I am always on the look out for a great gimmick. I still can’t get over all of the rub-on eyeshadows appliques that are on the market. Anyways, Avon has recently launched these Eye Artist Eyeshadow Trios. It is the “first shadow that looks like an eye!” Wow, that is a selling point, um, I’m being sarcastic. What a funny gimmick since it really doesn’t claim to do anything but have different packaging. It is supposed to remind our dumbasses how to apply eyeshadow. Like light all over, medium from lashline to crease, and deep in the middle. Base, contour, and highlight. Duh. I haven’t tried the product so I can’t tell you how the powder shadows wear or feel. The packaging is a bit strange but I guess it is a little cool. I guess. I retails for $8 when not on sale. It comes in four shades: Grey Guidance for a smoky look, Naturally Neutral which looks like a beach pebble neutral, Passion Plum which is featured above, and Teal Tutor which is the water colored teal and the most interesting looking to me.

For some reason I fall for all of Benefit’s gimmicks. I know that I can get the same result from a different product (AKA cheaper product). I love a highlighted brow bone. You know that drag queen lifted high to the sky brow bone? Love it. This pencil claims to add an instant brow lift. It does highlight nicely and is easy to use. It does what alot of slightly pearly powder eyeshadows do. This pencil is a super pale pink. It looks nice on my light skintone but I really don’t think the color is for everyone. I really don’t think it is for alot of people. With my experience as a makeup artist I wouldn’t use this on like 80% of my clients. My darker clients would benefit more from a pearly golden champagne powder. Anyways, you take this pencil and line under your brows and blend and it is supposed to lift. The lady at the counter tried to tell me that it helps cover up stray, unruly brows between waxing. Yeah, whatever. If your philosophy is to cake your hair follicles with tons of pigment to disguise a stray hair rather than pluck it, then that would work. It doesn’t do that. In fact the lighter shade makes strays more noticeable if you have dark hair like I do. It’s an OK product and the color works for me but it is something to definitely try before buying. It retails for $20 and I’ve used loose face powders that created the same results as this when swept and blended right under the brow bone.

No Bristles

Defect: No Bristles

I have no idea what I was thinking when I purchased this product. I just knew that I needed a mascara and was tired of the same ole crap. I still haven’t found my “HG” and I’m still searching.

This stuff was straight up nasty. It’s claim to fame is that it is brushless and claims that you can coat each lash individually (who has time for that!) and looks like false lashes. As if! The “magic wand” is so primitive and I’m sure chimps in the wild could come up with a better way to apply mascara than this. It clumped my lashes into three huge spikes like some punk rockers mohawk. It is a very wet formula and would get all over the place. Tons of product would come out and I’d have to “tissue” it like it was cheap ole Maybelline Great Lash, which by the way is a thousand times better than this stuff. It took a long time to get used to applying it because it would skip lashes and was impossible to apply evenly and don’t even try to double coat. It was hard and stiff when it dried and took forever to remove even with my beloved Lancôme Bifacils. I can’t believe it is still on the market. I tried it a year ago and I wish I returned it instead of trashing it. My friends and family were like “I’m so happy you’re not using that stuff anymore.” when I sent it to the dumpster. I knew it looked bad but others noticed too. Shoot. I asked a friend who works at Sephora about it and she went off on me. She was like, “Why didn’t you ask me? We get tons of returns on this product. It is junk.” Well, whatever. I’m still searching for that perfect mascara that will give me the false eyelash look. But, the truth is nothing will, only falsies. And false lashes would of been a thousand times easier to apply each morning than Magic Wand Mascara. Save your $15 unless you only have one eyelash to your name that needs coated in mascara.

Tammys eye makeup looks better than mine did when using this stuff.

Tammy's eye makeup looks better than mine did when using this stuff.