Monday, May 23rd, 2011

theBalm Risque Renee Eyeshadow
theBalm Risque Renee Eyeshadow

theBalm Risque Renee Eyeshadow

theBalm Risque Renee Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dark navy blue sheen.” It reads a little more like indigo to me–it has this really rich, deep dark navy blue twisted with a blackened violet. It’s all mixed with blue and violet and almost teal-ish shimmer and finished with a soft sheen. The sheen came through more when I applied it wet, but when dry, it has a slightly more matte finish.

my thoughts on the formula: theBalm’s eyeshadows are soft, silky smooth, and packed with pigment. They apply evenly, blend out beautifully, and aren’t powdery at all (sometimes a side effect of really soft eyeshadows). I find they are so easy to use, because they apply without fall out and blend with other shadows effortlessly. Worth noting, too, is individual eyeshadows come with 0.12 oz., which is just over double the average eyeshdaow–and at a rather affordable price tag.

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theBalm Risque Renee Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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theBalm's eyeshadows have such a soft, smooth texture that applies so well. Risque Renee is no different--excellent color pay off combined with the signature silky smooth feel makes for a standout eyeshadow.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Milani Drenched in Gold Baked Eyeshadow
Milani Drenched in Gold Baked Eyeshadow

Milani Baked Metallic Eyeshadow: Drenched in Gold

Milani Drenched in Gold Baked Metallic Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a softened yellow gold with a metallic sheen.  It reminded me a lot of MAC’s Goldmine, which is a staple eyeshadow for me.  I liked the way this looked both wet and dry–there really wasn’t much of a difference-so it is more convenient to use.  It applied smoothly and had good color pay off with no fall out.

I do wish they’d ditch the sponge/brush applicator, though, because the bristles are splayed and scratchy, while the sponge is thin and surprisingly scratchy. I did like the switch to a black interior, over the champagne gold from the Runway Eyeshadows. The lid is also quite secure, and I had to pry it open with my nails.

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Drenched in Gold

B+
This is an affordable dupe to MAC's Goldmine eyeshadow! It's gold without being too dark or metallic, so I think it will work well in a variety of looks.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover
MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover

MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover

MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover ($18.00 for 3.4 fl. oz.) is touted as a gentle eye makeup remover that is “mega-effective” but will still “calm, hydrate, and soothe skin.”  It’s gentle, all right!  While it’s a dream to apply–no stinging, burning, or cloudiness–there’s not much else it does well.

As a makeup remover, it just doesn’t do an effective job at removing eye makeup, even just regular mascara and eyeliner prove to be too hard to handle for this remover. On waterproof/long-wearing products, it doesn’t cut through it at all. I’ve pressed a cloth soaked in the remover against my eye for thirty seconds or longer, but I wasn’t able to get much product removed. It seems to be okay for eyeshadow, but it doesn’t remove eyeliner, mascara.   Given that it’s an eye makeup remover but doesn’t excel at that task at all, I definitely do not recommend this product.

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Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Guerlain Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder
Guerlain Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder

Guerlain Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder

Guerlain Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder ($70.00 for 0.51 oz.) is a “highlighting bronzer for the face and body.” It combines a “highlighting beige and a pink bronze” to “enhance the complexion while warming the skin with an iridiescent glow.”

It’s an oversized bronzer housed in a wooden compact that slides open (held together by three magnets). It has all of the hallmarks of luxury with engraved detailing on the outer cover with the Guerlain initials and logo, along with the intricate design of the bronzer itself. The center of the bronzer is a muted gold, while the outer portion is a rose-tinted bronzy brown. Together, they create a soft tan bronze with a golden metallic sheen. It’s more of a sheen than shimmer, but it’s not a very subtle sheen–I mention this because many of Guerlain’s products have a softer shimmer and sheen, but this powder has more sheen than Meteorites or the like. The powder has a soft, smooth, very refined texture that feels like silk moving across the skin.

Worn, it imparts a glowy sheen (I wore it on the tops of cheeks and softly brushed around the temples) that’s a soft, golden bronze. It worked well paired with a blush, too, though it could be worn alone for something very bronzy. It also has fantastic wear; it stayed glowy and smooth for eight hours before starting to fade away. The compact itself is done very well, though it’s not the most secure packaging and wouldn’t be my favorite item to travel with. For $70, at least they give you half an ounce of bronzer, though–not many will get through that!

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Guerlain Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's a nice highlighter-bronzer mix for those wanting a very glowy, golden beachy bronze coloring. If you prefer a more natural bronzer, you might consider the regular Terracotta line, which has more matte finishes.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Giorgio Armani Sweet Fire (7) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Sweet Fire (7) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

More Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow with #7

Giorgio Armani Sweet Fire (7) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, rosy pink with a metallic sheen.  It’s a much more wearable pink than you often seen, because it is less vibrant and reflects more of the natural pink found in the skin.  I did feel like the color in the pot didn’t match the result when used–it looks pinker, less rosy, so it is a little misleading.

This is a product that lives up to its claims–it wears all day without budging, creasing, or fading–and blends as well on its own as it does with other eyeshadows (or on top of an eyeshadow base). Giorgio Armani describes the Eyes to Kill Intense formula as neither powder nor cream but a hybrid that creates a “smooth, lasting color film” that can be applied wet or dry.  Giorgio Armani explains, “Each shade is intensified with a second pigment for a multi-dimensional effect. In just one swoop, create a wet, shimmering smokey eye … Base color covers eyelid, and second pigment adds drama to the contour.”

The texture of these feels almost like a cream eyeshadow, but it has the thinness of a powder eyeshadow while retaining some of the blendability of the hybrid cream-powder eyeshadow.  It also works well with other eyeshadow (see this look using #6).  It’s almost like a really dense loose powder that’s been pressed down, because if you dig at it, it loosens.

Though pricey, each shade comes with 0.14 oz. worth of product, which is a hefty amount (normal eyeshadow averages around 0.05 oz., no matter the price).  The only aspect I didn’t love was the little black stopper inside the jar (once you unscrew the black lid), because my longer fingers felt awkward grabbing it (so I just unscrew it upside down so it falls into the cap).

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#7

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If the color in the pot matched the actual color swatched, it would have been a higher rated product, so take that into consideration--if the softer pink is more your style, then it works out for you!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Butter London Blagger Nail Lacquer
Butter London Blagger Nail Lacquer

Butter London Blagger Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is described as a “striking cobalt blue.” That description is dead-on — this is such a rich, decadent blue. It’s royal blue, but even richer, and not quite as dark. Butter London’s impeccable cream formula shines here; rich color in two coats (but honestly, one coat is nearly opaque), smooth, even flow of the polish as you apply. I typically get a week’s worth of wear with Butter London’s formula.

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Blagger

A+
Blagger is such a gorgeous blue. Luxuriously rich, deep, and dark.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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