Friday, September 30, 2011

Cosmetics Review: Lush's Honey Trap Lip Balm

The Review: I want to love everything Lush. I really do. They seem like a great company, their products are awesome, and their stores always provide kick-ass customer service. Well, at least the one in the Mall of America does. Anyway, I saw this lip balm online and couldn't resist buying it the next time I was in the store. I mean, how can a self-professed lip balm addict not buy a lip balm with this description:

"For sweet, vanilla-honey kisses. Our product inventors worked hard in the labs, experimenting with all sorts of different flavours before they landed on this seductive honey lip balm. It's a hard life we have here at LUSH. Honey Trap is layered, giving you a delicious balm that you can't resist tasting. It has toning sweet orange and cooling peppermint to soothe dry, chapped lips.Honey moisturizes and the white chocolate is part of that delectable flavour."

Honey? White chocolate? I have no self control. I had to have it. But when I was in the store, the sales associate and I had to search to find a lipbalm that wasn't leaking a sticky, oily substance caused by separation in transit. That in itself did not bode well, but I was sure that it had to be a great product, so I didn't bother to use the tester. Big mistake, because later, when I tried it on, I was so unbelievably disappointed.

First off, the tins are hard to get open, especially if you're a nail biter, like me. You have to work for your lip balm, but since it's all eco-friendly packaging, I can be ok with that. Secondly, the lip balm isn't smooth, like a normal lip balm. When you get some on your finger, it looks... clumpy, granulated, weird. But whatever. I could forgive that too if it lived up to the hype, because it's all natural, handmade, blah blah blah. But no. No. When I applied this product to my lips, it felt disgusting, like it was suffocating my lips. It was beyond waxy, like I'd just coated my lips with a layer of paraffin, and my body heat caused the product to separate so it felt like wet wax on my lips. Gross, gross, gross. And thirdly, the smell was completely unappealing and it tasted like oily beeswax with a hint of something that might have been vanilla. Stale, moldy vanilla honey is the best I can describe it. It was, hands down, the most awful lip balm I've ever tried. And I've tried a lot.

However, there are TONS of reviews raving about this product, so I sucked it up and tried wearing it for 3 days to give it a fair chance. As it gets warmer on your lips, it does get slightly more bearable. Either that, or you become accustomed to the grossness. Also, I tried using it as a lip treatment before bed and woke up the next day with lips that felt drier than normal. Needless to say, I returned that shit, and I will never, ever buy it again. I highly suggest you run far away from it. If you want a honey lip balm, try the Burt's Bees version instead (it's moisturizing, but kind of strongly scented. Just FYI).

Rated Beauty Grade: F

Cost: $6.95

Where to Purchase: Lush

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cosmetics Review: NARS Blush in Orgasm

 The ProductNARS Blush in Orgasm

The Review: This is a product I was fully prepared to hate. It's been ranted and raved about for so long, that I was sure it was overhyped and not worth the cash. Every time I saw it in stores, I couldn't bring myself to try it out because it looked so... pink. And shimmery. It reminded me of those shitty blushes you get in Jr. High that make your cheeks super shiny and make you look like a dork. And when I tested it out on my hand, I thought it didn't match well with my skin tone. Therefore, I was absolutely sure I would hate it.

Last week, I finally caved and tried it out. For the sake of the blog. I mean, it wouldn't be a proper product review blog if I didn't review one of the most popular makeup products of all time, right? Anyway, I put it on... and I loved it. I hate to admit it, but I can't even think of anything negative to say about it. The powder itself is incredibly fine and highly pigmented, so you don't need much on your brush. It went on smoothly and complemented my skin tone perfectly without making me look too pink or too shiny. It blended into my foundation with almost no effort and looked very natural while lighting up my face. I really couldn't get over how subtle and pretty it all was.

After trying it out, I can honestly say its one of the few products that lives up to the incessant praise bestowed upon it. While the color doesn't look like something that would be all that wearable in the compact, it really is one of those rare colors that has the potential to look amazing on everyone. I completely fell in love with it. However, you won't be in love with it if you prefer your blush to be more dramatic or matte. It's too sheer and faintly shimmery for that. It is, however, perfect for looks in which you want a subtle flush with a glow that brightens your whole face.  And yes, I'm sure you can find a similar blush that's cheaper. But can you find a blush identical to it with the same luxurious feel in a perfect glowy peach that looks amazing on everyone and lasts all day long? One that looks amazing for both day and night looks? If you can, let me know.

Rated Beauty Grade: A

Cost: $27

Where to PurchaseSephora, anywhere with a NARS counter

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cosmetics Review: Benefit's They're Real! Mascara

 The ProductBenefit's They're Real! Mascara

The Review: I tested this out at Sephora last Friday, and it was awesome! I might have to buy it and do before and after pics. It was that good. You see, when I worked at Macy's, I had a coworker who had incredibly long, insane lashes. They were gorgeous. I was envious. And this mascara made my lashes look as long as hers.

As I've said before, my eyelashes are extremely average. I need mascara and an eyelash curler to make them look noticeable. When I tried on this mascara, it actually curled my lashes on its own, no curler needed. This blew my mind a little, because I can't remember the last time I applied mascara and had it look awesome without having to curl my lashes beforehand. Also, the formulation wasn't clumpy. Well, for me, at least. There are plenty of reviewers on the Sephora website who have had issues with clumping, but I had no problems and was blown away by the awesomeness of my lashes. Then again, it might vary depending on the batch and application techniques, so if you're going to get this mascara, make sure you try it out beforehand or get it from somewhere that accepts used returns.

Just a couple other notes: Apparently, the packaging encourages you to load it on your lashes. I would suggest putting on just enough to coat your lashes, because this mascara makes your lashes look amazing at first but starts looking awful the more you try to layer. How would I know this with only one application? Because I watched this video:

This is the worst mascara demonstration ever. If I had seen this before I went shopping the other day, I never would have tried this stuff on. Sales FAIL. Forward to the 8:16 mark if you want to see some really horrendous tarantula lashes. Good lord.

Also, if you don't use waterproof makeup remover, it's apparently really hard to get off at night. I have to dock a couple points for that (I'm of the opinion that if it's not billed as waterproof, you shouldn't need a hardcore makeup remover to get it off), but overall, I had a great experience with it.

Rated Beauty Grade: B+

Cost: $22

Where to Purchase: Sephora, places with a Benefit counter

Friday, September 23, 2011

Cosmetics Review: Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer

The Product: Smashbox's Photo Finish Lid Primer

The Review: Back in the olden days of yore, my mom got a Lancome gift with purchase (they have the BEST gifts with purchases, so my life has been dominated by Lancome for a while. I swear I love other products! I really do!) and there was this little tube of awesome that was a pinkish eyeshadow/primer combo. Best stuff ever! And then, they discontinued it right after my little tube of primer finally ran out. My life was bereft. I was full of the sads. Thus, my hunt for a replacement product began.

I've tried Urban Decay's primer that everyone and their grandma loves and adores. Wasn't impressed. I actually returned it and asked the Sephora dude what was better. He gave me Smashbox's Photo Finish Lid Primer, swearing it would make me a devotee, and he was right.  My faith in eye shadow primer was restored. Basically, it's a neutral colored liquid you apply with a doe foot applicator. I prefer to apply three small dots on my lids and blend it in with a finger; you need very little product to get the job done and one tube should last you a long time. When it dries, it leaves your lids with a matte finish, a perfect base for your eye shadow. I suppose, if you like wearing neutral matte shadow, you could just wear this alone, but I prefer to wear shittons of eye shadow. Because I'm high maintenance like that.

I've experimented with different ways to wear eye shadow primers, and I think that if you wear normal foundation, applying the primer over the top of it works just fine. However, I've noticed that if I try to apply it over mineral foundations, it tends to look a little cakey. To fix this problem, I always put the primer on before applying foundation. Either way, my eye shadow looks survive a night of boozing much better than with foundation alone.

One more fun tidbit about this primer: there's enough pigment in it to work as a concealer. I haven't yet found an actual concealer that I want to stick to permanently, and this stuff works just as well or better than some of the concealer brands I've tried. So, if you don't have concealer on hand, just swipe some of this on instead. However, this trick may not work for people with darker skin. I'm not sure if it's translucent enough for that, but it should still work as a shadow primer. Are you darker complected and have you tried this stuff out? If so, let me know if it works for you. I'm curious.

That said, it can leave your eyelids feeling a little tacky after you've had it for a while and the product has aged a bit. Just to warn you. But covering it with eye shadow fixes the problem.

Rated Beauty Grade: B+

Cost: $20

Where to Purchase: Sephora

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Facebook Page! EEE!

Rated Beauty now has its own Facebook page! So, if you read this shiz and you like the wordage that graces your eyeballs, go and make your like Facebook official. Because that would be awesome. Plus, when I get a sufficient number of fans, I'll start holding giveaways for free beauty products.

Also, my friend Travis of Chantar Photography, made me this for the FB page: 

He's amazing. He also takes incredibly beautiful pictures, which you can see on his website or his blog. Personally, I like to peruse his Flickr account, because he tends to post really adorable engagement shoots. I LOVE engagement shoots. And wedding pictures. I think it's one of those weird things that genetically typed out into girl DNA... But seriously. How ridiculously cute is this picture?

Or this one?

Or how about the engagement ring in a snow cone??

 Anyway, long story short, he's phenomenal and always does a wonderful job.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cosmetics Review: Lancome's Ôscillation Powerfoundation

The ProductLancome's Ôscillation Powerfoundation

The Review:  This stuff is so gimmicky, it kills me. I'm currently using up a batch of their Ageless Minerale powder foundation, and I swear it has to be the same thing that's in the Ôscillation Powerfoundation, because I have used both in the same color on the same cheek and couldn't see any difference. As a product, it's fine. It's got a decent texture and provides decent coverage, but is it going to blow your mind? Eh... probably not. It also claims that it will improve your skin, but I've been using the Ageless Minerale stuff for a couple months and haven't seen any change. I will warn you that if you have larger pores, it may make them a bit more noticeable. Also, if I don't wear primer, the powder sinks into the creases under my eyes and makes my barely-there wrinkles look waaaay worse than they are. So, if you are pore or wrinkle conscious, this will most likely not be the foundation for you. But if you have little mini-pores, like I do, it works just fine.

As for the packaging and applicator, I am not a fan. You're paying extra money just for the novelty of feeling a little vibrating sponge on your face. A sponge that you can't wash, which makes this product just great for people prone to breakouts. A sponge that, according to plenty of reviews on Sephora, wears out well before you're out of product. A sponge that takes considerably longer to apply your product than a brush. A sponge that, when I did half-and-half testing on my face using the non-vibrating version, actually provided less coverage than the brush did.  Basically, I am extremely underwhelmed and think it's a waste of money. I'll stick to my brushes, thanks.

Rated Beauty Rating: C (although I'd give the actual foundation a B)

Price: $48

Where to Buy: Anywhere with a Lancome counter. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Skincare Review: Sei Bella Necessities Skin Care Set

The Products: Sei Bella Hydrating Facial Cleanser, Hydrating Toner, and Daytime Delivery Creme

The Review: I am a thrifty ho when it comes to products. If I can find a cheap/cheaper product that works as well or almost as well as the really expensive brands I love, I will change teams for the cheaper one in a heartbeat. My brand loyalty is fickle. Kind of like my sports loyalty. For example, I only like the Vikings when they're winning. Otherwise, I think they can suck it, because man, do they suck 90% of the time. People think I should feel guilty for my fair-weather fan status, but I think a sports team should earn my loyalty by consistently kicking ass. Just as my make-up products should earn my loyalty by consistently being better than their competitors.

Anyway, I've spent my whole life trying to find the perfect facial skincare routine. I've tried who knows how many cleansers, toners, and lotions. Some dirt cheap. Some really overpriced. Still haven't found the perfect set that floats my boat. However, this set comes really close to winning my long-term affection, because it balances my combination skin and makes it insanely soft, which is awesome considering my t-zone is pretty damn oily and the rest of my face is pretty damn dry. I think the key is using the products as a set, because when I tried mixing and matching them with other products, I didn't achieve the same result. Therefore, I'm going to review them all in one post.

-The Cleanser: The first time I used it, this stuff did not impress me. I thought it went on too thin and was kind of wimpy. I think I must have had too much excess water on my face or hands though, because every time I've used it since, it's been fine. It doesn't lather up too much, which I prefer, because I don't enjoy looking like I just dipped my face in bubble bath suds. It also does its job well by getting rid of all my makeup (excluding the eye makeup, which I remove separately due to my love of waterproof mascara and eyeliner) without drying out my skin, and it's not too heavily scented.

-The Toner: This is more perfumed than the cleanser, but not to the point where I find it annoying. Basically, it feels like any other toner- watery. However, it doesn't sting or irritate like some others I've tried, so this toner and I get along.

-The Moisturizer: I love the consistency of this stuff. It's thick and rich, but not too the point where it's too much, and it absorbs nicely without being greasy. Also, it leaves my skin really, really soft and moisturized all day long without irritating my skin or clogging my pores. It is, hands down, one of the nicest moisturizers I've tried, if a little overscented for my tastes.

All in all, I love how my face feels after using this set. I find myself petting my face on a regular basis, because I can't believe how soft it is. It would have my loyalty forever if it did not have one flaw- all the products have the same scent in increasing concentrations, and when you use all of them together, your face smells like fruity-floral extravaganza. And not in a subtle way. Now, plenty of face products have strong odors, but their scents fade pretty quickly. Sei Bella's lasts all fricken day long. If I apply it before I go to bed, I can smell it the next morning, it's that strong. I don't believe a face lotion should have a smell strong enough to clash with your perfume, so it loses points from me for that. But please keep in mind that I have a very sensitive nose, so it will most likely not bother you half as much as it bothers me.

Rated Beauty Grade: A-

Cost: Hydrating Cleanser- $17.50 for Melaleuca members, $28.50 for non-members
         Hydrating Toner- $15.50 for Melaleuca members, $26 for non-members
         Daytime Delivery Creme- $22.50 for Melaleuca members, $37.50 for non-members
         Necessities Skin Care Set- $45 for Melaleuca members, $75 for non-members

Where to Purchase: Melaleuca (if you're interested in becoming a member or have questions, feel free to send me an email)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cosmetics Review: Lancome's Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Filigree

The Product:  Lancome's Color Design Sensation Effects Eye Shadow in Filigree

The Review: It's damn hard to find an eye shadow that looks amazing on everyone, but this one manages to do so. The picture doesn't do it justice, so I'm sorry, y'all. It's actually a pale, pale silvery gold- one of those strange, neutral golds that look great with both warm and cool skin tones. Pasty, tan, dark, it doesn't matter; whatever your skin color, this will most likely look good on you. It's shimmery, but not enough to be distracting, so the uses for it are unending. You can use it alone or with any other color of the eye shadow rainbow. Since I'm a skeptical dork and like to believe that nothing can be as good as it seems, I have tried to find a shadow that Filigree won't go with. Sadly, I can't do it. It's just that great of a multitasker.

Speaking of multitasking, not only can you use this shadow as a... shadow (hot damn, that was redundant. I'm turning into Clinique!), you can also use it as a highlighter for under your brows, cheeks, etc.  Use it as a base for your other shadows. Use a fluffy brush and give yourself some shimmery cleavage before heading out to party, and then use it wet on a liner brush on your waterline to make yourself look less sleepy/hungover the next morning. And not only is it versatile, but it also lasts all day and stays put. I know this from experience, because I wore it almost every day this summer. Therefore, I can attest to its abilities to withstand a sweaty face in humid 90-something degree heat with no creasing or migration. Impressive, no?

Just to warn you, Lancome's eye shadows vary by batch. Sometimes, they're a perfect, smooth consistency that is worth the price tag. Other times, they're almost gritty and get all over everything. In my experience, this happens with some colors more than others. I've had Filigree in a couple sample palettes and own the big one, and I haven't had too many problems with the consistency over all. However, if you do get a dud, don't hesitate to exchange it.

Rated Beauty Grade: A (when you get an eye shadow from a good batch)

Cost: $18

Where to Purchase: Lancome, Sephora

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Random Beauty Tips/Tricks

I'm waiting for my laundry to get done and am beyond bored, so I figured I'd write another post before I go to bed. Here are some random beauty tips/tricks I've learned during the last couple years.

1) Save money on exfoliating products, and save yourself a step in your morning/night beauty routine by mixing a combination of baking soda and sugar into your face wash. It's gentle and as well as any exfoliating treatment I've tried.

2) Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter Moisturizing Conditioner works great as a shaving cream for razor bump-prone, sensitive areas and doesn't clog your razor like other conditioners I've tried. I'm sure there are conditioners out there that are just as good, but this is the first insanely cheap one I've found that prevents razor bumps on the bikini line, so I'll stick with it.

3) Don't have any aloe? Rub olive oil into your sunburn. I tested it out this summer when I got slightly burned on my shoulders and chest. Not only did it moisturize the hell out of it, but it also turned the burn into a nice tan and I never peeled.

4) Scrubbing your lips with a wet wash cloth and applying lip balm right after works way better than any treatment I've tried when it comes to exfoliating them.

5) Using a darker bronzer/concealer, etc. in the hollows of your cheeks to contour them before applying foundation instantly makes your face look thinner. I got the idea from this video on how to copy Kim Kardashian's look.


Cosmetics Review: C.O. Bigelow's My Favorite Night Balm

ProductC.O. Bigelow's My Favorite Night Balm

The Review: I was originally going to review some more face care stuff so I could get more labels up for you guys. Then, my awesome friend, Chee (from The Shoe Doctor, PhD), mentioned that she puts lip balm on before bed, which I do every single night. This inspired me to review this handy-dandy little product. And I literally mean little; the size of the picture is pretty damn close to the size of the real thing. Anyway, I am a HUGE fan of almost all the lipglosses I find at Bath and Beauty works, and my favorites are the ones from C.O. Bigelow, so when I saw this balm, I knew I had to try it.

Basically, it's a really rich lip balm. I was a little surprised by the texture, which was a little thinner than I was expecting but really heavy at the same time. If that doesn't make sense to you, that's ok.The texture and feel of this balm doesn't really make sense to me either, but it's definitely smooth, silky, moisturizing, and has enough staying power to last until the morning. That in itself, I find impressive. Will it cure all your dry lip woes? Eh... not really. It works the way most lotions do, meaning it makes the skin on your lips soft for a while, but the effect wears off and the dryness returns. However, it does work better than using a lip balm or vaseline on your lips before bed.

Last night, I put on my cocoa butter lip balm before bed, layered this stuff on top of it, and woke up to some insanely soft lips. Holy balls. I'm doing that every night, and I highly suggest you try it out if you tend to be prone to dry lips, like I am.

Rated Beauty Grade: B+
Cost: $7.50
Where to Purchase: C.O. Bigelow Website, Bath and Body Works

Cosmetics Review: Clinique's True Bronze Pressed Powder in Sunkissed

The ProductClinique's True Bronze Pressed Powder in Sunkissed

The Review: I got this as a sample last year during Clinique's summer gift with purchase, and it's one of the most convenient bronzers I've tried so far. While it's not dark enough for contouring (at least, not for my skin tone), it's a lovely color- not too brassy, not too brown with just enough shimmer to give you that summer glow. I actually managed to get a tan this year, so I've been using it to slightly highlight my cheekbones after applying a little of my normal blush (Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Berry Delight, which I will review later and make snarky comments on the mind-numbing repetitiveness of the name) or I'll just use it alone when I'm doing the smokey-eye with nude lips
 thing. Personally, I don't feel as though there's a ton of pigment there, but the consistency is good and it makes for a great staple product for those days when you want a hint of bronze.  Of course, if you have fair skin, you might get a bit more color than I do. Also, you're supposed to be able to build up the color to get your ideal level of bronzing, but it takes waaaay too much effort to build up the color for me and when I do finally get to a darker shade, it looks like I've just caked my cheeks in it. So, if you like a nice sheer, shimmery bronzer or if you have light skin, this product is for you. 

Just one side-bitch moment: Do you like Clinique's website? I find it ungainly and annoying. Mainly because they dinked around with the design too much and now it loads slowly on my work computer. UGH. 

Rated Beauty Grade: B
Cost: $24.50
Where to Purchase: Clinique, Sephora, anywhere with a Clinique counter. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Skincare Review: Lush's Lovely Jubblies Breast Cream

The Product: Lush's Lovely Jubblies Breast Cream

The Review: I was dinking around on Lush's website, when I came across this cream. The advertisement was so cute and the reviews made it seem so tempting that I went to Lush a couple days later and bought it. You see, I have quite sizable... jubblies... and live in fear of the day when they hang to my knees. Therefore, I am all about giving them some extra TLC, because I've long doubted that normal body lotion is enough.

I've been using this cream for about a month now. It's a very rich, smooth cream that absorbs into the skin fairly quickly. Does it firm my boobies and make them look like they did in high school? Heck no, but it does make them insanely soft to the point where I don't want to stop using it. At least for a while.  I do occasionally have a hard time with the smell, which is very strong. Pleasant enough, sure, but it's strong enough to make all your perfumes smell weird and it lasts all day long, so there's no escaping it. If you apply this cream, you had best be prepared to smell like a ylang-ylang/jasmine garden extravaganza for at least 8 hours. However, even though the smell is potent, it doesn't aggravate my scent allergies, and since I do love having an extra soft, happy decolletage, I can cope with it.

Rated Beauty Grade: B
Cost: $24.95
Where to Purchase: Lush

Cosmetics Review: The Body Shop's Cocoa Butter Lip Care Stick

The ProductThe Body Shop's Cocoa Butter Lip Care Stick

The Review: I am a lip balm ADDICT. I think I have about 7 different kinds in my purse right now, and I could probably write a whole blog reviewing lip balms alone. I can't stand to have bare, dry lips. It irks me. It's like the physical equivalent to nails on a chalkboard, so I have to have multiple lip balms on me at all times in case the dreaded dry-lip-feeling occurs. This lip balm has been pretty much my favorite since I discovered it in high school, oh... almost 10 years ago? I took a couple year hiatus from it believing that I could find something better. Well, guess what? I can't, and I am pleased to say that it is back in my make up arsenal and in my purse where it belongs. I could wax euphoric about this lip balm all day, but for the sake of your eyeballs, I will try to keep the rantings to a minimum.

In my opinion, this is what all lip balms should aspire to be. The texture is smooth, rich, and creamy without the slightest hint of greasiness or stickiness. It gives your lips a hint of shine, lasts forever, and is great under lipstick. Flavor-wise, there really isn't one, but there is a slight hint of sweetness. And the smell. Oh god, the delicious smell! It smells a cup of hot chocolate, I kid you not. Just... not as drinkable and on your lips. Add the incredible moisturizing and lip-softening abilities of cocoa butter, and you have my recipe for the perfect lip balm. I'm wearing some right now, actually. Oh, delightful cocoa butter lip care stick. How did I think I could ever live without you? I will love you forever.

It does have one tiny, itsy bitsy flaw: It doesn't have SPF. But I will overlook that any day.

Rated Beauty Grade: A+
Cost: $8
Where to Purchase: The Body Shop

Cosmetics Review: Lancome Hypnose Mascara

Product: Lancome Hypnose Mascara

Review: I used to work at Macy's, and there a woman there who had these horrible, godawful eyelashes. They were always curled and covered in a thick layer of black, sludgy mascara that clumped them up. The end result made her look like there were spider legs growing out of her eyelids, which is a great look for Halloween but repulsive in normal life. God, I hated her mascara. I fantasized about attacking her with makeup remover whenever she crossed my line of sight. I often wondered to myself, "What the hell does she use and what can I do to avoid it like the plague?" And then... On blissful winter day, when I was talking to one of the Macy's Lancome girls,  I found out. It was Lancome's Hypnose Mascara.

I have tried to use this mascara I don't know how many times. My lashes are overwhelmingly average- medium length, black, barely there curl. I rarely have problems with mascaras, but every time I try to use this stuff, the brush goops them up so much that I have to remove my eye makeup and start over with a different mascara. I know it's gotten rave reviews, but I don't see the appeal. Most of the Lancome girls I talked to liked to apply this mascara and then use a disposable mascara brush to remove the clumps before the mascara has dried. If you have to do that, it's a shitty mascara, I'm sorry.

I know Lancome's Hypnose Mascara has a few devotees, and I'm glad they've managed to get this shit to work for them. I really am. But I'll continue to keep throwing away the sample tubes I get every time I get a Lancome gift with purchase.

Rated Beauty Grade: C-
Cost: $25
Where to Purchase: Lancome, Sephora, anywhere with a Lancome counter.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cosmetics Review: Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner

The ProductMake Up Forever's Aqua Eyes Eyeliner

The Review: I figured I would start this blog out with a product I love. Really love. Like, if this eyeliner were a hot man, I would tap that. And then marry it. Ok, maybe not that extreme... Now, I know everyone is very particular about what they look for in their eyeliner.  For me, the perfect eyeliner can survive a night of drunken insanity and still be on in the morning (and by on, I mean on my eyelids where I put it, not making me look like raccoon roadkill), it must go on easily, and it must be easy to smudge. I can't stand eyeliners that are needy- I don't like it when they take effort to apply, when they flake all over when I try to smudge them, when they don't stay put for a day at work. 

Before I met this eyeliner, I was a liquid liner addict. I rarely went a day without a precise cat's eye, because I hated normal eyeliners so much. Now, I only wear liquid eyeliner once in a long while, because Make Up Forever's Aqua Eyes Eyeliner has taken over my eyelids. I only use the Mat Black, which is the darkest black they have. It's highly pigmented, goes on so smoothly I barely have to smudge it with my MAC Small Angle Brush to get a great cat's eye, and it survives a night of partying like a champ. Plus, it gives me a great smokey-eye effect that I don't get with liquid eyeliner and comes in a ton of really fun colors.

UPDATE: The last 2 pencils I purchased were not up to par. I never, ever had smearing issues when I first started buy this product, but with my last 2 pencils, I've had a hard time getting my liner to last all day. I changed nothing else in my routine, so I suspect a formula change. Also, there's something up with the manufacturing, because the liner has started to break easily. Really easily. They became really annoying to sharpen, and if you're going to spend almost $20 on an eyeliner, you don't want to be neurotic about sharpening it. 

Rated Beauty Grade: B, Formerly A
Price: $18
Where to Buy: Sephora