REVIEW: IMPULSE COSMETICS

Today’s review is on US indie brand- Impulse Cosmetics!

Based in Northwest Pennsylvania, Impulse cosmetics are handmade in small batches and cruelty free (which is always a good thing). Looking at their website, their products seem to focus on the loud and daring, with pigments and lipsticks in all kinds of shades and finishes.

I was especially drawn to their duo-chrome pigments, so my sis got them as a gift for my birthday last year. Woohooooo hooray for free makeup yayyyy.

Each full-sized, pigment eyeshadow are priced around US$3.99 a pot and the sample sizes are US$1.25 each. CHEAP :))) Of course, after conversion, it amounts to about SG$6/pot, but it’s still really cheap for unique pigments that we can’t get in Singapore!

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First off, the full sized pots. Each pot is labelled with a paper sticker on the back, and the ingredients are clearly listed out. The amount in each pot is ‘roughly 1/2 tsp’ according to the website, so I’m pretty sure not getting equal amounts for each pot you buy.

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Each pot comes with a four-hole sifter that is sealed with a sticker on top. Peel the sticker however you like to vary the amount coming out each time you use it. I also like to pour the pigment onto the cap to control the amount that I’m using.

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IMG_0077From left to right: Oil Slick, Poseidon, Narcissa, Abyss

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Look at the cutie little samples! Each one is a small clamp shell container that holds ‘approx 1/4 tsp’ of product. Again, unreliable measurements, but ehh~ they’re just samples so I’m don’t mind that much. I ordered their Glam Glue Eye Base sample, two pigment shadows in ‘Leaky Cauldron’ and ‘Pilot’ (I rubbed the paper off by accident hehe) and one Metaluxe lipstick in ‘Texas Tea’.

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Their sample containers are really thin and small! But it’s good if you don’t want to commit to crazy colours, or you’re just using it once or twice. However,it’s a bitch to clean up after because of the lack of a sifter ughhh.. Those pesky little shadow bits just can’t stay in the shell and ruined my very clean backdrop.

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I wanted to try one of their Metalluxe lipsticks and the colour ‘Texas Tea’ was screaming at me to buy it!!! It’s a beautiful, true copper shade that reminds me so much of a picture of copper pipes that I saw in my textbook before. Hahaha weird, I know.

One gripe about this lipstick is that if I rub my lips together, it will emphasize the CRAP out of my natural lip lines, and the metallic sheen highlights it even more. I’ll probably use a gloss over top if I’m wearing this shade to soften the wrinkly effect.

IMG_0051From Left to Right, starting from the top: Pilot, Leaky Cauldron, Oil Slick, Narcissa, Poseidon, Abyss, Texas Tea

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Each colour is swatched on top of the Glam Glue Eye Base for maximum shine and pop. I really like these unique colours and they have so much shine and colour pay-off WITH the eye base. I found using M.A.C Fix Plus helps the shadows to pop even more, and it anchors the shadow to the lid better.

The pigments have a soft texture and are high in glitter content. Most of the colours I got are glitters with a black base, so they aren’t pure glitters and often these shadows have a black, hazy perimeter when packed onto the eye.

Some concerns:

  1. On the eyes, I noticed that Leaky Cauldron tends to crease, even with the added security of the eye base. I’ve yet to try all the colours so I’m not too sure about the rest.
  2. I hardly noticed a duo-chrome effect(apart from the lilac shade) even though the website states so?
  3. Poseidon, the dark purple, stains my eye like a MOTHER. Even after removing the makeup, my eye was left with a bluish-green tint, and I am now very afraid to use this on a client. I have no qualms on using it on myself though, as long as I’m not going out the next day. 😛

Overall, Impulse Cosmetics was worth the try! It’s not often that you get to see such interesting colours, so i’m glad I bought some to test them out. However, I would say skip the shadow samples and buy the pots- cleaning up was too much of a hassle every time.

Take note of shipping costs and wait for a sale, it makes everything slightly cheaper with their coupons and promo codes!

 

REVIEW: IMPULSE COSMETICS

REVIEW: SLEEK I-DIVINE ULTRA MATTES V1

I’m back with another review!!!!

(I’m trying to be more thorough in my reviews and give more product shots, so please comment if you have any thoughts!)

And this time it’s on Sleek’s Ultra Mattes V1 Palette- the original Ultra Mattes! If bright colours are not your thing, you might prefer V1’s sister- the ultra Mattes V2. You can see my review on Ultra Mattes V2 here.

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Packaging Detail~

Every Sleek i-Divine palette has the classic matte black packaging, with pocket-size dimensions! As usual, the packaging always fits well in the palm of your hand and the slim shell is great for layering multiple palettes together in my makeup kit 🙂

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As you can see, the colours are all bright, neon shades, that really pop on the eyes. It’s so bright and unwearable, but I love the colours!

I have to say though the shadows don’t swatch well, and they were really really hard to swatch on the arm. ‘Floss’ and ‘Crete’ couldn’t even show up on my arm after repeated tries, so I just gave up haha. I do find that they work better on the eyes, so it’s still alright (although not fantastic!).

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Ultra Mattes V2 swatched much better and the colours in the  Vintage Romance palette was much more pigmented. Just like the sister palette, the shadows in here vary in textures- some are really rough, while some feel so buttery smooth. What’s more, the repeated pink colour in this palette was kind of a let down~

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Of course, you can always use a white base to let the colours pop!  I’ve tried using it on a M.A.C paint pot in Camel, a nudy dark beige, but it didn’t appear as well as on a white cream base like NYX’s jumbo eye pencil in Milk.

Overall, the palette was meh~ You get what you pay for the price I guess? It’s not that bad as long as you use white base underneath, but just the shadows themselves were only alright.

You can purchase Sleek Ultra Mattes V1 here!

Stay tuned for more reviews coming up next! Hopefully the pictures would have better quality as well!

 

REVIEW: SLEEK I-DIVINE ULTRA MATTES V1

REVIEW: Australis AC ON TOUR Palette in Medium

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Today’s review is on Australis’ AC ON TOUR palette in Medium, and OH MY  have I not been blogging for a loooong time. I was gone mostly because of my holiday to London(where I bought lots of makeup hehehe) and also because I wasn’t feeling very motivated to blog for that period. It’s kind of hard to continue doing this with limited supplies, while trying to achieve some quality. All my photos are taken with my IPhone under natural light, so it’s really difficult to achieve the same lighting for every picture and etc etc. But oh well, I guess I just need to experiment a little and all.

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Top Row- highlight shades/ Bottom row- contour shades

 

This palette claims to be for medium complexion and my first thought was that this is SO dark for medium skin tones! But after testing out the colours, I realised the colours can work as long as you’re using a light hand. The pigmentation for these shadows are really great, albeit a little powdery- but that doesn’t really bother me.

You’ll notice that the many orange-toned colours, including the highlight shades in this palette, are more suited to those who are tanned. But for me, I prefer to use it as a light bronzer and they still work really well. Besides, you can always use them as eye-shadows, so no fuss there eh?

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The top three shadows are the highlights and you get a really nice, shimmery champagne highlight. There’s no glitter in it, but it’s still packs a punch for what it is. It gives off a nice glow and I really like this shade!

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Back of Palette

Personally, I think contouring guidelines like the one on the back of this palette, are very misleading. Contouring should be applied based on your face shape, so try not to religiously follow these steps!

Overall, the pigmentation for this palette is really, really good and I like the variety of colours. However, I think this would suit those of darker skin tones, and perhaps the palette in light complexion would be better suited for light to medium skin.

I will do looks incorporating this palette soon!

 

REVIEW: Australis AC ON TOUR Palette in Medium

REVIEW: Make Up Store Marble Microshadow in Indus Gold

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Recently, I’d purchased the newly packaged Make Up Store Marble Microshadow in Indus Gold! Make Up Store’s microshadows are known for being really smooth and pigmented, and this was no exception!

Pretty marbled design with ultra shimmery, but non-glittery colours, the microshadow is seriously beautiful~ Although it’s pretty expensive, you get a whole load of eyeshadow as compared to a typical eyeshadow from M.A.C or MUFE. Also, it comes with three different tones of gold, which makes this shadow really unique!

However, when picking up the colour it does have a slight bit of shadow kickback, but it doesn’t bother me. For me, this colour doesn’t have much fall-out, but if you’re really cautious, apply the eyeshadow before your foundation to make your makeup as clean as possible.

You can get Make Up Store’s products at various stores in Singapore, or online at Luxola. Make Up Store’s products are fairly pricey, so I’d recommend Luxola even though their items are usually sold out, since you can get discounts and greater savings with their promotional codes. 🙂

REVIEW: Make Up Store Marble Microshadow in Indus Gold

REVIEW: Mamonde Easy Drawing Gel Liner

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Today’s post is a review on Mamonde’s Easy Drawing Gel Liner in Brown (No.2). I’ve been wanting a gel liner for a really long time, so during my trip to Korea i picked it up from Aritaum after seeing how pretty the colour was. A bottle is about 6g (decent size, not too small), and I paid about $12 if I remember correctly.
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Included in the handle is a small eyeliner brush. Kinda cute but the brush is not as firm as I would like it to be, especially if I’m gonna be drawing an intense line and need lots of control.

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Mamonde Easy Drawing Eyeliner 02 Brown

Don’t be fooled by the name! It ain’t plain brown yo. Inside the liner there are many tiny specks of gold glitter, but on the eyes it’s not that visible. I love me some glitter though, so pretty~

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It’s a pretty natural liner, and the texture is creamy. Not too wet, I like! However, I felt that the brush made it harder to apply the colour since the tip of the brush is so thin.

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Overall, I like the liner, it’s really pretty and it lasts super long. No smudge, no flaking off, it’s good~

Unfortunately, Mamonde is not available in Singapore. You can purchase the liner here instead.

REVIEW: Mamonde Easy Drawing Gel Liner

SLEEK I-DIVINE ULTRA MATTES V2 DARKS PALETTE Review

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Orbit, Ink, Highness, Noir, Dune, Pillow Talk
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Thunder, Maple, Flesh, Paper Bag, Villan, Fern

This is my first ever review on a beauty product so cut me some slack ya.

I asked my cousin to purchase this Sleek palette from London for me, since it was ALL matte and was relatively cheaper than buying it in Singapore. Also, I think this is a rare, all-matte eyeshadow palette that doesn’t contain only neutral shades. Don’t get me wrong, I like browns and all that shiz but what I need are colourful eyeshadows to cover every different client’s needs.

Sleek’s palettes are very popular in the UK for its price and quality, and I can see why it is so popular. The colours are fairly pigmented with varying shades to create different looks- be it a neutral or colourful eye. In fact, I like that the colours are not so super pigmented so that I can slowly build the colour up, instead of packing on so much colour at one go. I especially like Maple, a teracotta red with some brown undertones- it’s a unique colour but still stays on the neutral side. Sadly enough, my FRICKIN camera doesn’t pick up the damn colour well enough, and it looks really purple in the swatch above. It’s more accurate in the first and second picture, so refer to that.

The colours blend well, but vary in texture. For example, Ink feels more textured in the pan, while Orbit feels really soft and smooth. But texture doesn’t really bother me, as long as it can blend out well overall.

Since I’m so tan, the lighter colours like Flesh don’t show up on me at all. However, it works great as a transition colour to blend out any harsh edges since you can’t detect it on the skin.

Overall, the palette’s not bad for the price, especially if you’re on a budget, and are looking for unique matte shades. You can purchase it here , but it is always sold out, so if you do want to buy this palette, make sure you’re on the waiting list!

SLEEK I-DIVINE ULTRA MATTES V2 DARKS PALETTE Review