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Saturday, January 31, 2009

CNY FOTD: Pastels Hate Me

This Spring 2009 makeup trend is all about *wait for it* pastel colors. Major forehead smacker there. I'm definitely a big fan of colorful makeup but why must it be pastels? I thought of giving them a chance on Chinese New Year but they disappointed horribly *sighs*. I'm still in the process of trying to make them work for me but I'm very very close to giving up. At the rate I'm going, I'd rather go for neutrals instead.

I'm only showing this looks because I've used some first-time products: Elianto BB Cream (mom's), Elianto Cream Concealer (mom's), Silk Naturals Blush and Avon Lipgloss. Reviews soon! Man, I have too many reviews to do.

Read on for description of items used and close-up picture.

Items Used:

Elianto Miracle White Multiplex BB Cream
Elianto Cream Concealer in Medium
Giorgio Armani Loose Powder
Silk Naturals Sheer Blush in Enchanting
Urban Decay Primer Potion
88 Color Palette (B2, B1, E2, J8)
MAC Eyeshadow in Ricepaper
Coastalscents Gel Liner in Indigo Blue
MAX Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara
NYX Round Lipstick in Creamy Beige
Avon Lipgloss in Rose Petal
Auto Eyebrow Pencil from Daiso


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Reviews: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil + NYX Rouge Cream Blush

I'm taking it slow with the NYX product reviews. I've managed to *finally* use all the products but getting good pictures is another issue as well. For this post, I'll be reviewing NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Slate and NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural. I also bought two more NYX Round Lipsticks and also NYX Megashine Lip Gloss -- reviews and swatches coming up soon!

My days have been very busy so please bear with me. I'm not even done with my exams yet *groans*. Oh, I've also included a mini tutorial on how I use the Eyeshadow Pencil as a base.

Enjoy!

Read on for the reviews and tutorial.





NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils are very popular as great dupes for MAC Shadesticks. They are basically cream eyeshadows in a pencil form. The color that I got was Slate, which is a well-known dupe for MAC Shadestick in Sharkskin. I've seen swatches of Sharkskin and they look pretty close! The e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow Stick was also said to be a Sharkskin dupe but I think Slate is a closer match.

The texture is indeed very smooth and easy to blend but it smudges quite easily so I would not recommend using this on its own. I use this as a base and it's not bad at all. No creasing with Urban Decay Primer Potion beneath it. You'll need to sharpen this pencil which is a boo-boo for me. I would prefer if it was packaged in a more practical twisty tube. I'm thinking of getting more colors but I'm yet to decide on which to get out of the 24 colors. And at USD3 from Cherryculture, the price is pretty decent.

I used slate to bring out the color of Lancome Eyeshadow in Romantic Lily since the color is duo-chrome and doesn't show too well on a nude base. First, apply the shadow on the lid up to the crease. Then, take a sponge tip applicator to smudge the edges of the shadow. Apply eyeshadow over and blend.

Finished look with e.l.f. Dramatic Lashes. I've blended MAC Eyeshadow in Glare on top of the crease and Origins Eyeshadow in Glistening Granite into the outer corner. There are two crease lines from the eyeshadow and not from the eyeshadow pencil. Yep, apparently some eyeshadow formulas tend to crease easier than others.

You'd be surprised at how difficult it is to find a decent cream blush shade because many times I've either had them too bright or too dull. After looking at so many swatches, I finally settled for NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural. The compact is pretty huge so there's lots of product in there. The packaging looks classy (MAC-ish) but it doesn't have a mirror so, points off for that. The cream is softer than say, Stila's Covertible and Bobbi Brown's Cream Rouge, making the pan look pretty ugly after a few dips from the brush. Fortunately, with such creamy texture, the blush blends wonderfully and gives a gorgeous glow without leaving any harsh lines. The color seems pretty intense when initially applied but after blending, it does look very natural.

I apply the blush using a duo fiber stippling brush and I'll show the steps in a near future post. The blush is applied after foundation and before powder. The blushes are USD6 each from Cherryculture.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Reviews: More From e.l.f. USD1 Range


From my previous e.l.f. spree, I've also picked up three other products from the USD1 range:
  • Shielding Hydro-Tint SPF 15 in Tone 2
  • Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder in Sun Kissed
  • Dramatic Lash Kit
So far, I'm happy with all three products. I've also included a mini-tutorial on applying falsies.

Read on for it.


First of all, the tube is pretty tiny. Tinier than any other tinted moisturizers that you may come across. However, I take it as a plus for travelling purposes. The squeeze tube with the sharp nozzle gives good control to the amount of product needed. The formula is lightweight and easy to blend. It doesn't give much coverage at all but it does give the skin a pleasant glow. I usually mix this with my Missha BB Cream (which is fairer) to darken the shade. Overall, great if you just want a hint of color on the skin.

I now have all three of the Healthy Glow powders! [read reviews of the other two here] Of course, my favorite is still Luminance because it's just perfect for that extra all over glow. Sun Kissed is very golden with pinkish undertones. It looks a lot like MAC Pigment in Melon except a tad more golden. It gives a very pretty golden sheen to the cheeks but it doesn't look as natural as Luminance. I've also used this as an eyeshadow and it works very well.

I couldn't resist getting these lashes because they looked so 'real'. Each lash is different from each other which makes them look so natural compared to those plastic lashes. They're soft and easy to put on. My only gripe would be the white lash band. You'd definitely have to go over it with a liner. I color in the white band with black liquid liner before I place the lashes. The glue, I never really bothered to try actually.


  1. Before you stick on false lashes, draw a thin line with liquid/gel liner. This will act as a guide so that you'll know where to place the lashes. Also, the line will look neater compared to lining after applying the lashes.
  2. Next, measure the length of the lashes and cut to fit the length of your eye. The lashes shouldn't be sticking too much towards the inner corner of the eye. When it comes to cutting, Some say cut the inner part some say cut the outer part. I can't decide so I cut both sides. But the inner section should always have shorter lashes.
  3. Apply glue on the lash band with a little more on the two sides. Wait around 30-60 seconds (depending on the glue) for the glue to dry slightly.
  4. Place the middle section of the lash band on the middle lash line.
  5. Push in the two sides of the lashes and press the lash band together with the roots of your own lashes.
  6. While waiting for the glue to dry completely, brush the lashes with your finger, pushing them upwards.
  7. After the glue has completely dried, you can then curl the lashes with an eyelash curler and apply one or two coats of mascara for an even more natural look.



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TAGGED: 16 Random Things About Connie

OMG, this tag has been in the making since Christmas!

Jen from Lipglosseater tagged me to reveal 16 random things about myself. Let's see if I can get to 16 without talking crap and repeating myself since I've done many similar tags :D


1. Yes, that would be me on the Reader Road Test column in the January 2009 issue of CLEO magazine. Full review of the products coming up soon! (Except for the Aesop one. Only used one sample of it. Not long enough for a proper review)

Read on if you have time for 15 more random things.

2. My birth name is Cornelia Nicole De Alwis. I'm surprised that some of you thought that Connie De Alwis was my pen name!


3. Which brings us to number three... I'm a mix of Chinese, Sinhalese and Thai. No, I can't speak Sinhala nor Thai but I can speak Chinese (Cantonese).

4. I'm a cat freak. Although I have many many pets I am mostly obsessed with my cat and other cats as well. I'll be very happy to annoy you with all my catwhore pictures in my phone.

5. I may talk a lot but I'm usually reserved. As in, I'm not the kind who would be running around mingling with people and saying "Hi" to every person I see. I only talk when I feel comfortable enough with the people around me.

6. Please don't ask me for tissue because there's a very high chance that I won't have a pack in my bag. If you want an eyeliner or lipgloss, feel free to ask.

7. I only buy pens when it's close to exam time. Usually I'd just use pens that I find in lecture halls. I can have 2-3 eyeliners in my bag but only one pen with barely any ink left.


8. If I go to a particular restaurant, I have a high tendency of eating the same thing every time. Even when I think that I want a change, I'll still settle for the same Pan Mee.

9. One of my life dreams is to open a Super Instant Noodle Restaurant selling awesomely pimped up Maggi noodles.

10. I'm a lone-shopper. Although I don't mind shopping with a bunch of people but when I wanna do serious shopping, I prefer to go at it alone because I take the longest time to decide!

11. I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before but I don't believe in spending a lot of money on clothes, bags and accessories. My CNY top was RM10. Check out the top I wore for the Bloggie Meet! Only RM14!

12. I love body creams but I can never discipline myself to apply it frequently so my legs are scaly. I'm wondering if this is a good thing. I seldom spend on body products because I know I won't diligently use them.


13. I used to suck horribly at makeup. HORRIBLY. I learned everything through books, YouTube videos, forum/blog tutorials, pointers from makeup artists, practice and a lot of practice. And I'm still learning. I'd go for a makeup course if I could afford it but I can't. Blergh.

14. I'm self-proclaimed, Best Girlfriend in Setapak and Selayang.


15. My favorite Nintendo DS game is Animal Crossing. I actually got so into the game that I cried when Butch the dog (one of the characters) moved away. I love Elite Beat Agents as well and I'm currently trying to complete all the difficulties in Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades.

16. Last one... last one... I have ugly toes.


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Happy Cow Year!


Wishing you a Happy Lunar New Year with an abundance of moooo-lah!
Oh, good health, longevity and all that stuff too


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Sunday, January 25, 2009

FOTD: Flame On Water + NYX Trio Swatches

For the ~H2O+ event, I took the opportunity to break in my new NYX Trio Eyeshadow in Copper/Rust/Bronze. I have been hunting for the right cranberry shade and this palette was it! The look was inspired by this tutorial by Suzy aka macNC40 on YouTube. Once again, "Inspired". Not "Replicated". The blue liner on the lower lash line was done using Bloop Eyeliner Pencil in Blue and dabbed over with Sweetscents Pigment in Peacock.

Read on for a close-up on the eyes, description of items used and swatches for the trio. Man, I look oily. *ugh*


Items Used:

Missha BB Cream
e.l.f. Hydo-Tint
e.l.f. Tone Correcting Concealer
Giorgio Armani Loose Powder
Ellefar Blush in Beige from Daiso
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Stiletto
NYX Eyeshadow in Copper from the Trio Copper/Rust/Bronze (although I'm think the color's more "Rust")
MAC Pigment in Off The Radar
MAC Pigment in Dark Soul (itsy bit on the outer corner)
MAC Eyeshadow in Ricepaper
Bloop Eyeliner Pencil in Blue
Sweetscents Mineral Pigment in Peacock
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Bloop Eyeliner Pencil in Black
High Curling Mascara from Daiso
Auto Eyebrow Pencil from Daiso
NYX Round Lipstick in B52
Origins Once Upon a Shine Lip Gloss in Sheer Peach


Copper/Rust/Bronze is my second Trio. My first was Lake Moss and I wasn't really appreciating it until recently that I found out it worked very well for smoking according to colors. Three MAC pan-sized eyeshadows in a sleek compact.

There's a mirror on the compact together with a sponge-tipped applicator. The eyeshadows are gorgeous! Such vibrant colors that are impeccably easy to blend. Great staying power and wonderfully pigmented. Love love love!



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Experiencing Squiggle Eych Two Oh Plus

A raise of hands, if you have heard of ~H2O+ before *raises hand*. Another raise of hands if you have used ~H2O+ products before *lowers hand*. Naturally, when I was invited by sweet Melissa to be a part of the ~H20+ store event at Pavilion last Sunday, I RSVP-ed despite the fact that I was going to have an major paper the next day and was already as sick as a dog (beer is apparently very effective to relieve body heatiness!). And thank goodness I went because I had a swell time and it's always a blast to catch up with the other beauty blogging ladies -- Beetrice, Paris, Kahani, and Syen.

Read on for my afternoon experience with ~H2O+ and there's a goodie for Malaysian readers at the end of the post!

A brief story... ~H2O+ is an American brand that concentrates on water-based sea-derived personal care products. The brand has almost 20 years of retail experience in the US market but it has only recently been re-introduced to the Malaysian market (they were here before but they left and then came back with new and better management). They have a huge array of products that cater to different skin concerns with maximum hydration in mind, which is what every single skin type needs. The products range from skin care to body care with reasonable price tags (a notch or two down of Clinique's price range).

We were greeted by the CEO of Luxor Beauty World, Wong Meng Choy aka MC, and was given a briefing on the ~H2O+ product range. We tried to give him our fullest attention but then kept straying and getting distracted by all the colorful goodies around us. MC, I think next time you may have to stick us in a room for the briefing and quiz us at the end of it to make sure that we pay attention!

Kahani was the worst! Barely 10 minutes into the briefing and she was already grabbing stuff and sniffing them. But then again, how can you not sniff with scents such as "Raspberry Guava" and "Tango Mango" luring you? They even have cute travel size packs that are of great value. My favorite scent was from the ocean range called "Ebb Tide".

Post briefing, we were given skin consultations by the friendly staff (so cliche!) at ~H2O+ and they gave their recommendations on the products that would be suitable for our skin types and concerns. We then proceeded to opening every single tester bottle/tube/jar that we can find, which I'd like to call the "Exploring Session".

At first glance, especially with the brand's clean concept, you may not have noticed the sense of humor in the packaging and layout. Check out the shower! That's a real shower head but sadly, no real water coming out of it. If I remembered correctly, Bee dared Kahani to take a shower in there (Somebody correct me if I got the people mixed up). What a sight it would be for the passer-bys! The Green Tea range was packaged in containers that looked like Chinese tea canisters and the Buttermilk Bath Soaks were in classic milk bottles. So cute!

With so many ladies on site, there was definitely a lot of beauty-related yakking (typical beauty junkie behavior) and photo-snapping (typical blogger behavior). We had "ooh-aah" moments, seeing the before-and-afters for the Face Oasis Cleansing Water. The Oasis range is the star of ~H2O+, dedicated to hydrate, energize and vitalize the complexion with pure water-rich nourishment.

And we were fortunate (and grateful!) enough to go back with two of ~H2O+ star products which are the Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment and Face Oasis Cleansing Water. I have already incorporated the two products into my skincare routine and I'm really loving them so far! The reviews will come out after I've fully experienced the products.

Meanwhile, you can take a look at the full range of ~H2O+ products on their website.

We then adjourned to Theobroma Chocolate Lounge (mistakenly read as "TheObama Chocolate Lounge" by ParisB -- I was too blind to see anything but "Chocolate") for further yakking over a cup of cocoa, about classic TV shows and furry animals (Bee, Christmas lights? For real?). Mmmm... Then Syen showed off her Beautilicious goodies *envies*.


And the moment that you have all been waiting for...

A reward for having to read through my lengthy post:

This voucher entitles you to a 50% discount for this limited edition Beach Bag gift set that is retailed at RM100. The set consists of a Dual Action Eye Make-up Remover, Marine Cleansing Gel (wild guess!), Ice Water Cooling Mint Body Wash, Lip Oasis Plumping Gloss in Tempt, and a Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment all in travel sizes. Oh! And then there's the cute toiletry bag. So, RM50 for all of that!

To use this voucher:
  1. Click on the the voucher image for full-size view
  2. Print out the voucher
  3. Write your name, IC number and contact number at the back of the voucher
  4. Present it to the cashier when you make your purchase
  5. Do it by 1st March 2009. The sooner the better since this is only while supplies last.
The voucher is only applicable at ~H2O+ retail outlets stated on the voucher (which means that you can't use this at department store counters).

I'll place the photo link on the sidebar so you can get your friends to print out the vouchers for themselves as well.




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Monday, January 19, 2009

Eye Shadow 101: Application Styles

I know it seems like forever since I've updated for this series. Although it's easy for me to do tutorials, it's apparently a lot harder to compile all the information into some sort of manual. Especially when there are so many techniques and styles that you can use to apply eyeshadow.

This is just a rough guide on the techniques that you can use to apply eyeshadow. Some may work for you, some may not. Thus, trying out new ways and practicing helps in figuring out what kind of styles will look best for you but I do hope that this guide would be helpful. I've personally gone through many styles before I settled for one that flatters my eyes the most. Usually when you've gotten your own style down, applying eyeshadow can be easy peasy business.

Do you already have a favorite eyeshadow technique? Do share!

Read on for the tips and techniques.

The One-Wash

(Click to see products used for this look!)

Indeed a very popular method for beginners but nowadays you really can't get away with just ONE color eyeshadow on your lids unless you're five. But if time is your issue and one-wash is really all you have time for, try keeping the color on the lids nude. Use skin-like color with a hint of shimmer to brighten up the eye area. It'd look weird to have blue all the way up to the brows and stopping right at the crease leaving a bare patch is just wrong. For more dimension, add a very define eyeliner with generous amount of mascara. This technique would suit those with deep set eyes since they already have a lot of depth.

Version 2.0

(Click to see products used for this look!)

An upgrade to The One-Wash, even with two colors (excluding highlight), you can create quite a cool effect. Just like The One-Wash, a single color is applied on the lid (unless it's nude, don't go too far past the crease) and a darker shade is used to accent the outer corner of the eyes. Similarly, to add more dimension, go for a defined line and full lashes.

The Graduation

(Like this look? Click for the tutorial!)

This is another basic technique that is usually taught in eyeshadow palette pamphlets. Most people can easily achieve this effect using 2 to 3 colors (excluding highlight). Apply the lightest color on the inner 1/3 of the lid followed by a medium shade on the middle lid and finally, a darker on the outer corner. You will then get a graduation of colors. Keep the colors only slightly above the crease and apply a highlight shade below the brow bone to join with the colors on the lid. This style is best used for Asian eyes and almond-shaped eyes.

Layering

(Click to see products used for this look!)

This style is easy to blend and has a low chance of looking hideous. Apply the first shade all over the lid beneath the crease. Then, blend the second color (usually lighter) directly into the crease. This helps to make the crease look more defined. To add depth, apply a darker shade into the outer corner of the lid. Highlight should be applied as usual. This technique would look good on eyes without a very defined crease but still with some double-eyelid.

Fake-It

(Like this look? Click for the tutorial!)

This is how you fake deep set eyes with a very defined crease. You cut the crease -- not literally of course. The technique is quite similar to Layering but somewhat reversed. Apply a very light/bright (lighter than your lid color) on the lid. Then, blend a contrastingly darker shade into the crease. This gives and illusion of deep-set eyes. Suitable for basically any eyes except for deep-sets (it may look too deep!). Even monolids can pull off this style but the technique is a little different. The lighter shade should be pulled over the crease and the darker shade is shaped on top of the "crease" line. However, for monolids, the darker shade should not be too contrasting. [Click for eye make-up tips for monolids!]

The Smoker

(Like this look? Click for the tutorial!)

After trying out so many styles of eyeshadow application techniques (there's a lot more than what I've stated above!), I found out that this style works the best for me. I combine The Graduation technique with the Layering technique. I first apply my light colors using the layering technique then to add in depth and bring in more emphasis, I "smoke" the outer corner with a dark color and pull the color slightly into the crease. Using this technique you can smoke any colors so smokey eyes won't just be limited to black and dark brown. So, now I just smoke everything and it's a foolproof technique for me.

Click here for the first part of the Eyeshadow 101 series -- Eye Shapes


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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Dupe Alert! by e.l.f. Studio

Out of all the other e.l.f. Studio products, this was quite the interesting one: Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder aka Spitting Image of NARS Highlighting/Bronzing Blush Duo in Orgasm/Laguna. Here's a closer look of the NARS Duo -- you be the judge of it.

I've even done a comparison swatch with NARS Super Orgasm just to be sure (Thank you, Prettybeautiful for loaning me your Super Orgasm!)

Read on for the review and swatches. A must-have from the e.l.f. Studio line!

The packaging is very NARS-like with the matte black rubbery casing although slightly smoother. The duo is pretty huge. One of the pan is about the size of the original size of the NARS Blush so lots of product in there. But, according to the Sephora website, the NARS Duo is 0.35 oz while the e.l.f. Duo (according to the box) is 0.14 oz. Quite a difference in weight but trust me, this Duo is still big enough.

Opened up, there's the full sized mirror which is excellent. I totally resent tiny barely-functional mirrors. No brush provided which is fine by me since I don't usually use the brushes that come with palettes. There's the protective plastic sheet -- just like NARS has. You can see closer pics of the NARS Super Orgasm [here].

From the comparison, NARS Super Orgasm is slightly more orange and of course, it has bigger golden flecks which makes it different from the original NARS Orgasm. The e.l.f. blush should resemble more of NARS Orgasm. The color is very very close (as in the difference would be practically unnnoticeable on the face) with the same golden sheen. As for the Laguna, I don't have a comparison swatch but according to the color description "sheer light brown shimmer", it's pretty much spot on. Both shades are equally pigmented.

The texture of the powder is fine but doesn't fly everywhere. It applies beautifully and blends well. I'm know I'll be using a lot of the blush but probably not too much of the bronzer. It's a tad too brown for me and I'm not sure if it'll work for contouring since it has shimmer. Eh, I'll find a way to put it to good use.

I can be seen wearing the blush from this duo [here].
If you're looking for another NARS Orgasm blush dupe, try Milani Blush in Luminous.
More reviews of e.l.f. Studio products [here].

By the way, the e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder is USD3 as with the rest of the e.l.f. Studio line.
The NARS Highlighting/Bronzing Blush Duo is USD37




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Friday, January 16, 2009

e.l.f. Studio: USD3 and Worth Every Penny!

Eyeslipsface aka e.l.f. is already well-known for their USD1 cosmetics. Some of my favorites include the Tone Correcting Concealer, Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder and Eyeshadow Brush. Truthfully, some of the 1 Dollar products do look rather cheapo and just didn't work all that well but I always tell myself, "It's just a buck. What do you expect?".

Recently, e.l.f. came up with a new line of products called e.l.f. Studio but this time, each product was USD3 instead. The first thing I noticed about the range was that none of the products looked cheap. They all looked very classy in matte black packaging and with the quality to match.

e.l.f. has definitely outdone itself this time. It has proven itself with the Studio line that cosmetics need not be expensive in order to be great.

Read on for the reviews and swatches.

Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter
(glow/fair)

I didn't get this for myself since I don't bother to use highlighters for my dark circles so this review is courtesy of Carmen. The highlight has very fine shimmers that help to brighten the darkened areas so that not too much concealer has to be caked on. The concealer gives a medium coverage and doesn't sink into the lines under the eye. Both liquids are easy to blend and packaged in a dual-sided tube with a doe-foot applicator. The screw even has a sort of 'lock' when it's properly closed so the chances of the concealer unscrewing itself in the tossing of your bag is quite slim. I would not recommend this to those with intense dark circles looking for full cover. However, this would be great to brighten the eye area as well as for touching up.

Eyebrow Kit
(light)

The packaging is compact with a huge mirror. It comes with a dual sided applicator with one side being an angled flat brush for the gel and the other side is a tapered fluffy brush for the powder. The brush, although tiny is of good quality so you wouldn't wanna toss the brush out unlike with most on-palette applicators. I expected the gel side to be creamy but it was rather firm, which is good. This means that not too much product will be picked up by the brush. The texture is very smooth which helps to shade in the brows naturally. The powder side is also smooth and not too powdery. It does not have a strong color but it helps to set the gel and also gives a more natural finish. The shade I got was too light for me to draw but it's usable to shade in the darker areas of my brows. So, for Asians, I'd recommend getting the Medium shade instead.

Eyeliner & Shadow Stick

Carmen got Brown Basic and I got Black Smoke. It has a sturdy dual ended packaging.

The cream shadow side is a very light bronze shade and will look really pretty for daytime. It's not too frosty either. The shadow does not smudge at all. I repeat, it DOES NOT SMUDGE. You can literally rub on it and it will not smudge. I was truly amazed. That said, it will be wonderful as an eyeshadow base as well because you can count on it to not crease either. The liner side is more of a deep bronze with some shimmers. A very pretty color indeed. However, the liner does smudge a little but it's still decent compared to most pencil liners. It is incredibly smooth though. Glides like a dream.

The texture for this shade is exactly the same as with the Brown Basic. There's quite a good amount of product on each side. The Smoke is said to be a dupe for MAC Shadestick in Sharkskin. A more famous dupe for Sharkskin is NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Slate. Comparing both swatches, Smoke is more silvery so I think Slate would be a closer dupe (from the swatches I've seen). Nevertheless, it'll make a great base for smokey eyes and of course, it doesn't smudge (unlike NYX). The liner side is again, very smooth and perfect for tightlining because it can get into the nooks of the lashes' roots effortlessly. But since it does smudge, I would not recommend using it for the waterline.

Complexion Brush

This product was one of the biggest surprises. Although e.l.f. makes a very good eyeshadow brush, all the other brushes are practically crap. Carmen bought it just because she wanted to give it chance when I didn't. And to my dismay (because I didn't get it), it was INCREDIBLY SOFT! The synthetic bristles felt like silk on the skin. Definitely one of the softest brush I've ever felt and believe me, there are only a handful of insanely soft brushes that I've encountered. There is a slight chemical-light scent but once you wash it, it'll be gone. The brush doesn't shed and nor did it bleed. The complexion brush will be ideal for powder and blush application. It comes with a clear protector for the bristles. Now I really can't wait to get my own!

You must be wondering why I've only reviewed four products when there's five in the first picture. Well, that product is the piesta de resistance. It deserves a whole other post for it.

Malaysian Readers, e.l.f. products can be obtained through sgdrugstore.


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