Karl Lagerfeld x Shu Uemura | Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler review, photos

Monday, November 5, 2012

The product: karl lagerfeld for shu uemura Eyelash Curl & Karl

Out this month with the Holiday 2012 Mon Shu collection is the Eyelash Curl & Karl, a limited-edition version of the classic Shu eyelash curler. This one comes with a red silicone pad (plus a spare), as well as a little detachable Mon Shu keychain looped through the tool.

Creepy red-eyed keychain or not, I have to say: the curler’s cute! I love the classic silver-on-black aesthetic, but sometimes it’s nice to mix it up a little, you know? (I’m still tempted to pick up the matte black MAC + Carine Roitfeld Full Lash Curler, which is ridiculous. I really, really don’t need any more lash curlers!)

The aesthetic aside, though, I wasn’t terribly smitten with the design of the Shu Uemura curler. It’s sturdy, but it’s also on the stiff side — I found myself having to go over my lashes two or three times (squeezing hard and curling 3x from base to tip each time) just to get a curl in.

The opening’s a little on the small side (vertically), too. I think it’ll keep the curler in good shape for longer, but it was just too hard to get all of my lashes in, a problem I’ve never had before. With my stick-straight, downward-pointing Asian eyelashes, I really had to work at getting them all in there, which I just don’t think you should ever have to do with a curler.

So, how about that shape?

I would personally recommend the Shu Uemura curler for someone with fairly curved eyes (so, not monolids) and lashes that need a bit of a boost, but aren’t stick-straight to begin with (again, not Asian lashes.) I’ve always been puzzled as to how something like this came out of Japan, but, well — to each her own, I suppose!

The verdict?

The Shu eyelash curler doesn’t fit my eye shape, unfortunately, but I don’t want to write it off entirely. I do know a lot of bloggers who are very happy with theirs, and if you have slightly-curled lashes on a curved lashline and a good, strong grip, this LE version might be worth a look.

(I’m not kidding about the grip, you guys. You really need to squeeze! with this one.)

The Eyelash Curl & Karl is $4 more than the regular Shu Uemura curler (putting it at $24 USD / $24 CAD), but it’s essentially the same product. If you’re a fan of the classic curler & need a replacement, have a look at this styled-up edition, too.

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Urban Decay commits a Sin with their tinted Primer Potion

Friday, January 14, 2011

What it is: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin

On the shade: Sin is described by Urban Decay to be a “shimmering champagne,” which is pretty vague, and also pretty true! Most brands have their own Sin; that is, a shimmery (or frosty) champagne shade – NYX Yogurt, Stila Kitten, Wet ‘n Wild Fine Wink, Cargo Champagne, or MAC Naked Lunch, for example. Sin happens to be on the frostier side of this spectrum, and runs a little darker than many champagnes, with rose undertones rather than yellow ones.

Sin swatched heavily / blended

On the product: Like the regular UDPP, I found Sin to be decently good at its job… but not perfect. It definitely intensifies my shadows and keeps them from fading, but also like the regular kind, I find my shadows still crease slightly by the end of the day. But, of course, eye primers are very much a personal thing, so I can’t say if this will crease on you or not!

As for how the shade affects your shadows? I find they usually look about the same, with two exceptions: 1) if the shadow’s sheer, it’ll end up looking a bit lighter (assuming it starts off darker than Sin), and 2) the shimmer comes through matte and satin finishes, as expected!

Un-tinted primer swatch / Sin-tinted primer swatch

On the packaging: as I’m sure you’ve heard before, the makeup community has some major issues with this tube. The curved shape may be cute and distinctive, sure, but it makes getting all the product out nearly impossible! Urban Decay responded to this by (eventually) adding a slanted doe-foot, but I’m not yet sure if this’ll get it all out or not. Either way, I’m not a fan of the applicator – it makes opening and closing the product pretty awkward, and it’s not exactly the cleanest option.

In short? I don’t use a point-based grading system… but if I did, the packaging would knock off some major points.

The ingredients:

C Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyethylene, Trihydroxystearin, Triethylhexanoin, Isopropyl Lanolate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/ CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride).

The verdict? I’m actually not even sure that I’ll be keeping Sin, so that probably tells you a lot, already. I think it’s a lovely champagne shade (perfect for the inner corners), and if it didn’t crease on my lids, it would definitely be a keeper – but it does crease, especially when worn alone, and at $22CAD ($18US) for 0.34oz, I expected more. So, I’d recommend that you give it a try only if the original Primer Potion works for you, though it’s not a perfect bet if it does (some people have reported creasing with UDPP Sin, but not the original.)

AvailabilitySephora, Beauty.com, Ulta. Also currently available as a mini, in the Urban Decay Little Sins set!

Two on Thursday: GOSH, that’s gorgeous!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I’ve had these two cult GOSH items forever (yes, old-camera lip-swatches-at-weird-angles forever*) and always meant to review them, but I just never got around to it! Well, now’s as good a time as any.
*by this we mean “for a while, like maybe six months.

GOSH Velvet Touch lipstick 
in 134 Darling

Aside from having the cutest name on the block (GOSH, Darling! That’s just gor-jus!) I’ve a bit to say about Darling. It’s basically the most hyped drugstore nude ever, which sets the bar high… and unfortunately, I don’t find it’s all peaches and cream. 

(different lighting and angles)

First off? The good stuff: starting with the tube! I just love the sleek, matte black tube, and the shiny GOSH label keeps things interesting. The formula touts a light vanilla to cover up a waxy base scent, and the finish has a bit of shine and lustre to it.

one layer
 two layers 

And then, the bad: while the formula feels like it would be hydrating at first, with a nice amount of slip… it’s not. I actually find it to be drying, and (on already dry lips,) the colour has a tendency to catch on dry bits and settle into lines if you’re not careful. As for the “one size fits all” nude shade? Yah, not so much. I think it works pretty well on my skintone, but I can think of plenty of people who Darling wouldn’t look so hot on.

Including some people who love it.

‘sall I’m saying.

image from this FOTD.

The verdict? I do think it’s a nice nude, and it’s not like I’m going to stop using it — but it’s not the be-all-end-all that it’s hyped up to be. Because I don’t wear nudes often, my search is (at least, for now,) ending here. If I did wear them more than once or twice a month, though, I’d keep on looking! The drying formula is a dealbreaker for me, unfortunately.

A darling tip: she plays well with others! I love using this to lighten up other lip colours, or even as a light base when I’m mixing a number of colours to create what I’m looking for.

GOSH Exteme Art Liner 
in 07 Black

Again, a much-hyped product! Unlike it’s Darling counterpart (I promise, I’ll stop with the Darling puns… eventually,) I think this one very much deserves the hype. The shade range is awesome, and these wear like metal!

 wet/dry. Such a lovely, saturated black!

Seriously. METAL. They are so !@)$*@$%* hard to get off completely, even with oil-based waterproof eye makeup remover.

Anyhow, there are the downsides: The thick formula takes aaages to dry, leaving me awkwardly looking down for about five (!!) minutes. Seriously, the drying time is epic. The other problem is the applicator — while I’m fine with the brush tip, I know that a lot of ladies (especially those new to liquid liner) have troubles with controlling it, even though it’s not a wild bear. So, for a beginner, it may not be the best bet! (Also, so not loving the $16 price tag. I picked mine up on a 40% off sale, so I’m not complaining!)

The verdict? I love this like I love chocolate cookies. It’s great for long hours and perfect for events — but I wouldn’t reach for it on a daily basis, seeing as lots of cookies make you fat it’s a huge PITA to get off at night and takes forever to apply. However, if you’re into long-wearing makeup, or you’re even a little into makeup artistry, I think this is well worth having in your kit. They’re even great for things like body art and (so I hear,) nail art!

compared to some other liners. GOSH on the top; Annabelle Black Out liquid liner and Lancôme Noir Artliner below, respectively.
slightly similar comparison post here.

Well, that’s all for today! I know it’s a lot for one post, and I hope we didn’t overwhelm you ;) Questions, comments, and so fourth are always appreciated in the comments!

Ingredients behind the cut.



So 2000-and-late

Monday, September 21, 2009

What is it: basically, an 88 palette. They come from Asia and they come in the thousands! I picked this one up at the Hair Show for about $18CDN. I know you can get them for something ridiculous like $12 if you really hunt them down, but let’s face it: pretty much no one ships to Canada, and those who do charge ridiculous fees.Ingredients below. Click to enlarge! Looks liek they used a standard label for all their products, so check out the first “paragraph”.Did I love it? To be quite frank, not at all. I was disappointed in the pigmentation and the shadows’ ability to blend — some of them wouldn’t swatch at all. Enlarge the picture below if you’re interested to see “the pathetics,” those that I wouldn’t even bother trying to use after the initial swatch attempt. (They’re the ones with the tiny black liquid liner dots).However, a few of the shades were alright. For someone who normally uses drugstore shadows, this would probably actually not seem all that bad — but I’m a pigment freak, and (I admit it) a bit of a shadow snob. Yes, I love my drugstore items, but they better be bloody packed with pigment.

Swatches below of four random shadows pictured above (a shimmery brown and a matte brown; a shimmery blue and a matte blue). I’m not 100% sure, but I’m fairly certain what you’ll see is a wet swatch, a swatch over UDPP, a dry swatch, and finally, a swatch over a black cream base. Most of the shadows swatched like this, though very few were better and quite a number were worse.

The verdict? Disappointment. I haven’t used this at all — I’m still not sure what I’ll do with it! Even after reading so many bad reviews for this, I still wanted to try it, and it failed to amaze me, unfortunately. I’m actually kind of wondering if they pulled a bait-and-switch, as the display palette seemed to swatch a lot better.

If anyone’s still wanting to try it, name your price. I’d love to get this off my hands! The only thing between me and a giveaway right now are the ridiculous Canada Post rates.

#1 Beauty Tool? You better believe it.

Monday, July 13, 2009

It’s not a lash curler.

It’s not nail clippers.

It’s not even a toothbrush.

May I please introduce to you the new love of your lives, the holy grail of tweezers?? *applause*Product: Tweezerman mini slant tweezer.

On the size and tip: I like a shorter tweezer – you can get closer to the mirror, allowing for even greater precision. They do come in a “regular” size, though, so that shouldn’t be of any worry to you! Pick which ever one you prefer. And as for the tip? I prefer a slant tip, simply because they’re the most versitile. Point tweezers can only be used on ingrowns, and flat-top tweezers can only be used on larger hairs and larger areas, so these were the right fit for me!

What’s great: These are honestly the best tweezers I’ve ever come by. Now, that doesn’t include crazy high end ones – but who can actually afford to blow $100 on tweezers, for crying out loud?! Go feed a small nation for a month instead. They’re super-precise, so it’s easy to pull out little brow hairs that other tweezers can’t reach. Even better is the fact that when they dull, you can send them in for free sharpening! Now that’s a deal. As long as you don’t lose these babies, they’ll be with you forever!

(You better not go about losing them. Would you leave your baby in your one-night-stand’s bathroom?! Exactly. Don’t do it.)

The verdict? Do I even need to say it? Buy, buy, buy. I’d even pick these up if they’re not on sale (though if they are, even better!) Yes, folks. They’re that good.

They’re give-up-chocolate-for-a-month good.

We mean buisness.

Bouqet of roses (Or maybe just rose-stained lips)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Note – this review is crazy old, so the photos aren’t of my “current standards” :P Sorry about that!

Benefit’s BeneTint lip stain.
Physical properties: (That’s right. I’m bringing you back… all the way back to when you were ten and sitting in Science class, learning irrelevant facts about rocks and shit.) Great smell – just like roses! However, despite the rose smell, the taste is less than rosy – in fact, this stain tastes terrible if it’s wet, but it’s not like we regularly lick our lips before our stains dry (it was ONE time! One!) And when they said “liquid stain”? They meant it. This is as thin as water!

Colour: Pretty good payoff; see below. It’s pretty, but I’d like more blue in a stain for my cool-toned skin.Ease of use: Works well on lips (see below, but keep in mind that this was taken is some pretty wacky lighting that makes my skin look very…yellow) but not so well on cheeks. I can’t figure out how to make it stain my cheeks; all I end up with are very red fingertips (bonus points for still being there, though, about four hours after my failed attempt to use as a blush!) It’s not even a blending problem, it’s a “why won’t you go on at all?!” problem. Maybe it blends too well?The Verdict: Worth (most of) the hype! I really like this stain; however – my search for the perfect stain continues. It is still a little too warm for me, and doesn’t really work well to stain my cheeks. That said, though, I totally understand why this is basically the most popular lip stain ever! I’m very low-maintenance through the day (surprising, I know) so this is great for someone who doesn’t want to touch up every hour :P

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