Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Estee Lauder Pure Color Crystal Swatches

I realize EL does not typically get alot of love so I had to share how amazing these lippies are. I know they are old news but I couldn't find any swatches online so I figured I could make some myself. They remind me a bit of the MAC glaze formula but feel a but glossier. They are not opaque but seem to be buildable. Without further ado here are a few swatches of the Pure Color Crystal lipsticks.

Starting from the bottom row

Rose Tea for reference (it is a pure color but not the crystal formula), Crystal Rose, Crystal Coral and Ripe Papaya. Top Row: Crystal Nude and Red Apple

The winners well they are all winners but the coral is a bit to orange for me. I love Bois de Rose in the regular collection so the crystal rose is a must for me. Ripe Papaya seems very unique and Red Apple seems the perfect amount of depth for a day that you don't want to do over the top vampy. All in all a great formula. I hope to swatch the rest soon.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland book of Shadows

With the exception of a few glitter bombs this is a great set and deal. I missed out on BoS II and have regretted it ever since. I had the chance to redeem myself with AiW. I had to go to school (for work) at the nearest mall with a sephora right when this came out and I figured I would stop in and ask after school. They had not put them out yet but did have them in. I was the first one to buy from that store. Glad I did as they sold out in 2 days! Yikes! Well I have my new toy and played with it quite a few times already. They shadows are pigmented as typical of UD and go on very buttery if you sweep or pat on. I prefer to pack on the glitter bombs using a wet application to avoid gratuitous fallout. The 24/7s are great, although I find them to be a but smudgy on me but I know they work great on many people YMMV. The UDPP is a must have of mine and I don't wear shadow without it. I'm taking the first train to crease junction otherwise. I really like the variety of colors here but would have loved to see more out there colors and less neutrals.
Just a caveat: This palette does include many colors that we have already seen in other palettes and singles. If you already own a ton of UD shadows you may not want this.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

MUFE Mat Velvet Revew

(Note: I will be adding pictures soon)

This is the matte, smooth, full coverage foundation that I have been looking for. I found it to keep me pretty matte with minimum touch-ups. It did melt a little on the first mildly warm and humid spring day here in Texas. It made me look vaguely like an aging drag queen but after a powder touch up all was well. I'm now searching for a primer that compliments this and prolongs the matte finish as well as a good stippling/buffing brush for application. I got around 5 hours on the above mentioned day. I did find that quite a bit rubbed off on my phone so I need a setting powder. It did not dry me out but few things can when it starts getting the least bit humid. I think I would prefer a pump bottle but that would probably jack up the price so I'm good. What do you think?