Saturday, March 30, 2013

Review: Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadows

HELLO ALL! In the wake of the Inglot Boutique opening on Beautylish, I figured I should review the 4 eyeshadows I picked up last November, which I haven't gotten around to yet. Let's get to it!

L-R, clockwise: 418, 423, 390, 441

I can't review Inglot's Freedom System palettes sadly, seeing as I bought mine loose and put them in a $1 ELF palette. The actual palette for 4 eyeshadows costs $10 on the above boutique, and I was trying to maximize my money. I'm extremely cheap, I know. Disregarding that, all Inglot Freedom System eyeshadows come in a pretty decent sized pan (about 1 in. x 1 in, but more rectangular) with a lot of product. You can create a pretty decent palette with them, as they also sell blushes, powders, concealers, brow products, lip products, and more, that can all fit in these palettes.

(taken in front of natural light, swatched over bare skin)

L-R: 418, 441, 390, 423

All eyeshadows described as "Treated pigments, micas and nylon provide high lubricity and a silky touch for an easy smooth, long lasting, crease resistant application." No color descriptions provided, so I'm winging it!

418 (Pearl) - 418 is a brown-forest green duochrome that comes off shimmery. I could not get this to photograph very well, sadly. Regardless of that, this is the color I was most excited for, and it did not disappoint. I've seen this compared to Sugarpill's Junebug Chromalust. It reflects as brown with a mixture of the green you see in pan. Very unique color.

441 (Pearl) - Agh, miss for me! This is the only color I was not stoked on. In pan, it comes off sort of like Urban Decay's Ecstasy or Fishnet.  It looks like a shimmery purple duochome shade. When swatched, it's... Well, invisible. I had to really rub my finger in it to get that swatch, and I still don't think it's all that impressive. Not a huge fan, which is disappointing, because the color in-pan is beautiful. Very dry and patchy. This looks best over a sticky pigment base, but still not great.

390 (Matte) - A not-so-simple light beige color. I love this! Only fellow makeup junkies will ever understand why I get so excited over mattes, nonetheless mattes that are the color of my skin. Regardless of your judgments, this is a perfect lid shade and oh-so-matte. It could even work as a highlight on certain skintones. Hell, I've worn it on its own before, just to make my eyelids look a bit more polished before adding eyeliner. It's so, so smooth (they all are, really, except 441) and stays on long, even without primer. 

(I actually used Nail Art & Things' comparison post of UD Naked Palette dupes to decide to buy this and 423, since I didn't want to buy a full palette but had some stars. Definitely suggest this list to others with the same needs.)

423 (Pearl) - Another beauty! Super shimmery, but more along the lines of an Urban Decay eyeshadow's metallic qualities than sparkly. This was said to be a dupe of Hustle on the list above. It's a deep burgundy-brown that makes a beautiful crease shade, especially when paired with 390. Definitely as pretty as it looks in the swatch.

Roundup time!
(all ratings are out of 5)

Staying Power: ♫♫♫♫
These shadows stay on for the long-term even without primer. The only issue is 418's duochrome effect seems to fade into one color after a while.

Value: ♫♫♫♫♫
Each eyeshadow is $6 for 0.09 oz for pearls and 0.08 oz for mattes.  To put that in perspective, UD eyeshadows are $18 for 0.05 oz and MAC charges $12-15 without Pro discount for the same. I could argue that most of them are on par with UD's quality, if not better than MAC's. (I even got them on sale for $3.50 each!)

Quality: ♫♫♫♫
All of them except 441 are buttery as can be and blend beautifully.

Pigmentation: ♫♫♫♫
Again, great pigmentation, save for 441.

Would I buy it again?: Definitely, no doubt about it!

You can purchase these eyeshadows at the above-mentioned Beautylish boutique or Inglot USA's website. Inglot also has online shopping locations for Australia, the UK, The Netherlands, Finland, and RSA (South Africa). There are store locations all over the world, including big cities in the US. Now go pick some up!

-<3 Angie

RIP Wojciech Inglot
6-11-55 - 2-23-2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Look: First Impressions with Urban Decay Naked 2

Products used:
-MAC Pro Longwear concealer in NC15
-Revlon ColorStay foundation in Buff
-GloMinerals Brow Duo in Brown
-Urban Decay Naked 2 palette + the double ended brush
-Maybelline LineStiletto liquid eyeliner
-Benefit BadGal Lash in Black
-Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero (waterline)
-MAC Dazzleglass in Moth To Flame

1. After filling in your eyebrows as you like, apply Foxy as a highlight along the browbone.

2. Sweep Verve all over the lid.

3. Blend Tease over the outer half of the lid and into the crease.

4. Begin to blend Snakebite into the outer third of the eye.

5. Blend Busted out from the crease.

6. Apply Bootycall to the inner corner of the eye.

7. Finish with desired eyeliner and mascara.

And that's it! I love this palette and I'm really excited to show you guys more of it! Love love loveee,
-<3 Angie

Review: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

HELLO LOVELIES! Agh, that's such a beauty blogger cliche word to use, isn't it? Well anyway, I'm super excited because I got something I've been wanting for a while from Sephora yesterday - the Naked 2 Palette!! I know, I know, it's definitely a hype thing, but I just love this thing to bits and okay I'm just gonna tell you about it now.

The palette comes in standard Urban Decay fashion, encased in a plastic box. The box itself houses a pretty hefty piece of cardboard with a space for the palette and a mini Lip Junkie in the color Naked. (I will not be reviewing the Lip Junkie to my knowledge, seeing as I think I may be allergic to it the way it made my lips feel... Burning, menthol hell, I tell ya.)

On the back is a picture of each color in the palette in order, as well as both sides of the double-sided brush, which I lalalove.

The palette comes in a plastic container with a metallic/tin finish on the outside. I like this a lot because it's easier to keep clean compared to the Naked 1's velvet case.

The mirror is absolutely huge. It also stays open fairly well. The palette is compact enough to fit in my purse, which I consider rather small. This palette is almost a complete kit due to the double ended brush (if it wasn't for mascara, and eyeliner, and oooh lipstick, and...) which is almost one of my favorite parts of the palette. The brush appears similar to the one that comes with the Vice Palette, but is a little denser. It's soft and dense on both sides. The left side packs on the eyeshadow well. Unlike traditional blending brushes, the other side is a bit thicker, so you can apply while blending as well.

Here's the colors up close. The names are a bit blurry, but from left to right, the colors are Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, Busted, and Blackout. These are 12 full-sized eyeshadows that all cost $18 alone. 5 of them are new shades. Not every color comes individually.

Swatch time!
(all over bare skin in natural light)

L-R: Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol

Foxy is described as "cream bisque matte." This is accurate. It's a cream/off-white that has a yellow undertone to it. It makes a great highlighter, especially on darker tans with yellows to them.

Half Baked is described as "golden bronze with shimmering finish." It's one of the prettiest shades in the palette in my opinion. Very shimmery and shiny. This color was also in the Naked 1. It's got a bit of a coppery tone to it, but nothing like Chopper. It definitely is largely gold-based. Bronze is probably a better description of the copper tones.

Bootycall is described as "shimmering cork."  This is also a great highlight, especially for the inner corner of your eye. It's a bit more iridescent than Foxy with cooler tones to it. Lightly shimmery, but definitely not matte. The sparkle really pops over another shadow.

Chopper is described as "copper shimmer with silver micro-glitter." And micro-glitter indeed! Nothing as bad as Maui Wowie or Uzi - more similar to the texture of Oil Slick. This shade is definitely a true coppery penny-colored shade. The glitter makes the color prone to a bit of fallout, but it's still not as bad as the more glittery shades UD makes.

Tease is described as "creamy pale brown with matte finish." This is the third matte of the palette. Tested next to each other, this is almost an exact dupe for MAC's Quarry. It doesn't swatch well, but it definitely goes on a lot nicer and more opaque on the lid. The creaminess of the color is definitely apparent. It's a nice in-between blending shade.

Snakebite is described as "dark bronze shimmer with metallic base." The bronzey tones in this color mix well with the brown. I really like this color - it's a good shade for the crease, and blends like a dream. Super smooth and shimmery. Not a color I see a lot.

Suspect is described as "pale golden beige with shimmering finish." This looks a tad darker in pan, but it's a nice color, just a tad deeper than a champagne shade. Very shimmery and great if you want just a small bit of definition in the crease on lazy days.

 is described as "light gray-brown with shimmering finish." This was my disappointment of the palette. I feel like all the swatches I saw of it involve vigorous swatching with lots and lots of layers upon layers. I don't see myself using this color very often unless it's over another. This shade has almost no pigmentation to speak of. It's a much lighter, more brown-based version of the Naked 1's Gunmetal in my eyes. Nice color, bad execution. 1 bad egg out of a dozen, though? Not bad.

L-R: Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

Verve is described as "oyster with shimmering finish." It's kind of like UD's Sin, but with more of a silver tone to it. I find this to be a more flattering color on me, though neither is bad, because of the fact that it's a bit cooler. Very shimmery, one of the most beautiful colors of the palette.

YDK is described as "cool bronze shimmer with a metallic base." I got this color in another UD palette, and it's gotten a lot of use from me. I'm happy to have another one and I definitely feel I'll use both of them up eventually. The cooler tones make it a lot more flattering on more people. This picture doesn't really do it justice and makes it look a little more like Half Baked, but it's very much cool.

Busted is described as "deep brown with shimmering finish." This is my starrr! This is my favorite color in the palette, I think. It's a really deep dark chocolatey brown (deeper than this picture!) that goes on like heaven and perfectly finishes your look in the crease, no matter how dark or light you want it.

Blackout is described as "blackest black with matte finish." This is the third and final matte of the palette. This picture does not do its darkness justice! The shade is an even truer matte than Sugarpill's Bulletproof, but both are great. The only issue is Bulletproof is a little more smooth, while Blackout can be chalkier. This can be remedied with a softer blending brush for application, but it swatches very chalky, which is emphasized by the super dark color.

Roundup time!
(all ratings are out of 5)

Staying Power: ♫♫♫♫♫
Most of Urban Decay's standard eyeshadows stay on for what feels like forever.

Value: ♫♫♫♫♫
$216 worth of eyeshadows, $50 worth of brushes, and $6.14 worth of lip gloss total out to $272.14, not even including the excellent packaging and huge mirror.  A small, purse-sized Sephora mirror I almost bought yesterday was $15 alone! $50 might seem like an investment for a palette, but it's so, so worth it.

Quality: ♫♫♫♫1/2
Urban Decay has my favorite eyeshadow formulation ever. They're amazing. These are my first mattes, too, and I'm not disappointed at all. The half-note is just for fallout.

Color: ♫♫♫♫♫
Great range of colors for all situations.

Would I buy it again?: Resisting buying the other Naked Palettes as we speak!

You can purchase this palette at Sephora or on their website, as well as Urban Decay's website!

I'll be posting my look from this palette in just a bit. Love you guys as much as this palette!!
-<3 Angie

Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: Urban Decay Deluxe Shadows (redo)

Part 2 of my Urban Decay order from November: Urban Decay Deluxe Shadows in Grafitti and Freakshow!

First things first, the packaging is adorable. This one is Grafitti. I'm not too big on the artwork compared to the other but, after all, it is... Grafitti. Harty-har.

FREAKSHOW! EEEE. This packaging is so cute, I just can't. Aaah. I also like the way they open, the push-the-button-lift-the-top deal.

Graffiti - A bright, shimmery green. I got it instead of Kush - the name put me off! Kush is a lot darker as well. This is an extremely bright emerald color, perfect for the new emerald fad that's coming in strong this year!

Freakshow - Supe dark purple. Subtle shimmer, almost metallic, a typical texture and look to most Urban Decay eyeshadows. Similar to the UD color Rockstar, but still a little darker and more blue-based than red. Functions as a good darkener to other purples.

L-R: Urban Decay Graffiti & Rockstar

Roundup time!
(all ratings are out of 5)

Staying Power: ♫♫♫
They came off somewhat quickly. Freakshow stayed a bit more than Graffiti.

Value: ♫♫♫♫♫
Very large amount of shadow for the price. I'm rating this for the $8 I paid and not the usual price, which I think is a bit too much.

Quality: ♫♫♫♫♫
Freakshow is not chalky like most darker colors. Both are very smooth and goes on easily.

Color: ♫♫♫♫♫
True to pan color, not to mention pretty unique shades.

Would I buy it again?: Yes! Definitely recommending. Kind of tempted to buy the Deluxe Shadow Box!

Enjoy dolls!
-<3 Angie

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Review: Milani Color Statement Flirty Fuchsia lipstick & Fuchsia lip liner

Recently I acquired a lipstick and lip liner from Milani's Color Statement collection. These came out fairly recently, but I'm not entirely sure when. All I know is these lip products definitely feel nothing like a Walgreens purchase!

All pictures taken in front of a window, naturally lit, with no flash!

The lip liner is described as "matte fuchsia." It comes as your standard wooden lip pencil. I got the shade Fuchsia, a darkened pink that's similar to the lipstick, but just a tad darker. Similar to UD's Woodstock eyeshadow. The formula is just slightly dry, so I wouldn't recommend filling your entire lip with it... But you probably won't need extra opacity with this lipstick anyway!

The lipstick itself is described as a "true fuchsia vinyl." It comes in a lovely gold tube (that just happens to reflect me taking the picture of it) that comes off a little more elegant than the standard clear cap of drugstore lipsticks. The color itself is a true fuchsia/hot pink with a slight blue shift. The formulation is amazing for a drugstore lipstick. It's ridiculously opaque on the first swipe, and feels creamy and more similar to an expensive lipstick than a Milani one! It smells of a tropical watermelon candy scent, which I really liked about it.

Swatch time!

L-R: Milani Color Statement lip liner in Fuchsia, Color Statement lipstick in Flirty Fuchsia; swatched on bare skin.

Pictured: Milani Color Statement lipstick in Flirty Fuschia lined with Color Statement Fuchsia lip liner

Roundup time!
(all ratings are out of 5)

Staying Power: ♫♫♫♫
I didn't wear this for long, but it did last the 3 hours or so I needed it for. Definitely not slippery or overly creamy.

Value: ♫♫♫♫♫
The lipstick sells for $4.59 on Milani's website, while the liner sells for $3.99. This is amazing quality for the price.

Quality: ♫♫♫♫
One of the best feels of a lipstick I've ever seen. Perfect formulation, not too matte, not too shiny, not heavy on the lips.

Pigmentation: ♫♫♫♫♫
True to color on the packaging/lipstick bullet and extremely opaque.

Would I buy it again?: Indeed! I plan on getting Violet Volt and possibly D'Oro or one of the reds next time I see it in stores.

You can pick up these products at Milani's website, Walgreens, CVS, Target, and most other drugstores. Not all places that sell Milani sell these lipsticks, so don't bring unnecessary disappointment on yourself! 

Bye dolls!
-<3 Angie

Monday, March 18, 2013

Review: Sugarpill Pressed Shadows & Sweetheart Palette w/ Swatches

Hello loves! Here is my much awaited review on Sugarpill's pressed shadows - some of my absolute favorite eyeshadows! Without further adieu, enjoy!

All pictures (except for the Bulletproof ones) were taken in front of natural light by a window.


First of all, the packaging has my heart 5ever. The single eyeshadows come in little adorable boxes with a heart window and illustration (perhaps meant to look like Shrinkle & Tako?) with the color name printed at the bottom in matte cardboard. The palettes come with a similar finish to the cardboard, but with foil accents. The cardboard is more heavy duty in the palettes. The only disappointment I had was the fact that depotting was more difficult in the Heartbreaker palette since the shadows were glued in (I split the palette, so I had to depot), but that's my only complaint!

Sweetheart Palette, Mochi & Velocity

Top row: Velocity, Dollipop, & Afterparty
Bottom row: Mochi, Midori, & Tako

L-R: Mochi, Velocity; swatched over bare skin

Mochi is described as "matte mint seafoam with a slight pearly sheen." I see it as leaning towards more of a mint than a seafoam. I don't really see the pearly sheen - it's fairly matte. I've actually never seen any dupes or colors similar to this, so if you're looking for a nice mint eyeshadow, you've got your color! It looks lovely blended with Velocity.

Velocity is described as "vibrant matte royal blue." The color is pretty spot on. It's a true bright royal blue and a beautiful color. It's mostly matte with a bit of a sparkle to it. While I do love the color quite a bit, it does have pigmentation issues and comes off a tad chalky. I prefer to layer it over a waxy pigment base, like FaceFront's Survival Paint. It's said to be a dupe of Urban Decay's Chaos, a limited color that came in the Vice Palette, but sadly they both share the texture issues.

L-R: Tako, Midori, Afterparty, Dollipop; swatched over bare skin

Tako is described as "pure matte white." This is a completely true description. I use Tako as my inner corner & eyebrow arch highlight every day no matter what kind of makeup look I do. As you can see, it's very, very pigmented - I barely had to swatch the eyeshadow to get that much color payoff. Be careful, though, because you can overdo it! While white eyeshadow may not seem too impressive, this is definitely the color I would suggest to anyone trying to purchase their first Sugarpill color. I've never seen a white with such good quality! PS: Love that it's named after Shrinkle's adorable cat!

Midori is described as  "vibrant green with a slight pearl sheen." The pearliness comes off a lot stronger in this eyeshadow than Mochi, but the product is nowhere near frosty or shimmery. There's just a touch of tiny flecks of glitter. While not quite that similar to the drink of its namesake, it's still lovely. It's a really nice crease color for a green eye look - I incorporated it into my St. Paddy's look on Sunday myself!

Afterparty is described as "bright turquoise with a semi-pearly sheen." This is one of Sugarpill's most pigmented colors,  in my opinion. It's a most amped-up version of your average sky blue, but it's nowhere near average! Though I don't use it very often, it's one of my most versatile, beautiful colors. This is another color that comes off super bright even with the littlest tap, so use with caution!

Dollipop is described as "vibrant, matte hot pink. Dreamy!" And dreamy it is! Another of Sugarpill's signature super-pigmented products. If this came in a lipstick, I'd definitely buy! (Hint hint) It's a hot pink like I've never seen, and worked perfectly as a crease color for my Valentine's Day look. I've even used it as blush before I got my Tarte blush in Amused - the colors aren't very similar, however, Dreamy indeed! 

Single eyeshadows

Bulletproof is described as "deepest matte black with extraordinary pigmentation and lasting wear." The mouthy description definitely fits the bill. I ordered this from Beautylish and it came 2 days later which, sidenote, is amazing! Anyhow, the shadow is just a tad glittery/pearly, but not enough to rescind the matte description. The glitter only came off in these pictures - in real life, it's the deepest matter black you'll ever find. The product rules and I can't wait to work it into a smoky eye. Darkest, most pigmented black I've come in contact with.

@#$% is described as "saturated crimson red with a sparkling silver sheen." I always turn to "berry red" for this color. It's super glittery and sparkly, with a raspberry-like color to it. The pigmentation is amazing. The berry-like color makes it a lot more wearable than their matte red, Love+, which seems more warm-toned.  I don't wear it often anymore, but it's still a beautiful color.

Roundup time!
(all ratings are out of 5)

Staying Power: ♫♫♫♫1/2
These are some of the highest quality eyeshadows I've come in contact with when it comes to staying power. The reason for the half note is just for Velocity, which tends to come off easily. Not to mention, I still have Tako on my highlights after applying at 6:30am, unprimed.

Value: ♫♫♫♫♫
These eyeshadows sell for $12 for a .14 oz pan. The palettes sell for $36, which is basically the price of 3 eyeshadows for 4. I'm pretty confident it will be a long, long time before I hit pan on any of these.

Quality: ♫♫♫♫1/2
Again, half note for Velocity. However, all the other shadows blend seamlessly and go onto your eyes so smoothly it's ridiculous.

Pigmentation: ♫♫♫♫
All true to in-pan color and bright as you could possibly want them!

Would I buy it again?: Yes yes! I'm confident I'd miss all my colors if they were in a fire tomorrow! *knocks on wood*

Thank you so much for reading this long, picture heavy post! You can pick these shadows up at Sugarpill's online website, Beautylish, and a few other online stores.

Hope you all enjoyed this review! I will definitely get posting more often now that I have the time! Seeya dolls!
-<3 Angie

(As a bonus... Here's a song I haven't been able to pry my ears from in the past week)