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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 ❤ 🙂

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!

IMATS post #1

As many of you may know I was involved in the Vancouver 2011 Imats last weekend.  I only went on the first day the saturday, and most of my day was spent being a contestant in the beauty/fantasy student competition.

I am planning on doing a big post about it tomorrow or the next day with product reviews/ a haul post detailing the stuff I got in my goody bag (EVE PEARL PALETTES ) and what I bought after It was all over.

As well as my side of the student competition and how it went down / how nervous I was/ What the other contestants were like.

I will however leave you with a quick video that my school did of their and my Imats Experience.

After 1:07, It is all me and the student competition.  Excuse the constant giggling I am camera shy.

A truly stained lip!

Yesterday I was doing some lip tar swatches on my lips for you guys because I had gotten a few new colors and had never done proper on lip swatches.  My idea for this post quickly changed when I finished the last swatch, sat around for a bit and then spent 15 minutes trying to scrub the hot pink color anime off my lips.

I was extremely unsuccessful to say the least.

This forced me to pose the question, how long is too long for a long lasting lip stick. I know lip tars really are pure pigment, and I know not all of them last this long and they really are an all around fantastic product.

However, I know I have used this color before in photo shoots, and recently reading a  models blog I worked with, noticed she mentioned that the  color I used on her lips, didn’t come off for a WEEK!

I don’t know about regular people, but when you are a signed working model as well as a law school student having hot pink lips for a week can be one heck of a problem.

Needless to say, my lips are still stained hot pink.The color is still pretty bright on my lips.  I have scrubbed my lips until they were raw, with vaseline, makeup remover, and olive oil. I have eaten dinner, eaten a truly fantastic mango melona bar for desert, and had a nice long sleep.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to curtail this stained pink madness?  I use the clear liptar under other liptars which should help but clearly doesn’t, if you use chapstick underneath the liptars just slide around all over the place.  What else can you do?  If I find out, I will let you know…..

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:

Yaby Palette Review: Dramatically Neutral Palette

Finally the day has come!  That day I promised you months ago, and the day some of you have waited for through my inconsistent blogging and less interesting topics.  The review I have been waiting for as well.

I FINALLY got my Yaby Pearl Paints Palette and my Yaby Dramatically Neutral Palette.  I actually got them a few weeks ago but wanted to use them and make sure I could give a thorough, well thought out review.  I guess I was also a little too excited and couldnt get my thoughts together at first.

In the first lets talk about the dramatically neutral palette.  No matter how many times I have been told yaby is designed to lighten your kit and the shadow palettes are small etc etc,Nothing prepared me for how small.The actual palette  is  a little less then half the size of my 120 palette, the eyeshadows are smaller then a dime. The palette case is  clean and white and has a large mirror finished mixing palette on the back, its meant for mixing first and foremost not for looking in while touching up which is why it is a little warped.

After getting over this initial shock, I began to experiment and play.  I purchased (or rather asked my wonderful bf to purchase for my birthday) the dramatically neutral palette chiefly for the fact, as much fun as bright colors are neutral colors are your staple and you will use them for plenty more then half the work you do.  Remember when I say neutral I definitely don’t mean boring, this yaby palette is packed with gorgeous browns, sparkling bronzes, and some bright shimmering silvers and blues.  The only disappointment for me was the purples, which are quite dark, and very matte.

Now the best part. The shadows are pigmented! Really pigmented, and they show true to color on camera, everything from my dinky digital camera to big professional cameras with lights and all that good studio stuff. I used them on a recent photoshoot for an actresses head shots and they sure looked amazing.  I will post those pictures when I get them so you can see for yourself.

All in all I think it was a worthy buy, if i get the something brights I am pretty sure I would never have to buy another eyeshadow again because with all three yaby palettes I would be covered.  The little buttons of shadow are small, but so pigmented and wonderful I need to use less, plus they arent breaking my back with extra weight in my kit.

I would buy again.

Now for what the public wants:

Swatches and photos

Ps. I am only using the 120 palette for measurement I AM NOT saying the 120 palette and the yaby palette are any way alike or that the 120 palette is anywhere near the quality of the yaby palette.

PPS. Pearl Paints review NEXT

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