First Impressions, Silkygirl Expert Brow Slim Liner

Here in Malaysia, a new makeup product release at the drugstore is really exciting to me because that rarely happens. Maybelline released a few good products this year but nothing I wanted to grab immediately and write about. This one from Silkygirl however, I just had to! It has been awhile since I posted a First Impressions post anyway.

If you happen to be a makeup enthusiast, you’d know that this thin retractable brow pen is kind of a trend that’s very popular (and only just catching in Malaysia). So Silkygirl, I guess, decided to hop on this bandwagon.

The product.

The product.

The product inside. It is a nice slim retractable pen.

The product inside. It is a nice slim retractable pen.

And there's a spoolie on the other end.

And there’s a spoolie on the other end.

Swacthes

The blending was done with the spoolie. And it is a colour that kind of disappears into my skin which is kind of a good match for me.

The blending was done with the spoolie. And it is a colour that kind of disappears into my skin which is kind of a good match for me.

 

My thoughts:

Based on solely first impressions, I am kind of loving this product so far. But there are a few things I’ve noticed if I nitpick.

The end where the product is dispensed doesn’t come with a cap which may drive some people crazy. Pretty unsettling right? But the head-scratcher is that the spoolie has a cap instead *eyebrows raised*.

With that being said, the spoolie is absolute crap; it’s hard and scratchy.

The amount of product is measly. My other Silkygirl brow pencil has 1.14 g (o.o4 fl.oz.) of product whereas this one has only 0.12g (0.004 fl.oz.).

Price; MYR 20.90 (introductory price of MYR 17.80 till 30th of March 2016)

Where to buy; So far I’ve only seen it at Guardian pharmacy.

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First Impression, Maybelline The Nudes Palette

I caved in! I finally gave in to temptation and bought the palette; Maybelline The Nudes. In Malaysia, eyeshadow palettes are available at the drugstores but they’re mostly trios and quads. A full on palette with 12 different shades may just be the first of its kind in the drugstore makeup range in Malaysia. I have a reason (maybe not a good reason, but hey, I don’t call myself a makeup enthusiast for nothing) for buying this palette which I’ll get to later.

Well, here we go, pictures!

The palette.

The palette.

The shadows. If you see a red dot on the shadow, it means that they are the matte shades.

The shadows. If you see a red dot on the shadow, it means that they are matte shades.

Close up.

Close up.

Close up.

Close up.

The description on the back is really informative. It gives you instruction on how to fully utilise the palette. Here, it shows the palette being used as quads.

The description on the back is really informative. It gives you instruction on how to fully utilise the palette. Here, it shows the palette being used as quads.

As trios.

Guide to use it as trios.

And as duos.

And another guide to use it as duos.

The applicator is a sponge-tip applicator.

The applicator is a sponge-tip applicator. Don’t throw this out! Use it to smudge eyeliner for a smokey look!!!

I also have pictures of some swatches.

Without flash

The top row, in order from left to right.

The top row, in order from left to right.

Bottom row, in order from left to right.

Bottom row, in order, from left to right.

With flash

Top row.

Top row.

Bottom row.

Bottom row.

My thoughts:

Eyeshadow palettes, especially one with 12 shades, is a very new concept in the drugstore in Malaysia. So I just had to have it. It actually hit shelves earlier this month but I only just picked it out for a good reason. I am person who is crazy about sales and discounts! At least 90% of drugstore makeup in my collection was purchased with a discount or with a special offer. The palette was on sale for 30% off (purchase with purchase) with a minimum of MYR 20 spent or purchase of any Watsons brand item. Original price is MYR 69.90, it costs MYR 48.95 with the 30% off. The palette is exclusive to Watsons and only selected Watsons carry them so I’d suggest looking for it in the biggest and most crowded shopping complex (in your area/state) with a Watsons; that’s the Watsons store that would most probably have it.

The packaging is sleek and simple; a no nonsense simple black plastic palette with the name in silver. It doesn’t have a mirror attached and it comes with a sponge tip applicator.

As for the shadows itself, just from the hand swatches, I would say it is either a fabulous hit or somewhat a miss. Some shades are very pigmented and buttery smooth while some are not as pigmented and a little patchy and streaky. I am especially loving the fourth colour on the top row (from the left) and the third and fourth colours on the bottom row (from the left). Some colours swatch completely different than they look in the palette. I have yet to fully utilise the palette and will definitely put it to use whenever I can. I would need to test it out with a primer and see how it applies and blends on the eyelids in addition to monitoring its staying power.

First Impression, Catrice Cosmetics Liquid Metal Eyeshadow

Catrice Cosmetics is a fairly new makeup brand and one of those up and coming names in the beauty industry. Their prices are VERY affordable and their products are pretty good in quality. They even have makeup brushes! The brand was founded by the company Cosnova Beauty, based in Germany; they are the same company that founded Essence Cosmetics, another favourite makeup brand of mine. Essence is exclusive to Watsons and Catrice is exclusive to Guardian. What I have today is two eyeshadows from their Liquid Metal Eyeshadow collection. The interesting thing about this collection is the eyeshadows are named after rock songs! How cool is that???!!!

 

The product. Yes, I got two of them.

The product. Yes, I got two of them.

Two lovely colours aren't they!

Two lovely colours aren’t they!

The first colour is a greyish mauve colour. And it's called Mauves Like Jagger.

The first colour is a greyish mauve colour. And it’s called “Mauves Like Jagger”.

The second colour is a dark emerald green and it is such a unique and gorgeous colour! It's called "What Do You Sea?"

The second colour is a dark emerald green and it is such a unique and gorgeous colour! It’s called “What Do You Sea?”

Description on the bottom of the packaging.

Description on the bottom of the packaging.

 

I also took some shots of hand swatches.

 

Without flash

Mauves Like Jagger

Mauves Like Jagger

What Do You Sea? (yes the name is written with the question mark)

What Do You Sea? (yes the name is printed with the question mark)

 

With flash.

Mauves Like Jagger

Mauves Like Jagger

What Do You Sea?

What Do You Sea?

 

My thoughts:

They are single eyeshadows that comes in 9 different shades. It is metallic, shiny and has lots of micro glitter! It is also buttery and soft. They are highly pigmented! The swatches that you see are done with merely ONE swipe with little pressure on the product AND swiped with just ONE stroke on the back of my hand. They are available at Guardian and be sure to look out for promotions (I bought them at 30% off and it cost me MYR 15.30 per eyeshadow). That is all I can say for the product at the moment. I’ll test it out and definitely write a whole review on them! Meanwhile, go try some Catrice makeup, they even have eyeshadow palettes!!!