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What it is:

A neutral highlight colour from the Holiday 2011 collection.

What it claims:

The Silk Naturals (SN) website describes Demure as,

A light, pinkish lavender shimmery pearl… The lavender tone is so light that it’s nearly neutral and it makes a fabulous one color wash with a little winged liner.

What is noteworthy:

For the first time ever, SN introduced eye wands – eyeshadows packaged in the same applicator tubes as their lip glosses and lip stains. SN’s owner, Karen, described the eye wands in her blog as,

Travel friendly, and super easy to use – with pre-designed looks to make your life easier. To use them just pull the wand out of the vial, give it a little tap and apply. It’s not a product that everyone is going to love, and it might take you a little bit to warm up to it. BUT that first busy morning when you needed to leave the house 5 minutes ago – you’ll fall in love.

My impressions:

The packaging is perhaps the most obvious new thing but I want to talk about the least obvious first – the addition of Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride to an SN eyeshadow. More commonly known as Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO), this ingredient is odourless, adds slip and has a very long shelf life, thus making it highly desirable in the cosmetics industry. In the forum I frequent, FCO is a popular pressing agent. 

Karen had stated on the SN forums that to make the eye wands easier to use and also to minimise flyaways, she had added a few drops of FCO  to keep the minerals clumped together on the wand applicator. Thus, the result was an eyeshadow that applied like a dream come true. The texture of Demure is creamy and very easy to blend. As the eyeshadow is slightly ‘wetter’ than loose minerals, those who do not use a primer would notice that the eyewand shadows are more vibrant, with similar colour payoff to foiling. However, I strongly recommend using a primer even if you don’t have oily lids, because otherwise, you are wasting the full potential of the eyeshadows, and SN eyeshadows are stunning!

I am not going to bother describing Demure other than declare it GORGEOUS. Instead, I’m going to bombard you with swatches so you can see for yourself. There is something very special about this colour. These are the same swatches but every time I tilted my arm differently, the light would hit the swatches in varying angles and the shadow would morph from white to off-white to lavender.

In order to be a better blogger, I am constantly learning from other bloggers to improve my own skills. Aud once mentioned before that most blogs tend to show swatches applied very intensely, and I totally agree that it is completely unrealistic as we don’t apply them this way on our eyes. Therefore on the left, I’ve applied the eyeshadow the way a normal person would on their eyes – lightly and blended out. On the right, the eyeshadow was applied very thickly, the way one would perhaps during Halloween.

I couldn’t resist including a blurry close-up of Demure. Check out the pink and green shimmer! As Barney Stinson would say in his falsetto, AWESOME!

Okay, so the eye wand. I HATE IT, yes I do. It may be travel-friendly, but so is a jar with a cotton ball stuffed on top of the sifter, and I get lesser mess with the latter. After reading scathing reviews about the eye wand on my forum, I was prepared and ready. I held the tube upright and tapped it to settle the minerals to the bottom. I then gingerly unscrewed the cap over a large sheet of paper with my right hand while holding it steady with my left, and slowly inched the cap upwards with my first 3 fingers, while holding onto my last 2 fingers with my left hand so that the cap didn’t separate too quickly from the tube. All was good. When I felt the wand applicator hit the stopper, I slowed down and used a little bit of force to pull the wand out of the stopper, all the while maintaining an iron grip with my left hand. Despite the care I took to prevent a powder explosion, that little bit of force caused the minerals that were coated on the cap tube and wand applicator, to fly everywhere. I had sparkly things on my arms, my thighs and in my nostrils. That was not cool.

I also tried applying Demure with the doefoot, and it was an epic fail. I had to use a brush to apply and blend it properly, which defeated the purpose of the wand applicator. For a product that was supposed to save time, this took me a lot more time than it normally would. The concept was good but the packaging just did not deliver. It reminded me of a certain blacklisted company and their brilliant eyeshadow roll-ons.

These eye wands cost more than a normal eyeshadow, so I was very glad that Karen generously allowed it to be picked as our free eyeshadow. I wouldn’t have gotten it if I had to pay for it, because of all the reviews I’ve read about the impractical packaging. I will most probably empty it out into a 10g jar, as one of the ladies from my forum who emptied hers out mentioned that the eye wand tube contains more product than a 5g jar can hold.

I completely adore Demure, it is utterly gorgeous and I will be reaching for this colour often. While I do loathe the eye wand packaging with a passion, I am willing to overlook the absurd doefoot applicator because the colour and texture of Demure makes up for it. If I were to buy Demure again (and I definitely will!), I intend to write to Karen to request that the eyeshadow with the FCO addition be put in a jar instead, and to forgo the eye wand.

Size:

3.5 ml

Price:

USD $4.50

Ingredients:

Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

You can request for these eye wands as your Gift with Purchase if you spend $30 and above.

 

xoxo

 

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.
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What it is:

Eyeshadow palette in the Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio collection.

What it claims:

According to the Wet n Wild website,

Coordinating trio shades takes the guesswork out of creating the perfect eye look. The “how to” palettes are created to highlight, define, and accentuate specific eye colors to create unique looks.

What is noteworthy:

If you don’t know which colour you’re supposed to use on each section of your eye, the Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Trio takes the guesswork out for you. Each eyeshadow has a text imprint telling you exactly where to place the colour, and just in case you don’t know what a crease, eyelid or browbone is, there is a labelled drawing of an eye at the back of the palette. I’m not trying to be sarcastic, but I really did find it quite amusing!

My impressions:

Cait, from Swatch Storm, organised a contest on the MMF and Silent Treatment was the prize. This was the first time I’d ever heard of Wet n Wild, as this is a US drugstore brand and it’s not available in Singapore. After doing some research, I discovered that this product has a huge fan base, and many beauty bloggers who are used to high-end stuff have raved about Silent Treatment.

Browbone

The browbone colour is a pale and shimmery light pinky-peach shade which is absolutely glorious. In fact, I’d even go as far to describe it as the perfect highlight. It blends wonderfully into my skin to give it that slight glow, and is extremely flattering. 

Crease

The crease colour is cool-toned dark brown with tiny bits of gold glitter. The glitter is utterly pointless actually, because it didn’t show up on my skin. That being said, I experienced no fallout from the glitter flecks either, so no undereye cleanup was necessary. While the texture is great, dark brown is dark brown so it really wasn’t anything special, and I wasn’t impressed by the hide-and-seek glitter.

I should point out though, that I did not particularly appreciate the eye diagram that came with the palette, because it implied that it’s the ‘normal’ eye. I have monolids, meaning I don’t have a crease at all. Yup, and on top of that, I have tiny, tiny eyes. In my part of the world, my eyes are extremely normal, yet girls like me have trouble using eye makeup because we are born single-lidded. Thank you, Dad (my mum is double-lidded and my dad is single-lidded). I can’t even blame recessive genes, because it was a 50-50 deal.

Oops, didn’t mean to digress. Anyway, my point was that because I don’t have a crease, I had to improvise. Therefore, I used the crease shade as an eyeliner, and it was decent. It would probably have turned out better if I’d foiled it, but I didn’t want to contaminate the eyeshadow.

Eyelid

The eyelid colour is a silvery, plummy-taupe colour and on my skin, looked purplish-brown for some reason. It had been hailed by some as the best taupe of all time, and I did find it quite pretty. However, the colour was unflattering on my skin tone and it made my eyes look bruised, like I’d just been punched in the face. Also, the colour payoff was pretty bad. I had to really pack on the shadow to get it to show even the slightest hint of colour.

The Eyeshadow Trio palette comes with a squee-worthy sponge-tip applicator and an angled eyeshadow brush. These mini things are the cutest little brushes I’d ever seen! They’re useless, obviously, and it’ll be a pain trying to blend with them.

Size:

0.12 oz or 3.5 g

Price:

USD $2.99

For the price, the Silent Treatment Eyeshadow Trio shades are surprisingly complex. The colours are interchangeable and versatile, and can easily be layered to create several different looks ranging from subtle to dramatic. The texture of the eyeshadows are also smooth and easy to blend. My makeup lasted for many hours… what more can one ask from a USD $2.99 product?

 

xoxo

  

Disclosure: I won this product in a giveaway.

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What it is:

An iridescent smokey lavender mineral eyeshadow.

What it claims:

The Darling Girl (DG) website states that,

Whimsy is an interesting color…It’s an iridescent smokey lavender, but in certain lights you see flashes of gold and green. This is one of my favorite one color washes paired with a great liner and you are ready to go.

What is noteworthy:

The DG colours minerals have other uses too. The owner, Susan, offered these suggestions,

You can use lip approved shades as lip gloss that are incredibly long wearing, as well as beautiful. You can also dip a clear finger nail wand into the minerals and use as fingernail polish.

My impressions:

Another gorgeous duochrome eyeshadow from DG, Whimsy is a really complex shade. Depending on the light and angle, the eyeshadow changes from lavender, to gold, to green. I could have sworn I saw some blue, teal and pink shimmer too.

I think this was one of Susan’s earlier products, as the swatch photos are really tiny and hard to see, unlike her recent crystal clear swatches.

Now here’s the part that left me confused – The official description is smokey lavender, yet the colour from outside the ziplock baggie did not look like the description; my arm swatch looked nothing like the DG swatch on the site. I’m not sure if my skin tone had affected the colour (it shouldn’t though), but to me, Whimsy looked more like a plummy taupe with a little bit of grey in it.

Size:

Full size – 3/4 tsp of product in 5g jar
Petit – 1/4 tsp of product in 3g jar
Sample – 1/8 tsp of product in ziplock baggie

Price:

Full size – USD $4.00
Petit – USD $2.00
Sample – USD $0.60

Ingredients:

Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Boron Nitride, Magnesium Stearate and Carmine

I’m not sure why there was such a big discrepancy in the swatches/colour, or if the colour I had gotten was indeed Whimsy. Nevertheless, it’s a really pretty shade and the duochrome effect is pretty awesome.

 

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.
  

 

xoxo

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What it is:

Light, shimmery opal eyeshadow.

What it claims:

According to the Silk Naturals (SN) website,

Fairy Dust is a muted tone with lots of complex interference colors made to resemble the inside fire of an opal. It looks grey in the jar, but once you apply it – especially wet, it takes on an other-worldly multifaceted intensity.  Because it’s so complicated it matches so many different colors.

Our eye shadows are amazing – we have 100 colors and counting! If you’ve had trouble with mineral eye shadows in the past – kiss them goodbye. Ours don’t crease, or fade – they last for hours and hours – and the colors are divine!

What is noteworthy:

To date, SN has over 200 eyeshadows ranging from different colours to different finishes, all unique and handmade.

Each product we make is unique to Silk Naturals. They’re all handmade from scratch using the formulas we’ve developed and tested over the years. We do not repackage pigments.

My impressions:

Fairy Dust is an apt name for this glorious eyeshadow. Looking into the jar and seeing the multi-coloured shimmer twinkle back at me reminds me of Tinkle Bell’s pixie dust in Peter Pan.

The swatch picture on the website is quite inaccurate as it really isn’t all that green. In person, it actually looks more like a pale greyish-green, and it applies sheer. The shimmer is extremely complex, and it changes from green, gold or even blue depending on the lighting and angle.

The eyeshadow applied like silk (well, duh!), and blended easily without losing its shimmer. I had expected to find my cheeks covered in glitter, and was surprised that there was no fallout. There was little fading and the eyeshadow lasted all day.

Because I’m tanned, Fairy Dust is quite sheer on me, so I usually layer this over a darker colour for that extra sparkly effect.

I know this sounds really dramatic, but Fairy Dust deserves a primer! If you do not use a primer, please stay far away from this shade as you won’t do it any justice whatsoever. I can’t have you sullying the good name of Fairy Dust. You just aren’t worthy, sorry! 😛

Fairy Dust, indeed. Absolutely stunning.

Size:

5g jar with a sifter

Price:

$4.00

Ingredients:

Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Magnesium Myristate, Magnesium Stearate, Boron Nitride, Silica.  Also contains:  Iron Oxides, tin oxide

 

SN does not offer sample sizes for eyeshadows, but all full-size products come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Also, for every $30.00 you spend, you will receive a full-size jar of eyeshadow of your choice, free! Recently, the owner, Karen, had also extended the choice of freebies to include lipbalms as well.

SN, oh how I love thee.

 

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.

 

xoxo

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What it is:

Mineral eyeshadow in gorgeous iridescent teal green with copper duochrome

What it claims:

The Darling Girl e-crater shop states,

Think outside the box multi-tasking minerals compliment and accentuate your eyes to make them Darling Girl gorgeous. They can be used dry for a lighter color, foiled for more dramatic effect, or as a liquid liner that will last indefinitely.

What is noteworthy:

The DG colours minerals have other uses too. The owner, Susan, offered these suggestions,

You can use lip approved shades as lip gloss that are incredibly long wearing, as well as beautiful. You can also dip a clear finger nail wand into the minerals and use as fingernail polish.

My impressions:

Helllooo teal, oh how I adore you. Mardis Gras is a teal that is almost a green. Depending on how the light hits, the intense copper duochrome coupled with the teal creates the illusion of multi-coloured sparkles.

It’s interesting, because Susan had paired a cool teal colour with shimmer that is completely warm. The result is an eyeshadow that would no doubt flatter any skin tone, be it pink, peach or yellow.

I’ve tried Mardis Gras both with and without a primer. The shadow blended wonderfully with little to no fallout, and the vibrancy lasted all day with a primer. Even without a primer, the shimmer held fine, though the colour was somewhat muted by the end of my long day.

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Size:

Full size – 3/4 tsp of product in 5g jar
Petit – 1/4 tsp of product in 3g jar
Sample – 1/8 tsp of product in zip lock baggie

Price:

Full size – USD $4.00
Petit – USD $2.00
Sample – USD $0.60

Ingredients:

Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide and Magnesium Stearate

Customer service was great and Susan was very generous with her samples, which were already beyond reasonable at USD $0.60! She wrapped everything up beautifully in this white tissue with multi-coloured polka-dots.

I would definitely buy from DG again.

 

xoxo

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Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.

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