So, I had been wavering on whether or not to post these latest two monthly subscription reviews, considering they are about a month and a half later than I would have normally posted them (sorry!) due to my whole January/February semi-hiatus state, but I said what the hell, product reviews are product reviews and they might still help someone out.
December: Overall B-.
Loved the little grey bag from December, definitely one of my faves.
Mirabella Prime for Face and Eyes – Full Size
This primer was okay. It is a silicone based primer and oil-free, though it feels extremely slick on my normal skin type. I do use silicone primers, two excellent ones, but this one definitely did not feel or perform the same.
I could possibly see it being helpful for those with dry to normal skin types and aging skin, for foundation and face products. Though most dry skin make-up wearers that I know tend not to use primers as they usually can go without them, and it did not make my make-up last any longer than make-up worn alone.
It also says for use on eyes, though personally I wouldn’t be comfortable regularly using a silicone primer for eye make-up, and in fact, it does include a warning to avoid the lash line – points for the warning; but if you’re going to make a dual purpose primer for face and eyes, it should be safe for optical use, lash line included. Considering products, especially those around the eyes, migrate over your skin, sometimes up to an inch, this product is one I cannot stand behind.
Plus, as I mentioned, for an oil-free primer it feel quite slick and did not help with staying power of eye shadow. I obviously couldn’t test it for help with eye liner, though I would imagine it wouldn’t have helped anyway.
From the feel and performance on my normal skin, and my past experience with oily skin, I would say that those with oily skin should definitely pass on this product.
It does include Vitamin E, for antioxidant and moisturizing purposes.
Full Size Value: $29.00 (.45 oz)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in “Zero” – Travel Size Pencil
These pencils practically have a cult following and am someone who owns a couple, I can say they are great liners for those who want something no-fuss with good performance.
As the name says, they glide onto your skin with no dragging or pulling. They are long-wearing, but not stubbornly so and do come off when you need to remove it.
“Zero” is a great go to black pencil, though it is not an extremely saturated black pencil. In fact, it is the least saturated black pencil now in my liner collection, though you can build up the color easily with multiple passes of the pencil.
Full Size Value: $19.00
Be a… Bombshell “Hot Mess” Lip Gloss – Full Size
A very good lip gloss. It feels quite moisturizing, applies fairly non-stick and is long-wearing, so great for long evenings or treat it like a stain for an easier day time look.
“Hot Mess” is a blue-based pink red and is a quite vibrant color, especially when layered.
Sheer is not a word I would or could use for this shade, but that’s okay. It is a very flattering color when applied lightly and blended into the lips like a rich pink-red stain, or applied normally, which does have a thick feel to it, to get a vibrant glossy look.
Full Size Value: $14.00
Mai Couture “St. Barts” Highlighter Papier – 25 Sheet Booklet
These could be a brilliant or a ridiculous product based on your lifestyle needs. Personally, I’m in between because while I can definitely see them benefiting my life, I just don’t have such a big need for them right now.
They leave a gorgeous shimmering glow wherever you use them. I find that I prefer to fold them to for easier maneuvering on different areas of my face or decolletage , but then I also end up with highlighting shimmer all over my fingers.
Extremely handy to have if you are going on a quick trip, as in clothes and make-up in a purse or carry-on quick; or if you find yourself having to go from work to date-night/evening out quite frequently. Also, very hygienic as they are one time use papers and no need for brush cleaner.
It really is glowing goddess in a booklet, but I personally wouldn’t choose to use these on any normal day when I have a brush and my make-up collection handy.
Full Size Value: $28.00 (50 Sheets)
NYX Loose Pearl “Charocal” Eye Shadow – Full Size
Good product, great price, but horrible packaging! I have actually de-potted this into a small open mouth container I had.
It is an ultra smooth and highly pigmented shadow, but it is a shame that they put it in small container with an even smaller opening. Despite all the products I use and tried, I still made a mess trying to get this product out.
As with many loose shadows, I would definitely recommend using a base or eye primer with this product.
Full Size Value: $3.00
I’ll be writing my January and February subscription reviews this month too, along with some more fun things I have to share.