HAUL: ShopMissA AOA Studio Products

by - November 06, 2017

After my last ShopMissA Haul, I've been wanting to do another one but I wanted to wait until there were some new AOA Studio products launched since those products have been the ones I've had the most success with. When I checked out the site and found that they had introduced baked highlighters and shadows in the AOA Studio range, I really had no choice, did I? I went with a selection of different things from the brand and I feel like there are some definite hits and misses with this haul.

Keep reading to check out what I decided to pick up!

If you've never heard of ShopMissA, it's basically an online beauty and accessories dollar store. Initially, they had a lot of beauty brands that you'd be likely to see in a traditional dollar store, but after a while they launched their own in house brand called AOA Studio. They started with brushes and makeup bags, but they've expanded the range to include a really wide selection of different makeup products. 

AOA Studio Wonder Liplock "Potion" Mattes in Front Row & Brainchild
I decided to go with a mauve shade and a vampy burgundy to try out this lip formula, but the number of shades available in this collection is INSANE. I'm actually not even sure how many shades there are in total, but it's a LOT. This is a really strange formula for me. To apply, it's quite creamy, smooth and lightweight, but within a minute or two it sets very much like a liquid lipstick. We're talking fully transfer proof with these. And once they've set, they really behave like a liquid lipstick as well. They're a little bit dry, but not to an overly uncomfortable degree, and they do start to wear around the inner rim of the lips with wear and particularly with eating. I'll have to keep trying these out for a real review. 

AOA Studio Wonder Matte Liquid Lipstick in Faded
Regular readers might remember that I fell a little bit in love with the shade Hero from this collection of liquid lipsticks and I decided to try another shade to see if it would measure up. Unfortunately... I chose wrong. As tends to happen with these grey/brown based nude shades on my skin tone, this just looks straight up neutral grey on me and it's just not a look that I'm particularly into. It does apply quite nicely and feels like nothing on the lips when you wear it, so if you're into the shade this could be a really good option for a dollar.

AOA Studio Wonder Baked Highlighter in Fresa & Sno
The shades that would have made the most sense for my skin were unfortunately sold out when I made my order, but I still wanted to try the formula so I picked the lightest icy shade and a peachy gold that I thought would make a nice blush topper. Honestly, probably should have waited until my shades were in stock. Sno is one of those shades that looks white in the pan, but has a VERY strong purple shift when applied to the skin. I think this could look cool once I'm a little more fair, but it still won't be one I reach for often. Fresa is really beautiful, but there's SO MUCH GLOW to it that I'm not sure I'm going to love it on my cheeks, just because of the texture I have there.

AOA Studio Wonder Skin Illuminating Primer
I actually heard really good things about the primers, so I decided to give the Illuminating one a try. This is a really interesting primer because it is very, very glowy. Like straight up luminous as soon as you apply it to the skin. I think that once the weather gets cold and I experience some inevitable dullness, this will be a nice perk me up. As it is, I think I'm going to try it with some really matte foundations and see how that works, because I don't like an overly dewy appearance personally and that's what this gave the first time I tried it with a more natural finish foundation. 

AOA Studio Wonder Baked Eyeshadows in Mars & Bourbon
Admittedly, I'm not thrilled with how similar the two shades I chose were. On the site, Mars looked like deeper with a more bold red undertone, while Bourbon looked more like a classic rose gold. In person, they are different but ultimately they're both basically copper. The formula is pretty nice, I must say, and even when applied dry they give a nice sheen and good payoff. I have to try these a few more times to see how I really feel about them, but I'm actually pretty keen to try some other shades in this formula as well. 

AOA Studio Paw Paw Charity Super Soft Wonder Blenders Beveled & Teardrop
The original AOA Studio blending sponge has been hailed as a dupe for the beautyblender, but as usual it's just more dense and stiff like most other so-called dupes are. So I decided to try the Super Soft Wonder Blenders, which are a little bit more expensive at $1.55US, but claims to be 2x softer than the original. Pretty big claims, right? But it actually does live up to the claims - these are really, really soft sponges. As for dupeliness? Keep an eye out for a blending sponge super post coming soon where I'll stack all of the blending sponges in my collection against each other in a battle royale!

a2o Lab Facial Mask - Pore Control
I haven't tried this one out yet, but I can basically always use a sheet mask designed to clean out my pores, so I figured I'd give it a go. I mean, it was $1, which is about as cheap as sheet masks get, and if it gives me a good skin day it'll be well worth it. Look for it in an upcoming empties post!

Bourbon, Mars, Sno, Fresa, Illuminating Primer, Faded, Front Row, Brainchild

Overall, I'm not mad at about this haul, but you can see from the shades that the two eyeshadows are just too similar for me to need both of them, the highlighters are not really right for my taste, and the Faded liquid lipstick literally looks like wet concrete - which is not a look that works on me. 

Though the shades that I chose might not be quite right, I feel like Miss A is really killing it with the AOA Studio line of products. Considering that most of the products are $1USD, I feel like the quality is surprisingly good on all of these products. While they do sell a lot of products from other brands on the site, I've personally found those to be pretty hit and miss as far as quality is concerned, so I'd recommend sticking to the AOA Studio brand. They also have some pretty cool value sets discounted on the moment, so you could try a selection of different items from the brand. 

Head over to ShopMissA to check out their ever-expanding AOA Studio line of products! 

Thanks for reading!

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