Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - Studio Tools Crease Brush
dulcetpurr 10/5/2010 1:12:00 PM
I LOVE THIS BRUSH!!! It's absolutely perfect for the crease. It's soft, fluffy, and does not shed. I've washed mine a bajillion times and haven't had a single problem with it. It was only $2.99! Awesome price for an awesome brush. I love that it's kind of pointy and tapered, like the bristles in the middle of the brush stick out further than the bristles on the sides. This makes it really easy to get a concentration of color in the center of where you're applying, and also blend and feather the color on the outer edges at the same time. Fantastic brush!
I don't know why I waited so long to buy this thing. Now that I have it I feel like it's a must for matte and/or lighter pastel eyeshadows. It's the perfect base for shadows that need a little oomph. It makes the color much more vibrant. In my experience you still have to use an eyeshadow primer underneath this, though, or it will crease. The texture of this pencil is simply superb. It's soft, creamy, heavily pigmented and so starkly white. It's really easy to just dab it on your lids and spread it around with a finger. I've also seen people line their waterline with this but I haven't tried it myself yet. This is a great product, all eyeshadow junkies need one. :)
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Expert Wear - Enchanted Forest
dulcetpurr 10/4/2010 3:01:00 PM
This is a beautiful little quad. It's right up there with the 'smokes' series, which I LOVE SO MUCH, so it's no surprise I love this quad too. The shadows are soft, very pigmented and easy to blend. They go on smoothly. I like that it incorporates a little color into your eye look but still remains subtle. Very pretty and flattering. I can't believe I like these quads more than Maybelline's new 'color plush' series...amazing!
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Stylish Smokes in Natural Smokes
dulcetpurr 9/29/2010 9:40:00 AM
If you're like me, you've been burned by Maybelline's crappy shadows in the past and are very hesitant to try ANYTHING eye related that Maybelline produces. I'll tell you right now, try to put that disappointment out of your head, try to forget it completely, and go out and get one of the Maybelline Stylish Smokes quads. Any one. They are all SO FREAKING AWESOME. You will not regret your purchase and you might find yourself thinking 'Maybelline, why didn't you reformulate your shadows sooner?! Jeez!' If you're like me, that is. :-D But this quad? Oh this lovely little quad. It's my favorite of the 4. It's perfect in every way. The shadows are soft, pigmented, and easy to work with. They last all day with primer. The top left shade is one of the most gorgeous taupes I've ever encountered. It's my favorite shade in the palette. The bottom right shade is this rich velvety dark chocolate brown that is SO SMOOTH. It's my second favorite. The other 2 are beautiful as well. All together they create a beautiful brown smokey eye that looks very sophisticated and polished. LOVE IT, can't get enough. Maybelline, please make more shadows in this awesome new formula you've got going!
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Stylish Smokes in Emerald Smokes
dulcetpurr 9/28/2010 9:35:00 AM
Oh my. This is an impressive product! I've gotten Maybelline eyeshadows in the past and have been seriously disappointed in them. They seemed chalky, low on pigment, and difficult to work with. I'm so happy to see that Maybelline has improved their eyeshadows! This little palette is soft, well pigmented, and easy to blend! Well done, Maybelline. They also last all day with primer. The shades in this palette are beautiful! That green crease shade! *swoon* I love the gold browbone shade, too. The only shadow that's a bit of a dud is the outer corner shade, the darkest one. It looks pretty in the pan but comes out muddy on the eye, and the sparkles are hidden. I think it's a shadow that could be helped a lot by pixie epoxy. I plan on trying that out soon. Overall, I call this quad a winner. Love it!
I have quite a few of these, and I think NYC reformulated them at some point, because there are some odd differences in smell. The older ones I have have this strong chemical smell to them that I never liked. But beyond the initial opening and 'ugh...' upon smelling the tube, I didn't notice the smell after that. The newer ones I bought recently have a caramel vanilla type scent to them and they're much more pleasant to open. Smell aside, I really love these. They are nicely pigmented. There's some gorgeous colors in the line. The glosses are really thick and give your lips and nice lustrous shine. They're cheap so I never feel guilty about buying them. The only downside that I can find to these glosses is the stickyness. These are some of the stickiest I've ever used. On the other hand though, I think the super stickyness contributes to the great staying power these glosses have. I can put it on in the morning before work and it's still hanging in there by lunchtime. If you've tried NYC lip gloss before but couldn't tolerate the smell, why not try getting a newer tube. You may be pleasantly surprised. :)
Eye Shadow -Cover Girl - Eye Enhancers - Tapestry Taupe
dulcetpurr 9/27/2010 1:23:00 PM
This is a lovely taupe. Admittedly, the pigmentation is not outstanding. But it's one of those shadows that's foolproof; you couldn't mess this up if you tried. It looks very pretty as an all over wash. It gives you a polished look without having to do much. I have a category of makeup that I think of as my 'OMG I have 5 minutes to get ready what do I do?!!?' products. This is one of those products. Slap some on with a brush or the included sponge tip, a bit of eyeliner, whip on some mascara, and you're good to go. It looks great with minimal effort. I love Tapestry Taupe, and I'd definitely buy it again. :)
Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - HiP Metallic Duo - Charged #910
dulcetpurr 9/17/2010 10:15:00 AM
Another fantastic duo from L'Oreal HiP. These shadows are super pigmented. They're so soft and smooth, too, and blend like a dream. They stay all day with primer, as most shadows do. The lighter copper shade is so metallic and foil-y looking, even when you don't foil it. This duo looks fabulous on blue eyes. It's a perfect duo for fall eyeshadow looks, in my opinion. They couldn't make this duo any better, it's already perfect as is. Buy it!!! :)
Mascara -Cover Girl - Remarkable Washable Waterproof Mascara
dulcetpurr 9/9/2010 11:18:00 AM
I am so incredibly devoted to Cover Girl mascaras, so trying this one was inevitable. Is it waterPROOF? No, probably not. But it does not smear, clump, or flake, and it gives lots of length, volume and a smooth black color. You don't need an act of congress to remove it, either, it comes off very easily. That's a winner in my book.
I'm nutty over Nutty! :-P You'd never guess I paid a measley $2 for this shadow by how it looks on my eyes. A perfect taupe for an all over wash. LOVE IT!
Finally, a mascara that can compete with my HG. It took me awhile to adjust to Telescopic, but it's really grown on me and now I'm thinking about buying it again. Surely that's a great mascara. :) I *love* the skinny brush! It's so easy to just get in there and sweep out every single little lash. Makes it easier to get the ones on the bottom too. The formula really does lengthen. I love the doe-eyed look that it gives me. It doesn't thicken, but then it doesn't claim to, so I can't count that against it. I get just a wee bit of smudging under the eyes with this one, so it's not a 5 lippie product. And it probably won't take the place of my HG. But still, I'd like to keep a tube of this around for those 10 minute makeup days.
Eye Shadow -Revlon - Satin Eye Shadow Single in Nude Slip
dulcetpurr 8/30/2010 2:52:00 PM
I adore this eyeshadow. It's just one of those indescribable shimmery fleshtone colors that is impossible to screw up. It could easily join the ranks of Naked Lunch, Stila Kitten, etc etc. It's got great pigmentation. It's so soft and silky smooth and applies wonderfully. It lasts all day with primer. I could see this becoming an HG.
Palettes -E.L.F. - Beauty Book - Neutral Eye Edition
dulcetpurr 8/28/2010 3:43:00 PM
http://img.makeupalley.com/3/9/8/0/1743394.JPG http://img.makeupalley.com/3/9/8/0/1743395.JPG This palette is the best of the 3 BeautyBooks in terms of shadow quality. It has that same soft, easily gougeable quality that the others do, but the shadows have solid pigmentation and great texture. Gorgeous colors, of course. I love that there's a mixture of finishes in this palette; some satins, some shimmers, and some mattes. Naturally these last all day with primer. I could see me doing my eye makeup for 6 months with nothing but this palette and being completely happy about it. Not that I'm ever going to do that, haha! If you decide that you're only going to get one of the ELF BeautyBooks, my vote's on this one. All shadows are top notch and would please any neutral lover. Anyway, the packaging sucks. The magnet doesn't hold together very strongly. The plastic sheet laying over the shadows was annoying, I cut it off. I wouldn't dare carry this thing like a book, the shadows are so soft and crumbly that would be asking for disaster. But all in all I consider this palette a win. :)
Palettes -E.L.F. - Beauty Book - Eye Brights Edition
dulcetpurr 8/28/2010 11:06:00 AM
http://img.makeupalley.com/3/9/8/0/1743230.JPG http://img.makeupalley.com/3/9/8/0/1743231.JPG Here's the Ammo swatches on their own: http://img.makeupalley.com/3/9/8/0/1743232.JPG And the ELF swatches on their own: http://img.makeupalley.com/3/9/8/0/1743233.JPG http://img.makeupalley.com/3/9/8/0/1743234.JPG http://img.makeupalley.com/3/9/8/0/1743235.JPG Look similar, don't they? Some thoughts on the Eye Brights palette alone: Yikes, there's some total duds in this palette, and also some total wins! See the first shade in row 1? That glittery white? There's literally no pigment in it. It's nothing but white glitter. It's so loosely pressed that I gouged a huge hole in the shadow just swatching it with a q-tip. It looks like a little pan full of a pile of glittery sand. Weird. All of the other shadows are also similarly soft and easily gougable, but none quite so bad as that first white shade. Anyway, I think you can see the level of pigmentation. It's better on some colors than others. See the 4th shade in row 1? It's such a gorgeous taupe color! I'm a total taupe addict. Another stand out is the very last black shade in row 3. It's so sharp, crisp and clear. Tons of multi-colored glitter in it. Let's break it down by individual 'dupe:' http://img.makeupalley.com/3/9/8/0/1743238.JPG First off, the much beloved Mildew. As you can see, the UD version is more pigmented, and let's face it, prettier. http://img.makeupalley.com/3/9/8/0/1743236.JPG Now, Oil Slick. OOOH! Do you see how muddy and dull the UD version is, and how sharp and clear the ELF version is? I think the ELF version of Oil Slick is better! From swatching them I think the ELF version is easier to work with, as well. Amazing, huh? http://img.makeupalley.com/3/9/8/0/1743237.JPG Last Call. Again, close. But no cigar. http://img.makeupalley.com/3/9/8/0/1743239.JPG Maui Wowie. For looking so similar in the pan, these don't even seem like the same color when swatched side by side. http://img.makeupalley.com/3/9/8/0/1743240.JPG Shattered. Hmm. ELF seems to have captured the exact shade of the blue, but they left out the lovely gold duochrome that is present in Shattered. Close, but not an exact dupe. Another case of them looking so similar in the pan yet so different on the skin. http://img.makeupalley.com/3/9/8/0/1743242.JPG Polyester Bride vs. ELF's white glitter sand that flies everywhere. :-/ Any idea which I like better? http://img.makeupalley.com/3/9/8/0/1743241.JPG Grifter. These are pretty similar, but again the duochrome shimmer is lost in the ELF version. It's pretty obvious that ELF had the Ammo palette in mind when they created Eye Brights. With the exception of ELF's 'Oil Slick,' they honestly didn't execute it very well. Still, the ELF palette is not without merit. I like enough of the shades in it to say it was money well spent. (Only $5!) I feel comfortable having both palettes, because they're different enough. Still, if I could do it over again, I wouldn't buy the Eye Brights.
I got these in a duo pack at CVS. They were having a bogo half off, so I got 2 of the exact same set. I'm so glad I did, because I LOVE THEM! I don't know how I got along without these before. My eyes are a bit small and kind of hooded, so normal size crease brushed just tend to overwhelm them, and spread shadow where I don't want it. These are absolutely perfect! They're small enough to get right in the crease, yet fluffy enough to blend out when you need to. The smallest brush is also perfect for putting shadow under your lower lash line. I haven't had a single problem with shedding, and they wash well. Fantastic brushes!