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Sunday Link Love, Volume #053

Dusty’s Guide to MAC Concealers

Happy Sunday!

As I finish up some last-minute studying–which is just me reciting about 4 pages of memorized information to my boyfriend and/or Mellan… whoever is willing to listen–I took a quick break to check out what’s going on in the beauty blogosphere.

I’m excited for finals to be over (two more to go!), because I really have to get my act together and get through 10,000+ photos I’ve taken of products that I haven’t been able to go through… and review it all.  I want to start the new year with a clean slate, rather than feeling behind with no chance to catch-up.

A Mellan photo because I couldn’t resist… I have no self-control when it comes to that guy!

Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes Review, Photos

Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes

Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes debuted earlier this year, and despite having much luck with Dolce & Gabbana’s Makeup Line… I’m just not loving their makeup brushes. I actually find them, on the whole, a little scratchy. They are just nowhere near as soft as I expect from quality makeup brushes.

I know that a lot of readers thought the packaging looked very cheap with the gold plating and black handle, but the handles are a very sleek, matte black, which I think offsets the shiny gold plating in a way that’s not quite as “cheap” looking as anticipated. The ferrules also seem tightly in place, and I had very little bristle fall out, even on first use.  All of the brushes are made out of natural hair (goat and sable).

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RECOMMENDATION: I do not recommend purchasing these without having tested them in-person. They are not the worst brushes I have tried, and they really aren’t bad–they are decent–but there are better brands (at this price point or lower) out there. If you want to try Dolce & Gabbana, I recommend trying one of their blushes or lipsticks instead!


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Buxom Do You Believe in Love at First Sight? Six Mini Eyeliners Set

Bare Escentuals Buxom Do You Believe in Love at First Sight? Eyeliner Set

These eyeliners look lovely when swatched, but they do not perform half as well on the eyes. They are drier and have a tendency to tug on the lash line, rather than glide-on and apply smooth, solid color. They pull and tug, which results in a faded, patchy look–not at all sexy! I don’t own any of Buxom’s Insider Eyeliners (which are their twist-up liners), but I did test them out in-store and found these to be incredibly different in formula. If you were hoping that this set was comparable, it’s definitely not.

I wasn’t able to achieve the pigmented, vibrant color on the lash line that I was able to get on my arm. The wear seemed to last, but since it already looked a bit patchy, it was hard to tell what faded. I wouldn’t say that wear is where this product goes wrong–it’s really the lack of creaminess or softness that would help the product glide on the lash line smoothly.

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RECOMMENDATION: Skip these for a creamier, softer formula that glides onto the lash line rather than tugs at it.


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