We are always – constantly – in the search for the best gel eyeliner- in terms of which one has the highest staying power and which one is super black and which one is super creamy!
Well, i’m making life much easier for u girls- see below for my little test (and below you will find out who wins!)
So I have the following eyeliners (the most common ones you hear about)
Bobbi Brown (Black ink)
Maybelline (eye studio gel in Black)
Makeup for Ever (#27)
Below is also a picture of them being swatched on paper – I wanted to see which one will actually look dry…
And you will realize MAC and Bobbi brown are the driest… They are very creamy when you first open them, but over a few weeks they just die out.
Next is a hand swatch to see which is the most creamiest and darkest
You will realize that both MAC & Bobbi brown are not the darkest (other than being dry)… You will realize that Mayeblline, Inglot and Makeupforever are among the darkest ! Those 3 were also the creamiest! Makeup forever and Inglot were super super super creamy, so was maybelline but slightly less.
The last test below was to test which one stays the longest and is actually smudge proof! To test that, i decided to remove them from my hand using a makeup remover and guess what ….
Bobbi brown & MAC were the first to get removed…. Followed by makeup forever (which they claim to be waterproof)- I realized if u kept MUFE an hour or so It would be very hard to remove as I tested that before on my eyes. Maybelline stayed…. and shockingly INGLOT remained the same- BULLET PROOF!
I would definetly stick to those 3 (INGLOT, maybelline & MUFE). Inglot if you want it to stay smudge free and super dark, maybeline and MUFE if you want something creamy yet still dark… MAC and bobbie- doesn’t reach to the other’s standards!
See below for the steps on how to create this eye look. Sorry the image is not super clear
I used the following products shown below
- After priming the eye area, I used Sleep palette eyeshadows (unfortunately i don’t know the names of what I used)
- Topped it off with Illamasqua’s “ore” pigment
- Defined the outer corner into the crease with a darker color from the sleep palette (dark brown)
- Maybelline gel liner
- smoky lash mascara from makeupforever
- chanel nude eyeliner “clair” on waterline
- Ardell lashes “demi pixi”
Honestly speaking, brushes are my # 1 weakness. The are the one thing in makeup where I can’t have enough of. The more I own, the better I sleep at night! Well… I’m just super excited for the amazing news of Makeup for ever’s latest Brush launch!!
I can’t get enough of MUFE’s brushes- they are super professional- The handle, the shape, the blending… And imagine- Soon they will be launching the full brush range–> REDESIGNED, IMPROVED, and MUCH MORE PROFESSIONAL!!! I’m super anxious to see them!!
MUFE will launch those brushes in OCT 2013 (middleast) – quite a long time from now – but it is worth the wait!! TRUST ME!!
These brushes are cutting edge!
Let me tell you what’s so cool about them:
DANNY SANS, the creator of MUFE worked herself on developing those new brushes to perfect them with every little detail. Danny and her team researched the best materials to make up the perfect brushes and conducted a lot of blind tests with MUA’s to test those brushes.
Those brushes will focus on a 100% synthetic fiber range ( with NO NATURAL HAIR) in the range! Similar to Illamasqua & Real Technique’s brushes (all hairs are synthetic but can be used with creamy & powder at the same time). MUFE’s brushes will have special fibers, different than other brands.
Even so, each brush shape is exclusively designed to meet professional performance.
What really caught my eye is the tip of the brush handle – being slanted.
Exclusively made for tucking in your false lashes! HOW CONVENIENT ! It is also used to mix and adjust makeup textures (meaning instead of using a spatula to remove a product or mix a foundation etc u can mix & swap using this)
Each brush has a wooden handle made out of environmental-friendly Beechwood and a gun metal connector between the hairs and the handle.
The names will be different too- Each brush handle will incorporate a number then it will state ” Straight”, “wavy” or “Straight&Wavy” to describe the hair texture of the brush.
It has always been hard for me to memorize the numbers for MUFE brushes, where I would find MAC & sigma super easy- So now MUFE are changing the numbers too with 4 categories:
All brushes numbered in the (#100′s) is for the face only. Brushes in the (#200′s) are for the eyes. Lip brushes are in the #300 range and the artistic ones will be in the #400.
These brushes will be super unique- when compared to other brands. MUFE claims their brushes are handcrafted, super resistant, humidity proof, hygienic and most importantly environmental friendly, cruelty-free.
There will be a total of 76 brushes- WOW that is ALOT!
With those brushes a special brush cleanser will be launched too.
The “INSTANT BRUSH CLEANSER” is a purifying cleanser with a quick drying formula. It will remove any type of product from your brush, whether it was long wear or waterproof etc.
I have previously wrote about this limited collection before it launched!
You can read about it here ! The link features her amazing photos and how to achieve them!
Well- The “Maya Loves Aqua” kit from Make up For ever launched in lat June 2012 and it is a fantastic collaboration with Middle Eastern Star “Maya Diab” to emphasize Makeupforever’s famous aqua line!
This collection is all about the aqua collection and how it is really super long lasting and waterproof!
FYI ( this kit consists of mini versions of specific permanent products) with a new addition!
You can get it from Faces, Vavavoom, Debenhams & Paris Gallery!
I do suggest getting it from Faces as it retails for 39 BD (lowest) but you get a free makeup session with your purchase!!! How cool
I got the kit once it launched but never got the time to review it — so here we are!
The collection includes a silver clutch with side studs (Christian Louboutin) ….
Inside the clutch you will find the following:
Aqua Cream #13 (Beige)
Aqua Liner #13 (Black)
Aqua Rouge 2(rosewood)
Aqua Lip 2 c (rosewood color)
Aqua Smoky lash (Black)
Sens’ Eyes (makeup remover)
Aqua Smoky lash
One of the best selling mascaras- volume, length, darkness & WATERPROOF!! I always use it during summer (beach season) because it is super waterproof!
This is a cute little version of it!
Aqua Eye Liner
A liquid liner which I use nearly everyday! Super Black- very pigmented- sharp precise point to make a winged flick… And Yup .. it is waterproof ! So you can use it for the beach as well!
I constantly talk about this liquid liner on twitter
Aqua Cream #13 Beige
Highly pigmented long lasting waterproof cream… with pearly pigmentation… I have used this product before & it doesn’t crease or smudge ( i suggest using a primer underneath anyways)! It is even hard to wipe off! I do suggest blending it superfast before it dries up! Your finger would do or any synthetic brush.
The shade is a golden beigy shade with a hint of metallic…you can use this for your eyes and lips! It instantly brightens up your eye since it is a light based color.
Aqua Lip 2c
Lip liner which is also waterproof- very water resistant & easy to glide on lips
The color is “rosewood” – super soft so make sure you sharpen it.
Aqua Rouge 2
This is the only product in the kit which is NEW-from the new AQUA ROUGE line- amazing two sided lip rouges with a color on one side and a gloss on the other!
This will be a permanent.
The color is rosewood. The aqua rouge provides intense and long-lasting color .. similar to sephora’s lip stain.. It will stay there fore hours and hours…
If you want it matte – don’t add gloss.. if you want it shiny then use the gloss.
Notice how it becomes matte a few seconds later…
And if you want it glossed up….
The aqua rouge is hard to remove (hence- long lasting) – tried it with a wipe and no use…
The sens eyes (below) removed every trace of it!
Pic above after trying to smudge it off with makeupremover wipes!
Famous makeup remover – which basically removes the anything stubborn. Anything waterproof or that doesn’t get removed by wipes- the sens eyes bottle is the solution! IT REMOVES EVERYTHING MAGICALLY!
Great buy- nice clutch … and fantastic products! Great small miniatures to be placed in bags or clutches.. and fantastic sizes especially for traveling!
To be honest- it is actually a fair price- you get a mascara, lip liner, liquid eyeliner, rouge+gloss, creamy eyeshadow and a makeup remover .. and a clutch all for 39 BD!
I’m soooooooo excited to have the Black Tango collection in my hands!!!!
The collection is super new and did not launch in the middle east yet- Will launch in Bahrain by Sept 15, 2012 !
Black Tango is an amazing new sultry collection. Danny Sanz, Creator & Artisitc Director of Makeup4ever was inspired by tango dancers and the Latin Spirit of Seduction. Keep in mind Danny has south American Roots! She then created an easy to use and long lasting products to be perfectly tailored to extreme stage conditions!
“For this collection, I wanted to transport us into the hushed atmosphere of the Milonga room.
Black Tango is an invitation to seduction and the world of dance. Behind the delicate lace of a fan, the deep gaze of a woman bewitches a mysterious partner. The two words driving my creativity when creating the products were incredible hold and emotion… for a passionate night of tango.”
The collection includes the smoky palette (aqua creams), 3 nail polishes, 1 new aqua cream and 1 new aqua rouge.
The collection is limited Edition- and I’m going to focus on the eye palette now!
BLACK TANGO PALETTE
This beautiful palette shows a beautiful laced fan printed… beautiful packaging! All red and black- colors of seduction.
The palette has 4 new aqua cream shades- all new & limited edition.
They are super pigmented- and they have a pearly effect.
The colors are:
*Black with Red Highlights
*Black with Green Highlights
*Black with Blue Highlights
To me, those color scream smoky & call for mystery! Usually when you hear the word smoky you would straight away think black, but I love how this if focused on other dark shades. Recent Smoky palettes are all powder based- so to be aqua cream and dark really makes this palette unique!
You can apply with your fingers, as they are super creamy or use the double sided flat brush provided in the palette. I usually throw out such brushes, but I actually liked this one !
I really liked how the eyeshadows blended easy & melt away when applied- they don’t need to be mixed with any liquid etc. The colors tend to look matte after application, but with a hint of pearl in them.
I suggest using synthetic brushes with aqua creams- and not ones made from real animal hair!
The ivory I would use for highlighting and the rest I would use for full lids.
To be honest, these aqua eye shadows are super long-lasting!!! They are waterproof too! I also heard that the creamy eye shadows include some oils which Evaporate straightly after application in order for the pigments to be fixed on the skin.
Checkout my swatches below to see how the colors really look like:
Below is a special illustrated guide to show how to use on of the creamy eye shadows!
The only thing you should keep in mind is that the product is very long lasting & waterproof which means removing it is really annoying… U might try wet facial wipes… they won’t remove the whole thing. So I really suggest makeup4ever’s sensitive eyes waterproof removing solution! With a cotton pad, it will be gone in seconds!
The palette will be sold for approx in the 18-20 BD range.
You can buy this product in Make Up For Ever (After the launch on Sept 15) in the following stores:
I’m sure you have seen the green primer in lots of places… All bottled up & stacked on makeup counters… YET … You have NO idea why it is green or what to use it for!!
I’m here to make your life much easier… I’ll explain it to you in great detail… through the use of the…
Make Up Forever HD Green Primer!
One of the best green primers available is Makeup4ever (MUFE) green primer. The consistency is smooth. Easy to blend & covers up well.
Ok.. now I’m going to explain the how and whys!
WHY IS IT GREEN? WHY DO I NEED TO USE GREEN PRIOR TO MY MAKEUP?
Not everyone will need to use this. Green primers/correctors are green for a reason. Green is know to be a color that neutralizes redness! That is ofcorse due to the color theory!
As you can see, Green is opposite to Red. This means that the green color will remove any sort of redness! And it will get neutralized/balanced out underneath the Beigi foundation.
Not everyone needs to use this. People with skin problems, allergies, redness, red birthmarks, reddish acne, sunburns & mosquito bites will need to use it if they wanted FLAWLESS makeup- this will perfect their base- as red tends to show underneath foundation if it has not been corrected.
Keep in mind- primers also absorb oils- so they will keep your face oil free!
HOW DO I USE IT?
Using it is super easy! After moisturizing your skin- squirt a small coin size amount into your hands and rub on REDDISH areas! Basically, apply it on wherever you fee that is a bit red!
Rub the area until the green primer is blended and can barely show.
After that, you can go ahead and apply liquid foundation!
You will notice that the green color dissapears underneath the beige colored foundation!
Ok – look at the pic below for an easier illustration!
1- my hand has been burnt by the sun during a recent vacation.. so as you can see it is reddish… So I applied a bit on my hand
2- rubbed & blended the primer onto my hands.
3- you will realize a few minutes after applying the primer that the redness automatically dissapears! So now I applied foundation.
4- blended the foundation! And Voila- no redness!!!!!!
IT’S MAGIC!!!! NO MORE REDNESS!
Make Up For ever was inspired by florars, gypsies, embroidery & patchwork for this collection.
‘La Bohème’ reminds me of gypsies… It’s a chic collection… very Bohemian.
(Al though I believe the packagine of the palette you are about to see is more Bohemian than the colors)
According to Make Up For Ever “A collection inspired by nature, to let your beauty desires blossom and give new form to the Bohemian spirit.”
The main focus of this collection is the 6 shade eye shadow palette. What is so special about this eye palette? The eyeshadows are baked & consist of minerals! They are such soft colors that create a beautiful romantic look.
They are Pearly & shimmery- but keep in mind the pigment is a bit sheer. They also can be applied wet or dry. MUFE intended to make the color – “looks like it has been washed” – so it might not appear as vibrant as you expect it to be.
Shades are : Lagoon Green, Vegetal Green, Beige, Parma Purple, Brown, Coral
It’s all about the packaging in this collection- The eyepecil is covered with floral design & so is the lipsticks. With regards to the palette- it’s made out of recycled cardboard. It incorporates floral patchwors with some arabesque details.
The case opens up with a silky ribbon and a beautiful flower collection stands out.
Also included in the new collection is a limited edition Aqua Eyes eyeliner. It’s a matte dark brownish/black shade
La Bohème includes 2 sheer lipsticks- “Red coral” & “Peach Beige”. They are also limited edition.
Should be available in the US and soon in the Middle East!