I participated in the BOGO frenzy at our local drugstores this week. I've been too lazy to post about it though. Forgive me! I dreaded uploading the pics through Blogger (btw I'm experiencing headaches as I type!) Many of our other blogger friends have reviewed and swatched a lot of the products that I have, so I'll link where necessary.
Where do I start. Let's check out what I got:
(To the left:) I got a Milani quad in Dream Baby, (clockwise from top left) HiP shadow duos in Playful, Forgiving, Adventurous and Roaring. I love them all and each has a great variation of brown to work with.
I got Maybelline's Liquid Eyeliner in black, thanks to MakeupbyRenRen who uses Revlon's version every fotd and swears by it. I figured I'd try it. I got Maybelline Eye Stylist in Sapphire Glimmer, two of the new HiP Shine Struck Liquid Lip Color in Arresting- the pink and Pretentious- the tan and I got the HiP Color Rich Cream Crayon in Unmistakable. The Maybelline liquid liner is nice and an easier liquid liner to deal with, unlike MAC's liquid last liner that takes quite a bit of practice. The eyeliner in Sapphire Glimmer, is a typical navy blue liner. It glides on smoothly and you can make thin lines or thick; nothing really special. The liquid lip colors gets an in depth review below. The real looker besides the HiP shadows are the color crayons. Long lasting, smooth, and a twist up stick with a built in sharpener. It's supposed to mimic MAC's shadestick. Unfortunately, the color choice is limited.
I also purchase three Milani lipsticks (on the left; listed left to right) Blossoming, a nice bright pink for the spring, Afrodite, your typical pink lipstick with gold shimmer, and I picked up Caramel. On me, it's a dead beige. Sorry, I dropped it while trying to take a pic LOL. These were highly pigmented as we've all come to expect from Milani and covered nicely. No big qualms with these.
(left) Lastly, I got ( top) Exciting pigment, Midnight Blue Color Truth Cream Eyeliner and the cream eyeliner in Eggplant. Exciting reminded me of vex eye shadow, just not as silver/ grey. It's more white, super pale yellow which can be closer to motif, dazzlelight and other mac shadows yellowish/white in color with a pink pearl iridescence. I was eager to get Eggplant and Midnight Blue cream eyeliners. Look at those colors beaming out of their glass jars. I have teal so I knew that these two would be promising. Midnight Blue didn't disappoint, being true to the color that you see in the jar. Eggplant however, did let me down. Maybe I didn't pay attention to the name Eggplant... eggplants aren't royal purple in color or a vibrant color period, just a dark muted almost black purple. When I swatched it on my hand, I saw a brown tinged purple. Think of MAC's fluidliner in Macroviolet but darker.... boooo! Highly disappointed. I don't want purple liner if I can't tell it's purple. Maybe I'm being too color struck, but I wanted a purple as vibrant as the blue and teal.
*Check MakeupbyRenRen for more on the creme liners and the crayon color stick or her fotd's to see the Maybelline liquid eyeliner in action
*Check Francine's blog for HiP pigment swatches.
*Check Home Spa Goddess on YouTube for some reviews on HiP products!
HiP Shine Struck Liquid LipColor Review
(left Arresting, right Pretentious)
So pretty in the bottle! Remember how excited I was when I saw them?
Initial impression: Wow! They are so vibrant, pretty, fully opaque! Not sticky, just right! It really shines!
After 15 mins: Interesting concept. Liquid color, thin formula, but so bright! I think I like!
After 30-45 mins: It goes on like a stain and has a wet look for ultra shine. This formula may be too thin for me. What if I want to wear with a liner? Lined lips and liquid shifting around my lips? No thanks!
Let's prep with concealer to base and see what we come up with?
After basing: Less than vibrant now, less shine, a better texture. I could probably work with the Pretentious (beige) but I'm not in love with it. I can't get with this...
Final verdict: I'll trade for some paints! No likey!