1.05.2013

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple in Sundown Review and Swatches

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple in Sundown Swatches
Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple in Sundown 

From Jane Iredale's Simply Magical Fall 2012 collection, Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple in Sundown ($28) is a bewitching trio of sultry, smokey shades. Additionally, this eyeshadow is vegan, gluten-free, and not tested on animals. 

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple in Sundown contains three cool-toned, purple-tinted shadows. There's a pale lilac white, a dusty medium purple, and a dark, muted violet-y blue. All of the shades have a bit of shimmer, and the pale lilac has small bits of glitter as well. 

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple in Sundown Swatches
Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple in Sundown Swatches

I think the colors were well selected for this trio: there's a highlight shade, a mid-tone, and a darker shade for contouring and lining. Easy peasy!

All of the shadows have a nice, silky texture, great blendability, and minimal fallout. The pigmentation is good but not particularly outstanding; thankfully, using primer ensures much better color payoff with these shadows. I found that these shades lasted about 4-5 hours without primer and all day with primer.

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple in Sundown Swatches
Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple in Sundown

Here, you can see the medium purple on my lid and crease and the pale lilac on my browbone. I used the darkest shade to line but unfortunately you can't see it in this picture! Because they're not too bright, I think that the shades in Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple in Sundown are a nice way to add color into an unobtrusive everyday look.

Overall, I think that Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple in Sundown has a nice, silky formula and attractive shades. However, I'm somewhat wary of the $28 price tag because the pigmentation is not as good as some other, top-tier eyeshadows. On the other hand, this product has the benefit of being vegan and gluten-free, which I certainly feel is often worth a little extra expense.

What do you think of Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple in Sundown? Do you think it's an eyeshadow trio that you'd like to add to your makeup arsenal?



Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product from the company for consideration. My review is based on an honest assessment of the product and was not preapproved by PR or brand representatives.

1.01.2013

OMG Nail Foil Strips in Floral (Red/Gold) Review


OMG Nail Foil Strips in Floral (Red/Gold) Review
OMG Nail Foil Strips in Floral (Red/Gold)

Maybe I'm just clumsy, but I am having so much trouble getting OMG Nail Foil Strips in Floral (Red/Gold) ($4.29) to work!

I've been wanting to try out nail stickers for awhile now. They seem so easy and mess-free, and stickers can provide intricate designs without the painstaking effort of traditional nail art. I was so excited when OMG Nail Strips contacted me to select one of their products to review.

OMG Nail Strips offers two main types of products: nail stickers and nail foils. I decided to try a set of nail foils and opted for a metallic red and gold filigree design. 

I was dazzled when the package arrived in the mail -- these foils certainly have a lovely pattern! OMG Nail Foil Strips in Floral (Red/Gold) include 16 strips consisting of 8 pairs ranging from smallest to largest. I have narrow fingers, so I applied the very smallest size to my pinkies and worked my way up.

Here's my nails after I first applied the foils:

OMG Nail Foil Strips in Floral (Red/Gold)
OMG Nail Foil Strips in Floral (Red/Gold)

OMG Nail Strips recommends that you file off the excess. I tried this on my right hand and ran into some trouble. It took a lot of pressure to get the excess to break off, and I ended up with jagged rough edges. I decided to use nail scissors to cut off the extra on my left hand. This produced better results, but my edges were still uneven. 

At this point, OMG Nail Foil Strips in Floral (Red/Gold) weren't sticking very well to my nails. The next step was to blast them with a blow dryer. This caused the strips to better adhere to my nails and made it easier to smooth out bumps and bubbles. However, I still struggled to get the strips to look anywhere near smooth overall.

OMG Nail Foil Strips in Floral (Red/Gold)
OMG Nail Foil Strips in Floral (Red/Gold)

So many creases! Likely as a result of the creased application, these nail foils didn't last very long. They started peeling around the edges within an hour and every last one was off by the end of the night.

Overall, OMG Nail Foil Strips in Floral (Red/Gold) were not successful on me. I'm not sure if I applied them poorly or if there are flaws in the design. I also wonder if I would have had better luck with a set of OMG's nail stickers instead of the foils. Too bad, because I love the beautiful design and wish I could get the foils to work.

Have you tried nail foils or stickers? Did you have better luck than me?
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product from the company for consideration. My review is based on an honest assessment of the product and was not preapproved by PR or brand representatives.