A Couple of months back you may have seen that I reviewed a more natural pair of lashes from KKCenterHK (that I’m STILL using), well today I’m here to show you a slightly more (okay a lot more) dramatic set!
You would be safe to assume that since I’m so beauty/hair/product obsessed that my boyfriend would be also into the whole male grooming practices, but to be honest this couldn’t be further from the truth. He rarely shaves (hair growth is super slow) and before getting these products he had no idea what an exfoliator was. Now I’ve tried to get him into the whole cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise routine for what seems like forever. I’ve bought him products and they have literally been sitting in a draw piling up and never been able to convince him to actually use them. His routine is wash face with water maybe some soap if he’s feeling fancy (LOL), shave if needed with some sort of shaving cream he puts no thought into buying and finished off with deodorant and perfume/manfume (which is generally purchased by me)….
Honestly this review is beyond overdue, I have been using Too Faced Shadow Insurance (TSFI from now on) for years now and loved it from first use. Plus I use it before or in almost every makeup tutorial I film and when I wear makeup so its definitely a product I should have blogged about already!
So why do I use an eye primer so frequently you may ask. Simple, why spend time on applying and blending those gorgeous colours only to have them fade, rub off or crease after a short time. Many people don’t agree that an eye primer is a necessary product but for me I personally couldn’t imagine not using one now.
To say that TFSI prolongs the life of your eye makeup is an understatement, colours seem to not only last but stick and blend better as well. This can be especially important when using pigments (also if your not using a base, not to be confused with primer btw).
I’ve read about a certain complaint here and there over the years and that is that the product can separate in the tube. Really, so what? I would never apply my foundation before shaking it, a nail polish without rolling it, so why does it matter if I on odd occasions or when the shelf life is coming to an end I have squish the tube around a bit before squeezing out the product.
The hygienic tube packaging is really what sets the TFSI apart from the Benefit and Urban Decay primers. As with all tube packaged products I’d suggest you close the lid as soon as your finished squeezing just so you don’t suck air back into the tube.
For a while I was using Benefits Stay Don’t Stray as I was trailing it for another website. Don’t get me wrong I actually really like it but ultimately I felt like I was wasting the product due to the pump packaging. I’ve also tried some mineral makeup primers, the concealer method and actually Too Faced Second Base (or 1st? Do they even make it anymore? Probably not is was terrible) as well. But nothing seems to compare to the TFSI.
I would also like to mention that I actually haven’t tried Urban Decay’s Primer Potion (shocker, right?!?), as its kind of a pain to get a hold of here and an eye primer is one product I don’t like having to wait for as I use them so often. Also if it ain’t broke, well you know the rest…..
So to sum all that up (this was really long I know) – Ever since I started using the TFSI my eye makeup has lasted up until the moment I wash my face at night, no fading, no creasing actually no issues at all. So would I buy it again, yes and I already have about 5 or 6 times!
That was long, congratulations if you kept reading to this point !
So do you use a primer? If so what’s your favourite?
Madame B Fatale
Yes I have actually bought that many of TFSI’s over the years, (and its a conservative guess)
Next swiping off the shadow thingy, so good so far.
And my second problem emerges, I didn’t use the eye shadow applicator to blend because in my mind a blending brush would be better right? Wrong!Where did the shadow go? I only blended for two ‘sweeps’…….This is basically the major problem, the shadow didn’t ‘stick’ to my eyes. I didn’t want to apply a primer first because I wanted to see what would happen.
Even with this result I must say that the little shadow that was left on my eye’s didn’t crease and lasted the day fine.
I can honestly see the appeal it is quick, comes in a pretty great selection of pre-matched colours but ultimately I feel that in reality your better off purchasing an eye shadow quad and slowly learning to do it yourself.
I am going to try these again, with a base or primer plus I’ll stick to the instructions and try and ‘blend’ with the shadow sheet/applicator, we’ll see how that goes.
But until then I think I’d only recommend these to those either starting out in makeup (I can see it helping in the long run with product placement) or those that never wear makeup. Even then though I would definitely suggest that you blend as it looks kind of odd with the stripes of shadow.
I thought I’d mention that these retail at GlamBeautyBar.com for $4.95 for a 2 pack. Also that they were featured on Oprah some time ago and I’m assuming why they got so popular.
Have you tried these before?? What do you think?
Madame B Fatale
EyeMajic was provided free for review/trial purposes
Today I have part 2 of the Illamasqua products overview, be sure to check out part 1 if you haven’t already!
First up is the three blushes I currently own.
Left to Right Sob (cream), Tremble and Disobey.
On the left is Sob, its one of the brands cream blushers and I have to say one of the easiest cream blushes to blend I’ve used so far!
The colour is a cool toned pastel (-ish) candy pink. It dries to a dewy matte finish that stays put.
Next are Tremble and Disobey which are from the powder blusher range. Tremble is described on the Illamasqua website as being “soft lilac pink/matte finish”, I would say that its of more a pastel peachy pink with a matte finish. Disobey is described as “Soft biscuit – ideal fro contouring” and that’s exactly what it is! My skin is pretty fair and I have no problems with it being too orange or dark, its become my new favourite contour.
The lipstick is in Obey is described as a bright peachy pink with a matte finish. To me its also kind of a neon pastel type of colour.
To the left is a picture of Illamasqua’s Rich Liquid Foundation which is one of their heavier coverage options. I’ve found that its perfect for medium to full coverage and covers extremely well. It can easily be ‘thinned’ down for less coverage. I personally like to mix it with a small amount of Illuminator and Bobbie Browns Skin Foundation for days I don’t need the extra coverage. Sets to a semi matte finish and stays put all day.The scent is a gorgeous vanilla ‘cake shop’ kind of smell just like all of the products. They all really do smell divine!
Last up we have the SOPHIE eye pencil, a dark true black that is a must in everyone’s makeup bag. The pencil itself is also extremely bendable, works perfect as a base for a smokey eyed look and of course great for tight-lining and waterline. Besides all that some proceeds go towards the Sophie Lancaster Foundation which should be enough reason the buy it either way!
So that’s part two done!
Madame B Fatale
The pencil was given for post/tutorial consideration (and already used in it months ago)the rest I have bought myself.
Its a stunning rose/mauve with gold shimmer, with a great colour payoff light and non sticky in texture and smells like strawberry candy. Smooch hasn’t dried out my lips and looks great over just a nude lip liner.
Wear wise I would say that its similar many other glosses, I’ve never had a problem with re-applying gloss, and it probably lasts a couple of hours on average (without eating or drinking).
The only downside for some may be the scent but I wouldn’t say that it really lingered too long. Can’t wait to checkout the other colours!
Madame B Fatale
The Gloss was sent for post/review consideration.
The Medusa mascara in Majestic is a fun and easy way to add a pop of colour to your look.
Used on its own for a subtle purple colour or layer over a white lash primer for a really intense look. This will also pump up the volume, so to speak.
The mascara wand itself is a regular sized bushy wand and easily coats all lashes to create an everyday look with a twist. Besides the gorgeous deep purple/plum colour this mascara has the price is awesome at only $8.00 each or $20.00 for three colours (green, purple and blue).
The only thing that kind of disappointed me was that its waterproof and can be harder to remove. This is a plus as it seriously doesn’t budge but not so great for everyday wear, unless of course this is something that you look for in a mascara.
So if you have been looking for a coloured mascara, or wanting to try one without spending too much money then here is your answer. (Especially if you wanted to try one after the MAC Wonder Woman collection but missed out, wanted something not in a limited edition collection or didn’t want to spend that much!)
Madame B Fatale
The Mascara was sent for review/post consideration.
Four of the brushes in the set are for the face. A large powder brush, a blush brush, a small face brush great for highlighting or contouring and a fan brush for light blush or bronzer application, plus a small lip brush. The face brushes aren’t the softest I’ve tried (by no means the roughest either) but they are ok for the price and the real gems in the set are some of the eye brushes.
The eye brushes that I found the most handy are the spooley, eyebrow and lash groomer, small, medium and large shadow brushes, large angled brush, and the eyebrow/ liner brush. There is also a sponge brush (I’ve never liked these for shadow application) and two small brushes that look similar to the lip brush, I’m unsure what these are for exactly but found them great for placing shadow on the lower lash line, waterline or a larger lip brush. The three shadow brushes are great for packing on colour over a small or larger area and the large angled brush us great for crease work.
The only two brushes kind of missing in this set in my opinion would be a pointy eyeliner brush and a large fluffy blending brush. Other than that your pretty much set for eye brushes if your a beginner.
The set retails at $25.99 (AUD) and I think is a bargain for 15 brushes (around $1.75 each!), even if I only really love some of them!
I used these brushes in my "Who Said Neutrals Can’t Be Dramatic" Tutorial so you can see how well they work for yourself.
All in all I would say thee are some misses in the set but some hits as well and at this price you really cant go wrong. It even comes in a handy brush roll.
What Makeupnet says about the Full Sized Make Up Brush Set (Professional Makeup Kit)
“Full size makeup brushes made from natural hair.
All tools are 20cm long, so this is a full size makeup brush set. Customers feedback on these sets is outstanding and you will love them too!
Supplied to Makeup Artists for their use with clients – no need to pay $100.00 for a set of brushes any longer. Money back guarantee on this set.”
Description – 15 Brushes for both eye and face
Cost – $25.99
Madame B Fatale
The Brush Set was sent for review/post consideration.