Jun 30, 2016

Make Up For Ever AquaXL Eyeliner Pencils - Swatches

Make Up For Ever - MUFE AquaXL Waterproof Eyeliner Pencils - Swatches
Make Up For Ever - MUFE Aqua XL Waterproof Eyeliner Pencils ($21 each) at Sephora

Waterproof eyeliner pencils are among my most-reached-for makeup products, especially in the summers when I want to use minimal products yet get a long-lasting makeup look that stands up to the heat (and on my oily eyelids).  For the longest time, the Urban Decay eyeliner pencils have been the only ones that have worked for me, but a lot of brands now have quite good waterproof eyeliners.  MUFE recently came out with their version - Makeup For Ever Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencils.  Available in 20 shades, these pencils have a creamy formula with intense color payoff.  There are quite a few colors in this range including some lovely neutrals (browns), bright pastel shades, as well as rich blues and blacks.  Scroll on for swatches.

Jun 27, 2016

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection - Face Palette - Swatches

Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Collection Face Palette Swatches
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection - Face Palette ($52) at Sephora

Even an under-the-rock dweller in the fringes of the makeup world would know all about the Becca - Jaclyn Hill collaboration and the much-raved-about Champagne Pop highlighter.  The highlighter being such a favorite, the two teamed up for another collection, this time to include palettes with eyeshadows and blushes mixed in.  I tried out the blush-highlighter palette that is still available at Sephora, and got some swatches to share.  The palette has a beautiful white and gold packaging on the outside, luxurious gold inside and includes a huge mirror on one side.  There are  3 blushes and 2 highlighters in the palette.  The blushes are a mix of matte (2 mineralized blushes Amaretto and Pamplemousse) and luminous blush in Rose Spritz.  The two highlighters are Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop.  Scroll on for swatches.

Jun 26, 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette ($42) at Sephora

Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palettes have always been among some of my favorites, both in terms of quality of the eyeshadows as well as the well-coordinated colors included in these palettes. The new Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette is another winner from the brand.  The 14-shade eyeshadow palette features a mix of neutral colors with warm browns and even a bright crimson shade.   The eyeshadows are soft, smooth, oh-so-pigmented and can be mixed and matched for a range of looks from daytime to neutrals to sophisticated, dark smokey eyes for the night.  The palette has a generous-sized mirror on one side and includes a double-sided brush in the packaging, making this perfect for travel or just having in the bag.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Jun 20, 2016

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipsticks - Swatches

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipsticks - Swatches
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipsticks ($32 each) at Nordstrom

Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire collection is a recent launch here in the US, and I finally found it at my local Nordstrom this weekend.  As the name suggests, the collection is an extension of - or inspired by - Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire perfume.  The packaging features a clear top, much like that of the perfume bottle, and unlike the testers in the photo above, the lipsticks are housed in black tubes with clear caps (the actual lipstick is seen in a corner in the above pic).  The collection also includes nail colors to mix and match with the lipsticks.  The lipstick formula is quite balm-like, lightweight, and shiny.  A lot of brands have similar lipsticks, but I liked the bright yet easy-to-wear colors in the Guerlain range - these are just the sort I love to wear this time of the year.  Of the colors I tried, only 3 had some shimmer to it - 012 Python Bag, 007 Black Perfecto, and 013 Leather Blazer - but the shimmer particles are quite fine and not very obvious in swatches.  Scroll on for more photos.