Overall I loved this, however, not for the use it was intented for and I certainly wasnt impressed with the price.
This product is sold as a palette of four eyeshadows- which to be honest, can’t be used as eyeshadows. Designed to be patted over the eyelids with a concealer brush after a primer has been applied, these eyeshadows are so creamy that even after several attempts wearing them with different primers and setting them with everything from transluscent powder to a fine mist of hairspray they ended up sitting as highlights at the corners of my eyes and as an eyeliner on top of my lashline.
However much I am in love with these creamy vibrant metallic pigments, they crease so badly when used as an eyeshadow that I’m honestly not sure that you can price a product that can be used only for accents at $42.50, however much in love with other features that I am.
Although they seemed great when I tried them on the back of my hand in-store. Oh well!
DuWop Twilight Venom Limited Edition $15.00
I must say, having previously been rather impressed with the DuWop products themselves (despite the fact they are a little stingy on the product sizes offered), the person who though they would cash in on the Twilight craze with this poor excuse of a product deserves a good smack around the head. This is supposed to be a lip plumper with a dark red lip stain. Supposed to be…
Overall, it looks rather pretty and presents well. The delightful ruby red that shines though the clear bottle when held up to the light is enough to make your heart leap. The actual colour when you put it on your lips however, pretty much just makes your lips look like they’ve been sunburnt (for me anyhow- I have very fair skin, a darker friend of mine tried it and it looked quite good on her) without a tenth of the plumping effect that the DuWop products are reknowned for.
The sponge applicator soaks up most of the products, and considering all the other DuWop’s have brushes I cant for the life of me think why they’d have a sponge?! This didnt spread on evenly, it didnt plump, and worse of all the stain separates from the plumper inside the bottle if you leave it still for two long ( I don’t need to dislocate my arm trying to re-mix my product thanks DuWop) and if you dont have moist lips already the stain sticks to the dry bits of skin on your lips and looks a bit, well, nasty.
It can work nicely if you have conditioned lips with no dead skin on them, and if you are willing to put on a few coats, letting them dry inbetween. But honestly I wouldnt bother.
Just go and eat a red icypole and put your normal lip venom on afterwards. Much more satisfying that way.
DuWop Lip Venom 2nd Sin $26.00
I’m a bit of a sucker for lip plumpers and having been slavish devotee to the original Du Wop products whilst a teenageer before they tweaked the recipe and one was left with split, dry but incredibly pouty lips I was quite interested to try this one.
The difference between the 2nd Sin product and the standard one is the flavour and the (alleged) benefit of it having lasting effects if used over a longer period of time.
The tingly feeling you get when you put it on your lips is either something you love or hate (ditto the taste) although I must say my boyfriend stealing little kisses whilst I’m wearing it so thats half the fun. This product does work, and although I found my lips noticably pumper and looking slightly more succulent and juicy than they normally would without lipstick (this can be worn under lipstick, gloss etc), the fact that the packaging is so small and that you need to reapply daily if not several times per day. Overall, I like this product but I’d expect a larger tube for the $26 considering this isnt exactly a new to the market product.
Revitalash Eyelash Conditioner $80.99
I must say I was pretty impressed with this product despite it being a little pricey (you only get 4.1ml- less than a standard mascara tube). The whole point of this product is to condition your lashes so that they grow stronger for longer before they break off like normal lashes. It took about two months for it to hit a plateau in the growth of the lashes and about three weeks to see a discernable difference in the growth of them.
I’d recommend it over a few of the other products I’ve tested in this area, not so much on price but on genuine results. It does actually condition your lashes and let them grow longer but I would advise people only to use it on the the middle lashes as I found it was causing my inner lashes (which are naturally finer and thinner in most people) to grow at and exponential rate and look like misplaced false lashes! Also be aware that it can cause some minor changes in pigmentation around the lashline which I found (it went away after a week or so but still…).
The applicator is a rather funky little brush- I would have prefered a standard mascara applicator as the brush is a little fiddly for my liking but I guess that they have to cater to those that don’t want to coat their lashes and end up a looking like a drag queen!
I’d give it a 7.5 out of 10. Works better than vaseline on lashes but the price is just a bit too high for what you get and how much of the product you go through.
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