Makeup and Beauty Product Reviews and Swatches

A huge thanks to Lorrie, I got my hands on the super cute Smashbox Slideshow Focus Palette($36). I really like the clever design of this palette. The slide-open-slide-close design is very user-friendly and perfect for people like me. The top tier contains four shimmery eyeshadows – a soft baby pink, light lavender, light shell and pale blue-gray. Each eyeshadow is lasered with a classic image from the Smashbox Studio. The second tier has 3 lip colors – a sheer plum, sheer pink and sheer champagne. It also came with a brush with two ends – one for the lip and one for the eyeshadow. I can really see myself using this palette a LOT… if only I can just stop staring and drooling over it *lol* Will update after I have tested out the colors.

Here are some of my favorite MAC pigment combos. If anyone needs help finding a combo for a certain pigment or knows of any pretty combos, post them on here!

* Deep Blue Green as a base with Lovely Lily on top

* Apricot Pink from lid to crease with Lily White to highlight

* Coco in the inner corner with Coco Beach on the outer

* Blue Brown on top of MAC Botanical eyeshadow

* Teal on lid with Blue Brown on crease

* Teal on lid with Golden Lemon in inner corner

* Deckchair on lid with Teal on lower lashline

* Teal in inner half of lid with Violet on the outer

* Lovely Lily on lid with Teal on lower lashline

* Softwash Grey on lid with Deep Blue Green on crease

* All-Girl on lid with Softwash Grey on outer corner

* Ruby Red on lid with Dark Soul on crease

Today I will cover some of the brushes I use for my eyes.

MAC #212 Flat Definer ($20)
The flat shape of this brush along with its firm bristles makes it perfect for lining your lower lash line. What I do is I dip it either into my gel liner or eyeshadow, then I gently push the color onto my lower lash line and I have a perfect line – talk about easy!

MAC #213 Fluff Brush ($20)
This brush does an awesome job for applying eyeshadow onto the eyelid. The bristles are soft yet dense and pick up just the right amount of color. You can use this for a sheer application or pack it onto your lid for more color. I also use it to highlight my brow bone.

MAC #217 Tapered Blending Brush ($22.50)
This is made with the same dense fibers as #239. It is meant for shading or blending of color or creamy products. The oval shape also makes it perfect for blending out harsh edges.

MAC #219 Pencil Brush ($22.50)
The #219 has a firm pencil-shaped tip (hence the name) and its dense fibers work great in depositing color directly onto the crease. I also like using it to blend eyeliner for a smoky eye. This is definitely one of my must-haves!

MAC #224 Tapered Blending Brush ($28)
This brush has a dome shape and is perfect for applying eyeshadow onto the crease. The bristles are also very soft and deposit the right amount of color. All I have to do is dip it in to the eyeshadow, then go back and forth on my crease in a windshield motion and voila! a nicely defined crease.

MAC #228 Mini Shader ($18.50)
For some reason, I ended up with two of these (don’t ask me why). The firm and dense bristles along with the compact size of the brush makes it perfect for applying eyeshadow into the inner corner and other precise areas. The MAC ma also recommends using this for applying concealer.

MAC #239 Eye Shading Brush ($24)
I have heard so much about this brush and when I finally bought it, I can see why people are raving about it. #239 is the brush for eyeshadows. It is very versatile – you can use it to pack eyeshadow on your entire lid or swipe it lightly over your crease for some definition. The bristles are very dense yet soft and it will not tug your skin.

MAC #252 Larger Shader Brush ($29)
Unlike other brushes, this one has really firm fibers which makes it great for applying emollient-based products. I use this mostly to apply cream eyeshadows and MAC’s Paints. It can also double as a concealer brush. The only downside to it is when I wash it, I have to rub it a few more times to get all the product out of the brush. Other than that, it is a pretty good brush.

MAC #266 Small Angle Brush ($16.50)
I cannot live without this! I use it every day and it is *so* versatile! The slanted angle makes it great for lining your lashes and filling in your eyebrows. The firm bristles also help it stay in shape. Loves it!

MAC #316 Lip/Covered Brush ($18.50)
Although this is labeled as a lip brush, I use it for blending eyeliner and eyeshadow in the inner corner. The fibers are small, flat and firm and the tapered tip makes it perfect for those small-area application.

Sephora’s Long Handle Sable Eyeliner Brush ($8)
I *love* this brush and I use it with gel liners, powder eyeshadow and even liquid liners. It can create anything from a thin, precise line to something thicker and I really like the fact that it lasted through repeated washing – it stayed in shape and did not splay at all.

Zorpia Photo Sharing: Free Unlimited Storage & Bandwidth Metal Lash Comb
I have one from Sonia Kashuk (~$5) that looks very similar to the one in the picture. Sadly, it has been discontinued but it is great for separating clumps and all you have to do is run it through your lashes when you are done with mascara.

The one pictured is Tweezerman’s Folding Eye Lash Comb

Spoolie
This cute little tool is great for brushing your eyebrows upwards and blending eyebrow powder. I bent mine at a 45 degree angle (it is a trick I picked up from a makeup artist in Hong Kong) and it makes it so much easier to use.

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