Friday, January 18, 2013

Review: L'Oréal Lumi Magique Touch of Light Highlighter Pen!

I really liked MAC's Prep+Prime Highlighting Pen, it was great for my dark under eye area. What I didn't appreciate was the price, 23€ for 3,6 ml / 0,12 fl. oz. Alltough you don't need much, but still, quite pricey! So I've been looking for a new under eye concealer that would be something even close to the MAC one. I found the Lumi Magique Touch of Light Highlighter Pen for 10€ which was nice, usually this retails around 17€ here in Finland, that's quite expensive for a drugstore concealer...

I swatched this pen many times in the store before actually buying it. I liked the consistency when I swatched it and I really liked the classic and high end look of the packaging, it's not drugstore or cheap looking at all. So it was pretty easy to take it home :)

My shade is the lightest they have, 1 Light. It matches pretty nicely! It has a slight pink tone which is supposed to be great for under eye area. Mine sure do look dark blue... :)

The brush is ok, it feels soft and it makes application easy. You just have to twist the pen a few times to get the product out, that I found to be a bit weird.

What comes to quality of the product itself, unfortunately this is nothing like the MAC's Prep+Prime Highlighting Pen. I will use this under my eyes but with something else that covers my darks circles, Lumi Magique alone is not going to do that. It's too opaque and lacks pigmentation. I guess this really is just a highlighting pen and that's it, it's not working as an under eye concealer, at least not for me because my circles are darker than average. I don't use this as a highlighter and I don't know if it would even work because I'm so super pale. I prefer my highlighters in powdery form. I do like how it feels, it's easy to blend and leaves my skin looking evened out and radient, but it doesn't conceal that much.

Too bad, I really thought this would be something like the MAC pen... Too bad it didn't meet my expectations! Maybe I will try this out as a highlighter and see how it works on my face.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Coastal Scents brush haul + review part II !

I've been wanting to get more brushes from Coastal Scents eversince my last order was such a success! I was patient enough to wait for a sale and on Black Friday it was my lucky day, everything 50% off. Lovely :)

All the brushes were in a little pouch, which was nice. I use these kinds of pouches to store my jewellry in.

First things first, I got two of these Kabuki On A Stick brushes. This is the best brush I've had for applying blush, really. I haven't own any MAC or Sigma brushes so I can't compare but I truly think it's a great brush.  And I paid only around 2$ for each, that is crazy cheap! And the quality is amazing, no shedding, no nothing. Loving it! I'm glad I now have three so I can rotate these between washes.

I went a little crazy with the kabukis they have. I love the Pink Kabuki and the Kabuki On A Stick, both I use in my daily make up. The Pink Kabuki was a must purchase, I find it to be the most softest brush for blending out blush and bronzer or applying finishing powder. I love how it feels against my skin, it is super soft! And pretty too.

I wanted a new kabuki for my mineral foundation. This Classic Buffer Large Synthetic brush was not as tense as I would have hoped for but after using it a couple of times it gets better and better. It pickes up nice amount of mineral foundation at once and makes the application easy. Nice results! It's usually 14,95$ but half off was not a bad deal.

I got this Classic Blush Angle Small Natural brush for contouring. I have my most used contouring brush from Coastal Scents but they don't sell it anymore so I thought if this one would work as nicely as my old one. It's a nice brush and a great dupe for the old one that I have. It's not the softest one but blending is easy with this and you get a precise contour line if you want to. I paid only 2,50$ for it, it's usually 4.95$ which is not bad eather.

I thought this Classic Buffer Small Natural brush would be a little bigger than Kabuki On A Stick but it's actually pretty much the same brush with a new look. I like it as much, it's great for blush and blends any blush pretty nicely, even the ones that are harder to work with. I like the long, sturdy handle!

I have really liked the two eye shadow brushes from the Classic line that I got with my previous order. They were larger than I expected so I thought this Classic Shadow Small Natural brush would have been the perfect size to apply color all over the lid precisely. But it turned out to be a quite small brush, closer to a detail brush in my opinion. So I don't know if I'll use it doing my everyday makeup. Paid under 1$ for it but feels like a quality brush. I love CS :)
Here's a picture where you can get a hint of the size.

The Classic Detail Mini Natural brush was something that I needed (well not really...) to line my eyes with. Nice quality and tense bristles that look still the same after a few washes. It's normally 2,49$ so half off was a bargain :)

Here's the brush with the Classic Shadow Small Natural brush for you to see the size, it's a small brush!

I also got a free Hot Pot eye shadow, that was nice! All and all, I'm really pleased with my order, I truly love the kabukis! And I do love nice quality combined with low prices :)

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Review: Maybelline Dream LumiTouch Highlighting Concealer!

I've been trying out different under eye concealers ever since I finished my MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter Pen. 23€ for a concealer is too much in my opinion so I've been on a look out for cheaper versions.

Today I wanted to review Maybelline's Dream LumiTouch Highlighting Concealer. Mine is the lightest shade, I can't remember what it's called and the label has worn off. Anyway, I found this on sale and have been using it for some time now. I really like it!

It's thick enough to conceal my under eye circles, which is the main thing I look for in a good concealer. It really has great pigmentation! A light layer truly covers all the darkness I have under my eyes. I've also used LumiTouch as an all over concealer and it's really great. I usually blend it with my fingers and it blends super easily. I usually set my under eye concealer with a light layer of powder but I have also found that powdering is not necessary in this case. It doesn't look cakey if you use both lightly. With a heavier layer it can look a bit cakey but that's what happens with any product if you use it too much. The only thing that's not working for me is the shade. It's a bit too dark for me. I still can use it, so it's not too dark but still not a perfect match. I couldn't tell you anything about the highlighting abilities eather because it's too dark for me, so it does'nt really highlight anything for me. The packaging feels a little cheap too but that doesn't really bother me that much.

I highly recommend this concealer for under eye area, it covers up everything. Plus it's really inexpensive, so what's not to love! But because it's just a little too dark for me, I won't be repurchasing it, and I'm sad. I don't seem to be finding what I'm looking for from the drugstore brands. It's hard to be the pale girl sometimes.

Thanks for reading!