Eye Shadow -Stila - Stila Kitten Palette Summer 08
thebeautyjunkie 4/22/2008 1:00:00 AM
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Stila Kitten palette is a limited edition palette for Summer 2008. It includes eyeshadows in Sun (shimmery pinky-peach), Prize (shimmery yellow gold), Wheat (shimmery beige), Kitten (shimmery champagne), Mystic (shimmery turquoise), and Ray (shimmery copper). Obviously, this palette is not for someone who doesn't like shimmer. It retails for $40.
That being said, I think this is a fantastic summer palette. When I think of summer, these are the kind of shades that come to mind, and they coordinate beautifully but also look lovely alone, particularly Sun, Prize, Wheat, and Kitten. I can definitely see this becoming a summer staple. Furthermore, because most of the shades are neutral staples, the use of this palette extends beyond summer. As per Stila's usual standards, these shadows are buttery soft, very blendable, and nicely pigmented. With UDPP as a base, I experience little to no fading or creasing by the end of the day. As for price, I think this is a great deal - it works out to almost $7 per shadow but they retail for $18 as singles, not including the compacts you would have to buy to put them in. Overall, I am very happy with this purchase and would definitely repurchase.
Eye Shadow -Tarte - Lock and Roll Eyeshadow Duo Set
thebeautyjunkie 4/25/2007 3:43:00 PM
Description:Lock & Roll is new for Summer 2007 and includes 2 double-ended cream and loose powder eyeshadow duos in bronze (a rich deep shimmery bronze) and patina (a shimmery light sage). The cream eyeshadows contain 4g/0.14 oz each of product and the loose eyeshadows contain 1.5g/0.05 oz each of product. This set retails for $28 at Sephora.
From the box: "Say goodbye to cream shadows that crease & smudge! We've brought you one of our favorite makeup artist tricks for creaseproof cream shadow - two simple steps in one little wand: Step 1: Brush a sheer wash of the Vitamin E-enriched cream shadow on lids - wait about 10 seconds for it to dry. Step 2: Tap roller ball to actuate product, then roll the matching loose shadow directly on top - the binding agents in the cream shadow will lock with the powder, creating a crease-free, budgeproof finish. Add a coat of mascara and you're ready to roll!
My thoughts:Lock & Roll truly lives up to all of its claims and has not only quickly become my favorite summer staple, but also one of my favorite items in my stash. This is the easiest eyeshadow to use and requires no dirty brushes or fingers! The cream eyeshadow is super smooth and glides on easily and evenly with the brush applicator. The loose eyeshadow is distributed perfectly and evenly with the rollerball applicator, and works well to blend the edge of the cream eyeshadow. Both the cream and loose eyeshadows in both shades are highly pigmented and the cream and loose layered create a highly shimmery effect that is just gorgeous. Staying power is truly amazing, after a full day, this product shows absolutely no signs of wearing, no creasing and the color looks just as vibrant as it is when applied. I could not imagine a more perfect product, I most highly recommend this product and I will definitely be repurchasing!
Even as a huge Tarte fan I was really hesitant to give this a try. I thought as a moisturizer it would turn my skin into a grease pit. I finally decided to buy it and am now kicking myself for not trying it sooner! I can't believe the low ratings on this product - I have used it religiously since I bought it. The moisturizer is very light and not at all greasy, in fact, it actually helps control my shine - I have worn it with just primer before, no foundation or powder, and have stayed shine-free all day (and I NEVER thought I could go without powder). I have even used 2-3 layers with no problem. The bursting of the beads give me this beautiful, natural looking, just-spent-the-day-at-the-beach glow, it's subtle and not orangey, and the color is easily buildable. I apply it over my Smooth Operator foundation without a problem. I use a dollop that is a little bigger than a pea, not quite as big as a dime, split it between my two hands on the tips of my fingers, dot my cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin, then blend it all it and have no problems with the splotchyness that has been previously mentioned. Perhaps they are putting the whole dollop in one area and trying to work it around the rest of the face? My only complaint is that the beads are a little difficult to burst, but once they do I have no problem distributing the color evenly. This product has become a staple for me, I highly recommend it and will definitely be repurchasing.
Electric is a bright metallic electric turqouise, and is my favorite 24.7. It is highly pigmented and really pops. I think the texture is slightly different than the other ones, it is still soft, but not quite as soft so I have an easier time making a precise line. Highly recommended and will definitely repurchase!
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Covet
thebeautyjunkie 3/4/2007 1:13:00 AM
Covet is a beautiful metallic emerald green. Highly pigmented, this color truly pops. The texture is smooth, but because it is so soft it can be difficult to get a precise and even line, which is why I took off a lippie. Gorgeous color, will definitely repurchase!
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Baked
thebeautyjunkie 3/4/2007 1:10:00 AM
Baked is a gorgeous metallic bronze that melts into your skin. It is highly pigmented and has a smooth texture and great lasting power. My only complaint is that it is difficult to get a precise and even line because it is so soft. Love this color and will definitely repurchase.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide on eyeliner in bourbon
thebeautyjunkie 3/3/2007 4:04:00 PM
I have been very disappointed with the new 24.7s, they are just not up to the same standards as the previous shades. Bourbon is a chocolate with golden sheen, and I find that I have to go over the line several times for it to show up. This is comparable to MAC Graphic Brown, which is much more pigmented and easier to control. I am swapping my Bourbon and will not repurchase.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide on eyeliner in 1999
thebeautyjunkie 3/3/2007 4:00:00 PM
I was very disappointed with this, it definitely does not live up to the standards of the previous 24.7s. There is little color payoff, even after going over the line several times I could barely see the line. It is described as plum with golden glitter, but in reality it is a very light plum with golden sheen. It would make a pretty eyeshadow, but does not work as an eyeliner. I am swapping mine off and will not repurchase.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Lust
thebeautyjunkie 3/3/2007 3:55:00 PM
Having owned all of the UD 24.7s at one point or another, I have to say that this is one of my least favorite, and I'm a huge fan of purple. The texture of Lust isn't quite up to the standards of the other colors, I found that it doesn't apply as smoothly as the rest of them. The color is a bright purple with heavy blue undertones, and I had a hard time finding colors that it worked really well with, it just seemed out of place with everything I tried (and I tried a lot of combinations). I am swapping mine away and will not repurchase.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Lucky
thebeautyjunkie 3/3/2007 3:50:00 PM
The UD 24.7s are smooth, highly pigmented, and do not tug when you apply. The only problem I have with them is that because they are so soft, it can be difficult to get an even line, which is why I can't give 5 lippies. Lucky is a gorgeous metallic copper and is great for summer. I do not have even the slightest problem with smudging like I do with Zero, and the color still shows up vibrantly even over different colors of eyeshadow. I will definitely repurchase this one.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Dime
thebeautyjunkie 3/3/2007 3:44:00 PM
I was excited to learn that UD would be making new 24.7s for the 2007 spring collection, especially when I found out they would be making a silver, which I have been wanting. However, I have owned all of the 24.7s, and I feel that the quality of the new liners is not as good as the original ones. I find the color sheer compared to the original colors; I have to go over the line at least 3 times to truly be able to tell a difference. The major problem I have with the UD 24.7s is that because they are so soft, it is difficult to get a precise and even line, and with the texture and pigmentation of the newer ones, it is even more difficult. I will be keeping my Dime as it is a fabulous silver color once you can get it to show up, but I will not be repurchasing.
Tarte emphasEYES is available as a set of 2 from QVC for $28.00, or $25.46 with the introductory price, or it is available individually at Sephora for $18. It is made to be a long-lasting, high definition pencil for lining the inner rims of your eye.
The first time I wore this, my eyes decided to really put it to the test. I was having problems with my contacts and spent the entire day tearing up or putting eye drops in my eyes. The liner stayed on my inner rim a remarkably long time given the conditions. By the end of the day, I no longer had any liner on the inner rim, but a nice deep black line still remained right at my lower lashline. I also made it through the day with very minimal smudging. The texture of this liner is wonderful, comparable to Urban Decay 24.7 liners, it glides on smoothly and easily and is highly pigmented so you get a nice deep black. The tip is very small and you twist the liner to get product out, so you have a lot of control over the line. It is super easy to get a nice thin line along your lashline, which makes this liner perfect for tightlining. Overall, I highly recommend this product and will definitely be repurchasing as this is my new everyday eyeliner!
***EDIT*** I finished - yes, finished! - my emphasEYES about a week ago, and honestly I haven't been in a rush to buy another. For my initial review, I thought it hadn't stayed on my waterline due to my contacts issues, but upon later (normal) use, I found it still didn't stay on my waterline that long. I didn't have problems with smudging, and it still did leave a nice deposit of color along my lower lashline, but as far as lasting power on my waterline, that has typically been so-so. Fluidlines last much, much longer on me for this. That being said, I still think this is a good liner. The texture is smooth, and the fine tip makes it easy to get a thin line along your lashline. I just don't think it is particularly great at doing the job it is intended to do.
After learning that women ingest 2-4 pounds of lipgloss during her lifetime, Maureen Kelly from Tarte teamed with Borba to create a Inside Out Vitamin Lipgloss, a lipgloss that is supposed to be good for you. The glosses contain acai, green tea, grape seed, and lychee extracts, and vitamins a, c, and k, which are supposed to promote skin clarity and radiance. There are currently 3 shades: Apple-A-Day (iridescent bright rose sheen), OM (iridescent light pink sheen), and Liquid Sunshine (iridescent pink nude sheen). They retail for $21 each at Sephora.
These glosses are definitely on the expensive side, especially considering that Tarte glosses usually run $19-$21 for duos. However, when I received them, I was shocked at how big they are. You are definitely getting more product for the extra cost, and the glosses also come with a packet of Borba clarifying pomegranate powder mix that you mix into a 16 oz. bottle of water. These glosses smell divine - a lovely fruity pomegranate scent. They glide on smoothly, are not sticky (they practically melt into your lips), and are very moisturizing. However, do NOT expect them to be very pigmented - they are made to be very sheer, YLBB, everyday colors. As the Sephora description says, they give a "hint of sexy sheen" and slight color, and are not meant to show up as deep and pigmented as they appear in the tube. I think these glosses are a great addition to the Tarte line, they are the same good quality as Tarte's regular and supergloss duos, and are perfect for "no makeup" makeup.
I saw this twice in store and passed both times because it just didn't seem unique to me, but for some reason when Sephora Friends & Family came I decided I needed it. Super glad I did! Yes, it may not look terribly special in the pan, but this palette is GORGEOUS on. It has eyeshadows in shimmery cream, shimmery mint green (but more complex than that, it has some silver and icy blue to it as well, very unique and hard to describe in my opinion), and sparkly black, and a cool pink blush. Combined, this makes a very pretty and unique wintery look, very ice princess-like. I like to use the cream all over, the green on the lid into the crease, and the sparkly black to line. This also makes a fabulous smokey eye, just work the black into the crease as well. I am very happy with my purchase, would highly recommend this palette and would definitely repurchase.
Eyeliner -Tarte - Indelible Wink Liquid Liner and Shadow Set
thebeautyjunkie 12/3/2006 1:38:00 PM
Tarte Indelible Wink is a liquid eyeliner with a shadow smudger on the other end. It retails for $22 and is available in black and brown.
I never imagined my everyday eyeliner would be a liquid eyeliner, every other liquid eyeliner I have tried is hard to apply and I will inevitably mess up and have to go back with a q-tip to fix it. This eyeliner is super easy to apply! The tip is stiff enough that it is very easy to control but flexible enough that you can vary the thickness of the line. I can make a thin line right above my lashline easier with this than I can with a pencil eyeliner. And it's no big deal if you mess up, just flip it and smudge and no one will know the difference! What I really like about this is you can get a soft, smudged, pencil eyeliner look for everyday with the shadow smudger, or you can go dramatic and wing out your liner, all with one product! The lasting power is fabulous, it looked the same 12 hours later as it had when I applied. The black is a nice dark, inky black, the brown is darker than I expected, almost black, but still nice nonetheless. I think $22 might be considered pricey, but in my opinion it is worth that, especially since you are essentially getting 2 types of eyeliner in one. Highly recommended product, I will definitely be repurchasing!