7.31.2012

CANADIAN MAKEUP: Annabelle Cosmetics Trio Eyeshadow in Creme Caramel and Le Gloss Lip Shine in Missymiss Review and Swatches

Annabelle Cosmetics Trio Eyeshadow in Creme Caramel and Le Gloss Lip Shine in Missymiss
Annabelle Cosmetics Trio Eyeshadow in Creme Caramel and Le Gloss Lip Shine in Missymiss

Annabelle Cosmetics is a popular drugstore makeup brand based in Montreal. My friend Kim from Makeup Alley lives in Canada, and she was nice enough to send me some Annabelle products so I could give this reasonably-priced, cruelty-free brand a try.

Kim sent me two Annabelle Cosmetics products: 1) Trio Eyeshadow in Creme Caramel and 2) Le Gloss Lip Shine in Missymiss.

Annabelle Cosmetics Trio Eyeshadow in Creme Caramel Swatches
Annabelle Cosmetics Trio Eyeshadow in Creme Caramel Swatches

Annabelle Cosmetics Trio Eyeshadow in Creme Caramel ($6) includes a medium-deep bronzey chocolate, a peach beige shimmer, and a light sand shimmer. The colors are well-coordinated, making for a beautiful trio that can be used to create many different looks.

The color payoff of Annabelle Cosmetics Trio Eyeshadow in Creme Caramel is very good as well. I found that each shade applied smoothly, with dense pigmentation and shimmer. The light sand shimmer shade was a particular standout; it only took a few swipes to thoroughly cover my lid with pigment. 

My only quibble is the packaging. Annabelle Cosmetics Trio Eyeshadow in Creme Caramel is packaged in lightweight plastic that feels cheap. And that's fine! I don't expect ultra luxe packaging for $6 eyeshadow. However, part of the lid broke as I was opening the trio this morning so I feel like that's worth a mention.

Annabelle Cosmetics Trio Eyeshadow in Creme Caramel Swatches
Annabelle Cosmetics Trio Eyeshadow in Creme Caramel

In the above photo, I'm wearing the light sand shimmer on my lid and browbone, the bronze chocolate in the crease, and the peach beige shimmer blended between the crease and browbone.

Annabelle Cosmetics Le Gloss Lip Shine in Missymiss Swatch
Annabelle Cosmetics Le Gloss Lip Shine in Missymiss Swatch

Compared to the fab eyeshadow, I am much less satisfied with Annabelle Cosmetics Le Gloss Lip Shine in Missymiss ($6).

Annabelle Cosmetics Le Gloss Lip Shine in Missymiss is a pale peach shade reminiscent of a Creamsicle. The shade is shimmer-free and has a somewhat milky appearance. I don't like to wear light shades like this on their own because I end up looking washed out, but Missymiss could work better layered over lipstick.

I'm not a huge fan of the texture of Annabelle Cosmetics Le Gloss Lip Shine in Missymiss. This gloss is pretty goopy. I thought it was difficult to apply evenly and it seems to settle into lip lines. 

Annabelle Cosmetics Le Gloss Lip Shine in Missymiss Swatch
Annabelle Cosmetics Le Gloss Lip Shine in Missymiss Swatch

Annabelle Cosmetics Le Gloss Lip Shine in Missymiss has unusual packaging -- it's in a squeeze tube with a twist-off sponge applicator. That design would probably work fine with some glosses, but the texture of Annabelle Cosmetics Le Gloss Lip Shine in Missymiss is so goopy that sometimes gloss drips off when I'm taking the applicator out of the tube. 

Overall, I'd say my first experience with Annabelle Cosmetics has been a mixed bag. Le Gloss Lip Shine in Missymiss did not impress me, but I'm very happy with the Trio Eyeshadow in Creme Caramel, which is very good quality for drugstore eyeshadow.

Have you tried Annabelle Cosmetics? How do you think it compares to other drugstore brands?


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4 comments:

  1. Annabelle has some great products..esp there cream liners called smudge paints, my fave is muddy a bronze colour:)

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    1. Sounds pretty! Annabelle seems like a pretty high-quality drugstore brand.

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  2. Aww, shucks, too bad the gloss didn't work for you :-( So glad about the trio though, looks great with your eyes!

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    1. No worries about the gloss! I was so happy to try it, thank you for giving it to me. And I love the trio, I've been incorporating the shades with lots of different looks. I esp. love the shimmery cream & bronze shades :-) Hope you are doing well! Are you enjoying your dressing table?

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