Black Box Week | Annabelle “Metal Daze” Smoothliner review, photos, swatches

Monday, August 22, 2011

The product: Annabelle Smoothliner in Metal Daze

The shade: Metal Daze is an intense, sparkly gunmetal. It’s the least black of the liners in the Black Box collection; on it’s own, I’d call it a metallic black, but with the rest of the collection, I’m definitely going with “dark gunmetal grey.”

Something about the way the shimmer sits in the formula means that this is one of the few eyeliners I have that actually has fallout, which is weird – but kind of pretty, if we’re being honest. Inside of two hours, I’ll have fine shimmer under my lower lashlines, and by six hours, it’s spread to about a half-inch below my eyes. However, it’s only the shimmer (and a very delicate smattering thereof) that migrates, not the colour itself!

Annabelle Metal Daze swatches, (bright) indirect sunlight

Annabelle Metal Daze swatches, direct sunlight

The application: The Smoothliner formula is a huge hit from Annabelle, and I’m actually stunned that I haven’t tried it yet – it’s quite often the first product people try from the line. (Psst, did you know that Annabelle makes the best-selling liners in Canadian drugstores? True fact.)

Anyhow, Metal Daze is a dream to work with. It applies with zero skipping or tugging, smudges flawlessly, and dries at just the right rate – quickly enough that you’re not left waiting, but slowly enough that you have ample time to smoke out the line if you’d like to.

On the waterline, I can get about three hours of wear, but it fades fairly delicately. (Which is a good thing!) It doesn’t flake off or end up halfway down my face; instead, it just kind of “melts” into my lower lashline, no panda eyes or harsh lines involved.

Annabelle Metal Daze, applied to the upper lashline and smudged very lightly through the lower lashline

The wear: Unfortunately, I can’t even make it to two hours with Metal Daze on my lashline before it’s migrating  toward my crease. Perhaps I just have too-high expectations out of eyeliners, but like 90% of the ones I try, I just can’t wear this the way I’d like to – that is, smudged around and in my lashlines without primer or powder.

You can definitely increase the wear time by layering it (ie. with a powder eyeshadow, or with a primer), but I wish it wore longer on its own!

The verdict?

I love the way this Smoothliner applies & blends, and I love this shade, but it just doesn’t work with my finicky monolids. I may be alone on this one, though – as I mentioned, these pencils are generally really well-received! (Check out the MUA Smoothliner review page, for instance, where they have a 4.5/5 rating, the lowest review is a 3/5, and 90% “buy again” rate.)

Despite my own difficulties with this pencil, I’d definitely recommend trying these out if you don’t have the same struggles as I do with smudging eyeliner.

How it stacks up

For fans of: Urban Decay 24/7 liners, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes – they all have that gorgeous, smudgeable, super-smooth formula in common. (Out of the three different liners, though, I like Annabelle’s the most!)

Similar to: MAC Powerpoints, GOSH Velvet Touch, Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner (which all wear a lot longer than Metal Daze, on my lids, but won’t apply to the waterline and don’t smudge out as easily.)

Ingredients and additional photos »

Deja vu: Marcelle dupes… itself?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

While swatching the nine new Rouge Xpression lipsticks, I had a major case of deja vu. Now, my memory isn’t the best, so at first I thought I had already swatched all nine and simply forgotten where I put the photos – until I opened my lipstick drawer to investigate further!

L-R: Marcelle Rouge Xpression lipsticks in Delightful, Jezebel, Mauve Avant-Garde, and Curious.

What I found out is that Marcelle as essentially reproduced the two lipsticks featured in Trend, this winter’s seasonal collection, and put them into the permanent line. Delightful has become Jezebel, and Curious has morphed into Mauve Avant-Garde. As far as I know, the latter was unintentional (they just happened to put out two very similar shades), but the former was definitely intended!

The initial confusion aside, I’m actually pretty alright with this decision. Read on to find out why!

Saturday Swatches: Marcelle Trend (Winter 2010)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

I’ve posted about a number of these items already, but I thought we’d do a bit of a wrap-up with swatches off the products, blended – each has four shades, but this is what they’d look like worn as one!

Left to right: Marcelle Graphic Pressed Powder in Prismatic Neutrals (swatched twice), Marcelle Graphic Eyeshadow Quads in Dimensional Mauve and Dimensional Blue.

My favourite product in this collection, by far, was the Dimensional Mauve quad – I just love it! The dark plum reminds me a lot of Korres Plum (but the price tag’s a lot better), and the taupe is absolutely stellar.

The Prismatic Neutrals face powder is a gorgeous hilighter on darker skintones, but I find it to be a tiny bit too warm on my complexion when worn as a blusher. (It does make a pretty hilighter, though, when I apply it with a fan brush). I swatched it twice to make sure that the overspray wasn’t affecting the colour, and found the two to be fairly consistent. Oh, and I do like that you can make it darker/lighter depending on how much you take from each “section”!

More Trend:

  • Trend preview {here}
  • Graphic Eyeshadow Quads {here}
  • Rouge Xpresison lipsticks {here}
  • Dimensional Mauve EOTD {here}

Boxing Day beauty shopping

Sunday, December 26, 2010

MAC Cham-Pale and Stylishly Yours are now online at Nordstrom.com! Thought I’d give you the heads up right now, but I’ll see if I can’t update this post later today (or tomorrow) to add some Boxing Day beauty deals :) Updated!

A few codes:

  • e.l.f. has a “buy one get one 50% off” sale now through the 3rd of January; code is BCGDEAL50. Max discount is $100. {e.l.f.}
  • Free Canadian shipping at the online MAC site with BOX {MAC}
  • An extra 20% off online sale items at Sephora (US only; Canucks can head in-store to pick up some sale items, though! Code is EXTRA. {Sephora}
  • Rotating deals today at Well.ca; the deal changes every few hours but you can keep an eye on their Twitter for updates. {Well.ca}

And, finally, some Steals and Deals:

P.S. The Clinique Chubby Sticks post from earlier this week has been updated as well!

Marcelle’s new Rouge Xpression lipsticks: a Curious Delight?

Monday, December 13, 2010

What they are: Marcelle Rouge Xpression lipsticks in Delightful and Curious

Delightful Rouge Xpression lipstick

The formula: I haven’t done a full review of the Rouge Xpression line yet, though I do intend to. For now, here is a quick breakdown of the lipsticks. I like them less than the “regular” Marcelle lipsticks (the Rouge Vitality line), but that doesn’t really say much, seeing as the Rouge Vitality formula is one of my absolute favourites! The Rouge Xpression formula is a solid one, and despite the fact that I’m not head-over-heels for it, I’d still definitely recommend it.

Curious Rouge Xpression lipstick

  • Not drying, but do need to be layered over lip balm if you’re in need of moisture,
  • Both paraben-free and scent-free,
  • All of the shades (that I’ve tried so far) are of medium pigmentation,
  • The colour goes on smoothly without skipping, and stays where it belongs (no slippage with wear), and finally,
  • They feel sort of like a Lancome Color Fever, but less slick. Velvety and powdery, if you get what I mean?

Curious, Delightful swatched on ~NW15 skin. Indirect sunlight.

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