Looking at the packaging, we assumed this was a new high-end brand, but we were pleasantly surprised to see the store's name written across the black cases. Since we didn't really know what to expect, we decided to test it out. From cheek stains to intense gel liner, see what we had to say about the Forever 21 makeup collection.
Eye Matte Eyeshadow In Aubergine 513, Fashion Editor Michelle Persad
Was it easy to apply? It is very easy to apply, it went on nice and smooth.
What did it feel like? It felt quite light, so it took a little more than usual to get a deep color.
How does it compare to pricier or more affordable products? It didn't feel like a cheap product. The packaging was nice and the eyeshadow itself felt like a good quality. The only thing that made it feel as though it was from Forever 21 was how thin it was when I applied it.
Did it last all day? Yes, it lasted all day. In fact, it was kind of tough to get off at the end of the day, it required a little scrubbing.
Would you recommend to a friend? I would recommend the eyeshadow to a friend, though I really didn't like the shimmer in this particular one, however a more matte color would have been great.
Lip & Cheek Stain in Peachy Cheeks, Lifestyle Editor Rebecca Adams
Was it easy to apply? Since it's a liquid, it's not such a great way to apply blush -- once it touches your cheek, it doesn't budge. So the color came out a bit uneven. It was easy to apply on my lips, though.
What did it feel like? It was a bit drying on my lips.
How does it compare to pricier or more affordable products? I would say that it's a cheaper version of Benefit Cosmetics Benetint lip and cheek stain (which I'm not a fan of, either).
Did it last all day? It lasted about an hour or so.
Would you recommend to a friend? No
Additional feedback? I would suggest that someone buy a separate blush and lip color, rather than trying to get a 2-in-1.
Creamy Lipstick in Bisou, Style Fellow Jamie Feldman
Was it easy to apply? Yes, the lipstick actually went on much smoother than I thought it would, which made me nervous that it would come off easily
What did it feel like? It was creamy -- very easy to apply evenly.
How does it compare to pricier or more affordable products? It was easier to apply than the red sephora lipstick I have but did not feel quite as nice as a Dior red I usually use. After a few hours it left my lips feeling kind of dry and chapped.
Did it last all day? It did -- it kind of faded a bit but never came completely off even after eating and drinking.
Would you recommend to a friend? Yes, I would recommend, but not for everyday. It's definitely for a night out.
Additional feedback: I liked this lipstick, but again, I did feel it made my lips a little chapped. However, it was very cold out that day, so I believe it's nothing a little pre-ChapStick application couldn't have fixed.
Was it easy to apply? I applied a simple black winged liner just on top. It required more than one attempt with various brushes.
What did it feel like? Once I applied with a short angled eyeliner brush, the liner went on smoothly and precisely.
Does it last all day? Because of the gel, it lasted all day -- if you were to wear this at night as well, I would recommend touching it up.
Would you recommend to a friend? I would definitely recommend to a friend!
What did it feel like? The lipstick was a bit pink for my liking, but it was the perfect (soft) pop of color for my gothic ensemble.
Does it last all day? I had to reapply twice throughout the day, so a total of three times.
*Forever 21 provided samples of these products for review purposes.