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theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer

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.

theBalm Bronzer/Shadow Betty-Lou Manizer
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

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


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)

A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

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


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.

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

A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

This Week’s Sales for June 13th, 2011

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Upcoming Sales

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  • HAUTELOOK:  Smashbox (6/14), 360 Skincare (6/15), Ginger + Liz Nailcare (6/15), Rock & Republic Beauty (6/16), Beauty Gadget Event (6/17)
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  • EBATES:  Murad (10%), Pur Minerals (10%), DermStore (7.5%), Lancome (7%), Clarins (7%), YSL (7%), drugstore.com (6%), beauty.com (6%), Stila (6%), Nordstrom (5%), ULTA (5%), Philosophy (5%)

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  • APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+
  • BATH & BODY WORKS:  Semi-Annual Sale – up to 75% off, ends 7/3.
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The only thing I do is ensure I only use Zoya’s Remove+ as my nail polish remover of choice. I don’t use any cuticle oils, creams, etc. or treatments for the actual nails.  When I was much younger, I remember using Sally Hansen’s Nail Strengthener, but I don’t find I need anything for my nails really.

— Christine

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