**all items purchased by me
Part of my blogging goals was to do more reviews (other than monthly Project "Finish" reviews) so I'm going to try to do a review on something every Friday. Let's see how that works out, shall we?
Now let's get started! Back in November I attended the "Red Door" event at the Elizabeth Arden counter in my local Dillards. I've taken my pictures of the Red Hot Croc Holiday Color Collection kit I bought and now that I've played with nearly everything in the kit, I'm ready to write my review. All swatches are over bare skin.
~I lost track of how many times I had to go back and build up to get them to show up this much for the pictures. They aren't much better when working with using a brush to do an eye look.~
~the blushes also needed to be built up~
~left picture is lip liners in Taupe and Plumrose ~ right picture is eye liners in Smoky Black and Espresso~
bottom of the eye liners is one thin swipe from the pencil, above is built up/using the side
All of the liners apply easily without tugging on the lips or the eye lids. I have not tried either of the eye liners in the waterline since I haven't been applying anything there lately (I was having an allergy to a brush cleaner I was trying for in between deep cleanings so I've been doing more minimal looks lately). They are nice and apply more easily than the majority of my pencil style liners, but since I prefer using liquid, gel or automatic pencils as much as possible I'm not getting a whole lot of use out of them. When I do use a pencil style, it's normally in a brighter color (like teal or copper). As for the lip liners, I almost always forget to even use them, so once again I'm not getting a whole lot of use out of them. But I do have them for if/when I need it.
I'd say the best parts and what I'll get the most use out of are the lipsticks, glosses, and the shimmer powder.
Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Coral, Casis, Tulip
~Coral took 3 swipes while Casis and Tulip took 2 to build up~
~I'm not good at lipstick finishes, but I'd call these a satin finish~
The Ceramide lipsticks are a comfortable formula to wear, and I didn't notice any fragrance with these. I don't need to start with a chapstick/lip balm under these (like might be necessary with a matte formula). My lips don't feel dried out after these have been on. They look smooth on the lips and I didn't notice any settling into lines or accentuating chapped lips. They don't have a really long-wear time so they do have to be reapplied every few hours if you want to stay looking fresh. I believe they wore off fairly evenly with no real "ring around the lips" look like some lipsticks leave you with. Most likely combining these with one of the lip liners underneath would lead to a longer wear time, although I never tried. Although slightly hydrating, I didn't notice the lipstick feathering/traveling (but I typically don't have that issue).
Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Gloss in Red Door Red and Diamond
~these swatches were just one pass~
Red Door Red is a raspberry-red that actually shows up on my well-pigmented lips; as it fades it looks a bit more pink. Red Door Red requires 2 dips in the tube to look like the red color in the package. Diamond is basically a clear gloss with shimmer to it - perfect for sparkling up a plain lipstick. They do have a vanilla cake batter smell, but I found the scent faded fairly quickly. These aren't sticky and do feel nice, but the wear time isn't super long wearing. Again, a liner underneath might help. I didn't notice any feathering (again, I don't typically have that problem).
Shimmer Powder in Nude Shimmer
~swatch is in the lightly outlined box~
A lovely light slightly golden shimmer that I have yet to see it look over-done. This is my favorite product of the kit and has really helped on days when I felt like I looked particularly dull/tired/lifeless looking. I don't feel this highlighter is too much for day wear, but still works for going to parties.
~2 coats of Candy Apple~
~raspberry red with gold shimmer that makes it look more glowy, although it's hiding in my picture~
~Elizabeth Arden doesn't normally make polishes - this was special for the kit~
~wasn't a fast-drying formula~
The other product included is a travel size make-up remover, which the counter manager claimed to be the best but I found otherwise. If I used the Arden Ceramide mascara, it would take all my eye makeup off. But if I used my current favorite mascara, the Rimmel Retro Glam, I struggled to get all the mascara off. I wrote in more detail about the remover in my latest Project "Finish This Stuff" post.
Overall, I'd say that the best product from Elizabeth Arden for cosmetic products are the lip products (and the shimmer powder but I believe that's limited edition/only available at certain times of the year).
I have to wonder if those who work at the counter and think these shadows are all nice/great, have they ever touched or worked with a Too Faced, the Balm or Urban Decay shadow?? Have you ever used any of the cosmetics from Elizabeth Arden?
**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own