Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sampling - Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

During my small Too Faced Haul, I totally planned to buy the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (the giant pink metal tube is pretty and I like gimmicky name). Anyway, as I put the full-sized and mini set in my shopping cart, I noticed that another (free) mini mascara was automatically included in the order(after a certain amount is reached). 

If I just follow my original plan, I would end up with 2 minis and one full sized of the same thing...
If I like the mascara. Great, I will be stuck to the same one for a whole year (just assuming that I only opens a new mascara when I finished the old one). If I don't like it...Well, so I switched to a concealer instead.
The deluxe sample contains 4.6 grams of product (which is half the volume of my current mascara). There is no pretty embossing on the pink metal tubes but at the very least, the brush seems full sized.

The normal test tube brush is trimmed wavy (So that it looks like a sex toy? Because I frankly don't see how it's going to enhance my lash experience). I need to be really careful with this (means, using the just the tip/longer part only) because if I try to reach the roots of my lashes with the middle/concave part, the longer bristles on both side would just poke/touch my eyelids and leaves smudges there. Oh, I also need to scrape of the excess as it tend to build up at the tip of the wand.
As for the mascara - I do like the formula, which is neither too goopy, clumpy nor dry. The color is inky and the formula is able to fully coat my lashes and give some length and a good deal of volume, like a feathery fan. There might be some small bump but I think for people with naturally longer/curlier lashes, this would have more room to as it fan out.

Well, if you compared to the picture of my bare lashes that I posted yesterday, you can see there is a lot of volume being added. So even though unnaturally thick and dark lashes is not really my thing (I am usually too lazy to do a full look so it can look out of place), I still appreciate the drama it gives...

My problem with this mascara is the flaking (on lids and lower eyes), which starts appearing after 3 hours of wear, 2 more hours later (yes I went out to the library with the flakes on)...It transitioned into a uniformly dark, raccoon eyes...Since the mascara has a neutral black, I can't even try to pass it on as natural dark circle. When I tried it for the third time (applied only on upper lashes and I used some mattifying sunscreen underneath)...It raccoon eyes still appeared.

Overall: Unfortunately this was a fail for my oily lids (it washes off very easily with just a regular foaming cleanser though). I am glad Too Faced included this sample, so I have saved 23 dollars. I can just spend it on brands like Majolica Majorca or Kiss Me instead.
 Added: So this is why the wand is curved (inspired by somebody's bust-waist-hip ratio and to separate, coat and curl lashes...) And how did they come up with the 1944% number...Why not 1945?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow in Pink Wink

I am not sure when this is released (but I am guessing it was within the past few month). I have been pretty into rose gold (then I need a cheaper filler to use coupon) so I picked the Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Single. The new package is black (instead of clear blue) and seems a little tougher than the older one. Again, this comes with a squishy sponge applicator that looks like it will fall off pretty quickly. 

Wet n Wild A Little Party (primer), Maybelline Pink Wink, Milani Luminous (blush), Kiko Pearly Beige Silk, Maybelline Color Tattoo Bold Gold, Rimmel Mayfair (the pink shade in the quad), Milani Sand Dune and another Color Tattoo Inked in pink. Looking at the pan, I assumed that the shade would be similar to golden peachy pink blushes but on my skin, it appear much more golden and not really all that pink.
Anyway, the shadow's quality is pretty good. Smooth, finely milled and applied very evenly. It's not an slap-on-and-go shades for conservative look but it's not frosty either. I think it will work well with a beachy (glossy eyed) kind of summer look...Ok, I will find a way to use it.

P.S. I am just trying to post up a bare lash picture, as a reference to my coming up mascara review. (Gotta multitask.)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Clinique Soft Matte Lipstick, Chubby Stick Cheek Colour & Baby Tint Swatches

This weekend, I wandered into Sephora (looking for sets from Fresh and OCC but there were none) and ended up playing with some of Clinique's newer releases.
At 16 dollars, the Soft Matte Lipsticks seems very promising: The colors are all pretty (and youthful / not boring) and the texture is smooth and not gritty/patchy at all.
The Chubby Sticks (finally a bit chubby, hehe....) are fun to play with. They feel like very condensed balm with a tad bit of matte finish. On the skin, they are easy to blend and only a tad dewy.
 The four colors (plum, coral, rose, nude) all have a bit of dusky undertone so they should look natural and fresh (and I suspect they would look very similar) on the hand...
As for the chubby sticks (in very sheer but visible milky pink, purple, red and orange) ...all looks blue pink on me, but I swear I didn't swatch the same thing four times. They seems light, glossy and moisturizing (the no-fragrance make it smell a little funny though).

Friday, October 17, 2014

Too Faced Glamour Gloss - Sex Pot

 I got a deluxe sample of Too Faced Glamour Gloss (in an online order) here comes a quick review! Actually there are 2.9ml of products, which is quite generous (and is comparable too/if not exceed various full-sized glosses out there, like Physicians Formula, Revlon and Stila Lip Glaze) and should last for a few weeks of frequent use.
Sex Pot is a creamy mauve - A my lips but better color that almost blends seamlessly (actually it's a tad lighter than my natural lip color so I can see milkiness up close). The texture is a nice cream-jelly that's a bit tacky but not sticky. It smells like a cross between baked sweet and medical-smelling plumping gloss, luckily the plumping portion is not predominant enough to cause anything aside from some mild tingling.
On the lips, Sex Pots looks very natural with the subtle shine. The lasting power is decent (given the tacky formula) and I think it works well as a "balm" since it locks in moisture for a little over 2 hours. Overall: I really enjoy using it given my previous my lips but better gloss (Revlon Beyond Natural Gloss in Berry) has been long discontinued.
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