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on 5/9/2013 11:30:00 AM
More reviews by Squarekittens
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
Sucked in by the packaging and rave reviews I purchased two colours: Fiend and White heat.White heat: a shimmery white. It's very frosty and has teeny tiny glitter in it. it has a medium pigmentation.Fiend: a duochrome black blue colour. it has a satin finish and a few tiny sparkles here and there. It has a poor pigmentation.priceOverpriced. Even if these were the best thing since sliced bread they definitely don't need to be that expensive. When I got them they were 50% off, so that makes it little less painful.availabilityThey are now discontinued, you can still find these on allcosmeticwholesale, ebay and blogsales.packagingThe packaging is a plastic with a metallic coating and is slightly on the heavy side. It's beautiful to look at but not very convenient. It always looks dirty because dust collect on the black receded parts, and fingerprints are always visible on the shiny metallic parts. A magnet is supposed to keep the compact shut, but it's a very weak magnet making it feel cheap and it means you can't travel with it without wrapping a rubber band around it.amountThe packaging contains a generous 3 grams of product. This is twice the amount of a urban decay eyeshadow (1.5 grams), but less than a single eyeshadow from the balm, who contain 3.4 grams.ingredientswhen you look at the ingredient list, the first ingredient is talc. Quite suprising for such an expensive product. Urban decay's eyeshadows also contain talc, but depending on the eyeshadow not always as a first ingredient. The balm eyeshadows are talc free. Talc is very cheap and using that a base ingredient is kind of a let down for such a pricey product. The ingredient list isn't product specific, but the shadows may also contain carmine so aren't suitable for vegetarians.the productI guess due to the large amount of talc, both eyeshadows feel quite dry, fiend more than white heat.When you apply white heat, you get an okay color payoff. But my main issue with this color is that it blends away quite easily, leaving you with just some glitter on your lids and no frosty white color. Because it doesn't stick to the skin very well, it also isn't very buildable. This color does work nicely as a inner corner highlight however.Fiend is the most disappointing shade of the two for me. On pictures online it looked like this gorgeous deep black color with a iridescent blue shine. unfortunately it is a greyish base color with some blue on it, but you can't see that once you apply it to your lids. Only in direct sunlight you can see it a little. This colour is buildable but only to a certain extent, and it requires a lot of digging in the eyeshadow pan.Overall I am glad I only bought two shades. My cheap catrice and essence eyeshadows are of a better quality than these two and I find the weak magnetic closure very annoying. I wouldn't recommend these shadows unless you can get them at a very very low price. If I had bought these eyeshadows in a regular plastic packaging from a brand like essence of elf, I probably would've tossed them. But I keep them because they weren't cheap and the packaging is pretty to look at.
on 7/24/2012 7:48:00 PM
More reviews by SoraHime
Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
My current go to shades:CorsetPrivilege Love RocksSpyNeat packaging and love the above colors.Have backup for Corset, Love Rocks and Spy though am unsure if I'll hit pan but fell in love with these shades that I had to have backup =) In a way am glad I did not get into the R&R line early on or I'd be soo broke!
on 7/30/2011 9:40:00 AM
More reviews by mladkins
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine
I own several now and have grown attached. I prefer the shimmery shades, as I find the matte ones to be a bit flat and boring. Colors I've tried:Lawsuit - heart this, see my separate review!Carat - shimmery white gold, surprisingly uniqueSabotage - neutral shimmery beigeSnakeskin - satin green/brown, I like this in the crease but not all over the lidAlloy - WOW! I just got this one and it is a gorgeous shimmery peach/goldDiffused - meh, one of those flat and boring shades although pretty when applied wet. I swapped it for Carat and have no regrets.The packaging, while OTT, is luxurious and makes me happy. I would have never tried these at their original price tag of $28 but gladly purchase for under $10 apiece whenever R&R is on Hautelook. I will definitely invest in or swap for more shades!
on 6/26/2011 7:58:00 PM
More reviews by kathrynb23
Skin: Normal, Medium, Neutral
Hair: Black, Straight, Fine
I've got these in Femme and Envy. I thought these shadows are pleasantly great, I initially didn't give them much credit at all. Rich pigmented colours, that doesn't have any fall out, no fading or creasing even without a primer. I love the packaging to these shadows although uneccessary, but its gorgeous. I think the price for these shadows are a little bit on the steep side.
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