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Stila Gold Glow, a Shimmery Summer Eyeshadow/Bronzer, Swatches & Eye Look!

Stila Gold Glow
Stila Gold Glow

I’ve had this eyeshadow pan for ages but I only seem to think to use it when warmer weather hits. This Stila Gold Glow is a refill baked on a terracotta disk, intended to go inside a round case with a clear twist off lid that apparently sells for an atrocious $37. If I remember correctly, I managed to nab this, along with a Bronze Glow refill buddy (I’ll do that one later), for $12 including shipping from ebay a few years ago. Much more manageable!

Stila Gold Glow is a trio of shades including a beautiful metallic gold, a warm satiny golden brown, and a shimmery ivory shade. The ivory part has a bit too much sparkle in it for me to want to use as a brow bone highlight, but I do like it in the inner corner, and alone on the lid with a strong berry lip. Some swatches in indoor lighting, shade from sun, and flash.

Stila Gold Glow Swatches
Stila Gold Glow Swatches

The texture of these is similar to most baked eyeshadows in that they are somewhat dry but silky and blendable. The advertise them to be used both dry and wet, however you can use any eyeshadow like that. I use these without an eyeshadow primer as I find that actually makes wear worse for me, my regular foundation does just fine as a base. Shown on my eye here with the gold on the lid, the brown in crease, and the highlighter in inner corner with a tiny bit on brow bone. The photo below includes the rest of the products used for this look, including Clarins Wonder Perfect Mascara (sample size, black) and Milani Liquif’eye liner in brown.

Stila Gold Glow on eye
Stila Gold Glow on eye
Stila Gold Glow, Clarins Wonder Perfect Mascara, Milani Liquif'Eye Liner
Stila Gold Glow, Clarins Wonder Perfect Mascara, Milani Liquif’Eye Liner

I find these last fairly well all day, even in the heat. They do fade in intensity a small amount, but the effect is still nice as it sort of melds with your skin somewhat for a nice glowy summer look. I do like these, but I would never pay their regular retail price for them. Although they are nice, I find these to be more in line with a better quality drugstore eyeshadow, which is around the price I paid. The amount of product you get is huge as well, so this will (and has) last me a long time. They also say you can use this as a bronzer, but I think that would be too shimmery for me. I will stick to using this as eyeshadow!

Do you have a favourite summer eye look?

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Nail Polish · Vintage Post

LA Colors Cobalt NOTD Swatch & Review!

LA Colors Cobalt
LA Colors Cobalt

I love blue nail polish (as you might be able to tell by so, so many blue swatches presented on my blog). I especially like it on toes. There was an extended time in my teens where I wore nothing but various shades of blue on my toes at all times! I found this pretty blue shade at the local bargain shop for less than $2.

LA Colors Cobalt is mostly aptly named, but it does lean turquoise in certain lights. It’s full of matching  blue and silver micro glitter, and needs two to three coats. Some swatches in various lighting!

 

LA Colors Cobalt
LA Colors Cobalt Swatch
LA Colors Cobalt Swatch
LA Colors Cobalt Swatch
LA Colors Cobalt Swatch
LA Colors Cobalt Swatch

This bargain polish lasted on my nails for 3 days and was still going strong when I took it off as I wanted a change. There was only minor tip wear. Amazing. Next time I’m in the area I think I will grab a few more, as this formula out performs polishes I have that cost more than five times as much! This shade is what I was hoping Nicole by OPI Sky’s the Limit would be.

Have a great day!

Beauty · Vintage Post

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!

Beauty · Vintage Post

Essence Party All Night & Get Ready Eyeshadow Swatch & Review!

Essence Eyeshadows
Essence Eyeshadows

I saw a decent review of these recently, citing that they were dupes for some things, and thought I should check them out next time I was near a Shoppers Drug Mart. I found these on for $2.50 apiece and thought I’d try out two of the more neutral ones. These eyeshadows must have really wanted me to have them, as they rang up for $1.24 for one, then $0.62 for the next! Both the checkout lady and I were confused as there was no sale, nor clearance marked anywhere. I was too surprised to think to grab more at the time, I wish I had! If you’re in Canada, and near a Shoppers (I’m not sure where it’s sold outside of Canada, sorry) check it out, you never know.

Essence Party All Night, Get Ready
Essence Party All Night, Get Ready
Essence Party All Night, Get Ready
Essence Party All Night, Get Ready

I picked up Essence Party All Night 35 (a shimmery metallic taupe) and Get Ready 09 (a more satin finish cocoa brown). These have just the tiniest, super faint rose scent. It’s barely perceptible. You would have to be super sensitive to scent to smell it (I am). I am in no way saying this is fragranced to the point it would bother anyone. I can only smell it in the compact, not on my face. And I can barely smell it in the compact! But it’s there.

Starting with Essence Party All Night! The names are obviously geared to young teenagers, I hope they don’t mind I’ve bought up all their makeup. This shade is marked as a metallic, which it is, but not harshly so. On the lid it blends out to a lovely shimmery taupe. I find it blends into my skin tone well and enhances it in a pretty but subtle way. The texture is soft, smooth, incredibly blendable. I wore this all day (with Get Ready in the crease) and it lasted. All day. And this was a hot day, full of shopping and running around. I don’t wear eyeshadow primer, so far it hasn’t worked for me well, so that was just this eyeshadow, over my regular foundation. For this price, I am super impressed. If you are looking for an awesome, everyday, shimmery neutral taupe that would look great with everything, try this. You won’t be disappointed.

Essence Party All Night
Essence Party All Night

Essence Get Ready is a cooler leaning cocoa brown shade. I like that it isn’t too warm a shade. This one is marked as a shimmer, but on swatches and on the lid it is more of a satin, nearing a matte. I like using this in the crease so far, but might try it alone as a simple brown smoky eye some time now that I know the lasting power is pretty good. It is also soft and blends out nicely, however not quite as well as Party All Night. It has slightly less pigment. This is probably for the best as this might apply far too much colour too quickly and as a result be hard to blend out if it was as pigmented as Party All Night. I do like this especially as it is a cooler toned cocoa brown. I would probably rebuy, especially if I could grab it as cheap as I did this time!

Essence Get Ready
Essence Get Ready

 

Here they are swatched, in shade and flash. NC 20/25 skin. Party All Night on top, Get Ready beneath.

Essence Party All Night, Get Ready Swatched
Essence Party All Night, Get Ready Swatched

And here is a super simple eye looking using only these two eyeshadows and mascara. Party All Night on lid, Get Ready in the crease. Both were run under the eye and blended to line. A beautiful, easy, fast, perfect for everyday look.

Essence Party All Night, Get Ready on eye
Essence Party All Night, Get Ready on eye

Overall, yes I’d recommend these. Cost is great, wear time is great, texture and shades are great! I don’t mind the packaging, it’s sturdy enough for my needs. They are unlikely to break if dropped on my carpet but I can see how someone might have issues dropping them on hardwood or tile. I’m planning a future post to compare these to other shadows for dupes, both higher and lower end.

Worth mentioning, the overspray on Party All Night makes it look far more glittery than it actually is. Here is a shot to show the contrast between the unused portion with glitter overspray, and the used under portion. You’ll see it’s quite different. Don’t be fooled by the super shiny presentation! It’s far more pretty and subtle, I promise!

Essence Party All Night, Under Overspray
Essence Party All Night, Under Overspray

Essence single eyeshadows are a huge 0.08oz/2.5g and are available for $2.50 (or less!)