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Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep shimmer eggplant.” It’s a dark, smoky purple with subtle red undertones and purple, burgundy, and gold micro-shimmer. MAC Deceit is darker, browner. Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac is more silver-shimmered, not as red-toned. Urban Decay Rockstar is the closest, but it’s a little darker.

Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow is supposed to be a smooth, easy-to-apply cream eyeshadow that will last all day long without creasing or smearing. The brand recommends using a short brush (like the Cream Shadow Brush) to apply or use fingertips to blend out shade for a sheerer effect.

The texture of Black Violet was a little stiffer than other shades I’ve tried from this range–not that it doesn’t have some creaminess, it’s just a little thin and less creamy. I had some trouble building up the color payoff; it didn’t want to get more than semi-opaque when I tried it on the lid. I still had good wear when I tried this alone; eight hours with no creasing and some fading around the edges when used without a primer, and then very similar results over a primer, just a smidgen less fading.

Most Overrated & Underrated Lipgloss Formula

Over & Under: Most Overrated & Underrated Lipgloss Formula

There are always products that receive endless raves, but they don’t always live up to our expectations or work out as well as they do for others.  Share your picks for most overrated and underrated LIPGLOSSES.  Don’t forget to share your whats and whys as to your choices!

  • Most Overrated: [answer]
  • Most Underrated: [answer]

My Picks

  • Most Overrated: MAC Lipglass — it feels less refined compared to other glosses on the market as formulas have been improved and redone in the past 5-10 years. It’s a good formula, but gloss doesn’t have to be as thick or as sticky to wear as well anymore.
  • Most Underrated: Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipglosses–it’s like MAC Dazzleglass and Chanel Glossimers but better. So shimmery!
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Sunday Link Love, Volume #098

Happy Sunday!

Whew! It has been a really busy weekend, so I’m thrilled to be back home! We went down to southern California to watch my sister graduate from UCI and then helped her move back home. She’s going to be my personal assistant once she’s all settled! 🙂

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick
Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is an opaque magenta-fuchsia with a cream finish. It has the barest of a sheen, which does wear away after a couple of hours and results in a more matte finish. MAC Zen Rose is similar, glossier. Shiseido Fuchsia RS 320 is comparable, slightly purpler. MAC Pink Pigeon is brighter, pinker. MAC Love Forever is purpler. MAC Something New is pinker. NARS Schiap is pinker, slightly brighter.

The Colour Core Moisture Stain is designed to be both a lip stain and lipstick with full color coverage and a moisturizing formula. It’s also supposed to be long-wearing without bleeding or feathering. The texture is soft, barely creamy, but somehow still manages to glide across lips easily and deposits opaque color with little product.  Paris wore for six and a half hours, and there was a residual stain that lingered noticeably for another hour after that. My lips felt hydrated both during and after wear.

I also want to note something I’ve found common with these lipsticks: more often than not, the tip of the lipstick is slightly smooshed upon arrival. It might be an overfilling problem that occurs during manufacturing, but it’s not just one but more like every other one where this problem occurs.

Paris
Paris
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Stila Summer 2012 Collection


Stila Summer 2012 Collection

All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer ($20.00)

  • Pink Shimmer
  • Bronze Shimmer
  • Rose Gold Shimmer
  • Kitten Shimmer

One Step Illuminate ($36.00)

This innovative serum instantly illuminates, primes and nourishes the skin to improve tone and texture, diminishing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. The oil-free formula features Stila’s revolutionary Youth Revival Bio-Available Mineral Complex. It melts into the skin and dries down to hydrate and balance while controlling oil production. One Step Illuminate contains a swirl of three illuminating bronzers (pale pink, champagne & Kitten).

Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara ($22.00)

This innovative waterproof mascara contains a unique polymer with an extremely high resistance to water for the ultimate in long-wear performance. Unlike other waterproof mascaras, Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara leaves lashes soft and protected without smudging, budging or flaking. The rich, buildable formula contains a conditioning agent, coconut oil and antioxidant-rich mango butter. A unique 3D brush with three rows of combing bristles expertly applies a generous coat of mascara for dramatic volume and lift, to lengthen and define each lash.

Baked Setting Powder ($34.00)

Developed using a unique baking technique, these sheer, lightweight setting powders are velvety soft. One to illuminate, one to mattify, and one to bronze – each 3-in-1 compact comes with a mirror and an ingenious shaver that evenly distributes three different shades, mixing them into a fine, silky powder for easy application. The luxurious formulas contain Vitamin E, antioxidants and jojoba oils to moisturize and condition skin while providing beautifying benefits.

  • Set & Illuminate Powder Three brightening powders (pale pink, champagne & Kitten) containing specialty pearls and pigments illuminate cheekbones, under eye brows and/or décolleté
  • Set & Correct Powder Three color-correcting powders (peach, green & lavender) color-correct and mattify skin – the combination brightens and evens skin tone, setting makeup with a flawless, satin finish
  • Set & Bronze Powder Three bronzing powders (matte bronze, Kitten shimmer & bronze shimmer) give skin the appearance of a healthy, natural, sun-kissed glow

Passion Fruit Crush Lip & Cheek Stain ($24.00)

Stila’s latest “crush” creates a beautiful blush red shade with just the right amount of subtle shimmer for lips and cheeks. The formula contains vitamin-rich passion fruit extracts to soften and nourish the skin and antioxidants to help neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals.

Self-Adjusting Bronze Custom Color Blush ($20.00)

The newest addition to Stila’s Custom Color Blush family, this perceptive one-shade-fits-all powder blush comes in a natural bronze hue, with a hint of shimmer for a customized sun-kissed summer glow. The innovative powder blush reacts to each individual’s pH to create a perfect, personalized shade with its unique one-shade-fits-all technology. This blendable velvet-soft formula smoothes the appearance of fine lines and imperfections to leave the skin with a luminous, flawless flush.

Availability: Stila

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