Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Prize Product Review

Sabrina Faith Blog Giveaway prize package products

Last month, I won a blog giveaway from Sabrina Faith – check her out! She’s a lovely young lady who enjoys makeup and does fantastic photography (I hope she shares more of that along the way too). She also has a YouTube channel here: [HeySabrinaFaith onYouTube]. 

I never think that I will win a giveaway, but might try if I’m interested in the prize for myself or for someone I know. This one, I was interested in the prize, and so I’m glad I got it! Sabrina contacted me and sent it out quickly – thank you, Sabrina!

Besides the Skittles, I had never tried any of the products in the prize before. I don’t live near an Ulta, and that’s where one can find the Ulta and Lorac brands, so I was excited to try those products especially. All of the items, besides the Skittles, can be found at Ulta.

The nail lacquer, lip crayon, mascara, and eye shadow palette were in my monthly beauty palette for January 2015 so that I could focus on trying them out. I’ve been trying them out about 3 times a week for the past 4 weeks. I didn’t try the Dandelion lip gloss yet only because I am trying to use up two other glosses; I didn’t want to open the Dandelion just yet and have it sit.

For the rest of the products, I am quite pleased. :)

ULTA Limited Edition Nail Lacquer in Eye Popping Poppy
 ULTA Limited Edition Nail Lacquer in Eye Popping Poppy:

My nails are not in their best shape at the moment, so I don’t want to evaluate the lacquer for longevity just yet; I’d like to give it a fair shot against what I am used to with lacquers, but I am pleased with it even so and look forward to really giving it a shot when my nails are better.

The brush is a regular-sized round, not too skinny or too wide. The color went on smoothly and evenly. It’s slightly sheer with its first coat; I did two coats. It dried well, not taking long. I didn’t find it to have a strong lacquer scent after it dried, which is good.
Left in both: Eye Popping Poppy
Right in both: Passion Orange
(Purposely unfinished lacquer swatches)
 The color is beautiful. It really is like the lively red of the poppy flower. I am so glad to have Eye Popping Poppy because it is very close in color to one that I have (lazily) been trying to match to petite’s Passion Orange that I really liked but has been discontinued – Passion Orange has an ever so slightly more hint of pink.

This is a limited edition series, but at this time I’d say that I’d be willing to try the nail lacquer from the permanent line if I saw a color that I really wanted.

ULTA Matte Lip Crayon in Raspberry Rose
The line marks how much was used in a month.
 ULTA Matte Lip Crayon in Raspberry Rose:
The Crayon has a crayon scent that’s noticeable during application, but fades afterwards. It’s retractable. I’ve had no issues with the packaging so far, including having it in my bag as I go about.

The formula is rather creamy like a regular lipstick. It went on smoothly and glided across the lips easily. I tend to pack it on because with my lip color, I could miss a spot towards the middle (I’m easily distracted from such kinds of details). Still, I could see a hint of the natural shading of my lips, so the color doesn’t look flat, which I like. Similar lip products tend to have a menthol cooling agent in them; I don’t think this crayon has that, or at least I didn’t notice any cooling effect. It is matte, but with a slight satin sheen to it, so it doesn’t look flat on the lips in that respect also.

On the lips: Raspberry Rose
The wear time is okay; it was as expected. The color will last on the lips through talking and somewhat through drinking, but not much through eating. The formula doesn’t travel much, unless one swipes the lips for some reason, so I don’t think a lip liner is necessary with it. I didn’t mind having to reapply it as it was easy and quick to do.

The color is a wonderful, wearable everyday but not boring, medium pink rose - I like it!

Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara
Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara:
I was very pleased with the mascara!

Okay, the tube is quite fat from what I am used to, but I can deal with that and at least I could have a good grip on it during use. The applicator wand is thick, but the bristles are short with a straight profile and a few near the tip, so it was easy to fit it to get almost all of my lashes, even in the outer corners where it’s usually a struggle.

I think it’s the short bristles and thick wand that helps the formula curl my lashes – yes, that’s right, I can curl my lashes without using a lash curler just by using this mascara and it holds! So let’s talk about the formula: it is soft clay-like in consistency, I’d say, not too wet and not dry. It is thick but not heavy or clumpy. It thickens my lashes, and lengthens some, or that could be just its curling hold.

I don’t see anywhere on the packaging that “waterproof” is included in the claims, but I would say this is at least water-resistant. It’s long lasting, for certain. I get a little, very little smudging on my lids, because I have a fold that goes down to my lashes, so having some smudging is typical of any mascara that I use, but this had very little of that and it was at the end of the day. I took a nap one day, the mascara on my lashes, and I woke up with very little smudging, no flakes. Otherwise, it looked fresh.

Removing the mascara at the end of the day wasn’t too difficult. I used a cotton ball soaked with an oil-free eye makeup remover, laid it over my lashes for a few seconds to loosen the product, then used several swipes to make sure it was completely off. I do a few swipes downward, and then several short swipes upwards, being careful not to get the cotton in my eye (I have my eye slightly open in order to reach the base of my lashes and get that area clean too). If I used mascara on my lower lashes, I do kind of the reverse swipes to clean them off too.

The price tag (about $20 USD) is the only downer for me, but if I could afford it, I would definitely buy it often, or maybe try other Urban Decay mascaras!

LORAC Vintage Vixen Palette (Limited Edition)
 LORAC Vintage Vixen Palette (Limited Edition):
The packaging is very sleek and slim yet sturdy cardboard covered with, yes, a vintage-looking pattern. The magnetic closure works very well. It comes with a good-sized mirror and is lightweight, probably very good to take along for travelling.

The palette includes 5 matte neutral colors; the individual shadows are not named. From left to right, the shades are (descriptions borrowed from Addicted to All Things Pretty): a pale yellow-beige, pale taupe, mid-tone neutral brown, deep warm burgundy brown, and a taupe brown.

LORAC Vintage Vixen Palette (Limited Edition)
LORAC Vintage Vixen Palette (Limited Edition) swatches
(If one looks closely, one might detect that the light beige is swatched there on the left)
The pale beige is exactly the color of the skin of my eyelids; I cannot tell that I’ve put anything on where I’ve used it. The next two colors are ones that I will use a lot for a somewhat natural look, with the pale taupe blurring out edges and the neutral brown to shade. I’m not crazy about the burgundy brown, but that is just a personal preference (as color choices tend to be); I tend to prefer cool-toned colors, but I have been using this to deepen the crease and outer corner, or sometimes to top off an eyeliner. The taupe brown on the right is also good for deepening the crease and outer corner, as well as topping off an eyeliner.

LORAC Vintage Vixen, for a subtle, natural look on this day.
Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara on lashes: that curl is all from the mascara!

The formula is so soft and blends very well! I am usually clumsy with makeup, but I was able to get a feel for these eye shadows by the third use (it usually takes me longer) and started to really move them around to find what I liked. I found myself spending a little more time on the eye look than normal, being patient with layering on the color and blending it out. Just tapping a brush on top of the shadow in the pan will pick up enough color to work with; one could barely tell that I have used the palette at all and so this should last a very long time even with regular use.

This palette was another limited edition item, yet if the formula is comparable to LORAC’s other palettes and permanent eye shadows, I was very impressed and would recommend them to others.

Overall, I am very pleased with these products and so glad that I had the opportunity to have them and to try them out!

Again, check out Sabrina Faith by the links provided at the beginning of the post.

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Disclaimer: I am not a professional makeup anything. I am a journeyman makeup enjoyer, hopefully contributing something interesting to my audience. All items purchased by myself unless otherwise noted.