Eye Shadow -Unlisted Brand - Micabella-Iris Shimmer Stack
tiddleywinks 5/7/2008 8:32:00 PM
Micabella is one of the mineral makeup lines that you see in kiosks at the mall. I have to admit that I was a tad sceptical and worried that I might be purchasing an expensive version of Aziza, but I was pleasantly surprised. This stack has 8 lovely rainbow shades, subdued but with typical mineral shimmer/pearlescence. They are not over-the-top bright as pictured in swatches seen online, but very wearable. They come in a stacking jar design with square bases so they do not roll around and work the lids loose. Very convenient, and I find the same degree of "lastability" and color payoff that I have experienced with my Taylormade, Fyrinnae and theshespace multi-use minerals, although not as complex in color. Personally, I use minerals primarily as eyeshadow, but these are marketed as wearable for lips, cheeks, hair, eyes and nails. Great fun, and I would purchase again.
Ooo, let's play! This really is a sheer blue, but reads on my lips as a fun lavender with lots of shimmer. Over a pink lippie, it's a light iridescent fuchsia. I love it! Would definitely purchase again, and hope that MAC decides to keep these Dazzleglasses as permanent items.
Eye Shadow -Christian Dior - 5 Colour Eyeshadow - Golds 569
tiddleywinks 5/5/2008 5:03:00 PM
Oh, I know. I promised that I was off of the Dior 5-Colours forever. The first three had so little color payoff that I might as well have saved my $ and bought Maybelline- and that would be a LOT of Maybelline. But as luck would have it, I just sorta-kinda-maybe happened to be in the neighborhood and just sneaked a quick peek at Dior's summer collection. Well, shoot. You know me. Absolutely no self-control when it comes to eyeshadow. I had to have it. I even tried leaving the store without it, but had to come back (and hey, I got a free DiorShow mascara, too) and make it mine. This is one of the most gorgeous palettes that I have ever seen, and the look is completely fantastic. Wowsa. The variety of color is great with one copper, a highlight and three golds- one true gold, one olive/khaki gold and a darker gold. I have no problem with daytime usage on this palette, as the shimmer is not at all glittery but more pearly. For me (super-fair PPP), it can even be a nice neutral/brown look for work. Highly recommended, and I would purchase again. But I absolutely, positively promise that this is my last quint palette. Self-control. Self-control. This is my new mantra.
This is a fab-o candy pink, sheer and on the cool side. I love it to pieces! Let's see, what was that MAC gloss a year or two ago, in the C-Thru series? I think it was called Cellophane Pink. This is that same bright pink but with microfine glitter and more of a Lipglass texture. It's a very happy color and very, very sheer. In fact, all of the colors seem to be fairly sheer, so don't let the shades in the tubes scare you away. This is not your disco-mama's lipgloss; the glitter is a nice shimmer. Too much fun!
Love, love, l-o-o-o-v-e the Dazzleglasses. As you can see from my age, I probably had no right to even take a peek at these, but well, one look and I was a goner. I bought three- Money Honey, Date Night, and Like Venus. Date Night is my favorite, and for a gloss with so much glimmer, it's actually fairly, dare I say it?- understated. It is a sheer, plummy red, but so sheer as to be subtle enough to wear in the daytime. Wears beautifully, doesn't leave a layer of frosty glitter, and is not at all gritty. Bravo, MAC! I am back in college after years and years away, and I will hold my head up high wearing Date Night with all of those lovely girls in the classroom envying the fab-o color. If these are limited editions, then I'd best scoot back to the store and snap up another dozen. This is one that I will be wearing when I'm 90,...yes, 90.
Well, honestly, y'all- if you can't have a little fun with life, then what's the point? And the dazzleglasses are definitely great fun! I bought three, and they are all chock-full of extra-fine glitter/sparkles. I think that I might call the Money Honey a rhubarb-pink. Neutral-ish, if you could possibly imagine a sparkly neutral pink. I love this! It doesn't feel gritty or leave a wash of glitter and is perhaps a consistency between Lipglass and Plushglass. It's not quite as tacky as Lipglass, but I am getting the same lasting power; it feels almost like a Glossimer to me. I would (and will!) definitely purchase again.
Oh, dear, it looks like I will be the odd man out on this quad. I am very disappointed. This quad is so amazingly appealing in the pans, but the color payoff is minimal. When I put them on, there is nothing that stands out beyond average, even a little- dare I say it?- boring. I am a huge violet/purple/plum eyeshadow addict, but this one is going back to Sephora. Really blah.
This is just achingly beautiful in the pan, but the color payoff is nil. Honestly, I wouldn't choose this over Maybelline or Bonne Belle, and the price is astronomical. Don't be fooled; this is not what it appears to be in the package. Sigh.
I am loving Mad Minerals! Terrific product and outstanding customer service. This shade is perfect for those who have eyes that are hazel, golden brown or green. If you look good in autumn shades like khaki, olive and sage, this is a shadow that will be stunning with your coloring. Personally, I can't wear greens, but when I put this on my mom who has hazel eyes and auburn hair...well, wow. It was killer. This is a gold that leans to a sage-y, subtle olive. Very, very beautiful.
I have to admit that I think this gloss is quite cute, but frankly, it's very expensive. $27 US for a little pot of gloss that is the same quality of Wet 'n' Wild or Bonne Bell is awfully high. It's very glittery and lasts perhaps an hour per application. I used up the jar in less than a month. Honestly, it's probably worth the effort to go with a Glossimer; you'll get more gloss and wearability for the investment. I would not bother purchasing this one again.
Lip Gloss -Christian Dior - Plastic Shine in Euphoric Rose
tiddleywinks 5/4/2008 2:32:00 PM
There is a problem with the Plastic Shines. Over a short period of time the taste and smell begin to go rancid, leaving a horrible odor that reminds me of old lipsticks from the 60's. Anything that had been sitting around for very long on my grandmother's vanity was icky, probably simply due to the heat and humidity and chemicals used back then. The Plastic Shines live up to their name in smell alone, giving off a dreadful chemical odor. I was hoping for a long-lasting and shiny gloss, but would not dream of spending high dollars for these again. They were in the wastebasket within no time at all. Huge disappointment.
Lip Gloss -Christian Dior - Dior Addict Plastic Gloss 434 Euphoric Beige
tiddleywinks 5/4/2008 2:25:00 PM
Ew-ew-ew! This gloss has such a nasty taste. Reminiscent of old, old Maybelline lipstick in my mother's purse when I was a little girl. Icky! I was looking for a thick and long-lasting gloss, but the smell and taste were unbearable. Also not an very attractive color, unless you are looking for a lipstick that mimics thick theatrical makeup in a shade of ghastly neutral. Would not touch again with a ten-foot pole.
Eyeliner -Too Faced - Liquif-Eye Shadow Collection
tiddleywinks 5/4/2008 9:39:00 AM
Sigh. The colors of shadow in this kit are actually very pretty, although the blendability is not really fantastic. But the main reason I purchased it was for the eyeliner, and for that purpose it's awful. The liner brush is a felt tip that does not even come out wet enough to create a consistent liner. I thought that it would create a light liquid/paste to build a line, but instead it's like an old felt pen that is slightly damp picking up some pigment from the shadow. Trying to then apply it, you'll need to re-dip the brush 3 or 4 times to pick up enough color to put a whispery line under the lashes. No color payoff at all. It's more of a smudge-y line than a liner, and pretty disappointing. I get more of a color payoff by dipping a different liner brush in water and applying the shadow wet than I do with the kit. Bleah. Would not purchase again.
Well, heck. If anybody has a different way to suggest using this, please let me know, because, honestly, it's just not great at all. I was excited to try this but it's quite useless. The tip is a stiff felt, and simply does not even pull out enough liquid from the bottle to create enough liner for my lower lashline. I have to re-dip, and even then it creates a teensy little color payoff. Total waste of time and money.
Shoot. I actually bought this on the internet sight unseen after looking at the other colors in Sephora. The Amber Eyes, the Brown Eyes and the Rose Eyes were all so pretty that I though I would love the Violet. Well, darn. These are really, really boring shades of purples with a shimmer so minimal as to be invisible, with one frosty silver. Not a special thing in the lineup and cannot recommend. The only thing that I have been able to use them for is as a base for other, higher quality shadows. Blah. Would not purchase again.