Posts for May 2009
I've got Rescue Beauty Lounge lemmings that have been languishing... because Orly has been systematically killing them. Two down so far!
One night a few weeks ago i was plotting a RBL order. I let it marinate for the night and planned on pulling the trigger the next day. But as fate would have it I went to Sally Beauty first and picked up a couple Orly from a new collection; Cashmere Cardigan and Country Club Khaki. I got home and used Cashmere Cardigan and realized that it looked just like all the pics i'd been drooling over of RBL Purple Haze! So i put off my order to RBL for a little longer since I only had a couple other things besides Purple Haze on my list.
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I am a silver eyeshadow ho, it's to me what taupe is to most of MUA. MAC Silver Fog pigment had always been about the most metallic true silver i could find, even applied dry; when applied wet it got even better of course. Lately, however, i've been getting a lemming for a super-pigmented, highly metallic PRESSED true silver and when I put the question of finding one to the MUA makeup board, as ever, they delivered amazing recommendations. The most popular rec was a duo from the new-ish Metallic range of the popular L'Oreal HiP duos called, properly, Platinum. Chococat05 had, coincidentally enough, *just* posted a FOTD with it and declared it to be a dupe, if not better than MAC Silver Fog pigment, and she was so right.
I did a couple photos which you see below. You can see that Platinum is the most metallic and the most pigmented of all that i've swatched. Previously, Silver Fog pigment was the best i'd ever found in terms of a knock-you-on-your-rear metallic true silver, but of all things this HiP duo puts the pigment to shame. I got it during a BOGO sale at CVS also so for about $4 for the duo, you can't beat it. The black shade is decent too, better than the black MAC Shadows i've used. It works well with the platinum shade, however it's not the best black shadow i've ever used, (i'm looking at you Sephora Mono matte black)
Here are a couple swatches and comparisons (CLICK THE PIC FOR LARGER PHOTO):
in the blow picture from LEFT to RIGHT:
MAC Electra, Stila Cloud, MAC Silver Fog pigment, MAC White pigment, MAC Platinum Metal pigment
And here's a photo showing a couple of the shades over Lemon Chiffon Shadestick from MAC. they're separated by a pretty jank hand-drawn line, but you get the idea:
This is my #1 HG eye shadow! MUST HAVE!!!!!
COLOR: This is an off white with golden undertones, seems like it might be warm, but it comes off very neutral. It's a great highlight shade and overall wash of color.
TEXTURE: Here's the part that makes this my HG: The name "Shimmer Wash" is so appropriate. This isn't frosty or chalky or anything like it. it's a lightly pearly sheen and that's it. There is no base color and the sheen is just off white. I can't even layer it to get it as frosty as something like Stila Starlight, it just isn't in it's power. No frost at all, and like frost, don't get me wrong, but pretty frosty shades are a dime a dozen, this is just literally a subtle sheen that wakes my eyes up in a way that's almost imperceptible and just phenomenal!!!!!!! and it makes a great highlight since it's just that subtle sheen, you just can't overapply it, it seems
PACKAGING: I am a big fan of the new and INGENIOUS packaging of BB's square packaging revamp, but i have this shadow in the old round screwtop. The packaging is not as convenient as the new, but it doesn't keep me from using this shadow daily. You can find it in the old packaging at Cosmetic COmpany Outlets for cheaper as well as on ebay for even less, but i recommend the new packaging because i'm anal about organizing.
WEAR: Over a base (I use Too Faced Shadow Insurance) this wears evenly and beautifully all day for me. I've not tried it without a base and honestly don't plan to.
PRICE: $20 for the new packaging which holds .10 oz isn't bad for this HG shadow in my book. It looks from the packaging like a shadow that can be duped by any drugstore brand, but it just can't because of the texture. WnW Cream is close in color, but frosty as can be. The price is very worth it for this one in my opinion, but if you're not anal about having the new square packaging, get it on ebay or at CCO for an even better deal. I got mine from a girl on specktra for just an insanely good deal and am so glad i did.
OVERALL: I can't think of another way to put it: THIS IS MY HG SHADOW. I wear it almost every day in some capacity, and often as my only shadow. it is perfection and if i could recommend one single shadow to anyone, this is the one, boring as it may seem, since I use it for so many things.
the photo at the top is a photo of the shadow and a swatch of it on my NC25 (slowly becoming NC30 as summer approaches) hand, the flash makes it seem it might be frosty, but please take my word: it's sublime. below on my eye along with Bobbi Brown Rockstar Metallic shadow
WOW! this is an amazing foundation, the best i've tried so far. It's brought my search for my HG foundation to a screeching halt for the moment. The first MUFE foundation I tried was HD, and I ended up swapping it for this because on my oily skin HD just wouldn't hold up. The application was also tricky, it applied so dry and streaky even on well moisturized skin.
COLOR: I'm using #20 in this and it's an amazing match. I'm around a NC25 right now. I had been using 117 in HD but it was a tad too light for me. 118 would have been a better match.
TEXTURE: The texture is super weird, it looks like a thick gel but is in fact quite thin and watery, which makes it amazing to apply. Don't freak out if yours is lumpy, even with a lot of shaking it will still be a big blob. You do have to shake very well before use. It smooths on to the skin so nicely and never accentuates any dry spots or imperfections. It literally looks like i'm erasing pores with my sponge instead of putting on makeup. I like to apply it with a sponge dampened lightly with MAC Charged Waters, but it also works super well with the mac 187. It applies rather sheerly, but is buildable. I tend to need only one layer to conceal pores and minor redness. I haven't needed to use under eye concealer with this, but my circles are very faint. if you have even mild dark circles you will probably still need to use a concealer for under-eyes.
PACKAGING: This comes in an oddly shaped chunky bottle with a screw top. no pump which kind of makes sense, because it needs to be shaken so well every time. It is really difficult to get out just the right amount until you get some practice with it. I can't imagine a better way to package this though, so I didn't dock many point for that.
WEAR: This wears so incredibly well on my oily skin. I set with MAC Blot powder and the finish is just gorgeous. It doesn't suppress oil or anything but no foundation/primer/powder has ever really helped with that much. The finish and application are what make this HG for me, the long wear is just icing.
PRICE: at $38USD, it's not astronomically over-priced but it's not drugstore cheap either. it's also not drugstore quality. I think the price is rather reasonable for how it performs for me. plus I use very little each time. I poured out too much the first couple times till i got used to it, but now the usage is minimal.
OVERALL: This is an amazing foundation and I will buy more when I need it. I am super happy with this item, it was one of the best swap items i've gotten in a long time, it's HG!
UPDATE: i went through an entire bottle and ordered another. i STILL love this foundation. I'm really interested in also trying out the new MAC Studio Sculpt, but mostly from curiosity, i can't imagine i'll like much of anything better than this. I am still applying it the same way, with a lightly damp sponge, though on days where i need more coverage i dot some on with a foundation brush and blend on troublesome spots with my fingers, it's always flawless. I've realized it doesn't set well with MAC Loose Blot, but it's good with pressed. The BEST setting powder is PURE silica powder ( i use Pure Luxe brand but MUFE has their own only much more $$$ ) with MUFE F&B and pure silica powder i look literally airbrushed, straight out of a magazine and i never thought that could happen. BUY THIS FOUNDATION!