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I am all about sparkles and bright colors as well. My boyfriend says I have a distinctive squeal when I see something glittery, so you’re not alone Sara!
I am also drawn to certain brands (like MAC)

Oooh I love pretty things, like the UD Book of shadows or the Clinique all over powders with the flower pattern. 🙂 Not to mention the Guerlain butterfly collection and Chantecaille’s compacts. 😉 Unfortunately there’s so many nice things around, I’ve spent loads lately. 🙁

I’m, shamefully, the perfect target for pretty packaging. I’ll look at a completely boring product if it’s wrapped up in a great package. I have to switch into critical-thinking mode and really analyze if I need it before I buy it and try to ignore how neat it looks.

I’m drawn to what I know looks good on me and what works for me, and the brand (MAC and Lush). Unlike many people, I’m drawn to simple sleek packaging and neutral, understated but pretty colours with a little shimmer like MAC Big Baby plushglass or their Warm Soul mineralize blush. It saves me a lot of money that I know what suits me colour/formula/brand wise 🙂 But I am already 31 though, it makes sense that I would know by now…

sadly, i tend to be drawn to the price, if its expensive i’ll think its good and if its cheap i’m wary of it. but my major attraction is reading reviews from my daily blogs

i’m initially drawn in by pretty (sometimes bright) colors, and then i look into how pigmented these colors are. i have dark skin, so i hate wasting money on makeup that i can barely see on myself.

and like christy, i also pretty much go by reviews/tutorials i’ve read/seen. i usually go into sephora/MAC already knowing what i want, and go straight for that (cause those damn MAC MA’s will end up tricking you into buying the whole store!). i do end up getting stuff that’s not on my list though, but only if it’s worth it.

If the packaging is cool I will check it out to see if I like the product. If the packaging is ugly I generally skip right over it even though the product could be good. This is why Marketing companies make the big bucks I guess! Aside from that however, I like reading reviews and looking at swatches on people on various blogs and I generally like everything MAC does.

I like price and functionality. I use make-up that isn’t powder for my eyes, as that causes health problems. I use foundation that doesn’t cause acne. I also look for deals on these.

Generally it starts with the brand, if I know the brand is good (MAC, Nars, Benefit, Make Up For Ever, Lush, Urban Decay etc etc etc…) I’ll explore further. From there it is whatever catches my eye (usually bright and sparkley). However, usually once I’m looking, I start swatching everything. I go through so many MAC wipes as soon as I enter the store!

I don’t buy often, so it’s a big mix of things.
a.) brand recognition: if I recognize and like the brand I am likely to buy from it. If I don’t recognize it, I’m likely to pass unless someone specifically recommended it to me or I’ve experimented more with the brand…
b.) packaging: I am a sucker for packaging. Nothing to be ashamed of here, it’s very common haha!
c.) colours: I really only wear neutral colours with a gold or silver eye product or bright pink or red lip/nail product every now and then..
d.) I have to admit: the cost. It’s not that I think more expensive products work better, but like I’ve said before my makeup is my way to pamper myself so I like to keep it high end 🙂 Also, like I said, I don’t buy often. Quality over quantity for me!
e.) though I touched upon it earlier, if something is recommended or has good word-of-mouth I’m often more willing to give it a try!

All that said, magazine or poster advertisements have never worked for me when it comes to makeup…

i usu am drawn to something that is unusual or to something i have seen written up in a fashion mag or here on temptalia.. the latest thing i couldnt resist to try was EyeEnvy – Exotic Kit ..from sephora website.. it is the press on eyeshadow and these are done in tiger strips! ok i know when the heck am i ever going to wear these? but thats me BTW, they are very nice and each set can possibly be used twice.. they come in soldis but you can do solids yourself! check it out

Displays always get me over to have a look, then I immediately zoom in on the colours – when the new DiorKiss glosses came out (and thoroughly annoyed me because I completely loved the old range, formula and packaging (18mLs!) and the new ones are less than half the size for the same price }:-( Grrrrr) I went ga-ga over the Mango Soda colour and flavour… I resisted for about a month before I caved in and bought it. Looked at all the other colours and decided they were all pretty boring, sadly. I always check out the new quint eye palettes when they come out though!
YSL packaging has always disappointed me – I have a couple of LipTwins and a Pop Stick Blush and while the product is fine, the cases are horrible and plasticky and cheap looking.
Another thing that bugs me is when you get a gorgeous lip palette in a beautiful compact and then they skimp and give you a nasty stiff little lip brush. Please!

But yeah, pretty, sparkly, shiny, gorgeous things always catch my eye (and hurt my wallet)…

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