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I’m definitely obsessed with eyebrows recently, and I’m trying very hard not to accumulate too many eyebrow products as I only have two brows! One of my recent acquisitions in one of my moments of weakness is this Daiso Japan Eyebrow Pencil. Actually, I’m not quite sure if that is the brand of this pencil, as for some reason I threw away its packaging. Absent-minded blogger moment there.

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It’s a very simple product really. It’s an eyebrow pencil in a brown shade basically. The pencil is pink with brown dots, and it has a silver cap. I really like the tiny rose detail. It reflects what I usually associate with Japanese products, the cuteness.

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At the back is some stuff written in Japanese. The interesting part here is that this pencil has 1.7 grams of product (which may or may not include the actual wood of the pencil itself), and that it’s made in Korea.

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The pencil tip itself looks like any regular writing pencil. It has a hard “lead” that works pretty well with brows. It’s not an automatic pencil, which means it has to be sharpened with a sharpener when it loses that nice pointy tip.

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This arm swatch doesn’t give it justice, I think. Here it looks like it’s yet another light brown shade, which will probably not suit the brows of someone with undyed hair.

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On my brows though it’s another matter. It looks pretty dark and actually matches my hair color. It’s quite easy to use as well, and scratches the lazy girl itch handily. Good eyebrow pencils can draw and complete the brow the fastest (compared to eyebrow powders and mascaras). On a lazy day I’ll just draw a hasty brow and put on a lip balm and I’m out the door in five minutes! Quite convenient really.

This pencil set me back by just Php85.

Pros: convenient; very affordable; matches my hair color

Cons: needs to be sharpened; unknown brand

Daiso Japan has many branches! The one I’m most familiar with are Glorietta 3, Robinson’s Galleria, and Trinoma. Connect with them at their Facebook page and Twitter.

One of the recent things I’ve been testing is K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow Mascara in Natural Brown. I got this in reaction to Maybelline Fashion Brow Brow Mascara – I thought its brush was too big for my brows. I got interested in this product by reading fellow bloggers’ reviews, and the reviews were mainly positive. This costs Php595 and is available at Beauty Bar.

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The tube is short and squat and clear, showing the actual shade of the product. The cap is a nondescript black that holds the wand. The name of the product is clearly printed in gold.

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The shade number is printed on the opposite side. 102 here refers to the darker of the two available shades: Natural Brown.

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Here’s a close up of the wand. This is the main reason I got this. It has a very small oval brush.

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Here’s a profile shot of the wand tip. You can see that the bristles are pretty short. They are also quite stiff, and is perfect to apply the mascara onto the brows.

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Here’s an arm swatch. The left is a single swipe while the right is kind of smudged, the kind I imagine it would look like on the brows.

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And here it is on my brows. As you can see it seems to keep my brow hairs firmly in place and look really well groomed. I am wearing the K-Palette Brow Mascara over In2It Eyebrow Powder.

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Upon closer inspection, Natural Brown actually still is quite too light for me.

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In conclusion: I really like this product, even if it’s a bit too light on me. I am hoping that K-Palette releases a darker shade soon!

Pros: keeps brow hairs in place; correctly-sized brush; cruelty-free

Cons: shade still too light

K-Palette is cruelty-free, and is available at Beauty Bar.

 

 

Life Update

How are all of you, post-Glenda? I’m very lucky in that, aside from the metro-wide blackout, my family has been mostly unaffected. The tree in front of my house got uprooted and almost hit my car. With the help of some neighbors we were able to upright it back in place, with some rope. I was able to spend a lot of extra time with my daughter since she had no school for almost the entire week. I was also unable to blog because of a lot of work-related stuff, but hopefully I’ll get back in the groove soon!

On to the review!

I received this Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Eyeshadow in Golden Veil as part of the prize pack in The Beauty Junkee’s 5th Anniversary giveaway (I was also able to meet Martha!). It’s one of my most anticipated products in the pack, naturally as it is a neutral eyeshadow palette.

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It is a round compact that is relatively large for a 4-shadow palette. It’s as big as the palm of my hand. I like the compact because even if it’s made of plastic, it feels durable and yet light. The finish though is not very good; it attracts a lot of dirt and fingerprints. It should be easy to clean with a damp cloth.

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On the back you’ll see the compact name, Golden Veil, and that it contains 4 grams of product. It also indicates that it’s a product of Tupperware Brands Philippines, Inc.

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Upon opening you will be greeted by one of the highlights of this palette: the humongous mirror. It comprises the entire underneath of the lid! It’s a really good-sized mirror, and is one of the major reasons why I like bringing this compact around. You’ll also see the actual shadows themselves, which are housed in these tiny pans. It also comes with a double-sided brush, a foam applicator on one end and a shading brush on the other. I’ve never used this, preferring my full-sized brushes for eyeshadow application.

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Here is a close up of the palette. I’ve labeled the shadows so that it’s easier to reference it with the swatches below.

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1 is a highlight shade, a very light gold. It’s almost invisible against my skin without primer. 2 is a copper, the redness of which comes out pretty nicely with primer. 3 is a rose gold peachy shade which is quite similar to 2. 4 is a grayish brown, almost black especially with primer. The primer I used here is Artdeco Eyeshadow Base.

I really like the colors of this palette. As a bonus, 4 can be used for the brows! I’ve used that as eyebrow powder here, as well as 1 and 2 for the lids.

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Here is a close up of the brows and the eye makeup. The shimmers don’t really translate well, which is definitely a good thing since it appears to be quite matte. This makes the palette very work-appropriate!

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I don’t have information about Colour Collection’s stance on animal testing. I also could not find any price information about this specific product. For reference, their eyeshadow trios cost Php380 SRP (Php279 in their current brochure).

Pros: big mirror; darkest shade can be used for brows; great color combinations

Cons: needs primer for colors to pop; not easily accessible; no price information

Colour Collection can be bought from dealers, which you can find here.

One (well, two) of my recent favorites with regards to eyeshadows is my pair of eyeshadow quads from Ellana Minerals (here’s the haul post). I got two of the three available quads, both of them are of course neutrals. Today I will review these two quads as well as show you the arm swatches.

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Let us start with the Eyebrow/Eyeshadow Quad, with the shades Beloved, Intense, Wish, and Hush. Here is the quad and the respective shade names.

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I’ve been using the shade Intense a lot as my go-to eyebrow powder as that is the only one that matches my hair. It is a very dirty dark brown shade. The other three I’ve used in various looks as eyeshadow. Wish, in particular, is a very pigmented coppery shade and is great as crease color for neutral looks. I use Beloved, a dusty light brown, as an overall lid wash, and goes well with many colors even outside this quad. Hush, a beige, is the least used because it practically disappears on my skin.

Here are the arm swatches (click the image for a bigger version). The bottom row is swatched over Artdeco Eyeshadow Base. The primer really unlocks the full potential of these eyeshadows!

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The second quad I bought is called the Mesmer-eyes Eyeshadow Quad, and has the shades Inspiration, Brilliance, Charisma, and Sensational.

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Now here is where it gets a little gnarly. The shade names you see above are assigned by me based purely on the shade descriptors on the Ellana website, so you’ll have to take this with a grain of salt. It doesn’t help that the back of the quad has a misprint (Wish is listed instead of Inspiration). Brilliance (Ellana: “soft bronze”) is a pretty nice, almost metallic brown that can passably be bronze. Sensational (Ellana: “iridescent gold”) is actually a peach-leaning beige whose potential really emerges with a primer. Charisma (Ellana: “soft copper pink”) is a light metallic pink that turns into a deeper pink with a primer. Inspiration (Ellana: “soft beige”) is essentially a very light beige which strangely turns pretty white with a primer.

Here are the arm swatches (click the image for a bigger version). Check out how it practically is a different palette with the use of a primer (again, Artdeco Eyeshadow Base). It is a lot more apparent here compared to the first quad.

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Here is a look I’ve made using the two quads. Intense is definitely used for the brows. I used either Sensational or Beloved for the lid wash, and Wish for the crease.

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Pros: affordable; most shades are very pigmented, and go well together; portable; comes with mirror; multitasking; beautiful illustrations on the case

Cons: some shades require a primer; cardboard case

Neutral: requires separate brush/es

Both of these quads are Php350 each, and are available through the Ellana website or at The Ramp in Trinoma and Glorietta 3, Cinderella at SM Megamall, or their showroom at La Fuerza Plaza 2. Ellana is locally-made and cruelty-free.

 

One of the mainstay items in my makeup routine is In2It Waterproof Eyebrow Colour palette in ER01 Eyebrowns. I bought this all the way last August, from SM Megamall I think, for Php299. It is currently my go-to eyebrow powder.

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Let’s talk about the palette. It comes in a small handy plastic palette with the brand printed on the cover in gold, along with some interesting flower design. Its top half is transparent and lets you see the actual product inside. This is a pretty sturdy palette and doesn’t seem cheap. It is a little hard to open, which means it’s pretty safe to tote along on a trip.

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At the bottom you will find ingredient information, directions for use, and the dates of manufacture and expiry.

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Upon opening the palette you will see the three shades side by side in a metal pan, and a tiny brush in its own compartment. The brush is actually pretty useful, and I use it as backup when I wash my primary eyebrow brush (Artist Studio). It does pick up a lot more product though, so I have to be careful otherwise I’ll be sporting a pretty dark brow when that happens. The inside of the cover sports a tiny mirror.

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The eyebrow powder comes in three shades, and I use the darker two mostly. The darkest shade is the one I use to fill in the gaps in my brow, while the middle shade goes to outline and shape my brow properly. Here is the swatch of all three shades on my arm.

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And here is the product applied on my brows.

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In2It is available in major department stores. I have no information on their animal testing policies.

Pros: versatile eyebrow powder, comes in three shades; affordable; great looking compact case; portable; has mirror and brush; availability

Cons: none really

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