Review: Urban Decay Moondust Eye Shadow in Ether, Works Better Wet!

Sparkly sparkle, let all the glitter dust makes it magic to set glamour and elegance to the scene. This is what came into my mind about Urban Decay Moondust Eye Shadow.

Urban Decay Moondust Eye Shadow in Ether

‘Moondust Eyeshadow is infused with a delicate, microfine sparkle and gorgeous 3-D pearls—for a
glistening, iridescent effect and amazing flashes of multidimensional sparkle. We recommend applying
Moondust with your fingers. For extra intense color payout, apply it with a wet finger or brush dipped in water, then blend out the edges with a dry brush.

MOONDUST EYESHADOW IS AVAILABLE IN FOUR NEW SHADES:
ETHER – light purple with pink-blue 3-D sparkle and shift
SCORPIO – matte black with gold 3-D sparkle
SOLSTICE – metallic pink-red with green 3-D sparkle and shift
COSMIC – metallic white with iridescent 3-D sparkle and shift’

Urban Decay Moondust Eye Shadow in Ether Shade

The shade that I have is called Ether , a light purple shade with pink and blue 3D sparkle and lift. As this shade is labelled on the box, the sticker does reflect the shade of the eye shadow.

Urban Decay Moondust Eye Shadow in Ether Ingredients

From the ingredients listing, I could see there is talc and silica. I have no issue with these ingredient but just to highlight, if you are ingredients sensitive.

Urban Decay Moondust Eye Shadow in Ether Front & Back

This eye shadow comes in a single eye shadow pot of pearlescent faint blue with transparent lid embossed with UD in the middle. The transparent lid allows ones to shade and texture of the eye shadow.

Urban Decay Moondust Eye Shadow in Ether Texture

On the closer look, the texture seems gritty and what I’m worried of is will it go smooth on my eyelids as well as how much of fall outs will it be.

Urban Decay Moondust Eye Shadow in Ether Removable Pan

This eye shadow pot was also designed to be able to remove from it’s casing and to be placed into your Urban Decay customized ‘build your own palette’.

Urban Decay Moondust Eye Shadow in Ether Swatches

Let’s have a look over the swatch. You can definitely tell this is a heavily pigmented in purple with glitters of pink and blue. Though it seems gritty but from the swatch using my fingers, I could almost barely feel them. It’s like soft flakes that I have touched and I have created two looks using this eye shadow.

Urban Decay Moondust Eye Shadow in Ether How To Dry Application

Understand that it’s recommended to use finger for the best result but that doesn’t mean I could not use an eye shadow brush right? I’m so used to using makeup brushes and I hardly use fingers now unless I don’t have any brushes with me at all.

The first look is to dab the eye shadow on the eyelid and dab until to the desired opacity. Blend well after and it creates an iridescent beautiful sparkles around the eyes. This is the dry application technique.

Urban Decay Moondust Eye Shadow in Ether Look 1

Finish off with eye liner and mascara. This look goes well for both day and night.

Urban Decay Moondust Eye Shadow in Ether How To Wet Application

Second look here is to create bold eye liner out of it. Using synthetic brush and dip into some water then the eye shadow. This is called wet application technique. Start lining on the lash line thicker than how we usually apply eye liner. Complete the line with a wing at the corner and half way to the lower lash to balance out the look. Finish off with eye liner with similar length of the eye shadow and apply mascara to boost those lashes up.

Urban Decay Moondust Eye Shadow in Ether Look 2

This look brings the edginess, elegance and glamour.

Above all…

I love this eye shadow where it gives a very beautiful sparkle. At first I lost interest with the eye shadow from the dry application because the color pay off wasn’t as good from the swatch but once I did the wet application technique, I’m in love.

For dry application, there is fall outs and it isn’t obvious for me because my lashes caught most of it. You could actually see it on the image where I show steps to apply for dry technique. I have no issues with the wet application at all, it goes on smoothly without fuss. Throughout the day, the glitter does move around  to the crease from blinking which is not an issue because it is still pretty. In conclusion, it would be best to apply this eye shadow with finger or using wet application technique.

Price: MYR72.00

Weight: 1.5grams / 0.05 oz.

Availability: Sephora nationwide

PROs:

  • Great color payoff
  • Beautiful sparkle
  • Smooth application

CONs:

  • Fall outs

My Rating: 4.6/5

 

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This eye shadow was provided for review purposes, kindly refer disclaimer.

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

Review: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black, Great Color Payoff, Smudge-Proof for More Than 9 Hours

This eye liner has always been Sephora Malaysia Top 10 Makeup Best Seller (numerous times) and I am curious to try it. It’s Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black. Stila is no strange makeup brand and was once missed when years before they were no longer available in Malaysia. Fret not, they are very much visible in Sephora stores.Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

‘Finally, a waterproof liquid liner that glides on with ease, won’t smudge or run, and stays in place until you say when! The thin marker-like tip is easy to use even for the least experienced, and delivers a defined thin line to a dramatic bold line with precision.

Goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or pulling, and lasts all day!

Key Benefits:

Waterproof and easy-to-use

Goes on smoothly without skipping

Lasts all day long!’

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Description

At the back of the box, describes how we could use the eye liner and the benefits we are able to enjoy. Since it is water and smudge proof, it is great for those who are looking out for long lasting and oily eyelid. It is also fast drying which will make an ease for people like me especially on weekdays before going to work.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Ingredients

At the side of the box is where the ingredients listing. Do bare in mind that this eye liner contains alcohol and paraben, therefore it may not be suitable for those who have sensitive skin.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Made in Japan, Assembled in Korea

This eye liner is made in Japan and assembled in Korea, which doesn’t surprise me why this eye liner has good rating on it.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Intense Black

I would like try with the very basic shade before I go into colors. This liquid eye liner has a range with colors and I might want to grab them later on.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner 2

This eye liner comes in a pen form which is great for on-the-go person. You just want to apply and go quickly. The pen is skinny and comes in the right length to fit into my daily makeup bag easy. Also to highlight that this eye liner was given the Award for Best Eye Liner in 2011 by TotalBeauty.com.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Felt Tip

The eye liner comes with felt tip applicator which I am skeptical of because some felt tip eye liners could be rough, hard and ink doesn’t flow smoothly.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Swatch

Here is a swatch for the eye liner which shows how opaque the shade is. Single layer is where I lined a thin line and double layer is where I have applied twice. Either way, both looks great and the ink comes smoothly over the application. Finishes slightly glossy.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Spring Inner Cap

The cap for the eye liner has an inner spring which helps to secure the eye liner better. Normally, I find these type of caps helps to prolong the life span of the eye liners too.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Application

This is how I use it. I would start from the inner corner of my eyes and the felt tip applicator is fine enough to create precise application. In my opinion, it is alright to tug your skin a little in order to get that smooth application. I find it tricky when I want to draw a sharp wing on my second application on the other eye. The eye liner tip seems to be less firm and it always happened to my second application.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Look

Here is how it turns out for me and I do notice that this eye liner is great to fill the lash gaps.

Above all…

I love this eye liner for it’s color payoff, it is water and smudge-proof because it held up very well after 9 hours of wearing it. There are some part could be tricky like having to draw sharp wing on my second application and at a certain angle, the ink would comes on smoothly. There are times when I try to apply over more than double layer to touch up, the felt tip removes the existing layer instead where I find it difficult to layer the application.

I would still think this is worth to try for an eye liner especially for tropical weather in Malaysia. They come off easily with water-proof makeup remover.  I have yet to experience any irritations which is good as I could continue my usage happily.

Price: MYR70

Weight: 0.5ml / 0.016fl.oz

Availability: Sephora nationwide

PROs:

  • Great color payoff
  • Water and smudge-proof for more than 9 hours
  • Precise application
  • Lash gap filler
  • Easy removal with water-proof makeup remover

CONs:

  • Tricky to create sharp wing on second application
  • Removes existing eye liner when layers more eye liner

My Rating: 4.6/5

 

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

Empro Cosmetics Bonbrow, Second Touch Up and My Brows Look Way Much Better Than Before

Two weeks ago, I went for another round to touch up my brows. I was unhappy of how it turned out after my first Bonbrow touch up and made another appointment a month later.

May Yong has permanently transferred to their outlet at Sg Wang, which is definitely much closer to where I am living. Just like the first time, I went through the same process of embroidery and I could feel this time is slightly more painful than before. The pain chills through my bones. Most probably because I was not feeling well during my appointment, I have been sick for the past 3 weeks with fever, heavy cough and flu. Let’s have a look on how it turns out this time.

Empro Bonbrow Second Touch Up

I like how it turns out this time, it’s not patchy and everything looks much more even out. The fullness looks natural after the peeling and it blends naturally with my real brow hairs.

My left brows is always the weird one (it has always been!) because it will always look much higher. May had tried her best to help me to fix this (she even took a few shots of photos with her personal mobile to make comparison) and now it is much more less obvious.

Since I am happy with my brows now, I really need to think what are ways I could grow more brow hairs which is a touch one. Share with me if you have any good remedy!

 

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

Review: Benefit Puff Off! Instant Eye Gel, Instantly Brightens and Irons The Fine Lines Off

I could be quite picky on eye creams but I couldn’t help it to try Benefit Puff Off! Instant Eye Gel. What attracted me the most is the ‘iron’ tip applicator. Let’s find out more!

Benefit Puff Off

‘Why we love it!

Iron on…puff off! Puffies & creases look “satiny smooth” with our innovative undereye gel. The custom “ironing” tip instantly helps smooth the look of  undereye puffies & fine lines. Iron away for a smoother day!

94% said eye area looks smoothed*
*Consumer panel survey on 31 women after 7 days

custom “ironing” tip
instant PUFFormance!
smooth-o-matic glide
cools on contact

How to apply

Squeeze once and dot under each eye…then go back and glide on with “ironing” tip.

*Beauty tip

Puff off! works on bare skin or over makeup. When applying on top of makeup, gently pat with fingertips to blend.’

Benefit Puff Off Front Back

The eye gel comes in a slim squeeze tube which may look ordinary and at the base of the tube where the lid is has a little badge of ‘smooth o-matic’.

Benefit Puff Off Applicator

The custom ‘iron’ tip definitely looks like it and cools on contact. This is one of the function that excites me and I’m curious how it feels to use this applicator. My doubts are if it will tug around my eye area. Squeeze the tube and the eye gel dispenses in the middle of the applicator.

Benefit Puff Off Swatch

Though it is claimed that it is an eye gel, the texture looks like a light-weight cream of soft peach color. Once it is fully absorbed, my skin feels really soft and brighter.

Benefit Puff Off Ingredients

This eye gel does contain alcohol and fragrance which I wouldn’t suggest for those who has sensitive skin.

Benefit Puff Off How To

I normally would use it before makeup which is my comfort level in terms of hygienic reasons. This is how I use it by squeezing the tube to dispense the cream, dot on the under eye as well as eye lid, spread the gel using the ‘iron’ tip using dabbing motion and massage the gel from inside out in 1 way to avoid unnecessary tugging. After the application, it leave a cool minty feeling around my eye area.

Benefit Puff Off Right After

On an immediate effect, it brightens the eye area and as you could see my camera did manage to catch the brightness. What’s best is the brightness effect doesn’t leave any patches, satin finish and not tacky.

Benefit Puff Off Before & After

This is the result of after using it for a week. To be honest, I could hardly see much difference other than the brightening effect.

Above all…

I’d like to say this is more of a quick fix and preps your eye for makeup because I did notice that I did not experience any creasing since I applied this. Now, this eye gel sounds like a primer.

I did some read up and came across that it is said this eye gel is considered as a makeup not skincare. Since it is known as eye gel, it may create confusion to some customers thinking to include this as part of their skincare regime. There is a need to remove this eye gel with a remover at the end of the day. Eventually I would still use makeup remover to remove my eye makeup at the end of the day and it is not an issue for me.

I like how it gives that instant brightness and reduces the appearance of fine lines. However on reducing eye puffiness effect is very minimal. It doesn’t leave my skin tacky and it absorbs pretty quickly.

Price: MYR115

Weight: 10 mL / 0.34 fl. oz.

Availability: Benefit boutiques/counters, Sephora stores nationwide

PROs:

  • Quick fix and preps eye for makeup
  • Does not crease
  • Instant brightness and reduces appearance of fine lines
  • Does not leave any patches, satin finish, does not feel tacky

CONs:

  • Reducing eye puffiness effect is minimal
  • May create confusion for this eye gel as a skincare or makeup
  • Pricey

My Rating: 3.8/4

 

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh