A Closeted Goth Girl Trying to Make it in the Professional World

Friday, December 31, 2010

Toys for Big Girls: A Review of the Ed Hardy Love Kills Slowly Palette

Recently, while out on an errand, I spotted some Ed Hardy makeup palettes on sale for approximately $18 at London Drugs. There was a blue one called "Cool Blues" and one called "Warm Pinks". As you can see, I chose the pink one! I know this palette is not brand new or anything, but I thought I might do a review of it. The palette is a large box that opens up with a mirror and little lights on the sides. It comes with 6 eyeshadow shades, 6 lip shades, two solid perfume tins, a double-ended eyeshadow brush, a double-ended lip brush, a powder brush, and a bronzer. The solid perfume Love and Luck (women's) is described by the company as having notes of bergamot, blood orange, red sake accord, cherry blossom, black currant, pink peppercorn, nectarine, jasmine, forbidden plum, sensual musk, cedarwood, sandalwood, and patchouli. The Love Kill Slowly fragrance has notes of freesia, watery muget, linden blossom, apple, tropical mango, wild strawberry, ruby red grapefruit, warm amber, sensual musks, tonka bean, and vanilla. I don't even know what half of that is to be honest with you, but that is how the company describes the scents.

The Good: For $18, this palette was a great value for all you get in it. Please note that this is the sale price in Canadian dollars, I am not sure what it sold for when at full price. I love the packaging; I think it is quite nice to look at and I think that the lights and mirror are kind of fun! The eyeshadow colours and lip colours are nothing special but they are nice and they coordinate well with one another. The bronzer is a colour that I feel would work on various skintones and applies nicely. I don't wear bronzer but I think it works well as a blush. What I absolutely love about this palette are the things I didn't even think about when I bought it: the solid perfumes. They are great for throwing in your purse for scent touch-ups or to have in your bag to put on if you go out after work and can't go home to put on your perfume (you can't wear perfume to work in my particular occupation). I enjoy both scents as well. The one on the left with the skull on the tin is Love Kills Slowly, which is my favourite of the two. The one on the right with the Geisha on the tin is Love and Luck. I just LOVE the tins, they are super cute! Just a thought: the scents are nice, but nowhere near as complex as their descriptions made them sound. However, I am not really a perfume connoisseur, so take my opinion as you will.

The Bad: The main problem with this palette is that it is not portable. The lip colours are not very long wearing but you can't exactly throw this big f***er in your purse for lip touch-ups. Well, you could but you'd look like an idiot stick pulling this out at the dinner table on a date. Another bad thing is that the eyeshadows are quite chalky and are somewhat difficult to blend because of their texture. The double ended eyeshadow brush's bristles are fairly soft but don't work very well for eyeshadow application. The lip brush I kind of like because it has pointy tips so it can kind of be used for delicate work but it is also not of good enough quality to be particularly useful.

The UGLY: The worst thing about this palette is the messiness of the bronzer. While it applies very nicely with a blush or bronzer brush, it gets really dusty really easy and makes a HUGE mess. It seems like it would break apart really easily and you have to be careful when you pick some up with your brush. The other awful thing is the powder brush. IT IS USELESS! The bristles are synthetic and scratchy and the shape is ridiculous! It looks like a large eyeshadow blender brush or something! You certainly cannot apply powder/bronzer/blush with it! The brush is pretty with the Ed Hardy logo printed on it in silver writing but what you would ever do with it, I have no idea.

The Verdict: For $18, this palette was a great value and is a fun grown-up toy to play with! I enjoyed messing around with it and I love the solid perfumes! The brushes are pretty much crap but most brushes that come with palettes aren't useful so I am not surprised. I was able to make a pretty nice look with the products in it, but you can't take it along with you for lip touch-ups. It's a fun toy for make-up addicts to play with but it's not really that practical or high quality.


Aren't the lights fun?

I swatched the eye shadows and the lip glosses in order from lightest to darkest. The numbers on the swatches correspond to the numbers on this picture of the palette. The eyeshadows are going across the top and the lip glosses are on the bottom. The bronzer is in the middle and the tins of solid perfume are on either side of the bronzer.


Here are some lip swatches. I have medium pigmented lips.

Lip Colour 1

Lip Colour 2

Lip Colour 3

Lip Colour 4

Lip Colour 5

Lip Colour 6

Lip Colour Swatches

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Eyeshadow and Bronzer Swatches:

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Here is a look I did using this palette as well as some other products.

FACE: MAC Prep and Prime, MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15, MAC Select Sheer pressed powder in NC15.

CHEEKS: The bronzer from the palette was used in the hollows of the cheeks and Benefit Thrrrob blush was used on the apples of the cheeks.

LIPS: Lip colour 3 was used.

BROWS: Annabelle eyebrow pencil in Medium Brown.

EYES: Eyeshadow 1 (white) was used on the inner corners of the lids. In the middle of the lid, Eyeshadow 3 (light pink) and Eyeshadow 4 (medium pink) were blended towards the outer lid. In the outer V and above the crease, Eyeshadow 5 (light purple) was used. Eyeshadow 6 (sparkly black) was lightly applied to the outer V to give more dimension. Eyeshadow 1 was also used under the brows. On the waterline, Annabelle eye kohl in white was used. Maybelline liquid eyeliner in black was used on the upper lashline. Maybelline The Falsies mascara in black was used on the upper lashes. Medusa's makeup mascara in Majestic was used on the lower lashes.




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