One day last week I went to Marshalls to look for birthday presents for two of my little cousins. One is in love with Thomas the Train and the other loves everything Disney Princess related. I always see things of that sort at Marshalls, so I thought it would be the perfect place to find something. As my mother and I were browsing, we were approached by a lady in her mid-thirties wearing all black. She reached into her bag and pulled out two adorable purple (I was instantly attracted to the bags as purple is my favorite color) shopping bags. She introduced herself and said that she travels across the US every day selling Makeover Essentials and how they were doing a huge blowout sale today. Then she opened up one of the purple bags and showed all of the contents and explained how great the quality was. The bag contained makeup remover wipes and a weekly essentials kit which contains eyeliner, powder, six eyeshadows, three lip colors, blush, concealer, mascara, lip liner, applicators, and a puff. I was pretty mesmerized by the amazing sounding offer. The lady explained how this weekly essentials pull-out drawer kit sells for $55 dollars on their website. Then the sales pitch continued. She then said that she would throw another bag in for free. I knew that one of my close friends would love to try this as well and get the extra bag. My mother continued to talk to her and ask a couple of questions about the products.
I started to go back to looking at the isle we were in as I slipped my iPhone out of my pocket and quickly began to Google this brand. I am always checking reviews on things before I buy them and I really wanted to know if this was a scam or not. I quickly found some reviews and I didn't know what to think. Some people seemed to love their products and also got amazing deals. Others had horror stories about the products being poor quality and being scammed.
I stepped back over near my mother and she glanced at me because she definitely knew I was up to checking things out. I gave a semi-nod, so my mom decided to give it a shot and she opened up her wallet to get $20. As the sales lady started to write up a receipt, she told us that she had an upgrade offer to show us. In my head I wondered what else could there be now? She reached into her large black bag again and pulled out a hair straightener. She explained that almost everyone who she sold one to has said that it is equivalent to CHI, if not better. This line especially caught me as I have been wanting to buy a new CHI straightener. The straightener has a lifetime warranty and it is made with ceramic plates with a retail value of $200. She said to upgrade our purchase, it would cost $60 total. For the last time, she reached in her bag and pulled out another item. This time it was a small palette about five inches long that had three eyeshadows and three lip glosses. She said that I would receive this as well.
Okay. The lady made her speech extremely convincing and told us that she used all of these products. Now I am not one to easily fall for a trick or scam, but I wanted to give these products a chance. Not every review I saw was horrible. On the Makeover Essentials website, all of these items would technically retail for a grand total of over $300. At this point I was very curious, so we decided to give it a shot. The ladies cell phone rang and she answered it. As she hung up, she told us that her business partner was waiting for her outside, so she has to go in a few minutes. We paid our $60 and she thanked us and walked away. I still felt a little overwhelmed as that whole experience happened in about five minutes. My mom and I continued our way through the store and wondered why she left the store so quickly?
As soon as I got home, I had to test some of the products. Out of a scale from 1-10, I would give the makeup items about a 6. They aren't horrible or anything, but they certainly aren't like my Naked Palette or MAC Lipglass. They can be used to blend with other brands that I like more. One small complaint I did have was the powder and concealer. We all know that it takes a lot of work to find the perfect concealer or powder shade, so it is kind of weird that they just had any random shade put inside the kit. Otherwise they were okay products. I did not experiment with the mascara or eyeliner, as I like to use my own favorites.
The next morning I pulled out the hair straightener. My hair was already somewhat straight in the morning, but it was a tad fizzy from the night before. I plugged it into the outlet and it heated up in around 30 seconds to where I wanted it. It has a dial to change the heat to your liking. It goes up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit which is good, but I usually don't go nearly that high. I put mine around the middle and started to straighten. It is very light weight and I only had to go over each large hair section once. It left a very nice shine and it works way better than my previous Conair flat iron and other ones I have had. I was very pleased with this iron and I am very happy I did do the "upgrade". This is what made my experience pleasant, as I don't really care for the makeup too much. This is now my favorite heat tool and I love it so much. Even the next morning, my hair was still perfectly straight and it didn't take any time at all to style my hair.
Overall, I had an generally okay experience with Makeover Essentials. Buying it felt like an infomercial and it was very rushed like words were being put into my head. The products will be okay for use once in a while and I do love the flat iron! If you ever experience a meeting with a Makeover Essentials representative anywhere, tell me about your experience with them and what you thought about the products.
UPDATE 9/19/14: Since I posted this back in April 2014, I have experimented with the eye products and I really love them more now. The mascara goes on without clumps (no more spider lashes!) and the shadows have seemed to work for me. The more I have been learning about makeup and that there are no rules to it, the easier it seems that I can be versatile with different products. My straightener is still in perfect tact and I use it often! Just wanted to give you a quick follow up...xoxo!