Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Hourglass Jett Script Precision Liquid Liner<
Hourglass Jett Script Precision Liquid Liner

Hourglass Script Precision Liquid Liner

Hourglass Jett Script Precision Liquid Liner ($32.00 for 0.028 oz.) is a felt-tipped liquid liner that’s specially designed with a really fine tip. The formula is described as long-wearing with a quick dry down to prevent smearing and transfer. It’s available in only one shade–Jett–which is black.

Like many black liquid eyeliners, it does have a tendency to photograph brown in swatches, though it does look like a medium black in real life. It’s not an ultra deep black, but it’s not a soft black either; it’s a happy medium of the two. It applies smoothly, gliding on with ease, and the color is distributed evenly without dragging. There’s no patchiness in the color, so you won’t have to go back over the same area twice. When swatched on my arm, it did bleed around the edges, but I did not notice any bleeding until I was cropping the swatch photograph. I didn’t spot any bleeding eyeliner when I tested it on my eyelid, but it does make me want to note that it might do so if you have more wrinkly eyelids.

It’s budge- and smudge-proof, and I’d even go so far as to say it’s very nearly waterproof. It had no problem lasting through a shower. I do need a more robust eye makeup remover like Lancome Bi-Facil to remove it, but it doesn’t require elbow grease to do so. The lines you can draw with this are quite thin and precise, and you can curve around the lash line easily in one motion. The thinness and smallness of the tip may require a few practice runs, but you’ll hit your stride with little work–especially if you are a liquid liner pro.

Because of the slight bleeding on my arm swatch, I did take that into account for the rating.  While I did not experience it personally on my actual eyelids, there are several liquid liners that I’ve swatched in the past month or so that did not have any inkling of bleeding even on the arm, so it is something to consider depending on the texture of your natural lids (mine are fairly smooth).

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Jett

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The precision of this eyeliner is where it excels, so it will work best for those who like thinner lines; if you often do thicker eyeliner, I'd recommend going for Hourglass' Calligraphy Eyeliner or another felt-tip eyeliner of choice.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2011


Inglot #422

Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in Inglot #422, 409, 402, 421, 406 (Browns)

We continue exploring Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadow ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) range by taking a look at five of the brown shades.  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.  I really appreciate the consistency of Inglot’s eyeshadows, though, because even if you’re unsure of a color, at least you can anticipate the quality still being high and familiar.

  • 422 is a medium-dark chocolate brown with a pearl finish. It has a subtle red undertone.
  • 409 is a dark, bronzed chocolate brown with a pearl finish. This is a cooler-toned brown compared to #422.
  • 402 is a muted, taupe-ish brown with a pearl finish.
  • 421 is a medium-dark coppered brown with a pearl finish.
  • 406 is a golden bronze with a pearl finish, though it reads more metallic than pearl.

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Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in Inglot #422, 409, 402, 421, 406 (Browns)

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If you like your browns dark and luxurious, Inglot offers several shimmered variations for your perusal. For taupe fans, there appears to be #402 at the very least!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Butter London Lady Muck Nail Lacquer
Butter London Lady Muck Nail Lacquer

Butter London Lady Muck Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is described as a “powdery periwinkle blue, slightly on the grey side and infused with pearl pigment for a soft, sexy sheen.”  Whew, talk about a description!  It’s a dusty, gray-blue with pale silver-white shimmer.  It seemed most comparable to Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Concrete Jungle–but Lady Muck has pale silver shimmer.  (You can compare this shade against other blues in the Swatch Gallery.)

It was opaque in two coats, and it had a natural sheen to it, though I think the majority will still prefer a shiny top coat on top.  Butter London’s formula on this one has a really even flow, smooth application, and drying time wasn’t long at all.  I typically get a week of wear with Butter London’s formula with a proper base and top coat.

I’ve always thought of periwinkle as something a little deeper, with more purple in the mix, compared to this dusty, grayed blue.  Googling showed a lot of results, some more to what I always imagined as periwinkle, but there were a few variations that leaned bluer, closer to Lady Muck.  Don’t you wish there was some standardized language we beauty enthusiasts could converse in?  Butter London negates a lot of the traditional view of periwinkle, because it adds powdery, blue, and grey on top of it, which really does seem like what Lady Muck is all about (so no points taken off for color inaccuracy).

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Lady Muck

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This kind of blue works well for those who want something with more color but without the brightness of a lot of blue shades.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2011


Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in Inglot #446, 445, 440, 420, 439, 441 (Purples)

Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadow ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) range is certainly expansive! They don’t quite fit into two 20-pan palettes neatly (there are two that overflowed into a third, plus one I know I’m missing). There are also a fair amount that seem to only be available in individual pots, rather than refills (which I do not have).

Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadows have a very fine shimmer with a brighter, pearly sheen.   I had a good experience with these six 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.  #440 is the only one that I felt wasn’t true-to-pan in color; it was a few notches lighter, because of the heavy white pearl.

  • 446 is a rich, jewel-toned plum purple with red undertones in a pearl finish.
  • 445 is a softened, medium-dark plum with a pearl finish.
  • 440 is a frosted, cool-toned lilac with a pearl finish. Like some of the other lighter pearl shades, the white pearl really reflects and comes through, almost washing the shade out.
  • 420 is a grayish mauve with a pearl finish–it almost looks metallic.
  • 439 is a rich, jewel-toned violet purple with a pearl finish.
  • 441 is a medium-dark violet with a pearl finish.

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Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in Inglot #446, 445, 440, 420, 439, 441 (Purples)

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If you're a fanatic for purple eyeshadows, Inglot certainly has more than a few to satisfy you! It's a good mix of red- and blue-based purples, too.

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10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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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.

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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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