Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June Series || Makeup: Eyes

I have actually been delving a little deeper into my makeup drawer which, to be honest, isn't very deep in the first place, since last week's installment featuring my lip products.  This week I went through and made swatches of all my eye shadows. I also show my only eye primer, liner, and mascara just for the sake of consistency. These are not sponsors, just my personal opinions on products I already own.

e.l.f. Eyeshadow Primer in Sheer: This is the only eye shadow primer I've ever used. I'm happy with the way it works and more than happy with the price. I think I only paid $1 at Target but the cheapest eye shadow primer on the e.l.f. site is $2. Still, a great deal! Sometimes I don't wash off my makeup at night and I'll still have shadow on in the morning and when you're the type of person that really smooshes your face into the pillow at night, that's saying something! The only thing that is annoying to me is that I don't wear make up every single day and this product seems to get used up pretty quickly. I don't think it dries out because when I finally manage to get some primer on the wand it's still very moist.

Wears well

Product seems to use up or (dry up?) quickly

Maybelline The Nudes Eye Shadow Palette: This was the first shadow palette I ever purchased. It was $9.99 at Walmart when it was first released and I figured it was an inexpensive way to work on eye shadow looks with colors that I knew went together. There's chart on the back of this palette that divides it into quads, trios, and duos. I think it's definitely worth the price. I know some YouTube reviews were saying that a lot of the colors weren't as pigmented as they'd like. I feel like with my skills, or lack thereof, that is not a bad thing. Right now it's $6.76 on That makes it about 56 cents per shadow in this palette!

Lots of neutral shades
Matte and shimmer colors

Some could probably be a little more pigmented

Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in Not Just Nudes: I have a friend remembers just about every random thing that comes out of my mouth when we talk. One day I was telling her about another friend who recommended a brand name cream eyeshadow to me but I just couldn't buy it since I didn't wear makeup that often and it would probably go bad before I had a chance to really get my money's worth out of it. Lo and behold, on my birthday she brought me this. I know there are quite a few other Revlon Creme Shadow quads if neutral shadows aren't your thing. I really like these, though I haven't worn these in a while. I probably need a new one at this point. I don't really remember them creasing, though that is one complaint I've heard about them. These are really pigmented and I actually used these as eyeshadow primers under similarly colored powder shadows for a bit when I ran out of my regular primer.


Not very blendable. (I feel like the color "stays put" a little more than a powder does)
May crease

Mary Kay Mini Mineral Eye Color Quad in Silky Caramel, Lemongrass, Amber Blaze, and Denim Frost: This was also a gift.  A girl from my church was selling Mary Kay makeup and had to do 30 makeovers in 30 days. I was makeover number 30 so I got a free gift. Like I said previously, I am definitely prefer neutral eye shadows but yesterday when I was swatched these on my arm it really made me want to give them a try again.  I think they do feel a little more high quality than my drugstore brand makeup, that being said, they are also a little bit more expensive. These eye shadows purchased singly are $8 each. The thing I liked about the mini quad, which I think is just a promotional product is that there is a plastic insert with the color names on them and a paper insert with charts for 5 different looks.the quad also closes with a magnet. It's really nice for a promo gift!


Price (Though it's not too bad)

NYC New York Color metro Quartet Eye Shadow in Lexington Luxury: I purchased this from a surplus/discount store back when I was still trying some colors instead of neutrals and wanted something a little more Fall and Winter looking but not too dark or bold. I have never actually worn this one but I think I might try it at somepoint because after swatching, like I've said for a couple other reviews on here, I really started to like some of the colors.

--Haven't actually used enough to write pros and cons.

Left- Covergirl Eye Enhancers in Tapestry Taupe
Right- Maybelline Expert Wear in Champagne Fizz
I have to review these together. When visiting friends back in 2013 it was decided that I should start wearing makeup since I was already well into my 20s These were the two eye shadows I was told to purchase and it was suggested that I put the taupe on my lid and use the lighter color as a highlight on the inner corner.  I switch it up a little now. (So daring...I know lol!) Sometimes I'll put the light one all over my lid and used the darker color for a neutral smoky eye effect.  These are definitely my most used shadows and they will probably always be in my makeup drawer no matter what.  They are both very comparable in quality and blend well. I have actually used these along with my Maybelline Palette when it didn't include jsut the right shade. These shadows are both shimmery, but it's a nice, highlighting shimmer and  not glittery at all. Plus, they're only a couple dollars each!

Long wearing

To me, the taupe shadow doesn't really look as dark on my eyelids as it does in the pan. (Though, not really a bad thing in my case.)

Almay Eyeliner Crayon in Black Brown: This is my every day (that I actually wear make up) eye liner. and also a 2013 visiting my friends initial purchase. I really like that this is so dark it almost looks black but is nowhere near as harsh as a jet black eyeliner. I don't really have a lot to say about it. You can easily blend out a harsh line and even though it's retractable and not an actual eye pencil, the end is a sharpener so you can always make a precise line if that's what you like.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Brownish Black: This, again is not as harsh as a regular black mascara would be. Though I think it's much closer o black than the eye liner. I always buy waterproof mascara because 1. I know I won't sweat it off. Yes, I know my eye lashes don't sweat but they are incredibly close to my skin which does and therefore I have had issues in the past with raccoon eyes from non waterproof mascara.  2. You never know when a movie or random life situation might make you cry some (happy) tears. This is great as far as being waterproof goes. It's not so great in that fact that it dries up after I use it like 3 times!! So I think I might be trying out something else soon. Recommendations in the comments are very welcome!!

Come back next Wednesday for the final installment in this series!


  1. I use that same mascara too, but lately I'm loving Maybelline Mega Plush Volume Express. I find it's clumps my eyelashes together less. Just food for thought :) Great blog, by the way!

    1. Thanks for so much for stopping by and for the mascara recommendation!! I'll definitely give that mascara a try soon!


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