Archive | February, 2013

Etude House: Look at My Eyes (Ethnic Bronze Bangle)

10 Feb

Average retail online: $7
Store retail: ₩5,500 ($5)

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I am really loving bronze and gold colors right now. It’s popular with K-Pop stars to cover their lids in a bronze color and line their lids with dramatic, winged liner.

Bronze 1

Cons
Without a primer, this shadow is fairly translucent, but it still adds a nice amount of golden shimmer to eyes.

Pros
With primer, this shadow looks great and lasts all day.

I noticed this shadow looks different depending on what I put it on. On my Urban Decay primer (matte/nude) it looks more bronze. If I put it over my Etude House cream base (shimmery/cream), then it looks much more gold.

Bronze 2

Etude House’s Look at My Eyes (Ethnic Bronze Bangle): 1. Just eyeshadow, 2. eyeshadow over Urban Decay Primer Potion, 3. eyeshadow over Etude House Look at My Eyes (Pearl Shadow Base).

For the price, this is a nice shadow. It’s fairly cheap and comes in a cute, small container with a heart pattern etched into the shadow.

I give this three and one half out of five stars.

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Too Faced: Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

10 Feb

Store retail: $36

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This was my first pricey eyeshadow purchase. Actually, I haven’t bought more shadows like this because I haven’t needed to. I’ve already had this palette for about 6 months, and there’s still plenty left.

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Cons
Even with primer, the Heaven shade doesn’t show up much. It’s suppose to be a highlighter for your upper lid, but I can’t really notice it when I have it on.

Just a suggestion: I wish the company would put a mirror inside the palette, rather than just have the same image as on the top of the package. It would be really useful.

Pros
I really like the packaging. Rather than have a snap lid, there’s a flap on the lid that’s  magnetic. I hate when plastic lids get loose and then don’t shut well anymore.

The colors are really pigmented. I only need to lightly dab my brush in the shadow,  and it’s usually enough. Also, I wear these over a primer usually. It helps give the shadow a really smooth and even appearance.

Too faced 1

1. Silk Teddy, 2. Push-Up, 3. Erotica, 4. Nude Beach, 5. Honey Pot, 6. Cocoa Puff, 7. Heaven, 8. Velvet Revolver, 9. Sexpresso

Too faced 2

All over Urban Decay Primer Potion (Eden): 1. Silk Teddy, 2. Push-Up, 3. Erotica, 4. Nude Beach, 5. Honey Pot, 6. Cocoa Puff, 7. Heaven, 8. Velvet Revolver, 9. Sexpresso

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This eyeshadow palette also comes with three cards that give one way to wear each of the three color palettes. The cards slide in and out of the top of the package.

How I Wear It
My favorite colors to use in the palette are the “Fashion” shades–Nude Beach, Honey Pot and Cocoa Puff. I’m really liking nude and bronze colors with some shimmer, so these are perfect!

Nude Beach looks more like separate sparkles when I apply it–I can’t see a background shade, just sparkles. Because of this, I like to use it under my lower lash line. I usually apply it over my Etude House tear drop liner, and it will give my eyes the ultimate glitter pop!

I give this five out of five stars.

Too Faced

Etude House: Look at My Eyes (Pearl Shadow Base)

10 Feb

Average retail online: $4.50-$7.50
Store retail: ₩4,500 ($4.10)

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I wanted to try some of Etude House’s basic shadows in the “Look at My Eyes” line. Look at My Eyes has 11 Jewel shades (dry/shimmery), 3 Icing shades (creamy/shimmery), 8 Cafe shades (matte), and at least 16 other new shades.

Pearl 3

Cons
I wish this was a bit more creamy. It’s creamy enough to rub with your fingers, but it’s a bit dry still. After I spread it out, it adds shimmer but doesn’t necessarily leave a good layer for applying shadow on top. If I put this on over my eyeshadow primer (Urban Decay Primer Potion review here), then my eyelids look cakey.

Pros
For the price, I’m happy with the purchase. Recently I haven’t been wanting to go all out with my eye makeup, so I just smear this over my eyelids to give them a radiant glow.  I usually line the corners of my eyes as well, too.

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I have Etude House’s Pearl Shadow Base just on the eye on the right.

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Even though it doesn’t create as smooth/vibrant shadow colors as my Urban Decay primer, it still gives that extra smoothness and boost that a less pigmented shadow will need. In the pictures, I put my Etude House, Look at My Eyes Jewel (Ethnic Bronze Bangle) shadow on top. Without the cream base, the shadow looks more transparent.

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Left: Etude’s Look at My Eyes (Ethnic Bronze Bangle) over the Pearl Shadow Base. Right: Just Ethnic Bronze Bangle.

I give this three out of five stars.

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Pearl 2

Take a Look
Here’s my typical eye look using Etude’s bronze shadow with Etude’s shadow base. I also used my Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner.

Etude House: Eraser Show, Eye Remover Tissues

9 Feb

Average retail online: $6-12
Store retail: ₩6,000 ($5.47)

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Here’s another Etude House review for you. I have more items to post, too–you can probably tell I went on a mini-shopping spree at the Etude shop!

Con
I really don’t like the packaging. The design, graphics and font are cute, but the functionality is bad. A “sticky” flap seals the tissues–however, it’s not very sticky. After only a few uses, I’ve needed to pinch some laundry clips on it to keep it shut. I bought some Face Shop facial tissues that had a nice plastic snap top, and I never needed to worry about them drying out.

Pro
I love that I don’t need to pour a liquid onto a cotton pad to remove my eye makeup. I use to end up with cotton pads and tissues scattered around my bathroom each day. I like that I can just grab a wet tissue and wipe off my makeup.

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With my eyes, it does a good job wiping away my makeup. I’ve used this on my face, too, when I ran out of my face tissues. It worked OK, but I definitely needed two for my face, and even then it wouldn’t wipe everything off. I always wash my face afterward anyway, though. I also didn’t notice it breaking me out or anything.

It doesn’t smell bad. It smells like a mild floral lotion scent.

I would buy this again–at least until I found some eye tissues with better packaging!

I give this four out of five stars.

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Urban Decay: Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Eden)

3 Feb

Store retail: $20

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This was my first eyeshadow primer. I’m happy with this purchase, although I might buy one of the other shades next time. This primer comes in Eden (nude matte finish), Greed (shimmering yellow-gold), original (nude, dries invisible) and Sin (champagne shimmer).

Cons
Texture/feel: When I apply BB cream, I like to put a little on my eye so it matches. If I put the Urban Decay Primer Potion on top of that and then apply eyeshadow, my eye will look cakey or scaly. Basically, I can’t put BB cream over my eye if I want it to look OK.

Also, I’m not sure what purpose this does, but inside the tube is a layer of oil or some clear liquid. Every time I squeeze the tube, this clear liquid comes out first. I need to carefully squeeze it out, and then I can get the product out. Kind of annoying.

Color/shade: I don’t like the color without any shadow on top. Since I always cover the primer with eyeshadow, of course, this doesn’t matter too much. However, I need to be careful not to get it anywhere where I won’t put eyeshadow. It’s a really light, pasty color. It doesn’t match my skin well.

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Pros
Amount needed: You only need a tiny, tiny drop to cover each eye. I wasted so much product my first few times, because I would squeeze way too much out. The cream is very dense, so a little goes a long way.

Finish/appearance: It was hard to show in the pictures, but the primer really makes your eyeshadow pop. When I don’t use it, the shadow looks more transparent and the edges look more blurred or cloudy. When I use the primer, it gives, bold, sharp eyeshadow. It’s especially useful if you have light shade eyeshadows, as the colors may be hard to see to begin with.

Before

1. Lieole Real Color EyeShadow (25 brown violet), 2 Too Faced (honey pot), 3. Too Faced (velvet revolver), 4. Etude House (ethnic bronze bangle), 5. Too Faced (silk teddy)

After

1. Lieole Real Color EyeShadow (25 brown violet), 2 Too Faced (honey pot), 3. Too Faced (velvet revolver), 4. Etude House (ethnic bronze bangle), 5. Too Faced (silk teddy)

I wanted to share how I apply this, too. I always used my finger, but it was really hard to apply it where I wanted on my tiny eyelid. I had a MAC brush that I hadn’t found a purpose for, then BAM! I realized it was perfect for applying eye primer! It fits on my lid perfectly and follows the crease well. It’s my MAC 282 brush.

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I give this four out of five stars.

MAC: Studio Finish Concealer (NC 20)

3 Feb

Store retail: $18

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I finally got a concealer that I love! Sorry about the little black hairs from my brush (I’ve had this product for almost three months). Now, let’s take a look at MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer!

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Cons
Price: At $18, this concealer is a bit expensive. However, you’re paying for MAC and the product’s reputation.

Pros
Size: Although this may be costly for some, you get a lot of product. The product sits in a 1-dollar-coin-sized container. It’s about 1-inch deep. I was worried the product may only cover sit a few mm down (using deceiving packaging), but it really fills the whole container.

Coverage: Check out a picture of how well it covers up my mole on my arm. I use this over my BB cream and then set everything with a misting spray or powder.

concealer before concealer after

Texture: Studio Finish has a thick, clay-like texture. This makes it strong enough to cover marks well. I’ve been using my MAC 286 brush to apply it. You can also use your finger, but the brush helps even out the color. However, I would like to start using a smaller brush–I feel like I’m wasting some product.

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I give this five out of five stars.