Friday, 4 April 2014

Urban Decay - Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

Like your neons? Then you'll want to take a look at this - the new Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment palette.
Ten shades in all, eight of them brand new colours, all of them bright.

The back of the box shows the colours inside & that a double-ended brush is also included.
The actual palette is made of a sturdy plastic, and the lid houses a decent-sized mirror. This is definitely packaging that will stand up to travelling.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Sugarpill - Brushes Part I

Recently, the ever-fabulous Sugarpill Cosmetics launched their own range of brushes. One of my favourite brands, brushes, pink? No-brainer, these were definitely a must-have.

Four different brushes to review here, so for the sake of brevity, I'm going to split this into two reviews, with two brushes per post.

The first brush under review is the Tapered Blending & Crease Brush.

Tapered Blending & Crease Brush

Nothing too fancy with regards to packaging, but it's all about the contents within. With crease brushes, I tend to prefer a narrower brush for myself, but I carry a few different ones in my kit.

Sugarpill - Brushes Part II

 For part one of this review, which features the Tapered Blending & Crease Brush and the Large Eyeshadow Brush, go here.

Of the four new brushes from Sugarpill, three are eye brushes. This is the third - it's the Precision Eyeliner Brush.

It has to be said - I'm a very picky person when it comes to eyeliner brushes for personal use. I prefer a pointy brush over the angled variety, I don't like them to be too fat, too floppy, and they absolutely must have a tapered, pointy tip.

I've tried a fair number of liner brushes now, MAC, Illamasqua, Trish McEvoy, but have never found what I'd call a perfect example.
Until this pink beauty landed in the post.

Size-wise, it's akin to the MAC 209, but these brushes can't compare. Sugarpill's brush has a much finer point to the tip.
The bristles are firmer, too. Not so firm as to give you a hard time, just firm enough to be able to hold that point without splaying the hairs whilst you're using it. That's not to say that softness has been sacrificed. Not at all.
It gives a very steady, even application of liner (this & the Inglot gel liner make a fabulous combination for a great, eye-enhancing line) without skipping or pulling.
Hands down, this is the best liner brush I've used to date. Additional Precision Eyeliner Brushes will be finding their way into my brush roll in the future.

The last brush we're looking at is the Lip Brush.

It's always handy to have an extra lip brush or three lying around, especially when I'm doing my freelance work. Since I'd decided to try the other Sugarpill brushes, it seemed to make sense to give the lip brush a whirl, too. Especially as you can buy the four together as a set for a bit of a bargain.

Very soft hairs on this brush, but they're still firm enough to retain their shape & not splay out whilst you're applying your lippy.Nice rounded tip with a very slight point. This brush works really well with Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tars.

However, this isn't just a mere lip brush, it also multi-tasks like a champion. That rounded tip makes it useful for adding a shimmery highlight to the inner eye corners & applying shadow under the lower lash-line.
It could even be used for concealer under the eyes and around the nose (because of my Kat Von D foundation, I can skip concealer).
For $18, you're getting far more than just a lip brush here!

In summary? These are all great brushes. They're synthetic, so cruelty-free. The hairs are soft, yet keep their shape very, very well. Not a huge deciding factor, but those pink gradient hairs are gorgeous. That precision liner brush! Seriously, I cannot rave enough about how amazing that brush is.

The only downside that I've found is that the hairs on the liner brush have become a little stained after last using it with my gel liner. Hopefully another good shampoo should sort that issue out.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Sugarpill - Smitten Limited Edition Loose Eyeshadow

Wow, I haven't done a post in a long, long time! Must try to make sure I update more often.

I decided to my first return post about the utterly fantastic Smitten loose eyeshadow by Sugarpill Cosmetics.
Smitten is another of those gorgeous limited edition shades. I'm not at all adversed to a limited edition, but when a company does practically every item as LE, it takes the sheen off. Happily, Sugarpill do it just right - the occasional LE item popping up every now & then.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Sugarpill - Cold Chemistry Eyeshadow Palette

The latest palette from Sugarpill Cosmetics comes in the form of Cold Chemistry. If you'd thought Sugarpill were all about the bright colours, this is the palette that will change your mind.

As ever, this is beautifully packaged. The actual palette comes with a slip cover that also features the shattered glass artwork.
Slide that off, and you'll reveal the palette. Instead of the square design of previous Sugarpill palettes, Cold Chemistry is a longer format, with the shadows lying next to each other.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Sugarpill - ElektroCute Neon Pigments

 The latest pigments from the fabulous Sugarpill Cosmetics come in the form of the ElektroCute collection. There's five shades, each a neon hue with added sparkle.

When these were announced, I was itching to get my hands on them. Yes, I'm forever a slave to a good, solid black eyeshadow, but I like to add bright colours in there for fun.

The five pigments are Supercharged (orange), Hi-Viz (yellow), Love Buzz (pink), Hellatronic (blue), and Sparkage (green).

This is going to be a picture-heavy post, so bear with me here.

First up is Supercharged.


Friday, 16 August 2013

Sugarpill - Asteria Chromalust

Recently, the fabulous Sugarpill sold some limited edition items. Being a huge fan of their products, I had to check out the limited Chromalust loose eyeshadow in Asteria. I was lucky enough to be able to get my hands on one of these little pots of gorgeous goodness.

As always with Sugarpill, the attention to detail on the packaging is spot on. For Asteria, the box & lid of the pot are white, instead of the usual black packaging of Chromalusts.