Jun 10, 2014

Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette Floral Values by Wet n Wild

Wet N Wild (393A) Floral Values

Not impressed.

It's not typical that Wet n Wild create a bad eyeshadow palette, at least out of the past few years. All the other palettes I currently own are tremendous in quality and value (all under $5 each) and have all been put out in recent years. Gorgeous pigmentation and beautiful colors which this one seems to fall extremely short of. 

I have the Naked Truth quint which happens to be a beautiful neutral palette

...not sure why Floral Values came up short as far as pigmentation and performance.

After several attempts at Floral Values I gave up. The shadow is chalky, the colors are not strong, the colors fade, it's hard to blend and it has lots of fall out.

Rather disappointing big time, especially since the colors are pretty and the very pale/almost white pink near the top is pretty good and so is the darkest color, a rich dark eggplant purple with tiny glints of pink shimmer - actually the only 'good' shadows in the whole quint.

Here are the other quints available besides Floral Values
Art in the Streets 
I'm his Breezey 
The Naked Truth 
Tunnel Vision

In the collage below I demonstrate how chalky and unruly the pigmentation is. Left side I used eyeshadow primer and right side with a moisturizing eye primer. This was after numerous 'packing on' of the actual shadow which didn't make much difference since the color looked like it was disappearing within seconds. After a while the shadow was barely noticeable, like it just vanished into thin air.

Thank you Wet n Wild for making great affordable eyeshadow palettes but I think you should take this one back to the drawing board! :)

Jun 7, 2014

New: Urban Decay Eyeliners

A new matte black eye pencil has taken over my makeup bag in place of Urban Decay's Zero. It's a beaute....I love how matte it is, like pure charcoal but of course safe for the eyes :)

The new Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet eye pencil, Ink for Eyes and All Nighter eyeliner are here to make us eyeliner gals swoon. 

Here are swatches of the 3, sorry for a lack of a better photo but I was dying to write this out as soon as possible. Top to bottom: All Nighter Eyeliner, 24/7 Velvet in Black Velvet, and Ink for Eyes.

Ink for Eyes dried out tremendously before I even got the chance to swatch it/use it for the second time. I remember using it for the first time, for a wedding and it lasted great throughout the night - this was almost a month ago....I went to swatch and take pictures just last week and this is the amount available (above) I'm not sure if I just got a bad pen or if the cap wasn't on tightly enough but it is almost completely dried out, I can't use it at all. For this review I used it for a few strokes before it ran out. I'm devastated as I love using liquid eyeliners...It's a must during my makeup regime. For this EOTD I used Wet n Wild black liquid liner.

Quick Purple Eyes:
MAC Pink Bronze pigment on the lid
Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister on outer V and crease
Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet pencil Black Velvet on lower waterline and lash line
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on shadow pencil in Delinquent under Black Velvet and smudged
Wet n Wild black liquid eyeliner top lash line
Black mascara

I purposely made this quick eye to demonstrate the Velvet Pencil. I love how matte and dark it is. Absolutely one of the darkest if not as dark as the Milani Liquid-eye eyeliner pencil, both are very close in comparison but are not duplicates. Unfortunately I do not have the Milani pencil anymore so that I may swatch it up close. In regards to other 24/7 eyeliner pencils, the Velvet is not any different. If you are familiar with any of the UD 24/7 eyeliner pencils you'd know they are great as far as pigmentation and lasting quality goes. They come in an array of colors and of course versions of black. The 'Velvet' is just another version of a black - a matte black to be exact. Out of all the black 24/7's I found the Velvet to be the darkest and blackest.

All Nighter Eyeliner

It is definitely shinier. In fact I had trouble identifying what I would do with this eyeliner because I detest using it as upper lash line eyeliner since pencils tend to skip on my lids AND they usually purposely leave a small empty space between the line and where the hair folicle is. I hate that. Always with liquid eyeliner am I able to get in those nooks and crannies between the hair folicles....I end up with a perfectly covered lashline and a perfect line. That was a mouthful, I hope I've explained it well enough. I would use it on my lower lashline but.....what was the purpose of all the other glorious black pencil eyeliners such as Zero, Oil Slick and Velvet? So I tried it on the lower lashline just for experimental purposes. I don't like my lower lashline eyeliner looking too shiny but I sort of like the way it doesn't exude too much shiny. I guess it would work for only on the waterline near some pretty pop of color on the lash line. I'll try that next time.

All Nighter is a long-wear, waterproof eyeliner that comes in a retractable slim case. I wanted to see the true quality of 'long-wear' so I decided to take photos in increments. I love the intensity of the liner, a very true black and as I mentioned before minimal shine.

My first application - Intense and didn't budge, it pretty much stayed this way for 2 to 3 hours. Excuse the eyebrows I wasn't quite done cleaning them up :P

This is my 2nd photo - This was after 4 hours of wear, to be honest the liner stayed as I first put it, but waterline seemed to wear just a little.

This was my last photo - After 13 hours of wear and overnight with it on. Lots of wear with waterline almost gone. 

Eyeliner Details:

24/7 Velvet $20
Ink for Eyes $20
All Nighter $20

No other colors at this time. Available at Urbandecay.com or in stores now (check Sephora, Ulta, Macy's or Nordstrom).

Disclosure: All items were sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own.

May 30, 2014

Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Foundation - Soft Beige

Neutrogena's Nourishing Long Wear foundation is quickly becoming a favorite of mine as expressed on my recent Instagram photo...

I'm shade #50 Soft Beige, which at a glance at the bottle didn't think would be my color at all, it just seemed too pinky and beige-y....I soon found that it oxidizes slightly if any at all. It was the perfect color, although I do wish more drugstore foundations came in strong yellow or golden undertones. I have a strong yellow/golden undertone. Sometimes I find it difficult to color match in the drugstore.

My foundation routine: 
I've been lemming over the Healthy Skin Primer as of late, top with Nourishing/Long Wear and Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind eraser concealer for under the eyes. 

What I love....  is that it is fluid on the face, it moves with grace...it isn't cakey, dry or tight...promoting the best of your skin, in that silky and slightly dewy airbrushed finish. This can quickly be compared to a long time favorite of mine, MAC Studio Fix. The coverage is medium to full and blends easy.

How it did 'Long Wear' wise:

The first 2 times actually wearing it on it's own with just moisturizer the foundation seemed to do pretty good. It had minimal transferring. I always do the nail test on my foundation - I lightly scrape my cheek or forehead with my clean fingernail just to see if foundation comes off, in which not all foundations that I own do this...but when I scraped with this foundation it...not really something I was looking for. Suppose this was a stay put foundation (like Revlon's Colorstay-that foundation is stuck on!) then I would be looking for very minimal transfer and a full face of foundation after hours of wear (which I have done previously with other foundations). Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear actually does say Long Wear so I would have to put this in the same category as Colorstay...I'm not saying either is better than the other, just to say that I would expect the same longevity with each. NNL was actually a pretty good 'longwear' foundation...Um, but the transferring is what sort of bothered me, it's minimal when I'd prefer it to be very minimal :) Definitely not a deal breaker because of the other reasons I totally love NNLNNL feels so great on the skin, I can't mentioned it more than enough times. It's comfortable and offers a moisturized feel when wearing throughout the day. Just to give you an idea - to those of you that wear foundation - picture wearing pretty comfortable foundation with no powder, foundation that is not oily but dewy, and feeling pretty light, almost as if you don't have any on at all- this is what it feels like. Just all around comfortable and moisturized.

That Beautiful Finish:

I don't wear powder on top of my foundations, like at all. I just feel that they take away from a healthy glow. Very seldom do I wear powder, only on special occasions. This foundation is pretty awesome at creating a soft almost air-brushed finish. Not a powdery finish, but a smooth finish. It's pretty hard to explain. I just love the way it's buildable without being cakey. In the lower face shots (with flash) you can pretty much see how it is truly.


Not too many cons with this foundation other than it needs a foundation pump. I find the foundation a little too thick to pour, I've had to tilt over the bottle to dab onto my foundation palette which still is too thick to shake out. My suggestion is grabbing a clean swab and manually grabbing as much foundation as you need-but the downside with this is that you waste a little product absorbed in the swab. I wanted to also mention NNL has no scent at all, if any it is barely noticable.

Nourishing/Long Wear in natural light no flash 

Remainder of face shots are with flash
Please excuse my wild hair nestled on my forehead, it never fails I always get that wild strand in shots :D

Neutrogena Nourishing/Long Wear foundation details:
-Currently comes in 8 shades
-Contains nourishing antioxidants, soy, light diffusing powders and vitamins that improve skin texture over time.
-Retails at participating drugstores for around $15.99 for 1 fl oz.

Disclosure: All items with an exception of Maybelline were sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own.