Sunday, September 30, 2012

Must Have Eye Shadow Base: Whip Hand Cosmetics Eye Creme in Thermal

Over the last month you might have seen me mention finding my absolute favorite eyeshadow base, Whip Hand Cosmetics Eye Creme in Thermal.  It is high time I share this amazing find with you!

Whip Hand Cosmetics is line of premium-quality cosmetics developed and produced in Detroit.  Whip Hand advocates confidence, strength, independence, intelligence and personal style.  I've followed Whip Hand from the beginning and I love sharing their phenomenal products with others. 

I've tried and loved Whip Hand Lip Cremes, Blushes, Shadows but nothing has me as excited as Thermal Eye Creme.  I suffer from horribly oily lids and this lead me to try numerous bases and primers, in hopes of controlling creases and fades.  Lately my base of choice is Too Faced Shadow Insurance.  While it does a great job of stopping the creasing, it does very little to amplify and boost pigmentation.  The best product I've used for amplifying color is Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy.  Pixie Epoxy  is great for boosting color, but I can't blend at all once the color is down, so I really only use it as a glitter adhesive.  So what now...

This is a swatch of Whip Hand Eye Creme in Thermal.  In the pan Thermal is a creamy white with gold sparkle.  Once you apply this to the skin, it is essentially transparent, leaving behind a faint dusting of golden shimmer.  So what does this product do?  It makes bad shadows good and great shadows AMAZING!  I've compiled a series of photos to show you what this product is capable of.  I hope you are all as excited as I am!

Transforming low pigmentation

I picked up a few of these Fresh Mineral shadows on clearance and was totally underwhelmed.  Dry, hard, no pigmentation.  I had no use for them, until I found Thermal.  Check it out.

The top swatch is Wondering Eyes over Thermal, the bottom swatch is Wondering Eyes over Too Faced Shadow Insurance.  Pretty amazing change.

Here is another example using the recently released E.L.F Disney Villain Palettes which suffered a serious lack of pigmentation.

Top swatch is Peddler's Cloak over Thermal, the bottom is Peddler's Cloak over Too Faced Shadow Insurance.  Again, pretty amazing.

I picked up a few BFTE  blue glittery shadows recently that we unremarkable over primer, but look great wet.  I wondered how they would look over Thermal.

Top swatch is Blacklisted over Thermal, the bottom is Black Listed over Too Faced Shadow Insurance.  Wow.

So we've seen how Whip Hand Eye Creme in Thermal can overcome a lack of pigmentation.  So what does it do for great shadows?  Here are my Whip Hand Loose Pigments swatched over Thermal.

Whip Hand Pigments on their own are luxurious and very pigmented, but even these great shadows benefit from the quality of Thermal.

Rocket over Thermal

Crush over Thermal

Shift over Thermal

Blacklight over Thermal

Wash over Thermal

How does it work with Mattes?

The only reservation I had about the product was using this with a matte shadow.  Since there is gold sparkle deposited on the lid, I was afraid it would conflict with mattes.  Here is what happens.

This is BFTE Mississippi Mud over Thermal.  Thermal leaves the mattes finish 99% intact.  If you click on the photo and look at is closely, you can see a minute trace of sparkle, it is not visible on your eye.  I've found other sticky bases can pull the matte apart and leave it looking patchy and gross.  Not Thermal.

Application and Blending

Thermal comes in hand poured 3oz pans that fit all standard palettes.  It is easy to use, work the product with you finger to warm it up, this makes it easy to apply across the lid.  With more pigmented Eye Cremes like Corset, I apply the shadow with my finger and buff it a bit with a brush.  With Thermal you can skip the buffing, since it applies transparent.  A little goes a long way so a pan is going to last.

The final thing that takes this product from amazing to legendary is the ability to blend shadows after placing them over Thermal.  Earlier I mentioned how hard it was to blend shadows used over Pixie Epoxy.  In my experience, once that shadow hit the Epoxy, it is locked in place and nothing short of brute force or an act of God is going to blend it.  A few times I glued my eyelid to my brow bone, which is always attractive. Thermal is the exact opposite.  It grabs the color, it pulls out the shimmer, shift and nuance just like Epoxy, but you can still move the shadow around.  I never feel like my color is in lock down.  You can blend and soften the color as needed, in most cases, without losing the complexity the product provides. 

Even with this flexibility, it keeps your shadow in place, free of fading and wandering.  I love using this under my eye since it keeps my lower lid shadow from migrating onto my cheeks.  I can't say this product leaves me entirely crease proof, but it is close.  I still use Too Faced Shadow Insurance under Thermal to combat creasing.  If you are prone to creasing, I suggest you do the same. If you have dry lids, not naturally prone to creasing, you are going to be just fine. On it's own, Thermal keeps me 80% crease proof, which for me is good.  When used with Too Faced Shadow Insurance, it is 99.9%  My color looks exactly the same 8 hours after application. No fade, no crease, no migration. 

Do you see why I am in love??!!!!

Whip Hand has over 20 colors of Eye Cremes to choose from, I own four and they all perform just as well as Thermal.  But if you would like to try one out and you want something that works under every color and every finish, get Thermal.  You will not be disappointed.

Where to buy:  Whip Hand Cosmetics
Price: $9.00

Whip Hand Cosmetics has free shipping with no minimum within the US, International Shipping does not exceed $10.

Please note, these products are hand poured so there may be imperfections in the surface of the product (the product above was poured a little over full and some stuck to the lid) it has no effect on the quality of the product.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Goodbye to Summer Look (Ode to Orange)

Today I wanted to do a bright, punchy look and I rediscovered my favorite orange/yellow combo.  I wore a similar look throughout the summer.  I believe orange and yellow do not get the love they deserve!

Products Used.

Lid: BFTE Desert Sand
Crease/Lower Lid: Shiro Cosmetics Moltres blended with  MAC Dreammaker
Liner: UD Zero blended with BFTE Wizard's Wand
Mascara: Clinique High Impact

Which colors do you think are under appreciated.?

BFTE and the Elusive Duochrome.

I am about to do the impossible....photograph bigfoot a duochrome!  I've held onto these shadows a criminally long time working on photographs that would do them justice.  I was going to swatch them over a black base to show the effect, but I never wear them that way, so I will try to show you the shift au naturale. The following is a break from my usual format and constitutes serious effort on my part, so you better like it!

The three shadows I am showing you are Dew Drop, Mermaid, and Splash.  Dew Drop is a deep rosey pink with a golden green shift.  Mermaid is a golden lemon yellow with a strong green shift. Splash is a powder/baby blue with a green gold shift.

Here is another picture of the shadows in their "natural state"

Here are the shadows...looking shifty.....


Yet more shifty.

The base you choose will dictate the amount of shift from subtle to OMG my blue shadow is now green!!!  BFTE has a great selection of these shadows listed on their site under Duotones. I've never met a duochromes I didn't like, but Mermaid is one of the most useful and stunning duochrome colors.  If you are new to BFTE duotones, I would start with Mermaid, you can also check out the Two Faced (Duotone) Get the Look Set, which includes Beautiful, Dew Drop (pictured above) and Riddle.  

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Can Revlon Just Bitten Balm/Stain in Romantic Break My Losing Streak? my track record with lip products lately has been pretty damn lame.  I've spent close to 40 dollars on lipsticks with roughly the same pigmentation as Chapstick.  Things have got to change!!!

I've walked past Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm/Stain hundreds of times.  But, I walk past thinking "Fool me once....."  Well, I caved.  But just this once.

I looked at a few shades, but I have a thing for red so ultimately I decided to try Romantic.

Romantic is a sheer tomato red.  It glides on easily and leaves your lips moist and glossy. 

Romantic is a great shade for people who don't feel comfortable rocking a full out dramatic red's also a great summertime alternative to the red lip (sigh, Summer, why u no last longer?)

Final Thoughts

About freaking time I buy one of these balm/stains that actually has some color!  As a tinted balm I think these are great.  I love lipgloss pencils and that is exactly what this reminds me of.  As a stain?  Meh.  It does leave a slight trace of color as it wears off, but it also has a tendancy to bleed and feather, which I do not enjoy in a stain.   The wear time of this for me was about 2 hours.  This is not a long lasting formula. 

I would absolutely buy more, however, I recommend using a primer or a a product like E.L.F Lip Lock to keep your glossy color on your lips.

Where to buy:  Drugstores
Price: $8.00 *Look for Revlon Coupons, you can easily save $1+ on Revlon items

Sunday, September 23, 2012

E.L.F. Disney Villain Palettes Swatch and Review!

Ok, I know you guys are fanned out across the country right now hunting down these limited edition  palettes from E.L.F featuring 3 deliciously evil villains: Cruella Deville, The Evil Queen and my all time favorite, Maleficent.  The first part of this will be photo/swatch heavy and at the end I will give you my thoughts about these palettes.  To get this up in a timely fashion I had to forgo individual color swatches.  All swatches done over Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

*Click images to see enlarged photos

Cruella Deville

Day Look

Left to right: Lip/Cheek, Puppy Love, Coat of Dreams, Cruelty, Sewage

Night Look

Left to right: Lip/Cheek,  Spelled, Maniac, Little Beasts, Extinction

Evil Queen

Day Look

Left to right: Lip/Cheek,  One Bite, Vanity, Narcissistic, Potion

Night Look

Left to right:  Lip/Cheek,  Fairest of the Land, Majesty, Peddler's Cloak, Poison Apple


Day Look

Left to right:  Lip/Cheek,  Spindle, Sceptre, Fog of Doom, Fauna

Night Look

Left to right:  Lip/Cheek,  Misfortune, Forest of Thorns, Deep Sleep, Diablo


 Two of the kits come with the black and Maleficent comes with the glitter liner.

Thoughts and Review

First off, are these worth the hell and agony many of you are going through to find these?  As collector pieces or for badass novelty factor...yes, probably you would feel this was worth the struggle.  The artwork on the covers is luminous and the detail on the face charts is really quite stunning.  The palettes are beautiful in that regard.  Quality wise?  50/50  Let me show you why.  On their own over bare skin these shadows are really not that special.  Over the included E.L.F Eye Primer, again, not that great.  I did these over Too Faced Shadow Insurance and a few colors did well, Misfortune, Spindle, Extinction. But not enough to make this palette lust worthy in my eyes.  However, E.L.F shadows do something amazing if you apply them over a sticky base.  Take a look.

Potion over Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Potion over Whip Hand Cosmetics Creme Shadow in Thermal

Fauna over Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Fauna over Whip Hand Cosmetics Creme Shadow in Thermal

See?   E.L.F shadows become pretty damn near fantastic when applied over a nice sticky base like a creme shadow or NYX Jumbo Eye pencil.  If you are willing to put some time into your application then yes, these are very, very worth it.  *Update I was asked in commets which was my favorite.  For overall quality it is Cruella.  It has the best pigmentation and is a very functional neutral palette.  Next would be Maleficent and lastly Evil Queen. I was diapoointed in the lack of pigmentation in the Queen palette.  You can combat poor pigmentation with a sticky base

I was surprised my favorite item of all the kits were the lip/cheek pencils.  They were creamy and spreadable, not dry as I expected.  I would not use these on my cheeks personally, but I would use them all on my lips.  Definitely more then just a lip liner.

I don't use false lashes myself (lack of skill) but each set comes with a slightly different lash style.  You will need to trim these, but other then that, they look fun.

Quite a few of the shadows are powdery, again, not so much over a base. Fog of Doom and Majesty were particularly disappointing.  On their own I don't get much fading, but I don't have much pigmentation to begin with.  Over a sticky base (I really recommend Whip Hand Cosmetics Creme Shadows) most of these are superstars; pigmented, fade and crease resistant.

All in all, I am glad I got the palettes.  I am not sure how much I will use them, since I have dupes of nearly each color that aren't so tough to work with, but for sheer cool factor, they are worth it.

Where to buy: Walgreens Only
Price: $10.00

Tools to help you find Disney Villain Palettes

Nouveau Cheap Interactive Villain Guide

E.L.F. Walgreens Palette Locator