I’ve never really gotten into eye primers but recently I’ve been wearing more matte eyeshadows which I feel can be a bit wishy-washy without a decent base underneath. Also, I’m convinced that all the oil has been sucked from my face and migrated to my eyelids – 9 times out of 10, I end up with creasing half way through the day. So, I thought I’d finally give the Canmake Lasting Multi Eye Base a try, which I mentioned in my Hong Kong haul. In case you’re wondering what’s so ‘multi’ about it, it claims to hold eyeshadow in place, as well as eyeliner and eyebrow products. I can’t say I’ve tried it with eyebrow products as I generally use Anastasia DipBrow (review here), and that shizz can survive a nuclear war, with or without a primer.
Firstly, this primer is super thick. As in, you have to give the tube a big ol’ squeeze to get the product out. It comes out as a white paste-like substance and blends quite easily into an invisible finish. It’s very silicon-y and suitably tacky without being overly sticky. Because it’s so thick, less is definitely more otherwise you end up with a bit of an uneven base, and the excess crumbling off into little pieces. I’m also enjoying the tiny tube which takes up minimal space in my ridiculously bulging makeup bag.
For swatch purposes, I used the Stolen Chocolate eyeshadow from the Makeup Revolution I Heart Chocolate palette, which is a dark brown matte shade. The texture of this is already quite nice but you can see the colour come alive over the primer. I wouldn’t say the texture changes, but the colour is richer, more vibrant and comes off a bit darker than how it looks in the pan. On the lids, the eyeshadow applies nicely and evenly over the primer – I used the shades One More Piece, Thank Friday and Pleasure Girl whose colour payoffs performed much better over the primer.
I think where the Canmake eye primer really impressed me is how long it keeps eyeshadow looking flawless. The photo above was taken around 12 hours after application and there is no creasing, and things are looking pretty even – rather impressive I’d say!
The Canmake eye base has made me wonder why I didn’t get into eye primers before – it really is a must for eyeshadow wearers – whether you experience creasing, fading or just want eyeshadow (especially matte colours) to appear more pigmented.
Helpfully, I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for this primer but it was definitely less than the equivalent of £5. If you don’t happen to be travelling to the Far East any time soon, it is available from Amazon here.
With my wedding 9 days away and still no flowers ordered and music still not chosen, I did what any self-respecting bride-to-be would do and rummaged through my drawers (saucy) to see if there was anything new I could waste even more time playing with. The Makeup Revolution Hot Smoked palette is by no means new, and I don’t remember buying it but it was calling out to be used.
For £4, you get a very generous 12 shades in a mixture of matte and shimmer finishes – perfect for the thrifty among us or if you’re experiencing a personal credit crunch and happen to be desperate for new eyeshadows. I’m absolutely pants at determining whether something is cool toned or warm toned, but despite its ‘hot smoked’ moniker I’d say it leans more towards the cooler end of the spectrum. There’s no mirror in this one which is inconvenient but for £4 you can’t afford to be a fusspot.
You can see from the photos that these eyeshadows swatch quite nicely. My expectations of the matte shades were low but I was pleasantly surprised. The darker shades were especially good. The texture is smooth and pretty much what we have come to expect from ol’ Makey Rev. I wouldn’t go as far as saying these are the most buttery I’ve ever tried but for the price I don’t think you can find much better.
I did a quick look using a few of the shades to get a better idea of how they’re like to work with and that’s when things went a bit wrong for me.
Here’s the thing, I have very dry skin and all the oil that’s in my face is annoyingly confined to my eyelids. As you can imagine, this conundrum makes eyeshadow tricky at the best of times and eyeball-poppingly frustrating at the worst of times. I didn’t use any primer as I wanted to get a true picture of the Hot Smoked’s performance. Also, I couldn’t be bothered. I found the eyeshadows applied a little patchily on my lids and it was difficult to get an even colour. I wouldn’t say pigmentation is an issue with these, I just couldn’t get an even wash of colour. Blending out the edges with a fluffy brush was relatively drama free which is a bonus.
I tried very hard not to get mascara on my eyelid but alas, my rubbish hand-eye co-ordination failed me. The finished look isn’t too bad but you can certainly see where the shadows didn’t apply properly in the centre of the lid (maybe I should’ve gone for the primer first). Colour wise, I don’t think it massively suits me, it all looks a bit cool and grey, so I think this is would suit blue or green-eyed ladies a lot better. On the plus side, I didn’t get much creasing and it stayed pretty decent for most of the work day. All in all, decent quality for the insane price but it’s not really for me so I’m out.
Has anyone else tried this? I want to try another one that suits me better – any recommendations?
There are two things about the Regent Street Kiko store that really rattle my cage. The relentless crowds of European teenagers who insist on swatching every single product in the building, and the nightclub lighting. However, a few weeks ago I was feeling particularly steely of mind and squeezed myself into the store as I was passing, ‘just for a look’. As ever, I left with enough makeup to warrant hiding the evidence from Mr TBL.
I tried the Kiko Volumeyes+ Active Mascara for the first time yesterday and I was impressed enough to knuckle down and bash out the review today. Take a look at the photos, it is mesmerising. No, that isn’t a tiny black Christmas tree on a stick, it is the mascara’s cone shaped applicator. I was glad to see it had a proper brush wand and not a plastic one, as I’m convinced they grab the lashes with a bit more wellie. It’s a pretty big wand but the shape is actually genius. The tiny, tiny tip is a boss at getting to tiny, tiny lashes and I was able to do that without making the usual amount of mess. The other end is massive and really helps fan out the outer lashes. And LOOK at those bottom lashes. I’ve got two or three coats on and it didn’t clump too badly at all.
Kiko Volumeyes+ Active Mascara isn’t waterproof but as I type this (10 hours after application), it has managed to hold the curl much better than my other mascaras. My lashes don’t feel as hard and crispy either which is a bonus, and so far, there’s no fall out.
This mascara contains some magic ingredients that are supposed to thicken your lashes after a month (obviously I can’t verify this) but I suspect that’s bumf. Not that is matters, it’s a great mascara and has zoomed into my top three favourites.
Kiko Volumeyes+ Active Mascara is available at Kiko online and instore at £7.90 but I picked mine up for a brain-tickling £3.90 so do check the bargain bin by the till next time you’re in a Kiko store.
P.S. Sincere apologies for the my messy brows – I’m having one of those days.
I don’t know about you but I was never one of these people who was particularly bothered about using eyeshadow sticks on the ‘mobile lid’. But these Gosh Forever Eyeshadow Sticks hurled themselves into my life and my mobile lids and I haven’t looked back. These sticks of shimmery joy are extremely creamy, extremely pigmented and extremely wearable. And my love for them is extreme.
I picked up the shades ‘Light Copper’ (which is clearly more of a goldy-bronze shade) and the unimaginatively-named ‘Brown’ which is so much more than a bog standard brown. Swatched, they look much more shimmery than they translate on the eyes which is good news if you like to keep it subtle. In the photos, I did blend mine out but if you layer it on you can get a much bolder look.
I do find that as the day goes on, these Gosh Forever shadow sticks don’t crease too badly at all, but the shimmer does wear off. Just try to avoid touching your eyes when you pop these on.
I like to use these as both eyeshadows and eye liners – the lighter colour gives an intense inner corner highlight, and the darker one is fab smudged into the lower lash line. They can also be used as eyeshadow bases but this is something I’m yet to try.
Good news for the more slack-minded – these have a wind-up mechanism so don’t need sharpening. Fine if you plan on using these as eyeshadows but sad if you use them as eyeliners, although a brush could be used. Potentially laborious though.
Gosh Forever Eyeshadow Sticks come in an array of beautiful, wearable colours and I for one, can’t wait to get my paws on them
Available from Superdrug at £5.99 each.
Normally, the words ‘blue eyeliner’ would make me run for the hills and never look back. But ever since discovering the perfect shade, blue eye makeup no longer transports me back to the days of the Babyliss Crimping Trio and spending my pocket money on Miss Sporty liners hard enough to rip myself a new eye socket.
I saw Nicole Scherzinger on the old tellybobs last year sporting a fantastic blue eyeliner in her waterline and that’s when I cracked it. Going for a darker blue or navy rather than a turquoise pencil makes you look less Pat Butcher before the cancer got to her pancreas and more sexy and subtle Pussycat Doll. I didn’t go for anything fancy, rather, I paid a visit to Mr Barry M and went for the Kohl Pencil in the somewhat clinically named ‘KP4’ which is a very slightly metallic dark blue. It’s not the softest kohl I’ve ever used but it does the job and really, for £1.99 who am I to grumble?
Hopefully you can rejoice in the wearability of this look as much as I’ve been. Or perhaps you’ve discovered other coloured pencils for people who don’t like coloured pencils? Let me know if you give this look a thumbs up.
I’m not usually the most au fait with what’s ‘in’ and usually end up using what’s ‘so last season’ but I’ve seen lots of red eye shadows doing the rounds recently and wasn’t sold at first. I’ve seen far too many unfortunate cases of red eye shadow applied in the wrong shade or tone which ends up with the wearer looking like the latest victim of pink-eye (is it true what they say about that?). Occasionally I’d stumble upon a photo of red eye shadow looking great but assumed it wouldn’t suit me. A bit like tartan – all well and good but when I tried it on I looked like I was in fancy dress.
Anyway, I came across this glorious MAC eye shadow in Cranberry on someone’s blog and new I had to meet the little guy in the flesh. So off I toddled to my nearest MAC counter where I tracked it down, swatched it, fell in love and bought it.
You can see that it’s not very red. It’s the nervous girl’s red. Red enough to make you feel a bit adventurous but not so red that you feel like a knob. It’s in MAC’s frost formula which is shimmery and buttery soft, and a dream to apply.
I like to use my finger to apply then blend into the crease with the MAC 217 brush. I also used an angled brush to apply a little Cranberry the outer lower lashes. By sticking to the outer corners of the eyes, I feel like the conjunctivitis look is kept at bay. You can see that it looks quite coppery on my eyes which won’t be the case for fairer skin – I’d imagine it shows up truer. I also didn’t use a primer (I can’t remember why, I’m going to go with laziness and/or being in a rush). Again, with a primer or MAC Paint Pot in Painterly (or similar) Cranberry will show literally, its true colours. Wow – look at those eyelid creases – I really should have laid down some sort of primer.
I’m sure you’ll agree it looks fab with a bit of eyeliner and mascara and a lot more subtle than it first seems.
In regards to longevity, I’ve not had any issues. Seems to last and I haven’t noticed any sort of slipping or sliding.
Apologies, I had use my camera flash for most of these shots as the limited daylight we’re getting at the moment is having adverse effects on my photos and my mental well-being.
MAC Frost Eye Shadow in Cranberry costs £12.50 (£10 for the refill) from MAC online or at MAC counters.