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New make-up products: a review [Dec. 19th, 2016|03:28 pm]
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Photo of the day: 19.12.2016 (day 354)

The list:
- Avril, le mascara in noir
- LunatiCK Cosmetic Labs, eye shadow singles in Brainz and The End is Near
- M.A.C, blush in Dollymix
- M.A.C , eye shadow in Indian Ink
- M.A.C, prep+ prime à fix +
- NYX, color mascara in blue
- NYX, jumbo eye pencil in cashmere
- NYX, HD Studio Photogenic finishing Powder
- Too Faced, Sweet cheeks and melted kisses set
- Too Faced, Melted Matte lipstick in Evil Twin

LunatiCK Cosmetic Labs eye shadows

probably the prettiest packaging ever

The LunatiCK Cosmetic Labs eye shadows may look gorgeous, the packaging is lovely, but I can NOT work with them. I am not excluding the possibility that I’m just too used to working with no-fuss higher end shadows by M.A.C and Too Faced, but this is just beyond the pale.

Loa approves of the Brainz

Brainz is a gorgeous lilac purple, absolutely stunning. But sadly it is also patchy as hell. I used all my usual brushes and primer, and I can just NOT get this to work properly. I can’t. Even when I decided to put a base colour over the primer, underneath Brainz, it was still pretty patchy. It’s just too much effort to work with this, this would really triple (at least) the time I need to apply eye shadow if I wanted to work with this, and frankly, much as I love make-up, there are better things that I can spend my time on.


The End Is Near is again, a gorgeous colour. I love the multi coloured glitter in it, and it is very black. Sadly it is just too pigmented and too soft. Even when using a very fine brush, it tends to go everywhere and it smudges like you wouldn’t believe. I like some smudging with a smoky eye, but not to the point where I look like a raccoon. A glittery raccoon, no less.

I will continue to use it as a detail in my outer V over some dark brown to deepen a smoky eye if I do one with bronze and some of my dark browns from my Too Faced palette (because that’s the only thing its good for), but I doubt I’ll get much wear out of this.

Also, if you get the glitter in your eye, it itches like hell. So if you wear contacts, it’s probably best to stay away from this. I’ve used shadows that are equally glittery from Too Faced and M.A.C, and they didn’t give me this issue. So yeah, I am very displeased with my purchase from them, and I kinda do consider this € 22,97 thrown out. Luckily I got this during the Black Friday sales, or I’d have wasted more money (and probably had to pay customs fees too). That would REALLY have pissed me off.


Eye shadow for the lazy
That is literally why I got this. Well not not so much because I want to do a lazy application (although it’s just a matter of time), but because when I’m on holiday, I don’t want to have to bother with regular eye shadow application and traveling with dirty brushes etc. Now I can just chuck my mascara, this eye pencil and eye liner in a bag, together with my remover and some wipes, and be done with it. Super easy! I choose the shade Cashmere because I think it’s super pretty. It also blends really well with both a brush and my fingers, which is awesome.

blush and shadow

Purple and pink!
Finally, a purple that does NOT suck! Huzzah! It’s a lovely dark purple, and like all other M.A.C shadows it is no nonsense. Basically, it’s a matte shadow, and either you like the M.A.C mattes and this colour or you don’t. I like it fine, so I’m happy that I bought it.

In an attempt to replace my Yves Rocher blush, which has no colour pay-off (apparently it only works over THEIR foundation, now that’s a game I’m not playing), I went to M.A.C to get the colour closest to it. Which was Dollymix. It’s a little darker, but it is SO incredibly pigmented that it goes on and stays on without hassle. I think this may last me a life time. Seriously, I just need one layer and it’s fine for the entire day, even without fix+. Love it!

setting powder and multifunctional spray

Fix all the things!
I love Fix+, it moisturises my skin, it works as a primer for my blush and it makes sure my NYX setting powder looks natural instead of cakey if I spray it over it. Absolutely brilliant! I think I will be repurchasing this for as long as I live!
And what’s in a name, but I also got the NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing powder. Which is actually a fixing powder. Is it just me or are these products weirdly and confusingly named?
Anyway, I use this to set my concealer, and it works just fine.


Blue lashes, black lashes, it’s good to have options!
Like all NYX color mascaras, I really like this one. The colour is lovely, the quality if absolutely fine. It’s very affordable. NYX color mascara are definitely my favourite mascaras. I only ever buy other brands if a colour I want isn’t part of this range.

That’s how I ended up with a black mascara by organic brand Avril. I bought it at a Bioplanet organic supermarket, and I don’t regret it at all. I would say it’s about the same quality as the NYX colour mascaras. Although it has a slightly better wand, it is about the same consistency and quality. And it’s organic, so yay!

I also got a M.A.C mascara sample with an order (well I had two but I gave one to Claire), but it's not something I'd go out and buy. I don't much like waterproof mascara because it takes FOREVER to remove, and I don't feel like it's so much better that it would justify the price difference between an Avril one and this one. But it's nice to have an extra sample of course.


Too Faced, sweet kisses and melted cheeks.
I got this for € 12 when I was at Sephora in Roubaix. Basically, it’s a set of two deluxe sample sizes. One of Too Faced’s famous melted lipsticks in Peony, and one of their fabled Love Flush blushes in Justify My Love. The full sized products retail for € 20 (for a lipstick) and € 29 (for a blush). So obviously, this is a pretty good deal if you just want to test the formula. Which was the case with me. I knew the lipstick would be way too pink on me, but it’s the kind of colour that Spawn1 will ADORE, so it was definitely not a bad buy as someone in the family will love and enjoy it. I personally had zero expectations of this lipstick, but I found the weird applicator very easy to use, it applied well (shake it though, shake it well, or it may be a little watery at first), it felt AMAZING and moisturising on my lips. If they were easy to get in a Belgian store, I would seriously consider getting one of their reds, but I’m not really willing to fork out € 20 + € 8,90 shipping.
If you can get them near you without hassle, then yes, I would definitely look into them, because they are only € 0,50 more expensive than a M.A.C lipstick, and a lot more comfortable on the lips than a traditional lipstick.

Sweet Kisses and Sweet Cheeks

Honestly though, because the colour didn’t much suit me, I didn’t try to touch this up, so I don’t know how easy that is, but it didn’t give me the impression it would give me a lot of hassle. It’s also probably best to use a lip liner with the darker colours, just to avoid feathering.
As for the blush, I used to have a blush pretty much this colour, so I knew I could pull it off (just about), so that wouldn’t be much of a waste either. Sadly, it does give me bumps, but that has to do with their mineral pink colouring in the formula (I’ve had this before with my previous pink blush in the same shade). If I were to get Baby Love, which is the nude one (the one I was actually after, as M.A.C carries plenty of pinks), I won’t have that issue. Will I get Baby Love? Possibly. I’m still on the fence.

Bits and bobs from Too Faced


Too Faced, Melted Matte Lipstick in Evil Twin.
Boy is this matte. They weren’t kidding about that part!
Basically, I love Bruised by NYX from their extra creamy round series. It’s one of my favourite shades. BUT, whilst it is moisturising, it is also patchy as hell, and if you have to touch it up one time too many, it’ll feather, regardless of a lip liner.

It so happens to be that Evil Twin, is the EXACT same shade.
And it’s within my price range (but only just) and paraben free, so I got this via the French Sephora website. I like to avoid the site because of the UPS shipping (steep and unreliable) but I had a sizeable Christmas discount code and a paypal coupon (basically this ended up costing me € 13) so I figured: what the heck. Haven’t regretted it so far!
Is it worth the normal price of € 28,90 (shipping included)?
Well, only if you get a colour you REALLY love and wear loads, AND if you have a regular, moisturising lipstick that you can layer this with, because it does get terribly dry.

Luckily for me, as this is the exact same colour as Bruised, I apply can Evil Twin, and then a coat of Bruised. Bruised won’t stay in place, but Evil Twin _will_, so basically I just use Bruised to keep my lips moisturised. The combination works wonderfully, and I get to wear one of my all time favourite colours without hassle. I just realised that this probably sounds like I’m going through a lot of hassle, but trust me, compared to the mess that was just dealing with Bruised, this is utterly and totally hassle free.
I personally wouldn’t spend that kind of money on any of the other shades, because there simply are cheaper options.

I did find that Evil Twin didn’t stain my teeth on it’s own, at all.
Even with a very generous coating of Bruised over it, the staining was minimal (and entirely because I applied Bruised too generously), definitely a lot less than what you get with most liquid lipsticks.
All in all, the packaging is beautiful, the colours are beautiful (well most, I don’t like all of them) and it really is a very good quality product). If you have very dry lips though, I wouldn’t wear it on it’s own, if I didn’t layer it with Bruised, I wouldn’t be able to stand it. Even with using the Weleda lip balm (it’s a lip balm that doubles as a primer, most excellent) as a primer. But like I said, for me it works out in this instance, but I don’t think I’d ever buy another shade. I would, 100% for certain, buy this one again. As well as Bruised, so I can keep on comfortably wear one of my fave shades forever. Or at least as long as the companies make them.

There’s apparently some kind of lip plumping formula to this, but I can’t notice it, at all. And I’ve seen reviewers on YouTube mention that they don’t notice it either, so either that part doesn’t work, or it simply doesn’t work on everyone. If that’s what you are really going for, you may not be happy with this.

Bruised vs Evil Twin

[User Picture]From: countlibras
2016-12-20 05:08 pm (UTC)
omg I really want to buy new make up right now. Even though I don't need it whatsoever. I'm really curious to try colourpop, which seems to be pretty popular right now. I have friends who seem happy with their products. Personally, I haven't tried them yet.
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[User Picture]From: kittensandsteam
2016-12-20 05:12 pm (UTC)
I hear a lot of good things about colour pop, but I've not tried them either.
I do quite like Too Faced :)
Nearly as much as I like M.A.C :)

Maybe you can look into getting an ipsy subscription? It's this $10 a month sub, and you get a little make-up bag with deluxe samples of skin care and cosmetics. I saw a bunch of ipsy unbagging videos on youtube and I've gotten a subscription now with the help of some friends in the US (as it doesn't ship to Belgium) ^^
I've not gotten a bag yet, but I'm pretty excited :D
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[User Picture]From: countlibras
2016-12-22 03:34 pm (UTC)
I've thought about ipsy on and off (and other subscription boxes). I'm trying not to encourage my make up hoarding. XD
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[User Picture]From: kittensandsteam
2016-12-22 08:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, hoarding is never a good idea. You don't want to end up tv as crazy makeup lady on an episode of clean house or some such :P

I would like to try out new products, and ipsy seems like a good and affordable way to do so :)
Plus, it'll give me access to a lot of brands I can't otherwise get (or that are pretty hard to get) :)
Of course, I may just give up after a few months :)

I looked at other subscription boxes as well, but ipsy seems the one that has the best chances of delivering me stuff I would actually like and use :)
Plus, what I don't use I'll set aside and make little birthday packages for friends with :D
So in my case, it's not a loss either way :D
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