Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

The Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette comes with 12 eye shadows, a dual ended brush, and a mini lip gloss. One side of the brush is a flat shader brush and the other side is a crease blending brush. The brush works very well. The package is different from the first Naked palette because the first one was a suede magnetic box while the new one is a tin metal box. Both come with mirrors. All the eye shadows are very pigmented, silky soft in texture, and blends wonderfully; which is what is expected from Urban Decay shadows anyways. The matte black shadow is a little rough in texture but is a perfect matte black to make a nice smokey eye. This palette has 3 matte shadows, 1 shadow that has a slight sheen, and 7 shadows that have little specs of glitter. You cannot feel the glitter when you apply the shadows. Like the first Naked, this palette is limited and can be a little frustrating to get your hands on. If you go on urban decay's website you can sign up to be notified when the next round will be released.
Price: $50
Pigmentation: 5 out of 5 stars
Color pay off: 5 out of 5 stars
Lasting Power: 5 out of 5 stars
I definitely recommend this product.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte

This is a powder typically to set liquid foundation, but could be used alone. This powder is very sheer and the powder has a very fine texture and is very compact. This powder is supposed to help mattify the face from their formula based on their micronised talc. There are 5 shades available, however I believe most department stores and Chanel counters only carry 4 shades. I really like how the powder applies with a fllat top brush. A regular powder brush will not be able to pick up much product because of how compact the powder is. I feel as though a regular powder brush will waste product. When I use a flat top powder brush the powder goes on extremely natural looking and blends wonderfully. I have a very oily t-zone so the powder only kept me mattified for 4 hours without having to retouch. One thing to remember is do not be shocked if the powder looks dark because I am a mac NC30, Chanel Perfection Lumiere in beige 30, Chanel Mat Lumiere in beige 40; but I am in translucent 3 in this powder which is the third darkest out of the 4 shades available. Also I noticed when you try to order this powder online, the color block swatches they show you are not true to color. I would repurchase this powder again.

Price: varies from $45-55 
(I purchased mine from Macy's they sell it for $45 while Neiman Marcus sells it for $55)
Lasting Power: 4 out of 5 stars
Oil Control: 4 out of 5 stars

Monday, December 12, 2011

Laura Mercier

Book of Nudes

This palette contains 8 shadows (0.03 oz), 1 cake eyeliner (0.04 oz), and 3 veil shades (0.02 oz). The eye shadows pigmentation quality is different for every shadow. However, most have good pigmentation. The cake liner is chalky but fair in quality when used wet. The creme veils are blush, bronzer, and golden highlight veils. Pigmentation on veils are very good, however they feel oily rather than creamy so lasting power is only at fair. I do not recommend the veils for those with oily skin. This product is limited edition.
Pigmentation for shadows: 4 out of 5 stars.
Lasting power for eye shadows and liner: 4 out of 5 stars.
Pigmentation for veils: 5 out of 5 stars.
Lasting power for veils: 3 out of 5 stars.
Color pay off: 4 out of 5 stars.
Price: $48.00

Kat Von D True Romance Shadow Palette in Saint

Saint is a neutral palette. I love neutrals, I don't think I can have enough of them. Comes with 8 shadows and all the eye shadows are .05 oz. The shadows are very pigmented and the texture is very silky. Some shadows have more fall out than others, but that is typical of shadows that are creamy and silky. I love this palette. The packaging is okay. Seems sturdy, but I do think the look is kind of cheap. It is a tin metal type of material. It also  came with a mini eyeliner which I do not of have swatches of because I forgot to take them. The eyeliner is creamy, easy to apply, but does not last long on my water line. I would rate the eyeliner 3.5 out of 5 stars. Milani is still the best pencil eyeliner I have tried so far. Ratings for the eye shadows:
Pigmentation: 5 out of 5 stars.
Lasting power: 4 out of 5 stars.
Texture: 5 out of 5 stars.
Packaging: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Color pay off: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Price: $35.00
I don't think my swatches are doing the colors justice. I apologize.

Body Shop Lip Scuff and Hard Candy Heavy Duty Glamoflauge Concealer

Body Shop Lip Scuff:
Body Shop's website describes it as: A moisturizing lip care product that gently exfoliates the lips to help remove dead skin cells, leaving the lips feeling smooth, soft and conditioned.

My opinion: This lip scrub smells like a slight mint. Smell is not too strong, it's actually pretty pleasant. It is basically a lip balm with beads that is supposed to exfoliate and hydrate lips at the same time; uhm no. FAIL. I don't find this product moisturizing at all. It actually dries out my lips. I tried to scrub my lips but it failed miserably. It only left part of chapped lipped skin slightly peeled off so I have to pull off the rest of the dead skin and my lips just end up bleeding. This scruff fails at its purpose. My friend also tried this and she had the same effects I did. This product does not leave my lips soft and conditioned. I DO NOT recommend this product. 0 out of 5 stars. That serious.

Hard Candy Heavy Duty Glamofauge Concealer
This is a multi-purpose use concealer for dark circles, blemishes, uneven skin tone, and tattoo cover up. Contains .71oz of product. This product is very heavy. A little goes a long way, seriously. All I need is less than a pee size, literally just a dot of product and covers my bags on both eyes completely. I have really dark circles no matter what how much I sleep or drink fluids. So far, this is the best coverage concealer I have tried. When set with a powder, no visible creasing for over 8 hours. I purchased this because I saw it at my local Walmart. I was planning on purchasing Kat Von D's concealer, however I don't want to purchase it anymore because I am very content with the results of the Hard Candy Concealer. One downfall is there are only three colors to choose from: light, medium, tan.
Coverage: 5 out of 5 stars.
Color Pay off: 5 out of 5 stars.
Color Selection: 3 out of 5 stars.
Lasting Power: 5 out of 5 stars.
Price: $6.00

On the left you can see my hand without the concealer, my veins show. On the right with the concealers you cannot see my veins at all.

Danmari All About Cheeks Palette

I've received this as a birthday gift from one of my best friends. Picture and swatches are below. Over all I really like this palette.
Nars desire is very pigmented so I would recommend using a duo fiber brush, and or a light hand to apply this color. It is also the only matte color in this palette. All the other colors have slight shimmer. Super orgasm has more shimmer and reflexes than all the other colors in this palette. Fortunately, the glitters from super orgasm does not appear like a glittery mess on your face. The packaging is like every other Nars blush packaging. Sleek and velvet matte black. There are six colors and each contain .12 oz. This palette comes with a large mirror and is perfect for traveling. This palette is limited edition for the holidays so go grab them now! 

Pigmentation: 5 out of 5 stars.
Packaging: 5 out of 5 stars.
Color pay off: 5 out of  5 stars.
Lasting power: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Price: $65.00
I apologize for the dirtiness, I swatched and used them before taking the picture.