Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Double Review: Nars Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eye Primer & Empro Triangular Brow Pencil in Golden Brown

There are many things in life that you absolutely have to have. It could be a lovely family, good food and an engaging book or TV series… but for me, there are two items where eye makeup is concerned, two items which I cannot live without thus far: eye primer and any product that can be used to fill in my brows.

Let’s cue them both in, shall we?

Nars Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eye Base Box

Here is the Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. Whew. What a mouthful.

Nars Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eye Base I

This is the Nars eyeshadow base, it comes in a white tube with a matte black applicator-wand.

Nars Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eye Base Applicator

The applicator is a doe-foot, which can be used to spread the primer all over your eyes. Some might think it to be a little unhygienic, but since I’m only using it on myself, I’m not really fussed about it.

Nars Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eye Base Swatch

The product is a white liquid that will blend out clear. There is no color-cast after you’ve blended it out, so you can use it with most colors and finishes.

Nars Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eye Base with Outremer

The left swatch is Nars’ most notorious eyeshadow, Outremer, without the eyeshadow base below it, and the right one, with. As you can see, it has brought a lot of life into Outremer, even bringing out the little flecks of shimmer hidden within the eyeshadow pan as well! Of course, since it’s Outremer, both are insanely heavy swatches.

Let’s move onto the eyebrow pencil now, shall we?

Empro Triangular Brow Pencil Golden Brown

The Empro Triangular Eyebrow Pencil in Golden Brown. Wow, again, it comes in white, albeit glossy packaging

Empro Triangular Brow Pencil Golden Brown Tip

The tip is triangular, which is supposed to enable ease in application.

Empro Triangular Brow Pencil Golden Brown Swatch

The color is a soft brown with a greyish cast, which actually suits my brows more than the MAC Brow Fluidline that I have. It’s still going strong, so I’m using that when I have more time in the morning, and this when I don’t.

Now, let us see what happens when we put the two together on a test of longevity.

Nars Eye Primer, Empro Eyebrow Pencil Wear Time Test

The picture on the top is both the eyebrow pencil and the eyeshadow base beneath the one-shade look I did just a few days ago, and the bottom one is the same configuration about… 10 hours after.

As you can see, there was only a tiny hit of fading at the tops of the brows, and the eyeshadows and eyeliner remained vibrant and opaque. The eyeshadows were Inglot ones though, and they work lovely on me, but they might work differently on others. I’m impressed by this, more so because I had a full day running in and out of Uni in search of food during my long break from classes that day, heh heh~

The Nars eyeshadow base retails for RM 120 at the Nars store in Pavilion, KL.

Pros: Increases eyeshadow vibrancy, prolongs eyeshadow weartime.

Cons: A little too pricy for being an eyeshadow base, but it’s Nars.

The Empro eyebrow pencil retails for RM 50-60ish depending on promotions at selected drugstores/pharmacies as well as Empro counters in Malaysia.

Pros: Suits my brow-color perfectly, relatively affordable.

Cons: Slight fading in prolonged wear.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

FOTD: One-Shade Eyeshadow With Three Colors!

Actually, it’s a wash of three colors layered together to make it look as if there’s only one color. I was quite enamored with the robin-egg color that was on Elsa’s shimmery gown in Frozen so I decided to try and see if I could mix that color with what eyeshadows I had.

The other reason I did this with in only one wash of color because I found how easy it was to do, and the impact was nothing less than wearing three or four colors together. It was the quickest thing one could do when one is pressed for time!

Robin Egg Blue 1-4

Step 1: Apply a creamy white base to make the eyeshadow appear brighter and truer to color.

Step 2: Cover the white base with a matte grassy green.

Step 3: Add a sky-blue to the green, right on top of it.

Step 4: Finally, add a layer of white to the mix, and remember to blend out the edges!

Robin Egg Blue 5-8

Step 5: Line your eyes. I followed the shape of my eyelid mostly, with a long, but almost straight flick at the end.

Step 6: Smudge the lower lashline with a little bit of the sky blue used in Step 3 and apply a flesh-colored eyeliner onto the waterline.

Step 7: Apply mascara and define the brows.

Step 8: Dab a little bit of purple or berry lipstick and spread it all over your lips, keeping the color as sheer as possible.

Step 9: Lightly swirl a little bit of hot pink blush onto the high planes of your cheeks and you’re done!

I hope you  enjoyed this post. I really liked seeing how the green turned into the final color after the blue and the white were added to it in layers, heh heh!

Products Used:

Eyes -

  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
  • Inglot 384 Matte (Grassy Green) – Eyelid
  • Inglot 322 Matte (Sky Blue) – Eyelid, lower lashline
  • Inglot 496 DS (White) – Eyelid
  • Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Liquid Liner – Black
  • Sephora Kohl Pencil in Beige
  • Maybelline Volum’Express Rocket Mascara (To be reviewed)
  • Empro Triangular Eyebrow Pencil in Golden Brown

Lips -

  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Cutting Edge

Face -

  • Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation in B30
  • MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Deep
  • Nars Desire Blush

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review: MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in Medium Deep

MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural Medium Dark Box

Ah, another cult product from MAC. One so well loved, and well known that I just… completely forgot to review it for you guys. I bought this in the Dubai International Airport because everything sold at the entire airport was 30% off, and I told myself, “Hmm, I’ve never tried the MAC MSF before, and now should be a good time to do so!” My only regret was that I didn’t get more MAC stuff then!

MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural Medium Dark Powder

If you’re not familiar with the Mineralized line from MAC, they’re mineral-based products that have been baked, coming in dome-shaped forms that produce a tiny amount of sheen.

MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural Medium Dark Swatch

Here is the swatch of the product, the best I can muster. It looks a little peach on the underside of my arm, but do rest assured that it is a good color match for me, because my face is somewhat darker than the rest of my body.

B4 MAC MSF Natural Medium Dark

Here you can see my skin’s texture before applying the MAC MSF Natural. It’s a little well-behaved when I took this shot, with a little redness at the tops of the cheekbones and a lots of tiny, but deep pores.

MAC MSF Natural Medium Dark

After applying the product, the redness seemed to have toned down, thus evening the skintone out. The coverage of the product is rather sheer, which is what I look for in a powder, because I use powders to set my foundation and/or concealer, and not as base products themselves.

However, I would say that the coverage is pretty decent if you’re looking for a simple, fast base to put on for more casual settings. That being said, I love pairing this with BB creams.

The lasting power is not much to shout about if you use it alone. You’ll definitely need to reapply after about 5 hours. However, if you use it as a setting powder, you’ll get a decent 8-10 hours of wear before you can see your base breaking down.

All in all, this is a lovely product. I know I should sound like I’m raving about it, but it performs to expectations, and that’s about it… I guess.

Retails at MAC stores in Malaysia for RM 115.

Pros: Fine, sheer coverage (could be a con for those seeking higher coverage), reduces redness slightly. Decent setting powder.

Cons: Pretty short wear time if used alone.

Monday, March 17, 2014

FOTD: Introducing The Pantone Color Of The Year For 2014- Radiant Orchid!

(Source: Pantone)

Every year, Pantone releases a color they claim to be a Color of the Year, and for a few years now, these colors are ones that I do enjoy. No doubt, I like the one for this year as well! It looks like this, heh heh! ^_^Well, according to the specifications on the Pantone website, that is!

Since this is radiant orchid, I decided to go with purple eyes and a reddish-purple lip for this look. Scroll down to see how it looks!

Radiant Orchid 1-4

Step 1: Apply a purplish base all over the eyelid, since we’ll be working with mostly purple colors. Also, using a base will coax the color out of stubborn eyeshadows, and make them easier to apply.

Step 2: Pat a dark, matte purple at the outer and inner corners of the eyelid, and bridge both areas with a little line at the lowest part of the crease/socket-line.

Step 3: Place a shimmery, shiny purple right at the center of the eye. This will make your eyeball look rounder, because the shiny part is at the center of the eyelids, literally at the roundest part of the eye.

Step 4: To blend the edge of the dark, matte purple, and to deepen the eyes slightly, trace a thin line of black eyeshadow onto the crease/socket-line and blend it out using circular motions, moving left to right.

Radiant Orchid 5-9

Step 5: Line the waterline with a metallic navy eyeliner, to give the eyes definition and not lose the coolness of the purple.

Step 6: Go over the lower lashline with a shimmery, but darker purple than the one used in Step 3 and line the upper lashline with your favorite liquid eyeliner.

Step 7: Define the brows and put on mascara to both upper and lower lashes. Add falsies if desired.

Step 8: Since the look is based on the color of orchids, I decided to pair a berry lipstick with a slightly reddish lipgloss to make the purple properties of the berry look less “ashy”, as some purples can be on the lips.

Step 9: I contoured the face and blended a little bit of a matte, rosy blush onto the higher planes of the cheeks. Highlight the area under the eyes if you feel like your face is too flat.

I feel like I’m becoming more and more like La Madre Daforcena – I can’t get enough of purples, AAAAAH! It is a scary thought, because she really has 50 shades of purple in her closet *no pun intended*.

Products Used:

Eyes -

  • Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo in Painted Purple (Purple) – Base
  • Nars Daphne Eyeshadow (Dark, matte purple) – Inner and outer corner of eyelid, crease/socket-line.
  • MAC Violet Pigment (Metallic purple) – Center of eyelid
  • Any black eyeshadow – Crease/socket-line
  • Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette’s Voodoo (Shimmery darker purple) – Lower Lashline
  • Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Definer in Navy – Waterline
  • Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Marker Pen Eyeliner – Black
  • Lash Bar TS063 Lashes
  • MAC Deep Dark Brunette Brow Gelcreme

Lips -

  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Cutting Edge
  • Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Strawberry

Face -

  • MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Deep
  • Sleek Contour Kit in Medium
  • Everyday Minerals Blush in Bollywood


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