Sassy Dove reached its Facebook goal and now it’s time for a great product review and a giveaway! This week’s loveliness comes from Haughty Cosmetics, a line of luxury, handcrafted makeup based out of Alexandria, VA that gives 50% of the profits from every single product they sell to fight violence against women. Isn’t that cool? Plus, they have a wealth of vegan products, including the glosses we’re giving away today!
So I’ve had two colored mascaras run-ins: one pink and horrifying, and one blue and mediocre. Still, you guys know I can’t resist colorful and slightly drag-queeny makeup, so I haven’t given up on my search for a decent-looking one. Almay’s Intense I-Color line holds several options, but I picked the shade in Play Up the Green, for green eyes!
“But Cailin, I thought you had blue eyes!” you’re thinking. “Has it all been a lie?” Yes, my silly readers, I have blue eyes, but I’ll wear anything once, and I’m always attracted to colors made for green eyes for some reason.
I remembered my previous experiences and decided I should try to strike a balance between intensity and wearability. I thought purple was the obvious choice – playful enough to be fun and avant-garde, yet dark enough to not make you look like a Dolce & Gabbana ad. Still, I was too gun-shy to sample the real purple and opted for “Raisin Quartz”, a warm maroon shade somewhere between brown and purple.
As always, the result wasn’t the overflowing fountain of fabulosity I’d hoped for. The color was, again, a little vanilla, and the mascara didn’t lengthen as much as I like. Still, it’s creative enough and encourages girls to play with their makeup.
So you’ll probably learn that as far as cosmetics go, I love Dior. (J’adore Dior! Heh.) And Diorshow Mascara is no exception. I use Black #090, and it is fantastic. It has a classic thick, lush brush, but is surprisingly soft to the touch. This mascara will give your lashes fullness like never before, and there are no clumps in sight.
Diorshow’s only flaw is that it doesn’t separate, so I prefer to use a comb mascara first and then topcoat with this. Your lashes will look longer and more voluptuous than they ever have. I’ve seen many mascaras claim to give the appearance of false lashes, but this one comes the closest I’ve seen yet, and it even seems to curl as well.
I love trying new mascaras, and it’s even better if I can get them at drugstore prices. The big trend these days seems to be changing the wand, and L’Oreal’s Telescopic has done just that with its innovative flexible brush with plastic bristles.
I tried Telescopic in Blackest Black (because really, who buys any other color?) and the wand seemed to grab any stray lashes and coat them beautifully.
I love liquid shadows, especially anything sparkly. Is that predictable of me? Oh, well. Revlon debuted this product with their other Limited Edition shimmery lip toppings and shadows, so I picked up Molten Metal in Gold Digger #550. The tip is fabric and slides the shadow on comfortably but visibly. The product goes on smooth and dries neatly, and is easy to alter with a Q-tip and water so the edges are clean.
My only complaint about this shadow is that the shade isn’t quite as intense as I thought the name “Molten Metal” suggested; I was hoping for a MAC-level deposit of extreme pigment. The result may be even better, though; I can wear it during the day to add some highlight to my look without feeling like a drag queen, and the shine factor is massive. And the name “Gold Digger” is at least undebatable; the color is nothing but gold with no hint of copper or bronze.