Price: $2.99 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 0.06 fl oz / 5 ml
The Nyx Loose Eye Shadow in Rust Pearl is a shimmery rusty red loose shadow. These shadows come in a small plastic container without a sifter of any kind.
Since this shadow just has an opening instead of a sifter, I find the best way to apply it is with a small shader brush, by just dipping it into the product. Despite the fact that this is a loose, shimmery shadow, I don't experience much (if any) fall out. Rust Pearl has really nice pigmentation and applies smoothly. Even though it is basically a red/orange shadow, I think that it is wearable and I find that this shade really compliments blue eyes (but would look good on most eye colors).
Price: $3.99 * Buy At: Target * Size: 0.49 oz / 14 g
The Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in Natural is a light, neutral toned pressed powder with a clear lid.
Natural is fairly light and I would only suggest this shade for people who are NW(or C)20 or lower in MAC shades. I'm pretty fair and I think Natural is even a little light for me, but only when swatched heavily. This powder has a smooth feel and doesn't look cakey or powdery on the skin. I like to apply this powder with a large fluffy brush (I like the Real Techniques Powder Brush) all over my face, focusing on my T-zone. Like the name suggests, the Stay Matte Powder gives a natural matte finish and reduces shine on the skin. I have dry/combination skin and this powder keeps me matte most of the day. It also does a nice job of setting foundation or concealer and preventing them from fading or moving. You could also use this powder on top of a blush or bronzer to slightly dull the color and blend it into your skin.
Price: $4.99 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 0.23 fl oz / 7 ml
The Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Paint in Pink is a liquid metallic shadow in a lipgloss-like packaging. This product came out I believe Summer 2013 in the UK and I already had the shade Taupe, but these liquid shadows are now available in the US!
The Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Paint is in a plastic tube and has a stiff doe-foot applicator. The formula is not runny and also not thick, it has a perfect consistency in my opinion. Pink is very metallic and is almost a silver pink, as you can see in the swatches. The Scandaleyes Shadow Paint applies-as the name suggests-like paint, so you do need to be careful during application because once this stuff sets, it's not moving. It feels quite dry once it sets and it will fade if you rub it, but it won't smudge. It also doesn't really blend out, you kind of need to wear this full impact on your lids. Unfortunately it does crease on me if I wear it all day, but it isn't as bad as some products. I don't think this style of product is for everyone, but I think it's worth a try.
Price: $20 * Buy At: Sephora * Size: 4.5 g / 0.16 oz
The Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in My Two Cents is a shimmery bronze cream shadow. The product comes in a cute, colorful box.
The Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow is extremely creamy and smooth. The texture is just like butter and they are much creamier than the Maybelline Color Tattoos. My Two Cents has nice pigmentation and applies very evenly. It has a shimmery finish, but I would not quite call it metallic. Once the shadow sets, it doesn't smudge and doesn't move. It is also very water resistant, only coming off with soap or makeup remover. My Two Cents does not crease on my lids, but my lids don't tend to be oily.
Price: $49 * Buy At: Sephora * Size: 0.49 oz / 14 g
The Smashbox Full Exposure palette contains 14 powder shadows, 7 matte shadows and 7 shimmery/glittery shadows. The packaging has a rubberized finish, similar to Nars' packaging and has a decent sized mirror in the lid. The palette comes with a double ended brush as well as a mini version of the Full Exposure mascara.
The shadows don't have a specific name, but are referred to as S1, S2, S3...etc. as you can see on the back of the palette.
The Full Exposure palette contains a variety of cool and warm neutrals. M1 is a warm dark brown, M2 is a warm medium brown, M3 is a peachy light brown, M4 is a warm cream, M5 is a cool light brown, M6 is a medium cool brown and M7 is a black. All seven matte shadows in this palette are quite smooth and soft. I'm happy to report that there isn't a "dud" shade in the matte row, none of them are chalky and they all blend really nicely. My favorite two shades are M2 and M3 because they are gorgeous peachy browns that are different than the average browns that I have in other palettes.
Each of the matte shades have a corresponding glittery shadow to go with it. S1 is a pinky brown, S2 is a warm copper, S3 is a light gold, S4 is a champagne, S5 is a taupe, S6 is a cool brown and S7 is a dark slate. All of the shadows are glittery, except for S4 which just has shimmer. Most of the shimmer shadows take a bit of building up to get the color in the pan, but can also work as a pretty shimmery "top coat" for the matte shades or any other shadows. Other than S4 (the shimmery champagne) you can expect fall out from all of the glittery shades. For me, it's easiest to apply the shimmer shades with my finger instead of a brush. I also find that they apply much nicer with a tacky base (I used the Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Sparkle Nude)
Full Exposure Mascara
The Smashbox Full Exposure mascara is a lengthening and thickening mascara. With this, it is important to keep in mind that this mascara can clump easily if you aren't careful or give you spider lashes. For me, the results are somewhat similar to the Benefit They're Real mascara. The wand is made of natural bristles and isn't shaped in any special way.
Double Ended Brush
The Smashbox Full Exposure Palette also comes with a double ended brush, one side for the matte shades and one side for the shimmery shades. Both ends of the brush are quite soft and I feel that this brush is nicely made and isn't one of those brushes that just sit in the palette, never being used. The matte side is great for applying and blending color in the crease, with out sheering out the color. The shimmer side of the brush is nice, but I don't think that it works well with the shimmer shades. It doesn't pick up much product and gives you more of a subtle shimmer on the lids. I believe that one half of the shimmer end is synthetic and one half is natural. Even with the difference of bristles, both sides struggle to apply the shimmer shades.
Fresh Sugar Passion, Rose, Cherry, Petal, Berry, Honey & Sugar Shine Lip Treatment (Sugar Treasures Set) | Review & Swatches
The Fresh Sugar Treasures Set comes with deluxe sizes of the Sugar Passion, Rose, Cherry, Petal, Berry & Honey lip treatments and a deluxe size of the Sugar Shine lip treatment. While this set is no longer available, each individual product can be purchased in a full sized version.
The Fresh Sugar Passion Lip Treatment is a sheer, warm berry color that isn't very dark. Passion comes in a berry colored tube. Passion's formula and scent is consistent with the rest of the balms and a review will be at the bottom.
The Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment is a sheer red color in a pale purple tube. Rose gives more of a tint as opposed to a sheer color like the others. Rose's formula and scent is consistent with the rest of the balms and a review will be at the bottom.
The Fresh Sugar Cherry Lip Treatment is a sheer classic red color in a red tube. Cherry's formula and scent is consistent with the rest of the balms and a review will be at the bottom.
The Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment is a slightly peachy gloss in a clear tube and a brown lid. Sugar Shine has a classic doe foot applicator. Sugar Shine has a thin formula that feels like a balm in liquid form. Sugar Shine gives off a little more gloss than the balm colors.
The Fresh Sugar Petal Lip Treatment is a sheer peachy neutral pink in a pinky purple tube. Petal's formula and scent is consistent with the rest of the balms and a review will be at the bottom.
The Fresh Sugar Berry Lip Treatment is a sheer warm purple in a purple tube. Berry is much more purple than Passion. Berry's formula and scent is consistent with the rest of the balms and a review will be at the bottom.
The Fresh Sugar Honey Lip Treatment in Honey is a warm peachy nude in a light beige tube. Honey's formula and scent is consistent with the rest of the balms and a review will be at the bottom.
All of these lip treatments have the same amazing scent. To me, it is a very nice rose scent that isn't too sweet or too floral, I think that this is a scent that everyone would like. Even without the wonderful scent, I would still love these because they have an amazing formula. The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments feel extremely thick, moisturizing and luxurious, unlike any other lip balm, butter or treatment I have used. They provide a nice amount of color to the lips and have a balmy shine to them. The Sugar Shine Lip Treatment feels like the normal ones in the tube, but in a thinner liquid form, it isn't sticky and adds a subtle shine.
Price: $4.99 * Buy At: Target * Size: 0.08 fl oz / 2.5 ml
The Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black is a typical black liquid liner in the typical "cone" shaped packaging with a stiff, pointed applicator.
The applicator of the Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner is quite stiff and does not bend whatsoever during application. The pigmentation of this liner is not great. The line you get is uneven, being pitch black in some places and has patches in others, looking almost watery (even if you shake it prior to opening), as you can see in the swatch photos. This requires going back over the line again, or the assistance of a black powder shadow over the line. Due to the patchiness in the liner, you cannot wipe off the applicator at all, or you will get a sheer or even patchier black line. I find this to be frustrating and makes application take longer than other liquid liners. Overall, it is an okay liquid liner, but I will not be repurchasing this one.
Price: $5.49 * Buy At: CVS * Size: 0.14 oz / 3.97 g
The Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Nude Creme is a pink nude with a creme finish. This line of lipsticks come in a rectangular, shiny gold tube with Milani on the side. The color name and color swatch are on the bottom of the tube.
The Milani Color Statement lipsticks have an amazing scent. They either smell like cherry or watermelon candy, but it is not overly sweet. The formulation of Nude Creme is pretty smooth and creamy and it has nice pigmentation. Nude Creme does not have a shiny or glossy finish which makes Nude Creme a great natural looking color, perfect for everyday wear.
Price: $5.49 * Buy At: CVS * Size: 0.14 oz / 3.97 g
The Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Sangria (21) is a dark plum with a creme finish. Many people find Sangria to be a dupe for MAC Rebel, which I do not own to compare. Sangria is in a shiny gold, rectangular tube with Milani on the side of the tub. The color swatch and name are located on the bottom of the tube.
The Milani Color Statement Lipsticks smell absolutely delicious. It either has a cherry or watermelon candy scent, I have heard both and I can't decide which one it is. Cherry or watermelon, it smells amazing, but isn't too sweet.
While Sangria looks like a deep, intimidating purple shade in the tube, on the lips and when swatched it is lighter and has more of a berry tone. Sangria's formula is pretty smooth and creamy and the pigmentation is nice. You can just dab Sangria on the lips for a subtle plum stain or apply to the full color for a pretty berry plum, great for the winter months.
Price: $10 * Buy At: Kohls
The Real Techniques Kabuki Brush is a folding 2-n-1 brush. The brush is cut at an angle and has a matte black base with magenta writing on the base.
The Real Techniques Kabuki Brush stays closed magnetically, but you can open this brush in the middle and it unfolds to make a wider, fluffy brush. When you open it, it does not snap or lock into place, so you do need to hold it open while using it. You can use this brush for many different tasks on your face. Closed or open, the Kabuki Brush can be used for loose or pressed powders or powder foundations. The soft, fluffy hairs allow easy blending of powder products. Closed or open, you can use this brush for loose or pressed powder blushes. Open, this brush is great for creating a more natural looking cheek contour since the large size will blend the contour on the top and bottom. The Kabuki Brush is made of soft synthetic hairs and has not shed on me.