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Practice, practice, practice.  You don’t need a billion brushes–you just need one or two really good ones (I used only MAC’s 239 for a couple of years, as in one single 239!).  Always step back to admire your work; you might think it’s not quite there when you’re two inches away from the mirror but the big picture might tell you something different.  Try doing gradients of the same color to get the hang of blending–like a light brown with a darker brown.

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Hourglass Jett Script Precision Liquid Liner

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).

Hourglass Script Precision Liquid Liner Jett
Jett
Jett
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
93%
Total

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


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.

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

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

Butter London Lady Muck Nail Lacquer

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).

Butter London Nail Lacquer Lady Muck
Lady Muck
Lady Muck
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

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


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.

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

A
10
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
98%
Total

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