Makeup Brushes -MAC - 224 Tapered Blending (Windshield Wiper) Brush
midorisour03 2/13/2011 3:42:00 AM
One of the only MAC brushes that I have invested in and will invest in again later. I can never justify paying $24.50 for a brush but for what it does for my eyes, I just can't not love it. It blends pefectly and does so each and every time. If anyone were to ever ask which MAC brush to buy, it'd be this one, hands down.
Makeup Brushes -Sigma - E30 Pencil brush (was SS219 )
midorisour03 2/13/2011 3:39:00 AM
OH YEAHHH! I've never been one to shelve out hundreds of dollards on MAC brushes. And while I do own mostly MAC brushes, it is only because I purchased the brush bags. Yes, the non-special edition MAC brushes are hand-made, seems to be of great quality, and work like a dream. But there are soooo many other brands that come with brushes similar to MAC and probably better for the buck. This Sigma brush, formerly the SS219 and now the E30, is a great pencil brush and gets the job done. It looks expensive, feels expensive, but isn't! For just $9, I'm a happy customer!
Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - HiP Bright Duo - Flamboyant #538
midorisour03 2/13/2011 3:33:00 AM
Ugh, the major con in this product is that I bought three different ones! LOL. The gold color of this duo is okay but the purple is just sad - almost zero pigmentation whatsoever, even with a primer and base. To top it off, it looks so cakey on the eye and fades almost immediately. I say, shelve out the extra money to buy quality eyeshadows or better yet, buy NYX. For the same price, you get a much better product.
I purchased this as part of the Tartan Collection from MAC. It also came with a Mellow Mood Lustre Lipstick and Baby Sparks Dazzleglass - both regular sized. However, the pencil was a miniature version - which is a big bummer for me. A MAC MUA suggested this when putting together a makeup look for me. When I saw it, I was hesitant at first because I thought it was WAY too pink for me. Once she put it on, I was in love and probably moreso with this than the eye makeup she did. She used it as more of a base for my lips, layered the lipstick and glass over it and VA-VA-VOOM I was in love! LOL. I rarely every use it just because I want to make it last until they hopefully re-release it in another collection (or perhaps make it a permanent part of their line).
I purchased this product because the individual shadows were just taking up way too much space and this nifty palette saved me a ton of room. Mine isn't completely filled up but when filled, it would fit 15 shadows. I've seen various videos online where they teach you to remove part of the inside of the palette so that you could fit 22 shadows. It has a metal backing so it keeps everything in place provided your shadows has a magnet in the back of it. I haven't tried putting other brand shadows in here and to be only, I really only ever use MAC e/s, but I've read online that you can put other brands (ELF I believe was one of them but don't quote me on that). Overall, a good product and something worth buying should I exceed 15 shadows.
The color itself is gorgeous and goes on rather smoothly but this particular shadow just isn't for me. One of the MAC MUAs put this on my along with Sketch, Haux, and Dazzlelight and out of all the colors, this one was my least favorite. I kept it because I could probably use it for performances but really, I would only use it on my outer-v. It is by no means an everyday color but if you can get it to work for your eyes, then go for it. It's a lovely color and its a bummer I can't rock it.
PROS: Great at concealing blemishes, on the cheaper side of MAC products, and lasts a long time CONS: Packaging (I wish it came in a squeeze-tube), smell (scent similar to mascara) For me, there isn't much to say about this product other than that it does the job and isn't outrageously expensive. The product has last me a while, which was surprisingly considering it comes in such a small package. It smells a bit, but the scent does go away after a few minutes.
LOVE this product! I can't say enough good things about it! For the longest time, this was my go-to for eye makeup. I used it for everyday and for going out. And what's even better? You can use it for just about anything on the face! It can be used for your lips, as a cheek highlight, and to even add a little sparkle to your foundation. And $19.50 seems like a lot, and it probably it, but this will last you a long long time.
Pressed Powders -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Medium
midorisour03 2/13/2011 2:32:00 AM
This is my go-to powder! First of all, let me start with the obvious - yes, it is pretty expensive BUT it definitely lasts. I still have my very first one and I bought it over a year and a half ago. You really don't need a lot of product to put on the face...a little goes a long way. It provides great coverage and can even double as a light foundation powder. And no, it doesn't have mirror, which isn't a huge problem for me but I don't see why MAC doesn't just add one. If it can save room in a bag, then it'd be even more worth it. It's a great investment and worth the price. In my opinion, it is one of MAC's better products.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
midorisour03 2/13/2011 2:27:00 AM
As far as pencil eyeliners go, this product is one of the best in its class. My eyes are on the watery side, so it's hard for any pencil eyeliner to stay on my water line. But this seems to last the longest compared to the numerous pencil eyeliners I've tried - ranging from Cover Girl to Mac to everything in between. The 24/7 pencil eyeliner is very pigmented, goes on smoothly, and lasts a really long time (probably all day if you set it a matte black eyeshadow over it). I subtracted one lippie because $17 is pretty expensive for just a pencil (considering MAC's gel liners are only $15). I bought is as part of the duo pack (also came with a purple one and a sharpener). I also recommend investing in a good sharpener because you don't want to waste any of this great product.
To be honest, this is an okay lip product and color from Mac. I read reviews and from the gist of them all, it sounded like Sweetie was a great lipstick. The color in the tube itself may be a bit scary for some, but the color isn't as strong as when you put it on your lips (depending on how pigmented your lips naturally are already - mine are pretty pigmented). It looks ok on the lips for me but to be honest, it doesn't look spectacular. I'm not into the darker lips and I feel these just darken my already pigmented lips. It'd be a nice color for me to use during performances just so my lips can stand out but for everyday use, I'm not much of a fan. I'm sure if you use a lipglass, it can tone down the color but this just isn't for me.
As with ANY mascara, proper application must be made for it to look good. You can't expect to pull out the wand and be ready to apply. That being said, this has got to be one of the better mascaras I've used and the price can't be beat. It thickens, lengthens, and separates the lashes. However, there are two downsides: 1) It kind of smells - though the odor goes away after it dries; 2) It is a pain to remove - which goes for most waterproof mascaras. Overall, a great product and definitely something more practical than buying $30+ mascara since its expiration date is shorter than most makeup products.
W-O-W!!! I have to admit, after reading MANY rave reviews on this blush, I just had to try it out. I went to my local Sephora to see if I would really like the color and I did! This blush adds a cool pink look to the cheeks. And FYI, to get the right amount of color, whether for a little or a lot of pink, lightly apply in layers. There is also a bit of sparkle to the blush so if you aren't looking to highlight your cheeks (and want to take attention away from them), then this blush may not be for you. It comes in a little package with a nice plasic insert - which I keep so that any loose blush powder doesn't get on the mirror. Its pricey, be warned, but worth every penny in my opinion.
YES YES YES! During a haul trip to MAC, this was one of the four colors of eyeshadows that was recommended for me to get and this has to be my favorite of the whole bunch! It is a pretty purple, burgandy color and matched with Brown Script in the crease and WOW! It definitely gives a great smokey effect. I'm pretty neutral when it comes to my eye makeup and this gives for a fun, nighttime color!
I don't know what it is about pink eyeshadows but they just don't work with my skintone. Maybe I haven't found a good complimentary color to match with Expensive Pink doesn't look at all pink when I put it on. It has a nice shimmer and the color payoff is okay but if anything, I'll maybe use it as a crease color.