Review: Marc Jacobs Style Eye-con No. 7 in 208 The Vamp

A recent trip to Sephora brought this gorgeous baby back home with me – the Marc Jacobs Style Eye-con No. 7 in 208 The Vamp. This retails for S$90, but I did have some gift vouchers (courtesy of the bf) which I used on it, so it felt a lot more affordable as I only ended up paying S$40. But was this worth the S$90 and would I pay the full price for it?
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Final Swatch #5: MUA Immaculate Collection

An item that has been collecting dust is the MUA Immaculate Collection palette – an eyeshadow palette that is filled with 24 shades, as well as come in different textures. The pigmentation is pretty good and the texture nice and smooth for the shimmery shades, but lacklustre on the matte ones – they’re very sheer, hard and very hard to pick up any colour or blend.

I find myself barely reaching for this palette as the nice shimmer shades are also the louder colours – like bright blue and pinks – which I don’t really wear on a normal daily basis. Plus there are way too many blue shades in one palette – I don’t like blue eyeshadow on me. I did like the few shimmery brown shades, but I have too many of these anyway.

So it’s once again, a goodbye to another eyeshadow palette. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a nice shimmery eyeshadow palette though; it’s just not for me. This now belongs to a friend with a penchant for bright makeup looks – I’m glad it won’t be neglected anymore.

Final Swatch #1: Bobbi Brown Bronze Tortoiseshell Eye Palette

A sign that you’re obsessed with makeup is when you start having feelings for your makeup and can’t bear to part with them, even though you have not used them for ages. In my effort to reduce my stash, I gave away some of my old makeup – I know, some may think that this is not nice, but friends who receive them are fully aware of how old these are and wanted them, so I was not going to stop them. Anyway, I wanted to say goodbye to some of the more loved or memorable ones, like a final goodbye to them, for all the colors they’ve brought to my life!

The first up is the Bobbi Brown Bronze Tortoiseshell Eye Palette – this had a lot of sentimental value for me, and I almost didn’t want to give it away but I had not touched it for so long – I can’t even remember when I last touched it! This was the first makeup item that the bf bought for me, along with a makeup class session by Bobbi Brown – that’s when I know I’ve found the perfect bf! 😛 Sadly I didn’t actually use the palette much, as most of the colours look a bit odd on me and were also on the sheer side. I did use one color all the time when I first received it, so there’s a huge dent in one pan. I love the tortoiseshell packaging though!

When this post goes up, this palette would have left my hands forever. But hopefully, it will continue to be loved by someone else! 🙂

EOTD #2: Neutral Eye with a Green/Blue Pop of Color

A quick EOTD for the day. I woke up late and my hands automatically reached out the usual neutral shades, and before I knew it I was half way through a neutral eye. But I decided to jazz things up a bit, so I added a little green and blue – I think it makes a nice contrast without too much extra effort. That said, I should have spent that extra 2 minutes blending out my eyeshadow as I can see some harsh lines, but I really couldn’t be bothered since noone can tell when my eyes are open…

Products used:

  1. Too Faced Shadow Insurance; all over lid, crease and browbone
  2. Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in 35 Rives; the beige shade all over lids, white shade to highlight browbone, the darkest brown shade to run along the lashes
  3. Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 654 Aurora; the brown shade on outer third of lids
  4. Burberry Pale Barley, in the crease as transition shade
  5. Rimmel Scandaleyes 014 Bright Blue, to line outerhalf of undereye
  6. Make Up Store Metallic Crazy Lazy, to line innerhalf of undereye
  7. Essence Liquid Eyeliner, to line along upper lash line

The colours are appearing a bit more dull than in real life; it was a cloudy and rainy day when I took the picture. Hopefully after the monsoon season and the sun comes back I can get some good pictures with better lighting!

Review: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Another review on an eyelid primer – I wrote about the Elf Eyelid Primer recently, and how it was a cheap alternative that helps eyeshadows last longer. Today I’ll be touching on something that costs quite a lot more – the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. For 0.35oz, this costs about USD 20. So let’s see if this is worth the price!

Claims on website: 
This is your full-coverage insurance policy against all fading, creasing, melting, blurring, oil slicked, and hard-to-blend eye shadow accidents. Our silicone based eye shadow primer transforms any eyeshadow into a perfectly blendable, color-drenched, intensified version of itself, then locks it down perfectly until you take it off. This soothing formula evens out the skintone on your lids and smooths lines while securing a barrier between the oils of your skin and your makeup.

According to the website, this eyelid primer is formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals and phthalates. I’m not a chemistry graduate, so I have no idea what difference that made but I assume it means it’s better for you.

The Shadow Insurance comes in a slim tube packaging; I like it as it allows me to easily control the amount I squeeze out and I can cut it open to reach any remaining product as I use it up so any wastage is minimized. The product itself is beige in color but goes on sheer, with very minimal color translating on the eyelids. The texture is smooth, spreads easily, does not feel sticky nor too slippery; it’s also very lightweight.

Even though this is expensive, just a tiny amount covers the whole lid; I just squeeze a bit out and blend it all over my lids with my finger. I find that the Shadow Insurance did very well in terms of keeping my eye makeup from creasing or fading all day. Because of its ability to make eyeshadows ‘stick’, I do try to let it dry down a bit before placing stronger or darker colours, or it will be harder to blend it out.

As compared to the Elf Eyelid Primer, the Shadow Insurance fared better, in my opinion, in making eyeshadows look more vibrant and blending eyeshadows over it was a bit smoother. If I’m reaching for something that is less pigmented, I would definitely use this as it helps amplifies the color payoff. That said, I still find that the other primer by Too Faced, the Glitter Glue, a much better companion for glitters and shimmering pigments.

In short, an absolutely great eyelid primer and I do think that it’s worth the price.

Rating: 4/5

What’s your favourite eyelid primer?

Review: Kiko Twinkle Eye Pencil in 03 Flexous Burgundy

Hi everyone! A really quick review on the Kiko Twinkle Eye Pencil in 03 Flexous Burgundy; I just realised that it’s part of the limited edition Dark Heroine Collection and not a permanent product, but I have already taken photos for it so I thought I might as well put up a quick review on this!

I can’t remember exactly how much I bought this for, but it was pretty affordable as I remember it. I love how it is a twist up pencil, which makes it very convenient to bring out without having to add a sharpener.

In terms of texture, it is really creamy and glides on smoothly without tugging on the lids. I find the color to be opaque on first swipe and can be blended out for a smokey look, but once set, this lasts throughout the day for me without fading or smudging. A good eye makeup remover is recommended! One thing though, I’m not sure why it’s called “Flexous Burgundy” because it definitely looks brown with some shimmery red flecks to me!

In short, this is a great eyeliner and I hope that Kiko will make it permanent! Oh, not to mention, I hope Kiko makes it to Singapore one day too!

Rating: 4/5

Review: Wet & Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Single in 251A Brulee

Hi everyone! I have a quick little review today; Wet & Wild is not available in Singapore but I managed to get my hands on some when I was holidaying in the US last year. I really wanted to do a review on this little piece – of all the Wet & Wild makeup I own, this is the most used and it is the Color Icon Eyeshadow Single in 251A Brulee. This retails for US$1.99 in the US, and is a creamy ivory-beige shade with a matte finish.

The packaging is very simple but I love it; there’s almost no wasted space, just an eyeshadow pan in a plastic case. I guess it can be quite cheap looking, but I really don’t mind because it’s so small and convenient. Some care is needed though; I think it will smash into pieces if you drop it.

In terms of texture, it is very soft and finely milled. This can be a bit powdery, so I would recommend tapping the excess off before applying or there will bound to be fallout. Pigmentation is pretty good; it’s opaque but honestly I won’t want it to be since I use it as a highlight. This blends out easily, and I have no problem with it staying on for the full work day with a primer.

I love using it to highlight my browbone. It doesn’t look like much in the swatch, but on the brows it highlights beautifully, like lit from within but in a very natural way, without making me look like a glitter ball like most other highlight shades. I would say that I use it about 3 days out of the week, and I highly recommend it!

Rating: 4/5