Benefit Cosmetics Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner

Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow

I love Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadows — I actually gave them an award for best cream eyeshadow last year. They’re just so creamy, smooth, and apply beautifully. They can be applied sheerly for quick color or layered for a more intense look or as a base. I don’t experience any creasing–they last all day for me. And as someone who has owned many for over a year now, they aren’t prone to drying out in their jars, either.

I’m happy to report that these didn’t disappoint! They’re true to Benefit’s cream shadow formula with the creaminess and smoothness I’ve come to love. The colors are easily vibrant but just as easily used sheerly, which makes it a more versatile product.

P.S. — Sephora lists Tidal Rave as Tidal Wave–but my box and bottom of the jar says Rave! So pfft!

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bareMinerals High Shine Eye Color

Bare Escentuals High Shine Eye Color

These apply so smoothly–as if they were creams or liquids, but they’re very much a loose powder. The powder seems incredibly finely milled, which helps give it that silky texture and intensifies the color as it holds together impeccably. Though I find these shades rather high-shine to wear alone, I love them as bases or mixed with other shadows. I did try wearing Glisten on its lonesome to test for creasing, and it wore well–no creasing six hours later.

These are beautiful from first swatch to application, but there is a major drawback to this product line. The applicator/tube is a total no-go! However they managed it, when you pull the applicator out of the tube (which is a large sponge-tipped applicator), it also pulls a ton of product onto the edges. In essence, it pulls out far too much product on the applicator itself as well as leaves a lot along the rim of the tube (which just falls on your floor, lap, or wherever!).

I would recommend dumping the color into a jar or else cutting the applicator off — because it seems like the larger sponge-tip does pull much of the excess to the rim, so if you just snipped it off entirely (and used a separate brush to apply), you could leave it in the tube. (Ironically, they tout the applicator as a “convenient, quick-draw wand [that] allows for easy, on-the-go application.”)

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Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.15 oz.) includes three eyeshadows and one long-wear eye paint. It features: Ivory (creamy white), Heather Lilac (pink heather), Charcoal (dark grey), and Port (deep plum).

The Long-Wear Eye Paints are new and featured in the three palettes from Bobbi Brown’s Smoky, Sultry, Smoldering Collection. According to Bobbi Brown, they are “high-pigment metallic eyeshadow that can be worn wet or dry.” She recommends “[applying] them with a damp Cream Shadow Brush for a strong, luminous and long-lasting pop of shimmering color that won’t crease.”

Each of the eyeshadows is 0.04 oz. (full-sized are 0.08 oz. for $20.00; 0.10 oz. for $20.00 for metallic eyeshadow), while the Long-Wear Eye Paint is 0.03 oz. (not currently available on its lonesome; but for valuation purposes, we’ll assume 0.08 oz. for $20.00). In this palette, you receive $20.00 worth of regular Eyeshadow, $8 worth of Metallic Eyeshadow, and $7.50 worth of Long-Wear Eye Paint. This totals to $35.50 worth of product. You do also receive a double-ended brush in the palette, which is usable (and one of the better brushes included in palettes)– we’ll say it’s $7 worth–bringing us to $42.50. It’s not a value-packed palette, but I don’t think you’re losing out.

I see a lot of these shades working together, though I really wish Bobbi Brown would vary the lightest shade–Ivory is permanent and too often included in her limited edition palettes. The packaging is sleek and compact, and I love that they have an actual brush applicator included, rather than sponge-tipped ones!  It is a bit basic, with both a matte white and black eyeshadow, so it might not be the best holiday palette to pick up if you have a sizable stash.

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Even More Black Friday & Cyber Monday Beauty Coupons & Sales

It is like Black Friday/Cyber Monday overload in my inbox! Here are several more deals that came through in the past few days! 🙂  You can check out the original Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales post for more deals.

Black Friday Free Haul-iday Tote with any $25 order. Enter Code MYHAUL at checkout.
(Only valid on 11/26!)

  • Bare Escentuals: Spend $50, get $20 off your next purchase of $40 or more (redeemable 12/13 through 12/31) with code MERRY, valid 11/26 through 12/5. Free shipping on any order on 11/29 only with code SHIPFREE. 20% off all purchases with code GETLUV, 12/9 through 12/12.
  • BeautyTicket.com: 30% off everything with code CYBER30, valid 11/29 only.
  • Benefit: Free U.S. shipping with code GLAMSHIP, 11/24 through 11/29. Free international shipping on $85+ orders with code DEALDAY1, 11/25 through 11/29. Get 20% off top rated pics from Annie & Maggie with code FORDPICS, only valid 11/29.
  • Elizabeth Arden: 25% off + free shipping on any order (applies to makeup, skincare, fragrance) from 11/26 through 11/30. With any $65+ purchase, receive a 31-piece black tote ($300 value) with code CYBER65, only valid on 11/29.
  • Eve Pearl: Up to 55% off with code BPCM2010, 11/25 through 11/29. While supplies last.
  • Lancome: 20% off + free shipping with code HOLIDAY20, expires 11/29.
  • Lierac: 30% off all products with code FF2010, 11/29 through 12/3.
  • Macy’s: Friends & Family begins 11/30, through 12/06. 25% off (10% electrics) with code MACYSFF. Cyber Monday specials and free shipping on $75+purchases on 11/28 through 11/29 with code CYBER.
  • Petsmart: (I couldn’t resist–I know we have a ton of pet lovers here!) 50% off all holiday Kong toys, 50% off all Top Paw & Great Choice Dog Sweaters/Coats, 50% off all PetHoliday products, 50% on all dog collars, save $10 + $5.99 shipping on all orders of $60+.
  • Sephora: Free Haul-iday tote with $25+ orders only on 11/26 with code MYHAUL (while supplies last). Free shipping on $25+ orders with code SHIPNOW, 11/27 through 11/29.
  • The Body Shop: 3 for $30 site-wide, 11/25 through 11/26. 2 for $25 Body Butters and Scrubs and 3 for $25 Shower Gels and Lotions, 11/27 through 11/28. 3 for $30 site-wide + free shipping 6PM EST 11/30 through 12/2.
  • YSL: 20% off all orders with code FRIENDS, expires 11/30. Free shipping on $50+ orders.

Free Shipping on all orders over $25 November 27-29. Use code SHIPNOW at checkout.