Eye Shadow -MAC - Spectacle of Yourself (Peacocky Collection)
the0beginner 1/30/2011 4:17:00 PM
This is... most definitely the MOST dupe-able shadow out of the entire collection. Looks almost identical to Antiqued (a MAC permenant). I compared these side by side in the MAC store. However, on my dark skin, this shadow popped out more and I'm an NW 50. But for any other skin tone lighter then my own, Antique and Spectacle of yourself would look almost unnoticably identical. The MUA who helped me swatched it against her skin and I did the same and you couldn't tell on her but you could tell on me. She told me she was a NC-35 I think. So if you have Antiqued and are a lighter shade then I would see no need in purchasing this.. but if you are a darker skin around my skintone, you'll notice the difference and it would just be about if you pefer the coppery bronze to be darker (spectacle of yourself) or lighter (Antiqued). Also, I said I wouldn't buy again because this product is a monster eyeshadow that you would never need to buy again in the first place.
Like most know. This is very black. I was persuaded into purchasing it after all the RAVE reviews online and even the MAC counter sales rep was all like "This is a definite must have. We just had a guy walk in and buy 10 of these at one time. We only have like 3 or 4 more left so if you like it you better get it now before we run out." So yea, I got only one because well this little baby is $14.50 (the most expensive eyeliner I've gotten to date.) While its ridicously black, I dont see THAT much special about it. I'm tempted to go back to my AVON retractable eyeliner in blackest black. That sucker is ridiculously black and I believe its in cream or gel form. Love that I don't have to sharpen it. But anyway, I have had some smudging with feline which has caused me to deter away from this a little. Overall, I like it, but I'm not in love with it. Meh. I'll be going back to AVON after this one. But it was a nice one to try.
Makeup Brushes -Sonia Kashuk - Synthetic Dome Brush (Black Handle)
the0beginner 12/30/2010 3:55:00 AM
This is my first ever sonia kashuk brush and I really love it. For my first sonia brush I really wanted something that was multipurpose and this really did the trick! I love how its tapered and domed shaped. I like the softness though the density isn't all that. But with that being said, because the density lacks a bit, you get sheer application of blush which I love especially with Nars blushes which are really super pigmented. I really wouldn't reconmmend using this with foundation as the way it's made really doesn't exemplify foundation application. But for light contouring, blush application, highlighting, and blending is really this brush's strong point. For me the price is ok, I mean it's definitely affordable compared to MAC, Bobbi Brown, and those other high end comestic shops but as a beginner myself, I still have to get over the price because it seems a bit high to me. But once I get over the fact that a brush of this same price at a place like Mac would be some small brush like an eyeshadow brush, I'll find this product more affordable then I feel that it is at the moment.
Well for one, you can't say much about a product that is $1. I personally purchased it from Target in a set of three including a sliver and a plum colored liner. The application was really smooth but the product never dries? Or I would say that one false touch and product is being removed. Will easily wipe away so beware of this on rainy days! If left untouched, the liners stays for a pretty decent while... had this product on all day and haven't messed with it and found that its still there. Easily to take off at the end of the day. I would repurchase... I mean.. it's only a dollar and its not really that bad either. Giving this a three because you do have to be really careful and another thing is I really don't like the aplication handle.
I love love love this brush. When I say that this brush is ridiculously soft.... its RIDICULOUSLY soft. I haven't been able to keep my hands off of it since I got it. I was a bit hesitant to get this brush because I also bought the double sided smokey eye brush from walmart in the same blue and white packaging and absolutely hated it!! But, luckily I gave this a shot. They had sample brushes out and I happened to run my hand over it to realize that it was wayyy softer then I imagined it to be! I got mine for about $6. I would definitely re-purchase. Wal-mart also has the powder brush that is two toned like this one and is just as soft. May go pick that one up one of these days too.
This is the first paint pot that I've ever purchased and I have to say that, I am not that happy and yet I'm not that disappointed. As a woman of color (NW 50) I wanted a base that would match my skin more as well as serve as a primer. At the MAC counter, the lady there tried this on me with the eyeshadow duo, odd couple. I loved how the purple played with color of groundwork. But somehow, I don't really like groundwork too much. It seems a bit too light for me and I'm starting to have second thoughts about it by itself. I am starting to eye Constructivist paint pot more and more. I won't say that I won't ever purchase this again because I might... but at the same time, I don't think that its completely right for my skin tone either. After purchasing Constructivist, I'll compare the two to see which one I like the most. But so far, other than the odd appearance on my lids, it doesn't crease my eyeshadow since i don't have oily lids and it really makes my eyeshadows look really vibrant. UPDATE: LOVE LOVE this paint pot now. Realized that it was all about aplication, when I'm not heavy with it, it goes on sheer and blends really well with my skin tone. As for constructivist, its too dark for me, but its great for smoky eyes!
I underwent a really strange situation with this product. See at the MAC counter, I told the lady that I needed a concealer but didn't know which concealer to get. She suggested that I tried this concealer in NW45 and put some product under my eye. I was really amazed at how hydrating it was as well as how well my dark circles were covered. Because of this, I purchased it. However, when I got home and tried it a few times, I realized that my face is not an even skin tone. Since I don't wear make up a lot, I figured that I would just throw on some concealer for a clearer complexion and go about my day. With this, I found that I really couldn't do that. The area around my eyes is actually one of the highlights of my face while my forhead and chin is a bit darker. When I applied the product in those areas, it looked so unnatural and it looked like I had reddish brown circles everywhere. However, when I applied this before using a foundation/powder, I found the product to blend out the discoloration. That's good and all but I'm one who usually likes to just throw on concealer to even out my skin tone and leave out the door. So I'll actually have to purchase another concealer that will match my forehead and chin while keeping this for my eye area.
This is the second blush I purchased at MAC and it was an instant hit for me. I am a NW 50 and I find that this blush is great because it showed up really well on my skin. Even more then my sweet as cocoa. I really really love this blush and it looks great on darker skins around NW 50 I really love it!
This was my first MAC blush and I really really like it. I am a NW50 and was soooo hesitant to wear a blush because I honestly thought that darker skinned dark skins would not look right with blush. I found myself wrong! This blush is soo pretty. It's a brown with a pink shimmery undertone and I really like it. The only problem I had was that it irritated my cheeks with a lot of itiching when I applied it with my studio fix powder plus foundation. So the combination of the two really irritates my skin, however, when alone or without studio fix I don't experience that itching sensation....
So, this is one of the first products I ever purchased from MAC as part of my MAC starter kit. The MAC lady at the counter tried this on me and said that this was one of the products I definitely needed as a everyday staple product. At the time, I think that I was awed by MAC itself as well as intimidated... I kind of just listened and got everything the MAC lady told me to get. So after a couple of uses, I have a mixed feeling about the product as a whole. I purchased this product in NW50 and this is one of the first foundation/powders I've ever purchased. The lady told me that it gave great coverage and well... it does... maybe a little too much. While I liked how much it covered everything, I found that my face looked... fake. I don't really know how to explain it because it wasn't necessarily cakey but it definitely looked like I had make up on. There was no denying that much at least. See before purchasing this, i NEVER really wore make up so I found this to be a bit too much for me to handle as a transition from wearing no make up to wearing make up. However, I found this great for evening looks where you needed to look "done up". Also, I'm not one that needs the heavy coverage that this provides. So I've thrown this as part of my evening make up stash. Also, I found that this color looked a bit off... like it didn't totally match. Maybe, this was the best color to fit my skin but at the same time, I didn't quite 100% match me completely. So I'll still keep it since I paid so much for it but I'll also be keeping a look out for other products. All in all, I think that it's a great product for heavy coverage and it does give a nice finish without looking cakey but its downfall for me was its super coverage and I found that to be too much for me transitioning from wearing no make up to wearing make up.