Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Teal Blue Eyeliner Swatches

L-R: Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil in 409, Urban Decay 24/7 in LSD, Urban Decay 24/7 in Deep End, NYX Slide On in Azure, NYX Retractable in Turquoise Blue, Holika Holika Jewel Light in 14 Mystic Blue, NYX Retractable in Gypsy Blue
I love teal eyeliners, they're about as far into the blue territory as I feel comfortable most of the time. Here are the swatches of the teal blue eyeliners that I own.

Kiko 409 is a gorgeous blackened teal blue/green shimmer, relatively soft and long wearing.

Urban Decay LSD is a blackened blue glitter liner. Super smooth and soft, very pigmented.

Urban Decay Deep End and NYX Turquoise Blue are similar, with the Urban Decay pencil being a tad deeper.

NYX Azure is a brilliant blue with a hint of teal. Soft, pigmented and long lasting.

Holika Holika Mystic Blue is soft, smooth and wears like iron. It has a dark teal base.

NYX Gypsy Blue is the perfect teal blue eyeliner- soft, pigmented, smooth to apply, long lasting and waterproof.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Purple Eyeliner Swatches

L-R: Urban Decay 24/7 in Tornado, NYX Retractable in Deep Purple, Sephora Flashy Purple, Rimmel Scandaleyes in Purple, NYX Slide On in Purple Blaze, NYX Retractable in Purple, Holika Holika Jewel Light in 16 Black Plum, Milani Liquif'eye in Purple, Barry M Bold Purple, Holika Holika Jewel Light in 04 Purple Amethyst

I love purple eyeliners - perfect to add a pop of colour into a neutral look or to build upon for a brighter eye.

Urban Decay Tornado is a deep purple with shimmer, smooth and pigmented.

NYX Deep Purple is a dark matte purple, though not as smooth as some of my other retractables from NYX.

Sephora Flashy Purple and NYX Purple are very similar. They both have a gorgeous blue purple duochrome.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Purple is a smooth matte purple, just a touch lighter than NYX's Deep Purple.

NYX Slide On Purple Blaze is a soft purple shade with shimmer.

Holika's Black Plum is a reddened plum purple. It wears like iron and is a shade which is rather unique in my collection.

Milani Liquifeye Purple and Barry M Bold Purple are both glittery eyeliners. The Milani has a black base with purple glitter and the Barry M a purple glittery base with a gold sheen.

Holika's Purple Amethyst is a gorgeous shimmering purple, smooth and long wearing.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Femme Fetale Haul & Swatches

Femme Fatale are a mineral based cosmetics company based in Australia. You can find their website here

I recently came across the company and was amazed at their range of duochrome eyeshadows. I'm a huge huge sucker for indie products and loose eyeshadows, add a duochrome into that list and I'm sold!

They offer free international shipping (which is amazing!) for all sample orders. Samples come in baggies with 1/8tsp of product - enough to get a good feel for the shadow. They do two sampler packs - 5 shadows for $5.50 or 10 shadows for $11.

I ordered 10 samples on 19th March and they arrived with me on the 28th - a great turn-around time for a indie brand! Included in the package was a freebie sample (mine was Deepmoss) and a sticker.

Femme Fatale samples & freebie
Each sample has a sticker with the name and ingredients list, and whether or not the shadow is vegan and/or lip safe.

The quality of these shadows are fantastic and I will definitely be ordering more over the coming weeks. Application is smooth, they're pigmented and there is a fantastic array of colours available on their website. The free shipping on samples is a huge huge pro too! The only shade I feel slightly lets the side down is Nexus which doesn't quite adhere as much as the others do - these could be solved by using a sticky base or using the shade wet.

And now, on to the swatches! All swatches are done over bare skin. The captions are descriptions from Femme Fatale's website of each shade.

Moonglow - 'pale columbia blue with a prominent golden duochrome and subtle pink shimmer'
The Masquerade - 'soft, silvery grey with very subtle pink shimmer, yet when applied the base comes out more purple/blue and the pink shift is also more noticeable'
Desecration - 'a striking bright green shimmer over a base mixed of cool grey, subtle brown and pearly purple tones'
Illusions - 'a brown based shade with a hint of auburn undertones, and teal duochrome finish'
Nexus - 'a deep navy with teal tones and brilliant red shimmers and sparks'
Deepmoss - 'a deep navy blue base with a satin smooth green>blue colour shifting shimmer'
Demon Soul - 'a black based shade with a colour-shifting finish, going from green through to red/pink depending on the angle of the light'
Phantasm - 'a pale purple with violet tones and copper orange shimmer'
Velvet Fog - 'a taupe purple base that is hard to describe – it also looks grey/blue because of the aqua shimmer over the top'
The Nightmare - 'an eggplant purple base with intense golden green glimmers and sparkles'
Impsy - 'a rich mulberry purple with strong red tones and golden shimmer'
Overall, I am very impressed with the Femme Fatale eyeshadows that I've tried and I'll definitely be adding some more to my collection. Faves are: Impsy, The Masquerade and Desecration.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

White, Gold and Silver Eyeliner Swatches

L-R: NYX Eye/brow pencil in White, NYX Slide On in Glitzy Gold, Kiko Twinkle Eye in 01 Desired Gold, NYX Retractable in Silver, Holika Holika Jewel Light in 07 Diamond
I only have a few white, gold and silver eyeliners - I tend to use them more to highlight the inner corner than to actually define my eyes.

NYX eye/brow pencil in White is great on the waterline or as a base for a particular bright shadow. Relatively smooth if you swipe it over the back of your hand a few times to warm it up.

NYX Glitzy Gold is like Sugarpill's Goldilux in eyeliner form. Brilliant true gold, smooth and hard wearing.

Kiko Twinkle Eye Pencil in 01 Desired Gold is great to highlight the inner corner- a lovely golden shade with a white base.

NYX retractable in Silver is a strong metallic silver. Long lasting, smooth and pigmented.

Holika Holika Jewel Light in 07 Diamond is a glittery white silver. Rather gritty as it contains glitter, it is long lasting and wears like iron. Great to highlight and attract attention.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Green Eyeliner Swatches

L-R: NYX Retractable in Golden Olive, Holika Holika Jewel Light in 12 Olive Jade, Sleek Eau La La in Tonic, Urban Decay 24/7 in Mars, Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil in 411, NYX Slide On in Esmerelda, Urban Decay 24/7 in Junkie
Ranging from olive green to true green- these eyeliners get lots of use. Perfect with both a neutral eye and a bolder look. Here are the swatches of my green eyeliners.

NYX Golden Olive is a true golden olive eyeliner, smooth, pigmented. Holika's Olive Jade is very similar but a touch darker.

Sleek Tonic leans towards teal, it's smooth, soft and long wearing.

Urban Decay Mars is a beautiful green with gold sheen. Greener and golder than Tonic.

Kiko 411 is a lighter version of Mars with a little more of a golden sheen.

NYX Esmerelda is soft, smooth, pigmented and applies amazingly. It is a true grass green.

Urban Decay Junkie is a brilliant teal green with a strong gold shimmer/sheen. It is a dead on dupe for MAC's Undercurrent. It is smooth and soft, applies well and very long lasting.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Nude, Pink and Plum Eyeliner Swatches

L-R: Rimmel Scandaleyes in Nude, Holika Holika Jewel Light in 08 Diamond, NYX Retractable in Cashmere, NYX Slide On in Jewel, Holika Holika Jewel Light in 15 Burgundy Garnet, Holika Holika Jewel Light in 13 Poison Red
And here are the nude, pink and plum eyeliner swatches.

Rimmel Scandaleyes in Nude is a perfect shade for the waterline, it appears very yellow in the swatch but does not appear so yellow on the eye.

Holika's Pink Topaz is a beautiful shade to highlight the inner corner, a shimmering glittery pink.

NYX Cashmere is a smooth nude brown, pigmented and long lasting.

NYX Jewel and Holika's Burgundy Garnet are similar but Burgundy Garnet lacks the golden shimmer and complexity that Jewel has. Burgundy Garnet is a touch darker and more plum.

Poison Red is a lovely dark red with a hint of gold shimmer. Its smooth and pigmented and doesn't look like your eyes are bleeding- which is always a plus when it comes to red eyeliner!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Black Eyeliner Swatches

L-R: MAC Pearlglide in Black Line, NYX Slide On in Black Sparkle, Holika Holika Jewel Light in 02 Black Crystal, Urban Decay 24/7 in Crave, Holika Holika Jewel Light in 01 Black, NYX Eye/brow pencil in Black, Barry M Waterproof in Bold Black, Urban Decay 24/7 in Perversion, Sleek Eau La La in Noir, NYX Retractable in Black
'You can never have enough eyeliners' is apparently what I tell myself everytime I see a pretty shade; hence why I have many many similar shades. Here is a comparison of all my black shades, including a few that aren't your basic black.

MAC Black Line is a beautiful blackened gold with a hint of green - soft, smooth and long lasting.

NYX Black Sparkle applies smoothly and is a lovely black with silver shimmer. Holika Holika 02 Black Crystal could have potentially been a dupe however the Holika eyeliner is filled with multicoloured shimmer.

Urban Decay Crave is a very dark, almost black, brown. 

Barry M Bold Black and Urban Decay 24/7 Perversion are pretty much 100% dupes. However, the Barry M is a very 'wet' pencil as you can see from the swatch, it is soft and applies smoothly but perhaps a little too soft. Perversion is smooth and glides on, drying down a lot quicker than the Barry M. If you can withstand waiting a few minutes for your eyeliner to set then absolutely go for the Barry M.

Holika Holika 01 Black is also a near on 100% dupe of Perversion and Bold Black but it is a ever so slightly dryer formula. Sleek Eau La La in Noir is very similar, slightly dryer than the Holika pencil, but a definite black eyeliner.

NYX Retractable in Black is very hard wearing, living up to it's waterproof label. I love retractable pencils as it eliminates the need to sharpen - a huge plus in my book!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Brown Eyeliner Swatches

L-R: MUA Eyebrow Pencil in Brunette, Rimmel Scandaleyes in Taupe, Catrice Retractable in Brown Town Girl, NYX Slide On in Brown Perfection, NYX Eye/brow pencil in Brown, Holika Holika Jewel Light in 05 Amber Brown, Urban Decay 24/7 in Twice Baked, NYX Retractable in Bronze, Urban Decay 24/7 in Roach
Brown eyeliners are perfect to define without being as harsh as black. Here is my collection of brown shades.

MUA's Brow pencil is Brunette is perfect to define brows but I also use it as an eyeliner. It's smooth and pigmented- a great cheap buy.

Rimmel Scandaleyes in Taupe lacks any dupes in my collection - a lovely brown taupe, very smooth and pigmented.

Catrice Brown Town Girl was a lovely matte brown- perfect for my brows, unfortunately this shade dried out pretty quickly.

NYX Slide On in Brown Perfection is a smooth, gel like liner perfect for brows and for defining the eye softly. Matte with an almost grey cast.

NYX Eye/brow pencil in Brown is darker than Brown Perfection and a little dryer.

Holika Holika 05 Amber Brown is a very close sister of Urban Decay's Twice Baked, however it lacks the complex shimmer that Twice Baked has as well as being a tad darker.

NYX Retractable in Bronze is a lovely complex shade with a hint of shimmer.

Urban Decay Roach is smooth, pigmented and applies amazingly. It has complex shimmer and goes without a dupe in my collection.

Monday, 17 March 2014

NYX Lip Liners: Cabaret, Hot Red, Pinky, Bloom, Purple Rain & Nude Pink

NYX's Slim Lip Pencils retail for around $3.50 in the US and £3.50 on the UK website. NYX is a relatively hard to come by brand in the UK so I was very excited to be able to get hold of 6 of their Slim Lip Pencils.

I am not a huge lip liner person so these liners are perfect for me; they are cheap, great quality and available in a huge range of shades. Wear time for me is typically around 3 hours but I find I use a lip liner with a bold lip which in itself needs touching up quite regularly. I managed to get a broad spectrum of shades within the 6 that I bought so that I can pair them up with most of the lip shades within my collection.

The shades that I have are: 804 Cabaret, 817 Hot Red, 835 Pinky, 836 Bloom, 338 Purple Rain and 858 Pink Nude.

L-R Cabaret, Hot Red, Pinky, Bloom, Purple Rain, Nude Pink

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Blue Eyeliner Swatches

L-R Urban Decay 24/7 in Ultraviolet, NYX Retractable in Blue Eyes, Holika Holika Jewel Light in 20 Sapphire Blue, NYX Slide On in Sunrise Blue
I don't have many true blue eyeliners as I tend to favour teals and greens. I do however have four to show you.

Urban Decay Ultraviolet is a beautiful blue duochrome with a strong purple base.

NYX Blue Eyes and NYX Sunrise Blue are similar, however Sunrise Blue is darker and has visible shimmer.

Holika Holika 20 Sapphire Blue is a lovely dark matte blue.