Review: Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in 04 Midnight Sea

I’ve been on a little lucky streak lately – we were just out shopping at Tangs when the fiance decided to surprise me for no reason and bought this Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in 04 Midnight Sea! This cost S$85 for 7ml of cream and 2.2g of powder. I think it’s pretty expensive for something so small, so I’m super giddy with happiness that the fiance decided to get it for me. This is from the Tom Ford Summer 2015 – there are 4 limited edition Cream and Powder Eye Color in the collection.
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Review: Three 4D Eye Palette in 08 Spirit Light

I picked up this Three 4D Eye Palette in 08 Spirit Light last December in Japan and have been using this pretty consistently over the last 2 months, and thought it’s time to do a review on it. This costs 6000Yen, which is about SGD75. I’m not sure how you can get your hands on these outside of Japan.

There’s a good variety of these 4D Eye Palettes in the permanent range – 11 at the moment. I only picked up one because I didn’t do any research before buying these. On hindsight I should have gotten a more exciting colour but I went for the safe neutral option that I know can’t possibly go too wrong.
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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

Review: Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Pale Barley

I don’t usually splurge on single eyeshadows that costs way more than an entire eyeshadow palette, but I have my moments. And I had one of those moments when I saw the Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Pale Barley.

I love the packaging; the product comes in the usual velvet pouch that high end makeup tends to have. The casing itself has a good weight to it, and is a shiny metal with the Burberry check on it. The eyeshadow itself originally had the Burberry pattern embossed on it as well, but I’ve had mine for some time so it’s no longer obvious. I bought this at S$46, for 2.5g of product.

In terms of texture, this product is amazingly soft and buttery. I initially regretted paying so much for a single eyeshadow but once I used it, I thought it was money well spent! It’s very finely milled, glides on smoothly, blends easily, and lasted throughout the work day for me with a primer.

Pale Barley is a shimmery medium beige brown colour and has a golden sheen; it’s really hard to explain. I have to say that the name is misleading, as it is not sheer at all! I like that it is very easy to wear, and goes well with lots of looks. It doesn’t look much in the swatch photo, but its amazing as a transition shade or as a wash all over the eyelids for a fresh look.

At its price, it’s really hard to say that this is a must have. But for shades like this that I know I will use on a regular basis, I think it’s worth it. I don’t think that I will be grabbing many more of these eyeshadows but if I do find shades that are really unique or beautiful daily essential shades, then I definitely would because I love the quality!

Rating: 4/5

Review: Kiko Water Eyeshadow in Shade 206

During my September holiday in Italy, I picked up a couple of products from Kiko Makeup – I’ve shown them in a haul post but after playing with them for a couple of months, I’m finally ready to give a verdict on some of them! First up is the Kiko Water Eyeshadow in shade 206.

Claims from the website:
Revolutionary eyeshadow with instant colour release and dual wet and dry use. A mixture of groundbreaking spherical powders for an outstanding colour effect, bringing together extreme coverage, pure luminosity and long lasting. Its soft, creamy texture enables the creation of a multi-dimensional make up, for colour with “bright” volumes and remarkable purity.

I bought this for 8.90 euros; I thought the price was reasonable – not exactly cheap but there’s quite a lot of product at 3g, as compared to 1.5g for a single MAC eyeshadow. The product is housed in a simple light weight black plastic square shell with a small mirror, without the usual lousy applicators. I love how it looks in the pot with its wavy shape and I almost feel bad about using it. Shade 206 is a shimmery dark brown/coffee colour.

The eyeshadow can be used wet or dry. In the above picture, I have made a few swatches using different application techniques – going from top to bottom: foiled with no primer, used dry with primer and used dry on its own without primer. I find that using it wet gives makes the shimmer stand out a lot more whereas using it dry makes it more of a satin coffee colour.

I have to say that I really love it; it’s very pigmented even when applied dry, blends easily and I don’t really experience any fall out. It lasted throughout my long work day with a primer. I don’t usually apply it wet because I just find it too troublesome. I also like how it appears to be multi-dimensional; I can achieve different ‘shades’ by switching between brushes such that I can get a deep dark brown with a stubby hard brush and a soft satin brown when using a really large fluffy brush. One tiny flaw is that it doesn’t feel as soft as it can be – it is a tad dry but I don’t find it a problem to work with. My only regret is that I did not grab more of these!

Rating: 4/5