Matte 329 is a deep neutral brown with the slightest hint of chocolate tones. I mainly use this to fill my brows. I have black-brown hair and I am picky about what I put on my brows. Anything too light makes my brows look "fuzzy", anything too brown looks fake/unnatural, and anything that's too grey is too cool-toned and clashes with my overall skintone. This shade has the right amount of brown to keep the color looking rich, but just the right depth to not look harsh.
AMC Shine 07 is a light gold with yellow undertones. It does have some softness to it which makes it a little more wearable. Other golds like Pearl 430 (gold with mustardy-yellow tones) and Pearl 405 (a dirtied antique gold) are way more intense & harder to pull off. Unfortunately, this shade still looks far too yellow on me and the application was quite uneven for me. I recommend AMC Shine 08 as an alternative if you find this shade too yellow. It's a bit more neutral and I find it much easier to wear.
This is one of my go-to shades when I want to do a nude eye look. I'm hesitant to call this color pale, but it is definitely on the light side. AMC Shine 08 is a light, champagne-gold with shimmer. I'm NC25-30 and I like to wear this as a lid color paired with Double Sparkle 461 in the crease. I also wanted to note that this shade is what I wanted AMC Shine 07 to be. That, in comparison, is much more yellow than 08. If you run into this problem with 07, give this one a go.
I LOVE this shade. This is definitely a must-buy for those who love neutrals (taupes especially). Pearl 402 is a brown-taupe that is veers slightly on the warm side. I usually run into taupes that are too plummy, but not with this one. It suits my NC30 skin and dark brown eyes really nicely & I can see it flattering many other types of coloring as well! I originally thought this would be a dupe of UD YDK. Upon swatching, it's closer to UD Stray Dog.
Pearl 405 is a gold that is very heavy on the orange/copper tones. I expected it to be more neutral like the user below me did. While I think it's a pretty color, this shade doesn't really suit my tastes. This color also reminds me of UD Chopper, but warmer and more intense.
There is a lot of hype going on with Inglot shadows and the Freedom System palettes in general. Rightfully so, I should add. I'll do my best to add to what hasn't been said in previous reviews. I love the design of the palettes. It isn't gorgeous, but it's not tacky or cheap either. It's simple but practical. I have a 10-pan and 20-pan palette and both are portable, IMO. One word of caution, though. The magnets on these are STRONG, and it hurts like HELL if you shut the palette on your fingers. To prevent this, slide the lid off the palette. Do NOT try to pry it open. Also, removing the eyeshadow pans can be a challenge. So far, I've found that using a small metal nail file instead of a knife works much better, although you still need to be super duper careful. Others have mentioned using a stronger magnet to pull the pans out & this would seem much easier. Of course, the value of the eyeshadow is phenomenal. They run for $5 each (update: $6), which is the similar to the price point of Ulta, NYX, and various drugstore eyeshadow singles. I mean this when I say that the quality of these shadows run laps around the other brands. They are highly pigmented, smooth, and only the slightest bit powdery (but with no fall out, if that makes sense). I can hardly compare these to MAC shadows only because I only own a couple shades from them. Who cares? Inglot's eyeshadow quality is just superb! I'm a big fan of neutrals, and I am glad that Inglot offers a wide range of them. The range of brights is even larger, which could be very overwhelming. Finding swatches of the eyeshadows is a pretty daunting task. There are a few sites that I recommend, but I'm not sure if I am allowed to include it in my review (PM me if you'd like to know, I'm not affiliated with ANY of the sites). Google Images and YouTube videos were also extremely helpful. It was a trial-and-error process for me, as I ended up purchasing shades that looked like they would flatter me but ended up not. Thankfully, I now have a 20-pan palette that I am thoroughly satisfied with :) Unfortunately, Inglot's website (at least the US version) is not very user friendly, although this is not something that is going to affect my overall review. I really wish they would have a shade sorter like MAC's where you could view certain finishes, color families, etc. Also, I think it would help IMMENSELY if Inglot had shade descriptions for each shadow. For now, Ctrl + F (or, Command + F if you're using a Mac computer) and a list of eyeshadow shades will be your friends when it comes to placing an order. I can honestly say that I will not be purchasing any eyeshadow from any other brands, at least for a very very long time. I am forever indebted to the makeup gods for Inglot :p
Styling Products -Beyond The Zone - Rock On Volumizing Powder
uraznbabygurl 3/5/2012 8:32:00 PM
I've used this for about a week now. I was hoping that this would be all that and a bag of kettle cooked pickle chips. But before I give the impression that I don't recommend this product, I think it's more important for me to describe my hair. I have medium-thick strands, and lots of it. A LOT of volumizing products, or maybe all of the ones I've tried (mousse, sprays, root boosters, etc.), do not work as well as I'd like them to. This one was not an exception. The reason why I'm giving this a 3 is because it SOMEWHAT works and it's easy to use. Just pour a bit of powder in your fingertips, rub on the other hand, and massage it into your scalp. Or, you can pour some powder directly to your dry roots and massage it in. I saw results instantly, and it was looking impressive. Unfortunately, my hair fell flat after approximately 2 hours with both methods. I guess the thickness/density of my hair doesn't allow it to stay volumized. FYI: So far, the only volumizing method that works for my hair is crimping the undersides of my hair at the roots. It definitely takes up more time than applying this powder, but it lasts all day for me.
There's more to this mascara than its cute name and cute packaging. NYX claims that this will volumize and lengthen each one of your lashes with its dense brush. These claims are definitely valid. I usually put on 3 coats of mascara as my routine (damn sucky Asian lashes). Thanks to the stopper, there was never too much product on the wand & I was able to layer 4 coats without any clumps. Now, will this mascara give you huge, faux-falsie (ha!) lashes? Maybe, if you have great lashes to begin with. This is NOT the most volumizing mascara I've tried to date. Usually, super volumizing mascaras don't give room for much definition. But if you're a fan of fanned out lashes with decent volume, (see what I did thur?) this is one to try. EDIT: I ended up returning it. I honestly feel it's a great basic mascara, but I wanted something more.
This is a dark and gorgeous bronze-chocolate color that looks great against my NC30 skin and brown eyes. Online swatches don't match what gets translated on my lids. Sometimes this veers towards a bronze-taupe depending on the light. It also reminds me of NYX Iced Mocha with less grey tones. I think this is a unique and versatile color, although I tend to wear it as a wash all over my lid for an easy smoky eye. Hands down, it's one of my favorite shades from Inglot!
Finally, there's a mascara that I "get" the hype for. Others have left me disappointed. Voluminous is way too smudgy, Falsies is way too clumpy, and Lash Blast is a wimpy black color. Before this mascara, I used Maybelline Colossal. It performed the way I preferred it to, but its formula will only work for about a month for me. I tried this due to the raves on the makeup board. This may be my new HG. I put on 3 layers of this mascara, and I'm left with clean, thick, and dark lashes. Plus, the packaging is nice. It doesn't remind me of a chunky ... toy ... like other mascaras do!
Brows -Make Up For Ever - Make Up For Ever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector
uraznbabygurl 12/13/2011 12:49:00 PM
I agree with what the majority has said about this product. I don't have very long brows, and the "tail" part is prone to fade quickly. This is the first product that doesn't run into this problem. It is truly long-lasting, and at least water-resistant (I haven't been able to test the waterproof claim yet). Best of all, it really is worth the $19. You need a very very tiny amount to fill both brows. I'm still trying to get the hang of knowing the exact amount I need! I do think that the color range is quite limited. I'm Asian with black-brown hair and sparse brows. I've read several reviews that this runs dark, so I debated between 3 and 4. I really think it comes down to personal preference. Yes, I break the rule of going 1 or 2 shades lighter than my hair :). I like my brows to not be obviously brown (too red) and not be obviously black (too cool). 3 is described as a dark ash brown, but I'd call it a dark chocolate brown. It has a little bit of a red undertone, but I would not exactly call it warm toned. 4 ended up being perfect for me as it's essentially a soft black with a hint of brown. I do hope that MUFE comes out with new colors in the future, but I am glad there is a color for me! UPDATE (July 2012): MUFE has updated their formula and the product is now going to be called "Aqua Brow." Basically, it's still going to be in the same gel formula, but it will have more hold. So, no need for an extra brow gel ... EFF YES. There also will be a palette of 7 shades, which is more reason for me to rave about this. WOO HOO. I'm not sure when it will be available in the US, but here's a link if you want to get an idea. (not affiliated) http://www.gurumakeupemporium.com/Make-Up-For-Ever-Aqua-Brow-Kit
Blush -Flirt - Peek-a-Blush sheer powder cheek color in Sweet Surrender
uraznbabygurl 12/11/2011 1:17:00 AM
I looooove this blush so much! I've been using this every day since the day I received it in the mail. I have to disagree with the user below who stated that it's too similar to Pink Tutu. Pink Tutu is more of a pinkish, peach coral. Sweet Surrender is a medium bright pink with slight coral undertones. If anything, I think this is very close to All Dolled Up, except All Dolled Up has a hint of lilac. As with all other Flirt blushes, this one is very pigmented that I prefer to use the included brush with it :)
Blush -Flirt - Peek-A-Blush sheer powder cheek color in Crazy In Love
uraznbabygurl 11/25/2011 6:59:00 PM
I keep my eyes and lips neutral, but I'm comfy with bright colors on my cheeks. This one was kind of an experimental color for me. It's gorgeous in the pan and swatches likewise. On my golden complexion ... umm, I guess I'm not quite that brave yet LOL. This is definitely a cool-toned color. In fact, it's probably the coolest toned color from Flirt's permanent blush collection. There is hardly any neutrality going on here. What you get is an daring, cool-toned medium rose with blue undertones with subtle silver shimmer. Nonetheless, it's a layerable color like the rest of the Flirt blushes that I have tried. If you are very warm toned, tread lightly :)
Blush -Flirt - peek-a-blush sheer powder cheek color-ALL
uraznbabygurl 11/25/2011 6:37:00 PM
I'm addicted to these blushes that I think that I've met my blush quota for quite a while after purchasing several of these. I've purchased 8 of these and currently own 6. The two shades, "Dapple Apple" and "Crazy in Love," were returned because I realized they weren't the right colors for me. My collection of these blushes include, "Sweet Surrender (discontinued)," "Heartthrob (discontinued)," "Dragon Fly," "Pink Tutu," and "Sweet Desire." I'll be reviewing these individual colors eventually. Although a couple shades were misses for me, all the blushes that I've tried from this line are pigmented and soft without much fallout. I feel like these are up to par with some higher-end blushes that I've played around with. It's just unfortunate that Flirt doesn't keep all the colors in their permanent lineup, but you can always find some on a website that rhymes with "delay." ;) Some have complained about the packaging. It's unnecessary with its slide-out-flip-up mechanism. Yet somehow, I don't want to deal with depotting them. It's most likely because I'm afraid of crushing the blushes in the process. PITA packaging aside, it does look sleek and modern with its matte black casing, glossy black lettering, and fully black brush (which is actually usable!). Flirt! is a good line to try for their blushes if you like shimmery, bright, and fun colors. For $14/8 grams, this is an exceptional value. If you have a $10 off coupon for Kohl's, be prepared to watch NARS Orgasm pass-the-F-out :)
Blush -Flirt - Peek-a-Blush Sheer Powder Cheek Color in Caramel Belle
uraznbabygurl 11/15/2011 11:16:00 PM
This one was actually my first Flirt blush purchase. I've been looking for a natural, shimmery (but not glittery) warm pink blush. While this particular shade might have more bronze in it than I had anticipated, it's pretty much a "no brainer" shade for me. I can apply a little for a natural flush or apply more heavily for an overall brightening effect without looking like I am running a serious fever. I'm not sure if this is a dupe for NARS Lovejoy, but I would describe Caramel Belle the way NARS describes Lovejoy: a bronzed rose. I think this will be one of my staple shades since I'm NC30 & golden-toned. I could see this flattering tons of skintones though!