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Drugstore Makeup Quick Reviews: Featuring Wet n Wild, L’oreal, and NYC

Today I have something a little bit different – mini reviews.  I am a little bit behind on reviewing some products I’ve recently purchased, so I though I would knock out several reviews with one post.  Thus, short reviews!

First up: Wet n Wild Juicy lip balm in Cherry.  This is a chubby balm with slight tint.  I love the color it gives my lips, but I absolutely cannot STAND the artificial fruit scent – it actually makes me gag. I will never wear this again!

Wet n Wild Cherry juicy lip balm

Wet n Wild Cherry juicy lip balm – left is one swipe, right is multiple swipes

Second, we have Wet n Wild Coloricon Shimmer eyeliner in 154 Black.  This is fairly basic black eyeliner with silver shimmer. I expected it to be fairly hard (because the last generation of Wet n Wild eyeliners were), but it’s quite reasonable – not soft, but light pressure gives a line with medium pigmentation. It works very well on my lower lash line, where I prefer a soft black instead of a very deep black.  It’s a little bit to hard to be ideal on my upper lash line, which requires something fairly soft.  I bought this for 60 cents during a 40% off sale, and it’s worth that price – or even the full price of $1 – but I wouldn’t pay more for it.

WnW coloricon shimmer eyeliner - black

WnW coloricon shimmer eyeliner – black

I bought L’oreal Gilded Bronze Eyeshadow single during a sale – I’d never tried L’oreal eyeshadow, and it looks like a lovely deep bronze.  It did not disappoint! It’s a lovely color, and is soft, smooth and pigmented. Recommended!

L'oreal Gilded Bronze L'oreal Gilded Bronze L'oreal Gilded Bronze - swatch  I received NYC Individual Eyes Dark Shadows in an Influenster box.   The eyeshadows are very smooth, but a little too soft  and prone to crumbling.  I re-swatched them this morning, with a fingertip, and they performed significantly better than in the swatches below, which are with a sponge-tip applicator.  With a fingertip, the white, silver, and medium grey perform adquately, and only the dark grey lacks pigmentation.  However, this palette is still not worth it to me – the colors aren’t unique, and I have much better versions of each shade.   The included primer isn’t as good as my other primer, and I’m not really sure what to do with the illuminator – it’s far too sparkly for me to use as a browbone (or face) highlighter.

NYC IndividualEyes - Dark Shadows

NYC IndividualEyes – Dark Shadows

NYC IndividualEyes Dark Shadows - swatches

swatched without primer

NYC IndividualEyes Dark Shadows - swatched

swatched over the included primer

But, I didn’t want to dismiss all NYC IndividualEyes eyeshadows based on one bad experience.  So I picked up the Animal Instinct palette from the Fashion Predator collection – which Nouveau Cheap gave a great review.  This palette was definitely superior to the Dark Shadows palette. I found that the first two shades were quite sheer, but the latter two shades (brown and blackened green) had decent, though not great, pigmentation.   I will probably depot this one, keeping the brown, blackened green, and maybe the copper, and toss the rest.

NYC IndividualEyes - Animal Instict

NYC IndividualEyes – Animal Instict

NYC IndividualEyes - Animal Instict

NYC IndividualEyes – Animal Instict

NYC IndividualEyes - Animal Instict - swatches

swatched without primer

NYC IndividualEyes - Animal Instict - swatched

swatched over included primer

And thus concludes today’s mini reviews. Thanks for reading, especially if you made it all the way to the end!

The Dark Shadows palette was provided for consideration by Influenster. All other items in this post were purchased by me. This post includes affiliate links.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird Eyeshadow Review, Swatches, Photos

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird, Solstice Halcyon, Bohemian Waxwing

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird, Solstice Halcyon, Bohemian Waxwing

I have heard many, many good things about Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadows, and last week I decided to buy three to check them out for myself. I purchased three eyeshadows: Abyssinian Catbird, Solstice Halcyon, and Bohemian Waxwing. I have a review/swatches of Abyssinian Catbird today, and will have swatches of the other two up soon!

RBR eyeshadows are known for having a really fantastic texture, and I completely agree – all three are very soft, smooth, and pigmented. The colors are complex and lovely, and look just as good on the eye as they do swatched.

For some reason, even though Abyssinian Catbird is described as “metallic bronze with golden highlights” – I expected an olive/green tinge – but it doesn’t have one. It’s a true bronze with a high shimmer/sheen. Below are swatches in natural light and in full sun.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird Swatches

Abyssinian Catbird: natural light, full sun

And, here is a comparison of Abyssinian Catbird with the three most similar eyeshadows I own: Urban Decay Smog, Inglot 433 Pearl, and L’Oreal Gleaming Bronze.

Comparison swatches Urban Decay Smog, RBR Abyssinian Catbird, Inglot 433P, L'Oreal Gleaming Bronze

Urban Decay Smog, RBR Abyssinian Catbird, Inglot 433P, L’Oreal Gleaming Bronze

As you can see, Smog is the brown-toned; Inglot 433P is more golden, and Gleaming Bronze has more green. Two of my favorite and most worn eyeshadows of all time are Smog and Gleaming Bronze, so I’m thrilled to have another eyeshadow that’s in the same color family, but not identical.

You can buy Rouge Bunny Rouge fromBeautyHabit (US only) or Zuneta (worldwide). BeautyHabit is a little less expensive, so if you’re in the US I recommend them – they also have fantastic customer service and include lots of free samples!

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L’oreal Gleaming Bronze Color Infallible Eyeshadow Review, Swatches, Photos

One of L’oreal offering’s for 2012 are the new Color Infallible 24 hour eyeshadows.  In addition to the permanent shades (which vary by country), L’oreal released a few limited edition shades for summer, including the stunning Gleaming Bronze.

Because the internet is oversaturated with reviews of this formula, I’m not going to to do an in-depth review; instead, I’m just going to let the photos speak for themselves!

I do want to note that this is buttery smooth, and practically blends itself.   The color is multidimensional and beautiful. I refrained from buying it for a while because I was afraid it would lean too green, but it doesn’t; it does have some green in it, but mostly, it’s just a lovely, smooth bronze.

Here it is on my eye – I’ve blended it out with Burberry Trench, which did soften the color somewhat – you can see the true “gleaming bronze” color nearest to my eyelashes.

Are you a fan of the L’Oreal Color Infallible Eyeshadows, and does Gleaming Bronze look like something you would wear?


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