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Annabelle Chrome Single Eye Shadows (Review & Swatches)

Annabelle Chrome Eye Shadows

As a Canadian, I find we often tend to overlook some of our homegrown brands. I can only assume because they’re so readily accessible, that we just think “oh I’ll get it another time”, and for whatever reason that results in us outright ignoring some of the Canadian brands at the drugstore! So let’s take a closer look at one of my favourite recent(ish) launches by Annabelle.

Annabelle Chrome Eye Shadows
Annabelle Chrome Eye Shadows

The Annabelle Chrome Single Eye Shadows launched in Canada for Spring 2017 and I did a video review rounding up some of the products back in January of this year (you can see that video here). Out of that entire launch, the Chrome shadows are definitely what got me the most excited. At the time I only had the shade Rose Gold, but now I’ve got the whole range and can speak with a little bit more authority on the whole range instead of just the first impressions I gave in the video.

Annabelle Chrome Eye Shadows
Annabelle Chrome Eye Shadows

The Annabelle Chrome Shadows come in a pot with a twist off top. With each shadow you’ll get two grams of product which I feel is a decent amount. Prices will vary depending on where you buy them, but they’re under $10 – more often closer to $7-8 each. They’re billed as a creamy single eyeshadow with an intense chrome finish that promises a six hour hold.

Annabelle Chrome Eye Shadows - swatches
Annabelle Chrome Eye Shadows – swatches

At this time, there are only five shades in the range, but they’re good solid staple colours. I would love to see this range get expanded to more unique bright colours!

  • Rose Gold: More of a deeper shade of rose gold since I see hints of bronze in it.
  • Germanium: The ultimate “brown smokey eye” shade.
  • Mercury: My personal favourite! It’s a tarnished platinum with hints of mauve.
  • Gold: Flakier in texture than the others, Gold is a super shiny pale gold.
  • Silver: Much like Gold, this one is flakier and super reflective. It has some hint of white to it as well.
Wearing Mercury on the lid
Wearing Mercury on the lid

Wearing Mercury on the lid and some powder shadows to round out the look.

Wearing Mercury on the lid
Wearing Mercury on the lid

Mercury on my closed eye. This was taken right after application, and you can see a faint hint of creasing (I’ll get to that in detail down below).

Wearing Gold on the lid
Wearing Gold on the lid

Wearing Gold on the lid with other powder shadows to finish the look.

Wearing Gold on the lid
Wearing Gold on the lid

With Gold, you can see it has a flakier texture that adds a bit more shine and sparkle to the overall look in comparison to Mercury.

The number one thing that terrifies me about cream shadows is creasing. I have hooded lids that rip through even powdered eyeshadow if I don’t double prime my eyelids. However, double priming is still not enough to stand up to the likes of cream shadows, so for that reason I almost always have problems. With that in mind, I was a little bit surprised by these chrome shadows. Yes, they creased on me in that very deep ridge that I get when I open my eyes – however… the creasing that happened right after application (despite me trying to smudge it out) was how my eyeshadow stayed all day. It’s a bit bizarre to me that the cream shadow didn’t continue to crease even further over the course of the day, but hey… that does speak to the longevity of it. Generally a cream shadow will crease after application and then continue to dissolve throughout the day for me.  These didn’t do that. They creased once, left a faint whisper of a line behind and then stayed put. And for me, that’s really, REALLY good wear time.

Final Thoughts

If you’re someone who isn’t prone to creasing, the Annabelle Chrome shadows will be an absolute winner for you I believe. Even for me, someone who has ridiculous amounts of problems with creasing, these still managed to stay put for entire work days. I could easily get 9-10 hours of wear with very minimal creasing.

I will point out that the texture on these is a bit different across the board. Rose Gold, Mercury and Germanium are the smoothest of the bunch – they apply like a dream. Gold and Silver are a bit different – they kind of go on like a foiled texture with more sparkle and shine. You will notice flakier bits in the Gold and Silver which I think really make them stand out. These would work really well for a halo eye, or even just to amp up an otherwise ordinary look by putting them in the inner corner of the eye. I like the flaky aspect of those shades, but I know they may not be for everyone.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with these! The texture is quite lovely and they apply smoothly to the lid without much fiddling around.

The products featured in this post were sent to me for review.

Swatch Sunday: Annabelle Eye + Brow

Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette

I recently did a try on/first impressions video on some of the new Spring 2017 Annabelle products (video here) and was amazed at the quality of the Eye & Brow palette!

Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette

Since I didn’t use all of the shades in that video, I thought I’d go ahead and swatch them all for those who were curious in seeing the entire shade range of the palette. Enjoy!

Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette

Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette Swatches

Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette - Shade 1
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette – Shade 1
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette - Shade 2
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette – Shade 2
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette - Shade 3
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette – Shade 3
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette - Shade 4
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette – Shade 4
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette - Shade 5
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette – Shade 5
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette - Shade 6
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette – Shade 6
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette - Shade 7
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette – Shade 7
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette - Shade 8
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette – Shade 8
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette - Shade 9
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette – Shade 9
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette - Shade 10
Annabelle Eye & Brow Palette – Shade 10
The product featured in this post was sent to me for consideration.

Annabelle Big Show Lacquers – Entire Collection (Review & Swatches)

Annabelle Big Show Lacquers

Available since January 2016, the  Annabelle Big Show Lacquers bring a sense of vibrancy to the winter months!

Annabelle Big Show Lacquers
Annabelle Big Show Lacquers

The Big Show Lacquers have:

  • High-impact staining pigments
  • Mirror-like shine and lightweight colour
  • Non-sticky
  • Comfortable and non-drying, stay-put finish
  • Fruity scent
Annabelle Big Show Lacquers have a doefoot applicator
Annabelle Big Show Lacquers have a doefoot applicator

The doefoot applicator is standard fare for products like this. It deposits colour evenly all over the lip, but you will need to dip in a few times to completely cover your lips.

Annabelle Big Show Lacquers Swatches
Annabelle Big Show Lacquers Swatches

Although there are six shades in the range, they do veer quite bright. The colour payoff in each one is quite opaque, so you’re definitely getting a mouthful of colour!

Here’s the full range as a lip swatch followed by a full face shot:

Annabelle Big Show - Adore Simply
Annabelle Big Show – Adore Simply

Adore Simply is a peachy-nude.

Annabelle Big Show - Adore Simply
Annabelle Big Show – Adore Simply
Annabelle Big Show - Caress Tenderly
Annabelle Big Show – Caress Tenderly

Caress Tenderly is a strong coral (this is my FAVOURITE shade of coral. )

Annabelle Big Show - Caress Tenderly
Annabelle Big Show – Caress Tenderly
Annabelle Big Show - Kiss Sweetly
Annabelle Big Show – Kiss Sweetly

Kiss Sweetly is a bright neon pink.

Annabelle Big Show - Kiss Sweetly
Annabelle Big Show – Kiss Sweetly
Annabelle Big Show - Enchant Romantically
Annabelle Big Show – Enchant Romantically

Enchant Romantically is a dark, vibrant pink.

Annabelle Big Show - Enchant Romantically
Annabelle Big Show – Enchant Romantically
Annabelle Big Show - Hypnotize Deeply
Annabelle Big Show – Hypnotize Deeply

Hypnotize Deeply is a fuchsia-berry. (My application skills were starting to get pretty dodgy by this point!)

Annabelle Big Show - Hypnotize Deeply
Annabelle Big Show – Hypnotize Deeply
Annabelle Big Show - Love Fiercely
Annabelle Big Show – Love Fiercely

Love Fiercely is the red of the collection (I see a little bit of pink in it too!).

Annabelle Big Show - Love Fiercely
Annabelle Big Show – Love Fiercely

Final Thoughts

The Annabelle Big Show Lacquers are smooth, comfortable to wear formula. I found the pigmentation was stellar across the board (none of these colours were patchy at all!) and the vibrancy of the shades is pretty dang fantastic. Since they’re a lacquer, they will stay fairly emollient on your lips. I found I had to reapply every 90 minutes or so to keep the glossiness at full peak. You could wear them for longer without reapplication, but I just liked to keep my lips looks as great as they did when I first applied it.

I didn’t use a primer or lip liner with these, so I did experience minimal lip line bleed out. (That’s not make it or break it for me in this formula though, I have that problem with any lip product without some kind of primer.) If you’re going for a glossy, comfortable to wear lip product, you absolutely cannot go wrong with these!

The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration.

What I Bought This Month – February 2016 Haul

Monthly haul time! Enjoy. 🙂

Inglot - Duraline ($18 CAD)
Inglot – Duraline ($18 CAD)

Let’s start off with the only item I actually BOUGHT this month! Inglot‘s Duraline was a must have for me since my Inglot red gel liner turned gloppy on me. Duraline will soften up gel liners that have gone a little bit stale (or any other cream product). I’ve put off buying it for a while now, but when my red gel liner died, I knew it was time to invest. 🙂

So, that may have been the only item I bought this month, but I am very, very lucky to have a ton of beauty blogging friend in Toronto and we do swaps every few months. It gives me a chance to get rid of product that don’t work for me, and pick up ones that could potentially be love at first sight. So here’s the goodies I got from a swap:

Inglot - empty palettes
Inglot – empty palettes

I realize these are empty Inglot palettes, but I am SO excited for that! I love Inglot‘s system of palettes, and I think the packaging is beautiful, but it annoys me to buy packaging every time I go to buy shadows. Now I’ve got three empty palettes I can fill with beautiful colours!

I love... Coconut & Cream
I love… Coconut & Cream

I do not need shower gel. At all. And yet, I always grab for it when I see it at a swap. Why? Maybe because I always considered shower gel as so unnecessarily expensive in stores that I really don’t want to pay for it again any time soon. I love shower gel, and this smells wonderful, but it’s gone to the back of my “to use” pile of shower gels. I’m sure I’ll get to it… at some point. lol

Josie Maran - Argan Infinity Creamy Lip & Cheek Oil in Limitless Pink
Josie Maran – Argan Infinity Creamy Lip & Cheek Oil in Limitless Pink

One of my favourite YouTubers (StrwberrySweet – mostly does Project Pans) panned one of these Josie Maran Argan Infinity Creamy Lip & Cheek Oil relatively recently, and I wanted to see what they were all about. My initial reaction is that I’m not super keen on the scent of them, but that it wore well and looked good!

Boscia - Intensifying Moisture Pack
Boscia – Intensifying Moisture Pack

This Boscia Intensifying Moisture Pack + is sitting in my medicine cabinet and while I’m writing this up I realize I haven’t even got a clue as to whether this is a facial cleanser or a moisturizer. Heh.

Benefit Air Patrol
Benefit Air Patrol

I’ve harped on about my problems with eyeshadow primers before so I won’t bore you with the details other than to say I love trying new ones. Benefit‘s Air Patrol is adorable looking and I’m excited to see how this one holds up!

Aveenon Fresh Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer
Aveeno Fresh Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer

I love Aveeno‘s skincare products and I’ve been using them for the last… 14 years. Eek. Anyway, I haven’t tried out their Fresh Essentials range so I’m looking forward to using this one.

Vitabath - Sweet Pink Peppermint
Vitabath – Sweet Pink Peppermint

More shower gel! I got sucked in by the scent of Vitabath‘s Sweet Pink Peppermint – it’s more of a Christmasy scent, so I’ll probably bust it out in November.

The Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter
The Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter

MWAHAHAHAH!!!!! The Body Shop‘s Satsuma scent has been one of my favourite scents throughout my entire life and yet… my husband doesn’t like the scent of it. I haven’t repurchased it since I used my last big tub up of the body butter… but now I have another one. 😀

NYC Liquid Liner
NYC Liquid Liner

NYC‘s Liquid Liner has been touted as one of the best matte black liquid liners at the drugstore and I hadn’t gotten around to picking it up! Initial reaction: DEFINITELY matte, DEFINITELY black… but I’m not in love with the way the tip of the brush is cut. Hmmm… maybe I’ll just cut it myself.

Misslyn nail polish in 756
Misslyn nail polish in 756

No one wanted this Misslyn nail polish in 756… which was great for me since I wear this kind of silver disco polish on my toenails 24/7 so picked this one up since I’ve never tried a Misslyn polish before.

B Kamins Laboratories
B Kamins Laboratories

I know NOTHING about this B Kamins brand… but the body lotion says “Maple” on it. It, however, smells nothing like maple, so I was totally duped. 😐

BH Cosmetics - Galaxy Chic
BH Cosmetics – Galaxy Chic

/GASP

BH Cosmetics - Galaxy Chic
BH Cosmetics – Galaxy Chic

I couldn’t believe someone brought this to the swap. I had lusted over this Galaxy Chic palette years ago when BH Cosmetics released it, but never bought it because like everything else in the makeup world… you become so inundated with products you end up buying some, and not others. The colours, the marbling, the names of the colours… everything about this palette makes me so, SO happy. I’ve used it twice now and love the shadows. Not a matte in sight though, so it’s not a standalone palette.

Maybelline Lash Sensational
Maybelline Lash Sensational

A new mascara for me to try out: The Maybelline Lash Sensational. I’ve still got a lot of mascara left in my currently opened tubes, so it’ll be a while before I bust into this one.

Etude House Vivid Popstick
Etude House Vivid Popstick

I’m not too familiar with Etude House‘s makeup, so I was excited to see a few items by them. This is essentially one of those matte lipstick crayons. I like it, but I don’t love it.

Etude House - Color Lipsfit
Etude House – Color Lipsfit

Not tried this one yet… this is by Etude House as well and I think it’s just for lips.. but may be for cheeks as well. It’s still sitting in my “To Use” pile!

Coloured Raine - Electric Raine
Coloured Raine – Electric Raine

Oh wow. Okay… I had heard about Coloured Rained via NikkieTutorials on YouTube, but never bought any. BUT THIS IS AMAZING! IT’s nowhere near as drying as the Colour Pop liquid lipsticks – instead this one is so much more comfortable on me lips. I may need more…

Clip - Lipnicure in Trouble Peach
Clip – Lipnicure in Trouble Peach

Unfortunately, Clio‘s Lipnicure was a straight “into the garbage” item. It applied patchily and then just really poorly. To the point where I removed it mid-day at work and it was a disaster to remove. I threw it straight into the trash. 🙁

Too Faced La Creme in Loganberry
Too Faced La Creme in Loganberry

This one astonished me. Too Faced‘s Loganberry La Creme lipstick was discontinued about a year ago and I was never able to get my hands on it. Imagine my surprise that someone would want to get rid of it! YESSSS!

THEFACESHOP - Face Mask Aloe
THEFACESHOP – Face Mask Aloe

A face mask via THEFACESHOP. This’ll be my first time using anything by THEFACESHOP.

Annabelle Brow-To-Go
Annabelle Brow-To-Go

A brow kit from Annabelle that has turned out to be wayyy too dark for me, but it has worked when I need to darken up my eyebrows to look more like someone else (see my The 100 Wanheda/Clarke tutorial).

Annabelle Brow Show
Annabelle Brow Show

Another Annabelle brow product! Brow Show is light enough for me so this has actually been working out and it’s really easy to use. Not enjoying the huge size of the pencil, but the product is nice!

And we’re done! I’m doing pretty well conserving my money for IMATS New York, and these swaps are definitely helping me to keep products rotating in and out of my collection1