Smelled this along with other people at work, we each gagged as we passed it around and remarked how awful it was. I finally sprayed it on someone's sweatshirt, expecting maybe after airing it out the smell would calm down. It still smelled like hooker vomit, no matter what we did.
I tried this at walmart, it was on display, and it is DISGUSTING! Literally smelled like sweaty, dirty gym socks. I even tried it on a friend, thinking maybe it was just my body chemistry. But it really is absolutely disgusting. Anyone who wears this must be old, because a loss of ability to smell would be the only preventative of gagging.
Eye Shadow -Max Factor - Vivid Impact Eyeshadow Duo (all shades)
britb33 11/13/2009 11:05:00 PM
I love these shadows. The color payoff is intense, and even brighter and more vibrant than the package. The applicators are good for all over coverage; they aren't perfect and you do need to blend with your fingers a bit, but it's still a great deal. The really unfortunate thing is that they aren't really available in my area.
Eyeliner -Wet 'n' Wild - Megaliner Liquid Eyeliner- Turquoise
britb33 11/13/2009 10:33:00 PM
I think this is a brighter, longer lasting version of Grafitti by Urban Decay. My friend gave this to me because it doesnt match her skintone, and I think this only works for cool tones or light colored eyes, since its so green, but as far as applying and lasting, it's amazing. At one point in the day I laughed so hard I cried, and surprisingly my eyeliner was not smudged. The applicator is really easy to use, and it goes on smoothly. The only downfall is the weird packaging shape, since you can't really get to all of the product with the brush, and so some of it may dry out.Other than that I find i can get away with wearing this often, although its more bold.
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo 6 Piece Brush Set
britb33 11/10/2009 9:57:00 PM
I bought this for $10 at Target after reading reviews on MUA (which thusfar hasn't failed me). The brushes are incredibly soft, and synthetic. The brushes are made of bamboo, and the carrying bag is hemp/cotton blend, so the product is low impact on the environment, too. Their website even claims that they are fair-traded. The powder brush works well, and is flat, so it could also be used to apply highlighter. The concealer brush is nice and soft; it's perfect for undereyes. However, I find it too big for spot treating. The eyeshadow brush is also supersoft, but large, and sufficient for all over color but isn't something I'd use for crease or accenting. I like using the baby kabuki for mineral blush, since I already have a flat brush for foundation. Despite already owning one of these sets, I'm tempted to buy another as back-up, since they perform so well for such a low price, and they fit my ethical standards so well.
While I like that this brush is fair traded and synthetic, like all Body Shop products, it wasn't the best brush I have ever used. Technique, I have found, is really important to getting smooth coverage, and if I don't use the right stroke it doesnt apply evenly. That said, it was still less than a Sephora brush, softer than the bareEscentuals foundation brush, and I've washed it several times without it shedding at all. EDIT: I've found that I can get perfect coverage if I use this brush with dry minerals. Unlike buffing with a kabuki brush, which seemed to cake on makeup, this brush works well to cover and smoothly apply. I would recommend trying this in the store with the brush sample, though, since it is finicky.