May 7, 2014

Miscellaneous Maybelline Review

This post is about as miscellaneous as you can get. Lip products, face products, eye products. There are no rules up in here right now. I hope you've prepared yourself.

Maybelline ColorSensational Color Whisper Lipstick in Berry Ready
Maybelline ColorSensational Color Whisper Lipstick in Berry Ready Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlightening Concealer in Ivory Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow in Inked in Pink Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer Swatches ReviewMaybelline ColorSensational Color Whisper Lipstick in Berry Ready Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlightening Concealer in Ivory Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow in Inked in Pink Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer Swatches Review
Maybelline ColorSensational Color Whisper Lipstick in Berry Ready Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlightening Concealer in Ivory Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow in Inked in Pink Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer Swatches Review
Color Whispers are advertised as "translucent color washes" but this one is more like a color shout. It's a bright magenta that looks glossy, yet still feels light, on the lips. It feels  pretty moisturizing on, too, and kind of stains your lips after you take it off, as if you've been eating popsicles all day. I really love the in your face color combined with the subtle, soft feeling on the lips.

Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlightening Concealer in Ivory
Maybelline ColorSensational Color Whisper Lipstick in Berry Ready Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlightening Concealer in Ivory Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow in Inked in Pink Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer Swatches Review
Maybelline ColorSensational Color Whisper Lipstick in Berry Ready Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlightening Concealer in Ivory Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow in Inked in Pink Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer Swatches Review
Do you have a moment to learn about the gospel of DreamLumi Concealer? I think this is easily the best drugstore concealer in existence. It's illuminating so it does a great job of hiding my hereditary undereye circles. I also love it's click up pen form, not dissimilar to Stila's Lip Glazes. It makes it super easy to throw in your purse and go. However, it can make you a bit accident prone if you've had a drink or two:

 Not that I would know.

Finally, in my mind, this concealer is great because it comes in both pink and yellow undertones, a feat that's apparently difficult for most drugstore brands to accomplish. It's really a blessing to have the option to spend $8 on a concealer if you're as yellow toned as I am. I feel included.
Maybelline ColorSensational Color Whisper Lipstick in Berry Ready Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlightening Concealer in Ivory Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow in Inked in Pink Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer Swatches Review

The one downside to this product is that you pretty much go through it like toilet paper. It's sold in 0.05oz tubes which never last me more than a month. The above picture is a brand new tube vs one at the end of its life which wasn't that long.

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow in Inked in Pink
Maybelline ColorSensational Color Whisper Lipstick in Berry Ready Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlightening Concealer in Ivory Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow in Inked in Pink Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer Swatches Review
Maybelline ColorSensational Color Whisper Lipstick in Berry Ready Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlightening Concealer in Ivory Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow in Inked in Pink Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer Swatches Review
I have warm, olivey toned pale skin but I threw my hands in the air like I just didn't care and bought this frosty pink cream shadow anyway. This looks a lot like the Revlon cream shadows I'd smear all over my lids in 8th grade when I was troubled and knew nothing about makeup. In my mind, if it worked for my blonde, blue eye friends then it would work just as well with my coloring. Fast forward a decade later and I'm using this as a base for purple or red toned shadows to enhance their color. It works great as a base under most of the colors from both the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette and Urban Decay's Naked 3. Word to the wise, if you're 12: don't smear this all over your lid alone. Also, sending boys Simple Plan lyrics over AIM is a bad way to get them to like you. You don't even know what AIM is, you're 12. God, I am old.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer
Maybelline ColorSensational Color Whisper Lipstick in Berry Ready Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlightening Concealer in Ivory Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow in Inked in Pink Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer Swatches Review
Maybelline ColorSensational Color Whisper Lipstick in Berry Ready Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlightening Concealer in Ivory Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow in Inked in Pink Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer Swatches Review
I'm going to give you this upfront: there's a lot of reasons this product could not work for you, the main reasons being:
1. Your skin is oily. This product has a greasy formula and will turn your face into an oil slick and probably turn you into a bit of a pizza face on top of it. I have dry skin so I haven't experienced any kind of breakouts. Yet. Sounds ominous but I don't want to jinx myself into a zit. That's the worst kind of jinxing yourself.
2. Your foundation is water based. This product is silicone based and needs a silicone based foundation to go on top of it. Otherwise, you'll end up with separating foundation and it's going to look like shit. Luckily, my foundation (Make Up For Ever HD which I will praise until the end of time) works well with it. Just make sure to double check the ingredients so you don't get fucked out of your $7.

If you fall into the none of the above category, I recommend checking this primer out. It's a supposed drugstore dupe of Benefit's The Porefessional. I haven't tried The Porefessional because of its pinky tone that's almost synonymous with Benefit that's sure to make my yellow toned skin look dirty and sickly. I like this clear formula a lot better, especially since a little goes a long way. It definitely "blurs" my gigantic pores just enough for the effect to be noticeable. I also don't know of a primer with a better price point which is good enough for me for the time being.

That's all I got. All of these products are pretty top notch, and not just for a drugstore brand. Maybelline is really solid these days and worth your dollars, in my opinion.

May 1, 2014

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette Review and Swatches

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette Review and Swatches Hybrid Moments Mezzanine Transition Glasswing Melancholia Black Milk Lifelike Lunar Lights Lucid Graphic Nature Tornay Entombed
I kind of impulse bought this rainbow palette. In my defense, I've been trying to work more color into my eye makeup. I have only about 10 separate neutral palettes and it was time for something outside my comfort zone. Plus, the packaging was really, really adorable. Who loves butterflies more than me? The answer is Mariah Carey, END OF LIST.

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette Review and Swatches Hybrid Moments Mezzanine Transition Glasswing Melancholia Black Milk Lifelike Lunar Lights Lucid Graphic Nature Tornay Entombed

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette Review and Swatches Hybrid Moments Mezzanine Transition Glasswing Melancholia Black Milk Lifelike Lunar Lights Lucid Graphic Nature Tornay Entombed
I also LOVE how the shadow names and a map of which is which is printed on the back of the palette. Those flimsy, clear, plastic sheets that a lot of companies use for this drive me insane. This is a much better alternative because who cares about what's on the back of an eyeshadow palette otherwise?

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette Review and Swatches Hybrid Moments Mezzanine Transition Glasswing Melancholia Black Milk Lifelike Lunar Lights Lucid Graphic Nature Tornay Entombed

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette Review and Swatches Hybrid Moments Mezzanine Transition Glasswing Melancholia Black Milk Lifelike Lunar Lights Lucid Graphic Nature Tornay Entombed
Another feature that I love about this palette is that the highlight shades are extra large ala what Too Faced normally does with their palettes. The 3 larger eyeshadows are 0.095 oz. each and the 9 smaller eyeshadows are 0.049 oz. each. So, the highlight shades are about double the size and will probably last you twice as long. You can see the proof with your own eyes in the photo above.

These eyeshadows are gasp worthy soft. I was just swatching and gasping, just running my fingers over the shades and gasping almost every time. These shadows are incredibly soft and buttery. Some of the formulas were a bit more chalky than the others but only about 2 or 3 of the 12 shadows fell victim to this. Those powdery bitches could not hide in the swatches below. Sorry for being so god damn pale, by the way. About 3 of these shades barely showed up against the fleshy underbelly of my arm. Life is rough.

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette Review and Swatches Hybrid Moments Mezzanine Transition Glasswing Melancholia Black Milk Lifelike Lunar Lights Lucid Graphic Nature Tornay Entombed
From left to right:
Hybrid Moments is a matte, dark, red toned purple. As you can see, this is one of the more unmanageable, chalkier ones. As a rule, it seemed like the matte shades were the duds in this palette. Mezzanine is light pink purple with shimmer. Transition is pearly mauve. Glasswing is a medium, yellow brown. This was by far the best matte shade and is one I'll probably use to help blend out the other colors in the palette. Melancholia is a kind of antique silver which reminds me of Urban Decay's Maui Wowie and NARS Kauai #1. Black Milk is a cool, matte shade and also had a fairly blendable, manageable formula.

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette Review and Swatches Hybrid Moments Mezzanine Transition Glasswing Melancholia Black Milk Lifelike Lunar Lights Lucid Graphic Nature Tornay Entombed
From left to right:
Graphic Nature is described as a cool, pewtery charcoal. Entombed is shimmery, sapphire blue. Tornay is a matte navy and probably one of my least favorite shades in the palette because of its crappy formula.

The final 3 shadows are the bigger guys at the top of the palette, from left to right:
Lifelike is matte cream and apparently the exact color of my skin. Lunar Lights is a gorgeous frosty pearl color. Lucid is a soft, sparkly baby pink.

This palette is $46.00 and available from Sephora. There's also a neutral palette called "Monarch" if that's more of your bag. I really recommend this one, if you have to pick between the two, for the variety of shades and finishes. Aside from a few chalky duds, this palette is the whole package and will probably make you feel like a butterfly. You know, in case you weren't lucky enough to be named after one like I was.