December 30, 2012

Review: Covergirl Lip Perfection (The CVS Clearanced)

Okay so I thought that somebody out there would appreciate swatches of some of the Covergirl Lip Perfections together while seeing them at the CVS clearance that's going on. I know I would have. I was looking up swatches on my phone like crazy trying to decide if it was a good color. So this will be mainly up for the swatches and I may add more because I think I want at least 2 more lipsticks.

Product Range Name: Cover Girl Lip Perfection lipcolor
Shade Name(s): Smolder, Impassion, Entrall, Fervor
Retail Price: $7-8
Amount: 3.5 g/12 oz.
Available Color(s): 44 shades according to the CG website
What is it? Lipstick
Where to get it? Anywhere that sells Covergirl

(Natural lighting)
L-R: Smolder, Impassion, Entrall, Fervor


Smolder: My-lips-but-better type of nude with a tinge of brown to it that has a creme finish
Impassion: Bright shimmery slightly burnt orange. Despite its appearance it's not too incredibly shocking too wear.
Entrall: Bright shimmery red. A bit too bright red for my tastes so I have yet to wear it out.
Fervor: Rosy Mauve with a creme finish. Dries down to a satiny almost matte finish as seen above.

I must say these lipsticks are phenomenal. They're pigmented, smooth, and not heavy on the lips. I didn't experience any drying from these either.

The plastic tube seems durable enough. The squared shape of the tube also makes them easy to store together. The bottom even has the lipstick within it so you know exactly what color you have without having to open the tube.

10 out of 10
I found no faults with these Covergirl lip perfections as of yet. These want me to actually dabble into Covergirl products again. By far my favorite product by Covergirl yet even though that's not saying much since mostly everything I have tried from the brand has failed me.

December 13, 2012

Review: LE Maybelline Eyestudio Quad in "Cozy Cashmere"

Maybelline's shimmer eye shadows are really good, as I stated in my last post, but how would their mattes perform? My answer: pretty darn good. I believe "Cozy Cashmere" is the only Maybelline Eyestudio quad to contain mattes. Although I could be wrong because I haven't look into them until the pass month or two.

(Natural Lighting)


Product Range Name: Maybelline Eye Studio Color Plush Silk eye shadows
Shade Name: Cozy Cashmere

Retail Price: $7-$10
Amount: 0.09 oz/2.5 g
Available Color(s): Fall 2012 Limited edition collection and was released with Olive Martini, Smokey Cinnimon, and Sea Sprite 
What is it? 4-pan eye shadow palette/quad
Where to get it? This is Limited edition so you may still find it at Walgreens or where ever this collection appeared.

Unlike my last review on Copper Chic, this has a variation of finishes. These are still very pigmented, silky smooth, and not powdery. 

This quad contains a:
Metallic Nude - The shimmers in this one are larger and shinier than that of the nude shade from the copper chic palette.
Satin Dark Brown with scattered Gold Shimmers -  The impressive thing about this is that you actually can see the gold shimmers post application. I find with this type of scattered shimmer eye shadow, they usually end up being a solid color and the shimmers just never appear or fall out onto my cheeks. I'm impressed, although it doesn't mean that there isn't any glitter fallout from this. It's just not as much.
Matte Burnt Orange - Quite silky smooth in texture. I'm loving this shade as of late. It really warms up any look when applied to the crease.
Matte Mauve-y Brown - Also quite silky smooth. This gives a nice change from your average brown crease eye shadow.

(Natural Lighting)


9 out of 10
Deduction of one point for the fallout from the dark brown with golden shimmers. Other than that I think this is a lovely quad. Your able to able to a full look from it, from a warm day look to a warm smokey brown look. This palette range are really becoming nice go to's for me as of late. I really encourage the thought of Maybelline releasing more matte shades in the eye studio formula. 

December 8, 2012

Review: Maybelline Eyestudio Quad in Copper Chic

Maybelline has been stepping up their game for awhile now. These eye shadows are phenomenal,  I'm shocked I haven't given in to buying these sooner. Out of the palettes available at the time, I really gravitated toward Copper Chic because of the warm rosy pink, since I've been on the hunt for a nice pink for awhile.

(Natural Lighting)

(Direct sunlight)

Product Range Name: Maybelline Eye Studio Color Plush Silk eye shadows

Retail Price: $7-$10
Amount: 0.09 oz/2.5 g
Available Color(s): 15 permanent, but unknown(to me at least) amount of Limited Editions
What is it? 4-pan eye shadow palette/quad
Where to get it? Anywhere Maybelline products are sold.

The eye shadow quality of these four shades are consistently the same. One doesn't perform better than another, which I found was quite rare in drugstore shadows. Let me tell you, these are so gorgeously good too. 

All four shades have a metallic finish. The only downfall to this quad is the fact that there isn't any  variation of finishes. I have to admit that Maybelline has perfected the formula of shimmery shadows. 

It comes with a high reflectivemetalic off-white, rosy pink, bronze, and a dark brown. They don't seem to be powdery at all. To top it off they are very pigmented too. 

'Copper Chic', the name of the quad sort of threw me a bit because none of these shades are copper. Once worn it actually looks quite coppery when the shades are all put together.

(Natural lighting)


10 out of 10
Copper Chic has been my go to 4 out to 7 times a week for the past month. I have to say at this point its close to becoming my top favorite drugstore quad. Wet n' Wild, watch out! (Even though the Eyestudio came out way before the Coloricon.) I've been reaching for this so often that I feel a bit guilty for ignoring my more expensive eye shadows too. Despite my feelings, I MUST get more.

December 5, 2012

Review: Sephora/Disney's Vol. 1 Cinderella Palette

Can't find anything for a Disney/fairy tale and makeup loving friend of yours for Christmas  Well look no further with this Cinderella palette, a Sephora and Disney collaborative.

(Heads up for picture heaviness below!)

It's made of cardboard, but it's quite sturdy cardboard. As you can see it's a pull drawer type of palette similar to Urban Decay's Book of Shadows, but without a mirror.  Some may think of it as a drawback, but for me personally, I never even use mirrors included in cosmetics, besides powders.

This wouldn't really be travel friendly per se because of its bulky packaging. It's in more of a pretty bedroom counter decoration or book on a shelf since its "spine" makes it look like a story book. I mean look at it's beauty with all its gold/periwinkle details of scenes and objects from the tale and Cinderella's silhouette. The navy blue velvet shelf is a nice touch too.

(Side Note: Is anyone crazy enough to actually buy the Swarvoski crystal version? O_o)

Better yet, you can also take out the eye shadow portion and use this as a jewelry box. Although I have no clue where I would put the eye shadows other than the original packaging and I don't see myself finishing this up in this lifetime.

Retail Price: $55.00
Amount: 0.035 oz each
Available Color(s): Cinderella Vol. 1 (only, thus far)
What is it? 20-piece eye shadow palette
Where to get it? Sephora (exclusively)
Parabens? None

On for the swatches:
Row 1:

R-L: Maiden, All Glow, Destined, Cinderelly, Pumpkin Coach


Maiden: Shimmery magenta. The pigmentation is one of the weakest in this palette, but it is workable.
All Glow: Glittery rose gold. Ick, the fallout on this was TERRIBLE. the most unflattering color in this palette due to the glitter.
Destined: Light blue with a pearly light green/gold sheen. 
Cinderelly: Matte seafoam green.
Pumpkin Coach: Matte yellow-toned creme with sparse gold shimmers. The shimmers are actually visible when worn; they're very subtle though.

Row 2:

 R-L:Ball Gown, Kill Joy, Fairy Godmother, Glass Slipper, Royal


Ball Gown: Ultra frosty white.
Kill Joy: Frosty gunmetal grey. I was hoping that this was a taupe, but it isn't.
Fairy Godmother: Matte Periwinkle. This shade is so unique I've never seen a periwinkle eyeshadow before. Super pigmented too.
Glass slipper: Slight-pearly light blue (if you want to be technical). This looks pretty much matte on the eyes.
Royal: Vibrant matte electric blue.

Row 3:

 R-L: Gus Gus, Charming, Chateau, Palace, Drizella


Gus Gus: Bright ultra shimmery yellow-gold.
Charming: Ultra shimmery champagne.
Chateau: Shimmery brown.
Palace: Shimmery peach-toned Champagne.
Drizella: Shimmery golden bronze.

Row 4:

R-L: Cinders, Jaq, Midnight, A Wish, Rococo


Cinders: Matte black with sparse gold glitter. The glitters are actually visible.
Jaq: Shimmery dark brown-grey.
Midnight: Shimmery Dark blue with blue glitter.
A Wish: Matte creme.
Rococo: Dark Plum with lighter plum scattered shimmers. Basically a matte.

All of these shades are actually extremely powdery and quite a bit chalky when swatched. Granted they are still extremely pigmented though. Once on the eyes they perform well and evenly. Just remember that these are NOT the type of shadows that you would have to swirl your brush in, don't do it.

The shades I pointed out above with 'Ultra' are just that ULTRA shimmery/frosty. I don't see these particular shades working on the more mature audience. These particular shades are so shimmery that they are borderline juvenile because they have somewhat chunky shimmer.

The colors of the palette can definitely create endless combinations of looks. You have everything from neutrals to brights with various textures. It also has a matte creme for blending and highlighting. Very useful and lovely in this regard.

7.5 out of 10
This palette captures the beauty and elegance of the fairy tale we all know and love, Cinderella. Truthfully speaking if I were to strictly base this palette off the quality of the eye shadows I probably would've over looked this and definitely wouldn't have paid the $55, but its the novelty of it that drove me in. I do think that these eye shadows are good, just too messy for the price.

Thing to Note: The palette's spine does indeed say "Vol. 1" so we may see more versions coming out. Trust me... I WILL be out for those. I'm looking forward to a Snow White version. Think of the possible greens, purples, reds, or golds. *drools*

Would I recommend?
If your not getting this for the novelty, are expecting the eye shadows to be outstanding, or aren't into cool toned shadows, then I would have to say skip it.
If you love the idea, value, or are going to gift this, then go for it.