Monday, June 13th, 2011

theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer
theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer

theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer Bronzer

It seems like every brand has put out a new and (for the most part) awesome bronzer this year, and theBalm is no different. theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer ($24.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as “a silky smooth pressed powder that can be used as a bronzer, eye shadow, and all-over shimmer.” It’s supposed to diffuse light while providing subtle warmth to the skin.

Betty Lou-Manizer is a dirty bronze with a warm, golden shimmer-sheen. The shimmer is incredibly fine, while the sheen is glowy and reflective. If you’ve tried out theBalm’s other powder products, you’ll find the texture is consistent–silky smooth with rich color payoff. It has such a fine texture that it applies well to skin, because it practically melts onto the skin and looks natural and never powdery.

It’s packaged well, too. The compact is a nice size with a mirror on the inside, and the compact itself is sturdy and fits well in the hand. The ingredients are also listed on the back of the compact, which is a nice touch, because I know that I don’t keep the boxes around for long (straight to the recycling bin!).

I actually found the effect to be quite comparable to Guerlain’s Terracotta Mosaic Powder. theBalm’s has a more noticeable shimmer/brighter sheen, while Guerlain’s is a little softer, more orange with less brown, but on the cheeks, the differences are minimized.

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Betty-Lou Manizer

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I see this working best on warmer skin tones, and this is a bronzer that should work well for darker skin tones, too. The golden sheen will provide the warmth and glow, while the actual color will give that sunkissed effect.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, June 13th, 2011


Inglot #413

Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in #413, 428, 426, 415, 429 (Blues)

To finish out the palette, we have five blue shades from Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadow ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) range.   Remember, the palette is completely customizable from the shades you fill it with to the size itself.

Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadows have a very fine shimmer with a brighter, pearly sheen.   #428 exemplifies what makes an excellent eyeshadow, and it’s one of the best of Inglot’s line from what I’ve tried so far–super rich in color and the way the base color and shimmer play together makes it glow.   All five shades featured in this post had a soft and smooth texture, rich color pay off, and were incredibly blendable.

  • 413 is a muted blue with a silvery-white sheen and pearl finish.
  • 428 is an intense, jewel-tone of violet-blue with a pearl finish. The intensity of this shade makes it glow!
  • 426 is a medium blue with a pearl finish.
  • 415 is an aqua-tinted blue with a flashy yellowed sea foam green duochrome and pearl finish. I didn’t expect to see anything akin to a duochrome in Inglot’s line, but I felt like this one is. The duochrome is subtle, but it’s definitely there–more noticeable in person.
  • 429 is a purple-leaning periwinkle with a high white metallic sheen, though it has a pearl finish.

For more information about pricing, please check out this post.

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Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in #413, 428, 426, 415, 429 (Blues)

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What seemed like a surprisingly amount of blues initially ends up showing how varied blue can be. You have the richness of #428 with the duochrome of #415, and then there is the mix of purple and blue of #429.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, June 13th, 2011


Inglot #430

Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in #430, 403, 414, 418, 412 (Golds/Greens)

Next up, golds and greens of Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadow ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) range.  (And the next set to follow, obviously, will be blues!)   #400 isn’t available in pan form, so I don’t have it, but I’m curious to see if it’s more of a true yellow, as both #430 and 403 are more gold than yellow.

Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadows have a very fine shimmer with a brighter, pearly sheen.   I had a good experience with these five eyeshadows–they were easy to work with, nicely pigmented, and had the soft, smooth textures I’ve come to expect from Inglot’s Pearl eyeshadows.

  • 430 is a darkened yellow gold with a pearl finish that borders on metallic. I don’t have it to compare, but it seems like it would be similar to Urban Decay’s Honey eyeshadow.
  • 403 is a paled yellow gold with a pearl finish. This shade felt the slightest bit powdery, made more noticeable by the perfection of a lot of other shades I would say.
  • 414 is a blackened teal-green with a pearl finish. It has a blackened-brown base. It’s not as complex as shades like theBalm’s Jealous Jordana.
  • 418 is a medium-dark forest green with a black-brown base and pearl finish. It seems like it may be a little darker than MAC’s Humid but comparable.
  • 412 is a pale, yellowed chartreuse with a golden metallic sheen, though it has a pearl finish.

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Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in #430, 403, 414, 418, 412 (Golds/Greens)

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The richer gold of #430 will work well on warmer skin tones, while the paleness of #403 should make it a more workable yellow for warmer skin tones. #414 will make a great shade for smoky lash lines and creases, while #418 and 412 work well together for a nice gradient of green.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, June 12th, 2011


Inglot #397

Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in #397, 407, 393, 395 (Oranges)

These are some of the more orange/peach shades from Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadow ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) range. I wish Inglot would add color descriptions for their eyeshadows online, because I think it would enhance the buying experience and–at the very least–give us some indication of what to expect!

Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadows have a very fine shimmer with a brighter, pearly sheen. The pearl finish is probably my favorite of Inglot’s finishes, because it has the right mix of color payoff and texture. It’s soft, smooth, and very blendable. These four shades are true-to-formula, though I did find that #393 and 395 were much lighter swatched than they appeared in the pan.

  • 397 is a warm, peachy beige with a pearl finish.
  • 407 is a orange-coral with peachy gold sheen with a pearl finish. It’s like a much more orange version of NARS Orgasm or MAC Melon pigment. This shade has more dimension than the majority of Inglot’s line, just because it’s more of a mix of two colors. It is one of my favorite shades I’ve swatched thus far!
  • 393 is a pale yellowed peach with a pearl finish. It looks more orange in the pan, but when swatched, it’s much yellower. It has a very noticeable white sheen, which is what seems to give it that lighter, more yellowed look.
  • 395 is the palest of orange, because it has a high white shimmer/sheen so it looks really, really light. It’s more like white with a hint of peach-orange. Like #393, it looks more orange in the pan.

For more information about pricing, please check out this post.

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Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in #397, 407, 393, 395 (Oranges/Peaches)

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A couple of these shades really emphasize the importance of swatching before buying (or looking for swatches online), because pan color might not be exactly the swatch color (which may be good or bad, depending on what you wanted!). Shades like #407 will work really well on warmer skin tones, while the other three are more universally flattering.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, June 12th, 2011


Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in #423, 452, 450, 399, 431

Today, I wanted to take a look at a few of Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.). The Pearl Eyeshadows have a very fine shimmer with a brighter, pearly sheen. The pearl finish is probably my favorite of Inglot’s finishes, because it has the right mix of color payoff and texture. It’s soft, smooth, and very blendable. All of the shades featured in this post applied beautifully; really intense color delivered in a silky smooth formula. For the most part, the shimmer was incredibly fine and the sheen pearled.

  • 423 is a smoldering burgundy-tinged brown with a pearl finish.
  • 452 is a medium-dark burgundy-red with a pearl finish. It reminded me of MAC Cranberry.
  • 450 is a medium-dark raspberry pink with a pearl finish.
  • 399 is a muted, played down pink with a little mauve and in a pearl finish.
  • 431 is a light, pastel pink with a bright, frosted white sheen. It is a pearl finish, but I found the sheen more metallic than pearly with this shade.

When I decided that I would work through Inglot’s eyeshadow line and swatch through it, 20-pan palettes were the largest available, so that is what I went with. I like symmetry, so I’ll be sticking with those sizes. The 20-pan palette is a little larger than my hand–the palette measures 6 3/4″ x 6″. The palette is sturdy and hefty with strong magnets to keep the eyeshadows locked in place along with the frosted lid, which is also held on by magnets. My biggest issue with the strength of the magnets is that it’s difficult to move the pans around once you’ve placed them in there. I have to use tweezers and be very, very careful around the edge (there is just not much room to work). You can use the magnetic part of the lid to remove, but for me, my hands are too shaky to do that.

Pricing might seem confusing at first — if you intend to purchase a palette, then the pans are $7.00 each for 1-2, $5.00 each for 3-9, and $4.50 each if you purchase 10 or more. Online, you’re able to purchase as much or as little as you want, while in-store you have to fill whatever palette you purchase (which can be frustrating if you want to keep your finishes separate!). I did notice, though, if you intend to purchase more than one palette, you’ll end up paying the full price of the second palette and get no discount for filling it when you buy online. If you did this in-store, you would still get the discounted price of the palette ($5.00).

Shipping is free both online and in-store for purchases over $150. You can also purchase the eyeshadows individually in round pots for $12.00 each. Both the pans and the pots contain 0.09 oz. of product. The palettes range from 2-pan to 20-pan online, but 40-pan palettes are available in-store. I expect the online store to eventually carry the 40-pan palettes in the next month or so. If you purchase in-store, be prepared to lay out $185 for a filled 40-pan palette.

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Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in #423, 452, 450, 399, 431 (Reds/Pinks)

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These are incredibly affordable, whether you purchase a couple or dozen, and they still have high quality color payoff with dreamy textures.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Renee Rouleau Skin Drink
Renee Rouleau Skin Drink

Renee Rouleau Skin Drink

There is something to be said about trying a multitude of products from a variety of brands, because it gives you a better appreciation for the qualities that make products great, good, just okay, and skippable. I originally reviewed Renee Rouleau’s Skin Drink ($33.50 for 0.50 oz.) back in 2008, but I’m reviewing it again here today after recently testing it. Skin Drink is a serum with hyaluronic acid, which is supposed to hydrate the skin. This is actually a product I keep in my carry-on for flying, because I find it so lightweight, refreshing, and effective in a short period that it works well for traveling. It also includes allantoin, which is a botanical extract with supposed calming properties.

It feels like a cross between water and a gel; it’s nowhere near as thick as a gel, but it’s not quite like water. I use two pumps for my face, and depending on how dry my skin is, I might use it in the morning or evening. I use it before and after traveling, and I find that my skin reacts much less to changes in climate since adding this to my travel routine. The serum smoothes across the skin easily and absorbs instantly–no greasiness, burning or stinging sensations. It’s gentle and soothing, and it helps my skin get through winter when a moisturizer I’m testing out isn’t cutting it.

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