Monday, November 06, 2017

Canmake Perfect Stylist Eyes in 16 Double Sunshine

Isn't the name just perfect?  Especially when we barely get any sun after the daylight saving ended. 

Canmake has been releasing a lot of new products this year and being mostly single-digit priced, it's easy for me to get carried away. 
Two of the new Perfect Stylist Eyes were released this summer (after an extremely popular burgundy one released last fall). Since the golden brown combo reminds me of a Majolica palette I like a lot, I decided to pick this up. 
For a budget palette like this, the packaging is very sturdy (Excel could learn a thing or two from it) with no loose or flaky bit. There is even a small mirror (not the coated plastic one that gives you migraine) on top that you don't see with drugstore brand. 
 
The perfect stylist eyes are designed that when you start from upper left pan, you can go clockwise or counterclockwise for two distinct looks. The center is a glitter top coat to light things up.  On the lower left it's a very warm golden brown that's too yellow for daily wear (I feel like Monkey King with his fiery gaze wearing this).  The right is a nutty brown looks khaki but shows up coppery. The liner is an olive brown that's easy to wear.
While the base is a tad more satiny and top coat is clear, the other have the same finish, making it a little flat. Otherwise it's still tasteful enough if I apply carefully within my small lid space.
With gold on lower outer corner and everything else on upper lid. While the color is summery and overall texture is OK for the price, I think I prefer spending a few more bucks on Majolica Majorca, Visee and Excel (those with far better texture that are comparable to highend). 
I think I will reach for it on sunny days since the color is still fun to play with.

So I like it but don't recommend.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Bite Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Bite Beauty is a brand I hold special interest to: I generally like their colors but not enough to pay for their item at regular retail. That's why I always cave in when Sephora offers Bite minis. Back in spring a small lip crayon was offered as a 100pt perk and of course I had to get it.
Matte Creme Lip Crayon is a creamy (but not too squishy) lip pencil with a smooth finish without shine (but it isn't matte to me). The tip is pointed enough to draw a line while the slant is enough for shading. The shade available was a purply mauve called Pastille (why most of these freebies are either mauve or fuchsia aka colors I hate?)
The texture is very smooth and comforting, something that doubles as thick balm on a cold dry day. If it weren't for the (edgy grandma kind of) shade, I actually see myself keeping it in my bag. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Wet n Wild Liquid Cat Suit in Coral Corruption

I grabbed three Wet n Wild Liquid Cat Suits when I spotted them 40% off and this is one of them (due to their long wearing nature, I can't swatch them back and forth without rubbing my mouth off). Coral Corruption is a matte coral that ended up a little brighter and redder on my mouth. 

The texture is still more liquid than creamy and each swipe yields a semi clear thin layer. 
Burts Bees Tahitian Sunrise, Coral Corruption and Revlon Continuous Coral  (it's ancient but it still smells OK so I am keeping it). Wet n Wild is easily the most garish of the three.
On the lips the color looks a bit patchy with the white base. The color is too bright for my liking. Straight to the garbage it goes...

Friday, October 20, 2017

Lunasol Layer Bloom Eyes in Purple Gradation

Back in the golden years of Lunasol, it was a brand that people automatically think of when one talked about Japanese palette. It's also something I could only admire from afar (Ok actually I wasn't super into it since I don't get tempted by things I can't afford and I loved the LE Revlon and Maybelline back then), not only it was a high end brand from across the pacific, its reign also coincide with the time yen was strongest against the dollar. So yeah, ain't nobody is going to work 10 hours (broke kid making minimum wage) for an eyeshadow palette. 

I think I got into the brand at the best time possible, when yen became weak, Lunasol's popularity waned that they can be found with discount, when their texture have improved quite a bit and I could finally afford it. Sometime, I feel like while I own and love all the boring neutrals, I missed out those more interesting collections with distinct colors stories. One of the range I thought about the most was 2009 spring Petal Purification.

Floral for spring. Groundbreaking.
But trust me, Lunasol's take was not some mish mash of random pastels. Instead, it was a collection of four (two more for summer) monotonal palettes to emulate the layers of petal of four flowers (white magnolia, wisteria, plum blossom and cherry blossom). While there is only one color in each theme, the variance in texture and nuance was just something something that I had to hunt down for.

I waited and waited and while I have seen some marked up 2x the original retail, I finally spotted on at regular price!  On a side note, I later found out it was fairly easy to find these older Lunasol on taobao, as their counters in China all closed down a few years ago and people already abandoned Lunasol while other brands (high and low end) were catching up.
Anyway, the first (yup there is a second) of Layer Bloom Eyes I picked up was Purple Gradation, inspired by wisteria/fuji. 

The upper left there is icy blurple glittery top coat, followed by a soft satin pastel lavender transition shade. The main lid shade is a pink-leaning purple in the same satin texture. 

The liner is a rich slate-blue velvet, with jewel blue sheen. It's unique, wearable and pulls everything together. 
While the shade are beautiful. The texture is very powdery (almost chalky) by current Lunasol standard...When I apply with the sponge, the shadow immediately fall to lower eye. The shadow can be layered easily but it's not as seamless or melty...
Quick look after work(I tried twice, had to remove before heading out) so my eye looked dead (what was more dead was my back...). At least the liner shade was unique and very wearable.

Well, now I suppose I need to think twice before hunting down near decade-old palette. 
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