Highlighters -E.L.F. - Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal
Rosie03 6/18/2012 10:24:00 AM
I purchased E.L.F.'s facial whip in lilac petal for $1 at Target. It comes in this little plastic tube with a very similar looking liquid as Benefit's High Beam. Even though it says lilac, it was more pinkish to me. It lasted just as long as Benefit's High Beam and the coloring was the same. The formula didn't feel heavy on my face and it didn't cause me to get oily like the High Beam. Since the applicator is a tube, you would just squeeze it out and you're not touching the inside of the container and the rest of the product. ELF's Essential Shimmering Facial Whip was a great dupe for Benefit's High Beam. the container is less heavy, application is more sanitary and the results are the same for WAAAY CHEAPER! and there's more colors to choose from on their website. Quick update: the tube gets messy - for some reason, the product oozes out a little while your twisting the cap back on. I just wipe it and move on...
Benefit High Beam is a liquid highlighter which comes in a nail polish bottle. The container is glass so it's got some weight to it. It cost me $28 at Sephora. The color is pinkish with a fine sparkly look. The formula is not thick or sticky but when I put it on it seemed a little heavy and so it felt like I was getting oily faster. Since the applicator is meant to put directly on the skin, returning it to the bottle probably causes contamination which would affect how long the product lasts. I also purchased E.L.F.'s facial whip in lilac petal for $1 at Target. It comes in this little plastic tube with a very similar looking liquid. Even though it says lilac, it was more pinkish to me. It lasted just as long as the high beam and the coloring was the same. The formula didn't feel as heavy on my face and it didn't cause me to get oily. Since the applicator is a tube, you would just squeeze it out and you're not touching the inside of the container and the rest of the product. Based on the comparison, I returned the High Beam. ELF's Essential Shimmering Facial Whip was a great dupe. the container is less heavy, application is more sanitary and the results are the same for WAAAY CHEAPER! and there's more colors to choose from on their website.
Lipstick -Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - Honey
Rosie03 6/6/2012 12:27:00 PM
Combination oily/Medium Olive Skin Tone So I jumped on the bandwagon for this product just like I did with the lip butters. Fortunately, it worked out this time! Pro - It glides on pretty easily, not too heavy, lips feel moisturized (at first). - Definitely stains for a couple hours after the moisturizing runs out Con - Wears on me for a couple hours before it dries up and I feel like I desperately need moisturizing - Prob just me but the color wears away mostly in the middle of my lips so I end up looking like I'm wearing lip liner and because its a stain its hard to get off so I HAVE TO add more - I wish that these were a little less expensive by like $1-$2 at least. I paid $8.99 for one of them coz the colors were so scarce. Thankfully I was able to get the rest at 40% off. I bought the following: Honey Sweetheart Lovesick Rendezvous Cherish (RETURNED) Honey - looks like a deep mauve/pink when you swatch it on a white piece of paper but on my lips its perfectly natural pink color, giving my face a little bit of color on my low key days Lovesick - Fushia kind of pink, purplish undertones and comes off pretty bright Sweetheart - Super Pink with blue undertones Both Lovesick and Sweatheart remind me of Nicki Manaj's Bright Pink lips Rendezvous - Tangerine colored, came through nicely even in the stain, good for the summer time. Cherish - HATED IT! it came off looking chalky and palish white on my lips which freaked me out so I returned it. In theory, the idea of combining a balm and a stain in one product seems freakin awesome but in reality, I don't think any company has executed it well enough. So for now, it just sounds like an oxymoron to me.
Combination Oily/Medium Olive Skin tone So I'm a little late to the game but I bought the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, Too Cool and Fierce and Tangy. I have a high standard for anything that goes on my eyes because I get really oily eyelids - Here's my take: Pros: -Dries super fast -Lightweight -Bad to the Bronze and Too Cool show up really well -Application is easy, using a brush or fingers -Great primer Cons: -Fierce and Tangy did not show up so much. I tried to build it up, but it dries so fast that it got cakey and the color started to skip all over my lids (i wanted it to look like the model but it's not that sparkly either) -By the 3rd day, my eyelids started to get dry and itchy BUT I love this product so much that I've resolved to keep wearing it anyways (I just apply aquafor to my lids at night before i go to sleep to moisturize) -For some reason, the cover doesn't go on easily I find myself wasting time fumbling to get it closed (or maybe i'm just clumsy) -I feel like the containers a bit heavy All in all, I give this product an A-/4.5 star rating mostly because of the dry eyelid issue Side Note - I bought this with the NYC Waterproof Eyeliners and I'm not sure if its the eye shadow or the eyeliner but NEITHER is BUDGING - I LOVE IT! My eyes look exactly the same at night as when I put on my makeup in the morning, I'm becoming so confident about it that I don't feel like I have to check the mirror a million times a day to check or wipe any smudging!