September 2012 | KITSCH/SNITCH

I finally got around to trying this Karpati Dito Nail Lacquer that I won in the Lust Have It hamper earlier this month (if you want to see what I won then click here). I won two of these in the hamper, a dark brown and this shimmery pink, this review today is on the shimmery pink. The packaging doesn't say what shade this is, but looking at this Karpati website, I think this shade might be Pretty In Pink. Since I won this, I don't know how much these cost, but some blogs stay they retail for $19.95, and some websites like Shop Naturally are selling them for $6.95. If you are interested in buying one of these then check out the stockist page on the Karpati website.


So clearly the thing that makes this nail polish unique is the packaging. These Karpati Dito Nial Lacquers come in a container that is designed to sit comfortably in-between two finders (see photo below), which I'm assuming is supposed to prevent spilling. I don't mind this concept, and I'm sure a lot of people will enjoy being able to sit this comfortably on your fingers, especially people who don't put on nail polish much and who are a little nervous about spilling it. I have been putting nail polish on for over 10 years so I am fine with the original containers, and if anything, this was a little bit strange to get used to. This does fit comfortably on my fingers, but I did realised while painting my nails I tend to move my hand around quite a bit, and I was a bit worried about spilling this.


I could get used to this container, but the thing I found the most difficult to use was the brush. The lid to the brush is so small which made it quite fiddly to use, and I was worried that I was going to drop it a few times. I thought I would include a comparison with the lid and brush of this Karpati nail polish compared to a normal nail polish. 


I did however find this colour to be very pretty, it is a sheer nail polish with a very fine light pink shimmer. It makes for a really nice nude glittery nail, or it would look really nice over a light pink nail polish. The photos above are of two coats of the polish without a top coat. This nail polish does apply very evenly so you could easily get away with one coat.

Pros:
  • Great nail polish - beautiful colour and great formula
  • Interesting packaging design, which I can imaging a lot of people loving
  • Free from potentially harmful chemicals (Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Dibutyl Phthalate)
  • The brand is from Sydney
 Cons:
  • The lid is too small and makes applying the polish a little fiddly
  • Contains 8mL of product compared to other nail polishes which generally contain 11-12mL
  • This particular container does not contain the name of the shade on it (I have seen photos on peoples blog where their polish did have the name on the back, so this not be a common problem)

What do you think of this nail polish design? Is it something you would want to try?

Karpati Dito Nail Lacquer review

September 30, 2012


I finally got around to trying this Karpati Dito Nail Lacquer that I won in the Lust Have It hamper earlier this month (if you want to see what I won then click here). I won two of these in the hamper, a dark brown and this shimmery pink, this review today is on the shimmery pink. The packaging doesn't say what shade this is, but looking at this Karpati website, I think this shade might be Pretty In Pink. Since I won this, I don't know how much these cost, but some blogs stay they retail for $19.95, and some websites like Shop Naturally are selling them for $6.95. If you are interested in buying one of these then check out the stockist page on the Karpati website.


So clearly the thing that makes this nail polish unique is the packaging. These Karpati Dito Nial Lacquers come in a container that is designed to sit comfortably in-between two finders (see photo below), which I'm assuming is supposed to prevent spilling. I don't mind this concept, and I'm sure a lot of people will enjoy being able to sit this comfortably on your fingers, especially people who don't put on nail polish much and who are a little nervous about spilling it. I have been putting nail polish on for over 10 years so I am fine with the original containers, and if anything, this was a little bit strange to get used to. This does fit comfortably on my fingers, but I did realised while painting my nails I tend to move my hand around quite a bit, and I was a bit worried about spilling this.


I could get used to this container, but the thing I found the most difficult to use was the brush. The lid to the brush is so small which made it quite fiddly to use, and I was worried that I was going to drop it a few times. I thought I would include a comparison with the lid and brush of this Karpati nail polish compared to a normal nail polish. 


I did however find this colour to be very pretty, it is a sheer nail polish with a very fine light pink shimmer. It makes for a really nice nude glittery nail, or it would look really nice over a light pink nail polish. The photos above are of two coats of the polish without a top coat. This nail polish does apply very evenly so you could easily get away with one coat.

Pros:
  • Great nail polish - beautiful colour and great formula
  • Interesting packaging design, which I can imaging a lot of people loving
  • Free from potentially harmful chemicals (Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Dibutyl Phthalate)
  • The brand is from Sydney
 Cons:
  • The lid is too small and makes applying the polish a little fiddly
  • Contains 8mL of product compared to other nail polishes which generally contain 11-12mL
  • This particular container does not contain the name of the shade on it (I have seen photos on peoples blog where their polish did have the name on the back, so this not be a common problem)

What do you think of this nail polish design? Is it something you would want to try?

I finally decided to get around to writing a quick review on MUA pencils. Each of these cost £1.00, or around $1.50 for Australians, and you can get them from the MUA website

I have two eyebrow pencils - in Blonde and Brunette
Two lip liners - in Brooding Plum and Softly Lined
Two intense colour eye liners - in Royal Blue and Bright Orange (which I will use as a lip liner)
Three intense glitter eye liners - in Gold Nugget, Starry Night, and Malt Chocolate 


Swatches without flash: Starry Night, Malt Chocolate, Gold Nugget, Royal Blue, Bright Orange, Brooding Plum, Softly Lined, Blonde and Brunette
Swatches with flash: Starry Night, Malt Chocolate, Gold Nugget, Royal Blue, Bright Orange, Brooding Plum, Softly Lined, Blonde and Brunette
Of these liners, my favourites are Starry Night and the eyebrow pencils. My least favourite is Softly lined - I was hoping this to be a baby matte pink, but it is very shimmery and is way to 80s for my liking. Each of these liners are pigmented and soft, yet they do smudge quite easily.



One really good feature of the eye liners and the lip liners is that the lids contain a sharpener, which is a great idea espcially since these liners are quite soft so they get blunt very quickly. The eyebrow pencils don't contain this sharpener.



One downfall of the sharpener being inside the lid is that it can cut the liners when you are taking the lid on and off. But I do think the inclusion of the sharpener is more beneficial than detrimental.


Pros:
  • Very cheap, its hard to get any liner for this price.
  • Decent range of colours for the eye liners - 7 glitter liners, 8 colour liners
  • Contains a sharpener (which is needed because these are soft and become blunt easily)
  • Pigmented
Cons:
  • Small range of colours for lip liners and eyebrow pencils - 4 lip liners, and 2 eyebrow pencils
  • Very smudgy - they don't stay on your waterline and they smudge on your lips
  • Eyebrow pencils are too soft - I find that I need to sharpen the eyebrow pencil after every two uses - and ironically they don't contain the sharpener like the other pencils.
I would recommend this whole range to people who are on a budget or who want to expand their liner collection to include bright colours that won't be used too frequently. If however, you are looking for liners that will last all day without smudging, then these aren't for you. In this case I would only recommend the eyebrow pencils - they do still smudge, but because they are on your eyebrows then it doesn't tend to be an issue.



The above photo is me wiping my finger once along the swatches, after the swatches had been on my arm for a minimum of 10 minutes. This is an example of how smudgy they really are, and how they just don't set.

MUA pencils review - eye liners, lip liners and eyebrow pencils

September 28, 2012


I finally decided to get around to writing a quick review on MUA pencils. Each of these cost £1.00, or around $1.50 for Australians, and you can get them from the MUA website

I have two eyebrow pencils - in Blonde and Brunette
Two lip liners - in Brooding Plum and Softly Lined
Two intense colour eye liners - in Royal Blue and Bright Orange (which I will use as a lip liner)
Three intense glitter eye liners - in Gold Nugget, Starry Night, and Malt Chocolate 


Swatches without flash: Starry Night, Malt Chocolate, Gold Nugget, Royal Blue, Bright Orange, Brooding Plum, Softly Lined, Blonde and Brunette
Swatches with flash: Starry Night, Malt Chocolate, Gold Nugget, Royal Blue, Bright Orange, Brooding Plum, Softly Lined, Blonde and Brunette
Of these liners, my favourites are Starry Night and the eyebrow pencils. My least favourite is Softly lined - I was hoping this to be a baby matte pink, but it is very shimmery and is way to 80s for my liking. Each of these liners are pigmented and soft, yet they do smudge quite easily.



One really good feature of the eye liners and the lip liners is that the lids contain a sharpener, which is a great idea espcially since these liners are quite soft so they get blunt very quickly. The eyebrow pencils don't contain this sharpener.



One downfall of the sharpener being inside the lid is that it can cut the liners when you are taking the lid on and off. But I do think the inclusion of the sharpener is more beneficial than detrimental.


Pros:
  • Very cheap, its hard to get any liner for this price.
  • Decent range of colours for the eye liners - 7 glitter liners, 8 colour liners
  • Contains a sharpener (which is needed because these are soft and become blunt easily)
  • Pigmented
Cons:
  • Small range of colours for lip liners and eyebrow pencils - 4 lip liners, and 2 eyebrow pencils
  • Very smudgy - they don't stay on your waterline and they smudge on your lips
  • Eyebrow pencils are too soft - I find that I need to sharpen the eyebrow pencil after every two uses - and ironically they don't contain the sharpener like the other pencils.
I would recommend this whole range to people who are on a budget or who want to expand their liner collection to include bright colours that won't be used too frequently. If however, you are looking for liners that will last all day without smudging, then these aren't for you. In this case I would only recommend the eyebrow pencils - they do still smudge, but because they are on your eyebrows then it doesn't tend to be an issue.



The above photo is me wiping my finger once along the swatches, after the swatches had been on my arm for a minimum of 10 minutes. This is an example of how smudgy they really are, and how they just don't set.

It's Friday so I wanted to do a fun review today. This is my Milani Lip Flash collection, I have six of the eight shades available. I bought these from http://beautyjoint.com/ where they are normally $5.99 each, but I got them for 20% off... which pretty much covered the cost of shipping.


The shades I have are:
02 News Flash - a dark purple brown with blue-purple shimmer
03 Flash Light - a light peachy orange with peach shimmer
04 Photo Flash - a dark pinky-red with dark pink shimmer
05 Hot Flash - a true red with red shimmer
06 Flashy - a magenta pink with magenta shimmer
07 In A Flash - a mauve with purple shimmer


These contain 2.8g of product each and come in a pencil applicator, which is a little annoying because these do require a sharpener to sharpen. It would have been 10 times better if you could twist these up instead of needing to sharpen them. The outside colour of the packaging corresponds to the colour of the lipstick.

Swatches without flash - 02 News Flash, 03 Flash Light, 04 Photo Flash, 05 Hot Flash, 06 Flashy and 07 In A Flash
Swatches with flash - 02 News Flash, 03 Flash Light, 04 Photo Flash, 05 Hot Flash, 06 Flashy and 07 In A Flash

02 News Flash without flash
02 News Flash with flash
News Flash is very dark, but also looks quite brown. I was expecting this to be more purple. It is a nice vampy colour, but I may wear it over a dark red lipstick or a dark purple to take away some of the brown. This does have a blue-purple shimmer to it which is really pretty. This is one of the most opaque and softest formulas of the six. Because this is so soft, the top of the pencil can is a bit more delicate and I can imagine it breaking if you push too hard.

03 Flash Light without flash
03 Flash Light with flash
This is one of the most wearable shades of the six. It is a pretty peach colour and would be easy to wear during the day in summer or spring. This product one of the sheerer of the six, and is also firmer than News Flash, so you can use more pressure to put this product on without being worried that you will break the pencil tip.

03 Photo Flash without flash
03 Photo Flash with flash
Photo Flash is a dark vibrant pink, and would be great on a night out. This would suit anyone who loves a bold pink lip. This formula is in between Flash Light and News Flash, and feels just like a lipstick.

05 Hot Flash without flash
05 Hot Flash with flash
This is by far my favourite colour of the six. It is amazing! This has the same opaque soft consistency as News Flash, but it doesn't look like it contains glitter, instead it looks like red foil on your lips. This is my new bold amazing red lip colour, it is so stunning! I would repurchase this over and over. If this was a MAC product they would probably sell it for five times the price, and people would be happy to pay.

06 Flashy without flash
06 Flashy with flash
This is a really pretty blue based pink, and it the most girly Barbie one of the six. I didn't expect to like this one as much as I do, but it is such a pretty sparky colour.

07 In A Flash without flash
07 In A Flash with flash
This is similar to the consistency of Flash Light, so it is one of the sheerer and firmer of the six. If you like mauve lips (which I do) then you could get away with wearing this sheered out during the day in spring or summer. The purple shimmer makes this colour pop, and I think this would look amazing over a mauve lipstick.

Pros:
  • The glitter doesn't feel gritty
  • They don't dry out your lips, feels just like a lipstick
  • They last a good 3+ hours
  • Nice range of colours
  • Not too expensive
  • Easy to apply
Cons:
  • Pencil applicator means you have to sharpen these when they are blunt
  • Formula varies from shade to shade, some are very soft and risk breaking or getting smooshed if you press too hard
  • Some people may find that the formula feels a tiny bit sticky
 Overall I really like these, they are fun and easy to apply. They don't feel dry or gritty at all, they feel like a normal lipstick. These are a tiny bit sticky, but they aren't annoyingly sticky, and they do last a good 3+ hours if you aren't eating or drinking. When these wear off they do leave a bit of glitter behind.  If you love a statement lip, then you will really like these... and if you love a classic red lip, then give Hot Flash a go, you will thank me for it!

Milani Lip Flash review and swatches: Shades 02 News Flash, 03 Flash Light, 04 Photo Flash, 05 Hot Flash, 06 Flashy, and 07 In A Flash


It's Friday so I wanted to do a fun review today. This is my Milani Lip Flash collection, I have six of the eight shades available. I bought these from http://beautyjoint.com/ where they are normally $5.99 each, but I got them for 20% off... which pretty much covered the cost of shipping.


The shades I have are:
02 News Flash - a dark purple brown with blue-purple shimmer
03 Flash Light - a light peachy orange with peach shimmer
04 Photo Flash - a dark pinky-red with dark pink shimmer
05 Hot Flash - a true red with red shimmer
06 Flashy - a magenta pink with magenta shimmer
07 In A Flash - a mauve with purple shimmer


These contain 2.8g of product each and come in a pencil applicator, which is a little annoying because these do require a sharpener to sharpen. It would have been 10 times better if you could twist these up instead of needing to sharpen them. The outside colour of the packaging corresponds to the colour of the lipstick.

Swatches without flash - 02 News Flash, 03 Flash Light, 04 Photo Flash, 05 Hot Flash, 06 Flashy and 07 In A Flash
Swatches with flash - 02 News Flash, 03 Flash Light, 04 Photo Flash, 05 Hot Flash, 06 Flashy and 07 In A Flash

02 News Flash without flash
02 News Flash with flash
News Flash is very dark, but also looks quite brown. I was expecting this to be more purple. It is a nice vampy colour, but I may wear it over a dark red lipstick or a dark purple to take away some of the brown. This does have a blue-purple shimmer to it which is really pretty. This is one of the most opaque and softest formulas of the six. Because this is so soft, the top of the pencil can is a bit more delicate and I can imagine it breaking if you push too hard.

03 Flash Light without flash
03 Flash Light with flash
This is one of the most wearable shades of the six. It is a pretty peach colour and would be easy to wear during the day in summer or spring. This product one of the sheerer of the six, and is also firmer than News Flash, so you can use more pressure to put this product on without being worried that you will break the pencil tip.

03 Photo Flash without flash
03 Photo Flash with flash
Photo Flash is a dark vibrant pink, and would be great on a night out. This would suit anyone who loves a bold pink lip. This formula is in between Flash Light and News Flash, and feels just like a lipstick.

05 Hot Flash without flash
05 Hot Flash with flash
This is by far my favourite colour of the six. It is amazing! This has the same opaque soft consistency as News Flash, but it doesn't look like it contains glitter, instead it looks like red foil on your lips. This is my new bold amazing red lip colour, it is so stunning! I would repurchase this over and over. If this was a MAC product they would probably sell it for five times the price, and people would be happy to pay.

06 Flashy without flash
06 Flashy with flash
This is a really pretty blue based pink, and it the most girly Barbie one of the six. I didn't expect to like this one as much as I do, but it is such a pretty sparky colour.

07 In A Flash without flash
07 In A Flash with flash
This is similar to the consistency of Flash Light, so it is one of the sheerer and firmer of the six. If you like mauve lips (which I do) then you could get away with wearing this sheered out during the day in spring or summer. The purple shimmer makes this colour pop, and I think this would look amazing over a mauve lipstick.

Pros:
  • The glitter doesn't feel gritty
  • They don't dry out your lips, feels just like a lipstick
  • They last a good 3+ hours
  • Nice range of colours
  • Not too expensive
  • Easy to apply
Cons:
  • Pencil applicator means you have to sharpen these when they are blunt
  • Formula varies from shade to shade, some are very soft and risk breaking or getting smooshed if you press too hard
  • Some people may find that the formula feels a tiny bit sticky
 Overall I really like these, they are fun and easy to apply. They don't feel dry or gritty at all, they feel like a normal lipstick. These are a tiny bit sticky, but they aren't annoyingly sticky, and they do last a good 3+ hours if you aren't eating or drinking. When these wear off they do leave a bit of glitter behind.  If you love a statement lip, then you will really like these... and if you love a classic red lip, then give Hot Flash a go, you will thank me for it!

I have has these two MUA palettes in makeup to be reviewed box for a long time now, and I decided to review these at the same time, otherwise it will take me a while to get around to doing both separately. I bought these from the MUA website when they were having a sale, but normally they cost £4.00, which is about $6 in Australia. 


So I bought the Dusk til Dawn palette, which is supposed to contain day time colours (I'm assuming this is the top row), as well as some night time colours (the bottom row). I love this concept, because you can bring this one palette in your makeup bag and you can transform a day time look into a night time look. These colours are also perfect for me, because I love taupe colours during the day, and blue-turquoise for going out.

The second palette is the Glamour Nights palette, and this contains great colours to wear out at night. I decided to buy this palette because the purple and red looked amazing, and I liked that it contained a few matte colours. 

 Dusk til Dawn Palette swatches

Top row without flash
Top row with flash
Bottom row without flash
Bottom row with flash

I think with this palette, the star row is the top row. All of the colours are smooth and pigmented and blend really well. It also has a good range of day time colours, a new neutrals, highlights, and crease colours. My favourite colours on this row is the 2nd and 5th shade, they would make a really nice taupe look.

The second row is stunning, but the formula is not as strong overall. The gold, the turquoise and the purple are beautiful and super pigmented as easy to use... but the grey, navy, and black are more or a matte base with chunks of glitter and they aren't as pigmented, and create a lot of fall out. I'm sure these would look amazing if pressed onto a primer, but they weren't great swatched.



Here is a quick look I did using the top row of the Dusk til Dawn palette. I used the 2nd, 5th and 6th shade on that line. 

 
 Glamour Nights Palette swatches

Top row without flash
Top row with flash
Bottom row without flash
Bottom row with flash
The top row, in my opinion, is the weakest of the two. It contains some lovely colours, but sadly the matte white and matte grey are not very pigmented. The purple, navy and silver are the best from this row. The brown shade has a lot of fall out and is the same formula as the grey, navy and black on the bottom row of the Dusk til Dawn palette.

The bottom row is awesome! The matte black is outstandingly pigmented and blends well. The matte purple isn't quite as strong, but you can build up a good colour. The others are all beautiful shimmers. The stand out on this row is the red, it's soooo pretty in real life, its almost a lipstick pinky red.

Here is a quick using the Glamour Nights palette. I used the red all over the lid, the matte purple on the lower lash line, the dark purple in the crease and the silver in the inner corner
 
Overall both of these palettes have their strong shades and their weak shades. But for the price they're great value. I have reviewed quite a few MUA palettes on my blog (I'll list the links below) and compared to the other palettes I have tried, these aren't as consistently good, but if you love these colours, then pick them up because there some awesome shades in these two palettes. 

Glitter Ball Palette review
Undressed Palette review
Going for Gold Palette review

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MUA Eyeshadow Palettes in Dusk Til Dawn and Glamour Nights - review and swatches

September 27, 2012 Melbourne VIC, Australia


I have has these two MUA palettes in makeup to be reviewed box for a long time now, and I decided to review these at the same time, otherwise it will take me a while to get around to doing both separately. I bought these from the MUA website when they were having a sale, but normally they cost £4.00, which is about $6 in Australia. 


So I bought the Dusk til Dawn palette, which is supposed to contain day time colours (I'm assuming this is the top row), as well as some night time colours (the bottom row). I love this concept, because you can bring this one palette in your makeup bag and you can transform a day time look into a night time look. These colours are also perfect for me, because I love taupe colours during the day, and blue-turquoise for going out.

The second palette is the Glamour Nights palette, and this contains great colours to wear out at night. I decided to buy this palette because the purple and red looked amazing, and I liked that it contained a few matte colours. 

 Dusk til Dawn Palette swatches

Top row without flash
Top row with flash
Bottom row without flash
Bottom row with flash

I think with this palette, the star row is the top row. All of the colours are smooth and pigmented and blend really well. It also has a good range of day time colours, a new neutrals, highlights, and crease colours. My favourite colours on this row is the 2nd and 5th shade, they would make a really nice taupe look.

The second row is stunning, but the formula is not as strong overall. The gold, the turquoise and the purple are beautiful and super pigmented as easy to use... but the grey, navy, and black are more or a matte base with chunks of glitter and they aren't as pigmented, and create a lot of fall out. I'm sure these would look amazing if pressed onto a primer, but they weren't great swatched.



Here is a quick look I did using the top row of the Dusk til Dawn palette. I used the 2nd, 5th and 6th shade on that line. 

 
 Glamour Nights Palette swatches

Top row without flash
Top row with flash
Bottom row without flash
Bottom row with flash
The top row, in my opinion, is the weakest of the two. It contains some lovely colours, but sadly the matte white and matte grey are not very pigmented. The purple, navy and silver are the best from this row. The brown shade has a lot of fall out and is the same formula as the grey, navy and black on the bottom row of the Dusk til Dawn palette.

The bottom row is awesome! The matte black is outstandingly pigmented and blends well. The matte purple isn't quite as strong, but you can build up a good colour. The others are all beautiful shimmers. The stand out on this row is the red, it's soooo pretty in real life, its almost a lipstick pinky red.

Here is a quick using the Glamour Nights palette. I used the red all over the lid, the matte purple on the lower lash line, the dark purple in the crease and the silver in the inner corner
 
Overall both of these palettes have their strong shades and their weak shades. But for the price they're great value. I have reviewed quite a few MUA palettes on my blog (I'll list the links below) and compared to the other palettes I have tried, these aren't as consistently good, but if you love these colours, then pick them up because there some awesome shades in these two palettes. 

Glitter Ball Palette review
Undressed Palette review
Going for Gold Palette review

Please remember to follow my blog! Once I hit 100 followers I will do a give away, which will include an Undressed Palette from MUA! 

Hey guys, I'm selling a few new items on eBay. These are things that I have doubles of and I don't want them to go to waste. If you are interested in any of these then check them out at here. If you have any questions about these items, please feel free to contact me xoxo

Selling a few items on eBay

September 26, 2012


Hey guys, I'm selling a few new items on eBay. These are things that I have doubles of and I don't want them to go to waste. If you are interested in any of these then check them out at here. If you have any questions about these items, please feel free to contact me xoxo


I bought these four items off strawberrynet a few weeks ago, each of these came in two packs - so everything you see here I also have an unused boxed one in my drawer as a backup. Strawberrynet were selling each of the two packs of liners for $11 and the two pack of eye shadows and the eye basics for $13.50. I thought I would do a quick review and a few swatches of these products because I have been using them for a few weeks now and I really like them.


So I got these eye liners for essentially $5.50 each, which is crazy cheap since in Australia these retail for $45 each. I got the shades Black Ebony and Mahogany Brown. I also got the eye shadow in the shade Caramel for $6.75 (which retails for $44). All of these have similar packaging, they are identical from the outside. The packaging is sturdy and I love that they each contain a good sized mirror, I do find myself using these mirrors when I do apply these products.


I love these liners, especially the black. These eye liner are cake liners, so you need to use water to create the liquid liner. Some people might not like having to keep a glass of water on their makeup table for this, but it really doesn't bother me, and it does end up being less messy than gel liners. The water does tend to try up pretty quickly so you will need to add more water pretty much every time you go to dip your brush back into the product.

The reason why I was so impressed with this product is because you have more control. I find you can control the intensity of the colour, so you can have it very black if you really mix your brush around, or you can use a little bit of the product for a more subtle colour. You can also control how wet or dry the product is, so if you want a very precise line then you can use a lot of water and make it very liquidy, or you can use a little bit of water and make it quite dry. I prefer using a drier liner for during the day because it looks a little softer and more natural. I also find that because the product is thinner than a gel liner, you don't tend to get clumpy lines if you make a mistake and I find that you can make a thinner and more precise line. If you aren't confident with liquid liner then this product is great because you can start soft and build up the line.

This liner also stays in place and it does not budge or smear. Because this formula dries pretty quickly then its very hard to smudge this product. It definitely is not as pigmented than a gel liner, but I like that about these because I like the look for liquid liner, but I don't like the intense liquid eyeliner look for during the day, so these liners are much more wearable and work appropriate

You can see the swatches of these liners below. Both these liner have a matte finish, and I personally prefer the black, because the brown is too light for my liking, but it would suit people who prefer a very subtle liner. See how this looks on my eye at the end of this post.

Swatches without flash. Left to right: Black Ebony liner, Mahogany Brown liner, Caramel eye shadow, Wheat Eye Basics
Swatches with flash. Left to right: Black Ebony liner, Mahogany Brown liner, Caramel eye shadow, Wheat Eye Basics
Caramel eye shadow
I also got the eye shadow in Caramel. This is a matte shadow (see swatches above), and is a peachy nude. I really like this shade, and originally I was thinking of selling my other one on ebay, but I have been using this either as an all over lid colour, or as a crease colour with a nude eye, and I think I will get a lot of use out of it. It blends beautifully and is very pigmented, but is not at all powdery and doesn't create any fall out.


Like the eye shadow, I got this eye basics product for $6.75, and this normally costs $42. This is in the shade Wheat, which is a matte dark nude colour. This product can be used as a liquid eye shadow, or you can use it as an eye shadow base. This is the old packaging, and the newer packaging is in a square tube rather than the round tube, but the product is the same. As you can see from the photo above this has a doe foot applicator.

I really like this product, there was another one for sale which was called buff and was a similar colour but was shimmery, I liked the matte aspect of this because it is more versatile and if you want to make it shimmery you can put a shimmery eye shadow over the top. This product does a really good job at blanking out the eye and covering all the imperfections to leave a nice canvas for your eyeshadow. It is a bit darker than my skin colour, but I think it also works really well on its own for a nude eye.


Now does this eye basics product work as a primer?

With eye basics as a primer
Without eye basics as a primer
So I did a little experiment the other day and I used eye basics on one of my eyes and not on the other. The photos above are from after 5 hours of wear, the top photo used the eye basics as a primer and has no creasing, and the bottom photo has no primer, and has significant creasing. The eye with the primer did not crease after 10 hours which is when I took off my makeup.

A quick look using all of these products


I thought I would include a quick example on how I use these products. In the photos above I have Eye Basics in Wheat all over my eyelid, and I have the Caramel shadow in the crease, then I have the Mahogany Brown liner winged out on the lid, and also lined under the eye. Since I like a darker liner on the top lash line, then I also took the Black Ebony liner and used that closer to the lash line just to make it a bit bolder. Then I used a mascara and that's it! I thought I should include a photo of how I use it, just so you can see what I mean when I say it is a softer and more subtle liquid liner look. It would not be my pick of liner if I am going out and want a really black bold liner, but it is perfect for work or an every day liner.

Laura Mercier Haul, Review and Swatches: Eye Liners in Black Ebony and Mahogany Brown, Eye Colour in Caramel, and Eye Basics in Wheat



I bought these four items off strawberrynet a few weeks ago, each of these came in two packs - so everything you see here I also have an unused boxed one in my drawer as a backup. Strawberrynet were selling each of the two packs of liners for $11 and the two pack of eye shadows and the eye basics for $13.50. I thought I would do a quick review and a few swatches of these products because I have been using them for a few weeks now and I really like them.


So I got these eye liners for essentially $5.50 each, which is crazy cheap since in Australia these retail for $45 each. I got the shades Black Ebony and Mahogany Brown. I also got the eye shadow in the shade Caramel for $6.75 (which retails for $44). All of these have similar packaging, they are identical from the outside. The packaging is sturdy and I love that they each contain a good sized mirror, I do find myself using these mirrors when I do apply these products.


I love these liners, especially the black. These eye liner are cake liners, so you need to use water to create the liquid liner. Some people might not like having to keep a glass of water on their makeup table for this, but it really doesn't bother me, and it does end up being less messy than gel liners. The water does tend to try up pretty quickly so you will need to add more water pretty much every time you go to dip your brush back into the product.

The reason why I was so impressed with this product is because you have more control. I find you can control the intensity of the colour, so you can have it very black if you really mix your brush around, or you can use a little bit of the product for a more subtle colour. You can also control how wet or dry the product is, so if you want a very precise line then you can use a lot of water and make it very liquidy, or you can use a little bit of water and make it quite dry. I prefer using a drier liner for during the day because it looks a little softer and more natural. I also find that because the product is thinner than a gel liner, you don't tend to get clumpy lines if you make a mistake and I find that you can make a thinner and more precise line. If you aren't confident with liquid liner then this product is great because you can start soft and build up the line.

This liner also stays in place and it does not budge or smear. Because this formula dries pretty quickly then its very hard to smudge this product. It definitely is not as pigmented than a gel liner, but I like that about these because I like the look for liquid liner, but I don't like the intense liquid eyeliner look for during the day, so these liners are much more wearable and work appropriate

You can see the swatches of these liners below. Both these liner have a matte finish, and I personally prefer the black, because the brown is too light for my liking, but it would suit people who prefer a very subtle liner. See how this looks on my eye at the end of this post.

Swatches without flash. Left to right: Black Ebony liner, Mahogany Brown liner, Caramel eye shadow, Wheat Eye Basics
Swatches with flash. Left to right: Black Ebony liner, Mahogany Brown liner, Caramel eye shadow, Wheat Eye Basics
Caramel eye shadow
I also got the eye shadow in Caramel. This is a matte shadow (see swatches above), and is a peachy nude. I really like this shade, and originally I was thinking of selling my other one on ebay, but I have been using this either as an all over lid colour, or as a crease colour with a nude eye, and I think I will get a lot of use out of it. It blends beautifully and is very pigmented, but is not at all powdery and doesn't create any fall out.


Like the eye shadow, I got this eye basics product for $6.75, and this normally costs $42. This is in the shade Wheat, which is a matte dark nude colour. This product can be used as a liquid eye shadow, or you can use it as an eye shadow base. This is the old packaging, and the newer packaging is in a square tube rather than the round tube, but the product is the same. As you can see from the photo above this has a doe foot applicator.

I really like this product, there was another one for sale which was called buff and was a similar colour but was shimmery, I liked the matte aspect of this because it is more versatile and if you want to make it shimmery you can put a shimmery eye shadow over the top. This product does a really good job at blanking out the eye and covering all the imperfections to leave a nice canvas for your eyeshadow. It is a bit darker than my skin colour, but I think it also works really well on its own for a nude eye.


Now does this eye basics product work as a primer?

With eye basics as a primer
Without eye basics as a primer
So I did a little experiment the other day and I used eye basics on one of my eyes and not on the other. The photos above are from after 5 hours of wear, the top photo used the eye basics as a primer and has no creasing, and the bottom photo has no primer, and has significant creasing. The eye with the primer did not crease after 10 hours which is when I took off my makeup.

A quick look using all of these products


I thought I would include a quick example on how I use these products. In the photos above I have Eye Basics in Wheat all over my eyelid, and I have the Caramel shadow in the crease, then I have the Mahogany Brown liner winged out on the lid, and also lined under the eye. Since I like a darker liner on the top lash line, then I also took the Black Ebony liner and used that closer to the lash line just to make it a bit bolder. Then I used a mascara and that's it! I thought I should include a photo of how I use it, just so you can see what I mean when I say it is a softer and more subtle liquid liner look. It would not be my pick of liner if I am going out and want a really black bold liner, but it is perfect for work or an every day liner.

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