Lush Coalface Cleanser ($10.95 for 3.5 oz.) is a solid bar that has licorice root as its main ingredient (supposed to help the skin “heal naturally”) and powdered charcoal to exfoliate the skin. The first noticeable characteristic of this product is it has a distinct smell. I couldn’t quite tell you what it is, but I know some find it unpleasant–it’s kind of like out in the woods, around the campfire kind of scent. I’m not one of them, but it’s not a scent that I’m going ga-ga over either! Regardless, the scent doesn’t linger–it rinses off as soon as the product does.
I find Coalface to work really well at reducing acne breakouts. It’s great for oily skin, especially because it can be a little drying on the skin. If you find it drying, make sure to follow-up with a good moisturizer or try a toner. Coalface gives me that “squeaky clean” feeling at the end, which is not really my bag, but often I follow with Sweet Japanese Girl so that “squeaky clean” feeling is minimal. The product lathers up really well, and the gritty charcoal powder bits are rough enough to really get your scrub on.
Overall, I really like this product, and it’s definitely part of my shower time routine! Have you tried Coalface?
POP Beauty’s Cat Eyes ($16.00) is an eye crayon that’s angled and shaped to help streamline the cat eye lining process. It comes in three colors: Black Onyx, Black Dahlia, and Black Olive. I tried out Black Onyx, because it’s a classic cat eye color, so how could I lose? I really liked the intensity of the black–it wasn’t super, super black (which I do love when the mood strikes), but for my upper lash line, sometimes a black that’s pigmented and dark, but not ultra rich is much better. I often want the shadows to stand out, not my liner, so it’s a nice option to have at your disposal.
When it came to actual application, I did find that it helped make the process easier, because of the way the liner was shaped. It is angled just right, and because it is crayon, you don’t have to worry about dipping a brush into gel liner or going back for more liquid liner. It’s right there! I didn’t feel like it went on as smooth as I would like (I had a little skipping), but perhaps if I had warmed the pencil up a bit more, it would have worked better.
If you want a really thin line, this product is probably not for that. The crayon is thick enough to generate a good cat eye, but you won’t be able to get a very thin and precise line with it, just because it is designed to be a certain thickness. Otherwise, I think this is a nice way to introduce yourself to the motions of getting the cat eye down pat. It’s a lot more forgiving than liquid liner, that’s for sure!
In comparison to MAC’s Penultimate Liner, which is supposed to help make lining easier as well, I find this easier to do than Penultimate. Penultimate is much more like a liquid liner than a pencil liner, so the two have different finishes and will look different in the end. Penultimate is not as forgiving, and I find it’s all too easy to make an “oops” with it. But like I said, POP’s is a crayon, so it gives you the look of pencil liner, whereas Penultimate is similar to liquid liner.
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