Review: La Femme eyeshadows

Yep, another silly neutral addition. I bought Bisque(Vanilla highlight color), Charcoal(Charcoal gray), Taupe(mid-range tawny nude), Brown(Reddish brown) and dark brown(Dark reddish brown) for my kit.  All of these shades are matte.  These are about 3$ a pan, and can be loaded into palettes.

I’ve used them very frequently, since I chose utilitarian colors.  They aren’t my favorite neutrals, though. The shades are nicely pigmented, but have a slightly chalky application and finish on the skin. I end up buffing them down, and then adding more in, and it takes more work to blend then my go-to shades(Stila Eve, MAC Kid, Cork, Vanilla, Gesso, Tempting, YABY Old Barn, Sand,  Urban Decay shades, and Hourglass Suede and Exhibition duo’s).  The pans are the size of MUFE pans, and will last FOREVER, though, even using more product, to compensate for the somewhat chalky application and a bit of the fading that happens immediately after it is applied..  Over standard primer, they don’t fade or crease with longer wear.  You just need to make sure you are touching the shadows up, though, to get a smooth and pigmented application.  Make sure to apply two layers of eyeshadow, a few minutes apart.  This will help you see how the first layer has faded a little, so you have more control over the intensity you are left with.

I probably WILL buy more of these, despite the slightly erratic application.  Between the huge pans, nice utilitarian colors, and the overall wear, I feel it has been worth the time to learn how these handle, so that there are no surprises when I apply them during shoots.  The range of colors is very nice, and good matte neutrals can be a challenge to find!  These are as easier to work with than most mattes, if you are factoring in a layered application.

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Overcast(eyes only)

Eh, it’s nothign too special. I actually applied it yesterday while I was waiting for my curls to set, removed it when they were done, and applied yesterdays vintage makeup to match the hair! I don’t now WHY I do so many EOTDs, but there you are.  No, that’s not a rough blending patch. That’s one of my freckles showing through, on my eyelid.  I’d already removed two other EOTDs though, and you can see where that rubbed my waterproof brow filler away.  Ick. I hate seeing these details after the fact.

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Review: Illamasqua intense lipgloss in Petulant

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss is a very pigmented formula, though I never found it totally opaque. I’ll be reviewing three shades-Follow, Mistress, and Petulant.

Petulant is a rich, fuchsia.  It leans more red than pink or purple, but the color itself is STUNNING.  There’s no visible sparkle or shimmer, but it’s QUITE glossy.

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Marylin Monroe inspired vintage glamour

Eh, it has been SO long since I really fussed with a high maintenance vintage look.  In case anyones interested, the dress is a wannabe-vintage Romy A-line dress, with button detailing under the bust.  Hair was curled with large rollers and then fluffed and combed out.  Of course, a half hour later, it’s already gone. My hair is TERRIBLE for curling.

There’s a close up of the lips again.  Follow is a bit lighter, and more cherry red than Brave Red, and the result of layering them was this intense, smooth neon red.  Absolutely flawless!

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Review: Hourglass Film Noir mascara

Cliff Notes!

Would I recommend it?  Depends on your lash type, and the effect you want out of your mascara.  For normal lash thickness, I think it would work well.  For naturally thick lashes, though, it clumped lashes together more than I like.

What were my main issues/complaints with the product?  It clumped lashes together a little more than I liked.  Overall, though, I liked it.

Was it worth the money to me/will I repurchase?  I got this as part of Sephora’s mascara sampler.  I may buy it separately, as I do like the brush better than traditional bristle shapes.

Shown here with Hourglass Suede eyeshadow duo

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Jardins sous la pluie

I took pictures for a tutorial, but none of them really came out.  There’s a close up of the lips, because this layering was ABSOLUTELY gorgeous.  Dare you to look at the photo in its own window, for all the detail.

Seriously.  I do think it would look better though, on someone who the lipstick MATCHED, rather than contrasted with.  There’s a subtle depth to the gold and sparkles that is a bit lost on me, since it’s overridden by the dark bronze on my fair skin.  Really though, I just love Debussey.

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Focus On: Urban Decay Frigid, and Ransom

Focus On is a work in progress. Have you ever talked yourself out of buying a product because the color was too odd, and you wondered how often you would really be able to use it? Or, you know those colors you LOVE because of some hidden versatility that you never imagined when you bought it? I do that ALL of the time. In the interests of loving what I HAVE, and learning its limitations, rather than relying on the influx of new colors, I will be doing this post every Saturday, focusing on a new color from my collection, with examples of past work, ideas for other uses. Please feel free to suggest colors you wish to see, or uses for the ones listed, or let me know what your favorites are for future posts.

Frigid is a striking, deep blue-violet.  It has a faintly metallic shine.  Ransom is a rich, slightly-less blue violet. I’ve grouped these two together because they are both Urban Decay Deluxe formula, and the colors have very similar uses.  While they do look different, the uses are ultimately almost interchangeable.  And with the uniform formula, the same blending and application techniques are applicable.  Ransom is just slightly more of a true purple than Frigid.

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coral and violet

Because I was craving purple lips like no other today.  The eyes are sort of blah, but I’m STILL in love with this lip combo.  It’s one of the reasons I bought my YSL Golden Gloss(Burgundy)

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Crash Landing(Eyes only)

Eh, not great.  But I’m REALLY not feeling well again, and I kept changing my mind halfway through.

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Review- Smashbox Instant Eyes palette

Sephora had this as a Sweet Steal, for $15.  It MIGHT be worth that, for the liners.  But I’m very underwhelmed by the palette, as a whole.  The liners are sheer, shimmery, and pretty.  The included brush is somewhat useful, but not the best.  The shadows however, were the disappointing part.
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