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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Huge Collective Haul (Sephora, Mac, and Drugstore)

The title of this post is kinda misleading because some of the makeup pictured above 
have been in my makeup stash for more than 6 months. 
Some are even half empty. -_-

I just wanted to write this post to show you guys some of the makeup that 
I have not mentioned on my blog or written a full review about yet.

1. Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer in 0 Neutral ($32 for 1oz): It quickly absorbs into the skin, dries to a clear finish, and doesn't feel greasy. When I wear my Make Up For Ever HD foundation without the MUFE primer, my t-zone gets oily after about 4 hours. When I use it with the primer, my t-zone starts getting oily only after about 6 hours. However, I see no difference with the longevity of my makeup when used with my Dior Forever or L'oreal True Match foundation.

Left: Mac Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC25
Center: Rock & Republic Exhibition Pressed Powder in Chiffon
Right: Le Metier de Beaute Visage de Soie Finishing Powder in Shade 6
2. Mac Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC25 ($23 for 12g): My Mac foundation shade is NC30/NC35. I always buy a setting powder that is lighter than my skintone because the setting powder in NC30 & NC35 oxidizes throughout the day and makes me look orange. NC25 looks way too light in the swatch pictures; however, when blended into my skin, it matches me perfectly. It doesn't make my face look ashy or a shade too light. 

3. Rock & Republic Exhibition Pressed Powder in Chiffon ($10-$44 for 9g): The shade is a little darker than NC25, but it still matches me nicely when blended into my skin. I'm still testing this out because I'm not sure if this is what's causing me to break out. I haven't introduced any new products into my makeup or skincare routine. So, the culprit is either the pressed powder or my mentrual cycle. (I usally break out a week before my period.)

4. Le Metier de Beaute Visage de Soie Finishing Powder in Shade 6 ($40 for 9.9g): Shade 7 made me look orange and Shade 5 was way too light. Shade 6 looks ashy and grey in the swatch pictures, but once blended into the skin, the ashiness and grey tone are unnoticeable. The problem that I have with this powder is that it's too light when I use it to set my L'oreal True Match and MUFE HD foundation. It only matches me perfectly when I use it to set my Dior Forever foundation. Another issue that I have is the price. I see no difference with the quality of this powder and Mac's Select Sheer pressed powder, which is cheaper.

5. Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NC30 ($17 for 9ml): I only use concealer for my under eye area because I have dark circles. When I first apply it under my eyes, it looks a shade lighter than my skintone, which I prefer because it brightens up that area; however, once I let it set for about 20 mins, it darkens a little bit and matches my skintone, which I don't like. It also doesn't conceal my dark circles that well because NC shades have a yellow undertone. NW shades have a pink undertone and are much better at concealing dark circles, since pink counteracts green and purple. NC30 is more suitable for concealing blemishes on my face. The consistency is not as thick as the Mac Studio Finish concealer (review), but the Pro Longwear concealer still does a great job at concealing blemishes and it does not look cakey. As for the packaging, the pump wastes alot of product because it dispenses too much product no matter how lightly you press it. However, a bottle lasts me about 9 months. (I don't recommend pumping it into a jar and then save the excess for future use because the concealer will dry up really quickly.)

6.  Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20 ($17): NW20 matches me well during the winter months, but is too light for me in the summer months. NW25 is too dark for me, so I end up having to mix NW20 with my NC30 Pro Longwear concealer to get a perfect match for my under eye area when I have a tan. The hint of pink counteracts my dark circles very well, but I would not use this shade for any blemishes on the face because I have a yellow undertone. I reserve NC30 for that purpose.   

7. Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NC20 ($17): NC20 is too light for me, but it's useful whenever I need to lighten up a darker shade. =)

1. L'oreal Paris Telescopic Waterproof Eyeliner in Black (around $8): I recently bought this because I wanted to try an eyeliner that was waterproof. It's watery and definitely not waterproof. The applicator is similar to the L'oreal Lineur Intense eyeliner, except the Telescopic one is thinner and pointier at the tip. However, it's difficult to make a thin line with the Telescopic eyelinernot because of the foam tip applicator, but because the formula is just too liquid-y and runny. I will be returning this.

2. L'oreal Paris Lineur Intense Eyeliner in Carbon Black (around $8): I've been using this for the past 2 years., but I'm looking for a better one because it has a glossy finish and it's a hassle that I have to set it with a black eyeshadow (Mac Carbon) to make the eyeliner look less shiny and more matte. It also fades a bit in the inner corner of my eyes when my eyes get watery. However, I like it for the reason that it's just so easy to line my eyes with. (I am wearing this in all the eye looks on my blog.)

3. Tokidoki Waterproof Perfetto Pen Eyeliner in Sabochan ($16): I got this after the L'oreal Telescopic eyeliner failed on me. The Tokidoki one is also another failure. The shape of the foam tip applicator makes it difficult to line my eyes with. The tip is thin, but the side is a little too thick. So, when I hold it at an angle, I get an uneven application. I will be returning this.

4. Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion Professional Size ($29 for 0.85 oz): It makes my eyeshadows last all day without fading or creasing. It dries to a clear finish and sets quicker than the Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

5. Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer ($18 for 0.35 oz): It's more creamy and takes longer to set, but it feels less drying than the Urban Decay primer. Aside from that, they both work the same for me and keep my eye makeup looking fresh all day., but if you have extremely oily lids, then the Urban Decay primer would be a better option.

6. Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Mascara in Black ($25): I got this for $20 at a Lancome Outlet store. I haven't opened it yet, but I will after my Dior Mascara gets clumpy and expires.

7. Dior Diorshow Iconic Extreme Waterproof Mascara in Extreme Black 090 ($28): One of the rules in makeup is that you're supposed to throw away any mascara that has been opened for more than 3 months. I don't follow that rule and actually, I break alot of makeup rules. I do what works for me. The formula of the Dior mascara usually gets clumpy after 4-5 months, so that's when I toss it out. I keep repurchasing this because it volumizes and lengthens like no other mascara that I have tried; however, it doesn't hold the curl of my lashes that well. That's why I purchased the Lancome mascara as a backup.

8. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Rose & Shine 619 (around $6): Rose & Shine has a pearl finish.

9. Revlon Matte Lipstick in Mauve It Over 003 (around $7): This has a matte finish.

10: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Porcelain Pink 651(around $6): This has a pearl finish.

1. Hello Kitty Kabuki Brush with Leather Pouch/Case ($3): I never buy makeup products from Ebay because they're usually (1) fake (2) expired or (3) damaged & defective by manufacturer standards. I had a $3 Ebay coupon and it was going to expire soon. I didn't want the coupon to go to waste, so I decided to get a brush with the coupon. I didn't realize that the "MAC" logo was on the brush until I received the package in the mail. The seller didn't advertise it as a Mac product, but even if he did, I know it's definitely not an authentic Mac product. However, I don't mind because I got the brush for free. The bristles are made from synthetic material, which the seller didn't disclose in his listing, but it doesn't bother me because the hairs are soft and not scratchy at all. It does shed, but I don't mind it because the hairs don't stick to my face. They just get loose and I just have to pick them out of the brush. I like using it to apply liquid foundation when I'm in a rush, but I wouldn't pay $3 out of my own pocket for this brush. I mostly like it because it was free. It measures 2.5 inches in total.

2. Ulta Professional Wide Eyeshadow Brush ($9): I got this from a friend. The bristles are so soft and dense, but not as firm as my other eyeshadow brushes. It's great for applying highlight under your brows, blending and for packing color onto your lids. However, it may be too big for people with a small eye area. It measures 7.10 inches in total.

3. Royal & Langnickel Silk Synthetic MD Eye Shader Brush BC411 ($10.99): I got this for $5.93 when they were having a sale. The bristles are soft and firm. It doesn't pack on color as well as my other eyeshadow brushes because the BC411 brush is made from synthetic material, which tend to apply products lightly. However, this brush is great for applying cream eyeshadows and concealer, but I mainly use it for applying powder eyeshadows when my other eyeshadow brushes are dirty and for smudging. It measures 6.5 inches in total.

4. Royal & Langnickel Silk Eye Shader SM Brush BC410 ($15.99): I got this for $8.63. The brush is a little wider and thinner than the BC411 brush. The bristles are made from natural hair and it's great for applying highlight under the brows, packing color onto the lids and adding color to the lower lash line. I love this brush because it's thin and firm. The only thing that I'm not too ecstatic about is the color of the bristles. It just does not look attractive. I much prefer it to be black bristles, but this is just a personal preference. It doesn't affect the performance or the quality of the product. It measures 6.25 inches in total.

5. Japonesque Professional Medium Eye Shadow Fluff Brush ($19): I got this for free from Ulta for purchasing the Japonesque blush brush (mini review). The bristles are not as thin or firm as the Royal & Langnickel BC411 and BC410 brush, but they're soft. I like using the sides to pack color onto my lids and the tip to add color onto my crease because the tip is fluffy and not too thin. It measures 7 inches in total.

6. Royal & Langnickel Silk Sable Brow Angle Brush BC530 ($7.99): I got this for $4.31. It's too thick for lining my eyes, but I like using this to fill in my brows. It measures 6.5 inches in total.

7. Royal & Langnickel Silk Sharp Line Brush BC498 ($4.99): I got this for $2.69. It's too thin for filling in my brows with, but I like using it to set my liquid eyeliner with a black eyeshadow. It measures 6.1 inches in total.

8. Royal & Langnickel Silk Lash Comb Brush BC515 ($9.99): I got this for $5.39. The metal bristles do a great job at separating my lashes after I apply my mascara, but it's difficult to wash out the mascara residue that's left on the comb. Also, the metal bristles are sharp. Be careful not to poke your eyes out with it. It measures 6.75 inches in total.

9. Mac 131 Duo Fibre Brush ($40): I got this for $24 at an Estee Lauder Company Store. It's similar to a CCO, except the Estee Lauder Company Store is not open to the public. Click here for more info. The 131 brush picks up the right amount of product and lightly disperses my Mineralize Skinfinish (MSF) highlighter in Soft & Gentle (review & swatches) onto my skin. However, when I use it to apply regular powder blushes, they end up looking blotchy and uneven. The black bristles are made from natural hairs, while the white ones are made from synthetic material. Therefore, this brush is ideal for applying cream and liquid products. It'll also work for applying MSFs, but just not regular powder products.

This is such a long post. -_-
I hope the mini reviews are helpful.

Have you tried or would you like to try
any of the products that I have mentioned above?

*This post contains affiliate links. None of the products mentioned are sponsored.


  1. Your swatches are great~ I like the looks of 'Mauve it Over' ~

  2. Thanx PopBlush =)

    Doing the swatches frustrate me sometimes. I have to wait until the sun is in the right position or else my pictures end up looking dark or blurry. =/

    (I need to invest in a better camera.)

  3. Wow, GREAT post! This is so detailed!! and your swatches are lovely and SO accurate. I really love Revlon lipsticks, they have a wonderful formula and I do love the several finishes they have. I was afraid I wouldn't like the matte look, but I ended up really loving it :) I also MUST try the MUFE primer!

  4. Thanx Rainy Days and Lattes! =)

    and yeah, you should definitely check out the MUFE primer, especially if you wear MUFE HD foundation. It doesn't have that greasy silicone feel to it like some other primers do.

  5. Wow you've got all of this! I'm jealous ;D
    Anyway thanks for sharing!

  6. do a very thorough review on these products and now I know where to visit if I want to buy something! I am a very boring beauty person, I just buy the same old thing until it gets discontinued and I frantically look for a replacement. I've tried the urban decay eye potion, it was a few years back and the eye shadow didn't stay put. They may have reformulated it so now I'll give it a try as my Bare Minerals primer is running out. I couldn't stop laughing at the ebay brush incident! Good thing the bristles didn't to your face ;) Going to read the brush review now...NEED a new set!

  7. @Bravoe Runway

    Thank you very much. Your comment means so much to me because I always try to make my reviews thorough and concise.

    I'm surprised that the Urban Decay primer didn't work for you. Did you try to let the primer dry and set first before applying powder eyeshadows on top of it? I've never tried the Urban Decay primer in the original bottle packaging, but I swatched it in store before and it felt creamy and less drying than the new packaging (tube) of the Urban Decay primer that I have. Maybe Urban Decay did change the formula. hmmm...

  8. LOVE your nice big swatches!

    I'm glad to hear the Tokidoki Perfetto review... I've had my eye on them for a while now, and rest assured I won't be buying one now.

    As for eye primers, I've had the best luck with Lorac's Behind the Scenes, but I do like Too Faced Shadow Insurance as well.

    LOVE the MUFE HD Primer though. I don't use it for myself, but I have a few shades of the color correcting primers and the green (#1) works so well to neutralize red on my clients with redness issues. It's such a great formula!

    Thanks for the thorough reviews, I love them!

  9. @lilurabegiak

    Thank you very visiting my blog Love.
    Hope you enjoy your stay and will keep coming back. =)

  10. That's a lot of nice stuffs. Love the colours of the Revlon lipsticks. I haven't tried any Revlon before. ;)

    Thanks for dropping by my blog to comment the other day. :)

  11. aaaaa I want everything you have!
    great post and photos! really helpful!
    following you now, please check out mine



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