My reader Nora got her hands on the Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Palette and she was excited to share the news with not only me but all of you as well.
So here’s a brief peek, review, and swatches of the new Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Palette for Holiday 2011 brought to you by Nora.
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When I first got a chunk of this soap, I was very upset. The smell of Sultana is SO overwhelming, that it actually transferred its scent to my first Porridge, I Should Coco and HIWTC, so I couldn’t even tell what they all smelled like. After airing them all out, I found that Sultana was the reason for the nose-confusion. I hate the smell, but since I bought it, I wanted to try it out. The smell is less BAM!POW! when you rinse it off your skin. I like it much better on my skin than sniffing the soap itself. I think that some hairs in my nose actually burnt to a crisp when sniffing Sultana, but that might just be my imagination. Nevertheless, I don’t plan on buying it again, but I am ok with using it until it disappears. My skin is soft, and that is the only plus.
My suggestion, if you like really gross smells, go buy this. In fact, buy the entire lot, no matter what country it’s in…that way, when I go to the LUSH store, I won’t be met by this unpleasant smell.
Words cannot describe how excited I was to try Twilight Beauty! I was one of the suckers (no pun intended) who pre-ordered. I’m a big Twilight fan, and a lover of makeup, so this was a match made in heaven. After a long time waiting for my products to come, some pushbacks of shipping dates, and overall antsyness, I finally got some products from the coveted Twilight Beauty collection.
Luna Twilight Bella Palette:
This was the product I was most excited for. I chose the Bella palette because I was in desperate need of neutrals, and I adored Bella’s natural look.
It is extremely small, for starters. I’d say about the size of an I.D. For $28, I felt it should be bigger. The shadows and glosses inside (two of each) are about the size of a nickle. The shadows are nicely pigmented, however, applying them wet will ruin them. They certainly are not the best. I’ve found better at the drugstore. The glosses are nice. They smell wonderful and apply sheerly, but offer a slight tint to your lips. They moisturize effectively. The blush is my favorite part. It is a blush I find myself going to very often. It IS powdery, which is a downside, but it is a lovely nude/peachy color that complements my skin tone very well.
While the packaging is super cute, it is just too small to justify $28. The shadows and lipglosses are mediocre. The blush is the only thing worth having from the palette, and you still only get .13 oz (or 3.89 g) of it.
I’d give it a 3 out of 5.
Luna Twilight Mortal Glow Blush in Adrenaline
This is a nice highlighter. It’s a cream blush, and was $22. I got it in the pinky/champaigne color. It applies smoothly and you barely need any to get a nice, sparkly face. It is easy to over-do it, but with a light hand you can get a lovely illuminated look. I feel it is worth it for $22, since you get .49 oz (14 g)
4 out of 5
Luna Twilight Femme Fetale Glosses
I got two of these, each for $20. For .17 oz (5 g), it is outrageously priced. I’d have never bought it had I known the size of the product. You appear to get more than you do thanks to the packaging. The packaging is cute, but the tree pattern scrapes off. That disappointed me. Also, one color I bought (Butterfly Kisses) had glitter in it. I knew it did, but I expected it to be evenly distributed. Instead, it is uneven and makes me look like I bought lipgloss from Limited Too. Very immature and tacky. ’53 Chevy (a redish color) looks nice, and moisturizes. I feel these are hit-or-miss with the colors, and it just isn’t worth your $20 to take a chance.
2 out of 5
Volturi Twilight Labyrinth Shadows
These are little pots of loose shadows. I didn’t expect to like these, so I held off until Hot Topic had them on clearance. I snagged two (Myth and Lover) for $8! Ironically, these were the best product from the entire line. They apply wonderfully and show up very bright. They can be used as a liner, or an all-over color. You get a ton of product (2.3 g) for the price…even the original price of $9. The best I tried from the line.
5 out of 5
Hit or Miss with all the products, so look up reviews before purchasing, or just can it.
I recently bought the liquid version of Chanel’s Teint Innocence foundation, in Cameo 20 (I live in the Northwest…I’m pale, yes). It’s a light-weight foundation (oil-free!) that gives a light to medium coverage. When you look at yourself in the mirror, you’ll still be able to see your darker spots (acne scars, dark freckles, what have you), but that’s mostly because you know where they are and are trying to spot them. The average person, upon looking at you, will prolly just think your skin looks dewy and fresh. That’s seriously what this does. It brightens your skin, giving it a fresh glow, and anyone who’s close enough to pick out the little flaws should be punched anyway, right? I really like the light-weight feel of it, and the fact that I can touch my face without fear of having makeup all over my fingers. I also tend to rest my head against my boyfriend’s shoulder when we’re on the bus, and other liquid foundations have smudged onto his jacket (which, thankfully, rubs clean quite nicely, being Gore-Tex and all).
The foundation has SPF 12 in it, which isn’t a lot, but I use Clinique’s City Block SPF 25 every day anyway, so the SPF situation doesn’t concern me very much. I do sometimes set it with a powder, if I want a matte look, but it’s not necessary and usually I don’t bother.
I apply with my fingertips, which was weird for me the first time around. I’ve since adapted, though, and it’s fine. I just dab dots onto my face and blend gently into my skin. Works beautifully. So, here’s the bottom-line:
Pros: light, non-greasy, formula; gives you a dewy, fresh glow, while smoothing out imperfections and giving you an overall “flawless finish” look. I haven’t experienced break-outs or drying out, and I don’t look like I have foundation caked or packed on. It really just smooths into your skin, making your skin look better than it is. Who doesn’t love that?
Cons: price. At $47 a bottle, it’s a bit steep, but that’s Chanel for you. I personally feel like if I’m going to indulge in anything pricey, it should be foundation, since your skin is so important. The bottle also does not have a pump, and though it’s easy enough to pour out what you need, I can imagine it might get a bit difficult towards the end when there’s very little left in the bottle. But it looks like it’ll last for quite some time, so I’m satisfied.
Overall: I like it. I like it better than any Clinique liquid foundation I’ve tried (which are considerably cheaper), because the color match is perfect and the formula feels better – easier to blend and such a soft, radiant finish. Win!
My first impression of this palette was not a stellar one…But as I used it, my view point changed entirely!
This is a great palette for someone just getting into Urban Decay, in my opinion. It was my first palette from the brand, and I was not disappointed.
First of all, colors:
You get a great mix of neutral and vivid colors. There’s a color for everyone. Even if you’re the type of makeup-wearer who leans towards neutrals, one of the vibrant colors can be used as a liner to spice things up. You get two colors in the purple/pink category (Fishnet/Ransom), one green (Graffiti–my favorite green I own), one blue (Peace), one yellow/gold (Honey), one black (Zero), and three neutrals (Shag, Scratch, and Underground).
These colors are BRIGHT! They barely need any building up! My suggestion (that I learned from the Muse herself) is to use a sponge applicator. It picks up the pigmentation much better than any other brush I’ve used. I still think a base is needed, but they are so intense that if you’re in a pinch, they’d last for a while. The shadows are creamy and smooth. They apply like butter! They are definitely no-hassle shadows.
The palette is $38 for nine 1.2 gram shadows, two sponge applicators, and a very mini Urban Decay Primer Potion. I think it is very worth it, as a little of these shadows goes a long way. The packaging is cute and has protected my shadows just fine, and I’ve carried it in my purse before. For the variety that you get, it is money well-spent.
The packaging is like a little two sided. It’s cute and sturdy, with a good sized mirror. The problem rests in it being made of a velvety/felt material. It is a magnet for dust and powder! So keep it in a safe, clean spot if you’d rather have it in pristine condition. Also, the inside stains easily and the powder from the shadows gets on the mirror and on the white cardboard.
This is the perfect palette for anyone interested in trying out something new and fun. The existence of the neutrals makes it practical, but the bright colors jazz it up and add something fresh to any makeup collection.
I’ve been wearing Underground for over a week already, which is something I rarely do! I’m so A.D.D. about changing my look from day to day that I rarely wear the same look twice in a week…but I’ve found this color to go with everything! I’ll be buying the separate shadow when I run out. I’ve also been wearing Scratch as a blush. I’m fair skinned, so it shows up just barely, and it gives a nice ‘barely rosey’ color to my cheeks.
I first heard of BFTE from YouTube videos. After I heard the name once, it seemed to be dropping everywhere in cyberspace. I shrugged it off at first…until I saw Tangerine and Lemon. I had been looking for the perfect vibrant yellow and orange. And there they were, at $6.50 a pop.
Ordering was simple, and the products came fast. The hard part was choosing from over 250 colors. It was my first experience with any mineral company, so I researched how to apply them, and what colors were favored.
I ended up ordering ten for $50, and the Color of the Week, which retails for $2. The colors I purchased were Tangerine, Lemon, Dragon, Mermaid, Peacock, Kou, Fire Dancer, Grape, Atlantis, Whisper, and Big Island.
Some were a hit, and some left a little to be desired.
The duo tones were, and still are, my favorites. I love the idea of having two shades in one. The color reflexes work well with each other and create a beautiful shades and contoured look without even having to try. Those shdes were Dragon, Mermaid, Peacock, and Whisper–the first three being my favorites out of the entire purchase.
Next, I sampled the Hawaii collection. These are all PACKED with shimmer. Though it isn’t glitter, it still IS a mineral shadow, and it will fall out with these. They are beautiful colors, but do dull down as time wears on. It is noticeable when they are applied wet. The vivid appearance loses it’s light. These shades are Fire Dancer, Kou, and Big Island. I found Fire Dancer to be a gorgeous color, but not the right shade for me. I’d recommend it for blue eyes.
Though not matte, Tangerine, Atlantis, Grape and Lemon are neither glittery, duotone or all that shimmery. They do have a slight sheen. Tangerine and Lemon are both very pigmented, but ended up not being the perfect shades I’d thought them to be. Tangerine is bright, but it isn’t a true orange. It leans more towards orange-aid. Lemon has a metallic-like sheen that makes it appear almost light green on the lid. A friend of mine even asked me one day, “are you wearing green and orange eyeshadow?” Grape is a nice color; it’s wonderful for lining or as a crease color.
Overall the shadows were a good buy. I would have switched some colors looking back, but it was a good first experience. They are all highly pigmented, so they are perfect for the girls who love intense and bright shadows. I suggest applying them wet for the most extreme effect, especially the duotones. They blend well and it is very easy to create winning looks with the amount of selection available.
I have not tried them as nailpolish. I have, however, tried Fire Dancer as a sparkling, pinky-red lipcolor and it looked amazing!
These are for the adventurous makeup lovers who want to stand out. They do require some cleanup if you’re using a shimmering or glittery shade, but that’s pretty average with mineral shadows.