Posts From August 2009

First Impressions: Illamasqua Eye Shadow Review and Swatches

Illamasqua+Eye+Shadow+11

Matte is a difficult medium to work with and not one I’m fond of. I admire those who can work with matte shades and create gorgeous looks because honestly I stink at it. If matte is your game you must be over the moon that Illamasqua has made it’s way across the pond and now resides at Sephora.com and Sephora Times Square.

Jump ahead for my first impressions and review of a few Illamasqua Eye Shadows I got to test out this week!

I’ve read a few reviews comparing Illamasqua to MAC but for myself personally I think they are considerably different brands. Packaging, pigmentation, and price are a just a few things that set Illamasqua apart from MAC.

For the most part my adventures in Illamasqua Eye Shadow has so far been a tad on the disappointing side since I’m not a matte girl. The formula of the shadows is weak in pigmentation and a tad on the chalky side. I haven’t applied on my eye as of yet but so far they prove difficult to blend just on my arm. The swatches I did take had to be built up with several swipes. I did take note that wet or applied with a base they seem brighter and more intense but without they aren’t anywhere in the same vicinity as the pigmentation of a MAC eye shadow. Colors appear buildable which redeems the fact that at first swatch you aren’t going to jump up and down in delight at how pigmented the eye shadow is. I tried two shadows out so far which were Moan and CanCan. Moan is an olive green and CanCan is a pretty violet.

Illamasqua+Eye+Shadow+2

Illamasqua+Eye+Shadow+5

Illamasqua+Eye+Shadow+6

Illamasqua+Eye+Shadow+7

Illamasqua+Eye+Shadow+3

Illamasqua+Eye+Shadow+4

Illamasqua+Eye+Shadow+8

Illamasqua+Eye+Shadow+10


I did enjoy the interesting, unique packaging. It’s a square cut curved design that’s quite chic. This is 2g of eyeshadow for $20 where as MAC is 1.5g and $14.50. Obviously, the design isn’t only larger than a standard MAC shadow but it actually proves to hold more product. Remember looks can be deceiving sometimes and packaging can appear large but not contain a large amount of product but these prove to in fact hold a bit more shadow.

So far I can’t say that Illamasqua would replace MAC for me. I expected more for the price tag and was a tad shocked I wasn’t doing cartwheels around the room as it’s been very hyped up by makeup lovers far and wide so I did think I’d fit right into that groove. I do have to try these on my eye before making my final decision. So far I’m not too impressed but I will reserve judgment as I plan on purchasing a few of the shimmer finishes for myself because my current review could be a bit bias since matte really isn’t my medium of choice and I don’t have the skills to work with it.

So far Illamasqua won’t take over MAC for me as the price is higher and the pigmentation so far isn’t nearly as up to par. But we shall see….I need to explore and test further. If matte is your finish of choice you’ll be thrilled with a majority of the offerings from the line. In a sea of shadows dominated by various finishes, matte is a unique offering in the makeup world especially a collection of cosmetics that caters to such a finish.

Have you tried Illamasqua Eye Shadow?

Do you love them?

Tell the Muse!

Pin It
5 Comments

Steal It! Stila Precious Pearl Palette

stila+eye+shadow+palette

Now steal this kids.

Stila’s Precious Pearl Palette from the Spring Collection is available for 50% off at Sephora. The palette contains six vibrant shades of color in a slim line compact case. I loved this one on it’s release this past Spring and must say that $20 bucks is a steal for this!

Snag it before it’s gone!

Need help?

Check out my Stila Precious Pearl Review for swatches and other deets!

Pin It
No Comments

Best Value: Urban Decay Box of Potions

urban+decay+box+of+potions

Indulge in all of Urban Decay’s newest primers for $65 with the new Urban Decay Box of Potions.

This has to be the best value I’ve ever seen as it contains all full size products that are almost 50% off retail if you purchase them together (purchased separate you’d paid $114)!

You get:
Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion Brightening
Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion Pore Perfecting
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Urban Decay Eyelash Primer Potion
Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion SPF 15

If you’ve been yearning to indulge in all of the new potions from Urban Decay here’s your chance.

The Urban Decay Box of Potions is available now from Sephora.

Pin It
1 Comment

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara Review


They tell me the eyes have it. Armani obviously knows it as they introduced a brand new mascara entitled Eyes to Kill. Dude, doesn’t that so sound like a James Bond movie? This calls for corny theme music!


Keep it playing as you read the review it’ll really set the mood!

With all the bells and whistles in the mascara world lately one would think Giorgio Armani Beauty would decide to jump on board and create some crazy applicator. You know what I mean. Plastic applicators, brushless ones, slim line applicators, crazy medieval spiked ones….truly mascara has evolved since our mother’s started using it at our ages.

Armani though, they see the potential in the standard brush. There isn’t anything special about the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara applicator aside from the fact that it’s longer and fuller than many brushes. Aside from this the bells and whistles are left at the door. But don’t let that sway you because this mascara is incredible. Be it the formula or the brush one would have to guess at what made my lashes so full and so very, very long. Amazing!

Eyes to Kill Mascara is available in four shades which are the standard blacks, browns, and gray but they also have one entitled Rouge Iron which appears to be a pinkish red shade, very interesting choice for a mascara. I tried out Steel Black which is true inky black. The formula is very light and airy which creates a natural, softer lash look that still manages to be dramatic due to the incredible volume the formula gives lashes. It doesn’t clump up during application and glides on the lashes easily without creating a havoc of messy lashes in it’s wake.


As mentioned above the applicator is a simple brush that’s a fair bit longer than your average size but nothing too dramatic. The brush pulls lashes up and out while curling them and offering up supreme length and fullness.


Overall, count this Muse impressed with the new Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara. Lashes like these don’t come cheap at $28 for a tube but you’ll be incredibly happy when you’re prancing around with crazy long lashes to go along with your smoky Fall eye look!

001 400x300

Overall, I’m quite excited and impressed with this mascara. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten so hyped over a US brand mascara (as you know I’m all over Japanese mascara). Truly a fantastic one and worthy of a try, the Muse thinks you’ll love it!

Excellent mascara and deserving of a Muse Approval!

summer museapproved stamp+(2)

Loves it!

Pin It
3 Comments

H20+ Face Oasis Review


Remember how I was telling you about how irritating it was to chase those little beads around on my face which are part of the wonderful formula that makes up H20+ Face Oasis Ultra Hydrator? Gawd those things are a pain but I was willing to overlook them since I’ve fallen head over heals with Face Oasis as my main moisturizer the past several days.

But guess what? Score! H20+ Face Oasis has none of those annoying spheres, all the same benefits, plus a truly great formula to!

Yay!

Click for the review!

I was reading reviews that said the new Face Oasis I reviewed for you is more moisturizing than the older Face Oasis I’m about review. Personally they feel alot alike to me aside from the small spheres in Face Oasis Ultra Hydrator. One thing I did notice about this Face Oasis is it feels a bit tacky and sticky on my skin but after a minute it abides.

H20+ Face Oasis is an oil free hydrating moisturizing that’s a gel formula and supposedly reduces the appearances of fine lines and wrinkles. I’m only using it today so I can’t speak for long term results. I will say I’m loving this and the Face Oasis Ultra Hydrator so much because of the way it revitalizes my dry skin without making it an oily mess. The formula is so light and absorbs so easily into my skin leaving behind a dewy finish. Fabulous stuff. If you have dry I seriously urge you to see if you can get a sample. I also think the formula is rather ideal for oily skin as well since it’s so light.


Overall, I’m deeply impressed with H20+ lately and I’m thinking this could possibly make me switch from my regular Lush day and night cream.

H20+ Face Oasis gets a Muse Approval for making my dull, dry skin, dewy and fresh again! Feels just like a cup of cold water for my face. Many moisturizers I’ve tried in the pass say they are oil free but I always end up feeling greasy after not the case with this which makes it a gem among moisturizers.

summer museapproved stamp+(2)

Likey!

Pin It
No Comments