Benefit Velvet Eye Shadow Review and Swatches

Oh how terribly awesome is the Muse. Bringing you a review of the brand new Benefit Velvet Eye Shadows just in time for their 20% Off sale! I’m such a good mate aren’t I? You can proceed to tell me how wonderful I am in the comment box and send donations in honor of my awesomeness to my paypal account. Ok, ok I’ll take cookies at the very least. Deal?

Didn’t Benefit have eye shadows a little while ago? I can’t remember. I dunno why I forgot them. Were they forgettable? I remember Benefit having a line of shadows but nothing like these….hmmmm you can refresh my memory alone with those cookies while I give you the details on Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow.


I don’t normally go for velvet but I can get on board with these as the formula is so buttery smooth and easy to blend. I like to think of these as the dummies guide to eye shadow as they truly are goof proof. They glide on beautifully well and make shadow application a snap. Benefit Velvet Eye Shadows are brand new to the Benefit family and available in nine shades, no worries I’m sure Benefit will extend the color selection.

The formula is extra light which makes the shadows ideal for Summer. Who wants a load of eye makeup on when you can do a nice wash of color that’s soft, smooth, and light. With proper prepping they will remain fresh all day without creasing or fading away. Each shadow is very nicely pigmented for a good burst of color on lids. From what I’ve read so far people are really loving piling this on top of some Benefit Creaseless Shadow and rockin’ out. I haven’t tried that yet but they work just as wonderful on their own.


I tried out five shades which are as follows:

Like What You Sea?-Cloudy Sky Bluish Grey
Dandy Brandy-Brown with a tickle of gold
Where There’s Smoke-Pewter
Bikini Line-Buttery Yellow
Leggy-Icy Nude Pink

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Out of the five I loved Dandy Brandy as it flattered my brown eyes! Bikini Line I’m favoring for Summer as it’s such a pretty soft yellow. I did several photos with the shadows on as you can see above, the only one I didn’t use was in a pic was Like What You Sea? I’ll do one shortly and update the post.

Overall, definitely a quality shadow in my opinion. Nice soft finish for both younger and older girls, very natural and fresh, easy application with little to no fall out, plenty of pigmentation, and the buttery smooth formula makes them very easy to apply. Likey! If you’re a lover of velvets I imagine you’ll fall in love with Benefit Velvet Eye Shadow.

These are available now at www.benefitcosmetics.com

And don’t forget 20% Off coupon code hiding out in this post!

Anyone try these yet?

Wanting to?

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IsaDora Spring 2009: IsaDora Blooming Spring Palette Review and Swatches

Technically speaking it’s still Spring right? Just be quiet and pretend it’s Spring for a little while so I can show you the Isadora Blooming Spring Palette. Shhh no one will know it’s almost Summer. Close your eyes, think of a cool brisk breeze, the scent of tulips in the air…are in your special Spring place now?

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Good!

Let’s go to the review!

Ok, so no matter what one thing that IsaDora never fails out is giving me bang for my buck. Beautiful palette, $19 bucks? I can go for that.

The IsaDora Blooming Spring Palette contains five beautiful shades for that perfect Spring eye look, shhh you’re in your Spring place now no thinking about bronzers! No but seriously you can easily get away with using the palette year round as it has some great shadows. Peach, Pink Purple, Green, and Brown make up the palette shades. These can be combined or used separately to create various looks. The colors are all quite pigmented and blend very well however they do have a tad bit of a chalky formula. In my experience with IsaDora palettes so far I noticed they sport a very similar formula and texture to that of most Japanese eye palettes, it’s that creamy powder formula that’s almost chalky in texture. This isn’t a bad thing but if you aren’t a lover of such a formula you might not like working with these. The shadows are very nice, pigmented, buttery smooth, and they blend quite well it’s just that strange chalky texture that could sway some. Personally I like the way they apply and think they create some seriously lovely looks.

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The only rant I have about the IsaDora Blooming Spring Palette is the fact that it was a simple black compact. Most of their special releases have a different compact design but this is simply the standard black casing. Meh a tad disappointing for a packaging junkie like myself but nothing to get to upset over.

All in all, for the price the quality is there and it’s worth picking up if you’re an IsaDora fan. I think it’s also worth trying out if you’re new to the line.

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Few small notes…..

Cosmetic Mall used to sell IsaDora but now it gives a strange buy two option. This is news to me until a few readers mentioned it. So basically they want you to purchase two of every product. What?! Not cool. So….you can either get a friend and order together or you can order through the IsaDora Amazon Store. As your last option you can check on Evil-bay although I suggest heading to the Amazon Store to score the palette and other items from IsaDora at retail price.

Here’s a few looks I did with the palette:

Using Pink:

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Using Green and Brown:
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Anyone an IsaDora fan?

Wanting this palette?

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Sneak Peeks: Avon Pro 3-in-1 Lip Wand Review and Swatches

Coming July, to a theater near you. Dudes, I so wish I had that awesome announcer guy to lead into this review. Wouldn’t that be hawt? Ok so maybe I’m deranged and think that’s an awesome idea.

Anyways!

Coming in July from Avon is a brand new product, actually a few new products but today I’ll bring you one, Avon Pro 3-in-1 Lip Wand. Oh the excitements I just can’t stand it.

Don’t hate me for reviewing this so early k? You can’t get it yet but the Muse’s promises that Jillian Dempsey and Avon are working hard at getting it to you in July, right around the corner.

The Muse likes to think you can thank Mrs. McDreamy for all the cool new changes to Avon lately as she’s the new Avon Global Creative Color Director plus her husband has really cool hair, go Jillian! Yay!

Gee I lost my train of though, sorry. I was going to introduce you to Avon Pro 3-in-1 Lip Wand…..so did you ever want to carry around all your lip products in one slick tube? Liner? Gloss? Lipstick? Check, check, check! I’m not talking about carrying around three separate cosmetics, I’m talking about one single item with all three options available to you.

Likey this idea?

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Jump for a review on a cool techy gadget from Avon.

Avon Pro 3-in-1 Lip Wand is basically your one stop work horse for lining, filling, and defining in one slick, slim line tube. Ok, I admit that I don’t really feel like toting around three products but I also admit that I don’t use lip liner so this could be potentially pointless for me. However, the fact remains it’s got that superfly, Inspector Gadget-feel which appeals to my geeky nature. I love the idea of a single tube that has all three products housed inside.

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How’s it work?

Pull the cap off the top half to get to your lip liner, twist the middle to get to your gloss, and unscrew the bottom to get your lippie. Presto! All your lip goodies in one spot.

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I think Avon was trying keep things simple plus offer three products in one value price of $9.50 USD (no worries the Muse bets her life that it’ll be cheaper when it first launches). I don’t think I can deny that Avon makes darn good lip products, remember Avon 24k Gold Lipstick?

So you want the deets on the quality I’m sure.

Here it is. Liner is good, mind you I don’t use liner, but it’s buttery smooth and goes on very nicely. Gloss, very good too, not deeply pigmented but quite shiny and glossy with little to no tack. Lipstick, not sure yet how I’m feeling. It’s not on par with Avon lipsticks I’ve tried before however I’m a tad bias as the color I got, Delicate Rose, is really nude and with a cream finish. Cream finish, nude, yup not so Muse-like. But I will say after lining, filling, and glossing up I really liked the finished results. I normally hate a nude lip look but I liked this.

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Avon Pro 3-in-1 Lip Wand will be available exclusively through Avon reps starting July in 10 shades but I imagine it’ll pop up for sale online as well, if not we better all get on the horn to our Avon lady (I don’t even have one of those! An Avon Lady that is, I have a phone.). If you’re looking for the convenience of a multitasking lip product that’s easy to tote around this be it kids! I’ll reserve my full judgment after I tried one or more colors as I just don’t Delicate Rose was very me!

Sportin’ Avon Pro 3-in-1 Lip Wand in Delicate Rose

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What do you think?

Like the idea of carrying it all with you?

Rather just carry around separate products?

Tell the Muse!

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Summer Series: Liptini Lip Liqueur Lip & Cheek Stain Review

Are there ever enough cheek stains? The Muse thinks not. I love cheek stains and it’s Summer so I love ‘em more. Sweat-proof, beach-proof, you name it your cheek stain will get you happily through the day. Put it on and it stays on, ’nuff said.

Cheek stains have come a long way since the Muse originally started her obsession with them way back when Benetint was the only cheek stain on the market. Nowadays they are just about everywhere but you have to admit one thing, although plentiful, they aren’t available in many shade selections. Seems they are stocked in one, two, or if you’re lucky four shades but that’s about it.

Liptini obviously understands the need for more cheek stains, lots more, in an array of colors.

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Liptini is the home to many, many a fine lip product (and nail if you’re into that sort of thing!) including plenty of, you guessed it, cheek stains! Yay everyone run around in circles and get happy or you can watch by the side lines while the rest of us run around, entirely up to you.

Liptini offers two stain options which are Lip Liqueur Lip & Cheek Stains and Cordial Shimmering Lip & Cheek Tints. The Liqueurs come in 11 shades and the Cordials come in 6 shades. That’s a whole lot of stain variety. I haven’t tried the Cordials although the finish sounds so very, very me but I have tried the Liqueurs and I must say I’m inclined to love ‘em.

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Liptini Lip Liqueur Lip and Cheek Stain can be used, obviously, on cheeks and or lips. The color is intense, bad ass pigmentation going on here. You have to be aware prior to purchasing that if you’re not a fan of popping shades of color that’s extremely long wearing you might wish to avoid. These are virtually bullet proof. The end of the world as we know it could happen later this afternoon and your lip and cheek stain would still be rockin’ on long after that. I tried out Cherry Brandy and it’s pretty darn loud. Phew! I like ‘em loud so bring it. It’s a mahogany that has a high dose of red so it gives an outrageous “hello there!!!!!!!” pop of color to my cheeks and lips. If I’m honest I think it works best on my lips because it’s just a tad too crazy for my cheeks but with a lighter application I can probably get away with it.

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You should be aware that these are a tad on the difficult side to blend if you’re using them on your cheeks. It’s a matter of working quickly during application as the product dries down super fast. I suggest dabbing a dot, a small dot, onto the apple of your cheek and quickly blend with your fingertips or a sponge. Don’t dot both cheeks and blend. If you do both cheeks at the same time chances are the product will dry down while you’re working on one cheek and you’ll end up with a dot of stain on your other cheek aka you’ll look like a clown because it dried down before you had the chance to blend it out.

The price per a stain is $16.50 USD each. For the price and variety of colors I do think Liptini has a nice product collection available however I’m definitely wanting to try out the Cordials as they look a good deal nicer and possibly easier to blend.

No matter what way you splice it, Liptini has a nice variety of products available for purchase. If you’re tired of the normal range of glosses and stains do check them out. They have some nice sets and unique glosses and the likes. I think Liptini Liqueur Lip and Cheek Stain makes a fine addition to my Summer make up series as it’s it’s long wearing, gives a nice pop of color to lips and cheeks, and isn’t too badly priced!

Visit www.liptini.com

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Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Powder Review

So you want surreal skin? Yes, well welcome to the club. We all want surreal skin. Perfect skin, flawless, gorgeous skin. A myth? Possibly. But occasionally we run into one or two products that help us fake it. Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Powder can add to the illusion of flawless skin nirvana.

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Hello, my name is the Muse and I hate mineral foundations. Yak, itchy, mask-like, flaky, horrible mineral foundation. I’ve run across maybe one or two mineral foundations that I like and I’ll go so far as to admit most end up in the bottom of my draw. I dunno why but I just can’t get on board with minerals. However, I will admit that Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Powder Foundation is my go to item for Summer coverage. I like this one, alot. And that’s saying something for a mineral foundation hater.

I’m trying to decide if I like this for the formula or if I just love the convenience of the packaging. I’m not on board with the whole tap, swirl, buff routine so this makes things simple. It has a puffy soft sponge on top and a simple dab on my face and a quick swipe around will get my face looking pretty flawless.

I should mention that Philosophy Supernatural comes in the same style packaging but it’s not nearly as good. It’s not pigmented, quite sheer really, plus it makes me itchy. I didn’t experience any of this with Urban Decay Surreal Skin. Surreal Skin is quite pigmented with buildable coverage for sheer or medium application depending on what you reckon your skin needs. This doesn’t contain talc so this could be one reason my skin likes it so much.

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As the Summer sets in and my forehead decides it wants to shine like a mirror I’ll be happy to have Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Powder in my beauty arsenal. It gives my skin good flawless coverage, keeps it semi-matte without flaking or making my dry skin look worst, doesn’t itch, doesn’t look like mask, and just generally works brilliantly.

This is one of the few mineral makeups I do like which makes it worthy of a look at. Loves it.

Good stuff and a Summer Makeup Must Have for this Muse!

Anyone try?

Love?

What are your fav mineral foundations?

Tell the Muse!

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