Monday, June 30, 2014

{Review & Swatches} Maybelline The Nudes Palette

I was over the moon when I found out that the drugstore was getting a legitimate nude makeup palette! Not some dinky thing with tiny pans, or only four shades, but a real, bonafide neutral palette! My grabby hands went straight to the Maybelline displays as soon as I got into Ulta and this thing quickly found its way into my makeup stash.

The palette comes with 10 eyeshadows, 5 of which are matte (!!!), and a pretty decent array of shades. 

I decided to throw a quick look together using a few of my favorite shades in the palette.

Swatches and more info after the jump!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

{Swatches} Maybelline Leather Color Tattoo Collection

I've always thought that the Color Tattoo line needed more mattes and more neutrals, and it seems like Maybelline has answered my prayers! Welcome to the brand new, (nearly) all matte Leather addition to the permanent line!

There is only one shimmer in the 5 shade addition. Right now, these babies seem to be in product displays in most stores, but my super sneaky Fred Meyer had stocked extras in the permanent display where a few other discontinued shades used to be.

Swatches and reviews after the jump!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Buy This, Not That: Urban Decay Primer Potion and Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Unlike my last Buy This, Not That post, I actually like both of the high-end and drugstore products - it is just a matter of price difference here.  More info, a comparison, and an ingredient analysis after the jump!

Product Review: e.l.f HD Blush in Superstar

I know, I know... I'm incredibly behind on the times when it comes to these absolute gems from e.l.f. In my defense, up until recently, my little valley town was devoid of most mass-retailers (because grumpy, middle aged white folk like to keep "trashy" places like malls and WalMart out of their little safehaven). I've gotta say that holding off on this $3 little ditty was worth the wait!

There are quite a few things that I like about this product, but I want to start with one of my favorite features: 

I love me some cream blushes, but I really don't love the bacteria breeding-ground an open-air cream product can become after a few uses, so this product pump is a welcome innovation (and very rare to see in drugstore cream blush). My only gripe about the pump is that it squeezes out WAY TOO MUCH product if fully depressed, but more on that after the jump. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Buy This, Not That: MAC 188 and e.l.f Small Stipple Brush

It is pretty obvious that these brushes aren't dupes, but they're still a similar concept that warrants some comparison since buying one over the other could save you THIRTY-TWO FREAKING DOLLARS.