Essie Nail Lacquer in Belugaria Review & Swatch

When I first saw swatches of Belugaria from Essie's Encrusted collection online I thought that it looked interesting, so I decided to try it out for myself. Belugaria is a jet black polish that's packed full of textured matte glitter and holographic hex glitters.

In the photo above I used two thin coats, and no top coat as suggested by Essie. Application was easy for the most part.. I found that the matte, textured glitters tend to stick to a few certain spots making the first coat look pretty uneven and streaky, but with the second coat it looks fine. It was a little bit difficult to get the brush to move smoothly over the first coat of polish, though. Speaking of those textured glitters, they look and feel much more textured then something like OPI's Liquid Sand polishes. Belugaria is quite gritty to the touch and personally I don't like having it on my nails. It's a neat polish but it's just not for me.. I find that it looks clumpy and unattractive

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Review & Swatches

December has been a not so great month of blogging for me, but I'm finally back with a review on Lip Tars by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics! Lip Tars are a product that I've wanted to try for years, so when I saw this Lip Tar All-Star Mini set on Sephora I knew that it was the perfect opportunity to finally do so. Unfortunately, the set was limited edition and is now sold out, but I hope that this post will be helpful if you're trying to decide whether to try Lip Tars or not! Anyway, this set comes with four mini Lip Tars in Memento, NSFW, Anime, and Black Dahlia, as well as a small lip brush which isn't pictured.

Here they are swatched in the same order as above. Memento is a pink/plum neutral, NSFW is a true, balanced red, Anime is a vibrant neon pink, and Black Dahlia is a blackened red. You can also mix them to create your own custom colors but I haven't played around with that yet!

(Lip swatches; sorry about the quality!)

Lip Tars are described as "deeply pigmented liquid lipsticks with extraordinary staying power", and both of those claims are absolutely correct. You only need the tiniest bead of product and while I always heard this I underestimated just how little product you really need! The color pay-off is amazing and the lasting power is crazy (I still have stains on my wrist from swatching even after showering!). All four shades performed well and were quite consistent, though Black Dahlia seemed a little bit thinner then the others and Memento seemed a bit creamier. You do need a steady hand and some patience when applying these though, so if you're in a rush I probably wouldn't reach for them.

Overall, Lip Tars are awesome products and I plan on adding them to my kit so I would definitely recommend them. They can be a bit drying on the lips though, so if you're not fond of lip products that stain, are drying, or take a bit more effort and time to apply then you might want to skip them. 

OPI Nail Lacquer in Underneath The Mistletoe

I've found the perfect nail polish to sport this Christmas!: It's Underneath The Mistletoe by OPI from their Mariah Carey Holiday collection.

I'd like to apologize for the picture quality before I continue.. My lighting situation was less than stellar when I took it! Anyway, Underneath The Mistletoe is a gorgeous, deep cherry red with a hint of sparkle. It's something a little different from the hundreds of red cremes on the market, which is nice! Application was smooth and easy, and the polish is opaque with two coats. Love it! What about you?

Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss in 107 Quick Review & Swatch

I haven't blogged for a while but I'm back today with this gorgeous shade from Rimmel's Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick line by Kate Moss: 107. It's apparently a good dupe for Heaux from MAC's RiRi Hearts MAC collection, which I loved the look of but didn't want to go through the hassle of getting (buying from the Archie's Girls collection was one of the most stressful moments of my life, haha). 

107 is a deep, berry red and I think that it's perfect for the fall as well as the holidays! I can't physically compare it to MAC's Heaux personally, but I'm very happy with the shade whether it's a dupe or not. 

Okay, let's talk quality.. The lipstick is smooth, but not quite creamy and is opaque in one go. It has pretty good wear time and it also leaves a stain which helps too. It's more of a satin finish then a matte as it claims, but this could be fixed with the blot of a tissue. Unfortuantely it has a tendency to cling to dry bits on the lips and also feathers, so I would definitely recommend using a lip scrub beforehand as well as a lip liner or base! It also has a bit of a waxy, generic lipstick scent to it, and while I dislike it I find that I'm able to ignore it pretty easily. What do you think?

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation Review

Say hello to my new love; the Urban Decay Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup. This foundation claims to help the "skin achieve a natural, illuminated, and bright finish - like the beautiful skin that you were born with" while being "weightless and virtually invisible". It comes in eighteen shades ranging from fair to dark, and cool to warm undertones so there's something for everyone. I use the shade 4, a medium-light shade with golden olive undertones, which would have to be the best match that I've ever used. Other foundations I've used in the past were always slightly too pink or yellow for me, but this one is just perfect!

Urban Decay Naked Skin contains 30ml of product (the norm for foundation) and comes in a sleek, attractive bottle with a pump (hallelujah). The formula is quite thin and liquidy which I'm personally not used to, but it's really easy to apply and blend out. It's definitely a more sheer foundation but can be built up to at least medium coverage. You would still need to use a concealer if you have really stubborn dark circles or a blemish, though. Overall, it helps to even out the tone of my skin and seems to lift and brighten my face as well. It's lightweight with a natural finish (UD says it's a demi-matte finish) and looks and feels as if I'm not even wearing foundation. I love it! As for lasting power, this wears well on me throughout the whole day (I have drier skin going into this time of year).

So, if you're looking for something that will give your complexion that little boost without being heavy or too much coverage then I would recommend Naked Skin, whereas if you need a foundation with some mean coverage you'll most likely be disappointed with it. Have you tried it?

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice Review & Swatches

The new Maybelline Color Elixir is a product I've been patiently waiting to try out, so I was pretty excited when I finally got my hands on one. They're said to deliver "the color of a lipstick, the cushiony care of a balm, and the glass shine of a gloss"; sounds good, doesn't it? Out of twenty shades ranging from nudes to purples I chose Intoxicating Spice, a brown with red undertones.

The Color Elixirs come in a tube that's about the size of my palm. Not only is it cute, but it's also helpful since you can see the color from the outside. For the applicator you get an "exclusive smoothing angora brush" in a teardrop shape that claims to give an even and polished application. 
Here are the swatches! In the tube Intoxicating Spice doesn't look like a shade I would usually go for, but once I tried it on I realized just how pretty it was. It doesn't quite have the color and opacity of a lipstick like it claims, but I was still really impressed with the pigmentation. Application was smooth, precise, and slick, and the formula was both hydrating and comfortable to wear. As for lasting power it stayed on my lips throughout eating and drinking, and though I lost some of the shine the color stuck around for quite a while. Overall, I kind of love this product... except for one thing: the taste. These have a horrible chemical taste that I just can't get over.. It's so bad that I can't see myself purchasing another shade no matter how much I love everything else about the product. Sigh.
So, what do you think? Have you tried the Color Elixirs yet? If you have please share your thoughts with me in the comments!

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel in Autumn Spice Review & Swatches

Today I have something interesting to share with you.. the new Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel! They offer quite a good color selection but out of all the shade and scent combinations Autumn Spice stood out to me the most, which is the one I have here.

Let's begin with the packaging! The nail polish is contained in what looks like a cute little perfume bottle. The design is very simple yet elegant, which I really like. Overall it's very aesthetically pleasing and would look really nice displayed on a vanity!

Autumn Spice is a rich brown with tons of copper and bronze shimmers. I used two coats here, but I think that you could get away with using one thicker coat. The formula was great and application was easy, though I did find that the rounded brush handle was a little bit awkward to hold and get used to.. but other than that, I didn't run into any problems.

Now let's get to the good part.. the scent! The scent is revealed once the polish dries so don't go sticking your nose in the bottle haha. As the polish dried I could definitely smell the Autumn Spice scent (it reminds me of a cinnamon and pecan candle that I have!) but it's not too strong nor too subtle. The scent does start to fade with time though, and after a while I could only smell it if I actually went and sniffed my nails.

So, what's the verdict? I like it! The polish itself is great on its own, but the scent adds a fun little extra - I think that it would make a good stocking stuffer!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N45 Review & Swatches

Let me introduce you to my new love.. the Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N45 by MAKE UP FOR EVER. I got a mini of it from Sephora, but I can definitely see myself purchasing a full size of it in the future. Before I share my thoughts, here's a blurb about this product from the Sephora website:

"Enriched with nourishing properties, Rouge Artist Natural keeps lips hydrated for eight hours after appliation. Its incredibly smooth texture glides on effortlessly for ultimate comfort while also leaving the lips supple and moisturized. Formulated with mother-of-pearl and colorful pigments, Rouge Artist Natural's transluscent shine adds a natural sheen to the lips."

N45 is described simply as 'red', but as you can see from my swatch it's a sheer, kind of pink-toned red. I wasn't expecting it from just looking at the bullet but it was a pleasant surprise for me! Here it is on the lips:

Besides the color, let's talk about what else I love about this lipstick.. Just as the description states, the formula is super smooth and easily glides onto the lips. It's comfortable to wear, non-drying, and the shiny, somewhat transluscent finish is really nice. Despite the emollient formula this lipstick also has pretty good lasting power.. It stayed on through eating and drinking, and while the shine faded the color remained for quite a while after. My only complaint would be that it has a slight 'generic lipstick' taste which I don't enjoy, but aside from that it's love! The description from Sephora for this lipstick is basically spot on!

OPI Liquid Sand Nail Lacquer in Kiss Me At Midnight Review & Swatches

When I first saw Kiss Me At Midnight from OPI's Mariah Carey Holiday collection I was instantly reminded of a more opaque Last Friday Night from their 2011 Katy Perry collection, and knew that it would be coming home with me.

Kiss Me At Midnight is my second liquid sand polish, and is a matte textured blue with tons of silver glitter. I kind of just want to describe it as 'incredibly pretty' because that's what it is. See for yourself:

Incredibly pretty, am I right? I absolutely love the way that it sparkles! I used two coats here (which is what OPI instructs) and that gave me full and opaque coverage. The polish dries quickly between coats and was easy to apply, so I had no problems working with it. I did add a topcoat afterwards (OPI says not to) just to make the textured finish a little smoother and glossier since I'm peronsally not all that big on textured nails, but it really doesn't take much away from the effect... with or without a topcoat this polish is still stunning!

Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio in Mega Pixel Review & Swatches

Why don't more people talk about Smashbox eyeshadows? They're soft and smooth, have great pigmentation, and the colors stay quite true to pan; they're up there with my favorite eyeshadows! Today I have the Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio in Mega Pixel to share with you. I've reviewed another of these trios before in Focal Point, which you can find here if you like.

Mega Pixel contains the shades Frost, Frambois, and Aubergine (clockwise). Frost is described as an iced pink (though I don't see the pink in it myself), Frambois as a raspberry, and Aubergine as a dark matte plum. All very nice colors!

Here are the swatches! Each of the shadows were up to par with the quality of the other Smashbox shadows I've tried, and they applied and blended well. Frost and Frambois were one swipe each and I was blown away by their soft, buttery texture and their wonderful pigmentation. Aubergine, being a matte, needed two swipes for what you see here. It was soft and smooth but swatched a little unevenly. I find this is pretty common with Smashbox mattes, though.

Overall, Mega Pixel gets a thumbs up. If you haven't tried Smashbox shadows yet I really do think that you should!

Avon Wrapped in Velvet Eyeshadow Palettes Review & Swatches

Today I'll be showing you Avon's new Wrapped in Velvet Eyeshadow Palette that recently came out. This palette comes in two variations: 'smooth & cool' and 'rich & warm', and I have both of them to show you.

These palettes are very thin and quite small (they fit right into my palm). The packaging is nothing exciting.. just black plastic with the Avon logo on it. Let's get to what's on the inside:

On the left we have Velvet Smoke which plays up cool undertones, and Crushed Velvet on the right which plays up warm undertones. Let's see some swatches, shall we?

Velvet Smoke
Crushed Velvet
(Please excuse my goosebumps; I took these photos outside and it was freezing! )
Each of the shadows (excluding the blacks in each palette which were a bit dry and patchy) swatched great and I only had to use one swipe each. The texture of the shadows (again, excluding the blacks in each palette) were quite buttery and smooth, whereas Avon's other eyeshadows are usually more on the dry, hard side.

While I was pretty impressed with how well these swatched I was left feeling disappointed once I tried applying them to the eyes. When I applied these with a brush they just ended up being really sheer and uneven which is unfortunate considering how rich and pigmented they are when swatched. Any of the color I was able to apply was then turned muddy when blended. I really wanted to like these palettes, and even though they swatch nicely they just don't perform that well. It's a bummer because both palettes are so pretty, but I think that you can skip these. What do you think?

Two Nail Polishes Fit For a Monsters Ball!

Today I have two nail polishes to share with you that are certainly fitting if you're going to a Monsters Ball this Halloween! This is Bat My Eyes (left) and Howl You Doin' (right) from the Halloween 2013 Monsters Ball collection by China Glaze, and they are gorgeous.

Here's Howl You Doin' (middle left) and Bat My Eyes (middle right) swatched on a nail wheel. They're both full of tons of spooky sparkles! And here they are swatched on my nails:

Howl You Doin' is an aubergine with lots of different colored purple glitters (they almost look like flakies in these pictures!) and Bat My Eyes is a black base packed full of gold glitters. These polishes are so pretty it's almost scary..!
As for application, both were a on the sheer side and needed at least two coats (which is what I used) but this is pretty normal for glitters with colored bases. Along with being sheer these were also a wee bit runny though, but nothing too bad.
So, what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

My Fall Lip Picks!

Today I thought that I would share some of my picks for fall lips, and so here I am with nine of them. The shades aren't incredibly diverse (they're mostly berries along with a few nude choices) but still different..! Let's get onto swatches, shall we?

From left to right we have Maybelline's ColorSensational High Shine Lip Gloss in Raspberry Ablaze, Lancome's Rouge in Love Lipstick in Rose Sulfureuse, Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush, Lancome's L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick in Exotic Orchid, Lancome's Color Design Lipstick in Sugared Maple, Clinique's Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, Revlon's ColorBurst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait, Rimmel's Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick in 08, and Revlon's Matte Lipstick in Mauve it Over.

I love each color (obviously, or they wouldn't be in this post!), but the formulas for each product are great too. The only formulas I'm not too crazy about are the Revlon Kissable Balm Stain and the Clinique Almost Lipstick. The Revlon balm stain is one of my favorite fall lip shades though, and the Clinique Black Honey is nice when I want something darker but not too dark so I don't let the formulas effect me much.

So, what about you? What are some of your fall lip picks?

Maybelline ColorSensational High Shine Lip Glosses Review & Swatches

I have two more products from Maybelline's limited edition Fall 2013 Runway Collection, and they are the Color Sensational High Shine Lip Glosses in Lavender Lavish (top) and Raspberry Ablaze (bottom). I've actually wanted to try these glosses out for a while but there was never a shade that really interested me until now.

I really like the packaging for these glosses.. it's just very sleek and simple. They come with a slanted doe-foot applicator that's also pretty flexible, making for easy and precise application.

Here's Lavender Lavish swatched on the left, and Raspberry Ablaze on the right. Pretty, right? Lavender Lavish is a cool toned pink with a hint of purple, and Raspberry Ablaze is a rich berry color. Here's some lip swatches (sorry about the quality!):

I wasn't expecting these glosses to be so opaque so I was happily surprised when I tried them on. I personally don't like sheer glosses and I was excited to see such good color pay-off on the lips!

As for the formula, it's applies easily and is comfortable to wear. I can't stand sticky glosses, and these are only a little bit tacky at the most. Overall, I kind of love these. The only thing I dislike about them is that they have a generic lipgloss taste and smell that's kind of icky.. but otherwise I love 'em and would definitely recommend!

Maybelline EyeStudio Eyeshadow Palette in Autumn Dream Review & Swatches

I'm finally back with a new post! Today I'll be reviewing this Maybelline EyeStudio palette in Autumn Dream, which is from their limited edition Fall 2013 Runway Collection.

I've tried these particular palettes before and was impressed with the pigmentation and texture of the shadows, so I was hoping that this one would have the same quality. Spoiler alert: it did.

Autumn Dream first caught my eye with its beautiful jewel tones - perfect for fall. It contains an off-white with gold glitter, a shimmering violet and emerald, and a deep, almost black blue with light blue sparkles.

The shades are all gorgeous and swatched wonderfully. They're buttery smooth, soft, and have such rich color pay-off with just one swipe. I'm definitely impressed! If jewel tones are your thing then you need to go out and find this collection; the colors are beautiful, the quality is great, and it's a cheap option!

Quick Review: Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum

Today I thought that I would share a quick review on the No. 28 Primer Serum from Hourglass, a product that I've recently fallen in love with. Before I begin here's some info from Sephora:

"A richly concentrated, intensely hydrating, and dual-purpose oil blend serum that treats your skin as it prepares for makeup."
"This silky, luxurious oil blend glides on to strengthen the skin's natural moisture barrier, even out pores, and shield against environmental aggressors. The formula's hydrating action helps to create a refined and retexturized surface for makeup. Skin appears dewier, younger, and more luminous."
This primer is also formulated without parabens, sulfates, phtalates, and synthetic dyes.
I just have a sample here, but it's quite a generous one. This primer can be purchased in two sizes: 0.33 oz for $26CAN or 1 oz for $75CAN. I can see myself purchasing the smaller size once I'm done with this sample because I really do love it!
First of all, you don't need much product; a small dab is all you need for your entire face. The consistency is that of a serum (obviously) and is neither too thin or too thick. It applies easily and really does a lovely job at smoothing out the skin. It feels hydrating and helps any dry patches you might have so it's ideal for those with dry skin. Like the claims state, the skin also appears dewy and luminous. Overall, it just feels very luxurious!
While very soft and smooth once applied, I want to say that it's also the tiniest bit tacky, but it's hardly noticeable and doesn't interfere with foundation application. It simply helps your foundation to stick and last so that it still looks nice and fresh by the end of the day.
In short, I love this stuff and would definitely recommend it!

September Empties

During September I was able to finish up four skincare products and one makeup product.. Let's get right to it, shall we?

I loved the Skin So Soft Skindisiac Body Wash from Avon.. it smells good, lathers really well, and leaves the skin soft. It's good stuff, I tell ya. Next up are the Neutrogena Cleansing Wipes.. In short, I love these but they're just too expensive for me to repurchase every month (and they don't even have 30 wipes!).

The one makeup product that I was able to finish up this month was the Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer by Maybelline. My review of this wasn't all that stellar, but I was able to make it work and use it up. Would I repurchase it? No, probably not.

The ClearSkin Professional Acne Mark Treatment Gel by Avon used to be my secret weapon against pimples.. Unfortunatey, it started to lose its effectiveness as I got closer to finishing it up. Not cool. Right now I'm unsure of if I would purchase this again or not..

And my last empty for September is a sample tube of Philosophy's Miracle Worker Moisturizer, which I'm quite sad about. I loved this stuff and wish I could get my hands on another sample as I just can't fork over $74CAN for a full jar. Oh, well.

September Favorites

It's time again for monthly favorites! I have four products that I used the most during September: a fragrance, a lip color, a blush, and a mascara.

Victoria's Secret PINK With a Splash Body Mist in Sunny & Happy was pretty much the only fragrance I used all month.. that's really all there is to it, haha. Next is one of Revlon's Kissable Balm Stains in Crush, which I have a review for here. The formula itself isn't exactly my cup of tea, but the color is one of my favorite fall lip shades. Speaking of favorite shades, Cabana Boy by theBalm is probably my favorite fall blush; it's also the only blush I've worn all month! I really do love it, and you can find my review of it here. And my last favorite is the BAD Gal Lash Mascara from Benefit. It gives the lashes a good curl, as well as length and separation without being too dramatic nor too natural. It also doesn't make the lashes stiff or 'crunchy' which is a bonus!

My Favorite Fall Nail Colors!

Since it's officially fall now (yay!) I thought that I would share a few of my favorite nail polishes for the season with you.. I'm planning to hopefully do blushes and lip colors as well!

Anyway, the polishes from left to right are Dress Me Up by China Glaze, Exotic Encounters by China Glaze, Teak Rose by Revlon, Purr-fect Plum by China Glaze, and Prey Tell by China Glaze.. As you can see, I think that China Glaze makes some great fall shades! Three of the four of them are from last year's Fall collection 'On Safari' which I absolutely loved.

Here's some swatches! I'm sorry for not showing them on my nails, but my cuticles aren't so great at the moment so I thought that I'd spare you haha. I think all of these shades are perfect for fall, and they'll each be getting lots of wear this season. My favorite one to wear would probably be Prey Tell, though! It's such a dark and vampy shade. What are some of your favorite fall nail colors?

NYX Single Pan Eyeshadows Quick Reviews & Swatches

Today I have three of the NYX Single Pan Eyeshadows to quickly share with you! The shades that I have from left to right are Seafoam Green, Sensual, and Pacific.

All three shades were very buttery and smooth, as well as nicely pigmented and pretty true to pan. They did swatch a little bit unevenly, but nothing too bad. A small problem is that Seafoam Green and Sensual were almost too buttery soft which causes them to crumble a bit (see below). Here are the swatches:

Here they are swatched in the same order as they're shown above (with no primer or base). Seafoam Green is a frosty green teal with silver sparkles and has a Frost/Shimmer finish. It looks really pretty in the pan but swatched it's just too frosty for me and I can't see myself using it. Sensual is a dark, plummy brown with flecks of glitter.. it's also a Glitter finish as described by NYX. It's a nice color and I can see myself actually using it..! I think it'd look nice in the outer corners on on the lashline. And Pacific is a cool, pastel blue (I wanna say that there's some lavender in there too..) and has a Frost finish. Again, it's too frosty for me personally.. but still a nice shade.

Overall, I feel these eyeshadows were just average. There just seems to be something missing that I can't quite put my finger on. I think it might be that once they hit the skin they seem to turn kind of powdery.. I don't love or hate them, but out of the three I liked Sensual the best. What's your experience with the NYX Singles?

Venique Nail Lacquer in Rolling Tides Review & Swatches

Venique is a brand that I always see at CosmoProf, but have never really been interested in. There just never seemed to be a shade that interested me enough.. Recently there were a few bottles on sale for $2.99 though, and I ended up getting one to try:

This is in the shade Rolling Tides, and it's what I like to call a 'mermaid polish' (and you know I love those). It's a deep, ocean blue full of shimmer and has a gorgeous green shift which you'll see soon. Since this was my first time trying this brand I wasn't sure what to expect.. but I'm happy with it!

Left: Taken outdoors in sunlight, no flash / Right: Taken indoors, no flash
Here's Rolling Tides applied using two coats.. Isn't it pretty? I'd have to say that the photo on the right is more accurate, and you can actually see the green shift in it which really reminds me of a mermaid's tail! This polish was easy to apply and gave me no problems. It's a bit on the thin and sheer side, so you need two or three coats for it to be opaque.
Let me know if you've ever heard of this brand.. I've never seen it on any blogs before!

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk Review & Swatches

I finally manged to get my hands on the ever popular NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, and I'm ready to share my thoughts on it! It was sold out for about three months before it came back in stock, so I was hoping the wait would be worth it after hearing so many rave reviews. Let's take a look at what NYX says about these pencils:

"A radiant eye liner that also doubles as an eye shadow. Made with a blend of mineral oil and powder, our creamy Jumbo Eye Pencils glide on effortlessly - no pulling,  tugging or fading - and come in a rainbow of vivid hues."
In my opinion, this definitely isn't the jumbo eye pencil to rule them all.. but it's still good and handy to have in your collection.
Here's Milk swatched; on the left is unblended and on the right it's blended out. As you can see, it's a stark, pure white. Most people use it as a base to help their shadows appear more vibrant, which is the purpose I purchased it for.
I don't find it quite as creamy as Milani's Shadow Eyez (which I love!), but it still applies easily. It's also pretty easy to blend out, if not a bit.. tacky, for lack of a better word (I apologize!). The white color is brighter when layered over a primer, which I do recommend using.. more on that soon.
Sorry about the quality here; I took this picture with my phone!
As for making my shadows appear more vibrant.. Milk definitely does its job! On the left is the shadows on their own, and on the right is over Milk. I think you can tell the difference better with the first shadow.. it's pretty sheer and not that pigmented and I was pretty impressed with the difference!
Okay, so what about staying power? I did a little test and used a primer on one eye, and none on the other. Then I applied Milk, and did my eyeshadow as usual. Here were my results:
On the eye that I used both primer and the Jumbo Eye Pencil on I experienced no creasing or fading in six hours! The color of my shadows also looked more even more vibrant then on the eye I used no primer with. On the eye that I only used the Jumbo Eye Pencil on (with no primer beforehand!) my eyeshadow was able to stay crease-free for about three hours, but the colors did begin to fade a bit. After six hours my eyeshadow had creased and also faded quite a lot. So, obviously I would definitely recommend using a primer alongside the pencil!
Overall, I do like this product. I love that it helps with the vibrancy of my shadows, and I don't mind having to use a primer along with it. I don't think it's a must-have, but like I said.. it's handy to have; especially if you have a lot of colorful shadows or shadows that just need an extra boost that primer alone doesn't give.
What are your thoughts on the Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk? Let me know in the comments!