Friday, September 26, 2008

MAC Suite Array Eyeshadows Suite and Pearlglide Eyeliners (Swatches)

Release Date: September 25, 2008

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I was actually kinda sad with the fact that I didn't get my swatches with Vanessa :(. We usually go together everytime MAC has a new released collection, but she had some business to take care of after work. So, I went right after work... by myself. It was definitely weird and not so much fun.

Anyway, I didn't get to swatch the Gold Fever collection because apparently my Nordies didn't have them out yet.

The new Suite Array collection didn't really grab my attention at all. The eyeshadow combination actually reminds me of NARS except when it comes to the quality of the MAC eyeshadows, they are more matte, chalky, and sheer. It's really hard to pick the color from the pan, and once it's applied it's more glittery than it is pigmented. I needed to really put some pressure onto my fingers for just the eyeshadow to show up. They just didn't strike me as worth it.

The Pearlglide eyeliners however have nice pigmentation. Although, they're creamy in a sense that it will budge if you try rubbing it off, yet it's hard to take off (if that made any sense) that soap and water won't just cut it. These eyeliners are almost like the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners in my opinion.
So what do you think for MAC's 293274x collection? Was it strikingly beautiful enough for you? Or is it a complete miss?

Swatches: MAC Cremesheen Lipsticks

Release Date: September 25, 2008

Here are some swatches for the new MAC Cremesheen lipstick. These lipsticks were said to be replacements for the amplified lipstick formula and is going to be part of the permanent line.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

DentaBurst Freshening Teeth Cleaners (Review)

I've been meaning to do a review on these since I received them from Amber (orginal post). You can check out Ate RenRen's review on these previously on her blog.

What they say about it:DENTABURST® is a great new way to primp your smile, anytime, anywhere!

DENTABURST® refreshes and energizes you with a burst of confidence whenever you need it.

DENTABURST® helps you remove plaque from the surfaces of your teeth, leaving them feeling smooth and clean.

Price: $2.99 (pack of 12)

Available at: Target, CVS, and RiteAid

Dentaburst Freshning Teeth Cleaners
Quality: 4 out 5
Price: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out 5

Overall: 4.6 out of 5
What I like about it: Dentaburst are conveniently and individually packed so you can easily stash them in your purse or pocket. It's perfect for a night out especially when you're out going clubbing and having a ginormous purse is not an option. You can pretty much stash one packet somewhere because they're so thin and discreet. It's great for places where they check your purse, and you're not allowed to have gum with you (i.e. certain clubs). It's also great for traveling whether you'd be on a plane or a car especially on long road trips. I don't know if it's just me... but sometimes when I (did) chew gum during a long car ride, I get pretty nauseous. Dentaburst has become a great alternative for me.
Unlike gums and mints, this doesn't mask the whatever funky smell you're trying to get rid off (especially if you had some onions in your burger for lunch). It really freshens your breath. I'm sure you guys know that chewing gum and mints actually makes your breath worse. Sure it's minty fresh once you pop one in your mouth, but after awhile, your breath will still stink. Why? Because gums and mints has sugar in it. Being that I currently have braces, I'm suppose to avoid gums at all cost because it will breakdown the glue on my braces, and not to mention get it stuck somewhere and cause all sorts of grief. I don't like mints as well because like I mentioned, it leaves a yucky taste on my mouth after awhile probably because of the sugar. So I usually just brush my teeth after lunch. But DentaBurst really does come in handy when your in places that brushing your teeth might be a bit odd (especially in public bathrooms, umm gross?). It only gives me a fresh and minty feeling on my mouth minus the chewing and dissolving of mints in my mouth.
Don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't completely ditch the idea of brushing your teeth (because that will be dumb), but it's also perfect when you ended up sleeping over someone else's house (with whatever reason you ended up being there), and your toothbrush is not readily available. Open one of these and you're breath isn't kicking nasty.

What I dont like about it: Being said that I do have braces, it might not be a smart move to use it on your teeth. I tried it out, and the fibers of the scrubbing part of Dentaburst started getting caught on my braces. So I had to lose the idea of doing that. However, it's still great for the roof of your mouth and to clean your tongue.
Another minor rant about it is how it loosely fits on my fingers. As the boyfriend suggested, maybe they should have at least 3 (small, medium, large) different sizes available to cater to different finger sizes.
I also don't like the possible stares you might get if you do use this in public. I suggest doing it in the restroom or at least be discreet about it. People might start thinking your brushing your teeth with your finger and toothpaste (technically you are though).

Would I buy this again: Most definitely especially when I get my braces off. They're definitely the better alternative in freshening your breath and super handy dandy. They also don't take so much space and no jiggling noise of the sound of mints hitting the pan in your purse. I might not have bought this on my own, but after trying them out, I've been using them since. You'll definitely find this on my purse.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Show Me Your Fall Season Makeup Face CONTEST!

Ok, I just have to get this news out right now. Here's the deal, my birthday is coming up and I want to share the love with you guys by having a contest! This is pretty much also a way for me to say thank you to my readers and subscribers who's been dropping by. I've been planning on having one for a long time, but I haven't really gotten around it because of numerous things that has come up.

So the contest is easy squeezy. Most of you have been doing this for some time now. You'll pretty much show me (and everyone else) how your Fall makeup would look like. Use magazines or promotional media if you have to if you need to get insipired or just be plain creative and pretend you're doing your runway show or it could be whatever you're wearing now, it doesn't matter just as long as you showcase you best darn look.

How to Enter:

1. Turn in a face shot showing your complete look and a close-up of an open and closed eye picture (refer to my previous FOTDs if you don't know what I'm talking about) to show the detail on your eye makeup.

2. List what you used in your eyes, face, cheeks, and lips.

3. If you have a Blogger or YouTube account, make sure you include your link in your e-mail as well.

4. E-mail your entries at, with the subject line "Your Name - Makeup Contest". Please make sure you put it in this format, so just it'll be easier for me to sort through my e-mails.

5. Deadline to submit your entries is this Sunday, September 21 at 11:59 pm PST.

The contest is open to my U.S. and International readers (yayy!). Sorry, but this contest is only open for people age 18 years old and up. There will only be one winner and the winner will be NOT be randomly chosen. The person with the most votes wins the contest.

Voting Rules:

1. I will be posting all the entries on Monday, September 22 which marks the first official day for voting.

2. You can cast your vote by leaving a comment on the post with all the participating entries on your favorite look. One vote per day per person. I will only count the votes left on the contest post and nowhere else.

3. Voters with a blogger account with my link on their blog roll or have subscribed to my YouTube channel will be worth 2 points (In your comment, please include your YouTube channel if you don't have a blog).

4. Voting ends on my birthday, Thursday, October 2nd at 11:59 PST. I will try to announce the winner, the next day, if not some time over the weekend.

Winner gets...

1. Laniege Strawberry Yogurt Peel Gel ♥♥ (I will have a review on this soon).
2. Brushes from Crown Brush (includes contour brush, angled fluff, lash groomer, small chisel fluff, foundation brush, bent liner, and angled liner)
3. Pressed (MAC and TKB Trading) pigments in a palette (As seen on this post. Yes, all 15 of them. They're unused and unswatched).
4. Palgantong BB Cream SPF 15
5. And much more!

Yea, sorry this is a long, no picture post, but I will update again later with a picture of the prizes once I get home. I will get into more detail with the voting once I get the entries sorted out.

Soo....hurry!!! Don't forget entries are due no later than this Sunday, September 21 11:59 PST! Get those FOTDs ready and send them in! I can't wait to see them!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Weekend Recap: La Brea Tar Pits

Of all places right? Well, the BF has been really asking me to go with to the tar pits. Don't ask me why. It's been part of his "to do" list before he leaves Cali.

Although there were no dinosaur bones found in that specific location, I've learned a few interesting species aside from the saber-tooth CAT (not tiger) and woolly elephants that inhabited old Los Angeles million years ago. The trip was actually something different to do on a Saturday besides our regular trips to different malls :).

Some pictures inside the museum:

These are actually some of the bones of dire wolves' skulls. But they look like shoes on display :)

Behind that was once a woolly mammoth.

Outside the museum... where the smell of tar reeked.

Since he had dragged me to the museum, I got to drag him to The Grove which was the mall nearby. We just grabbed some Brazilian food for lunch at the Farmer's Market and walked around the outdoor mall. I didn't really find anything to my liking in any of the stores, but I manage to grab some Essie nail polishes on sale for half off!

And then we saw this...

LOL! I had to take a picture. This Pomeranian was a diva... seriously. It was attracting all sorts of attention from people because it had booties on! I mean I've seen booties on display at stores... but not really worn by a dog cuz I didn't think dogs would be comfortable wearing them. And it had a backpack on! LOL what the heck?

So that was a quick rundown of my weekend. And then yesterday, I finally had the chance to check out the little beauty boutique by my area that carries some Paul & Joe products that I've been on the hunt for. I couldn't find them anywhere else here in California... and I don't know why we're lacking. I wish they had more particularly at the store because I really wanted to check the whole line out. But I manage to pick up a few of them, and I think I'm really done with makeup purchases for now (I hope *crosses fingers*). I'll post my haul on that on another day, maybe along with a review.

How was everyone else's weekends?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

NARS Duo Eye Shadow in Mediteranee (Review)

What they say about it: Same longwearing crease resistant formula as the NARS Single Eyeshadow, in a series of uniquely paired color combinations. Worn together or alone, all eyeshadows can be applied sheer or built up for a more dramatic effect. All powder eyeshadows can be used wet or dry.

Richly pigmented powders
Effortless blending; coordinated in fashionable pairs
Multifunction: use as eyeshadow, eyeliner or on eyebrows

Price: $32 USD

Available at:, Sephora, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, and other leading department stores.

What I like about it: It's buttery soft! It glides like no other. It's highly pigmented that there's really no need to dig through the pan to get a good color payoff, and each duo are matched perfectly that it's a no brainer when it comes to eye color combinations. The eye shadows are also easily blendable, so layering is a cinch, yet the colors doesn't fade after blending.

Every time I've been at Sephora, I had my eye on this particular eyeshadow. I swatched it a million times (ok I'm exaggerating) while I thought about it long and hard if it was worth it or not only to ended up falling in love with the color even more. Yes it's orange, but it's not your kind of orange that is obnoxiously bright that you'll probably wear once in your life. Mediteranee is your wearable type of orange with gold specks, without the annoying chunks of glitter. It looks good in the pan just as much as its on your eyes. This color combo is also a nice addition to your fall makeup look.

*I forgot to watermark these pictures -____-*

What I don't like about it: Obviously, the price. The price is pretty steep for two colors of eye shadows, but it should be expected in a high-end makeup. But I thought about it this way, $32 divided by two is $16. So technically, you are only paying $2 more for each eye shadow than MAC potted eye shadows, but the quality you're getting with NARS is way better. However, compared to the color selections you get with MAC and NARS, MAC definitely has more colors of the rainbow available especially when they come out with limited edition colors.

Although the packaging is cute in appearance, the texture of the casing will attract powder in it that it can get it to look kinda dirty after awhile. It might be harder to clean it since it's foam-like material, so it probably won't hurt if they're kept in the box if you care for them that much.

Would I buy it again: You bet I will! Although I probably won't buy too many of it at the same time since it's not exactly inexpensive. But I wouldn't mind spending a few more bucks on colors that I think that I will be frequently using and reaching out for. You're not only paying for the brand, but the quality it comes with. I've already used my Mediteranee eye shadow twice, and I've already gotten compliments on how my eye make up looks like (coming from TWO Dior MUA :] from my recent trip to Nordies). Since these eye shadows are really super easy to blend, there's really no need to be in front of the mirror trying to blend the heck out of these eye shadows. I would recommend these eye shadows for the people who are ready to branch out to higher end makeup.

And here's a sample of my eye makeup using this duo eyeshadow:

Thursday, September 11, 2008

MANDOM Cleansing Express Cleansing Lotion Sebum (Review)

Ok, try saying that really fast ten times while patting your head and rubbing your belly ... walking.

I've been on a look out for a good eye makeup remover that takes every bit of make up off and easy on the wallet. I fell in love with the Lancome Bifacil makeup remover when I got a sample from those gift with purchases. Everything is all fine and dandy. Your make up comes off really well, but once you hit the bottom, then time to dish out the cash. As much as I love the product, I wasn't just willing to pay that much for an eyemakeup remover. I know there are alternatives out there. It was just a matter of finding it where.

Then the Pow Wow comes along, it was fate! I picked xPpinkxx's name out of the basket during the Yankee Swap. First item she pulls out in the shopping bag was her holy grail makeup remover. She said I will love it and it's the best makeup remover ever. And after some time of putting this to the test, here is my final verdict.

What they say about it: MANDOM Cleansing Express Cleansing Lotion Sebum is a water-base make-up remover. This can remove even water-proof mascara with ease. Tones your skin while cleansing. It instantly floats out make-up, dirt deep in pores, and wrinkly skin. Contains soybean essence extract for cleansing and moisturizing. There is no rinsing or double-cleansing is necessary. After you wipe-off with this make-up remover it makes your skin smooth and refresh. You will see visibly improved skin with continued color added, no fragrance, 100% oil free, alcohol free10.58fl.oz(300ml)

Directions: Apply 2~3 pumps into cotton and apply onto entire face. When the dirt and oil begin to rise and are visibly present in the cleanser, wash off thoroughly.


Price: $10.99 (prices vary from store to store)

Available at: Marukai Market,

Cleansing Express Cleansing Lotion

5 out 5
Price: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out 5
Overall: 4.6 out of 5

What I like about it: Two pumps (or even one) in a cotton pad and your golden! It gets every bit of makeup off my face. Whether it be mascara or eyeshadow... it's gone (quicker than you can say what its called).

I swear it might as well be unicorn tears because it's that magical. The consistency and smell of the remover is like water. And since when did just "water" take off your full face? As much as I enjoy wearing makeup, I dread the end of the day when it comes right off. You gotta admit that even if you have a wipe next to your bed, you will still see residues the next morning. This is remover is definitely perfect for those long nights being out and about at the club or bar, partying your life away. You know you're dead tired once you get home and some of us are guilty of sleeping with make up on (yes, gross). With two pumps of this on a cotton pad, you can practically be half asleep and wipe your face clean. And it'll leave your face feeling so fresh and so clean. No oily residues. No makeup. No nothing. Just a clean, bare face ready to hit the sack. It will never leave your face tight and dry nor does it make your eyes bleed (read: sting).

As the direction tells you, you do still have to wash your face. Don't completely wipe out your cleansing routine, but this is really good for those lazy nights (and I hope that every night is NOT a lazy night).
This makeup remover also does not contain alcohol. It's amazing!!! I'm telling you it's like water (since when did water break people out? not unless it's dirty sewer water). It's perfect for people with sensitive skin and acne prone. I highly doubt (that's just my opinion) it'll irritate anyone's face using this because it's so gentle. I haven't experienced any breakouts while using this product which makes me love it even more. Oh, and unlike any other makeup removers, no bottle shaking is required.
The best part about it. It's inexpensive; $10.99 gets you 10.58 fl. oz which will last you for a long time (the bottle is pretty huge). It sure doesn't cost me an arm and a leg for something so effective and quick.

What I don't like about it: The bottle. The pump just doesn't cut it for me. Because the consistency is like water, when you squirt the remover out of the pump, do expect that it's going to miss your cotton pad. So I end up wasting some product because it lands on the floor. But if you slowly push the pump down, then it kinda solves the problem. But if you can transfer it to a better container then all the better.
I also don't like how it is not conveniently available in stores. The closest place that carries this to my place is quite a drive. But I really don't mind going for a drive if time comes that I do need to get a new bottle. Luckily; however, you can still buy this at

Would I buy this again?: Thanks to Pink for getting me hooked on this. If it wasn't for the Pow Wow and the Yankee swap, I wouldn't have known that unicorn tears exist, let alone get a hold of one. If the company decides to stop production on these (God forbid), I will be stocking up on this by the boxes. I've never come across a makeup remover this good. It sure beats Lancome Bifacil hands down for both quality and price. My search for a good makeup remover ends here. It's a staple item in my skin care routine.
P.S. There's two versions of this makeup remover: Moist and Sebum. I'm assuming Moist is for dry skin while Sebum is for oily/combo skin. Only makes sense right?

FOTD: Golden with Ben Nye

I love my Ben Nye Pearl Sheen eyeshadow. I bought the eyeshadow awhile back and I never really used it until today. It's very pigmented and easy to apply. I'm probably going to hunt some more of this in the future.

Ben Nye Pearl Sheen e/s (inner half)
MAC Seedling e/s (outer half)
MAC Brun e/s (crease and outer V)
MAC Vanila e/s (highlight)
Modern Basic Mocha Move gel liner (line upper lashline)

MAC Peachykeen blush
MAC Nuance mineralized blush (contour)

Nivea Red Glossy Lip Care

FOTD: L'Oreal Gilded - another green and gold look

Here's the look that I did last Sunday. Sorry it's another gold and green look. My creative juices haven't been flowing lately, and it doesn't help that I only have less than 30 minutes to get ready for work now.

L'Oreal Gilded (gold) e/s -- inner corner
L'Oreal Gilded (dk olive green) e/s -- outer V
MAC Fresh Mix MES (marbled) -- crease
MAC Your Ladyship pigment -- highlight
Modern Basic Mocha Move gel liner
Stila Major Lash Mascara

MAC Nuance mineralized blush

Kiehl's tinted lip balm
*I forgot the l/g I used here


No brainer. Piece of cake. I love my HIP Metallic duo. Definitely saves my behind when it comes to thinking of a good makeup combo for the day.

Uhhhh... no idea why my lips look imensely fat here.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Pressing Pigments using Coastal Scents EZ Prez Pressing Medium (Tutorial)

I finally got around to pressing my mineral makeup. I finally used up all 15 pans in one palette and I'm pretty happy with the results!!! I pressed most of my TKB Trading pigments (Pop! Sampler and Julie's Garden) for this batch.

Oh, by the way, this post is picture heavy!

I know I said this will be a tutorial, but as Vanessa has mentioned, there are already way too many videos on YouTube how to do this. I specifically like EnKore's pigment pressing video (he has a few) and used that as my inspiration. And yes, it's possible not to make a whole mess out of this project!

Here are some tips and tricks that I learned along in the process of pressing pigments. It doesn't really have to be messy thing to do at all! Being an organized and clean freak I am, I manage to do the task with minimal pigment mess all over my workspace (ummm... the kitchen :]).

TIP #1: Sanitize all your utensils. Especially the quarter you're using. Although I still wrapped mine in a cling plastic wrap (for easy cleaning), I sanitized it anyway in a small container with alcohol (make sure you cover the top so the alcohol won't evaporate if you leave it overnight). This includes your mixing bowl, spatulas, and pans. Wipe them all with alcohol before starting.

TIP #2: Use a glass container when mixing your pigments. When I was doing my first batch of pigments I used whatever I could find in the kitchen: extra cough syrup cup, dipping sauce container (edit: accidentally) jacked from a restaurant xP, and the pigment sample jar. First of all, any clear plastic cup like the cough syrup will stain over time as you keep mixing your pigments. It's also hard to pick up your pigment because it clings to the sides. The dipping sauce was too wide and just has too much space. On the other half, the pigment sample jar is too small that there's really no room to mix your pigments which is the greatest mess-maker of all!!! So these items for me were just a no-go anymore.

I found this glass candle holder at Michael's which I thought was the perfect size and shape to mix my pigments. It was also only 99 cents, so it's not like you'd be breaking the bank getting one of these.

Why a glass candle holder???
1. The diameter of the holder is not too small or big (if it's too big, you're more likely to use more pigments, and you really don't need a lot).
2. The sides of the holder is straight making it easier to scoop every bit (or at least most of it) of pigments.
3. Since it's made out of glass, the container can hold it's ground while you're mixing because it has some weight (so it's not moving around too much).
4. It's transparent. You can see every pigment you have inside, making it easier to scoop the hell out of your mixture and cleaning it.
5. It's easier to clean. Wipe it with tissue with some alcohol in it after each use. No need for a sink to wash and clean your mixing bowl.

TIP #3: Use a skinny spatula with a long handle. I tried mixing my pigments with a tiny spatula (see image above). I mean all is great in the beginnning, but once you hit the third or fourth mixture, your hands will be cramping. It's just harder to hold a tiny spatula while you're trying to mix your pigments. The first spatula's head that I used was too fat which made it difficult for me to mix and transfer the pigment to the pan.
Again, same trip to Michael's, I found these spatulas in the painter's aisle for a whopping $2!!! And it has six spatula head sizes. They do sell the metal ones as well individually, but that's more dinero. This is the cheapest one I can find.

I used the spatula with a diamond head out of the six. It was the perfect one, I think, because the tip is skinny which makes mixing easier and picking up and transferring the pigment and the sides are slanted, perfect when you scrape for all the goods stuck on the side of the glass container.

TIP #4: Use little at a time. Use only what you think you need. You don't really need a teaspoonful of pigment in one pan. I would estimate 1/4 teaspoon is pretty good (or 2-3 scoops using my old spatula pictured way above). You can always add more later. You don't want to fill the pan to the brim because it will overflow and you will make a big mess once you press it down. Same thing with your pressing medium. You don't want your mixture to be too dry to wet. The mixture is good if it has a dough-like look too it (it's like making bread!!).

So like this! See how the mixture is not too wet? There's not much product wasted either and it makes the container easier to clean.

How it should look like after you transferred the pigment to the pan. See how there's not much goop in there??

TIP #5: Clean the container and the spatula after each use. Just wipe it using a tissue and alcohol and your good to go. Wipe your spatula first, then your container (only makes sense right??). The alcohol will pick up the rest of the pigment left in the container and sanitizes it as well. Use tissues instead of papertowels. It's just less of a waste.
TIP #6: Tap the the pan help settle the pigment. Just kind drop the pan on a flat surface until it settles (don't drop it too high!). This also lessens the mess before you press it. It gives you an even distribution of the pigment

TIP #7: After the pigment settles, press it with a papertowel using a quarter. It'll pick up the excess liquid in the mixture that helps cut drying time. It's also to compact the pigments together before creating those hatches.

Line them up! See even this step I try to keep it organized. Make sure after each use the colored part is facing up. Facing it down to the surface will kinda make the papertowel dirty for next use.

So that's all the tips I have to offer. If you can keep these in mind then pressing pigments won't be such a disaster.
Take your time. Do it on a day you don't have much to do. It is time consuming, but once you get things rolling, it gets easier and faster. Clean up after every mixing and keep things organize. Get all your materials in one place and cleaned up before you start. Find a work area where you have enough space for your stuff while you work.

So here's how my work area looked like after pressing ten pigments. Not bad eh??? It's just a bit cluttered with all the papertowel and tissue I used xP. I have more to go. But I'll save those for another day. I laid a papertowel where I'm mixing my pigments. Pre-cut the ribbon that you think you'll need to create the hatch. Spilled some pigment on your work area? All it takes is a tissue with alcohol and dab on it... don't try wiping it because it will smear. The alcohol will quickly pick up the pigment if you just dab on it.
SHAKE YOUR EZ PREZ PRESSING MEDIUM BEFORE DROPPING IT IN THE MIXTURE. I realized I forgot this important step after pressing nine pigments -___-*. We'll see how my eyeshadows will hold up later on. I was too caught up on things and was too eager in getting it done I guess?
Stay tuned for an upcoming post of transforming your Coastal Scents palette into something magnetic!!
**omgoodness... this is probably my longest post ever -____-*

Friday, September 05, 2008

L'Oreal HIP Color Rich Cream Crayon (Review)

I originally saw this when I was picking up the HIP Metallic Duo eyeshadows. I decided to pick these up as well since they were BOGO at the time. They had stricken my fancy when I saw them on display next to the eyeshadows because they reminded me of the MAC shadesticks. I'm all about saving if I could, so I thought maybe this can be a good dupe. But the question is, are they as good as the good ol' MAC shadesticks??

What they say about it: Bloom into the world of color with HIP high intensity pigments Color Rich Cream Crayon Eyeshadow and Liner. Ultra-versatile color comes in six rich, super fresh shades.

Technology in bloom: a cream shadow and liner wrapped in one.

HIP high intensity pigments Color Rich Cream Crayon is a fresh take on makeup. Apply to lid as all-over base shadow. Or use it as a liner to dial up definition.

And, all like HIP high intensity pigments products, this long-wearing crayon packs more pigment in every shade. So, when it comes to breath taking looks you're sure to be a natural. (source)

Price: $9.99 (price varies depending on stores)

Available at: Major drugstores (Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, etc)

L'Oreal HIP Color Rich Cream Crayon
Quality: 5 out 5
Price: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out 5

Overall: 5 out of 5


What I like about it: As you can tell from the swatches, these crayons are highly pigmented and with a metallic finish. It works well as a base, eyeshadow, or even as a liner.
I swatched the L'Oreal HIP crayon and my MAC Shadestick (in Beige-ing) right next to each other. I tried rubbing both of the swatches and the L'Oreal HIP crayon definitely did not budge nor faded while as the shadestick smeared and disappeared after a few rubs. You will definitely need a good eye makeup remover to get the HIP crayon out!

When it comes to applying it as a base on my eyelids, the L'Oreal HIP crayon is softer and easier on the eyes. It wasn't a constant battle trying to use the crayon when applying it into my eyelids as it glides on easily as oppose to the MAC shadestick where I sometime find myself tugging on my lids (big no-no!) just to get the product to apply evenly. The base is actually really good also in terms of making your eyeshadow vibrant. I paired up the green crayon with my MAC Fresh Mix MES, and the colors just popped. I've also used the pink crayon in my previous Laura Mercier tutorial and it definitely gave me a better color pay-off as oppose to not using it as a base. The eyeshadow were also still blendable when using the HIP crayon.

Another good thing about this product is it comes with a sharpener that you can pull out at the bottom. It's actually rather convenient and a big plus if you want to use the crayon as an eyeliner. A pointier end will definitely give you a better line. I've used the crayon as an eyeliner, and it only showed minimal fading during a really hot weather (think high 90's) here in sunny California.

You'll definitely get more bang out of you buck if you purchase these when they go on sale. I'm not too sure if I'll purchase these at $10 each, but I'm all over it if they're in BOGO or even BOGHO (50% off second item). Why not get it cheaper if you can?

What I don't like about it: I guess the retail price. It's almost as much as a MAC shadestick for a drugstore brand. But then again, the quality of the HIP crayon is much better in my opinion so I can see some justification on the pricing there. I also don't like how they only have six shades available meaning the color selection is very limited. Sometimes they're also hard to find or unavailable in certain drugstores. You only have your basic colors, but it will be a really nice addition to have a creme color available.

Will I buy this again: Absolutely! Especially if more colors become available. I think the HIP crayon is a good alternative to MAC shadesticks, and like I mentioned earlier, it's probably even better. For a drugstore brand, L'Oreal is definitely stepping up it's game in giving a better quality at a relatively lower price.