Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Showtime – Endurance Test!

Revlon Showtime!

Revlon Showtime!

Of the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy line that is currently available, only one shade (other than Queen of Hearts) caught my eye, and it was the blueish, purpleish flaky glitter containing Showtime! I actually got the top coat intended to use with this line as it was all on sale, and I really wanted to see how it held up, being a long time fan of Revlon nail products.

Revlon Showtime, Gel Envy Top Coat

Revlon Showtime, Gel Envy Top Coat

Here are some swatches in various lighting. I did use 2 coats of the top coat as I found the flaky glitter did leave just the slightest bit of texture, which although interesting, wasn’t what I was going for this time around. I’ve heard mixed info about this product requiring a bit of UV to completely set (just from daylight, not from a lamp.) I didn’t go out of my way to bake them in sunlight, just a few brief minutes while taking pictures, and it seemed to set up well. Swatches!

Revlon Showtime Swatch, Indoors

Revlon Showtime Swatch, Indoors

Revlon Showtime Swatch, Indoors

Revlon Showtime Swatch, Indoors

Revlon Showtime Swatch, Sunlight

Revlon Showtime Swatch, Sunlight

And on to the wear test! I am not exactly easy on my hands, and the photos taken from this week would include time working in a shipping warehouse packing orders, and in an office shuffling a thousand papers. This first picture is at the end of day 3.

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Nothing but minor tip wear. Wow. This is already a solid passing grade to me. Very impressed.¬† Now this week was pretty busy, and I didn’t manage to remember to take photos again until I was ready to take it off, after a full week. Here is what it looks like after an entire 7 days wear!

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So more pronounced tip wear and minor chipping, and one pronounced chip at the top of the middle finger, which is an unusual place for me to chip so I guess it got caught on something. The thumb nail doesn’t even have ANY visible tip wear! Pretty amazing ūüôā

Final verdict – if this line has a shade you really like, get it. Get the top coat too. I waited for a great sale to grab mine, but with performance like this, I’d understand if ya didn’t! Will get more to add to the collection of I find another interesting shade. I should also do a wear test for Queen of Hearts now that I have the top coat!

Enjoy your weekend! Happy daylight savings!

Mac Black Stallion Swatch & Review!

MAC Black Stallion

MAC Black Stallion

This is my first MAC polish. I found this on clearance, and it’s dark, broody shade immediately appealed. I didn’t know who Brooke Candy was, didn’t really care, but looked it up. I remain indifferent. Look her up if you want to, you may regret it. Anyway, Black Stallion is a sheer blackened purple jelly that required 3-4 coats for opacity. Below is a swatch with one coat.

MAC Black Stallion One Coat

MAC Black Stallion One Coat

And 3 coats.

MAC Black Stallion Swatch

MAC Black Stallion Swatch

I didn’t mind that it needed so many coats. What I do mind, is that this started chipping the minute it dried. It’s didn’t even make it to the end of the day. Horrible, awful, terrible performance. I used my usual base and top coat, which usually buys me at least a couple days. This discourages me from ever purchasing another MAC polish, unfortunately. I pay more for a premium product, and even on clearance, this isn’t it.

MAC Black Stallion

MAC Black Stallion

I do still love the color, for the whole few hours it remains intact!

Aubergine from Love & Beauty (Forever 21) NOTD!

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Today’s NOTD is my new favourite purple, Aubergine from Forever 21’s Love & Beauty line. Aubergine is a deep, metallic purple filled with blue and purple micro glitter. When the sun catches that glitter, it’s truly stunning! I tried to catch the blue flash it has but it was a little elusive. This line is inexpensive and decent quality for what you’re paying, and worth checking out!

Two coats over a base coat from the same line plus my HG topcoat from NYC.

Forever 21 Love & Beauty Aubergine

Forever 21 Love & Beauty Aubergine

Forever 21 Love & Beauty Aubergine

Forever 21 Love & Beauty Aubergine

Forever 21 Love & Beauty Aubergine

Forever 21 Love & Beauty Aubergine

 

This one reminds me a little of Rimmel (discontinued) Violet Metal shown here, which I also love, so I’m glad I have this one now!

Have a good week!

ELF Products Only! Pale Smoky Purple Eye Look Using Only ELF Cosmetics & Tools!

ELF Cosmetics & Tools

ELF Cosmetics & Tools

I was planning on doing a simple swatch and review of this purple ELF cosmetics eyeshadow set, labeled only as “Smoky”. It then occured to me that I had enough ELF products that I would be able to do a complete eye look using ELF only products, tools and brushed included! I didn’t use everything¬†shown above but thought I should include them in the picture just in case I did. Included in the picture above: a six pan eyeshadow set called Smoky, a liquid liner in Plum, a black mascara, an eyelash curler, two pencil liners, one in Black and one in Plum, two eyeshadow brushes, a small concealer brush I usually use for liner, a pencil sharpener that was included with the eyeliner and an eyeliner brush, all ELF products.

Swatched below are the eye liners, the pencil ones first in Plum then Black. The black didn’t stick to my waterline as I had hoped, the formula just isn’t gel like enough for that, but they still apply well to skin, and I ended up using the Plum pencil under my eye in the finished look. The Liquid liner is on the bottom, also named Plum. I quite like the liquid liner, I did a full review on the one in black, and I love it (had to buy backups, and I’m glad I did as it’s gone now!)

ELF Eye Liners in Plum and Black

ELF Eye Liners in Plum and Black

And below I have swatched the six pan palette in Smoky. Pigmentation was ok in most of them, nothing outstanding but definitely good enough to be workable for a casual look. The purple and black ones were drier than the rest, with the purple being the only really matte one in the pan. It applied better than the black. All contained sparkle in one way or another. From top to bottom we have a very frosty sheer white, a pinky lavender, the matte purple (which had sparkle in its overspray but not underneath that), a silvery, slightly lilac taupe, and impressively pigmented shimmery charcoal grey, and a not particularly well pigmented matte black with loose sparkles in the matte base. I didn’t end up using the grey or black in this lighter smoky look today.

ELF Smoky Eye Shadow 6 Pan Palette Swatches

ELF Smoky Eye Shadow 6 Pan Palette Swatches

The eyeshadows did blend just fine, and seemed to lose the heavy glitter as i blended along, which is fine with me. I did a look using the matte purple on lid, pinky lavender in crease, the taupe on inner half of lid, and the tiniest bit of the frost white in my inner corner. Although it looks black in the picture, I did use the liquid liner in Plum on my upper lid, and the pencil liner in Plum on the lower.

ELF Smoky Eye Shadow on eye

ELF Smoky Eye Shadow on eye

You can’t see the mascara very well at this angle, but I am satisfied with it’s performance. It built reasonably well in 2 coats and dried to a very soft and flexible finish. Due to this flexibility however, it didn’t hold a curl well. If you were in desperate need of mascara and only had a buck, this would do the job in a pinch. It did start to flake on me, but this might be my fault as I was continuously poking at it,¬†being impressed with it’s flexibility.

Overall, if you don’t have particularly high performance demands, pigment wise, out of your makeup, or if you don’t like using your expensive stuff when you are only going to be out a couple hours for errands or something, I would recommend these ELF products (the eyeliner especially, which is a daily use product for me!)

Have any favourite ELF products?

Revlon Scandalous/Facets of Fuchsia & NYX Princess NOTD!

Revlon Scandalous/Facets of Fuchsia & NYX Princess

Revlon Scandalous/Facets of Fuchsia & NYX Princess

Aside from all the extra rain we get here for autumn in the Vancouver area, I like fall. It’s cool enough to wear more scarves (I love me some scarves) and it’s another reason to wear darker shades! I am presenting the Revlon shade on the left as both Facets of Fuchsia and Scandalous because they are the same thing. Facets of Fuchsia was a limited edition from a while ago that was re-released more recently under the name Scandalous as part of the permanent line. If you have one, you have the other.

Revlon Facets of Fuchsia/Scandalous is a black based jelly with large hex glitter and small glitter that looks like a purpley fuchsia in the sheer blackened base. This purple glitter turns silver when you’re removing the polish. It builds up really well, but that many layers of glitter can be hard to remove. I generally use this with a base of black, but this time I wanted to bring out the purple a bit more. I used a layer of NYX Princess first (discontinued I think as they changed the packaging on this line a while back) followed by two of the Revlon. The final look was still deep and dark, but a little brightened with the fuchsia base.

Some pictures in various lights.

Revlon Scandalous/Facets of Fuchsia & NYX Princess

Revlon Scandalous/Facets of Fuchsia & NYX Princess

Revlon Scandalous/Facets of Fuchsia & NYX Princess

Revlon Scandalous/Facets of Fuchsia & NYX Princess

Revlon Scandalous/Facets of Fuchsia & NYX Princess

Revlon Scandalous/Facets of Fuchsia & NYX Princess

This held up surprisingly well, with a topcoat, for a couple of days. The Revlon Facets of Fuchsia/Scandalous is also a pretty good dupe for Deborah Lipmann Bad Romance. Enjoy your week!

Revlon Naughty NOTD, Swatch & Review!

Revlon Naughty

Revlon Naughty

An appropriately grey day here, just right for this stormy purple! Revlon Naughty is not this shade’s first incarnation. ¬†This was first released long ago as a limited edition called Purplex! It was reintroduced later as Revlon Naughty, and I’m glad it was! As far as I can tell it is not yet discontinued. This one is also known as a perfect dupe for Chanel Paradoxal!

Revlon Naughty is a perfect blend of grey and purple, with a subtle pinkish shimmer throughout. It looks great in 2 coats and was shiny enough to not need a top coat for the swatches I took for this post. It wore well for a few days, with more tip wear than chips, which was nice. When it was time to take it off for a fresh manicure, I ended up painting it right back on! Good way to tell you really like a shade! This of course does lean very cool toned so it may not look right on everyone. I also find there is enough grey in it for it to behave as a neutral, at least in my wardrobe.

Some swatches in various lighting. Two coats no top coat.

Revlon Naughty Swatch

Revlon Naughty Swatch

Revlon Naughty Swatch

Revlon Naughty Swatch

Revlon Naughty Swatch

Revlon Naughty Swatch

Revlon Naughty Swatch

Revlon Naughty Swatch

I really like this one! Great for fall (or any other time, really!)

Enjoy your weekend!

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette Swatch, Review & Look!

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette

Before I found this pretty palette, I thought Pacifica only made simple, but beautiful, perfumes and candles. I did a review on some of their lighter, summery scents not too long ago. When I saw this stunning collection of colours together in this palette, and knowing my success with other Pacifica products, I decided to snap it up considering both the sale price and the fact that Pacifica products¬†are incredibly difficult to find in my area. I checked reviews first, and there isn’t too many of them (seems it’s hard to find everywhere) but they were generally glowing, and I agree! From the box to the palette to the product itself, everything about this product is delightful.

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Close up of top flap

Above is a close up from the top, and below is a ¬†picture showing the pretty front, side and back of the beautiful box. The full name of this palette as shown on the box is Pacifica Natural Minerals Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette, coconut infused mineral eye shadows. The side says “velvety coconut infused natural mineral eyeshadows” and the back has a list of the shadows in the pan, each individually named, and a full ingredient listing, which does indeed contain coconut. Remember you can click the pictures to enlarge.

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette Box

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette Box

A breakdown of the shades as listed on the back, according to Pacifica:

Skinny Dip: a matte nude base cover or lash liner. A universal highlighter.

My take: not matte. This is a satin finish peach leaning pale shell pink. I could see someone using it as a light powder base under a full shadow look, but I don’t understand why people do that. That just washes out the other shadows in my experience. As a lash liner, I couldn’t see that working, maybe a bit along the lower lash line? Not sure where they were going with that. This wouldn’t work as a “universal” highlighter, this would look odd and ashy as that on darker skin shades. Anyone medium or paler might like it as that though.

Coral Sand: a satin coral lid base or highlighter.

My take: satin finish, yes. Lid base, yes I might use this on the lid, lightly, otherwise it might look too orange on me. I can’t see this being good as a highlighter unless you resemble a pumpkin. The shade on its own is gorgeous however. Of any coppery shadows I have, I think this is the most wearable. This would make blue or green eyes look incredibly bright.

Golden: perfect gold with just the right amount of shimmer. Use on lids and/or for highlighting.

My take: strongly metallic orangey based gold. It is *really* warm. This is a bit too orange for me, the pictures make that stand out even more so. I still might wear it as a lid shade from time to time, perhaps sheered out by Skinny Dip for less impact. On its own as a lid shade, this would look stunning on tanned or darker skin shades, or as a night club or evening look. As a highlighter, I don’t know, maybe it if was applied very sheerly.

Urchin: iridescent jeweled purple with gold tones. Perfect for lining and crease.

My take: this isn’t iridescent in the sense that it colour shifts. It absolutely does have a bit of a metallic sheen to it and it is the most beautiful purple shadow I own by a wide margin. All of my purples lean blue, other than this one. This one leans red. I am always enamoured with the deep burgundyish purples, and of course they always make it look like I’ve been punched in the eye due to the red base. This one, however, has the perfect amount of red to seem rich and brown to keep it a bit more neutral. Urchin is¬†a¬†perfect alternative in an ocean of too red freshly bruised burgundy and too blue candy coated grape shadows.

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening shadows have a lovely texture. Very soft and smooth, creamy to apply and blend. I fond the pigmentation to be wonderful as well. I haven’t done a full on endurance test of these shadows yet but judging by their application and texture they would wear as well as or better than a higher end drugstore shadow. I actually find they apply similarly to my Urban Decay shadows from the Naked 2 palette (which I find to be good but not at all worth the hype or cost), but not as well as my Wet n’ Wild shadows, say from Comfort Zone (which I intend to do a post on eventually) or Silent Treatment.

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette  Swatches

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette Swatches

I did a look with all four of these shadows but with the purple Urchin as the focus. I used Skinny Dip on the brow and in the inner corner, Coral Sand through the crease, Urchin all over the lid, and just a small amount of Golden in the inner tear duct area, which I think might have been too much but I really wanted to see what all four looked like together. The package claims that these shadows brighten the eyes and I would say they lived up to that claim.

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette on Eye

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette on Eye

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette on Eye

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette on Eye

Something about these shadows used together reminds me of an exotic vacation! I’ve never had makeup give me that impression before. Classic, romantic, dramatic, basic, natural, sure, but never have I had makeup scream “VACATION!” like this one did. If you’re planning an exotic holiday, try this palette, you could easily do day and night looks with it! EDIT: Urchin is a perfect match for Maybelline Eye Studio gel liner in Eggplant!

Pacifica products are 100% Vegan, cruelty free, contain no phthalates , talc, parabens, or petroleum. ¬†A portion of proceeds of Pacifica products support clean water, although it does not go into detail as to how. These eyeshadows were made in the US and the palette is a huge 0.25oz or 7g. So that would be 1.75g per shadow pot. For comparison, a MAC eye shadow is smaller at 1.5g. A Wet n’ Wild single pan is slightly smaller at 1.7g. Single eye shadows within an Urban Decay Naked palette are only 1.3g. This Pacifica palette is an all around fantastic deal! If you can manage to find these anywhere, try them, you won’t be disappointed!

You are so pretty!

You are so pretty!

Enjoy your weekend!

Essence Chic Reloaded NOTD Swatch & Review!

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

I was stuck waiting for a bus on my way home from an appointment¬†recently, so I decided to use the time to stop into the Shopper’s Drug Mart, which I don’t normally get to do, and I’m sure glad I did! I had some fantastic luck in the clearance section with this beauty, and something else I will be posting later. I found this hiding in a clearance bin for 50 cents! Crazy. Usually the duochromes sell out fast.

Essence Chic Reloaded is a green to pinky-purple shifting duochrome, with a charcoaly grey undertone you can see between shifts of colour. Stunning! ¬†As with all of the newer Essence polishes, it dried quickly. This shade took two coats for opacity but looked better with three. My swatches are without a topcoat, and I think it would benefit greatly from one, but I wanted the swatches to show the colour shift properly without a glossy sheen interfering. The brush is perfect for my nail shape and skill level. The only thing I didn’t like about this particular polish was that it seemed to chip faster than my other Essences – a topcoat would likely help with this as well. But for 50 cents, I’m really not complaining. Here are some swatches in various lights, tried to capture the colour shift in each shot!

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

And also this is the closest I could get to capturing the charcoal grey shift in between the purple/green shades.

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

And a close up of the bottle, trying to capture both shade shifts!

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

Love it! Check out your local Shopper’s Drug Mart clearance section, Canadian ladies. There might be good stuff!

 

I also wanted to take a moment to acknowledge my nomination for a Liebster Award from¬†Madeleine’s Beauty.

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

 

I am happy to link back to her for the recognition, but I am afraid my participation will end there. I find these awards to be kind of spammy/hammy/chain letter like, and they force a blogger into a lot of work they haven’t signed up for, and I would prefer to not be the person giving them that work. I already happily do link to other blogs when it is appropriate (for examples you may check out some of my posts referencing Polly Fragrant and LastContrast) but I am really not interested in spamming my friends. Although it may not seem it, seeing as I have a public blog, I am actually a very private person, and answering a series of personal questions (and then forcing a dozen or so others to do the same) makes me acutely uncomfortable. I did answer a few more personal questions in response to a Very Inspiring Blogger Award¬†which you can check out here. I also changed the rules for that award as well, which I think may have been my favourite part of the whole thing. Call me a non conformist! Thank you again, Madeleine, for your nomination.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadows in Sage & Lavender, Swatches!

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow

These Almay single shadows came out years¬†ago, but weren’t ever launched in my area in Canada. I saw reviews and swatches for them on US sites ages ago and have wanted them ever since. I gave up when I learned they were long discontinued. And then, in a strange twist, I found them in my local discounter. I’m not sure where this place gets their salvage stock, but I am so grateful. I’ve managed to find things I would never normally, at almost negligible prices! These were $2.50!

The entire line of these are soft, muted shades that wouldn’t be too unusual to find in nature. In fact the whole line’s marketing is based on trying to look pure and natural. They boast that the product is 98.2% natural which in effect means squat (it’s not regulated). It also is labeled to be hypoallergenic which is equally as meaningless (also not regulated). Thats aside, I do like the packaging, stiff cardboard covered in paper. There is a window of plastic over the center so you can see the shades, and it has a magnetic closure. Being flat, light, and perfectly square, these would store tidily. Click for larger pictures.

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow, Back

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow, Back

Sage is a pale, muted sage green with shimmer. Thankfully it remains mostly neutral instead of leaning too warm. It also has a bit of a metallic golden flash to it, very interesting and unexpected from this tiny single shadow. Somehow looks almost mint green on my eye in some lights.

Lavender is again muted, a pale shimmery lavender. It looks pinkish in some lights and has a silvery pale metallic look. It also leans a bit taupe and is again thankfully neutral. Some swatches of both under flash and sun.

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow Swatches, Sage, Lavender

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow Swatches, Sage, Lavender

The texture of both of these are soft and buttery smooth, and they apply like a dream. The texture reminds me of a light application of the good Wet n’ Wild eyeshadows. Reading old reviews about these shadows, they complain of lack of pigment. Look at those swatches above. That was one swipe down my arm with no base, just bare skin. Do they look unpigmented to you? They don’t to me. These are pale, natural looking, neutral shades, which is pretty much what they advertised. I’m not sure what those who were complaining about lack of pigment were expecting. I see some beautifully smooth pale neutral shades. I can’t wait to pair these with some matte brown definition in the crease.

I’ve worn these all day today, a hot summer day. They haven’t budged and are wearing comfortably. These are a generous 2.25g/0.09oz (almost twice as much as MAC’s eyeshadows, for comparison). Sad these are discontinued, but glad to have finally tried them at such a low price! Better late than never I guess!

Revlon Colorstay Provence NOTD Swatch & Review!

Revlon Provence

Revlon Provence

I used the sky as my backdrop for this bottle of polish, what an amazing colour! Was a gorgeous day so I had to take advantage of it. It did make the shade in the bottle look greyer than it actually is, however.

The first of the newer incarnation of Revlon Colorstay nail enamels (my favourite) that I purchased was this one, Provence. It wasn’t recently, it was some time ago as it is sadly now discontinued. Thankfully it is still usable. Now that I think of it, I still have some of the first versions of the Revlon Colorstay polishes that are still usable, remember when they came in a duo pack with a topcoat? Those. I have a bunch of those still. How long have I had these, 10 years? 15?

Revlon Provence is a pale, greyed out lavender shade. It has just enough purple in it to see that there’s a colour there, but still subtle and neutral enough for even the most conservative of venues. It is sheer and streaky in one coat, but evens out nicely with two coats. Dry time is a little longer with this one as it stays tacky for a while. Swatches below are with no topcoat. Still pretty shiny without it, I think.

Revlon Provence Shade

Revlon Provence in shade

Revlon Provence Sun

Revlon Provence with Flash

And I can’t help myself with topcoats, I added a layer of Essie As Gold As It Gets and then another of Revlon Colorstay Calla Lily for a bit of faint shimmer to add some depth and interest.

Revlon Provence with topcoats

Revlon Provence with gold topcoats

 

It’s more of a spring shade rather than summer, but I think it’s something nice and light for the super hot days we’ve been having here lately!

Enjoy your week!

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