Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Eyeko haul (and review)!

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Recently, a London-based brand called Eyeko ( piqued my interest with their gorgeous shades of nail polish and super cute packaging. This my current Eyeko collection but I do have the Eyeko Cream with Extra Glow and Tinted Cream on the way. The verdict? I am in love with Eyeko products! The price points are affordable (especially if you are a student) but the quality is comparable to some top notched brands. I will go into further detail in my extensive reviews below. I will be reviewing the Eyeko Cream, Magic Mascara, and Lilac Nail Polish.

1) Eyeko Cream ($14 uSD) - "Create a flawless base with Eyeko's 3-in-1 Cream. MOISTURISER, HIGHLIGHTER & EYE CREAM in 1! Infused with skin perfecting light reflectors and antioxidant Vitamins A& E plus a Vitamin C boost for a radiant, clear complexion."

Much to my disappointment, the cream came in a small 28 mL jar, but a little goes a long way with this stuff. It definitely adds a glow to your face without going over the top. For me, I like to mix it with my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. I find that my tinted moisturizer has great coverage but finishes a little too dull, so 1/2 a dime-sized amount mixed with it does the trick. It gives my face a nice healthy sheen. All on its own, it works great in place of a highlighter when applied to my brow and cheek bones. I love this stuff and I definitely can see myself ordering more of it in the near future.

2) Eyeko Magic Mascara ($14 USD) - "Wave the Magic Wand for Long, Luxe Lashes! Our NEW lush outsized brush creates dramatically fuller and thicker looking lashes with a voluptuous curl that lasts all day long!

The 3 in 1 formula inks up lashes a treat and is magic to use! Just glide the wand from root to tip to magically transform limp lashes into a flirtatious flutter! Reveal instant full body volume; marvel at the extended length and applaud the amazing curl with astounding resilience!"

I have typical Asian lashes (translation: literally next to nothing), so volume is important to me when it comes to selecting mascara. The Magic Mascara did not disappoint when it came to creating volume for my limp lashes. However, it didn't create as much volume as let's say DiorShow or Lancome Hypnose; it created enough volume for the price I paid and that will suffice. The biggest plus of Magic Mascara is that DID NOT SMUDGE. My oily eyelids are very thankful for it! :)

3) Lilac Polish ($5.50 USD) - "Eyeko Polish features a nail friendly formula that is Toluene, Formaldehyde, DBP and Camphor FREE! No Colour fade thanks to UV absorbers and an amazing glossy, chip resistant finish which strengthens nails too!

Eyeko Lilac Polish: Dip your toe into the pastel trend for sweet nails with an edge as seen on Kelly Osborne."

Eyeko nail polishes come in a petite 8.5 mL bottle, which is enough for me given the quantity of nail polish I have. At the same time, it does make it a little pricey for $5.50, considering that you can get a 15 mL bottle of China Glaze polish for less. I've only had the chance to apply the Lilac polish, which is a gorgeous pastel shade of purple. The application however, is a different story. I don't know if it was my bottle but the formula was thick and goopy, which made application a little difficult. If the formula was a tad bit thinner, it would've easily been opaque in two coats, but since it was rather streaky, I used three coats to achieve full opacity. Despite this, drying time was rather reasonable.

^ Base coat: Nubar Foundation; Three coats of Eyeko Lilac Polish; One coat of Nfu-Oh 50; and Seche Vite top coat.

The one coat of Nfu-Oh and Seche Vite top coat definitely helped smooth things out. Wear time was great and it lasted me 5 days without any noticeable chip wear or coats. To avoid my problem in the future, I suggest adding 3 drops of Seche Restore to thin the polish out. I will be trying new Eyeko polishes in the future, don't get me wrong, but I was expecting a little more after reading a lot of positive reviews. Before I lose my train of thought, I did apply Eyeko Saucy Polish on my coworker's hands a few days ago and that particular polish doesn't seem to have the problem Lilac polish does. It applied smoothly and was opaque in one coat. Very pretty colour to boot, I must say.

THE VERDICT: If you are seeing beauty on a budget, Eyeko is the way to go. My must-haves from the Eyeko line are the Eyeko Cream and Magic Mascara. If you are going to try their nail polishes, make sure you've got nail polish thinner on hand. My must-try shade is Rain Polish - a gorgeous blue-grey creme with subtle shimmer.

DISCLAIMER: The product(s) in this post was/were purchased by me.

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