The Muse is a fond fan of her Benefit Lemon Aid so when she seen Neutrogena Skin Soothing Eye Tints she thought that here was a rather decently priced substitute!
Neutrogena Eye Tints promise to brighten up the eye area just like Benefit Lemon Aid but at a mere fraction of the cost plus had the added benefits of multitasking as a primer and having a cooling sensation to calm puffy eyes.
Will it replace my beloved Benefit Lemon Aid? Find out after the jump!
One of the first things that kinda puzzled me about Neutrogena Eye Tints was the entire cooling sensation epidemic. I didn’t get it at all. My eyes do become puffy but that’s under my eyes not on my lid area….does anyone get puffy eyes around the lid area? Unless you’re having some serious allergies or cried yourself silly I doubt you have problems with this. This promises a lasting cooling sensation for puffy, tired eyes! And guess what? It does delivery a cooling sensation. But completely pointless for me…cooling would be fabs UNDER my eye not over it. Sadly, I actually found that the cooling sensation or whatever active ingredient is doing all that cooling created an irritating feeling for me. I’m unsure if I was having a reaction or what but it made my eye feel very strange and after I washed it off it still felt weird. I experienced a bit of blurriness as well but I’m chalking that up to maybe my eye makeup remover? But either way I thought the cooling was absolutely annoying as hell. The best way to describe it would be as if I had placed some dry ice on my eye lid or something. Fair warning for those with sensitive eyes!
Now this is available in two shade selections only which are a flesh colored honey shade and a pale pink shade entitled Petal Shimmer, this is the one I got. The product comes housed in a small glass jar a la MAC Paint Pots. The product has what some may call a “fresh floral” scent however for me it smelled like cheap cosmetics. It’s a creamy shimmer which I consider more of a shadow rather than a base or a brightener. I dunno if it’s my skin tone but I experienced no brightening of my eye area at least not the results I’d see using Benefit Lemon Aid which brightens my eye area up considerably. This simply looks like I’m wearing a pale pink shimmering cream shadow which in fact, is what the product is but just advertised as something more which, in fact, it’s not.
Well that’s two things it doesn’t do so far. No brightening and no soothing my puffy eyes.
Finally it promises to act as a primer for my eye shadow and prevent creasing and fading. Ummm ya….not so much. Mostly it makes applying my shadow more difficult since it pills as I blend my shadow. After the drama of finally getting my shadow on all straight I set out to begin my day and waited out the promise of crease-free shadow! Within 2 hours my shadow began to fall apart, literally. It pilled, it creased, and it just created a whole lot of drama. Not fun.
Three uses, one product. Neutrogena Eye Tints promises three products in one little pot.
Soothes puffy eyes? Fail.
Brightens the eye area? Fail.
Prevents creasing and fading? Fail.
Sadly, it delivers on none of the promise it makes. I’m quite happy that I paid a sale price of $3.98 USD for this as if I’d paid the retail of nearly $9 USD I’d be crying right now at the unjustness of it all. Aside from acting as a very pretty pale pink cream shadow with a hint of shimmer (which I can’t even use it as since it irritates my eye with the “cooling sensation) this pretty much does nothing it claims, so not worth it in this Muse’s opinion.
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Arrr me maties all your Stila Precious Pearl Palettes belongz to me!
Or in this case they belongz to the Muse! Sorry Jack!
One of the Muse’s favorite palettes this season falls on the shoulders of Stila with it’s uber fabulous Precious Pearl Palette. Combining six bright, bold, fun shades for Spring into one compact palette and the Muse will quickly agree that it’s a must have item to amp up your look this coming Spring!
Stila The Precious Pearl Palette contains six brand new shades of Stila silky, smooth, pigmented eyeshadow but wait that’s not all! These new shadows supposedly are infused with genuine crushed pearl. Hey, we went through the crushed diamond phase why not crushed pearl too?
Pearl is one of the natural wonders of the world it appears as it supposedly minimizes the appearance of fine lines and leaves skin with a youthful glow. I dunno about all that but take my word for it that the shadows in this palette are well worth your time as they are truly stunning shades that will allow you to create endless vibrant looks this season!
The shadows are tucked inside a slim line vintage compact with a real mother-of-pearl overlay. The palette style mimics that of the popular Stila Kitten Palette released last Summer. It’s a tiny palette that packs plenty of goodies inside.
The shadows included are:
- White Gold-Soft shimmering white with a heavy dose of golden shimmer
- Soft Pink-Sweet, pastel baby pink with white shimmer
- Mid-Tone Pink-a bright, bolder pink with pink shimmer
- Deep Blue-Dark, blackish navy with plenty of blue shimmer
- Green-True green with hints of blue and green shimmer
- Gold-Dirty golden yellow with gold shimmer
All the shades in the palette are vibrant, richly pigmented, and blend like an absolute dream. I can never quite explain the texture and formula of a Stila shadow but they almost feel like a cream as they glide on. Quite a nice formula on the eye and one swipe should do you well as the shadows are amazingly pigmented.
You create an endless stream of looks with the Stila Precious Pearl Palette! I created three separate looks below. All the shades worked very well on me but I did have a tiny bit of a problem with the blue as it is an intense shade so I ended up using it as a liner shade as it worked best as such.
For the look below I used the white gold as a color wash and used the true gold shade all over my lid and crease.
For this look I used the green all over my lid and crease and a tiny bit of the blue to contrast the shade in my crease. Some more blue to liner my bottom lash line finished the look!
This look used the lighter pink on my lid and the brighter shade of pink to contrast from the v of my eye towards the crease.
Overall, the palette is a steal at $40 USD (less than $7 USD per a shadow when broken down) and is particularly great for anyone who wants a colorful look for the Spring! I really liked this one and I hope Stila continues putting out more palettes in this style as they are fabulous quality and include plenty of product for creating endless looks. Muse Approved for purchase all the way!
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Smith’s newest lip balm brings a little bit vanilla, a little bit chocolate, and a hint of mocha coffee……
Hmmm the Muse likey! Jump ahead to find out who has it and why the Muse thinks you needs it!
I’m a fan girl when it comes to Smith’s lip balms so when I heard they had a new balm entitled Mocha Rose I was all about it!
This new balm contains an infusion of chocolate, vanilla, and mocha coffee plus of course that special hint of rose to add a dewy gloss to parched lips! Of course, lips aren’t the only place you can use a tin of Smith’s salve. Grab some to use on rough hands, cuticles, cracked heels, and so much more.
Smith’s Mocha Rose Lip Balm is available now at Beauty Habit for $7 USD so grab one, the Muse thinks it’s an absolute must have!
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A little NARS to make your Valentine’s Day more romantic?
Ok, the Muse can’t say no to NARS!
NARS Love Set includes everything you need for a sexy or romantic look this Valentine’s Day!
NARS Love Set Includes:
The complete kit is $49 USD which is a steal considering retail on all three items would be $73 USD so it’s like getting a free item!
Grab yours from Sephora now!
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How’s a little mystery for today sound? A Moroccan Mystery no less! The Body Shop Moroccan Rose Mystery
Courtesy of our friends at The Body Shop today I’ll be hosting a one day/24 Hour Giveaway that’ll feature many of the brand new items from The Body Shop Moroccan Rose Spring Collection! Jump ahead to read how you can enter to win!
The Body Shop decided to spoil you with a little love this year which includes a gift pack from their brand new Moroccan Rose Collection which includes all of the following fabulous goodies listed below.
Each day, one of 14 different beauty blogs is giving out a clue to a different product on The Body Shop website. Simply follow the clue to the yummie Body Shop treat and than post the product name into the widget below. Remember the name of the product goes into the widget box not my comment box. Since the widget box allows one entry per ip address I’ll be personally adding a secondary entry for anyone who heads over to The Body Shop Blog and comments on this post about why they like the new Body Shop Moroccan Rose Body and Makeup Collection and why they’d like to win it!
This contest runs for one day only so you must hurry to enter as tomorrow it’ll move on to a new blog which in turn gives you a brand new chance to win the gift set from a different blog. For a list of other blogs that will be taking part in The Body Shop Moroccan Mystery please visit The Body Shop Blog.
Here’s your clue for today:
“When you’re ready to get up and go, your hands get tingly with anticipation. Don’t bite your nails, though, even if you think they’ll taste like a toasted flavorful treat. You’ll go nuts for this special treatment.”
Clickie for the answer!
Remember put the answer, your name, and email address into the widget to be entered to win and don’t forget to visit The Body Shop Blog to tell ’em what you love about the collection and why you’d like to win it. This contest is open to US residents only.
By entering your name and email address below you are giving me permission to share your name with The Body Shop so that your prize package will be sent to you. Please keep this in mind prior to entering the contest. The contest is open to US Residents Only, I’m sorry about that one guys!