Monday, June 30, 2014

Swatches & LOTD: BFTE Summer Raes Collection

PR samples.

BFTE has a new collection for the summer called "Summer Raes." "Rae" is not misspelled--it's a tribute to the owner's mother, Rae. Summer Raes consists of six full size eyeshadows.


Today, I have pictures for you of all the shadows from this new collection, along with swatches, as well as a couple of looks I created using various shades from Summer Raes.

These are the colors in this summertime collection, as described on BFTE's site:


  • Catchin' Some Raes - a bold and icy blue with two different blue sparkles throughout
  • Fresh Cut Grass - a light and bright green with light green sparkles
  • June Bug - a light bronzed taupe with green and magenta sparkles
  • Liquid Sunshine - a slightly marigold yellow that blends into a soft golden sheen and hints of yellow and magenta sparkles
  • Picnic - an eggplant shade with a very slight brown tone and packed with red sparkles
  • Pink Lemonade - a very opque, vibrant, warm pink with pink sparkles


Top row, L-R: Catchin' Some Raes, Fresh Cut Grass, June Bug
Bottom row, L-R: Liquid Sunshine, Picnic, Pink Lemonade

Top row, L-R: Catchin' Some Raes, Fresh Cut Grass, June Bug
Bottom row, L-R: Liquid Sunshine, Picnic, Pink Lemonade

Top row, L-R: Catchin' Some Raes, Fresh Cut Grass, June Bug
Bottom row, L-R: Liquid Sunshine, Picnic, Pink Lemonade

This first set of swatches were taken in direct sunlight:

Top row, L-R: Catchin' Some Raes, Fresh Cut Grass, June Bug
Bottom row, L-R: Liquid Sunshine, Picnic, Pink Lemonade

Top row, L-R: Catchin' Some Raes, Fresh Cut Grass, June Bug
Bottom row, L-R: Liquid Sunshine, Picnic, Pink Lemonade

This second set of swatches were taken in shade with flash:

Top row, L-R: Catchin' Some Raes, Fresh Cut Grass, June Bug
Bottom row, L-R: Liquid Sunshine, Picnic, Pink Lemonade

Top row, L-R: Catchin' Some Raes, Fresh Cut Grass, June Bug
Bottom row, L-R: Liquid Sunshine, Picnic, Pink Lemonade

I did a couple of looks using the shadows from the Summer Raes collection. The shadows for this first look are the wrong tone for my skin, but it was still fun to wear a bright and summery look. For this look, I used Liquid Sunshine on the inner third (upper and lower), Fresh Cut Grass on the middle third (upper and lower), Catchin' Some Raes on the outer third (upper and lower), and June Bug to blend the colors onto my brow bone.


I liked this second look a lot more, as the shades are warmer and better with my skin and eye color. It was a very simple look with June Bug on the lid and inner 2/3 of the lower lash line and Picnic on the outer lid, outer third of the lower lash line and blended through the crease.


My favorite colors from this collection are definitely June Bug and Picnic, as they're the two that look best on me, although I think the entire collection is beautiful, and I love the way that Liquid Sunshine has a slight peachy-pink undertone to it.

The Summer Raes shades are sold as a collection for $32.50, which equates to $5.42 each, which is a good value. You can buy the set on BFTE's site here.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Review & Swatches: Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

I purchased this.

Milani Cosmetics recently released a new product called Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow. It's not on their website yet, which I think is kind of strange, but they've started showing up in stores that sell Milani. The products appear to be permanent, as there is nothing on the display or the product packaging that indicates they're limited edition. There are two displays: one has all 19 shadows, and the other is a smaller display with only 12 of the shadows. [EDIT 7/4/14: there are apparently 30 colors in total to be released sometime in July 2014.) There is only one store remotely convenient to wear I live that carries Milani, and it had the 12-color display. I ended up nabbing eight of them. I'm still on the hunt for the larger display (and waiting for them to be released on Milani's website), as I've seen photos out there in Blogger-land and YouTube-land of all 19 colors, and there are 7 or 8 more that I'm jonesing for.

The eight shades I picked up are Bella Caffé, Bella Espresso, Bella Gold, Bella Ivory, Bella Pink, Bella Purple, Bella Sand, and Bella Teal.

As always, click on the photos to see a larger image.


Top row, L-R: Bella Caffé, Bella Espresso, Bella Gold, Bella Ivory
Bottom row, L-R: Bella Pink, Bella Purple, Bella Sand, Bella Teal

Top row, L-R: Bella Caffé, Bella Espresso, Bella Gold, Bella Ivory
Bottom row, L-R: Bella Pink, Bella Purple, Bella Sand, Bella Teal

Top row, L-R: Bella Caffé, Bella Espresso, Bella Gold, Bella Ivory
Bottom row, L-R: Bella Pink, Bella Purple, Bella Sand, Bella Teal

The eyeshadows are raised in the pans and each has a little dip in the center, which you can see best in this next photo of Bella Gold.


I think the "Gel Powder" moniker is interesting. When I think "gel," I think of a cream, like gel eyeliner or Maybelline's Color Tattoo eyeshadows. Milani's Gel Powder eyeshadows don't have a cream consistency at all. I've seen them described online as more similar to a baked eyeshadow consistency, but I don't think that's accurate either. They're unlike anything else I own, and they're not a cream like a gel eyeliner or Color Tattoo, but neither are they hard like a baked eyeshadow. They're not a "bouncy" product, but they feel soft and silky. The colors are highly pigmented, and they glide on smoothly and blend beautifully.

I swatched each of the eight eyeshadows over Too Faced Shadow Insurance. This first set is taken in direct sunlight.

Top row, L-R: Bella Caffé, Bella Espresso, Bella Gold, Bella Ivory
Bottom row, L-R: Bella Pink, Bella Purple, Bella Sand, Bella Teal

Top row, L-R: Bella Caffé, Bella Espresso, Bella Gold, Bella Ivory
Bottom row, L-R: Bella Pink, Bella Purple, Bella Sand, Bella Teal

This second set of swatches were taken in the shade with flash.

Top row, L-R: Bella Caffé, Bella Espresso, Bella Gold, Bella Ivory
Bottom row, L-R: Bella Pink, Bella Purple, Bella Sand, Bella Teal

Top row, L-R: Bella Caffé, Bella Espresso, Bella Gold, Bella Ivory
Bottom row, L-R: Bella Pink, Bella Purple, Bella Sand, Bella Teal

My favorite colors from the eight that I have are Bella Gold (a gorgeous warm gold that looks beautiful with my skin tone), Bella Caffé (an absolutely perfect crease/brow transition color for my skin tone), Bella Sand (a warm, sandy, neutral shade with a very slightly peachy undertone), and Bella Teal (a stunning, bright, teal blue). I used all four of those plus Bella Espresso in a look yesterday, which I'll post soon. I like all of the shades I own , however, and am looking forward to pairing Bella Pink with Bella Purple, Bella Gold with Bella Teal, Bella Teal with Bella Espresso, and I think Bella Ivory will make a beautiful highlight shade for many looks.

Overall, I'm very happy with these eyeshadows. They are highly pigmented, have very little fallout, blend beautifully, and last all day. They don't apply quite as opaquely as I'd hoped, and  to really take advantage of their potential for vibrancy, I think they need to be applied over a sticky, colored base.

I picked these up at Walgreens, where the non-sale price for them is $3.99/each.

Have you seen these in any stores near you? Are there any colors that you're thinking of getting? 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Swatches: Chinovi Cosmetics Paper Runway Collection

PR Samples.

Earlier today, three terrific indie cosmetics companies (Chinovi Cosmetics, Darling Girl Cosmetics, and Glamour Doll Eyes) each released a collection in collaboration with one another. A couple of weeks ago, I posted sneak peek swatches from Darling Girl Cosmetics' Paper Runway collection. Well, today I have swatches for you from Chinovi Cosmetics' Paper Runway collection. 



Chinovi's collection consists of six eyeshadows and two blushes. These are Chinovi's shade descriptions:

  • Flannel (eyeshadow) - a warm lavender with beautiful blue sparkles.
  • Fleece (eyeshadow) - a matte dark, taupey pewter. 
  • Leather (eyeshadow) - a beautiful chocolate brown with purple sparkles throughout. 
  • Satin (eyeshadow) - a gorgeous mermaid blue. It's bright blue with a green cast and pink sparkles. 
  • Taffeta (eyeshadow) - deep purple with a soft red sheen and bronze sparkles. 
  • Tule (eyeshadow) - a lovely deep emerald green.
  • Crystal (blush) - a matte bubblegum pink blush. when blended out, it has more of a reddish tone. 
  • Madison (blush) - a warm medium apricot blush with some soft pink shimmers. 


This first set of swatches are taken in direct sunlight:

Top row, L-R: Fleece, Flannel, Leather, Satin
Bottom row, L-R: Taffeta, Tule, Crystal, Madison

Top row, L-R: Fleece, Flannel, Leather, Satin
Bottom row, L-R: Taffeta, Tule, Crystal, Madison

L-R: Crystal (blended out), Madison (blended out)

This second set of swatches were taken in shade with flash: 

Top row, L-R: Fleece, Flannel, Leather, Satin
Bottom row, L-R: Taffeta, Tule, Crystal, Madison

Top row, L-R: Fleece, Flannel, Leather, Satin
Bottom row, L-R: Taffeta, Tule, Crystal, Madison

L-R: Crystal (blended out), Madison (blended out)

As always, Chinovi's eyeshadows have the perfect amount of slip, are highly pigmented, and are really gorgeous. They apply and blend so easy they feel downright luxurious--I described to a friend earlier today that putting on Chinovi eyeshadows feels like putting on a silk nightie.

My absolute favorite shadow in this collection is Leather. I am always on the hunt for "the perfect brown," and when I swiped Leather across my skin for the first time, I literally gasped. It's so, so, so pretty. I can't even put into words how rich and gorgeous it is. There are purple sparkles in it, which for the life of me I couldn't catch on camera. They're tiny sparkles, and keep this from being just another brown eyeshadow. I can't wait to pair Leather and Satin together on my eyelids. I'm really looking forward to playing with every single color!

I personally love that the blushes are matte, without any sparkle or shimmer. Crystal is my favorite of the two blushes, as I love bubblegum pinks. Madison will be a great shade for me once my face has a little summer color. 

Are you thinking of buying any of the colors from any of the Paper Runway collections? Which colors of Chinovi's are you thinking you might have to pick up? 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sneak Peek Swatches: Darling Girl Paper Runway Collection

PR Samples.

Hi! Wow, I knew I'd been pretty negligent about updating my blog, but I hadn't realized until just now that it's been over a month. I really need to get back in the habit of blogging.

Today, I've got some sneak peek swatches for you from an upcoming collection from Darling Girl Cosmetics. Darling Girl, Chinovi Cosmetics, and Glamour Doll Eyes have joined together in a collaborative effort called Paper Runway. I haven't seen sneak peeks from either Chinovi or GDE, and have no idea what we'll see from them, but I'm pretty excited about what Darling Girl is releasing as their part of the collaboration.

Darling Girl's piece of the Paper Runway collaborative collection is a set of six eyeshadows and two blushes that are perfect colors for summertime wear. I've swatched each color below in direct sunlight, in the shade, and in the shade with flash.

Direct Sunlight
Top row, L-R: City Chic, Fashion Disaster, Frock Star
Middle row, L-R: It Girl (Soft Focus Blush), Kandy Kouture (Inner Glow Blush)
Bottom row, L-R: Make It Work, Mod Me Up, Model Walk

Shade
Top row, L-R: City Chic, Fashion Disaster, Frock Star
Middle row, L-R: It Girl (Soft Focus Blush), Kandy Kouture (Inner Glow Blush)
Bottom row, L-R: Make It Work, Mod Me Up, Model Walk 

Shade - with Flash
Top row, L-R: City Chic, Fashion Disaster, Frock Star
Middle row, L-R: It Girl (Soft Focus Blush), Kandy Kouture (Inner Glow Blush)
Bottom row, L-R: Make It Work, Mod Me Up, Model Walk 

Direct Sunlight
Top row, L-R: City Chic, Fashion Disaster, Frock Star
Middle row, L-R: It Girl (Soft Focus Blush), Kandy Kouture (Inner Glow Blush)
Bottom row, L-R: Make It Work, Mod Me Up, Model Walk 

Shade
Top row, L-R: City Chic, Fashion Disaster, Frock Star
Middle row, L-R: It Girl (Soft Focus Blush), Kandy Kouture (Inner Glow Blush)
Bottom row, L-R: Make It Work, Mod Me Up, Model Walk  

Shade - with Flash
Top row, L-R: City Chic, Fashion Disaster, Frock Star
Middle row, L-R: It Girl (Soft Focus Blush), Kandy Kouture (Inner Glow Blush)
Bottom row, L-R: Make It Work, Mod Me Up, Model Walk  

My favorite shades are the City Chic and Make It Work eyeshadows. I'm also really in love with the Kandy Kouture Inner Glow Blush.

The Paper Runway collection will be released on Saturday, June 28. It makes me really happy to see three indie cosmetics companies banding together in a collaborative effort. I think there's enough room out there for all of the great indies, so it's great to see them working together. These are three great indies with stellar reputations and high quality products, so I'm looking forward to seeing what they all have in store for us.

Which Darling Girl eyeshadows or blushes from Paper Runway interest you the most?