By now we’ve all been inundated with nude palettes and you probably own a couple of the popular palettes by now, right? Well I just can’t seem to get enough and part of me always feels like I’m missing out on a shade included in one. So of course BOBBI BROWN’s Bobbi’s Browns Eye Palette is going on my must-have list!
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What It Is: BARE ESCENTUALS ‘Afternoon Delights’ Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eyeliners and ‘I <3 the Nightlife’ Lasting Line Long Wearing Eyeliners – each contain 5 full-size eye liners - $29 @ bareescentuals.com.
Why I Like It: Eyeliners are the staple to every beauty lovers arsenal and these two sets contain all the full size colors you could need to use.
Afternoon Delights shades: Eternal Bronze, Perpetual Plum, Immortal Emerald, Stay Golden and Timeless Taupe.
I <3 the Nightlife shades: Absolute Black, Certainly Sterling, True Blue, Steadfast Slate, Constant Copper.
It seems like every makeup photo I see on Instagram tags Anastasia’s DipBrow in the list of products used. It’s definitely reach cult status in the short time it’s been out, I wasn’t completely blown away by it in the handful of times I’ve used it. So in my quest to find my Hall of Fame brow liner, I bring you IT COSMETICS’s new Build-A-Brow 24hr Waterproof 5-in-1 Micro-Fiber Crème Gel Stain ($26.36 @ qvc.com).
Did it end my quest? Click after the jump to find out!
Lining the waterline with eyeliner or as some call it, tightlining, is a really big trend these days, especially if you’re looking to do a really, really smoky eye. It requires you to line the top and bottom waterlines of your eye. Not sure what the waterline is? This site has a great illustration of it.
I have to admit my curiosity was majorly raised after reading Canadian-blogger, Beautezine's, declaration that SHU UEMURA Drawing Pencils were, “the best waterlining eye pencil on the market.” That’s a pretty bold statement, so I had to put them to the test as I’m pretty obsessed with eyeliners in general and applying color on the waterline but finding ones that last is the challenge.
They come in 18 shades, made from a silicon polymer that is able to stay on the skin, and are made to be used anywhere really, not just on the eyes. And they mix it up with the finishes like this palette does by including ones in matte, pearl, metallic and glitter (the letter before each name below tells you what the finish is).
So how did they work? Click after the jump to find out!
From L to R clockwise:
Matte Lippie Love - CAILYN COSMETICS Extreme Matte Tint in #3 Illusionist - $19 @ cailyncosmetics.com – matte lippies are my thing right now, what can I say and this rosy nude goes great with everything.
Shadow Love - DOLCE & GABBANA Perfect Mono Cream Eye Color - $36 @ dolcegabbana.com and nordstrom.com – this is the first go-around in the category of cream shadow for the brand and I must say they’ve done a good job – 14 long-lasting shades with great textures and finishes like matte and pearls to choose from. Color picks: Dahlia (shown here) and Cocoa.
Hot Pink Lippie Love - SHU UEMURA Vision of Beauty – Rouge Unlimited in Fuschia - $30 @ shuuemura.com – I’m a sucker for hot pink lippies and this one from Shu, with its hybrid pigment, is a really nice surprise for fall.
Nude Gloss Love - AERIN Weekday Lip Gloss - $30 @ aerin.com – it’s not often that I reach for a lip gloss but for some reason, a true nude lippie makes your look, well, look the most polished. And this nude gives color! Nothing worse than a nude that skimps on the pigment.
Primer Love - COVER FX Calming Primer - $38/1oz @ coverfx.com – if your skin is sensitive or you have Rosacea, this face primer was made just for you. The Endothelyol inside relieves redness and they’ve also included St. John’s Wort inside to handle inflammation.
Face Illuminator Love - MIRABELLA Faerie Sparkle Swirling Pearl Brilliant - $40 @ mirabellabeauty.com – holiday parties are upon us, so why not add a touch of pearly glow to your cheeks and décolletage? This mineral-based highlighter is one of the better quality ones I’ve seen in some time.
I love that there are quite a few different options when it comes to eye shadows – the finishes, the textures, if it comes in a pencil, pot or compact and then there’s the ones that comes in a creams or powder and and then there’s these spongy shadows like these from JOUER COSMETICS and their Long-Wear Crème Mousse Eyeshadows. I’ve tried similar ones like these here and here and like the texture and longevity so how do these differ? Find out after the jump!
1. AERIN Cool Gel Eyeliner in Essential Brown $28 @ aerin.com – bronzey-brown.
2. CHARLOTTE TILBURY Rock ‘N Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Elizabeth Violet $26 @ charlottetillbury.com – iridescent plum.
3. URBAN DECAY 24/7Glide-On Eye Pencil in Smoke $20 @ urbandecay.com – dark matte grey.
5. SHU UEMURA Lasting Gel Pencil Liner in M Violet $24 @ shuuemura.com – dark purple.
6. STYLI-STYLE The Stylus Liquid Eyeliner in Blackest Black $7.99 @ styli-style.com – yup, a very black black.
7. NARS Velvet Lip Liner in Costa Smeralda $24 @ narscosmetics.com – medium pink.
8. URBAN DECAY 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner in Ether - $20 @ urbandecay.com – pale smoky gray shimmer w/violet & fuchsia micro-sparkle.
9. CAILYN COSMETICS Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate Mousse $21 @ cailyncosmetics.com – matte smoky brown/black.
Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.
And it’s three words – BETH BENDER BEAUTY. I’ve had a lot of practice with all kinds of liners and even though I’ve put in the time, I sometimes find it hard to get the liner on each eye to match. And if I’m in a hurry? Forget about it! But with the Cat Eyeliner Stencil from BBB it’s easy every time. Seriously!
One of the most buzzed about products, if I may be so bold, has to be these palettes from URBAN DECAY. And I totally get why – the colors are really unique, the prices are reasonable for what you get, and most importantly, the quality of the shadows is up to par, with most of the creamy powder colors actually going above par.
I’ve said it before and I’ll proudly say it again – who better to create a product for the masses than a blogger? They know what works, what doesn’t, and most importantly, what we want to see. Take these Waterliner Intense Color Eye Liners ($18 @ emcosmetics.com) from YouTube sensation MICHELLE PHAN. Adding color to the waterline, or tightlining as it is also know, is a big trend these days so putting out liners just for it is genius. I’m a little late in getting to these since they came out late last year but better late than never!
Colors shown here are Sunshine Yello and Teal Tease.
A few things to keep in mind when choosing a color and why you should be using one in your makeup routine. First, the color can help your eyes look bigger if you use a light color like white or this brand's In the Nude or the Sunshine Yellow. Black if obviously always good if you are going to a total black-out smoky eye look and I love that she has bright color options in the mix too, to add a dash of unexpected color in an unexpected place. Choose from 11 colors total.
So how did these last on the always tough place to hold color, water line? Click after the jump to find out!