Make-up Reviews

Ilamasqua Intense Lipgloss Review and Swatches


Dontcha just love products with “intense” in the name. Golly, that must mean they are really special. Intense gloss..oooooo! So important!

Ilamasqua Intense Lipgloss has made it’s way to US shores recently and the Muse must say indeed it’s intense. Intensely rich, intensely pigmented, intensely thick and creamy….yup, intense for shiz.

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All though I’m not a lover of matte gloss I can’t help but be slightly tickled over the new Ilamasqua Intense Lipgloss.

Housed in an ultra slim line tube this gloss is unlike anything I’ve had the pleasure of trying to date. It’s more like a lip enamel as it gives lips a patent leather shine.

I’ve never had the pleasure of using anything like it in all my beauty days. It’s quite like a thick, creamy, ooey gooey lip cream. The gloss is incredibly pigmented and extremely thick in consistency. You’d think the combination of those two traits would make it a mess to deal with but so not the case. The gloss fairly glides onto lips without having to go back over it (you can if you want to get an extra, extra bold look) as it’s rich pigmentation covers lips completely in a thick layer of beautiful gloss. Although thick it feels quite comfortable on without being sticky, tacky, or overwhelmingly heavy. It’s quite lightweight for such a formula and feels natural and pleasant on my lips.


I’m actually pleased with the applicator as well which is a simple squeeze tube with a narrow, thin slant. The slant fits the curve of my lips quite well and aids in getting the gloss in place minus mess or drama. The gloss itself also has a fresh fruity taste and scent. It also manages to wear very long.


The color I tried was Indulge which is a hot neon pink. Not exactly my shade of choice but surprisingly works well with a minimal makeup look!


If you’re a lover of very thick glosses with super pigmentation Illamasqua Intense Lip Gloss is bound to please.

Likey!

Have you tried Illamasqua gloss yet?

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Aromaleigh Silk Powder Primer Review


The Muse happens to be quite addicted to transparent powders for some reason especially ones that promise to make me flawless. Aromaleigh Silk Powder Primer preps your face for mineral foundation supposedly leaving behind a flawless canvas for makeup!

Does it work?

Find out after the jump!

The general idea of this powder is to use it as a prep and prime prior to minerals. Since my main foundation of choice aren’t minerals it’s somewhat useless however I did want to try it out anyway. I’m actually pretty impressed with it

I used it in three separate ways. Once to prime my face prior to using Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Foundation, secondly as finishing, setting powder, and thirdly to mask minor flaws prior to using a cheek stain sans foundation. As a primer it works remarkably well. It’s difficult to explain the results but my mineral makeup looks more refined and finished when I use this prior to application. As a setting powder it doesn’t really work as the powder is a bit on the thick side and white causing a strange cast of weird on my face. It also doesn’t work very well on it’s own as again same strange white cast when used.

The powder is quite a thick texture and not as silky as many transparent powders I’ve used. It blends quite well and in regards to prepping for minerals it exceeds and does the job well. It’s actually meant for normal or combination skin types but it worked well enough on my crazy not sure what it wants to be skin at the moment. The powder acts almost like a barrier or shield between your skin and the mineral foundation of your choice. This technique allows for your minerals to last longer and look flawless.


It supposedly refines pores and fine lines but I have neither so I can’t speak for that. It also claims to be a natural moisture absorbing powder so as the temperature and humidity changes in your environment it’ll keep your oily skin under control. I’ve used it in the normal oily places on my face such as forehead and sides of noses but didn’t notice too much of a difference. This has to be explored further before I have my final say on that feature.

Overall, it’s a good product if you’re a mineral foundation user however if your dominate foundation is liquid or cream you can safely skip. I think it’s worthy of a try out for mineral users as you’ll notice your foundation will last longer while your face will have a more flawless look.

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Dianne Brill Fresh Water Foundation Review and Swatches

For those of us who desire a little less coverage, something lighter, something barely there, I give to you Dianne Brill Fresh Water Foundation. Incredibly lightweight and long wearing this foundation is for the rest of the population that doesn’t have need of heavy coverage.

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The appeal of most all Dianne Brill cosmetics lies in the pretty, girlish packaging. Dianne Brill Fresh Water Foundation comes housed in a flip top box which resembles that of a tiny box of chocolates and inside the foundation is wrapped up in a lace dollie. Unlike traditional pump foundations this resembles that of a mini travel size toothpaste. I absolutely adore the packaging plus I find the squeeze style tube rather ideal for getting your use out of all the product. The foundation also comes with a mini foundation brush that’s quite decent for application as it doesn’t shed and for such a mini size it has a nice size brush head.

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The formula of the foundation is loose and very runny. It almost resembles a tinted moisturizer in some aspects as it lacks pigmentation and is quite sheer. It applies and blends very nicely however it’s extremely light coverage so if you have lots of little or larger woes you’re wanting to hide this isn’t going to help you along your way.

For the most part those who desire light coverage that evens out skin tone and creates a nice even canvas for makeup will absolutely adore this. The foundation is incredibly light and lovely on the face and creates a beautiful glow on my skin. I don’t need a ton of coverage anyway so this is a great one for Summer.

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Overall, anyone who doesn’t like heavy makeup or doesn’t have need of heavy coverage will enjoy using this one.

You can purchase Dianne Brill Cosmetics at BeautyHabit and learn more about the brand by visiting www.diannebrill.com

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Pop Beauty Cat Eyes Eye Liner Review and Swatches

More babblings about the elusive cat eye that the Muse has been trying to perfect for Fall. In my quest for obtaining the perfect cat eye I’ve been trying my hand at liquid liners and of course epically failing but try I will!

To make my life easier I found Pop Beauty Cat Eyes Eye Liner. Could this be the key to my success at creating a great cat eye?


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Meet Pop Beauty Cat Eyes Eye Liner the solution to your cat eye dilemma. This square cut liner supposedly makes it easy to complete a cat eye. But does it?

Ok let’s see….

KATE makes a square cut eye liner as well so it’s pretty much the same concept. The liner is considerably thicker than what you’d normally want to use to line eyes. As we are always looking for a thin, precise point to line this is a unique thicker size, slanted, and square cut. It’s design is supposed to make the “flicking” involved in a cat eye easier. First off it does a fine job of creating a thick, dramatically lined look. The formula is creamy and glides fairly well across the lash line without skipping. I like the way the square cut fits the contour of my eye.

Now it’s the flicking part that confuses me. The square cut is supposed to make the flick or upwards slant that’s associated with a cat eye easier. However, I had a hard time with it. Although the drama of a thicker line makes my eyes look very nice, I’m unable to pull off the slant upwards towards the outer corner of my eye without creating a messy thick line. I think the square cut and the thickness of the liner creates a rather messy line that looks nothing like a cat eye.


Overall, the product is a fine liner for achieving a bolder, thicker lined eye look but in regards to making a cat eye easier, I had a little trouble in that department. I won’t blame the liner as it could be I just stink at perfecting the look but I did think the thickness presented a little problem.

What do you think?

Thicker, square cut liner for cat eye lining?

Yay or Nay?

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Milani Fall 2009: Milani Infinite Liquid Eye Liner Review and Swatches


With the Fall quickly approaching it’s become my duty to get my cat eye on which I epically fail out by the way.

That’s why I want to practice with something cheap but that’s of decent quality.

No worries got me some Milani Infinite Liquid Eye Liner and working my way to a dramatically lined look for Fall!

Check ‘em after the jump!

All my adventures with liquid lining have always been a tad bit of a problem, I haven’t yet given up and I’m well on my way to performing amazing feats of dramatic eye lining tricks…or maybe that’s my imagination running away with itself.


Either way, I wasn’t really interested in spending about $20-$25 bucks on a liquid liner when I suck so hard at application. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to hear about the new Milani Infinite Liquid Eye Liners available in a rainbow of cool shades at a budget price.

This is a great little liquid liner with a thin precise tip for application. Although a brush application it’s nicely dense so it won’t wobble around as you apply. The colors are all richly pigmented and application is a snap without skipping or having to go back and reline. I blame the rich pigment on the fact you won’t have problems with skipping as it simply lines straight across without having to go over it or start again to cover any skips. The shades are all really vibrant so if you’re not wanting to do a traditional black liner look you can pick any number of cool colors to work with to make your look unique and fun!

The colors I tried out were Everlast (Black), Infinite (Sapphire Blue), Endless (Rich Royal Purple), and Eternal (Olive Green). Out of the four I absolutely adore Eternal as I’m all about green on my big brown eyes as it lends a certain mystery to my looks.


The formula is pretty much smudge proof and lasts all day without fading or creasing. It says 24 hour wear but I’m honestly not up for testing those number out (I will not sleep in my makeup for the sake of Musings, somethings I simply will not do) but just rest assured it’ll stick around for a good long while. It’s fairly easy to remove as well with oil based cleanser.

Overall, if you’re looking for an inexpensive richly hued shade of liquid liner do check out the new Milani Infinite range, I’m positive liquid liners fans will love ‘em and brand new folks can take advantage of an inexpensive liquid liner that’s not hard on the wallet.

Even though I stink at lining with this medium I’m sticking a Muse Approval on ‘em for purchase, good stuff!

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P.S. I’m ever so tempted to try them as an all over lid color, is that terribly weird?

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