Since I was pretty bummed out about missing out on Stereo Rose again, I decided to check out what sort of cheap thrills may await me in the health and beauty department while out grocery shopping.... And came home with a couple things for less than the price of the damn MAC frosty blush that I know I would probably never wear but for some reason can't stop thinking about! Ugh!
Here's what I got:
HIP by L'Oreal eyeshadow duo in Electrified. It's my first HiP item, actually. I was never really interested in the line until Eve gave me a massive lemming for this yesterday afternoon... Lucky for me it was under $7 unlike most of my lemmings.
Here it is swatched on the back of my hand indoors (indirect/ambient light) and outside in full sunlight. The left half is a very shimmery/metallic champagne gold with a touch of taupe and the right half is a shimmery deep smoky red-toned plum purple. I'm actually rather impressed with the texture and pigmentation of these. Maybe I should try something else from this line to see if everything is the same quality.
And here's a super fast look I did with it, just playing around and trying it out. Flash and indoor/ambient light. I used MAC Painterly as a base, both the shadows, a little black eyeliner and some mascara, no other products. I am really rather impressed with the gold color. It's very luminous... I've been looking for metallic/shiny looking shadows lately... I can't seem to find exactly what I'm looking for, but this one is really nice and totally worth the cost of admission.
The other thing I picked up was this Physician's Formula shimmer palette. I wanted to get a ton of their stuff, but I hesitated... I remember how much I used to dislike their eyeshadows about ten or so years ago... I remember them being really frosty and chalky. I did used to love their Virtual Eyes duochrome eyeliners, wish I could still find those somewhere. But yeah, I was wary so I only got this... but now that I've used it I might have to try out the rest of the stuff I was drooling over. There was this set of gel eyeliners that Phyrra reviewed and I *almost* got them... A green, a purple and a black. Anyway... what was I talking about?
Oh yeah, the palette. This is supposed to enhance Hazel eyes, which I do not have, I have boring dark brown-black eyes.... but it still seems to enhance them anyway...
Here's the goofy package it comes in. It's a box with a wing/flap/extra side... so it forms a corner shape... very unusual... Interesting, but so much extra cardboard!
The palette itself. They all seem to be part of one long eyeshadow, the lines in between the shadows are really shallow and don't seem to really separate the colors all too well. Reminds me of a Shimmerbrick.
Swatched on my arm indoors and outside in full sunlight. They're a little frosty and the pigmentation isn't that great, but it's nowhere near as bad as I remember.
And another quick look, just testing them out:
I used Painterly as a base, the fifth and sixth shadows (from top to bottom with the silver on the top) and a little of the silver on the inner corner, black eyeliner and mascara. Very subdued but still pretty.
The thing about these types of palettes and colors is that they're really quick to use. You don't have to think about them at all, just slap it on and go. Both of these looks took me less than five minutes to do. And I mean an actual five minutes, not the "five minutes" that someone says to get you to wait for them while they're getting ready but always turns out to be like, half an hour...
I have a bunch of makeup stuff I want to post but I never feel like my makeup pictures/swatches turn out very good... Maybe Karla can teach a makeup swatching class for the swatch-challenged people like me!
Cause, yeah.... I love makeup... a whole lot... Which is why I started blogging in the first place... I'm obsessed...
Friday, July 9, 2010
Posted by Scrangie at 2:11 PM