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I’ve talked about mascara before, but today’s trip to Ulta reinvigorated me. I walked in with three 20% off coupons in hand which means, naturally, that I didn’t buy anything. The local store just remodeled! They added 3 or so new drugstore brands (yay) but truncated the existing brands, cut half of NYX away, and put the ulta brand against the wall where the new checkout line is (not yay). No more end caps with pastel lipsticks *pouts* The new layout seems more heavy on the perfume, but maybe that will change after the holidays

Moving on!

Both drugstore and high end brands were showing off some wonderful colorful mascaras today, so I felt like making a short masterpost. Interestingly enough, many brands have purple and blue available.

A word to the wise: Do not bother with Sally Girl brand mascara. It’s under a buck each and has cute mini sized packaging but its more like chalk than mascara…dry as heck and doesn’t even apply.

My old favorite: Maybelline Great Lash in blue, green, and pink (see older post)

Butter London-  Wink Mascara ($20) Link

butter london mascara

(From left to right: Pistol Pink, Cheerio, Jaded Jack, Chav, Inky, and British Racing Green)

I also saw a lovely mid-range purple in store but it is not listed on their website. From the tester I checked out, it seemed thick and sparkly, with a very pigmented pop of color. Reviews on the butter London website vary. They sing praise of the deeper blue, but one user complained that the pink wasn’t bright enough. I’m surprised by the yellow! Who would have thought that color would have such impact! But it looked great in store.

2B Colours- Colors Make a Difference Mascara ($7.99) Link

2b colour mascara

(Left to right,Top row: Fuchsia, Lilac, Turquoise, Bottom row: Azure Blue, China Blue, Jade)

Not shown: Prune, Grey Blue

It took me entirely too long to realize this is a European brand. It doesn’t seem to have an online shop. This may be more limited by which American stores carry it.

Hard Candy

hard candy

A brand I’ve never tried but have heard good things about. Drugstoreprincess recs their concealer. I found blue, purple, silver, and glittery mascara for around $6 on the Walmart website

NYX Cosmetics- Color Mascara ($7) Link

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(Left to right: Perfect Pear, Mint, Tea Rose Pink, Coral Reef, and Lavender)

Darn it! I have yet to see these irl. I love them! (Not shown: blue, purple and chocolate brown)

Ironically, while typing up this post, I discovered white eyelash primers for the first time. (I dunno. My routine has always been curl then apply mascara. For black or brown, a primer seems necessary? But for a wacky color, this could make the difference and seriously boost cheaper mascaras!)

E.L.F. has a primer for $3 (Reviews flip flop on if it does come out of the tube white)

NYX’s primer for $7

Ben Nye has a white mascara (Not for primer purposes. I just found it cool)

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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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