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EVE PEARL: The Eye Palette – Swatches & Reviews

A few months ago as you all know I competed in the IMATS Vancouver beauty/fantasy makeup competition,  I didn’t win but all the contestants got a goodie bag of products.

I promptly gave the jar of glitter included away to a friend because glitter isn’t my thing, but I was quite excited about receiving the 3 eve pearl eye shadow palettes because I had prior to that never had a chance to try them

I am sure you have heard of eve pearl she is a quite famous makeup artist, who is responsible for the salmon concealer trio  which is the best thing for dark circles, especially if you aren’t familiar with color theory.  It takes the guess-work out of color correcting the green, blue, purple colors in your dark circles.

In my gift bag I received 3 of the eye palettes, I believe there are 8. I was given Sapphire eyes which is blue/pinky/peach, Velvet Eyes which has violet/purple, and Emerald Eyes which has green/bronze.

I will review each palette separately, however except for 1 or 2 colors I found most of the shadows a little powdery, and most of them sheered out way too easily.

Emerald Eyes


 

 

 

 

This palette has the most workable shadows in it, the best out of them is the bronze in the top row center, the dark green in the bottom row center, and the dark blue on the bottom row right.  None of these shadows are matte, which might be why they are more workable than some of the other palettes,  the purpley bronze color in the top right is very sheer and I have a hard time picking it up with brush or finger.

The highlight color is a little lighter than it appears in the pictures and is very warm and creamy.  I don’t like the colors that much in this palette and haven’t reached for it much over the past few months, even though I have warm golden brown eyes and the bronzes and greens definitely flatter them.  If you have brown eyes try this palette you might like it, though for $40.00 I think you could most likely find a better bang for your buck. Though if you are a MAC makeup fan, these seem to sit right around that mark and you might like them.

Velvet Eyes

 

 

 

 

This Palette has the least workable shades, which I find hugely disappointing because I am partial to purples.  These colors as a group are my favorite. The most workable shadow is the top middle again which is a gorgeous silvery lavender.  The rest aren’t super pigmented or are powdery and sheer out quite easily. Despite this I still use these colors more than the others because I LOVE THEM! They work reasonably well with a primer it just takes awhile more to blend them out nice and I have to be careful so they don’t sheer out, and I really have to pat the product on.  But, we will go great lengths for colors we love.

Once again these shadows are comparable to MAC but aren’t comparable to say Yaby (which are exceptional)

I would never put these in my pro kit.

Sapphire Eyes

 

 

 

 

 

You will notice in the above pictures I am missing one of the shadows in this palette, unfortunately my careless clumsy self dropped it off my bathroom counter awhile ago and one of the blues broke. 😦 Such a shame as it was absolutely lovely. That is another thing you must watch about these shadows, they are quite soft so they break easily.

This palette is the middle runner of the bunch, but also has the best and most workable single shadow in it.  The middle sparkly blue on the bottom is GORGEOUS! It is workable and pigmented and sparkly and just great, great for a nice smokey eye. The highlight color is also nice, good for a natural eye.  The rest of the shadows run the same way as all the other palettes easy to sheer out, or not that pigmented, or hard to pick up.

Mac quality but not really pro quality.

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All of these palettes have mirrors in them and are great for the consumer! They are great for throwing in your purse and make touch ups easy.  I recommend using a primer with them for all day wear. If you have a bit of patience the colors in these are definitely an asset to a personal kit.

You can purchase these off www.evepearl.com or my favorite online store www.camerareadycosmetics.com (which really has everything SEE)

I placed my birthday order with camera ready cosmetics yesterday, so it should be here by my birthday, maybe even next friday if I’m lucky.  Look forward to a large Haul post!

Toodles ❤

What do YOU want reviewed?!

So my birthday is coming up soon, which spurred me to blog again.  I am surprised so many people still read this thing considering I am so sporadic in posting.  I will post 4 times a week for a month then not post for 2.  I just get so busy sometimes 😦 Sorry fanwiches.

ANYWAY!

So for my birthday every year.. so far at least, this is only the second year… my boyfriend buys me a large amount of makeup products from the ever wonderful Camera Ready Cosmetics .

If you don’t shop there all ready what is wrong with you? I actually have no idea what I would do without this website.  They have pretty much everything I need for my kit, including special fx stuff, + they have pro discount + the shipping is cheap + they ship faster than any other company ever!

I always get my stuff within a week, while other companies take 2 or 3 sometimes 😦

This year, I spent an extra long time perfecting my birthday list, to maximize my goodies. I am going to post a list and I want you to tell me what to review, and I will do swatches and a review and everything.

I may even do a big video haul, so my readers can see what I look like.  I am a bit camera-shy.  If you are really curious to see my awkward bumbling self go to my website  www.cvmmakeup.tk  and go to press and watch the video of me at IMATS.  The camera guy had to actually chase me down because I was so loathe to give an interview.

I sure am off topic today

HERE IS THE LIST!

– Sugarpill 4-Color Palette / Burning Heart

– La Femme Blush Palette 12 Color

– Embryolisse 23000 Lait-Crème Concentrè (24-Hour Miracle Cream)

– Mehron No Sweat Skin Prep

– La Femme 12 color Large La Femme Eye Shadow Palette #1

– Kryolan Dermacolor Light Lip Rouge Mini Palette 16 color

– Mehron CelebrÉ HD Pro Foundation in Eurasia Ivory, Eurasia Japonais, LT1, LT4, ME2, ME4, MD3, D2, D4

– Camera Ready Oil Control Pressed Powder (just because mine ALWAYS BREAKS i have to buy one like every month 😦 )

– Cinema Secrets Eye Shadow Primer

and some refills for my yaby eyeshadow palettes (which is what he got me for my last bday) because I’ve hit pan on a few!

Let me know what you are most interested in hearing about!

ARE YOU AS EXCITED AS ME?!

XX ❤ 🙂

Lip Tar 6 Packs Review/Swatch Post *LONG Picture Heavy*

I have finally received my OCC Lip tar 6 Packs.  I blogged about them a couple of weeks ago, and said I might get all three of them… Well lo and behold I got all three of them.  I think I am a bit of a shop-a-holic  especially when it comes to super pigmented gloss/lipstick hybrids.

I was most excited about the Pastels pack, until I realized all the light colors look totally weird on me because I am so pale.  I think they are probably reasonably hard to wear on anyone, I will save those for fashion/editorial shoots.  I think they would really rock on an ebony beauty.

Anyway, I got the three 6 packs of lip tars OCC brought out again.  The packs were themed, Not-of-this-earth-tones contained rich beige’s, browns and red tones and specifically had Conquest, Petty Beige, Analog, Red Iron Oxide, Melange, and Uber

The Beyond Pastel Pack had … pastels, especially pinks and purples, though they did throw in cha-cha which is a light tangerine color, and Lo-Fi which is a bright neon pastel green.  Specifically this pack contained Tone, Plum, Pageant, Vapid, Lo-Fi, and  Cha Cha

The last pack is probably the most useful and has some of my favorite colors. The Primary Mix Masters pack, has everything you need to create any color of the rainbow.  It has the primary colors, plus black, white and grey, Specifically this pack contains, Stalker, Traffic, RX, Tarred, Dangerous, and  Feathered.

I am really used to ordering all of my makeup products from Camera Ready Cosmetics which has the worlds fastest shipping from any online store ever. Of course I didn’t realize this, and when I ordered from OCC I expected my package to be here in 3 days like I was used to.  I actually had quite a bit of problems regarding my order, the first time I ordered the payment didn’t go through, and I wasn’t aware until I emailed OCC a week later wondering why I hadn’t gotten my shipping info.  The bad thing about this was I had  all ready thrown out the pre paid credit card I used to make the purchase so that morning was spent totally freaking out and looking through the garbage.

After I  found the card, placed my order the second time, and was reassured by OCC  that this time my order has indeed gone through. I waited another week before again asking where my shipping info was, this time one of the Lip Tars in the pastels pack had been sold out and they had to wait for it to come back before they could send my order out.  Finally my order was shipped on the 27th of July! Only 2 weeks after I had initially attempted to order.

Now there I was, impatiently waiting for this wonderful package of goodies I had just dropped 165$ on to get here.  I checked the tracking info every day, and after it first said it left NY, it never was updated again.  I called USPS and asked them about this,  Just a heads up for everyone international ordering from OCC or anywhere else… Unless you pay extra to make it by courier, when they ship orders internationally they downgrade the package from priority to first class, which basically means you don’t get any shipping info, they have no time limit on how long it will take to get to you, and if it gets lost there is no insurance provided.  The guy explaining this to me actually said ” I am going to tell you something not many people know.” To say the least I was pretty peeved.

Luckily, my package came today! after only 9 business days and 13 days total, which isn’t horrible I suppose, but it’s still a pretty long time, considering I only live in Canada, not anywhere over seas.

The above picture, shows the select lip tars I did swatches of, I also threw anime in their to show you the difference between it and pageant.  Anime was NOT included in the 6 packs.

I am going to start with my favorites!

Melange:

As I stated above I thought the pastels were going to be my favorites, matter of fact I had been pining for CHA-CHA for ever! I didn’t expect to fall so in love with melange.  But I really have! I might even take it and keep it for myself, instead of for my kit.  The color is darker than I expected and not as orangey.  It is just really flattering, if you have light skin like I do I suggest grabbing this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stalker:

Stalker is another one of my favorites! I always have a hard time finding a perfect red for my skin tone.  Most reds lip way too harsh on my skin tone.  This however is beautiful! I would even say it is a little pinky.  I think NSFW would be a better color to mix with, it seems more primary red then this one does. Luckily I have it, so I will try both out and see which one gets better results.  Pale girls looking for a perfect red? Grab stalker, you wont be dissapointed I promise.

 

 

 

 

 

CHA-CHA:

This Color I was more then a little dissapointed with.  On the website it used to say pinked cantaloupe, but now says light creamy tangerine. It really is a light tangerine, but the color looks nothing like other swatches I have seen of it… maybe they changed the color/formula slightly?  Who knows, needless to say it was more orange then I expected. But it will still be useful for shoots, though it is way too light and looks weird  on me.

 

 

 

 

 

Vapid:

This color is crazy! My camera can’t even handle Vapid, not even a little bit.  This is an ultra pastel, the lightest purple you will ever find.  OCC says bubblegum lavender,  I’m gonna say it is purple tinged milk.  I noticed the lighter colors seem a little thinner, then the darker colors.  I had to use more to cover my lips when it came to Vapid, and Conquest barely covered my lips no matter how much I put on.  I don’t think my lips are overly pigmented either.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petty Beige:

I am still on the fence about this color, I think if I added a little bit of white to it, it would make the best nude lip ever. It is once again darker than I expected. It’s very  beige, a little darker than that beige everyone paints the walls of renters apartments, and new houses.  It’s not really unflattering, but I am just unsure about it. It doesn’t make me look like a corpse though, which I always think beige will… so that’s a plus!

 

 

 

 

 

Dangerous: 

I am so in love with this color! Grey Grey every day!  It inspires so many shoot ideas in me it’s crazy, I very seriously want to do a shoot in color, but make it look black and white using makeup… Pleasantville style!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pageant VS Anime:

This last swatch I did, I used anime on the top lip and pageant on the tip lip to show the differences.  Pageant is gorgeous and very wearable but still bold. Anime was always a little too crazy for me, and it stained lips for weeks.  Pageant  came off a lot easier, and is just beautiful.  Beauty Queen Pink/Fuchsia. YES PLEASE!

The very last thing I did with the pageant lip tar is I tested it out as a cheek stain/ cream blush.  A little bird told me that these are amazing for cream blush, and I just had to try it out. Cream blushes are some of my favorite things. The lasting power of lip tars really make them an unbeatable cheek stain.

Here is a photo of pageant as a cream blush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All  in all, I don’t think you can beat the price. 18 lip tars for 150 bucks + shipping. That is a steal!  Especially because they can double as cheek stains, you can use them to body paint.  They really are the best, I use them every chance I get on shoots, because nothing and I mean NOTHING looks as good.

Ben Nye HD Media Pro Foundation

I have yet to do a foundation review, however next to brushes my great love is foundations.  Every time I go anywhere there is makeup I ignore all the bright colored eyeshadows and lipsticks, and sit down with as many brushes as I can find and test as many different foundations as I possibly can.

I have dry skin, albeit very clear  skin.  However, foundations are still tricky for me, I have always found it hard to find a good matte foundation that doesn’t show off the dry crackly skin on the bridge of my nose and in the center of my forehead.  I spend all day checking in any reflective surface I can find to make sure my foundation hasn’t settled into my crackly bits, thus destroying the most important part of my makeup, the base. It is especially hard to find a cream foundation for any sort of dry skin.

Now down to business.  So many companies are jumping into the HD game!  Everyone is just slapping the word HD on all their products and people are buying them up like Hot Cakes.  Of course when it comes down to it anything can work for HD when applied correctly.  But it helps when the product applies like the Ben Nye HD Media Pro Foundation does.

This foundation has a light to medium coverage.  It’s not going to hide every imperfection you have, use concealer for that.  It will however apply like silk , even out your skintone and make you look like your skin is naturally that even and glowy.  For people with reasonably good skin like me, this foundation is a god send.  You really only need a tiny bit, I like to apply this with my fingers.  It covers any redness I might have and really doesn’t look like I am wearing anything at all.

Most importantly it doesn’t show my dry skin.

The container is the typical Ben Nye cream foundation packaging. The 5oz clear screw top jar with the silver ring around the edge, the ben nye label stamped in the center of the lid, and the info on the back.

This foundation will probably last months with the little amount you have to use.  The finish is a silky demi matte, more matte then say graftobians foundation palette  and a little less matte then the kryolan ultra foundations.

You do need to lightly powder.

I highly Recommend you go out and give this a try I can see this becoming a staple in my personal as well as professional kit.

Picture time!

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

On Sunday after I finished doing makeup for a photoshoot, I went out to save on foods to grab some nyx glosses and what ever other lip products caught my eye .

I have been looking for some nude lipsticks lately, In shoots I have just been combining one of my sheer pink lipsticks with the cream foundation I use on the model, which is working decent.  However, I am still on the look for the perfect nude lip.  I imagine this perfect nude lip to be the color of lime crimes coquette with the feel of the OCC lip tars.

That doesn’t seem to exist yet, so I settled on just enough buff from Revlon’s super lustrous lipstick line for my kit, I also grabbed pink in the afternoon because I am a sucker for pink lipsticks!

Just enough BUFF

The website said:

To be honest the website doesn’t say much

New colors! Infused with mega-moisturizers to seal in color and softness. Find your lip color amongst a dazzling array of 72 fabulous, fashionable shades!

– Exclusive LiquiSilk™ formula with mega-moisturizers seals in color and softness
– Silky-smooth, creamy texture
– Stay true color wears evenly

I Say: I’m pretty disappointed with this lipstick. It is so so so so sheer! I don’t get it.  It shows up on my hand when I swatch but not on my lips.  My lips are not overly pigmented either.  When I apply it on my lips they get a little shine to them, some glitter which I am not a fan of.  There is no way I can put this in my kit, so I guess I am gonna have to keep it for myself. Or it will rot away in one of my makeup drawers. I expect more from you revlon!

Pink In the afternoon

The website said:

To be honest the website doesn’t say much

New colors! Infused with mega-moisturizers to seal in color and softness. Find your lip color amongst a dazzling array of 72 fabulous, fashionable shades!

– Exclusive LiquiSilk™ formula with mega-moisturizers seals in color and softness
– Silky-smooth, creamy texture
– Stay true color wears evenly

I say: 

This Lipstick is way more what I look for in a lipstick.  It is creamy and pigmented and gorgeous.  The color is a really great muted pink tone, that I could wear every day and I know will look flattering on a number of skin tones.  It really is moisturizing, I have the kind of lips that dry out easily, and flake everywhere and are often just a mess.  Even when I exfoliate them before applying lip products they still end up flaky.  This lipstick I do not have that problem!  Great for my kit, I might even go get another one for myself!

The color even lasts a pretty long time, I Put it on about 3 hours ago and have since drank a mug of chicken broth, a thermos full of chamomile tea, 2 taquitos and a pudding cup.  It’s still there though slightly less creamy then it was!

However the swatch on the website is totally off! I don’t know where the hell they got that from.  This pink is way darker then whats pictured there just fair warning.

I will post swatches in a few hours once my camera has charged!

CIAO!

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils

Want to know my secret to the perfect smokey eye?

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils is definitely one of them! These fat little pencils are a god send from the makeup geniuses that run NYX cosmetics.

I don’t know if you have tried their products yet, extremely affordable, extremely pigmented and workable, great on camera. I have quite a few NYX cosmetics running rampant through my makeup kit and work. I use everything from their shadows, to their lipsticks, to their lip liners and contour creams.

But today it is all about their Jumbo Eye Pencils!

The first time I heard about this product was actually through a you tube makeup tutorial (I can’t for the life of me remember which one) where the girl used the color milk as a base for her purple eyeshadow. The second time was in makeup school where my friend and fellow artist  Samantha Caporusso was using black bean as the base for her models evening smokey eye.

BAM! Lightbulb! I immediately went out and bought a handful of these pencils.  They are extremely pigmented, and emollient. They will help your eyeshadow out, and really bring on the pigment.  They are also great for face painting, and dramatic complicated makeups. Just draw it on and set with a similar colored eyeshadow! I use them for highlighting the face as well.

Some people have reported creasing with this product.  The pencils as I mentioned above are extremely emollient, so if applied incorrectly this could be a problem.

However for example with a smokey eye, I start at the lash line and apply a swipe of black bean, I then take a mini smudger brush and blend the product upwards in the general shape I want my smokey eye, until there is just a thin smokey layer of product.  Not only does this prevent creasing and increase longevity, it gives me a good guide for applying the shadow, and increases the sultry smokiness.

The only con for this product I can think of, is due to their size I have not found any sharpener except for the one sold by NYX that will work!  Other brands jumbo pencil sharpeners just aren’t big enough, so keep that in mind when you are buying!

However, these pencils are only $4.50 a pop on the NYX website so I can afford to buy one more sharpener.

This product gets a 9/10 for me!

Below I have included two swatches from a couple of my favorite pencils, #601 black bean and #618 purple.  With and without flash.  Maybe I will do a look using one or both in the near future.

Yaby Palette Review: Pearl Paints

Sorry to keep you all waiting an extra day for the fun side of my yaby review. I hope I didnt keep you too much on edge.

I went into a alot of deal in my last post about the dramatically neutral palette, so I advise you read that one first.  I had the same shock and worry about the small size of the pearl paints palette. Ofcourse with the pearl paints that dissolved as soon as I opened the palette and looked at the gorgeous shimmering buttons of bright colors staring back at me.

Pearl Paints claim to be a lot of things. Waterproof, vegan friendly, and most important and hard to be believe a creamy eyeshadow that is actually a powder. When I think of cream eyeshadows I think bright intense colors, smooth application, long lasting, and well creasing.

Yaby Pearl Paints deliver all the good without the bad.  I used the pearl paints on an avant garde look and they stayed, were very bright and true, and showed up perfectly on camera.

For best results it took a couple tries to find the best brush to apply them with, because pearl paints are nothing at all like any of my other shadows, they apply a little differently and I find them a little harder to blend.

Liz Yu the creator of Yaby reccomends Eyes Lips Face Cosmetics Eyeshadow brush, the basic white one, which will cost you 1$.  If you allready own hundreds of brushes however and don’t want to add even one more cheap one.  Any short bristled dense brush will do the trick.

Every single one of these colors has made me swoon when being swatched. Some of my favorite colors include : pp070 mermaid blue , pp061 copper ruby , pp066 butterfly blue and pp041 kamkuat.

You can find yaby eyeshadows and pearl paints at the Yaby Cosmetics Website or if you are having trouble buying them because they are sold out (yaby is very popular and this happens often) you can also try buying the shadows at Camera Ready Cosmetics.  This is where I got my Yaby eyeshadows and where I got my Lip tars.

Swatches:

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