Saturday, April 17th, 2010

NYX Jumbo Pencils
Hot Pink (621), Yellow (622), Horse Raddish (607), Oyster (610), Yogurt (611)

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil ($4.00) are oversized (hence the jumbo!) pencils that can be used as eyeliners or shadows, according to NYX. It’s available in twenty-four shades, ranging from black to blue to yellow.

I like them best as an eyeshadow base–I find that it’s easier to blend on top of it than it is to blend it with other Jumbo Eye Pencils. They work great used alone as a base or layered on top of your favorite eyeshadow base (like Urban Decay Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance). I used them as a base alone and didn’t experience any creasing or fading.

  • Hot Pink (621) is a slightly blue-based medium pink with no shimmer or frost.
  • Yellow (622) is a paled sunny yellow with no shimmer or frost.
  • Horse Raddish (607) is a frosted leafy green with silver sheen.
  • Oyster (610) is an iridescent purple with red undertones and icy sheen. It was the sheerest of the five I tried–you can see that it doesn’t quite go opaque.
  • Yogurt (611) is a frosted copper brown with a gilded champagne sheen.

I like that they have so many shades available, and they’re an incredibly affordable option for those looking for a product to help their eyeshadows stay on longer and appear more vibrant. I’ve always found colored bases can make colors really pop, and these are a great way to add some colored bases into your stash without breaking the bank.

The only downside is that it’s a pain in the butt to sharpen these with anything but NYX’s Sharpener. Luckily, NYX’s Sharpener is only $4, so it won’t set you back an arm and a leg. I also find these a little difficult to line with unless they’re freshly sharpened, just because they are oversized.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

Recommendation: If you’re on a budget and looking for a new eyeshadow base, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils may fit the bill!

Availability: NYX Cosmetics

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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010


Noir (261), Sable (211), Purple Shock (270), Precious Gold (290), Emerald Sparkle (250)

Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Liner ($5.79) is a waterproof, self-sharpening eyeliner that comes in in six different shades (Deep Ocean being the only one not shown).  Each pencil also has a smudging tip on the opposite end.

  • Emerald Sparkle is a greenish teal with silver sparkle.
  • Precious Gold is a true yellow gold with a frosty sheen.
  • Purple Shock is a darkened red-based purple.
  • Sable is a warmed-up coffee brown.
  • Noir is a dark black with subtle sheen.

The formula on these is pretty good, but they could live up their claims of being waterproof and budgeproof just a little bit more.  I found that they stayed pretty well, but on oilier areas (yes, I put eyeliner on my forehead–don’t you?  What, you don’t?  Say it isn’t so!), it doesn’t hold up 100%–more like 90%.  The other downside is that they seem to take a little longer to set/dry, so make sure not to blink too hard or else you might unintentionally smudge!  On the other hand, if you want to smudge it, you have plenty of time to do so.

None of the shades seemed to last on my water line for more than a half hour or so, but they stayed put on my lower lash line when I wore them just fine (for reference, my skin is normal-to-dry).  More watery or oilier lash lines may experience a little bit of migration or budging after several hours, but for a drugstore liner, these worked out well.

The liner itself feels very soft along the lash line, and it doesn’t tug at it either.  The tip is fine enough to get a thin line, but it might too thick to get a really tight line if that’s what you’re after.  I like that they’re self-sharpening (the sharpener is included on the pencil), because it’s something you can keep in your makeup bag and never have to worry about a sharpener.  They also are fairly waterproof–they barely budged after I ran my arm under a faucet.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you’re looking for a good eyeliner to use that’s self-sharpening and soft, Rimmel Exaggerate might work for you.

Availability:  Local Drugstores (CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, etc.)

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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

NYX Paradise Nail Lacquer

NYX Paradise Nail Polish ($5.00) is a funky shade perfect for summer!  It’s this blue-teal with flecks of gold-green shimmer.  I thought it’d be a nice shade to feature for the upcoming warmer, summery season :)

The formula doesn’t standout, but it’s solid — it’s not too thick or thin, and it goes opaque in three coats (but you definitely need three).  I get good wear out of this polish, too–it’s my first NYX polish–so I was pleasantly surprised by that.  I used Zoya’s Color Lock System for the polish, just as a FYI!

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

Recommendation:  If you love duochromes, Paradise is a nice mix of blue, teal, gold, and green.  Perfect for summer!

Availability: NYX Cosmetics

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Monday, April 12th, 2010

Milani Mandarina Lipstick

The Summer Season: Milani Mandarina Lipstick

Milani Mandarina Lipstick ($4.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a vibrant, tangerine-orange with a glossy sheen and completely opaque color. This is not an orange for the faint of heart! This is a bold, unabashedly orange lipstick. The best part of this lipstick is how truly pigmented it is–trust me, I was impressed upon swatching at just how opaque the color is on lips. It lasts about three hours on me, but it fades evenly enough that it’s not a big deal when it does. I wish the scent was a little less synthetic/waxy–even just vanilla would work for me. Otherwise, the intense color pay off and creamy look and feel of the formula is well worth the five dollar price tag.

Is this the right orange lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Maybelline Sandstone Shimmer Lipgloss
Maybelline Sandstone Shimmer Lipgloss

The Spring Season: Maybelline Sandstone Shimmer Lipgloss

Maybelline Sandstone Shimmer Color Sensational Lipgloss ($5.99) is a sheer, lightly peach-tinged champagne-shimmered gloss. Applied on my lips, it mutes the natural rosiness a bit, giving it a milkier, nude-pink look with a glossy sheen and noticeable shimmer. It has a sweetened berry scent and no real taste to me (nothing bad, maybe a touch sweet) as well. This would be nice layered over matte or semi-matte nudes for extra sparkle!

Is this the right nude lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Thursday, March 25th, 2010

NYX Chandelier Lipgloss

The Spring Season: NYX Chandelier Lipgloss

NYX Chandelier Lipgloss ($5.50) is a sheer jelly base with just the slightest pink tinge with pale silver and pink shimmer. On lips, it’s a very soft color that delivers mostly a highly shimmered look with a glossy finish. It’s a fun gloss to wear everyday without having to work too hard, but it’s also a nice way to add more shimmer to any of your favorite pink or nude glosses.

Is this the right gloss for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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