Eyeliner -Smashbox - Waterproof Shadow Liner - Fan Club
ziebam 7/24/2008 6:09:00 PM
I actually really like this product but have noticed a problem with a slight drying out of the product. Smashbox touts this as there new smudgey eyeliner. When you pair this gel liner with the #30 brush, you get a smudgey, bedroom smokey, just got out of bed look. The brush is quite full and long for a liner brush which gives the thicker smudger eye liner. The gel liner lasts all day. I really had to work to get it off too, so it gets high points for that. The color is a smokey taupe. really pretty. Overall, i love the smudgey effect, just make sure not too go too thick or it can get racoon like. I do think this product will dry out quickly which is a huge minus. Retails for $18 for the liner. Comes in a small pot like the smashbox gel liners.
Eye Shadow -LORAC - Starry Eyed Baked Trio in Starlet
ziebam 7/16/2008 6:31:00 PM
GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!! This line continues to be one of the most underrated/unpopular line here on MUA, but its truly fantastic. I have never been disappointed with the quality of LORAC shadows and this is no exception. Starlet retails for $24 and is a mineralized trio of shadow in a square lucite type packaging. The colors are stunning. A light shimmery pale pink, shimmery medium violet and shimmery dark purple. All super pigmented with tons of shimmer. Excellent quality. Highly recommend this trio!
Eye Shadow -MAC - Warming Trend--Cool Heat collection
ziebam 7/2/2008 5:30:00 PM
Biggest disappointment from the Cool Heat collection. Limited edition shadow from Cool Heat released June 1008. Comes in a standard black flip top pot and retails for $14. Warming Trend is a veluxe pearl. Normally, my favorite formula. Smooth and silky texture. However, this color is not very pigmented. Its a soft beige. Does not really show up much on my NC30 light olive complexion. even if i layer it. Just a waste of $ for me.
I was hopiing this would be my HG sunscreen but its not. I have really sensitive skin and EVERYTHING breaks me out. Not really a cystic acne problem but i get clogged pores every day. Sunscreen always makes it worse. The best thing i have found so far is the Colorscience powder sunscreen but i cant even use that every day. So needless to say, i have not found any sunscreen i can wear every day and that, is really bad for my skin. I was hoping this would be it. I saw it on HSN.com and sephora also carries it. I paid $30 for 4oz so this is quite pricey. Unfortunately, break out city. BIG huge acne within one day. Obviously the clarifying agent, willow bark doesnt work for me. Too bad, i would love a sunscreen that worked!
Eye Shadow -Shu Uemura - 25th Anniversary 2008 Fleur De Rose Palette
ziebam 6/19/2008 6:26:00 PM
I was supposed to be saving money but when i saw these palettes, I couldnt resist and fell off the wagon. At $65, these are ridiculously overpriced but pretty nonetheless. Comes in a white compact with red flower design on the compact. Inside you get 4 shadow pans. 3 of the pans and duo shadows and one pan is a single highlighter color.
In the Fleur De Rose palette you get a shimmery dark purple, shimmery white that has a tinge of gray to it so its not so stark white, shimmery medium pink, shimmery pink/rose, shimmery beige/ecru, shimmery pale bronze and the single pan is a shimmery soft gold. The quality is EXCELLENT. very pigmented, easy to blend, good color payoff. And all the colors look great together for a variety of different looks. Lasted all day long with my TooFaced Shadow Insurance base.
I guess the luster of this has kinda worn off though because i have to say the colors arent all that unique. Maybe the pink/rose pan is slightly different. Didnt have to much red undertones so i dont look sick. But overall, the colors can be recreated. I mean, the quality is excellent and i would recommend this to a novice or Shu collector, but its not very unique for a hoarding/collection MUA'er.
Eye Primer -Too Faced - Shadow Insurance, Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
ziebam 6/19/2008 6:17:00 PM
This is my new HG eyeshadow primer. I was on my third tube of UDPP when this came out. I tried them side by side and the TooFaced wins out. Both really held the shadows on but the UDPP had a little creasing to it. Barely, but there. So the TF wins! This stuff kept my shadow on all day with no creasing. I also notice the UDPP makes my lids a little crepey while the TF does not. And the TF packaging is so much better than the UDPP bottle. Love this stuff. Retails for $17. HG!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have been super impressed by this mascara. As a south floridian, smudgy racoon eyes in the humidity here is my pet peeve. if a mascara smears during the day, i quickly give it up. Well, this one doesnt smear at all. NO smudging through 8 hours and the gym with the slightest smudging between 10-12 hours. Really long lasting. As for wear, this goes on nicely. The brush is very thin and long and really lengthens lashes. I also find that it darkens quite nicely. One coat for daytime and 2-3 for night and you get dark, long thick lashes. Really great. Not clumpy so far ( i am on week 3). Retails for $23.50 and comes in a thin long red tube that is very pretty and not your basic black. I also find this easy to take off at night. Doesnt get everywhere. Overall, i am quite impressed with this and would purchase it again.
Eye Shadow -Guerlain - Terracotta Tajine Eyeshadow in Blonde Metal
ziebam 5/26/2008 6:37:00 PM
I was actually quite disappointed in this collection. I picked up all three of the metal eyeshadows and returned blonde and brunette promptly. The only reason i kept the dark is because i am a sucker for taupes. Each one retails for a whopping $33. So at that price i expect perfection. None of the colors are super pigmented. In fact, the only one with some pigment was the dark metal. (the one i kept). The other two have very little. The sales lady actually said to me that they do have a lot of pigment but only if you use the sponge applicator it comes with. She is obviously an idiot. The blonde metal is a soft pink with copper hint to it and brunette metal is a standard soft brown copper shimmer. Neither were anything special and neither showed up on my NC30 light olive complexion. The dark metal is a pretty soft true taupe shimmer that is light but still pretty. The container is an awkward genie type bottle which is also a pain to store with your other shadows. The sponge applicator comes out of the top. Interesting but still oddly packaged. Limited edition but so not worth it.
This product is nothing special. Supposed to come off in tubes like Blinc Kiss Me mascara and it doesnt. Barely did any leghtening or darkening. More of a daytime soft mascara look and I barely have any lashes so I need mascara with some oomph. Smudged slightly during the day as well. Overall, this did nothing mascara should do. Wont buy this again.
This is limited edition and part of the Naughty Nauticals collection released May 2008. Comes in the standard MAC flip top pot and retails for $14. Its a shimmery champagne color with a pale pale pale pink hue to it. Great highlighter. Nicely pigmented but this also looks like alot of other highlighters out there. Not a must have unless you are just starting to buy makeup!
This is limited edition and part of the Naughty Nauticals collection released May 2008. Comes in the standard MAC flip top pot and retails for $14. I thought this would be my favorite but its not as pretty on the lid as it is in the pot. Its a slightly shimmery grey soft plum color. Not too plummy but not too grey either with a hint of taupe to it. Great everyday color and you can tone it down with grey liner or taupe liner or brighten it up with a purple liner. Its versatile but its not a stand out for me.
This is limited edition and part of the Naughty Nauticals collection released May 2008. Comes in the standard MAC flip top pot and retails for $14. Its a shimmery bright primary blue. I guess primary blue is the right color. its just a gorgeous bright sparkling blue. I actually thought it may be a look alike or too much like Bell Bottom Blue pigment but its really pretty. The color you see in the pot is how this applies. Not too obvious a blue but a definite pop of color. Doesnt muddy out like some blues can. Really love this and glad I got it. I am an NC30 and this goes great with my skin coloring!
This was okay. Designed as a volumizing mascara with a larger thick brush that retails for $16. I got a sample of this and it worked okay. My biggest problem was that after about 6 hours it started smudging slowly. Leaving me with black rings under my eyes that got worse between 6-8 hours. Not horrible smearing but enough that i would not repurchase. I do have an oily eye area and live in humid S.Florida, so that does make it harder to find a good formula. But i prefer CoverGirl Lash Blast to this and the CG is cheaper. The thickening was okay, did make them nice and black without clumping and gave a minimal amount of length. One coat gave me a naturally darker lash, i needed two to three coats for maximum effect. OVerall, the smudging makes this a no no for me!
Part of the Naughty Nauticals collection released May 2008. Limited edition release that was actually a limited release in the Pandemonium quad from the Balloonacy collection of March 2007. Pandamonium is a lustre. Shimmery dark gunmetal grey. Not very unique but nicely pigmented and glides on effortlessly. Great grey but may not be a must have cause most MUA'ers will have a similiar shade.
Lip Gloss -MAC - Lustreglass - Bateaux (Naughty Nauticals 2008)
ziebam 5/8/2008 7:30:00 PM
This is limited edition and part of the Naughty Nauticals collection released May 2008. Comes in the standard MAC wand and retails for $14. It has a wand brush applicator rather than a spongey doefoot. Its definately not anywhere near a browned peach. Maybe closer to a shimmery nude with a slight pale peach frost to it. It borders on almost too light and milky. But with a nude lippie under it, it works. i really like this with a strong colorful eye. I used Bell Bottom Blue wet as a liner and used with Mutiny all over the lid and crease, Lark About to highlight and a dark black liner in the inner rims with tons of black mascara. Then i did a pale nude mouth since the eyes were the focal point. The look is really nice. Goes well with my brown eyes and NC30 skintone. Overall, I like this but its not a must have.