Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($17.00) is the latest in eyeshadow bases. The often coveted Urban Decay Primer Potion may find itself displaced by Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance. Both products are very similar, but the most drastic difference is in the packaging. UDPP is notoriously famous for its wasteful genie bottle shaped packaging, which leaves a ton of unused product behind it (when you think it’s empty). So much in fact that people have sliced theirs open and discovered months more of usage out of it!
Enter Shadow Insurance: slim, tube packaging. It allows you to squeeze out the amount you need, and you’ll know when the tube gets empty. Of course, there may be some remnants left, so you can cut this baby open, too–but nowhere near the amount that gets suck in the curvature of the UDPP bottle. At $17, I do feel this is a little pricier than I’d like, because the amount you get is so, so small. The tube itself feels like you’d use it up in a week (you won’t), but the size is 0.35 oz. So here’s a lesson to learn: it’s not all about size. UDPP is 0.34oz and costs $16, so the two products are similar in size and cost, and I’m more familiar with how long UDPP lasts for people (months!). This helped put me at ease as I stared at the pint-sized tube of Shadow Insurance. I could rest easy, I could use it without fear of using it up.
Too Faced Pin Point Mascara ($19.50) is just not a mascara that works with my sparse, all-willy-nilly lashes.
Claim: An extreme defining, volumizing, and lengthening mascara.
Results: Slightly longer, thicker lashes–but that’s about it. It’s not a dramatic difference between my natural lashes and with mascara. When I think “extreme,” I’m definitely thinking about getting close to false lashes status. I think if you have a lot of lashes, this might work better for you than it did for me. With sparser lashes, the mascara has to work pretty hard to get fabulous lashes, IMO. I didn’t experience any smudging or flaking throughout the day, which is always a plus. I doubt I’ll be reaching for this mascara in the future, because I have several that give my lashes better results.
Anyone else tried Pin Point? Thoughts?
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Update on Dazzlelash: This formula just isn’t working out for me! Some days it flakes, some days it smudges, and then other days it lasts all day. I just can’t deal with a mascara that’s as finicky as I am! What Dazzlelash excels at is lengthening lashes and separating them. You’ll find it harder to clump up as you apply multiple coats with this formula. It has a nice richness in its black color, too. I don’t feel it thickens much (if at all), which is a drawback for me as I need thickening for my stubby, wispy lashes. I found this was more likely to smudge/flake when I used it with Prep + Prime Lash than without it. It removes easily (no stubborness), and if you’re in the market for separation and length, you ought to check this out if you can. This seems like a mascara that people either love or just find so-so, but I haven’t heard from too many who outright dislike it. Plushlash still holds as my go-to mascara (along with Lancome Oscillation and Chanel Exceptionnel) for the time being.
Have you tried Dazzlelash yet? What’s your verdict?
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Jouer Cosmetics recently did a relaunch this year, and I was excited to try their revamped line-up. Admittedly, I hadn’t tried their originaly products before, but I’m always curious about higher end cosmetic lines. The first thing I noticed when I received my Jouer products was that all of the products can be made to interlock. Yes, INTERLOCK! Like Legos… for makeup addicts. It was the weirdest thing I have ever seen, and yet totally creative and different. Each palette is also labeled (blush, face, eye, etc.) on the side, in case you store them that way. All of the sleek compacts included mirrors, even the eyeshadows, which was interesting.
Jouer Rose Blush ($24.00) is a mineral powder blush described as a “soft dusty rose.” I’d buy that description; it’s fairly accurate. The color goes on softly; a very subtle dusting of subdued rose. It’s a buildable color, rather than one that you have to worry about diffusing later.
Jouer Amaretto Eyeshadow ($20.00) is a chocolate brown-bronze kind of color; not overly dark but not too light. The color has warm undertones, but not enough to classify it as a warm color–more neutral. All of Jouer’s powder eyeshadows can be used as a wet or dry, and they aren’t supposed to crease. When I used them (look to be posted next week), I used them over Too Faced Shadow Insurance, so I can’t attest to their power sans a base (but really, why wouldn’t you use a base?!).
Jouer Pink Champagne Eyeshadow ($20.00) is a soft, shimmery pink-neutral color. I see this being used mostly as an all-over lid color or to highlight the brow or inner tearduct. In the look I did using Jouer shadows, I used it as a lid and a highlighter, actually! The texture is very soft and satiny; it blends easily and applies smoothly.
You can find Jouer at www.jouercosmetics.com! Also, on the website, they “show” you what each product looks like on four different skin tones, which is kind of cool!
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Clinique’s Blackberry Bloom collection for the holidays has a few stunning products definitely worth a trip over to your local Clinique counter! Particularly lovely is the Fresh Bloom Allover Colour in Blackberry Bloom ($29.50) (pictured above), which is a pleasant shade of muted raspberry-mauve. It’s not too warm or cool, making it ideal for all skin tones. It has low level pearl in it; no over the top shimmer, more like a sophisticated sheen. Black Coffee ($14.00) is a rich shade of warm brown with golden flecks in it. I think it would be perfect way to add definition to the crease paired with a nude shade all over the lid. All of the shadows had great texture and consistency; they were smooth, pigmented, and blended easily.
Along with these holiday products, Clinique has come out with Party Red, featuring shades of red and coordinating products for those bold red lips. Both the Butter Shine Lipstick in Parisian Red ($14.00) and Long Last Lipstick in Party Red ($14.00) are excellent choices for your perfect holiday pout. Parisian Red seemed more like a truer red than Party Red, which is just a little subdued and has more of a frost finish to it. If I had to pick one, Parisian Red is the one I’d lust over!
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Copper Diamond Shimmer Brick ($38.00) According to Bobbi Brown, there are five shades found within this shimmer brick: Candlelight, Gold, Copper, Beige, and Sand. I like the subtle glow it gave me; it’s very subtle, not too much color–more of a shimmer, highlighting effect. Some shimmer bricks give more color than others, but I’ve always liked the shimmer they’ve given, regardless of actual color (since I still consider these highlighters rather than blushes!). Copper Diamond is probably more suitable for warm-tones, just because it’s so warm itself. I still think cooler skin tones will enjoy this shimmer brick, because it won’t bronze you in a fake, orange kind of way.
Copper Diamond Glitter Lip Balm ($19.00) is a very subtle and sheer lip balm. It’s not sticky or tacky; it barely went on for me, to be honest. I saw a hint of shimmer/glitter on my lips, but the color itself was minimal. I haven’t tried the other shades, so perhaps those are more pigmented–otherwise, I’d skip these and head straight for the new, limited edition glitter lip gloss (the ones in the compact).
Glitz Metallic Eyeshadow ($20.00) is a new shade to the line’s existing metallic eyeshadows. The metallic eyeshadows have a more–you guessed it–metallic finish. I find they’re shimmery/frosty finishes, some of them do seem more metallic than others, though. Glitz itself is a soft, pale yellow-gold that goes on with a nice dose of shimmer and glitz (ha!). I think it’s a great shade for the holidays, as it’s a great all-over lid color to match with festive holiday-red lips! Oh, by the way? While they’re sold in their individual compacts, you can always pop ‘em out and put them in Bobbi Brown’s customizable palettes. Depotting without the hassle that comes alogn with MAC pots–awesome.
Ball Glitter Lip Gloss ($19.00) is actually my favorite product from the two collections. It’s a thick, semi-tacky gloss that is full of glittery bits with decent color. I picked up Ball, which gives lips some warmth and golden shimmer. It’s a great gloss over reds, especially a red like MAC’s Port Red, because of the lipstick’s subtle gold shimmer.
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