But first, my trip to Ulta! Ulta is the closest beauty store to me with the best variety of products. Most of the other stores near me are dreadfully small, do not carry what I was looking for today, or both. I ended up getting the Japonesque touch-up tube (five basic brushes for $20) and a tube of Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden ($18). I looked around for a bit, but I thought the primer potion was enough of an impulse buy for the night and checked out.
The brushes are really soft. I would have liked the assortment better if it had included an angled liner brush instead of a lip brush, but it wasn't a dealbreaker. They ended up being $4 a pop, and they are definitely much softer than the $6 or $7 double-sided liner/shadow brush I had before. I think I'll really enjoy using them.
This look was created entirely with shadows from The Starshine Company (which you should definitely check out if you haven't already!) over Urban Decay Primer Potion. A little bit of the UD primer goes a looong way, and it's WAY less forgiving than MBA's Shadow Poxy; it dries completely to a matte nude finish and anything you apply gets sucked right in. There is NO room for error, which I learned the hard way with this look. Sorry about the unevenness! I started the look with Cheek to Cheek on my lids, applied using the large eye detailer. Then I did a cut crease with Wine using the small eye detailer, which I rounded out at the outer corners of my eyes. I went back to my large eye detailer and applied Petal lightly as a highlighter at the inner corners and heavily under my brows. I lined my upper and lower lash lines with Purple Rain using the lip brush. I finished by applying mascara to my upper and lower lashes.
Closed Eyes - With Flash
This eye kind of sucked; feel free to ignore it...
Left side, eyes closed - Without flash
Left side, eyes slightly open - Without flash
Oh, and the color in the photos does NO justice to these shadows. Cheek to Cheek is this incredible hot pink. Think awesome 80's neon pink (but eye-safe!) And petal is lighter, and slightly more coral, but definitely similar enough to compliment really well. Wine is NOT a straight-up purple like Purple Rain, it's more of a deep fuchsia, not quite pink OR purple. The color is definitely more accurate without the flash, but you really have to see the colors for yourself; they are gorgeous.