This mascara was on offer, where you get it free if you spend £9.99 on other rimmel products. I'm glad I got it free, if I had to pay full price for it I wouldn't have been too pleased. I have naturally long curly lashes, and though this mascara does lengthen and adds volume somewhat, it is too susceptible to clumping and giving your lashes a spider leg effect. It may not hold an artificial curl, but it doesn't affect naturally curly lashes. I like that the formula is wet, as it gives you a chance to add more coats, but once again, too many coats = spiders legs. I wouldn't recommend, it's just very mediocre.
I purchased this product today, in the norma/dry formula, and am so far really pleased. My bottle is a slightly different packaging to the one displayed in the picture, it doesn't contain "softflex" and the cap displays "24 hrs". Oddly enough, the tester bottle for this WAS the one displayed in the picture above, so I figure they're the same anyway. While the bottle is attractive enough, it is a real pain, hence why I only gave it 4 lippies. It has no pump, and you're left with having to pour the product out of a big hole. Not the most efficient and can be very annoying, but the product itself makes up for this. Before I brought this I had been using Clarins Ever Matte (£12 more than this), and whilst I was quite happy with it, I was still searching for my HG foundation. After hearing rave reviews I purchased this, and it hasn't disappointed me yet. In the Clarins I was matched up to Ivory, but in Revlon I am Buff (Revlon's Ivory was far too pale for me), which I think is a better colour on me than the Clarins as it has more of a yellow undertone and evens out my red patchy areas. I applied this without primer with an Ecotools kabuki brush and set with Max Factor creme puff powder. It's a better coverage than Clarins and I felt it made my skin look healthier, and it covered my large pores well. I only had to touch up a few pimples and apply under eye concealer, but I didn't expect it to completely cover all that anyway (my skin is a nightmare). What really impressed me about this is it's staying power. After a very intense workout and lots of sweating, it still remained flawless - I can believe that it WOULD last many, many hours and as I've heard mentioned, would require a good cleanser or makeup remover to remove. For a foundation, that, to me, is amazing. I've never had a foundation last through such "trauma" as this has today. For a high street foundation it is very good, and beats many of it's more expensive counterparts. Give it a try!
I am a huge fan of Urban Decay, particularly their eyeshadow palettes. At the moment I own the preen palette, Naked2, the feminine palette (2011), the 15 year anniversary palette, and this little beauty. I discovered Urban Decay too late to purchase this product when it first came out, but after some searching found it on BeautyBay.com for a very reasonable £22. I was a little dubious as to whether it was the real deal, seeing as it was discontinued at this point, but after the Official Urban Decay facebook page confirmed that it was, I went ahead and nagged my fiance for it for Valentines. First of all, I'll comment on the packaging. It comes in the traditional UD deep purple velvet packaging, with a very cute "bling" design in the center which I have a fetish for touching for some reason. It's a very nice size for handbags and travelling, and closes firmly with the magnetic lid. When you open it up you see the mouthwateringly beautiful nine shades and two sponge applicators against an understated (particularly for UD), but chic white base. Some minor detail of purple flowers and birds adorn the inner lid, along with a good sized mirror. The eyeshadows are, of course, of spectacular quality. As they are deluxe shadows, they're supposed to be a "touch" more special than the ordinary UD colours, but I don't think they're any different. To be honest, I don't see how the deluxe formula can be better than the original formula anyway. I truly believe that no other makeup company makes eyeshadows as pigmented and as special as UD. Fishnet - Metallic pinky purple with violet shift. Reminds me of a pink version of Omen from the 15 year anniversary palette. A gorgeous, flirty colour, nice paired with Ransom. Honey - A beautiful true metallic gold. Nice in the inner corner with Graffiti in the outer corner for a bold look. Haven't seen another UD colour quite like it. Suits its name very well. Ransom - Gorgeous dark bluey purple metallic. Apparently one of the most popular deluxe shadows, and I can see why! Nice in the crease and outer v paired with Peace. Graffiti - Ugh, this colour is just stunning! My favourite of the bunch - Beautiful jewel tone, inbetween grass green and emerald green. BEAUTIFUL. Zero - A very nice black with slight sparkle, though if you're looking for a true matte black, Blackout is probably better. Zero tends to lean on the dark grey shade when blended. Perfect to create a smokey eye with any of the other colours. Peace - Beautiful eyepopping turquoise. Extremely pigmented and strangely very versatile. It's VERY similar to Painkiller (found in the preen or show pony palette). Infact, I'd go as far to say that it's a dupe. Shag - (Great name for us Brits, eh?) Warm coppery gold with slight gold sparkle. Very pretty. Scratch - Shimmery taupey pink. Similar to Snatch, though I think Scratch is more pink and doesn't have all the annoying glitter that Snatch has. Underground - Metallic silvery taupe. Leans towards the cool side. Gorgeous for a neutral smokey eye. As mentioned previously, all shadows are of the best quality. I happen to like the two sponge applicators also, as I find they transfer colour better than brushes, though it's absolutely essential to use brushes to blend properly. All the colours are workable, even the bright ones. (I managed to create a gorgeous look using Peace all over the inner 3/4s of my lid, Ransom in the outer v, Fishnet buffed into the crease, Honey in the tear duct, and Graffiti in the inner corner) The balance of brights with neutrals is nice, however, it is missing a highlighter shade (not really an issue for me as I have a few hanging around.) Overall I would wholeheartedly recommend this palette. You can create fun, bold, but also soft and natural looks too. Quality product!