Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sophie Lancaster

Today is the 5 year anniversary of Sophie Lancaster's death. If you don't know who she was or what happened, please visit the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and click the Media tab after you read the Home page.

There's so much more I'd like to say, but now is simply a time to light a candle for her.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Urban Decay Naked palette swatches

I've been on the fence about this palette for some time. I finally picked it up at Ulta the other day, $48. It came with a "Good Karma Shadow Brush and a sample sized Primer Potion.

I know you've all seen it a million times but here's a pic anyway.
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Instead of trying to squish all 12 shades on my arm at once, I did 6 and 6. It was ridiculously bright out, a nice day sandwiched in between loads of thunderstorms.

First 6 shades, swatched over UDPP.

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The next 6 shades, also over UDPP.

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Color descriptions (from Sephora's website) with my thoughts italicized

Virgin - nude satin
a super soft nude, great highlight shade

Sin - champagne shimmer
shimmery just barely pink tinged champagne

Naked - buff matte
nice lighter brown matte shade

Sidecar - beige sparkle
super shimmery golden beige

Buck - brown matte
solid leather-like brown, Naked's sinister darker sister

Half Baked - bronze
super shimmery golden bronze

Smog - golden brown shimmer
gingerbread bronze

Darkhorse - bronze-plum shimmer
med/dark brown; the plum didn't come through on me

Toasted - taupe-bronze
a melted penny, almost rosy metallic copper

Hustle - mocha shimmer
med/dark plummy brown (maybe the plum from Darkhorse is really here?)

Creep - near-black metallic
black with predominantly blue/purple shimmer coming through on me

Gunmetal - dark grey metallic
shimmery grey with multi sparkle

After I did the swatches I thought I should sell this off right away. Today I decided I'd keep it, since there's really only 2 shades I won't use - Half Baked and Smog. Sidecar and Darkhorse are both iffy for me, I might sneak a bit of each in somewhere.

I used Virgin on my lid & browbone, which is a wonderful shade. I added some Naked in the crease, then the tiniest bit of Buck over that. I used a little Sin between the crease & browbone to help blend it all in. I was very happy with the way it turned out.

It's been a while since I've had any UD shadows. I'll likely pick up a few singles on my next trip.

I hope you've found the pictures helpful, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

elf Everyday Eye Collection swatches

Well, I figured I might as well do the Everyday Eye Collection swatches too. These shades are mostly darker than the Bright Eye collection, so at least they showed up in the pictures! They're swatched over UDPP.

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Once again, I'm not going to review the colors. The quality is just not what my readers would expect. I don't want that to sound snobby or anything, but you all know there's a slew of independent companies you can buy from that offer far superior product.

But also once again, that's not to say I wouldn't love this if I was a young girl. The shades are mostly darker than the Bright Eye Collection, so they did show up better both in person and in the pictures. They're not very pigmented, but I definitely felt this collection was a step up from the other. This is also going in the pile for my friend's daughter, who is going to lose her little mind when she sees all the stuff I'm passing along to her.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

elf Bright Eye Collection swatches

I picked up these two elf palettes at Target for $5. I do recall reading something about elf, and I think it was positive, but I've never tried any of their stuff. When I saw the big display at Target, I thought what the hell, give it a try.

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First, the Bright Eye Collection. It was ridiculously bright out and I had a hard time getting pictures. The lighter shades are hard to see even under good lighting. These are swatched over UDPP.

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I wasn't sure I'd be able to get all 12 shades on my arm, so I thought I'd do the first 8 and then the last 4. Didn't want to do 6 & 6, splitting up a row, although I suppose it really doesn't matter. For the Everyday Eye, I squeezed 'em all in at once.

Here's the first 8 shades:

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The last four shades:

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I don't feel it's worth it to go over the shades. The lighter shades did show up better than the NYX single shadows, but still not great.

Is the price worth it? $5 for 12 shades is $0.41666 cents per shade. It did come with a small black liner pencil (which I didn't use). The outside package says net wt 0.85 oz / 24 g. I don't know if that's just the shadow or if that includes the liner. But I bought Antoinette's Revolution Cosmetics samples for 60 cents each (they're normally 75 cents each but I got them on sale). ARC's samples are 1 g, and since I WILL use ARC's samples but not use this palette again, the answer for me is no, it really wasn't worth it in the end.

That's not to say that they're totally useless. If I was a young girl and my Mom said I could spend $5 or $10 on makeup, this would make me drool. I'd have a field day playing with all the colors, trying different color schemes. I plan to give this to my friend's 4 year old, along with the NYX single shadows. She will definitely go crazy when she sees it!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

NYX Aloha, Mink Brown, Deep Bronze Trio swatches

I got this NYX trio a few weeks ago using the 20% off coupon at Ulta. It's normally $7.99. I also bought the Aloha single shade, but didn't realize it until I started doing swatches. Oops!

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After swatching the trio and realizing I bought Aloha as a single and as part of a trio, I was a little miffed with myself. But then I was a little confused - the Aloha from the trio showed up on my arm much better than the single. There can be differences from batch to batch, of course. Could the formulas be different?

Here's the ingredients (from the website) for the single shadows:

INGREDIENTS: Mica, Talc, Zinc Stearate , Methyl Methacrylate Cross Polymer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate(And)Boron Nitride, Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba)Seed Oil, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polybutene, B.H.T., Methylparaben, and Propylparaben.

MAY CONTAIN: Red Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Yellow Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Black Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), or Manganese Violet (CI 77742).

Here's the ingredients (from the website) for the trio:

INGREDIENTS: Mica, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Mineral Oil, 2-Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, BHT, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Pigment.

Ok, there are differences in the ingredients, which could well explain the shade inconsistency. It's easier to compare the two in person, of course.

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The trio version is more peachy, more solid, while the single version is far more sheer and less pigmented.

So I guess I won't throw in the towel on NYX shadows quite yet. I'll just remember to skip the singles, after I check out a few more of the Ultimate Pearl shades.

Monday, August 15, 2011

NYX single shadow swatches

I bought a handful of single shadows at Ulta a few weeks ago, 20% off. They're normally $4.99 for the singles and $6.99 for the Ultimate Pearl (the round one). I did order a second Ultimate Pearl in Purple Pearl, but it arrived broken. It's a pretty color, but I plan to exchange it next time I'm at the store, so I didn't want to open it to swatch.


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I don't think there's much point in giving you color descriptions, because it's very difficult to see the shades (except for Deep Space). The Baby Pink Pearl on the far right shows up the best, and that was the "Ultimate Pearl" shadow, the others were all the regular singles.

I've purchased a trio and another palette and thought the shades were decent. Are the formulas different when they're single shadows? There's just nothing to these. The trio swatches are here and the 10 palette swatches are here and here. Yes, I know these are all light shades (except Deep Space) but NONE of them are very pigmented. I could pull out a dozen light pinks and nudes from other companies and they'll all show up on my arm without me having to point out where they are. Needless to say, I'm disappointed with these.

Well, on the bright side, they're all sitting in a Ziploc bag, waiting to go to my friend's 4 year old daughter. She'll love to play with them, and her mom will appreciate that they're pressed and not end up everywhere. Well, maybe not everywhere. You never know with a 4 year old.

Would I buy the regular singles again? No. But I will exchange the broken Ultimate Pearl and give it a try.

Thanks for looking, or at least trying to look at these pictures!

Friday, August 12, 2011

More SoBe Botanicals swatches

Here's the last 5 shades from my recent SoBe Botanicals order. All are swatched over Detrivore primer.

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SoBe's color descriptions, my thoughts italicized.

Dreams - soft shimmery pink, satin pearlescent finish
a warmer pinky just so slightly peachy shade on me

Curious - beautiful light mauve pink, satin pearlescent finish
rosy pink, gorgeous!

Butterfly - beautiful soft violet purple with a hint of shimmer, satin finish
a medium lilac shade

Posy - medium pretty petal pink, matte satin
looks more softly burnt orange on me than pink, very pretty color

Mango Tango - orange coral, pearlescent shimmer finish
very coral-y. Frankly, I don't remember ordering this one, and it's a full size. SoBe must have included it (no, I didn't double check my packing slip. I know, I should, since I can't remember what I order anymore!). Thanks SoBe!!

These are all really pretty in person, nicely pigmented and great finish on all of them. I love these pearlescent types - shimmery without being over the top. Can't always be super sparkly, you know.

I hope you've found these pictures helpful. Thanks for looking.