Everything today is new, either a new to Vegan Beauty brand or a new product from an old friend.
Taupey Plum eye shadow from HAN Skin Care Cosmetics. On their site it looks purple, but I think this photo is more true to life. In fact, I didn’t even realize it was supposed to have a purple tint. This is most definitely brown to me. A very nice brown, light enough to wear in the daytime, dark enough to use as contour. There is a nice, but very slight shimmer to it as well. I really like this eye shadow. It blends well, stays put, is well pigmented and pretty.
EarthLab Cosmetics mascara and eye liner. The mascara is nice and comes off gently, but if you’re looking for something to pump up your lashes, this is not your mascara. Even after 6 coats (it’s hyped as buildable), I didn’t notice a major difference from the first coat. Nevertheless, it works as a subtle mascara and doesn’t have most of the scary ingredients that mascara is known for. The eye liner is my favorite of the two. It goes on easily and blends well. Like the mascara, it takes a light touch to remove. Overall, I like their products, but I take issue with the natural ingredients hype (benzylalcohol/dehydroacetic acid?).
Makeup Geek (hereafter known as MUG) eye shadows. I have been a fan of hers ever since 2008 when she was just a YouTuber teaching us how to apply makeup. I’ve learned a lot from her, and although she uses products I would never recommend, I do recommend checking out her videos. Now she has her own makeup line (jealous!) and I went on a mini-spree a few months ago. My haul, from l-r: Pressed Eyeshadow in Cinderella, Foiled Eyeshadow in Fantasy, DuoChrome Eyeshadow in Rockstar and the bottom one is loose pigment in Sweet Dreams.
I am going to rave about Fantasy for a moment. It may be hard to tell in the photo, but this is a shimmery green. Now, green usually makes me look weird, but I bought this toward the end of my spree when I had the makeup fever (the same one that has me buying crazy things at Sephora) and would have put almost anything into my cart. I actually love this green! It’s a very pale, shimmery green, that for once in my life did not make me look like I had jaundice. If you have never been able to wear green before, you must check this out.
Cinderella is a matte pink, and Sweet Dreams is a shimmery brownish nude. Both are as expected. Highly pigmented, blend well and can easily become go-to pieces in the regular rotation.
I was somewhat disappointed with Rockstar. It’s kind of a matte gray, and I could never find the duochrome in it. But it’s an interesting color for a nude, and it has become my go-to on the days I want dramatic eye liner. Overall, these are all great shadows, and well worth the price.
Pacifica’s Dream Big lash extending mascara. What caught my attention about this is that you can twist the brush depending on whether you want to lengthen or build. When you twist the brush one way, it gets all long and skinny for lengthening, and when you twist it the other way, it gets short and chubby for building. There’s even a handy label on the top of the brush so you don’t forget, because I always do, for some reason. While this isn’t Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes (the holy grail of lengthening, volumizing mascaras), this does work as promised. And it’s kind of fun to watch the brush change shape.
Notes about the brands:
-HAN Skin Care Cosmetics is cruelty free. The eye shadow is from the February Petit Vour box.
-Earthlab Cosmetics is cruelty free. The mascara is from February Vegan Cuts box and the eye liner is from the March Vegan Cuts box.
-Makeup Geek is cruelty free.