Friday, April 29, 2011

Swatched: Milani Runway Eyes Single Eyeshadows

(with flash) L-R: Beach Sand, Girls Luv Pink, Aubergine, Purrr-fect Purple
(without flash) L-R: Beach Sand, Girls Luv Pink, Aubergine, Purrr-fect Purple
Milani is kinda hard to find near me. I have seen it at a Fred Meyers but not at all of them and the one that has it is out of my way. I also found it at one local Target. I think the Kmart near me has the best selection. Last week Fred Meyer was having a sale on all their cosmetics, buy one get one half off. Kmart was also having a buy one get one half off sale on Milani and a few other select brands. Since I am attracted to sparkly things, these Runway Eyes shadows by Milani have always caught my attention. I don't like to pay full price for anything if I can help it, and this sale was pretty good so I decided to try some of these out.

I actually purchased 8 of these, but I have only opened 3 so far. (I am also throwing one of their baked metallic eyeshadows into this post.) These eyeshadows can be applied wet or dry, and they promote that applying them wet will make them appear very intense. To me there isn't much of a difference in the pigmentation when applied either way. It is just lacking overall. I kinda knew this when I purchased these as I had read a lot about them online. Some people seemed to be able to get decent pigmentation from them, but many did not. The darker colors seem to have slightly better pigmentation than the lighter ones. My thought was that I would be able to use them over other eyeshadows to add a little sparkle. They don't really deliver a whole lot used this way either. There is some sparkle, but all that glitter you see in the pan of eyeshadow before you use it is just an overspray. Once you get past that first layer, it is still sparkly but nothing like it looked originally.  (Note: I have used mine prior to taking these pictures, any of that glitter overspray left in tact is around the edges of the shadow. I wanted to give you an idea of what they look like once that layer is gone. Also, there is no overspray on the baked metallic eyeshadow.)


(with Flash)                                    (without Flash)
#11 Beach Sand 

(with Flash)                                    (without Flash)
#05 Girls Luv Pink

(with Flash)                                    (without Flash)
#13 Aubergine

(with Flash)                                    (without Flash)
#604 Purrr-fect Purple (Baked Metallic eyeshadow)

I am not sure yet if I will keep the ones I have not opened yet or just return them and try out something else. If I do end up opening them I will post swatches of them as well. If I keep them it will be to use them as a highlight or add that little hint of shimmer, but definitely not for the intense color I hoped for. I will probably play around with the ones I have opened a bit more before making up my mind if I will return the unopened ones.

Here are the swatches, all applied on clean bare skin:
(L-R): Beach Sand, Girls Luv Pink, Aubergine, Purrr-fect Purple
Overall, I would pass on these. I really wanted to like them, but so far they are just not living up to my expectations.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

ELF Swatches: Mineral Eyeshadows

Here are the swatches for the mineral eyeshadows I purchased separately with my Groupon. All of these swatches are on clean bare skin and applied dry.
(With flash) (L-R) Royal, Flirty,
Innocent, Elegant, Caffeinated

(In sunlight) (L-R) Royal, Flirty,
Innocent, Elegant, Caffeinated

Swatches (with flash)
(L-R) Royal, Flirty, Innocent, Elegant, Caffeinated

Swatches (in sunlight)
(L-R) Royal, Flirty, Innocent, Elegant, Caffeinated

These eyeshadows are $3 each. They extended the 50% off mineral and studio lines sale through tonight, use the code WINNER on orders of $25 or more to get your discount! To read my preliminary review of their mineral eyeshadows, Click Here.


Update 5/31/11: I just got 10 more ELF mineral eyeshadows, see the swatches here!

ELF Swatches: Smoldering & Smoky Collection

This is the Smoldering & Smoky eyeshadow collection from ELF's mineral Makeup Line. All of these swatches are on clean bare skin and applied dry.
Smoldering & Smoky Collection (with flash)
(L-R) Angelic, Smoldering and Seductive

Smoldering & Smoky Collection (in sunlight)
(L-R) Angelic, Smoldering and Seductive

Swatches for Smoldering & Smoky (with flash)
(L-R) Angelic, Smoldering and Seductive

Swatches for Smoldering & Smoky (in sunlight)
(L-R) Angelic, Smoldering and Seductive


This set is part of my order from using my ELF Groupon several weeks back. It included the three eyeshadows shown here. The set was $5 and I ordered it from ELF's website. To read my preliminary review of their mineral eyeshadows, Click Here.


Update 5/31/11: I just got 10 more ELF mineral eyeshadows, see the swatches here!

ELF Swatches: Sea Blue Collection

This is the Sea Blue eyeshadow collection from ELF's mineral makeup line. All of these swatches are on clean bare skin and applied dry.
Sea Blue Collection (with flash)
(L-R) Dreamy and Beachy

Sea Blue Collection (in sunlight)
(L-R) Dreamy and Beachy

Swatches for Sea Blue(with flash)
(L-R) Dreamy and Beachy

Swatches for Sea Blue (in sunlight)
(L-R) Dreamy and Beachy
This set is part of my order from using my ELF Groupon several weeks back. It included the two eyeshadows shown here and a mineral eyeshadow brush. The set was $5 and I ordered it from ELF's website. To read my preliminary review of their mineral eyeshadows, Click Here.


Update 5/31/11: I just got 10 more ELF mineral eyeshadows, see the swatches here!

ELF Swatches: Sandy Beach Collection

Because I have several pictures for each eyeshadow set, and so many eyeshadows to cover I will break these up into groups. This is the Sandy Beach eyeshadow collection from ELF's mineral makeup line. All of these swatches are on clean bare skin and applied dry.

Sandy Beach Collection (with flash)
(L-R) Socialite and Celebrity

Sandy Beach (in sunlight)
(L-R) Socialite and Celebrity

Swatches for Sandy Beach (with flash)
(L-R) Socialite and Celebrity

Swatches for Sandy Beach (in sunlight)
(L-R) Socialite and Celebrity
This set is part of my order from using my ELF Groupon several weeks back. It included the two eyeshadows shown here and a mineral eyeshadow brush. The set was $5 and I ordered it from ELF's website. To read my preliminary review of their mineral eyeshadows, Click Here.

Update 5/31/11: I just got 10 more ELF mineral eyeshadows, see the swatches here!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

ELF at Target

I was at my local Target today, and realized they now have ELF makeup. They had a decent selection of the $1 ELF line and they also had some of the $3 studio line. Both included a variety of brushes and tools as well as makeup. On an end cap of one of the cosmetics aisles, they had some ELF palettes and gift sets.

I purchased 2 items, a mineral eyeshadow duo with brush and a palette. The mineral eyeshadow duo is just like the other ones I purchased with my Groupon (read about them in this post) only it is they set of greens. It is called the Green Fields Eyeshadow Collection and comes with Outdoorsy and Earthy shadows and an eyeshadow brush. Outdoorsy is a shimmery black based green and Earthy is a shimmery lime color. I love the eyeshadow brushed I received in the other 2 kits I purchased, I have used them almost every day. I don't find them to have any shedding at all.

The palette I got is called the everyday basics palette. It is a mirrored palette with 32 different shades of eyeshadow and a little double ended sponge applicator. I am not too fond of the teeny sponge applicators that come with eyeshadows, but if I end up using it and forming an opinion I will let you know. The eyeshadow shades vary in color from peach to plum to navy blue. A couple of them are very sparkly, with chunks of glitter. Many of them appear to have shimmer and several are matte. I have not used this palette at all yet, not even to swatch it. I will do this as soon as possible so I can post pictures and let you know what the texture and pigmentation is like.
with flash
natural light, no flash

Both items I purchased were $5. You can purchase them from Target's website here. On Target's website you should be able to search with your zipcode and find out if they are available in store near you.

Oh, and FYI, it appears ELF is having a 50% off Mineral and Studio sale, today only with the code WINNER.

Swatched: Stila Artist's Inspiration Palette


This palette is available on Sephora's website for $15. It is an online only, limited edition product. This mirrored palette comes with 5 eyeshadows and a blush. The colors included are (from left to right) top row: Fluorescent Green, Ebony and Electric Pink (the cheek color) and bottom row: Golightly, Dapple and Kitten.

I actually didn't realize when I ordered this that the hot pink shade was supposed to be a blush. (It even says in the description that it is a palette of 6 eyeshadows!) I read many of the reviews of this palette on Sephora's website before purchasing it and I remember one reviewer complaining that the pink wasn't as pigmented as they had hoped. Well, that makes complete sense now that I know it is meant for your cheeks! That aside, I feel that the colors are very well pigmented. I think you could get the blush to work as an eye shadow but you would have to build it up to get as bright as it is in the palette.

The first time I used Kitten, I had to double check that it wasn't actually a creme shadow. It was so smooth and soft. The downside to this texture is I feel like I get way more on the brush than I intend to, so I will definitely have to use a lighter hand when it comes to these. The color is beautiful though, I can see why it has such a following in the makeup world! The other shadows don't seem as soft as Kitten but they are also very smooth and blend well. I have not had a chance to play around with this palette too much yet but I look forward to experimenting with the colors and testing out how long they last. I will report back to you with a better review once I have. :)

Here are some swatches for you! These were taken in "daylight" on an overcast day, no flash. All of these swatches are on clean bare skin and applied dry. They are in the same order as in the palette. Hope this helps! :)



Buy Stila Artist's Inspiration Palette here!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hoppy Easter!

Hope everyone is having a great Easter! I am working on some photos of the Stila Artist's Inspiration Palette, hope to have a review and some swatches up tonight or tomorrow! :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bare Escentuals Sweet Escape Set: Swatched

Good afternoon! Here are some photos of the packaging and swatches of the Bare Escentuals Sweet Escape set. I ordered this set from Sephora and received it several weeks back. I didn't really get a chance to play with the colors until the other day... (I have been waiting for some sun to take the pictures and it has been super rainy or even snowy around here!!)


The set is available at Sephora HERE for $28. When I looked I did not see it on the Bare Escentuals website. I googled it as well and could not find it for sale on any other site that didn't link it back to Sephora. It is available online only at Sephora and is a limited edition set. It doesn't come in a cute little box like most of their sets, instead the items arrived wrapped in tissue paper inside a Bare Minerals printed envelope. This is how I have received other Sephora online-only Bare Escentuals sets in the past as well.


The set includes a full size Buxom Lash mascara in Black Noir, a full size Buxom Lips in Eva (warm rose) and two full size eyeshadows in Exotic Tara (tropical teal glimmer) and Nouveau (cream peach matte.) This is an EXCELLENT value for $28 dollars. The eyeshadows regularly retail for $13 each, the lipgloss and mascara retail for $18 each. This is a $62 value for $28, less than half price.

Buxom Lash mascara is my favorite mascara, hands down. I have probably tried at least one from every brand at the drugstore, plus a few Clinique mascaras and a different Bare Minerals mascara. I LOVE Buxom Lash. The wand is great at coating the lashes and separating them. It is just so easy to use with fantastic results.

The Buxom Lips gloss is a plumping gloss, so it has a long-lasting tingly sensation. I don't care for the tingly part too much but the colors are decent. I have had a few samples of it in the past and never used those up. I do use them but only occasionally, when I need that specific color and I apply them very lightly. They provide a nice sheer color and some sparkle.
Exotic Tara and Nouveau with Flash.
Exotic Tara and Nouveau without flash in the shade.
I love Bare Minerals eyeshadows. I have so many of them and I just can't stop buying them. They last forever because you don't have to use a whole at a time. I often apply them wet, as you get much better color payoff this way. The colors in this kit are fun and summery.

And now for swatches of everything. Left to right in all swatch pictures: Black Noir mascara, Eva lipgloss, Exotic Tara eyeshadow and Nouveau eyeshadow. These swatches are on clean bare skin and the shadows are applied dry.
In the shade.
In the sunlight.
With flash.
Overall, I am very happy with this purchase. I will be needing a new mascara soon, so this can serve as my backup. Since I would have spent $18 on that mascara, buying this kit instead is like getting 2 full sized eyeshadows and a gloss I will use sometimes for only $10! I love these kits and these colors will be so fun for this summer. Now, if only the sun would stay out for more than a day or two at a time. :)
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

NYX on Hautelook today...

I heard about this sale yesterday, set my alarm to get up this morning and then accidentally slept through the alarm. Now, two hours after the sale has started, I was shocked to see that nothing was sold out yet! I did check everything out but I think I am going to chance it and not order anything. It seemed pretty expensive to me. I have been wanting the chrome eyeshadows, but I have heard about the bundle sales NYX has every so often. The price on Hautelook is double the price those went for during their last bundle sale at NYX. I am hoping that once this Hautelook sale ends, NYX will announce their next bundle sale and I can score a better deal on those eyeshadows. After all, it was April 22nd last year that they started one, and the Hautelook sale ends on the 22nd! I'll just keep my fingers crossed.  :)

If you are interested, they have 2 different bundles of 28 chrome eyeshadows for $50.50 each. For $21.50 there is a diamond sparkle lipgloss bundle set of 13. The set of 22 brush on glosses is $26.50. A fruity lipgloss set goes for $8.50, a set of 11 lip lacquer pots goes for $33 and they have 17 shades of black label compact powders for $5 each. The compact powders are the only things available separately.

Shop the sale here!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Swatched: Urban Decay The Black Palette

I love the dark colors in this palette. When I saw it in the store and swatched the colors on my hand, I knew I had to buy it. This is one of the things I ordered from Sephora that arrived about a week ago. My initial thought was that these colors would be great for creating smoky eye looks in all shades. Upon further review, I think they will also be great used as base colors for darker looks.

The Black Palette includes 6 colors of eyeshadow that all have a black base:
   -Stray Dog is a matte black
   -Barracuda is a dark grey with silver sparkle
   -Jet is a dark pinkish purple with pink sparkle
   -Sabbath is a dark blue with blue sparkle 
   -Cobra is a black gold with gold sparkle
   -Libertine is a dark green with green sparkle



The palette comes with a mini Primer Potion in Eden, a matte skin tone colored eyeshadow base. It is swatched on the left above. It also includes a mini 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero, which is black. This is swatched on the right in the photo above. Below are swatches of all the eyeshadow colors both with and without the flash. (The photo without the flash is taken indoors using artificial lighting.) The swatches from left to right are: Libertine, Cobra, Sabbath, Jet, Barracuda and Black Dog. (Reverse the order in the palette, I apologize!) All of these swatches are on clean bare skin and applied dry.



I can't wait to create some looks using this palette. I hadn't used it yet because I wanted to make sure I got before pictures. I think my favorites so far, based on the swatches, are going to be Black Dog, Jet and Sabbath. I will definitely post some makeup looks using these once I play around with it a little.

I think this palette is really unique, I can't say that I have many black based eyeshadow colors. I always love the quality of UD eyeshadows and their primer potion. I don't really use eyeliner pencils all too often but when I do it is usually a 24/7 pencils. They glide on so smooth and seem to stay quite well. (I just don't like eye pencils because I don't feel like I have as much control.) Overall, I think this was a great purchase and I expect to get a lot of use out of it. Thanks for looking and stay tuned for more! :)