Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze review and looks.

Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze.

Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze.

Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze.

Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze.

Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze ($30 USD/ 2.8g) has been on my “must-buy” list for the longest time.  This mossy golden shade appeared to be the perfect shadow for my coloring, without being too adolescent or outrageous.  Unlike many colored liners that appear garish, Noir Bronze possess such a versatile appeal, I doubt anyone will be able to resist its beauty.

Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze swatch as an eyeliner and blended as an eyeshadow.

Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze swatch as an eyeliner and blended as an eyeshadow.

The Pros to Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze:

  1. Beautiful glistening mossy green shade, which is actually composed of a blackened base with gold and bronze pearl throughout.
  2. Extremely creamy and opaque.
  3. Glides along the lash line without skipping.
  4. Creamy texture is easily blended for use as an eyeshadow.
  5. Setting time is roughly one minute–plenty of time to make any necessary adjustments.
  6. Color is noticeably dark, but not so much so, as to be mistaken for a black liner.
  7. Lasts all day, over a primer for 12 hours+ without any fading or flaking.
  8. Waterproof formula is ideal for hooded eyes and oily lids.
  9. Looks spectacular with all eye colors, especially brown…YAY!!
  10. Can be applied with a variety of tools: angled eyeliner brush, pointed eyeliner brush, shadow brush, natural and synthetic fiber brushes, etc.
  11. Amazing shelf-life; my YSL #7 Gold Star Cream Liner is over two years old and remains as silky smooth as the day it was purchased.
  12. Small amount needed for maximum color impact.
  13. Can be applied on the waterline.
  14. 7 sophisticated shades offered: 1 Deep Black, 2 Ashy Black, 3 Noir Bronze, 4 Sea Black, 5 Cherry Black, 6 Jade Black, 7 Gold Star.
  15. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil.

The Cons to Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze:

  1. Small opening hinders the use of fingers (except my pinky finger).
  2. Sephora only carries 4 out of 7 colors offered.  #7 Gold Star can only be purchased from yslbeauty website.
  3. Made in Korea, I suspect the same manufacture as Shu Uemura Gel Liners.
  4. No other cons…smoother and more consistent than Bobbi Brown gel liners.

Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze.

Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze.

Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze.

  • For the above photos, I used my Memebox Meme Angled Eyeliner brush (reviewed here) to apply Noir Bronze to the upper lash line.  When used as an eyeliner, the color morphed into more of a darkened bronze/khaki color.  Whatever the case, the result was simply stunning.
Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze applied thickly alone the lash line.

Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze applied thickly alone the lash line.

Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze used as an eyeshadow.

Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze used as an eyeshadow.

Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze as an eyeshadow.

Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze as an eyeshadow (wearing Chantecaille Bronzer).

  • For the next look, I used my Memebox Meme Dual-Ended Shadow Brush (reviewed here) to apply and blend out the color along the lash line, which resulted in a smokey sultry eye look.
Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze over Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-648.

Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze over Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-648.

Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze over Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-648.

Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze over Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-648.

  • For the final look, I applied MUFE Artist Shadow in I-648 on the lid and then used my Dual-Ended Meme Brush to smoke out Noir Bronze along the lash line.

Ingredient List for Yves Saint Laurent 3 Noir Bronze:

Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ceresin, Caprylyl Methicone, Talc, Silica Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Triethoxycaprylysilane, Tin Oxide. [+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 77491, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, Mica, CI77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77007/Ultramarines, CI77510/Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 75470/Carmine] (F.I.L. B47681/1).

Yves Saint Laurent Beauty can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom, and yslbeautyus.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Yves Saint Laurent Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner 3 Noir Bronze is spectacular. These little pots of loveliness are the best gel/cream liners I have ever tried.  Some may find the limited color selection too conservative, but I happen to enjoy the edited sophisticated choices.  What is your favorite gel liner?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

This Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes will feature a brightening, quick and low maintenance look.  My gel liners worked as the ideal multi-purpose product, giving me a long-lasting and smudge-free eye look.  People will think you spent hours on your eye makeup, when only ten minutes were employed.  There is something about pairing gold with navy blue, which I find so attractive and universally flattering.  I hope you enjoy.  *click on each photo to enlarge.

Makeup of the Week:  Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Eye Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).
  2. YSL cream liner in #07 Gold Star all over the mobile lid (purchase here) 2-3 layers best applied with fingers.
  3. Bobbi Brown gel liner in Cobalt Ink for liner (reviewed here).
  4. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer in the crease (purchase here).
  5. Inglot # 90 in for the upper waterline (purchase here).
  6. MAC Powerchrome pencil in Life’s Luxury for the waterline (reviewed here).
  7. MAC Powerchrome pencil in Copper Strip on the lower lash line (reviewed here).
  8. Prestige My Blackest Lashes 2 coats (purchase here).
  9. Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week:  Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (purchase here).
  3. Edward Bess Concealer in Soft Beige (purchase here).
  4. Chanel Le Creme Blush de Chanel in Destiny 61 (reviewed here).
  5. Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator (reviewed here).
  6. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer applied to the forehead and jaw bone only (purchase here).
  7. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week:

Lip Combination of the Week:

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Enriched Red lip pencil to line and fill-in the lips (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lipstick (reviewed here).
Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush for my highlighter (purchase here).
  3. Philosophy supernatural airbrush brush (purchase here).
  4. Burberry #09 brush (purchase here).
  5. Billy B #8, 11 (reviewed here).
  6. Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner brush (purchase here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would reveal this makeup look took no time to put together.  Try to utilize multi-purpose products if time is of the essence in the morning.  Gel liners work beautifully as cream eyeshadows, bronzer can be used for crease color/eyeshadow, and lipstick could also take on the role of blusher.   Learn to be creative with the use of your cosmetics to suit your life style.  You may come up with unique one-of-a-kind colors, and save money to boot.  Of course in my case, this only leads me to spend more money to see if I can duplicate my success.  Oh well…every theory has it’s flaws 🙂  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Current Makeup Products!

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Current Makeup Products:

This post is dedicated to the makeup products which are currently in my rotation.  As all makeup addicts can attest, our attention is constantly swayed by the “new kid” on the makeup block.  A monthly update is not only advised it is required!!  Enjoy.

Starting from Left to Right: 

  1. Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Lemon Drop:

    Pretty good eyeshadow base, not the best.  Still looking for the one.  Currently testing a new one.  Will keep you updated!  

  2. Laura Mercier Baked Blush Bronze in Ritual (reviewed here):

    My favorite bronzer…wish they would make this a permanent item in the line.

  3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light (reviewed here):

      Really like the way this livens up my sallow complexion!

  4. MAC Mineralized Blush in Pressed Amber (discontinued):

    Browny rose blush, also used as a blend out color for a smoky eye and as an all over lid color!

  5. Juicy Beauty CC cream in Warm:

    The color is too dark/orange and the coverage is minimal, but makes a satisfactory primer.

  6. Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation (seen here):

     This mineral based foundation has great coverage, moisturizing and is HD, however, it does not last all day for me.

  7. Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage foundation (seen here):

    High coverage and super long lasting, however, very drying for dry skin.  Add some moisturizer to this or mix with another moisturizing foundation of your choice!

  8. Burberry Eyeshadow in Pale Barley (reviewed here):

    No fuss, no muss color.  Great on days when I need to brighten my tired eyes!

  9. YSL cream liner in Gold Star #07 (seen here): 

    I use this little pot of gold as an eyeshadow, base color for powdered eyeshadows, and for my inner waterline liner!!!  Cannot say enough good about this product!

  10. MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot:

    This is an eyeshadow base color to even out my eyelid coloring and brighten any powder eyeshadow that is applied on top.  You will still need a general base like TF to prevent creasing.

  11. It Cosmetics Hello Light Creme Illuminator:

    Great base for any powdered highlighter.

  12. MAC lipliners in general:

    I love Chicory (pencil form) and Red Enriched (Cremestick liner..automatic) and Nice n’ Spicy (Prolong Wear liners)..

  13. Shiseido Lacquer Rouge:

    Beautiful liquid lipsticks which are moisturizing, long lasting and a great value.  These are great as toppers for drier formulas.  Review coming soon!

  14. Shu Uemura eyebrow pencil in Seal Brown:

    Great match to my eyebrow color, very subtle.

  15. L’oreal Telescopic Mascara:

    Great for lengthening and separating the lashes.

  16. Prestige My Blackest Lash:

    Great for volume.  I like to add this mascara as a second layer after L’oreal.

  17. Physician’s Formula 2-in-1 Pen Eyeliner:

    Fast, cheap, and easy liner.  Great in the cooler months, summer time requires a waterproof formula.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell me I am a very fickle and highly distractible woman.  My loyalties are constantly called into question when it comes to makeup products.  I can’t help it!!  Hence the monthly updates 🙂  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

Eye Makeup for Brown Eyes: Step-by-Step tutorial.

 

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End result with all products listed below!

 

This post was inspired by comments I received by Christa and Angie.  Christa is a new mom and was looking for suggestions to make her brown eyes pop.  Angie requested a post/guide specifically dedicated for new moms to follow.  I happily accept the challenge; an eye makeup for brown eyes is my specialty!

I have a soft spot for new moms, after all I use to be one.  Even though my babies are not babies anymore and my nights are rather peaceful (don’t be jelly), I find in many regards, I’m just as busy as ever!    The last thing any mom thinks about, is putting on makeup.   I went down that dark path, and trust me [I] was not pretty.  The more I tried to simplify my routine the more “I” became obsolete.

Invoking the spirit of the evil queen,  I recited ,  “Mirror, Mirror on the wall,  Am I the fairest of them all?”  Suddenly, sans  warning, the mirror shattered and I knew it was time to make a change.   Were the makeup powers that be, trying to tell me something?    I can take a hint….Without further ado, let me show you what has evolved from that faithful day:

THE PRODUCTS:   Please do not feel compelled to use/purchase the same products.  Substitute your own products as needed.

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Too Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot,  Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyesahdow in Shimmering Bronze,  YSL cream liner #7 Gold Star,  Laura Mercier Ritual,  Hourglass Diffused,  L’oreal Extra Intense liquid pencil eyeliner in Brown, Physician Formula 2-in-1 eyeliner pen in Dark Brown,  MAC Too Chic powder (used as a highlighter),  Sunday Riley blush in Blushing.
TOOLS: Burberry #09 blending brush, Estee Lauder angled eyeliner brush #20, Billy B #12 brush (THE BEST), Shu Uemura Seal Brown 02 eyebrow pencil, Billy B. eyebrow comb and brush.

 

 Step-by-Step Eye Tutorial:

  • ALWAYS start by applying a shadow base;  Too Faced Shadow Insurance is my choice (for now).  This will insure your eyeshadow does not crease.   Next, apply MAC Soft Ochre Paint pot to even out the lid coloring.  This can also be used as your sole eyeshadow (with the addition of mascara and liner) on lazy days for a clean polished look.
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You should have something that looks like this.

 

  • Next, take L’oreal liquid eyeliner pencil in Brown and run a line along the lash line (does not have to be precise).  Then take Billy B. #12 brush or any angled eyeliner brush and smudge out the line.  Being that I have deep set eyes, I cannot take the brown all over the lid.  By keeping the upper half of the lid in the ochre color,  I give the illusion that my eyes are not as deep.  If I were to completely apply the brown to the whole mobile lid,  it would further recess my eyes.  Big no-no on tired eyes!
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Smudged L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Brown

 

  • Next,  use Tarte’s eyeshadow in Shimmering Bronze and apply it on top of the smudged Brown liner.  Having the L’oreal liner act as a base for the Tarte shadow, will intensify the bronze and truly make it last all day!!!   Of course, you can add more Shimmering Bronze until you have reached your desired intensity!

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  • Next, take Laura Mercier Ritual (reviewed here) and apply it with Burberry #09 blending brush to the crease and slightly above.  This step adds warmth and dimension to the eye area.  Add Hourglass Diffused (reviewed here) on the brow bone to highlight that area.

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  • Next, take  Physician’s Formula 2-in-1 eyeliner pen in Dark Brown and line your lash line.  I always add a flick to the end to elongate my round eyes.
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Coming together!!

  • Curl your lashes if necessary.  I do not do this step everyday because I have naturally long curled lashes, but for demonstration purpose here I go:

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  • Next, add mascara and line the lower inner rim of your eyes with YSL #7 gold star cream liner.  If you really want your eyes to stand out, apply individual false lashes at the ends or an entire strip!
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I used L’oreal Telescopic mascara, the one in the gold tube.

  • I always apply foundation, bronzer, blush, and finishing powder AFTER my eye makeup is complete.  This method will insure, any fallen shadow (from powder formulas) will not disrupt my face makeup.  No powdered eyeshadows were used for this look,  but I am so accustomed to doing things this way.  Can’t teach this young dog new tricks 🙂
  • Add your favorite lipstick and Voila you are done.

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THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?  

It would tell you to be the best version of yourself.  If makeup will get you there, even better.   Coco Chanel once said,

I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself upa little-if only out of politeness.  And then you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny.  And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny. 

Amen sister!!!   This pertains to men as well!!   Makeup also says, “A happy woman makes a happy MOMMY and WIFE!!!”  Be well and stay safe.

-M-