Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

MAC Brush Cleanser
MAC Brush Cleanser

Quick Review: MAC Brush Cleanser

MAC Brush Cleanser ($12.00 for 7.9 fl. oz.) is a total go-to for me when it comes to an effective, easy-to-use method to clean my makeup brushes. It works well as a spot cleanser (just spray it on a paper towel and run the brush back and forth, which will draw and pull out whatever is in your brush), because your brush will dry in a few minutes. I also will pour some into a cup and put each brush in it (just a little bit), then rinse with water for a deeper clean.

It would be more convenient if it came with a spray pump, because unless you’re pouring some into a vessel, a spray or two would be plenty without any waste. It takes me about a year to get through an entire bottle, and I’m not at all frugal with it!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re in the market for a quick-drying brush cleanser that will disinfect and clean your brushes simultaneously, MAC Brush Cleanser is something to consider! It is definitely one of my staples.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

E.L.F. Minty Lip Gloss
E.L.F. Minty Lip Gloss: Chicago, San Diego, New York City, Houston

Quick Review: E.L.F. Minty Lip Gloss

e.l.f. Studio Minty Lip Gloss ($3.00 for 0.08 oz.) are sheer to semi-sheer glosses with a sweet mint scent and a slight minty tingle. The tingle only lasts for a few minutes, and it isn’t painful or burning. I only get about an hour and a half of wear with these glosses (my average is closer to three), though. The formula itself is thin and non-sticky, but the applicator could be better, because I feel like I have to go for three or four pulls of gloss to get enough to cover my lips.

  • Chicago is a coppery orange with flecks of gold bronze glitter.
  • San Diego is a coral-red with gold flecks of shimmer.
  • New York City is a medium pink with subtle gold micro-shimmer.
  • Houston is a muted fuchsia-pink with soft pink shimmer.

I know that they’re only a few bucks, so why complain at all about quantity? At the same time, most of E.L.F.’s products grew famous for being $1 each, and then they introduced their Studio line which is the “higher end” range–but you’re only getting 0.08 oz. It’s like MAC Dazzleglass all over again. I won’t dock points for it, but I find it intereting they skimped on quantity. (For example, their Mineral Lipgloss–also from the Studio line–contains 0.22 fl oz.)

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Though they’re ultra cheap, so you may find its shortcoming easier to excuse, but it wears off incredibly quickly, which is why I don’t find myself reaching for these.

AVAILABILITY: e.l.f.

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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Kiehl's Mineral Mascara
No Mascara / Kiehl’s Marvelous Mineral Mascara

Quick Review: Kiehl’s Marvelous Mineral Mascara

Kiehl’s Brown-Black Marvelous Mineral Mascara ($16.50 for 0.16 oz.) is designed to give lashes “natural-looking length and volume.” This is a mascara that totally meets its claims: it adds length and volume but does so in an effortlessly natural way. If you are looking for sky-high lashes and dramatic definition and color, this is not the right mascara for you; it’s just not supposed to do those things. On the other hand, if you like softer-looking lashes with nice length and a boost in volume, it’s one to consider. I had no issues with wear at all; no smudging, flaking, or budging after eight hours.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I love it for everyday lashes – in my everyday life, I do prefer more dramatic lashes, but this is exactly what comes to mind for soft, natural lashes.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

NYX I Dream of Barbados Eyeshadow Palette
NYX I Dream of Barbados Eyeshadow Palette

Quick Review: NYX I Dream of Barbados Eyeshadow Palette

NYX I Dream of Barbados Eyeshadow Palette ($8.75 for 0.28 oz.) contains five eyeshadows and is part of NYX’s Caribbean Collection of eyeshadow palettes. This particular palette is cool-toned, purple and lilac themed. There is a light-medium pale lilac with a frost finish; charcoal-black with a silver sheen and brown undertones; cotton candy pink with blue undertones and a satin finish; cool-toned bluish gray with a soft frost sheen; and a fuchsia-purple with a satin sheen.

Of the three palettes I’ve tried from this series, this is the most pigmented and most consistent. All five shades had excellent pigmentation, and they applied smoothly and evenly with no powderiness. You can also check out full reviews for I Dream of St. Lucia Eyeshadow Palette and I Dream of St. Thomas Eyeshadow Palette.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I would definitely recommend this for cooler skin tones, but paler skin tones in particular.

AVAILABILITY: NYX

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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Lancome Artliner
Lancome Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner

Quick Review: Lancome Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner

Edited @ 8:26am: Fixed photos!

Lancome Artliner Precision Point EyeLiner ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a liquid eyeliner with a nifty applicator that makes lining much, much easier than traditional brushes of liquid liners (which can be too thick, too long, too flexible, or too stiff!). They have a slightly watery texture, which means they glide on easily and never skip, but they may need a layer or two to look opaque. The applicator is a foam tip is pointed while having a little bit of give and flexibility, and you never have to worry about too much product on the applicator.

  • Noir is a dark black.
  • Navy is a medium-dark navy blue.

While the applicator is fantastic, so is the formula itself. It wears all day without smudging or budging, but they never feel dry or tight on the lid. When I tested it, it seemed waterproof, too, but I didn’t see that noted in the official description, though it certainly seems quite water-resistant at the very least.  If only the price weren’t so steep–even for high-end, it is an investment.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 5/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’ve struggled to apply liquid liner in the past, you may want to consider investing in Lancome’s Artliner–a tried and true liquid liner favorite.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Kat Von D Black Metal Love Autograph Pencil
Kat Von D Black Metal Love Autograph Pencil

Quick Review: Kat Von D Black Metal Love Autograph Pencil

Kat Von D Black Metal Love Autograph Pencil ($18.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark black base with silver micro-glitter. It also looks like there are flecks of teal in it when the light hits just right. Sephora describes it as a “matte black with silver micro-glitter.” If you were hoping for a deep dark black–from descriptions only–it sounds like Puro Amor may be the one to consider. It also has a sharpener in the cap and a smudging sponge on the other end.

It’s a very smooth, creamy formula that’s easy to smudge, but takes a few extra seconds to dry down–great for smudging purposes, and if you close your eyes tightly for a few seconds, you can even get some tight-lining done. Since it has glitter in the formula, I kept it away from my water line but wore it on my lower lash line and had good results. I had some fading after four or five hours, but it looked about 80% there after eight.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: The creaminess of the formula made it incredibly easy to work with, but I wish it lasted a bit better.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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