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Product review: a bunch of #makeup I got lately :) [Oct. 7th, 2016|07:11 pm]
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Ok so I keep on saying that this isn't a beauty blog, and it really isn't, but that doesn't mean I don't like cosmetics :D
As people who read this blog regularly know, I am quite picky about my cosmetics, and I definitely do have a lot of loyalty for my favourite brands. But recently I picked up some drug store makeup, just for shading. Much as I love M.A.C, there is just no way I'm going to be spending €13 on an eye shadow I'm only using for shading. Oddly enough, that includes a matte brown, because I'm more of a bronze kinda girl. So, I resorted to essence, because they have sizeable pots for about € 2, which is even cheaper than a refill pan by NYX (although not by much). In all fairness, if it had been practical to order NYX refill pans online (it is not) or buy them in store (I don't call 2 trains practical), I would probably have gone with NYX.
Speaking of NYX, thanks to my friends Dan and Jon, I have a US NYX webstore haul (not a huge one mind) coming in either later this month, or next month (because it's arriving at theirs whilst they are on holiday, and then they still have to ship it to me, etc et etc).

Anyway, to the review! Let me get started with...
the list:
- essence, eyeshadow in black is the new black
- essence, me and my umbrella eye shadow in gray
- essence, the velvets eye shadow in Mr Mocca-bean
- essence, translucent fixing powder
- M.A.C eye shadow (refill pan) in Amber Lights
- NYX, eye shadow base in skin tone


I like to think that this is pretty self-explanatory, but top to bottom this is: essence eye shadows in black, gray and brown, M.A.C's Amber Lights and the NYX eye shadow base.

Ok first the essence stuff.
As I mentioned before, the eye shadows are all for shading purposes. And whilst the black and brown one look like they are very pigmented on the swatch on my arm, they won't last without using a primer first. So I always use a primer before using these. Unless I shade over aquapaint, because then it works too.
I'm not super excited about these, and wouldn't buy them as actual make-up, but for shading they are really good price - quality wise. I would definitely continue to use essence as a shading brand.
If you want to see some examples of my shading work with them, have a look at my 100 days of makeup tag on flickr :).
As for the fixing powder, well it's sheer fixing powder isn't it. It's not the greatest on the market, but it is surprisingly gunk-free and it will hold me up nicely 'till my NYX order, which contains their translucent fixing powder, arrives. I just did not want to shell out a lot of cash on something I just need to work with SFX wax untill my better product arrives.

So basically: no this isn't the greatest cosmetics brand on the market, it's probably not even the best in the drug store. BUT for what I'm using it, it is really good value. And I would recommend it if you're just looking for something for a certain look and you'll only use it once or twice.

M.A.C eye shadow in Amber Lights.
Ever since I swatched this last month, I wanted this shadow. It was make-up love at first sight. It's a perfect daily wear and steampunk style colour for me. It's super vibrant, super pigmented, and like all my M.A.C eye shadows, I don't need to apply a primer first. I absolutely LOVE it. And it comes in my favourite of their finishes: frost. This is probably my new favourite colour by M.A.C, a spot previously taken up by Coppering (which is also pure love).
It may seem on the photos like it's not super pigmented, but it really is. It's just one of those colours that are pretty inconspicuous, which makes it great for me because it means I can literally wear it whenever I feel like it.

Last but not least: my NYX eye shadow base, as I've mentioned before in my favourites of September post, I LOVE this stuff. Seriously. LOVE ...IT.
On me it doesn't crease, it makes my eye shadow look super bright, keeps it pristine all day (as long as the eye shadow is waterproof of course). It's light, it applies super easily with both a brush and my fingers, it blends into the skin without issues, it matches my skin tone of my face, it lets my skin breathe through it,... in short: for me this is the perfect eye shadow primer.
And that said, I also use it as a primer on my cheeks so my Yves Rocher blush will stay in place, and for that it works perfectly too.
Yes, I know that it's an eye shadow base, but come on, I'm not going to buy an extra primer just to do my cheeks.

[User Picture]From: countlibras
2016-10-08 12:18 am (UTC)
oooh, Amber Lights looks lovely! Maybe I'll stop by MAC just to check it out this weekend.
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[User Picture]From: kittensandsteam
2016-10-08 10:11 am (UTC)
I hope you'll like it as much as I do :)
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