Sunday, October 25, 2015

What the heck is inside the Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream

Okay... I had to blog about this because I feel scammed for buying the Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream.  This cream at Sephora is $99.  $99!!!  I actually have no qualms about the product itself because I think the eye cream is great.  However, the jar itself looks and feels a lot bigger than the amount of product that is actually in the jar!  If you look carefully, you're only getting 0.5 fl. oz for again... $99!!!

Thank goodness I did not pay $99 for this eye cream.  I bought this in France, for still a hefty price tag of 60€!  Last weekend I realized it was getting difficult to pump the product through the bottle and I've only been using it for about 2 months, so I thought it was weird.  I decided to try to take the pump off and dig the rest of the product out, but what I found was the following:

I was wondering at first why it was so hard to remove, but out came the pump along with a little plastic pouch with all the product left in it.  So the bottle itself is a lot bigger than the actual product.  It looks and feels like a lot, but don't be fooled... it's not!  

Though I like this eye cream, I don't think the amount you get is worth almost $100 USD.  I was having a hard time paying 60€ for it and would never buy this in the US!  Totally nuts.  

Anyhow, just wanted to share my experience and disappointment with this product.  I wish the price tag was lower and that it had more than 0.5 fl. oz. in this very luxurious bottle.  The cream claims toinstantly revitalize your eyes, making your skin smoother and more hydrated, getting rid of dark circles.  Honestly, I didn't see a whole much of a difference between this product and the Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream that I really like.  For $72, you get 2 fl. oz. of product.  It's still pricey, but you get more than almost double the amount!  

I will definitely not be buying the Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream again... even if it's from France at almost 40% of the price you pay in the US.  For the money you pay, I expect at least a full ounce of product. This is definitely the most disappointing purchase of the year!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Olivia Palermo X Ciaté London Smokey Suedes Eye Palette

When I bought and reviewed the Olivia Palermo X Ciaté London fall collection a few weeks ago, the eyeshadow palette had not come out yet.  I finally got my hands on one of these and here's my review on it!

To start off with, the packaging again, is just like the rest of the fall collection... gorgeous!  It's got the fake leather with the gold trim to it, though it's all just plastic, but looks great.

The palette comes with 9 different shades and the formulation in this palette is very creamy in texture.  It is incredibly soft and as the name suggests, suede-like.  In fact, I accidentally bumped my palette up against something after taking these shots, and a whole chunk of the top right color came out.  I patched most of it back in, which again, just shows how soft and creamy it is.

The nine different shades are
Top row (L-R): Shaken (pearl gold shimmer), Verde (pearl bright olive), Macchiato (matte mid-pink brown), Cocoa (pearl bronze shimmer)
Center: Butler (matte bone)
Bottom row (L-R): Prosecco (pearl ivory shimmer), Glazed (pearl bronzed/red shimmer), Whoopie Pie (matte deep brown); Plumberry (matte deep aubergine)

My general take on this palette is that the colors are beautiful and it's a great smokey eye palette, since all the shades are very neutral.  The pigmentation, however, is not that great.  I feel like you have to apply a lot of product to achieve a good smokey eye.  The shimmery shades definitely have more pigmentation than the matte colors, but even then you still need a lot of product.  This palette costs $39, which is pretty pricey, so is it worth the money?  In my honest opinion, I like this palette, but I feel that the Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette has a broader spectrum of shades and the shadows are more pigmented than the ones in this palette, so you use less product.

Overall, this is a good palette if you are looking for just neutral colors.  If you want more dynamic colors, I would recommend the Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette over this one.