Thursday, 28 February 2013

Benefit Cosmetics Hervana Blush - Review and Swatch

I have had this product kicking around for awhile. I bought it several months ago, used it a couple of times, got bored with it and tucked it away. I picked this up again a week or so ago and forced myself to use it. I have to, or I will never make full use of my makeup collection!

The colours in this blush are described as shell/peach/rose/berry. You can use the colours individually or swirl them together. Since they are in a swirl pattern, I think you would be a bit hard pressed to easily use the colours individually. I usually swirl them together. I'm a bit lazy okay?

I have to say that I am glad that Benefit stopped their nonsense of making their blush boxes with removable lids. I prefer the flip lid that they have moved to with this product. There is even a mirror here! The old blush boxes had no such thing. While I think the packaging is cute, it is bulky and cumbersome. I hate packing them into small makeup bags for travelling. I just don't bother to be honest. These are stay at home blushes.

I know some bloggers love this product, but I can't muster any excitement for it. I find the colour kind of blah and so so. It is not a bright or colourful blush, so if you are new to blush or like very neutral cheeks, you may like this one. You do get 8g or 0.28 oz. of blush here which is generous. MAC's blushes are 6g and they last me forever.....The price is frankly, disgusting. It is $28 U.S. and $36 Canadian! $36 Canadian??? Outrageous. I have strayed away from a lot of Benefit blush because the price makes me sick. I only buy them when I get a discount in Sephora or 20x the points in Shoppers Drug Mart etc. A MAC blush is nearly half the price and is usually better quality!

I couldn't get a decent picture of it blended out on my wrist so I took a fingertip shot for you as well. See, not so exciting.

Frankly, for $36 I expect a hell of a lot more bang for my buck. The texture is smooth with just a hint of chalkiness. Tarte blushes are worth the money at this price point, Benefit blushes, not so much. I will use this blush up eventually, it is wearable of course, just not exciting.

Packaging: 6/10 (cute but mega bulky)  
Pigmentation: 5/10
Easy to Work With: 8/10
Longevity: 6.5/10
Texture: 7/10
Price: 2/10
Ingredients: 6/10
Travel Worthy: 0/10
Attractiveness of Product: 5/10
Would I buy this again? Nope
Overall Rating: 5.5/10

Monday, 25 February 2013

Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint in Lively - Review and Swatch

I have to be honest with you guys, the first time I tried this, I hated it. I didn't try it under the right conditions and I didn't give it a chance. I picked it up again a few days ago and now I love it!

I got this last Fall in a set of Tarte products that Sephora had as as 500 point perk rewards thing. I got some good stuff in there and some not so good stuff. I have already reviewed two of the items in that set on this blog - a bronzer and a finishing powder. Anyway, back to this product. The colour I got, "Lively", is described as hot pink and that is exactly what it is! It is loud and is not for the faint of heart. You would be hard pressed to find Tiffany D sporting off this colour! The first time I tried it on was at the end of a long day, I was in my PJs, my makeup was worn off, and I was just goofing around. I though the colour was obnoxious and insane. The product also smells of mint big time and at that hour, I didn't have the stomach for it. I put this puppy aside and forgot about it.

I must digress for a moment  - I have been meaning to tell all of you that I have been having some serious lip issues over the past few months. My mother gave me this Pears soap that had been taken off of the market and she swore I needed to try it. It worked fine for months and I was happy with it. I went away on a cruise in September with the hubby and didn't take it with me. When I came home and used it, it was like I threw acid on my lips. The swelled up and became inflamed. They went scaly and starting peeling constantly. Somehow I developed an allergy to the soap. Maybe that is why they took it off of the market! So stupid of me. At first, I didn't know for sure that it was the soap. I thought maybe I burnt my lips on the trip and my tender burnt lips had a reaction to the soap. So I put the soap down and used other facial cleansers that I had. Everything I tried seemed to constantly inflame them. I felt so gross walking around with an orange ring around my lips and constantly peeling, shredding, cracking lips. It was so nasty and I felt so self-conscious and uncomfortable.My lips felt like they were constantly on fire. Some days were agony. Nothing helped except Vaseline gave me some relief. So many things irritated my lips during this period that I wasn't sure after awhile what exactly caused the problem in the first place.

My lips finally started slowly healing in late November. I can't tell you how many facial cleansers I set aside which I started to think were making the problem worse or might be the cause of it. I picked up that Pears soap again and sure enough, it was like I threw battery acid on my mouth again. I kid you not my lips only started getting better again two weeks ago. That Pears soap is ancient history now and I curse it! I was getting so desperate I was going to go and see a dermatologist. I read online that applying ice cubes to your lips helps if you have had an allergic reaction to something and your lips are affected. The ice cubes seriously helped.

Enter Tarte's LipSurgence. I picked this up again a few days ago, thinking what the hell, I will give it another shot. The ingredients are very good and there are not a lot of chemicals in it. I have been trying to stick to natural lip products mostly since I started having my problem. This product soothed my lips and they felt very comfortable and protected. The moisture that the product gave me was incredible. The mint in it calmed my lips. My lips are not 100% back yet, but they are 85% back now and this product is going to be my lifeline for a little while. You can put a beige gloss over the colour if you wish to tone down the colour. It is very vibrant though and the colour really stays on almost all day, even after eating. I got a few compliments on the colour too. I can tell you right now that I will be picking up more colours for sure. This is one of the best lip products that I have found in a long time. I am so glad I gave it another try. I didn't know what I was missing. This is why I insist on trying products a few times before I review them for you, because sometimes you just have to give something a chance.

Here is the swatch of Lively:

These lip tints are $24 U.S. and $29 Canadian. They are available at Sephora and on Tarte's website (if you live in the U.S.). You gotta try one of these. They make the Clinique chubby sticks seem dry and I like those as many people do!

Packaging: 8/10
Pigmentation: 10/10
Easy to Work With: 10/10
Longevity: 10/10
Texture: 10/10 
Price: 6/10
Ingredients: 10/10
Travel Worthy: 10/10
Attractiveness of Product: 10/10
Would I buy this again? Hell Yes
Overall Rating: 9.5/10 (they are expensive)

Friday, 22 February 2013

theBalm time Balm Concealer - Light/Medium Review and Swatch

I own two pots of this concealer. I thought one was lost so I bought another one. I haven't even used half of one of them and I have had them for a couple of years now. They are no drier now then they were when I purchased them. Personally, this is one of my favourite concealers for the face. It works well on blotchy areas or to cover up blemishes. I do not recommend this product for under the eye area. This product tends to be a bit dry and it creases like mad under the eye area. Strangely enough, because my skin is combination/oily, it blends right into my foundation on my cheeks, chin, forehead etc. and feels comfortable all day and does not look dry or cakey. However, if you have dry skin I would not recommend this.

                                                             swatch not blended out

It is $18 U.S. and I think around $22 Canadian. I am finding that the Balm products are getting difficult to get. Haute Look has amazing deals sometimes on the Balm products. Some Rexall/Pharma Plus stores also still sell the Balm. Sephora has a very limited selection online now.

Packaging: 8/10 
Pigmentation: 8/10 
Easy to Work With: 7/10 (not under the eye!)
Longevity: 8/10
Texture: 7/10 (it's a little dry) 
Price: 7/10
Ingredients: 10/10
Travel Worthy: 10/10 
Attractiveness of Product: 8/10 (not under the eye!)
Would I buy this again? Yes
Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette - Review and Swatches

I'm back! It feels good to be back, although I am afraid it may not be for long. My computer is having serious issues. Thank heavens it is still under warranty. I just got it back tonight and the tech dudes have not fixed all of the problems it would appear. So I will likely have to take it back tomorrow night and I have no idea how long it will be before I am back online again. So cross your fingers that it will not be long.

Okay, today I am going to review the Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette. This came out back in 2011. Shame on me for only getting to it now. I don't think Sephora is still selling it but Urban Decay was a few weeks ago under their "sale" items. I checked tonight and I don't see it there anymore. Nevertheless, there is the odd store still carrying this. I know in Canada some of the Shoppers Drug Marts sell Urban Decay and I know they still had this palette the last time I checked. Also, 7 of the colours in this palette (out of 15) are now in the permanent single eyeshadow collection. So I think a review, albeit late, is still worth doing here. This palette was selling for $55 U.S. and I think it was around $68 Canadian (sheesh!). When I saw it, I had to have it. The colours looked so cool! Other than the Naked palettes, I didn't have a lot of UD eyeshadow colours so I felt I must have this. I finally got around to using all of the colours in here just the other day. That is how long it took me to try it all.

I don't know if you can tell from the first picture, but there is neat metal edging on the sides of the palette. There is even a secret compartment below the eyshadows if you want to store earrings or personal items. That's kind of a neat idea. The first thing I have to say is that I don't think the colours go well together. This is not a well coordinated palette. That's why it took me so long to use all of the colours! You have to dip into the rest of your stash in order to wear half of these in a "look". I think if you like these colours on an individual basis, this is a good buy, but don't even think of buying it for the purpose of using it as a stand alone to put together looks.

The colours are from left to right and top to bottom, Midnight Rodeo, Tainted, Deeper, Midnight 15, Junkshow, M.I.A., Vanilla, Omen, Ace, Flow, Evidence, Blackout, Chase, Deep End and Half Truth. The best colours in this palette in my opinion are Flow, Tainted, Omen, Deep End, Ace and Half Truth. As an aside, the colours in this palette which are in the permanent eyeshadow line now are Deep End, Omen, Blackout, Chase, Evidence, Midnight Rodeo and Vanilla. Finger print marks are a constant issue when handling this palette.

I hate Midnight Rodeo with a passion. It is a chunky and glittery silver brown mess and is a nightmare to work with. Fallout city. I have no idea what to even do with this colour to make it worth wearing. Yuck! Midnight 15 is okay, but I am not keen on it. It's like a bleached shimmery brown. It too is a glittery mess. Vanilla has a decent texture but it is a bit dry. I don't like the yellow hue it has. It doesn't look all that great with my skin tone. It is likely more flattering on someone with a peaches and cream complexion or perhaps certain natural blondes could wear this in the tear duct and/or as a highlight shade. Flow is one of my favourites. It is a nice iced peach colour, blends well and is easy to work with. Looks great on its own as all over wash colour.

Midnight Rodeo, Midnight 15, Vanilla, Flow, Chase,Tainted, Junkshow and Omen

Chase I could take or leave. This colour is so common with all eyeshadow brands and UD makes a bunch that are very similar such as Deeper, M.I.A., Barlust (from the Smoked palette) and half of the colours in the Naked palettes! Chase is smooth and easy to work with though. I really like Tainted - it is an unusual pink. Props to UD for thinking outside of the box on this one. Looks great with black gel or liquid liner. Junkshow is a bit loud for me. It's fuchsia, what can I say. Omen is a gorgeous opal purple. I don't have anything even close to it in my collection. Evidence is a shimmery navy blue. It is not an unusual colour and it's ok. Deep End is a stunning Caribbean sea colour.

Evidence, Deep End, Deeper, M.I.A, Ace, Blackout, and Half Truth
Deeper and M.I.A. as I mentioned earlier are your garden variety shimmery browns. They are nice, but are nothing to get excited about. Ace is a lovely blue steel grey. I love this colour! Blackout is a very matte black. I am sure most of you have a million similar colours in your stash - I do. Finally, we have Half Truth and it is a cool shimmery mid purple. I really love this one.
To summarize, there are some nice colours in this palette, but overall the combo of colours doesn't work together. I really only like 6 of the 15 colours and that makes buying this palette a bit of a waste for me. Mind you, only two of the colours I like out of the six are in the permanent range. So I can't win. Although I really like those 6 colours, I kind of wish I had passed on this palette and saved the money. It is not one that I reach for all that often. This is not a travel friendly palette as it is big and bulky.
Packaging: 8/10 (it's cute but chunky)
Pigmentation: 9/10 (no issues except with Midnight Rodeo) 
Easy to Work With: 8/10
Longevity: 8/10
Texture: 6/10 (depends on the colour but this is the overall)
Price: 4/10
Ingredients: 7/10
Travel Worthy: 3/10 (it would take a lot to break this case)
Attractiveness of Product: 7/10
Would I buy this again? I don't really think I would  
Overall Rating: 7/10

Thursday, 14 February 2013

New! eos Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth Sphere Lip Balm

Just in time for Valentine's Day, eos will be releasing their new Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth Sphere Lip Balm. I already have mine and it is smells wonderful! It's has the same moisturizing properties as the other scents we all know and love.

I have copied the information below from eos:

eos’ 100% natural, certified organic Lip Balm Smooth Sphere is now available in
Pomegranate Raspberry, a brand new addition to the eos lip balm product line.

Superior organic formula
• 95% USDA Certified organic formula
• 100% natural
• Enriched with nourishing shea butter and soothing jojoba oil
• Petrolatum-free, paraben-free, gluten-free
• Provide long lasting moisture for sensationally soft and smooth lips

Unique Packaging
• Revolutionary smooth sphere applies directly on lips, so it’s more hygienic than
pot lip balms
• Soft-touch, ergonomic, recyclable packaging is easy to to find in even the
largest of bags

Flavor to Crave
• This delicious flavor is packed with antioxidant-filled pomegranate and raspberry
extracts to keep you smiling.

I might be missing in action for a few days as my computer is acting up and I have to take it in for repair! Lots of reviews coming soon!

Sunday, 10 February 2013

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Club Mix and New Lover - Review and Swatch

I am in love my friends! I have just discovered the NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils. I have two - Club Mix and New Lover. I can assure you that I will be purchasing more! They are very expensive though. They are $25 U.S. and $32 Canadian. With the dollar practically at par, I think I will wait until my next journey over the border to collect some more. If I don't break down and get tempted first of course. I can not begin to tell you how much I love these. When I find a lipstick product like this, I ask myself why in the hell have I ever paid good money for sub par products??? These are a lip liner and lipstick all on one. They are long lasting and super glossy. They feel so comfortable on. With my dry lips lately, this feels like heaven to wear. They are a bit sticky, but it in a good way. I think I have been enjoying smacking my lips together with glee just a bit too much!

As you can see, I have used one more than the other, but it's actually not why you think. New Lover is on the left and Club Mix is on the right. These are not twist up, these pencils must be sharpened, which is a pain, but I will let that slide. I have been wearing New Lover more because I have been getting a lot of compliments on it when I wear it. It also went better with some of the outfits that I have worn in the past couple of weeks. I think New Lover is a bit warm for me, but I can pull it off. It's like a golden rose. Tiffany D has been going on and on about how much she loved this colour. When I went to buy these, I didn't think I was going to pick up New Lover. Usually, Tiffany D goes for a lot of nude shades which really don't suit my colouring. This one has some kick to it though and I was really impressed when I swatched it. I am glad I bought it. As for Club Mix, I knew from the moment I saw it (before I swatched it) that it screamed me. I love, love, love this colour! It may be too dark for some people's tastes, but not mine! I think it looks like a million bucks on!

New Lover is on the left and Club Mix is on the right. These are quick and easy to pull out since they are a liner and lipstick in one. Super easy for travel. Just chuck into your makeup bag and go! I like the sleek look of them. Very attractive packaging. I even had one person tell me while I was wearing New Lover that my lipstick "looked expensive", and hey it is expensive! Sometimes you do get what you pay for! These puppies will not go into my drawer and be forgotten. I plan on wearing them religiously for the foreseeable future. Best NARS product to date! The ingredients are very decent too by the way!

Packaging: 10/10
Pigmentation: 10/10
Easy to Work With: 10/10
Longevity: 10/10
Texture: 10/10
Price: 7/10
Ingredients: 8.5/10
Travel Worthy: 10/10
Attractiveness of Product: 10/10
Would I buy this again? HELL YES (I have to get more colours!)    
Overall Rating: 9.5/10 (the price is the only real drawback)

Friday, 8 February 2013

So Excited! TheBalm Balm Jovi Rockstar Face Palette - Show and Tell

OMG I am so excited! I have wanted to get my hands on this palette for weeks and it was not easy to get. Hardly anywhere is selling it! Ever since I saw Emily review it on Beauty Broadcast, I had to have it. I love TheBalm products, so this was a no brainer. It is also so cute!!!! Gone are the days of the rockstars I am afraid, but at least we have this palette with us to remind us of the good old days.  Okay, I think I am sounding old and cheesy. Forgive me.

As an aside, it is snowing like mad where I am! I took the day off of work to get some errands done and I hardly got anything at all accomplished. Most of my co-workers didn't even go into work today I understand. The commute was no doubt epic for those Torontonians who dared! My husband's work closed early and he has been outside shovelling for over 3 hours. I haven't seen this much snow in years! I feel a little guilty sitting here, doing a blog entry, nice and warm, but hey I do the cooking, cleaning and the laundry!
Back to the palette. There are 12 eyeshadows, 1 highlight, 1 blush and 2 lip/cheek products. The ingredients are good. The names are adorable. The eyeshadows are Metal-ica, Adagio, Blink 1982, Iron Maid-in, Allegro, The Stroke, Lead Zeppelin, Moderato, rem, Alice Cooper, Presto and Third Eye Blinded. The highlight or luminizer is called Solid Gold (aka Mary-Lou Manizer). The cheek/shadow colour is Don't You Want Me? (aka FratBoy Blush). The lip/cheek colours are Milly and Vanilly. How sweet is that!
I can not wait to try this! A full review and swatches will follow shortly. At the bottom of the palette is a guide of "looks" or suggestions for colour combinations. I love it when you get that with a palette. Sephora is not selling this! I don't believe Rexall is either. You can buy this on TheBalm's website, but shipping to Canada was outrageous! The palette is $39.50 U.S. and TheBalm wanted $26.50 U.S. on top of that for shipping plus tax. I thought to myself, there has a to be better way!

I found the palette finally on which is a western Canadian online store. I snagged the palette for $24.50 Canadian and with tax and shipping, the whole thing came to $39.49 Canadian. Now that's a bargain my friends! I have never dealt with before. I was very impressed with their service. I was able to pay with paypal and I got the shipment in less than 5 days! They emailed me at every turn to let me know the status of my order. It arrived well wrapped. They sell more than just drug store stuff too. I will definitely be checking them out again.

What do you think? Is this a nice palette or what?


Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel CreamLiner Brown Eyes - Review and Swatches

I have been meaning to get to this post for a little while. As some of you know, I love my Clinique black gel liner and MAC's Blacktrack is my second favourite. They are both still my favourites and my go to black gel liners. However, let's face it, they are not cheap. I think if you really like black liner, and you will wear it often, Clinique's Brush-On Cream Liner is a solid investment at $15 U.S. and $16 Canadian a pot. It's cheaper than MAC and it's a superior product in my mind. Still, that is one jar or pot of gel liner for $15-$16. If you are on a budget and want to get a lot of bang for your buck, look no further than Physicians Formula stackable gel cream liners. Yes, they stack together like Lego. They are kind of fun, innovative and you could amuse small children with them I am sure. I had the nerve to give them to my husband when he was bored to play with while I was getting ready one day. He was intrigued for all of 2 minutes wondering if they were Lego or makeup!

I am not going to lie to you and tell you these are the best thing since sliced bread. They are not as good as Clinique or MAC's gel liner. They are drug store stock, however, they are some of the best liners that the drug store has to offer. Some of you might have read my review on the Tiffany D Defining Palette gel liners - they were the worst ever. Sorry Tiffany, still love ya! Anyway, these are light years ahead of the Tiffany D Sigma gel liners. What I am trying to say, while babbling, is that these are pretty good. I have worn and will wear them. I can't help but think that these would be good to travel with. I have worn each of these gel liners for hours on end and they don't really fade or flake. They take a bit of work to remove too which is a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it.  The formula is a bit drier and less glossy than Clinique's and MAC's, but hey, most people looking at you aren't going to know the difference.

I have the set for brown eyes, since I have brown eyes. In this set, you get Espresso (chocolate brown), Black and Purple. They didn't get too fancy with the names. Hey, sometimes there is no need lol. I personally like the purple one the most. It is a bit different from the other purple gel liners I have and I find this shade quite flattering. A brush comes in the package too. I haven't used the brush, but it looks ok for a complimentary brush. It probably does the job. If you buy additional sets of these gel liners in other colours, I understand that you can stack them all together and have one big gel liner tower if you feel the burning desire.These come in metallic colours too!

My bottom line with this product is that it is budget friendly and they are decent quality. The ingredients are a lot shorter and better than many other like drug store products. I understand that this set (which includes a brush - hey cost savings if you don't have a lot of brushes) retails for $10.95 (that's 3 gel liners and a brush) and in Canada I have seen them for $15.99. I will let you in on a secret. I got this set for $7.94! Yep, it was half price at the Loblaws Superstore a few weeks ago. If you wait for a sale at your local drug store, you can pick these puppies up for a song. Now that is a deal! Please see the swatches below:

                                                          Espresso, Purple and Black

Packaging: 10/10
Pigmentation: 8/10
Easy to Work With: 8/10
Longevity: 9/10
Texture: 7/10
Price: 10/10
Ingredients: 7/10
Travel Worthy: 10/10
Attractiveness of Product: 8/10
Would I buy this again? Yeah probably (and especially in more colours)   
Overall Rating: 8/10

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara - Review

I got this mascara as part of an Estee Lauder makeup set which was released before Christmas. It was in the Art of Eyes Subtle Smoky Set. I believe mine here is the full sized product. I have talked about this before I know, but for those of you who don't follow my blog, I have always had a big time problem finding mascara that does not smudge on me. I typically have the biggest problem when I wear my glasses at work. Smudge city and it doesn't matter what I try. I have tried dozens of mascaras over the years and I have only ever (until now) found one that didn't smudge. That one was L'Oreal's Le Grand Curl mascara. They stopped making that mascara in the late 1990's I believe and I have been heartbroken ever since. My search for a smudge-free mascara has included trying a number of waterproof formulas. None of them were smudge free.

Enter Estee Lauder's Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara. I scoffed at the name when I opened the tube to try it. Here comes disappointment I said to myself and sighed. Well believe it or not, this mascara does not smudge!!!! I wore it with glasses for over 15 hours and no smudges! I am impressed and blown away. I did notice a couple of tiny flakes, but honestly, after suffering with smudges for years, I can live with a couple of tiny flakes, which are easily wiped away in 1 second. This mascara is supposed to be flake free too for the record. The flaking is not a huge problem with this mascara by any means.

The brush is small and has the regular brush type bristles. I have 01 Black. It is black and a bit glossy, but it is not the blackest nor glossiest mascara that I have ever used.

This mascara is life changing for me. I will be repurchasing this for sure. It lengthens well with a bit of work but it does not create fantastic volume. So if you like volume, this may not be the mascara for you. This product also curls my lashes and I quite like the effect. Your lashes look good all day and all night and stay curled. I cannot begin to tell you how pleased I am to find this. This mascara will remain in my purse makeup bag firmly from now on. The only thing I don't like is the price. It is $25 Canadian. It is probably a few dollars less in the U.S. When I think that L'Oreal's Le Grand Curl was around $6.99, it is a bit sucky let's face facts. I frequently accumulate points at a couple of major department stores so I will put my points towards buying this I guess.

I am wearing Estee Lauder's Double Wear Light foundation currently and I quite like it. Estee Lauder is continually impressing me lately. I think I better start taking their products more seriously.

Packaging: 10/10
Pigmentation: 8/10
Easy to Work With: 8/10
Longevity: 9.5/10 (0.5 off for a couple of flakes)
Texture: 7/10
Price: 3/10
Ingredients: 7/10
Travel Worthy: 10/10
Attractiveness of Product: 8/10 (no smudges but could be glossier and have more volume)
Would I buy this again? Absolutely Yes!!!!!!!!!!! 
Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Friday, 1 February 2013

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Amethyst - Review and Swatch

I so wanted to like this product. Laura Mercier and I were doing so well together. Since Amethyst is my birthstone and since it's now February, this seems like an appropriate post. I have a few issues with this product. First of all, I hate the colour. It swatched so nicely too! When I apply it to my eyelids, it looks kind of orange-purple. It's not a good look for me. It makes me look like I have been in a fight or am ill. Maybe this colour looks great on some people - just not me!

Secondly, the colour was really rich on my fingertip and was bold when I first applied it, but then it faded within 1 hour of application. It's like my skin absorbed the product and a shiny orange-purple hue was left behind. It looked like it melted. Now it did not crease in the 15 hours that I had it on. So it is creaseless. I will give them that. It blended well but it faded so drastically that it's a moot point.

The product had little to no smell and the ingredients list was short and satisfactory. Nothing too scary. The cost is $24 U.S. and $30 Canadian each. That is a ton of money (especially in Canadian dollars) considering what you get. I had a Sephora coupon when I bought mine.

Maybe this product would look better with a primer or paint pot under it. I have an issue with that thought process though. Why would I buy a cream, creaseless eyeshadow if I have to use a primer or paint pot underneath it? Makes zero sense and defeats the purpose of the product. I will be returning this to Sephora tomorrow. Here is the swatch. Sorry, I should have taken a picture of it on my eye after it faded when I had the chance so I could show that too, but I forgot.  My bad.

Packaging: 10/10
Pigmentation: 7/10 (initially) 2/10 (an hour later)
Easy to Work With: 10/10
Longevity: 2/10
Texture: 10/10
Price: 2/10
Ingredients: 10/10
Travel Worthy: 10/10
Attractiveness of Product: 1/10
Would I buy this again? Hell No (but if they improve the longevity of the product and in another colour maybe I would consider it)  
Overall Rating: 3/10