Beauty Misfit

Benefit Eye Bright

This week’s misfit.

The accused: Benefit Eye Bright is a very light pink  jumbo sized eye pencil which is supposed to brighten eyes and camouflage dark circles. It can be used on the waterline to reduce redness in eyes, as well as on dark circles and in the inner corner of eyes, to give an impression of a more awake look.

The accuser’s testimony: I bought this pencil on Amazon, not because I was looking for it, but only because I had gotten a bunch of other beauty products, and I was given a deal for this eye brightener. Oh, well, I guess I’m weak like that… So I didn’t have much expectation for this item, but I had wanted to find a light pencil to put on my waterline and make my eyes appear less red. Let me tell you, it’s a good thing that I didn’t dream of this item before buying it, because otherwise I would have been very disappointed!

First of all, when I use it on my waterline, the result isn’t natural at all! The pencil, even if I use the littlest amount, clogs up around my eyelashes, and so it is very obvious. It looks so fake that I can never use it. Then, when I try to use it on my dark circles, which are definitely there but not major either, the pencil is very far from my already very fair complexion, so I have two options: either I put very little and it doesn’t cover the darkness, or I use too much and it looks much too light and pink. So there is just no way to make it work. Finally, when I’ve used it in the inner corner of my eyes, it has sometimes gotten into my eyes, and it burnt my them. So I had to try to wash my eyes, and I had to redo my makeup all over again.

The verdict: Seriously, Benefit? Why such a bad product? Because of all its unkempt promises, I declare Benefit’s Eye Bright:

And so justice is done!

Beauty Misfit of the Week

Chanel Eye Shadow : Les 4 Ombres

This week’s misfit.

The accused: According to its description on the chanel.com website, the 4 Ombres Chanel Eyeshadow squad should provide an easy application and be very pigmented. The compact I chose, 79 spices, is made up of for shadows: one light pinky-beige shadow, one light pink shadow, one gold shadow and one medium warm brown shadow. All of them are iridescent with very small sparkles.

The accuser’s testimony: I bought this eyeshadow compact on sale, about a year ago. I was really excited, as it was the first Chanel makeup item I had ever bought. Well… if I had judged this brand only on this compact, I would never have purchased anything from them again. While the colors are beautiful in the compact, the shadows are almost not pigmented at all! See proof #1 : To make these swatches, I had to rub the shadows like crazy, and there is almost no color! Overall, these shadows give me the result of 1$ drugstore off-brand makeup. No, I actually think that 1$ make-up would be more pigmented.

Proof #1.

The verdict: Because it has no pigmentation and, while on sale, still cost more than 45 CHF (about 45 dollars), I declare Chanel 4 Ombres in Spices:

And so justice is done.

Beauty Misfit of the Week:

Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

These week’s misfit.

The accused: According to the mac.com website, their powder foundation Mac Studio Fix should both cover and mattify skin. It “Gives skin a smooth, flawless, all-matte, full-coverage finish”. Plus, it is supposed to last up to 8 hours. Yeah, sure…

The accuser’s testimony: I bought this compact powder last Spring, in search for a good Summer powder that could help my oily skin staying matte even in the hottest weather. I decided to try Mac, because everyone seems to be raving about it. Plus, they have so many colors to choose from that I was sure to find the perfect shade. But, nothing seemed to work how I wanted: First, the shop-assistant chose the wrong shade for me. It is much too yellow and too dark. This is actually a problem I seem to have: why do shop-assistant in makeup stors always have to give me foundations that are at least 1 shade too dark? Do they think that it will make me look tanner and healthier?

Well, anyway, even if it’s not the right shade, doesn’t mean that it’s not a good powder. And the biggest concerns have nothing to do with the color, but with the overall wear and effect: THIS POWDER DOES NOT MATTIFY! It leaves my skin slightly oily when I apply it, and the oil comes through within at the most 2 hours. One more very big problem: the texture never looks natural! It covers my skin in plaques and it looks like plaster. Plus, very very bad detail: it migrates! It moves so much and gathers around my eyebrows, or around my nosestrils, making the plaster-like effect even worse and leaving some areas of my skin without any coverage. And, because the powder is far from my natural skin color, the overall effect is simply awful!

The verdict: Because it does not mattify, it covers horribly and it migrates, I declare Mac Studio Fix Powder Foundation:

And so justice is done!

Quick Makeup tip:

Line your Upper Waterline!

I generally don’t use eye pencil right on my waterlines, but use it as a liner and smudge it all to give my eyes more depth and definition. I don’t line my lower waterline with dark pencil, because I feel it makes me look either junior (Hello Avril Lavigne!), or bohemian (think Carrie in Sex and the City 2), and I don’t like these looks on me. However, one little step I love to do is to line my upper waterline. It makes all the difference! If you don’t have time, or simply don’t want, to apply eyeliner on, then don’t forget this fast trick. Here is the difference in pictures:

No pencil here.

And with black liner!

Here, I am wearing metallic eyeshadow, but you can also use this trick with simple, every-day eye makeup!

Flying Diaries # 4

What I’ll Take With Me

I will soon leave for Minnesota, my second home. I am so so excited! If you’ve been reading this for a while, you will know that I started planning over a month ago. In fact, I started to think about the clothes I was going to wear, the makeup I’d put up before landing, … more than 4 weeks ago.

I know… control freak…

Well, I still have to wait a few days, but I have already taken a picture of all the things I’ll take with me on the plane, just to show you guys.

 

– a big bag that can easily fit everything. Mine is a Jean-Louis Scherrer.

Smartphone / IPhone, Ipad, Mp3 player, with earplugs of course. 

– the mandatory transparent bag containing liquids: mine contains blush, face cream samples, wipes, eye drops, mascara, lip balm, deodorant, …

– a little makeup pouch, for all the non-liquid necessities, such as a hand mirror, q-tips, blotting paper, …

– chewing-gum: I don’t want to take a toothpaste and a toothbrush and clean my teeth in front of strangers in a public bathroom.

– a warm scarf

– a snack: I chose dried fruit. Because of different time zones/jet lag, I will most likely not be given my meal at my normal eating time.

– a pen

– socks

– a small hair brush

– and of course my passport : I found this fun pink metallic cover in H&M.

 

What do you usually take with you on a plane?

Happy travelling!