Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Aritaum Shine Fix Eyes - Gimme Giltter!

I know I have complained about Korean makeup (namely their lip trend/how every single lip product turned magenta on me) many times in the past...Of course I don't write them off just because of those less-than-amazing experience. While I was browsing Weibo, I came across some swatch posts of the Aritaum (a budget brand under the Amore Pacific umbrella) Shine Fix eyes. I like my healthy dose of sparkle (and by the time I more or less collected all the L'Oreal Infallible and Maybelline Color Tattoo I wanted) so I ordered four just to test the water.
Aritaum Shine Fix Eyes comes in these plastic pots. The collection is quite extensive with 30-something shades (they just released some new ones this spring) and they all kind of look like each other. There are a great deal of blush toned neutrals, I just wish they have more cool-toned shades available (green, teal and blue-lilac).  I picked up four shades 22 Cinnamon Rose, 24 Misty Pink, 25 Vampire Kiss and 26 Sleepy Boy.
 Packaging is decent enough, the amount of heft (how solid it appears) is a tad less than L'Oreal but on par with elf potted shadow (which aren't bad at all). 
For each shadow, there is a plastic flab that keeps the shadow in place (so it doesn't get tumbled in the pot), the whole glob just stay as a whole though.  The shadow has spongy consistency while looking like a pressed chunk of dampened pigments. It has the quality of elf Long Lasting Lustrous eyeshadow, Chanel Illusion d' Ombre (I don't own any but I gave them a good poke while killing time at the counter) and L'Oreal Infallible. It's probably closer to elf and Chanel, with the bouncy texture, strong sparkle and...its tendency to shrink.
22 Cinnamon Rose is a metallic coppery rose (rose gold) - The glitter size is not too chunky and the pigmentation is good (buildable) without being overly opaque. The color is really brightening without looking disco ball.
I love love it by itself. Using just above the fold.
Arm swatch of the first two shades. It's time for me to admit that the color of the actual product isn't accurate (but the swatches are). They are warmed by a significant amount due to setting sun, while the true-to-color lighting doesn't show the sparkle well.
 24 Misty Pink is what I was most excited about because duochrome! Well, it still swatches beautifully, with very strong flashes of teal and purple-pink. The base color is a slightly dusky pink that's very clear/sheer, while it imparts a wet sheen, the color blends too well with the background.

On the eyes, this sheer wet thing shows up like a sparkling eye infection.  I won't call it ugly but it's a little awkward to use. For the same type of (dusky pink that flashes multiple colors) shadow, I prefer Topshop Wax and Wane and Urban Decay Solstice (both are bolder color that pop against the skin).
Another pictures of 22 and 24 to show the duochrome. 
25 Vampire Kiss is a clear orange red with golden sparkle. It's a fun and unusual (red shadow is quite common for K-beauty) shade that I am not sure when to wear...Unless I am channeling a vengeful spirit in festive mode? It's wearable (maybe not to office) when you keep the area small and this color does brighten up darker brown eyes. Unlike L'Oreal Infallible, the Shine Fix eyes are more sponge-gel so they don't work as fine liners (it outperforms L'Oreal in terms of staying power and textural complexity though).
26 Sleepy Boy is a very warm copper that's more opaque (all four shades are pigmented but some are more opaque than other) and includes chunkier glitters. This kind of shades tend to look more yellow/orange on my skin but not in an out-of-place or unflattering way. Afterall I wasn't exactly expecting natural makeup when I bought these sparkling metallic eyeshadow. 
Swatches of Vampire Kiss and Sleepy Boy

Sleepy Boy (Sorry for the lint) is another very fun and brightening shades for the eye balls and the thicker texture (more traction) also makes my crease a little deeper!

I wore this on the first day of snow and it was actually budge-proof (after having snow right on my face no matter which way I turnned).

To quickly recap the review. The Aritaum Shine Fix Eyes are very nifty products with a good and attractive color selection (Give us some cool-toned ones, please?), wear time and ease of use. Even with their international mark-up (I paid 7-9 dollars a piece) and their tendency to shrink (well, my Maybelline shrunk and dried up), I think it's worth purchasing.  I am too overwhelmed to go back for more but I will keep an eye for their new releases.

Monday, February 01, 2016

elf Beautifully Bare and Mineral Eyeshadow

Spotted at CVS - elf Beautifully Bare collection
Cream Blush in Peach Perfection and Rose Royalty 
Foundation in Fair Light, Light Medium and Medium Dark (that doesn't look dark at all)
Blending Brush  (It looks quite solid but from my poke, it seems plasticky and too firm)
Nudes that get Noticed - 
California (are you telling me it's dry?) - I actually like the combo
Texas - seems a bit too warm for me

Wet n Wild Contour, Blush and Primers

 More newly packaged Wet n Wild products
New Color Icon Blushes (the shade names are the same but it says new formula) 
Primers and setting spray
Photofocus Long Lasting Eyeshadow Primer and Lash Primer
Burt's Beesnow has a BB cream, available in Light, Light Medium and Medium
Andrea Deluxe Pack 
Style Wurks complete blending set (from Harmon).

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Addiction

I am not sure who/what started the whole matte lip color trend, but let me just say I really can't bring myself to embrace it. Beside the obvious thing how it usually look horrendous on my mouth (just as bad as the equally popular gradient lips and staining lip tints), the main reason is that drugstore brands (Maybelline, ahem) all think it's ok to phase out their moisturizing sheer lipstick to make shelf spaces for their popular cousins...

When I first saw the Revlon display of HD Matte Lip Color. I didn't feel bad (well, the brand had already discontinued many of my favorites since 2013-2014), just the usual ennui and the bit of curiosity (despite some less-inspiring color release, I always liked the quality of their lip products, plus the packaging design). When it went on a small sale, I picked one up at a bit less than 6 bucks. I just picked up the shade that wasn't picked over/used, I would have preferred the matte coral if I had a choice.
The packaging of Ultra HD is really nice:a solid plastic tube in the shape of...Sex toy or tape worm? The finish is not heavy but the frosted finish and the shiny cap is nice to hold.

The wand is a slightly flabby doe-foot. It's sufficient enough to spread the product without creating too much mess or the need to redip several times.

HD Addication is a muted deep berry plum. The formula (marketed as a wax-free gel by Revlon) is indeed lighter-weight than other pasty matte colors and it goes on lips feeling weightless and comfortably( enough). It just doesn't improve or dry out my winter lips. Thanks to the lighter formulaw, it can be worn as a stain or a full bold look and even as a non-slick cream blush.
As expected with any matte color (and this kind of weather) , on my lips it turn into a lip-line galore sooner or later. I still prefer this to the gunky matte balm though. Anyway, there is a pasty sweet smell to it that's not offensive to me.

Overall: I don't have a strong opinion about Ultra HD matte color (my spark with Revlon is long gone) but I might want to pick the matte coral one up,to use as a cheek color(six dollars for the packaging is still a decent deal).
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