Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner (Black) Vs. Inglot AMC Matte Eyeliner Gel (77)

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner (Black) Vs. Inglot AMC Matte Eyeliner Gel (77)

I’ve been seeing a lot of hype about these two liners all over the interwebs so I’ve decided to put them to the test and see who wins the battle of the gel eyeliners!

Price and availability:

I bought the Rimmel eyeliner from Boots on sale for £4.99 and it comes with a little brush. I don’t find this brush very useful so I won’t be using it for the purpose of this test, either way it’s a nice thing to have. As far as I know there are no stores that stock Inglot in England so you have to order online. This eyeliner costs £10.00 and it doesn’t come with a brush. Rimmel comes with 2.4g of product and Inglot with 5.5g.

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Application:

Both these eyeliners are extremely creamy. I found that the Rimmel eyeliner applied more smoothly. The Inglot eyeliner dried quicker.

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Left Inglot, Right Rimmel

Appearance:

Both of these liners have a matte finish. I think what makes the Inglot gel liner so popular is probably the appearance once it is applied. It is the deepest, darkest black colour I have ever seen. The Rimmel eyeliner is also very black, just not as black as the Inglot liner.

Left Inglot, Right Rimmel
Left Inglot, Right Rimmel

Waterproof:

Both eyeliners are equally water proof but come off easily with facial wash.

Smudge proof:

I have oily lids so this part of the test if very important to me. The Rimmel eyeliner lasted nearly five hours before smudging. The Inglot eyeliner was incredibly smudgy. After just two hours it had smudged on my eyelid and the inner and outer corner of my eyes- not good 😦

Overall verdict

Overall I’m going to have to give this one to the Rimmel Scandaleyes gel liner. It applies better and last longer. I really wish the Inglot liner was smudge proof because it really is the perfect black colour.

Do you have a favourite gel eyeliner? Comment below and let me know!

Jay x

 

ELF Cosmetics Haul/ Swatches/ Review

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ELF is one of my favourite make-up brands because they do great cosmetics for cheap prices. They also do a lot of dupes of high end brands. I did a little haul for some of their products which I will review and swatch for you.

The first product is the High Definition Powder which retails for £6.95. They come in three colours but I went for Translucent option. This is a dupe for the MUFE HD Powder. HD Powders are really finely milled white powders which you use at the end of your make-up routine to remove shine from your face. This HD powder blurs your skin to make it look airbrushed. The powder also makes skin completely matte which is brilliant because my T-zone can get super oily. I would recommend this with for anyone who hasn’t had much luck with normal pressed powders because this really keeps shine at bay. One thing to note is to apply this very lightly and blend the product out because you don’t want to be left with a white cast.

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Left up- Packaging with powder puff. Left down- Close up of HD powder. Middle- Hand with facial oil. Right- Hand after HD powder is applied (all shine gone!)

Next I bought the ELF Blush in Twinkle Pink (£3.95) which is a dupe for Nars Super Orgasm. This is a light pink pressed powder blush with flecks of glitter in it. I use is as a highlight because the colour is a bit too light for my skintone to be used as a blush. This blush is really lightweight and blends out nicely but unfortunately I’m not a big fan of this colour because it’s a bit too glittery for me.

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L-R: With flash, without flash

I also bought two of the Baked Blushes for £3.95. One is Rich Rose which is a coral brown colour, perfect for bronzing and Peachy Cheeky which is a light peach colour. I LOVE these blushes. They give the skin a pearl finish and they look really expensive. You can wear them alone, or layer on top of other product as a bronzer or highlighter. I use the Blush Brush from Elf (£3.95- pictured at the top of the post) to blend this blush.

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Peachy Cheeky: left with flash, right without flash
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Rich Rose: Left with flash, right without flash

I bought ELF Mineral Blush in Peachy (£5.95). The mineral blush is free from parabens, dyes and preservatives. Peachy is a deep peach colour which blends to a dewy finish. It has a slight shimmer to it which gives the skin a glow.

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L-R With flash, without flash

I bought two HD Blushes in Diva and Encore (£4.50 each). Both are hot pink blushes but Encore is slightly darker with a purple undertone. They are a dupes for MUFE HD Blushes. This blush comes in a pump which actually dispenses more product that you need, because a little goes a loooooong way. It is a mousse-cream which blends to a dewy soft finish. Once the HD Blush has been blended it looks just like my natural skin which I love.

I do find this blush quite difficult to blend with my fingers so I use the Studio Stipple Brush (£3.95 pictured at the top of the post) also from ELF to blend the product. This brush is a super soft synthetic brush and has two layers of bristle to give the skin an airbrush finish.

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Left swatch: Diva. Right swatch: Encore. Left picture with flash. Right picture without flash.

Finally I bought one of the Baked Eyeshadows in Burnt Plum (£3.95). This colour is so beautiful, it’s a deep warm toned purple eyeshadow and can be used dry or wet. To really make the eyeshadow colour pop and last I use the Eyelid Primer in the colour Sheer (£1.95) which works amazingly well for its price.

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Burnt Plum Baked Eyeshadow. Left with flash, right without flash
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Eyelid primer

Which ELF products do you love? Let me know in the comments sections 🙂

Jay x

KOJI Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner – Review

I’ve been meaning to try this eyeliner for years and I finally got my hands on it! I bought it from YesStylefor £11.90.

Dolly Wink from KOJI is a deep, dazzling black eyeliner with an ultra fine, yet flexible tip for ease and precise application. Waterproof and sweat proof, the liquid eyeliner comes with a quick dry formula to prevent smudges and smears. Long wearing and with an intense shade, eyes are enhanced and defined for hours on end, without need of touch-ups.

The packaging is cute and pink. The pen itself is pink with a black top. I think it has a small ball inside the pen to aid in distribution of the product.

IMG_1594The tip of the eyeliner is made of many tiny fibres which have been tapered to a very fine tip. This allows the pen to be very flexible and get close to the lashes, whilst maintaining the shape of the tip.

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You can achieve different levels of thickness with this eyeliner

The eyeliner applies extremely smoothly but the colour isn’t as black or dark as I would have liked it to be. You need to apply quite a few layers to achieve an opaque black line which can be time consuming. The formula is very light weight and comfortable and it isn’t drying so it doesn’t clump at all. The finish is semi matte.

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Eyeliner straight after application – 7am
Eyeliner after 12 hours - 7pm
Eyeliner after 12 hours – 7pm

I’ve got very oily lids, so after 4 hours I saw a tiny bit of smudging under my eyes which wiped away very easily. There was a tiny bit of fading over the 12 hours but overall the line stayed pretty solid and performs better than any other liquid eyeliner I’ve used before. Removal of this eyeliner was the best part for me. I’m not a fan of tugging at my eyelids to remove long-wear make-up, but this literally comes off with a wipe of hot water!

I really like this eyeliner as an everyday day product and I will probably buy it again. It is long wearing, light-weight, gives a polished look and removes very easily. The only down side was the lack of intensity of the colour but I think I’ll use this more for when I just want to line my lashes with a thin line instead of when I want to do a full cat-eye liner.

Edit 1. I tried the eyeliner again with Elf’s Eyelid Primer and the colour pay-off was awesome and there was no smudging. So if you’re going to buy this use a primer first 🙂

Jay x

Etude House Play 101 Pencil #23 – Review

Play 101 Pencils from Etude House are  gel-type pencils that comes with vivid colours and various textures for easy and fun makeup play. They can be used as lip colours, eye shadows, concealers and eyebrow pencils.

I bought a deep red colour #23 from Yesstyle for £7.90.

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The pencil packaging is matt black and comes in a dark red box.

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 Play 101 #23 comes with a twist up bottom and has a fine tip for precision application.

I’m sure you can see from the picture above the pencil is so soft, creamy and feels really moisturising on the lips. It gives fantastic coverage and makes your lips looks plump and hydrated. You get about 4-6 hours wear on this lip pencil and it fades to a nice matte tint, without any colour bleed. The finish is shiny but you can blot it to give a matte appearance.

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From L-R: With flash, Without Flash
From L-R: Without Flash, With Flash
From L-R: Without Flash, With Flash

This colour is sort of similar to MAC Diva but a little less dark and has a high shine finish. It is extremely wearable even during the day because the colour isn’t bright, but more muted.

Play 101 #23 is perfect for you if you (like me) find that most lip products dry your lips, or if you find applying red lipstick difficult (the pencil takes all the work out of drawing perfect lines). My only issue with this product is that I can foresee it finishing quite quickly as there isn’t a whole lot of product in the pen, but overall I am delighted with it and will be looking into different colours in the Play 101 range.

Jay x

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm (245 Audacious) – Review

I’ve been seeing a lot of reviews about this lipstick on the interwebs recently so I decided to buy myself one. 

I purchased this from Boots for £7.99 and decided on a nice orange coral colour. When I swatched this in the shop it came out really nicely on the back of my hand. 

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The lipstick has a waxy texture which dries matte on the lips. It also has a mint fragrance.

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I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture but the finish on this product is horrible. It applies very unevenly, forms “clumps” on the lips and settles into lines. Furthermore, I found it to be very drying and uncomfortable.

I’ve tried this on bare lips, on top of balm and after they’ve been scrubbed within an inch of their life and I’ve had the same result. I tried it with a Bobbi Brown lip gloss and that seemed to improve the appearance a bit.

Overall I’m really unimpressed with this product and will not be purchasing it again, I really wanted to like it because it has a beautiful colour range. I’m not sure why this has had so many good reviews because I’ve had the exact opposite experience with it, maybe it’s because my lips have quite a few lines in them. Has anyone else had the same experience or is this just me?

Jay x

KIKO Milano Smart Lipstick – Review

Kiko Make Up Milano is an Italian brand that offers a line of professional make-up and cutting-edge face and body treatments. Having never tried or even heard of the brand before I decided to try a few of their lipsticks out.

As I was new to the brand and I was buying online I bought the cheapest lipstick range (Smart Lipstick) which is priced at £3.90 per lipstick. Initially I was searching for a pink and mauve colour that I could wear during the day so I opted for 913 Rosewood and 915 Mauve.

The packaging is sleek, matt, black and simple. It definitely does not look £3.90!

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From left to right: 913 Rosewood, 915 Mauve
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From left to right swatches: 915 Mauve, 913 Rosewood

913 is a lovely pink colour that suits my dark skin tone perfectly and is my favourite of the two. I find that 915 is a little less pigmented and has a more metallic finish on my lips but is still very nice. The Smart Lipstick is super pigmented, super creamy, does not dry out your lips and lasts at least 4 hours without touching up.

Having tried these lipsticks I am 100% going to be buying a lot more from this brand, their lipsticks are a great value for money and are comparable in quality to lipsticks twice their price.

One thing to note is that the pictures on the website appear darker than the lipstick is in real life so it’s best to Google for colour swatches before purchasing.

http://www.kikocosmetics.co.uk/make-up/lips/lipsticks/Smart-Lipstick/p-KM002010129

Are you a fan of KIKO Milano Cosmetics? Comment below and let me know your thoughts.

Jay x