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A little bit of “Eye Candy”

12 May

Hello ladies! Almost Friday! You know, every time I say ‘Friday’ now, I think of that horrible awful song. Yes, it really was traumatic and I really wish I could un-listen to that song. If you haven’t heard it, you are lucky!

Anyway, I have some new products to share with you *ahem* for the eyes if you’ll pardon the pun in my title. Just a few things that have come to me lately that I may not have swatched for you guys yet.

New Eye Candy

L-R: Milani Infinite Liquid Liner in #01, Stila 24kt, MAC Groundcover, Stila Kitten Glitter Liner

  •  Milani Inifinte Liquid Liner in 01 Infinite: A glowing bright blue! These babies really are long wearing. It says up to 24 hour wear! Although, I don’t have any intention of wearing it that long, I wore it on my eyes for a whole day and it didn’t budge. I also had a swatch on my arm and tried washing it off with soap and water–trust me when i say you will need more than that to remove this! lol.  I plan on getting more for the summer. They are waterproof, perfect for a quick swipe before the beach or swimming!
  • Stila 24kt Shadow: Received in this month’s BirchboxIt is the shade of gold I have always wanted from an eyeshadow but have never quite found. This pairs a great, blendable formula with the yellow gold color I love. It remind me of a more pigmented version of Greed, which you will see below. If you love golds, this color will be right up your alley.
  • MAC Groundcover (LE) : From Fashion Flower. While it does go on more pigmented on the eyes, I am not impressed with this shadow at all. I have been craving greys like no one’s business and this just did not really fit the bill for me. That swatch (albeit without primer) is like 15 swipes, I am not kidding. I wore a lot of the flower imprint away getting it to show up on my skin. The formula isn’t that great either. If you didn’t get this in Fashion Flower, don’t feel bad. You aren’t missing some super-pigmented great grey shadow here. I will work with it, and it does go nicely on the eyes, just not exactly what I hoped for.   😦
  • Stila Glitter Liner in Kitten: Finally a glitter liner with color and LOTS of tightly packed glitter. It doesn’t flake off on me and really adds nice sparkle to my eyes for something a little special. I like the shade because it’s so much more natural and wearable for the daytime, unlike many other glitter liners. Lasts all day on me!

L-R: Lorac 3d Liquid Lustre, blended, under Stila 24kt, Stila 24kt alone

Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre was a bit of an impulse purchase at Ulta (shocker, I know) sometime in early April. It kind of stood out to me as a unique product and idea, plus the price tag was right (around $15 I think). It really adds a shimmer lustre to any shadow. I will do more swatches with shadows under them in a seperate post so you can see how this really transforms them. Is it 3D? I don’t know about that, but it certainly punches up my shadows, can make matte shadows shimmery and definitely gives them new dimension. A caution here–use primer underneath this on your eyes, if you don’t it may crease on you depending on the type of shadow you are using. You can see a clear difference between the Stila shadow with and without the lustre. Isn’t it pretty?

L-R: Mally Evercolor Stick Champagne, UD 24-7 Shadow Stick Midnight Cowboy, UD 24-7 Shadow Stick Rehab, UD Greed Primer Potion

I have a confession. I have been getting SUPER lazy with my eye looks and want something that is literally “swipe, swipe, go” and these next products give me that for sure.

  • Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick: I saw this in a YT video from Emily Noel (Beauty Broadcast, link in sidebar) and loved the way it looked. I got this from QVC. I really want more of these because is one lasts all day, is easy to blend out and doesn’t drag on my eyes. It was a little pricier, I think in the mid $20 range, so the UD pencils are a bit better of a deal.
  • UD 24-7 Shadow Pencils in Midnight Cowboy and Rehab: I am absolutely over the moon for these. I have my eye on Clinic and Wasteland next. I love the colors, formula and the fact that I can literally swipe, swipe and go with these. You can sheer them out or build them up to whatever your desired shade is. Definitely check these out at Sephora or Ulta if you haven’t already. They stay put without primer and dry fast.I wouldn’t mind owning them all.
  • UD Primer Potion in Greed: Of course I would want the yellow gold primer because I love yellow gold on my eyes. Although it is more sheer in color than I would care for, it gives a nice gold wash to my eyes  when I’m in a hurry, and is great for underneath gold, brown and green shadows especially. I have had Greed since it first came out a few months ago, but have just now started using it again. If you like Sin, you will like Greed. Just be aware that it is not going to be as pigmented as Sin is.

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense L-R: #8 lightly, regular; #4 regular, lightly

Ahh, the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense shadows. You gals have seen these before, so I don’t need to go there about how wonderfully awesome and amazing these are. Yes I love them, yes they are worth it, and yes I am getting more. I mean, that “regular” swatch is literally one swipe, no primer, not wet, nothing. They are stunning! They have a similar feel to the Lancome Ombre Magnetiques if you own any of those. These just pack more punch 🙂

Laura Mercier Black Karat: Dry (L) Wet (R)

And the last and latest edition. The new Laura Mercier Baked Shadow in Black Karat. I was looking at a new Stila liquid liner in a khaki color at Sephora a week ago and the SA asked if she could help. Of course! I wanted a color that looked like the liner but that was actually an eyeshadow. Ever the helpful staff at my Sephora, she led me to the new Laura Mercier baked shadows and plucked up Black Karat. She swatched it dry, and I swooned. She then took a bottle of water and sprayed it directly onto the shadow, and swatched it wet. Then it was over. I knew she was going home with me. I wanted the perfect “not quite khaki, not quite bronze, not quite gold” color and this is IT. It stays put all freakin’ day! I used this as liner the other day and loved it. I have used it as shadow as well, both wet and dry. It is lovely, and I can see myself wearing this all summer long with a tan!

Well, thanks for playing along ladies. What are some of your recent finds for eyes? Do you have a favorite of the ones above?

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