Monday, 3 March 2014

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows and Lipstick Review

I recently posted a First Impressions video on my youtube channel (click here) showing my initial reaction to trying some Makeup Geek eyeshadows and one of their lipsticks for the first time. I am glad I opted to try these products as they are reasonably priced and lives up to the high regards that i have heard. 

I purchased the items from the Makeup Geek website (link) which ships internationally (hooray for that). These are a definite must try for amateurs and pros alike, as the quality is similar to that of a MAC shadow at half the price. The package came a nice personal touch , the packing slip had a hand written 'Thank You' note and the name of the person who packed it. A gesture I find welcoming and a company I would do further business with. Presentation and customer service is everything in the highly competitive beauty industry. 

The shadows come in a pan form similar to the hot pots from Coastal Scents or BH Cosmetics or you can opt to get them in the compact form. The packaging in which the pots comes in is absolutely beautiful and can be used to store the shadow if a palette is not available to you. You can switch the pot around to use it from the opening in the back of the packaging.

I have 5 of the eyeshadows which I find to be very pigmented (transference is amazing), even the lighter coloured matte shades which can tend to be troublesome showing up on the skin. The shadows can also be packed on to build up on the colour intensity. The product applies very smoothly with little to no fall out. 

The eyeshadows are priced at USD$5.99 for 1.8g of product.

Front of the packaging

Back of the packaging (shadow can be turned around and used from the open slot)

L-R: Crème Brulee, Cosmopolitan, Country Girl, Goddess, Frappe

Crème Brulee - A medium sand color with a soft matte finish
Cosmopolitan - Rose Gold with gold flecks and a shimmery finish
Country Girl - Shimmery pink brown
Goddess - Metallic pale copper
Frappe - Medium maple brown matte

I got only one of the lipsticks as I did not see as much reviews on these as i did the shadows so I only one for an initially trial.

The lipsticks come in an equally beautiful packaging as the shadows. The tube itself is very sleek and is black with the Makeup Geek flower logo printed on the tube in a glossy black finish. The top of the tube is transparent so you are able to see the actual colour of the lipstick, while the name of the colour is printed on the bottom.

I purchased the lipstick in the shade Delightful. Initially (as shown in the video) I found this to swatch very sheer on my hands However, when I applied it to the lips and started building it up it became a very nice opaque colour. The shade is a beautiful rose pink colour and is feels very hydrating on the lips almost like a balm. I found it to have a decent wear time (about 4 to 6 hours). It leaves a nice stain on the lips when it begins to fade. It has that chemical lipstick smell which is not strong but in my opinion would have been better if it had a nice subtle sweet fragrance. I have heard that the lipsticks will be reformulated and relaunched in the future. Hopefully with a pleasant smell.

The lipsticks are priced at $7.99 regularly but has been reduced to $6.99 for 4g of product.

Shade in Delightful

Friday, 21 February 2014

Pop Art Brush Set

The brushes in the BH Cosmetics Pop Art Brush Set comes in a rainbow of vivid and vibrant colours. These fun loving colours makes doing your makeup an even more enjoyable experience.

The set comes with 10 complexion and eye brushes with each brush having a different colour handle. Not only are these beautiful to look at but they are of good quality. With sturdy but very soft synthetic bristles.  S far I have not experienced any shedding with these brushes.

Other than the vibrant colours and soft bristles, the other reason to love this set is the case. It comes in a striped cylindrical hard case with snap closures that can be doubled as a brush holder (thumbs up for that, I love products that can multitask).

The set retails on the BH Cosmetics website for USD$24.95, but you can always get it on one of the many deals the website is always running (I got mines for USD$15) and the best part is that they ship internationally. So no worries for us non-American makeup lovers.

L-R: Spooley Brush, Lip Brush, Angled Liner/Brow Brush, Fluffy Angled Eyeshadow Brush, Tapered Eyeshadow Blending Brush, Flat Complexion Brush, Complexion Brush, Foundation Brush, Angled Powder/Blush Brush, Powder Brush

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Mac Velvet Teddy dupe?

While doing swatches for the two previous blog posts I noticed that one of the L.A. Color Luxury Creme Lip Color in Fling, looked an awful lot like Mac's Velvet Teddy, which I happened to have in my collection. 

I think they are very similar in colour, however Fling is a creme finish while Velvet Teddy is a matte. I say its a good afford alternative as the L.A. Girls cost between $2.40 to $4 compared to the $15 for a MAC lipstick. The creme finish is a good alternate for those are not a fan of the matte finish but love the colour and vice versa. 

You decide! 

Left: Fling    Right: Velvet Teddy

Fling on the top and Velvet Teddy on the bottom 

Left: Fling    Right: Velvet Teddy

Fling on the top lip and Velvet Teddy on the bottom lip
(with and without flash)

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer

Over the holidays I finally got my hands on two of the thirteen shades of the Rimmel's Show Off Lip Lacquer (Rimmel Apocalips in the UK). I was super excited to try these as they have been all the rage lately. 

I opted to go for the more mute nude like colours as the other colours in the collection seemed a bit 'loud' for my taste in a gloss. Speaking of loud, the smell might be a bit overbearing for some as it does have a strong chemical cherry smell. Personally it doesn't bother me as the scent wears off overtime. 

On the bright side these are very pigmented liquid lipsticks and quite opaque with a smooth creamy texture that is very easy to apply and gives a very comfortable wear. Sadly this isn't a long wearing products and is easily transferable. This lip lacquer definitely will have to be reapplied throughout the day especially after a meal. 

Solstice and Celestial



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Lip Swatches for Jordana, NYX, etc. lip products

These are the accompanying lip swatches that goes with the previous post showing the cosmetics from Cherry Culture. I thought i would show more detailed swatches of how these lip products would look on the lips.

NYX Butter Gloss
Top: Maple Blondie        Bottom: Tiramisu

NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil
Top: Soft Fuchsia               Bottom: Chaos

L.A Girls Luxury Creme Lip Color
Top: L-R: Fling, Forbidden Love
Bottom: L-R: Promise, Sinful
Top: NYX Xtreme Lip Cream in Nude Peach Fuzz
Bottom: NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss in Beige

NYX Matte Lipsticks
Top to Bottom
: Eurotrash, Summer Breeze, Hippie Chic

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
Top: Istanbul              Bottom: Milan

Jordana Twist and ShineTop-Bottom: Sweet Pink, Tropical Frenzy, Cranberry Crush