The battle of the HG powders

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The contenders enter the ring and circle around each other. Silica takes a shot at Lucidity. He misses! Lucidity lunges at Silica Powder’s trousers and grabs ahold. The ref bloooows the whistle –

Man, I need to get more sleep. My powders are attacking each other in a strange personified state in my head!

Well, here’s how it went down… (if you’d like to skip to the bottom, I understand and promise not to hate you. The conclusion and “verdict” is down there!)

xx&


0:00
I apply a thick streak of blush to the back of my hand, making sure it’s even throughout. I section it into three parts with my black eyeliner.

0:01
I put silica powder over the first section of blush, Estee Lauder Lucidity (in Medium, which is too dark for my skin but sheers out and is alright) on the middle and leave the last one empty. I label them.

0:02
I realize that “s” for silica, “e” for Estee, and “x” for nothing will not work when I look at my hand for the second time and see it reads “sex”. Way to FAIL, Rae.

0:05
The silica has left a whitish cast on my skin, and is more obvious in the lines where there is no blush. The Lucidity has toned down the blush much more, but is invisible in the lines on the back of my hand. It is glittering rather violently, though.

0:15
I wash some grapes, and pat dry the back of my hand. What is this maddness?! The glitter is gone?! I rush into the sunlight to find that, no, it’s still there – but now that part of my hand looks like it’s glowing from within. The gaudy glitter is gone, and natural, wearable shimmer has been left behind!
1:30
I go back for a second round of grapes. Man, Everyday Mineral’s Sunday Brunch looks ugly on my hand (so orange!) but it sure does hold up well. There’s a tiny bit of fading on the bare section, but the two with powder on top look the same as they did while I was eating my first bowl of grapes.

1:50
I examine the Estee Lauder. It’s way more expensive, at about $30 (for much less product), but it gives a gorgeous glow that silica doesn’t, and is available in-store. On the flip side, though, it ‘tones down’ the blush a bit. Buuut then it has to go and apply more smoothly and be less obvious on bare skin. And feel velvety soft. Darn, now the decisions getting harder!

2:00
I examine the silica. The biggest problem is that it raises a number of health concerns, plus it’s more visible on bare skin. But it leaves a very smooth finish, and absorbs oil, the latter of which Lucidity doesn’t. It’s cheaper, but not sold in stores unless you’re buying MUFE HD, which is on-par with Lucidity in terms of price.

3:15
The bare part is starting to fade away – I’d say only half the pigment is left. Which is prety awesome, seeing as I washed myself a thrid bowl of grapes, ate a cookie, and did a crapload of homework. I may have to try wearing this blush, even though I don’t think the colour will suit me at all!

3:45
No change from a half hour ago. I’m thinking about scrubbing my hand with soap to see if anything will happen.
5:30
I spilt some browns sugar sauce (used on our kabochi squash – mmm!) on my hands and had to wash thoroughly. I think the Lucidity is actually doing a better job…

10:00
Got bored, gave up. In the end, the swatchs under both powders held up about the same, and the un-powdered swatch wore to about half of its original intensity.

xx&


The result? Well, these two loose powders work equally as well.

The silica is great because of its gorgeous texture, cheap price, and oil-absorbing qualities. It’s not-so-great because it’s only available online, doesn’t come pressed or tinted, and there are a number of health concerns.

The Estee Lauder powder is great because it’s readily available, comes in many shades, comes pressed and loose, gives a gorgeous glow, and there are no health concerns. It’s not-so-great because it’s more expensive, doesn’t absorb oil as well, and has a bit of a “makeup”-y smell to it.

The descision is yours!

The nicest GWP palette you’ve ever seen:

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The first thing that caught my eye about this palette was the case. Sleek, luxe, and containing eight different Estee Lauder Pure Color shadows, what could go wrong? So I sent CC for it…

… only to find out that it was GWP, despite what the swapper told me multiple times. I was disappointed, especially as I can’t afford to reverse swaps ($10 shipping? No thanks!) However, it is quite large for a GWP, and she was unaware that it was – she got it from someone else only to find that it didn’t work for her, and the original owner told her it was a palette and charged her like it was.

(I paid her $20, but it wasn’t only for this – there were a number of items as well. It was definitely worth it, even though this wasn’t full-size!) Reminder: you can get these shades in singles, too! Even if you’re not going to hunt down this palette, I ‘m fairly certain they’re all part of the regular line.

Here’s the second thing that pulled me in: these gorgeous earthy shades.

(I hate it when you have to match up the colours by the back label. Those annoy the hell outta me, so I did it for you.)

The shades in this palette are very hit-or-miss. Most of them look terrible on me, because they’re too warm, but I’ll give you a breakdown of each.

TOP ROW
Copper Penny: a warm shade that’s a true copper, with quite a bit of red. Decent pigmentation, shimmery. Not for me, but it’s quite pretty! B+
Cinnamon: a gorgeous shade that doesn’t make me think of cinnamon at all! It’s more like a dark gold with a hint of taupe. Very shimmery, almost to the point of being frosty. Again, not for me, it’s quite pigmented for such a frosty colour and packs a gorgeous punch. A-

Camouflage: a matte green, with crazy pigmentation. Soft. Like. Butter. It really is “camouflage green”, in that it’s quite yellow/olive-y. If you’re into greens, definitely check this out! This is as dark as a liner, with no base, mixing medium, or even water. Can be a bit crumbly in the pan, so pat to pick up colour, don’t swipe. A
Ivory Box: the only shade I actually use on a regular basis! Though very sheer, it’s light and frosty and looks great on my inner corners to “light up” my face. It’s a not-quite-white, without horrid, harsh yellow tones. Would also make a great hilight. Other (cheaper!) shadows can do this just as well, though, so: B+
BOTTOM ROW
Taupe: ew, ew, ew! This is the worst shade in the palette. Muddy, matte, and not creamy like the others, this doesn’t live up to its name. TAUPE?! More like “what you look like when you’ve thrown up seventeen times and died twice”. Pretty in the pan, but NOT when swatched or used. F-!!!
Tea Biscuit: this is a great inner-corner colour for medium skintones! Whites like Ivory Box look great on me, but look unnatural on my sister. I love using this one on her. She said that it wakes up her face even more than concealer! Very sheer, soft, and shimmery, but not crumbly. B
Mocha Cup: definitely the prettiest in the pan! However, the pigmentation could use some help. Shimmery and a bit frosty, this might be nice to have for a dark-taupe-lover, but not a must-buy. Does look great in the middle of the lid to add dimension, though! A-/B+
Vanilla: I never use this murky yellow shade. It settles into lines and isn’t very pigmented, with only a tiny touch of shimmer. This doesn’t show up on me at all on its own. The second-worst shade in the pan, losing only to Taupe, which was gross beyond words. D-

I bought nifty little swatch squares - they’re like temporary tatoos that you fill in with colour! (no shadow base, but thoroughly patted on)
Just kidding. I just wanted to make it clear where each shade started and ended. (Love the boxes? Hate ‘em? Let me know in the comments!)

(all colours in the same order as in the photo of the palette)

Conclusion? Go check out Camoflague, Mocha Cup, and maybe Cinnamon and Ivory Box.

Run far, far away from Taupe and Vanilla.

I said RUN!

The polar bear goes dancing on silver lilacs

Monday, December 8, 2008

What is this madness? A tutorial?! With the most lame-ass name ever??? Yes! Yes it is! (The alternate titles were “Purple and silver EOTD tutorial” or “A whole eye with just three shadows”, but that’s just not as fun.)

(Sorry to all my lidded readers… you’ll have to change this up a bit to wear it, as I have monolids!)Warning, it’s crazy pic-heavy, but it’s too late to go back now, because I don’t know how to do cuts. Each block of text refers to the photo below it.

1. Conceal, set brows, etc. Apply a matte to semi-matte base over the entire eye area – concealer to even out skin tone, or primer to make it “stickier” and intensify pigments.
I’m using: EDM Sandy Fair, Original Glo formula, applied wet with my adesign eye brush. (Dip brush in minerals, spritz once with water, pat on, and blend)
Alternatives – pressed shadow: Your shade of minerals, or one half-shade to a shade lighter; MAC Ricepaper; EDM Rare Silk.
Alternatives – bases: MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study; Urban Decay Primer Potion; Too Faced Shadow Insurance.


2. Hilight the brow bone. (If you used primer as your base in the last step, make sure to layer a neutral shadow over it where there will not be hilight/colour – you don’t a streak of primer showing, unless you’re using one with a neutral powder finish!)
I’m using: Lancome Crème Lustré applied dry with my adesign brush.
Alternatives: Stila Kitten, Bobbi Brown Bone, MAC Vanilla pigment.

3. Apply a wash of grey shadow in the fold. (Grey would work too, I guess) I would use a cream shadow for this, non-matte, but it’s up to you! Pat in with ring finger if using cream.
I’m using: Estee Lauder cream shadow in Silver and my fingers!
Alternatives – cream:
Tarte’s Lock & Roll in Gunmetal; Stila Grey Smudgepot; Bourjois Shimmer Shine in Gris Platine; Benefit Skinny Jeans.
Alternatives – powder: MAC MES Family Silver; MAC Electra; NARS Bombshell; Urban Decay Uzi, S&M, or Gunmetal.


3.5 Re-apply if it’s too light, until you get the depth that you want. I applied it only in my fold and blended up just a tiny bit, and concentrated more on the middle/outside than the inner corner.


4. Pat on a deep, dusty, matte, plum-toned shadow onto the lid, concentrating on the outer corner. Blend in with the silver until your little fingers can’t move the brush anymore to blend. Blending should give a colour gradient as well as move a touch of shimmer into the purple area. (Because I have small eyes, the plum is much higher on the outer corner and ends with about 1/4 of my eye still to go) Layer until desired intensity is reached.
Unfortunately, my camera wouldn’t capture the intensity of this!
I’m using: Alima Pure Satin Matte in Lilac and my Quo all-over eye brush.
Alternatives: EDM Casual Friday; MAC Nocturnelle; Shu Uemura M Pink 150; BE Now Liner Shadow; MAC Mauvement pigment.

5. Line your lower lash line with a shimmer-free purple.
I’m using: MAC Underground Violet, blended/smudged with a tightly coiled damp q-tip.
Alternatives: Anything! Purple coordinates well with this look but honestly, use whatever floats your boat. If you have small eyes like me, though, you’ll want to put on a very smudgy low-pigment line and blend blend blend – you just want the colour, not a solid line.


5.5 Pat on your shadow from step 4 to make it blend with the rest of the look. Blend like hell – you just want a soft shadow of colour, not an accent line.
Using: Step 4 shadow, applied with a thin flat art brush.

6. Use the same shadow again to line your upper lash line – dip an eyeliner brush in eyedrops, liner converter, or water, take off the crazy-excess droplets, pick up colour, and lightly tap so you won’t get fallout.
Use: Step 4 shadow and the same ‘ol brush, but wet.


7. Wing it!
Use: the same shadow and tools as in step 6.


8. Apply a gold liner to add a little “pop”. Draw your line directly above the dark line, overlapping and blending just a little. I then slid through the dark line, putting the gold underneath the dark wing, and not following to the wing tip.
I’m using: Fyrinnae Polar Bear, with Visine and another art brush :P If you’ve never tried a soft synthetic children’s paintbrush, you must! It makes lining a dream.
Alternatives – gold liner: Shu Uemura 05 Me Gold; NARS Glitter Pencil in Mudd Club
Alternatives – gold shadow: EDM Oasis; MAC Rose Gold pigment; MAC Woodwinked; Fyrinnae Little Red’s Pet Wolf


9. Lash time! Curl, apply mascara.
I’m using: A slick of Annabelle liner, just for that lightly-mascara-ed loo
k. Not reccomended for lashes, in my opinion, as it is too liquidy, but it was the only thing at hand!
Alternatives: Your favourite mascara or a liner that works equally as well.


Done!

Overview of products used
BASE
EDM Original Glo foundation in Sandy Fair
*Original Glo is great for an eye base as it has a tiny touch of shimmer/lustre to it!
The Balm Time Balm in Lighter Than Light

EYESHADOWS
Alima Pure satin matte in Lilac (also used to line, wet)
Estee Lauder cream shadow in Silver
Fyrinnae Polar Bear (used wet to add depth to upper line and wing)

LINERS
Annabelle liquid liner, black
MAC Underground Violet

Mix up the look – other colour combinations to try applied this way
Switch the gold liner for silver.
Do a light base and bold liner instead of this dark base/blended liner.
Use a dark brown instead of plum.
Add some major colour by using an olive green or navy blue shadow, even!
Use a matte base for a more natural look.
Go smoky in dark grey shadow with a gold liner.
Or try navy shadow with a silver liner!

You have the technical bits down… now go practice your technique :P (What was that? An invitation to play with makeup? Yes, yes it was! *runs off to go do so*)

Hope you liked :)

Use every day, even in the dark.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Estee Lauder Blush All Day in PlumThis lovely colour isn’t actually very plum – I see it as more of a medium-toned dusty pink. It looks wonderful dusted lightly on the apples of my cheeks, but can be layered into the contour to shape and sculpt as it colours. It works wonderfully with my fair Asian skintone, and yet I can see this blush working on anyone with skin ranging from very fair to medium-toned! It’s got a bit of sparkle, but only a tiny bit, and the glitter is tiny – not a disco-ball effect, but a glowing one.

I received this in a swap on MUA, so mine is GWP size. This should last fairly long, though – it’s become my almost-daily blusher, but I’ve barely put a dent in it. The colour payoff is just below average, which is actually nice – that means it can be applied very lightly with ease, and builds up well. Despite this, though, the blusher is very ‘solid’ – there is no crumbling or dust flying when I swipe it, so your don’t loose any product.

This is more expensive than I’d generally put out for a beauty product – $24.50 in the US, and probably therefore $30 in Canada – but if I can’t find this online for cheaper when I run out, I would actually rebuy at this price. Yes, folks… it is that good.

Product photo and swatch here.

First MUA haul!!

Friday, July 4, 2008

BE All Over Face Colour in Warmth and Estee Lauder Blush All Day in Plum, GWP size. Reviews later :)

*note: I actually received these a while back, but haven’t uploaded photos until now. I know, shame on me.

The products – aren’t they gorgeous??!

The pretty pretty swatches :)
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