Okay---so bare with me.. this is all i have played around with so far--the eye shadows, so here is my initial review! As I go on, I'll add more. *Far left: A shimmery, moderately pigmented silvery/taupe with lilac undertones. *2nd from left: slight shimmer, purpley based gray--moderate pigmentation *3rd from left: shimmery light blue gray, moderate pigmentation *Far Right: frosty peachy highlighter type of shade--VERY pretty! 2nd Row: *Far left: Flat medium/dark taupe/gray--moderate pigmentation---a great liner color for blue eyes *2nd from left: shimmery off white/beige/champagne shade. on me, this is almost whitish and i can see cool undertones to this shade *3rd from left: A rich chocolate bronze shade--i can see this becoming a staple for me! semi-frosty, HEAVILY pigmented :)! *Far Right: Gray toned turquoise--muted, frosty--well pigmented--this could be REALLY pretty for brown eyed girls 3rd Row: *Far Left: ANOTHER winner! A shimmery copper/golden shade. VERY well pigmented. This will definitely be in my regular rotation *2nd from Left: A bone type of color--shows up flat w/ the very SLIGHTEST small shimmer pieces--good pigmentation *3rd from left: A golden muted olive. Semi-frosty---deeper than MAC golden olive and not as complex of a color *Far Right: Buttery golden yellow w/ a warm yellow base w/ a great golden effect BOTTOM ROW: *Far Left: A pale ballerina slipper pink. these shades typically don't show up well on my skin tone, and so this is hard for me to judge. satin finish *2nd from left: A silvery shade, frosty/metallic finish, heavily pigmented *3rd from left: matte dove gray.. it will go VERY well with the far left 2nd row shade *Far Right: A beautiful slightly shimmery semi-metallic finish deep blue/slate . the shimmer has a silvery cast to it It's a LARGE palette. Here are some pics: http://img.makeupalley.com/7/2/3/4/775477.JPG http://img.makeupalley.com/7/2/3/4/775480.JPG http://img.makeupalley.com/7/2/3/4/775481.JPG http://img.makeupalley.com/7/2/3/4/775483.JPG The products are shown layer by layer- the top layer is the shadows, the lips, the liners/gel cheek stains, etc I cannot even begin to describe how much you get in this palette. It's amazing!!! As I said, I'll update it as I go along and use more and more of it :)
From MAC's Blue Storm collection (one of their MANY fall collections, I'm sure), this lovely dark purple/blue duochrome e/s is a must have for sultry eyes. In fact, although this collection hasn't received much love and high ratings, I feel as though some of these products are going to be sorely missed once sold out...
(waits for the moment I'm blamed for people impulse buying due to my last statement...)
Okay :).. With that out of the way, on with reviewing this eye shadow!
In the pot, it is a deeper purple (cooler toned) with a blue duochrome effect. I think I'd consider this to be an ALMOST indigo shade... but leaning a deep purple blue versus a blue purple.
The shade on my NC40 skin is a deep purple/gray with hints of blue, but the duochrome doesn't show up TOO much on my eyes. Granted, I have hooded asian lids, so perhaps the lovely duochrome effect is just hidden by them.
It makes for a sexy purple e/s, and like I said, some gray undertones are pulled out of it when placed on my lids which makes this shade very work safe compared to other purples. In fact, you wouldn't look at my lids and think "wow, she's wearing purple". It's more of a complex color than just purple :).
I love it with cumulus. It makes for such an interesting smokey eye. Cumulus is a paler but not too light gray w/ a satiny finish. I put that on the middle part of my upper lid, then I take thunder and put that in the crease as well as a touch of it near the inner part of my lid. Blend, Blend, and Blend, and you have a fun gray/deeep purple gray smokey eye.
I put that I WOULD buy this again to ensure people that it is a good buy, but realistically, I probably won't even run out of it (i have far too many shadows to do that). A little goes a long way with this one. It's well pigmented. Not overly pigmented, but just right. I think it'd make for a lovely liner as well!
About me: MAC NC 40, deep brown asian eyes, chocolate brown hair. Makeup style = smokey eyes, lighter lips.
I Totally agree with the reviewer below me. This product is an amazing highlighting shade. Being asian w/ some yellow undertones, some olive, and some golden (also a MAC NC 40), I have had the hardest time finding a good highlighting shade!
I tried MAC Shroom, and that was too cool toned on me.
I tried MAC nylon, and it was too frosty and too whitish.
Scott Barnes has a lovely pale golden (maybe named lily? I don't recall) e/s that I tried, but even that looked off.
The famous and gorgeous on others MAC vanilla pigment also looked odd on my skin :(... I was the real life Goldilocks of highlighters
I was ready to give up on highlighters and just accept that my odd skin tone was to blame. However, since I want to find the perfect highlighter shade that's classy looking yet not TOO obvious for my wedding FOTD, I resumed my search after years of highlighter sabbatical.
I went over to a clinique counter to get the GWP, and I was already drawn to the Coffee Shop duo (sandy brown + deep brown.. check out my review.. it's a MUST have!), but I didn't know what else to get.
I saw buttermilk, and thought it was a pretty pale creamy/clean/linen shade, but then I figured it wouldn't work on me. I grabbed a q-tip anway and tested it, and to my surprise, it looked nice. I, being still burned by past highlighters, told the SA I would go shop around at other stores and come back before deciding. In other words, I wanted to see what Buttermilk looked like in other lighting. Anytime I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror, I still liked buttermilk. Even in the dreaded bathroom lighting (aka lighting o' death), it looked okay. Being a true MUAer, I'll even admit that I took a PICTURE with it on (my friend was with me, so we had a quick photo shoot), and i loved it in the picture!
It makes your eyes look fresh, bigger, more awake, etc. Everything you'd expect and want in a highlighting shade! AND, at $13.50, you get a good amount of product and a little goes a looong way. The texture is smooth and buttery, and it's easy to blend. I would definitely repurchase it.
If you're like me and have a hard time finding the perfect highlighter shade, or just want a new one, PLEASE check this one out! Clinique's come a long way! They now make TWO of my HG eye shadows. This one (Buttermilk) and Coffee Shop (sandy brown+dark chocolate brown).
Eye Shadow -Clinique - Color Surge Duo in Coffee Shop
Miataylee 9/2/2007 8:30:00 AM
Every time clinique had a GWP in the past, this was always something I would consider getting but then told myself, "Oh, don't get it. You have SO many browns already... How could this one be different..."
< br> Well, I FINALLY caved and got this one as well as Buttermilk (another color curge, matte?, pale off white creamy shade... read my review on this as well! I LOVE it)...
Back to this lovely duo. One side is a neutral (on me at least... but i can see where it'd pull warm on some) glowy bronzey/wet sandy/tan w/ the slightest hint of shimmer (but not glitter). On my eyes, it's a sandy bronze that is just enough to give my mac NC 40 lids some color and a nice finish.
The darker shade (also smaller than the tan/bronzey shade) is a deeper brown w/ hints of a golden copper shimmer. It could make a phenomenal liner, but I use it as a crease shade and to darken the sandy wash the other color gives me.
They blend like a dream. The texture is soft and smooth, and together, they give me a very simple yet sophisticated and slightly sexy brown eye.
Would I buy this again? Absolutely! I regret not buying this earlier. I can see it becoming my "go to" eye shadow whenever I'm at a loss for what to wear....
Now, go read the buttermilk eye shadow review! It's another must have from Clinique if you ask me ;)...
In the pot, stormwatch is a matte dark teal shade. The color itself is truly gorgeous!
However, the texture and pigmentation leave something to be desired. The texture is somewhat chalky, and the pigmentation is lacking. To be honest, the texture reminds me EXACTLY of pool table chalk! Therefore, it is a hard eye shadow to work with.
Despite these facts, i DO still love it. Here's why...
When applied to my NC 40 skin, it is such a gorgeous dark teal shade unlike any other I have used. I use it to line my bottom lids and it creats a sexy but not too bold of shade. It's not overbearingly teal on my eyes. It just makes you have to take a second look because it's clearly not black, but like I said, not obviously teal either. It's very sultry!!!
I love it enough that I WOULD rebuy it if I ran out, granted, I doubt I will and it's limited edition. If you're willing to put up with a less than desireable texture for this gorgeous shade, then get it! If you want a shadow you won't be disappointed at all in, avoid this at all costs. Like I said, for me, it was worth it. I have deep brown asian hooded eyes, NC 40 skin, and chocolate brown hair. My makeup style is typically smokey eyes, pale lips.
Eye Shadow -MAC - Mineralize Eye Shadow - By Jupiter
Miataylee 7/23/2007 9:38:00 AM
Perhaps I got lucky and got a good one, but that's because I was, I'll admit, obnoxious and requested that I see 3 different "By Jupiter" e/s so that I could pick which one I wanted O:)...
With that said, the one I chose had more of the coppery/chocolate (frosty) with some reddish/plummy undertones color on one side, the middle is a mix of bronze/taupe (highly shimmery), and a taupey/golden/champagne (glittery, less pigment than glitter) on the other side.
When I mix all the shades, I get a coppery taupe shade with plenty of shimmer. I can easily isolate which color I want to use on my 219 (mac pencil brush) brush. If I mix just the lightest of shades, I get a taupey/beige shimmer w/ some copper undertones.
As for the wear, it's not the longest lasting of MAC e/s. I'd highly recommend wearing a base w/ it. I WOULD buy it again if I broke mine/lost it, but it's not one I'd buy a backup of.
I am in LOVE with the smell of Shampure! I am normally one of those people who spends FAR too much time in the shower, but this makes me linger even longer! I use this shampoo in rotation with Blue Malva Shampoo, and I also use shampure as a body wash.
It gets rid of all the build up and styling products in my hair, and it doesn't strip too much color out of it either (I have color treated hair). My hair is thicker, kinda coarse, and quite damaged due to over processing, but this is surprisingly gentle enough for me.
I will definitely repurchase it when I run out, but I don't know when that will be since I bought the liter bottle ;)
So, this product is amazing to keep my hair curly when I give myself soft spiral curls. I use a 1.5 inch barrel curling iron and section out my hair, spiral it, the use this product as a setting spray. However, use too much and it'll leave your hair feeling dirty!
I can see where this would definitely weigh down fine hair, but my hair is kinda coarse and thicker so I don't have that problem.
As with most aveda products, I LOVE the smell of this! It's a rich earthy smell. The key to using it is not to use TOO much.
I will definitely be repurchasing this in the future.
The only reason I don't give this 5 lippies is simply because there is a fine line between using TOO much product and just enough. If it were more user-friendly, i'd upgrade it to 5 :)
Bronzers -BeneFit Cosmetics - Jiffy Tan [DISCONTINUED]
Miataylee 2/25/2007 6:41:00 PM
A truly wonderful product! I USED to tan, and after much consideration, I've come to the conclusion that the instant gratification of tanning is NOT worth it in the long run. With that said, I have been searching for various products to give me a bronzed glow without the UV damage.
I use this lotion (it's a rather runny lotion) on my face, arms, etc. It has a HINT of shimmer, but nothing obvious, and it's honestly kinda orange based. That's okay for my skintone though since my skin has the slightest bit of orange-yellowness to it.
I could definitely see where this would be a horrible color for some skintones (cooler fairer skintones).
It stays on pretty well (until I shower or wash my hands), and I have not had any problems with it transferring onto clothing. HOwever, I have not really worn this much during warmer weather, so I'm sure if I were to sweat, that might be an issue.
It does have a slight scent to it, and I'm terrible at describing scents.. let's just say it's not offensive and fades quickly. It's more of a floral scent.
It comes in a large bottle, and it can be sheered out very easily and it also can be built up for a darker color quite easily.
BE WARNED THOUGH! Be sure to wash your palms/fingers very soon after you use it, otherwise they'll be stained for a while =P!!
This is one of my HG eye liners. On me (MAC NC 42ish, deep brown eyes), this shows up as a darker matte brown. It stays on VERY well, and I also use it on my brows.
I will definitely repurchase it once I'm out, but I've had mine for probably almost a year, and it's about 1/4 left! I love the packaging, and I have not had any problems with it drying out (like my stila smudge pot did).
I'll start off by saying that I HATE the thought of paying anything more than $5 for something that seems as basic as an eyeliner. HOWEVER, this is an HG product for me!
I use this to line my lower lash line, and it stays on the entire day. It is NOT a product for liquid liner novices since the product stays put once it's on. The brush is kinda hard to get used to, but once you master it, it's perfect!
Point black is just that, a TRUE jet black. I have repurchased this once (the first one lasted me about 5 months), and I will be repurchasing it again once I run out. :)
I LOVE this highlighter! It's listed/marketed as a bronzer, yet it's too pale for my complexion to be anything BUT a highlighter (mac NC42ish).
It's a pale creamy golden shade that gives a great glow--no shimmer, no glitter, just GLOW.
I've tried a LOT of other products to try to achieve the "soft focus, glowy" look, and this is by far my favorite. I apply it with either my mac blush brush (129) or a kabuki brush to the tops of my cheekbones, a little on the center of my forehead, and lightly on the bridge of my nose.
I like to use it when I'm going for a more "polished" yet still fun look :)...
I honestly would have paid up to $24 for a product like this! I'm very pleased with it and highly recommend it. I think it'd be great for all skintones, and I say that wholeheartedly since most highlighters either look garish or ashy on me.
I LOVE deep shadow! I recently just shattered one of my HG brown e/s (the darkest brown e/s shade from the STILA golden moon palette---a deeeeeep plummy brown), and I was trying to search for something to replace it. I normally stayed away from MAC paints, but this one seemed to be the closest match to my (RIP) stila shadow.
On my NC42 skin, this is a deep plummy brown w/ a satin-like finish. THe staying power is AMAZING on my lids, and it makes for a great smokey brown eye. I like to pair it with artjam paint, which is a few shades lighter, and is shimmery.
I would imagine that this would make for a lovely liner on someone w/ blue or green eyes. I will/would repurchase :)!
I love the color of Artjam! On me, it's a shimmery plummy brown (dark, but not TOO dark). It is easy to apply and dries quickly enough to make it convenient.
I will say, i HATE the packaging though. I did unroll the bottom of the tube to prevent it from oozing out.
The lasting power was pretty good on my lids (i have asian lids that fold under and no true crease) which is a definite plus! I like to use this in combination with Deep Shadow paint (a satin finish darker plummy brown) to make a brown smokey eye :)... I use Artjam all over my lid and smoked out under my lower lash line, Deep Shadow on the outer V, and jet black eye liner and lots of mascara :).. It's a great night look!
For reference, I have deep brown eyes, brown hair, and NC42 skin. I would/will buy this again!
I hate to be negative, but this lipstick truly isn't anything special. Lucky for me, my counter let me B2M for it, so I'm not out any $$. The packaging is cute for barbie lovers, but my cap doesn't stay on for some reason...
It's a pale nude pink, and on my lips, for some odd reason it turns a cool toned nude beige/pink. Almost ashy. It's not too terribly frosty on me, but the strange cool-toned factor makes it almost unwearable by itself. It's great to put under OTHER glosses, but in my opinion, a lipstick should be able to be worn alone out of convenience.
I would not repurchase this, and I would not necessarily recommend it to others. I think it would look lovely on a blonde/blue eyed/fairer skinned person, but on my NC42 skin, medium pink lips, brown hair/eyes, this really doesn't do it for me.