Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

theBalm Curvy Cami Eyeshadow
theBalm Curvy Cami Eyeshadow

theBalm Curvy Cami Eyeshadow

theBalm Curvy Cami Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “plum shimmer with gold flecks.”  It’s a medium-dark plum with subtle red-mauve undertones and even subtler gold shimmer.  I love how it is a red-based purple without being obvious, which makes it easier to wear and more universally suitable.

my thoughts on the formula: Curvy Cami has a very soft, silky texture, but it is a touch powdery and doesn’t seem as pigment-packed as other theBalm eyeshadows I’ve tested.  It is easy to blend because of the soft texture.  Worth noting, too, is individual eyeshadows come with 0.12 oz., which is just over double the average eyeshdaow–and at a rather affordable price tag.

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theBalm Curvy Cami Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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It’s a nice, softened plum with some darkness but without being blackberry or vampy. I do wish it was a bit more pigmented, since it seems a little sheer.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, March 18th, 2011

Philosophy Orange in Bloom Shower Gel
Philosophy Orange in Bloom Shower Gel

Spring Florals with Orange in Bloom

Philosophy Orange in Bloom 3-in-1 Shower Gel ($16.00 for 16 fl. oz.) is a companion to Cherry in Bloom, but it is noticeably more fruit-dominated than the latter.  Initially, it smells like a burst of orange creamsicles.  I don’t mean that in a bad way but that is exactly what it reminded me off: the sweetness of vanilla mixed with the citrus of orange.

Philosophy describes the scent as:

orange in bloom shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath showers you in the delicate, citrus essence of orange blossoms as you lather from head to toe.

It seems too heavy with orange to mimic the orange blossom scent–the florals don’t sing quite enough here.  After lathering for a few minutes, the sweetness seems to disappear and then I get hints of the underlying floral quality of the scent.

my thoughts on the formula: They lather up well and leave skin feeling clean without any tightness or dryness. If you prefer your body wash to leave behind a long-lasting scent, these won’t be for you, but if you like to enjoy the scent while you shower but don’t want it to linger heavily beyond, then these are perfect. (I belong to the latter category!) I don’t find them to lather quite as well in the hair, and they work in a pinch to clean hair, but I prefer many other shampoos over this one. It does, however, work well as a bubble bath, too–a little goes a long way.

final thoughts: If you like the scent of sweet oranges, perhaps orange creamsicles but something not quite as sweet, this might be for you. It’s less than full-blown orange food-based scent but not wholly reminiscent of orange blossoms.

where to buy: Philosophy

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild Petal Pusher Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Petal Pusher Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Petal Pusher Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Petal Pusher Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.30 oz.) contains eight eyeshadows spread over two columns. Each column seems to coordinate within itself more than the two columns do with each other. The tone of the palette is rather cool, with the first column being purple themed and the second column being more earth-toned.

The first column consisted of a pale, icy violet shimmered satin white; muted pink-lilac base with pale gold shimmer-sheen; darkened red-toned purple with a frost finish; and medium-dark violet-blue purple with silver sparkle. I found the pigmentation to be a little sheer in both of the lighter shades–a little dusty, too; not nearly as saturated as the two darker purples.

The second column includes a pale, high-frost pink-white; coppery rose mauve with red undertones in a soft frost finish; blackened burgundy brown with a satin finish; and a grayish black with subtle green sparkle and satin finish. The pale pink is extremely pigmented and smooth, while the copper rose shade is a bit sheerer and blends into a very sheer shade when applied. I found the burgundy shade to lean much browner when swatched than it looked in the pan. The darker grayish-black was more pigmented than previous variations I’ve seen in the Color Icon palette, which was nice, but it did fade a bit when worn (after six hours).

my thoughts on the formula: Color Icon Eyeshadows are definitely some of the best eyeshadows you’ll find in the drugstore, and this palette shows both the best and worsts of the formula overall. The frostier shades seem to work the best and have no problem wearing all day (over a base, of course), while the more matte shades tend to lack in pigmentation and fade after a few hours (they don’t disappear, but they do fade noticeably).

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Wet 'n' Wild Petal Pusher Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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For cooler complexions, I think this palette will work well.  Like the Blue had Me at Hello palette, there were a few shades that didn't quite hit the mark, but overall several shades worked really well.  I though the coppered rose shade was particularly beautiful in color and wished it had been more pigmented.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, March 14th, 2011

Philosophy Cherry in Bloom Shower Gel
Philosophy Cherry in Bloom Shower Gel

Spring Florals with Cherry in Bloom

Philosophy Cherry in Bloom 3-in-1 Shower Gel ($16.00 for 16 fl. oz.) is another spring scent I spotted on Sephora that I had to try…

Philosophy describes the scent as:

cherry in bloom shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath showers you in the delicate, sweet essence of cherry blossoms as you lather from head to toe.

Like Lilac Blossom, the design of the bottle’s packaging along with the deep pink of the shower gel are well-done.  With Cherry in Bloom, however, the scent is more successful and in line with Philosophy’s formula, though I did feel like it was a bit subtle in comparison to the many other scent varieties I’ve tried by the brand.  Overall, it’s a light, sweet floral with a touch of brightness that accompanies the first bloom of spring.  It has an underlying current of the mix of sweetness and tartness of actual cherries that differentiates it from Lilac Blossom, which is also easily described as a sweet floral.

my thoughts on the formula: They lather up well and leave skin feeling clean without any tightness or dryness. If you prefer your body wash to leave behind a long-lasting scent, these won’t be for you, but if you like to enjoy the scent while you shower but don’t want it to linger heavily beyond, then these are perfect. (I belong to the latter category!) I don’t find them to lather quite as well in the hair, and they work in a pinch to clean hair, but I prefer many other shampoos over this one. It does, however, work well as a bubble bath, too–a little goes a long way.

final thoughts: I do not think this scent is particularly unique, but it is pretty and appropriate for spring.  True floral scent lovers may find the scent too subtle, though I personally preferred it as heavier floral scents tend to give me a headache.

where to buy: Philosophy

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Dior Pink Stiletto Ultra Gloss
Dior Pink Stiletto Ultra Gloss

Dior Pink Stiletto Ultra Gloss

Dior Pink Stiletto (234) Ultra Gloss ($27.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a sheer pink and gold shimmered gloss. It’s virtually colorless and just lends lots of added shine and shimmer atop your natural lip color.  Ultra Gloss is moisturizing with a very smooth, slick feel with a shimmering sparkle that’s noticeable without being overwhelming.

my thoughts on the formula: The strength of Ultra Gloss lies in its formula–I really think it’s the feel and look of the product that makes this gloss worth checking out. It’s completely non-sticky and has no scent or taste. All these characteristics leads me to think that a lot of lipgloss fans will enjoy them. I did find that these only lasted just under two hours on me, and then all that remained was the shimmer/micro glitter, and I’d say this was the major downside of this gloss.

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Dior Pink Stiletto Ultra Gloss Review, Photos, Swatches

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The formula is so comfortable to wear, because it has a soft, smooth texture that's non-sticky, moisturizing, and just feels nice. Unfortunately, it disappears too quickly--less than two hours--and normally, I get around three to four with gloss.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild Spoiled Brat Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild Spoiled Brat Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio: Spoiled Brat

Wet ‘n’ Wild Spoiled Brat Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) includes a frosted light-medium silver, dark matte black with silver sparkle, and fuchsia pink with a satin-frost finish.

I had major issues with the crease shade, because I really had to pack on the color to even get a somewhat solid swatch (the image included in this post is about four layers of product).  Even in the swatch, the silver sparkles are nearly invisible. To make matters worse, the black shade fades within a few hours of wear (not that it started out particularly intense). Wet ‘n’ Wild can do frost finishes pretty well, but more matte shades like the black shade in this palette really leave something to be desired.

my thoughts on the formula: Color Icon Eyeshadows are definitely some of the best eyeshadows you’ll find in the drugstore, and this trio is, unfortunately, a bit of a mixed bag. The silver and fuchsia shade are soft, smooth, and pigmented. The black (crease) shade fades after a few hours of wear in addition to lacking pigmentation and being chalky, stiff, and difficult to work with.

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Wet 'n' Wild Spoiled Brat Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

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I'm not sure why the formula they use for their matte shades seems to be lacking both texture and pigmentation, but I hope they find a way to improve upon it in the future. I feel like it detracts from an otherwise noteworthy eyeshadow formula.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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