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Review: Tarte Aqualillies Waterproof Eye and Cheek Palette – I Don’t Think So

  • Posted on June 15, 2013 at 12:22 am

Tarte Aqualillies Collage

I typically love Tarte cosmetics, so I was immediately drawn to the Aqualillies Waterproof Eye and Cheek Palette.  Summer = Focus on Waterproof Makeup  for me, as you can tell by my recent posts.  I have seen YouTube videos raving about this palette, and read comments on the Tarte site about how wonderful it is.  I was incredibly shocked at the polar opposite reaction I had to it after swatching it and testing it for transfer and it’s waterproof staying power.

 

Aqualillies Palette1

 

 

Tarte Aqualillies Waterproof Eye and Cheek Palette – The Claims

  • Waterproof
  • Fade-free, flawless finish
  • Lasts up to 12 hours

 

 

 

True Beauty Junkie Assessment

In a word – NO.  It’s just that simple.  I didn’t find any of the claims to be true.  In fact, they didn’t even come close!

I’ll start with the swatches from the palette.  Normally if I do swatches I try to just do one pass at the color so that you can see the minimum color payoff you would receive using the product.  I had no lotion or primer or any other product on my arm, just bare skin.  With this palette I had to go over, and over, and OVER just to get the colors to show up on my arm – and I am still sporting my winter white skin, no tan in sight yet.

Aqualillies Palette Swatches1

There is nothing exceptional about the colors in this palette, especially when swatched.  The pigmentation is horrible, there are three very frosty shades that are so close to the highlight color it’s really a waste to include them, and the one color that I was hoping would be a beautiful pop of turquoise in the otherwise neutral palette (Poolside) barely showed up on my arm.

I would normally show you swatches after a rub test and then after running them under water, but in this case the swatches didn’t even make it past the rub test.  If I were to show you my arm after lightly rubbing over the swatches (after letting them sit for a few minutes) you would just see my bare arm with a little sparkle left over.  Literally nothing stayed in place.  On a separate occasion I didn’t rub them but went straight to the water test  and they still completely disappeared.

 

Bottom Line

I generally love Tarte, so it pains me to give them a negative review.  This palette is not waterproof, not fade-free and certainly not going to last 12 hours on your skin.  Skip it.  Use the $38.00 somewhere else – anywhere else would be better spent than on this palette.

** I can’t reiterate enough that this review applies only to the Aqualillies palette.  Tarte has so many other awesome palettes and products that are worth checking out.  They just really missed the boat with this one. 

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 HR Eyeshadow Review

  • Posted on June 5, 2013 at 3:32 am

“Eyes are your most important feature; they draw people in.”  ~Andrea Walmsley

Maybelline Color Tattoo IntroYou may have noticed a trend in my makeup posts lately – waterproof, waterproof, waterproof!  Summer is here, and with it is some much needed sunshine and warm weather, pool parties, and days at the beach.  Unfortunately it can also mean sweat, raccoon eyes and general face melting.  I think I can handle my foundation disappearing a bit in the heat, but my eyes are another thing.  I want my eye makeup and mascara to stay put throughout the day, regardless what I have going on.  I don’t want to go to the bathroom and see my eye makeup has migrated to my cheeks – never a good look.

 

 Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 HR Cream Gel Shadow

I have heard nothing but good things about this shadow, so I picked up a few colors that I thought I would get the most wear out of this summer.

 

The Claims

  • 24 hour wear without creasing or fading
  • Ink pigments for intense color
  • Cream-gel texture

 

True Beauty Junkie Assessment

Let’s start with the colors I selected:

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Swatches

Barely Branded is a beautiful champagne color.  When I first swatched it on my arm it reminded me a lot of The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer highlight, only in cream form.  Not glittery or chunky, it glides on easily and works as an all-over eye shimmer base, a highlighter for your brow bone or the perfect shade to brighten your inner eye corners.

Purchase: Maybelline Color Tattoo – Barely Branded

Bad to the Bronze is a warm brown with subtle bronze and gold shimmer in it.  This is the color that I will be reaching for the most over summer.  You can sheer it out or pack it on for a more pigmented look.

Purchase: Maybelline Color Tattoo – Bad To The Bronze

Tough as Taupe is a matte cool brown mixed with gray.  In the pot it looks much more gray, which worried me because gray is not an eye color I gravitate towards.  It tends not to work well with my eye and skin color.  When I swatched this I was happy to see that there is enough brown there to make it wearable for me.  I love that it is matte, and I find myself wearing it as a base and warming it up a bit with other shadows.

Purchase: Maybelline Color Tattoo – Tough as Taupe

 

Testing the Claims

 

24 Hour Wear – No Fading

After I swatched all three colors on my wrist (just the shadow, no primer underneath), my family and I headed to the pool.  Yes, you know you are a true beauty junkie when you walk around in public with makeup swatches on your arm.  :)   I swam in the pool, soaked in the jacuzzi, occasionally rubbing on the swatches to see if they were going to shift at all.  They did not budge!  I was thinking that I wouldn’t need to even take a second picture of the swatches at the end of our pool day, because they looked the same.  Then I tried rubbing them off with my towel, and finally there was some fading.

Now, I have to say, I was really happy that even though these faded after being scrubbed with my towel, the fading wasn’t a bleeding out all over the place.  The color just faded over all.

Swatches After Tests

 

Creasing

My lovely sister reads my blog, and after my original posting of this one she texted me asking “What about creasing?!”   I had forgotten to add this piece in.  She is the best quality control editor.  :)   Thanks Becca!

When you are applying these to your eyes, if you are using a synthetic brush to initially place the shadow, you should then go over it with your finger and press it into your skin to smooth it out.  You don’t want a thick layer of the shadow on your eye all at once.  If you want to intensify the color just apply it in layers, always remembering to use your finger to press and smooth it into your skin between each one.

Like any cream eye product, if you don’t apply it correctly it will crease up on you the minute you blink, settling into the lines of your eyes.  However, I haven’t had any issues with these colors creasing on me, applying them as I described above.

 

Intense Color

The formula allows for buildable coverage.  I found the shades I chose to start off with a great base color.  The initial swatches I took are just single strokes of the cream shadow, no primer, no additional layers.  I was able to pump up the pigment as I wanted when I was applying these to my eyes, so that I could use just one of them to serve as an all-over lid color as well as a smudged out smokey crease.

 

Not So Honorable Mention

It appears that the formula can vary between the colors, as everything else I’ve tried.  I purchased the Tenacious Teal and was truly disappointed with the pigmentation and staying power.  It applied slightly patchy and milky, certainly not as the bold color it appears to be in the jar.  It was mostly gone after just a little water from the faucet and rubbing it lightly.  I returned it.

 

Bottom Line

Once you place these specific cream liners where you want them and let them set for a few minutes they will hang with you all day.  I was truly impressed with their staying power.  They aren’t even marketed at waterproof, and yet I was able to swim with them, soak in the jacuzzi, and they were exactly where I put them when I finished my day.  The colors are beautiful and pigmented and apply easily with your finger or a synthetic brush.  Just be aware that not all of these will wear like the gems I picked above.

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Let me know which of these you have tried.  How did they work for you?  How do you like wearing them?

NYX Slide On Pencil Eyeliner – Slide On and (Sometimes) Slide Off

  • Posted on May 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm

“I think I would die without my eyeliner, but besides that I’m pretty basic.” ~ Avril Lavigne

 

NYX Collage

I love me some Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils, but the price has had me on a dupes search for ages.  I recently watched a YouTube video that listed the NYX Slide On Pencils as the perfect inexpensive alternative to my Urban Decay favorites.  NYX Cosmetics has a dazzling range of colors for eyeliners, shadows, and blush; everything from basic neutrals (your white, cream, brown and black variations) to the extreme (neon craziness and bright, bold colors).  I decided to give the Slide On Pencils a try and picked up four of them  in Purple Blaze (a violet purple), Tropical Green (a rich, deep green), Golden Bronze (a vibrant, pure bronze), and Brown Perfection (a deep brown).

 

NYX Cosmetics Slide On Pencils – The Claims

  • Waterproof
  • Doesn’t smear
  • Doesn’t smudge
  • Delivers powerful, robust colors
  • Like a liquid eyeliner without the mess

 

True Beauty Junkie Assessment

I’m finding that within the same line of pencils you can have colors that truly live up to the claims, as well as those that do not.  It’s quite frustrating.  These NYX Slide On Pencils are a perfect example of that.  Let me take you through the swatches:

1 NYX Slide On Eyeliner On Wrist

1:  Here are the colors simply swatched onto my arm.  My only comment after I first swatched them was that I was slightly disappointed that the Purple Blaze wasn’t as “blazing” as the name implied.  It is still a pretty shade; it just appeared to be a bit washed out straight out of the gate.  I loved the Tropical Green, and that Golden Bronze is gorgeous!

2 NYX Slide On Eyeliner Rub Test

2:  The next thing I did was the dreaded smudge test.  Just to be clear, I waited several minutes before touching the liner, to really give it time to set.  Right away my excitement over the Tropical Green diminished some, as it slid all over the place.  The Blazing Purple basically faded to an almost lilac shade.  The Golden Bronze shocked the bajeezus out of me by not moving or fading at all.  When I originally saw how shiny it was I thought, “That will be the first to go.”  It proved me wrong.  Brown Perfection lost some of it’s dark pigmentation, but didn’t spread across my skin as much as the Tropical Green.

3 NYX Slide On Eyeliner Water Test

3: Bring on the water!  What I noticed is that the water didn’t change the swatches much after the smudge test.  And unfortunately, the water didn’t remove any of the smearing lines from that Tropical Green.

4 NYX Slide On Eyeliner Water Rub Test

4:  Just like with the other eyeliner tests I’ve done, after the swatches are wet I see how they handle being rubbed again.  This was the first time that I’ve had an eyeliner bead and pill up.  It looked like back in the day when I was a kid and would put a thin layer of Elmer’s Glue on my hand, let it dry, and then rub it off so it looked like my skin was sloughing off.  (Don’t ask why I found that so much fun to do haha).  The Tropical Green and Blazing Purple both had that same beading happening.

 

Water Line Wear:

Before I give the Bottom Line, I wanted to also let you know that I tried the Blazing Purple and the Golden Bronze in my water line (on separate days of course!) to see how they worked.  When I put on the Blazing Purple the color was sooo light, it was difficult to make out.  It faded to nothing after a few hours.  Golden Bronze initially went on like a pumpkin orange.  I thought I looked a little ill haha.  But after a few minutes it seemed to oxidize and darken a bit, which was a better look.  Unfortunately after a few hours it also disappeared from my water line.

 

Bottom Line:

I will be returning all of these liners.  I’m sure the people at Ulta will just LOVE me, but I really can’t justify keeping them.  I want to find something that will stay in my water line and also function  just as well as my regular eye liner.  I certainly didn’t find them to be “like a liquid liner” at all.  You aren’t going to get a precision line from these pencils.  As you can see in the pictures, some of them do smear and smudge quite easily.  I found that they basically held up in water, but not in my water line.  So unfortunately, my quest for a true Urban Decay 24/7 drugstore dupe will continue.

Let me know what you think about these liners.  What was your experience?  Have you found any eyeliners that work just as well as the Urban Decay 24/7s?  What is your favorite water line eyeliner?  Leave your comments below, I’d love to hear from you.  :)

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner

  • Posted on May 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm

“I’m strong, I’m tough… I still wear my eyeliner.” ~ Lisa Leslie

I have been on a waterproof kick lately.  I want to find the best drugstore waterproof makeup out there, and this week I tested out Maybelline’s Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in both Brown and Eggplant.

 

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner in Brown and Eggplant

 

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner: The Claims

  • Get the precision & intense color of a liquid liner
  • Smudgeproof
  • Waterproof
  • 24 hour wear

 

True Beauty Junkie Assessment

This comes with a liner brush that really does allow you to get a precision line, similar to a liquid liner.  As for the rest of the claims, I think the pictures tell the story best.

1: On the initial swatch I was impressed with the color pay off and the creaminess of the liner.  The Brown is a matte brown, absolutely no shimmer or glitter in it.  The Eggplant, however, has flecks of gold, red, and green throughout that may not show up adequately in the picture.

1: Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner Swatches in Brown and Eggplant

1: Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner Swatches in Brown and Eggplant

 

2:  After letting the liner set for a few minutes, I rubbed my fingers across each of the colors.  As you can see, the Eggplant smudged a LOT, while the Brown stayed put with very little smearing.

2: Swatch Rub Test

2: Swatch Rub Test

 

3:  I then let water run over the swatches for about 10-15 seconds.  The Brown shade continues to hang in there with almost no smearing or fading, while the Eggplant loses some of its color intensity and continues to spread.

3: Swatch Water Test

3: Swatch Water Test

 

4:  I admit it – at this point I wanted to know if anything was going to smudge that Brown!  So after letting the water run over the swatches I rubbed the water into them to see if that would disturb them more.  The Brown stuck it out like a champ, losing only a tiny bit of color.  That sad, sad Eggplant faded and spread even more.

4: Swatch Rub Test After Water

4: Swatch Rub Test After Water

 

5:  My last test – I took some hand soap and water and scrubbed the swatches like someone with OCD.  I went to town!  Finally the Brown broke down, and the Eggplant color turned into a patchy mess.

5: Swatches After Soap and Water

5: Swatches After Soap and Water

 

Bottom Line:  I returned the Eggplant shade; it just didn’t perform the way I need a waterproof liner to perform.  I kept the Brown, and have used it over several days since purchasing it.  I love the creaminess, the ease of application, and the fact that it won’t go anywhere until I want to remove it.  If you’re looking for a liner that has the precision, richness of color, and smooth application of a liquid liner, with the added benefit of being waterproof and affordable – check this one out!

 

Where To Find It

For quick online shopping, purchase this on Amazon: Maybelline New York Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, Waterproof, Brown

or anywhere Maybelline is sold.

Maybelline The Rocket Waterproof Mascara: Where You Goin’? NOWHERE!

  • Posted on May 1, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Waterproof Mascara: Mascara that comes off if you cry, shower, or swim…but not when you try to remove it.

For many, many years that’s exactly how I felt about waterproof mascara.  It’s close to summer time, and all I want is a true waterproof mascara that won’t leave me looking like Heath Ledger’s Joker from The Dark Knight.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love the movie.  I just don’t want to look like him!  Last week I said enough is enough and headed to my local Ulta.  I was determined to pick up several waterproof mascaras and have a testing extravaganza!  Wonder of wonders, I actually found a mascara that truly is waterproof.  (Queue the choir of angels).

Maybelline The Rocket Collage

Maybelline The Rocket Waterproof Mascara – The Claims

  • 8 Times Bigger Lashes
  • Fast-glide formula keeps lashes smooth
  • Zero clumps guaranteed
  • Removes easily with soap and water
  • Waterproof

 

 

True Beauty Junkie Assessment

Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Sorry, I was taking a moment for a little happy dance.

This mascara truly is waterproof, let’s get that out of the way right now.  I don’t think I had 8 times bigger lashes, but it definitely gave me volume and length with no clumping after two coats.   “Removes easily with soap and water?”  No way, Jose.  This mascara is not coming off without some oil and a prayer.

I initially drenched my eyes with water… it didn’t budge.  Then I took out my Philosophy Purity cleanser – no impact on it whatsoever.  I scrubbed and I swear the mascara laughed at me a little.  I took out my La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes, ready to battle.  The were able to remove some of the mascara, but definitely didn’t take all of it off.  I then had to pull out the big guns – Almay Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads.  That finally did the trick.

1: No mascara on my eye

1: No mascara on my eye

1:  This is my eye without any mascara on.  I am wearing some Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Brown.  I was also trying the Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl eyeliner in Deep Blue on my water line.  (Reviews on those items will be in separate posts coming up!)

2: One Coat of The Rocket

2: One Coat of The Rocket

2:  This is what my eye looked like after one coat of Maybelline’s The Rocket Waterproof Mascara.

3:  Two Coats of The Rocket

3: Two Coats of The Rocket

3:  Here is what two coats of The Rocket looked like on my eyes.  It’s important to state that you should NOT wait for the first coat to dry before adding the second.  Slap it on their quick; you don’t want it to dry on you!

4:  After Soap and Water

4: After Soap and Water

4:  First, I’m sorry that I look a little cross-eyed in this picture.  I’m blaming it on my complete disbelief that the mascara is still in tact after using my Purity on it at the end of the night.

 

Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a true waterproof mascara to carry you through the summer months – this is the one to try!  The thing to keep in mind is that the focus is on the fact that it is waterproof.  I’ve seen comments on Ulta’s website about how it didn’t give people amazing volume or length, and I wanted to shake them a little.  Finding a truly waterproof mascara that does ANYTHING to your lashes is amazing.  Typically you end up with racoon eyes with the first tear or drop of water – not with this!

Let me know what you think about this mascara in the comments below.  Tell me your stories about others you’ve tried, I want to hear about your experiences!

 

Where To Find It

For quick online shopping, purchase this through Amazon: Maybelline New York Volume’ Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara, Very Black

or anywhere Maybelline is sold.