Great: color payoff, big brush, thickening power, packaging and price. Not great: lasting power, clumped up the second day I opened the tube, no noticeable elongation and crushed the curl nearly immediately. I thought the product was okay. Not close to any of the other mascaras I've tried, but not the bottom-of-the-barrel. NOT indicative of the brand, the Wet 'n' Wild Mega Length mascara is fabulous for the price, but doesn't have lots of thickening power without a primer or another mascara over it. The clumping killed all that this had going for it. Ewww, spiderlegs!
Styling Products -TiGi - Sleek Mystique Blow Out Balm
SkullGlitter 5/8/2013 3:42:00 PM
I bought this product after my stylist used it in my hair and a co-worker recommended it. I found it worked well to get my difficult-to-hold-curl hair to hold a curl for the day and maintain wave for the next few. It also smells a bit like vanilla, musk and sandalwood, which I do like. The pump works exactly as needed, I don't need to use a lot on my long hair, just one full pump. The flecks of mica make it look appealing in your hand. The price is fair for a mid-high end salon product. The downside to the product is that the brand isn't animal-friendly. This is becoming more important to me, so I won't be re-purchasing. Also, the Haute Iron Spray works times 2 versus this product, so a 5 is out of the picture in comparison. My stylist loves Haute and I love the results.
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - DUO eyelash adhesive
SkullGlitter 4/9/2013 2:33:00 AM
<3 I love you, DUO! <3 No latex, waterproof, holds my lashes lovely and gives me extra eyelid space on my droopy right eye. Multi-purpose and lasting power.
Mascara -E.L.F. - Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara
SkullGlitter 4/9/2013 2:30:00 AM
Eh, just hated it. Flakes, no lasting power, kills curls, doesn't go on smooth, packaging was okay, color was dark and it never set. Not a worthy choice in E.L.F. or other lower-cost cosmetics. NYX, essence and Wet n Wild make better choices.
I love the payoff of this liner. I love glitter! It's even in my screen name. I use it over anything I want or dot it on the ends of my eyebrows for some pop. The packaging... SUCKS... OMG, the packaging sucks! I had the last one I bought break sometime between the shipping box and placing it on my counter after using it. It leaked out, giving birth to glitter babies all over my counter. Love the price, love the glitter, it doesn't flake like the black does and it lasts 8 hours. The packaging sucks, though. I would pay more for better packaging! 4 stars for everything but packaging. I'll still buy it with the crappy packaging, though.
E.L.F., why haven't you reformulated this? E.L.F., what are you doing? E.L.F., STAHP! So, this is not good. It's really dark in pigment and not very difficult to apply, but it flakes immediately. It does NOT last past 15 minutes for me, seriously. This price may be right, but the packaging is not good. I really like their eyeliner pens in general, and the price is great, but this is a total miss. 2 stars because the pigment, application and price are great.
Eyeliner -NYX - Super Skinny & Super Fat Eye Marker
SkullGlitter 4/9/2013 2:17:00 AM
I love eyeliner pens, I love felt-tips on them a lot. This is very middle-of-the-road of good felt-tip eyeliners. The finish is slightly matte, it's not very dark but not grey in color. The ink doesn't flow great through the long tip and the tip is pretty unwieldy, even when broken in. It needs to be put over primer because the pigments can transfer (I have hooded eyelids, yay.) It doesn't fade too much during wear and it doesn't flake. I like Revlon's ColorStay pen liner more, but I will definitely use this up. For liners in general, I like NYX's studio liquid eyeliners and TIGI pencils (but I think those are discontinued.) It's solid, just not my absolute favorite due to the transferring issue.
Liquid -BeneFit Cosmetics - "Hello Flawless!" Oxygen Wow
SkullGlitter 4/9/2013 2:10:00 AM
I received a sample at Ulta. I like it, but have other favorites above it so won't be repurchasing. The colors are decent, lasting power is very good, coverage is decent, the price is a bit high for the amount and the packaging is very sanitary but not very durable. I like the finish, since I have dry skin and enjoy the dewyness. Can setting into fine lines and very dry skin, though.
Tinted Moisturizer -E.L.F. - Studio Tinted Moisturizer
SkullGlitter 4/9/2013 2:02:00 AM
I like the ELF Studio Tinted Moisturizer in general, but I won't buy it again unless the color range opens up to the more pale lady. Lasting power and coverage are very good for the price. The down side is that after a year, it's got clumpy and unusable, but I hear that's changed with new formulation. Porcelain? NO! It's a yellow-based beige. Just like so many other companies, ELF assumes that porcelain should be yellow-based. Have any of you seen yellow-based porcelain vases? I've only EVER seen blue-based white vases. Just a pet peeve.
I was SO excited to try these, knowing they were going to be pigmented and buildable, and I love them! I got Diva (hot pink fuschia) and Encore (berry fuschia) and tried both side-by-side since they looked quite close in color. Encore is my favorite, giving a flushed look that I love, looking like a raspberry color when (very VERY) lightly applied and powdered. The staying powder over primer and concealer and under setting powder is great! Mine lasted 10 hours without ANY fading through work where I was dusting and got a bit oily. It looked SO good! Don't love the pump, but it's really good compared to the old ELF pumps.
I generally love NYX lipsticks, especially the round lipsticks, but the quality changes from color to color. Pink Lyric was very drying and a little difficult to apply evenly but Chaos is creamy and applies perfectly. The color selection is amazing, the payoff is generally great, the prices tend to be amazing and they're easily found.
I love NYX's Ultra Pearl Mania pigments, Nude is one of my favorites. The color in the container is the color it appears over primer and/or Milk and lasts the whole day. It has a pearl finish that catches the light. My only problem is the container, since I can't get most of my brushes into the opening and it's difficult not to waste product if you tap some out. It requires a different container for the most part, or a slender fluffy brush.
I love NYX Mega Shine lip glosses in general and Beige is pretty, but not at all beige. It's a medium-toned, slightly dusty pink that is lightly opaque and without shimmer. The color lasts and it's moisturizing without being sticky. Very nice, even if it's not a true beige.
NYX megashine lip glosses are amazing! Smokey Look is my absolute favorite lip gloss. The semi-sheer nude beige color with the slight shimmer is more than just a nude gloss and accents most intense looks, not just smoky eyes.
These pigments are wonderful! Applying these over primer and/or a cream eyeshadow is easy and gives amazing payoff and lasting power. There aren't many pigments I've used that have had such true color from container to eyelid and maintaining that color over the day. The color selection is good, the price is great, sales definitely make them affordable to stock up on, but the containers aren't great. Often, you'll see them re-homed into twist-top containers with or without a sifter lid. The neck is too small to fit most brushes in to pick up the pigment and there's no place to pour it out in the packaging for easy use without wasting a lot of product.