I know, I know this may shock your socks near off your feet but I recently tried out the new HIP Metallic Duo Eyeshadow…and…I loved it! Eep! Unreal right? But I promise they are awesome.
HIP has three finishes now on it’s shadow duos, the newest is the metallic finish which the Muse is quite fond of at the moment. The new HIP Metallic Duo Eyeshadows come only in five shades, sniff can’t we have more? And are all under $8 bucks each! Oh, hello friendly budget deal!
I tried out the HIP Metallic Duo Eyeshadow in Platinum recently and was feeling the love. I do think they are way easier to blend than previous versions of HIP shadows I’ve tried plus they are loaded with pigment and have an intense shimmery, metallic finish.
If you haven’t tried ‘em already here’s the deets:
Each duo contains a matte shadow and a shimmery metallic shadow. Use the metallic shadow to shade your eye and follow up with the matte shadow to either contrast or line eyes with. Personally I used the matte shade very lightly to contrast the metallic shadow but lining works just as well. The compact of the shadow is simply awesome, props for cool packaging. It’s a dual sided compact which houses the shadows on top and a sponge applicator and mirror on the bottom.
As I mentioned above both shades of shadow blend wonderfully well with a great color pay off. I was shocked as I’ve tried HIP shadows before and felt they blended crummy but I chalk up the formula this time around which makes them way easier to blend although you’ll definitely experience major fall out so prep well prior to applying to avoid the drama of shimmer falling everywhere on your face.
The color I tried out was Platinum which contains an intensely shimmering shade of silver with a matte shade of black. The two shades make a rather dramatic smoky eye look. The completed look is quite similar to what you could achieve using the Bare Minerals Rocker Kit at a fraction of the cost!
These are worth checking out if you like a highly shimmery, metallic finish to your shadows. Getting two shades in one compact for under $8 USD (or less if a sale is going on) is truly a nice little deal. The only rant I have about the product is the lack of colors. I’m hopeful they’ll extend the HIP Metallic Duo Eye Shadow collection with as many colors as the normal range of HIP shadows as these are a rather nice little gem in a sea of drugstore cosmetics.
Sportin’ HIP Metallic Duo Eyeshadow in Platinum
Overall, HIP Metallic Duo Eyeshadow are worth a look at. Definitely a nice little beauty on the budget find!
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I’m positive lightening struck the labs when L’Oreal Double Edge Mascara was created!
I’m just saying, I’ve never quite run across drugstore mascara as good as this…so something had to happen to make it so great.
Who seriously knew drugstore mascara was any good? Is this a trick? Am I being Punk’d?
When I first tried this out I thought for sure it was going to be rubbish. I have a pretty bad track record when it comes to drugstore mascara so my hopes weren’t particularly high for L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara. When I figured out it was a fiber mascara I was equally skeptical as I absolutely abhor fiber mascara.
But guess what? It’s awesome! Go get some NOW!
L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara is a double edge mascara that has a base coat on one side and the mascara on the other. Simply apply a healthy dose of the base coat to lashes and follow up with the mascara for super fat, long, and thick lashes! It darkens lashes and creates a nice full look.
I dunno I’m confused as this is described as a “tube mascara” but personally I just associate that with fiber. But it honestly doesn’t feel like a fiber and the “tubes” are much softer and natural feeling on my lashes without that “Ahhh! I have something stuck in my eye” feeling.
It’s a bit tricky at first as the base coat makes my lashes all clumpy and gross but after a few strokes I got the knack of application. Many will be happy to know it’s a nice thick brush applicator, no plastic wands here! The brush is particularly large in size with nice size bristles which could account for why it applies so well as it really does a great job at grabbing every single lash and pulling it up and out.
It’s not a waterproof mascara which could relieve some and scare others. I’m not a fan of mascara that’s not waterproof so I’d fit right in with the scared folk. But have no fear it doesn’t smudge, flake, or smear. It stays on all day without any drama attached to it. It’s non waterproof formula should be a rave for those with shorter, delicate lashes who don’t like waterproof formulas that make their lashes break off or feel “hard”. This is gentle for stubbier lashes and should work well at creating a nice, full look without the drama of breaking lashes off during removal. Removal is as simple as using some water water and rubbing the tubes off your lashes, no makeup remover required.
Overall, I really liked this one alot and thought it was a great beauty on a budget find. Well worth picking up for yourself! Prices range from $7 USD to $9 USD.
L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara is a total Muse Approved mascara! Loves it!
The Muse has tricked herself into believing that Philosophy Microdelivery Peel Pads actually do something for her skin!
Don’t you dare sit there and not admit that sometimes you have a product that you know doesn’t work but you use it anyway because you’ve somehow convinced yourself it’s the awesome! Don’t lie…I’ll know if you’re lying….I’m the Muse after all! In this case I’ve convinced myself that Philosophy Microdelivery Peel Pads are the the bee’s knees…..but deep down inside I know they are junk…but I like to illusion myself since I have a big old jar full that I really want to get through! By the way I didn’t even know bee’s had knees! Awesome! Anyway what was I
Oh yea…so I replaced my Philosophy Microdelivery Peel Pads with L’Oreal Skin Genesis Micro-Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes…why does this stuff have to have such a freaking long name…god….
Anyway……for a week I switched over to L’Oreal Skin Genesis Towelettes and I gotta say I’m kinda digging them! Ok first off…they do only an ok job of removing makeup so don’t get too excited. They remove makeup quite well but my mascara not so much or my heavy duty eye makeup…but the good news is I’m not interested in using these to remove my makeup anyway!
Now what I really like about these is the smoothing technique. Each towelette is quilted, pre-moistened, and quite a nice, large size. In the morning I use these to tone my face and resurface. They work fantastic at softening my dry skin, removing flaky skin, and creating a nice, moist surface for my makeup. Lucky enough they aren’t sticky and so far they haven’t dried my skin out plus they are heaps cheaper than Philosophy Microdelivery Peel Pads.
If you’re looking for something you can use to prime your face prior to makeup while resurfacing your skin and creating a nice, dewy finish you might want to check these out! I’m kinda digging them and think I’ll repurchase them again after I’m through with the 25 pack I have!
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My Best of Concealer round up continues today with a review of L’Oreal’s Visble Lift Eye Concealer.
If it’s cheap you seek L’Oreal Visible Lift Eye Concealer may be an ok Beauty on a Budget find for you at around $9 USD or so.
L’Oreal’s Visible Lift Eye Concealer isn’t the best of the best however it’s the best of it’s kind for the price. Available in a good deal of color selections you’re pretty much guaranteed to run into at least one shade that should suit your skin type.
When it comes to concealers I prefer splurging rather than skimping however I realize not everyone has the same mind set as I do which accounts for me looking for a good concealer at a decent price to do a review on. I’ve found two concealers in the drugstore beauty world that work well, one of which is L’Oreal Visible Lift Eye Concealer.
I find the formula a teeny, tiny bit drying but aside from that overall the concealer performed excellent for a drugstore purchase.
It’s pigmented enough to conceal the worst dark circles plus any fine lines or wrinkles you may sport. It also does a fine job of tucking into baggage and giving the illusion of a fresh, awake eye.
The texture is absolutely perfect and blends very well. It’s not watery and has just enough density to spread evenly across the eye without making a mushy mess that some concealers have a knack for do to how watery they are.
It sports a few minor problems that I find unforgivable, sadly. One such problem is the fact that it creeps into fine lines after a few hours and gives my eyes a tired appearance it’s also a tiny bit drying even though when it’s first applied it feels quite moisturizing.
I did notice if I’m very careful in my prep prior to use the product won’t seep into fine lines however if I apply in a rush and I haven’t prepped my eye area enough for the concealer I will end up with a rather sad, crusty crease of concealer under my eyes. Yuck!
Although the color is a very unusual pale white combined with touches of both gray and beige it actually blends seamlessly under my eyes and works very well at waking my eyes up and giving me the look of 12 hours of sleep rather than the 6 I probably had!
The wear on this isn’t so great and around 2 hours or less you’ll end up with creasing, fading, and a general need for big time touch up so that kinda stinks. You might be able to get longer wear out of this if you choose to wear a primer under your eyes prior to use!
For the price it’s actually pretty good however I’ve definately come across better. The price is right, the coverage is good however problems with creasing and length of wear creates a huge problem for me.
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Good news! I still have left over goodies from Beauty on a Budget Week to get through so you’ll be seeing a few new reviews on US drugstore finds starting today with L’Oreal’s Telescopic Mascara.
Sadly, it’s almost all bad news for L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara. While on vacation this was available at every single duty free beauty shop I passed and although at the time I didn’t bother picking it up I realize now I should have listened to my original instinct that screamed “NO!”. I picked this guy up with my big beauty haul from Walmart recently for $8.99 USD and that’s about what it was available for at duty free but of course I wasn’t shelling out 8% in taxes to call it my own if I brought it from some duty free shop but ado at the time I didn’t bother.
One of the biggest flaws with this mascara is the applicator. Believe it or not I’m not going to go into a long rant just yet about the applicator being bad for application. Actually I’m going into a rant about the applicator being too delicate and flimsy. The applicator is sorta springy and loosely attached to the wand which makes it a big job to get the damn thing back into the tube without it snapping off completely. On a normal mascara day I’ll unscrew the top of mascara off, slip the wand out, apply, and slip it quickly back in. On a day using L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara it turns into unscrewing the top, slipping the wand out, applying a mess to my eyes, and struggling for five minutes to slip the wand back inside the tube without snapping off the brush head. This takes delicate, small movements to wriggle the brush back in without completely ripping or snapping it off. Since the brush head isn’t firmly secured onto the wand you could be staring at anywhere from 5-8 minutes struggling to get it back into the tube without risking it falling off while you struggle.
The delicate brush isn’t the only problem as far as the applicator goes. The brush head is a plastic applicator with ridges surrounding it rather than the traditional “brush” you’re getting more of a plastic wand with little spikes sticking out of it. It has a bit of a curve too it which leads you into believing that this will indeed apply the mascara well. Sadly, it falls flat of doing anything but making a big clumpy mess of your lashes. I’ve never successfully purchased a drugstore mascara that’s done anything in the ways of volumizing and lengthening. I normally end up with clumps or spiky lashes and with L’Oreal’s Telescopic Mascara that’s about the total of it all. Clumps, check. Spiky lashes, check. A big mess, check. check. Although it applies crummy the formula itself does deserve a rave as I experienced no flaking, no smudging, and just generally good waterproof lasting power all day long!
L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara has alot going for it. Chic outer packaging, great price, good long wear however it falls short in the most important areas. Application isn’t easy or foolproof, just messy and flaws in the design provide a potential money trap that you can easily fall into if you’re rushed and push hard to get the wand back into the tube! $8.99 down the drain if the brush head snaps off!
All in all this particular mascara needs a whole lot of improvement before I decide to pick it up again! Pass on it, the Muse has seen much better!
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