Blush -E.L.F. - Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
SFlowers89 12/6/2012 12:08:00 AM
I didn't think I would like this product. Regardless of how many youtube beauty gurus scream that this is an exact dupe of nars laguna/orgasm, I just don't see it. The colors have different undertones, especially. However, I was curious to see how it would apply, blend and wear throughout the day. I purchase this from my local Target and immediately went home to apply. It does take some additional blending (and a light hand) on the contour. Plus a bit heavier on the blush. But it wore well throughout the day. It didn't fly off my face like a lot of the cheap stuff does. The sparkly bits of it (thankfully) were the only parts that didn't stick. Good product for the price. Not a dupe for Nars, but still a good product. If you're just learning to contour (or need an extra palette for the purse), I'd definitely pick it up.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
SFlowers89 12/6/2012 12:02:00 AM
Oh. My Gawd. Love, love love. I'm quickly becoming an Urban Decay junkie. This eye primer is the best I've ever owned. Smooths out any discoloration and really makes the eyeshadow stick all day long. This is a MUST HAVE for anyone, especially anyone with oily lids (like me). Will definitely be repurchasing.
The Naked palette is simply gorgeous. I have to admit, when I first purchased it, I was looking forward to having a wonderful daytime palette. The main issue I had with it as a daytime palette is that I just don't generally wear super shimmery colors during the day. It's just a personal preference. However, it's BEAUTIFUL for evening. The most wonderful palette I've ever had for gorgeous, dramatic, but defined and naturally colored eyes. I've never been a bright eyeshadow person, so a palette like this of shimmery buildable colors is simply perfect for a sexy date-night look. Of course, it's UD so all the colors are super pigmented, buttery smooth and blendable. Love it. Did it fit the purpose I originally purchased it for? Nope. But it did it's true purpose so much better. Will definitely be repurchasing.
Oh. My. Gawd. I am in love with this chic little palette. It's got all the colors to give me a professional daytime look and is just small enough for me to slip into my purse and carry it with me so I can build up the color for a night out after work! As with all Urban Decay shadows, each color is buttery soft and super pigmented. It's just so PERFECT! Let's walk through each color, from left to right: 1. Crave (the darkest matte black). Perfect as a liner, to build up color into the crease, as a base for a duo chrome....just plain perfect. 2. Faint. This matte brown is darker on the eye than it appears in the pan. I really like it, though. It's a nice color to run through the socket and into the outside corner to give your eyes some depth while still looking natural enough to wear for work. 3. Naked 2. Can't have a naked palette without a naked. :) I like it. It works well as a base color to build other colors upon. I brush it eyelid to brow before any other color just to even out any veins/discoloration. It works well. 4. W.O.S. This color has a nice pinky undertone. Brighter than Naked2, it's great for running right above the socket, just to pull the color out and blend. It's quite nice. 5. Foxy. This is definitely a much for yellowy highlighter shade. I honestly haven't figured out what I can do with this one quite yet (hey I've only had the palette for 3 days!), but I've swatched it and it is quite a lovely, buttery color. 6. Venus. Lovely, semi-matte highlighter. It's not super shimmery, but has just enough to brighten your face without looking cheap. I love using a fan brush to sweep it on the top of my cheeks and on my brown bone. It's quite natural and flattering. Overall, this is an incredible palette for the money. Quality is unbeatable. Love.
Revlon Colorstay... yeah. It stays. All day long. It's SERIOUSLY long lasting. Here are my drawbacks, though... 1. You cannot wear a primer underneath and still buff this in (or smooth it out, or do any other manner of which I know to apply this foundation). It just will not work. I've tried many brands. That's a huge drawback for someone with very oily skin. 2. It's not buildable. What I mean is, I can't build my coverage over blemishes or spots. It just turns cakey. Fast. 3. It doesn't do a very good job of wearing throughout warm days. It goes melty and settles into my face in a very unflattering way. Maybe I'm wearing this wrong? If I am, please someone tell me. But I'm not super impressed.
Concealers -Revlon - ColorStay Under Eye Concealer
SFlowers89 12/5/2012 11:38:00 PM
I quickly figured out that you have to know how to apply this concealer otherwise your undereyes will look like cakey pats of makeup. Yikes! Use a very light hand and lightly dab with a ring finger, then immediately set with a light dusting of powder. It won't do much for really blue-y undertones, but if you've had a late night, it does an OK job of brightening up. Would I repurchase? Yeah... probably. Until something better comes along at least.
Love love love love. If not for the price, this would be my HG face makeup. It leaves my overly oily skin matte, but not dry or cakey. It moisturizes nicely, leaves a glowy effect on the skin, and lasts all day. Very natural. Great for day to day wear or to build up for a full coverage foundation at night. The only drawback is the $39 price tag. That being said, I'll probably still repurchase!
Pressed Powders -Rimmel - Stay Matte Pressed Powder (ALL)
SFlowers89 12/5/2012 11:18:00 PM
I really do love this powder. It is a superfine, smooth powder that is so easy to wear in a variety of ways. It's easy to use a kabuki and buff it over morning moisturizer for a sheer, matte look. I can wear it over BB cream for a medium coverage matte look. I've even used it to set my Revlon Colorstay, which is SUPER heavy coverage, without looking cakey or gross. It controls shine nicely without making you look "made up". Very natural and flattering. It looks good in pictures, too. It's only missing one star because the container is a little iffy. I would have liked a more secure lid. However, it's dirt cheap and I'd definitely buy again regardless.