne sufferer, and have been left with dark spots on your face, the Clinique Better, Brighter Skin Set could be the answer to your troubles. The set contains the Even Better Clinical Dart Spot Corrector, which evens skin, and the Even Better Skin Tone Corrector, which is intended to smooth and renew your complexion. Additionally, the set offers the 7 Day Scrub Cream which leaves skin vibrant and glowing. Users love the lightweight feel of these products, recognize the quality of the Clinique name and appreciate the cute travel pack it comes in.

BL_Topical_Hero_SknPrftngSys_450x420-300x280The Third Choice: Tria Beauty Skin Perfecting Serum

Tria offers the Skin Perfecting Serum for those who suffer from acne and want to treat the discolorations that it causes. This single product is intended to cleanse pores, reduce their appearance and reduce inflammation that is often associated with these skin problems. This product is created with natural antioxidants and contains no parabens or sulfates. While it is somewhat costly for the single product it is said to last for months of clear, beautiful skin.

s1409150-main-Lhero-300x300Number Four: Clarisonic Mia2 Sonic Skin Cleansing Acne Clarifying Collection

The Clairsonic Mia2 Skin Cleansing Acne Clarifying Collection is actually a combination of two different products, the Mia2 electric, two-speed brush that uses soft bristles to remove impurities deep within pores, and the Clarisonic Acne Daily Clarifying Cleanser. Using both together provides users with clear pores, soft skin and uses vitamins and botanicals to exfoliate skin. Many users appreciate the fact that this collection is portable and easy to use.

s1417211-main-Lhero-300x300Number Five: Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Overnight Repair Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Pads

If ease of use is your cup of tea, then clear skin couldn’t be easier than the Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Overnight Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Pads. These pads are intended to help users reduce the amount of breakouts they have and prolong the effectiveness of this skin clearing treatment. Many users are pleased to note that using the pads actually combats scarring from acne and skin discolorations.

The ability to show off your clear skin proudly is something that we all strive for. Rather than waste your time and money searching for products that truly work as promised, try one of these great products and find out what they can do for your skin. You might be pleasantly surprised and start to love the skin that you see in the mirror every day, just as many other pleased users have.

What’s your favorite blemish and acne treatment?

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Top 5 Eye Makeup Removers Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:48:33 +0000 There’s nothing worse than thinking you have removed all of your makeup before bed and still waking up with raccoon eyes in the morning! The best way to avoid this sometimes scary looking morning face is by utilizing a quality eye makeup remover before bed to ensure that eyeliner, eye shadow and mascara truly has been cleaned away from the day. But, because not all eye makeup removers are created the same, we have brought you a listing of the top five currently on the market, as reviewed by women just like you.

mary-kay-makeup-remover-225x300The Number One Choice: Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

The Mary Kay brand proves it is alive and well with the Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. Women rave about this product because it is non-greasy, removes tough makeup with ease and is affordable.

What’s most lovable about this product is the fact that the formula has remained the same for years. So, you never have to worry about finding another product when this one is revamped or discontinued, as many women claim to have been using it for more than five years!


s48074-main-Lhero-300x300The Runner Up: Clinique ‘Take the Day Off’ Makeup Remover

Clinique, the popular department store makeup line, has created their ‘Take the Day Off’ Makeup Remover which works not only on eyes but on lips too! This is a gentle makeup remover that works against stubborn makeup with minimal oil buildup. But, because of the high-end brand this product might be a splurge, as a 4.2 oz. bottle starts at $20 for some retailers.



neutrogena_hydrating_eye_makeup_remover_lotion_topbeauty4u.com_-300x300The Third Choice: Neutrogena Hydrating Eye Makeup Remover Lotion

The affordable, yet quality, drugstore brand Neutrogena certainly offers a great eye makeup removal option in their Hydrating Eye Makeup Remover Lotion. Unlike traditional oils, this is actually a makeup remover/moisturizer to help soothe and condition the skin around the eyes. Women who wear waterproof mascara will find that product can remove their mascara with ease.



lancome-bi-facil-double-action-eye-makeup-remover-225x300Number Four: Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover

Lancome has long been associated with creating quality beauty products and the Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover is no exception. While this product can be rather costly, a 4.2 oz. bottle costs nearly $30, many women love the fact that there is no oily feeling after makeup removal and that it is formulated for sensitive eyes.




450-300x300Number Five: Eye-Scrub Sterile Eye Makeup Remover and Eyelid Cleansing Pads

If you are looking to save cotton balls but still get your makeup off completely, then the Eye-Scrub Sterile Eye Makeup Remover and Eyelid Cleansing Pads can get the job done right for you. Not only is this product designed for sensitive skin, but it is actually recommended by many optometrists and doctors for those who can’t use traditional eye products.

Remember that your eyes and the skin around them is typically one of the first places on your face to show signs of aging, and sleeping with your makeup on is breaking one of the first cardinal rules of beauty. So, finding the right eye makeup remover is important for all women who wear even minimal eye makeup, and one of these five are a great way to take care of your eyes.

What’s your favorite brand of eye makeup remover?

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Top 5 BB Cream Foundations Tue, 09 Jul 2013 18:37:46 +0000 BB creams are the latest and greatest when it comes to makeup and foundations that apply easily and finish naturally. But, now that it seems every makeup manufacturer has their own form of this foundation, it can be rather tedious to find one that can deliver on the promise to be a true blemish covering, light as air feeling cover up that looks natural. Take a look at five of the best BB cream foundations on the market, as rated by women just like you.

SKIN79-Super+-Beblesh-Balm-Triple-Functions-SPF25-500x500-300x300The Number One Choice: Skin79 Hot Pink Super Plus BB Cream Triple Functions

Skin79 Hot Pink Super Plus BB Cream Triple Functions is actually a newer product out on the market this year, but it has already received great reviews by users. This product is intended to solve a number of problems that women face, including attaining brighter, firmer skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A lightweight formula makes this cream easy to apply and leaves skin looking natural, plus it has SPF 25.



missha_perfect_cover_bb_cream_01__23216_zoom-256x300The Runner Up: Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42

Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream is a natural product that is great for sensitive skin that needs to be concealed, but doesn’t want to worry about clogged pores. Not only is this product SPF 42, which is impressive compared to other products, but it also offers a moisturizing wrinkle feature to help hide fine lines and age spots.





holika-holika-clearing-petit-bb-cream-300x300The Third Choice: Holika Holika Pore Clearing Petit BB Cream

Holika Holika Pore Clearing Petit BB Cream with tea tree oil and sebum control powder is an Asian manufactured product that is perfect for those who suffer from acne and want to combat it with a lightweight BB cream. This product is rather affordable and users can appreciate that a little goes a long way.




cg_smoothers_spf_15_tinted_moisturizer_foundation_makeup_1-185x300Number Four: CoverGirl Smoothers SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer

CoverGirl offers an affordable, quality BB cream in their Smoothers SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer. Lightweight coverage combined with a moisturizer is easy to apply and leaves skin looking natural, yet it hides flaws. SPF 15 is yet another perk of this BB cream.






8653056-225x300Number Five: Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream

Garnier has branched out to makeup and one of their first successes is their Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream, which users claim is light and applies easily. Many women who prefer a natural look claim that they use this product alone or add a light layer of finishing powder over it and that’s it! The fact that this product boasts SPF 15 is an added perk!

Remember that you lead the way with your face, so having the right foundation that not only matches your skin tone and looks natural, but one that doesn’t exacerbate your current skin problems, is important. With anyone of these five BB creams you can be sure that you are putting your best face forward.

What’s your favorite brand of BB cream?

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Top 5 Facial Masks Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:27:58 +0000 At-home facial masks are not only a way to help deep clean skin, but restore its healthy glow and reduce impurities that can cause us those nagging little problems, like acne and dry skin. Finding the right facial mask for your skin type might seem like a challenge, for that reason we have compiled a listing of five of the top face masks on the market that users just like you rave about. Take a look at five different ways you can get the skin you truly desire.

51261_l_vvs_000-155x300The Number One Choice: Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

The Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque has long been one of the most revered facial masks on the market to help treat acne and reduce the size of pores, while rinsing away impurities. A few simple minutes with this masque, which is available in a number of different scents, and skin is left clean, smooth and refreshed. An additional perk of this masque is that it smells great to apply.





94c732d9-aff6-4a8f-add0-9b245ee3f901-300x225The Runner Up: Freeman Facial Clay Masque

While there are a number of Freeman made clay masques on the market, the avocado and oatmeal scent is one of the most popular. Created with botanical extracts, this clay mask is intended to purify and condition skin by luring out the dirt and oils that can clog pores, leaving your with soft and clean skin.



Dead-Sea-Mud-Mask1-3-300x300The Third Choice: Dead Sea Mud Face Mask

The Dead Sea Mud Face Mask is actually made from the clay and mud that surrounds Israel’s Dead Sea, to make it one of the most unique masques in the world. Not only does this organic mask help to treat oily and dry skin, but it is said to have healing properties that treat eczema, psoriasis and acne too.





Aaaay-300x300Number Four: My Beauty Diary Aloe Mask

The My Beauty Diary Aloe Mask is the perfect way to nourish and moisturize skin that is dry and damaged. With amino acids, hyaluronic acid, rose and aloe, rough skin is softened, moisturized and restored so you no longer have to battle with less than perfect skin.





515WvrAU8gL._SL1000_-300x300Number Five: St. Ives Mineral Clay Firming Mask

The St. Ives Mineral Clay Firming Mask is a deep cleansing mask that helps to remove impurities and oil from your skin, while tightening and firming to improve the elasticity of your skin. Even though this product is recommended for oily skin, many use it to benefit for the firming and restoring effects it provides all users.


Facial masks don’t simply have to be a spa luxury that we get every once and a while, especially when there are five great options for home use to get your skin feeling renewed, clean and restored on your own time. While there are certainly more than just these five face masks on the market, using a mask on a regular basis can help to improve skin conditioning and give you the radiant look you and your skin desire.

What’s your favorite brand of facial mask?

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Top 5 Hair Oil Treatments Sun, 07 Jul 2013 18:02:32 +0000 As women, our hair is one of the first features that will make a statement about who we are and how well we take care of ourselves. While you may not have time to get a professional salon treatment and dye on a regular basis, there is one at-home treatment you can do to get the movie star quality hair you desire. Hair oil treatments aren’t simply treatments for swimmers to restore their hair after it has been exposed to chlorine, but it can help to smooth and restore hair that has been exposed to anything life can throw your way. Take a look at the listing of five of the best hair oil treatments on the market, as rated by women just like you.

71QsWwwO60L._SL1500_-189x300The Number One Choice: Agadir Argan Oil Hair Treatment

Agadir Argan Oil Hair Treatment is fortified with pure Argan oil, which is designed to restore, soften and strengthen damaged hair without leaving it greasy or oil filled. This treatment also helps to promote healthy growth of new hair and reduce drying time of hair.






use-this_100ml_moroccanoil-246x300The Runner Up: Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment

The blue bottle Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment is a lightweight Moroccan oil infused hair treatment that works to restore shine and rejuvenate damaged hair. This product can also be used to detangle hair after shampooing and smooth wigs or hair extensions.






Enjoy-1-159x300The Third Choice: Enjoy Hair & Skin Treatment Oil

Enjoy Hair & Skin Treatment Oil is a lightweight oil that is intended to smooth hair, condition and restore shine. Perfect for all hair types, this formula can be used to block humidity and moisturize hair, skin and even nails. This is one of the only oils that can be used for skin and hair, which makes it even more worthwhile.






Macadamia-Oil-129x300Number Four: Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment

The Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment is another hair oil treatment that is intended to nourish hair while reducing frizz and leaving it shiny and manageable. This treatment also offers a UV protectant to help reduce the damage that the sun or tanning can do to your hair over time. Dry and damaged hair of all types can benefit from using this hair oil on a regular basis.






1953-original-194x300Number Five: Lanza Keratin Healing Oil Hair Treatment

Created by Lanza, this healing oil treatment is geared to smoothing all hair types and restoring health and shine quickly to hair. This treatment combines Phyto IV complex and Keratin protein in one treatment that reconstructs hair from the inside out, providing renewed strength and elasticity.




Healthy and manageable hair not only helps your self-confidence, but can make your life a little easier each and every day that you get ready. While there are plenty of other hair oil treatments on the market, you can certainly benefit from the restoring properties that each of these five aim to offer to all women. Start using a hair oil treatment today, so you can get the hair you want tomorrow.

What’s your favorite brand of hair oil treatment?

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Nike+ SportWatch GPS Review Fri, 05 Jul 2013 17:48:14 +0000 SportWatch-GPS-Black-Volt-Nike-v1-300x223In the past, if you wanted to track your run and really know how far you’re jogging, you had to drive the route with your car and keep an eye on the odometer. These days however, everyone has a GPS unit in their pocket, so getting lost or not knowing how far you’ve gone is a thing of the past.  Serious runners that wear extremely lightweight clothing and don’t like to carry much in their pockets have new technology that allows them to leave their cell phones back at the house. Nike’s new GPS sportswatch features TomTom technology that can give you accurate speed and distance information, even on indoor tracks.

What’s our take? Now runners have a wealth of information about their bodies and their workouts, instantly, wherever they want it. Time, distance, speed, heart rate, calories burned, elevation, and a map of your route are all quickly accessible with the Nike SportWatch GPS. By uploading the information to the NikePlus website, runners can track their progress, receive coaching tips, challenge friends, and share their runs via social media. The Personal Coach feature reminds users when to run, stores your run history, and charts your progress.

Here’s what we found. The setup for the watch was simple– with about a 10 to 15 second “link” time. Charging did not take long and the watch had a comfortable fit and was fairly lightweight. We were surprised to find that the watch lacked “seconds” unless you were in stopwatch mode. I guess they were trying to make the numbers as big and easy to read as possible, but for sprints, you need to be in stopwatch mode. The watch is supposed to be water-resistant to 5 meters, but we did not test it underwater. The battery provides about 8 hours of run time and the watch software needs to be periodically updated to maintain its satellite link capability. We did notice a slight discrepancy in the GPS mapping– it seemed that the watch was counting less slightly distance than was actually traveled.

Would we recommend? The watch performed well under normal testing conditions, but we didn’t subject it to any extreme stress during testing. There was concern that the watch might not hold up well under excessive sweat or rain, as the USB connection seemed susceptible to moisture, but after a week of testing during morning jogs, the device continued to perform well. Serious runners that are looking to ditch their iPhones for more lightweight GPS solutions should strap this on and give it a go, but if you are merely a casual jogger or aren’t interested in obsessing over your caloric burn rates, there are simpler and cheaper devices out there.

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Top 5 High Definition Face Powders Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:36:16 +0000 With modern technology upgrading so you can see the flaws on your favorite actor’s faces right from your high definition TV, we naturally have to upgrade to high definition makeup as well. While there are dozens of new face powders on the market that claim to be high definition and truly perfect your skin, it is important to know which ones actually can. For that reason we have chosen to bring you the five best high definition face powders on the market as rated by women just like you.

KGrHqVjUE652Rlp1GBOv7F+M60_1-300x300The Number One Choice: e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder

e.l.f. Studio High Definition powder is one of the most talked about translucent finishing powders on the market. Not only does this product create a flawless, finished look to your skin, but it helps to provide you with radiant looking skin for full day wear. Hiding imperfections and fine lines isn’t even the best part of this product. The affordable price tag makes this powder perfect for any close up.



413-3-300x300The Runner Up: ARTDECO High Definition Loose Powder

The ARTDECO High Definition Loose Powder is a matte powder that is intended to help set makeup without any flaws to the naked eye. The fine particles of this powder are available in two different shades for varying skin tones. Even though the price tag for this powder is on the high end of makeup, a little goes a long way for most users.



51rIYO5t0lL._SY300_The Third Choice: Manna Kadar High-Def Powder

Manna Kadar High-Def Powder is a colorless matte finishing powder that serves to set makeup with a flawless finish. The texture of this powder makes it simple to apply with a kabuki brush, plus users can appreciate that it is non-comedogenic, allergy tested and free of fragrances and parabans.



make-up-for-ever-hd-high-definition-microfinish-powder-product-review-300x300Number Four: Make Up for Ever HD Microfinish Powder

Make Up for Ever HD Microfinish Powder is a great way to even out your complexion and create a radiant finished look. This colorless powder can help to mask imperfections with just a light application, though the price tag is rather high.




cargo-blu-ray-pressed-powder-300x228Number Five: CARGO ‘blu ray’ High Definition Pressed Powder

CARGO ‘blu ray’ High Definition Pressed Powder is a natural looking high definition mineral powder that is geared toward reducing the visibility of fine lines and imperfections of the skin. No matter the light you are in, manufacturers promise this product will soften the look of your skin and moisturize it all at the same time. This product is available in four different shades, but it is on the high end of pressed powders with a somewhat daunting price tag.

While there are plenty of high definition powders on the market that you might prefer over any one of these five, they happen to be among the most popular and raved about on the makeup market.

Perfecting your daily look and keeping up with the times has never been easier than with one of these five high definition powders.

What’s your favorite high definition powder?

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Top 5 Eye Shadows Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:08:59 +0000 As women, we naturally use our eyes to make a statement and to communicate without words. It is for this reason that our daily eye shadow of choice is rather important, and can significantly impact the message that we send out to others. With so many eye shadow manufacturers and products on the market it can be difficult to choose the right brand that you want to make your statement for you. That’s why we have brought you a listing of the five best eye shadows on the market as rated by women that make statements just like you.

buxom-stay-there-eyeshadows-262x300The Number One Choice: Buxom Stay-There Eye Shadow

The Buxom Stay-There Eye Shadow collection glides onto eyelids smoothly and evenly to leave you with a lightweight, bold color that lasts for up to 14 hours. This mineral shadow is waterproof and crease proof so that you get a light, non-greasy shadow for day or night. Even though a single color is rather costly, women love the fact that this shadow contains vitamin E and aloe extract too.



Benefit-Creaseless-Cream-Shadow-2-300x273The Runner Up: Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow Liner

If you are looking for the ultimate multipurpose shadow, then Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow Liner is what you need. Not only is this a great shadow for daytime, but it doubles as a liner as well. With more neutral shades in this collection, your shadow will last a full day at the office, or hard at play without smudges.



sombra-sephora-claudinha-stoco-1-300x215The Third Choice: Sephora Colorful Mono Eyeshadow

Sephora Colorful Mono Eyeshadow collection is among some of the boldest on the market that offer smooth blending and glamorous effects to eyes. This collection glides on smooth and lasts for a full day, whether you choose a glitter color, metallic shimmer or a matte finish. Women love that there are more than 80 colors to choose from within this collection of shadows.

00-300x199Number Four: e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow Cream

If affordability and lasting color are what make an eye shadow your favorite, then the e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow Cream collection is for you. Not only are these shadows easy to apply, but they allow for layers of application to create as dramatic or subtle a look as you want.


revlon-luxurious-color-satin-eye-shadow_6-300x300Number Five: Revlon Luxurious Color Eye Shadow

Revlon Luxurious Color Eye Shadows offer a number of colors for women to choose from and are praised when paired with Revlon’s eyeliners. Many women appreciate the complimentary colors that come together in this shadow set and the fact that it is easy to apply and affordable. There are dozens of colors available in this collection for those who want a subtle daily look or a dramatic look for night.

With an overwhelming number of eye shadows on the market, it is easy to get used to the same old colors and brands you are used to. These five shadows are among the highest rated on the market and can certainly help your eyes to make the statement you always wanted them to.

What’s your favorite brand of eyeshadow?

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Top 5 Lip Liners Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:43:40 +0000 Finding a decent lip liner can take a lifetime. And for many women, when they find the one they like, they actually do stick with it for life. But here at Consumers Guides, we work to save you that trouble. That’s why we’ve assembled some of the best selling and most popular lip liners and put them to the test, to find out which ones stood out above the pack. If you’ve been searching for your perfect lip liner, take a look at our picks for the Top5 Best Lip Liners below:

Our top choice: Lancome Le Lipstique – LipColouring Stick with Brush

51DSFrayOoL._SL1500_-106x300The Lancome Le Lipstique out tested all of the other liners we tried. Lancome has an established reputation for making high end cosmetics for decades, and they continue to produce quality products. The Le Lipstique had a creamy texture, went on smoothly, and had excellent color and durability. Not only that, but the Lancome stick has an attached brush which was perfect for blending. We appreciated the natural color of the lip liner and felt that it could be appropriate for light or dark skin tones. After many cups of coffee, the liner stayed strong. The price was a bit steep, at over $25, but we felt that the superior texture and durability made it worth the extra cost. This was the smoothest, easiest to apply liner of everything we’ve tested. If you are tired of dry liners that are difficult to blend, this is a perfect choice for you.




Our #2 choice: Dolce & Gabbana Precision Lipliner

dolce-gabbana-precision-lipliner-945-p-77x300A very high quality lip liner that went on smooth and had decent durability. This product was one of the most expensive that we tested, but we felt that the quality was high enough to merit the extra price. The Dolce and Gabanna brand is better known as a fashion company, but they are quickly establishing themselves as one of the top make up companies as well. We liked that this lip liner helped define without over defining. It was fairly easy to blend, but was not as creamy as the Lancome product we tested. The higher cost and texture made this our second best lip liner from everything we tested.





#3 Dior Rougeliner Automatic Lip Liner

bb_p-83x300We liked the Dior Rougeliner because it featured a precision tip that allowed for better control than most of the other liners we tested. By twisting the pencil, we were able to adjust the sharpness of the stile, which was a wonderful feature as we are used to having to constantly sharpen our lip liners. One of the main drawbacks we found with this lip liner was the small size, it only comes in a .04 ounce package. Since it retails for 29.00, it means the Dior product is not as good of a value as many of the other products we tested. However, it’s superior texture, smooth-gliding application, and no feathering. The other major drawback we found with the Dior Rougeliner was some minor clumping when applied with certain lipsticks.





#4 Bobbi Brown Lip Liner

716787_fpx-68x300A soft and smooth liner that went on easily and lasted for several hours. This liner comes with a sharpener, so you can be sure it is always ready to use, but some of the other liners that tested higher never actually need to be sharpened. The Bobbi Brown lip liner did not bleed and had a very natural look that blended well with our lipsticks. Bobbi Brown has an entire line of very natural colors that are perfect for women with more unique skin tones. If you are exceptionally pale or dark, they might have a color better suited for you than some other companies. Overall, this was a decent lip liner with a smooth texture, but didn’t outlast some of the other products we tried.





#5 Laura Mercier Lip Pencil

12605175_285_NA-64x300The Laura Mercier Lip Pencil was one of the best products we tried with a smooth, yet firm application and great blend-ability. We also appreciated the metal cap, which helped to preserve the tip of the pencil. Unfortunately, this pencil did not include a sharpener like the Bobbi Brown product, and still required maintenance to function perfectly, so that was a drawback when compared to the products that don’t require sharpening or have on included.

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Top 5 Nail Polish Top Coats Sun, 02 Jun 2013 16:28:58 +0000 When looking for a strong, effective top coat, you really have to try whatever is out there because so many companies make their own Top Coat product and all of them claim to be the best at preventing chips and breakage. That’s why we at Consumers Guides decided to test some of the best selling nail polish top coats out there so your decision making process can be a bit easier. In our trials, we tested 20 different nail polish Top Coats over the course of several weeks and these are the findings for our top 5 performers:

Our Top Choice:  Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat, .5 Ounce

SV-83003_CLEAR-.5-1000x1000-300x300It is easy to forget how important a good Top Coat is when everyone is more concerned with the color of their nail polish. But a good Top Coat can really make a subpar polish shine and also help protect your manicure for much longer. The Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat was the clearest, glossiest top coat we could find. It gives nails a professional quality shine and finish. Not only that, but it dries almost instantly and then hardens quickly to prevent potential nicks and scrapes. It does not smear or smudge nail polish. Within two to three minutes, we were able to type, drive, run our fingers through our hair, and even eat. There was very minor shrinkage after application. One drawback we found of the Seche Vite product is that it contains Toulene, which may be dangerous to your health.

Our #2 Choice: Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat

original-300x300The Revlon Top Coat was thinner than the Seche Vite polish. With it we also noticed very little shrinkage. The product dries very fast. Unfortunately, cracks appeared after about a week of wear. The Top Coat did not harden enough to completely prevent scratching. It also caused some nail polishes to change color when applied. The polish felt like it needed to be shaken prior to use as the polish was thicker at the bottom of the bottle than it was toward the top.




#3 Sally Hansen Double Duty Base and Top Coat .45 fluid ounce

13332802-300x300The Sally Hansen Double Duty Base Coat was one of the lower-priced products we tested but it’s price compared to its  performance equated to a better value. It had a longer drying time than other Top Coats we tested. This product was also a bit goopier. It had a strong shine and was sufficiently hardened after 15 minutes. Did help prevent chipping and cracking but solution did not feel like it provided complete, hardened protection like the others we tested.




#4 Essie Good To Go! Fast Dry High Gloss Top Coat 15 ml

61f9HASCfnL._SL1500_-128x300The Essie Good To Go Held gloss and shine longer than almost anything else we tested. After nearly a week, the polish looked as fresh as the day we applied. Despite its ability to hold shine, the Essie Good To Go was not as protective as other Top Coats we tried as we noticed some chipping after only a couple of days.  There was little to no shrinkage and the coating did not crack.  Product did not clump, went on smooth and was easy to apply. One of the better Top Coats we found, only drawback was it did not last as long as some of the others.





#5 Nicole by OPI Nail Treatment, Top Coat Plus, .5 fluid ounce

Nicole_Base_Coat__99926.1351240535.1000.1000-150x300The Nicole by OPI Nail Treatment goes on smoothly and dries relatively quickly. There was little clumping unlike other Top Coats we tried. The product was free of  Toulene, unlike the Seche Vite, but it didn’t have the same level of shine or durability as the other higher rated products we tested. We noticed a bit of shrinkage with the under-polish and felt that the nails weren’t as protected as they were with the Seche Vite. Overall, it was one of the better products we tested, but not near the best.





What’s your favorite Nail Polish Top Coat? Let us know in the comments!

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