I wanted to buy Glamoflauge for awhile because of all the good reviews. Finally I bought in in Light, which ended up being too orange for me (I wear L'Oreal True Match in C2- I'm pale with cool undertones). I took it back to Wal-Mart and got Ultra Light- the concealer in the tube matches my skin pretty well, but the little pencil is too orange, which is odd- you'd think they'd be the same colour. The concealer is VERY THICK- I have very clear skin, so I don't use it every day. I tried using it under my eyes and to shape my brows, but it's very obvious because of the thick consistency. I used a bit all over my face once when I needed quick coverage, but it looked ridiculously pale, so I won't be doing that again. Definitely for those who need more coverage, but you still need a very small amount!
At $15, these liners were a bit expensive for me, so I tried to look at it as getting what I'd heard were very good quality gel liners, in unique colours, at $5 each! (Haha) I love the high pigmentation, and how they feel, especially after trying the Elf cream liner which is very dry and difficult to use by comparison. The purple and green are absolutely gorgeous. I'm not a huge fan of the glitter I can see, especially in the black, but I don't notice it on my face. This is likely true of any gel/cream liner, but it does take some getting used to if you're accustomed to liquid or other formulas. I like the brush that comes with them, though I wish the handle was longer. These liners have great staying power. I don't really pay attention to which colours supposedly enhance your eye colour- I kind of doubt that green liner looks "natural" on anyone, even if you have green eyes. Just get whatever colours you like- I've got my eye on the "blue eyes" set now!
I bought this in Midnight Master, on sale at Shoppers for $7 (it's usually around $10 at Wal-Mart). I got it because I had heard amazing things about the staying power, which is absolutely true! I had this pencil on my waterlines, and even as I kept dabbing my eyes with tissue (I have very watery eyes some days), I never saw any black on the tissue at all! I'm not really a fan of automatic liners and find this one a bit hard to twist up, but I will re-purchase it because of the staying power.
Highlighters -E.L.F. - Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal
spookibelle 1/4/2013 6:10:00 AM
I know it's only a dollar, but it's so much smaller than I thought. It's cute, and easy to store, but it's not practical to keep buying low-quality highlighter. It looks nice, but I find the formula sort of sticky and difficult to blend.
Highlighters -Hard Candy - Glow All The Way in Doll Face
spookibelle 1/4/2013 6:03:00 AM
I bought this since I am running out of my Carmindy highlighter. It was $8 at Wal-Mart. I like the fact that it's in a squeezy tube, but I'm not crazy about the size of it- I guess you get a lot of product, but it's really big, which makes it hard to store. The product itself feels smooth and is a nice pinkish colour, but is a bit too shimmery for me, and doesn't blend as easily as the Carmindy one.
Eye Shadow -Sally Hansen - S Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy
spookibelle 1/4/2013 5:55:00 AM
I got Carmindy's Natural Highlighter in Pink Lustre from Shoppers Drug Mart, it was free since I used my points (I can't remember if it was $12 or $17, either way it's a bit pricey for me). The pink side is nothing, but the white side is an amazing highlight. The formula is a bit gritty, but blends beautifully into my skin. I haven't seen it at that same Shoppers, but will definitely scoop it up again whenever I do find it!
I'm glad I decided to try out Mellow Mauve, as it really is mellow. It's a very light, cool-toned shade which I find similar to L'Oreal's Tender Rose (my HG blush). I reach for it when I'm going for a natural look.
Blush -E.L.F. - Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
spookibelle 1/4/2013 5:39:00 AM
I got this in St. Lucia, since it's the lightest shade, and I hadn't had good luck with actual bronzers before (as opposed to darker face powders). I like the colours a lot, I think they feel nice, blend well and complement each other. The only thing I could do without is the shimmer, but I don't really notice it on my face.
When I swirl all the colours together (which is the easiest way to apply it), it's a bit dark for my skin, but makes a great contour colour. It's difficult to apply the colours separately. I'm not sure what the white shade is supposed to be for- it doesn't show up on me. Great product though, and I adore the sleek packaging.
Makeup Brushes -E.L.F. - Professional Bronzing Brush
spookibelle 1/4/2013 5:31:00 AM
The shape of this brush is the only thing I like- it is ideal for applying contour colour to the hollows of my cheeks. I use better quality brushes to blend out that contour & apply blush. The brush feels very rough and the hairs are all tangly.
This brush sheds SO MUCH! Especially when I tried to use it to blend out concealer, I ended up with tiny hairs all over my face! Not cool. It works a bit better for blending eyeshadow if I don't press too hard. The brush doesn't feel very soft either, more rough.
This is the best $1 brush I have tried from Elf. I used to it shape my brows with concealer and it did that even better than my Eco Tools eyeliner brush!
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - Spa Resource Makeup Brushes
spookibelle 1/4/2013 5:20:00 AM
I bought Spa Resource's Stippling Brush to try out with my foundation. It was $7 at Wal-Mart. It actually does the job pretty well, despite a bit of shedding at times. I bought Elf's Studio stippling brush to compare and found that I preferred the large size of the Spa Resource one. I'll eventually buy a better quality stippling brush, but this one does the job for now.
Pressed Powders -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Powder
spookibelle 1/4/2013 5:12:00 AM
I bought this in C4 first to use as a matte bronzer, and I love the True Match line in general so I bought it in C2 to set my foundation. I love how silky it feels and how easy it blends. I like that the compacts have a mirror in them. I'm not sure if I would call C4 a cool shade, since it looks warm on me, but that's probably just because it's 2 shades darker than my skin. It's kinda expensive for me at $13, but I will likely continue to re-purchase this along with my other True Match favourites.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - eye studio color explosion in amethyst ablazed
spookibelle 9/27/2012 11:52:00 PM
I really wanted to buy Amethyst Ablaze for a long time, but I was disappointed. The colours look like when swatched (heavily), but when I applied the right triangle (cool-toned purple) to my lid and tried to blend it, it came out really patchy and difficult to work with. The highlight shade is nothing (doesn't show up/disappears), and while the glitter is pretty, it's loose glitter- it will get all over your face. I've had better luck using the deepest purple, just on my lower lash lines. I will try the pinky-purple shade, but I'm not expecting much.