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Mini Review: Spring 2014 Wet n Wild Eye Shadow Brush

I want to start a new feature here at K Sky Beauty where once a week (shooting for once a week!!!) I upload a new “Mini Review” post on a beauty product I am using at the moment. Only a few paragraphs and photos giving you a quick summary on that product in case you were curious about it as well and wanted feedback.

Today I have the first mini review on the new Wet n Wild Eye Shadow Brush from their Spring 2014 collection which comes in a display with four other brushes like this:

Wet n Wild Brush Display

The new 2014 Wet n Wild brush collection display I found at my local Harmon Discount

Awesome colors, right? I only picked up the eyeshadow brush (I spell it “eyeshadow” but I see a lot of cosmetic companies also spell it “eye shadow”) because the face brushes, to be honest, looked a little flimsy to me and not as dense as the ones I own from MAC, Sigma, Real Techniques, etc. I wasn’t expecting much in terms of quality for such a cheap price-point (99¢ to $2.99) and from a drugstore brand.

Wet n Wild Eye Shadow Brush

Wet n Wild Eye Shadow Brush

Boy was I wrong! Made from natural hair fibers with a sturdy wooden handle, this brush performs better than my MAC 239 shader brush and my MAC 242 and it’s also a little wider so it can cover more area! I have been using the WnW brush to pack both cream, pigment and powder shadow on my lid and also to blend into my transition area or into my outer v area and I am super impressed! This brush picks up a TON of product very easily which is nice so you don’t have to keep going back and dipping into the pan. I also found- even with notoriously flaky shadows- that it helps minimize fallout because the brush really grabs the shadow. I was able to build up color in no time and evenly blend it out, which is exactly what you’d want in a shader/packing brush this shape and size.

As for being able to clean this brush: I had no issues with my normal cleaning method (dip and swirl in 91% isopropyl alcohol, then baby shampoo and water to rinse) and after using and cleaning it a few times now, I see no wear and tear, shedding or missing bristles. Time will tell in that department, but for 99¢? You can’t go wrong. In fact, I’m going to see if I can track down another one or two to keep on hand- they’re THAT good so I highly suggest you give this brush a try if you find it! I might even pick up the remaining three other brushes and give them a try as well!

Thanks for stopping by to catch up with me and please leave me a comment below letting me know if you’ve tried any of these brushes and what your experience has been!

Round Two: Remaining Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish Collection: Review & Swatches

Ok, I’m back with the remaining eight shades in the Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish Collection for a review and swatches to show you all. It only took me FOUR MONTHS to hunt the rest of them down, LOL! I know most drugstores by me still only carry the original sixteen shades (you can see a review and swatches of those here if you missed my first post) so I had to purchase the rest from Luckily they had a BOGO 50% off sale for all Revlon cosmetics PLUS I had a 20% off your total purchase coupon… you know I love a bargain! Take a peek at the remaining eight below:

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish Collection

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish Collection – New Shades and Scents

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polishes

The Lineup

I’ll start off by saying that most of these shades are a cream formula and opaque with one to two coats which is nice. And like the original batch I reviewed, these all have pleasant scents as well (to me anyway… I know we all have different preferences). I’ve had these new polishes for a few weeks now so I’ve been able to play around with them and one thing I really wanted to try was the Top Coat Test to see if the scents would still be present under a layer of top coat. I am pleased to say that with the shades I tried: Lime Basil and Chocolate Truffle, the scents sure lasted! At first it dulled down the perfume oils in these and muted the smell. But after the top coat dried and a few hours went by, I could smell the scents coming back! Here’s the kicker: without a top coat, the perfume oils seem to dry up or fade after a few days like I wrote in my last review. However, with a top coat- I was able to get a FULL WEEK of scent coming off my nails. Weird, right? I did not expect that at all. I used one of my favorite top coats, Seche Vite too! And for anyone who’s familiar with Seche Vite, you know what a thick top coat that is! Going forward, I will definitely be using a top coat with these polishes because it helps the color last longer without chipping and keeps them shiny without losing their scent! Good to know!

Now, let’s get into each color and scent, shall we?

Revlon Parfumerie Chocolate Truffle

Chocolate Truffle

First up, Chocolate Truffle: Ok, I’m not going to lie… this scent was my LEAST favorite of the group and the one I found to be the most disappointing especially after Revlon did such a great job with Autumn Spice which had a true chocolate note to it! Chocolate Truffle smells like fake chocolate syrup if that makes any sense? It doesn’t have the richness and deep cocoa notes you’d expect, but rather a too-sugary, too-commercial fragrance that reminds me of those chocolate scented markers from Mr. Sketch we all had growing up. As for the color? That’s entirely a different story! I LOVE this shade and this cream formula and it was one of my top three favorites from this bunch! Chocolate Truffle is a dark mocha that glides on so evenly and smooth. You could get away with just one coat if you’re in a hurry but with two, OMG! Perfection! I love the way this one looked on my nails and I’ve worn it twice so far!

Revlon Parfumerie Ginger Melon

Ginger Melon

Next we have Ginger Melon, a bright pinky-coral with a cream finish as well. Funny thing about Ginger Melon: this formula with one coat could almost pass for a jelly nail polish because you could still see my nail beds underneath. I might have to try a jelly-sandwhich with this one. 🙂 Ginger Melon applied nicely, smoothed out after a second or two and was opaque with the second coat. The scent? Light and sweet, less ginger and more melon as in watermelon. It reminds me of Bubblicious Watermelon gum but not as strong. In fact, if you’re not into scented nail polishes but love this hot coral color, give Ginger Melon a try anyway. The perfume oil in this one isn’t overwhelming at all.

Revlon Parfumerie Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom looks soooooo close to the shade of Ginger Melon in the bottle so if you don’t want to pick up every shade in this collection (What? You’re not a crazy makeup hoarder like me?!?) but like hot coral colors, I’d say go with one or the other. It’s true that Orange Blossom is of course… orange. But orange with more of a reddish tint. This cream formula went on very nicely as well and again, this scent is not overwhelming in any way. I get more floral than citrus with this polish, hence the “Blossom” in it’s name.

Revlon Parfumerie Powder Puff

Powder Puff

Ah… Powder Puff… such a GORGEOUS color- and so multifaceted too! This shade is NOT a cream formula, but instead has tiny shards of glitter (I say shards because there are no easily recognizable shapes to the glitters- they’re more like chopped up bits and pieces) throughout it’s light, baby pink base. The glitters remind me of mica particles and there are some blues, coppers and silvers mixed in which really go nicely with the soft pink! Please forgive my swatch above. I could not- for the life of me- take a decent photo of this polish to show you what I mean! But, I have seen some other great swatch photos online from other bloggers so do a search and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Powder Puff does not smell like baby powder as you’d expect. At least not to me! I get a powdery note in there, but it’s more floral, feminine and clean smelling. There was this perfume by Avon back in the 80s that had a similar smell… Sweet Honesty, maybe? I can’t remember exactly but this polish scent reminds me of that soft, light fragrance.

Revlon Parfumerie Lime Basil

Lime Basil

Lime Basil is next and I’ve already read so many reviews saying how gross this polish smells. I tend to disagree. It’s different! I’ll say that! Lime Basil is one of the stronger scented polishes in this batch alongside Chocolate Truffle, Balsam Fir and Espresso. I don’t get a ton of basil from it but you can definitely pick out the citrus notes. This polish is almost candy-scented, like something you would eat. But fresh smelling at the same time. I also get a bit of a pine scent in here. Maybe that’s the basil herb coming through? The color? FABULOUS! I own a lot of greens in my nail polish collection but nothing like this! It’s not a teal but could look that way in certain lights. It’s not a Kelly green either. I’d say Lime Basil is a blue-toned bold green and the cream formula is opaque with only one coat. However, this particular polish did not go on as smooth as some of the other creams so keep that in mind.

Revlon Parfumerie Balsam Fir

Balsam Fir

Balsam Fir: MY FAVORITE!!! How stunning is this color?! To die for! A true “Army” green in my opinion. Not hunter- not jungle. Army green but nice and bright! Also one of the best cream formulas and a dream to apply. The scent? Amazing if you love winter/Christmas scents. There’s nothing negative I can say about this perfect little bottle of polish! Total dupe for Bath & Body Works/White Barn Candle Company’s Fresh Balsam and I don’t care if I light that candle religiously from November through January, I am wearing this polish all year long! Definitely smells like a Christmas tree or fresh wreath and this polish was one of the more bold scents that lasted longer than the others. You need this in your collection. Period.

Revlon Parfumerie Tropical Rain

Tropical Rain

Disappointed that Powder Puff didn’t smell exactly like baby powder? Well don’t fret! Tropical Rain does! Yeah, I know… “Tropical Rain”. But no, this polish, although a BEAUTIFUL shade of blue and also a shimmery finish to boot- smells nothing like it’s name suggests. I even asked my husband to take a whiff when I finished painting my nails with it the other night and his first response: “Baby powder.” Strange! I do not smell anything fruity, tropical or island-like and this was one of the shades I was excited about for it’s fragrance based on it’s name. The color is very pretty: a bright, bold sky blue with cobalt iridescent shimmer throughout. Be warned though: aside from it’s mismatched scent, this polish was one of the hardest to apply! I think the issue is, the surface dries sooo quickly that when you go back to do the other side of your nail, you pull away the first swipe a little bit. Work quickly with this polish and you might fare better than I did. Because of what I’ve mentioned, this polish was my least favorite of the bunch and it’s a shame because it is a lovely color.

Revlon Parfumerie Espresso


Lastly, Espresso. Deep, rich, dark and mysterious black polish with a blue undertone- the first coat almost goes on with a jelly-like finish. I LOVED the formula to this one and it was opaque with two coats. On my nails, it’s definitely black but as you’re painting with it, you can see the blueish-gray base throughout. The scent is a strong bold coffee fragrance but with a touch of musk and sandalwood. It reminds me of after dinner dessert and drinks at a fancy Italian restaurant! My husband always orders an espresso with a lemon peal. The good news is, this polish doesn’t have that bitter, burnt tire smell to it. Just a rich, pleasant coffee tone. Also one of the polish scents that lingered the longest on my nails- about four days.

So that’s it! All twenty-four nail polish shades and scents in Revlon’s newest Parfumerie collection within two of these blog posts. Like I said last time, I really do love this line of nail polishes and I am super impressed that Revlon came out with gorgeous shades and fragrances that were more mature and pleasing compared to their older line of scented polishes. For the most part, these are a dream to apply and two coats is all you need. You can get about four to six days of no chipping or peeling without a top coat and with a top coat- I went a week and a half!

If you’ve been wondering what each bottle smells like, what finishes and formulas are offered in this line, how they perform or what the colors truly look like once painted on the nails, I hope I was able to answer some of those questions and maybe aid in your decision on which ones you should pick up for your own collection next time you’re at the drugstore. Please leave a comment below telling me if you’ve tried any yet, which ones are you favorites and which ones were a disappointment or which shades you’re dying to get your hands on! And as always, thanks so much for stopping by!

It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette by BH Cosmetics: Review & Swatches

 BH Cosmetics It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette

Close up of the beautiful shades in the BH Cosmetics It’s Judy Time eyeshadow palette

A few weeks ago I pre-ordered the new It’s Judy Time eyeshadow palette from BH Cosmetics because I had seen a few promising YouTube reviews and hey, let’s face it: I’m a sucker for browns and purples on my blue eyes. The price point seemed great at $14.95 compared to some of my higher-end palettes in the $50+ range and I’ve always enjoyed watching Judy on her YouTube channel It’s Judy Time. I like the idea of beauty gurus teaming up with cosmetic companies to create their own personalized makeup palettes. Prior to this purchase, I had never owned any BH Cosmetic eyeshadows so I was curious to see how they would perform. Once this palette arrived earlier in week, I began to play around with it every day to make sure I could give an honest and thorough review for you.

BH Cosmetics It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette

Outside packaging

First off: Packaging. I personally LOVE when eyeshadow palettes are sleek, slender and travel-friendly and this palette is all three! It reminds me of my Lorac Pro Palette except for that rubbery feel on the outside (which I am not a fan of because it can leave a lot of fingerprints). The case is in sturdy cardboard with a black matte finish and gold lettering and closes securely with a magnetic flap in the front. Very chic!

BH Cosmetics It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette

The shade selection

Inside are 12 shades of 6.75g/.24oz each (about the size of a penny) and the colors are mainly neutrals with a few pops of purple and blue. Not that it’s a big deal, but I do like it when each eyeshadow color has a name or number underneath and I was a little disappointed to see these colors were not named by Judy. I think that might have been a fun little touch. The mirror on the top flap is not very big so that might be annoying for those expecting a large enough mirror to use during the application process but 9 times out of 10, I hardly use my palette’s mirrors anyway.

BH Cosmetics It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette

“Natural is beautiful, but makeup is glam” and I couldn’t agree more with Judy!

Let’s start with the top row from left:

  • A matte, light peachy-beige (peachier than MAC’s Orb but close), perfect for highlighting or blending (this shade happens to be close to my natural skin tone so I’ll use it more for blending)
  • A warm, matte sable-brown similar to MAC’s Soft Brown (which I love for my transition area or for more blending)
  • A shimmery golden-brown close to MAC’s Woodwinked but more on the warm side (again, could be for the transition area)
  • A pink-toned, medium matte brown
  • A deep, cocoa matte brown (definitely crease-worthy!) like MAC’s Embark
  • And a shimmery dark brown, reminiscent of MAC’s Carbonized

And then on the bottom row from left:

  • The perfect “copper penny” color with lots of shimmer like MAC’s Honey Lust but a tad darker
  • A rich, burnt orangey-brown with a metallic finish, the most buttery shadow in this palette and totally stunning!
  • The darkest shade of the bunch (believe-it-or-not!), this matte, deep brownish-black base has sparkly flecks of burgundy throughout and is a very close dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Blackheart (and dare I say I like this shade even better?!)
  • A medium, cool-toned purple frosty-metallic that almost appears to be a duochrome (it’s not unfortunately) and is a close dupe for Urban Decay’s Vice 2 Betrayal
  • A satin, what I would call “periwinkle” (GORGEOUS on the eye!) but probably the shade I had the most trouble with as you do need patience to build it and it was the chalkiest of the bunch
  • And finally, a dark, navy blue matte base with royal blue sparkles throughout which seemed a tad on the “gritty side” to me

I’ll be honest, I couldn’t wait to swatch this puppy because the colors look so stunning together. However… my initial thoughts when swatched dry with my fingertips on the back of my hand? I was NOT impressed and started to get worried. None of the YouTube videos I watched commented on how poorly they swatch and so I almost wondered at first if there was something wrong with my palette because I expected to feel buttery soft shadows that glided on like a dream. Unfortunately, no. Take a peek:

BH Cosmetics It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette

Swatched dry with fingertips

The matte shades felt chalky which I know can happen with even higher-end brands and there seemed to be a lot of flakiness with the shimmery shades. I then decided to grab a flat shader brush and see how these applied when dampened a bit, since I know that can really bring out the metallic effect in some shadows and help achieve better color pay-off:

BH Cosmetics It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette

Swatched with a damp flat shader brush

Much better! I felt now I could really see how these might perform on my eyelids since I always wear a primer anyway. I decided to put them to the real test, because come on! Who just buys an eyeshadow palette to swatch it on the back of your hand? Well, my lovely readers, you’ll be happy to know that despite the fact that these shadows did not swatch very well initially, they did show up nicely on my eyelids and I had no trouble blending them and patting them on gently to build up color and I did NOT use a damp brush or wet the shadows in any way. In fact, I learned a lesson not to always trust hand-swatching in the future.

I am impressed with the pigments in most of these shades. They blended into each other easily and I achieved a nice color-payoff right away: I didn’t have to keep going back in to add more except for that periwinkle color. However, it’s worth it to have patience because once you work with that shade, you do achieve a lovely, vibrant punch of color! These shadows lasted all day on my lids with a primer and I do tend to get oily so I was impressed they didn’t transfer, have any fall-out or crease during the day. Very happy with the wearability of the shadow formula.

Here’s the look I got by using that light, peachy-beige for blending and a highlight, the warm, matte sable in my transition area with a touch of the shimmery golden-brown (see why names or numbered shadows would make this so much easier to explain?) and finally the periwinkle on my lid and the cocoa matte brown on my outer v blended slightly into the crease:

BH Cosmetics It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette

A fun, neutral eye look with a pop of color to really bring out my blue eyes!

Despite the fact that there are some close color dupes to MAC and Urban Decay shadows, would I say this palette is along the same lines in terms of quality? Unfortunately no. With MAC, Urban Decay, Lorac, TooFaced and the very high-end Chanel, Dior, Marc Jacobs, etc., you are paying for the high quality you’d expect. But for only $14.95, I would definitely say this is a great palette to add to your collection with good quality shadows that perform very well. I’d compare them to Wet n Wild’s Color Icon shadows which I’m obsessed with because for the price-point, and used with a decent primer, you can’t go wrong!

What does make this palette stand out in my collect is the fact that Judy did a fantastic job at putting together 12 coordinating shades that will all work nicely with one another. I know that’s not easy to do and I give her credit. A lot of my pricey eyeshadow palettes are not even coordinated this well. And, as you can probably already see, all of these shadows are on the warmer side, except for those last three cool-toned purples and blue, which again, work wonderful next to the warm neutrals! I also love that there are some shades here that I don’t have any dupes for in my collection.

Overall, I’d give this palette a thumbs up and if you’ve been stalking the BH Cosmetics site or YouTubing reviews like I was, just go ahead and order it already! You’ll be happy you did! Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment below letting me know what YOU think of your It’s Judy Time palette and what kinds of fun eyeshadow looks you’ve created using it!

BH Cosmetics It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette

FOTD featuring the It’s Judy Time eyeshadow palette by BH Cosmetics