Be A Runway Beauty: Wet ‘n Wild Three-Pan Shadow Collections

Nothing wants time to fly faster than me anxiously awaiting to get the newest Wet ‘n Wild shadows. These three are almost their newest ones. There are the holiday cream glitters and 8-shade palettes now coming out. I’ll show you those in the near future. For now, here are some delightfully interesting 3-palette shadows…

swatches of wnw 002When Wet ‘n Wild puts a color collection together, it will get it to expand out of ‘safe’ color choices for shadows. Most of the time, I would never think of putting some of these colors together. Yet when I create a look with them, I’m like ‘Wow! That’s amazing!’

First up: Grays Matter…

swatches of wnw 005I had to take a super close-up to show the twinkle..

swatches of wnw 006Here’s your warning for this post: my swatches didn’t turn out at all like I wanted them. You may know that, mostly, Wet ‘n Wild powder shadows are not all chalky. Some have the fall-out expected from Wet ‘n Wild shadows. But, the natural lighting I used is way too harsh to see the proper pigmentation of these on the skin. There. I have given the disclaimer…

swatches of wnw 009Why there is the reference of gray in the name of this palette is beyond me. These shades are purple! The lightest shade is very pale. However, it did show up better on the eye. And the darkest, it was very flaky but with primer, it rose to the occasion for the eye of the day look.

I’m going to say this one is my favorite: Silent Era Film…

swatches of wnw 019 swatches of wnw 021Everything you read before on the first palette applies here. The darkest shade doesn’t work too well without a primer or something underneath to grip it. The lightest shade is more obvious on my eyelids because of the skin tone difference from my much darker hand.

And last, here’s Camera Obscura…

swatches of wnw 013 swatches of wnw 017The lightest and second lightest shades practically don’t exist on my hand. Again, on the lid, it is better. But, not only by about half. These two shadows were the weakest pigmentation-wise of the entire collection. However, where the previous darkest shades were full of fallout and really needed a firm hand to apply properly, this dark shade rocked out. It was very pigmented and created an awesome, deep smokey eye look.

If you keep your eye shadow choices far away from the wild side, you should be quite happy with these. They are more subdue, much more neutral, than the previous Pop Art collection of late this past summer.

How do you feel about these colors? Can you see the cross-usage between them?

Wet ‘n Wild’s Fergie Collection: Desert Festival

Have you seen the new Fergie collection from Wet ‘n Wild? I’m loving the color combos in these. Thanks to beauty blogs and beauty blog friends, I now have no problem stepping out of my old comfort zone and wearing lots of different eye shadow colors. This palette here would have been one that I would never even consider, a few years back. But now, I’m digging it!…

samples and swatches 019 samples and swatches 016‘Desert Festival’ can go from a crisp neutral to a spicy Southwestern feel. For a drugstore brand, Wet ‘n Wild can come up with some complex colors…

samples and swatches 021 samples and swatches 022The center, taupe, is a matte and, so it the darker peach color in the upper right corner. You can see the others are vivid with shimmers.

I swatched with a swab…

samples and swatches 027 samples and swatches 025The off-white shade in the upper left corner seems very weak in the swatches. However, it is a bit more robust on the eye. And just WOW on the extreme dark brown sparkle in the lower right corner! I can push that shade to the limit for a smoky eye look. I used an eyeliner brush and smudged that shadow all around my eyes for a fascinating look.

The darker peach shade in the upper right corner is somewhat chalky, like some mattes can be. It’s workable but some may not feel they have the time to devote to babying that shadow along. There are a few crumbs from the matte taupe shadow in the middle but the application of it is quite solid.

I have acquired several other shadow palettes from this collection and so far, I’m pleased with all but possibly one. I’ll showcase all of them in a later post. For now, I’m enjoying the view outside of my makeup selection ‘box’.

What color have you found that you like when you stepped outside the box? Do you have this Fergie palette from Wet ‘n Wild?

Forever 21: Green and Brown Powder Palette

I can’t get enough of the Forever 21 splatter palettes. How about you? This is a very Fall-appealing palette…

polishes green eye 057Did I mention in the previous post on the purple palette that these only cost $4.80? In my books, very well worth it…

polishes green eye 058polishes green eye 059polishes green eye 025All but the white shadow are shimmery. The white has a sheen to it, though. All are fairly well-pigmented and build to a bold color when used with a shadow primer. These swatches, however, don’t have any primer going on. They are all swatched in the order on the palette…

polishes green eye 066 The sparkly-est!polishes green eye 071If you like neutral shades in gold, green, bronze and brown, you will love the combos you can create with this Forever 21 palette. It really goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway…I love mixing the purple and the browns together. The combos are endless.

Have you seen this palette at Forever 21? Which one do you like more…the purple/grey one or, this green/brown?

Forever 21: Pink and Grey Powder Palette

It was a real surprise to find out that my review on a couple of cream eyeshadow palettes from Forever 21 was one of my most popular blog posts. It was cool that may others felt the same way I did about how beautiful they were.

I’m not expecting to repeat it with these powder shadows from Forever 21 however, I still think they are neat to look at and work pretty darn good on the eye…

polishes green eye 014 polishes green eye 015Yes. There are two palettes. However, I’m going to show you the pink/grey one in this review. Then the green one later. I just have way too many cool photos to show.

Not all of the shadows have a batik look to them…

polishes green eye 049 polishes green eye 017Just the square-shaped pans are multi-colored. As with many, if not all, of the shadows I have from Forever 21, these are buttery soft, have some fall-out, yet have great color pigmentation…

polishes green eye 020 polishes green eye 019 polishes green eye 030 polishes green eye 029There’s a bit of golden over-spray. I know you’re not fooled by that anymore. It just appeals to the magpie in us for shiny things. However, the swatches are divine, regardless. I swatched these in the same order they are in the palette, starting from the top row, going to the right…

polishes green eye 053 polishes green eye 055 polishes green eye 056Take a look at the bottom row, first shade on the left. What??? It looks super-duper dark grey/blakc in the palette so, it’s odd that it swatches as a golden brown. Don’t think I’m complaining! I love the swatched shade! And the two on the right end; yummy for the brow bone.

I used a Q-tip to swatch these. I have found when I use a brush, I don’t get a good, saturated swatch. Just by experimenting, I found that a swab grabs the powder and transfers to my arm better. And, these swatches, as with all my others in the blog, are not done over any primers.

Can you imagine how many looks you can get from this palette? Soft pink to a smoldering smoky eye. I did spend quite a few days playing with this Forever 21 palette…

polishes green eye 051You haven’t tried Forever 21 makeup yet? Why not? You should!

Milani Monday: Face Of The Day

This Milani Monday is a FOTD look. I used all Miani cosmetics to create it. Let’s start with the two eye shadows that I based this look around. These are from the Runway Eyes collection, which is a core collection…

‘Silver Charm’ is a soft color; not overly metallic-looking at all. ‘Royalty’ is a purply-violet that has lots of shimmer to it. ‘Royalty’ looks pink in the photos, but it is a lot more purple, which will show better in the swatches…

It might look like the sparkles are over-spray. However, I swirled into the pan and it stayed shimmery through.

I swatched both wet and dry. The larger swatch is dry while the narrow swatch is done wet…

‘Royalty’ is showing truer in the swatches.

To create my look, I used Milani for everything but the translucent facial powder. These are the Milani products I used…

From the top: my very favorite mascara, Total Lash Cover in Black; the lipstick is ‘Pink Love’; on top of the lipstick I used Haute Flash Full Coverage Shimmer Lipgloss in ‘Quick Flash’; I used two different eyeliners, both from the Shadow Eyez 12 Hour Wear Eyeshadow collection, ‘Green Safari’ and ‘Brown Deluxe’; and as the liner under my eyes, I used Color Play Felt-tip Liquid Pen in ‘White Line’.

This is how I got them all together…

Without a doubt, Milani’s products are very pigmented. I did the shadows wet and I couldn’t be happier with the intensity and blendability. The lipstick and gloss complimented each other very well.

In self-portraits, why is the nose made to look so huge!?? I wish it would make my lips look bigger. LOL

Do you have any of these Milani products?

Maybelline New York Fall 2012 Polish: Downtown Brown

Holy Whip It…Good!

It would be a huge surprise to me if my beauty blog is the only one you read. Heavens, I read at least 50 from time to time, myself. I’m a blogger but I’m more of a blogger reader. So, I have seen this gorgeous Fall polish alllll over the blogs…

A fancy-smancy ‘Downtown Brown’ from Maybelline. Coming from their Fall 2012 collection, I didn’t dally around trying to decide if I wanted this one. I grabbed it!

This is two coats and I didn’t even take the time to put a top coat on it. I loved how easy this Maybelline polish applied.

Not quite as light as milk chocolate but the green shimmer makes this one full of mystery!!…

The color in the bottle transferred to the nail very well. I don’t have to hunt for that green shimmer to show.

I still have nubby nails but they are growing fast and they feel strong too. ‘Downtown Brown’, however, continues to make me focus on my nails because that color is just BOSS! This is, so far, my favorite Fall shade.

I found this display at Walgreens and it was $4.99. I have seen this in several other Walgreens and Bed, Bath and Beyond, so I don’t think it is too difficult, at this time, to find.

Are you going to get it?

Jesse’s Girl: Brown Eyed Girl 9 Pan Palette

After Cosmoprof, I got to try out some Jesse’s Girl products for the first time. I sort of had that feeling I’d like them. And, sure enough, I do!

This is a neutral/brown palette called ‘Brown Eyed Girl’…

My driver’s license says I have brown eyes. But, if someone would take the opportunity to check out my peepers they’d find out they are half green too. I guess that’s a brown/green hazel color?

One thing that is clear, these colors are gorgeous and are all meant to be together…

The colors in the photo are rather pretty but they are not accurate. My white balance on my camera is well, not balanced! Some of the shades are right on but a few are not. The orange shade, third from the right is more golden than orange. And the last one on the right is a gilded brown rather than a mauve that the photo shows.

Here, maybe this will help. These are swatches for you to check out…

And the last four…

They are all shimmery. I like that they are velvety soft and blend like nobody’s business. I tried the fourth one from the left foiled and it did a wonderful job.

If you like the current trend of the neutral eyeshadow look, ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ would certainly be a palette worthy to add to your collection. I found these shades played awesomely well with other shadows too.

Jesse’s Girl can be found at Rite Aids. However, if there are no Rite Aids by you, don’t despair like I did, at first. You can order yours right from Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics website. And did I mention that this palette is only $3.99?!! For less than $20, you can get the pink, purple, blue and green 9-pan palettes as well! That appeals to the palette-lover that I am, as well as the thrifty side too.

What Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics do you have? Are you as pleased with the quality as I am?

Nabi Cosmetics: Eye Shadows

Nabi doesn’t just make nail polish, like the ones I reviewed here. They also make shadows. A lot of different color shadows. And they are very inexpensive. I got these two for something like 2 for $3…

I only purchased these two because I wasn’t quite sure how well they would apply. They had samples out but I didn’t trust them. However, these are as soft. But, they are also full of fall-out. I’ll come back to that in a moment.

This is ‘Coco Bean’…

And here is ‘Chocolate’…

Hungry yet? Swatched out..

‘Coco Bean’ is on the left. It has a slight gold shimmer too. ‘Chocolate’ is on the taupe-y side and has that shimmer of mauve/purple in it. I noticed it more in direct sunlight than here, in the sunny window.

Here’s my verdict: if you like to experiment with different shadows like me, it’s a very inexpensive investment. When I used my new Sephora airbrush shadow brushes, I didn’t get the fall-out I did just swatching these two with my finger. The two shades blend very well together and do play nice with other brands. Will I get more? Yes. I want to try out some of the strong, bold colors that they have. The vanity says yes, go play!

Again, I got these at a store called Rainbow at The Florida Mall. There is another Rainbow store in another mall, but it didn’t have makeup.

Does an investment this cheap make you want to just try it out?

Anastasia Beverly Hills: She Wears It Well Eye Shadow Palette

As a beauty blogger, not only do I get to read ‘real’ opinions on products, but I also get to find out more on brands that I hadn’t tried before. Case in point, Anastasia Beverly Hills. I knew Anastasia was the eyebrow queen. She has been raved about by Oprah to Selena Gomez, on perfecting an A-list of celebrities. That’s quite an age range for a brand to be so popular.

And with this popularity, Anastasia is creating more and more gotta-have products. The new ‘She Wears It Well’ eye shadow palette is the upcoming addition to her classy product line…

This palette will surely get you gussied-up, retro Hollywood style. Doesn’t the packaging look nicely high-brow? And the palette itself; truly Beverly Hills…

The magnetic snap down top is foil embossed on a faux-croc case. This elegance preps you for what you’ll see inside…

The pallete comes with five how-to cards on classic Hollywood looks…

With these cards to inspire you, you’ll have no problems creating dreamy starlet looks…

There are niine total shadows to create a retro to modern look of chic. 3 matte shadows and 6 shimmers are all you need to replicate Hollywood Glamour or a current catwalk style. And not just an add-on, the palette’s brush has a flat, rounded brush and very useable tapered brush on the other end. Whether you use your own brushes or the one contained in the palette, you will find that these shadows are extremely soft, highly-pigmented, able to be worn dry or wet.

The shadows blend together like a Rogers and Astaire dance routine. Every single one applies creamy and stays put like an all-day classic movie marathon…

Going across the top of the palette: Trophy, Glow, Frosting, Onyx. I love using Frosting as an all-over lid base.

I swatched the middle shadow, Sunset, horizontally above the other swatches. You can barely see it as it is almost the same shade as my skin. However, the shimmer makes it a bit more sassy. Going across the bottom row of the palette: Latte, Foxy, Almond, Toffee. And Almond is my favorite shade to use as a highlight on my brow bone.

The neutral tones of ‘She Wears It Well’ will suit anyone that wants to create a wash of subtle shades of today, to wearing the shadows foiled for the dramatic look of glamour and sultry style right out of the Golden Era of Hollywood.

With a price point of $34, the ‘She Wears It Well’ palette can put glamour and Hollywood sophistication on your vanity while giving you the tools to create your own classic Beverly Hills chic look.

You can find Anastasia Beverly Hills products at Ulta, Sephora, fine departments stores and on their website.

This product was provided to me for my honest review. These opinions are mine alone.