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  • L'Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Eye Shadow Quad
    5.0

    L'Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Eye Shadow Quad

    I'd pass and spend my cash on something else

    I picked out the “L’OREAL Wear Infinite Studio Secrets Professional Eye Shadow” in 320 Greens. It claims to be for Green/Hazel eyes. Many companies like to clump that into Hazel with Green so its nice to see that they acknowledge the difference. 320 Greens is a 4 color compact that contains about 4 grams of each color, helpfully numbered to assist with those who are makeup challenged. After just mild use on the coverthe “pretty” chrome detailing now looks ugly. Why on earth would you put your product in a package that will look bad LONG before the product is used up. Anyway, this case is very small, small enough for a pocket. These are smooth to the touch but not easy to get a lot of color from and they come with a sponge applicator. I can’t quite describe the finish – somewhere between matte and shimmer, like the back side of a piece of satin. As I mentioned before these are not very pigmented, but it lasted about 6 hours of wear with primer and it looks just exactly the way it did when I put it on this morning. No creasing. The case includes instrructions on the back side that correlate with the numbers next to the pans. When I bought these they were on the expensive side for a drug store (so I thought they should be good) around $8.00. I do like that it lasts all day with a primer and doesn’t crease. I don’t like that it has very little pigmentation. I also don’t like that they don’t blend especially well. I do like how small/portable the quad is, and how neutral the colors are so that they work for any occasion. Do I regret the purchase – of course not. Would I buy this again - no I truly and honestly believe -now- that you get what you pay for, I’d rather wait and save for a higher end more pigmented purchase.

    February 6, 2012

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  • Pixi Wakeup Makeup Kit
    2.0

    Pixi Wakeup Makeup Kit

    this was a waste of my money

    The Wakeup Kit by Pixi contains 2 Eyeshadow Primers, 18 Eyeshadows, 4 colors of blush, and 8 lipglosses. All of the eyeshadows are shimmery and one of the blushes is shimmery. Lets start with the blushes. These feel like suede. They are nice and soft and spread evenly. To much color I had to build the color, and it easily went away. When I applied it to my face over my powder foundation it didn’t want to stick and it barely appeared at all. Next up are the two primers on me they do not work. After about 4 hours I get deep creases in the shadow I’ve applied over them. They have a texture that at first feels like a lip gloss but once it is applied to the skin it feels like chalk. I think I will likely never use these two items ever again. Onto the eyeshadows. Each of the shadows has some shimmer to them. As to the formula... with any brand there is some variation from one color to the next as far as texture and blendability (within the same style of shadow for example pressed powder). These Pixi shadows are all over the place with formula changes as obvious as comparing Nars with Urban Decay. Some gave great coverage, but most were fairly sheer. Some felt chalky while others were smooth and luxurious. After being frustrated with the coverage of each of these I did determine that they can be used wet to create a foiled look that is NOT sheer and looks quite nice. The colors look much more true to the colors you see inside the palette when used this way. Finally we can get to the lip gloss. These are okayish glosses, fairly sticky, but they last for a good 1-2 hours. Like some of the eye colors it can take some digging to get the color out of the pot and onto your lip. They are all quite pretty, and go nicely with my skin tone. Mostly all the colors just give a tiny tint. To get any color to show up you’d need to get a ton of product on your lips. Will I use it? Barely. Will I buy more Pixi? No this one ruined the brand for me.

    February 6, 2012

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  • Urban Decay Ammo Palette
    7.0

    Urban Decay Ammo Palette

    Good but not great

    I am a total Urban Decay Junkie, but this one was not quite as awesome as some of the others. The palette is a nice black box with an amazing foil and velvet design on the front. . Upon opening it you will find a generous sized mirror and 10 point 85 grams shadows (their full-sized shadows are 1 point 41 grams) It also comes with a sponge brush. The colors in the Palette are: •Smog – a copper shimmer • Maui Wowie – a shimmer •Mildew – a medium khaki green shimmer •Shattered – a sky blue shimmer •Oil Slick – a pitch black shimmer •Polyester Bride – a nearly pure white shimmer •Last Call – a dark mauve shimmer •Grifter – a lilac shimmer •Chopper – a pinkish copper shimmer •Sin – a beige shimmer As far as I can tell they all have about the same consistency which is fairly smooth. The color payoff is medium, but can be layered. It is easily blended. I believe this is a great palette if you want to dabble in some color since there are still 4 nice neutrals incase you get scared and retreat!

    February 6, 2012

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  • Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette

    I have 4 of these palettes (Truth, Poetica, and Ludwig) and I love them. Some people don't like the creams but I think they are fine. Kat’s line is known for their highly pigmented colors that make a statement and these paletts follow the same trend. The standard pressed powders go on very smooth and provide full coverage. If you want sheer you need to have a VERY light hand. If you want BOLD this is the way to go. They don’t blend incredibly well but they do allow for layering which helps a lot. Overall these are good quality shadows in a plethora of colors, but it does not compare to some of the other high end brands.

    February 6, 2012

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  • Lancome Color Design Eye Brightening All-In-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette

    I have both the Mauve Cherie and the Jade Fever. I'll review the Jade Fever first since they have different strong and weak points The compacts are a simple black case with a very nice sized mirror in it. Kudos for packaging it elegently enough for me to bring to a dinner party and not look silly if I need to take it out. Jade Fever It comes with, you guessed it if you read the title, 5 shadows. They give usage suggestions of the beige for an all over base, the light green for the lid, the medium dark green for the crease, the greenish gold for the highlighter, and a dark extra shimmery green for a liner. It also comes with two sponge tipped appliators which I will never use. The colors themselves go on smooth but others are smoother, but still it was nice. It applied very evenly with a medium/full color coverage. The colors stay true to what is in the palette, so that’s a plus. The colors also blended very easily. Mauve Cherie: The colors did not stay true to the palette, but they were still lovely colors. As with Jade Fever, all the colors went on very smoothly – they feel like silk when touched. They also blend really well. I tried to apply it as noted. I always use “highlight” colors both in the inner corner of my eye and at my brow line. The highlighter is far too dark and too brown to look right at my brow line – it makes it look like I need a brow shaping! Awful. The highlight color did look nice in my inner eye area. I instead used some more of the “all over” color at the brow line. The lid and crease colors came out nice, if muted. I tried the eyeliner color dry and it was too grey and light for me to like it so I tried it wet. It looked nice wet – but still not as perfect of a line as I prefer. Now when I use the palette I use the “all over” as intended, the “crease” on my lid, the “lid” on my crease and the liner on my outer eye area. But it did look good as suggested with the one alteration I noted.

    February 6, 2012

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  • Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
    10.0

    Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15

    My favorite ever lip product

    I have one of each color, except for the clear and I love them all! The color are super natural - they just add a tint of color to your lips to make them naturally lovely. Some people don't like the price, but its a good product, and there are products that aren't as good for more money - so I'll splurge. They leave my lips feeling very moisturized, which I have only ever got from blistex before. I use these nearly every day throughout the dry winter. If you don't want to commit to a specific color they also sometimes have a pack of a few of them in the mini size so you can try more colors for less money.

    February 6, 2012

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  • Too Faced Natural Eye Palette
    8.0

    Too Faced Natural Eye Palette

    Not as wonderful as some other neutral palettes

    The top row is the standard matte that can be used for anything. The second row is a little edgier due to the shimmer in the shadows, but it is still easy to do subtle. The third row deemed “fashion” is a fun one to work with. Lets get started with the colors. “Day” Heaven is a cream/white that is devoid of nearly any other color, no subtle pink or blue or anything here; it goes on quite sheer. Velvet Revolver is taupe. It reminds me of the walls in my living room. Anyway it is a matte and goes on with a nice medium-full coverage. Sexpresso is a dark brown matte, about the color of a shot of espresso (hence the name) it goes on very pigmented but blends out super well if you are going for more subtle. Line two “Classic”. Silk Teddy is a shimmery pink/coral with fairly sheer coverage – Very pretty. Push-Up is a milk chocolate colored shimmer goes on medium – full coverage. Erotica is a greyish purple shimmer. It goes on full coverage, but as with all of them it can be blended beautifully. Finally, “Fashion” consists of Nude Beach a glitter pink – I swear that all I get is sparkles, no real eyeshadow. Honey Pot is a golden brown shimmer. It goes on with a nice full coverage. Coco Puff is a dark brown shimmer which goes on with a medium coverage. All of these are smooth and if you “tap” your brush there is little fall out. With my primer I can get a full 12 hour work day plus a few hours at home. Overall this is NOT my favorite palette, but IT IS a good palette and not without its merits. It is silky and smooth, stays on, has nice neutral colors and blends super well. Would I buy it again? Yes, once I run out if they still have it.

    February 6, 2012

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  • Too Faced Romantic Eye Palette

    A palette I keep at my desk is the Too Faced romantic eye. I bought this one specifically because the picture on the front is so pretty (silly right?). There is no mirror included in the palette, however, it has three “look” cards that show you how you can use the shades provided. Too Faced has a really nice formula if you touch one of the colors with your fingers it feels like silk! They go on just as smooth. The color payoff is medium, however it is buildable and blends really great. I love how the colors make my green eyes pop. There are glitter, shimmer, and matte shades in this palette, it is super versitle. My only gripe is the "boquet toss" (bottom left) is not a very good addition in my opinion. It feels kinda chalky and it also looks horrible on my skin - so I basically substitute "Soulmates" whenever I want a light cream/white in a look with this palette.

    February 6, 2012

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  • Urban Decay Naked Palette
    9.0

    Urban Decay Naked Palette

    Great addition to any beauty aresonal.

    Lots of people love their Naked palette, and there is no real question why – the colors are great and the formulas are typical of Urban Decay. Each of the 12 colors are the size of the individually sold shadow singles that retail for $17.00 each. They are each housed inside of a velvet covered cardboard case. The palette, when I got it, came with one of the Urban Decay Karma brushes and a sample size of the primer potion. Inside is a medium sized mirror and all of the colors. You can do anything from a super neutral eye all the way to a very glam smokey eye. There are all different types of finishes too. There are some matte, some pearl/shimmer, and a couple heavy glitter shadows. The shimmers (virgin, sin, smog, darkhorse, hustle, gunmetal) are all nice and smooth. They go on pretty thick without working for it. The matte (naked, buck) to me are a little chalky – but I rarely use matte colors so when you are comparing them to shimmers I guess that is normal. Then the glitters (sidecar, half baked, toasted, creep) are similar to the shimmers consistency but they do have some initial fall out. I recommend using a tissue below your eye when applying these colors. Once they are on your eye (over a primer) they stay put. I love every single color and they all look good on me. Right now the palette is still selling for $50.00 (the same as the naked 2 palette). I find that within the palette they are placed in similar color families, like I will use creep and gunmetal together, or hustle and tosted. Half baked, smog, and darkhorse is a really sexy combo, and I will frequently use sidecar and naked for a glitzy neutral.

    February 5, 2012

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  • Urban Decay Naked2 Palette
    9.0

    Urban Decay Naked2 Palette

    New Neutral Awesomeness

    Naked 2 has been heralded as the most anticipated sequel in the makeup world. At first I thought "what's the hype all about?" but then I saw it in person at Sephora and I understood. There are some great colors in it that I don't already have - yes there are some I already have from the Naked 1 palette and the 15th Anniversary palette but overall, for me, this is a mostly new set of colors. Even though there only seems to be so many different looks you can do with neutral colors, there is really a much more diverse set of looks than you would expect. As with the Naked 1 palette there are shimmers (Booty call, chopper, suspect, pistol, verve, busted), glitters (half baked, snake bite, ydk) and mattes (foxy, tease, blackout). This palette is a plastic tray resting inside a metal case, which certainly seems like an upgrade. when I bought this it came with a double-sided Urban Decay Karma brush which is a completely different size than the one from the first palette. It also came with a lip gloss. I feel like again (as with Naked 1), the matte colors do come short of impressing me - if I had to pick a brand for matte I'd stick with Too Faced, but these still aren't bad, just not AS good. The color payoff is pretty good. I needed to go with two layers of blackout to get it opaque, but again I am super pale so that makes some sense it does come out a true black, like if you were playing with coal all day. I really like this palette and I am sure that I will get tons of use out of it.

    February 5, 2012

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