Monday, June 24, 2013

Review: Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal in Electric Blue

Around winter, Maybelline released a new collection of Metal Color Tattoos. These are more metallic and shiny. I found a few more of these on sale at my Jewel Osco recently, so I decided to review this one!

This comes in the usual packaging all other Color Tattoos come in, with the addition of, well, the word "metal." You can see the color inside from outside. There's also a plastic cap that states the color, etc. on the other side.

Nice fingerprint! This comes in a pretty sizable jar (maybe an inch across). The texture of the product is smooth and paintlike, but it's a bit hard to use with a brush. I prefer a finger for application. The warmth helps spread the product. This sounds creepy. I'll stop.

Swatch time!

This is Electric Blue swatched bare in direct sunlight. As you can see, this one might not be as pigmented as other Color Tattoos. This might work better as a base. It's a lot smoother and sheerer. This is disappointing, because it's quite a nice color, but you can't really build it up all that much.

-Pretty color
-Long lasting


Roundup time!
(all ratings are out of 5)

Staying Power: ♫♫♫♫♫
I've worn these for a very long time at very sweaty concerts and the eyeshadow over it does not move at all.

Value: ♫♫♫1/2
These usually retail for around $7 (on sale for $5.99 on Ulta right now)  which usually makes me balk a bit. 

Quality: ♫♫♫♫
Very smooth.

Pigmentation: ♫♫♫
These are very sheer and would need to function as a base.

Would I buy it again?: Maybe not such a dark color.

You can currently pick these up on Ulta's website on sale for $5.99 each!

Love ya dolls!

-<3 Angie

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review: MAC Dazzleglass in Moth To Flame

Hello! Today I'll be reviewing my go-to lip gloss, MAC's Dazzleglass in Moth To Flame!

The gloss comes in MAC's usual simplistic packaging. It's a bit longer than their lipsticks. It comes in a clear tube branded with the MAC logo on each side, with a black cap with a brush inside. What I especially love is the fact that it comes with a flexible brush and not your usual doe-foot applicator. The color looks warm and golden in the tube.

(all in direct sunlight)

MAC describes this as "sheer neutral beige with violet pearl." The color is just a simple warm nude gloss with lots and lots of sparkle suspended inside, hence the Dazzleglass name. The glitter is silver, gold, and even a pinky fuchsia, as you can see in the picture, which I think makes it really unique. The texture is more sticky, but I don't personally find that unpleasant.

Here it is on the lips! Super glossy, not too much color, but full of sparkle. Goes with any look!

Roundup time!
(all ratings are out of 5)

Staying Power: ♫♫♫♫
Average wear time for a gloss, a little bit longer. The stickiness keeps it on.

Value: ♫♫♫
Eh. The gloss comes with 1.2g of product for $20, while you could buy a less sparkly tinted lipglass and get 4.8g for $15. If sparkle is important to you, by all means, go for it, but 3.6g for $5 less is a much better price.

Quality: ♫♫♫♫♫
Feels better than your average $2 lip gloss on the lips.

Pigmentation: N/A
It's not really supposed to be pigmented! However, I do think it adds a nice tone to the lips.

Would I buy it again?: It's the perfect gloss color for me!

And that's all! Hope you enjoyed!

-<3 Angie

And hey, you know what goes well with Moth To Flame?

Like Moths To Flames. ;)

(Their new song is rad, listen to it, the end)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Review: NYX Powder Blush in Mauve

3 weeks?? Eek! I had no idea it'd been that long! Alas, I come with a review of my favorite daily blush - NYX's Powder Blush in Mauve!

I picked this up on a whim when there was a NYX sale back in April on Ulta's website. I just wanted a bit more of a subdued blush after using Tarte's Amused for so long, and it definitely delivered - with much better quality than I expected!

The packaging is a slightly strange rounded shape, but it's still cute. I like the lettering and such. It seems it could be stood up vertically and store better if your shelves are tall enough. It's small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, nevertheless - but this does not mean you don't get a lot of product inside.

Excuse the awkwardly folded label on the side there! The blush has a cool triangular design across the top which actually helps pick up more blush. You can certainly swirl the brush around and not get an overkill amount, however, unlike Tarte's blushes. (nothing against them - you just have to be a little gentle) There's quite a bit of product in there and I don't plan to run out of this quickly.

Swatch time!

NYX describes this color as "matte light mauve." It's a light, dusty pink with an absolute matte finish. I'm pretty pale, but not ghostly, and on me, it shows up as a subtle, alive color. Ha. I can look a little tired (read: dead) without blush, so this adds the right amount of color without looking like a clown. You can't see it all that well in this swatch because it's so subtle, honestly.

Roundup time!
(all ratings are out of 5)

Staying Power: ♫♫♫♫♫
Long-wearing through long, sweaty days.

Value: ♫♫♫♫♫
5.2g of product for $5? I'm in.

Quality: ♫♫♫♫♫
Extremely smooth.

Pigmentation: ♫♫♫♫1/2
I'm thinking the brighter colors might not show up as easily (this is a color I wanted subdued) but it's not a quality I mind.

Would I buy it again?: Definitely!

That's all! You can pick these up on NYX's website as well as Ulta's. It sells out on Ulta ocassionally so I recommend the website, although ship times are a bit longer. Hope you enjoyed!

-<3 Angie