Brows -Sugar Cosmetics -Arch Arrival Brow Definer

on 2/13/2019 10:02:00 AM

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I read so many great reviews here and there on this and was super-excited to try it. I had great brows in my younger days, but as I've aged they seem to be vanishing (or some turning gray). I now have ill-defined, sparse brows (especially the tail area which is pretty much bald on both sides). When using any product, my goal is well-shaped, natural looking brows. I do realize that it's now always going to be somewhat obvious, depending how closely you look, that I fill them in a little bit, and I'm ok with that. However, the scouse brow is NOT for me. So, here are my thoughts about Sugar Arch Arrival

Pros-
--The color Taupe Tom is great. In my opinion it is not taupe at all, its a medium-dark brown gray color (as described on Sugar's site) and it's perfect for my dark brunette brows.

--Smudge-proof and long lasting. This has excellent staying power. You can rub or scratch your eyebrow and the product stays on. No touch-up required throughout the day, lasts from dawn til bedtime on me. Haven't tested it, but I would guess this would be somewhat water resistant as well.

Cons-
--Consistency of the pencil is very hard and chalky. Difficult to get the color to transfer to my skin, therefore I have to press really hard and end up with too much color in one area, and overly dark, thick lines. I can blend the dark lines out somewhat, but then I end up with completely shaded in brows which look really fake. I've not been able to get anything resembling hair-like lines from this pencil. This might be good for heavily colored/shaped brows, but for the natural brow look it just doesn't work for me at all.

--Amount of product. Imo, something is off with the amount of product you get. It's listed as .35g, that's 350mg or .012 oz. My Maybelline Total Temptation brow definer is 150 mg or .0052 oz. So, I should be getting twice as much product with the Sugar. The picture I posted shows both pencils, having each been used about 4 times. While the Sugar pencil is a tiny bit wider (maybe 1 mm) it's clear that the Maybelline is over 1/4" longer than the Sugar. The 1mm width difference in no way makes up for the 1/4" length difference even if they would be an equal amount of product. Then remember, I'm supposed to get 2x as much pencil with Sugar... so where is it? It's not in the actual pencil. Maybe they included the container in the weight, idk, but something is wrong here.

Overall, very disappointed. Does not work for me and will not repurchase again.




Brows -Sugar Cosmetics -Arch Arrival Brow Definer

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I cannot live without this brow pencil! It's currently out of stock and I hope I don't run out. It's so long lasting and the perfect shape to do your brows without making a mess. It's the best brow product I have ever used and I have used them all except tattooing. It comes with the perfect little spoolie brush too.

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Brows -Sugar Cosmetics -Brow Beater

Full disclosure: This may have been discontinued - I found it in the Cosmetic Market, which is a mecca of discounted make-up in Midtown Manhattan (15 E. 37th Street) .. I think I paid $2 - $3 for it, and went back for more, because this is a great staple- the brush is right there in the lid, the color is pretty fool proof (I got the Light - and unlike a lot of "dark blonde / light brown" options out there, it is not reddish.) Staying power is okay - wish it was better, but hey! it's every bit as good as the Anastasia Pomade that is so much more expensive, and not very portable, and does not have the brush right there in the lid. And it's a pretty decent brush, considering the size and the price point.

Also - this is a DUPE for Benefit Ka-BROW! cream gel eyebrow color with brush

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Bronzers -Sugar Cosmetics -Tropic Tan ]

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EDIT:::

Oh God, guys. I just got my latest compact from Sugar off of Amazon, and I am so upset - they changed the formula, so it no longer has the light shimmery glow that it used to - it's now just a dirty tan (although it looks similar in the pallet). I don't understand, because it's sold by the actual manufacturer and they made no mention that it wasn't the original. This new version is MAYBE a 3 Lippie, as it lackss EVERYTHING that made it look natural and glowy.

I will search for a dupe and update with what I find....


6/23/2016
This is hands down my favorite bronzer ever. I don't have many HG products, but this definitely is one of them.

I am pretty pale year round, so it's tricky for me to find a bronzer that doesn't make me look fake, dirty, or burnt. Despite how dark it looks in the compact, the color is surprisingly sheer and blendable on my pale skin, yet somehow is buildable and still adds enough color when I use (tons) of sunless tanner in the summer.

The product seems to not only bronze, but it also adds a nice glow that I have yet to achieve from any other bronzer -- I don't want sparkles on my cheeks, and some shimmers are way too noticeable - but this seems to add the right amount of glow.

I've never had oiliness problems or breakouts from this, and the color seems to last fairly well throughout the day. My biggest complaint is that they should sell smaller compacts, because I always seem to drop and shatter mine halfway through, wasting a ton... and it's hard to fit into my purse... but I guess this is more of a reflection on me than anything else.

I've had my current one for YEARS (like, 10, seriously), so I was nervous it was discontinued. Very excited I found it on Amazon. Bottom line, forget Smashbox, Bare Minerals, Nars (all of which I've used), and buy this gem.

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Mascara -Sugar Cosmetics -Sugar Double Wink

on 7/8/2015 3:31:00 PM

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I got this on a whim while browsing Kohl's cosmetic clearance section. It was 2 mascaras (as in 2 whole tubes, not just the 2 sides of the tube) for $2.80! I was prepared to be disappointed but was actually pleasantly surprised- this mascara is pretty nice for daily wear. If you're looking for anything dramatic then you'll probably want to skip it, but I wear it to the office and it provides a little bit of extra length and volume, while separating my lashes for a very natural look.

It lasts all day on me, and is easy to wash off. The packaging is meh, but I do like that it is very slender- I have a very small purse and it's perfect for that. It has very stiff wands that aide in separating the lashes, which it does very well. I wipe the little glob off at the end so I can use it to detail my corner lashes.

All in all, super satisfied with this product, especially for the price I got it at.

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Blush -Sugar Cosmetics -Sweet Cheeks blush

on 6/12/2015 8:17:00 PM

Received as part of a little gift set and though I don't usually do cream blushes figured I would give it a try. The consistency was fairly slick, only a little tacky, and blended out nicely without too much effort. It didn't make my face feel sticky and would have given a nice blushed look if the color weren't way too pink for my fair skin. If they had a lighter - not so flamingo- pink or subtle apricot shade, I would give it a shot as it blended pretty easily and didn't make me look like I had war paint on. Good pigmentation, decent consistency, overall okay.


Mascara -Sugar Cosmetics -Sugar Double Wink

on 6/12/2015 8:11:00 PM

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I think Sugar used to be a Sephora carried line and has over the years since been downgraded to a Walmart brand. I bought an oversized bronzer compact from Sugar at Sephora many years back but hadn't given the brand much thought since and didn't even know it was still been around until receiving a couple little gift sets of theirs recently.

The double wink mascara was included in one of the gift sets and I can see why the brand is has become far less expensive if it is indicative of Sugar's quality. I'm amazed how highly rated this stuff is! I thought it was terrible!

One end is allegedly for length and the other for volume. The length brush has very short compact bristles to grab the lashes and drag mascara all the way down each one, whereas the volume brush has a spiral wand similar to Great Lash. Either way, both formulas are RIDICULOUSLY DRY. That was my main contention with this. Super dry, crumbly formula from the get go. The volume side created a slightly fanned effect and the length side did give a little length (though I think my lash curler carried most of the heavy lifting) but overall the look either side gave was seriously lacking. Very little volume, unimpressive length, just "fair" pigmentation and a formula drier than the desert.

Pass.

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Bronzers -Sugar Cosmetics -Tropic Tan Blush and Bronzer Duo

on 2/4/2015 8:05:00 PM

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best bronzer ever!they discontinued this and I'm sooooo happy they brought it back I've tried every bronzer out there,hides pores the best! great pigment

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Mascara -Sugar Cosmetics -Sugar Double Wink

on 2/4/2015 11:35:00 AM

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My favorite ever. Women would stop and stare at my eyelashes and ask if they were real. Best length ever. I still hunt for it.


Bronzers -Sugar Cosmetics -Tropic Tan Blush and Bronzer Duo

on 11/19/2014 10:11:00 AM

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OMG! I'm sooo happy like jumping for joy when this came back sold at Kohl's, Drugstore.com and Walgreen's! I thought I would never see this bronzer blush duo ever in this lifetime. I felt so sad when this disappeared and discontinued at Sephora in 2010 that I resorted to Ebay just to get a hold of this gem. My all-time favorite bronzer and blush! I'm Asian and just for reference NC37-40 in MAC with yellow undertones. This bronzer doesn't look muddy on me and just gives that perfect glow on my skin. The blush... Oh, the blush! The perfect peachy-pink with gold shimmer that gives my cheeks warmth (step aside, NARS orgasm!). I always get compliments when I use this bronzer blush combo. To my excitement that it's finally available to purchase online and is back, I went to buy 4 just in case this will disappear again! Thank you, Sugar for bringing this back!

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Lip Treatments -Sugar Cosmetics -super size sugar

on 3/17/2014 6:28:00 PM

Must have! I can't go without this lip treatment.

I have a slight vitamin B deficiency so you know my lips are very dry and i tend to bite them. This lip treatment heals, soothes, and glosses my lips like nothing else can! After about 1 hr with this on, my lips heal and the chapped dryness disappears. Also i can't taste the spf 15 at all which is great. Instead there is a slight lemon smell and no taste to the lip treatment. I wear this year round especially in winter or when i'm eating spicy food, this baby soothes my lips right up. The chapstick closes AND screws tight so no more messes in ur purse from open caps.

The only downside is the cost and that the lip treatment is free from so many harsh chemicals etc that the stick will soften/melt in warm weather and in ur pocket/hand, but will re-solidify to its original shape so no worries. DONT LEAVE IT IN A HOT CAR! It will melt a lot and take some time to become solid again, but it's still my fav summer lip treatment/chapstick. :)


Lip Treatments -Sugar Cosmetics -Sugar Kisses

on 1/21/2014 11:13:00 PM

I loovveee this product! It smells great, applies smoothly, and conditions lips unlike any other balm I've used. The tinted one is also a very sheer and wearable shade that gives a little color without being overbearing or distracting. On the downside, it's super expensive... I got my mini sized balms as a freebie and since then I haven't been able to rationalize buying more at $20 a tube...


Lip Treatments -Sugar Cosmetics -Sugar Kisses

on 8/21/2013 8:49:00 PM

Got a mini Sugar Rose tinted lip treatment balm as a freebie. The colour is a tinted cherry pink that goes on sheer. The scent is delicate and yummy! Love the packaging in metallic tubes. Only complaint is this balm softens easily so keep it away from heat (i.e. don't store in pants pocket). I've never encountered a lip balm that melts like this. =/ On the upside this has SPF15 protection.


Tinted Moisturizer -Sugar Cosmetics -Sugar Tint

on 7/24/2013 6:33:00 AM

I got this as a present and I love it! I have rose and plum. It gives a lovely reddish/pinkish tint depending on the colour you use and it moisturizers. It basically a very moisturizing lipstick. Only tip is don't leave it in your bag outside on a hot day.... It melts... I will buy this product again! ~(^_^)~

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Lip Treatments -Sugar Cosmetics -super size sugar

on 7/12/2012 12:06:00 AM

I got a free sample of this from Sephora in Rose and Clear. I love both colors and I love how my lips feel during and after. I didn't get that chapped feeling after the color faded (which is a few hours). Then I happened to stumble across the Coral color and I am in love! I normally wear pinks over coral, but this color is absolutely perfect for me. It smells great and is large so I know I will get alot of use out of it. It does get very soft in the hot weather, so I try to be careful, but the tube is a great size, and although expensive, worth the money!


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