Makeup Brushes -Kevyn Aucoin - The Brush Collection
boomgurl 3/18/2006 7:47:00 PM
My #1 complaint about KA brushes are the handles. They're cheap lucite handles that easily scratch. The only useful brushes I find in this collection are the eyeshadow brushes and the bronzer brush. The powder brush bristles are too long, nearly 2 inches, and the handle is a bit too heavy. The lip brush looks cheap and the cover doesn't cap onto the opossite end while in use. The brush spoolie is a waste of money. I wouldn't purchase this set, instead I'd stick with only buying the individual brushes.
Soft bristles, but over priced at $40. The head is too small for contouring and too large for highlighting. The handle is too large and unbalances the brush head. I don't see using this brush on a daily basis. For this price, I'd invest in either a NARS or MAC brush.
Flimsy material and poor workmanship makes this brush roll completely worthless. I wouldn't store my brushes in this for travel. The interior material feels exactly like an umbrella, wishy-washy. I'm afraid that if I store my tweezers in the pockets, it would poke right through. I hate the faux leather b/c every little speck of dust, powder, and sparkle stick to it like glue. This is not worth $42.00. For $3.00 more, get yourself the MAC Brush Clutch.
Allthough the bristles are soft, I can't justify the price for it. The lucite handle easily scratches and scuffs. The bristles are too long, I feel like I'm using a cat's tail on my face. This brush is only useful for body powder because the head's too big for powder and not precise enough for blusher.
Great find in the clearance section for $1.00. It's wonderfully lightweight and leaves a great high shine to my hair. I like that it's in a glass bottle with a pump, I hate anything in a squeeze bottle. It doesn't leak, smells wonderful, and does a fabulous job.
Eyeliner -Revlon - Colorstay Eyeliner in Vixen [DISCONTINUED]
boomgurl 2/20/2006 3:10:00 AM
It shows up on me as a matte blackend red. A fun alternative to plain black. I do appreciate that it's a mechanical pencil so I'll never have to suffer w/a nubby liner. However, it doesn't stay put when I line my inner rims. It starts migrating into my tear ducts not long after application. This liner's consistency isn't smooth and creamy as the other colors. I have to trace over the line a few times to get a smooth bold line. I use BB gel liners, Stila smudgepots, and MAC fluidlines and I have found that nothing is budge/smugde proof on my eyes, much less my inner rims.
This is a gorgeous bronze that leaves a pretty gold shimmer. Similar to MAC's Copper Sparkle pigment, but without the huge shimmer chunks. It's great for an all-over healthy glow. It can be applied very sheerly or layered for a more tanned effect. I like to use it around the perimeter of my face, on my collarbone, and tops of my shoulders. It makes for a beautiful glow. It's also makes a great eyeshadow crease color!
I have found the best sheer cherry red blush in the world. It looks so dark and almost blood red but once applied, it gives me the most natural glow ever. I love the fact that it's a creamy matte red. It melts into my skin and lasts through more than 12 hours. An incredible investment.
This blue is such a pretty shimmery blue. It's an excellent eye opener. I love the fact that even though it's a pale color, you have to apply it lightly because it is very pigmented. This is the perfect color for lids as well as lining both upper and lower lashlines. I pair the pale lemon color from Dream Lover as an all over wash then apply Heart of Glass onto my lids. Such an incredible eye-opening combo. IMO, NARS makes some of the best, highly pigmented colors.
LOVE this duo. It consists of a soft shimmery periwinkle blue and a shimmery taupe w/hints of bronze. The blue is such a lovely shade for spring. I like to use the blue to completely envelope my lids, lashline, and lower lashline. I then take the taupe and apply it into my crease and lightly into the corners of my eyes. It's amazing what colors NARS creates.
Fathom is such a beautiful soft pale pink w/shimmer. It is meant to be layered over your finished eye makeup. I like to blend it right above my crease and all the way up to my browbone. The shimmers are meant to fall onto your face throughout the day so that you look angelic. I also use it as a cheek highlighter. Very pretty for spring.
This is one of the best shimmery reds I've ever seen. The color is very complex with a hint of a plum undertone. The color looks perfect paired with Himalayas or Katmandu. I also like to use the color to line under my eyes. Makes for a very interesting effect.
A beautiful duo that contains a pale lemon yellow paired with a greyed taupe with just a bit of ash. This duo is very delicate and makes a beautiful pastel eye. I use the lemon side as a wash, making it more concentrated on my lids. I then use the greyed taupe to add some depth into my crease. I also lightly blend it into the tips of my inner brows. The look is very natural and gives me a wide-eye appeal.
A very interesting combo. I love that fact that this duo takes me from daytime into evening. I can use the matte color to easily add depth and smoke out my eyes or the shimmery lavender color to add shine and glamour. Very pretty and versatile duo.
NARS eyeshadows have some of the most beautiful colors I have ever seen. The quality is superb. NARS shadows are meant to be layered and blended together with other colors. Nars wants your skin to show through, not for you to see the makeup.