Eye Shadow -Urban Decay - Deluxe Eyeshadow - Scratch
quidproquo 12/17/2011 10:53:00 AM
Colour: Medium pink champagne, more emphasis on pink. Application is velvety smooth and a dream to work with. Worth paying the extra few bucks vs. the regular UD shadows. Why only 3 lippies: packaging is "okay", but kinda teenager'ish. I found it was a little bulky in my makeup container, and it wasn't simple to open every time (there's a button you need to push, and it gets stuck sometimes). I ended up returning this shadow because the pink was a little TOO pink for me. Made my eyes look like I hadn't slept for days or spent the night bawling my eyes out. It's also not a very inventive colour; pink shadows are everywhere, and I couldn't justify buying yet another pink shadow.
Eye Shadow -Urban Decay - Deluxe Eyeshadow - Ruthless
quidproquo 12/17/2011 10:35:00 AM
Colour: light mushroom taupe with VERY subtle shimmer. The application was super-easy, as the consistency of this shadow is worth every penny; very velvety and smooth, and a little goes a long way. Quality is amazing. The funky art packaging is pretty cool and different, but its a slight pain in the ass to open (little button to push). After a few days, the shadow seemed bulky in my makeup holder at home. Here's why only 3 lippies: The shimmer effect didn't seem to be there, and the shade looked pretty pasty on my lids, which I hate. I tried to use along with another colour, but when I spend that kind of money on a lighter shadow, I always look for something I'll be able to use on its own as an all-over wash and with this, I can't (again, too pasty/chalky looking). I really didn't feel I'd ever use it again. I returned it.
Amazing colour: sort of a greyish pink/purple taupe. Can be used as either a crease shade or an all-over wash during the day or night (may be too smokey for casual jean days). Application was great: no fallout and it was smooth to apply. I wore it as an all-over wash to work one day, and a few people told me that my eye makeup looked amazing (one was from an older man lol). "Ashes to Ashes" is a very versatile shadow, and I love it. One lippie off for the price; I know it's Nars, but I feel the quality isn't that more superior than say, Mac.
Colour looks like a light sandy pink taupe, but it didn't show up on my eyelids and the fallout is just brutal. For a $24 Nars eyeshadow, I was so surprised how bad the overall application and pigment was! The product is also described to be shimmery, but I find that this is almost completely matte which is super confusing. I have Nars "Ashes to Ashes" and I love it. I thought "Cairo" was going to have the same qualities only a shade lighter (better for an every day, all-over wash). But nope... I layered and layered and it still didn't look like I was wearing any shadow at all (after wiping all the fallout off of my face). I'm returning it.
A darker version of "Kitten" but a little less powdery light looking, so it can be worn alone and works nicely for those days you're in a hurry. Matches well as a base with darker warm colours in the crease. Very easy to blend. My only complaint is the packaging; there isn't any! You literally need to purchase a holder for their eyeshadows. Ridiculous!!! But all in all, its worth the extra money. Stila shimmer eyeshadows are so pretty, and the quality is stellar.
Very sweet, pale beige/peach, shimmery eye colour that has a LOT of payoff. The only reason I didn't give it 5 lippies is because of the packaging: I had to spend another $30 to buy the magnetic pan holder that holds 3 pans (each pan comes without any packaging). Ridiculous! Do the math, and you are adding an additional 10 bucks to each eyeshadow (in all fairness, they've changed the packaging since I bought it.) The texture is so velvety, it's almost a creamy powder - very dense. That being said, a very little goes a long way. I don't even need to sweep my brush across the pan; tapping lightly will cover your brush enough to cover one eyelid completely. Kitten blends perfectly if used as a base with a crease colour of your choice. I blend Kitten with so many colours... Very versatile. Worth the money.
Eye Shadow -BeneFit Cosmetics - Velvet Eye Shadow - Tickled Mink
quidproquo 10/5/2011 8:16:00 AM
The colour description is "satin taupe", but I find the colour is more of a subtle sandy lavender taupe. It goes on very velvety and smooth, and the looks a little sheer and natural with a slight shimmer on the lids. I really like the Benefit velvet eyeshadows because they don't look like Halloween makeup after they're applied. This shade is very natural looking on my complexion, almost to the point where you can barely notice the colour (this is why I wouldn't buy this shade again - too subtle). But the slight shimmery taupe tone is great for an all over base for every day wear.
Eye Shadow -Lancome - Color Design Sensational Effects - Pink Zinc
quidproquo 10/4/2011 9:22:00 PM
Nice eyeshadow, and the packaging is pretty cool too. The clear window slides open and closed, which is convienient and different. Nice design. The colour is a little too young for me; a lot lighter than the pan looks (champagne/light pink). Applies nicely, and the payoff is huge... a little goes a long way. Won't buy again because I'll have this one for a long time.
Eye Shadow -Too Faced - Couture Eye Shadow Luxe - Glamazon
quidproquo 10/4/2011 9:11:00 PM
I searched forever for a colour like Glamazon (taupe, grey, light purple with slight shimmer), and I was so excited to take this eyeshadow home after I bought it from Sephora. Practically skipped home. When I went to use the shadow for the first time, there was an abundance of glitter/sparkles. I always use UD Primer Potion, and apply with a proper eye shadow brush, but no matter how careful I am, I end up with a crap load of glitter and sparkles fallout. When I turn my head even the slightest, these sparkles end up screaming off of my face. I still wear the shadow, but take my time applying it, and wipe/pick off the glitter when I'm done. Real shame... amazing colour, but a hassle.
I love the natural shimmer to this blush; very subtle, and leaves a nice glow behind. The colours blend well together, and works with my fair skin tone. I wear the coral colour when I wear warmer eye shadows tones, like browns and rose colours. Very pretty.
First, and this is small potatoes, the pan didn't stay put in the tub. I had to put double-sided tape under the pan so it wouldn't spin around when I tried to sweep the brush across it. (I've tested others over the years, and they all do the same thing.) The colour is really nice; not too pink (which is what I always look for... less pinky, more rosey); the dusty rose/lavender colour warms up the pinky tone to a more natural glow. It looks more natural, but very pretty at the same time. Me likies.
I was looking for a light rose blush that had a slight shimmer to it. The Lise Watier "Bronze D'or" looked so nice in the store, but unfortunately didn't have a tester for me to try so I could see if it was right for my skin tone. When I opened the package, the first thing I noticed was an extra flap under the actual blush pan for a tiny blush-brush that came with the case. Total waste, as the brush was completely flat, and useless. The colour disappeared when I tried to apply it, even after I had literally brushed 3 rounds of blush onto each cheek and I had zero colour. For almost $30 for just the blush, I find it pretty steep. I'll be returning it this weekend and trying something else in exchange.
Like most of BE's other loose eye shadows, this one changed colour after applied. In th pot, it looked more like a pinkish lavender, but on my eyelids it looks like a yellow shimmer. Kinda gross looking on me if I wear it with something else other than the one yellow shirt that I own. Very disappointed.
Eye Shadow -Bare Escentuals - High Shine Eyecolor in Glisten
quidproquo 10/3/2011 9:32:00 PM
I should have snooped around Makeup Alley before buying this stuff, because I didn't know this eye shadow was supposed to create a foiled effect; I even told the cosmetician that I was looking for a light shimmer, not foil. Now that I've bought and returned it, I can see how it was obvious in the friggen product name. lol... oops The colour is nice, but it seemed to change with whatever light I was in and it was way too thick. What really made me return it was the packaging: the sponge applicator is a great idea, but you really have no other option but to use it (I'd rather apply my shadows with a brush). There's a spring on the inside of the handle that almost pushes the wand out before you're ready for it. Then when you apply it to your lid, a TON of fallout happens; on my cheeks, clothes, counter, floor... everywhere!!! I followed the instructions (yes it came with instructions) and brushed off the excess off the applicator, but I still got a fallout mess all over my face. Too much work, and way too messy. I returned it.
Eye Shadow -Bare Escentuals - Glimmer in Nude Beach
quidproquo 10/3/2011 9:24:00 PM
This was a huge disappointment for me. The colour was so sweet when I sampled it in the store: looked like a very light pinkish grey shimmer tone. When I applied it to my eyelid at home, the pink and grey disappeared and my lids turned into two disco balls. lol... The shimmer was actually glitter with sparkles, and I'm 20 years too old to wear that kinda stuff. Returned it the next day.