Next to a bright lip, colored eyeliner is my favorite way to party up my look. With my hooded lids, the color is just a flash whenever I blink or look down.
I love the color purple (not the movie, although that was good, too), so I’ve amassed a small collection of purple eyeliners (incl. one from Korean brand Touch in Sol). Here they are, starting with my most to least favorite:
- NYX Vivid Blossom ($7; liquid)
- Stila Royal ($22 if you can find this discontinued gem; liquid)
- Tarte Fairy Wings ($21; gel)
- Ardency Inn Lilac ($20; pencil)
- Touch in Sol Galactic Girl ($16; pencil)
First, swatch heaven:
Continue reading “A Bunch of Grapes: 5 Purple Eyeliners”
Once in a blue moon I’d wear lip stick. Now that fall is here, and the nasty upper lip sweat is no longer an hourly occurrence, I’m diving deep into these crimson, burgundy, vampire hues. So exciting and thrilling….like the original Dracula, and NOT like the new Twilight series. Vampires used to be sexy. Now they just glow like Korean pop stars. But I digress, of course.
From the free files graciously donated to us by NYX Cosmetics comes this lippie. I didn’t think much of it because it looked like a dark reddish brown in the tube. But I was feeling in the mood to #shopyourstash, so I grabbed it: The High Voltage Lipstick in Burlesque
Continue reading “Well Red – NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Burlesque”
Another day, another contouring palette. That’s what it seems like, doesn’t it? Never underestimate the power of the Kardashian bump to something previously reserved for makeup pros and serious makeup addicts (ahem, Renee). One of the recent entrants to the market is the NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette ($25 for 8 powders; provided for consideration by NYX). Continue reading “Slim Shady: NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette Review + Swatches on NC15 & NC50 Skin”
The NYX Suede Collection Palette is a collection of 8 eyeshadows, each with a metallic or shimmery finish. The shadows are reminiscent of Stila’s: the texture is almost as soft, lots of pigment, easy to blend. Surprisingly no fallout. The palette is a great value; the whole thing is cheaper than one Stila shadow! (It’s $12 for 8 shadows x 0.06 oz. each; provided for consideration by NYX). Considering that I rarely do strong eye makeup (Safe is my middle name), this is an ideal palette for those few times when I want an eye-catching (har har) look. In the hands of someone more experienced (like Renee), this palette could have epic potential. Continue reading “Heavy Metal: NYX Suede Collection Palette Review + Swatches”
With a name like that, this palette was just asking to be covered in cats!
The Adorable Shadow Palette ($7.50 for 6 shadows x 0.035 oz. each; provided for consideration by NYX) features neutral shades plus a bright pop of pink.
Continue reading “Pawdorable! NYX Adorable Shadow Palette Review + Swatches”
Fifty shades, give or take 48 shades. Renee gifted me two purrrty purrrple eye shadows: Ben Nye Lumiere Grande Colour in LU-17 Cosmic Violet and Anna Sui Eye Shadow in 207 (link is to the very similar shade 201; couldn’t locate 207 online but it’s at the Anna Sui store). I tried them out today over NYX Eyeshadow Base in White, which I bought with the hope that I’ll now experiment with more colorful eye shadows.
The NYX base can be applied sheerly or built up to opaque coverage. It has a dense creamy consistency and dries down to bright matte white. Ben Nye Cosmic Violet is a pearly pink-toned lavender duochrome with an iridescent blue shift. Anna Sui 207 is a dark blue-violet purple with a satin finish. Continue reading “Fifty Shades of Purple: Ben Nye Cosmic Violet, Anna Sui Eye Shadow 207, & NYX Eye Shadow Base in White – Review + Swatches”