Picked this out of the clearance bin at the d/s. Really love the color (VW-20; Can-Can), which is a warm, medium-rose nude. The gloss is very shiny and wears like a dream (longevity-wise). The smell, however...yikes! And the texture is pretty sticky. Not that different from MAC's Lipglass, IMO. Also, I haven't had any issues with the packaging like some other reviewers. So, if long-wearing, sticky glosses are your thing and you're not scent sensitive, give this a shot.
On my dark brown eyes, Surat plays as a neutral, medium rosey taupe with a touch of glimmer. The consistency is creamy and the pencil itself is easy to handle. I find I use Surat most when I need an easy "3 Minute Eye". I blend it on the upper lid over a wash of Stila's Kitten and take a quick swipe to the lower lash line. Mascara and brow gel - I'm out the door! I imagine this shade would work well for all eye colors/complexions - those with very dark skin may need to pair with another hue to get some punch, though. Also, I finally figured out how to deal with the scratchy smudger sponge we all seem to hate so much: (http://www.makeupalley.com/m_78403300).
Eyeliner -Sue Devitt - Eye Intensifier Pencil in Bangalore
missjw 6/11/2008 11:01:00 AM
Bangalore is a medium olive with a nice golden sheen. I find the consistency of these pencils ideal - the color easy to apply and build. I use Bangalore with BE's shimmery black (don't know the name) and True Gold. Makes for a pleasingly different take on a smoky eye. Also, I finally figured out a solution to the scratchy smudger sponge problem (http://www.makeupalley.com/m_78403300).
Eyeliner -Sue Devitt - Eye Intensifier in Tanzania
missjw 6/11/2008 10:51:00 AM
Tanzania is the perfect gold/copper/bronze blend. The consistency is creamy, making the color easy to apply and build. I like Tanzania paired with dusty blues - looks amazing on dark brown eyes like mine! Also, I finally figured out a solution to the scratchy smudger sponge problem (http://www.makeupalley.com/m_78403300), which makes me love this pencil even more.
This is perfect for those like me with a preference for the sweeter, creamier sandalwoods. I also get a tiny, tiny hint of both smoke and something else...leather, maybe? Staying power is good, and the price ($7.99) is great. My only real complaint is with the rollerball applicator: It "sticks" quite a bit and my only fix is to roll it around with my finger until the oil starts to dispense again. (All the Kuumba Mades seem to have this issue.)