Monday, August 12, 2019

Kitrinophiles Unite: The ColourPop Uh-Huh Honey Palette

I've always had an affinity for the color yellow. Maybe it's because my birthstone is topaz, or because yellow is one of the least popular colors and I love a polarizing underdog, or because mustard and chartreuse are surprisingly flattering to my cool-toned complexion, or because lemon bars are my favorite dessert and, fittingly, the official dessert of bisexuals. Whatever the cause, I've been drawn to yellow since childhood. I have a vivid memory of my dad, a classical guitarist, taking me to a music store on Haight Street when I was seven or eight and letting me pick out a slide flute. The color choices were red, blue, and yellow, and I went for yellow without a second thought. As an adult, I find it hard to resist yellow accessories, clothes, and makeup, and I always gravitate toward splashes of yellow in museums, as I did in the St. Louis Art Museum last month:

Paul Gauguin, Portrait of Two Children (Paul and Jean Schuffneker), c. 1889.

Sofa, c. 1815-1825.

Ben Nicholson, Half Moon, 1959.

So when ColourPop started releasing monochromatic nine-pan eyeshadow palettes for $12 each, I waited on tenterhooks for the yellow one, which finally materialized at the end of June.

When the first photos came out, I was disappointed. I'd been hoping for a palette that explored the warm, cool, light, and dark manifestations of yellow, but but the Uh-Huh Honey palette was overwhelmingly warm-toned, and most of the shades were neither light nor dark. ColourPop might as well have called it the Colonel Mustard palette. Where was the acid yellow? The pastel yellow? The chartreuse? There were other issues, too: ColourPop had made the environmentally irresponsible decision to switch its packaging from cardboard to plastic, and the corneally irresponsible decision to include a non-eye-safe body glitter in an eyeshadow palette. But as the weeks went on, I found myself more and more tempted by Uh-Huh Honey, especially as I had only a couple of eyeshadows that could be described as yellow. We all know what happened next:

I've now been using Uh-Huh Honey for over a month, so I feel comfortable delivering an overall verdict: it's good! It hasn't blown me away, but I'd give it a solid B (bee?) and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone whose eyeshadow stash is lacking in yellows, as mine was.

The packaging is nice: a solid plastic compact that closes securely with a click. Unfortunately, and predictably, the gold lettering on the lid does wear off. I've toted the palette to three different states now, and this is the result:

The compact has a very nice mirror that I didn't realize was a mirror until ten minutes ago, because it was covered by a peel-off plastic sheet and this is apparently the first eyeshadow palette I've ever bought?

When I first swatched the shadows, I was disappointed in the pigmentation of the mattes. Now that I've used all of them a few times, they're depositing more pigment on my brush, so I think I just had to get the top layer off. Still, they're a little less pigmented than the ColourPop matte singles I've tried (almost all of which have been very impressive). The three shimmers (Sunburst, Dandy, and Queen B) are unquestionably the stars of the show. Here are some finger swatches I made yesterday; I didn't bother swatching Palooza, the glitter, because I'm not going to risk my eyesight by putting it on my lids.

Some quick descriptions of the shades:

Stinger is a matte, light, slightly orangey yellow that reminds me of Gouda cheese.
Sunburst is a metallic, slightly sheer light yellow with blue duochrome.
Sweet Spot is a bright, matte true yellow.
Dandy (my favorite!) is a metallic true yellow.
Palooza is a chunky yellow glitter with shifts of orange and blue-green.
Queen B is a metallic, slightly yellow-toned bronze reminiscent of whiskey.
Totally Buggin' is a matte light butterscotch.
Oh Beehave is a matte mustard yellow; it looks much browner than Sweet Spot but isn't terribly different when swatched.
Buzz Kill is a matte medium brown that's slightly darker and cooler-toned than Totally Buggin', but fairly similar in action.

L-R: Stinger, Sunburst, Sweet Spot, Dandy, Queen B, Totally Buggin', Oh Beehave, Buzz Kill:

I was curious how the mattes compared to my other mustard matte, ColourPop Paper Tiger. L-R: Stinger, Totally Buggin', Paper Tiger, Oh Beehave, Buzz Kill:

The obvious weakness of this shade lineup is the lack of variety and contrast. I thought Buzz Kill would be effective for darkening my outer corner, but it's not much darker than Totally Buggin'. And I wish Stinger were a lighter yellow (more of a clotted-cream shade). I've put together a few looks using only this palette, but there's no use pretending they don't all look somewhat similar. However, all the shades show up nicely on my lids (over primer, of course) and blend out smoothly, so I can't complain too much.

I think I'll end up using Uh-Huh Honey mainly in conjunction with other palettes and with singles, but here are the looks I've created with Uh-Huh Honey alone. You'll notice that none of them feature color on the lower lashline; this is because any remotely yellow-toned shadow placed under my eyes makes them look infected. Trust me. Also, excuse the variety of selfie backgrounds and the general half-assedness of these photos. It's hard to take consistently good makeup selfies when you're in a different place every two weeks. (I'm now settled in my new place in Ohio, though!)

Dandy on the lid, Stinger on the browbone, Buzz Kill in the crease and outer corner, Sunburst in the inner corner:

Lipstick is MAC O.

Queen B on the lid, Totally Buggin' in the crease and outer corner, and Urban Decay Whiskey eye pencil smudged out with Totally Buggin' on the upper lashline. I've worn Queen B the most of all the shades in Uh-Huh Honey.

Lipstick is Maybelline Shine Compulsion in Scarlet Flame.

Sunburst on the lid, Oh Beehave (and maybe also Sweet Spot) in the crease and outer corner. I wasn't a huge fan of this look while I was wearing it, but now I appreciate that it actually has some color contrast!

Lipstick is Urban Decay Seismic.

Finally, Sweet Spot in the crease and Dandy on the lid, with Palooza on my cheekbones. I used Glossier Haloscope in Quartz as a short-term glitter adhesive, but I'd welcome suggestions for a longer-term one. Unfortunately, Palooza is chunky enough that when the light doesn't hit it just right, it looks like bits of dirt. ColourPop definitely took the lazy route by incorporating a pre-existing pressed glitter instead of formulating an eye-safe glitter topper with the same color scheme, which would have been a beautiful addition to the palette. (Note, too, that almost everyone who reviews the Palooza single mentions using it on their eyelids. ColourPop's warning that Palooza is "not intended for use in the immediate eye area" is hidden in the list of ingredients.)

Lip gloss is NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu.

I think Uh-Huh Honey is well worth $12, and I wouldn't be disappointed if I'd paid $18 or $20 for it. Honestly, I would have paid $12 for the three shimmers alone. The only shade I don't think I'll use semi-regularly is Palooza, though it is a beautiful glitter and might come in handy for Pride or Halloween or something. I look forward to creating more yellow-toned looks as we get into fall! Come to think of it, I've already bought my first case of pumpkin beer (Southern Tier Pumking, objectively the best), so let's just say we're there already.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

My New Moisturizing Duo

Greetings from San Francisco! My last apartment lease ended on June 20 and my new one doesn't start until August 1, so I'm bouncing around the country until then, which means limited time for photographing and writing about beauty products. My boyfriend and I took a road trip to his parents' house in Alabama and spent two weeks there; I'm staying with my mom in SF now; later this month I'll go to St. Louis to see my dad and stepmother and attend a family reunion (pray for me); and then we'll drive up to my new town and I'll move into an apartment I haven't seen in person yet. It's a lot.

Today, though, a rare skincare post! Cerave PM was my holy grail night moisturizer for almost three years, but CeraVe reformulated it last year, leaving me sadly adrift. The revamped CeraVe PM wasn't terrible, but it lacked the light jelly texture of the original and was too greasy for my taste. But after a six-month search, I can report that my moisturizing routine is better than ever. Introducing the new power couple on my skincare shelf: COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask and Trader Joe's Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer, to which I'll refer hereafter as the UNROSM and the TJUHGM respectively. Just kidding, I'll call them the Rice Mask and the Gel Moisturizer.

Gel Moisturizer on the left, Rice Mask on the right:

A reminder about my skin type and preferences: I have normal-to-dry skin that's only getting drier with age (I'm 31). Dryness aside, my skin isn't particularly sensitive or breakout-prone, but I buy fragrance-free skincare products whenever possible. I also avoid thick moisturizer that doesn't absorb quickly--it makes my face feel like it's suffocating. Because I'm lazy and impatient, I keep my skincare routine as streamlined as possible. In addition to my two moisturizers, I use Bioré UV Aqua Rich Gel sunscreen, Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil, and CeraVe hydrating cleanser daily; Glossier Solution whenever I remember it exists (so, once or twice a week), and Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Mask two or three times a month.

Let me also add the usual caveat that I don't know a lot about skincare and, frankly, find the subject kind of boring (hence my stripped-down regimen). I'm writing this post because these two products work well for me, but I'm not knowledgeable enough to speak objectively; this post should be read as a narrative of my own experience and nothing further.

Now for the reviews!

Rice Mask:

I discovered the Rice Mask in one of my beauty motherships, oo35mm in NYC's Chinatown. I can't remember how much I paid for it, but I think it was about $16 (it's cheaper on Amazon, of course). I'd previously been eyeing COSRX's honey overnight mask, but when I saw the brand also had a rice version, I asked one of the always-helpful salesladies about the difference between the two. It turns out that the honey mask is better for damaged skin and the rice mask for dry skin. Now, at this point I was envisioning using one of the masks as an occasional dose of extra hydration. But when I squeezed out a bit of the tester lotion, I was surprised at how light it felt. I bought a tube, and it wasn't long before I started using it every single night.

The Rice Mask is a little thicker and less jelly-like than the original CeraVe PM was, and it takes a little longer to absorb (maybe ten minutes), but it's still light as moisturizers go. Unlike many Korean skincare products I've tried, it's virtually fragrance-free. The ingredients include rice extract, glycerin, niacinamide, and sunflower seed oil; instead of pretending to be an expert on what those ingredients do, I'm going to direct you to an extremely thorough blog review by someone who knows much more about skincare than I do. The squeeze-tube packaging is functional and portable, and I like the minimalist graphics. While the moisturizer is absorbing, my skin feels wonderfully plump and dewy, and it's still soft when I wake up the next morning. In short, the Rice Mask does exactly what I want a night moisturizer to do, so my search for a CeraVe PM replacement is over for the foreseeable future!

Gel Moisturizer:

Trader Joe's has been stepping up its beauty offerings recently, and the new Gel Moisturizer has generated a fair amount of online buzz, including this Into the Gloss review. My understanding is that Trader Joe's doesn't have its own labs, but sells generic versions of products available elsewhere from more prestigious (and more expensive) brands. (The TJ's website mentions that they bought the formula from "one of our favorite high-end skincare producers.") I felt a little guilty buying the Gel Moisturizer when I was already satisfied with the Rice Mask, but for $8.99, I had to indulge my curiosity.

The moisturizer comes in a sturdy plastic tub. Under the screw-off lid is an extra lid that I'm not sure whether I'm supposed to keep or get rid of. The more squeamish among you will probably object to dipping your fingers into the tub. As a confirmed trash person, however, I don't really mind (and I apply my skincare with clean hands, not immediately after riding the L train or something).

The Gel Moisturizer has a pleasingly squishy lemon-curd texture and a delicate aloe scent. It contains humectants like glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, as well as various soothing ingredients such as aloe juice. Because it's water-based, it melts right into the skin with a delightful cooling sensation. It would probably feel even nicer if you stored it in the refrigerator during the summer.

I initially tried the Gel Moisturizer as a night moisturizer and felt disappointed: the hydration didn't seem to last until the morning. But one morning I patted on a layer of Gel Moisturizer before applying my sunscreen, Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel, and my life changed forever. Bioré sunscreens contain alcohol, which makes them less oily than most Western sunscreens but also, obviously, more drying. Without a layer of moisture, my Bioré sunscreen leaves my face matte and a little dull-looking. I've known for years that I should be applying moisturizer before my sunscreen, but I could never find one light enough for daily wear until now. Here's my face this morning, with nothing but Gel Moisturizer and sunscreen. Ignore the huge dark circles under my eyes and focus on the fact that I look like I'm wearing highlighter because my skin is just that hydrated:

I've been using this duo for about a month now, and my skin is looking great overall. Unfortunately, I'm about to move to a region of the country that has neither Trader Joe's nor Asian skincare stores, but I'm sure I'll manage. I'm nervous about starting my new job (I've been having nightly dreams about showing up to my first class late and completely unprepared), but at least I'll be starting it with a well-moisturized face, and that can't hurt.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

ColourPop Spring Haul, Part 2: Super Shock Cheek in Aphrodisiac and Super Shock Shadow in Truth

Now that I'm winding down my blog, I've entered a reminiscing frame of mind. I've been thinking about my favorite aspects of the beauty community, one of which is our appreciation for the nuances of color. I've always had a good eye for color, but following makeup and beauty for so many years has taught me that there's truly no such thing as a boring or ugly color. Take beige, for instance. The word is used casually as a synonym for "dull," but a judicious application of just the right shade of beige can completely change a makeup look. As proof of which, I present two beige products that I've been using constantly since they arrived at my door: ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Aphrodisiac and Super Shock Shadow in Truth.

Both of these products are as permanent as ColourPop products get: they've been around for a few years and, since they seem to be quite popular among customers, they probably won't be discontinued anytime soon. I ordered Truth after asking my Instagram followers for recommendations for a my-eyelids-but-better shade in the Super Shock formula. I'd been considering a few of ColourPop's more famous shadows, such as Wattles and Hanky Panky, but I was afraid they'd be too peachy or reddish for me. I'm so grateful to the person who suggested Truth, because I'd never heard of it or noticed it on the website, and it's perfect for my needs: a sheer light beige with a hint of shimmer but no glitter. As for Aphrodisiac, I ordered it hoping it would work as a subtle bronzer, which it does!

Aphrodisiac is a pinkish brown that seems to look different on every single person. (It came out in 2015, when there were significantly more beauty blogs than there are now, so it's easy to find reviews.) On warmer complexions than mine, Aphrodisiac can look almost mauve; on my fair, cool-toned skin, it's a soft warm brown. When I first saw Aphrodisiac in the pan, I worried that it would be too dark, but it's quite sheer. In general, I find the Super Shock blushes (I've also tried Rain) to be drier and less pigmented than the Super Shock Shadows. (This is not a criticism: I'd rather build up my blush color gradually than blend out a surprise clown cheek.)

Truth also misled me (ironically enough) when I first saw it in the box: it looked like a yellowish peach, not like the "neutral light beige" promised on the website.

But as they said in the Renaissance, veritas filia temporis: Truth is the daughter of Time. After I unboxed Truth and looked at it in natural light, it seemed closer to my ideal. (Writing about unboxing Truth with a capital T makes me feel like I'm crafting a Spenserian allegory or something.)

Truth is probably the smoothest, silkiest Super Shock Shadow I've ever tried, and I've owned quite a few in my time. Swiping my finger across its surface is a genuine pleasure: it feels almost as soft as clotted cream. Unsurprisingly, it spreads across my eyelid just as easily as clotted cream would if I tried to use it as an eyeshadow, which...let's just move on.

Swatches of Aphrodisiac (left) and Truth, in shade (top) and in sun:

And for a better sense of texture, here are the two pans in direct sunlight now that I've been using them for a couple of months. If you enlarge the photo, you can see some tiny flecks of shimmer in Aphrodisiac, but it reads as completely matte on my perpetually dry cheeks.

As a complete tyro in the world of bronzer, I'm not sure of the best placement for it. Should I use it on the tops of my cheekbones, where the sun would naturally bronze my skin, or should I blend it under my cheekbones for a contoured look? I've seen it used both ways and read passionate arguments in favor of one way or the other. In general, I like to wear darker blushes in an '80s-inspired placement under my cheekbones and lighter, brighter blushes on the apples of my cheeks, closer to the center of my face. Since Aphrodisiac certainly qualifies as a darker blush, I've been wearing it as I would a contour (not that I've used contour more than a couple times in my entire life), but I'm certainly willing to hear arguments for the other side!

I was also curious to try Aphrodisiac as an eyeshadow, which I'd seen a few people doing. I'm always wary of using not-intended-for-eyes products on my eye area, but I can report that my lids didn't experience any discomfort or staining at all. Here I am wearing Aphrodisiac on both eyes and cheeks, along with Becca liquid highlighter in Opal (my Sephora sample tube from 2017 is still going strong) and Urban Decay lipstick in Lawbreaker (just started my second tube!):

Closeup of the eye:

A more recent bronzey look: Aphrodisiac and ColourPop Lunch Money highlighter on my cheeks, Maybelline Bad to the Bronze on my eyes, and Bite Rose Pearl gloss on my lips. This photo makes me realize just how cool-toned my hair is: it looks almost gray against the warm browns on my face.

As for Truth, I've been wearing it either on its own or with brown eyeliner on my upper lashline. I've heard that some people use it as a base for other shadows, but I'm not sure how well that would work. Here's a closeup of Truth with Urban Decay Whiskey eyeliner:

And here's the full face, with ColourPop Lux Lipstick in Dream Easy. It's finally coral season!

My third ColourPop haul post will review the pressed powder shadows in Bassline and Howlin'. Come to think of it, I might just make that post into a megapost with swatches of all my CP powder shadows, since I haven't reviewed most of the shades I own. We shall see!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

ColourPop Spring Haul, Part 1: Jelly Much Eyeshadow in Photosynth Sis and Lux Lipstick in 7 Springs

ColourPop released its Spring 2019 collection over two months ago, which is about two years in ColourPop time, and I've lost count of the number of new collections and product ranges and eyeshadow palettes that the brand has debuted since then. However, the spring collection is still available (and is on sale as I type this), so I hope my review helps at least a couple of people!

Fall is my favorite season for makeup, but I seem to patronize ColourPop in the spring more than in any other season. I suppose it makes sense: I wear neutral and "fall/winter" colors year-round, but I don't wear "spring/summer" colors except in the spring and summer, so I'm inclined to buy my coral lipstick and baby-blue eyeshadow from cheaper brands. (I put "fall/winter" and "spring/summer" in quotes because I know that not everyone is as neurotic about seasonal colors as I am.) But ColourPop also seems to come out with its best color collections in the spring. This year, I ordered six products, four from the permanent lineup (well, as "permanent" as ColourPop products get) and two from the Spring 2019 Sweet Talk collection. Clockwise from top left: Super Shock Shadow in Truth, Crème Lux Lipstick in 7 Springs, Pressed Powder Shadows in Howlin' and Bassline, Super Shock Cheek in Aphrodisiac, and Jelly Much Eyeshadow in Photosynth Sis.

Today we'll be looking at the two products from the Spring 2019 Sweet Talk collection: Photosynth Sis (groan), a metallic chartreuse, and 7 Springs, a dusty orange with a strong yellow base.

The packaging of the collection has a distinctive aesthetic that I'm not sure how to describe. Vintage Hollywood + '80s teen-girl scrapbook + ransom note? It's not quite to my taste, but as always, I appreciate the effort that ColourPop puts into its packaging for LE collections.

7 Springs (named after a ski resort in Pennsylvania, for some reason), was probably the least popular of the six Lux Lipstick shades in the spring collection. I had a hard time finding unfiltered swatches online, and every swatch looked different. (ColourPop's lazy description, "warm orange," certainly didn't help. Is there even such a thing as cool orange?) As my regular readers well know, orange is the riskiest lipstick color for me to order sight unseen, though I have decent luck with muted orangey shades like Marc Jacobs Rei of Light. 7 Springs looked muted and dusty in some photos, but almost neon in others. I knew ordering it was a risk, but I figured that if it was too bright, I could tone it down with a brown lipliner or lipstick.

When I finally saw 7 Springs in person, I understood why it looked so different in every photo: because its appearance changes dramatically based on lighting, and because the iPhone camera seems to make it look brighter than it is. 7 Springs is really a bitch to photograph, but I've done my best.

Here it is in indirect natural light, indoors:

In direct sunlight, outdoors:

In artificial light, indoors:

7 Springs is a very unusual orange lipstick. The phrase that comes to mind when I look at 7 Springs is "pumpkin orange." Not pumpkin spice (which I think of as redder, browner, and darker, like Rei of Light), but the sunny gourd itself. Most orange lipsticks on the market are bright and artificial-looking, like gummy candy or popsicles, but there's something very natural about 7 Springs. It doesn't have a white base, and though it's definitely not a rusty orange, it contains a bit of brown. 7 Springs is light and bright enough to suit spring and summer looks, but soft enough for fall ones. (And if you're less obsessive about seasonal colors than I am, you can wear it year-round and ignore my chromatic hang-ups.)

Out of curiosity, I swatched 7 Springs alongside all my vaguely orange-adjacent lipsticks. As you can see, it's the only true orange in my collection; the others lean much redder or browner. I was afraid that 7 Springs might be too close to MAC Smoked Almond, but they're completely different: Smoked Almond is a dirty peachy nude, while 7 Springs is much brighter. Here are the swatches first in direct sunlight outdoors, then in shade indoors:

L-R: Marc Jacobs Rei of Light, MAC Smoked Almond, 7 Springs, Topshop Rio Rio, ColourPop Dream Easy, Sephora Coral Sunset.

As you can probably tell from the arm swatches, 7 Springs is sheerer than my two other Lux Lipsticks (Dream Easy and Liquid Courage). It's maybe 75% opaque in one coat; this is two.

It looks brighter and a little redder in direct sunlight:

I actually don't mind the slight sheerness of 7 Springs. Dream Easy and Liquid Courage have insane pigmentation, but this means that the formula stains my lips and dries them out after an entire day of wear. 7 Springs needs to be touched up after a few hours, but I don't find it drying at all.

I couldn't resist trying on Photosynth Sis and 7 Springs together, though I thought the combination looked a bit clownish and swapped 7 Springs for Smoked Almond before I went out of the house.

Here's a combination I liked much better: 7 Springs with Glossier Play Colorslide in Early Girl and Glossier Cloud Paint in Dawn (I'm still feeling the mid-'70s vibes, as you can tell).

Now for Photosynth Sis, which is basically the eyeshadow version of Julianne Moore's 2019 Met Gala gown:

Source: Vanity Fair. I don't know if this fits the Met Gala's camp theme, but I still want it.

(For the record, Essie Million Mile Hues is the nail-polish version of Julianne Moore's gown. I'm throwing a photo up here because I know I'll never write a proper review.)

The Sweet Talk collection contains six new Jelly Much eyeshadow shades. Though I was tempted by almost all of them, I limited myself to one, since the Jelly Much shadow I bought last year (Half Moon) has shrunk to about half its original size in just six months. The formula still works fine, but it's obvious that the Jelly Much formula is even more short-lived than the Super Shock one, so buy at your own risk!

The containers for the spring Jelly Much shadows have lids that (sort of) correspond to the colors inside, which is cute.

Maybe it's just my chartreuse fetish talking, but Photosynth Sis is one of the most beautiful makeup products I've ever bought. I MEAN!!! It looks like a magical inkpot. Here it is in sunlight, with my hand for scale.


I've collected a few shadows in the chartreuse/old-gold color family over the years, but the others are all powders. L-R: ColourPop Deja Boo, Photosynth Sis, Inglot 433, theBalm Seductive.

I had high hopes for Photosynth Sis's formula because of my experience with Half Moon, which spreads across my eyelids evenly, sets quickly and thoroughly, and lasts all day. (I never reviewed Half Moon on my blog, but here's a mini-review I wrote on Instagram.) Unfortunately, Photosynth Sis is trickier to use and wear. Here's the best application method I've found so far:

1. Take a TINY DAB of eyeshadow on your finger and apply across your lid, using tapping motions instead of swiping motions (swiping will remove the product you just put down). Don't worry if this layer isn't completely opaque.

2. Working quickly (because this shit dries almost immediately), use a synthetic brush to blend out the edges, but ONLY the edges. Going over any other part of the shadow will make it patchy.

3. If you need another layer for opacity, wait until the first layer has dried before you add a second (again, using tapping motions). Placing fresh shadow over still-wet shadow will cause clumping and streaking.

4. Use half a tub of Vaseline to clean off the stray product that has inevitably made its way to your lower lashline and cheeks.

When a liquid eyeshadow dries down to a powdery finish, I expect it to be almost indelible, like the Glossier Lidstars. Unfortunately, Photosynth Sis is nowhere near waterproof. Here it is after a few minutes of crying (yes, even in the midst of emotional crisis I pay attention to the durability of my makeup):

If you don't cry, sweat heavily, or get caught in the rain, Photosynth Sis will last all day without much flaking or creasing. If you do any of those things...well, see the photo above.

Basically, Photosynth Sis is a giant pain in the ass to use. I wouldn't recommend it for a makeup beginner, and I'm not sure I'd recommend it for an experienced makeup user, either. However. When applied correctly, it produces the most brilliant chartreusey-gold foiled effect that I'm not sure any other product can replicate (though ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Telepathy looks close):

If you love chartreuse as much as I do, and don't mind a product that demands some extra effort, Photosynth Sis might be worth your hard-earned $8. Just don't expect to be able to slap it on in thirty seconds before work.

And that's that for the Sweet Talk products! I'll review my other new ColourPop makeup in due time.