Product Reviews by franklin4life

Misc Beauty Tools - Ardell - Naturals #172

5.0
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9 months ago

Just tried these lashes out last week for a day outing and I fell in love!! Easy to apply with the clear and thin lash band, these lashes just make me look like I have naturally gorgeous eyelashes (I have stick straight and stumpy Asian eyelashes). Beautifully wispy and don't crowd my lash line, super under-rated in my opinion. The plastic lash band is also super easy to clean (just peel …Read more

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Mascara - MAC Cosmetics - False Lashes

4.0
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Jul/26/2018

Got this sent as a present to me in the waterproof formulation. Unfortunately I have downwards-facing, very sparse Asian lashes, and it seems like my lashes also have expensive taste because only higher-end waterproof mascaras work to hold them up. At the first few uses, this mascara didn't give much of a tint - just held a curl on my lashes all day and separated them. Now, as the tube has …Read more

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Brows - NYX Professional Makeup - Tinted Brow Mascara

2.0
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Jul/26/2018

This is my first tinted brow gel and while I really wanted to love it, my main problem was with the applicator. I have quite sparse Asian brows, but long brow hairs, and got espresso, which is a nice cool-toned dark brown that doesn't show up overly warm on my brows. I wanted to have a product to give the nice "feathery" look or at least hold my long brow hairs in place. I …Read more

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Lips - e.l.f. Cosmetics - Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain

4.0
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Jul/26/2018

Love, love, love!! Have two in Dewy Berry and Dewy Nude. Berry is more of a dark, pinky stain and Nude is actually orangey-red. They can both be quite sheer with one wash or built up for more color after 2-3 layers. I use both as easily blendable cheek stains as well. I can't feel this lip stain at all and, if applied to dry lips, will truly stain - make sure to blot off lip balm before use …Read more

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Makeup Brushes - e.l.f. Cosmetics - Studio Angled Blush Brush

5.0
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Mar/20/2016

I love this brush! Its density makes it perfect for picking up and applying color and then blending it out. I use it for contouring my cheekbones. I appreciate the angle the brush bristles are cut at; they conform perfectly to the contours of the face and make it much easier to deliver a precise yet diffused amount of color.

For $3, you really can't beat it.

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Eye Primer - e.l.f. Cosmetics - Essential Eyelid Primer - Sheer

4.0
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Oct/20/2015

I picked this up on a whim at a recent trip to Harmon's for $2. For the price, it's awesome. Even without primer, eyeshadows don't usually crease on me, but I got it to do show makeup when I'm sweating a lot.

I love the consistency of this eyelid primer, it's slightly tacky so you can really pack on eyeshadows with less fallout. The wand picks up just the …
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Brows - NYX Professional Makeup - Eyebrow Cake Powder - Black/Grey

5.0
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Oct/17/2015

This product is perfect for Asian ladies who are tired of finding that their brows look too brown, too red-toned, etc. The black and grey powders may seem intimidating and unnatural in the pan, but used with a light to medium hand, they deliver a natural yet polished effect.

I like using the spoolie to brush through my eyebrow hairs after applying the powder, and I sometimes use the …
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Eyeliner - Stila - Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

2.0
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Oct/17/2015

For the price and the fact that this product is supposedly a "cult favorite", I was very unimpressed. The first few times I used it, it was extremely black, pigmented, and smooth. Then, the felt tip began fraying and drying out despite storing it upside down. I had a lot of trouble making perfectly straight lines with the tip when it started fraying, and I don't like how thin it …Read more

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Blush - wet n wild - ColorIcon Blush - Mellow Wine

5.0
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Oct/17/2015

I love this blush color! It's a rosy flush on my yellow-toned cheeks. Wet n wild has really stepped up their game; I was surprised at the relative smoothness of the blush and its blendability on my cheeks. However, this blush is extremely pigmented, which could be a positive or a negative- make sure you use only the tiniest tap on your brush.

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Lips - NYX Professional Makeup - Soft Matte Lip Cream - London

3.0
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Oct/17/2015

London is a gorgeous midtone beige nude with a bit of orange in it on my Asian skintone. I love using it as a nude lip color paired with smokey eyes or anything a bit more dramatic.

I also like how the packaging reflects the color of the formula, but don't go off that alone- as previous reviewers have stated, the packaging is not an exact match.

The smell of it is so …
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