I received this in a swap and I've been wearing it every day since I got it! I'm about a NC20 in Mac and this color looks great on me. It is not too dark so I can use it as a wash all over my lid, and it's just a unique color. It's like a muted grey that has purple/blue and light brown undertones to it. Hard to explain. The more blue/plum undertones to it come out on my skin. The matte texture is awesome too. I'd really recommend wearing this with PAINTERLY paint pot or a similar nude-ish paint underneath though, as I've tried it without paint and with, and it looks much better with the light paint underneath. I did notice without the paint, the shadow brought out more of a brown-ish tone that wasn't as flattering. So try it with a paint underneath if you think you don't like it at first. It looks really great with my green eyes though and doesn't make me look bruised or bring out the blood vessels in my eyes like certain colors do. I'd really recommend trying this if you are pale, with golden undertones but can pull off some neutral colors as well.
Omg I LOVE this eyeshadow! First of all it's matte, so it glides on like a dream, and is very easy to blend. Though, I just use one swipe as a wash on my lid and I'm good to go. This shade is wonderful because it's sort of like a pumpkin color but it has enough tan in it to keep it from looking too warm, or orange on your skin. It's very neutral. Though I'm warm skinned, I'm also pale, so I have to be very careful with the intensity and warmth of shadows I get. Most often peachy or bronzey shades look too warm on me. But this shade is very wearable and not at all too warm like I was afraid it would be. I was really freaked after I decided to swap for this when I saw pictures of other girls wearing this shadow and I thought the color would look terrible on me. But I'm glad now I swapped for it because it looks completely different on my skin, even than it does in the pot. It looks absolutely gorgeous with peachy tan cheeks, and I think I'll probably use it everyday next Fall! Definitely must try especially if you have any "gold" in your eye color. Especially great for green and hazel eyes!
Oh my goodness I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet! It is my FAVORITE highlight shadow. I use it everyday on my brow bone. It gives this really pretty sheen and completely natural too- no excess shimmer and it doesn't stick out from my natural skin color- the peachy pink undertones in it match my own skin's undertones so it looks nice (I'm about a NC20). If Shroom was too white on your skin tone, try out Naked Lunch. It also looks nice as a sheer wash over Painterly on the lid. I've even used Naked Lunch as a highlighter on my cheekbone, above my eyebrows and down my nose/above my lip. It works great for that too --though to be honest I might stop doing that though because something is irritating my skin ocassionally- either that or my face lotion- haven't found out which one yet! ;)
Ok, the screw top, square lids of these are so funky. They are filled to the max and you have to be very careful opening them or they will spill all over the place! Anyway the color of this shadow is gorgeous. A light army green color aptly named. The pigmentation on these shadows are slightly better than the loreal HIP pigments but not as good as high end shadows. This one blends pretty well and gives good coverage. It's a little too shimmery for me though and has a lot of fall out- you need a base underneath to make it stick. But the color on this is really nice though I'm sure there is plenty of similar colors out there.
These paints are alright for drugstore but they are still too expensive for their quality. For one thing, they dry out super fast. I bought two myself and they had dried out within a few months of buying them. This color is a really pretty pinkish/beige color that is great for my green eyes- a good neutral everyday color. I'm giving it 2 stars for the color alone. But the paint itself is not so great. You can't really blend these with your finger like you can with Mac's far superior paints/paint pots. The texture of these paints is very thick, so you have to have some sort of brush- it just looks too cakey and these crease almost immediately. Also didn't work for me as a primer- the shadow doesn't blend in on top of it, it just sits there, looking thick and cakey.
Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - HiP Shocking Shadow Pigments Fiery
Breve 5/10/2010 1:21:00 AM
Bleh. I'm less than impressed with the HIP stuff. I've tried their pigments, shadow duos, creme eyeliners, liquid eyeliners, and paints. I think they trying to be the poor man's Mac except they are nearly as expensive themselves but half the quality! I liked most of their stuff alright before I found Mac's eyeshadows and realized how crappy these were. I tried out a couple I had in my drawer again today and realized they are just terrible quality. Very sheer and a lot of fall out. You have to have a base underneath or shimmer will get all over your lashes. This color is a pink with a blue undertone to it- kind've reminds me of Stars and Rockets. The sheer, over-shimmer on these just turns me off.
Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - HiP Bright Duo - Brazen #118
Breve 5/10/2010 1:13:00 AM
I do not use either of these shadows as shadows..I only use the brown side as an eyeliner. I use my smashbox flat top cream eyeliner brush and wet it a little bit, and dip it in the shadow and then press it into my lash line.I've used this for about a year or more and hit pan a little while ago. I'll be out of it soon. I think it's a great eyeliner- I haven't found a lot of shadows that works as eyeliners but this one does fantastically. No fall out. It is a medium-dark brown eyeliner on me. I've tried using both sides of this duo and a couple other HIP duos as shadows and can't. The colors are strange, unflattering, and don't blend well at all. But the one side as an eyeliner is one of my favorites, so I'm giving it 4 stars for that.
Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - HiP Shocking Shadow Pigment - Visionary
Breve 5/10/2010 1:05:00 AM
I've tried several things from the HIP line and am less than impressed. Compared to Mac's stuff, these eyeshadows suck big time! They are only a little better than all the other drugstore typical eyeshadows with terrible pigmentation and color payoff, and blendability. I'm giving it 2 stars because it blends alright, and the gold color is nice. This eyeshadow is basically all shimmer. The shimmer itself is a pretty gold color, but you have to really pack it on, and HAVE to have a base underneath or it will just look very sheer on your lids. It's just way too shimmery too- a lot of fall out.Even with a base underneath, it's not very opaque- doesn't cover well. I can still see my eyelid skin underneath it. I'm not a big fan of shimmer so that's going to affect my rating too.If you're going to get a pigment, spend a few dollars more and get a much larger and better quality one from MAC.
This is a pretty teal color. My Mac metal-x verdigris shadow is the exact same color when it's blended out. This color reminds me of the ocean :) I find this shadow is poorly pigmented or something though. I find it hard to blend, and it is not as opaque as some other shadows I have. I think this is the frost texture though more than the actual shadow though- I just can't stand frosts! I would give this shadow a higher rating if it didn't have the frost-sparkle texture. On my eyes, the frosty shimmer always overcompetes with my eye color and looks too heavy on my eyes.I can't wear this as an all over lid color. It just looks too heavy. But on my outerlid crease it looks pretty with a brighter color like Bitter in the inner corner.I think it would look nice with a light brown matte all over the lid and Steamy in the crease too; I'm going to try that next. To me, the texture really takes away from the wearability of this shadow, otherwise I'd give it 4 stars.
I think the pigmentation/color payoff on this shadow is awesome, I'm not sure why it didn't work for other people. I use a medium flat eyeshadow brush from Sephora and press and hold it in place. It's not really a blending eyeshadow. I've also used my crease eyeshadow brush to pat it into the inner corner of my eye and that works fine too. It covers really well. I even put this over a poorly pigmented gold eyeshadow and it completely covered it! The color is really cool- pretty matte but with some sparkles in it. It is a lime green color that can look more yellow or green depending on what other colors you pair it with. I really like it in the inner corner of my eye. It really brightens up that area. Also this color isn't NEON which is what I was afraid of when I swapped for it- neon bright colors look terrible on me, but this color actually looks very nice. I wear it like this: Bitter in inner corner/inner lid, Steamy on outer lid, and Greyprint technakohl as my liner. It's a really pretty tropical Summer sort of look. I'm giving this 4 stars because it's a great quality eyeshadow from Mac and a unique color, but if you aren't wearing clothes that look good with it, then it can look garish on your skin for some reason. I find wearing cooler or neutral color clothes- blues, aquas and greys- make Bitter look nice, but wearing warmer pinks, oranges, browns, etc make it look pretty bad!
This is a great eyeliner. It is a medium navy blue, with some grey, on me. On me it is more of an indigo than a grey. I don't like blue eyeliner but I think this one has enough greyish tone to it to look nice. I love to wear it smudged a bit over a darker brown liner. It gives a sheen/slight pop of color that brings out the navy rims around my irises. It looks fabulous on green eyes; I have a friend with green eyes as well and whenever I see her wearing this I think her eyes really pop. It looks best by itself on the lower lid- don't really like layering it on the bottom, it just looks weird there. I'm giving it 4 stars because it's not completely versatile- I mostly wear neutrals and brown shadows and this only looks good with lighter eyeshadows like pinks. I love the technakohls too; they really glide smoothly, don't smudge and are easy to apply a clean line with. The powerpoints and kohls by MAC I find, are very easy to get messy and I often have to start over when I use them because I get they eyeliner all over the place. But the technakohls are easy to control. There a few things I don't like about the technakohls though: They/dry pretty fast so you have to use makeup remover to remove if you get any on your fingers or face. The tip breaks off easily so you have to roll up just a little bit of the eyeliner at a time. Also NEVER STICK THE CAP ON THE BOTTOM! I've done this accidently with 3 different technakohls and the lid got stuck. Luckily I was able to get it off after several attempts with two of them. But I'm careful not to stick the cap on the bottom end anymore!
I LOVE Nars lip liners. They are a bit expensive, but high quality. They are so much more creamy, and glide smoothly unlike Mac's lip liners, which are really dry and don't blend very well on my lips. This color is absolutely gorgeous. It is the perfect peach color for me. I actually like to wear it alone as an alternative to lipstick. My skin is light but my lips are highly pigmented; I have a hard time finding lipsticks that actually cover my own lip color (The only brand I've found to show up on my lips is Clinique). But anyway, this lipliner works great for giving me a peachy-nude lip. It looks very natural with my freckles and golden undertoned skin. It also works great with a peachy/nude lipgloss on top. I am definitely buying this again when I run out!
This is a good dark brown eyeliner. This technakohl in particular has better color payoff than other technakohls I've tried. It's dark brown with no other underlining tones so it should work on all skin tones. I like that too because you can wear it with a variety of eyeshadows. It gives good definition but is a little darker than I like for an everyday liner, you just have to be careful about getting a very precise line or it looks almost like black if you have pale skin.I'd probably repurchase it, but the color itself is pretty basic, nothing special, and doesn't make my eye color pop or anything, it just defines my eyes well. EDIT- I ended up giving this away- it is just too dark of a color for me. Definitely better on someone with medium-dark skin and eyes.
Eye Primer -Too Faced - Shadow Insurance, Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
Breve 4/21/2010 12:40:00 AM
LOVE this primer!!It is the only one that I've tried out of the several I've tried, that actually WORKS. UDPP didn't work at all on me. My skin is on the drier side and I've heard/read on here that for drier skin, Too faced shadow insurance is better, so maybe that's why. Pros: This dries pretty quickly, is very light, blends well and is not thick and sticky like paints are for bases; matches my skin perfectly- (obviously that's subjective though)- so I use it also as a light under eye concealer and all over my lid to even out skintone; and of course it sticks my eyeshadow to my lid like it's supposed to! Cons- I use it up pretty quickly even though i only use a tiny bit everyday, because it's a tiny tube. Pretty expensive for such a little amount. But I'd still keep buying it because it works :)
This is my favorite paint pot of the paints I've tried. I love that it's MATTE which is hard to find in the paints/paint pots. On me, the color is a ballet pink. It's smooth and because it is matte and lighter colored, it really brightens up my whole area and doesn't look heavy like chunky shimmery eyeshadows do on my deep set eyes. The light color also looks nice against my fair skin and is great for an everyday look because it's easy and works with virtually any eyeliner. Definitely worth trying if you have paler skin.