This was an effort to dupe MAC contrast eyeshadow. I didn't think I'd use a navy blue eyeshadow enought to justify MAC prices so I got this instead. The color is very nice and exactly what it's called (for once, NYX naming is usually so random), a dark navy blue. The texture is very soft. However, applying is so difficult. You pat it on, but if you try to blend at all, the color disappears to a very light navy and you get tons of fallout. If you do choose to get this color, do your eye makeup first or else the fallout will destroy your face makeup. The staying power of what does stay on once you've blended is pretty good, but it's just so weak! Ug!
When I first got this shadow, I hated it. It was just that nasty lustre finish. I talked to an MA later and she suggested I use a flat shader brush rather than a fluffy shader brush. It really helped! Now I love this. It's a beautiful peachy slightly pink shadow with a gold simmer/glitter to it. It's a great lid color. I wore it with Haux the other day and loved it. It lasted all day with a primer. Highly recommend it but just make sure and use the correct brush! Edit-sometimes for whatever reason my brush trick doesn't work. Then I use my finger like another review suggested and it helps. Also, I tried Urban Decay "X" because it's so similar. X is more gold and less pink and the texture isn't glittery but there is still fall out. In the end I prefer Gleam.
Whoever named this "peach" was crazy. It looks like a warm hot pink-very bright. It ends up looking very pretty on the cheek, but I see zero peachiness in it-all pink. Name aside, I do like this blush. It brightens your face for a nice flush. For the price, very nice blush. It's not super buildable-the blends out too easily and disappears. But again, it is cheap. I won't purchase again because I'll probably not run out for a long long time.
This is supposedly a gel liner but it's not very gel-like. It has a pretty dry texture. I use it with a stiff shader brush as a base for gold eyeshadow. It works very well for that. The texture makes it difficult to work with as an actual eyeliner. I would probably try a NYX gold jumbo pencil as a base instead-it would be easier. As a gold eye liner, I'm still looking for something easier to use. But it works well enough for me. Definately not repurchasing.
This is a great basic brown gel liner. It's very creamy, lasts all day on me. It works on the waterline. It's pretty cheap, the cheapest gel liner I've been able to find. I'm very satisfied with it.
I bought this blush to use as a contour. It's too red/orange to use as a contour so it sat in my drawer for a while. I decided to try and use it as a basic neutral blush. I love it like that. It's a nice warm brown that looks so natural on me. It's great if you want a natural brown blush. It's fairly light so it probably wouldn't work very well on darker skin tones but on my fair skin it's perfect.
So I finally decided to try the infamous photo finish primer. It sucked! I couldn't see the color correcting once on my face. It would take so much to actually hide any redness that it made my face greasy. Then it made my combination skin so oily even with a thin layer. It got returned. I'm sticking to my hard candy and monostat gel. I gave it a 2 because I'm assuming that it works better with dry skin.
I have this in a sample size I can see never needing to buy it because you use so little at a time. It does look really well, you just have to use it extremely sparingly. I'm a red head so I have a very ruddy complexion and I'm acne prone (I'm 26! Isn't this supposed to be over!?!) and this helps on those super red/irritated days. Very nice, just use very very small amounts because it sticks like crazy and is hard to blend out.
Concealers -Everyday Minerals - Multi-tasking Concealer
Tygerlilee84 8/21/2010 10:37:00 AM
So this is the first concealor I've ever been able to use without foundation. If I want a super minimal makeup look, I conceal, put on mascara and a little eyeliner and I'm done. It sticks like glue to my naked face! It works well with liquid foundation as well as the powder. I've tried a bunch of other concealors and this is by far my favorite. I took off one lippie because it can be buffed away on liquid foundation so it's not perfect. Also, I probably won't buy it again because I have 2 containers of it so I'm sure I'll never run out!
So I got this in a sample pack. As a concealor it was aweful! It is so simmery and sheer. I couldn't figure out how this was supposed to work. It just was like super fine shimmer stuck everywhere! However, I've never been able to use a highlighter. It just sticks in my pores so I stick to blush and contour. I tried this as a highlighter and I loved it! It's mild enough shimmer to not settle in my pores, and gave the nice glow every talks about that I just never could do. I might consider getting this as a highlighter if I order from EDM again. So I'm not totally sure what to put as my rating because as a concealor I'd give it a 1, but as a highlighter I'd give it a 5, so I settled for a 4. If you have this sample, try it as a highlighter before you throw it out. It might work for you! If they pressed this I would totally get that!
It took me a while to try this shade. Temptalia's swatch of it is so pretty that I finally had to try it. For me it's a great lid shade for office appropriate gold. It's like a taupey gold. Like most MAC shadows, it has great texture, lasting power, all of that. I use it with Embark, Retrospeck, Print, and Milani's Java Bean (which I've read is similar to MAC Mulch). If you are looking for a more interesting neutral and you look good in warm to neutral makeup, this is a great one to try. Maybe if you are super cool you should go with satin taupe but I think most people can wear this one. I used to think I was warm toned but my inablity to pull of greens has me convinced I'm more neutral toned than I realized and I love this one on me. edit: I have a new combination with this I love: fresco rose pp with patina on the lid and swiss chocolate in the crease. It cools patina down and a little pink shows through. I guess any pink cream shadow would work. I love it though!
This was such a strange purchase. I went in and the sample they had looked like the perfect peachy blush for me. I had the MA put this on one cheek and Deep Throat on the other. We decided this looked more natural on me so I got it. When I got home and put it on the next day it looked almost red. It looked red in the pan and clownish on. If I barely tapped the brush, shook it and dabbed it on I got an okay color. I went back to the store and the sample looked perfect again! I don't know if that one was faded or what. I really wanted this to work because the quality was AMAZING but it was too much work to apply, I had to be too careful and my technique is not good enough for that. Nars needs to make a good peachy blush! Not pink, not red, but peach! I ended up getting springsheen and cheek from MAC instead.
So the actual product is really good. I HATE drugstore eyeshadow. It's hard, payoff is terrible. I never wore eyeshadow until I tried this. These shadows-and I've tried almost all of the palettes-are soft, blendable, have velvety texture. Really nice. They don't have the staying power of MAC but they aren't too far behind. AMAZING for drugstore eyeshadow. They are all pretty sheer shadows, but because of the texture you can build them up really easily. They work well wet too. Here's my rundown of all the palettes: Amethyst-this was my first one. I really love the reddish lid color. I haven't found another purple that's like this one. The crease color is a cooler purple but not super dark. If you like purple, it's a really good palette. Earth-the green lid color looks great over a black base for a smokey eye. I wear the other two shades the most out of these palettes. The highlighter is my favorite out of the palettes and the brown is a plummy brown that I like to use with other colors too. Metallic-I was kind of disappointed with these colors. The highlight is blah on me, kindn of sandy. The pink shows up okay, but not spectacular, the brown turns very cool tones on me, which I don't like. It looks almost gray/black on me. I really wanted to like these colors, but on me they weren't that great. However, people I work with liked these colors a lot. Mountain-my mom actually has this one. The browns are fairly warm toned and she's more cool toned so I think this was too warm for her. The browns are pretty dark too. So if you want darker, more golden browns it's great. Ocean-this is the one I have not tried! I need too! Quartz-I actually bought this and returned it. The colors were blah on me, too mellow. However, I got it for my mom and she loves it. So if you like more natural, less contoured look and are cooler toned it will be great! My mom is medium skin toned, blue-gray eyes, and hair that is turning silver for reference. Stone-another very natural palette that I found blah but my mother loves. This one and quartz are her favorites. She thinks I'm a make up genius for giving them to her. The crease color on this one is especially nice. Kind of purply taupey. Storm-this one looks great on everyone! I love these colors. I actually got this one for my mom and it looks great on her too. She uses it for her evening look. It's got the only blue eyeshadow she's ever worn and it looks great even with her blue eyes. I won't purchase these palettes again because I'm addicted to the MAC palettes and having all those shadows in one place. But I use these for traveling and they are great if you don't want to spend the money on department store stuff. If you are warm toned I'd say go for mountain, earth, and storm. If you are cool/more neutral go for quartz, stone, metallic. These palettes are really very, very nice products.
So the actual product is really good. I HATE drugstore eyeshadow. It's hard, payoff is terrible. I never wore eyeshadow until I tried this. These shadows-and I've tried almost all of the palettes-are soft, blendable, have velvety texture. Really nice. They don't have the staying power of MAC but they aren't too far behind. AMAZING for drugstore eyeshadow. This particular palette is the warmest palette in the line, I think. I thought the Metallic palette would be warm but the brown is a really cool brown when I apply it-almost gray/black. As for the colors in this palette, I actually have a hard time wearing green-don't know why. I usually wear very warm toned makeup but the only green I've been able to makes work is MAC's greensmoke which is pretty cool toned-weird I know. I wear the plummy brown and the highlight color alone a lot, and the green looks really cool over a black base for a smoky eye. I won't purchase again because I'm addicted to the MAC palettes and having all those shadows in one place. But I use these for traveling and they are great if you don't want to spend the money on department store stuff. Very, very nice product.
I really like this blush. NARS does last longer but NARS doesn't make this color! Orgasim and Deep Throat are too pink for me. Springsheen is slightly more peach/warm toned and it works much better for me and looks much more natural. The shimmer doesn't show up on me very much. Great blush for pale, warm toned people. Edit: I've since decided that this blush is too pink for me. I tried Peaches, which looks positivily orange in the pan, but it's so perfect on me, there is no going back And style-Style is the peachier springsheen and it looks so much better on me.