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New Old Favourite #1: Rimmel Eyeshadow Duo in 321 Walnut Pearls

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*The New Old Favourite series features products in my collection that I had forgotten, and am re-igniting my new love for them.*

Just as I was swearing off not wearing anymore taupe colours on my lid for now, I am back to this neutral tone from Rimmel. 😀 Oh fickle minded woman, I am!

Fairy Tale Time!

Long long time ago in the land of makeup newbie, the eyeshadow already came in many colours and palettes and singles and loose powder and cream and texture etc… Not to mention EVERY cosmetic company offered a wide range of it!

It made the newbie frightfully intimidated by it. Approaching the eyeshadows had always been a difficult and confusing task. Such task always ended up with nothing (arrrghhh!! WHICH one to choose??) or snatching one up in haste in order to end the misery and only resulted in disappointment when playing with it at home.

Of course, in those long ago times, this newbie did not know how to apply it properly, nor had any knowledge of making it lasts on lids. There was no kind and clever YouTube beauty gurus teaching her how to do all that without attending expensive makeup classes. She also had sentimental reasons to hold on to the eyeshadows that she ever bought.

Fortunately, with these sentimental reasons, an old favourite was born (??). 🙂

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**Success!!** Sealing in the Eyeshadow from Etude House, Attempt #5: Dual Primers (NARS + Maybelline) + MUFE Aqua Seal (Packing MORE E/S)

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This post is part of the mini series of experimentations making the Etude House eyeshadow work for me. My scientific experiment training helps me through many attempts of making small change at a time to finally find a solution (yep! 5 trials!!).

Let’s get on with it. In my last attempt, in order to have more eyeshadow colour showing on lids, I stupidly patted on another layer of it on top of the Aqua Seal which was supposed to seal the eyeshadow in.

Obviously this had failed miserably.

In this attempt, I layered on more eyeshadow and finish off with a layer of Aqua Seal patted carefully on eye lids.

Here’s what I used (same as last attempt):

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe, MUFE Aqua Seal, NAR Smudgeproof primer, Etude House Line Nuance Duo

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe, MUFE Aqua Seal, NAR Smudgeproof primer, Etude House Line Nuance Duo

Quick steps (Eyes only)

The only differences this time compared to the last are: no foundation on lids and more layer of eyeshadows.

(1) Apply foundation avoiding lids. Last attempt I had foundation on lids. Could be the reason it failed.

(2) Use NARS Smudgeproof primer. Wait for it to dry.

(3) Patted on Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe.

(4) LAYER on the eyeshadow. I think 3 layers in total.

(5) Drop 1 drop of MUFE Aqua Seal on palm. Use finger to take some liquid and dab (NO RUBBING) on lids. The eyeshadow this time doesn’t get “dissolved” significantly.

(6) Fan eye lids with both hands frantically to make Aqua Seal dry. It does take longer than primer to dry.

(7) Highlight brow bones and inner corner of eyes.

(8) Line lower waterline with MAC’s Power Surge liner.

(9) Line upper lash lines using gel liner (I had a major meeting so I had to make sure eyeliner stay put) and mascara (it’s from Dejavu). 🙂

Results (EOTD)

Well, I am happy to report that the eyeshadow stayed put throughout the day. No more creasing and hence I am showing photos of it. I wouldn’t want to show picture of creased eye-shadow, would I? :p

A result of dual primers AND waterproof sealant...

A result of dual primers AND waterproof sealant…

Bad lighting... oh well...

Bad lighting… oh well…

Final thought about the Etude House Line Nuance Duo

The amount of time spent prepping the lid, not to mention additional products added, in order to prevent it from creasing is just… too much to ask from a busy mum who could barely juggle work and family on a daily basis. Also, using so many layers of products made my lids feel a bit heavy, if you know what I mean.

The formula clearly is not good enough for performance. Perhaps on a short trip to the department store or on dry lid ladies this is still acceptable?

Colour is gorgeous, but not enough for me to spend too much effort with it. Anyway, we can always find dupes of it, eh?

For now, I am craving for colours other than taupe. I have had enough of this shade for the moment, and I want to get back to my safe greys and midnight blues and olive greens. 😀

I will look for the next challenge nevertheless. Until then, sawadee ka (hello/good bye).

Sealing in the Eyeshadow from Etude House, Attempt #4: Dual Base with NARS, Maybelline + MUFE

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Since my failed attempt with using 1 base and 1 sealant (read here), yesterday I tried yet another attempt (#4) to stop this bloody eyeshadow from creasing. On top of NARS Smudgeproof base, I patted on a layer of Maybelline Color Tatoo in Tough as Taupe, a matte taupe cream eyeshadow. I have other Color Tattoos in shimmery shade and they have no problem with creasing, even without NARS primer. NARS is my definite fail-proof primer so far.

Anyway, in my experiments with creasing eyeshadow particularly one from Etude House, I did the follwoing:

    NARS Smudgeproof primer as a base, Maybelline Color Tattoo as a second base and MUFE Aqua Seal (1 drop for both lids) on top of eyeshadow.
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe, MUFE Aqua Seal, NAR Smudgeproof primer, Etude House Line Nuance Duo

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe, MUFE Aqua Seal, NAR Smudgeproof primer, Etude House Line Nuance Duo

Since I wanted to get more colours as the Aqua Seal diluted the eyeshadow a bit, I patted on another layer of the eyeshadow on top of Aqua Seal. The colour on lid is beautiful.

I applied my makeup in the morning, and by afternoon the crease has happened. Darn! How could this happen??!

I shall try packing more eyeshadow on lids before sealing it with Aqua Seal in my next attempt. 🙂

Never give up, never surrender!!

Sealing in the Eyeshadow from Etude House, Attempt #3: NARS + MUFE

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Last week I was experimenting with different methods of sealing in the eyeshadow from Etude House to prevent it from creasing (see here). I made 2 attempts using MAC Paint Pot as base and Aqua Seal on top in both days. First day I used 1 drop for both lids. Second day I used one drop per eye lid and using a brush with Aqua Seal. The eyeshadow still creased on me!! Annoying.

Then I tried the following method in my third attempt:

    NARS Smudgeproof primer as a base and MUFE Aqua Seal (1 drop for both lids) on top.
L to R: MUFE Aqua Seal, NAR Smudgeproof primer, Etude House Line Nuance Duo

L to R: MUFE Aqua Seal, NAR Smudgeproof primer, Etude House Line Nuance Duo

When I patted on Aqua Seal on with my fingers, it sort of diluted the eyeshadow a bit. I was in a bit of a hurry to apply more layer of eyeshadow so I just left it at that. I prefer a deeper colour though. There was no creasing after a couple of hours (even after children’s bath) but there was significant fading. By the end of the day I checked, the eyeshadow is barely there. I might have accidentally wiped off some during the day.

Oh well… let me try another attempt. I am getting obsessed with getting this eyeshadow to work. Obsessed!!!

Review: Etude House Line Nuance Duo in Brown

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In my previous post, I mentioned the Etude House Line Nuance Duo here.

I love practical items such as an eyeliner and shadow in a single pen. It saves space, great for travel (of course this is one of my favourite criteria. If I can’t take with me, how can I ever play with it?), and generally doesn’t require brushes (less brush to pack. Even better!).

When I found this shadow liner duo from Etude House last year, I thought I should give it a try as the brown shadow swatches BEAUTIFULLY, I tell you. So creamy and the shimmer is just perfect – not too much nor too little. And eyeliner is dark olive green with very some glitter and again, my heart has a weak spot for olive green shade.

Etude House Line Nuance Duo, size compared to standard eyelash curler

Etude House Line Nuance Duo, size compared to standard eyelash curler

The liner (on the left as picture above) is a normal twist up liner, and the shadow is packed in the little cylinder. When you twist open the cylinder, the eyeshadow is packed on the sponge tip applicator.

The liner shade is very similar to the Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick, 205 Atomic Nucléaire (mentioned here). Told you I fall for olive green… :p The only difference being that the Revlon ones has bigger gold glitter (you can see it from picture).

Swatches! I put the Revlon's Smoky Shadow Stick liner next to the Etude House one for comparison. Left: Etude House Line Nuance Duo brown shadow  Middle: Etude House Line Nuance Duo olive green liner Right: Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick, 205 Atomic Nucléaire liner (olive green)

Swatches! I put the Revlon’s Smoky Shadow Stick liner next to the Etude House one for comparison.
Left: Etude House Line Nuance Duo brown shadow (1 swipe)
Middle: Etude House Line Nuance Duo olive green liner (1 swipe)
Right: Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick, 205 Atomic Nucléaire liner (2-3 swipes)

With single swipe, the Etude House swatches smoothly on my arm and the colour is so intense. Oh so beautiful my heart nearly melted. In comparison, I have to swipe 2-3 times with the Revlon shadow stick for the same intensity to show up. The Revlon one is drier.

If there’s a slide, the Etude House eyeshadow will happily play on it

As beautiful as it is, one very very bad point about the Etude House is that it slides easily!! With my oily lids it creases after just 2 hours. Boo!! I couldn’t use this for a long time due to how easy it creases. That was before I found my holy grail primer –> NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Anyway, recently I bought the MUFE Aqua Seal, hoping that it would “seal” in the eyeshadow to prevent creasing. To further strengthen the staying power, I even use MAC Paintpot in Painterly as a base (which sadly doesn’t work as primer for me), just to see if sliding is going to be prevented.

For both days I tried using Aqua Seal on top of this eyeshadow:

    (1) Pat a drop of Aqua Seal with fingers on both eyelids
    (2) Dampen a brush with Aqua Seal and pat on eye lid, 1 drop for each lid.

Guess what… it STILL creases!!!! Whaaa???

Next time I am going back to using my NARS primer and see if this shadow still slides on me. If it does, I am going to give it to the next person with dry lids!!! My NARS hasn’t disappoint me so far. My eyeshadows stay put after more than 10 hours (work, heat, cooking, bathing children etc etc). The eyes makeup look as fresh as it is in the morning.

Coincidentally, I have an eyeliner pencil from Etude House which also happily slides off my lids and before noon time I have become a panda. I don’t know if it’s the formula or my eyes just refuse to love Etude House… I wanna love you, Etude House! The colours are so beautiful please let me love you! 🙂

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Creamy texture, beautiful colour, 2-in-1 product, light weight

😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 It slides big time…

Olive Green EOTD

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I often match my eye makeup with my outfit because it makes me try the different eyeshadow shades I have.

Recently I did a post on one such occasion here, when I wore a blue-grey-black dress a while ago.

Today I had on me an olive green (or sage) dress and I thought I could experiment with the baked eyeshadow trio  from MUA. These little trio palettes are really really good, and I absolutely recommend it. The colour payoff is crazy!!! I prefer to use finger to pick up the pigment and dab on eyelids, instead of using a brush as it may pick up too much product.

Here’s the dress colour.

Olive green dress

Olive green dress

Here’s the EOTD.

EOTD with olive green & brown shadows

EOTD with olive green & brown shadows

Eyes open

Eye open 🙂

Following are products used (didn’t realize so many products were used, and brushes were not even included…!). I won’t really describe how I do each step as I meant to keep this post short. 🙂

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Revlon CustomEyes Eyeshadow Palette, 035 Smoky Sexy (Blue-Grey) with Elf Hypershine Gloss in Joyful

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Today I took out the blue-grey Revlon CustomEyes palette again, as my outfit today is pretty much in the similar tone to the Smoky Sexy palette.

Part of my outfit today

Part of my outfit today

Revlon CustomEyes Smoky Sexy Eyeshadow Palette

Revlon CustomEyes Smoky Sexy Eyeshadow Palette

There’s a neat graphical instruction at the back of the palette that shows you how to use these 5 colours.

Instruction time!

Instruction time!

Since I am a very obedient person :p I decided to do just that. Oh wait… I left out the 5th colour which is the darkest shade as I preferred to use gel eyeliner instead. Here’s what I ended up with:

Voila...

Voila…

I’m not very good with the lighting and all, nor am I good with my makeup skill. But I am adventurous in my journey. Sounds very cheesy eh? The actual eyes are much darker than this… With the help of some unnatural lighting… here’s how it looked like:

with some office fluorescent light...

with some office fluorescent light… 😦

Let’s move to the swatches then, shall we?

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Swatches of Sexy Smoky (done by fingers)

My fourite shades in this palette is the 2nd (midnight blue) and 4th (gunmetal grey) one from left. The white in the middle acts as a reasonable highlight. The darkest shade on the right is good for lining the eyes for a soft look.

This palette is good for travel as you can easily do a day look just using the lighter colour and the darkest colour as eyeliner, or smoky look for night. And it definitely matches well if you plan to wear jeans during travel. :p

I used MAC 217 to apply all colours, and the brush picks up the colours quite well. It doesn’t say whether you can use this wet, but hey, there’s no harm trying. I don’t like using my eyeshadows wet so I won’t be bothered to experiment. 🙂

Overall, this is a useful little palette. It’s small (again see picture below compared to a standard eyelash curler) and light, comes with a sponge tip applicator which isn’t too bad at all when you don’t want to take any brushes with you on holiday.

Size of Sexy Smoky Palette

Size of Sexy Smoky Palette

And since it’s a rather strong eye for work, I paired with a nude-ish lip with the elf lipgloss that was inside the recent Easter goodie bag. The shade is Joyful, and it’s a very pretty nude with just the slightest hint of colour. It smells fruity and taste a little sweet, a bit like sweet orange.

Elf Ultrashine Gloss in Joyful

Elf Ultrashine Gloss in Joyful

Swatch of Joyful

Swatch of Joyful

That’s all for now. Tata!

chicmum xxx