swatches


I absolutely love hunting for good cosmetics at affordable prices. That’s why I love Watson’s too much. One of my recent discoveries is a brand called 4U2 (Thai). I already have one of their quads (neutrals) and a single eyeshadow. I love 4U2 eyeshadows primarily because it’s highly pigmented and cheap! The only problem I have is that they don’t have matte eyeshadows.

…or so I thought.

Last Saturday, I passed by Watson’s after class to restock on wetwipes and tissue. I passed by the 4U2 counter and was surprised to see a matte eyeshadow palette (Classic). The sales lady said it was the last one and that they seldom restock on it. But since I didn’t have money with me then, I tried my luck the next day in the nearest Watson’s to my place. And fortunately, they had two! So I got one for myself…

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Swatches:

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4U2 I-Pro Professional Eye Make-up Palette in Classic

Price: Php 994

Pros:

  • Highly pigmented
  • Affordable
  • Nice packaging ( i like the mirror haha)

Cons:

  • No other shades available
  • Other than the first one, I can’t think of any

Overall, I think that this palette is a steal for its price. The texture is just alright, not too powdery unlike other drugstore brands. The shimmery palettes are nice too. I just want a matte palette. I especially like how the black and brown turned out. I also recommend their eyeshadow duos and quads. Really worth the price. 🙂

After buying the stuff I need for makeup school, I did a mental note to set out on a no-buy mode (which I keep telling myself to do over and over again). But who am I kidding? I always seem to find a reason to buy something (despite my meager wallet and bank account). By far, this month has been the most extravagant in terms of my spending on beauty products. Since I was in a positive mood today, I decided to take pictures of some of the stuff I got over the weekend.

1. MAC lipstick in Russian Red

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Okay, so I’ve been looking for a good red lipstick. I found one at The Face Shop but I decided to check with MAC first thinking that I might find a better one. And I did (and its the last one they have)! I looooove the shade of red. It’s matte and is on the bluish side of red. However, I’ve been so used to wearing nudes that I’m not too comfy wearing a red lipstick. But we’ll see…

2. MAC eyeshadow in Ricepaper

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Ricepaper is a peachy gold e/s with shimmer. I decided to buy this because Mikee from MAC told us that this is a perfect shade for a highlighter. and he was definitely right! 🙂

3. Maybelline Brow Definist in 02 Brown

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I go to Maybelline for mascaras (hands down!). It has been my brand of choice for mascaras before I discovered The Balm Two Timer Mascara (my HG! I’ll try to review this some other time). It’s affordable and does its work. So as I was lurking around Landmark looking for a good and cheap eyebrow kit, I was surprised to see that Maybelline now has an eyebrow kit (and eyeshadows! LOL.) I wasn’t expecting much from it but when I swatched it, I was surprised by the natural light brown color. I’ve been looking for a lighter and more natural shade of eyebrow kit because I wasn’t satisfied with the one I bought from In2it and The Face Shop.

Anyways, Maybelline Brow Definist has two shades of brown in it. One smooth wax (darker shade) to define the brow line and one silky brow powder (lighter shade) to build intensity. I find that it easily glides and packs color to the brows.


4. Nichido Girl’s Night Out Eye Contour Pencil in Deep Blonde

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What can I say. I love the shade of brown. It can be used as an eyeliner and a brow pencil. My only concern is that it smudges easily.

5. Fanny Serrano Blush in Georgia Peach

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The photo lost its quality upon upload. It looks totally different. In the picture, it looks pink but this blush is a perfect peach shade, which is a bit on the shimmery side. I bought this for my class but I think I might use it. LOL.

I have yet to try their eyeshadow quads, which I saw from Aika.

6. My first batch of NYX round lipsticks

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My mini lipstick army from Nyx. I ordered these from Nonpareilboutique about a month ago but I had to wait for my uncle to arrive to get these. I also ordered 2 round lipglosses, 1 megashine lipgloss and 1 eyeshadow trio (which I forgot to take pictures of). Anyways, I cannot stress enough how much I love these lipsticks. They’re not MAC quality but they’re good enough for me. They glide well and don’t dry my lips. And they’re cheap! I can’t wait to order more!

7. Eyeko Cream

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FINALLY! After a month long of waiting, I got my order. I’m not sure though if this was my original order, or the one they re-sent (since I filed a dispute in Paypal). I love it. (and how cute is the packaging?!) It makes a good highlighter. You can even wear it alone, giving a healthy glow to your skin. I applied a thick layer for visual purposes only (I wanted it to be really visible in the picture). The smell reminds me of sunblock but oddly enough, I love the smell. LOL. The only con I can point out right now is that its in a tub and I have to dip my finger to get the product. So what I did was I bought those little containers with spatulas and transferred some to it so I don’t have to get straight from the tub.

So there. I’ll post the second part of my haul when I get in the mood to take pictures again.

On Thursday, I will be joining my teacher and some of my classmates in a fashion show at Bureau (Makati). Janna, my classmate, told me that we will be doing 30 faces (SRSLY?!) for the show. But we’ll only be doing the base (foundation etc.) since that’s what we’ve mastered. I’m excited and nervous. I hope I do well… *cross fingers*