Sydney Grace Eyeshadow

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This is a new brand for me. I’ve heard some good things about the quality of the eye shadows, specifically, the consistent quality. Great quality at such a low cost is rare. The company offers a range of finishes and types from matte, shimmer, pressed and loose pigments, loose glitter and cream eye shadows. There are also some palettes available. I love that the price per pan shadow is $5 or $6 depending on the finish.

The mattes blend very well. I always wear a primer on my lids because they are naturally oily. I experienced minor creasing at the end of the day using the pressed pigments. I didn’t have this issue with the shimmer shades. (To be honest, I’ve noticed this lately with a number of brands, so it may be a personal problem.) The matte shades are more loosely packed as compared to a Mac shadow, but not as bad as an Anastasia shadow. The shimmers and pressed pigments are very pigmented and I experienced little to no fallout. Unless you’re buying a pre-made palette, you’ll need your own empty palette to store these as they are sold by the pan.

There are some shades listed here as discontinued. However, the site lists some as “discontinuing” and may be still available for purchase until the shade sells out. One thing that annoys me is that this brand isn’t great at keeping a full stock of their shades. On several occasions, several shades I wanted were unavailable. Swatches of the shadows I’ve picked up over the past several months is are below. Individual pictures of the pans is at the end of the post.

These shades can be purchased at sydneygraceco.com.

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  1. The Greatest Gift (pressed pigment) is described as a light pink with a green shift.
  2. Dive (pressed pigment) is described as a blue green with a strong gold shift.
  3. Lucky Peach (pressed pigment) is described as a peach with a gold undertone.
  4. Somber (shimmer) is described as a medium brown with a strong gray/silver undertone.
  5. Golden Strawberry (shimmer) is described as a medium pink with brown undertone and a slight sheen.
  6. Redeemer (shimmer) is described as a medium purple with a strong blue and lavender shift.
  7. Golden Peach (pressed pigment) is described as a deep peach with golden shift.
  8. Rover (pressed pigment) is described as a taupe with a mauve undertone.
  9. Indiana Love (matte) is described as a deep blue.
  10. Underworld (shimmer) is described as a red brown with sparkle.
  11. Caramel Apple (matte, discontinued) is described as a deep red brown.
  12. Chocolate Raspberry Fudge (matte) is described as a chocolate brown with red undertones.
  13. Hot Chocolate (matte) is described as a medium deep chocolate brown.
  14. General (matte) is described as a deep army green that leans brown.
  15. Tiara (pressed pigment) is described as a taupe.
  16. Defiance (pressed pigment) is described as a deep brown with a strong green undertone.
  17. Tattle Tale (pressed pigment) is described as a burgundy with blue sparkle. If the shade is applied wet, it will leave a strong blue overlay on top of the shadow.
  18. Promenade (pressed pigment) is described as a blue green shade.
  19. Laura’s Memory (pressed pigment) is described as a copper with an orange undertone.
  20. Slayed (pressed pigment) is described as a steel blue.
  21. Deep Waters (shimmer) is described as a deep navy blue with a satin finish; however, it seems matte to me.
  22. Redeemed (matte) is described as a medium deep plum matte.
  23. Eastern Rise (matte) is described as a medium deep matte with a slight purple undertone.

 

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MAC Deep Dark Brunette Fluidline Brow Gelcreme

This post is to celebrate an empty container. It’s different than what I’ve written about before, but I love finishing a product. I find it so satisfying to hit pan or finish a product. This photo was taken over the holidays when I had more free time to blog. There is about two to three weeks of usage left, but by the time I post this, it will be empty.

I purchased the Fluidline Brow gel back when it was a new, limited addition product by MAC. I bought two because I planned to use them when I blogged eye shadow looks. Soon after, I changed the focus of my blog and stopped doing eye looks. So, the product sat in my refrigerator for a long time. A while ago, I committed myself to use and finish my brow gel. It took over a year of consistent use, but I finished one pot and have one more to go.

It was a nice product, but I won’t repurchase. It was tricky to get used to in the beginning. You can easily end up applying to much product. I have sparse brows with bald areas and found using a dark, pigmented gel made me nervous before each use. You have a little time to correct mistakes with a Q-tip or brow brush before it dries down. It’s not as forgiving as a powder. I found the gel to last all day without smudging on its own, but I also avoid rubbing my brows. The gel has been part of MAC’s permanent range for a long while. I’ve read some reviews of this product drying out on people. I managed to avoid that problem by depotting a week’s worth of product into a smaller container. Towards the end of the week, the little bit I took out would start to stiffen up.

I look forward to using up this second pot and going back to a powder brow product. MAC’s Fluidline Brow gel retails for $19 and contains 3g (0.10 US oz).

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer – Walnut

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(I prepared this post in January 2018 and planned to finish writing it and post it after using the product for a while. I clearly forgot…family and school completely took over. Here’s my original comments with my update afterward.)
Nars Walnut Concealer

Successfully concealing my undereye circles continues to evade me, but I’m hoping I’ve nailed it. (But I’ve said this before.) I’ve tried several concealers for my undereye area. In my GoodBuy 2016 post, I wrote that I finally found my product and shade – Mac’s Pro Longwear Concealer in NC45. I had been using it since that post and through all of 2017, although it wasn’t perfect and annoyed me at times. (It didn’t get along with every eye cream or gel I used. It would look great when I walked out the door in the morning, but slid off some spots before I sat down on my commuter train.) I stuck with my Mac because it covered my darkest area well and I wasn’t too thrilled with taking another expensive “concealer tour”.

Concealer Comp

L to R: Nars Walnut, Mac Pro Longwear NC45, Estee Lauder Double Wear in Deep

It wasn’t until I switched setting powders that I realized that Mac oxidizes and becomes too dark and peachy. Since my old setting powder counteracted the oxidizing, but left the eye area too cakey, so, I booked another concealer tour.

Thankfully, Nars added more shades to their concealer range and I picked up the shade Walnut. I had been using a lighter shade of Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Caramel on the outer portions of my undereye area so I was familiar and happy with the formula. Caramel is too light to cover my dark circles, but Walnut had enough deepness to get great coverage.

UPDATE:

I’ve been using Walnut for all of 2018. I’m nearing the end of the tube pictured in this post and don’t plan on purchasing another. It’s too yellow, but I like the formula better than Mac. It’s pigmented enough to cover my dark undereye discoloration, but the shade doesn’t work for me. I’m still using Caramel on the outer portions of my eye, which has a slight discoloration. I primarily use Caramel to brighten that area. For my dark circles, I have been mixing Walnut and Mac’s Pro Longwear together for a color match (out of desperation and to use up both). I don’t enjoy mixing two heavy products for my undereye area. Despite wearing a face primer underneath, I still deal with the concealers settling in the creases in my inner corner. This formula stays put better than Mac because it’s a thicker formula, but I can’t wait to be done with both. I have another concealer waiting in the wings once I finish Walnut and Mac.