Benefit Always a Bridesmaid: the perfect spring eye

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Lavender lilac eyeshadow cream - Benefit Always a Bridesmaid

To follow up with Monday’s Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Shadow review (read it here), I thought I’d bring you a quick eye look with the shade.

It applies much more sheerly than it swatches, so I photographed it three times: with one layer, two layers, and then two layers with a bit of shadow for depth. The whole look took me — I’d say under five minutes, all told.

Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow look

Lavender lilac eye makeup look - one, two, shadow

One layer of Always a Bridesmaid / Two layers / Two layers + Urban Decay SWF and MAC Satin Taupe

On the lashes is Senna’s Voluptulash Mascara – I really like this one, but I don’t love it the way I love Fiberwig or Annabelle Expandable. On inner corner is Urban Decay SWF Eyeshadow (mine is from before the reformulation), and on the outer corner, MAC Satin Taupe Eye Shadow.

Just to note, Satin Taupe was colour-adjusted here in post-production – I always forget how warm and ruddy this one goes on me, and I wanted to be fair to the lookAfter all, it’s not Always a Bridesmaid’s fault that Satin Taupe looks amazing on everyone but me!

MAC Satin Taupe, Benefit Always a Bridesmaid, Urban Decay SWF

Two layers of Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Shadow / Two layers of Always a Bridesmaid with a hint of Urban Decay YDK and MAC Satin Taupe overtop. (With Senna Voluptulash Mascara).

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Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Always a Bridesmaid ($20 USD/$24 CAD)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in SWF ($18 USD/$22 CAD)

MAC Eye Shadow in Satin Taupe (Frost) ($15 USD)

Senna Voluptulash Mascara ($22 USD)

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Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow review, swatches, photos

Monday, May 5, 2014

Benefit Always a Bridesmaid review swatches Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow

The product: Benefit Cosmetics Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Always a Bridesmaid

I’m going to be frank with you: the Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow formula is not my friend. Like everything else, it’s simply not creaseless when it comes to my lids — so after testing out Always a Bridesmaid time after time last summer, I set it aside for the spring.

The Creaseless Cream formula may not be my favourite, but Always a Bridesmaid is the perfect spring shade.

Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless swatch - Cream Eyeshadow

Leftmost swatch: Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow

The packaging and formula: Packaged in the most adorable, vintage-inspired glass jars, the Creaseless Cream range sits with a low profile and stores upside-down for a longer life. It’s easy to see which shade of eyeshadow you’re reaching for, and the wide opening makes it easy to pick up product, too.

As for the product itself? I find these to apply very smoothly, with an almost oily consistency between my fingertip and eyelid — no dragging or catching here. As I mentioned already, these do crease on me rather quickly (though I can extend the wear with primer underneath and a powder eyeshadow overtop), but I’ve yet to find a cream eyeshadow that doesn’t.

Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow review

The shade: Always a Bridesmaid is perfection in an eyeshadow pot. I’m a complete sucker for light violet eyeshadows, especially in the spring, and this one makes me wish so badly that my eyelids could withstand creasing for more than a few hours — in the perfect world, I would love to be able to apply this with a flick of brown eyeliner and a quick coat of mascara.

Described (entirely accurately) as a pearly lavender, this eyeshadow is a beautiful, springy light purple with lovely shimmer. It catches the light beautifully, and isn’t too vivid — against my complexion, it glows but doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

Benefit Always a Bridesmaid, Coralista lipgloss, Girl Meets Pearl swatches

Swatched L-R: Benefit Always a Bridesmaid, Coralista Ultra Plush Lipgloss, and Girl Meets Pearl illuminator

Benefit Creaseless Cream eyeshadow review

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow box & product – how cute is that packaging?!

The verdict?

With my struggles to keep it from creasing, I can’t in good conscience recommend the Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow formula based on my experiences with it. I can, however, tell you that it’s a cinch to apply, and that Always a Bridesmaid is the loveliest spring eyeshadow shade in my collection.

I wanted to wait for the perfect day to post this review, for crisp spring air and buttery sunlight, but — this is Canada. I’ve been waiting for ten months and I’m done waiting. Just know this: Always a Bridesmaid is that perfect day.

Availability: $20 USD/$24 CAD at Sephora, Ulta, and Shopper’s Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques.

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Lancôme Rose Étincelle Highlighter, Hypnôse Velours appliques – Christmas 2013 | Over the break

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lancome Rose Etincelle and Hypnose eyeliner patches

As some of you may already know, I took a “partial hiatus” starting last November, and ending May of this year. Over the break, I wasn’t accepting new product samples, and focused on slowly (very slowly) reviewing what I already had on hand. Here’s some of what you missed while I was away.

The product: Lancôme Hypnôse Velours Multi-Wear Eyeliner Patches ($28 CAD)

I have yet to try these, but they’re very, very cool — I couldn’t not share them with you!

Lancome Hypnôse Velours Multi-Wear Eyeliner Patches

Lancôme Hypnose Velours Multi-Wear Eyeliner Patches

This trio of eyeliner patches (think of them as eyeliner appliqués; press-on eyeliner for those wary of their liner skills) contains 3 different styles of eyeliner patches, each of which can be re-used up to 3 times – sort of like false lashes.

Each set comes with patches for both the upper and lower lashes, and presses on for a wide-eyed liner effect.

Lancome Rose Etincelle Blush Highlighter review

Lancôme Rose Étincelle Blush Highlighter Illuminating Powder

The product: Lancôme Blush Highlighter Illuminating Powder in Rose Étincelle ($52 CAD)

The Lancôme rose is featured in this collection as a beautiful pink highlighter for the face and décolleté. I was very wary of the overspray on this one, and I was right to be — when I removed it, I had puffs of silver glitter on everything from my pants to the top of my head!

Beneath the glittery overspray, though, is a beautiful, soft pink frost. It blends out easily to create a delicate glow with plenty of sparkle, and holds on better to the cheek than it did in my swatch. It’s too shimmery for me–I like all sheen, no sparkle–but I think many would adore this one.

Lancome Rose Etincelle review swatches

Lancome Rose Étincelle swatches – overspray, heavy swatch, blended swatch

Lancome Rose Etincelle Blush Highlighter

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Lise Watier Jardin de Givre photos, swatches – Winter 2013 | Over the break

Monday, April 28, 2014

Lise Watier Jardin de Givre Illuminating Powder

Lise Watier Jardin de Givre Illuminating Powder

As some of you may already know, I took a “partial hiatus” starting last November, and ending May of this year. Over the break, I wasn’t accepting new product samples, and focused on slowly (very slowly) reviewing what I already had on hand. Here’s some of what you missed while I was away.

Up today: highlights from Lise Watier’s Jardin de Givre Winter 2013 collection! (I love that, on the Lise site, they say “succumb” instead of “see more” or “buy.” It’s – weird.)

Lise Watier Jardin de Givre Winter 2013

Lise Watier Jardin de Givre limited edition packaging

This is just some of the Jardin de Givre collection, but let’s start with the two limited edition pieces. I don’t think they’re available any longer–sorry!–but, should you come across them, here’s your reasoning for snapping them up!

The Lise Watier Palette Jardin de Givre Eyeshadows and Eyeliner ($45 CAD) features seven sparking eyeshadows and one black cream eyeliner in a large palette, and the first two shadows are what I refer to as Clarins glitters” — flakey and beautiful, suspended in a clear or sheer base. With one warm shade and one cool one, these two will be the perfect addition to any eye look — just pop a bit onto the centre of the lid with your finger as a finishing step.

Lise Watier Jardin de Givre palette

Lise Watier Palette Jardin de Givre Eyeshadows and Eyeliner

Lise Watier Jardin de Givre palette swatches

Lise Watier Jardin de Givre eyeshadow and eyeliner swatches

I’m not a fan of eyeliners in palettes (with my lids, I’ve yet to find a single one that works for me), but the other five shadows are lovely. They’re smooth and pigmented, all in a shimmer finish with good pigment and opacity.

The pewter and chocolate brown in the top row (third and fourth eyeshadows in the swatches) caught my eye in particular – shade-wise, they’re wonderfully complex, and the chocolate brown preformed with the butteriness and pigmentation typical of high-end eyeshadows.

Lise Watier illuminating powder swatches - Jardin de Givre

Lise Watier Jardin de Givre Illuminating Powder swatch (first swatch)

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Senna Midnight Wine, Fall 2014 review, swatches, photos | Over the break

Friday, April 25, 2014

Senna Midnight Wine fall 2013 review

As some of you may already know, I took a “partial hiatus” starting last November, and ending May of this year. Over the break, I wasn’t accepting new product samples, and focused on slowly (very slowly) reviewing what I already had on hand. Here’s some of what you missed while I was away.

This week, we’re going over a few of the things you may have missed while theNotice’s doors were closed — starting with a few highlights from Senna’s Midnight Wine collection.

Senna Cordovan, Coppertina review - eye colour glow

Senna Eye Color in Cordovan (left) and Coppertina (right)

The products: Senna Eye Color (Glow) in Cordovan and Coppertina ($18 USD)

It’s no secret that I adore Senna’s eyeshadows — their Glow formula in particular.

Like the other Senna Eye Colour (Glow) eyeshadows that I’ve tried, Cordovan and Coppertina are absolutely lovely. They’re a little orange for me, but are great picks if you’re doing a warmer eye look! Cordovan in particular is incredibly smooth and buttery, and I bet these two paired together–maybe with a nice, flakey-shimmer highlight–would make a beautiful copper or bronze eye.

Coppertina is described as a “gold sparked copper,” and Cordovan is a bronzed brown — heavy on the bronze.

Senna swatches - cordovan coppertina glow

Senna Eye Color (Glow) in Coppertina and Cordovan – last two swatches

Senna Mulberry Sheer Face Colour blush review

Senna Sheer Face Colour in Moonberry

The product: Senna Sheer Face Color Powder Blush in Moonberry ($18.50 USD)

Senna’s Sheer Face Color blushes are another one of my favourites from the brand, but Moonberry was a surprise for me — it swatches quite a bit warmer than it looks in the pan. 

Unlike most berry shades, which are red-blue with a neutral or blue base, Moonberry goes very red-orange/yellow-brown on my skin — ruddy and burnt. It’s not a good look for me, but would probably be more flattering on skin without olive in it! (I was expecting it to be more like MAC Fever, which it certainly was not.)

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