Eyeliners define your eyes and make it the epicenter of any good look.Even a subtle streak on a lash line makes a huge difference in what tyou’re going for. The curves, lines, and colors can be the finishing touches that take your look to the next level.
A good eyeliner should be easy to apply, glide effortlessly, have a variety of gorgeous colors, and last the whole day. Some things to look out for when choosing your liner:
Is it precise? Flexibility in the thickness of line which is more important for liquid liners since the shape of the tip can’t be altered. i tend to like liquid liner pens that have a soft brush tip opposed to a felt tip. My all time favorite is Physicians Formula 2-in-1 lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum. it can be found at any drug store for $9.99 or less!
Is it highly pigmented? The higher the pigmentation, the easier it is to produce the intended color, especially if it’s applied over primer and eyeshadow. It’s super disappointing to try an eyeliner that isnt pitch black or vibrant in color. It just makes everything look super dull.
How fast does it dry? You want it to dry fairly quickly after application, but is still easy to take off immediately if you make a mistake. I always keep a makeup wipe handy to try and correct my mistakes and i try to apply my eyeliner against something that has a sharp edge, like a business card or a tape guideline.
Does it smudge? No raccoon eyes please!!
Will it last all day? Obviously you don’t want your eyes melting off throughout the day and created a look that makes you appear to have been crying all day.
Does it come off easily with makeup remover? You don’t want to scrub your eyes too hard, it is the most sensitive part of you face! most waterproof eyelines will come off easier with a makeup remover like micellar water. My favorite is the Garnier Micellar water (the one with the blue cap removes waterproof makeup).
There are three main types of liners: pencil, gel, and liquid. Deciding on the right type is the most important part. After that, there are other factors to consider, like drugstore versus luxury brand, waterproof capabilities, and if the eyeliner is good for tightlining. I’m not one for tightlining since i wear contacts and have sensitive eyes but having a good kohl/gel pencil liner is great for this because it can help really create that smoldering look.
Pencils are the most standard type of eyeliner and come in different sizes and a range of colors. Pencil is available through the vast majority of cosmetic brands. They achieve a classic or natural look and are easy to smudge for a smoky or dramatic look. They are the easiest to apply when soft. Remember that old trick your mom used to do in the 80s? Where she’d heat the pencil liner with a liner? Running a dry, crumbly, pencil through the flames of a light for a few seconds will help heat up the wax and make the eyeliner softer and easier to apply. Pencil liners also don’t necessarily need you to have a steady hand. You can easily smoke out a mistak with your pencil liner or cover it up again with a bit more eyeshadow. The drying time is virtually zero so you’re ready to go as soon as it goes on!
Liquid eyeliners provide precise definition to the lash lines and are usually dispensed through a brush or felt-tip pen. They have ultra-precision and are great for winged and cat-eye looks. You can create defined lines and go over them with a matching colored eyeshadow to set it in place even faster. Graphic liners are super popular these days and these looks are acheived with a liquid liner and a whole lot of patience. At least there’s no sharpening required!
Finally, gel eyeliners lie somewhere between pencil and liquid eyeliners. They are smudgeable enough to look natural but can also be applied so the line is bold and defined. An eyeliner brush is needed to apply gel eyeliner, which is typically contained in a small pot. They are creamy for an easy glide, are excellent for waterlines and tightlining. Gel liners are also great for winged, cat-eye, and smoky-eye looks as well as natural looks. Kohl/Kajal eyeliners kind of fall into this catergory as all. They’re super creamy and smudgeable and come in a pencil form in case you dont want to fuss with a brush.
Ultimately, your eyeliner type is your choice and you can choose one favorite type or utilize all for differing looks! Reviews.com recently ranked the top liners that you use to help you make the decision! Comment below with what’s your favorite liner. Maybe I’ll give them a try! I’m always looking for new eyeliners.
Hello, my lovelies, another review here for you today! It is the Red Hot Sauna Masque from 7th Heaven or Montage Jennesse? I’m not sure which company it is but I’ll post a picture down below so you can see how the packaging looks.
So this is a self-heating mask, which means it’s supposed to heat up on contact with your skin. I thought that was an interesting concept and I wanted to try it out. The mask has red clay and pressed jasmine and is supposed to “open pores, and clear out excess oils without drying,” according to the packaging. You might also notice on the packaging that it is a nice deep red and looks a bit more clay like.
This was not the case at all. This mask came out like deep Pepto Bismol pink and it felt as if I had smear coagulated Pepto Bismol on my face. It was goopy, sticky, a little slimy, and only heated up for about 45 seconds to 1 minute. It didn’t really dry all that much either and definitely did not feel thick and creamy like the usual clay face masks I do. It was very liquidy and basically got all over my bathroom sink because it was dripping off the package, off my fingers, off my face. It was a hot mess. In the pictures I’m posting you can tell how just goopy and gross it looks.
I got this mask at my job which is similar to Rite Aid or CVS for $1, it’s usually $1.50. It’s cheaper because it is a sample pack of course but I would not recommend this at all. It wasn’t relaxing because all I could think about was not getting goop everywhere and I just wanted to rinse it off my face. I can’t exactly remember if my face felt better after rinsing off the mask but I think I did use a face wash after just because it was so bad.
I would stick to the Freeman beauty masks as they’re much nicer in quality and still fairly cheap. I don’t know if anyone else has tried this and liked it but I certainly did not! Word of advice: skip it!
Hello, lovelies! I’m sorry if all these haul posts make it seem like I’m rolling in money and straying away from my original intent of making stuff budget friendly. However, during black Friday, companies become EXTRA budget friendly with their sales and hopefully people can keep this in mind for next year! I’m not suddenly rolling in dough now, just a person who loves a good sale!
Now onto the goodies. I’ve never tried Coastal Scents before but of course, I have heard of them. I have always wanted to try them, especially because even at regular price they are still budget friendly. Black Friday had really great prices for select items and I think there was a general 50% off sale, or at least something similar. I can’t remember! The way I worked black Friday is that I budgeted out what I wanted from each company and tried to get free shipping (in some cases I paid the expensive shipping fee, like with BH Cosmetics whose shipping is $8!) I believe I only spent around $20 dollars or so (shipping included, which I think was in the $4.95-6.95 range. I think Coastal Scents actually goes by weight for their shipping).
I ended up getting over 100 eyeshadows for just 20 bucks! How Great is that?! I got 2 palettes, 4 Hot Pots, and a free angled eyeshadow brush. I think they have free samples with every order and you get a variety of things to choose from, I just so happened to choose a brush.
I got the 88 original Palette, the 12 color Fall Festival Palette, and 4 Hot pots. The 88 original palette was about $5 and some change, the Fall Festival Palette was closer to $7 and each Hot Pot was on sale for 98 cents each!
I wanted to get the 88 Palette because I have been lugging all my extra palettes to my bathroom to try and use them as I get ready for work and it was taking up too much space. So I tried to get a simple but versatile palette that I could use every day and not just create neutral looks. The Coastal Scents shadows I think are a fairly decent quality for a good price. There is fall out (but even high-end shadows have fallout) but a lot of the shadows have fairly decent pigment. I will say that some of the darker shadows come out more smokey when applied to the eye and not as pigmented. This can be a plus or a negative depending on how you look at it. A plus if you want a softer look or a negative if you really want that pigmentation and pop. I see it as the latter. I used the black shadow from the Fall Festival palette in my Kween Bee look as it fell very flat. I wanted a more striking black contrast and it did not deliver. However, the bright shadows seem to work fairly well. I always use a white base (Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk) when I’m working with bright shadows, though. It almost requires it to get that pop you need.
I would definitely recommend the fall festival palette. The colors are really beautiful and they’re all shimmers. Even though it’s winter now in the US (South of the equator babes enjoy the summer!) I still use the palette because I am not going holiday colors and dark smokey eyes all winter haha! The 88 palette I think you can skip mostly because they do have 120+ palettes, so if you’re a beginner and really just want a single go-to palette, I would suggest those. As a person who has a lot of palettes already and just wanted something basic for work, I chose the 88 one (and it was cheaper). It’s great for when I only have like 20 minutes for work and pick 3 colors to go on my eyelids and they’re all there.
I haven’t tried the hot pots yet but I got similar shades to the ones that were already in the palettes I purchased whoops!
But at least if I need 1 single color I have it. I imagine they perform similarly to the shadows in the Fall festival palette as they are not baked like the shadows in the 88 palette. I did buy another black because I need a black single eyeshadow for when I’m traveling but I’m afraid it’s going to perform poorly like the other dark colors. We’ll have to see!
Yes my lovelies, the Black Friday Hauls are still not over! There are 2 more posts to go but between playing Pokemon Moon, sewing my cosplays, and getting a new doll I’ve been slacking! What else is new, am i right? Haha!
So after months and months of ogling Colourpop and loving their lower end prices I finally ordered some stuff from them! Black Friday bought a 30% off sale and their usual free shipping on orders over $30. I had been shopping for like an hour at this point and realized all I got was a lot of eyeshadows and I needed some new nude lipsticks that I could wear to work. Each Liquid lip was $4.80 so I ordered 5; 3 Mattes and 2 metallics. I also ordered their ever popular highlighter, Churro, which I think was not on sale but only $6-7.
The Colors I got were Beeper, LAX, Love Bug, Man Eater, and DM.
Now I did do some tests where I basically wore a metallic and a matte during a work shift. I usually work 6 hours each so all my experiences are based on that time frame. The first metallic I wore was Man Eater. I put like 1 or 2 coats on and let it dry a bit. Throughout the day I noticed that it became flaky and patchy. I had parts rub off and had flakes falling, even after I reapplied. I wasn’t really happy with how it was reacting. This is my first metallic lippy so I’m not sure if they’re all like that and I’ve generally heard good things about Colourpop so I was disappointed in that. The color was beautiful and very shimmery though. They do go on smoothly but I think over time it just starts to crumble especially because of the moisture between the lips. I think It breaks down over time.
The Matte lipsticks were a little better. There were still some flakes but not as drastic as the metallic. The Mattes held a solid color and mostly came off when I went on break to eat and when I drank water. I applied about maybe 2 times (mostly after I ate and to get some more moisture in my lips). The colors are nice and opaque and really great. It’s just really the flaking and rubbing that kills the whole mood. I would recommend them because they’re not as expensive as other liquid lips and do have really nice opaque full coverage but the flaking and rubbing off is another factor to consider.
I haven’t tried the highlighter but when I swatched it, it felt buttery smooth. Very soft and easy to blend. I know each highlighter is pressed differently so this can’t really be helped but I really do wish that I would’ve got more marbling on mine. I also wish it smelled like a churro haha! It’s a gorgeous color, similar to the ones I got at BH Cosmetics-pale/peachy gold with a bit of copper to it. I may give it a shot tomorrow when I put my work makeup on!
I may order from Colourpop again, probably more so for the highlighter but I did see another matt lip color I wanted so I may get that too. Have you guys tried Colourpop? What did you think of it? Do you have the same flaking problems I do? Let me know!
Hello, Lovelies! I recently placed an order with Sephora for Black Friday as well as to redeem my free birthday gift! Don’t worry the post on what I got from Sephora will be coming up soon! This year I had a choice between a Marc Jacobs Lipstick and Mascara mini set and a Fresh Soy Face Cleanser and Rose Face Mask set. I was going to get the Marc Jacobs Set but my friend kept telling me to get the Fresh set. I also was buying a lot of makeup and I soon realized that I was running out of my staple facial cleansers. So I decided to go with the Fresh set.
I have used the Soy Cleanser to wash my face after taking off my makeup. It’s a really soft gentle cleanser. It’s kind of refreshing and not irritating at all. It’s a simple cleanser and I think it helps get the residue off after a work shift wearing makeup. I don’t mind the clear type cleansers but I’m not so sure if I’m sold on this cleanser just yet.
As for the Rose mask, it wasn’t a thick mud or clay type mask like I normally use. This mask is similar to a thin jelly. It gives off a brownish color but goes on rather clear. The smell was soft-it smelled like roses of course but I also felt that it smelled a little bit like banana! There are real pieces of rose petal in there as well and the rose scent does overpower the mysterious banana smell but not in a bad way at all.
I used about 1/4-1/2 of the jar to cover my entire face. It is only a .5 mL jar so it’s pretty tiny but I think I can get another use or two out of it. The recommended time for the mask is about 5-10 minutes but I left it on probably closer to 15 or 20. I did feel it start to get warm in certain places and I have no idea if it was because my skin was irritated or not. I had just used hair remover around my brows and upper lip about 15 minutes or so before I put the mask on, so I’m really unsure if the mask was reacting to the skin since the hair was freshly removed or if it really does get warm on its own. The warmth was mostly around my upper lip area but surprisingly not around my brows, hence my confusion.
Other than the warmth, which never turned into a burning or irritating sensation, the mask was nice. It’s gentle enough that it can be used daily but I don’t think it offers the power that I like with my masks. I think it’s more so a mask to treat yourself with as if you’re having a spa day or maybe you did something and felt your skin needed the extra cleaning after using the soy cleanser. I’ll most definitely use the mask again but i can’t help that I love my thick clay masks! This one just doesn’t cut it for me, and while nice and luxurious feeling I wouldn’t personly go out of my way to buy it.
It’s not a bad mask at all but not exactly my cup of tea either. I would recommend it to people who have more sensitive or dry skin who can’t really use the heavier clay masks, though. Though my skin is sensitive and dry, it isn’t that extreme. My skin doesn’t react badly to products usually and this will be better for people who’s skin gets irritated easily.
Also, can anyone tell me if the free birthday gifts change month to month or do they have the same gifts for the entire year? Did anyone else get the Fresh set? Let me know!
House of Beauty co was having a Black Friday sale where everything was 50% off! My friend kept sending me videos from their Instagram of these lippies and I was very turned off by the fact that they seemed very goopy and they would always open the little jar and show off that it was goopy. I was skeptical that I would like these lippies so when I saw that they were going to be 50% off I thought I’d just give them a chance.
I ordered two products, a Lip Hybrid Tube(normally $10, sale price $5) in 24k a deep gold color, and Aquarius (normally $16, sale price $8) which is a teal blue in their original jar formula. When I received my order I was pleasantly surprised to find a full-size jar of their color Heart of Fire (a $16 gift!). I checked my packing slip and it only showed the 2 items I ordered so I was very happy with that. Shipping I believe was $4.95, so in total I think my order came out to $17.95.
I think these lippies are pricey especially for the jar size but you don’t need that much on your lips so realistically these little jars last awhile. I’ve applied both jar formulas and I can say that I don’t like it. This is personally because I like to put my makeup on with ease, so I prefer tubes (which is why I got the lip tube hybrid as well). The lipgloss sticks are so much easier for me than to spend at least 5 minutes with a lip brush trying to be precise and get into every corner. Some people like this but I do not.
The goop factor was something I didn’t like as well. You have to be careful of opening the jar because the product acts like melted cheese. Now that sounds strange but there is a string-like effect like when you pull apart melted cheese. I had to be careful not to let the string break off in any area that wasn’t in the jar or the cap of the jar so I wouldn’t loose product.
I tried Heart of Fire first which is a shimmery red with a bit of copper. The pigmentation is there in both lip jars, very much so. But I felt Heart of Fire went on easier. The first swipe of color was more opaque and I only had to build up like maybe two layers to get full coverage over my lips. It was much easier to apply and get a nice color without it becoming sticky and feeling like cheap lipgloss.
It gets on the lid a lot
the jar is really full
I love this color a lot
I can’t say the same for Aquarius though. I was disappointed because this was the actual color I ordered and wanted. I love blue lippies and this color is indeed beautiful but the first swipe was very sheer and it moved around a lot. I felt like it wasn’t exactly staying in one place when I was trying to cover my lips. Then I had to keep adding more to get that coverage I wanted. You can build up the color and get a nice opaqueness to it but it takes a lot more product. Now, perhaps I did use a bit too much but I did feel like I needed too with how sheer it was coming off and how it wasn’t staying in one place. This is when I think this got goopy and messy. Every time I would part my lips I felt like I was pulling apart a grilled cheese sandwich. It wasn’t the best experience. I think I will try and use maybe a little less product but I honestly don’t know if the coverage will be the same.
I think it can be hard to produce lighter color makeup products but blues aren’t usually that bad. I think the Heart of Fire color worked because it’s such a deep rich color, unlike Aquarius. Which is very unfortunate. The Heart of Fire does seem to leave a bit more residue like on my lip brush and my hands (NOT staining, though!). The product came off easily with a makeup remover wipe but I felt some of the Heart of Fire color lingered on my brush a little longer. Keep in mind I was just wiping in between colors, not doing full cleanings.
The last color is the 24k, the deep gold, in the classic lipgloss tube. The top is a sleek black matte and the writing on the tube is beautiful. It’s simple but very elegant. This is way easier to apply and went on opaque right out the gate! This is my absolute favorite. It works so well and is a stunning. It’s not a bright yellow gold. It’s more muted and a little bronze-y in color. So it gives that interesting pop without being too overwhelming. I love the tube formula much more than the jars. It’s not goopy at all and very easy to apply. I’m unsure if Aquarius is available in tube form, I believe a deeper dark blue is so maybe I should’ve gotten that one. But overall I would say a complete yes on the tubes and available on the darker colors avaliable in the jar formula.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many colors available in the tube form but I’m hoping it’s something they keep around. I think this company is definitely something to try and that maybe each person has to play around with what they like. Maybe you do like putting on lippies with a brush and not a lipgloss applicator. Just see which works best for you. I can’t wait to rock this gold though!
A few months ago I had ordered a Lime Crime Velvetine Lipstick from Wish. If you don’t know what Wish is it’s an app, that’s similar to ebay that sells a variety of things including makeup. As most of my followers know I buy some of my palettes and makeup from China to save on costs and most of the makeup that I buy turn out great and are nearly identical to their original counterparts. I plan on making a blog post on the pros and cons of buying from Chinese sellers but that’s for a later date. I chose to buy these Velvetines because I had gotten one in the color Salem and it goes on like a dream, very smooth, with nice color payoff. You have to reapply throughout the day (though i do this with all my liquid lips because even though the color stays on there adding another layer touches up the shape of the lips as well as adds moisture again) but the color is really nice. Since I had such a good turnout with the first Velvetine I decided to buy three more in the colors Alien (green), Zenon (metallic yellow/gold), and Teacup (periwinkle/lavender-grey).
Each color is $1 with $1 shipping, so $2 as compared to I believe the $18 dollars of the original Lime Crime. I’m not a fan of supporting Lime Crime either so buying the off brand alternative can save you money and also not support brands you don’t agree with.
I swatched them all side by side and as you can see Salem (burgundy/brown) and Zenon swatch the best. Alien and Teacup are both very streaky after one swipe. So I decided to put them to the test on the lips. From Top to Bottom: Teacup, Zenon, Alien, Salem.
Zenon, though it swatches well, is very streaky and comes off easily with natural lip moisture. The center where my lips met would not hold the color at all and of course this is where the most moisture is. The color stayed on decently towards the out parts of the lips. After 2 or 3 coats and drying in between I could tell that this would need a lot of retouching throughout the day and make act more like cream lipstick rather than sticking like a liquid lip. Though to be fair, creating yellow as just as hard as creating white makeup. I even was able to swatch a yellow cream lipstick from MAC and it sucked big time. Bad color pay off similar to Zenon. I was excited for it because in the picture provided on the app the color looks more matte. I was stoked to find out that it was metallic. I think that this particular color might work better as a top coat, like to add a gold shimmer on top of another color, rather than stand on it’s own. Removing the color made glitter go everywhere around my mouth, so I’m thinking the metallic effect is actually coming from glitter rather than pigment.
The next color I tried was Alien. I don’t really own any green lipsticks and I was itching to try one just to see how it looks on me. Green isn’t really my color but I’ve been getting into green makeup products lately. On the applicator the color comes off creamy and semi thick. When applied it goes on much thinner. I applied one coat and let it dry for about 30-45 seconds. You can’t press your lips together, it just takes off all the color. And adding a second coat kinda smears everything around again. This color didn’t perform well either. It was super streaky and didn’t stick to the lips or to itself well. It was very patchy in some places and not that nice matte we desire with liquid lips.
The third color is Teacup. This color is like my most fave color. It swatched really streaky but putting it onto the lips actually is more smooth and uniform. The first coat is still a little streaky but the color is more matte and less patchy. Adding a second coat actually fills in the gaps of color and isn’t reacting to the natural moisture of the lips in a negative way like the two before. I added a total of 3-4 coats to create full coverage. Out of the three I purchased this one performed the best and is closer to the quality of Salem. I honestly don’t think this one is too bad.
I think overall the darker colors are preforming better than the lighter ones such as Alien and Zenon. And because I was interested in seeing how the real deal preformed I looked up swatch videos and I found this one by Jade Madden.
She was having the same problems I was and had similar opinions on the colors. So if the “knockoffs” aren’t that great and the real deals aren’t that great then of course it has to be something in the formula.Also the colors aren’t the same as the swatches and images on the official Lime Crime website. And while photoshopping and editing is a part of any kind of advertising I think they’re a bit much. Alien online looks darker when it’s more pastel in real life.
I still believe Salem preformed the best out of them all. It does not take off product with the second coat. It isn’t streaky, nor patchy. It goes on like a dream and it’s my favorite one still after purchasing 3 more. I would recommend that if you want to try these Lime Crime Lipsticks for $1 to go for the darker colors and the neutrals;stay away from the brights and neons. The darker colors seem to fair better in application. I’d give these lipsticks a 2 out of 5. I had high hopes for them because of Salem and they let me down. Teacup is the best out of the three but is still lacking.
I hope you guys enjoyed this review. Be sure to like and comment and let me know what you think of Lime Crime and if you’ve tried the Velvetines lines.
Hey guys, before I start the reason it is a partial review is because I’ve only regularly used a few of the colors in the palette. I will make some inferences about the other colors I have not tried and will try to do a look with them soon so I can give a full review of the palette. So far I’ve tried about half of the colors in the palette (5 total).
A bit of backstory as well, you guys know I’ve been following J* and really and truly do like most of the liquid lips I’ve gotten and I’ve done two reviews for them here and here. I have 6 Liquid lipsticks now and while they aren’t in the usual price range, I do set aside money for them when I hear of the release dates so I am able to purchase them. This is also why I only have 6 shades. I don’t have the money to buy every single one nor do I want every single shade. My Favorites are Blow Pony, Weirdo, and RedRum. Jawbreaker is a close 4th. My least favorites are Druglord and Breakfast at Tiffanys.
Redrum holds up the best in my opinion. It is a very rich red and I get a lot of compliments on it. I truly love the pigmentation and color of it. Same for Blow Pony. Weirdo also has wonderful pigmentation and it is one of my favorite black lipsticks, however after using these liquid lips for awhile I’ve found that the center of the lips seem to fade the quickest. They don’t stay on as long as they are claimed to stay on. The liquid lips are supposed to come off mostly with oil based products or food (which J* has stated) but I’m thinking that extreme moisture also breaks it down as well. The center of the lips is moist, your tongue touches it the most and even with drinking with a straw you’re still getting moisture on your lips. The corners of the mouth also seem to dry and crumble just a bit.
Druglord of course as I stated in my first review of it is still not my favorite. White colors anything from ANY cosmetic brand can be very tricky, streaky, and hard to get pigmented. It is very hard to produce in makeup. I even have Nyx products that are white and I am not a fan of them. Elf as well. And I recently worse my Breakfast at Tiffany’s and found that it crumbled more than the other liquid lips. I do love the color, it’s very gorgeous and minty blue but I was upset that it was crumbling so much. I shake the bottle like you’re supposed to before applying but it doesn’t seem to help. Also I am able to dab my lips on a napkin and some color does come off (when it is claimed not too). Just today I was eating chicken tenders and french fries while wearing Weirdo, neither were too greasy or oily. It was maybe 30 to 40 minutes or so of wearing the lipstick and I could still dab some color off and that was before I actually began eating.
Other times I’ve eaten things like a burger and have seen the color come off onto the bun.
I was really tempted and still slightly am tempted to buy the supposed yellow liquid lip he is making for the summer but I’m also not sure anymore. Every lipstick isn’t perfect of course and I have been recommending these lipsticks to other people because they are fairly nice pigment wise and do stay on for awhile, but I have to reapply especially for the center of the lips every few hours. I don’t wear bases or lipliners under these lipsticks, just put them straight on.
I’ve also noticed today at Ulta that Nyx has a very beautiful suede liquid lip in a blue similar to Jawbreaker that I would probably recommend because of the price difference and because the pigmentation is great. It stayed on after I washed the hand I swatched it on and came off once I used a makeup remover wipe and wiped over it several times. I think I might buy it in the future (i do have their deep purple suede that I like, but not this blue I saw today).
Now onto the palette. The colors I’ve tried so far are Courtney, Rich Bitch, China White, Vanity, And Black Rainbow. I had been waiting for the palette for a long time. I even stood in line for two and half hours and DragCon in Los Angeles, first thing in the morning to try and get the palette early. I was unsuccessful. Then J* released it online and it sold out in 30 seconds, I missed it again. The third time was the charm because I finally was able to snag it. It was $45 with about $6 shipping. Once again I knew I had wanted to get this palette so money was set aside for it. My excitement has now like…dimmed down significantly.
All colors were swatched with a dry flat eyeshadow brush. The only time I wet the brush was when I wanted to show the difference between Rich Bitch dry versus Rich Bitch on a wet brush. No primer was used. Each color was gone over a few times to show the true potential of color buildup. The hardest colors to see are China White because it is so light and Courtney because it is a bit close to my skintone. The photos are edited a bit for brightness because I don’t have the greatest lighting in my house and it comes off very yellow. I was supposed to do this in the daytime but I was being lazy 😛
Courtney by far is my favorite color. It’s a very warm taupe color that’s soft in texture and I feel the easiest to blend with. It’s a very nice everyday color as well as a good transition color. If J* made single eyeshadows I would probably get it as a single however there are some other brands that have soft taupe shades that could also be used.
I would also like to point out that everytime J* swatches something he does a finger swatch which can be very deceiving. Why? Because your fingers have oils and the pigment sticks to it better. Getting the pigments on a brush acts different as I found out the hard way. So when he swatches things that look very pigmented but while using a brush it can come out very patchy.
Courtney doesn’t really do this but I had a hell of a problem with Rich Bitch, a super shimmery glittery gold. On the brush the glitter falls off in chunks and doesn’t really stick to the skin. I used Two Faced Shadow Insurance as my primer for the look I used Rich Bitch in and a flat eyeshadow brush because I wanted to pack on the color. However when I tried to pick up the pigment with the dry brush it basically fell off and like I said, didn’t stick at all. As you can see in the picture below (which this one is actually unedited) the swatch of Rich Bitch dry is extremely patchy! I used Pixi’s Makeup Fixing Mist to wet my brush (and maybe I should’ve used regular water) and was able to coat my entire lid with the pigment. It came out nice and foiled. However, about a few hours after I had initially applied it I had found that my right eye had about half of the gold pigment gone. I’m not sure why. The left eye was completely fine so I don’t understand what was the difference if the application was the same on both lids. In the shadow pan now it looks like I dug into it with my brush and a chunk is missing from the shadow. It’s essentially what I had to do. I actually used Strobe Cosmetics Fit for a Queen (which is another deep foiled shimmery gold) for a transition color and on a dry brush it came off perfectly foiled and SUPER pigmented in one swipe. I would HIGHLY recommend that over Rich Bitch. A single Pan (while smaller than the J* shadow pans) is $6.50 but it is significantly worth it. I had the pleasure of talking to the creator at DragCon and she is a sweetheart as well (which can not be said about J*, but I digress)
Black Rainbow is a glittery black which has been made thousands of times and there are other brands for sure that have the same glitzy black. I used a dry small angled brush to apply it as I was attempting a cut crease. It was really hard to blend out and when I did get it it looked fairly smudgy. The glitter also diminished and the black turned greyish. I kept having to go over it to get the intense black I wanted. It also kind of smudged into the Rich Bitch I spent so much time getting onto my eyes which sucked! When I swatched it the glitter fell off almost immediately and i was left with a greyish swatch that easily smudged. I also noticed that when wearing the color on my right eye that it began to itch where I had put the Black Rainbow in the crease. Now it wasn’t painfully itchy or swollen like a severe allergic reaction or anything but when I did remove my makeup I noticed that the crease was a little red and irritated. It didn’t seem that way on the other eye and the rest of both my eyelids were fine. I’ve never had any problems wearing eye shadows of any brand. Not sure why this happened but it cleared up in a day. I know my skin is picky but not so when I wear makeup.
China White is a creamy ivory, which when I think China White I think of a stark porcelain. This is not stark porcelain. It’s nice for a brow bone high light and I tried to use it as a base for the colors (so the Too Faced Shadow insurance than China White) and it didn’t really work so well. It wasn’t the intense white I like to use for my usual bases. Jeffree says that he uses this color for a base but I’m not feeling it. I think it’s almost a useless color since you’d be using it for highlight mostly. You could use it for an all over lid color as well but I’d much rather use Courtney. It also barely shows up on my skin because it goes on so light. I feel like you’d almost have to use like a white base like Nyx’s Jumbo Pencil in Milk and then put China White on top for the color to actually really come out. Also I’m not a fan of the name China White. It seems a touch insensitive to be quite honest. It’s also a beigey semi ivory color so a new name entirely would’ve been more approriate, not only culturally but as a better representation of the color.
Vanity is the last one I’ve used so far. It is a very deep brown. Like very deep. I like my browns to be a bit lighter than this. It almost comes off black when you apply it. This one is fairly smooth, like Courtney though. I used it for the outer crease before and I did like it bit I’d just prefer it to be much lighter and not as deep in tone. I think this paired with Courtney as the two best ones so far. I’m afraid to try Star Power as I’m really not a neon pink person and it looks really chalky and much dryer than the other matte shades in the palette. There is only 4 matte shades total for the palette is predominately shimmers, which isn’t versitile if you’re going for everyday looks, but I did go for the palette because it had bright colors in them. I’m hoping Expensive will be nice because the shimmer looks a bit finer than Rich Bitch but I’m afraid it won’t be a nice and smooth.
So far I’m not as impressed as I thought I would be and it truly is making me not want to buy the fall palette he is supposed to be releasing. I might buy one highlighter or two (the lavender and the black one for Halloween, both have yet to be released) and then I might be done. I think I might try to move on Kat Von D’s stuff for my “high end” fix and I think I might want to try more indie brands though I find them to be around the same prices as high end things (sometimes). I know an indie brand that had liquid lips that are around $16 dollars each which isn’t far off from J*’s $18 liquid lips. I most definitely want to get more shadows and products from Strobe Cosmetics as I think they’re phenomenal.
Overall some of the matte colors come off softer and blend easier while the glittery ones are really a pain to work with. The colors also seem to fade a lot. I would suggest SugarPill Cosmetics if you want to go for the neon colors and Strobe Cosmetics for the metallic colors. Strobe is cheaper than Sugarpill but both are equally as great in my opinion. I think most Sugarpill palettes run cheaper than Jeffree Star but they only have 4 colors usually. So you are getting more bang for your buck with Jeffree’s palette but how much bang are you really getting. Also Strobe Cosmetics does over palettes currently based off of American Horror Story. I have yet to buy one but I’m planning on it (though my love for AHS has diminished greatly). Nyx also has some fairly nice single shadows as well and the Bh Cosmetics Galaxy palette can help get you a metallic fix as well. There are tons of other cheaper options that are also better quality. I had super high hopes for this palette and it really tore me up finding out the the colors were not in my favor nor behaved properly.
I know this post was extremely long but I wanted to talk about it and make sure you guys knew my opinion as always! Let me know if you’ve tried the palette as well and what your thoughts are about it. How did the shadows work for you?
I realized I’ve got a lot of blogging to do you guys! Unfortunately I might not get to most of it . I’ve got homework to do and my surgery is coming up soon (next Week!). I’m going to behind on assignments after that as well. Argh! I wish I could get everything done. But I’m going to try and knock out at least 4 or posts for you guys! There will also be a few posts on my personal blog so be sure to check those out as well.
Today though I have a little unboxing from Everyday Minerals. I got a coupon from them because I had placed an order for some samples (you can get a 7 piece sample kit and only pay $2.50 for shipping) about a year ago. I got a coupon in my email offering me $5 off, so I decided to take a look at their site. I found these You’ve got the look kits for $8, with $5 off it would only be $3 but shipping was around $5 itself so I basically got free shipping. It wasn’t that bad. The one I chose was the High Shine kit which had pinkish-purple shadows and a softly tinted lipbalm. Since I’m into pastels I’d thought I’d give it a shot.
So let’s get started!
So the kit comes with 3 eyeshadows and 2 tinted lipbalm. The Shadows I got are “Loving Whisper” (a soft pink), “Shy Smile” (a soft purple pink), and “Paper Heart” (a pastel magenta). All three colors have glitter and are sheer. They come in .03 oz jars.
As you can see in the swatches they are very sheer and therefore not very pigmented. Shy Smile looks pigmented because too much came out when I was trying to swatch haha. This is the problem I find with mineral powders. They’re just too light. For some things, like foundation it’s good but for things like eyeshadow I dislike it. The colors themselves are really cute but I would probably have to add eyeshadow primer, then a white base, then pack the color on instead of sweeping this. Now, i do this in general with non neutral colors to help them stand out and be really bright, so this isn’t much of a problem. However I still wish they weren’t as sheer as they are. I think if they weren’t so sheer there would be more pigment and it would be better. I also hate non pressed powder shadows. I don’t liketrying to get product through the sifter. It either gets too messy or not enough product comes out in general. The pots are also so small that it’s kind of difficult to remove the sifter itself. I definitely don’t want the whole pot of shadow flying everywhere. I do want to do a look with this and see how the colors come out after using primer and a base color. I assume these kits were kind of “sample” kits but they are the only way to get their eyeshadows. Most of the website is dedicated to mineral face products should as foundations, finishing powders, and blushes.
The lip balm is nice. It’s soft, smooth, and glides on well. The color is barely pigmented at all. Obviously it’s a tint, rather than a lipstick but it is very sheer like the eyeshadows. Some people like this. I don’t mind it since I use lipbalms and chapsticks for their moisturizing purposes. Here is a swatch:
Overall I don’t mind the products but because this isn’t my favorite kind of formula I wouldn’t purchase it again. I like really pigmented, pressed shadows, so this isn’t really my cup of tea. The lipbalm is good but I don’t feel that it’s anything truly special. I wouldn’t repurchase it again just because of my personal bias. I think they could work for someone like my aunt who likes mineral based makeup.
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