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Make Up For Ever #214 Small Precision Crease & #232 Precision Crease Brushes Reviews & Photos

Make Up For Ever #214 Small Precision Crease Brush
Make Up For Ever #214 Small Precision Crease Brush

Make Up For Ever #214 Small Precision Crease Brush ($25.00) is described as a “firm, but flexible brush … [for] the crease of the eye.” It’s a long, narrow, and pointed crease brush made out of synthetic fibers. The brush head is 15mm in length, 4mm in width, and 4mm in thickness. It had a round, open metal ferrule and a total brush length of just under 6.75 inches or almost 17 centimeters.

I really didn’t like this brush, as it was incredibly point and didn’t do a good job of placing product in the crease or blending it out. This was also a brush that suffered from continued oiliness/greasiness in the way the bristles felt and acted, so you could squeeze or shape the brush and it would stay that way before very slowly releasing and returning to its original shape (somewhat). It’s a really weird feeling, and it’s not something I remember ever experiencing with other brushes except some of the ones in the Artisan range (I believe this is the third one with this issue). Unfortunately, this doesn’t help the brush in any way, because it makes the brush even less pliable/flexible. Again, I tried washing this two dozen times with an assortment of soaps from dishwashing liquid soap to alcohol-based brush cleansers. The only other brush I have that’s similar in shape is Hakuhodo J5529 ($16), which is a small, narrow crease brush (that actually works).

Make Up For Ever #232 Medium Precision Crease Brush ($28.00) is a long, narrow crease brush with a tapered, point tip. The brush head is 25mm in length, 5mm in width, and 5mm in thickness. It had a round, open metal ferrule and a total brush length of 7 inches or 18 centimeters. The edge felt too tapered and pointed, because using it in the crease made it feel like using a sharp, rough edge, even though if you just brushed the bristles across your hand, they would feel soft. It can deposit color moderately well for both cream and powder products, but it doesn’t blend them out at all, and so many crease brushes are capable of both, so I’m not keen on something as uni-tasking as this shape (plus, it’s not comfortable to use).

I didn’t have any oiliness/greasiness with this particular brush, which was good, but I really didn’t like it. The most comparable brush I have is the MAC 223 (discontinued), which is a longer, narrower crease brush that’s still dome-shaped and rounded at the end, so it is a more ideal shape for crease-work. Make Up For Ever #17S (now discontinued) is not quite as long, wider, and more rounded (as well as fluffier).

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5 Shades of Earthy Green

Autumn makes me think of the changing colors of the leaves, rain, and a lingering dampness and crispness in the air–which always makes me think of earthiness. One of my favorite earth tones is greens, and this post is inspired by them; murky, mossy, and dirty greens that are beautiful to wear.

  1. Inglot #419 — a subtly warm-toned, dirty green with a frosted finish
  2. OCC Ripley — a gorgeous, gold-sparkled mossy green with threads of metallic shimmer for your nails
  3. Urban Decay Stash — a classic olive-green eyeliner that’s richly pigmented and glides on easily
  4. Make Up For Ever #84 — a muted, darkened green with neutral-cool undertones
  5. L’Oreal Golden Emerald — a richly pigmented, slightly warm-toned gold-shimmered forest green

What are your top favorites?

Fyrinnae Meerkat Pressed Eyeshadow & Loose Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Meerkat Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Meerkat Pressed Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Meerkat Pressed Eyeshadow ($9.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “vibrant pink-purple with gold shimmer and sparkle highlight.” It’s a plummy purple with gold shimmer and sparkle. It had good color payoff applied dry as well as over Pixie Epoxy. The texture was fairly soft, though it had quite a bit of sparkle, so it wasn’t perfectly smooth. MAC Double Feature #1 #2 is darker, more plum. Buxom Schnauzer is similar, slightly more muted. OCC Overlook is darker. Inglot #445 is similar but less gold shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Meerkat Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.07 oz.) is the original (and loose) version of this shade. I did find there to be a noticeable and significant color difference between the pressed and loose versions. The loose version is purpler–less plum, less warm-toned. The loose version is nicely pigmented, though, and it also applied more smoothly than the pressed version. Dior Lilas Mitzah is purpler, cooler-toned. Sugarpill Hysteric is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Both shades wore well without creasing or fading over an eight-and-a-half-hour period without any primer; and I had similar wear when I used it with Pixie Epoxy (which isn’t a primer). I noticed slight fall out over time with both shades when worn without Pixie Epoxy, but there was just a couple of stray sparkles when applied over Pixie Epoxy.  Neither pressed or loose is listed as long-wearing and are recommended to be worn with primer and Pixie Epoxy to maximize wear.

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MAC Well Dressed Blush

MAC Well Dressed Blush
MAC Well Dressed Blush

MAC Well Dressed Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as an “immaculate pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, blue-based pink with cool undertones and a soft, satiny sheen. MAC Pure Femininity is darker. theBalm Down Boy is slightly darker, less shimmery. NYX English Rose is warmer. MAC Stay Pretty is darker, less cool-toned. MAC Sunday Afternoon is lighter, cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Nude pink is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

It had fairly good color payoff, but it is not intensely pigmented. The color is somewhat buildable to about medium-full coverage applied with a blush brush, so those with medium and darker complexions may find it too subtle for their liking. For reference, I’m about NC30 and it just shows up softly on me when applied more heavily. For fairer complexions, though, it is an easier blush to use without fearing it will be too bright and bold against the skin. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and silky–just a smidgen powdery but doesn’t look it on the skin–so it is easy to blend and diffuse the edges. It wore well for almost eight hours on me, and then it showed some signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear.

5 Shades of Weathered Blue

I love weathered blues; which I interpret as blues that are dusty, muted, gray-tinged, stormy, and such. There’s just a faded quality to them, but there’s still depth and interest in the color. My very favorite of all-time is Urban Decay Strip, which was discontinued quite awhile ago.

  1. Urban Decay Shattered — a shimmering, muted blue with green and gold shimmer
  2. L’Oreal Infinite Sky — a gorgeous, glimmering stormy blue with a hint of gray
  3. Zoya Skylar — a muted, gray-tinged blue with gold sparkle
  4. Inglot #336 — slightly brightened and richer, but still a rather muted, navy blue with a matte finish
  5. Zoya Sunshine — a sparkling, muted navy blue polish

What’s your favorite shade of a weathered blue?

Make Up For Ever #208 Small Precision Shader & #220 Small Shader Brushes Reviews & Photos

Make Up For Ever #208 Small Precision Shader Brush
Make Up For Ever #208 Small Precision Shader Brush

Make Up For Ever #208 Small Precision Shader Brush ($22.00) is described as a “small paddle brush ideal for shading.” It’s a small, dome-shaped flat brush. I noticed the edge was visibly uneven at a glance, not just in some crazy magnified macro photo. It’s thin, flat, and very springy. There’s a lot of give and flex to the bristles. It was so-so for applying powder eyeshadow, but I felt like it wasn’t picking up enough product, though it worked well for applying cream eyeshadow to the inner third of the lid as it fit well into that area. The brush head is 5mm in length, 7mm in width, and 2mm in thickness. It has a pinched, metal ferrule and a total brush length of just over 6.25 inches or 16 centimeters.

MAC 228 ($20) is a bit fluffier, and to that end, I think a better all-around brush in comparison as it can apply powder and cream equally well and still get into the nooks and crannies. Hakuhodo G5513 ($16) has a straighter edge across the top (not as dome-shaped) but is similar in shape and use. Tom Ford Eyeliner & Definer ($50) is firmer.

Make Up For Ever #220 Small Shader Brush ($22.00) is described as a “small paddle brush.” It’s a small, flat, thin, dome-shaped brush–and yes, it is like a bigger version of the #208 mentioned above. It’s both wider and taller, though the #220 is actually even thinner. The bristles felt much finer and compacted together, which gave it a firmer, flatter shape overall. It had some flexibility but not too much. The firmness made it good for laying down creams, but for powders, it seemed a bit too stiff/flat and didn’t deposit color (from a powder eyeshadow) well. The brush head 7mm in length, 9mm in width, and 1.5mm in thickness. It had a pinched, metal ferrule and a total brush length of just over 6.25 inches or 16 centimeters.

I couldn’t think of anything similar that I’ve tried, as the size is larger than the ones I have that are at least similarly shaped (but they’re all smaller and mentioned in comparison to the #208). What I did notice with this brush was it always felt oily–no matter how many times I washed it or with what (from dishwashing soap to alcohol-based cleansers). It just has a slick, oily feel and as a result, it can be manipulated into whatever shape you want and then slowly releases back to its original shape. This oddity, which is not the first I’ve experienced with the brand’s new brushes (not all are like this but more than one) is quite curious.

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