I think it's time for a beauty post, yes? Prepare for a bit of a ramble and a bit of a whinge!
First up I want to share my love for the palette pictured above - Wet and Wild Color Icon palette in Comfort Zone.
Marnie from Ms Gold Girl thoughtfully included this in a swap package that she did with Simone and I finally got round to trying it out this weekend.
THIS is drugstore gold. Neutral, easy to apply shadows that make eyes shine. I am all about the left hand side, particularly the Eyelid and Definer pans - both of these are BEAUTIFUL on the eyes.
With such a low price point - under the $5 mark - there is some compromise on quality. I used the word "shine" in the previous paragraph and that's what the problem might be - there is no flat matte to play with. This is totally personal preference but I like to whack in Urban Decay Buck as the crease colour to balance it out a bit. Once I have done that it's happy days!
Eyes: Wet and Wild Comfort Zone palette (you can also get this in Dubai/Virgin Megastore!) - Link!
Lashes: Eylure 143 - Link!
Skin: Studio Fix Fluid in NC15 with a wee bit of NC37 mixed in.
Cheeks: Clinique Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette in Defining Pinks - OBSESSED - Link!
Lips: By Terry lipstick in 101 Flirty Rosy with a bit of MAC Eye gloss (yes I said eye gloss!) in Pearl Varnish.
The mention of the MAC Eye Gloss brings me to my next point.
These look lovely. They are however bloody terrible.
They make me angry.
When I went to the MAC Trends presentation a couple of months ago, THIS was the product that I immediately craved. Holographic shine on the eye? Hell yeah!
Now I have to admit to not keeping up with MAC collections so it was only until I went to the counter that I spotted that they had been integrated within the Cinderella release. Why such a professional product was placed in such a commercial collection I will never know and that's my point really. These are not for the average make up buyer. To make them work you have to use a synthetic brush and ensure that the applied eyelid never blinks or moves - ever. They are sticky beyond imagination and although I have played around with them the end result is always the same:
1) My eyelids stick together so I am in a permanent mid-blink situation; and
2) My eye make up is totally ruined.
I had hoped they would be more like the Becca Bird of Paradise eye gloss but the sticky factor prevents that from happening.
There is however a way of using them up - and that is by dabbing them on the lips. Not only does this add dimension and a vinyl finish to your lips but the intensity of the stick will mean that your lips stay in tact for hours. Seriously. Hours. My anger dissipates whenever I use these on the lips because the effect and longevity is so strong.
If you fell victim to the concept of these but find yourself unable to work with them on the eyes then do give this a try!
What did you think of the MAC Cinderella collection?