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Maybelline Too Cool (#05) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches


Maybelline Too Cool (#05) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Not Too Cool for Some Improvements!

A white eyeshadow base is considered a staple to most makeup artists, and even consumers, because it is quite versatile.  Maybelline Too Cool (#05) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow (≈ $6.99 for 0.14 oz./4 g.) is a decent option.  It is a highly frosted white with white micro-shimmer and silver micro-glitter.

Unfortunately, this has a very dry texture and was a little flaky when applied.  Upon application, Too Cool  set immediately, which led to it being slightly difficult to blend.  If you are using more than one color with this, I suggest applying Too Cool first, and then using any other shades-that will help with blending.

Furthermore, this shade has sheer pigmentation, compared to most of the other Color Tattoos.  If you desire full opacity, I suggest using a stiffer, synthetic brush (like MAC’s 242) and layering the color a few times.  If sheer color is what you are looking for, use a fluffier brush, or load the color on your finger, and lightly pat the shade over your lid.

Once set, Color Tattoos do not budge, and this shade is no different!  I did not test this for 24 hours (it’s never a good idea to wear makeup that long), but it was still going strong after 14 hours of wear-no fading or creasing (no eyeshadow primer), however,  I did notice a few sparkles under my eyes after several hours of wear.  I found this eyeshadow to be waterproof and was best removed with eye makeup remover.

At this price point, you might expect Color Tattoos to come in plastic containers.  However, they are housed in hefty, glass jars with plastic lids.  The only downside to their packaging is the sticker with the shade name is on the lid and not on the jar itself.  It is not a big issue unless you are using multiple shades, in which you will want to keep track of which lid goes with which shade.

This is a decent, long-wearing eyeshadow that is nice to use as a shimmery base to intensify lighter eyeshadows.  It can also be used to add a wash of color across your lid, or in the inner corner to brighten your look.

BEAUTIFUL ON A BUDGET TIP: Be sure to check your Sunday paper for coupons and store ads to receive a better deal than the MSRP.  When it comes to drugstore brands, there is never a reason to pay full price!  ;)



The Final LAB Report for Maybelline Too Cool (#05) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow


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EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm Review, Photos


EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm

Mint Your Lips Might Enjoy!

I don’t know what it is about these little guys (probably the packaging), but whenever I see one I say, “I want that!”  Yup, in that little-kid voice.  EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm (≈ $2.99 USD for 0.25 oz./7 g.) has a peppermint scent and a sugary, peppermint taste.  It is a solid balm that has a bit of a tacky feel on the lips.  Please note this particular flavor does give your lips a cold feeling that lasts about 15 minutes.  I do not find it irritating (I actually really like it!), but those with sensitive lips may feel a burning sensation.  

What I have noticed about this product is it does not instantly heal dry, cracked lips.  What it does do is preserve whatever amount of moisture your lips currently have.  Once the product wears off, your lips will go back to the state they were in prior to use.  When applied at night, I can still feel the balm on my lips the next morning – after eight hours of rest.  Over time, it will help your lips feel softer/smoother, but in my experience, this works best when used in conjunction with a lip scrub.

Part of the appeal of these is their packaging.  Their spherical shape and pastel colors are reminiscent of Easter eggs. Because of the round shape of the balm itself, you can cover both of your lips at the same time.  If you like to carry your lips balm in you pocket (like I do), then the packaging is rather unpractical.  If you are wanting slimmer packaging, this flavor does come in a “smooth stick” form.

All of EOS lip balms are 95% organic, 100% natural, as well as Gluten, Paraben, Petrolatum, and Phthalate free!  The only concerning ingredients are the Mentha Piperita Oil (peppermint oil) and the Linalool (alcohol extracted from flowers and spice plants), which can irritate skin.  The linalool is the last ingredient on the list, so the minute amount of it should not really be a problem, but it is important to be informed.  

I am still trying to figure out if I, personally, like this, or still think it is overrated.  It is not a bad product, but it certainly is not my favorite.  



The Final LAB Report for EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm


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Revlon Creme Brulee (#95) Colorburst Lip Butter Review, Photos, Swatches


Revlon Creme Brulee (#95) Colorburst Lip Butter

A Creamy Nude for Your Pretty Pout!

If you are looking for a glossy, sheer, nude lipstick, then you may want to check out Revlon Creme Brulee (#95) Colorburst Lip Butter (≈ $7.49 USD for 0.09 oz./2.5 g.).  It is a light, warm beige with micro multi-colored shimmer and glossy finish.  The shimmer is pretty undetectable to the naked eye (I can only spot it using a loupe), but it helps add to the shiny-ness of the color.  The color comes off a little more peachy on the lip swatch than it is in person.  Lip Butters are described as a “buttery balm with beautiful shiny color to give you baby soft, healthy, glowing lips.”

The texture of Lip Butters reminds me of MAC’s Sheen Supreme Lipstick formula and these have the added bonus of being hydrating.  I swiped on Creme Brulee when my lips were somewhat dry and instantly felt my lips become soft and smooth.  Without eating or drinking, this shade wore for about 2.5 hours.  The color and glossiness faded about 50% after an hour and a half) and the balmy feel lingered for an additional hour. Because this is not long-wearing (and is not advertised as so) you will need to reapply after eating/drinking.  I do not find that Lip Butters help with hydrating your lips long-term-once the product is gone, so is the hydration-but they don’t dehydrate your lips anymore than they were before applying the product.

The pigmentation of Creme Brulee is sheer with one swipe, but can be layered to slightly build its intensity-Revlon describes the opacity of Lip Butters to be “sheer to medium.”  Earlier this week, I paired this with a smoky eye and it was the perfect nude color for my lips.  I could see some of my natural lip color peeking through, so my lips did not look lifeless.  

I really like the packaging of these.  The fact that the caps resemble the color of the lipstick, and there is a little window at the top, means you know exactly which color you are grabbing.  My only concern is the plastic of the caps can be prone to cracking, or deep scratches, if you are very careless with them.

I seem to detect a minimal synthetic, sweet scent (no taste), but it could just be my mind longing to smell something sweet due to the yummy names of Lip Butters!

Overall, I like Revlon’s Colorburst Lip Butter formula (I’ll be reviewing more of these in the near future).  I do not really mind having to reapply lipstick throughout the day, and if you don’t either, I recommend checking them out.  They come in 20 different shades, so there is something for everyone.

BEAUTIFUL ON A BUDGET TIP: Be sure to check your Sunday paper for coupons and store ads to receive a better deal than the MSRP.  When it comes to drugstore brands, there is never a reason to pay full price!  ;)



The Final LAB Report for Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter


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