Mascara -Ulta - Showstopper Lashes Length + Volume Mascara
Iphy 9/17/2011 2:23:00 PM
I got a mini (I think) of this for free in a sample grab bag. Checking the reviews bummed me out; I figured I'd never use it. The brush is the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen, it looks so deficient. I threw some on before going to the store, and honestly it's not THAT bad. The version I got is incredibly wet (and therefore messy; it got all over my water line and fingers and eyelids) but I found the brush actually pulled my lashes clean of product and define them. Looked ok. Seemed more lengthening than volumizing. It dries incredibly fast, which I like for a wet formula. The downside to that is crunchy, brittle lashes. Overall I wouldn't ever buy this. EDIT: On my second attempt at wear, the formula had dried, and was a creating a spider lash mess. I had to throw the product away.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Idol Eyes - Creme Shadow Pencil - Distress
Iphy 8/30/2011 7:52:00 PM
This metallic dark royal blue is incredibly beautiful. Looks like Wet n Wild's take on the NYX jumbo eye pencils, and since I have been so pleasantly surprised with this brand lately I grabbed it for $1.89. The tube is about half the length of the NYX pencils; same thickness. I wanted it as an eyeliner, and planned to cover it with a matching colored shadow I have from a Sephora palette (figured it would travel a bit otherwise). My eyes are green, and Distress makes them so lovely. Sadly, this product gives raccoon eyes :( so bad. I suppose I could get away with using it on my lids and protecting it from creasing with other shadows (I imagine Buck from the Naked palette looking stunning with this) but my eyeliner dreams are dashed with this product. I wont give up on it! Maybe I will just use it in my water line instead of under my lower lashline. Keep in mind, I did and plan to always pair this with a similar colored shadow, as I think cream sticks need. Even with that, it was such a mess. MAKEUP LOOK SUGGESTION: I took UD in Darkhorse and patted my lids. I blended and filled my crease with a light touch of UD Freelove. Highlighted with UD Virgin, inner corners with UD Sin. Waterline was WW cream liner in black, and underneath lower lashes with Distress covered with a deep blue Sephora shadow. Black mascara to top. What a look! It was stunning, I must say. Until it ran all over my face. EDIT: Using it as an eyeshadow base was really no better. Apparently no powder will set this, it's too soft.
I have tracked the Naked Palette for a while, only passively, in admiration for those who can shell out $50 for eye shadow (or get gouged, eek), and never expected my makeup addiction to land me glazed over in an Ulta, actually about to buy it. Well I bought it. I'm so on the fence about this product, sadly. The package still gives me a jolt of excitement, but the product isn't what I expected. The brush I was given is pathetic. Stiff, fake, cheap...is it an eye shadow brush like it says on the handle, or a liner brush? EDIT: I have used this to pack on color, it's ok, but still strangely crunchy for a high end brush. I may condition this to soften. I loathe the UDPP, it's completely pointless to me. I stick with NYX milk as a base, skip primer. Ok. Those minor things aside: the shadows. There are some goodies and some problem shadows in there. I will be concise. FALLOUT (even with a base and tapping my brush on my forearm, these shadows fall on my cheekbones. I still use them, but it's a bummer such an expensive palette does this): Darkhorse (buttery) Creep (fairly smooth for glitter) Hustle (buttery) Gunmetal (fairly smooth for glitter) GLITTERBOMBS: Sidecar (a total mess, but smooth) Creep Gunmetal GOOD ONES: Naked (matte, only slightly chalky) Half Baked (metallic, smooth) Sin (frosty, buttery) Buck (matte, only slightly chalky) Smog (metallic, smooth) Toasted (metallic, smooth) Virgin (frosty, buttery) They all blend well, even the glitterbombs. They do last. I would not buy this again, you can find nice neutrals cheaper and individually. I do like the portability of this, as I travel. EDIT 8/31/11: I have fixed up my review a bit, hope it helps better. I must say, this palette is not perfect, but it's so fun. It really makes putting on makeup an enjoyable experience, it makes me creatives, and I look forward to trying out new things.
Freelove is a really beautiful coral/orange with very fine gold shimmer, to me. I do not detect any pink in this, but ULTA's open sample was more pink. I think there may be more depth to the color the deeper you get in the pan, if that makes sense. The top layer seems slightly like a matte orange, but as I use it, I see more shimmer and dimension. As with the UD shadows I have used (Last Call, Single White Female, and a vibrant purple I cannot recall the name of), this shadow is fairly smooth, easy to blend, and pigmented. The color lasts a very long time, and there is little fallout. I have packed Freelove over NYX milk pencil on my lid, and it's extremely orange. I use UD Darkhorse and Naked from the Naked Palette on the outer corner to tone it down and blend it out. It's beautiful, and I also line my lower lash line with it. I plan to try this without a base and just wash it over my lid for a lighter, sheer effect. It seems this product is best suited for green eyes/pale skin or very dark skin, but I'm sure anyone could make it work. UPDATE 9/6/11: This makes THE most fabulous blush. I have Benefit's Coralista, and it has nothing on this. Beautiful.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
Iphy 8/23/2011 11:14:00 PM
*looks side to side* Umm...this product is a waste of time and money, in my most humble opinion. I received the mini tube of Primer Potion in my Naked palette and was excited to try it, given the love it receives. I have been using NYX Milk as an eye shadow base and loving it. My verdict: What does UDPP do that a swish of foundation can't do?? Why pay any more money for another product if you use foundation? Ugh! /rant. I know this is beloved, so I won't trash it with super low lippies, but it's silly to me. I did not notice my eye shadow staying on any longer, and it certainly didn't help it produce more vibrant coloring. Maybe I simply do not understand what ills this primer corrects in some people, but I feel foundation can easily replace this.
Sienna is the best eye shadow I have ever used. I have had this for a while now and didn't fully appreciate it until recently, when I started venturing into the world of shadows with pigment and smooth textures. This color is a highly pigmented, metallic, relatively smooth (but not soft like the WnW color icon shadows) root beer color (brown with a hint of red and gold). It glistens beautifully, and is easy to blend. No fallout, and wears a decent amount of time. I believe this shade would look flattering on any skin tone. Pigment: 5/5 Texture: 4.5/5 (not buttery, but not grainy) Staying power: 4.5/5 Package quality: 5/5 Color: 5/5 I cannot seem to find the price from Sephora online, and I don't recall...I'd say $15-$20, which is a LOT. I suspect NYX Root Beer may be a good dupe (never tried it), but I just adore this shadow. Makes my green eyes look seductive and naturally beautiful.
These are cool. I kept seeing them at a store I frequent weekly, and people were buying them like mad. Revlon products were 40% off and I caved and grabbed the orange fizz one for like 3 bucks or less (only the grape and apple left, I wanted the watermelon, or cherry, if they had that I don't remember now). Smells just like orange pop. MMMMM! All of the scents are true to name, I sniffed them all over the course of a month haha. The gloss is very sticky, and that's why it gets a 4. It tastes and smells divine, and looks good. Sheer and shimmery.
Eyeliner -Wet 'n' Wild - Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner - Black
Iphy 8/5/2011 10:28:00 PM
Whoaaa. This product is shocking. I bought yet another $5-8 automatic drug store black pencil full of wax, waving the white flag to my water line within seconds, yet being impossible to smudge...I want to cram said pencils up someone's nose. Looking for a good liner on MUA, I found this, with rave reviews. I got this for $3.79 and I'm guessing that's on the high end. The package is a weird little UFO full on crazy black cream liner. It's so dark, it's fascinating lol. I smeared a line on my hand. It's SO BLACK. It's so vivid, and creamy, and in about ten seconds, it dries and becomes immovable. Water does nothing, smudging does nothing. My makeup remover takes a bit of elbow grease, which is my only gripe. I don't like to fight to remove my makeup. I'm so impatient. This stuff is amazing, though. Beautiful, true black, water line friendly, clean. The brush sucks, it is too stiff, but it is perfect for my eyebrows. I had been using an eyeliner brush to apply my brow powder and I've switched the two in complete ecstasy! haha Just buy this already :P
Eye Makeup Remover -Neutrogena - Oil Free eye makeup remover
Iphy 8/5/2011 9:36:00 PM
I really love Sonia Kashuk's Remove, but I hate paying $10 for such relatively little product, that's never on sale, and is almost always sold out, and only at Target. This remover is sold everywhere, contains more product, is 3-5 dollars cheaper depending on coupons and sales, and works pretty much the same. It removes fast, doesn't burn, is non greasy, non drying, and is basically forgettable. That's a good thing! No residue, no stinging. Great product. Sorry, Sonia.
I haven't used Lashblast for well over a year, and I don't really recall what prompted me to stop. (Part of me think it's because I used the Fusion and hated it). For a long time, I have been switching up mascaras like a mad woman (Voluminous Carbon Black, Super Thick Lash, Falsies, One by One, Collagen whatever, etc, etc). I liken this to having the sweet, dependable boyfriend and dumping him for the cocky, jerk types. I'm back to my senses. This mascara gives me big, clean lashes. They are a bit more stiff than Voluminous Carbon Black or Full n Soft, but prettier. The gigantic tube annoys me to no end; I hate opening it, I hate the color and the angle at the top. I hate how the brush feels, but I cannot deny the work the brush does, and how good this formula is. So, I think I will ignore the sweet boyfriend's "socks on the floor" and just stick with him ;)
Pros: Intense black color; beautiful, initially No smell Nice tube/wand size Defines well Cons: Messy; this gets all over my eyelids, smears, smudges upon application (and I am not a fumbling fool, in honesty) always get the bridge of my nose too, ugh Heavy; this weighs my lashes down Goes grey after a few hours; my eyelashes look like droopy, grey, hot messes after six hours I hate this :( Never tried the regular Voluminous, and I still might.
Pros: Very little scent Very shiny Opaque A very pretty reddish pink Smooth Long wearing Nice to apply, slightly resistant though, have to press down Cons: Uggggghhh the glitter is gritty *eyetwitch* I would give Revlon my pinky toe if they would take the gritty glitter out of this beautiful color. Sigh. I would still repurchase, though, unless I find a better dupe.
Lipstick -Revlon - ColorBurst in 070 Soft Nude [DISCONTINUED]
Iphy 7/29/2011 9:50:00 PM
I stalked this lipstick online all day and nearly left it at the store when it came time to buy it. Just could not decide if it would look good on me. I really like the look of Bobbi Brown's soft nude from swatches I have seen, and wanted something similar but this is not it. Still, this is the most beautiful lipstick I have ever owned. I am a lipgloss girl, not a fan of lipsticks. I worried this would look like foundation, make me look sickly...it's beautiful. Evens the tone of my berry colored lips and doesn't wash out my very pale skin. No smell, and under cocoa butter/balm it is so smooth and long wearing. You won't regret this one!!
Pros: Super shiney, nearly a gloss Very pretty semi-sheer colors (I have a rose and a coral) No smell Not heavy Cons: Not long wearing Slightly drying My rose colored lipstick broke right in half; very soft from the glossy texture. Use a brush if possible!
Pros: Fresh, vanilla, pleasant scent Pretty pink color Long wearing Not overly drying Cons: Purple toned An exact replica of Rimmel's Pink Chic, despite them looking slightly different in the tube. I prefer Pink Chic, as it is less purple.