Saturday, March 8, 2008

Avon Loot!

Even though I love Avon Hydrofirming Eye Cream (see my Current Skin Care Routine post), I never paid much attention to its makeup. Everything looks bland and nothing ever caught my interest, that is, until miss Muse over here put up a post for the Jillian Dempsey for Avon Horizon Blush. Well, I just happen to have a *thing* for gradation, so of course, the post shot me over to the Avon's website, but it didn't look like they were available at the time. Just this past Wednesday though, I looked again, and boy, I got lucky with a sale and got a quite a loot then! I haven't tried using any yet, so I will post actual reviews later.

- 8-in-1 Palette in Paradise Greens: when I saw these online, I was iffy whether they would look that nice when I get them. To my luck, the colors look BETTER than they did on screen! They turn out to be very soft and neutral and best of all, all are very usable colors. So if you're looking for pop colors to make an impression, you won't find it here. These are more for the everyday airy look. Gosh, I love these colors. Beautiful.

- Jillian Dempsey for Avon Horizon Blush: the star of the loot, of course. I got Apricot Horizon from Avon's website and Pink Horizon from Ebay.

The two are quite similar, in my opinion, with the Apricot having a touch of coral in it. At the request of miss Muse, I took a picture of them side by side so you can tell the difference. These are indeed soft and silky, to my surprise. And very pigmented. I see why the Muse is so crazy over them. I like the Apricot Horizon very much but is still lukewarm with the Pink Horizon since it looks a bit cool. We'll see how it fares when I actually use it. Can't form solid opinions just yet.

Apricot Horizon

Pink Horizon

Pink (left) versus Apricot Horizon (right)

- Light & Luminus Highlighter: I think these might be copy cat versions of Laura Mercier's Mosaic Shimmer Bloc, depending on which came out first :P I think I saw the Laura Mercier ones first at Sephora, actually. At the time, I tried a swatch on the back of my hand and they were too dark and harsh so I passed them up. Then I saw this on and as well as the favorable reviews on Makeup Alley, I thought I'd give them a try.

Cool Shimmers

Warm Shimmers

Warm (left) versus Cool Shimmers (right)

- Cynthia Rowley for Avon All Over Face Powder: I saw these on Rouge Deluxe a while back but thought they would be too pink. But then I sort of got hooked with these nifty limited edition Avon items, so I grabbed this Light-Medium shade off of Ebay. The Medium-Dark looks too deep it might make me look bruised so I skipped it. Oh well, trying one is good too, right?


the Muse said...


Awesome lot!

I was curious about that palette myself but it was so cheap I was literally scared to buy it because I thought it'd be rubbish!

Happy to hear it's not! I might pick this up now!

Thanks for the pics! Seeing from your pics the colors are way different! Interesting!

I scored one on e-bay!


Love ya!

D. said...

Hey you!!!

Yeah, I was iffy with them at first too. But now I'm actually really glad I got the Paradise Greens. I check the Avon site again, and they got the Neutrals and the Blue palettes up now. But then the Neutral is too coppery and the Blue is, well, too blue. I think the Paradise Greens is the best palette. The colors are so usable and I'm impressed with Avon's quality. Mind you, they're sheer and airy shades, so you might be disappointed with their pigmentation, but I think I scored :D

YAY!!! Good for you :D Now you can try one cheek with Pink Horizon and the other with Apricot and see how they compare LOL

(g)ezebel said...

i haven't purchased avon products since i was a teen. i hear they've gotten much better in quality and have more colors for women of color. back in the day, the colors were more suited toward older, white women.

(g)ezebel said...

man, avon sure has changed since i first used their products... very pretty!

D. said...

Hi Gezebel!

No kidding! I remember even up to last year, I still thought their makeup was boring. And then poof! All of a sudden they got really some really nice stuff! You should give them a try. I LOVE my 8-in-1 palette, but the colors are sheer. But the Horizon blushes are VERY pigmented as miss Muse has vowed.

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