Thursday, February 14, 2013

Helping a friend

So earlier tonight I was talking to a friend who was interested in the Costal Scents 88 Pallet as well as getting more into makeup in general. As anyone that is really in to makeup will know, all the cheap 88 pallets going around are the same, just with different brand names stamped on them. So I decided for her, I would do some swatches of cheap but decent to amazing drug store products that I own to help give her an idea of what would be a good starting point. Also, it gets this blog up and going again. So Crys, this one is for you.
All these swatched over Urban Decay Primer Potion although Two Faced Shadow Insurance is my preferred primer. All places to get these products are where I have found them in Canada (Sorry to any international viewers or Kat)

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88 Matte Pallet
- Inexpensive
- Plenty of colors to choose from
- Tons of brights
- Like many Matte colors from lower priced products, they are VERY chalky
- Due to their chalky nature, it is not the first pallet I will go to, ever
- They are so tiny that even the good colors do not last long enough

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88 Shimmer Pallet
- Inexpensive
- Plenty of colors to choose from
- Tons of brights
- Not as chalky as the matte pallet
- There are still quite a few matte colors and they are very chalky
- They are a small shadow

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Wet'n'Wild Pallets (Walmart, Superstore)
- Super cheap ($4-5 per pallet)
- Super pigmented
- Decent sized shadows
- They have an amazingly pigmented matte white which is very hard to find
- Pallets are perfectly set up for a full eye look
- Many MAC dupes
- Couple you have to layer a bit more than others

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Maybelline Eye Studio Pallets (Walmart, Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart)
- Nice colors
- Large variety
- Decent pigmentation
- Purples need to be layered or on a stickier base to get it to be a smooth even color

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Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner (Walmart, Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart)
- Amazing gel liner
- Same quality level as the MAC gel liner

Maybelline Color Tattoo Base (Walmart, Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart)
- Wide variety
- Most of them are amazingly pigmented
- Great substitute for MAC Paint pots
- Purple is really poorly done

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Maybelline MasterDrama eyeliner (Walmart, Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart)
- Very pigmented
- Twistable pencil
- Not much product in it compared to an actual pencil

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Loreal Infallible Shadows (Walmart, Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart)
- Nice smooth formula
- Very buildable
- Nice variety of colors
- Easily applied by fingers (only recommended for personal use)
- Some take more blending than others

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Joe Liquid pen liner (Superstore)
- Nice felt tip pen liner
- Very pigmented black and teal
- Purple was streaky and I threw it out long before this post

Hard Candy Liquid pen liner (Walmart)
- Nice felt tip pen liners
- Long lasting
- Not as pigmented so would need very light, neutral makeup underneath it

Milani Brow pen (Superstore)
- Felt tip pen
- Buildable color
- Nice variety of colors
- Starts off too light and needs to be built a lot but is easy to over build on these

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Annabelle glitter eyeliners (Walmart, Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart)
- Many colors
- Not overly glittery
- Perfect over a black eyeliner on a neutral or elaborate makeup look
- None, I love these things

Hard Candy glitter liner (Walmart)
- Nice Variety
- Colored base
- Due to it having a color base, if not used over a black liner it can look streaky

And last but not least, this is not a drug store product but at only $15 a color, for a massive jar of it (I probably will never run out of these)

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Ben Nye loose shadows (Don's Hobby Shop)
- LARGE color selection
- VERY pigmented
- Cannot think of any at this time

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