This is my first large palette. The CS ones just never appealed to me because I travel quite a bit and need things to be portable. This does this very well. So a basic description of the product. There is an outer case that holds the 5 palettes plus the empty travel case. The clasp holds shut very well sometimes it is even hard to get open but that will get looser in time. There is a mirror along the far right side. The palettes snap very securely into place. (I went to town shaking mine and nothing budged) There are holes in the back behind the palettes to use to snap the palettes out. It seems a little bit to thick for my taste but that is because it need 2x as much clearance for the travel case as for the palettes. I plan on keeping the plastic insert and putting brushes in it to save space. The travel case is the size of one palette and opens on a small end rather than the long side. It has a mirror covering the entire inside of the lid. It also has a hole in the back to get the palette out and the palette snaps well into place. It got shaken well again and nothing moved. I don't know if I trust my clasp to stay closed though. I don't think I will be just throwing it in my purse anytime soon. Again there are no places for brushes. The process of moving palettes from the large case to the small one took a few min to figure out. The best way to do it is to put the eyeshadow end in first and then push down on the blush end because there is more plastic there. I am afraid if I push on the eyeshadow end I am going to put my finger through one. The holes are at the blush ends so getting it out is just the opposite of the above process. They will not go in upside down. ie shadow at the bottom and blush at the top. I did nick a few of the shadows getting things in and out. The actual palettes are nice and slim. Each one holds 10 e/s, 2 lippies and a blush. There are 5 palettes The quality is not quite as good as the regular Sephora brand but not bad over all. They are as good as I need them to be. I did notice that after all my shaking some of the pans appear to have lifted a little bit which concerns me but I will keep you posted on that front. I am not going to go through each colour but I will give you an overview of the finishes. e/s 10 matte 9 glitter (not a fan) 31 satin/metallic (My fave finish) blush 3 matte 2 shimmer/glitter I really like the combinations of e/s but the blush and lippies are so-so. Personally I like lippes in my palettes because I use them as mediums for liners when I forget my eye drops. All in all, I like the portability , the shadows are good enough for me and having the combinations all ready together makes my life easier in the morning. For $40 CAN I am one happy camper. =D
Bronzers -Marcelle - Marcelle Bronzing Powder in Bronzee
TheJoey 5/6/2010 4:42:00 PM
I was looking so long for a DS bronzer that wasn't shimmery ( I hate shimmery bronzers). I already loved Marcelle powders so I though I would give this a try. It turned out to be a good decision. The product is very firm so I don't worry about picking up too much product and the pigmentation is great. It gives me a healthy glow with out the shimmer. YAH!!! The rest of my review is basically the same as the Pressed Powder in Translucent medium. I am a huge fan of this company and have yet to find something I don't like from them.
Pressed Powders -Marcelle - Pressed Powder Translucent Medium
TheJoey 5/6/2010 4:19:00 PM
I love this pressed power. I travel a lot and bringing my loose powder around was scary so I decided to grab a pressed powder. It is not quite as nice as the loose but still one of the best pressed powders I have ever used. Warning the first 10-ish times you use this you get a lot of powder that breaks free but after a week or two it is more normal. Just like all of my other powders I apply with a brush even when I am out on the go. If I don't, I end up cakey and powdery not fun. I highly recommend that you get a retractable brush or the like for application. =) This powder takes away all the shine on my face which is awesome and I have applied it 3-4 times in one day and not ended up completely cakey. Even when my skin is very dry it does not grab on to the scaly patches and makes my skin feel soft. I have never broken out because of this powder and it feels great on. Just because it says translucent does not mean that it won't cover imperfections. I have forgotten concealer and only had this for one weekend. I ended up using a little bit wet as under eye concealer and it worked fairly well. I have also used just the Marcelle powders as foundation and I have also used it as a setting powder. Both cases turned out great. The packaging is great. A square is different from most of the powders I have seen. The plastic it sturdy and I never worry about just tossing it in my bag. It also has a little mirror. Not the best I have ever used but completely usable. I have no intention of ever trying another pressed powder again.
Not any good for contouring. It splayed the first time I used it and I have yet to see it even remotely resemble its original shape. But... it is a great blush brush. I can pick up a tiny amount of product by just tapping it gently on top of the product or I can pick up much more by giving it a good swirl. It stands up to that kind of abuse and washes really well. I was worried that the bristles would get stained and look gross since they are white but they come completely clean with a little work. It buffs powder on to my face really well. It is not really soft but it does not irritate my sensitive skin either. I have even used it for cream blushes in a pinch and it worked jut fine. There was a tiny amount of staining though. All in all my favourite blush brush for the moment.
I can't say I love this brush nearly as much as I love any of my other Ecotools brushes. It is still soft and sturdy but it sucks at putting blush on. It has a hard time picking up powder from pressed blushes. This means that you need to pick up and apply a number of times which has a tendency to rub off my other make up in the buffing process. I will keep it around to take care of fall out or to buff product out if I apply too much colour or maybe as a cream blush brush. I had high hopes for this brush after the disaster that is the Quo blush brush. Sadly I am disappointed again. Edit: had an opportunity to try it with cream blushes this week and it failed at that too.
It takes a wash or two to get a few random stiff hair to soften up but other than that I see no flaws in this brush. It is very dense and soft. I don't get any streaking with this brush which I have had problems with in the past. I use mush less product than with my other brushes which is really nice. I use to have to apply concealer and then pat with my finger or a sponge to even it out. I don't need to any more. It applies great on the delicate skin under my eye and the product won't crease. The brush is also very sturdy and I have yet to have any kind of shedding with Ecotools.
I am in love with this brush. It is supper soft and flexible. It gets just enough powder into all the little crevices on your face. It picks up the colour and holds it when you buff it in so it distributes evenly on your face. Do not tap colour out of this brush you lose it all. It stands up really well to the wear and tear of my makeup bag but even if it didn't it is $10 which is not bad for a brush.
This brush was good the first few times I used it but I don't even touch it any more. The fibers caught in the lid so now it is all frayed. The bristles are too long so it does not give a precise application. The cap also never stays on. I like angled brushes better for lip products.
I hate this product on my upper lash line. It puts down much too thick a line which is not what I am looking for but it is a dream for the lower lash line. I can get right under the lashes if I want or right into the water line. The bend makes it easy to see and it did not irritate my eyes at all. Of course though it is only good for one tiny part of my face. I am just annoyed that now I have to wash 2 liner brushes in the morning rather than one. =D I like using liner brushes though so I might have to try it for that.
I find the bristles a little bit too long and flexible to be a really good liner brush. It is decient on the brows but I prefer to use it as a lip brush. It is amazing for that. Flexible bristles give even coverage but the angled tip gives a precise application.
I have this in pewter but it is the same thing. I really like this liner and I reach for it often. That being said it is not perfect. It goes on smooth with out missing spots or pulling. I find it hard to pick up too much colour. I use and angled brush and I get a very pretty smokey lash line. I really like the look. The one major thing that makes this product suck is that if you put too much on it will smudge all over the place. It is not water proof so it you put it on your water line or lower lashes you need to check it regularly. Also I don't think the packaging is air tight so I find I need to swirl my brush a little bit when I get it out to remove the very tiny layer or dried out product. On the other hand I use this to my advantage when I want to pick up less product than normal to do the inner part of my lash line. I use an area around the edges i have not touched that day.
Have 2 very different brushes with the same label on them both say All over shadow brush. The first one has a short thick handle and brown bristles. I bought it as a single. I love this brush. - soft - dense - sturdy - short handle makes it easy to fit in my makeup bag - slim enough to get colour into cease or under bottom lash line - large enough to sweep colour on in 2 strokes. - still can pack on colour if I want - blends colours together well It has no flaws in my opnion. The second brush it long and has black bristles. I got it in the beginner set. I love this brush just a tiny bit less but use it more often. - supper soft - little bit less dense - use to set undereyes with powder - use daily to do a final blend of colours on eyes. - not very precise - picks up loose powders really well not very good with pressed ones.
I hate this brush! Normally I try to find at least one good thing about a brush. There is nothing to find here. It picks up way too much product and then doesn't hold it at all. It all falls out if you tap it off or goes on you face in a big clump. I even tried buffing the brush first in the lid of the product to see if I could work it in to the brush to make the colour apply more evenly. Did not work the colour stayed in the lid and it started sheading like crazy. Which was also what happened when I tried buffing powder out on my face. I like to have a clean brush near by to use if I put on too much colour or I need to deal with fallout. This brush sheds way too much to be good for that either. It is not losing full hair either which might suggest I screwed up in washing it. Instead it is losing pieces of hairs. They are breaking off. The last attempt i was going to make for this brush was to use it for cream brushes but it sheds too much I really don't even want to try. Giant waste of time and money. I don't even want to put it up for swap because I feel bad giving it to some one else.
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo Angled Eyeliner Brush
TheJoey 5/4/2010 11:35:00 PM
I love this brush. I am a big fan of gel liners but find it difficult sometime to get a thin line with a regular liner brush. This brush gives me a great thin line or an amazing smokey look. The bristles are soft enough to not irritate my eye but stiff enough to go exactly where you want it. I originally purchased it to use it as a lip brush. The plan was to go back to using my Quo one for liner and use the ecotools one on my lips but I immediately switched because I love this one for liner so much. The Quo bristles are longer and more flexible which makes the brush harder to control on my eye.
Palettes -Unlisted Brand - Luna Twilight Palette in Alice
TheJoey 4/28/2010 3:10:00 AM
This particular Palette is not my colours. I really can not do blue e/s. I will have to get the others if I can find them. The packaging is tiny and is sturdy enough I have no I have no problem throwing it in my purse. The e/s are a little bit powdery but if you use your fingers or the right brush it is not a problem. I don't really like the hype around twilight but these products are awesome and I got them on clearance to double bonus!