Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish review and swatches.

Pur Caviar

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish.

Try as I must, I cannot steer clear of shimmery eyeshadows.  My head realizes my maturing eyelids are best suited for satin and matte shades, but my heart will always skip a beat at the sight of glitter/shimmer in shadows.  My personal preference for the reflective variety will always remain with cream shadow formulations.  The smoother application, longevity, richer pigment, crease-free wear, no shimmer fall down and increased amount is very difficult to find in powder formulas.  Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish ($26 USD/8mL) delivers on all of the above–the gorgeous dark pigment paired with golden shimmers is enough to awaken the sallowest of appearances.  I hope you enjoy.

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish.

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish.

Pur Caviar Eye Polish.

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish.

Pur Eye Polish.

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish.

The Pros to PUR Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish:

  1. Rich dark blackened base is incredibly concentrated.
  2. Abundant warm golden shimmer feels undetectable.
  3. Damp mousse-like texture applies smoothly without skipping.
  4. Can be applied with fingers, brushes (synthetic or natural) and accompanying silicone applicator.
  5. Formula feels cooling on initial application and dries down within 20-30 seconds.
  6. Once dried, the color does not budge–over a primer.
  7. The tiniest amount is needed for rich color payoff.
  8. Can be layered for an intense metallic look.
  9. Due to the dark nature of Caviar, this color can be used as an eyeliner as well.
  10. When worn as an eyeliner, the line remained in perfect condition for 12 hours.
  11. Powder eyeshadows layer well over Caviar.
  12. NO glitter/shimmer fallout.
  13. Depending on lighting, color shifts from a deep brown to a rich forest green.
  14. Removes easily with any makeup remover.
  15. Come is six permanent shades:  Cashmere (champagne) , Satin (rose gold), Silk (coppery bronze), Velvet (burgundy purple), Suede (rich brown), and Caviar.
  16. Formulated without parabens, or mineral oil.
  17. Made in the USA.

The Cons to PUR Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish:

  1. Odd packaging contains a cloth-like net/mesh right at the opening.  Seems a bit unnecessary and makes for awkward product pickup.
  2. Even though I did not experience fallout, I did notice glitter migration toward my crease area–could be a problem for hooded eyes.
  3. Shimmers become disturbed when blending powder shadows too vigorously.  I would suggest to PAT powder shadow on top.
  4. Shimmers also tend to shift if eyes are touched.
  5. Product has a history of drying out–5 out 6 in-store testers were dried out.  Be sure to tightly close the pot and store upside down after use.
  6. Formula has to be store upside down or knocked against the palms of the hand to get product to the surface of the mesh.
  7. The accompanying silicone applicator is too stiff and large to accommodate the angle of the pot’s opening and contours of the eye.
Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish.

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish with included silicone applicator.

  • My main criticism lies with the odd packaging.  The mesh covering does not seem to have a specific purpose, other than to appear distinctive compared to other brands.  In this day and age, where we have seen it all, some products can get lost in the mix if the packaging is unassuming.  I certainly can appreciate the company’s desire to make their product stand out, but a squeeze tube, (although not the most exciting) would have made a better delivery system.
Pur Caviar Eye Polish.

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish swatches (taken without flash).

  • As you can tell, Caviar is rather deep.  The blackened base is hardly noticeable because of the abundance of shimmers.  Predictably, the golden shimmers transform this color into a forest green shade that will suit any skin tone.
  • I found fingers and a concealer brush to be the best tools for application.  Although the above swatches show the silicone brush to be a suitable applicator, I can assure you the stiff composition does not hug the curvature of the eye socket very well, which leads to uneven results.  My old Sigma concealer brush is flexible enough to pick up product from the mesh and distribute an even coat on the skin.
Pur Caviar Eye Polish.

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish used on the upper lash line as an eyeliner.

  • As mentioned, Caviar makes an amazing eyeliner.  I absolutely love the effect when worn over a black liner or even on its own (as shown above).  The golden shimmers have a brightening effect on the eyes and give the illusion of a more awakened look.
  • A dense, short hair brush like the Wayne Goss 21 Eyebrow brush, or Bobbi Brown Fine Eyeliner brush picks up color very well.  Patting motions, instead of dragging motions also help deposit a more opaque/shimmery line across the upper lash line.
Pur Cosmetics Caviar

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish applied on the mobile lid.

  • The above photo shows the full effect of Caviar when worn all over the lid (over a clear primer). This look is not for the faint hearted, the heaps of golden shimmer was in full force, a look best reserved for nights out rather than the office or PTA meetings.  Granted, you can wear what you want, when you want, but on my larger lids, the look (although fierce) was a bit overwhelming.
  • I have read reviews stating this eye polish is difficult to remove, but I vehemently disagree.  My dual action makeup remover eliminated all traces of pigment and shimmer with minimal effort.  In fact, water was the only thing used to remove Caviar from my brush.
Pur eye polish

Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish smudged over a dark brown shadow along the upper lash line (photo taken indoors on a cloudy day).

Ingredients for Pur Caviar Eye Polish:

Caviar: Aqua, Polysilicone-11, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Mica, Bis-PEG-8 Dimethicone, Carbomer, Laureth-12, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Silica, 1,2-Hexandiol, Caprylyl Glycol. May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

 

**Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish is found at Ulta.com and purcosmetics.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Pur Cosmetics Caviar Eye Polish has won over my girly-girl side.  The rich opaque blackened base, combined with the exquisite golden shimmers and amazing longevity is enough to satisfy my urge for drama.  Will you be indulging in one of the colors?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise review and photos.

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise.

Charlotte Tilbury has indeed made a name for herself in the beauty community.  Since her YouTube debut on Lisa Eldridge’s channel (here), many beauty enthusiasts were instantly captured by her magnetism.  Her descriptive and engaging dialogue is the epitome of English charm.  So when I discovered Amal Clooney used Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise Long Lasting Cream Colour ($32 USD/ 7mL) on her wedding day, I knew I had to experience this beautiful color for myself.  Will this golden truffle truly mesmerize or leave me feeling less than dazzled?  🙂   You’ll see.  I hope you enjoy !

 Eyes to Mesmerise

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise.

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise.

  • Without a doubt, I am quite late to the Charlotte Tilbury bandwagon. In my defense, the way Mrs. Tilbury promotes her products as “fabulous, gorgeous, amazing, magical and miraculous,” automatically triggers my inner skeptic.  I’m all for believing in your brand, but this type of “soft sell” marketing is not my thing.
  • Despite my reservation towards the brand, I could not help but admire the sophisticated makeup look Tilbury created for Amal Clooney’s wedding (here), featuring this color.
  • The line debuted six colors as, “the ultimate foolproof product.  Simply add a sheer wash of color with your fingertip for a flattering finish for day, or add drama for evening by applying with [a brush] for high-impact, high-shine lids.”
Eyes to Mesmerise

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise directions.

Marie Antoinette ingredients

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise ingredients.

Eyes to Mesmerise ingredients

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise ingredients.

The Pros to Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette:

  1. Marie Antoinette is described as an “antique oyster gold.” I would say this golden/bronze color is one of the most flattering golds for olive and medium complexions.
  2. The smooth silk-like formula glides on lids with the greatest of easy.
  3. Feels lightweight on the lids.
  4. Can be built up, by using thin even layers.
  5. Delicate cooling sensation is felt immediately and is quite refreshing early in the morning.
  6. The smallest amount is needed to achieve a lovely metallic sheen.
  7. Eyeshadow is housed in a frosted glass pot.
  8. Fingers or a flat brush can be used to apply the color.
  9. Does not crease or flake when used over a primer.
  10. Ideal for drier and youthful eyelids.
  11. Formula is paraben-free.
  12. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette:

  1. Formula does not fully set.  On my deep-set eyes, color transferred from the outer corners to my orbital bone (see photo below).
  2. Not recommended for oily lids or hooded eyes.
  3. The highly reflective sheen is not the most flattering for mature skins.
  4. According to Nordstrom, Eyes to Mesmerise “blurr(s) lines and imperfections for a visibly more youthful finish.”  I did not experience this effect at all.
  5. Formulated with mineral oil (C13-14 Isoparrifin) and a plethora of silicones.
Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise.

  • The above photo shows what Marie Antoinette looks like when freshly applied.  As you can tell, the golden hue possesses just the right amount of depth for my olive coloring.  Anything brighter would look too harsh; I suppose that is why this color was chosen for Amal.
Eyes to Mesmerise.

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise after 11 hours.

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise after 11 hours.

  • As you can tell from the photos above, Marie Antoinette held up well, over a primer, for eleven hours.  Visible signs of wear can be observed towards the outer corner; the color transferred to my orbital bone, leaving some bare spots on my lid (photos were taken in the evening with minimal room lighting).

Comparison:  Tom Ford Platinum v Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette.

Tom Ford Platinum v Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette.

Tom Ford Platinum v Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette.

Tom Ford Platinum v Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette.

Tom Ford Platinum v Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette.

  • I have seen many videos and read many blogs comparing these two colors.  Granted, the textures are undoubtedly very similar (predictable, considering Charlotte helped design the Tom Ford makeup line), however the color is not.  Tom Ford Platinum ($45 USD/ 6mL) has silver pearl scattered throughout and a distinct mauve undertone.  Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette is clearly more golden and warm.
  • The formula’s mousse-like consistency is evident in both, but Charlotte has Tom beat when it comes to color concentration.  You literally need a small dot of Marie Antoinette to get a full metallic sheen.  Tom Ford’s formula is a touch more transparent and requires a bit of build up.
  • Both formulas perform exactly the same on my lids.  The smooth whipped texture does not fully set and inevitably transfers to my protruding orbital bone by day’s end.  I have read many blogs stating CT’s formula creases, but if applied in thin layers and over a primer, creasing is greatly reduced.  Regardless, for the price charged, a primer should remain an option rather than a prerequisite.
  • Although, Platinum and Marie Antoinette are stunning on the lids, without proper prep both formulas can present issues for some, especially oily hooded eyes and mature skins.
  • Notably, other effective alternatives exist for these cream formulas:  Maybelline Color Tattoos, Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks (reviewed here), Bobbi Brown Shadow Sticks (reviewed here), Mally Eyeshadow Sticks (reviewed here), Burberry Eye Contour Pen (not reviewed but loved), and even MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Stick.  All these brands provide budge-proof results in a variety of finishes and colors.

**Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise line is sold at Nordstrom, Beautylish, Bloomingdales and charlottetilbury.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise is a without a doubt a beautiful color with an enchanting finish.  Personally, the lack of setting properties is a bit concerning, especially when there are other impressive alternatives on the market.  Although, this color was “inspired by the hypnotizing beauty of the infamous Queen of France” (what does that even mean?),  I cannot help but feel this line could have used a bit more tweaking.  Have you been bedazzled into purchasing from this line?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge review and photos.

Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge.

For a while, I stopped watching YouTube videos, because the amount of “beauty gurus” flooding the system was a bit overwhelming.  I mean how many times can you watch 20 something year olds pile on a ton of makeup, which they do not even need, and peddle every item as “must-haves?”  My disheartened approach happily shifted when I discovered Tati from Glam Life Guru (here).  Her completely honest, fun, and sensible outlook was a refreshing change.  So when she stated Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge ($12.99-$18 USD/ 3.5 g) was one of her favorite eyeshadow colors and formulation, I knew I had to experience this phenomenon for myself.  If I recall correctly, throughout the course of several videos, the words “smooth, long-lasting, no fallout, no primer needed and highly pigmented” were used to describe this shadow–will it be so?  You’ll see.  🙂

Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge.

Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge.

Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge.

Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge.

The Pros to Peripera Jewel Pot Be Egde:

  1. Beautiful antique bronze cream pigment made up of an abundance of bronze, silver (Diamond Powder) and slight lavender sparkles (Amethyst Powder)–GORGEOUS!!
  2. Incredibly smooth to the touch despite the amount of bling.
  3. Soft sponge-like texture reminds me of Giorgio Armani Eyes of Kill Intense Eyeshadows–down to the black inner stopper.
  4. Black inner stopper, which should not be discarded, keeps the creamy pressed pigment uniform and supple.
  5. Multiple layers can be applied without patchiness.
  6. Layers amazing well over a cream eyeshadow–my preferred method to wear this color (see reason below).
  7. Color does not crease or fade throughout the day.
  8. Acrylic jar is appealing for travel–personally, I would have preferred glass.
  9. Does not contain mineral oil or parabens–according to Amazon ingredient list.
  10. Eight colors in all–Amazon carries six out of the eight.
  11. Made in Korea–good or bad, you decide.

The Cons to Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge:

  1. There is sparkle fallout throughout the day, even over a primer–not a tremendous amount, but enough to be slightly irritating.
  2. On my deep-set eyes, sparkles also migrate up toward my socket bone area.
  3. Not recommended for hooded and/or mature lids.
  4. Color does not adhere to brushes–fingers are a must.
  5. Small pot opening presents a bit of a hinderance for my larger fingers.
  6. Does not come housed in a box, just a thin strip of plastic acts as a sealant on one side of the pot.
  7. Product is lacking in description, directions and ingredient list.
  8. Amazon lists the name as Sweet and Edgy Girl–not Be Edge as the base of the pot indicates.
  9. Need I say–not office appropriate.
Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge.

Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge.

Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge.

Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge swatch.

Looks using Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge:

**NYX Proof-It Primer was utilize for all the looks.**

Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge.

Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge all over the mobile lid.

  • As you can tell, this color is truly stunning–when I first applied Be Edge on my lids, I actually gasped.  The highly reflective finish (the reason my camera was having difficulty focusing) is surprisingly refined despite the amount of sparkle.  I will say the application is relatively straight forward–just swirl your finger in the color and pat the color on the lid.
  • Even though the sparkles feel extremely lightweight, this airy quality is most likely responsible for migration throughout the day.  By day’s end, a modest amount of sparkles shifted toward my socket bone, on my lashes and eventually, down my face.
  • I don’t know about anyone else, but even a few sparkles on my face is enough to irritate me to no end.  My annoyance was at a point where I had to use tape to pick-off the rogue sparkles.
Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge over Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Genius.

Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge over Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Genius.

  • Due to my adoration for this color, I was rather determined to find a way to make this work for my needs.   Anastasia Beverly Hill Beauty Genius does a nice job in handling the majority of fallout. However, as you can tell, Be Edge looses some of its pizzazz when applied over the glitter adhesive base.  Although the outcome is lovely in its own right, I can’t help be feel a little sadden that the effect was not the same as my initial impression.
Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge topped with Laura Mercier Wet Sand Gelee.

Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge topped with Laura Mercier Wet Sand.

  • For the above look, Be Edge was applied on bare lids with only my primer and immediately topped with Laura Mercier Wet Sand (reviewed here).  LM Wet Sand’s strong gel base was able to control the sparkle fallout significantly, but as you can tell the color did shift from an antique bronze to more of a golden hue. (sorry for the slight blurred image–my camera really did not like the gleam given off by the shadow).
Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge over Burberry Almond Eyeshadow Stick.

Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge over Burberry Almond Eyeshadow Stick.

  • In another attempt to make this formula seem more appealing, I decided to place Be Edge over Burberry Almond Eye Contour Sculpting Pen (another fabulous find–which I must review soon). The creamy texture provided just the right amount of stickiness to prevent the sparkles from migrating throughout the day.
  • When utilizing this method, note that the cream base really soaks up the pigment’s rich texture, therefore, more layers will be required to see ample results.  For the above photo, three layers of Be Edge were used over Burberry Almond–the outcome was a total success with no sparkle fallout.  This combo was so beautiful and festive, it begged to be taken out about town.  I only wish my lighting and camera were better equipped to capture the full effect.

Peripera Jewel Pot Ingredient List (according to Amazon):

CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE(CI 77891), MICA(CI 77019), ISODODECANE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, IRON OXIDE RED (CI 77491), PENTYLENE GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN , TIN OXIDE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, PROPANEDIOL, AMETHYST POWDER, DIAMOND POWDER, HYALURONIC ACID

**Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge is a subsidiary of Club Clio Professional (Korean makeup brand) and can be purchased on Amazon.com, and clubcliousa.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Peripera Jewel Pot Be Edge is not a complete must-have, rather more of a nice addition should the mood strike.  This is an outstanding looking cream pressed pigment, at fairly reasonable price, but as proven it does take some creative solutions for it to work for my needs–just make sure to utilize a dependable cream shadow to adhere those beautiful, gleaming, relentless sparkles.   🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow review, swatches
and looks.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow.

For the past couple of years, the buzz surrounding Kiko cosmetics has been inescapable.  This affordable Italian based makeup company apparently manufactures products that rival higher-end brands.  Last year while in Italy, my sister was kind enough to bring back some Kiko goodies, sadly those items failed to impress.  So rather than write-off the brand completely, I decided to visit one of their newly constructed free-standing stores and pickup some of their more popular items.  Kiko Long-Lasting Stick Eyeshadows ($12 USD/ 1.64 g) are highly regarded across every blog and YouTube channel in existence.  Will these robust Italian beauties live up to their rep or will their American and French counterparts kick them to the curb?  You’ll see.

Kiko 28 Bright Ivory.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 28 Bright Ivory.

Kiko 04 Golden Chocolate.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 04 Golden Chocolate.

Kiko 06 Golden Brown.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 06 Golden Brown.

Kiko 38 Golden Taupe.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 38 Golden Taupe.

The Pros to Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow:

  1. Amazing color range–32 colors in all.
  2. Formula is smooth and pigmented.
  3. Can be applied with fingers or brushes.
  4. Golden micro shimmers feel undetectable and add a sophisticated radiance to all the colors.
  5. No shimmer fallout.
  6. Layers well without any patchiness.
  7. Darker colors do not leave a stain on the skin when removed.
  8. Dries down within a minute, enough time to devise a shape.
  9. Cream stick design is travel-friendly and fits in the smallest of handbags.
  10. Kiko free-standing store (in the Queens Mall) is immaculate with the friendliest staff.
  11. Manufactured without parabans and mineral oil.
  12. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow:

  1. Colors 04, 06, 38 do not last 8 hours–rather only 4-6 hours over a primerWHAT!!
  2. Darker colors are prone to fading and/or flaking–(perhaps topping these off with powder eyeshadow will help, but that would seriously defeat the intent of these types of eyeshadows.)
  3. Not ideal for hooded and/or oily lids.
  4. When fully dried, colors flake off if you accidentally touch your eye.
  5. Colors do not last well on the waterline–maximum 35 minutes.
Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 28 Bright Ivory, 04 Golden Chocolate, 06 Golden Brown, 38 Golden Taupe.

  • #28 Bright Ivory is a beautiful beige/pink matte base color with the finest golden pearl scattered throughout.  Out of all four colors this is my favorite–very pretty when applied under my winged liner (see look #2 below).  Over a primer, this one lasts quite well compared to the others.
  • #04 Golden Chocolate is a gorgeous milk chocolate-brown with the smoothest golden shimmers.  When I swatched this in store, I thought I found gold.  When applied on the upper lid, the effect is enchanting–sadly, this color lasts full strength for four hours before starting to fade.
  • #06 Golden Brown is a unique combo of gold and bronze.  The metallic finish is quite soft, however this too suffers from fading on the upper lid.  When used on the lower lash line, the lasting power is greatly improved.
  • #38 Golden Taupe is too gorgeous for words.  The mauve/brown based color is perfectly accompanied by the beautiful golden shimmers.  Sadly, this too fades when worn on the mobile lid–another color relegated for lower lash line use.
Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow ingredient list.

  • In my experience, these sticks are nowhere near the quality of my beloved Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Trish McEvoy, and Mally Eyeshadow Sticks.  Oddly enough, all of these companies manufacture these types of eyeshadow sticks in Italy, however I can only presume due to licensing deals and such, each company must produce slight variations of the formula.  The Kiko formula clearly has some ingredient(s) omitted that prevents the color from lasting as long as the other brands mentioned.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow Looks:

**NYX Eyeshadow Primer was used for all the following looks** 

Kiko 38 Golden Taupe

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 38 Golden Taupe all over the mobile lid.

  • For the above look, #38 Golden Taupe was applied over the mobile lid.  Mac Uninterrupted was placed in the crease and socket bone. #06 Golden Brown was applied over MAC Uninterrupted on the lower lash line.  Bobbi Brown Taupe Eyeshadow Stick (reviewed here) was applied on the lower waterline.
  • This simple look was completed in a matter of minutes.  So pleased was I with the results, I immediately began planning another trip to get more colors.  However, by day’s end, my joy quickly turned to disappointment when faced with faded eyeshadow.
Kiko 28 Bright Ivory, 04 Golden Chocolate, and 06 Golden Brown used.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 28 Bright Ivory, 04 Golden Chocolate, and 06 Golden Brown used.

  • For the above look, #28 Bright Ivory was placed all over the mobile lid and blended.  #04 Golden Chocolate was applied (with a brush) along the lash line and blended up with my Shu Uemura #10 brush.  #06 Golden Brown was applied over MAC Uninterrupted on the lower lash line.  Bobbi Brown Taupe Eyeshadow Stick was applied on the lower waterline.
  • Admittedly, this is one of my favorite looks.  Even my husband commented on how flattering the warm golden tones appeared against my brown eyes.  I was in complete euphoria, until six hours later when I noticed #04 Golden Chocolate faded into oblivion.
  • The silver lining was #28 Bright Ivory held up remarkably well–I would recommend this color wholeheartedly.
Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 28 Bright Ivory, 04 Golden Chocolate, and 06 Golden Brown.

  • For the above look, #28 Bright Ivory and #06 Golden Brown were mixed together (straight from the stick) and applied on the mobile lid.  #04 Golden Chocolate was placed on the outer corners and blended with my fingers. #06 Golden Brown was applied over MAC Uninterrupted on the lower lash line–see outcome below.

**photos taken in the evening in my dimly lit bathroom.**

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 28 Bright Ivory, 04 Golden Chocolate, and 06 Golden Brown after seven hours.

Photo taken in the evening of Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 28 Bright Ivory, 04 Golden Chocolate, and 06 Golden Brown after seven hours.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow after seven hours.

Photo taken at night of Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 28 Bright Ivory, 04 Golden Chocolate, and 06 Golden Brown after seven hours.

  • This time around, I was mentally prepared to take an “after” photo.  On this day, New York was a scorching 91 degrees, to make matters even more challenging, I was confined to a humid pool environment for two hours (duration of my sons’ diving practice).  Granted, these conditions are not your typical everyday events; however, what better way to test a product’s “8 hour, no-transfer, long-lasting” claim?
  • The above photo clearly shows significant fading–with #04 Golden Chocolate being the greatest offender.  Even though I have deep-set eyes, the outer corners of my eye rubs up against my protruding socket bone throughout the day–the area that usually show the most eyeshadow wear. Notice how my outer “v” color looks as if it is peeling away.  Those tiny dark specs are not mascara, rather flaking eyeshadow–not cute and a total deal breaker.

**Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows can be found at Kikocosmetics.com or any one of their free-standing stores (visit the location page on their website to find a store near you).**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows are not as fabulous as I was expecting. The only color suitable for my needs is #28 Golden Beige; the rest will either be given away or used strictly for the lower lash line.  In this one instance, I am reminded of a wise old adage I should have carefully heeded:  If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”  Need I say more?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick review and photos.

Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

When it comes to naturally beautiful makeup, no other brand does it better than Bobbi Brown.  I’m well aware you can use any product to achieve a wholesome look, but there is something about the color selection, texture and quality of her cosmetics, that makes this brand a complete standout.  As promised, Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($29 USD/ 1.6g) has been received, used and loved.  This sublime sepia color is sure to be a hit on everyone’s list.  I hope you enjoy.

Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

Bobbi Brown Taupe

Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

Bobbi Brown Taupe

Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

  • Taupe is described as a matte medium caramel color; I would say that description is quite accurate.  Personally, I equate this color as being in the same color family as MAC Uninterrupted and Bobbi Brown Camel.  These types of shades are outstanding for a quick wash of color all over the mobile lid and blended right into the crease, on the lower lash line, and on the waterline.
  • The texture of Taupe is, dare I say, even creamier than Sand Dune (reviewed here).  Both colors perform exactly the same and blend into the skin with the greatest of ease, but Taupe seems a bit more dense in color and feel.  As you can tell from the swatch above, the high level of pigment may very well be the culprit for this velvety smoothness.
  • As with all my shadow sticks, the longevity is truly amazing.  Personally, I always apply NYX Primer (reviewed here) prior to any eyeshadow application.  This little extra step certainly payoffs by allowing the cream to adhere to the skin more securely–thus preventing fading and/or creasing.
Wearing Bobbi Brown Taupe

Wearing Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick on the mobile lid and crease, lower lash line and waterline.

  • For the past week, I have been really enjoying using Taupe as a one-step-wonder.  For the above photo, Taupe was used on the mobile lid and blended up past the crease, smudged on the lower lash line and placed on the lower waterline.  As you can tell, the effect was not too drastic, rather the finish was soft and sophisticated–just as Bobbi intended.
  • When blended, Taupe truly gives a natural shadow to the crease and socket bone area. Adding a cream color (Anastasia Cream eyeshadow) right under the arch of the brow, and blending it down toward the edge of Taupe, finishes off the look perfectly.
  • Fingers can be used, but since my fingers are rather large, I utilize a synthetic concealer brush for more accuracy and a smoother finish.
  • The above look lasted impeccably all day (11 hours), with a substantial part of that time spent in a humid pool environment.
Wearing Bobbi Brown Taupe

Wearing Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick on the mobile lid topped with Colourpop Puppy Love in the center of the lid.

  • Similar to Sand Dune, Taupe can also be used as a base for powder eyeshadows.  For the above photo, Taupe was placed along the waterline and on the mobile lid, then topped with Colourpop’s Puppy Love on the center of the lid.  IMHO, the warm brown base accentuated my brown eyes beautifully, making the look seem more etherial and polished.
  • Those with green and blue eyes would probably benefit greatly from Taupe as well.  These types of mid-tone warm brown shades, contrast perfectly with the cool notes inherent in lighter eye colors.
Wearing Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Wearing Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick all over the mobile lid, topped with Laura Mercier Wet Sand (photo taken on a very sunny day).

  • For all those young ladies with Prom on the brain, a quick layer of Taupe topped with a golden sparkling eyeshadow, would make for a festive, yet age appropriate look that will surely last all night long.
  • Interestingly enough, the addition of a golden topper shade seems to tone down the warmth of Taupe significantly–not necessarily a bad thing, just something worth noting.
Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick separated from the base.

  • As with ALL of my shadow sticks, Taupe seems to have followed suit and dislodged from the base of the roll up mechanism.  As stated many times over, if you are like me, this sort of mishap occurs when too much pressure is used during application.
  • Simply, place the stick back on the base, press down gently and roll the shadow down to a favorable position.  Thankfully, the color and performance is not compromised in the least.

Comparison Bobbi Brown Shades:

Comparison L-R: Bobbi Brown Taupe (4) Powder Eyeshadow, Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick, Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

Comparison L-R:
Bobbi Brown Taupe Powder Eyeshadow, Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick, Bobbi
Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

Bobbi Brown Taupe

Comparison L-R:
Bobbi Brown Taupe Powder Eyeshadow, Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick, Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

  • Bobbi Brown Taupe (4) Powder Eyeshadow is clearly in the same color family as Taupe cream stick.  I remembering using this shadow religiously a couple of years ago; the silky smooth consistency is still very much present in what remains of my four-year old shadow.
  • Bobbi Brown Taupe (22) Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick is just too luscious for words.  As you can tell, the intensity is evident on the first swipe and despite the rich color payoff, the overall feel on the lids is rather lightweight.  The lasting power on the waterline is also quite impressive–I went a full five hours before I needed to touch-up the outer corners (this will vary depending on how watery your eyes get).
  • Bobbi Brown Sand Dune (6) Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick is lighter and more sheer than Taupe.  Inarguably, this color is perfect for those who love a no-makeup look and require an office friendly shade.  As stated in my pervious review, this is the ultimate, can’t-go-wrong, go-with-anything type of color.  
Wearing Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Wearing Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick on the waterline, lower lash line, and all over the mobile lid topped with Laura Mercier Wet Sand.

**Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick can be purchased at Sephora, Macy’sNordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Saks, bobbibrown.com, etc..**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would state the obvious, Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick is outstanding. If you are into sophisticated beauty looks, then do not hesitate for a second to grab Taupe and/or Sand Dune. In keeping with the whole matte cream stick motif, I now have my sights squarely set on Shadow Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick (the grey one)–what can I say–Bobbi is on a roll in The House of IMCT, better to go with the flow, rather than to turn away such good fortune.  🙂  Will you be joining me? Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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