I’ve been feeling a bit sick the last couple days, so hopefully I can get Part II of my Luminess review up soon. Just been having those days where I am feeling like a hot mess LOL. Since Naimies is by my work, I thought i’d stop by and grab a few things. If y’all don’t know what Naimies is, it’s like a playground for the makeup/skincare/and hair obsessed! I bought a Naimie’s small tapered brush to use as a lip brush (works great with OCC Lip Tars!), got a few wedge sponges, a pink nailpolish, Ben Nye Visage Powder in “Banana” which is a setting/finishing powder that warms up your complexion and doesn’t produce a white cast like other finishing powders, I also got the Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Powder which has an anti-perspirant to help combat sweat shining through your makeup; after all it is theatrical makeup! It’s great for setting cream or liquid foundations, and got Orly’s Smudge Fixer nailpolish.
I also bought a few things from paintandpowder.com, they have tons of stuff for a budding makeup artist, such as mixing palettes, sponges, disposable wands, etc. as well as theater makeup. I just got a mixing palette so I have a place I can mix pigments, cream foundation or my OCC lip tars; got a spatula to scoop makeup out to keep things sanitary, a refill pan of Graftobian HD powder in “Soft Ivory”, and Graftobian HD Cream Foundation in “Buttermilk”. I can’t wait to do a review on some of this stuff!
So you can get idea of how big it is compared to my hand…
I was so happy to finally receive my Mehron Paradise Palettes today (and a Ben Nye Lumiere e/s in “Turquiose”)! They are water-activated moist cakes that go on super pigmented once dry and really have remarkable staying power. They are easily removed with soap and water, but even there was still a bit on me, so it stays on! I saw xsparkage do a video on these and I was intrigued.
So how do these differ from the MUFE (Make Up For Ever) Flash Color Pots and MAC Paint Pots?
The MUFE Flash Color Pots are pigmented as well, but the consistency is that of a cream, so it tends to crease and you must use a lot of eyeshadow on top control it from creasing, but even then it comes off easily and doesn’t stay on. The MAC Paint Pots are awesome, I love them and they have become a staple in my makeup bag, they too dry to a nice finish making it a decent base (for ME anyway) and since they come in different colors it can enhance the look of your eyeshadows. However, they do not have a wide range of colors (such as a bright purple or a yellow). The Mehron Palettes come in bright and basic eye-catching colors, very pigmented and vibrant, dries to a nice finish and stays on. Makes a great base to bring out the colors of eyeshadows, also great for face painting since they are true in color, made with aloe and chamomile and other ingredients that are safe to use on the face.
Video on my haul along with swatches:
I also got a single Ben Nye Lumiere Eyeshadow in “Turquiose” (swatch is in the video):
Rmcandlelight asked how to apply eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes without making it look messy, and I use Essence of Beauty’s double-ended eyeshadow applicators to apply to the small spots such as the inner corner of the eye:
What I used: Face: – Monistat Chafing Gel as primer – MAC StudioFinish Concealer NC30 – Silk Naturals Mineral Foundation
Cheeks: – Silk Naturals “Tart Light”
Eyes (ALL from Ben Nye Palette, applied DRY): – “Sun Yellow” on the inner corners of the eyes – “Tangerine” applied after Sun Yellow – Applied “Azalea” on the middle of the lid – Applied “Amethyst” and “Cosmic Violet” on outer-V and contour – On lower lashline: “Sun Yellow” (inner corner), “Chartreuse” (middle of lower lashline), “Jade” (outer lashline) – “Ice” as highlight – Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner Pencil on upper lashline and waterline – L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara
Lips: – MAC Mattene l/s in “Immodest” – NYX Lipgloss in “Barbie Pink”