Beauty Review: Urban Decay Ink for Eyes

Four scores and seven years ago (actually it was November of last year but go along with me) I was in need of trying something new. As a beauty blogger, it seems like I am always trying something new, right? But I always end up going back to my favorite products. I was bored. I needed some beauty action.

And then I saw it…

 
Nothing like a coffin-like item to peek your interest. And the tattoo-lover that is me adored the design and the name of Urban Decay’s new liner…

 
  
Ink for Eyes. That’s pretty a pretty awesome name, UD. What they say about this liner:
“It’s everything you want in a cream eyeliner! More precise than a pencil, more forgiving than a liquid, this super-smooth formula offers more control, play time, and buildable coverage than your average liner.

Create razor-sharp lines or smoky bedroom eyes… the creamy formula and double-ended applicator make it easy. Try the angled liner brush for precise details, or use the smudger for blending and drama. With such a wide variety of intriguing shades and ways to apply, you’re only limited by your imagination. (Cheesy, but true.)” (source)

I dig the packaging. It’s by far the largest cream liner that I own but it’s unique and functional. I love that it comes with a mirror and slot for an eye liner brush. Thanks for thinking of me, UD!
 
Because I didn’t own a green cream liner, I figured it was a good time to try out Loaded; a deep green.

 
Yes, it really is as creamy and velvety as it looks. Because most gel/cream liners are housed in pots, you usually have to position your brush in such a way that it can pick up just the right amount of liner. Ink for Eyes is super easy. Just a swipe swipe down the middle.

 Our friend Swiper the Fox knows what to do.

And viola!

  

An effortless application on the lower lash line. Urban Decay has 5 other colors of these babies that retail for $22/each. And did I mention they are great for traveling? Loves it!

Have you tried these yet? Whatcha think?

Beauty Review: Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner

Gel eyeliners! Gel liners are seriously a lot like mascaras in that I love to buy them to see if they are better than the previous ones I’ve tried. Once upon a time, gel eyeliners used to be hard to find in drugstores. But thanks to L’Oreal HIP and now Maybelline, you can now grab the ‘used to be high-end only’ liners at your nearest CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, Longs, etc. Hollerz!

Now..let’s take a look at Maybelline’s Lasting Drama

 
The packaging makes some pretty serious claims. 24 hours? Really?


Let’s take a closer look at the packaging.

Waterproof? Check! Smudgeproof? Check! These are qualities that I NEED in a good gel liner. Well y’all, I am proud to say that Lasting Drama is a phenomenal drugstore gel liner. It isn’t too thick and cake-y (like L’O HIP’s) but it isn’t as watery (like Clinique’s) either.
I snagged the color in Charcoal but it isn’t as dark as I normally like my black liners. Still, it isn’t too shabby for drama-less work appropriate looks. It also comes in a brown and purple and with a liner brush.
 
If I were you, I’d trash it and go with a better angled brush. Two cookies for effort, Maybelline but I’m not sure if this is the best kind of brush to use with a gel liner. BUT…if someone finds success with it, please let me know!
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack and Maybelline’s Lasting Drama liner…
 
  

So is it a good dupe for a higher end brand gel liner? I think so! I got it on sale for $6.99. The average luxury gel liner costs anywhere between $13-$25. So if you do the math…well, do you even need to? Lasting Drama is an incredible deal with great performance.

Eye see you!

 

Yep…it has my eye of approval. Okay, I’ll stop it with the ‘eye’ jokes. Eye promise.

Have you tried this yet?
Whatcha think?

Beauty Review: CoverGirl Smoky Shadow Blast

Queen Latifah is one of my favoritest people in the whole world. Like…I LOVE LOVE her. A lot. She is such a inspiration. Yes, I watch Living Single reruns every week. Yes, I have and love her jazz album. And yes I think U.N.I.T.Y. is STILL the jam.

For Superbowl XLIV, Queen rocked this look…

 
A few weeks ago, Keri Hilson rocked a smoky purple eye at the Grammy’s. Since Queen’s make-up artist Monifa Mortis said that a similar look can be achieved by using CoverGirl’s Smoky Shadow Blast in Purple Plume, I wanted to try! If it’s good enough for the celebs, it’s good enough for me too, right?

You can get these creamy shadow sticks for $9.99 where ever CoverGirl products are sold. Now the question is…do they work?

The Shadow Blast is supposed to help you achieve a colorful smoky eye by providing you with a lid and crease color. It fits right in your hand which makes for great on-the-go shadow touch-ups.

The concept is pretty simple. The light color (step 1) goes right on the lid and the darker color (step 2) goes in the crease and the lower lashline. It is illustrated beautiful on the packaging.

Step 1 of Purple Plume is a creamy pink that isn’t as scary as I thought it would be.

 

I didn’t have any problems with application. The shadow is creamy and opaque. This is a good thing because tugging on the lids is no bueno. Part 2 is a is burgundy berry. 
 

You will have to use a blending brush to blend the two colors together for a flawless look. I finished the look with a a highlight, liner and mascara and…

 
  
 

CREASING! Creasing makes me cry. Seriously. It is the worst thing that can ever happen to eye shadow application. I think I would like the Shadow Blast more if it stayed on the lids longer. I have heavy lids and without a base, I crease beyond belief. So I’m not sure if I like Shadow Blast by itself.

But for touching up looks on the go? Perfecto!

Have you tried this yet?

Mascara Monday: Korres Provitamin B5 and Rice Bran mascara

Jasmine rice. Check! Brown rice. Check! Rice and beans. Oh yeah! I love me some rice, y’all. This starch just makes me smile. Never would have thought that I would be reviewing a mascara that has rice in it though. Leave it to Korres to come up with such. Ahhh Korres…a brand I have dabbled in and have yet to formally introduce to the Clumps fam. No better time like the present. Introducing….

Korres Provitamin B5 and
Rice Bran mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 ($18.00)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:“Lash-strengthening mascara naturally volumizes thin and brittle lashes, while adding length and deep pigment
• Nourishes lashes with a non-clumping buildable formula, providing maximum lash health
• Provitamin B5, a proven natural hair strengthener, improves both the length and number of lashes, treating them while adding drama to the eye
• Rice Bran natural extract expands (just like rice does in water) to provide maximum lash length, volume, and fullness. “(source)

The truth:I am totally impressed!

What I loved about it: Is that volume I see?

What I didn’t like: It has a plant-y smell but this is to be expected from natural mascaras. No big problem but I can see how it may bother others.

Overall: Well, I don’t know what else to say other than I’m impressed. No, really…this is a dynamic mascara. I was sent this mascara some time ago and it sat and sat for months before I even touched it. By the time I went to grab it, it had dried out. Off to Sephora I went to purchase it for myself. I didn’t have high expectations because well…just check out the review of my first natural mascara here. This baby blew me away. I love the volume that it gave me. I didn’t get a TON of length but enough to keep me quiet. My lashes also remained soft and weightless.

Buuuut, if I had to change one thing about it, it would be the wand.


It doesn’t make for the easiest application. Especially if you have smaller lashes and lids. I would love to see this with a lash comb-esque kind of wand. It would make for better separation and enhanced length.

But other than that, I’m sold! Unlike other natural mascaras, this one was able to withstand Floridian humidity without flaking or just oozing off of my lids. Oh…and yes, it does smell funka-licious. It doesn’t bother me though. It’s the price you pay if you’re looking for a natural mascara. Aaaand, it comes in different colors including grey green. Now that’s dope.


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Would I recommend it?:I do! I receive a great deal of emails from ladies who are looking for natural mascaras and this is one I would definitely recommend. It works and although the price is a little steep, I think it’s worth it.Has anyone tried this mascara?

Whatcha think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Primers, primers, primers….


So we all know how important primers are.

Or do you?

If I plan on wearing eyeshadow I ALWAYS have to put down a base. My eyelids are greasier than than a mofo….trust me on this one, y’all. They are just a hot greasy oily mess. Eye shadow primers are lifesavers and my shadow colors vibrant and lasting all day.

The above are my favorite.

What kind of primers do you use? Concealer, pencils, gel liners, potions, paint pots?

What would you do for longer lashes?

Have you ever thought about it?

I mean, really….

Clumps of Mascara focuses on all areas of beauty with mascara (obviously) being the product we show the most love to. I enjoy reviewing them because the demand is there and for whatever reason a lot of us are sooo in love with the idea of having thicker and longer lashes.

But how far would you go?

Check out this parody. It makes you think…

Thoughts? Funny? Scary? Or are you just speechless?

Thanks Aziza

Eyeliner Face-off!!

It’s that time again!!

Once upon a time here at Clumps of Mascara I had an eyeliner face-off. That’s right. I rounded up a few of my favorite eyeliners; both drugstore and higher end put them to the test to see which ones were the most durable.

Because you know they ALL claim to be smudge-proof and waterproof. Yeah yeah…

“That’s what they all saaay!”

I decided to do another face-off. I have six teams this time around.

Meet the teams!


(from left to right)
Team N.Y.C. Waterproof eyeliner pencil (sky high)
Team Maybelline Unstoppable (onyx)
Team Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye pencil (jet black)
Team Tarte Emphas Eyes high definition eye pencil (green)
Team Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on eye pencils (covet)
Team MAC Pearlglide eye liner (rave)

Choose who you think we will now and see if you are right!

I took the liners through Three Rounds. Round I was Durability. I used them on the back side of one hand and left them there for a good 5 hours. Which liners made it the first round?


Team Maybelline and Team Tarte aren’t doing so hot this go round. Round II is the wet test. Which liners can last being submerged under water for a few seconds?


Team Rimmel is slowly sliding away this go round. Looks like Team N.Y.C., Urban Decay and MAC are holdin’ on! But will they last the final test? The ultimate tri-swatch test? I rubbed my fingers vigorously over the liners. You would never do this in real life but if the liners can stand up to this, they will really last on your eyes.


Would you have thought that Team N.Y.C. would win? Look how vibrant that blue is? Team Urb Dec and Team MAC didn’t do so bad either.

Can’t judge the liner by the price. For under $5 N.Y.C. really surprised me!

Rock on, N.Y.C. Cosmetics!

What are some of your favorite liners?

Tell me!

L’Oreal HIP Matte and Metallic Shadow Duos

Before MAC Cosmetics came into my world there was L’Oreal HIP. At one point I owned just about all of their eye shadows. You really can’t beat their prices–especially when your local drugstore is running a Buy 1, Get 1 Free sale.

Girl yes….L’Oreal HIP’s eyeshadows are the ish. Especially for my newbies out there.

L’O HIP has recently released two more lines of eye shadows: mattes and metallics. I can dig it! This means more versatility for looks. Because I already have so many bright shadows, I decided to pick up one from each line; both are safe colors but I love them just the same.

Poppy
Matte Shadow Duo

Charged
Metallic Shadow Duo

Both eyes!

….and all L’Oreal HIP shadow duos have the trunk space at the bottom that holds a sponge tip applicator. Back in the day they used to have mirrors. Heyyyy, what happened, mayn?



I primed my eyes with this:

Yes, I LOVE L’Oreal HIP’s Cream Paint in Witty. I actually use this on top of Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance to really make my color POP.

I suggest checking out my video because I feel like the looks look A LOT better in person than they do in these photos.


I am impressed with these duos and plan on purchasing more in the near future—but not until a Buy 1, Get 1 Free sale comes along. I have a long way to go before I master the art of applying matte eye shadows but L’Oreal HIP’s seem to do good job. I didn’t get any fall-out. And the metallic shadows really are bling-tastic.

You can purchase these duos from around $8.99-$9.99 at Ulta and drugstores.

Whatcha think? Would you invest in these babies or not so much?