Wild Child and Jetsetter: Pur Minerals Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trios

So are you a cool eyeshadow person or a warm eyeshadow person?  Whichever you prefer, I’ll bet that Pur Minerals has an eyeshadow trio perfect for you.

Pur eyeshadow trios 2

Recently, Pur Minerals sent me two of their Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trios ($26) to test.  I have neutral skin and I wear both warm and cool colors, so it was great to try both sides of the color world.

Pur Minerals Eyeshadow Trios

Pur Minerals Perfect Fit Eyeshadow Trios

I love the effortlessness (is that a word?) of these trios.  The eyeshadows are creamy and blendable.  Pigmentation is really nice, and the colors stay true for hours without creasing.

Interestingly, Pur Minerals bills these trios as skin care because they have ‘built-in firming ingredients and light-diffusing mineral spheres’ that continue to condition the skin after application.  They certainly are moisturizing to the lids thanks to the Meadowfoam Seed Oil, and they don’t exacerbate the wrinkled appearance of crepey eyelids.

The shade combinations are absolutely perfect for my preferred eyeshadow application technique, which the uber-talented Olivia from Into the Palette details beautifully IN THIS POST.

Pur Minerals Wild Child

Pur Minerals Wild Child

Wild Child swatches

Wild Child swatches

The Wild Child trio is a great cool toned combo.  The cream shade is not too cool, so it makes for a terrific lid and highlighter color that isn’t too bright.  I love the complexity of the pearlescent pinky-lilac medium shade, and the deep grape shade has just a tiny bit of shimmer.

Pur Minerals Jetsetter

Pur Minerals Jetsetter

Pur Minerals Jetsetter swatches

Pur Minerals Jetsetter swatches

Jetsetter is just plain dreamy.  The dark brown is the perfect intensity so it’s not too harsh for daytime.  I love the glowy light peach shade, and check out that medium shimmery gold – gorgeous!!

There are nine different trios available, so even if these two color combos aren’t your style I am sure you will find one that is! These fun and functional eyeshadow trios are definitely worth a look.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Mica, Boron Nitride, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Magnesium Carbonate, Aqua, Glycerin, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Polysorbate 20, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Sorbic Acid, Algae Extract, Xanthan Gum, Polyglyceryl-2, Dipolyhydroxystearate. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 40 (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Chromium Oxide Green (CI 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Black 2 (CI 77266), Carmine (CI 75470). Contains Carmine as a color additive.

Favorite eyeshadow palettes for Makeup Wars

This week Makeup Wars is focusing on favorite eyeshadow palettes. My favorite item to buy is a new eyeshadow palette. I’d spend my last pennies (or actually $$) on them. Being out of commission for the last two months hasn’t slowed me down when it comes to my love of them. In today’s article I’ve listed two wishlist items and four that I’ve bought. There are a lot more wishlist items I have but these 2 are the ones that I’m honing in on now.  – Marcia
1413133672_s1644848-main-hero-300URBAN DECAY VICE 3 is a wishlist item even though I’ve barely gotten use out of my Vice 2 palette. There’s just something about Urban Decay that seems to call me even though I ignored the brand for years. I can’t use every shade they create since many are too sparkly for me and some are out of my comfort zone but there’s so many shades that I’m eager to use that this is worth $60 easily.
1413133581_coseyeshdow7_lolta_main_w_800_img404_noimagemedium?1413133581MARC JACOBS STYLE EYE CON IN LOLITA is one I bought from Sephora and enjoy using. Yes it’s a typical nude palette but there’s something about Marc Jacobs Beauty that draws me in. I enjoy the luxury of taking it out of my organizer and applying it.
1413133241_27635-150ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE, RAW GARDEN EYE SHADOW PALETTE IN COSMOS is a limited edition that I am drooling over. Rouge Bunny Rouge shadows are more subtle than most of the choices I make and I have a feeling that this will be that way too. But I tend to use my RBR shadows very often for daily use. They aren’t too sparkly and they apply like silk.
1413132962_lorac-pro-palette-2LORAC PRO 2 is my newest palette and I’ve only had a chance to use it once. I received it, fell a few days later and have been laid up since. I already have the original Pro palette (below) so I know that this is a great addition to the shades in it. There are usually some sparkly shades in Lorac so I tend to ignore those but the ones I use are what drew me to adding another Lorac palette to my life.
1413132914_lorac-pro-paletteLORAC PRO is one of the palettes I get the most use out of. I believe this palette is what brought LORAC back into favor with beautynistas. Every list I saw in the last year included this as a favorite and after buying it, I know why. The shadows apply beautifully, wear well and don’t fade. Plus the colors are great for everyday and for special occasions. It comes with their great eyeshadow primer too which makes them wear even better.
1413132798_web_chocolatebar_openTOO FACED CHOCOLATE BAR PALETTE is my favorite of the 4 palettes I own from this list. I resisted buying it because I’m not a fan of fragrance and this smells chocolatey. But the scent is subtle – just enough to make you notice it, not enough to make others notice it. The colors are fabulous and I wish I had swatches for you. There are a couple of the more golden shades that I tend to wear more than others but I’ve yet to try a shade I haven’t liked. I love that there are two different larger base shades so you can start with a neutral or slightly cool base. This is a winner in my book. $49 well spent.
Do you own any of these palettes?
Please join my Makeup Wars blogger friends to see what is rocking their boat this fall.
*nothing to disclose

Pixi Beauty for October gives you reasons to be creative

October is really the most magical month of the year because you can make it the way you want it. It can be sweet and sassy, it can be monstrous, it can be spooky or it can be a perfectly beautiful fall month. You make it be what you want it to be. Pixi Beauty sent over some of their October offerings and I find a little of everything in these selections – sweet, spooky, and fallish.

Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty

First is a Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo. This is a double ended pencil with one side meant for lining and the other defining. The Line end is thinner and pointier. If you’ve never tried Pixi Beauty pencils you are totally missing out on something fabulous in the world of pencil eyeliners. I’ve bought many including sets of them. This is my first one that’s double ended and meant to be worn two ways. The Line end, a matte black, is for your upper lash line while the thicker charcoal Define end is for blending into your lower lashline as well as into the crease to contour.It’s a great charcoal with a luminous finish. Using the pencil this way would be for my spooky aka Smoky eye. The pencil is waterproof, hypoallergenic and like most Pixi products has no preservatives or mineral oil.

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Keeping on the Spooky track for October, or any month, chose the Pixi Beauty Polish in Matte Black. What’s great about a matte black polish is that it can be used in many ways – nail art, matte polish, or top it with a shiny top coat and have a shiny black. A gorgeous manicure is to use this Matte Black polish on your nails and then do the tips only (like a French manicure) with a shiny clear top coat. It’s both dressy like a black tie party and attention getting for daily wear. The polish is thick and you could get away with one coat if you wanted. Pixi polishes wear well on me since I find them to be chip resistant. Plus there’s a built in UV protection to prevent discoloration. Pixi makes their polishes 3 Free (Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP free) ($8).

Pixi Matte Black Nail Color

Pixi Matte Black Nail Color

For the sweet and sassy I’d look into Pixi’s Fairy Dust. For October they are featuring Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust ($10). This has a luminous glow to it. It looks like there’s a touch of lavender in the bottle but what appears on the eye or cheeks is a subtle platinum. It isn’t glitter but it is pure shimmer. Use this on the inner corners of your eyes and/or on the lid. You can also dust this along your browbone for an uplift to your eyes or even over your lips to create a glow. Since it’s not glitter it feels smooth on your lips, not crunchy.

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Beauty Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust

Pixi Beauty Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust

A fabulous choice for your lips is a true fall shade – Tinted Brilliance Balm in Soft Sienna. I’m a huge fan of crayon lip products and Pixi Beauty knows how to do them right. Their lip balm crayons ($14) are glossy, moisturizing and hydrating. Soft Sienna is a beautiful shade for the season since it has a touch of brown, a touch of red and a touch of coral. But it’s not too much of any of those shades, it’s just a brilliant combination that makes an easy to wear and unique color. This has a slight fragrance that reminds me of peaches. I like a subtle shade on my lips so Soft Sienna hits the jackpot for me.

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Soft Sienna

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Soft Sienna

swatch of Pixi Soft Sienna

swatch of Pixi Soft Sienna

Pixi Beauty used these products on the runway in a spring 2015 look they called their Futuristic Fall Face. Eyes used both the Super Smoky Crayon Combo and Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle – black and white and luminous glow. The lips in Soft Sienna added a perfect pop of color for the white items that were featured with the look.

Make October your month to be whatever you want to be. Don’t be stuck in orange and black – change those up to sienna and charcoal to lead the way. — Marcia

*items sent for editorial consideration, products can be found at some Target stores and on Pixi’s website

Please excuse unedited pictures, at the moment I only have an old iPhone to get photographs

tarte cosmetics holiday: away oui go portable palette and collector’s set

Many lines come out with holiday sets, but I think I look forward to tarte’s more than any other.  I have beautiful sets from years ago that I still use…they definitely stand the test of time.  Tarte recently sent us the away oui go portable palette and collector’s set ($48, a $410 value) and it does not disappoint!

tarte away oui go

tarte away oui go

tarte away oui go

tarte away oui go

Away oui go is a limited edition set that is an Ulta exclusive.  It’s one of the sets available in the new Sweet Dreams Holiday Collection.  It includes:

  • four removable eye and cheek palettes with a total of 16 full-sized Amazonian Clay eye shadows and four full-sized Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blushes
  • three deluxe sized Maracuja lip glosses
  • a deluxe lights, camera, lashes mascara
  • teal fabric stitched with pearls collector’s compact that holds the removable palettes

The lights, camera, lashes mascara is a staple for me.  It gives great volume and length and doesn’t smudge.  I love it.  The lip glosses come in three shades:  Nice, a creme mauve; Cannes, a shimmery pink; and Paris, a creme raspberry.

left to right:  Paris, Canne, Nice

left to right: Paris, Cannes, Nice

Paris

Paris

Cannes

Cannes

Nice

Nice

left to right:  Paris, Cannes, Nice

left to right: Paris, Cannes, Nice

They are typical tarte lip glosses that are just slightly sticky and nicely glossy, although the applicator is different.  The brush is beyond stiff – it’s frozen.  I’ve had other lip glosses with a brush that started off that way, but if you bent it the bristles released.  These don’t.  It’s interesting, and I am not sure if I am a fan or not.

tarte away oui go portable palette compact

tarte away oui go portable palette compact

with a palette inside

with a palette inside

I adore the compact.  It’s very vintage looking and the palettes fit in it just perfectly.  It also has a nice mirror inside, so this really is a great item for travel.  I am actually storing the box the set comes in and leaving the palette on my vanity, switching the palettes out every few days.

The eyeshadows are all beautiful, with a great selection of shades and variety of finishes in each palette.  I think my favorite palette is the one with the intrigue blush.  I have always adored tarte blushes, so four eyeshadows and a full-sized blush makes my knees weak.

tarte away oui go palette 1

left to right:  macarons for you, champagne & chocolat, kisses under the Arc, art in Montmartre

left to right: macarons for you, champagne & chocolat, kisses under the Arc, art in Montmartre

envisioned blush

envisioned blush

Eyeshadows:  macarons for you is a matte light pinky- brown; champagne & chocolat is a shimmery champagne brown; kisses under the Arc is a shimmery copper/pink; art in Montmartre is a bronze shimmer.  Blush: envisioned is a shimmery light peach.

tarte away oui go palette 2

left to right:  private chateau, cafe for creme brulee, tea for two, marvel at the Mona Lisa

left to right: private chateau, cafe for creme brulee, tea for two, marvel at the Mona Lisa

irresistible blush

irresistible blush

Eyeshadows:  private chateau is a matte vanilla, café for crème brûlée is a matte golden brown, tea for two is a warm shimmery brown, marvel at the Mona Lisa is a matte chocolate-brown.  Blush:  irresistible is a matte light pink.

tarte away oui go palette 3

left to right:  snow angels in the parc; navigating the Metro; midnight stroll; liaison at the Louvre

left to right: snow angels in the parc, navigating the Metro, midnight stroll, liaison at the Louvre

intrigue blush

intrigue blush

Eyeshadows:  snow Angels in the parc is a light shimmery gold, navigating the Metro is a medium shimmery taupe, midnight stroll is a dark plum with a tiny bit of shimmer, liaison at the Louvre is a matte deep reddish-brown.  Blush:  intrigue is a medium matte pink.

tarte away oui go palette 4

left to right:  Champ-Elysees shopping, stargazing on the Seine, Eiffel Tower engagement, secret soiree

left to right: Champ-Elysees shopping, stargazing on the Seine, Eiffel Tower engagement, secret soiree

limitless blush

limitless blush

Eyeshadows:  Champs-Élysées shopping is a matte clay, stargazing on the Seine is a shimmery light golden brown, Eiffel Tower engagement is a matte greige, secret soiree is a dark shimmery plum.  Blush:  limitless is a shimmery medium peachy-pink.

By the way, did you notice that sells for $48, but it’s a $410 value?  My prediction is these won’t last long.  Get to Ulta and get one for yourself and one for a holiday gift.  It is totally worth it.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Drugstore score: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Nude Eyes Palette

Physician's Formula Nude Eyes

Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Nude Eyes

The best drugstore score I’ve made lately is the Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Nude Eyes.  This eyeshadow palette has 9 strips of shimmery eyeshadow that can be grouped into three separate families (Natural, Playful, and Dramatic) with the darker shadow for lining, the medium shade for the lid, and the lighter shade for highlighting the brow.  However, I play around and use any of the shades as they are all complimentary neutrals.

I’ve seen prices for this palette ranging from $5.99 to $10.99.  Even the most expensive price is an awesome deal for nine eyeshadows, and there isn’t a dud shade in the bunch.

Physician's Formula Nude Eyes

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes

Such cute packaging, the black lace overlay is adorable.

The eyeshadows are a mix of cool and warm nude shades.  I am not sure why, but the size of the strips vary – the skinny strips, which are the darker ‘liner’ shades, are a bit of a challenge for fitting in your makeup brush.

Nude Eyes - gorgeous.

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes – gorgeous.

I have found there are two things to do to make this wonderfully affordable palette perform like a high-end palette:

1.  Use an eyeshadow primer.  My all time favorite is Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy ($7) but this can only be found online.

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

I also really like Kryolan Eyeshadow Primer ($17.30).

Kryolan Eyeshadow Primer

Kryolan Eyeshadow Primer

Without a primer, the colors are all very, very soft – far too subtle for any look.  But with a primer, the colors come to life and are truly gorgeous.

2.  Use a sponge tip eyeshadow brush for application.  Blend the eyeshadow out with any brush you’d like, but to initially pack on the color a sponge tip is by far the best way to go.  My favorite is the Make Up For Ever 222 brush ($13).

Make Up For Ever 222 Sponge Applicator Brush

Make Up For Ever 222 Sponge Applicator Brush

The 222 sponge tip

The 222 sponge tip

With a primer and a sponge tip applicator, the Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Nude Eyes performs just as well as my Urban Decay Naked2 Palette.

Nude Eyes swatched

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes swatched

Nude Eyes swatched

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes swatched

Nude Eyes swatched

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes swatched

The next time you are at the drugstore looking for a quality, inexpensive cosmetic pick-me-up, keep this fantastic palette in mind.  You won’t find a better score than this!  – Lisa

Nude Eyes

Nude Eyes drugstore score!

Eddie Funkhouser Bedroom Eyes Hyperreal Eye Color Palette review and swatches

Last week I reviewed (and gushed over) the Eddie Funkhouser line.  I loved the lipstick, lip gloss, blush, and eyeshadow so much I decided to try to steal Marcia’s online boyfriend from her.  Today, I am reviewing the HYPERREAL EYE COLOR PALETTE in Bedroom Eyes ($14.99) that Eddie sent.  This buttery smooth eyeshadow palette takes eyes from coy to sassy to demure…and then right to risque.  It’s a perfect addition to my homewrecking ways.

Eddie Funkhouser Bedroom Eyes

Eddie Funkhouser Bedroom Eyes

Bedroom Eyes Palette

Bedroom Eyes Palette, top row:  Sassy, Risque  Bottom row:  Coy, Demure

The Bedroom Eyes Palette is a collection of four cool-toned eyeshadows featuring pink and purple toned shadows.  Formulas go from frost to matte, so there is something for every mood.  The pigmentation is wonderfully intense and all four shadows blend beautifully.

Bedroom Eyes left to right:    Coy, Sassy, Demure, Risque

Bedroom Eyes left to right: Coy, Sassy, Demure, Risque

Bedroom Eyes swatches left to right:  Coy, Sassy, Demure, Risque

Bedroom Eyes swatches indirect lighting left to right: Coy, Sassy, Demure, Risque

Bedroom Eyes Palette swatches, left to right:  Coy, Sassy, Demure, Risque

Bedroom Eyes Palette direct lighting swatches, left to right: Coy, Sassy, Demure, Risque

Coy is a shimmering frost white.  Yes, this is a frost, but it isn’t frosty on.  It’s not too bright to work as a brow shade, and it looks awesome as a lid shade.  It also really opens the eyes when used in the inside right corner.  Next is Sassy, a shimmering lavender rose.  This gorgeous neutral is actually more pearlescent than shimmery, and it will take you anywhere from the boardroom to the bedroom.  Demure is a pearlescent smoky grape, and holy smokes it is stunning.  What a versatile shade…I think this is my favorite of them all. Risque is a matte smoky taupe that has a silky texture.  I love this in the crease over top of Demure.

After 15 hours of wear, the colors still look vibrant with no creasing at all.  Astounding.

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color Palette in Bedroom Eyes is a flipping fantastic eyeshadow palette.  Every day I am more impressed with the texture and wear of the eyeshadows, the versatility of the shades, and the affordability – four full size eyeshadows for about $15?  It would be sheer insanity to not add this to your collection.  You can find Eddie at his online store, Rite Aid, Urban Outfitters, and Dermstore.  And don’t forget, you have a direct line to communicating with Eddie at #ASKEDDIE.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Bedroom Eyes will get you anything you want!

Bedroom Eyes will get you anything you want!

Stealing Marcia’s boyfriend…Eddie Funkhouser lips, cheeks, and eyes

I think I am a homewrecker.  My blogging partner Marcia has been having this love affair with Eddie Funkhouser.  I love her dearly…but I am out to steal her boyfriend.

I cried and whined until I finally guilted Marcia into letting me test the latest PR samples from the Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics line.  After reading all of her rave reviews of his products, I couldn’t wait to try some out…and let me tell you, girls, Eddie does not disappoint.

The amazing Eddie Funkhouser

The amazing Eddie Funkhouser

Chromographic Lip Color ($11.99):  the Chromographic Lip Color is a creamy, easy to wear lipstick that has light reflecting particles which make my on-the-thin-side lips look a little bigger.  The formula is very lip friendly with flower and mango fruit extracts and Vitamins C & E.  I can wear this all day without any lipstick migration or dryness.  

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Epic is a stunning magenta rose that looks bright, but it’s actually a rather natural and very wearable shade.  It has excellent pigmentation but doesn’t feel heavy on, and the color really lasts.

Hyperreal Hydrating Lip Gloss ($10.99):  This is a thin, non-sticky lip gloss that definitely packs a color punch.  I love how it feels on; in fact I keep it right next to my computer at work so I always have it handy.  Aloe Vera keeps lips moist, and vitamins A, C, and E keep lips healthy.

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Publicity Stunt is a flattering grape shade that is great both alone and over lip pencil or lipstick.  Since the formula is on the thin side, I found it’s best to wipe the doe foot applicator against the rim of the tube as I pull it out to make sure I don’t apply too much gloss at one time.

Ultra Intensity Cheek Color ($8.99):  This is one pigmented blush – and just look at that price! I can’t get over it, because this blush looks and acts like a high-end product.  Ultra Intensity Cheek Color is soft and creamy for a powder, and it goes like a dream.

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Plum Crazy is a matte pale plum that is perfect for fall.  I use just a light dusting on cheeks for a natural look, or layered for more drama.

Eddie Funkhouser® Hyperreal Eye Colors ($8.49):  Made with premium micro-milled pigments, Eddie’s eyeshadow is just what I am looking for.  Buttery texture, terrific color payoff, and supreme blendability – plus it lasts all day without fading.

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Lavender Sky is a stunning iridescent pastel lavender that I use as a lid shade to make my brown eyes pop.  I tried to get a photo that would show the beautiful complexity of this shadow, but nothing really did it justice.  This is so beautiful you really need to see it in person.

My Eddie Funhouser FOD with Epic Lipstick, Plum Crazy Blush, and Lavander Sky Eyeshadow

My Eddie Funhouser FOD with Epic Lipstick, Plum Crazy Blush, and Lavander Sky Eye Color

Eddie Funkhouser is a super talented makeup artist and his cosmetics line is truly impressive.  Every one of these extremely affordable products is top-notch, professional quality stuff.  You can find Eddie at his online store, Rite Aid, Urban Outfitters, and Dermstore.  He may be Marcia’s boyfriend, but there is plenty of Eddie to go around for all of us!  – Lisa

P.S. – you can talk to Eddie yourself!  Just #ASKEDDIE

*sent for editorial consideration and a major arm-wrestling match between Lisa and Marcia