This review is a long time coming. I’ve always been a fan of By Terry’s Ombre Blackstar pencil shadows. They are my ‘go to’ formulations for looks that call for the product. I know that everyone from NARS to Laura Mercier make them as well, but By Terry has always had my heart in this department. Recently, the company released a shimmer brown shade, and a matte black. I went home with the shimmer brown.
They also released an eye pen, that blows some of the best brands out of the water (Kevyn Aucoin, I’m looking at you). Observe:
Here’s what it looks like in practical application:
The color is a sheer shimmer brown, but can be built up to a strong deep brown. It sets in about 30 seconds and once it’s on… it’s ON. No smudging and no creasing, even on my oily eyelids.
Same with Ligne Blackstar. First, it’s insanely easy to use. The felt tip makes for incredible precision. And unlike some of its felt-tipped counterparts (NARS… do better), it doesn’t dry out as soon as the air hits it. The formula is strong and thick, and goes on true with the first swipe. It sets to a latex finish, and you’ll need a pretty strong makeup remover to get it off once it sets.
Both of these are must haves for me. I find them perfect for Holiday makeup looks… and beyond. And although I have more Black shadows than ever a girl should need, I’m sure I’ll be headed back to Space NK in the near future for the ebony-colored mate to Brown Perfection.
You can find out more about Ombre Blackstar and Ligne Blackstar HERE.
I went back to the Chantecaille Save the Sharks Palette for this look:
I used the bronze color from the Kevyn Aucoin Duo in #208. It performed beautifully.
Keyvn Aucoin Eyeshadow in Bronze (lids)
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (lashline)
Volume de Chanel Mascara
I was recently on Holiday, and thought I’d packed my Armani Eyeliner Pencil. To my dismay, I realized that I left it in Los Angeles. So my little sister and I traipsed down to the local Walgreens to find an alternative. I ended up with the Maybelline Master Drama Eye Liner, and two Color Tattoo Cream Shadows. They are all EXCELLENT.
Here’s what happened:
Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Yellow (lids)
Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Shadow in Fierce & Tangy (lids)
Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Shadow in Pomegranate Punk (crease)
Maybelline Cream Pencil in Midnight Master (lashline & waterline)
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
The two cream colors are the ones that stood out the most to me. The other colors I’m sure that I have dupes of, so I passed. But the formula stands up to Summer heat and my oily lids with absolutely no problem. I ended up going back for a few more of the eyeliner pencils. I feel like you can never have too many of those. I even popped a few in my purse for makeup emergencies.
Kudos to Maybelline… again. I’m already a fan of the Falsies lashes. This company continues to prove that it can stand up to its luxury counterparts, effortlessly and beautifully.
I played a bit more with the Tarte for True Blood palette (so many possibilities!)…
Tarte for True Blood Palette:
Eyeshadow in Werewolf (brows)
Eyeshadow in The Light (inner crease)
Eyeshadow in V (outer crease and under waterline)
Eyeshadow in Waitress (lid)
Dior Eyeliner in Grey Smoke (waterline)
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
**The eyeshadow in Werewolf is quickly becoming my favorite brow color. It’s just dark and cool enough to fill in my brows without them looking overdone. Love that!**
… I like it!
Forgive me, I’m feeling goofy today. I’m pretty sure I’m not getting enough sleep. Anyway, I pulled out the Louise Young Essential Eye Palette (as much as I whine about the price, I find myself using it A LOT) and used it nearly exclusively for today’s look:
Louise Young Essential Eye Palette:
Ting (lashline to brow)
Pom Pom (brows and under waterline)
Armani Waterproof Eye Pencil in Brown
Besame 1930’s Mascara
I finally dug into my MAC Jeanius eyeshadow (while I still had this foundation on) and blended it out:
MAC Jeanius Eyeshadow in Stovepipe Black
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
MAC Eye Pencil in Smolder