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Inglot Eyeshadow and Lipstick Swatches

Update 5/29: These photos were taken under harsh, yellow-toned fluorescent lighting, and therefore may not accurately represent the colors as they would appear normally.  New swatches will be taken and posted within the next week.

Check out these swatches of some of the Inglot products I bought about a month ago.  I just sent my review of them over to Karen at Makeup and Beauty Blog, so I’ll link to them when they go up.  Isn’t it obvious just from these why Inglot has quickly become one of my new favorite lines?

All swatches were applied with a fingertip swiped once across the product, to show how pigmented they are.

The numbers underneath each swatch are their “names” (Inglot assigns products numbers rather than giving them a wordy name.)

Eyeshadow Swatches from the Freedom System

Lipstick Swatches from the Freedom System



Fading Away

Anonymous is having issues with her eye makeup fading away throughout the day, and has already tried UD’s Primer Potion and NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base to no avail.  So, she asks what tips I have for preventing the dreaded fade.

First off, try the Too Faced Shadow Insurance, which I think is the best mainstream eye primer available. Second, try layering your products.  Start with a primer, then a cream product, then a powder.  Pat, rather than swipe, the powder product over the cream to set it.  You can use a cream product in the same shade as the powder shadow, a neutral, more concealer-like shade, or a basic white (which, depending on the opacity of the product used, may either make the shade bolder or a bit more subdued.)  Layering in almost any area of makeup is key to lasting power (think about foundation: first moisturiser, then primer, then concealer, then foundation, then powder.)

If this doesn’t appeal to you, try applying your powder eyeshadow wet with a mixing medium.  I adore Ben Nye LiquiSet.  This stuff makes powder eyeshadows virtually smudge-proof and water resistant, amps up the vibrancy, and is cheap cheap cheap.  The only problem is is that it sets fast.  Like, within seconds.  And once it sets, it absolutely cannot be blended.  So, if you plan on doing a lot of careful blending, or are a slow makeup applier, I’d pass over this.

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The Naked Palette by Urban Decay

Anonymous asked my opinion on UD’s Naked Palette.

It’s… well… it’s ok.  I love the shades, but I have problems with UD’s palettes overall.

For one, they’re just sooooo expensive for what you get.  If you discount the “bonus” eyeliner and mini Primer Potion, you’re essentially paying $44 for barely more than half of an ounce of product.  That’s ridiculous.

Also, I’ve found that the glitter/shimmer in their palettes tend to be slightly less finely milled than their full-size shadows, which irks me a bit.  I hate when companies lower the quality of palette products, which happens more often than you think.

With many of UD’s palettes, I think the shade selection as a whole product is kind of ridiculous.  The average person is not going to use many of the shades included (I feel that they include quite a few very similar shades so that people with different skintones will find the right one in the same color family for them), and for an artist, buying a palette like this where you can’t de-pot and get so little product is just not fiscally reasonable.

So, if you have the money to blow on it and want a nice palette that will assuredly have at least three to four shadows guaranteed to work with your skintone, go for it.  Otherwise, you’d be better off picking up two to three full-size UD shadows (if you want these exact shades) that you know you’re gonna love.

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Swatches of Ben Nye Grande Lumiere Eyeshadow Palette – Part 2

Check out my video review of these shades, too!

Bottom left clockwise: Shades Silver, Azalea, Jade, Chartreuse


Top to bottom: Silver, Azalea, Chartreuse, Jade

Shades on left applied with a wet synthetic brush; shades on right applied with finger

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Sally Girl Eyeshadow Connecting Compacts in Earthtones Review

Check out my guest-post review of the Sally Girl Eyeshadow Connecting Compacts in earthtones on Makeup and Beauty Blog.  Thanks again to Karen for posting this on her wonderful blog!!

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Ben Nye Grande Lumiere Eyeshadow Palette Swatches – Part 1

Here’s my review of the first four shades in the palette: Ice, Iced Gold, Aztec Gold, and Tangerine.


Starting at bottom left (counterclockwise): Ice, Iced Gold, Tangerine, Aztec Gold

Left to right: Ice, Iced Gold, Aztec Gold, Tangerine

Top swatches are dry, using finger; bottom swatches are wet, using synthetic brush

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Ben Nye Grande Lumiere Eyeshadow Review – Intro

Here’s the intro to my review of the Ben Nye Grande Lumiere Eyeshadow Palette.  I had to split this from Part 1 of the video because it became too long if I didn’t and Youtube wouldn’t let me upload it otherwise…  Anyway, check back for Part 1 when I post the accompanying swatches!


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Stunning Orange Eyeshadow at Armani Privé Fall 2010

Everyone in the beauty industry has been shocked by the rise of the orange eyeshadow trend this year on the Fall runways.  It was perhaps one of the most controversial, and then most widely embraced makeup trends of the season, and here, I believe we can see why.  Artists at the Armani Privé show have created a stunning burnt orange/amber smokey eye that really epitomizes why this color works.  Take a look:

To quickly replicate this eye: Using a damp synthetic brush, pat a dark amber or an orange with a brick base metallic shadow across the entire lid, and blend/fade slightly above crease.  Blend a matte or shimmery black shadow into the outer V of the eye, bringing it slightly more inwards in the crease, and one third of the way along the lower lash line (keep it thin).  Pat a yellow based gold shadow into the inner corner.  Connect the inner corner with the black using the same orange/amber from before, and make sure to keep it really thin; blend well with the black.  Line the waterline in a light gold or white.  Throw on a couple of layers of black mascara (don’t worry if it clumps a bit—it works for this look) on both the top and bottom lashes.  The rest of the face should be left relatively plain, with perhaps a sheer pink stain on lips (or even just lip balm), a peachy cream blush, and a dewy foundation.

Voila! Instant chic.

Thanks to for the photos.

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