Rayana H.'s (rayanahope) Beauty Product Reviews
Awesome cheap thrill, Mauve is great for pale pink-toned skin
Right now I have these in Mauve in Raisin, and I use them almost every day. Raisin is a bit dark for my skin so I use it as a contouring color underneath some lighter blush (it gives off a 90's Xena-esque effect!). Mauve is awesome when I want a natural flush of color on my face. It's really close to my skin tone so I usually have to go over it a couple times to get some color payoff.
Overall they're an awesome find if you want an alternative to more expensive blushes.
Works great if worn under foundation
I currently own the yellow and green shade for my under eye circles and red patches. I use the yellow stick every day, and it works amazing to neutralize my dark circles. The green stick is great too, but I don't really use it as often as I should. Green can be a bit tricky, so try not to used too much of it. I always put my primer on first, then the yellow and green concealer, then my skin-colored concealer, and then my foundation.
One of my favorites, great for pink-toned skin
I've had the same box of this for probably years. I bought it before they changed the packaging as a flip-open box with a mirror. The packaging decoration is all scratched and rubbed off now, which is unfortunate. I chose this as a pink blush, not realizing it was meant to be a coral color. I like using this for a flush of color on my cheeks and looks amazing on top of some bronzer.
The price is a bit steep, but there is a lot of product in the box.
Not very hydrating, nor pigmented
I was excited to get these as soon as they came out. I currently have Quenched, Grape Vine, Peach Kiss, and Pink Punch. All of them dry my lips within less than an hour and they have almost no color pay-off.
Peach Kiss and Grape Vine are my favorites because PK is great as a nude calm and GV comes off as a purpley gloss. I got Quenched afterward as an alternative to my Burt's Bees Lip Balm, but it has no hydration.
All of these balms give a glossiness to the lips, but they don't have any "balmness" to them whatsoever. The gloss that sits on the lips is just a fake hydration.
So these "lip balms" aren't really balms at all. They're just solid lip glosses with almost no color payoff. I've had my baby lips sitting with my makeup collection for a long time and I rarely use any of them.
The only brow pencil I'll ever use
I've been using this pencil for years. At first I used the medium brown, then the light brown shades and I felt they were to dark for my light-medium brown hair. I now use the dark blonde shade for my auburn (dyed) hair, and I think it's perfect.
The only set back to this is how little product it has. I usually buy a few of these a year, but I feel they could put more product in this pencil.
I also don't use the little comb. Personally I like to use a spooly (or spoolie?) to groom my brows, not a mini comb.
I've tried a few other brow pencils, but none have come close to this product.
A must have, especially for travelling
I currently own 4 of these in Versus, Secret World, Beautiful Green Eyes, and Champagne & Caviar (Now Caviar & Bubbles).
I purchased Champagne & Caviar first as a natural palette. I think this is a great alternative to the UD Naked Palette, despite it being short a few shades. It has an awesome combination of matte and shimmery shades in browns, taupes, golds, pink, black, and white. I've used this palette almost every day for the past few years. The only downside is that I've had to re-purchase this because the pans break so easily.
I purchased Secret World next because of the green shades and the gold/brown/pink shades on the top row. I use the greens frequently, but the gold/pink/brown shades on the top row are packed with glitter that just fall out all over my face.
Next was Versus. The bottom row has all purple shades, which I use all the time. The palette also has some browns, taupes, and a nude shade. I love this palette as much as Champagne & Caviar; and together they're a great alternative to either UD Naked palettes.
Last is the Beautiful Green Eyes palette. I actually regret buying this because I haven't really used any of the shades. There's 4 green shades, which don't make sense for green eyes. But there's a light taupe, rust, gray, purple, and two highlight shades. They all look really good, but I just haven't really used them.
All in all, these are an excellent purchase if you want cheap eyeshadows in large quantities. They're great quality and good alternatives to more expensive palettes, but the pans break easily.
I'm addicted... if only they could last longer
I have fallen in love with these since Day 1. Now I have Raspberry Pie, Peach Parfait, Red Velvet, Fig Jam, Sugar Plum, Cherry Tart, Strawberry Shortcake, Creme Brulee, and Pink Truffle.
I use Fig Jam, Peach Parfait, Pink Truffle, and Sugar Plum the most. They're all very natural-looking and compliment my skin tone. My only complaint is that Peach Parfait has way too much glitter.
Creme Brulee is a great nude color. When I mix it with Revlon's lipsick in Soft Nude, it creates the PERFECT nude shade for my lips/skin tone.
I don't really use Raspberry Pie because it's a very loud magenta. It's a beautiful shade, but I just don't like the color and how bright it is. It also creates a bit of a stain. I also don't use Strawberry Shortcake because it's a baby pink, a color I'm not too keen on either.
Typically these last for an hour or two without eating/drinking/etc. If I eat or drink though, they come right off. This is a huge shame because these lip butters have so little product. (Currently I'm almost out of Fig Jam).
Overall these are great as tinted lip balms moreso than lipsticks. The shade selection is amazing and I love most of the ones I own. They do not last that long, and have little product, so I hope they don't discontinue anytime soon. They are worth the hype, but I wish they were just a little cheaper (I would say they're worth about $6 instead of $7-$8).
Thick consistency, lasts all night long
When I went to purchase this, they didn't have the shade I wanted, so I settled for L46. It's a bit too red for me, but other than that it works. I've never been interested in a full coverage foundation, so I always mix this with a thinner foundation. As of late I've been mixing it with UD Naked Skin for a medium coverage, and it matches my skin better. I wore it by itself a few times, and it looked cakey and red, but it lasted hours longer than any of my other foundations.
I absolutely love the packaging; I've never had problems with the pump and the bottle as a whole is designed beautifully.
This is a great foundation for performing on stage since it is so thick and long-wearing. The only problem is that sweating does make it melt off your face a bit (but powder can fix that).
Overall this is a great medium-full coverage foundation (full coverage foundation is clown-status makeup). I picked the wrong shade that makes my face look a bit red, but it's great that they have very pale shades for more ghostly skin types. I don't recommend this for everyday use, unless you mix it with a lighter foundation.
Eye Contact is a great natural palette, lots of shimmer
I currently own this quad in Eye Contact in their newly designed palettes. Instead of having 4 long strips of shades, now the quads have 4 separate squares, like several other brands. I think this is much better because the 4 strips could easily get mixed with each other. They also have BASE, LID, CREASE, and HIGHLIGHT engraved in each shade. They have this because on the back of the quad there's instructions on how to make up your eye.
The new Eye Contact shades are a satin pink-taupe [BASE], shimmery deep-gold [LID], matte(ish) red-brown [CREASE], and light shimmery pink [HIGHLIGHT]. The base, lid, and highlight shades are very shimmery, like many Victoria's Secret makeup products. I use the highlight shade the most for around my tear ducts since it's a near-white pink. The crease shade is mostly matte, but has some glitter in it.
One day I followed the instructions for my eye makeup, and it looked good for the most part. The only problem I had was that the gold color [LID] didn't compliment the pink-taupe shade [BASE].
Overall this is a beautiful natural palette, and a great alternative for the Naked Palette if you want to pack light or travel. It is a bit too shimmery and glittery, but typical of a Victoria's Secret product.
Beautiful pigmentation, but still susceptible to creasing
I have these in Yogurt, Cashmere, Pots & Pans, Milk, Black Bean, and Cottage Cheese. All of them are beautifully pigmented, except Cashmere and Pots & Pans, which come up a bit sheer.
I've seen gurus use these as an eyeshadow primer, which I tried before, but it is NOT a good idea for oily lids. Within a few minutes, all of my eye makeup creased. So I used an eye primer under the jumbo pencils, and it also creased within in hour.
All in all, these are great for people with non-super oily lids, unlike mine.