Tried & Tested: Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo

I’ve been meaning to post a review about the Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo for some time now.

I got the complete set at their launch a few months ago. Happy, happy! Thanks, Maybelline Philippines!

I got the complete set at their launch a few months ago. Happy, happy! Thanks, Maybelline Philippines!

I’ve always been lazy to use cream eyeshadows because, well, you have to wash your brushes right away. But then again, you can always just use your fingers. This way, application will be easier and faster, too!

The colors may seem similar, but there's a world of difference! The one on the left is called Tenacious Teal—it's a must for braver girls who like to experiment. The one on the right is Edgy Emerald—it's a softer, more subtle play on colour. Try this first if you're used to nudes.

The colors seem similar, but there’s a world of difference! Each eyeshadow retails at P379 each.

I’m into bright pops of color, so these are the two I tried straight away. The one on the left is called Tenacious Teal—it’s a must for braver girls who like to experiment. The one on the right is Edgy Emerald—it’s a softer, more subtle play on color. I suggest that you this first if you’re used to nudes.

To keep things simple, here’s what I think you’ll like about it:
1. It’s Buildable. You can just pat on more layers to get a more vivid, intense color.
2. It’s A Solid Base. No need to invest in an eye primer. It starts of quite sheer, you can easily layer powder eyeshadow over it.
3. I Love The Colors. It’s not just the blues I’m gaga over. There are pretty golds and champagne hues that are perfect for the office, too.
4. It’s Really Long-Lasting. True to its sales pitch, these babies can party as hard as you do without smudging or fading.

Now, here’s what you have to watch out for:
1. Layering Can Get Tricky. Uh-oh. I know I said that it’s buildable, but there’s also a catch: Before you score the color intensity you want, you may have to add about four to five layers. To make sure it doesn’t get chalky or crusty, “add layers in a dabbing motion,” suggests Maybelline’s chief makeup artist, Archie Tolentino.
2. It’s Tough To Remove. This is because the formula is built to last for up to 24 hours. Just use an oil-based makeup remover and you should be fine. Otherwise, you may be left with a subtle, greenish stain over your lids—I know this because it happened to me when I used a water-based remover to wipe off the shadow in Tenacious Teal. Oops ;p

Want to see what it looks like on me? Click, click, click!

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My Favorite Beauty Finds

Here’s a video review of my fave beauty finds…this month! Some products I’ve talked about in more detail on the blog (find them here and here) and others I haven’t. It’s only my second time to do a video, so I still get a bit nervous. Eeks! I’m just glad I had more fun filming this time around.

I reviewed five products and also shared plenty of tips and tricks on how to use ’em—didn’t realize I’m so daldal (Filipino word for talkative). Watch and leave me a comment if you like any of the products I mentioned, too. Hope you like the video! ♥

Tried & Tested: Urban Decay Smoked Palette

I am on the prowl for a new, to-die-for eyeshadow palette. I’m experiencing makeup in such a new way now that I’m making a big purchase! Here’s what I realized about my buying habits:

1. I really can’t order things online. I need to TRY before I buy.
2. I’m leaning more towards brands that I’ve never experimented with before.
3. I’m very picky. But if it’s a worthy beauty investment, I won’t think twice about snagging it.

Back when I was a beauty editor for glossies, I would always felt guilty about buying makeup. It just didn’t make sense since I had balikbayan boxes filled with samples stashed in the office storage room, under my desk, and even at home. Now that I’m blogging (and in real need of eyeshadows), I decided to just look for something I really want. Fun!

I wasn't exaggerating about the boxes. Even the ones behind me (and my desk!) were filled with products!

I wasn’t exaggerating about the boxes. Just look at my desk—it’s drowning in products! This photo was taken back when I was Cosmopolitan Philippines’ beauty editor a few years ago. Totally barefaced because I needed a blank canvas to test all the makeup!

Anyway, back to the main point of this post: Urban Decay’s Smoked Eyeshadow Palette (P3,990 at Because I’m VERY late to the Urban Decay game, I kinda want to get something from the brand. I’m choosing between the three Nakeds and this gorgeous, jewel-toned palette.


Urban Decay’s Smoked gives you 10 pretty shades to play around with!

This palette holds a lot of promise. But is it nice enough for me to buy it? Click to find out!

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Stalking Urban Decay’s Naked3

Holy grail of eyeshadow palettes! Urban Decay just launched Naked3—and it’s already out of stock!


Such a pretty palette! I’ve been stalking beauty blogs to see what it’s like and I must say…I’m intrigued. From the photos and reviews that I’ve seen, here are my thoughts:

What I Like:

  • The shades are lot different from Naked and Naked2 (12 never-before-seen colors!)
  • I think rose-colored shadows will give Filipina eyes an interesting sparkle (since normal browns can look muddy)
  • I really want to see how the shade Blackheart can enhance a good smoky eye (it’s a deep black matte with rosy red micro-glitter)

What I Would’ve Wanted:

  • More matte shadows!
  • An intensely dark, black eyeshadow
  • For it to be cheaper! LOL, it’s $52! (But with beauty math, that’s like about P195 per shade. Hmm…)

I stumbled upon blogger KandeeJ’s review (lucky girl—UD sent her a sample ahead of everyone else!). I think I’ll be stalking her blog more often because she’s sooo funny! Check out her take:

What do you think of Urban Decay’s Naked3? Would you splurge on this? Let me know by posting a comment below! ♥

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