July 30, 2011

Mally Eyeshadow Single in Mally's Glow - pics, swatches, review

Hello, Beautiful!

I received this eyeshadow in a Mally kit. The shade, Mally's Glow, is a pretty bronze brown.

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Mally Eyeshadow Single
Shade: Mally's Glow
Shade Description: A bronze brown shimmer.


Basic stats for Mally's Eyeshadow Singles:
Formula: pressed-powder
Coverage: very nicely pigmented
Wear: average
Shade Range: several shades available; this shade is only in a Mally kit
Container: a green square metal compact; mirror on one side, refillable eyeshadow compact on the other 
Cost: $18 for a regular eyeshadow single; the kit is $40
Availability: find this shade in a Mally kit on QVC's website
My Rating: 4 out 5 kisses

A silky pressed-powder eyeshadow.

This has really nice pigmentation to it. You can go sheerer if you prefer, but you'll get a lot of color with a little swipe of your brush. I like the pigmentation.

Average eyeshadow wear. Of course it can stay on longer with a shadow primer.

Shade Range:
There are several shades available for sale, but this shade is only part of a Mally kit sold on QVC's website.

A square green metal compact. There is a mirror on one side and a refillable eyeshadow compact on the other.

This shade is only available in a Mally kit sold on QVC's website. The kit costs $40 and also includes a mascara, liner, blush and liquid lipstick.

I really like the formula of this eyeshadow. It's really nicely pigmented, goes on nicely, blends easily and lasts a good amount of time.

The shade, Mally's Glow, is a pretty shade on its own and looks pretty on, but it's just not my cup of tea. I'm not a bronze shadow type of gal, but I do think this shade is pretty and would look pretty on just about everyone.

I'd recommend getting the Mally kit that includes this eyeshadow because it's a great way to try Mally products out. You'll get her award-winning mascara, a High Shine Liquid Lipstick, blush, eyeliner, the shadow (of course) and a little pink bag.

Now let me know what you think...
Do you own one of Mally's eyeshadow singles? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, is this a shadow you'd want to own?

Mally City Chick Eyeliner in Black - pics, swatches, review

Hello, Beautiful!

I acquired this eyeliner in one of the first Mally kits I ever ordered. I don't even remember when I ordered this or what else the kit came with. All I know is this liner is one I always forget about and never really use - but I should use it because it just happens to be a decent liner.

Check out my pics, swatches, stats and review...

Mally City Chick Eyeliner
Shade: black?
Shade Description: A soft black.

Basic stats for Mally's City Chick Eyeliner:
Formula: creamy pencil
Coverage: nice pigmented
Wear: average
Shade Range: available
Container: a twist-up, no-need-to-sharpen, eyeliner pencil
Cost: $15
Availability: find on Mally's website and QVC's website
My Rating: 3 out 5 kisses

This is a creamy pencil eyeliner, which is automatic - no sharpening required.

You'll get nice pigmentation with this eyeliner. It's not the deepest of deep black shades, but it's a nice softer black.

The wear is just average with this. It's not a super, all-day wear type of liner but it doesn't disappear quickly either. I'd say it will likely get through a normal work day, but you may see it fade as the work day ends.

Shade Range:
I believe this is only available in this black shade.

A twist-up automatic eyeliner pencil.

You can find this on Mally's website and on QVC's website for $15 each.

The reason I gave this liner a 3 out of 5 kisses is because it's just average. There isn't anything about it that makes me excited or makes me reach for it time and time again. It's a good liner, but she has better liners out there - which I own and use more than this one.

I think this is a great soft black shade that would be complimentary on everyone and is a good eyeliner to own, but if I could only recommend one of Mally's eyeliners I would have to recommend her Evercolor Automatic Waterproof Eyeliner.

Now let me know what you think...
Do you own this eyeliner? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, is this something you'd want to own?

Mally City Chick Double Ended Eyeliner - pics, swatches, review

Hello, Beautiful!

This was the first ever Mally product I ever purchased. I remember I bought it from QVC when it was half-off during one of their Super Saturday events, and this was the only shade duo they had available. It's not a shade duo I would normally choose, but I really wanted to try her products and figured for less than $8 it was worth a shot. Well I hated this liner. Sure, it didn't really budge once it was on but the colors were ugly and the formula wasn't very impressive. Thankfully it looks like she may have upgraded this liner a little; I now can only find it available as an automatic pencil and not as one that needs to be sharpened.

Check out my pics, swatches, stats and review...

Mally City Chick Double Ended Eyeliner
Shades: Dusk and Evenshade
Shade Descriptions: Dusk - an olive green with a hint of golden shimmer. Evenshade - a burnt chocolate brown.

Basic stats for Mally's City Chick Double Ended Eyeliner:
Formula: pencil
Coverage: just okay pigmentation
Wear: above average 
Shade Range: n/a
Container: a double ended pencil, both ends require sharpening, pull-off caps 
Cost: n/a
Availability: No longer sold
My Rating: 2 out 5 kisses

A double-ended pencil liner that requires sharpening. I think the formula is a little dry.

The pigmentation isn't great. I had to go over the same area a few times on the back of my hand for the swatch photo.
They are pretty budge-proof once they set, but I still don't think they're an all-day wear type of pencil.

An eyeliner duo-ended pencil. Each end has a different shade, which requires sharpening.

This pencil is no longer available as shown in my photos above. I do see this exact same pencil in a duo-ended, automatic combo on Mally's website for the same price this pencil was ($15).

Mally has some of the best eyeliners now, but this one is a failure for me. The formula isn't impressive at all; pretty dry and not all that pigmented.

To be fair, this liner isn't brand-spanking new and I'm basing my review off my latest use with it (for swatch purposes). It could have gotten harder to work with over time, but honestly I remember this liner not being the smoothest even when I first opened it.

When I swatched these shades it was really patchy and difficult to get a good swatch. They just weren't creamy or dreamy at all. On top of that, the colors in this duo are ugly. Just not my cup of tea.

I would not recommend this liner because Mally makes some really wonderful liners, like her Evercolor Automatic Waterproof Eyeliners.

Now let me know what you think...
Do you own this liner? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, is this something you'd want to own?

July 28, 2011

Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Mercury: swatches, review

Hello, Beautiful!

I love Bobbi Brown's long-wear cream shadows! I wish I had more because they're really pretty and are really long-lasting. I only have one metallic long-wear cream shadow, but I do have two of her regular long-wear cream shadows (which I will make a separate post about in the future, although I already posted about the Velvet Plum shade back in March).

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Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Shade: Mercury
Shade Description: A sparkling metallic smokey silver gray.


Basic stats for Bobbi Brown's Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow:
Formula: cream
Coverage: buildable
Wear: long-wearing
Shade Range: 12 shades available on Bobbi Brown's website
Container: square clear glass jar; circle opening; circle twist-off lid
Cost: $22 for 0.12 oz full size
Availability: buy on Bobbi Brown's website and high end beauty retailers
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Kisses!

A beautiful cream shadow formula that will last all day and stay crease-proof all day.

You can build the coverage on these shadows very easily, and depending on your application method you can get sheer to medium coverage from the start. If you build up the intensity just allow 30 seconds between thin layers.

They have "long-wear" in the name for a reason; they last!! I don't even need to use a primer with these and they'll be on until I take them off. I've even worn these to the amusement park on a hot, sweaty, humid, day full of roller coasters and water rides; this shadow stayed in place.

Shade Range:
There are 12 metallic shades available on Bobbi Brown's website (she also makes her regular long-wear cream shadows). Out of the metallic shades there are a few more I have on my wish list, which include: Black Pearl, Chrome Patina, and Starry Purple. The shade I have, Mercury, is absolutely beautiful. A perfect sparkly smokey silver gray; and I say smokey because on the eyes it can look slightly smokey in a good way.

A square bottom clear jar with a round opening; twist-off round lid.

Each metallic cream shadow will cost $22, which is pricey but well worth it. You can buy these directly from Bobbi Brown's website and many other high end beauty retailers.

I am in love with gray shades for my eyes. If I can only afford to pick out one shade it's usually a gray. I already owned Bobbi Brown's regular long-wear cream shadows but wanted to try a metallic version, especially the Mercury shade (I had my eye on it for awhile).

Just like with her regular long-wear cream shadows, the metallic long-wear cream shadow is very long lasting, goes on easily and is buildable. They are sheerer than the regular versions, but I like that. I love the sparkle these provide; very pretty and fun!

I would recommend these to anyone looking for a beautiful, fun, sparkly eye that is long lasting.

Now let me know what you think...
Do you own this cream shadow? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, is this something you'd want to own?

Mally Facets Gemlight Lipgloss in Garnet: swatches & review

Hello, Beautiful!

I received this lipgloss as a bonus sample with another Mally purchase. I haven't actually gotten around to swatching it until recently and I have to say, I like the gloss I just wish it was a different shade (I'm not a red gal but I would like to check out the Pink Sapphire shade).

Check out my pics, swatches, stats and review...

Mally Facets Gemlight Lipgloss
Shade: Garnet
Shade Description: A shimmering multi-faceted sheer ruby.

** My lips were EXTEMELY chapped and dry, so I apologize for such a bad photo of this gloss. I will have to update this photo at a later date. **

Basic stats for Mally's Facets Gemlight Lipgloss:
Formula: a sheer gloss
Coverage: sheer; buildable 
Wear: less-than-average gloss wear 
Shade Range: currently only available in three shades 
Container: a smaller gloss tube; twist off cap; brush end applicator
Cost: $20 on Mally's website; $19.50 on QVC's website 
Availability: Find it on Mally's website and on QVC's website 
My Rating: 3 out of 5 kisses

This is a non-sticky, on the sheer side, gloss with lots of multi-dimension faceted shimmer. The photos really do not do this gloss any justice when it comes to how this shimmer picks up the light.

This is on the sheer side but you'll still get nice color. I'm not a red-shade-family type of gal, so I applied this gloss a little more sheer than normal. You will likely get more color from it than I did. This is also a great layering gloss; wear it over lipstick, lip stain, lip balm or other lip glosses to add a layer of faceted shine.

This gloss doesn't last all that long, not even for a gloss. It's less than average wear, but still a pretty gloss that's worth the re-application.

Shade Range:
Currently only available in three shades: Garnet (the shade I received), Citrine (which looks like a golden nude), and Pink Sapphire (which is the shade I want to try). The shade looks more like a pink-red than a ruby-red on my lips, which I like better.

A smaller gloss tube (not thin, but smaller in size) with a twist-off lid. Features a brush-end applicator.

You can pick this gloss up for $20 on Mally's website or for $19.50 on QVC's website. The only downfall with QVC is you have to pay shipping per gloss - which makes the cost of each gloss higher than if you would buy them from Mally's site. Of course from time to time QVC has some great Featured Prices and Free Shipping deals on Mally's products, which is the only time I tend to buy her products from QVC (unless I really have to have something).

This gloss was included with another Mally purchase. I received the shade Garnet, but I've read others receiving the shade Citrine. I'm not sure if anyone received Pink Sapphire but if they did I'd be a little jealous.

I didn't even try this gloss for the longest time because the shade isn't one I would ever buy on its own. Upon trying it I found I like the formula and the shimmer it has, and I liked that the color wasn't full-color and it was on the sheer side - making it easier for me to wear this shade.

I think this gloss is worth checking out but not a gloss that is a must-have, which is why I just rated it in the middle with a 3 out of 5 kisses.

Now let me know what you think...
Do you own this gloss? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, is this something you'd want to own?

July 26, 2011

L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss - Really Rose, Saucy Mauve, Nude Touch - swatches & review

Hello, Beautiful!

I am a gloss addict... and the more shiny, glossy and sparkly they are the better! I knew I had to try the new L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss glosses after I saw an add in a magazine where the lips looked super shiny. When I finally made it to Wal-Mart several shades were already sold out, one of which I wanted to try (Watermelon Crush). It was after 11pm when I finally found time/energy to leave the house, so I couldn't go to Target to find other shades. Still, I found three shades that I really liked at the store -- Really Rose, Saucy Mauve, and Nude Touch. I tried to only pick two shades but I really couldn't; they're just too pretty! If Watermelon Crush would have been there I probably would have bought that one too. I'm a sucker for glosses. Anyhow...

Check out my pics, swatches, stats and review...

First, I'll show you all three shades together...

Now let's see each shade individually...

L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss
Shade: Really Rose (156)
Shade Description: A rich rose creme; no shimmer.




L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss
Shade: Saucy Mauve (155)
Shade Description: A deep raspberry rose with lots of shimmer. The pics do not do this shade justice; this is so pretty in person!




L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss
Shade: Nude Touch (152)
Shade Description: A pinky nude with shimmer.



Basic stats for L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss:
Formula: non-sticky liquid gloss
Coverage: medium-full color
Wear: average
Shade Range: available in 16 shades
Container: a squeeze tube, twist-off cap, slant tip applicator
Cost: $6 to $8 depending where you shop
Availability: find at Wal-Mart, Target, KMart and anywhere else L'Oreal is sold
My Rating: 5 out 5 kisses!

This is a non-sticky gloss that is hydrating to your lips; very shiny! Infused with ultra hydrating Omega 3, protective Vitamin E, and Aragon Oil for a high-shine.

These glosses provide very nice color - a good medium to full color gloss! Of course you can wear them sheerer if you use less, but you'll get really pretty color from these with high-shine!

Glosses don't last long, unless they are a long wear formula and even then they don't last that long. It's just the life cycle of a gloss. That's why these have an average gloss life. They'll stick around for longer than some glosses, but certainly not as long as a lipstick.

Shade Range:
Available in 16 shades, according to L'Oreal's website. The shade swatches on their website are really different from what the colors look like in person, so please beware and don't choose a shade based on their shade pics.

This gloss comes in a squeeze tube with a slant-tip applicator; twist-off cap.

L'Oreal's website gives this gloss a manufacture suggested retail price of $7.95, but I bought mine at Wal-Mart for $5.97 each.

I really like these glosses because of the high-shine factor, and the shade Saucy Mauve has such beautiful sparkle!!

They have a vanilla frosting/cupcake smell to them, which isn't awful but if you don't like that type of gloss smell then you won't like these at all.

The glosses are non-sticky and look really pretty on your lips; very rich looking like a great lipstick with a clear gloss on top. They're not sheer or thin, but they're not thick either. It's hard to describe.

I'd say these glosses are perfect for everyday use but also special enough for a night out on the town or to a special occasion. If you're not a lipstick girl but like the look of lipstick but crave the shine of a gloss, then you may have found a perfect match with the Le Gloss glosses!

I highly recommend!

Now let me know what you think...
Do you own one of these glosses? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, is this a gloss you'd want to own? If so, what shade do you like best?