Monday, September 15, 2014

Gorgeous Cosmetics 'Soft Grape' Shimmer Dust Review + Swatches + Makeup Look

Gorgeous Cosmetics Shimmer Dust in Soft Grape

Gorgeous Cosmetics Shimmer Dust ($25/3g) is described as luxurious loose powder pigment, which dusts lightly over eyes, face and body.  Highly pigmented and super silky soft.  Simply alter your application technique to create a gorgeous soft sheen, an intense colour effect or anything in between.

Available in (18) colors: Antique Gold, Antique Pink, Aqua, Burnt Copper, Forest, Gold, Luminesence, Minty, Ms Vegas, Mysterious, Plum, Purple Berry, Sand, Seriously Violet, Silver Suede, Soft Grape, Starlet, Suede.

Soft Grape is a soft purple with pink undertones. It's a great color for those who are scared to work with purples on the lids. Layer it over other purples or mix with browns, blacks or greens for a nice pop of color!


These highly pigmented loose pigments blend smoothly and are easy to build intensity when layering them. To build a saturated color on the lid they can be used with a wet brush, I like to use MAC Fix+ on my brush to make the pigment color pop even more. Used over an eye primer, this pigment has a  lasting power of around 7 hours. Use a very light dusting with these shimmers on the body as well for a very pretty glow.


Soft Grape Swatch (1 layer)
Layered Swatch (2 layers)
 
Wet Swatch (1 layer)


PACKAGING
Gorgeous Cosmetics Shimmer Dusts come in a round matte black plastic container with a see-through twist cap. The shimmer itself is covered by a sifter which allows you to control the amount of product you need. At 3g (11 oz) of product it might seem a bit small for the

price but remember, when working with pigments a little goes a long way. Pigments come in small amounts no matter the brand. The shimmer dusts come with less product for a few bucks more than the MAC pigments ($21/0.15oz).


"Gorgeous Cosmetics is an prestige cosmetic brand, founded in Melbourne, Australia in 1999. From face primers to contour powders and lipsticks they offer a variety of cosmetics. The brand is a one stop shop in creating a full flawless look from start to finish. Enriched with anti-aging and healing ingredients such as Chamomile, Aloe Vera and Vitamins A & E, the Gorgeous Cosmetics range embodies quality to create a complete Pro makeup collection." Gorgeouscosmetics.com

Overall Thoughts
These finely milled shimmers are beautiful pigmented products to work with. They are so simple to use and apply to the eyes. Amp up a simple eye look with a shimmer dust. Applying them wet builds the intensity of your look. The packaging, quality and lasting power of them are well worth the price. I can't wait to get my hands on more colors!

Gorgeous Cosmetics 'Soft Grape' Shimmer Dust on center of lid
Gorgeous Cosmetics 'Soft Grape' Shimmer Dust on center of lid

Availability: Nordstrom / Gorgeous Cosmetics
Price: $25

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

*NEW* Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow - Full Collection + Swatches + Makeup Look

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow Collection

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99, 0.05 oz) is a new collection of gel powder eyeshadows that has been added to the permanent makeup line. They are described as rich, vibrant colors that glide on in a single stroke, delivering a stunning multi-dimensional effect.The formula of a gel powder starts off as a gel then is transformed through a special process into a powder eyeshadow that delivers pure color and power wear.

The collection features neutrals as well as bright vibrant pops of color. This formula is meant to be crease-resistant and can be applied wet or dry. The texture of these shadows are soft and powdery, some colors more than others. At first touch they feel more dry than soft but it is as though body heat warms the product up for a buttery smooth feel. They apply effortlessly and blend easily on the lids. Use a brush to apply or for an intense pop of color I prefer to use my finger to apply the shadow directly onto my lid. To achieve a foiled look using the metallic finish shade, add a bit of MAC Fix+ to your brush before dipping it into the eyeshadow.


The formula has a lasting power of about 7 hours. I began to see some fading after that time span especially on my lower lashline. Some colors fade faster than others though. I saw the most fading with Bella Navy. So far my favorites have been Bella Mandarin (for my crease), Bella Gold (I apply it to the center of my lid), Bella Sand (as a lid color) and Bella Ivory (for my browbone).

SWATCHES
These shadows are available in (30) shades and (3) finishes - Satin Matte (SM), Shimmer (S), Metallic (M):

Top (left-right): Bella Ivory, Bella Sand, Bella Cappuccino
Bottom (left-right): Bella Caffé, Bella Taupe, Bella Espresso


01 Bella Ivory (SM) is an off white pearly shade. It is great as a subtle inner corner & browbone highlight.
02 Bella Sand (S) is a beautiful soft gold with fine shimmers. This is great for a soft natural sheen on the lid.
03 Bella Cappuccino (SM) is a soft warm brown with the slightest sheen. The sheen is not that noticeable. It is great for the crease or as a light healthy-looking wash on the lids. I like the definition it gives to my crease.
04 Bella Caffé (SM) is a soft cool brown with a slight sheen not easily noticed on the lid. It is a great crease color.
05 Bella Taupe (SM) is a soft muted grey-brown shade with a slight sheen in it. Use it all over the lid or in the crease.
06 Bella Espresso (SM) is a medium brown with a gold undertone in it. The sheen it has is much more noticeable than the previous shades. When applied wet the color deepens significantly.

Swatches (white background): Bella Ivory, Bella Sand, Bella Cappuccino, Bella Caffé, Bella Taupe, Bella Espresso

Swatches (open background): Bella Ivory, Bella Sand, Bella Cappuccino, Bella Caffé, Bella Taupe, Bella Espresso

Top (left-right): Bella White, Bella Sky, Bella Navy
Bottom (left-right): Bella Gray, Bella Charcoal, Bella Black



07 Bella White (SM) is a translucent stark white with a subtle shimmer. I love to use this on my browbone and inner corner for a bright highlight.
08 Bella Sky (S) is a translucent pale sky blue shade. It has a very shimmery finish.
09 Bella Navy (SM) is a deep blue with a satin finish and slight shimmer. When applied wet it is richer in color. This is a great lid shade.
10 Bella Gray (SM) is a light translucent gray with a satin finish and slight shimmer due to its transparency.
11 Bella Charcoal (S) is a deep steel gray with brown undertones. It is very shimmery and would be a great lid color for a festive eye look.
12 Bella Black (SM) is a dark black with a satin but almost matte finish. Great for smoking out a look on the outer v.

Swatches (white background): Bella White, Bella Sky, Bella Navy, Bella Gray, Bella Charcoal, Bella Black

Swatches (open background): Bella White, Bella Sky, Bella Navy, Bella Gray, Bella Charcoal, Bella Black

Top (left-right): Bella Pink, Bella Violet, Bella Purple
Bottom (left-right): Bella Champagne, Bella Khaki, Bella Emerald


13 Bella Pink (S) is a frosty pale pink with a shimmer finish. The color applies lighter to the skin than what the pan shows. This is a great shade for the lid.
14 Bella Violet (S) is a light violet with a pink undertone and has a shimmer finish.
15 Bella Purple (SM) is a deep purple with a slight sheen. This is a gorgeous lid color.
16 Bella Champagne (S) is a pink champagne shimmery shade. I would put it over an eyeshadow base for a more glossy effect.
17 Bella Khaki (S) is an olive green with a gold undertone. I has a shimmery finish and has great pigmentation.
18 Bella Emerald (S) is a rich deep green with a shimmer finish. It has more of a metallic finish when applied with MAC Fix+.

Swatches (white background): Bella Pink, Bella Violet, Bella Purple, Bella Champagne, Bella Khaki, Bella Emerald
Swatches (open background): Bella Pink, Bella Violet, Bella Purple, Bella Champagne, Bella Khaki, Bella Emerald

Top (left-right): Bella Rouge, Bella Silver, Bella Teal
Bottom (left-right): Bella Gold, Bella Copper, Bella Bronze


19 Bella Rouge (M) is a red metallic shade with pink undertones. Apply wet for a foiled look.
20 Bella Silver (M) is a light silver metallic shade with fine shimmer in it. It has great pigmentation.
21 Bella Teal (M) is a blue-green metallic shade. It swatches more blue than green compared to how it looks in the pan and applies more as a shimmer until built up with more product.
22 Bella Gold (M) is a deep yellow gold with a metallic finish. It is very pigmented. It can be used in the center of the lid or inner corner for a pop of color.
23 Bella Copper (M) is a pigmented rich copper with gold undertones. Use it wet for a foiled finish.
24 Bella Bronze (M) is a rich warm brown bronze with a metallic finish. It is greatly pigmented when applied dry but loses its pigmentation when applied wet.

Swatches (white background): Bella Rouge, Bella Silver, Bella Teal, Bella Gold, Bella Copper, Bella Bronze

Swatches (open background): Bella Rouge, Bella Silver, Bella Teal, Bella Gold, Bella Copper, Bella Bronze

Top (left-right): Bella Cobalt, Bella Fuchsia, Bella Mandarin
Bottom (left-right): Bella Chiffon, Bella Rose, Bella Diamond

25 Bella Cobalt (SM) is a bright opaque cobalt blue containing fine silver shimmers. It has great pigmentation.
26 Bella Fuchsia (SM) is a sheer light fuchsia with a slight shimmery finish. Layer it on to build pigmentation.
27 Bella Mandarin (SM) i s a satin cool orange. It has a slight sheen when swatched but when applied on the crease it isn't noticeable. I love applying this color to my crease for the majority of my looks.
28 Bella Chiffon (Highlight/S) is a frosty yellow-toned white with a shimmer finish.
29 Bella Rose (Highlight/S) is a frosty pale pink with silver shimmers.
30 Bella Diamond (Highlight/S) is a very frosty white shimmer.

Swatches (white background): Bella Cobalt, Bella Fuchsia, Bella Mandarin, Bella Chiffon, Bella Rose, Bella Diamond
Swatches (open background): Bella Cobalt, Bella Fuchsia, Bella Mandarin, Bella Chiffon, Bella Rose, Bella Diamond

PACKAGING
Each shadow comes in a round gold compact with reflective snap shut caps. The packaging is like the Milani blush compacts. Although they are very pretty they are a bit bulky for eye shadow compacts. They will take up a good amount of storage space. You can depot them if you are looking to store them in a palette but please RESEARCH how to before trying to pop them out of the packaging. The shadows themselves seem to be baked onto a terracotta pan instead of a metal pan and there is a process to depotting them.

 
OVERALL THOUGHTS
The Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows are a breath of fresh air to the drugstore makeup brand. I have not come across any other brand selling single shadows that are as pigmented, versatile and easy to blend as these at that price point. Their lasting power is about the same as other drugstore brands, as an artist I'd like my shadows to last all day but it's fine as most women keep their makeup on for about 9-10 hours a day. I'm glad that they are not limited edition and are a part of the permanent Milani line. Although the packaging is pretty to look at they do take up a lot of storage space (I currently have to keep them in a bag until I find out what to do with them) and I am considering in depotting them to make room. With a vast array of colors you are sure to find what is right for you. In that sense I like the fact that they are single shadows and you don't have to buy a whole palette to restock on just one color (this happens often to me with drugstore palettes). I definitely recommend my beauty junkies to check these babies out!

Wearing Bella Navy & Bella Copper on lid / Bella Mandarin on crease / Bella White on inner corner & browbone

Wearing Bella Navy & Bella Copper on lid / Bella Mandarin on crease / Bella White on inner corner & browbone

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Availability: Drugstores / Milani
Price: $3.99 ea.


Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration by the manufacturer. This does not affect any opinions featured in this post as they are my own honest experiences with the product.