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The ironic thing here is I’m so slow at typing that I’m pretty sure half these products have been discontinued by now. Anyhow, I’ve got some comparisons to make!

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Elf waterproof eyeliner pen- regular felt tip vs. three prong tip

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Why…the three prongs scrap against your eyelid, leaving shaky lines and gaps. The regular felt tip is flexible, gives off good color, and is super easy to use for a beginner looking to move from pencil to liquid- a nice in between. It’s not so great for a makeup fan that has mastered gel or liquid, however, since those do offer better pigmented color and lasting power. The black color fades over time, but does not smudge like pencil would. I loved the original pen, but it disappeared from shelves for some months, with its inane replacement instead. Luckily, now the original is long back in stock.

Okay, this may have happened like three years ago but I’m still bitter.

Bare Minerals big and bright eyeliner in Granite vs. Bare Minerals Round the Clock waterproof eyeliner in 11pm.

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My first pencil was retractable, with a built in sharpener (that never worked) and smudging tool on the end. Granite was a deep but warm brown tone, and the thing but rounded tip of the pencil would glide on smoothly and easily without needing to apply much pressure. No surprise, though, that it was discontinued.

I went to the store to find a replacement, and bought the next closest shade, 11 pm. Nope. 11pm is a charcoal-y black. This pencil is simply too soft. The tip breaks immediately upon sharpening or use, smudges almost instantly, and cannot be used in subtle eyeliner. It’s all or nothing, giant uneven glob of black or no makeup at all. Hated it!! This was the point at which I ceased to buy Bare Minerals products and discovered my forever favorite Rimmel Kohl liners. (I really only ever liked their mineral veil powder, which I still use).

And finally, ELF again. This is a brand that, at its pricepoint, can be really hit or miss. I love their brushes and powder bronzers and blushes. Sadly, their HD Blush, which is liquid, was disappointing.

The color I picked, Headliner, is super cute in the pump bottle. It matches my skin nicely. it took some getting used to in order to apply it cleanly, but that’s always the trick for gel, cream, or liquid blush. So what’s the problem? The pump ceased to work after two uses. I literally cannot use this product anymore because of the cheap, faulty packaging. Welp.

At under $3 I don’t really care??

This is like half-review, half-rant, so bear with me. These are the items that help me achieve a positively glowing fake-fake-tan look for ganguro/manba purposes.

****Ben Nye Professional Crème Colors white clown lite compact: Super versatile and convenient. This is actually part of my homestuck cosplay supplies. I wear it as a base before my grey ben Nye layer. It is a cream/grease makeup and does get oily. I use it for reverse panda makeup, and it does have a bit of an issue around my eyelids. My creases get super oily and the white cream doesn’t stick well, so I frequently reapply. On my cheeks, however, it is effective. I also use it as lipstick, applying it with a small E.L.F. brush.

E.L.F. Contouring blush and bronzer: Slightly sparkly but not overwhelming, the bronzer side of the compact is the darker of my two favorite bronzers. I actually got this in last holiday’s gift bundle, but never used it until summertime. It stays mostly matte and lasts hours. For a powder, it isn’t too bad about rubbing off on everything I touch.

Wet N Wild Bronzzer: This thing is ANCIENT wow. I found it in my mom’s drawer, where it had to have been for at least six years, if not more. Whereas the E.L.F. bronzer looks brown in the pan, this one appears way more orange. I use this one over my foundation as the start of my orangeness, with the other bronzer to highlight (enhance? emphasize?) finer details. It’s pretty old and crumbly but I like the color. Rubs off like crazy, though.

Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation in 110 ivory: I’m actually going to buy new foundation soon. This is my old one that used to oxide on my skin and slowly turn orange throughout the day. I wear it with gyaru knowing that the oxidation will kick in when I need it and it makes a good base. This foundation lasts HOURSSSS like the claims are real. I’ve had it last mostly flawlessly for like 11 hours straight. Now, if only it came in a better color/formula for my oily skin…

(Sidenote~ Revlon Photoready concealer also turns red/orangey on my skin, so I sometimes use that to blend in around my jawline, but not always. With all the bronzer I use, it’s kind of unnecessary. Once again, a failed daily makeup product that I haven’t ditched yet.)

Ulta eyeshadows in seaside and cobalt: These two blue eyeshadows are sooo close in color, but cobalt has a slightly more teal than true blue feel to them. Seaside is perfect Vriska blue. I use them interchangeably. They look nice for the old-school blue eye look. They crease a bit but I think that’s more my skin type and eye shape. (My eye shape is complicated sometimes bc lack of good eyelid space)

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 604 Milk:  I haven’t used this much yet. I have heard good reviews and it seems to be a go-to item for gyaru makeup. The thick tip and creamy texture seems good for highlighting the eyes and other smaller needs, but I doubt it’s ideal for huge eye circles like the Ben Nye is. I am interested to see how I can incorporate this pencil into my regular routine.

I’m not even gonna talk mascara because in my heart, there are only 3 mascaras for me (All Maybelline, of course….One by One, Falsies, and Great lash)

MISC. MUST-HAVES~~

E.L.F. Eyelid primer: I use this every time I wear eye makeup. Oh yes.

E.L.F. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen: It is not waterproof and actually dries up really quickly, but this was always my go-to marker for lining eyes. The tip is thin enough for precision but can split and fray really easily. Will definitely rebuy. It’s like 1 buck so when it wears out, no biggie to replace it. It’s worth the effort. Long lasting and a nice black color (until it dries out, then it’s a flimsy grey) NOTE: this is not that crappy one with the 3 part tip. That one reeks.

Rimmel London Soft Kohl kajal eye liner pencil: I have it in white and black. These babies got me through my early makeup years. I have since ditched them for better liners and eyeshadows, but I used to use the white ones for cosplay purposes and for the corners and waterline of my eyes. Too nostalgic to forget. Long lasting, easily glides on. They come in a lot of good colors. Rimmel is my favorite for normal pencils.

Various Claire’s cosmetics: I’m too cheap to throw anything away. I have a little tub of silver glitter from there. My fav eyelash curler is from there (I hate hate hate the E.L.F. ones). I have this super sheer and shimmery eyeshadow pencil that is good for drawing under-eye bags that are trendy right now.

 

 


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