Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Maybelline Unstoppable eyeliner in espresso REVIEW and swatches

Maybelline recently celebrated its 100th year anniversary and released several eye products, which their brand was known for back in the days. I picked up two items: Unstoppable eyeliner (reviewed below) and the Kajal Eye Kohl (reviewed at this page).

Maybelline Unstoppable eyeliner in Espresso, $9 CVS

Espresso appears more black than brown, but it is a very pigmented shade. There is no sharpener included so you are expected to just use the tip to line your eyes. As you can see, depending on how you angle the pencil, you can get a thick or thin line. The product does not break easily but does glide right onto my hand and on my lash line.

Texture/application: This was very easy to apply. With little force, product lined my hand and my eyes very easily. 
Scent: None detected.
Staying power: This lasted me 7-8 hours on my lash line. I did eventually get some light smudging, but that sort of added to the smokey look. It wasn't overly smudging so it was okay.
Overall: I like this eyeliner. It is lightweight, thin, but powerful. It lasts the whole day and is very easy to apply. I like that it can withstand my oily lids and does not separate like some other eyeliners do. I wouldn't say this is budge-proof, but it does do pretty well especially for under $10.

Maybelline Kajal Eye kohl REVIEW and swatches

Maybelline recently celebrated its 100th year anniversary and released several eye products, which their brand was known for back in the days. I picked up two items: Kajal Eye Kohl (reviewed below) and the Unstoppable eye liner (reviewed at this page).

Maybelline Kajal, $8.99 CVS

The Kajal was very dark and pigmented. It is advertised to be waterproof and have an easy glide. It glided on very smoothly and blended very well. Though it was easy to apply, it wasn't easy to maintain. Shortly after application, I noticed bleeding and also transfer to my upper eyelids. 

Texture/application: I found this to be very easy to apply and easy to blend out. It didn't tug at all. Though the product is very stiff, it needed hardly any to no pressure to apply.
Scent: None detected.
Staying power: By about 3 hours in, I noticed the product has transferred from my top lash line to the bottom and bled down. I also noticed transfer to the top of the eyelid area. 
Overall: Though it was very pigmented and easy to apply, I couldn't get this to stay. I don't know if it was just because of my oily eyelids, but if it is advertised to be waterproof I expected it to stay put longer than 3 hours. This might be okay if you don't have oily lids, but if you do I would steer clear of this.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in Plum REVIEW and swatches

I recently really had the urge to try a color eyeshadow crayon/pen and picked up the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick at my local Sephora.
There were tons of colors to pick from and I chose the plum shade. This product was advertised to have transfer-proof and crease-resistance properties while being very blendable and rich in color. The name 'caviar' really had me feeling this would be a luxurious product so I gave it a shot!

The plum shade appears to be more brown than expected. It isn't shimmery, but also didn't lack dimension.
$28, Sephora

Texture/application: This color stick was very easy to apply. It glided on my hand seamlessly and barely needed any pressure to have the swatch result above.
Scent: none.
Lasting power: This didn't really last on my oily lids. Though advertised to be transfer-proof and crease-resistant, I got both of these problems within 2-3 hours after application.
Pigmentation/blendability: Very blendable with no tugging. Pigment is very strong and pretty.
Overall: Though I really like the pigmentation and its ability to blend, I can't really find myself picking this up to wear if it smudges and creases. Unless you have dry lids, I would probably either skip or be prepared to wear some makeup fixing solution.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balm, Cremes in Caramel Cream REVIEW and swatches

I strolled by CVS to grab some essentials for a trip and came across some new shades of gloss balms from Covergirl. These pencil applicators are great for on-the-go trips since they are twist-ups. If they were to slightly melt, it can't get too far with the cap.

There are a bunch of different shades, but I chose Caramel Cream (the only one missing in the photo below).

Covergirl Jumbo Gloss balm creams, CVS, $9.50

Caramel Cream is a matte nude pink with a white undertone. Because of the white undertone, this shade could wash some skintones out. I found that these shades also tend to look most streaky and it did go into my liplines a little. With a lot of balm beforehand or with a gloss on top, it will undo this problem. However, if you were to do that, it defeats the purpose of this balm and gloss combo.

Texture/application: I really like how smooth it glides onto your lips. It also easily can be moved around on the lips if you were to smack them.
Coverage: This has pretty good coverage. I wouldn't say full, but isn't sheer.
Scent: None really. Maybe the traditional lipstick scent, but very light.
Moisturziation: Didn't feel like this gave me enough moisture. Perhaps it is really hot today, but I felt my lips still parched.
Lasting power: This lasted about 2 hours and needed reapplication for color and 1 hour for hydration.
Overall: Though convenient in a twist-up tube, I found this shade pretty but not for me. It landed in my liplines and also showed some streaking. Also, I didn't find it too hydrating for my lips. I would use this only for touch ups, but if I want a really nice hydrating balm, I would grab something else first.

Have you seen these shades?