Friday, May 17, 2013

Review: Sugarpill ChromaLust Loose Eyeshadows in Goldilux, Absinthe, Paperdoll, Magpie, Lumi, Birthday Girl

I have quite a few eyeshadows from Sugarpill, which is probably apparent. Next on the feature train is the ChromaLust Pigments!

You can tell incredible care goes into the packaging of the product. It came in its own custom box (pictured above), wrapped in pink tissue paper, and padded with even more pink tissue paper. The 4 shadows were nestled in the paper with a glittery Sugarpill sticker, a business card (the back had an ad for the new Cold Chemistry palette - wherever that is), and a sample of another pigment, Birthday Girl!

They all come packaged in jars that are absolutely huge for loose pigment, containing 4g of product. That's similar in size to your average OPI nail polish bottle. A small graphic and the company's information with the name of the color is displayed on the bottom's sticker. 





Birthday Girl (sample)

All of the shadows are smooth and glide on as powders, but come alive when used wet. Unfortunately, this review just contains dry swatches. They're packed with glitter and are, for the most part, very pigmented. Paperdoll is a bit light, but the color is even throughout regardless.

Swatch Time!


Sugarpill describes Goldilux  as “Brilliant, highly-reflective metallic gold with breathtaking shine. The brightest gold you've ever seen.” I have to agree! This eyeshadow is like the softest glitter you’ve ever touched. Glitter appearance, but the same smooth texture of a typical loose Sugarpill eyeshadow. And when you wet this, the results are amazing. However, as you can see in the picture, you don’t need to! I barely dipped into the jar and got all this bright, shiny color payoff. It’s a super-metallic yellow-based gold that can give a little glamour to any look. (I spilled it all over my hand doing makeup for a play and, while disastrous, I definitely had a Midas Touch look going on…) Even if Sugarpill’s crazy colors aren’t usually your thing, this color is a must-have. Best gold around.

L-R: Paperdoll, Absinthe, Magpie

Sugarpill describes Paperdoll as “Lovely lavender with dazzling shimmer and sparkle.” I wanted this for a very long time, but I have to say, I was a little disappointed when I got it. It’s a beautiful color. Light lavender with white and pink glitter mixed in. However, even when wet, this is a very subdued color for lavender. It’s very hard to build and kind of just stays light. Lovely feel and color, but just a little light for me.

Sugarpill describes Absinthe as “A mischievous vivid lime green with yellow undertones. Shimmery!” I love this color so much! It’s a very neon green with just a hint of lime/pastel (in comparison to other neon greens that can be more yellow-based). And hot damn, is it glittery. This is the shadow I’d say works best wet, because it foils on beautifully and stays the most opaque in comparison to the others. This is probably one of my favorites of the loose shadows.

Sugarpill describes Magpie as “Dramatic silky black with metallic blue sheen and turquoise sparkles.” From the picture, I expected more of a teal tone to the shadow, but when I got it, I found the description was more true than the picture. I use this as black, for the most part, or in blue-based smoky eyes. It’s a dark, dark midnight blue with silver and turquoise glitter mixed in. Beautiful color.

L-R: Lumi over black eyeliner, Lumi alone, Birthday Girl

Sugarpill describes Lumi as “Snow white with turquoise sheen and flashing bursts of blue and green.” Oh my gosh, this is so beautiful. I want to start a religion around it. I love colors with split personalities, and this does the job and more. As you can see, dry and by itself, it shows as just a glittery white with a hint of blue. When you put it over a black base, such as eyeliner, it comes alive! It turns into a metallic turquoise that’s just absolutely beautiful. Also one of my favorites!

Sugarpill describes Birthday Girl as “Sweet princess pink with iridescent fuchsia sparkles.” Pretty spot on! This is the color for the more sugary side of the Sugarpill girls, the Barbies. I got this as a sample with my order. It’s a light baby pink with a bit of a lavender-fuchsia tone to it, with fuchsia and white glitter. It’s actually really fun to play around with – you can make it subdued and pastel, or you can work it into more of a brighter look with ease.

Roundup time!
(all ratings are out of 5)

Staying Power: ♫♫♫♫1/2
Loose shadows are expected to fade, but this is one of the best ones I've tried.

Value: ♫♫♫♫♫
A huge jar (4g) for $12? Count me in!

Quality: ♫♫♫♫♫
Buttery smooth. No painful glitter.

Pigmentation: ♫♫♫♫1/2
Other than Paperdoll, these shadows can be foiled to extreme opacity with ease.

Would I buy it again?: Definitely! I plan to!
That's it dolls! Hope you enjoyed! 
-<3 Angie

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Review: MAC Fashion Sets 2013 Lipstick in Heroine

I've been so busy, I'm sorry! To make up for it, here's a quick review of something I've waited for for a long time - MAC's Heroine!

As per the usual, the lipstick comes in MAC's signature black, speckled tube. Very simplistic - I've always loved MAC's packaging.

The lipstick is a matte finish, though some describe it as satin. I see it dry out to a very matte texture after it gets a chance to set. It's not drying to the lips, but it's not the most moisturizing lip product either.


Boom! I've lined just slightly with NYX's Slim Lip Pencil in Purple Rain for shaping purposes. The color is a beautiful deep purple, leaning more reddish than blue-based. (Why do no big makeup brands make blue-based purple lip products??) This picture shows my primary issue with the lipstick, however. It applies just slightly patchy. I've heard this wasn't an issue with the original Reel Sexy release. It sinks into lip lines a good bit and stains red, so make sure to apply it exactly where you want it or you may have issues cleaning it up. The patchiness and whatnot can be easily solved with a lip liner. The one I used above is a fabulous dupe for the actual Heroine liner, which is dandy!

Roundup time!
(all ratings are out of 5)

Staying Power: ♫♫♫♫♫
I wore this a full 7 1/2 hour day, ate, did my thing, whatever - there was hardly any transfer or movement all day.

Value: ♫♫♫♫♫
$16 for 3g of this wonderful lipstick is no loss to me. 

Quality: ♫♫♫♫♫
Great texture and smell. I always feel slightly classier in a MAC lipstick, even if this is one of my more adventurous colors. (but I wear it whenever I want anyway so hey)

Pigmentation: ♫♫♫♫
Just one star off for the patchiness deal. It is actually pretty opaque on smoother areas of the lips, but seeing as my larger lip is my bottom & that's where it gets messy, it's just a small issue for me.

Would I buy it again?: YES, YES, YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES. I really wish they'd just make this permanent already! I love this lipstick so much!!

Unfortunately, this lipstick is out of stock. I picked it up on the MAC website, but Nordstrom and Macy's both sell MAC products as well. Crossing my fingers for another re-release one day!

-<3 Angie

PS: I'm extremely lovesick, so here, have some of my favoritest non-metal band.

"Oh, and this is not the first night,,
Staying up and trying to word everything right.
Do you know it’s like to have someone steal your heart away?

And oh, I know I’ve said it all before,
Now I’m the idiot standing at your front door
With my hands in my pockets, just trying to steal your heart away..."