I wanted to like this eyeliner but unfortunately it was a disappointment for me. I have another MAC eye kohl (in blooz), which I like much better. Rosemary and Thyme is a pretty color, however it barely shows up on my eyes. No matter how much I pressed down the color didn't appear. All I saw was a touch of glitter and a little bit of green. I agree with another user about the MAC eye kohls not being very soft. They're much harder than a typical kohl liner. Another thing that disappointed me about the product was that it didn't do anything for my eyes. I've read that green flatters brown eyes but this color did nothing. They looked the same and there was no extra sparkle or pop to them. I've decided in the future to buy eyeliners that are darker because a) they'll show up on my eyes and b) they actually make my eyes stand out more (depending on the color of course). If you like lighter eyeliners then this won't be a problem for you but if you're looking for more pigment try another color from the MAC line or another brand if you're looking for that specific color. This just didn't do it for me.
Like the wall paper shadow box by UD there are some positives and some negatives to this product. I will say that less of these shadows are completely chalked with glitter. My favorite is YDK. It's a shimmery bronze that can be applied for a natural look but can also be built up with any color eye shadow to make more of a dramatic statement. I also like Half Baked, Flash, and this Turquoise shade (blanking out on the name) a lot too. It's the shadows that are more shimmery rather than glittery that seem to work the best for me. They still have a few glittery shades that I could do without (what's the point of having Uzi in a palette anyways? It doesn't seem to stay on anyone's eyes and doesn't give out any pigment, mostly just pieces of glitter streaming down your face). The case is very environmental friendly and like the other UD cases it's very unique and pretty. However the flip top of this case is not very sturdy. It all ready fell off once so my dad had to screw it back in with a screwdriver so it would stay put. The mirror is much too small and the brush is pointless. It's rough and doesn't deposit the shadows the way you'd like it to. This is a decent shadow box but for the price, you're better off buying the colors you like separately (unless you like most or all of them then go ahead and treat yourself). On another note, I've put this item up for swap so if you're interested in this palette, let me know and we can make a swap of some kind!
I still don't know if I like this palette or not but here are the pros and cons that I have with this product. Pros- I love the case that the shadows come in. The colors and patterns are beautiful and I also like how they have a big mirror so you're able to do your eye shadow on the go. I also like some of the colors too. Sometimes I don't think the pigment is deep enough but otherwise I consider these colors mostly soft and pretty if you're someone who likes pastels or if you're looking to do a daytime look. I like all of the colors except Midnight cowboy, Grind, and Uzi (more about that in cons). I've been complimented many times with the different eye shadows looks I've done with this palette. A great combination you can do is by using aspyhxia, chopper, and shattered together. Chopper would be in the middle while the other two colors would each be on the left and the right of the eye. It's a very flattering mutli-dimensional look. Cons- While I like the case, I really don't like the brushes. It's hard to spread color evenly on your eyes with them because they're so small. What's the point of them being in there in the first place? I recommend using a makeup brush to apply these shadows because their brushes just don't do the trick. The three shadows I dislike (mentioned in the pros) are way too glittery. There is almost no pigment to them except for a slight irredescent tint. Mostly though there is a whole lot of glitter and it spreads very easily too. I used Uzi one time on top of another shadow and though I put a slight amount on, it spread all over my face from my cheeks, my nose, and my chin. Not really the look I was going for. I don't know why they put Uzi in this container but it's my least favorite UD eye shadow to date. Along with that, while the colors come out lighter than they do in the case sometimes I wish they would be a little more vivid so you could see the shadow instead of it being an afterthought. I use primer too and that doesn't seem to make a difference. Very frustrating. So I still am going to try it and see what I can do with it because it does have some redeeming qualities about it. I got this as a birthday gift so I didn't have to spend the money on it, however it's very expensive for a palette so just think about it wisely before buying it. If you like most of the colors and are willing to deal with glitter then it will be a worthwhile investment. The shadows do last for a long time. Otherwise buy the colors you like separately. That way it's less likely to waste any product. On another note, I'm putting this palette out for swap so if you're interested, let me know and we can make a swap of some kind!
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide on eyeliner in 1999
xmakemeoverx 5/31/2010 4:05:00 PM
I want to like Urban Decay eyeliners. They have so many pretty colors that would be flattering but unfortunately the one I got for my birthday (1999) ended up being a disappointment. The color is very pretty and I was hoping my parents would pick a purple liner for me. While the color is nice, applying it is the tricky part. The color is barely visible and even pressing down hard doesn't do the trick. I like my eyeliner to show up and have a well-defined line so my eyes will be front and center. This one doesn't do the trick. Plus, sharpening it wasn't any better. It came out uneven and had sharp edges so it actually could scratch your eye out. Ugh. One positive thing I noticed about this eyeliner, however, is that you could wear it when you go swimming because the color stays on, plus it's very natural so it doesn't look like you're wearing makeup. If I wore any of my eyeliners I own now (MAC, Clinique, Stila) they would smudge like crazy. This one on the other hand stays put. I hope I do end up finding one that has what I'm looking for because I think this eyeliner is promising. I just wish the pigment was better...
I actually bought a set of three for $7 with the Sephora beauty insider deal. While the deal and the size of the glosses were nice, I had some concerns. The packaging seems like a great idea but it's very hard to get the right amount of product onto the brush (you'll either get too much or not enough) so you'll be struggling to get that even coating of gloss you were looking for. The colors are very pretty and flattering but if you can't apply them then what's the point? Plus the regular price for these glosses is outrageous for what they actually contain. Not worth it.
Pressed Powders -Tarte - Provocateur Mineral Powder
xmakemeoverx 5/26/2010 6:56:00 PM
I'll give Tarte credit for being an organic and natural brand that doesn't use parabens and other chemicals in their products. I'll also give them credit for their handy packaging. It's very convenient for on the go use. However when I used it, it didn't provide enough coverage for my skin. I couldn't even tell it was there. People thought I wasn't wearing makeup (in a bad way) but sure enough I had all ready use a fair deal of the product. I bought the right color for my skin but unfortunately it didn't do what I was hoping it would do. Sorry, no match for me.
Just so you know, I never bought this product. I tried it out in a Sephora store. The packaging and the promise drew me in but unfortunately it caused a negative reaction on my skin. It made my skin feel tight, red, and itchy when I got home and took off my makeup for the day. I wondered what had done it and then I realized it was the Benefit powder. Maybe this product works on others but for people with sensitive skin I suggest stay away because there's a likely chance you can have some kind of an allergic reaction to it. I certainly won't be using it again, that's for sure.
MAC has great packaging with all of its products so you don't have to worry about anything spilling or becoming messy. Onto the product. I was recommended this blush by a makeup artist at MAC because it gives you a pop of color without making you look like a clown. She was right. This blush gives me a rosy glow without looking like I've gotten sick or I'm suffering from exhaustion. You don't need much to get the results you're looking for either. Just a couple of strokes and you're done. Plus it doesn't leave any lines when you're done and it's easy to blend into the skin. It's worth trying on almost anyone with lighter skin. It may not show up if you have darker skin.
I'm not someone who's big on wearing blush because I have a natural rosiness to my skin and I don't want to make my skin look any pinker than it all ready is. Here are the pros and cons of this product. Pros- The color is very flattering and it also looks very natural on my skin. It gives me a healthy rosy glow without looking like I'm wearing anything special to give me that. I also love how the packaging has a compact mirror to go with it. Those little touches always make a product more appealing to me because it means you can use them easily on the go without having to go into the bathroom to apply them. Cons- It doesn't evenly spread. It can be chunky and rough when trying to apply it on the skin. It also doesn't work on lips. It dries them out and the color ends up in the cracks of your lips rather than a nice even pigment throughout. It's also expensive and if I'm going to spend money on a blush then it needs to work like a dream, no questions asked. Oh well, I'll use it until it's gone. The case will be useful in the end.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Select Sheer Pressed Powder
xmakemeoverx 5/26/2010 6:38:00 PM
This pressed powder is set out for what it's supposed to do. It's sheer in weight and lightly can be applied over your foundation without looking powdery or fake. I wear the lightest color and it really does the job of mattefying your face while not looking too orangey or being too obvious. It does also give me a little bit of color since I'm fair. The packaging is great too. It's not too messy and it has a puff that fits right inside the container that actually works. It's definitely worth using. It's just not that cheap so be aware when going in.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Double Extend Mascara with Lash Boosting Serum
xmakemeoverx 5/26/2010 6:32:00 PM
I bought this product solely for the lash boosting serum. I haven't seen it sold separately anywhere much to my chagrin. The serum is actually pretty nice but it makes your lashes look pure white like you have icicles on your eyes. Even when applying mascara over the primer it makes your lashes feel brittle and it's hard to apply another coat onto your lashes afterwards. I only wear the serum at night and it's actually a decent product. The mascara on the other hand is way too thin consistency wise and did nothing for my lashes whatsoever. I had to apply another mascara over it so I could get the results I was looking for. I don't know if I'll purchase this product again unless I can buy the serum separately. The mascara is a total rip off.
I bought this mascara because a makeup blogger said it was a go to mascara if you're looking for a cheaper priced one. It was okay when I started using it but now it's very clumpy and doesn't make my lashes look longer or more voluminous. Then I found a better mascara so I haven't used the L'oreal one since. It's a decent mascara but it's just not for me. Note: I just recently tried the L'oreal Voluminous Mascara with the curved brush and I have a higher opinion of the product. I still haven't found the best mascara out there for me but this one is actually pretty decent.
This lip gloss is actually very flattering when applied. I have a fair complexion and surprisingly this color doesn't overpower or take the attention away from the rest of my facial features. The consistency is nice too. It's not too sticky but it's also not dry at all. It stays on your lips for a long time and even after you've eaten or drank anything the lip gloss leaves a natural stain on your lips that makes it look like you're wearing the lip gloss still but it does come off, don't worry, when you need it to. I wouldn't buy it because it's expensive for a lip gloss and I'd rather spend the money on other makeup products instead. I got it as a gift anyways. However it's definitely worth trying and if you're looking for a true pink lip gloss that has a fun concept behind it then this is it.
I just reviewed the look of love eye pencil in brownie points and while I have seen some positives with that eyeliner, "tip off" is slightly disappointing in comparison. It doesn't glide on easily like brownie points and it always feels rough when applying it onto my eyes. Even sharpening doesn't do much, if anything it makes the edges of the pencil rougher and harder to use. The color wasn't a true black. The glitter was nice but it came out closer to charcoal gray when I used it. There are better black eyeliners on the market but this one just doesn't cut it.
Eyeliner -Flirt - Look of Love eye pencil in Brownie Points
xmakemeoverx 5/26/2010 6:11:00 PM
It's a nice eye pencil for sure. It glides easily onto eyes without tugging or scratching. It's also a pretty color too. It's not too dark but it's not too light so it'll show up on your lash line and water line. I don't typically wear brown eyeliner, I usually go for something more colorful such as dark blue or purple and I'm not totally in love with it. It can be slightly messy and it doesn't make my eyes stand out as much as I'd like it to. It can sometimes give me the sleepy effect without trying. It's not for me but it does work nicely.