SHADOW BATTLE: Viseart vs. MakeupGeek

31 Jan

OK you guys I’m finally doing this review/comparison on Viseart and Makeup Geek shadows. Please share your thoughts down below…hope you enjoy mine.

So I did similar eye shadow looks on two different days, basically a bronze/brown smokey eye. Now I’ve used these shadows before, you may have seen my holiday makeup looks. I’ve used both brands alone or simultaneously.  I’ve experimented with both brands and feel like I can make a good review at this point.

 

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These are kiss lashes in case anyone is wondering. They are my favorite. you can get them at wal-mart or drugstores. they are so comfortable!!!!

This is viseart shadow from the 01 matte palette and the 03 bridal satin palette and viseart gel liner (mixed with some inglot duraline solution)

 

MAKEUP GEEK

 
Pardon the top knot. I had just gotten back from a top knot party. 😋 so anyways… These are makeup geek shadows in moondust, glamourous, and bitten in the crease with an urban decay pencil liner I think.

UGH bitten…it looks so pretty in the pan but then once you start applying it, it just goes EVERYWHERE. it doesn’t look to bad in the picture but that’s because i put a bunch of concealer on top of it. There’s blendable and then there’s this…where it’s just like a two year old smearing food on a wall. That sh*t goes everywhere!

I will say that I do love most of their duochrome shadows (and probably darn near all of their foiled shadows). OMG typhoon is my favorite. just to give you a recap of typhoon:

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MAKEUP GEEK: Typhoon Duochrome (lid only) and of course VISEART hanging in the crease (from the 08 Editorial Matte palette)

 

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More Makeup Geek: Fortune teller, ritzy, and cocoa bear I really adore this gold and Viseart does not have one this quite yellow.

Some may argue that Makeup Geek Shadows are more unique and brightly colored…but Viseart did this:

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To get the sparkles i applied Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal liner in Glam Rock.

and this:

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Pardon all of the stray hairs

EFFORTLESS. That’s what I think when I think Viseart. Even when I was trying to do the negative space cut crease. The pigmentation is there, it’s blendable, it’s buildable, it’s beautiful. Overall, I would have to say that I prefer Viseart Eye shadows. I think they are better quality and have more consistent quality throughout their shadows. I have to work a lot less with all of the Viseart shadows and it’s pretty hit or miss with the makeup geek shadows. That being said, I do not think Makeup Geek has bad shadows. I think they have really nice ones and then they have a lot of duds. If I had to return one brand of of shadow and never use it again it would be Makeup Geek.

OK OK…right now you’re probably like, “are you sponsored by them or something?” ha no… i wish. I will say that in terms of inconsistency Viseart does have a select few shadows that appear different in the pan, but you are pleasantly surprised at the color once your swatch or apply. But that is really only with a handful of colors. Most of them are true to pan color and will glide on your lids like a dream and lay beautifully.

Here’s my score for the SHADOW BATTLE:

APPLICATION – Viseart wins

COLOR PREDICTABILITY – This one is tied, for the most part the colors are true to pan

COLOR PIGMENTATION – This one is tied, there a some let downs with each brand, but overall they are both very pigmented.

CUSTOMIZATION – Makeup Geek takes it, you can purchase what ever shadows you want or  ordered pre-made palettes, I will say though, Viseart arranges their shadows nicely in most of the palettes

QUALITY – Viseart takes this one. Although most of the foil and duochrome Makeup Geek Shadows are out of this world. BUT MG just has too much fallout.

PRICE – They are actually pretty comparable. This one is a tie, but leaning towards MG because you can customize and purchase less. Foiled shadows are a wopping $10 a piece (same size mind you) and the duochrome, shimmer, and matte shadows are $6 a piece. On average Viseart shadows are about $6.66 a piece. The bridal satin palette is the same quality of the foiled shadows (maybe a touch less foily) but you pay less for a great product.

OK so who won? Viseart 4 vs. Makeup Geek 4

Each brand of eye shadow shines in different ways.

Have you tried these brands? Which is your favorite?

And let me know in the comments if you want to see swatches!

Up next week is the Anastasia Beverly Hills LOVE AND HATE Glow Kits Review.

 

 

Colourpop: Lippie Stix in Review

24 Jan

By now everyone reading this has gone online and bought themselves some Colourpop. On the off chance that you haven’t I’d like to give a review for you. It will broken down in Color Payoff, Longevity, Value, and Overall Feel and Reaction

I wasn’t completely convinced of all the hype so I purchased two colors for myself and two for a friend. 🙂 the two that I purchased for myself were tootsie and grunge. Both the Lippie and the matching pencil.

Color Payoff: These lipsticks are extremely pigmented. The colors are unique as well. The liner is very creamy and pigmented, but also a just a tad runny. you may need a second stiff liner so your face doesn’t look a mess.

Longevity: The lip color lasts fairly long, that is until you start eating, then you’ll notice some wear. It doesn’t flake off too, which is good. And when I applied it I first applied the lip pencil all over the lips, and then the lippie stix on top of that. This is a makeup artist trick, a lot of people are familiar with it now though because of youtube. 🙂

Value: I’d say the value is pretty high for these babies. $5 dollars each? They beat out any drug store lip product that i’ve tried and returned.

Yes, it can be tricky for the lipstick to not bleed a little, but there are ways around that. you could use another pencil (i find liar from urban decay to work well with tootsie. It’s just a tad darker. You can also apply several thin layers. In between each layer, blot with a lipstick until you have reached your desired effect.

Overall Feel/Reaction: I would definitely buy more (and I have). I also bought their ultramatte lippies. I’ll let you guys know what I think about those when they arrive. Knowing colourpop, it’ll be about a month. :/ But hey, it’s worth the wait.

Besides being a tad bleedy, i’d say that they are just a smidge drying. BUT i did put the entire liner all over my lip, so that may be the reason. Or maybe is the liner that is just drying. Thoughts on anyone who’s tried them?

Also, I’d like to say that Colourpop is great about showing their swatches and how they look on models of different skin color. Personally, I think grunge makes an excellent color for almost every skin tone, while tootsie I think works best for lighter skin tones.

I’ve posted some pictures of the lip with some recent instagram pictures. <<give me a follow if you’d like! i love following back fellow artists/beauty lovers. 🙂

 

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Colourpop GRUNGE with a wintery smokey eye

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Colourpop Tootsie with matching eyes

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One Brush. 15 Minute Makeup.

19 Jan

  this is a quick and easy makeup look for people that just can’t makeup or a look that gives the face a break.

I did this look in 15 minutes with one brush, granted the brush was duel ended.


I used various Mac cosmetic paint pots to achieve this effortless look -which allowed me to cut the primer step out.

I blended in all correctors, concealers, and foundations by hand

I used the brow wiz from anastasia beverly hills in dark brown.

To cut down on time I used a cream liquid stain from the sephora Collection.

I even used a powder puff sponge when applying setting powder.

The only time I used the brush was for highlight, blush, and bronze. I could have used creams for these as well, but for quickness and accuracy I chose to use a brush because that’s what I’m used to doing.

What’s coming next:

Viseart and Makeupgeek review and comparison.

Colourpop Lippie Stix and Liner Review.

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Holiday Makeup Challenge (30 of 30)

1 Jan

Last one of the Holiday Makeup Challenge!!! It’s January first, so I thought I’d post a look that has the Pantone colors of the year.

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but first…some fun colored lips!

For the face I mainly utilized pink -for the lips and the eyes, but I complimented that by wearing a serenity blue shirt and sporting blue eyes!

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30 Days of Holiday Makeup. Day 30! “Pantones: Serenity & Rose Quartz”

What is everyone’s resolution this year? I’m going to start a youTube channel and post higher quality pictures. And on that note, I’m going to practice more patience and positive vibes.

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Holiday Makeup Challenge (day 30 of 30)

1 Jan

This is going to be short because I’m posting from my phone. I scheduled the post to show up at 11am but it never published. I’ve been in a car for 7 hours (still in a car) doing some holiday traveling and going about 2 miles an hour the whole time and haven’t been able to post…so it’s going to be a quick one. By the way I’m not driving. Without further adue I give you day 30: “pantones unite: serenity & rose quartz ” 

 
What is your resolution? Mine is to a start a YouTube channel and take higher quality images for your viewing pleasure. 

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Holiday Makeup Challenge (29 of 30)

31 Dec

This is called “Happy Nude Year” because of the nude lips and all.

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30 Days of Holiday Makeup. Day 29 of 30. “Happy Nude Years”

I thought I’d do a nude lip and a simple two color eye makeup look. Most times new years eve outfits are brightly colored or sparkly so I so doing a nude and sparkle eye look would complement that well. I used the Urban Decay Heavy Metal Liner in Midnight Cowboy. I’ve talked about these before but I’ll say it again. These are the best! You just have to brush on the glitter and you can layer to your desired amount. And it STAYS PUT!

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Close up. Sorry it’s so blurry. My new years resolution is to take better quality pictures.

For this makeup look, I wanted to focus on the skin. When the ball is dropping or the whatever your state capital does, you want your skin to be radiant and glowing.

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Here is what I did to make this face:

“Happy Nude Year”

EYES

Eye Primer: Two faced – Shadow Insurance

Eye Shadow:

Viseart 01, 03, 05, 06, 07

Sephora Colorful Shadow and Liner (jumbo liner) 05 21, 28

Urban Decay – Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy (applied all over)

Mascara Primer/Serum: Diorshow Maximizer Lash Serum

Mascara: Armani Excess Eyes to Kill

Lashes: Ardell Lashes 410 Demi

 

FACE

Moisturizer: Caudelié – Primeir Cru

Eye Cream: Clinique – All About Eyes

Undereye corrector: Tarte CC for undereye

Primer: YSL BB Cream in Clear

Foundation: Nars All Day Luminous Powder

Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy in Vanilla (around mouth) and

MUFE Lift Concealer in Pink Beige 1

Highlight: Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Powder Compact in Highlight 01

Blush: Nars – Unlawful

Bronzer: Hourglass Ambient Bronze in Luminous

 

LIPS

Lip Primer: Bite – Line and Prime

Lip Liner – Graftobian in Nude

Lipstick: M.A.C. in flesh

Topper: MUFE in N9

 

BROWS

Senna – Anastasia Brow Powder in Chocolate

 

SETTING POWDER

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

 

Holiday Makeup Challenge (28 of 30)

30 Dec
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30 Days of Holiday Makeup. Day 28. “Frosty”

Today’s look was a special request by one of my youngest followers! Hello Indigo! I hope you like today’s snow queen inspired look. I’m calling it “Frosty” I really miss the snow. I’m spending Christmas and new years in Florida.

What is everyone doing for New Years?

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I have to give it up to Viseart. The eye shadow and lips are a big thanks to the viseart eye shadow palettes. They are so finely milled and pigmented that blending and layering are a DREAM! And of course, I ironically used the Makeup Geek shadow in the color “Ice Queen” That made me giggle, I hope you do too!

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These lashes are fantastic. They are by the Vegas_Nay. You might have heard of her, she’s got about 7 million followers on Instagram.

The headband is from Bevello, in case anyone is wondering! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. As always, I’m listing the products I used last. If you have any questions on how I achieved this look please comment below!

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“Frosty”

EYES

Eye Primer: Two Faced Shadow Insurance

Eye Shadow:

Viseart 03, 08

MAKEUPGEEK Ice Queen 😉

Eyeliner: Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black

Mascara: Nars Audacious on bottom Covergirl lash blast on top

Lashes: Vegas Nay in Shining Star

 

FACE

Moisturizer: M.A.C. Mineral Charged Water Face and Body Lotion

Eye Cream: Origins – Ginzing eye cream

Undereye corrector: Tarte CC for undereye

Foundation: M.A.C. Studio Fix Fluid – NW10

Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy in Chantilly, Bobbi Brown tinted eye brightener

Highlight: MAKEUP GEEK Ice Queen shadow and Urban Decay Naked Flush Palette – Highlighter only

Contour: M.A.C. Eye shadow in Fashion Fix

Blush: Nars in Unlawful

Bronzer: Urban Decay Naked Flush Palette- Bronzer

 

LIPS

Lip Primer: Guerlain Lip lift

Lip Liner: Graftobian White Pencil

Lipstick: Kat Von D in Coven

Layered: Viseart 03 Palette –purples and blues

Topped: Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Glam Rock

 

BROWS

Anastasia Brow Gel in Blonde

Concealer

White Graftobian pencil

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Liner in Distortion

 

SETTING POWDER

RCMA Translucent Setting Powder