What it is: a semi sheer red lip gloss in pencil packaging. - - - Pros: - the shade of red is so flattering - subtle shine - the coverage is sheer but is buildable - wearable for day and night - elegant, "appropriate" lip shade - minimal application effort (i.e. not a shade of red that requires liner, etc) - - - Cons: - the wear time is average at best (4 hours max with no eating or drinking) - product does get wasted when shaving the pencil - - - This is definitely a product I would re purchase because the shade of red is so flattering without having to worry about precise application techniques. An effortless, elegant red. - - - for reference I am MUFE 117, ELDW in either 1N1 or 2N1 (depending), both of which are similar to MAC NW20
What it is: MAC quad featuring Prized (a fair flesh toned shade), Burmese Beauty (duo chrome shade dirty teal on top and reddish brown underneath), Skintone 2 (true gold), Showstopper (dirty, dark brown). - - - Pros - each of these shades is easy to work with in terms of blendability, application, pigmentation, and staying true to color. Packaging is no nonsense and sturdy. - - - Cons - Although I like this palette and the shades are stunning I think that for the most part they are easy to be duped. - - - Over all - As mentioned the shadows are gorgeous and fairly easy to work with but none of these shades are particularly unique. Initially I picked this one up because how pretty Burmese Beauty is and I hadn't come across a shade like it before. Then I got home and realized Label Whore from Too Faced (which I had in a palette) is actually a more pigmented, truer version of Burmese Beauty. I still like the palette and it's still a good value but I would not re purchase.
What it is: limited edition eye shadow quad featuring Courtly (sheer dirty light pink), Palace Pedigreed (blackened plum), Quite Spoiled (soft petal pink), Russian Blue (dirty grey blue). - - - Pros - all of the shades work well together and are complimentary. I found three of the shades were easy to work with in terms of blendability, pigmentation, application, and remaining true to color. - - - Cons - Russian Blue is gorgeous but it is chalky and much harder to blend than the other shades. - - - Over all - I'm surprised at the negative reviews for this product. I'm NC 15 / NC 20 and I as I'm fair I haven't had a problem getting these colors to show up. As mentioned Russian Blue requires a little extra effort but it still remains true to color. Courtly and Quite Spoiled have a slight sheen to them, Palace Pedigreed has slight shimmer, and Russian Blue is pretty matte. Despite the complaints about the palette I found Courtly, Quite Spoiled, and Russian Blue to be unique shades and I can't think of other brands that have similar shades. Palace Pedigreed is pretty as well but dupable (IMO). I would definitely buy again. Knocked overall rating down from 5 to 4 because of Russian Blue.
Mascara -Maybelline - XXL Pro Volume Microfiber Mascara
amyers2 11/1/2011 5:53:00 PM
What it is: Maybelline XXL volume mascara (11X the volume) --> taken from cardboard packaging. - - - Pros - darkens lashes. comes with lash primer. the brush makes it easier to reach each lash (inner and outer lashes, not a spoon brush). - - - Cons - I saw no volume in my lashes and certainly not 11x the volume. Tends to flake / smudge. - - - Over all - disappointing mascara. I'm so glad I got this with a gift card and didn't actually spend money on it. Basically, this mascara coats lashes and makes them darker. After about 4.5 hours of wear there was definitely some transfer from it being on my upper lashes to below my eyes. Would not re purchase because there are better mascaras around the same price.
Really I would give this product a 3.5. - - - Pros - natural finish. wearable pink shade. long lasting. easy to blend / apply. slight glowy sheen (not shimmer or glitter) - - - Cons - a little too sheer considering this is a satin finish blush and not a sheertone blush. I didn't find this shade to be true to color. - - - Over all - this is a very pretty, wearable shade of pink. However, I find that once applied the color in the pot is not the color on my cheeks. I was anticipating a little more of a statement blush (based on the shade and not being a sheertone blush) and this is definitely more of a subtle wash of color. This blush does look beautiful on fair skin with dark features (I'm NW 15 / NW 20 with brown hair, brown eyes). Not sure if I would re purchase.
What it is: Too Faced palette featuring 3 glosses, 1 blush, 1 bronzer, 9 eye shadows, a miniature eye primer, a removable mirror, and 3 "how to" cards. - - - Pros - the primer is top notch and even though its a mini, it lasts for ages. All 9 shadows are pigmented, long lasting, silky, easy application, blendable. minimal fallout. minimal creasing. The blush and bronzer are long lasting, pigmented, easy to apply and blendable. - - - Cons - the gloss shades are not true to color - the three shades are peach, tan, and pinkish-red - but when applied they're mostly clear. - - - Over all - this is one of the best palette's Too Faced or most comparable brands has come out with (IMO). The shadows offer looks for both day and night, matte, shimmery, and glittery. Bronzer and blush are quality products. The packaging itself is really fun (Marie Antoinette like) . Also, the bronzer smells like cocoa, the blush likes roses, and the glosses have a sweet smell as well. The "how to" cards are useful.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Trio - Silent Treatment
amyers2 10/30/2011 6:32:00 PM
Pros - all three shadows are silky smoothy. easy application. blendable. Colors compliment one another well. 2 of the 3 shades are true to color (brow bone shade and eye lid shade). very affordable. minimal creasing and great staying power. - - - Cons - Crease shade is not true to color - comes out more black than dirty brown. shadows are prone to breaking. - - - Over all - excellent purchase. The eyelid shade is comparable to Estee Lauder's Mocha Cup (retails for 20.00). These shades coordinate well together and the eyelid shade is especially great. This trio is long wearing (even without primer) and such a steal for 2.99. The shadows are very soft, easy to blend out, or layer upon. Would definitely re purchase.
What it is: a matte, extremely cool toned shade of pink. - - - Pros - long wearing. very blendable. pigmented. Difficult to go overboard when applying this blush. - - - Cons - limited edition. - - - Over all - considering how light this shade I think it would probably have an easier time showing up on fair skinned individuals. I'm NW 15 / NW 20 and this shade gives the subtlest, most natural hint of color. No shimmer, glitter, etc. If you're looking for a strong wash of color or a statement blush, then this is not it. This is more of a 'I'm not wearing any blush' blush. I wouldn't say I reach for this often (I prefer red blushes) but when I do, I'm never disappointed.
What it is: pressed sheer powder - - - Pros - very affordable (3.00). slim packaging. works well with oily skin. Not chalky or powdery nor does it look cakey or like you're obviously wearing make up. Compact comes with mirror. - - - Cons - nothing. - - - Over all - such a steal at 3.00. Like other users have mentioned - this powder applies sheer i.e. - if you're looking for something to provide coverage this is not the powder for you. This powder is perfect for setting foundation or absorbing oil. Will re purchase in the future.
What it is: sheer deep wine gloss. - - - Pros - gorgeous reddish berry shade with the slightest hint of a pink undertone. like another user mentioned: great consistency - not too thin or too thick. Also - not sticky. Can be sheered out or layered for a more pigmented look. - - - Cons - not the longest lasting. Price - 24.00 - - - Over all - this is replacing Bad Education as my favorite gloss. The color is very flattering on my fair skin (NC 15 / NC 20). The gloss has a sheen to it, not a wet, ultra shiny, or glittery look. Very 'appropriate' versatile lip gloss (for office, going out, etc). Not a statement gloss. Reapplication throughout the day is necessary. Packaging is straight forward: wand and tube.
What it is: muted rose beige brown blush (taken from MAC website). - - - Pros - extremely flattering on a wide range of skin tones. Can be used for contouring or blush. long wearing. no shimmer or glitter. definitely brown based with no orange undertones. extremely blendable. Can be sheered out (for a more natural look) or layered up (for a more sculpted look). - - - Cons - none - - - Over all - my first brown based blush and it's great. Gives my fair skin (NW 15 / NW 20) a natural looking glow. This can be used as either an everyday blush or as a subtle blush when using statement make up on the rest of the face (bright lips or smokey eyes). Last all day. This will definitely be a staple in my make up bag.
What it is: a rosy pink lustre lipstick. - - - Pros - gorgeous subtle shade of pink. does not show flaking or lines if lips are not exfoliated. Easy to wear. Perfect for day wear. Looks great on its own (without lip liner or gloss). moisturizing. - - - Cons - not the longest lasting lipstick. - - - Over all - Normally I don't like pink lipsticks, but this is an exception. This shade is a subtle rosy pink shade with a slight sheen. Very natural looking. No glitter or ultra shine. Like other users have commented this lipstick can easily be paired for any occasion (office, going out, etc). If you're looking for a statement lipstick this is not it. For the record I'm NC 15 / NC 20ish.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24/7 Glide-On Eyepencil in Binge
amyers2 10/19/2011 1:52:00 AM
What is it: a midnight blue eye liner. - - - Pros - pigmented, long lasting, no smudging, budging, leaking, smearing, transferring under eyes, etc. Stays true to color. - - - Cons - price - 18.00. - - - Over all - gorgeous eye liner. perfect for making eyes pop. I like to line my eyes in black liner and then apply this over the black liner. This shade really makes eyes pop. Stays in place. Would definitely re purchase.
What it is: a cream cool tinted sort of a silverish pink highlighter with undertones of gold - if that makes sense. - - - Pros - Easy to blend, creamy, no offensive smell, flattering to cool skin tones, creates a 'glow'. Packing is simple and easy to use, not mention keeps product sanitary - squeeze tube. glowy not glittery - - - Cons - price (29.00 for 1.2 oz). needs to be applied with a light hand or else you won't look glowy so much as sweaty (not mention make up will look cakey and unnatural). - - - Over all - if applied correctly this creates a beautiful, natural glow. I mix a very small amount with foundation and apply it only to my cheekbones, but don't apply it anywhere else on my face. Extremely flattering to fair skin (I'm NW 20 ish). Not a must have but definitely nice to have. Would re purchase. I definitely prefer this over MAC's Strobe cream.
What it is: burgundy blush with the slightest hint of shimmer. - - - Pros - pigmented, long wearing, affordable, Beautiful shade of red, very wearable and appropriate for Fall. - - - Cons - hard time blending, applying is difficult. easy to go overboard. - - - Over all - I love red blushes, but this one is eh. The shade is gorgeous, sort of a reddish brown. Contains 2.5 grams of product (in comparison to Mac's Love Thing which contains 3.5 grams). As pretty as the blush is, it is such a pain to apply and wear. This blush does not like to blend and sometimes it splotches across cheeks. VERY pigmented so it has to be applied with a VERY light hand (i.e. barely tap it on your cheeks). On the fence on whether the effort is worth the wear. Would not re purchase.