For those who like longer, chatty videos. A myriad of first impressions, mini-reviews and application tips.
Noteworthy mentions: Viseart Matte Neutral Palette, Zoeva Brushes, Dior Backstage Eye Prime, Clinique Airbrush Concealer, Make Up Store Eyeshadows etc etc 😉
Hello, everyone. Today, I am going to do something a little bit different. I was about to start getting ready for my Q&A video. I have all these new pretty things set in front of me and I thought, "Why not film it?" I can give you my first impressions, have a bit of a chat. I've never done anything like this on my channel but I think it will be fun. I'm going to start by using this new Dior eye primer that I purchased the other day. I was looking for an alternative to MAC Painterly Paint Pot for priming the eyelids and evening out the skin tone. While I really love MAC Painterly Paint Pot, I find that it does tend to look a little bit dry on me at times. So hopefully this will work a bit better. Well, it has done a pretty decent job at evening out the tone of my eyelids but it has coat unevenly in areas. So I'm really not sure how I feel about that one yet. I'm going to move on to my brows and I'm going to use my SUQQU brow pen.
My brows are in such hard condition right now that I don't think much could be done for them. I'm growing them out so they're at that kind of unruly stage. I'm thinking about trying the Stilla brow pen because a lot of people said in my brow smacked down post that it's quite comparable and I think that that would be an interesting compare and contrast. And without fail, I'm getting rosy again. I think it must be this lighting. It makes me a little bit warm or something. Powerful. All right. That's going to have to do. I'm just going to set them with a bit of hairspray and a spooly. I'm going to do the base later because I anticipate that I'll do quite a heavy eye. And for my heavy eye today, I'm going to be using the Viseart neutral palette and this has all matte. And I'm going through a matte face right now.
I really love the transformative powers of matte eye shadows. You can really change the shape of your eye. And I purchased this one because Nikkie Tutorials raved about it and that woman, she could sell me kitty litter. I don't own a cat. So I think what I might do first is taking my Zoeva brush. I'm going to take the bone shade and just run it all over the lid. Sometimes this helps with matte shadows if they're a little bit hard to blend, a base color sort of gives the shadows a bit of a slip. I'm actually quite impressed with this Zoeva brush. It's quite a soft brush. I think it's softer than my MAC 217. I've had major rants about my 217 recently. I don't know if I'm just spoilt for choice or whether MAC brushes aren't as good as they used to be but I'm finding it's so scratchy that I'll pick it up to use it and I'll have to drop it and use something else because my eyelid feels sore. It's quite strange. So this is definitely softer than MAC 217 but I'm not sure that it would be quite as soft as my Hakuhodo crease brushes. But it is lovely.
Next, using that same brush, I'm going to take maybe this shade here. It's like a medium warm brown and I'm going to run that through the crease. Oh hello, that's pigmented. Uh-oh, see I'm going to see if I can do an all matte eye today so I don't think I've ever done one of those in my channel before. That blends beautifully. Wow, so far so good. A few people have asked me about uneven eyelids and I can actually relate here. After my eye surgery, I found that this socket is quite a bit deeper and it's a bit more sunken than this eye so to combat that, what I do is I wore contour discrete, a little bit more heavily so they look a little bit more symmetrical but I promise you most people probably don't even notice that sort of thing. It's probably just us. Next, I'm going to take smaller brushes, a Hakuhodo 1, and perhaps this shade here, more darker brown. I'm just going to curve the outer portion of my socket. I'm going to take this opportunity to ask how are you guys? What have you been up to? That's not a rhetorical question. I'm genuinely interested. Anything new in life? Any new make up you've been loving? Leave me a comment so I can respond and we can have a chat.
Okay, next I'm going to take this awesome redden shade. I'm always drawn to the redden shades in a palette and using a flat shade of brush, I'm just going to press that all over the lid. Oh wow, okay, much piquant. Wow. Very color. And I think I might take just a little bit of this black because I think it's always the ultimate test to see how good a black is in a palette, whether it's pigmented, whether it's truly black. Let's have a look. It's definitely black but I wouldn't say it's as black as Make Up Geek Corrupt, which is the blackest eye shadow that I've ever tried. I think I'll take this one because I haven't used it yet, another medium brown. I do think that this palette has quite a good range of warms and cools. Probably it leans a little bit more warm than cool but there are some really good cool shades. I think it's very versatile. I said this was going to be an all matte look but obviously, I lied because I can't resist a shimmery inner corner highlight. In here, I have just one of my neutral palettes. This has a bit of MAC, a bit of Make Up Geek, a bit of everything. And I'm going to take nylon and I always know nylon in my palette because it's the most obnoxious frosty color and I wouldn't use it anywhere else except the tear duct.
Okay, I'm going to do a little wing, something subtle and something soft. Lately, I've been favoring eye shadows instead of say liquid liner or gel liner, whatever, just because it's so easy, so easy and if you make a mistake, it's really easy to correct. So I'm going to take my new Zoeva brush, this is the detail liner and I'm very picky about liner brushes, so this could go all wrong. I'm going to spray it with a bit of Fix Plus then I'm going to dip it in to my Make Up Geek Corrupt which is the blackest eye shadow that I've ever come across. Now, I reserve a portion of this pen for use wet because some eye shadows don't play well when they're wet and they conceal so you actually stop getting pigment from it, so it's always good practice to reserve a little portion of the pen for the brushes. I tend to look straight ahead because I have quite a heavy crease. So if I look straight ahead and I see where my crease ends, I need to avoid that area entirely when I do my eyeliner. Because if it goes through my crease, it's going to be quite hard to smoothe it out so that's kind of my tip for winged liner if you have heavy eyelids like myself.
Okay, so not the best winged liner I've ever done. I feel like this Zoeva brush, the detail liner, applies the product a little bit patchy but it might whip it with other formulas. I'm going to give my eyelashes a quick curl just to expose my lash line for tight lining. Okay, and for tight lining, my favorite tight lining product ever, this is the Rouge Bunny Rouge long lasting eye pencil. Have I raved about this enough? I feel like I rave about it all the time but I will again for my newer viewers, this is just the best product for tight lining because it really stays put. It doesn't even migrate down so low the lash line. Okay, for lashes today, I'm going to do a really natural simple pen. These are the Ardell 301s and I think these are just the ideal lash for a beginner because they are half lash. They're super easy to apply. The band is really flexible and they just give the outer eye some lift.
Burb, burb, must get my tweezers. Must get tweezers. I really applaud people who can put on false eyelashes with their fingers. I saw Sharon Farrell, the make up artist, do that once – apply individual eyelashes with her fingers. That is incredible. I definitely need some sort of implement tweezers preferably to apply my lashes. Fasio, Fasio Ultra Curl Lock mascara long. I purchased this in Japan. Remember when I went to Japan. I want to go back to Japan. But I hadn't opened it because I have like my 14 mascaras in rotation right now, make that 15. I haven't tried it yet. Ooh, it's got like a curve one and I see little fibers hanging out of it. Let's give this a go. Overall, I quite like it. I think it's quite nice. It's definitely more lengthening than voluming. Voluming? Voluming.
Now that I'm looking like a royal mess, let's get on to the base make up. I have here – this was such a wild card purchase – it's an Elegance Green Primer. I don't know, I just thought I sometimes have flush skin obviously so I thought this might be nice to try. I'm sensing a slight white cast. Does this have sunscreen? Yes, it does have sunscreen. So if you are a little bit deeper than me, you might find the white cast to be a little bit bothersome. All right, while that primer is setting or settling or whatever it's going to do, I'm going to put on some under eye concealer. I purchased the Clinique airbrush because Lisa Eldridge use that all the time and I've used it on one occasion and I've got to say I'm not sure that I like it. I'm going to try it again.
I'm going to give it another go but for my first impression, it was a bit dry looking under the eyes and at the end of the day, I had some creasing and I don't normally suffer from creasing. So I don't know, let's go again. Yeah, I don't know. To me, it just looks a little bit dry and texturally it's not what I want it to be but I'll come back to it in the next concealer smack down. I've got lots of new contenders. All right, next I'm going to put on some foundation and you guys are not going to be surprised, I'm going to be using the Armani Lasting Silk and the Le Blanc De Chanel and today, I'm going to do like a 70/30 ratio because I already have a white cast going on on my skin. I just really love this combination. And a few people have asked me to do a review on the Le Blanc De Chanel and trust me, I really want to but I can't quite seem to articulate myself why it's great and I don't think that photographs are going to capture it, so honestly I don't even know. I'll try to do one. I'll try to take some photos.
All right and to apply this, I'm going to use the Zoeva 110 Face Shape, which looks like a baby real techniques buffing brush, and it's quite soft. It's synthetic so we shall see how this goes. And obviously it's quite a small face brush which might not be to everyone's taste but I like it. So I'm not entirely sure how I feel about that primer. My foundation has looked better but I have a slight white cast now so I'm going to use this Rouge Bunny Rouge bronzer and I like this one because it's not too warm. So I don't get excessively golden when I use it. Okay, that looks a bit better. Now, for blush, because today I'm going to wear blush despite the fact that I'm naturally blushing, I don't care. I feel like wearing a brush and I'm going to try out for the first time MAC Warm Soul. This kind of reminds me of Luminoso a little bit, Milani Luminoso, one that I absolutely adore. I'm going to use a Chikuhodo Z4. Oh yeah, that's pretty. This is up my alley. I'm going to do a quick contour. This is Make Up Store Masai. There is a Make Up Store really close to my house. It's very dangerous and Make Up Store matte eye shadows are also fantastic. They're very buttery. They're very soft and I think this one is just the perfect shade for a contour because it's quite ashy and you guys know how I feel about ashy contours.
I'm going to use this Zoeva brush and it reminds me a bit of the NARS ITA brush, you know, that one that everyone raves about. I own that and if I can be entirely honest with you, I don't like it. I think that the quality is kind of scratchy. Again, maybe I'm just spoilt for choice but I don't think it's a particularly well made brush; whereas this one feels quite soft. So let's see how it goes. For lips, I have a lipstick here and there's actually a story behind this lipstick. I don't know if it's amusing or absurd or just pathetic. The other day I was at the Uni Bookstore buying textbooks. It's the dullest activity you could imagine. And I don't even know why my greedy little eyes were looking for make up in a bookstore but I found some. I found some make up in the bookstore. So this is a Karen Murell Lipstick in Sandstorm. It's like a nude shade and I think Karen Murell is New Zealand based and it's one of those no-nasty brands, sort of nothing nasty touches my lips is their little tag. I am going to put on a bit of a lip liner. I just feel like really big luscious lips today so I'm going to be using the #7 nude lip liner which is just a really great shade even for people who don't like lip liner because it's very much the natural shade of lips.
I don't know some people call this over lining your lips. I call it maximizing. And that is I believe is the end of my make up. Did you guys enjoy this? Because I really enjoyed this. If you did, you should type me a comment and let me know so that I can do them a little bit more frequently because I actually find this to be really fun. I am now going to go film my Q&A video and I hope you guys will have a wonderful day. And I will see you very soon. B-bye.
A rare, front-on shot.
Nail Polish I’m wearing in this video
Illamasqua Lament (a neon coral) topped with OPI Matte Topcoat
Complete List of Products
Dior – Backstage Eye Prime
SUQQU – Brow Pen in Moss Green
Viseart – Neutral Palette Matte 01
MAC – Eyeshadow in Nylon
Makeup Geek – Eyeshadow in Corrupt
Rouge Bunny Rouge – Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Salome
Ardell Lashes – 301 Half Lashes
Fasio – Ultra Curl Lock Mascara Long (purchased while in Japan)
Elegance – Modeling Color Base EX GR400 (purchased off Ichibankao)
Clinique – Airbrush Concealer 04 Neutral Fair
Giorgio Armani – Lasting Silk Foundation 4.5
Chanel – Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base
Rouge Bunny Rouge – At Netherway Cove Bronzer
MAC – Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul
Make Up Store – Microshadow in Masai
Karen Murrell – Lipstick in Sand Storm
Boots No7 – Lipliner in Nude