Makeup Geek greens and purples: Appletini, Shimmermint, Unexpected, and Sensuous

With these beautiful bright summer days, I have been inspired to focus on bright, sunny eyeshadow. For the quality, price, and colors, no one can beat Makeup Geek Eyeshadows (pans are $5.99, also available in a compact for $7.99). The gorgeous Makeup Geek guru, Marlena, sent some shades to try, and I am going gaga for her greens and purples these days.

Makeup Geek eyeshadows

Makeup Geek eyeshadows

Appletini is a truly stunning apple-green shimmer with golden flecks.

Appletini

Makeup Geek Appletini

Appletini swatch

Appletini swatch

Appletini is a lovely, complex shade with a slightly blueish tone to it . This is the darker of my two green shades – Shimmermint is similar but a few shades lighter.

Makeup Geek Shimmermint

Makeup Geek Shimmermint

Shimmermint swatch

Shimmermint swatch

Shimmermint is a metallic mint green with gold shimmer. I pair these two greens together with thick black eyeliner for a summery look that really makes my brown eyes pop. They both also pair well with blue eyeshadows and brown eyeshadows, so they are very versatile.

Makeup Geek Unexpected

Makeup Geek Unexpected

Unexpected swatch

Unexpected swatch

Unexpected is a matte pinky purple that is beyond creamy. Wow this is a fabulous matte eyeshadow! I love it all by itself as a wash with some dark grey eyeliner for a flattering minimalistic look. And I highly recommend pairing it with the sultry Sensuous eyeshadow.

Makeup Geek Sensuous

Makeup Geek Sensuous

Sensuous swatch

Sensuous swatch

Sensuous is a shimmery purple with silver flecks. Um, yeah…I would say this eyeshadow is properly named for sure! My go-to summer evening look is a wash of Unexpected with Sensuous in the crease and outer V, plus a ton of dark purple eyeliner. Va-va-voom!

Makeup Geek eyeshadows are creamy, velvety and have tons of pigment. They are the exact same size as a MAC eyeshadow pan but less expensive. This is definitely a line to invest in. Be sure to check out the website for amazing tutorials.  - Lisa

*products sent for editorial consideration

Makeup Wars creates looks for Too Faced Cat Eyes

Too Faced Cat Eyes palette

Too Faced Cat Eyes palette

Makeup Wars is back again with more eyeshadows. We’ve decided to all use the same palette to show you how many looks you can do from just one palette. The Makeup Wars bloggers are all different shapes and sizes and ethnicities. Our eyes aren’t the same shape, our skin tones are all different. That’s what is going to make this week’s Too Faced Cat Eyes post so much fun.

I’m not an exotic cat eye person. I look old and ridiculous with the beautiful cat eyeliner look. I’ve tried it and I won’t scare you away with those pictures. But I think I’ve achieved a look that gives the illusion of a cat eye liner in my own way.

Day look

Day look

This is what Too Faced chose as the Day Look. My interpretation using the Day shadows is 100% different but I love it nonetheless.

Too Faced Cat Eyes - my version

Too Faced Cat Eyes – my version

Cat Eyes day shadows

Cat Eyes day shadows

I love almost all the shades in this palette. I’ve sometimes had problems with glitter and glitter fallout with Too Faced but the Cat Eyes palette is magnificent. It’s got some shimmer but no big glitter chunks (the one exception is Kitty Glitter which obviously is glittery). The shadows went on easily and blended dreamily no matter which I picked from the palette. I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer with these looks, I always use a primer and it’s usually the TF one.

The day look uses three shades: PURR which is a slighly frosted creamy white, it’s not a stark white and on my pale skin is great for the brow bone area. TIGER’S EYE is a golden copper that had no shimmer, it’s more of a satin. It looks lighter in the palette than on my eye. LEOPARD can be used wet or dry (as can the last column in each row). I could see obvious glitter in the palette but it didn’t translate that way on my eye. Instead I ended up with a beautiful dark brown with some shimmer. I used this wet as an eyeliner. Then I used it dry, with a very thin eyeliner brush, and extended a thin line upward to approximate a cat eye. Later I blended that in better.

Day look with Too Faced Cat Eyes

Day look with Too Faced Cat Eyes

Cat Eyes

Cat Eyes

Here’s another look that used the pink and purple of Classic but with this one I wasn’t thinking “cat eyes”, just thinking “I love these colors, let’s play”.

Too Faced Cat Eyes using Classic shades plus

Too Faced Cat Eyes using Classic shades plus

For this look I started with a light mix of MEOW and KITTEN on my brow bone area. I wanted a touch of pink but not too much. On my lid I used PUSSY CAT, a pink/lavender with very subtle shimmer. Above that in the crease I did a windshield wash of TIGER’S EYE (from the Day Look) and then used JUNGLE LOVE very darkly on the outer third of my eye and blended into the corner. Jungle Love is a dark purple that is actually a matte yet has some subtle purple shimmer in it. I used a very thin line of black liquid eyeliner on the top and a little thicker on the bottom.

Pussy Cat, Tigers Eye and Jungle Love

Pussy Cat, Tigers Eye and Jungle Love

I’m loving this palette and I’m so glad that Makeup Wars chose this as the palette for us to highlight. I bought mine from sephora.com as it’s not in most stores yet.

Hopefully you and I will get a lot of new ideas on how to use this lovely palette in different ways. Let me know in the comments if you like either of my looks and if you plan on buying this yourself. — Marcia


Tarte Rainforest After Dark review and swatches

Tarte Cosmetics has an exciting new, limited edition palette out called the Rainforest After Dark Eye and Cheek Palette ($38).  This is a wonderful palette with a beautiful range of shades inspired by dusk in the rainforest.  I had high expectations when Tarte sent this to us, and I was not disappointed!

tarte rainforest after dark...the box is even textured like snake skin

tarte rainforest after dark…the box is even textured like snake-skin

tarte rainforest after dark

tarte rainforest after dark

The packaging is gorgeous, with a golden snake design and a purple snake-skin textured box.  Inside, the palette is a round, CD size palette emblazoned with the snake and a purple jeweled eye.  It has a large round mirror that is big enough to reflect your entire face.  Nice!

one blush, one bronzer, one highlighter, and six eyeshadows

one blush, one bronzer, one highlighter, and six eyeshadows

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The products inside include one blush, one highlighter, one bronzer, and six eyeshadows.  The unique thing about Tarte powder products is color-correcting colored clay.  The rose clay helps to soothe skin, vanilla clay controls oil, and gold clay moisturizes.

unleashed blush

unleashed blush

champagne highlighter

champagne highlighter

park ave princess bronzer

park ave princess bronzer

left to right:  champagne, unleased, park ave princess

left to right: champagne, unleased, park ave princess

The Unleashed blush is a pretty plum matte pink.  It has terrific staying power and is such a flattering shade.  Champagne is a gorgeous highlighter, just be sure to buff it well – that’s what turns it into a flattering glow.  I actually use this on my eyes as a brow shade, too.  And Park Avenue Princess is a perfect bronzer, a buttery satin warm gold brown that looks terrific on almost everyone.

The eyeshadows are just to die for.  The texture is buttery soft, the pigmentation is wonderful, and the shades are beautiful. Three are golden browns, and three are pinky purples.

left to right:  don't turn a-brown, tan-gled up in you, up to no gold

left to right: don’t turn a-brown, tan-gled up in you, up to no gold

left to right:  up to no gold, tan-gled up in you, don't turn a-brown

left to right: up to no gold, tan-gled up in you, don’t turn a-brown

First up, the golden brown shades.  up to no gold is a shimmery gold with a velvet texture.  I think this is my favorite of them all, it really makes my brown eyes POP. tan-gled up in you is a matte tan that goes on so smooth, I almost can’t believe it’s a matte eyeshadow.  don’t turn a-brown is a dark brown with tiny golden shimmer.

left to right:  bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

left to right: bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

left to right:  bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

left to right: bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

Next, the pinky purples.  bare to explore is a matte pink beige that has a silky texture and is a great base shade.  On busy mornings, I throw this on as a wash with some black eyeliner and I am good to go.  make a mauve is a satin plum mauve that is even prettier in person.  plum away with me  is a shimmery dark plum with silver sparkle.  Gorgeous.

Included with the palette is a card with instructions for two different eye looks, the Afterhours Adventure, ‘inspired by the deep orchid hues of dusk, this spellbinding evening look will unleash your inner bombshell as you flawlessly take on the night‘; and Seductive Sunrise, ‘ignite your wild side anytime with this sultry, yet subtle everyday look.

Rainforest After Dark definitely give you everything you need for day or night, subtle or sultry.  Pick it up before it’s sold out!  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Tarina Tarantino makes life Magical with her eyeshadow palette

eyeshadow palette in Magical

eyeshadow palette in Magical

Oops, I did it again! I received this Tarina Tarantino Magical Jewel Eyeshadow Palette to review (as did a lucky winner in our giveaway) but it cost me a lot of money. I am now so in love with the quality of Tarina Tarantino that I can’t stop purchasing. Luckily for me, Hautelook sells this every few months. Luckily for Hautelook and Tarina Tarantino I shop for their products each time.

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

I featured this Jewel Eyeshadow palette in a recent Makeup Wars about favorite purple eyeshadows because I can’t put it down. I’ve been wearing colors in the brown/nude family for so long that I totally forgot how much I love purples. Magical reminded me. It is one of the best palettes with purple shades that I own. It really is magical on my eyes and makes me feel like a million bucks.

Tarina Tarantino Jewel palette packaging

Tarina Tarantino Jewel palette packaging

Magical isn’t a palette that yells at people – it isn’t bright at all. It’s soft and subtle though you can easily intensify the shades.
Here’s how Tarina Tarantino’s website describes Magical: creamy white shimmer,  pearl ash pink, pearl beige, pearl eggplant purple,pearl soft pink. During Makeup Wars I described the shades as mauve, smoky amethyst, violet, creamy white and a light pink lilac.

Tarina Tarantino Magical

Tarina Tarantino Magical

Magical swatched without primer

Magical swatched without primer

I love a palette that gives me a light enough color to wear on my browbone that finishes up a look. I use the white for that (and no it’s not as dark as my thumb picked up). On my lid I’ll choose any of the three lighter shades depending on my mood. Typically though I’ll start with the soft pink pearl on my lid, apply the far right (middle finger) pearl beige just above that but not on the inner corner. I’ll then use the bottom eggplant purple to intensify the crease. I blend well and finish with the creamy white to pull the look together. I can line with the eggplant but I prefer a liquid or gel liner.

It’s “magical” for several reasons:

  1. The shadows are soft to the touch.
  2. They blend easily into each other without leaving harsh lines.
  3. They are almost creamy and not powdery.
  4. There’s no shimmer but there is a soft pearl finish (my absolute favorite).
  5. There’s no fallout.
  6. It lasts wonderfully throughout the day as long as you are wearing an eyeshadow primer.
  7. Every shade works with the other shades in the palette so there’s no waste.
  8. I love how it looks, I want to wear it often – that’s magic!tarina tarantino magical palette fingers

What have you tried from Tarina Tarantino? What do you want to try? You know I recommend this magical Magical palette and I’ll be sharing Delightful once that’s in my hot little hands. — Marcia

*received for review consideration

Side by Side part one: Beauty Addicts Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Express

When Beauty Addicts sent the BIZ two eyeshadow palettes to test, Marcia and I were stumped. We  literally sat with both palettes open in front of us, just staring at them. We had no idea how to decide who would get which one because they were both STUNNING. We finally did eeny-meeny-miny-mo, and that is how I became the proud owner of the Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Express ($35).

Beauty Addicts

Beauty Addicts Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Beauty Addicts

Beauty Addicts Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Express

Normally, we do our Side by Side reviews together – but these lovely eyeshadow palettes resulted in so many awesome pictures we decided to separate our reviews.  Stay tuned for Marcia’s future post on the Motivate palette!

All of the colors from Beauty Addicts are divided into five different color families:

Glow:  youthful, flirtatious, shimmery

Express:  casual, elegant, earth tones

Motivate:  classic, edgy, evening shades

Seduce:  sexy, sultry, smoky

Play:  creative, liberated, colorful

My eyeshadow palette is Express, with beautiful warm neutral shades that can be intensified for a more dramatic look. The texture of these eyeshadows is terrific, buttery smooth and creamy. I find them to have great pigment and lasting power.

Beauty Addicts

Beauty Addicts Express Palette – indirect outdoor lighting

Beauty Addicts

Beauty Addicts Express Palette – direct oudoor lighting

The top row has a matte creamy off-white shade and shimmery light peach shade. The bottom row has a shimmery medium copper shade and a dark warm brown shade with tiny golden shimmer.

Beauty Addicts

Beauty Addicts Express eyeshadows swatched

I used the technique that the amazing Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog and Into the Palette featured for deep-set, hooded eyes.  You can see her excellent tutorial right HERE.

Beauty Addicts

Beauty Addicts Express eyes

Beauty Addicts

another view

Beauty Addicts

Express Eyes closed

Beauty Addicts

and closed again!

I used the peachy shade for the mobile lid. The copper shade is my crease shade, with the deep brown shade also in the crease and brought down onto the lid. I used the creamy white shade on the brow, then lightly lined with a brown eye pencil on the upper lid and waterline.

Beauty Addicts

Beauty Addicts  Express eye

Beauty Addicts

My Beauty Addicts FOD

I am very impressed with the Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Express. The colors are gorgeous, and the texture and wear of the eyeshadow is superb. While I am very happy I got Express, I can’t wait to find out how Marcia feels about her palette in the classic but edgy Motivate shades!  (Also, check out my previous review of Beauty Addicts GLIMMERsheers and Marcia’s review of Beauty Addicts Foundation.)  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

The best eyeshadow, lip gloss, and nail polish for the Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July!  Here is a holiday cosmetics Rorschach test for you.  What do you see in this photo?

photo from sf.funcheap.com

photo from sf.funcheap.com

Did you say patriotic Elvis?  Or did you say inspiration for your Fourth of July cosmetics???

Since you read this blog, I am guessing the latter.  And I’m with you!  Here are my top red, white, and blue eyeshadows, lippies, and nail polishes.

Red white and blue!

All you need for the Fourth of July!

Let’s start with RED.

left to right:

left to right: Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24, tarte cosmetics Lipsurgence lip cream in Promise; Zoya Nail Polish in Lisa

My red choices always tend to be on the ‘berry’ side of the realm.  Face Stockholm has the consummate raspberry red eyeshadow with Pearl Eyeshadow 24 – and yes, it does double duty as a blush.  It even does triple duty as a lip stain when mixed with some clear lip gloss.

Speaking of lippies, my most-loved red for this holiday is tarte cosmetics Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Promise.  This is a chubby lip creme that is self-sharpening and has a slightly minty taste.  It is a primo shiny strawberry red – not too warm or too cool.

My red nail polish choice is – but of course – Zoya in Lisa.  Lisa is the supreme 4th of July red – ruby-red with pink and red shimmer.  It’s fun and festive and not TOO over the top…just like me?  Maybe!

Next is WHITE.  All three of these products should be in every makeup artists bag.  Period.

left to right:

left to right:  Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in White Lies; Whitening Lightning Lip Gloss in Phuket; Cult Nail Polish in Tempest

The cream of the crop white eyeshadow is, hands down, Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in White Lies ($5.99).  This is a pure white matte shade that should be in everyone’s collection.

If you are looking for a true white lip gloss, Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Phuket Exotic ($24) is your answer.  This is an opaque white gloss that can be worn alone, or it can be mixed with other colors to create a lighter shade.

My go-to white nail polish is Tempest from Cult Nail Polish ($12).   It’s an absolute pure glossy white, and it looks great on its own or is, of course, perfect for nail art.

Last but not least, BLUE.

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left to right:  Senna Eye Color Glow in Capri; Whitening Lightning in Bahama; Lacquer Lust in Zircon

I adore blue eyeshadow with brown eyes, and my most cherished blue is Senna Eye Color Glow in Capri ($18). It is the loveliest sapphire blue I have ever seen.

My blue lippie choice is yet another from Whitening Lightning, this one is Bahama Exotic.  Yes, it’s a daring choice, but let me tell you that blue makes your teeth look super white!  If you can pull off blue, this is a lip gloss you need.

I have tons of blue nail polishes (can’t say that about lip products, ha!) so this was a difficult choice…but ultimately Laquer Lust’s Zircon ($12.50) won out.  This teal blue with microshimmer was part of the infamous Birthstone Collection, and lucky us it’s still available thanks to a relaunch!  The color is simply stunning, and the reflection from all those fireworks will only make it even better.

For those who would rather categorize by product type, here is the lowdown.

left to right:

left to right:  Whitening Lightning Bahama; tarte cosmetics promise; Whitening Lightning Phuket

left to right:

left to right:  Bahama, promise, Phuket

Top Three Fourth of July Lippies:

1.  Whitening Lightening Bahama Exotic

2.  tarte Lipsurgence promise lip creme

3.  Whitening Lightning Phuket Exotic

left to right:

left to right:  Senna Capri; Makeup Geek White Lies; Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24

left to right:

left to right:  Capri, White Lies, Pearl Eyeshadow 24

Top Three Fourth of July Eyeshadows:

1.  Senna Capri

2.  Makeup Geek White Lies

3.  Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24

left to right:

left to right:  Zoya Lisa, Cult Nail Tempest; Lacquer Lust Zircon

left to right:

left to right:  Lisa, Tempest, Zircon

Top Three Fourth of July Nail Polishes:

1.  Zoya Lisa

2.  Cult Nails Tempest

3.  Lacquer Lust Zircon

Get into the holiday spirit today with some red, white, and blue eyes, lips, and nails.  And Happy Fourth of July from Beauty Info Zone!  - Lisa

*some products sent for editorial consideration

Happy Fourth of July!!

Happy Fourth of July!!

5 essential bold summer eyeshadows

summer sunset

Summer is the time for orange, melon, red, and purple – why not put a sunset on your eyes? Here are my recommendations for the 5 essential HOT summer eyeshadows.

Nars Scorching Sun

Nars Scorching Sun

Nars Scorched

Nars Scorching Sun

1 and 2.  Nars Scorching Sun:  a perfect summer eyeshadow duo, this matte orange and glowing terracotta combo are fantastic with a glowy tan.

Make Up Geek Mango Tango

Makeup Geek Mango Tango

Make Up Geek Mango Tango swatch

Makeup Geek Mango Tango swatch

3.  Makeup Geek Mango Tango:  it’s easy to get tropical with Makeup Geek’s Mango Tango. I constantly reach for this peachy-pink with flecks of gold – it pairs perfectly with a deep brown for a pop of color.

Make Up For Ever #58

Make Up For Ever #58

#58 swatch - really?  For the eyes at MY age??

Make Up For Ever #58 swatch

4.  Make Up For Ever #58:  This dark matte raspberry that does double duty as a blush and an eyeshadow. Trust me, it is gorgeous on the eyes and makes for an amazing summer look!

Make Up For Ever Color  Aqua Cream  18

Make Up For Ever Color Aqua Cream 18

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 18 swatch

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 18 swatch

5.  Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 18:  one more selection from Make Up For Ever, not only is this pearlized lilac a perfect summer shade, it’s also waterproof so feel free to wear it poolside.

Color Flash eye

summer eye look

Color Flash eyes closed

go bold for summer!

Side view

just looking at the sunset…

These five shades are must-haves for any eyeshadow collection to go bold this season. Which HOT eyeshadows are on your list?  - Lisa

*some items sent for editorial consideration