Product Review Category: EYES

Tarte Inner Rim Brightener


OK, Tarte- thank you for understanding that white eyeliner in the corners of your eyes, if not done properly, can look a little ghoulish. This eye brightener instead goes with nude, a much better option for enhancing the whole eye area. Glides on very well, and it’s a great option for us pale ladies. Paired with a little mascara, this was enough to save me from an “overcompensating with a heavy-handed application of an e.l.f. palette” moment. 🙂

MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl

This eye color base is one of my makeup bag staples. A little of this ultra creamy formula in the corners of your eyes, on the tops of your cheekbones, or right under your brows can take you from Scary Potential Subway Murderess to … whoever Zooey Deschanel is playing these days on network TV. 😉

Feeling Younger Skin Tint (LUSH)

A vegan, light reflecting tint with oatmeal and jojoba oil? Oh, Lush. You know me so well– can’t handle the hard stuff. Mix a little of this with your eye cream, then a little concealer after that dries. VOILA.

Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner (M.A.C.)

You’ll always find one of these Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners from MAC in mama’s makeup bags. (Consider that mama’s not even an eyeliner person, and you’ll understand the magnitude here, PWs.) Super soft and creamy, but stays on, in a array of colors. Favorite shade– Lord It Up- HAWT.

Brow Set (M.A.C.)

I’m not sure how I feel about brow grooming products. It’s a balance, right? The wrong product is just waiting to take you from brow anorexia to Mommie Dearest on drag night in seconds flat. So what’s a gal to do? My brow issue isn’t a biggie- a couple of sparse spots, but a good overall shape, I just need some general fixin’ and filling in. Cue MAC’s Brow Set- a gel with a mascara like applicator that’s easy to use and not messy or overdone. Perfect- now let someone else do the Faye impersonation. 😉

Paints (M.A.C.)

EEK–Eye Paints from MAC!! These used to be my go-to eye primer, or, wear alone minimalist eye look, until MAC’s flashier cousins took their place and I completely forgot about them! I recently found one and remembered why I loved them so much. The color stays on very well, and whatever you put on top will stick like buttah. Now, I implore all PWs to scour the bottoms of their makeup bags for hidden treasures and tell us what you find! <3

Glitter (M.A.C.)

Can MAC’s Glitter be worn by anyone other than a drag queen or a tween? Well I tested that out recently, so (I suppose) the answer is yes… Usually I prefer my glitter both more subtle, and more on the solid side. This falls into neither category, although it’s very eye-catching and very pretty. Oh, and very messy. Cute, But It’ll probably stay in my “special occasion” bag, only to emerge on drag queen bingo night.

Eye Shadow (M.A.C.)

What Product Whore hasn’t walked into a MAC, and had a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory moment? Don’t we all feel like Violet, ready to binge on those rows and rows of gorgeous eyeshadows?? (and hey, go crazy and turn yourself blue, there’s more than enough shades to choose from! 😀

Mineralize Concealer (MAC)

MAC’s Mineralize Concealer goes firmly in my “meh” list of concealers that have failed to tackle the challenge of bringing down my dark circles. First of all, H-A-T-E the applicator brush. Why, MAC, why?? When I haven’t had an ounce of caffeine yet, how on earth would you expect me to maneuver a .00000132425 inch brush in the corners of my eyes??? If that wasn’t enough, the coverage was just lame-o, and not equal to their other concealers I’ve entrusted with this monstrous feat of coverage. We (the dark circles and I) will be moving on.

Fluidline (MAC)

A gal pal was kind enough to do my makeup for an event recently. I’m always skeptical about any eyeliner, being cursed with, what I call “eternally oily eyelids” (a terrible affliction, BTW). My pal convinced me this was the Cadillac of eyeliners and instead of running to the loo to refresh every 30 minutes, I’d be enjoying the company of my friends at the carving station with some top shelf booze (this was no joke). She was right, and I’m running out immediately to purchase my own (instead of stealing hers, which I considered, too–sorry, Amy- kisses!)